Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 208, December 2015
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The start button is not clickable on the Chart window. Why not?!
Before you can chart data you need to choose which hardware configuration you want to use. From Chart's File menu select Load Hardware Setup. Now select the data channels you want to chart. The Start button is enabled and off you go.
You can save your Chart settings and automatically load these the next time you run Chart, so Chart will open ready to start. To do this:
- On the Windows desktop right-click the Chart icon.
- Select Properties and choose the Shortcut tab.
- Add the setup file name to the Target box.
For example, for an Chart setup file called mysetup.wch, the target might look like this
For full details of using Chart select "Help" in the Chart window. Chart is included in the Windmill trial available to subscribers from http://www.windmill.co.uk/jsarrpsrr.htm
Tagging seals improves ocean weather forecasts
Data from animal-borne sensors, including seal tags, improves global ocean forecasts by between 1 and 6%.
Source: SCUBA News
Sensor chip pulls power out of the air so it never needs to be charged
Researchers have created the world's smallest temperature sensor chip. It is able to draw power from radio waves being broadcast by the same wireless network it uses to communicate. As a result, the chip doesn't need a battery and never needs to be charged
Source: University of Technology, Eindhoven
Wireless sensors could make diesel engines greener
Sensors measure soot and ash buildup in filters to help engines burn more efficiently.
Source: MIT News
Real-time tracking shows how batteries degrade
3D imaging used to track the degradation of disposable lithium batteries during normal use in real-time.
Sensor detects toxins leaching from plastic
Engineers have developed a highly sensitive device able to detect synthetic compounds that leach from plastic food packaging into the contained food or beverage.
The quarterly update of data acquisition and control exhibitions around the world.
13-15 January 2016
Exhibition specialising in test, inspection and measurement for electronics manufacturing and R and D.
24-26 February 2016
Conference on industrial dimensional metrology.
1-4 March 2016
Trade fair for automation, control, measurement and robotics.
6-10 March 2016
The world's largest conference and exposition on laboratory science.
14-18 March 2016
Electronic systems design, automation and test conference and exhibition. From system-level hardware and software implementation to integrated circuit design.
20-23 March 2016
The largest annual trade show in the world for laboratory science and instrumentation.
21-23 March 2016
Exhibition on quality, measurement, accreditation and instrumentation.
12-14 April 2016
Trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry.
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