Foundry 4.0 links into MATLAB and Excel

The latest version of Data Translation’s DT Measure Foundry software provides hooks into MATLAB’s analysis and visualisation features and Microsoft’s Excel software.

The latest version of Data Translation’s DT Measure Foundry software provides hooks into MATLAB’s analysis and visualisation features and Microsoft’s Excel software to enable test engineers and researchers to immediately understand and draw conclusions from their data, improving the research, test, or development process.

DT Measure Foundry 4.0 allows users to create test and measurement applications that access and control data acquisition functions without being expert software developers. They simply arrange the desired instrument functions on the desktop using panels that receive data directly from the measurement source – without any need to code or wire components.

A new ‘Melting Pot Panel’ in the new software release gives users the ability to create multi-line formulas to compute incoming/outgoing data as well as complete access to MATLAB Script functionality for numerical computation, scientific graphics and signal processing. A user can define and execute MATLAB programs from within the Melting Pot to visualise and analyse collected data. Automatic data conversion support allows users to send and receive A/D or D/A data directly to/from MATLAB. Users can also access Excel and control it from within DT Measure Foundry using the Excel Live Link to log, graph and save data in real-time.

DT Measure Foundry’s design also incorporates the look and feel of another industry standard: Windows XP, meaning that users can now build applications in the familiar style of Windows pull-down menus. The new Multi-Functional Group Box panel also lets users combine a group of panels together in one panel or place these panels on top of any image to graphically simulate processes. This allows users to create a graphical user interface that is completely unique to the application.

A Foundry window centralises all objects and functions in one location to allow users to navigate all properties and capabilities of the DT Measure Foundry software. For example, the Inspector Tool located within the Foundry window lets users map their applications so that the relationships, contingencies and dependencies among objects can be viewed, printed, and saved. This is an ideal feature for creating user documentation and meeting corporate or regulatory requirements, as well as debugging and developing applications.

DT Measure Foundry 4.0 also includes many other new features such as direct thermocouple support, so that users can apply thermocouple linearisation algorithms to any channel and view the live data in any display panel. They can connect thermocouple devices directly to Data Translation hardware and display/log/export or print temperature.

XY Display, Oscilloscope and Spectrum Panels provide real-time display of incoming and processed data. The TC Linearisation Panel provides direct support for thermocouple inputs. File Writer is an extension to the Melting Pot and allows for fast file I/O. The Execute Panel and Print Panel add greater flexibility to run and document a test program. Included in these panels are standard functions such as pan/zoom/measure, triggering and windowing functions that can be accessed in each panel’s property page. In this version, property pages include a dynamic wizard that assist users in configuring each panel for a specific need.

DT Measure Foundry 4.0 is available for immediate order with delivery within 30 days and is priced at $995. DT Measure Foundry runs on Windows 2000 and XP. System requirements include a PC compatible with a Pentium II/333 or higher, a CD ROM drive, at least 128MB of RAM and at least 80MB of free hard disk space as well as Microsoft Windows 2000 (SP1) or XP and the appropriate DT WDM hardware device driver(s). Supported hardware includes Data Translation PCI boards, USB modules, and DATAX System. Compatible software includes Microsoft Excel 2000 or higher, MATLAB 6.5 Release 13 or higher, and OPC 2.0 Proxy.

A 30-day evaluation version of DT Measure Foundry 4.0 ships with all Data Translation PCI and USB boards.

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