-------------------------Monitor------------------------ The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control Issue 51 www.windmill.co.uk October 2002 --------------------ISSN 1472-0221---------------------- Hello and welcome to October's newsletter. Today we tell how Windmill is helping protect the UK's water table from leaching pollutants. We only send this newsletter to people who have subscribed - should you wish to cancel your free subscription please do so at http://www.windmill.co.uk/newsletter.html CONTENTS ======== * Windmill News: Windmill Protects Water Table * Excel Corner * Exhibitions ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Windmill News: Windmill Protects the Water Table from Pollutants ________________________________________________________ Last year the United Kingdom suffered the world's worst ever epidemic of foot and mouth disease. Although the UK is now clear of the virus, much is being done to make sure that the many millions of animals that were slaughtered remain no threat to the environment. Windmill Software is being used in this effort to ensure that the animals buried in the mass graves at Great Orton airfield, Cumbria, are fully contained. It is essential that no leakage from the graves enters the water table and pollutes the surrounding area. Extensive drain works, pumping stations and storage areas have been created to collect any effluent and allow it to be removed for processing. In partnership with Pacscom telemetry units and Europumps waste water services, Windmill software monitors the condition of all the parameters on site including the pumps, drain levels, effluent silo levels and any alarm conditions. It displays these on screen so the operators have an overall status plan of the site. The main communications interface between the hardware and software is a Modbus serial link. Our Windmill COMIML driver (https://www.windmillsoft.com/daqshop/rs232-modbus.html) makes it extremely easy to create a set-up to access the Modbus registers of the data acquisition units. A user-friendly process mimic showing the various conditions around the site is provided by the Windmill Graphics package (http://www.windmill.co.uk/graphics.html). Changing icons are used to represent on or off, running or tripped and high or low events. Aanalogue meters and live, updating text are used to show the analogue levels changing. For more details of this water table protection application please contact Windmill software at [email protected] For more on the COMIML software used to access Modbus registers, and a free trial of its set-up program, see https://www.windmillsoft.com/daqshop/rs232-modbus.html For more on the Graphics package and to download a free demo program see http://www.windmill.co.uk/graphics.html ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Excel Corner ________________________________________________________ We were recently asked how to open several files of logged data at once. There are several ways to do this 1. In Excel select Open from the File menu then hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard whilst clicking the files you wish to open. 2. For groups of files that are next to each other, hold down the Shift key and click the first file and the last file of the group. 3. Open Windows Explorer and drag the files onto Excel from there. For more tips on using Excel with Windmill see http://www.windmill.co.uk/excel/ http://www.windmill.co.uk/excel/excel-charting.html ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ Exhibitions and Conferences ________________________________________________________ Every other month we list forthcoming exhibitions and conferences related to data acquisition and control. HET Instrument 2002 4-8 November Jaarbeurs Utrecht Netherlands The event for industrial automation and laboratory technology. http://www.hetinstrument.nl/ NAVSAT 2002 12-15 November Nice Acropolis France Dedicated to navigation and positioning applications. http://www.navsat-show.com ISA South America 19-22 November ITM EXPO Fairs & Convention Center Sao Paulo Brasil Features new technology, applications and products for instrumentation, systems and industrial automation. https://www.isa.org//Content/NavigationMenu/Professionals_and_Practitioners/Conferences_and_Exhibitions/ISA_South_America1/ISA_South_America.htm BIAS 2002 19-23 November Milan Trade Fair Italy Thirtieth international automation, instrumentation and microelectronics conference and exhibition http://www.ilb2b.it/ IT & Automation 2002 26-28 November Nurnberg Germany For technologies facilitating the continuous flow of information from sensor to boardroom. http://www.mesago.de/ Electronic House Expo 11-14 November Long Beach Convention Center California USA Product demonstrations and seminars on home networking, automation, entertainment and security. http://www.ehexpo.com/ SIcon/02 18-21 November Houston Texas USA Sensors for Industry conference addresses the development and use of sensors and transducers, from theory to the application of new technology. http://siconference.org/ IEEE ICIT 11-14 December Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok Thailand International conference on emerging industrial technology. http://www.ise.ait.ac.th/conferences/icit02.htm ________________________________________________________ * Copyright Windmill Software Ltd * Reprinting permitted with this notice included * For more articles see http://www.windmill.co.uk We are happy for you to copy and distribute this newsletter, and use extracts from it on your own web site or publication, providing the above notice is included and a link back to our website is in place. 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