Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 232, December 2017
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"I have been trying to get a comparator (Heidenhain ND1200 Quadra-Chek) to communicate with a computer and stumbled across your ComDebug software. I'm completely new to this, and if all I can do is get the data to output into something I can port to Excel, I'll be happy. Right now I'm not sure how to parse the data because the sections of data are broken up by "009" characters. If I try to parse up to the next "009", the program tries to look for a 0, 0, 9 string, not the single unit "009". Do you have any advice on this?
Thanks immensely (because even if you can't help with this issue - your website/program has been quite helpful already)."
Thanks for your question and kind words! To parse the 009 you need to use the NonPrint menu in the Reply Parser. You could first search for the "009" character.
- Choose Search as the Action then select NonPrint Decimal from the NonPrint menu.
- Type 009 into the box that appears. It will be shown as \C(009) in the Parameters column.
The next action will occur after the 009 character, and so you could extract until the next 009 character if you wished.
More on the ComDebug software is at https://www.windmillsoft.com/daqshop/rs232-modbus.html
This tip applies to both Excel and Calc (OpenOffice and LibreOffice).
To quickly automatically size the column to its contents just double-click the column separator next to the column letter. A simple but little-used trick.
If you have an Excel question contact [email protected].
Scientists track sharks by sampling seawater
Current methods of baiting, hooking and filming sharks and other large fish are invasive, costly and require teams of scientists spending much time at sea. New study shows that a sample of seawater can provide the identifiable tracks of numerous species of shark.
Source: SCUBA News
Simple system to locate marine mammals
Researchers have developed an underwater acoustic system that locates marine mammals, underwater vehicles and other sound sources in the ocean, using no more than a single hydrophone as a receiver.
Pan-European drone project detects toxic gases in disaster zones
Drone project is using photonics to detect toxic gases in the atmosphere following events such as wildfires, chemical explosions and volcanic eruptions.
Source: The Engineer
Professor develops sensor network to help manage winter roads
A road surface temperature sensor which provides real-time data on road conditions is set for adoption on the UK's road and motorway network.
Source: University of Birmingham
Future cars could automatically detect and report potholes to keep roads safe
Connected road vehicles could be used to look out for potholes and transmit their location
Source: Engineering and Technology
Robofish floats about tracking antibiotics in the Great Lakes
The idea is to put sensors on the robots, which do actually look like fish, so that you can gather data from different locations in an automated manner
Source: New Scientist
The quarterly update of data acquisition and control exhibitions around the world.
17-19 January 2018
Asia's leading exhibition specialising in test, inspection, measurement and analysis for electronics manufacturing.
Smart Factory Expo
17-19 January 2018
Exhibition for smart factory technologies and IoT solutions.
14-16 March 2018
International trade fair of analytical measurement and control.
19-23 March 2018
Design, automation and test exhibition.
19-23 March 2018
International industrial dimensional metrology conference.
9-13 April 2018
Biennial exhibition of the best innovations and latest developments in the manufacturing technologies sectors.
Smart Factory Expo + Automation World 2018
28-30 April 2018
Sensors, control, measuring instruments, SCADA, process control systems, environmental control, etc.
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