Measurement Computing Corporation, a market leader in low-cost data acquisition, has released two wireless temperature measurement devices modelled after the popular USB-TC and the USB-TEMP. The wireless temperature measurement devices namely the WLS-TC and the WLS-TEMP, are essentially identical to their USB predecessors but with an added RF module, which allows for wireless data transfer, eliminating long, messy and noisy cabling to the PC.
The WLS-TC and the WLS-TEMP were engineered to meet IEEE 802.15.4 standards and support the needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor networks and require minimal power to provide reliable delivery of data between devices.
The WLS-TC and the WLS-TEMP operate within the ISM 2.4 GHz frequency band. Users can acquire and process wireless temperature measurement data for monitoring and control at distances up to 45 meters indoors, and as much as 700 meters line-of-sight outdoors. A small PC interface module (WLS-IFC) connects to the user’s PC USB port and allows communication with a large number of WLS-TCs and WLS-TEMPs throughout any industrial, commercial, or residential space.
The WLS-TC supports eight channels of J, K, R, S, T, N, E and B type thermocouples. The WLS-TEMP supports eight channels of data from the same thermocouple types in addition to RTDs, thermistors and semiconductor temperature sensors.
According Firetail DAQ, the company is excited about extending the functionality of its already popular USB product line. With the release of the WLS-TC and WLS-TEMP for wireless temperature measurement, Firetail DAQ’s customers are no longer tethered to their USB port. They now have the convenience of installing their DAQ devices at the point of measurement. Firetail DAQ’s WLS series supports both wireless and USB applications, a flexible solution for its customers.
The DAQ devices are bundled with all software drivers and TracerDAQ, a software package that provides easy data management and analysis making wireless temperature measurement simple and economical in a complete package. TracerDAQ converts and saves temperature and alarm data to standard, comma-delimited .CSV files. TracerDAQ also plots and analyses real-time data or historical temperature files.