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S10 Serial Data Logger

Product code: SL017PL171


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Features
• Dedicated data logger for sensors and devices with RS232 output
  (including environmental monitoring instruments, scales and NMEA devices)
• Data from two serial devices combined into one data record
• Data sampled and time-stamped then stored in daily files
• Simple to configure for wide range of devices - via Setup file written to SD card
• Option to record status of two switches
• SD card for high capacity data storage in easily removable and transferable format
• Compact, economical and robust design
• Low power consumption
• File format .CSV enables stored data to be read & analysed with standard PC software

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S10 Data Logger Overview

The SpaceLogger S10 is a versatile serial data logger for sampling RS232 data from up to two devices.

Data is stored on a removable memory card (included), enabling remote data logging without the need for direct connection to a PC. After logging, the memory card can be simply inserted in a card reader, to view and analyse the data on a PC; no special software is required.

Each data record combines the data from the two devices or from the two samples from one device. This record is date and time-stamped when it is stored. A new file is generated for each day's data. The default file format is .CSV; other file extensions may be specified.

To configure the SpaceLogger S10 for a wide range of devices with RS232 output, set up includes defining the start and end characters for up to two data samples, baud rate, sample rate, file name format, handling of un-printable characters, addition of a separator and/or a newline to each data record. There is also the option to disable time-stamping and data sampling (to log all data).

The SpaceLogger S10 may be set up to output RS232 data as it is input or as logged. This enables connection to a PC, display or other device. A response to a handshake may be output and/or the contents of a file on the SD card may be set to output on start-up; this enables a command to be sent to the sensor, for example.

The status of two switches to ground may also be added to each data record. The unit records data to an SD card. These cards are available with up to 2GB capacity for long term data logging (included). The SpaceLogger S10 is ideal for field data acquisition due to its low power consumption and high capacity data storage.

Customised versions and quantity discounts are available - please contact our sales team for a quote.


SpaceLogger S10 Configuration Settings

The SpaceLogger S10 is configured for different devices using file SETUP.TXT written to the SD card.

File SETUP.TXT may contain the following commands:

WAIT Puts SpaceLogger in 'wait' mode for clock synchronisation
TIME Time at which clock will be synchronised
DATE Date at which clock will be synchronised
STX Defines the start character(s) of the first data sample to be logged
ETX Defines the end character(s) of the first data sample to be logged
SENTENCE2 Controls whether a second data sample is monitored for and logged
STX2 Defines the start character(s) of the second data sample to be logged
ETX2 Defines the end character(s) of the second data sample to be logged
LOGSTX Controls whether the characters defined by STX are logged or not
LOGETX Controls whether the characters defined by ETX are logged or not
LOGSTX2 Controls whether the characters defined by STX2 are logged or not
LOGETX2 Controls whether the characters defined by ETX2 are logged or not
SEPARATOR Enables addition of a comma separator before the second data sample
NEWLINE Adds <CR><LF> to end of each data sample
TIMEOUT Sets a time limit within which the next ETX, STX2 or ETX2 must be detected after the first STX before the logger jumps on to await next data sample (in seconds)
RX2 Enables monitoring of the second RS232 input (Input 2)
BAUD Sets baud rate for RS232 data input and output
PARITY Sets number of data bits and parity for RS232 input and output
RATE Sets the sample rate/logging interval
SINGLEFILE Sets logging to one continuous log file rather than daily files
FILE Modifies file name and extension format
TIMESTAMP Switches date & time stamping on or off
OUTPUT Controls RS232 output of data to RS232 Output 1
HANDSHAKE Enables transmission of response string defined by RESPONSE on receipt of one of STX, ETX, STX2 or ETX2 or at a time interval defined by RATE
RESPONSE Defines ASCII character string to be output on receipt of handshake string, as specified by HANDSHAKE
LOG_ALL Disables sampling of data via STX and ETX commands so that all data is logged
RAW Controls modification of unprintable characters (those of value <10) to <SP> characters
STARTUP Controls output of file STARTUP.TXT content to RS232 Output 1
SWITCH Enables logging of status of switches on Digital I/O terminals
RX_INV Controls logic inversion of the received data
RESET Returns logger to default settings

Typical Applications

• Environmental sensors e.g. wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, pressure, noise, pollution
• GPS and other NMEA devices
• Weighing balances and scales
• Measuring equipment and analysers including flow meters, mix & dose units and counters
• Barcode scanners & RFID readers

Example of SpaceLogger S10 application

SpaceLogger S10 application

Example of SpaceLogger S10 application
Sample and time-stamp data from devices with RS232 output

