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A Research Lab Goes Paperless

digital_chart_recorderCAS DataLoggers has provided the paperless chart recording device for a medical research laboratory undertaking a set of experiments requiring real-time temperature monitoring and alarming. For years staff relied on outdated paper chart recorders but now they wanted to make the switch to digital and avoid wasting time hunting for hardcopy. However, several of the systems they considered earlier were outside their budget. Read more on our Research Applications Notes page.

Paperless Chart Recorder for University Educators and Researchers

Brainchild 18-Channel Recorder with Built-In LCD Display
CHESTERLAND OH—May 30, 2012

BrainChild Paperless Chart Recorder

BrainChild Paperless Chart Recorder

Educators and students working in laboratories and classrooms in universities across the country often make do with using older paper chart recorder technology to record their live data onto hard copy. However, this makes it difficult to search through the information and organize it all. CAS DataLoggers together with high-quality manufacturer Brainchild has the solution with the VR-18 Paperless Chart Recorder, a high resolution (true VGA, 640×480 pixels) 18-channel data logger featuring an infrared detector, plug & play I/O card, high flexibility, and user-friendly operation, all in a compact size. Read more on our Product Announcements page.

CAS DataLoggers Introduces Labor-Saving Paperless Chart Recorder

6-channel Solution for Real Time Process Monitoring
CHESTERLAND OH—March 26, 2012

BrainChild VR-06 Paperless Chart RecorderMany companies continue to rely on outdated paper chart recorders for monitoring temperature and other values in their machines and equipment, but finding all this information on hard copy is time-consuming and also difficult to organize and archive. Increasingly, businesses need new solutions which can visualize their data on a display so that users can instantly check it in real time and respond with just a glance. Now CAS DataLoggers has the solution with the Brainchild 6-Channel Paperless Chart Recorder, an economical replacement for old paper chart technology to enable instant visualization of the data and also streamline process data and archiving. Read the entire article on our product announcement page.

CAS Introduces New Paperless Chart Recorder

Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Recorder Featuring 6 Analog Input Channels

CHESTERLAND OH—November 22, 2011

For years, many companies have continued to use outdated technology such as paper chart recorders for measuring and recording temperatures and other data, which made locating this information on hard copy both tedious and difficult to organize. Now CAS DataLoggers has partnered with high-quality manufacturer Brainchild to announce the Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder, a low-cost recording device ideal for replacing old paper chart recorders and streamlining process data and archiving. These paperless chart recorders feature an LCD display, up to 6 analog inputs, digital I/O and Ethernet, removable flash memory data storage, a plug & play I/O card, and user-friendly setup and operation. Users can save data via Flash ROM, compact Flash card or PC, as well as configure the recorder’s programmable alarms and messages to get instant notification of critical events. The Brainchild is commonly used to monitor, record, and evaluate plant processes across several industries including chemical, food and beverage, automotive, environmental monitoring, and laboratory applications, but its flexibility makes it suited to any number of projects.

The Brainchild’s built-in display allows for clear review of the measured data on the 6.4” VGA Color LCD display featuring high resolution (true VGA, 640×480 pixels) with flexible screen configuration. Data can be viewed in in multiple display formats. The recorder offers a fast sampling rate within 200msec for all channels at high accuracy. The recorder offers up to 6 isolated analog input channels for voltage, current, thermocouple or RTD, and 6 user-configurable plug and play I/O card slots are also standard. The Brainchild VR-06 also features mathematical and programmable capabilities including statistics with instant, average, and min/max values.

The VR-06 paperless chart recorder serves as a user-friendly, stand-alone solution with its interactive dialogue simplifying setup and operation procedures. Easily accessible and soft function keys allow the user to scroll backward to review historical trends. Users have the ability to monitor the live data and store the information on the Brainchild itself or on any connected PC. From there, they can insure that their process is completed at the correct parameters and program alarms and messages to be sent out if the data goes out of specification.

The Brainchild’s data retention is specified at a minimum of 10 years with zero power data retention. The historical data can be stored in Flash ROM, on the removable Compact Flash memory card’s 128MB standard storage space, or collected in a remote host PC for data evaluation and print-out. Additionally, the Brainchild’s standard Ethernet and optional RS-232/RS-422/RS485 communication enable operators to access data on the screen as well as onsite from a remote location via the RS serial interface or Ethernet networking.

The device’s expandable modular architecture offers high flexibility, and panel mount and bench top/portable configurations with included assembly kits are also available. The Brainchild paperless recorder entirely eliminates the need to search through large amounts of hard copy records to find earlier data, while integrating newer technology featuring the same functionality into users’ existing systems to improve both accuracy and data accessibility.

Check out the Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder product page here.

For further information on the Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder, the VR-18 Paperless Chart Recorder with up to 18 channels, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com

http://www.dataloggerinc.com

Heat Control Using a Brainchild Chart Recorder and an Analog Output Card

A High-Tech Alternative to Paper Chart Recorders

CHESTERLAND OH—October 13, 2011

CAS DataLoggers recently provided the postsale technical solution for a seafood distributor who ordered a Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder to both record and control the temperature in a large oven. The oven was heated by hot water, and the control came from an iris valve. The aim of this controller was to have a thermocouple reading controlling the analog output. The problem with this setup was that the analog output card only worked in a positive direction, and thus it was difficult to have it open the iris valve as the temperature decreased. To resolve this problem, the following steps were taken in programming the Brainchild chart recorder.

The basic layout of the paperless chart recorder was 1 AI183 analog input card and 1 AO183i analog current (4-20mA) output card. The analog input came from a type K thermocouple, and the target temperature range for the oven was between 200°-243°F (93° and 117°C). The analog control needed to have the iris valve fully open at 200°F and fully closed at 243°F.

The analog output could work with values from any available channel in the Brainchild chart recorder. This included measured analog channels as well as virtual math channels. In order to create a channel that would read in the correct direction for the analog output to work correctly, a math channel needed to be used. Using math channel one, the following statement was used: ABS(A1-243). The constant value was, of course, variable in terms of the temperature range desired. This created a range of 0-43 which was then used in the AO settings as the full range of 4-20mA.

In the AO portion of the software, the output was set for 4-20mA, and the ‘Expression’ portion was made as ‘Math1’. The range was then set for 0.0 to 43.0.

The values given were for the specific project that this solution was programmed for, and therefore could easily be changed to suit other projects.

Check out the Brainchild VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder product page here. You can also view additional temperature recorders in inventory here.

For further information on the VR-06 Paperless Chart Recorder, the VR-18 Paperless Chart Recorder with up to 18 input channels, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS Data Logger Applications Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or visit the website at www.DataLoggerInc.com.

Contact Information:
CAS DataLoggers, Inc.
12628 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, Ohio 44026
(440) 729-2570
(800) 956-4437
sales@dataloggerinc.com

http://www.dataloggerinc.com