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How to Set up a Grant SQ20xx Datalogger for Temp and RH Sensors

Monitor Multiple Values using a Universal Data Logger

CHESTERLAND, OH—April 6, 2016

Do you need to monitor temperature and humidity for an industrial, environmental or lab application?  This tutorial from Grant Instruments shows how to connect a temperature and humidity sensor to Squirrel dataloggers.  You can also view the YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q3VCfEiMVs.

Troubleshooting the Accsense B1-06 Wireless Gateway

Diagnosing Network Connection Issues

CHESTERLAND, OH—September 15, 2015

Network configuration errors can occasionally crop up with wireless monitoring systems. We present this brief tutorial showing you how to troubleshoot network connection issues using the Accsense model B1-06 Wireless Gateway. Read more in our latest Accsense Tech Article. You can also watch our brief YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEh94uSWdQQ.

Influx Rebel XT Featured in Castrol EDGE Commercial

Castrol has just released a new commercial featuring the top of an Influx Rebel XT datalogger attached to the driver’s backseat. During the Audi’s test the Rebel plotted the vehicle data for later performance analysis. Check out the new video on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBz-9woPyJA. As the exclusive distributor for Influx, CAS DataLoggers provides these vehicle data loggers for GPS and GPRS recording applications. Read more on our new Product Announcement page.

How to Calibrate Electrocorder Single-Phase Voltage Data Loggers

CAS DataLoggers Posts New Video Walkthrough for Electrocorder EC-1V
CHESTERLAND OH—April 18, 2013

Single Phase Voltage Data Loggers

Single Phase Voltage Data Loggers

At CAS DataLoggers, our customers occasionally need to calibrate their own data loggers, so we have added a new video to our website showing how to do this with our popular Electrocorder Single Phase Voltage Data Loggers. Now you can quickly find voltage supply problems for further troubleshooting. Check out this short tutorial video at http://www.dataloggerinc.com/content/support/technical_videos/electrocorder_technical_videos/524/calibration_of_an_ec-1v_electrocorder/. Read more on our Electrocorder Technical Videos page.

CAS DataLoggers Posts New Videos to its Website

Electrocorder current/voltage/power data loggers

Electrocorder current/voltage/power data loggers

CHESTERLAND OH—January 17, 2013
CAS DataLoggers has just posted new Electrocorder setup videos on our website at www.dataloggerinc.com detailing basic operation and software overview for many of our voltage, current and power data loggers. We’ve also added screenshots so you can see examples of the software included free with Electrocorder loggers. We stock many models to suit a wide variety of data logging applications and project needs. Read more on our Electrocorder Technical Articles page.

Wind Speed and Direction Measurements Using a dataTaker DT8X Data Logger

Working With the Bestselling DT8X Series of Flexible Data Logger

CHESTERLAND OH—October 10, 2011

The popular dataTaker line of data loggers are commonly employed for monitoring environmental conditions including wind speed and wind direction. Given the flexibility of the DT8X series dataloggers, there are several options in how these measurements are configured. Described here is a set-up that was used successfully with a weatherstation.

Wind speed measurements with DT8x data loggers are very straightforward. Most common types of anemometers provide a frequency output in the form of a simple switch closure output that can be used with the counter input of the data logger. All of the loggers in the DT80 series offer at least 4 high speed counter inputs that are suitable for these types of measurements. Programming the data logger is a simple matter of setting a schedule to periodically read the counter input and set up a scaling equation to convert counts to wind speed. While it may seem that using the frequency measurement function might also work, this approach suffers problems during the measurement of very low frequencies that are present at low wind speeds.

For example, if the wind sensor is connected to high speed counter input 1 and it provides an output with a frequency of 1Hz = 1.25MPH, the program using the logger command language in deTransfer would look like this:

BEGIN”JOB1″
‘Spans and polynomial declarations
S1=0,1.25,0,10″MPH”
RA(“B:”,ALARMS:OV:100KB,DATA:OV:1MB)10S LOGONA GA
1HSC(R,S1,”Wind Speed”)
END

In this example, since we are reading the counter every 10 seconds, the scaling has been adjusted to take into account the sample interval. Note also that the R option has been used when reading the counter to reset the count to 0 after each reading.

