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A data logger is also known as a data recorder or data acquisition. It is a method to record data over some time and events.

The recorded information can come from sensors in the field. They can be digital or analog. Digital data can be used for counts, times, events (motor overload), etc. With the analog (voltage or current), we can measure temperature, pressure, sound, weight, length, etc.

A time or Event-Driven Data Logging

Data collecting can be time or event-driven. Time-based would be like collecting data every minute, shift, day, etc. An event-based collection would be from an error in the field, such as an overload of a motor or a fault with a temperature controller.

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Data mining / analysis is the most important part of the data logging.

Data mining/analysis is how we look at the data and determine what to do. Clustering is a method to compare data in similar groups. An example of this would be the amount of material made on individual shifts in the plant. Setting up data logging to examine the output over time is very helpful in determining methods to increase productivity in the manufacturing environment.

Time Studies with Free Data Logging

Time studies or observations are vital in the lean manufacturing world. Data logging can help assist with these studies. However, unlike the usual manual approach, this time study can be continuous.

Doing Time Observations

Now You Can Have Data Logging FreeData logging does not have to be expensive. It is also not as intimidating as it may sound.

The ‘Robust Data Logging for Free’ eBook is free and downloadable. Just subscribe to ACC Automation to get the link for the free download.
With traditional loggers, the software will read the memory of the PLC and store it in a local computer. The logging will stop if the network stops or the PLC communication fails. This eBook will walk you through getting information into a database so you can start analyzing the data.
Creating a robust PLC data logger allows communication to be stopped without losing any data for collection. This is accomplished by storing the data locally on the PLC until communication is restored. All of the data is then read without loss. The amount of time that the connection can be lost will depend on the memory size of the PLC and the frequency of the data collected.
This series will walk you through creating and implementing a robust PLC data logger using the following equipment and hardware.
  • Automation Direct – Do-More – H2-DM1E PLC (Ethernet Modbus TCP)
  • Do-more Designer 1.3 (Simulator instead of PLC mentioned above)
  • Windows-based computer running IIS
  • Visual Basic 6

Additional information on Omron Host Link Protocol and Indirect Addressing can be found in the eBook.

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