Test and Measurement News

February 2006

Tech Tip: Opening Multiple Converters in PicoLog

PicoLog, our data logging software, operates in single-converter mode by default, but did you know that it can also work with multiple converters? For example, you could monitor 16 thermocouples using two USB TC-08 thermocouple data loggers, 18 precision thermistors using six TH-03 temperature converters, or six voltage inputs using three ADC-200 PC Oscilloscopes. We are often asked how to switch to multiple- converter mode, so here is a quick guide.

The leads are available with three different blade sizes to fit different sensors and actuators. With all three leads you can test a huge range of automotive components, including:

  1. Choose File | New Settings
  2. Tick the “Use Multiple Converters” box at the bottom of the dialog.
  3. Fill in the Sampling Rate dialog and click “OK”. PicoLog will then open the “Converters” dialog.
  4. Click the “Add” button to add a converter. Select your converter and click “OK”.
  5. When you return to the “Converters” dialog, click the “Parameters” button. PicoLog will open a “Measurements” dialog.
  6. Click the “Add” button and set up a measurement.
  7. To add more measurements, repeat step 6 as many times as necessary.
  8. When you have added all your measurements, click “OK" in the Measurements dialog. PicoLog will return you to the “Converters" dialog.
  9. To add your next converter, return to step 4.
  10. When you have added all your converters, click “OK” in the “Converters” dialog.

You are now ready to open a data file and record data. You can change any of the settings you made earlier by choosing the appropriate item in the Settings menu and filling in the dialog box.

New Automotive Tutorial: Ferrari 360 Intermittent Non-Start

Our list of automotive articles continues to grow, this time with the addition of a new Real-Life Diagnostics series written by Nick Hibberd of Hibtech Auto-Electrical Diagnostics. The articles are fully illustrated with waveforms, diagrams and photographs, and are available free of charge with no registration needed. This month, find out how a PicoScope Automotive Oscilloscope Kit helped Nick to diagnose a high- performance engine that refused to crank.

Read the tutorial

Pico Technology’s 15th Anniversary — Contact Us

Pico is now in its 15th year, so we are looking forward to celebrating our anniversary in a few months’ time. In our publicity for this event, we plan to focus on our commitment to supporting our older products; in fact, our latest software still works with our very first PC Oscilloscopes and Data Loggers. If you have owned and used a Pico product for ten years or more, and would like us to publish your story, please contact us by email.


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