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MCC Data Acquisition Handbook

Data Acquisition Technical ArticlesTechTips, White Papers, Product Application Notes

NEW TechTips – Basic and Advanced Data Acquisition Topics
NEW Raspberry Pi® Data Acquisition using MCC DAQ
This document shows how to acquire data from an MCC DAQ device using a test application installed on a Raspberry Pi computer.
NEW Utilizing Digital Inputs / Outputs with MCC DAQ
This document shows how to write to a single digital I/O bit using an MCC DAQ device and various software platforms.
Acquiring an Analog Waveform with MCC DAQ
This document shows how to capture an analog waveform using an MCC DAQ device and various software platforms.
Acquiring a Single Analog Input Value with MCC DAQ
This document shows how to read a single analog input value using an MCC DAQ device and various software platforms.
Basic Analog Input Signal Connections (Part 1)
This document provides a basic understanding of the following analog input signal connection concepts and practices: single-ended inputs, differential inputs, common mode voltage, common mode range, and system grounding and isolation.
Basic Analog Input Signal Connections (Part 2)
This document provides DAQ product users with recommended single-ended/differential wiring guidelines for analog input measurements after considering sensor grounding, DAQ system grounding and isolation, and common mode voltage.
Choosing a Software Environment for Data Acquisition
This document highlights the different Software options available for data acquisition (DAQ) applications, and outline the Measurement Computing Corporation (MCC) support for these options.
Digital I/O Techniques
This document provides an overview of the following digital I/O techniques used in the data acquisition (DAQ) industry, pull-up and pull-down resistors, TTL to solid state relays, voltage dividers, and low-pass filters.
Accuracy, Precision, Resolution, and Sensitivity
Instrument manufacturers usually supply specifications for their equipment that define its accuracy, precision, resolution and sensitivity. Unfortunately, not all of these specifications are uniform from one to another or expressed in the same terms.
White Papers
Data Acquisition Fundamentals:
Improving Measurement Quality with Signal Conditioning
This white paper explains the best practices and proper application of the seven major signal conditioning types. Understanding the unique characteristics of each technique will help improve the measurement accuracy of your data acquisition system.
Making Accurate Temperature Measurements with Thermocouples, Thermistors and RTD Sensors
This in-depth white paper explores the theory, operation, and pitfalls of using thermocouple, thermistor, and RTD sensors. Find out how to improve the accuracy and reliability of data from these sensors.
Digital and Pulse-Train Conditioning
Learn about digital I/O signals and interfacing, isolation, pulse-train signal conditioning, frequency-to-voltage conversion, timing applications, and more.
Noise Reduction and Isolation
Learn about controlling noise, ground practices, shielding, isolation, and crosstalk in data acquisition systems.
Displacement and Position Sensing
Learn about displacement and position sensing. Topics include linear displacement, linear variable differential transformers, rotational position, and more.
Electrical Measurements
Learn the priniciples behind making valid voltage measurements including high and low AC and DC levels. Topics also include current and resistance measurements, RMS, hall effect sensors, voltage dividers, and more.
Multiplexing and Sampling Theory
Learn about sampled data acquisition systems, fundamental concepts of sampling rates, sample and hold circuits, aliasing and fourier transforms, filtering, settling time, and more.
Analog to Digital Conversion
Learn how analog to digital converters operate including successive approximation, integrating, and Sigma-Delta ADCs. Topics also include ENOB, measurement accuracy, resolution, and more.
Making Basic Strain Measurements using 24-Bit Hardware
Learn about the basic principle of operation of strain gages, the various ways in which they may be connected, and the requirements of their signal conditioners to reduce susceptibility to noise that can contaminate their low-level output signals.

MCC White Papers of interest:
5 Steps to Creating and Deploying Android™ Data Acquisition Apps
With the Universal Library (UL) for Android API, you can easily create custom data acquisition apps for Android devices. UL for Android communicates with supported Measurement Computing DAQ devices over the Android 3.1 platform (API level 12) and later.
Tablets in Data Acquisition
In the drive to smaller and smaller data acquisition systems, tablet computers bring a great appeal. Desktop personal computers gave engineers the power to create custom test and measurement applications. Laptop computers gave engineers the ability to create smaller and more portable DAQ systems. Are tablet computers the natural evolution of this trend?
Guide to DAQ Signal Connections
This new guide provides an overview of wiring configurations, techniques, and best practices for data acquisition signal connections. Readers will learn about proper grounding, common mode voltages, single ended vs. differential inputs and more.

DASYLab Techniques:
- Saving DASYLab Data to an ASCII Readable File
- Using Cursors in the Display Modules
- Create a Worksheet: Save a New File at Midnight Every Day
- Create a Worksheet: Collect, Display, and Save Temperature Data
Product Application Notes
NEW Portable Test System Using MCC DAQ and Raspberry Pi®
Townsend Engineering Services, Inc. chose the USB-1608FS-Plus to design a system to be used for testing sports and playground surfaces.
Developing a Scattered Light Detection Instrument
OSI Optoelectronics selected the OEM-ready USB-2533 from Measurement Computing to provide 16-bit digitization and data transfer to a PC over the USB bus.
Acquiring Data Across Networks
The USB-7202 was selected by Veritium because of its hardware capabilities and the small footprint software framework which greatly simplified application development, making it ideal for OEM and embedded applications.
Test Instrumentation for Nuclear Power Plants
InHand Electronics was contracted to design and build the next generation of test instrumentation for nuclear power plants. The Measurement Computing USB-2533 using MCCs Windows® CE deployment platform stood out as providing the best solution.
Monitoring Theme Park and Amusement Rides
The LGR-5329 was chosen to monitor the rides because of its small footprint, flexible integration into over a dozen rides, optoisolation, and high-speed data capture that is provided at one tenth the cost of other commercially available loggers.
Optimizing Swimmers' Performance
Hector Engineering saved hours of development time creating the E-Rack interface with DASYLab’s intuitive graphical programming and library of modules.
Catapult Torsion Testing
MCC's USB-2404-UI data acquisition system monitors signals from load cells and strain gages on a championship pumpkin catapult.