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Data-acquisition software suite offers comprehensive configuration capabilities

27 June 2006

DAQWORX from Yokogawa UK is a PC-based integrated data-acquisition software
package for acquiring and recording data from equipment used in the production and research & development environments. Designed to acquire and record data such as flow rate, pressure, temperature
and voltage from production and test equipment, DAQWORX allows users to configure a variety of data-acquisition systems without having to perform any special programming tasks.

The DAQWORX package also makes it possible for users to easily expand the
measurement bandwidth and application range by adding software to existing
data-acquisition systems to optimise them for users' specific application
needs.

DAQWORX includes three types of software components: basic data-acquisition
components; add-on high added-value components; and interface components.
Users can build data-acquisition systems optimised for their particular
application environments by selecting a combination of individual software
components from the available line-up.

The basic data-acquisition components do not require special programming
skills or any other specialised technical expertise. Users are able to
easily set up various data-acquisition hardware components, expedite the
start of data-acquisition system operation, and perform analytical
processing.

The value-added components facilitate various tasks, including customised
monitoring, networked remote monitoring, group-by-group data acquisition and
storage, and data acquisition triggered by monitoring measured data. They
can be linked with the basic data-acquisition software to build high
value-added data acquisition systems.

The interface or 'gate software' components enable users to easily connect
not only data-acquisition equipment but also power measuring instruments,
industrial instrumentation equipment, monitors for data acquired from OPC
servers and monitors for images from Web cameras, without the need for
programming.

Yokogawa already provides data-acquisition software packages that are
dedicated for exclusive use with the company's DA100 and MX100
data-acquisition systems. The new DAQWORX system is designed for users who
may wish to customise their packages by, for example, providing them with
advanced functions that match the production or R&D equipment that they have
in use. Previously, such customers would either have to ask their
data-acquisition software vendor to undertake the customisation, or
independently configure the systems using SCADA, Visual Basic or C++
programming software.

There is a strong potential demand for software packages such as DAQWORX
that do not require advanced programming skills and can be easily customised
by users. The demand for PC-based data-acquisition equipment is steadily
increasing because of the advanced functionality (including the ability to
generate reports) and the decreasing price of PC hardware.


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