Thursday, 19 May 2011

Lot of data to log? You'd be nuts not to go Squirrel!

If you have a lot of data to log, you would, indeed, be nuts not to get a Squirrel. Because Grant’s new 32-channel Squirrel data logger is fully configurable via a large graphical display.

Grant Instruments (, a world famed maker and supplier of data acquisition products, has introduced its enhanced multi-channel (up to 32 universal inputs) Squirrel SQ2040 series of high performance portable data loggers featuring an improved fully configurable graphical LCD display and updated design.

SQ2040 data loggers now includes an intuitive, easy read graphical LCD screen with clear and simple navigation system, that's fully configurable via the integrated four button keypad. The loggers can be remotely configured with no need to connect to a PC or Laptop. Logger status, setup or real time graphical data (meter mode) can be easily viewed, giving accurate (that means better than 0.1%!) and reliable results within minutes of switching the unit on.

The 2040 handheld data loggers are designed for mobile data logging applications like field research and external engineering projects such as environmental projects, service or commissioning systems or processes, in food manufacture and research and in all general engineering and manufacturing production projects.

This highly flexible, multi-purpose logger has 16 differential (or thirty-two single ended) analogue input channels to measure current, voltage, resistance and temperature, and eight event inputs. All eight event inputs can either be logged or used as triggers to automatically start or stop logging.

Onboard memory can store up to 14 million readings, plus retaining up to six separate logger configurations. Memory can be extended by using removable MMC/SD cards. The unit can fulfil many data logging requirements, including somewhat more demanding applications that require up to 100 readings per second on four channels (model SQ2040 4F16).

With multiple high specification 24-bit analogue-to-digital converters to facilitate concurrent sampling, four alarm/relay outputs the data loggers are an out-of-the-box solution for a wide range of data logging applications. The Squirrel SQ2040 boasts very good battery life for unattended logging. The new logger is powered from internal cells or an external power supply connection is available, should this be required.

The onboard RS232 communications can be connected to a GSM modem and there is a choice between wireless or Ethernet ports to facilitate system networking and remote data transmission.

SquirrelView set-up and download software for a PC is provided as part of the system to enable users to export stored data to a chosen PC based application.

The Squirrel range is (naturally!) compatible with Grant’s comprehensive range of temperature probes and with commercially available sensors for measuring a variety of physical parameters. Each data logger within the Squirrel range comes with a 3-year warranty. OEM versions of most products are available on request. Just tell Grant what your requirements are, and they'll do the rest.

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