Practical Data Acquisition for Instrumentation and Control Systems

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Newnes, Jun 10, 2003 - Computers - 432 pages
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* Covers all aspects of the data acquisition system from design and specification to programming, installation and configuration
* Gives both the novice and experienced user a solid understanding of interfacing the PC and standalone instruments to real-world signals from the laboratory to the industrial plant
* Provides a thorough grasp of PC data acquisition systems and the ability to design, specify, install and configure and program data acquisition systems quickly and effectively

This book focuses on data acquisition and control using the PC and standalone instruments. The PC has made a dramatic impact in the ease with which the technician, scientist and engineer today can set up their own test and measurement system at a remarkably low cost. And this book aims to show you how easy it is with plenty of carefully researched information. The popular IEEE 488 interface is also covered. All aspects of the data acquisition system are included from design and specification to programming, installation and configuration. This book gives both the novice and experienced user a solid grasp of the principles and practical implementation of interfacing the PC and standalone instruments to real-world signals from the laboratory to the industrial plant. Once you have read the book, you will have a thorough grasp of PC data acquisition systems and will be able to design, specify, install and configure and program data acquisition systems quickly and effectively.

* Covers all aspects of the data acquisition system from design and specification to programming, installation and configuration
* Gives both the novice and experienced user a solid understanding of interfacing the PC and standalone instruments to real-world signals from the laboratory to the industrial plant
* Provides a thorough grasp of PC data acquisition systems and the ability to design, specify, install and configure and program data acquisition systems quickly and effectively
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Analog and digital signals
13
3 Signal conditioning
36
4 The PC for real time work
67
5 Plugin data acquisition boards
119
6 Serial data communications
176
7 Distributed and standalone loggerscontrollers
204
8 IEEE 488 standard
234
12 THE PCMCIA Card
292
Glossary
305
IBM PC bus specifications
332
Review of the Intel 8255 PPI chip
349
Review of the Intel 8254 timercounter chip
364
Thermocouple tables
377
Number systems
389
GPIB IEEE488 mnemonics and their definitions
398

9 Ethernet LAN systems
252
10 The universal serial bus USB
271
11 Specific techniques
285

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John Park is a staff engineer with IDC Technologies with a particular interest in electronics, circuit board design and data communications. He has presented training courses throughout the world to over 15,000 engineers and technicians.

Steve Mackay is a professional engineer with over twenty-five years' experience throughout the world with a particular interest in data acquisition techniques, industrial data communications and process control. He is the Technical Director of IDC Technologies and consults widely to clients in the oil and gas, mining and manufacturing industries. Steve has presented courses to over 12,000 engineers and technicians throughout the world.

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