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A10 Analogue Logger (SpaceLogger)

Product code: SL017PL180

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The SpaceLogger A10 Analogue is a versatile 2 channel 4 to 20 mA data logger.

Features
• 2Gb Memory Card (included)
• Two 4 to 20 mA inputs, 10 bit resolution - allows logging from numerous sensors
• Data sampled and time-stamped then stored in daily files
• Simple to configure for wide range of applications - via setup file written to SD card
• Option to record status of a switch and RS232 data
• Conditional logging
• Alarm output signal
• Can be daisy chained to increase the number of channels
• Can be used to convert 4-20 mA to RS232 (with or without a memory card installed)
• SD card for high capacity data storage in easily removable and transferable format
• Compact, economical and robust design
• Low power consumption
• File format .CSV enables stored data to be read & analysed with standard PC software


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Overview

Data is stored on a removable memory card (included), enabling remote data logging without the need for direct connection to a PC. After logging, the memory card can be simply inserted in a card reader, to view and analyse the data on a PC; no special software is required.

Each data record can be date and time-stamped when it is stored. A new file is generated for each day's data. The default file format is .CSV; other file extensions may be specified.

Data is stored as ASCII text with each record on a new line with comma separated fields. The available fields are: record prefix text, time & date, channel 1 reading, channel 1 units text, channel 2 reading, channel 2 units text, switch state.

Analogue values can be linearly scaled to convert to the units of the parameter being measured. Readings are sampled at 75 Hz and averaged over 1 sec.

In addition to the two analogue channels, the status of a switch input and data received on the logger's RS232 input can be recorded. A comprehensive range of conditions for logging may be specified, which can be conditional on the analogue inputs, switch status or RS232 data.

RS232 data can be output and loggers daisy chained to increase the number of channels.

Customised versions and quantity discounts are available - please contact our sales team for a quote.

Logging Measured Values in Actual Units, Rather Than mA

The SpaceLogger A10 may be set to output a data string with measured values in any required units. The user may specify the units to appear in the logged data record with command UNITS1="degrees", for example.

It is necessary to set up the scaling factors to achieve readings in the required units over the measurement range from the measured current in mA.

The Excel spreadsheet on the link below will calculate the required values for these scaling factors OFFSET, SCALE and POWER that need to be applied to the SpaceLogger A10 for both analogue channels.

Download:
SpaceLogger A10 Scaling Calculations (Microsoft Excel .XLSX format) »

Please use these calculations in conjunction with the SpaceLogger A10 user manual. Values are input in the orange cells; output results for logger commands are in red.

SD Card Data Capacity

A typical string of data for each sample logged by the SpaceLogger A10 would be as follows:
Prefix, Date, Time, Channel 1, Units for Channel 1, Channel 2, Units for Channel 2, Switch State<CR><LF>

Where:

Prefix: text set by user - may be up to 10 characters long
Date: format is DD/MM/YYYY (10 characters)
Time: format is hh:mm:ss (8 characters)
Channel 1: recorded value could be up to 16 characters max, including decimal point
Units 1: text set by user - may be up to 10 characters long
Channel 2: recorded value could be up to 16 characters max, including decimal point
Units 2: text set by user - may be up to 10 characters long
Switch Sate: logged as 0 or 1 (1 character)
<CR><LF>: end of line is 2 characters

Therefore, max number of characters in one sample is 90, i.e. 90 bytes (including the comma delimiters).

If logging a sample once per second, for one month this would be approximately 250 MB of data in total.

