Data logging is the process of getting data from sensors and analyze the data on a PC. It involves recording data over time in order to get samples of real world physical information and converting the resulting samples into digital numeric values that can be manipulated by a computer. A data logging system can collect various types of information, including temperatures, electrical currents, voltage, sound frequencies, vibrations, times, light intensities, pressure, etc. Choosing an easy to use data logging software is very important in improving users’ efficiency and saving cost. Software like InduSoft, eLogger, and EZ Data Logger can easily be incorporated with existing data acquisition systems and remote monitoring and control systems to show the status of equipment, send email or text alarms to users, log and analyze data, implement control demands and generate reports.
By using data logging software, users can run programs on central computers and controllers based on the information received from remote data acquisition modules, and see the real-time status of the devices you are monitoring. Data logging software can also be set to send alarms via email or SMS when it detects unusual circumstances. Users can also implement logic control operations and generate comprehensive reports by using data logging software.
Data logging software can be applied to various applications ranging from large scale factory automation to home automation. For example, Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) is the part of machine that handles the human-machine interaction. HMI devices like the ICP DAS touchscreen PLCs such as TPD-430 can be used with SCADA software to display real-time energy consumption data for energy monitoring systems.
Here comes 3 easy-to-use software for data logging: eLogger, EZ Data Logger, and InduSoft. eLogger is an easy-to-use free software to implement HMI and data logger on Windows CE .NET 5.0 based Programmable Automation Controllers like WinPAC and ViewPAC for simple I/O monitoring and controlling systems. It offers very easy to use interface, which saves you time and cost. eLogger can quickly and easily develop an application with flexible I/O configuration. The developing process can be completed in just 5 simple steps: configuring I/O modules, configuring data logger, designing HMI layout pages, uploading the project to the controller, running it. It doesn’t require software programming knowledge so anyone can do it. And if users want to add more powerful functions, eLogger also provides a flexible “shared memory” interface to allow your VS.NET and ISaGRAF programs to work with it.
For small remote I/O systems, users can use the free EZ Data Logger software, which is a PC Based Data Logging, Data Acquisition, Control and Monitoring Software that can be applied to small remote I/O Systems with up to 64 I/O tags. It supports DCON, Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII, Modbus TCP (supports IP and Domain name) protocols. It supports multiple COM Ports and TCP/IP connections and can work with any applications like temperature monitoring, energy monitoring systems, machine monitoring systems, etc. The email and SMS alarm function is another feature of EZ Data Logger, which can send alarms to users at users’ request. With its user-friendly interface, users can quickly build a data logging system without any programming skills. Advanced EZ Data Logger is also available for more advanced applications. It supports up to 1024 I/O tags, 10 SMS or E-mail alarm contacts, up to 10 web cameras, and up to 256 virtual channels.
For more advanced automation and control systems, InduSoft SCADA software can be an option. InduSoft Web Studio is a powerful, integrated collection of automation tools that includes all the building blocks needed to develop modern Human Machine Interfaces (HMI), Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, and embedded instrumentation and control applications. InduSoft Web Studio’s application runs in native Windows NT, 2000, XP, CE and CE .NET environments and conforms to industry standards such as Microsoft .NET, OPC, DDE, ODBC, XML, and ActiveX. ICP DAS USA provides the InduSoft bundled driver to integrate InduSoft software and ICP DAS products (I-7000, I-8000 and I-87K) for SCADA systems. There are also OPC、DDE and ActiveX development toolkit provided to cooperate with InduSoft. Besides, the VxComm software of ICP DAS can be performed to link to Internet/Intranet modules in an easy way. DCON Utility of ICP DAS can be used to configure network module for easy use and maintenance.
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