USB converter takes the strain
Having been developed and applied to several specialist applications, Mantracourt’s digital strain gauge technology is now available off the shelf, along with a dedicated PC based data logging software package.
The Strain Gauge to USB Converter is enclosed within a rugged metal case, making the device suitable for all indoor environments. It is a combined miniature precision strain-gauge conditioning amplifier and an analogue-to-digital converter with a USB serial interface. For more advanced use, the device has five-point temperature compensation and seven-point transducer linearisation algorithms, all available via the comm port. The strain gauge, load cell, pressure transducer and torque sensor may be programmed to produce an output in engineering units; real mV/V calibration may be applied.
The DSCUSB also features an onboard shunt calibration resistor. The resolution is selectable to one part in 66,000 and may be programmed to take up to 500 points per second, with programmable peak-and-trough recording built in. Mantracourt supply standard Windows DLLs for both native USB and virtual serial port communications with the modules.