Data acquisition has never been so easy as with our compact, Microlink 751 unit. Just plug into your computer's USB port - and go.
It really is that simple. For:
USB, or universal serial bus, ports are found on most new computers. As well as using the USB port for the Microlink 751, you can connect peripherals like printers, scanners, digital cameras and telephones. You can unplug the Microlink then plug it back as you wish, with no need to restart Windows inbetween.
The USB cables shouldn't be longer than 5 metres. However, using USB hubs between cables you can reach 30 metres away from the PC. If you need longer distances, network PCs together over Ethernet (or consider our RS485 and Ethernet Microlinks - contact us if you would like our advice).
For more details on the universal serial bus see our USB Technical Notes page.
The 751 provides 32 digital I/O lines, arranged in four ports, or groups, of 8. Use Windmill to choose whether each port is an input or an output. You can read or set the state of each line individually. Alternatively, you can switch several channels at the same time.
The Microlink 751 has eight 16-bit totalling counters. Each counter starts at zero and counts pulses to a maximum of 65535. You can reset a counter at any time from Windmill software. You can use the counters in two modes: accumulating count and resetting count. In accumulating count the counter keeps counting until you reset it. In resetting count the counter shows the number of pulses since the last reading.
You can set a scale and offset factor to the count from software. For example if the pulses came from a flow meter which produced one pulse for every 50 millilitres, a scale factor of 0.05 would give a reading in litres.
The counters are found on 8 of the digital input and output lines. You can use any of these you don't need for counting as normal digital inputs: the counts are always maintained even if you don't plan to use them.
The slim Microlink 751 offers pin connections for your signals. However, if you prefer to use screw-terminals these are provided with our 59x Series of units. For analogue voltages, digital I/O and counters, choose the Microlink 590. This allows many extra facilities, such as:
For current, thermocouples, strain gauges, presssure transducers and pH - choose the Microlink 590-8A, 593, 594 and pH-USB respectively.
Depending on your transducers, you might need extra hardware units to make your connections. For example, for thermocouples you will need a Microlink 593 box which provides cold junction measurement. (When monitoring thermocouples it is essential that the system knows the temperature of one of the thermocouple junctions. Housing this junction in the Microlink 593 isothermal box keeps the temperature constant, and a cold junction sensor in the box tells the system the temperature. You connect the thermocouple wires to screw terminals in the 593 isothermal box, and connect the terminals to the Microlink 751 unit with a ribbon cable. The 593 also detects broken thermocouple leads for you.)
For strain you would use a Microlink 594, which enables the 751 USB unit to monitor strain gauge bridges and balanced bridges such as pressure transducers. With the 594 unit you can configure individual channels to accept any of these inputs:
For current choose the Microlink 590-8A. This has the same extra facilities as the 590, discussed previously.
pH measurements need a Microlink pH-USB unit. This comes in two versions: one with 12 inputs and one with 16.
We've bundled Windmill free with the Microlink 751. This modular suite offers data logging, charting, alarm indication, output control and DDE links to other applications like Excel. You can also add process mimic generators, sequence control and many other modules. Should you wish to program the 751 yourself, you can use the IML Tools to do so.
The Microlink 751 costs just 595 pounds. Purchase on-line through Windmill Software's USB data acquisition shop. Alternatively request a quotation for the Microlink 751. Please give as many details as possible about your application: including the number and type of transducers to be monitored. You can also use the quote form simply to ask our advice about your project. You might also like to send for or download the 751 leaflet.
Dimensions (mm) 180 x 120 x 40 Maximum length of cable 5 m Maximum distance from PC can be increased by use of USB hubs ANALOGUE INPUTS # Differential inputs 16 Maximum safe input voltage: Power supply on ±48 V Power supply off ±33 V Transient ±300 V Amplifier: Ranges (V) ±0.01, ±0.1, ±1, ±10 Common mode range ±13 V Relative accuracy of ranges: gain = 1000 ±0.1% gain = 1, 10, 100 ±0.05% Analogue to Digital Converter: Maximum linearity error ±0.02% Resolution Integration Time Samples/Second 12 bits 2.5 msec 80 13 bits 5 msec 64 14 bits 10 msec 48 15 bits 20 msec 32 16 bits 40 msec 16 18 bits 160 msec 6 DIGITAL INPUTS/OUTPUTS Maximum # inputs 32 Maximum # outputs 32 (selected through windmill in ports of 8 lines) Power-up state all inputs Compatibility TTL and 5 V CMOS, can be made contact closure compatible Range 0 to 5 V Output capability 15 LSTLL loads Maximum I/O speed 160 channels per second COUNTERS Resolution 16 bits Compatibility TTL, 5 V CMOS, can be made contact closure compatible Input voltage range 0 to 5 V Maximum count speed 160 counts per second