Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Strip chart recorders to record electronically!

Yokogawa has enhanced its μR10000/μR20000 series strip chart recorders with the addition of an SD card slot, giving them the ability to record data both electronically and on paper. Release of the new recorders with this hybrid recording system is scheduled for mid-February 2015.

Development background
Recorders are used in many different industrial and test & measurement applications in a large variety of industries to acquire, display, and record process data such as temperature, voltage, current, flow rate, and pressure. Although recorders today are shifting from paper to digital recording systems, there is still a strong demand for chart recorders that can record data on paper, especially in countries such as China, South Korea, and Japan.

In the 1950s, Yokogawa was the first company to release recorders in Japan, and it introduced the world's first microprocessor-based multipoint recorder in the 1980s. Since then, the company has continued to release innovative new products, and is now one of the world's largest suppliers in this market. The SD card slot enhancement brings the convenience of electronic data recording to paper-based recording systems.

Enhancement
The hybrid μR10000/μR20000 series recorders now come with an SD card slot, enabling them to record data electronically as well as on paper. This new function offers the following advantages:

  1. Backup: In the event of an interruption to the recording to paper due to a paper jam or ink running, data can still be recorded electronically, ensuring data integrity.
  2. Extended recording period: The new recorders can accept SD cards with a storage capacity of up to 32 Gbyte, which is ideal for recording data for long periods of time. This gives Yokogawa's customers the choice of recording all data to paper or to the SD card.
  3. Saving configuration settings: Configuration settings for the recorder can be saved to the SD card, should it be necessary to load the recorder settings onto another unit.

Major target markets
Industries such as iron and steel, petrochemicals, chemicals, pulp and paper, foods, pharmaceuticals, water and wastewater, electrical equipment, and electronics

Applications
Collection, display, and recording of temperature, voltage, current, flow rate, pressure etc.

The future!
The recorder market, mainly for paperless recorders, is expected to expand. In addition to enhancing its chart recorders, Yokogawa will upgrade its paperless recorders to improve both data processing and network connectivity. As a leading manufacturer of recorders, Yokogawa will continue to release innovative new products that meet its customers' needs.

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