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Data Acquisition and Control with Windows Software. Publisher of the Monitor newsletter - ISSN 1472-0221.
Data Acquisition and Control with Windows Software. Publisher of the Monitor newsletter - ISSN 1472-0221.

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Sailing drones log data from the Arctic to the tropics

Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialised technology.

Every Saildrone carries a comprehensive  suite of instruments. Amongst other things these can measure wind speed & direction, sunlight, air temperature, humidity, air pressure, wave height, ocean current, dissolved oxygen, water temperature and salinity.

Read more http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/sailing-drones-collecting-data.html

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Issue 226 of Monitor (ISSN 1472-0221) - the data acquisition and control newsletter - now up at
http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor226.html


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Latest issue of Monitor now up at http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor225.html
Includes
►Data acquisition questions answered
►Excel corner
►Measurement and control exhibitions
►Data acquisition new roundup
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How to add average, maximum and minimum levels to your Excel chart

http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor223.html#Excel
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Latest issue of Monitor, the data acquisition and control newsletter, now up at
http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor224.html
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We offer free software to communicate with RS-232 machines (http://www.windmill.co.uk/serial.html) - this article explains why it's still relevant.

"Why is RS-232 still being used and why should you care? Being one of the first serial interfaces, RS-232 has a wide, established base. Once it’s designed in, it doesn’t cost any extra time or money to upgrade. Aside from its incumbent status, RS-232 has also earned ubiquitous use because of its reliability. While newer interfaces like USB require complex hardware and software to function correctly, RS-232 requires simple hardware and minimal software for communication. And in some situations, RS-232 can solve problems that other interfaces can’t - like if your processor is hung, you need to debug a low level issue, or you need to update the firmware without risk. All of these are things that you simply cannot do with a USB interface. For that reason alone, I don’t see the RS-232 interface disappearing anytime soon."


Why is RS-232 still being used and why should you care? Find out in this blog: http://ow.ly/bO7130apmHC
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Latest issue of Monitor now up
Issue 223 of Monitor (ISSN 1472-0221) is now up at http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor223.html
Includes how to download the ComDebug serial trouble-shooting and data logging software for TCP/IP, Modbus, RS485, RS422 and RS232, plus Excel Corner and data acquisition and control news.
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Alstom have successfully performed the first test run at 80 km/h of the world's only fuel cell passenger train. The zero-emission train is silent and only emits steam and condensed water.
http://www.alstom.com/press-centre/2017/03/alstoms-hydrogen-train-coradia-ilint-first-successful-run-at-80-kmh/

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Latest issue of Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221 - now up at http://www.windmill.co.uk/monitor222.html
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