Often, what is desired is not the instantaneous wind speed as measured above (actually it is the average over a 10-second window) but rather the average over a longer period of time, for example a 3-minute window along with the peak speed during this time. The statistical capabilities of dataTaker dataloggers provide a simple way to obtain this data:

in DeTransfer:
‘JOB=JOB1
BEGIN”JOB1″
‘Spans and polynomial declarations
S1=0,1.25,0,10″MPH”
RS10S
‘schedule definition
RA(“B:”,ALARMS:OV:100KB,DATA:OV:1MB)3M LOGONA GA
1HSC(R,S1,AV)(MX)
END

In this example the statistical schedule is set to sample every 10 seconds to collect the intermediate data and the main schedule is set to return the average and the maximum value from this data every 3 minutes. In Delogger or dEX it is simply a matter of configuring the appropriate statistical sample rate and checking the appropriate boxes on the channel configuration screen.

Most wind direction sensors provide a variable resistor (potentiometer) that provides a resistance proportional to wind direction, so it is a matter of configuring the data logger to measure this resistance and then to set a scaling equation to convert the resistance to a direction (0-360 degrees). For example, assume that the wind direction sensor provides an output of 0 – 20,000 ohms for 0 – 360 degrees and that it is aligned so that 0 ohms corresponds to 0 degrees(North).

This example highlights 2 typical measurement issues that commonly arise. First, because the wind direction sensor is typically mounted a fair distance from the data logger (50-100 feet away), measurement of small resistances that occur when the direction is just slightly east of north suffer from error due to the parasitic resistance of the cabling. To overcome this, it is recommended that a 4 wire resistance measurement be used. A 4 conductor will be run from the analog input of the data logger to the wind direction sensor with one pair of wires connected to the – and # terminals and the low side of the potentiometer, one wire from the * terminal to the high side of the potentiometer and one wire from the + terminal to the center or wiper terminal. The second issue is that the logger can only measure a maximum of 10,000 ohms. The solution, as described in the article “Making High Resistance Measurements with DT8x Data Loggers” is to add a 10k resistor in parallel with the resistance of the wind direction to reduce the range or resistance that the data logger sees to 0-10,000 ohms.

In deTransfer, if the direction sensor is connected to input 2, the sample for the wind direction measurement is:

BEGIN”JOB1″
‘Spans and polynomial declarations
S2=0,360,0,10000″Degrees”
‘schedule definition
RA(“B:”,ALARMS:OV:100KB,DATA:OV:1MB)1M LOGONA GA
2R(4W,S2,”Wind Dir”)
END

One commonly used parameter in site evaluation for wind turbines is wind power density, which is a measure of the energy in a standard volume of air moving past the turbine express in units of watts/m2. The wind power density (WPD) is: WPD= ½*p*V3

Where p = density of air, nominally 1.225 kg/m3
V = air velocity in m/sec2

This calculation can be easily implemented using the calculation capabilities of the datalogger along with internal variables. Putting it all together:

In deTransfer:

BEGIN”JOB1″
‘Spans and polynomial declarations
S1=0,1.25,0,10″MPH”
S2=0,360,0,10000″Degrees”
RS1S
RA(“B:”,ALARMS:OV:100KB,DATA:OV:1MB)10S LOGONA GA
1HSC(R,S1,”Wind Speed”,=1CV)
2R(4W,S2,”Wind Direction”)
2CV(“WPD”)=1.225*((0.44704*1CV)^3)*.5
END

In Delogger and dEX, simply store the result of the wind speed into 1CV using the assign to channel variable option and the calculation would be entered in the calculation box.

For further information on the dataTaker DT8X family of data loggers, other dataTaker data loggers, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

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