HBM launches SoMat cDAQ rugged, mobile CAN-based data acquisition modules

HBM, provider of state-of-the-art transducers, signal conditioning electronics, data acquisition systems and measurement software announced today the release of their new SoMat cDAQ rugged, mobile CAN-based data acquisition modules. The SoMat product family has been a leader in field data acquisition for over 25 years servicing Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, off-highway, aerospace and defense industries.

At only 35mm x 217mm x 50mm, the compact cDAQ modules provide a flexible distributed network of HBM world class signal conditioning in any environment and weather condition. Engineered to operate within severe temperatures ranges of -40 to 125°C with an IP67 protection class rating; the compact cDAQ modules allow users to take measurements directly in the most difficult test objects. These can include engine enclosures, gearboxes, pumps, power generation, and many industrial applications. This reduces installation time, cabling, and test set-up while lowering overall product testing costs.

The flexible cDAQ modules are compatible with any CAN ISO 11898 2.0B-based system or vehicle network and have a selectable baud rate from 20 kbps to 1 Mbps. Connecting multiple modules through the CAN bus allows for nearly unlimited channel counts, covering great distances up to 250M. cDAQ modules are powered from a user-friendly DC power source from 8 to 36 volts. Once power is applied to the first module, it is distributed through the rest of the network.

Although well-matched with any CAN network, cDAQ modules are optimally designed to interface with the HBM SoMat eDAQ or eDAQlite rugged, mobile data acquisition systems.

cDAQ modules are available in 16-channel isolated thermocouple configurations, cDAQ-ITC, for K-, J- or T-type thermocouples. Each channel has individual cold junction compensation fully isolated up to 500 V; with an accuracy of +/-0.5°C. Selectable sample rates are available for each channel from 0.1 to 15 Hz. The cDAQ-ITC also has digital and analog filtering to remove high frequency signal components above 50 Hz and notches at 50 Hz and 60 Hz to prevent aliasing at the power line frequency bands.

With further plans to expand the product line into additional signal conditioning modules, the cDAQ is a must-have tool for anyone acquiring data in harsh environments.

For more information visit www.hbm.com/somat.

About HBM:
HBM (www.hbm.com) is a globally operating company specializing in test and measurement. HBM provides complete measurement solutions - from sensor to software - based on high quality products as strain gages, load cells, tranducers, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics and software.

With development and manufacturing operations in Europe, America and Asia, HBM provides measurement solutions to a wide variety of companies in the automotive, aerospace, marine, rail transport, medical equipment, packaging, appliance, automation, and scale industries.

With a 50 year history of quality and precision products, the HBM name has become synonymous with "Measurement with Confidence.

For further information please contact:

1 Churchill Court, 58 Station Road, North Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 7SA UK
Tel: +44(0) 20 8515 6100
Fax: +44(0) 20 8515 6149
Web: www.hbm.com

February 2010

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