The following table gives the approximate capacity of the SD card, depending on the logging interval selected and the actual size of the data sample recorded:

 

SpaceLogger A10

Data capacity by sample size and logging rate
Memory Card Size 90bytes
@ 1 per sec
90bytes
@ 1 per 5 sec
45bytes
@ 1 per sec
45bytes
@ 1 per 5 sec
2 GB 8 months >3 years 16 months >6 years

Examples of SpaceLogger A10 Applications

Recording the level of water in a tank using an ultrasonic ranger
Recording GPS data and two analogue channels
Analogue to RS232 converter
Push button triggered reading
Logging the supply voltage
Extending the number of analogue channels

SpaceLogger A10 application

Example of SpaceLogger A10 application

Logging of data from 2 analogue 4-20mA channels

Recording the level of water in a tank using an ultrasonic ranger

In this example we will use the low cost Devantech SRF06 ultrasonic ranger with 4-20mA output. It has an output current specified as 4mA + 31.37uA/cm

Tank level gauge

For channel 1 the value output by the logger is given by

C1 = (A1 + OFFSET1) x SCALE1 x 10POWER1

Where

A1 is the measured value in mA x 100
OFFSET1 is the offset in mA x 100
SCALE1 is the scaling factor
POWER1 is the exponent for the power of 10 multiplier

So if we wish to record d the distance from the sensor to the water surface in metres OFFSET1 = - 4 x 100 = - 400

The scale value we require is the number of meters per 1/100th of a mA

SCALE1 x 10POWER1 = 0.01/3.137  meters per 1/100th of a mA

= 0.0031878  meters per 1/100th of a mA

The logger uses integer maths and requires a value in the range +/- 32767 for SCALE1 so we can use 31878 with a multiplier of  10-7 to position the decimal point correctly.

SCALE1 x 10POWER1 = 31878 x 10-7

As 1/100th of a mA represents just over 3mm it is adequate to record 2 decimal places so

DP1 = 2

The following commands could therefore be used to setup the logger

SCALE1= 31878
OFFSET1= -400
POWER1= -7
DP1= 2
RATE= 10
MODE= NORMAL
FORMAT= P T C1 U1
TRIGGER= SO
PREFIX="Tank1"
UNITS1="m"

The recorded data would look similar to:

Tank1,15/03/12,12:44:40,0.22,m
Tank1,15/03/12,12:44:50,0.22,m
Tank1,15/03/12,12:45:00,0.22,m
Tank1,15/03/12,12:45:10,0.22,m

Recording GPS data and two analogue channels

If it is required to synchronise readings from a number of loggers in different locations, eliminate any issues with real time clock drift or just know the location of the reading then the ability to connect a GPS to the logger is really useful.

In this example every 10 seconds we will record the RMC sentence from a GPS receiver which provides date, time, position, speed and course over ground information and readings from two 4 – 20mA sensors.

There are a number of GPS receivers that have RS232 outputs that are suitable for connecting to the logger, Garmin produce the GPS 35 HVS or GPS35 PC for example.

The logger needs to operate in slave mode and set to capture the RMC sentence every 10 seconds which is done by specifying a start string that requires the least significant digit of the time (UTC) field must to be 0

STX="$??RMC,?????0"

Question marks represent characters that can have any value.

The carriage return character can be used to identify the end of the RMC sentence and will be replaced by the analogue readings when data is recorded.

The following commands could be used to setup the logger

SCALE1=1
OFFSET1=0
POWER1= -2
DP1=2
UNITS1="mA"
SCALE2=1
OFFSET2=0
POWER2= -2
DP1=2
UNITS2="mA"
FORMAT= P C1 U1 C2 U2
PREFIX="A10"
MODE= SLAVE
STX="$??RMC,?????0"
ETX=13     // decimal value of ASCII carriage return character
BAUD=4800  //NMEA standard baud rate
OUTPUT= C

Example of the recorded data:

$GPRMC,110150.739,A,5045.2096,N,00131.6903,W,0.00,,020412,,*05,A10,8.89,mA,9.90,mA
$GPRMC,110200.739,A,5045.2087,N,00131.6868,W,0.00,,020412,,*0F,A10,8.89,mA,9.90,mA
$GPRMC,110210.738,A,5045.2084,N,00131.6883,W,0.00,,020412,,*09,A10,8.89,mA,10.20,mA
$GPRMC,110220.738,A,5045.2085,N,00131.6892,W,0.00,,020412,,*0B,A10,8.89,mA,10.20,mA
$GPRMC,110230.737,A,5045.2088,N,00131.6886,W,0.00,,020412,,*0D,A10,8.89,mA,10.20,mA
$GPRMC,110240.736,A,5045.2102,N,00131.6912,W,0.00,,020412,,*04,A10,8.89,mA,10.20,mA

Analogue to RS232 converter

The logger can operate without a memory card just to provide an analogue to RS232 converter function.

