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Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 208, December 2015

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* Windmill Questions: How to start Charting?
* DAQ News Round-up
* Data Acquisition Exhibitions

How to start Charting?


The start button is not clickable on the Chart window. Why not?!

Windmill Chart


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
    "C:\Windmill\Chart.exe" Setups\mysetup.wch

Windmill Chart

For full details of using Chart select "Help" in the Chart window. Chart is included in the Windmill trial available to subscribers from

DAQ News Round-up

Welcome to our round-up of the data acquisition and control news. If you would like to receive more timely DAQ news updates then follow us on Twitter - @DataAcquisition - or grab our rss feed.

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

Animal borne sensors

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.
Source: NPL

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.
Source: NPL

Data Acquisition Exhibitions and Conferences

The quarterly update of data acquisition and control exhibitions around the world.

Electrotest Japan

13-15 January 2016
Tokyo Japan
Exhibition specialising in test, inspection and measurement for electronics manufacturing and R and D.


24-26 February 2016
Bilbao Spain
Conference on industrial dimensional metrology.


1-4 March 2016
Warsaw Poland
Trade fair for automation, control, measurement and robotics.


6-10 March 2016
Atlanta USA
The world's largest conference and exposition on laboratory science.


14-18 March 2016
Dresden Germany
Electronic systems design, automation and test conference and exhibition. From system-level hardware and software implementation to integrated circuit design.


20-23 March 2016
Dubai UAE
The largest annual trade show in the world for laboratory science and instrumentation.


21-23 March 2016
Dakar Senegal
Exhibition on quality, measurement, accreditation and instrumentation.


12-14 April 2016
Warsaw Poland
Trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry.

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