HBM develops USB technology for effective measurements in a small, robust format

HBM has launched the espressoDAQ series of USB-based measuring amplifiers that are designed to reliably acquire virtually all measured quantities.

Despite their small size and the inexpensive price, the modules offer very high quality and performance capability, such as carrier frequency technology and A/D converter with a resolution of 24 bit. Modules can be supplied that either draw power from the USB interface or a separate power pack can be utilized.

The amplifiers are designed for "plug & measure" while fully synchronized measurement systems can be enabled by operating several measuring amplifiers from a single USB hub. This means that users can obtain measurement results extremely rapidly.

The espressoDAQ measuring amplifiers support TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet) enabling simple and rapid configuration of a wide range of transducer types; transducers are connected via an RJ45 connector.

The USB amplifiers are supplied with simple-to-operate software that takes a few steps for configuration, data acquisition and visualization enabling rapid measurement results. All measured data can be exported using the most current formats.

Marc Zürn, HBM’s product manager says," The espressoDAQ platform takes full advantage of USB technology to give measurement technology that is simple to operate and has high performance capability.”

Portable applications can be implemented through direct operation with a measuring amplifier. Zürn adds, "The system is suitable for a wide range of applications such as test engineers operating in the field or newcomers to measurement technology that want to achieve measurement results rapidly and easily."

The modules enable the measurement of individually configurable current or voltage inputs along with measurement using strain gages (SG) – both in half or full bridge circuits – and connection of all types of thermocouples.

The modules are available with either four or eight inputs that are all electrically isolated individually and from each other. Each channel has its own A/D converter for absolute synchronous measurements.

Typical applications for the espressoDAQ modules are, for example, in the service sector where measurements can be easily and rapidly implemented with a laptop and a small module. The espressoDAQ modules are ideally suited for applications where larger measurement systems would be too complicated and expensive.


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.

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

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

May 2011

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