SpaceLogger A10 as Analogue to RS232 converter

To do this the output should be set to continuous.

For example the following commands in the SETUP.TXT file would give the output shown above

SCALE1=1
OFFSET1=0
POWER1= -2
DP1=2
RATE=1
MODE= NORMAL
FORMAT= P T C1 U1
OUTPUT= C
PREFIX="#A10"
UNITS1="mA"

Push button triggered reading

The SpaceLogger can be setup to record a single reading each time a switch is closed.

SpaceLogger A10 with push button triggered logging

The switch could be a simple push button or for example some kind of position/object detection switch.

If required there can also be a programmable delay after the switch is closed to allow the sensor to stabilise before recording the reading.

The SpaceLogger MODE must be SINGLE so repeated readings are not recorded if the button is held closed.

The RATE setting has no effect when in single mode. The logger takes a reading every second but only records the single required reading. It will not record readings at more than once a second.

As an example the following commands in the SETUP.TXT file would record a reading 5 seconds after the push button is pressed.

SCALE1=1
OFFSET1=0
POWER1= -2
DP1=2
RATE=1
MODE= SINGLE
FORMAT= P T C1 U1
TRIGGER= SC
DELAY=5
PREFIX="#A10"
UNITS1="mA"

If an indication that a reading has been taken is required a high efficiency led (Avago HLMP-K155 RS 826-521 Farnell 100-3210) can be connected to the alarm output and the alarm condition set to logging by including the following command in the SETUP.TXT file.

ALARM=L

The LED will come on shortly after the switch is pressed and remain on during the delay until the reading is recorded.

Logging the supply voltage

Often it is useful to record the supply voltage this can be done with a simple resistor between the supply and one of the analogue inputs.

Supply voltage measurement

The choice of resistor value will depend on the accuracy required, acceptable current draw and supply voltage range.

The current through the resistors is
I = V/( R + 47 + 130 )

To record the reading in volts we require the volts per 0.01 mA
SCALE1 x 10POWER1 = 0.00001 x ( R + 177 )

For R = 4700 ohms this would give
SCALE1 x 10POWER1 = 0.04877

So we can use
SCALE1 = 4877
POWER1 = -5

The maximum voltage V is limited by the maximum allowable voltage across the 130 ohm resistor of 3 volts. Note V must always be positive.

The following commands could be used to setup the logger

SCALE1= 4877
OFFSET1= 0
POWER1= -5
DP1= 1
RATE= 10
MODE= NORMAL
FORMAT= P T C1 U1
TRIGGER= SO
PREFIX="V1"
UNITS1="volts"

The recorded data would look similar to

V1,15/03/12,12:44:40,13.4,volts
V1,15/03/12,12:44:50,13.4,volts
V1,15/03/12,12:45:00,13.5,volts
V1,15/03/12,12:45:10,13.5,volts

Extending the number of analogue channels

If two 4 to 20mA channels is not enough, the number of channels can be extended by daisy chaining SpaceLogger A10s together.

Daisy chained SpaceLogger A10

The first logger in the chain determines the frequency and/or conditions for measurements, the rest of the units operate in slave mode appending their data to the received data. The last unit in the chain stores the data on to the SD card.

