Just Add Strain Gauges for Single-Box Solution
Networked Signal Conditioning, Simultaneous Sampling, Logging
Bellevue, WA, August 30, 2006 -- Microstar Laboratories, Inc., maker of Data Acquisition Processor (DAP) boards and systems, today announced a network-ready single-box DAPserver 200 system that conditions, acquires, and logs signals from up to 32 strain gauges. For 32 channels, the total cost per channel – except for the cost of a strain gauge – comes to under US$350, all hardware and software included. This system can sustain a throughput of 10k samples per second per channel on all channels, and it samples all channels simultaneously. The system can process acquired data in real time as needed, as well as log raw or processed data to disk, and it can output control signals.
DAPserver 200 packaging includes handles and mounting hardware for standard 19-inch industrial racks. Its main chassis of 16-gauge stainless steel gives you an industrial-grade instrument far stronger and more durable than industrial PCs made of 22-gauge sheet metal. You can extend a single DAPserver system with an additional rack-mountable industrial enclosure to handle applications with up to 112 strain gauges. For 112 channels, the cost per channel comes down below US$250. All systems include hardware and software for networking, and you can control them from any PC on the network.
For larger applications, additional synchronization hardware and software lets you integrate all your data acquisition into a single synchronized network of multiple DAPservers that can sample several hundred channels simultaneously.
Factory-installed interfaces provide analog signal conditioning for strain gauges. They support quarter-bridge, half-bridge, and full-bridge sensors, with voltage excitation, gain, simultaneous sampling, and voltage sense feedback. You can specify gains of 20, 40, 100, 200, 500, and 1000. On each board, eight 8-wire connectors, one for each sensor, support a wide variety of connections with two to six wires per sensor. You supply bridge completion resistors, and place them on small quick-swap daughterboards. As with other Microstar Laboratories sensor interfaces, another daughterboard option provides an analog anti-alias filter for each channel.
You now can buy a single-box DAPserver 200 system that includes all hardware and software required to condition, acquire, and log to disk the signals from up to 32 strain gauges. The system samples all channels simultaneously. You can connect the DAPserver to a network, and control it from anywhere. Or you can add a mouse, keyboard, and monitor to control it locally. For applications with more channels, you can scale up the system and lower the cost per channel. For 32 channels, the total cost per channel – except for the cost of a strain gauge – comes to under US$350, all hardware and software included. You can order a DAPserver 200 system today for immediate delivery. Contact Microstar Laboratories for more details.
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You now can connect up to 32 strain gauges to a single solidly built box that conditions, acquires, and logs signals to disk. The system sustains a throughput of 10k samples per second on each channel, with all channels sampled simultaneously. It can process acquired data in real time as needed, as well as log raw or processed data to disk, and it can output control signals. You can mount the system in a standard 19-inch industrial rack, connect it to a network, and control it from anywhere – or control it locally by adding a mouse, keyboard, and monitor. You can extend it to create a synchronized data acquisition system with hundreds of simultaneously sampled channels of conditioned signals. Contact Microstar Laboratories for more details on the DAPserver 200 single-box solution for strain gauge applications, available for immediate delivery at a cost below US$350 per channel for a 32-channel application.
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A single-box solution: DAPserver 200 system with software preloaded and with interface boards installed – ready for up to 32 strain gauges.
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