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5 April 2016

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Communication Settings for a Turner Fluorometer

Windmill software lets you continually log data from Turner Fluorometers, and other instruments with an RS232 serial port, on a PC running Windows. All data is time-stamped and can be imported into Excel, mapping software or other applications - either during or after data collection. Our Windmill data acquisition software is currently reduced from £145 to £50. Alternatively, subscribers to the Monitor newsletter (ISSN 1472-0221) can download free logging software: ComDebug. This lets you log data from one instrument and save it in a text file. After collection is finished data can be imported into Excel.

Read this in conjunction with the Getting started with ComDebug and COMIML Serial Driver page.

For information on what each of the settings means, see the Serial Driver Settings Overview. For help on interfacing a GPS along with a Turner Fluorometer, see our GPS page.

"I just finished settting up our Turner SCUFA Fluorometer with Windmill. Great software. It was very easy, Thanks!"
GL, University of the Pacific

Windmill has been used with a Turner fluorometer to, amongst other applications, map sewage dispersion using dye fluorescence.

To use Windmill to collect data from a Turner fluorometer: download the software then..

  1. Run the Windmill ComDebug, select Create a new Windmill Instrument File, and enter your balance's serial communication settings.
  2. Run the Windmill DDE Panel, Logger or Chart program to save or display data from your balance.

After you have entered your configuration settings with ComDebug, you don't need to use this again and can go straight to the logging and display programs.


Turner Designs SCUFA submersible Fluorometer

Set the Analog Output rate on the fluorometer to 1 Hz. (If set to 5 Hz or internal data logger the serial output will be disabled.)

COM Port Settings

Comm Port: Select the port to which your instrument is connected.
Baud Rate: 9600
Data Bits: 8
Parity: None
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: None

Data Format

Example data string: 08/08/01 16:15:48: 18.899 18.899 83.298 26.2(C)<cr><lf>
Where <cr> is a carriage return character and <lf> a linefeed, and the data is:
Date, Time, Fluorescence, TCF (Temp. Corrected Fluorescence), Turbity, Temperature
Data format: ASCII
Example parsing: Ignore Until :<space>
Extract Until <space>
where <space> is a space character (press the space bar, don't type<space>).
This would capture fluorescence data. To also collect temperatures you could use:
Search <space> Search <space> Search <space>
Extract Until (C)

Instrument Timing

Read: In the Background
Timeout: 5000 ms
Instrument Idle or Wait Time: 500 ms
Data Persistence Time: 1000 ms

Trouble-Shooting

  1. Confirm that the fluorometer is receiving power: check that the excitation light is illuminated upon power up.
  2. Make sure that the fluorometer has the Analog output enabled, and an output rate of 1 Hz. Otherwise data streaming will be disabled.
  3. If you do not see data in ComDebug's Terminal screen:
    • try connecting the fluorometer to alternative COM ports
    • If using a USB-RS232 converter, its settings must also match those used by your instrument, see our USB-Serial converter page for help, especially point 7.
    • Check your cable, if possible try swapping the cable for another.
    • If still nothing see our Trouble-Shooting Serial Port Connections page.

Further Information:
Windmill Serial Port Driver Settings
Getting Started with ComDebug and COMIML
COM Port Settings
SCUFA Manual
SCUFA Serial data output example


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