Set up commands for the first logger:

SCALE1=1
OFFSET1=0
POWER1= -2
DP1=2
UNITS1="mA"
SCALE2=1
OFFSET2=0
POWER2= -2
DP2=2
UNITS2="mA"
RATE=10
MODE= NORMAL
FORMAT= P T C1 U1 C2 U2
OUTPUT= C
TRIGGER= SO
PREFIX="Ch1-8"  //will be used to identify the start of the reading by subsequent loggers

Set up commands for loggers 2 to 4:

SCALE1=1
OFFSET1=0
POWER1= -2
DP1=2
UNITS1="mA"
SCALE2=1
OFFSET2=0
POWER2= -2
DP2=2
UNITS2="mA"
MODE= SLAVE
FORMAT= C1 U1 C2 U2
OUTPUT= C
STX="Ch1-8" // start of string output by logger 1
ETX=13      // decimal value of ASCII carriage return character

Data recorded

Ch1-8,15/03/12,12:44:40,8.89,mA,9.90,mA,5.85,mA,9.10,mA,15.19,mA,7.90,mA,8.82,mA,13.64,mA
Ch1-8,15/03/12,12:44:50,8.89,mA,9.90,mA,5.85,mA,9.10,mA,15.19,mA,7.90,mA,8.82,mA,13.64,mA
Ch1-8,15/03/12,12:45:00,8.89,mA,9.90,mA,5.85,mA,9.10,mA,15.19,mA,7.90,mA,8.82,mA,13.64,mA
Ch1-8,15/03/12,12:45:10,8.89,mA,9.90,mA,5.85,mA,9.10,mA,15.19,mA,7.90,mA,8.82,mA,13.64,mA

Physical Enclosure dimensions Width: 67 mm
Depth: 67 mm
Height: 28 mm (excluding optional rubber feet)
Weight 75g
Enclosure material GP ABS (UL94-HB) plastic and acrylic
Connections Type Screwless terminals capable of accepting wire 0.32 to 0.65mm diameter (AWG 28 to 22)
Analogue Input Number of Channels 2
Range 4 to 20 mA (0 to 23 mA maximum)
Sampling Readings are sampled at 75 Hz and averaged over 1 sec
Maximum logging rate 1 Hz
Input impedance 177 ohms
Accuracy ±1% or 0.1 mA at 20 °C over range 4 to 20 mA
Drift with temperature 100 ppm / °C over range -40 °C to +40 °C
Analogue to digital converter 10-bit resolution
Switch Input Digital channel Input for logging control switch
Max input voltage Must not exceed 3V
Current out 7μA max
RS232 Input Number of channels 1
Transmission standard RS232 compatible, 8 bits and no parity
Transmission speed 9600 Baud (default) or selectable from 115200, 57600, 38400, 19200, 4800, 2400, 1200, 300 or 110 Baud
Data sample Records only the data between specified start (STX) and end (ETX) characters
RS232 Output Transmission standard RS232 compatible, 8 bits and no parity
Transmission speed 9600 Baud (default) or selectable from 115200, 57600, 38400, 19200, 4800, 2400, 1200, 300 or 110 Baud
Output rate Normal Mode: 1 data record per 1 to 60 seconds - selectable
Single sample Mode: single data record output in response to event defined by command TRIGGER
Slave Mode: rate determined by input of RS232 data sample defined by STX and ETX
Alarm Output Min output voltage VOH=1.7V Typ @ 1mA output current
Data Storage Data storage card Removable SD, MMC or MMC mobile card
Data capacity 2 GByte (max)
File system FAT16 or FAT32 with 8.3 file names
Sector size 512 Bytes
Data logging interval Normal Mode: 1 data record per 1 to 60 seconds - selectable
Single sample Mode: single data record logged in response to event defined by command TRIGGER with time delay defined by command DELAY
Slave Mode: rate determined by input of RS232 data sample defined by STX and ETX
Audible / Visual
Indicators
LED indicators Green: Ready to record data
Red: Power on, Writing data to SD card
Audio bleeper Two tone signal on correct card insertion
Single tone when data purge button depressed
Four bleeps per minute when time and date not set
Real Time Clock Accuracy ±40 ppm at 25°C
Backup battery CR2032
Power Power requirement 7 to 30 V DC
Current at 12 VDC 10 mA typical
Supply input protection Polarity reversal protected and internal resettable 140 mA fuse
Connection options (both included) 1.3 mm centre pin DC connector, or Screwless terminals (0.32 to 0.64 mm diameter, AWG 28 to 22 conductors)
Environmental Temperature range Operating: -25°C to +70°C [or dependent on card conditions]
Storage: -40°C to +70°C
Enclosure protection IP203
EMC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC - CE marked
(Emissions: EN61326:1997 inc A1/A2/A3:2003, EN60945:1997
Immunity: EN61326:1997)
FCC/CFR 47: Part 15:2004

The manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specification and therefore the information in this document may be subject to change.


