19 April 2004
Category: Data Acquisition
Pico Technology launches the EL041 four-channel thermocouple converter
Cambridge, United Kingdom - 19 April 2004 - Pico Technology, the PC-based test and measurement company, has added a four-channel thermocouple converter (the EL041) to its EnviroMon data logging system. The new converter accepts up to four thermocouples, can record up to 250,000 readings and is expandable up to 40 channels.
Featuring built-in cold junction compensation (CJC), the EL041 has an effective temperature range of -270 to 1820°C (using thermocouple types B, E, J, K, N, R, S and T), is accurate to 0.3 per cent ±0.5°C and has a resolution of better than 0.2°C. It is intended for use with the EL005 EnviroMon data logger, a unit which connects directly to a PC's serial port or via an adapter to its USB port.
Alan Tong, Pico Technology's Technical Director, comments, "EnviroMon is an expandable system and up to 10 mixed converters and alarm units can be networked to form an advanced monitoring and alarm system. For example, EnviroMon can text a message to the user if and when any of the temperatures being monitored reaches a critical level, or, using an automatic dialler, the system can be configured to phone the user and play a pre-recorded message giving details of which alarm condition has been reached."
Furthermore, EnviroMon can export recorded data to a website. The data can be posted as graphs in JPEG format and/or tables in CSV format. Tong continues: "This gives users anywhere in the world the ability to view the temperatures. This is particularly useful if the users have just received notification that an alarm condition has been reached." EnviroMon can also be accessed via Internet Protocol (IP), enabling users to view the data as it is being recorded - as well as giving them control over the monitoring system."
Tong concludes: "The addition of the EL041 four-channel thermocouple converter to the EnviroMon family has enhanced the measuring capabilities of the data logging system. So, in addition to being able to measure temperature (with resistive sensors), humidity, voltage and current, the system can now read thermocouple outputs to measure temperatures in the range -270 to 1820 degrees C."
The EL041 is available immediately, retails for £199.00 (+ VAT) and is supplied with EnviroMon software free of charge. Suitable thermocouples for use with the EL041 are available from the Pico accessories website .