Launch of new 'Plug and Play' sensor programme.
Transducer specialist RDP Electronics Ltd has joined
forces with National Instruments and six European
sensor manufacturers to coordinate the introduction
of plug and play sensors.
The groups aim is to establish a common technical standard
between sensors and data acquisition hardware and software
so reducing the amount of custom set-up and interfacing required
with existing measurement systems.
RDP has established a reputation for manufacturing high-quality
transducers and associated electronics, and developing special
expertise in the measurement of physical parameters, over the
past 35 years. National Instruments is a world leader in
computer-based data acquisition, software and virtual
instrumentation including the industry-standard LabVIEW
The benefits afforded by plug and play systems means that
compatible transducers from the RDP range can now communicate
directly with the software to ensure that the system is automatically
set-up for any transducer used. Central to the system is an
embedded memory chip holding technical data specific to its
host sensor. The information is stored in what is known as a
Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS), defining the sensor
type and characteristic details of sensitivity and similar set-up data.
The TEDS file can be read by, and acted upon by, any compatible
software such as LabVIEW, thus creating a very efficient and
accurate means for calibration, configuration and diagnostics.
The data is also available via the internet to upload when using
specific transducers and this offers plug and play users immediate
savings in set-up time.
(LabVIEW is a trademark of National Instruments Corporation)
For more information, please contact :-
RDP Electronics Limited
Grove Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton WV10 0PY. UK.
Tel: +44(0) 1902 457512. Fax: +44(0) 1902 452000
Website: www. rdpe.com