SpaceLogger 10 Series Case Studies


Mapping Conditions & Life on the Sea Bed

SpaceLogger S10 data loggers have been utilised to map the conditions and life on the ocean floor. SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were being towed at depths of 3000 metres whilst taking recordings of CTD (water conductivity, temperature and depth).

The SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were part of the equipment on three 3000 metre depth rated 'pods' along with batteries, video processing equipment and control electronics.

Marcus Shirley of Mr ROV, a member of the research team, confirmed back to us:

"The loggers worked great and allowed us to reliably record accurate data which we were able to easily import into our scienfic modelling software. The time stamping feature allowed us to sync up all the data with the logged data from the ship's GPS and vehicle USBL position transponder, creating a very comprehensive data set. Many thanks for your help. The SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were great and 100% reliable, which is very important when you're on a ship far from land!"

New Zealand Lamb Weighing System

Richard Paul Russell helps a customer of Wedderburn Scales produce perfect New Zealand lamb for your dinner table. The SpaceLogger S10 is incorporated into the Wedderburn hanging weigh system used to track the weight of chilling lamb carcases while they are spray chilled. The scale outputs the weight every minute to a remote display unit where it is also recorded by the S10 logger.

Straits of Malacca & Singapore Shipping Data

Richard Paul Russell has supplied a SpaceLogger S10 to capture the raw radar data on shipping passing through the Straits of Malacca & Singapore, the World's busiest shipping route with 90,000 transits per year. The automatic identification system (AIS) data from ships is sent from on-board transponders to allow live automatic tracking of ships by vessel traffic services (VTS). The logged data is required for near miss and accident investigation work by the maritime authorities.

Vehicle Activated Signs Data

Richard Paul Russell supplies the SpaceLogger S10 to the leading UK manufacturer of vehicle activated signs. The S10 with data storage on an SD card is ideal for capturing the data from radar activated vehicle speed indication displays often in remote roadside locations. The data provided assists in understanding high traffic volumes and speeds with the aim of reducing accident rates.

Bombardier Transportation Rail Vehicle Data

Richard Paul Russell has supplied SpaceLogger T10s to Bombardier Transportation, the leading UK rail engineering and manufacturing company. The T10 data loggers have been used in 2 applications. Firstly, on rail vehicles in South Africa to confirm the on-board data communication system is outputting the designed data, and secondly in the UK on rail vehicles to create a back-up of data from the communications system.

Load Cells with 4-20mA Output

Richard Paul Russell supply the SpaceLogger A10 to a customer adding a dedicated logging function to load cells with 4-20mA outputs.

The SpaceLogger A10 may take up to two 4-20mA analogue output. Readings are sampled at 75Hz, averaged over 1 second and time and date stamped when stored. The SpaceLogger A10 can be daisy chained for multiple load cell monitoring. Data is captured in a daily .csv file for easy analysis within a spreadsheet. If required conditional logging can be utilised.

Outside Webcasting Services

Richard Paul Russell supplies the SpaceLogger S10 to a major outside webcast facilities company specialising in location filming and audio services for live and on demand video. The logger is used to capture the RS232 serial data from the audio recording equipment when used for in-vehicle interviews with high profile individuals. This data allows the recording equipment settings to be analysed against the quality of the audio.

Manufacturing Quality Control For Water Softener Filters

Richard Paul Russell's SpaceLogger S10 is being used by the UK's number one selling water softener manufacturer. On a water filter production line, the dual channel S10 serial data logger is being prototyped to capture data from a Keyence sensor giving the filter height and the corresponding output from the Adam weigh scales. Each data pair requires date/time stamping. The customer has configured the logger to achieve the required data sequencing.

SpaceLogger 50 Series Case Studies


Gwennap Head National Coastwatch Weather Station

Richard Paul Russell has provided a complete internet connected weather station utilising a SpaceLogger W50 for the National Coastwatch Institution at Gwennap Head in Cornwall. The Gill Metpak weather sensor data is captured by the W50 data logger enclosed in the WeatherFile Connection Unit (WCU) and then transferred via the W50's Wi-Fi module to the Local area network and the internet. The live and historic wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity data can then be viewed on any internet connected device via the WeatherFile website.

Richard Paul Russell have over 70 weather systems all using SpaceLogger W50s viewable on the WeatherFile website.

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight, Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor with a SpaceLogger W50 at Ryde Pier during the summer months.

This takes the Solent WeatherFile network to five sites and is an essential resource for sailors, water sport enthusiasts, sailing event organisers and others wishing to have live and accurate wind speed and direction measurements.

One of the main challenges faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of a local power supply and Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) containing a W50 and associated 4G router allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website. This was locally powered through a deep cycle leisure battery (70Ahr) connected to a solar panel. The result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of mains power and local internet.

SpaceLogger 100 Series Case Studies


Industrial Emissions Monitoring Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied SpaceLogger S100 for a chemical manufacturing facility requiring emissions data from the extractive laser gas monitoring equipment. The trace gas concentration measurements are made by direct absorption laser spectroscopy. The data from this equipment is captured by the S100 which is ethernet wired into the site's local area network. This live and historical data is then readily available on a server location to the relevant company employees.

Milk Pasteurizer Machine Data Back-up

Richard Paul Russell has provided a SpaceLogger S100 data logger to a supplier of milk pasteurizing equipment. The required pasteurization data on each batch is automatically recorded on the S100 and sent to a folder on the dairy's local area network.

Why this logger is so critical is that the normal method of recording the data requires a degree of manual interaction, and if this does not occur for some reason, the entire batch cannot be sold due to the lack of pasteurization data.

Wind/Weather & Environmental Case Studies


Warehouse Loading Bay Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied a custom SpaceLogger W100 for a large scale warehousing operation requiring wind direction and speed data to ensure safe vehicle loading. In certain wind conditions the customer has experienced significant stability issues with curtain side trailers on one side of the building. The wind data from the Gill WindSonic 1 sensor is captured by the W100 which is ethernet connected to the local area network and internet. The wind data is then viewable on the WeatherFile website, in this case via a private login. Email alerts are also sent to key employees when the customer set threshold wind speed is reached.

Industrial Emissions Monitoring Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied SpaceLogger S100 for a chemical manufacturing facility requiring emissions data from the extractive laser gas monitoring equipment. The trace gas concentration measurements are made by direct absorption laser spectroscopy. The data from this equipment is captured by the S100 which is ethernet wired into the sites local area network. This live and historical data is then readily available on a server location to the relevant company employees.

Gwennap Head National Coastwatch Weather Station

Richard Paul Russell has provided a complete internet connected weather station utilising a SpaceLogger W50 for the National Coastwatch Institution at Gwennap Head in Cornwall. The Gill Metpak weather sensor data is captured by the W50 data logger enclosed in the Weatherfile Connection Unit (WCU) and then transferred via the W50's Wi-Fi module to the Local area network and the internet. The live and historic wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity data can then be viewed on any internet connected device via the WeatherFile website.

Richard Paul Russell have over 50 weather systems all using SpaceLogger W50s viewable on the WeatherFile website.

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight, Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor with a SpaceLogger W50 at Ryde Pier for the summer months.

This takes the Solent WeatherFile network to five sites and is an essential resource for sailors, water sport enthusiasts, sailing event organisers and others wishing to have live and accurate wind speed and direction measurements.

One of the main challenges faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of a local power supply and Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) containing a W50 and associated 4G router allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website. This was locally powered through a deep cycle leisure battery (70Ahr) connected to a solar panel. The result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of mains power and local internet.

Scottish Airport Cloud Ceilometer Data

Richard Paul Russell were requested to produce a customised logger to record the raw data from an Elliason cloud ceilometer CBME80 located in a remote location on a Scottish airfield. After studying the RS232 data output from the CBME80 a SpaceLogger S10 was custom configured to detect, date/time stamp, and log each burst of data. Once a month the SD card is collected from the logger and the data file (of type and format specified by the customer) is downloaded.

This development has allowed Richard Paul Russell to enter the small airfield market with equipment system supply for comprehensive live wind, weather and visibility data.

Autoclave (Decontamination) Cycle Data


Eschmann Technologies Dental Autoclave Real-Time Cycle Data Management

Richard Paul Russell and Eschmann Technologies worked in close partnership to produce a highly bespoke real-time autoclave cycle data management system and electronic logbook. This involved creating a custom variant of the D50 Wi-Fi logger with associated real-time cycle management software.

The hardware customisation was in the areas of enclosure, brand labelling and over-moulded cable assembly. The software development was extensive to interpret the cycle data, allow manual input of additional tests and checks, facilitate user data analysis and present the combined data in the desired summary and detailed formats including Eschmann branded pdfs.

This was a relatively complex project that has provided Eschmann customers with an on-going very successful product, that is still standing the test of time some 10 years after first use.

Prestige Medical's Dental Decontamination Autoclave Cycle Logging

Richard Paul Russell have supplied Prestige over many years with several different variants of the SpaceLogger D10 for use with their decontamination autoclaves. The automatic recording of cycles by the logger replaces the printer and the manual filing of printouts, thus improving efficiency and reliability of record keeping for regulatory compliance.

The most recent customisation was for a re-designed PCB-only logger to be built-in to a new autoclave design, with particular requirements for the SD card interface with the autoclave control panel fascia. This involved a new PCB layout to accommodate several changes including a new push-push SD card connector.

MDS Medical's Dental & Veterinary Autoclave Data Management System

Richard Paul Russell developed with MDS Medical a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10 and produced custom, branded Cycle Data Management software. The logger is supplied as PCB-only to be mounted internally in the autoclaves. To ensure the simplest integration into the autoclaves a design modification was done to allow the logger, normally requiring 12V, to run off the existing main control board printer connection rated at 5V. The Cycle Data Management software was matched to the output from the MDS range of 9 autoclaves to log, manage, and electronically store the cycles to aid compliance with HTM 01-05.

Large Scale Plasma Sterilizer Data

Richard Paul Russell has produced for the Renosem Co Ltd of Korea a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10. Renosem is an innovative provider of Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizers that ensure infection prevention and microbial reduction.

The data logger is shipped to Renosem's manufacturing facility as PCB-only for internal fitting in their plasma sterilizers. The SD card, LED indicators and purge button are all accessible through a faceplate in the outer casing of the sterilizer.

The data is saved in daily text files, replicating the format that would be seen on a traditional paper printer-out.

Customised Data Logger Case Studies


Eschmann Technologies Dental Autoclave Real-Time Cycle Data Management

Richard Paul Russell and Eschmann Technologies worked in close partnership to produce a highly bespoke real-time autoclave cycle data management system and electronic logbook. This involved creating a custom variant of the D50 Wi-Fi logger with associated real-time cycle management software.

The hardware customisation was in the areas of enclosure, brand labelling and over-moulded cable assembly. The software development was extensive to interpret the cycle data, allow manual input of additional tests and checks, facilitate user data analysis and present the combined data in the desired summary and detailed formats including Eschmann branded pdfs.

This was a relatively complex project that has provided Eschmann customers with an on-going very successful product, that is still standing the test of time some 10 years after first use.

Warehouse Loading Bay Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied a custom SpaceLogger W100 for a large scale warehousing operation requiring wind direction and speed data to ensure safe vehicle loading. In certain wind conditions the customer has experienced significant stability issues with curtain side trailers on one side of the building. The wind data from the Gill WindSonic 1 sensor is captured by the W100 which is ethernet connected to the local area network and internet. The wind data is then viewable on the WeatherFile website, in this case via a private login. Email alerts are also sent to key employees when the customer set threshold wind speed is reached.

The W100 with a wired LAN connection is particularly valuable for safety critical applications such as this, and also where Wi-Fi is unreliable.

On-board Vehicle Bin Weighing Systems

Richard Paul Russell Ltd have worked with Vehicle Weighing Solutions linking with their Enviroweigh load cell system which automatically weighs the contents of two and four wheeled bins. Installed in the cab of refuse vehicles this specific variant of the SpaceLogger T10 supplied with a custom interface cable assembly, is used to capture bin weight data from the vehicle telematics system to the removable memory card. This data is transferred to the refuse vehicle operator's admin system on return to the depot.

Further developments in this area have included Wi-Fi connectivity to allow direct data transfer as soon as soon as refuse or grit/salt spreader vehicles return to base.

Mettler Toledo Laboratory Weigh Scales

Richard Paul Russell has developed a custom variant of the SpaceLogger S10 for Mettler-Toledo in France to capture the continuous RS232 data from laboratory balances. The SpaceLogger S10 has a custom interface cable and configuration to capture exactly the data required, add a date/time stamp and record in the customer's specified format in a csv file. A second input is available and will for example allow a bar code reader to assign an ID with each item weighed.

The SpaceLogger T10 model is ideal for balances with a print command and RS232 output and will keep a text record identical to the paper print-out. Hence the requirement for a dedicated printer on the lab bench is removed.

Prestige Medical's Dental Decontamination Autoclave Cycle Logging

Richard Paul Russell have supplied Prestige over many years with several different variants of the SpaceLogger D10 for use with their decontamination autoclaves. The automatic recording of cycles by the logger replaces the printer and the manual filing of printouts, thus improving efficiency and reliability of record keeping for regulatory compliance.

The most recent customisation was for a re-designed PCB-only logger to be built-in to a new autoclave design, with particular requirements for the SD card interface with the autoclave control panel fascia. This involved a new PCB layout to accommodate several changes including a new push-push SD card connector.

Scottish Airport Cloud Ceilometer Data

Richard Paul Russell were requested to produce a customised logger to record the raw data from an Elliason cloud ceilometer CBME80 located in a remote location on a Scottish airfield. After studying the RS232 data output from the CBME80 a SpaceLogger S10 was custom configured to detect, date/time stamp, and log each burst of data. Once a month the SD card is collected from the logger and the data file (of type and format specified by the customer) is downloaded.

This development has allowed Richard Paul Russell to enter the small airfield market with equipment system supply for comprehensive live wind, weather and visibility data.

MDS Medical's Dental & Veterinary Autoclave Data Management System

Richard Paul Russell developed with MDS Medical a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10 and produced custom, branded Cycle Data Management software. The logger is supplied as PCB-only to be mounted internally in the autoclaves. To ensure the simplest integration into the autoclaves a design modification was done to allow the logger, normally requiring 12V, to run off the existing main control board printer connection rated at 5V. The Cycle Data Management software was matched to the output from the MDS range of 9 autoclaves to log, manage, and electronically store the cycles to aid compliance with HTM 01-05.

Large Scale Plasma Sterilizer Data

Richard Paul Russell has produced for the Renosem Co Ltd of Korea a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10. Renosem is an innovative provider of Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizers that ensure infection prevention and microbial reduction.

The data logger is shipped to Renosem's manufacturing facility as PCB-only for internal fitting in their plasma sterilizers. The SD card, LED indicators and purge button are all accessible through a faceplate in the outer casing of the sterilizer.

The data is saved in daily text files, replicating the format that would be seen on a traditional paper printer-out.