Physical Enclosure dimensions Width: 67 mm
Depth: 67 mm
Height: 28 mm (excluding optional rubber feet)
Weight 75g
Enclosure material GP ABS (UL94-HB) plastic and acrylic
Connections Type Screwless terminals capable of accepting wire 0.32 to 0.64 mm diameter, (AWG 28 to 22 conductors)
RS232
Input 1
Transmission standard RS232 and TTL/CMOS* logic compatible.
*VIL Input threshold low: 0.6V min 1.2V Typ.
VIH Input threshold high: 1.5V Typ, 2.4V max
8 bits and no parity (default), even or odd parity or 7 bits and even or odd parity.
Logic inversion on received data is selectable.
Transmission speed 9600 Baud (default) or selectable to 115200, 57600, 38400, 19200, 4800, 2400 or 1200 Baud
Data Sample Records only the data between specified start (STX/STX2) and end (ETX/ETX2) identifiers (unless configured to LOG_ALL=Y)
RS232
Input 2
Transmission standard RS232 compatible, 8 bits and no parity only
Transmission speed 4800 Baud only
Data Sample Records only the data between specified start (STX2) and end (ETX2) identifiers (unless configured to LOG_ALL=Y)
Switch Inputs Max input voltage Must not exceed 3V
Current out 7μA max
RS232
Output 1
Transmission standard RS232 compatible, 8 bits and no parity (default), even or odd parity or 7 bits and even or odd parity
Transmission speed 9600 Baud (default) or selectable to 115200, 57600, 38400, 19200, 4800, 2400 or 1200 Baud
Data transmission Output of data defined by command OUTPUT. Output of handshake response unless already allocated to output data. Output of file STARTUP.TXT.
RS232
Output 2
Transmission standard RS232 compatible, 8 bits and no parity only
Transmission speed 4800 Baud only
Data transmission Only used for handshake response if RS232 Output 1 is already allocated to output data.
Data Storage Data storage card Removable SD
Data capacity 2 GByte (max)
File system FAT16 or FAT32 with 8.3 file names
Sector size 512 Bytes
Data logging interval Default is to log every data sample output by the device/sensor or select logging interval from 1 to 60 seconds. Data sampling may be disabled so all data is recorded.
Audible / Visual
Indicators
LED indicators Green: Ready to record data
Red: Power on | Writing data to SD card | Waiting for second data sample in timeout mode
Audio bleeper Two tone signal on correct card insertion
Single tone when data purge button depressed
Four bleeps per minute when time and date not set
Real Time Clock Accuracy ±40 ppm at 25°C
Backup battery CR2032
Power Power requirement 7 to 30 V DC
Current at 12 VDC 10 mA typical
Supply input protection Polarity reversal protected and internal resettable fuse – 140 mA
Connection options (both included) 1.3 mm centre pin DC connector, or Screwless terminals (0.32 to 0.64 mm diameter, AWG 28 to 22 conductors)
Environmental Temperature range Operating: -25°C to +70°C [or dependent on card conditions]
Storage: -40°C to +70°C
Enclosure protection IP203
EMC EMC Directive 89/336/EEC - CE marked
(Emissions: EN61326:1997 inc A1/A2/A3:2003, EN60945:1997
Immunity: EN61326:1997)
FCC/CFR 47: Part 15:2004

The manufacturer reserves the right to amend the specification and therefore the information in this document may be subject to change.


SpaceLogger 10 Series Case Studies


Mapping Conditions & Life on the Sea Bed

SpaceLogger S10 data loggers have been utilised to map the conditions and life on the ocean floor. SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were being towed at depths of 3000 metres whilst taking recordings of CTD (water conductivity, temperature and depth).

The SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were part of the equipment on three 3000 metre depth rated 'pods' along with batteries, video processing equipment and control electronics.

Marcus Shirley of Mr ROV, a member of the research team, confirmed back to us:

"The loggers worked great and allowed us to reliably record accurate data which we were able to easily import into our scienfic modelling software. The time stamping feature allowed us to sync up all the data with the logged data from the ship's GPS and vehicle USBL position transponder, creating a very comprehensive data set. Many thanks for your help. The SpaceLogger S10 data loggers were great and 100% reliable, which is very important when you're on a ship far from land!"

New Zealand Lamb Weighing System

Richard Paul Russell helps a customer of Wedderburn Scales produce perfect New Zealand lamb for your dinner table. The SpaceLogger S10 is incorporated into the Wedderburn hanging weigh system used to track the weight of chilling lamb carcases while they are spray chilled. The scale outputs the weight every minute to a remote display unit where it is also recorded by the S10 logger.

Straits of Malacca & Singapore Shipping Data

Richard Paul Russell has supplied a SpaceLogger S10 to capture the raw radar data on shipping passing through the Straits of Malacca & Singapore, the World's busiest shipping route with 90,000 transits per year. The automatic identification system (AIS) data from ships is sent from on-board transponders to allow live automatic tracking of ships by vessel traffic services (VTS). The logged data is required for near miss and accident investigation work by the maritime authorities.

Vehicle Activated Signs Data

Richard Paul Russell supplies the SpaceLogger S10 to the leading UK manufacturer of vehicle activated signs. The S10 with data storage on an SD card is ideal for capturing the data from radar activated vehicle speed indication displays often in remote roadside locations. The data provided assists in understanding high traffic volumes and speeds with the aim of reducing accident rates.

Bombardier Transportation Rail Vehicle Data

Richard Paul Russell has supplied SpaceLogger T10s to Bombardier Transportation, the leading UK rail engineering and manufacturing company. The T10 data loggers have been used in 2 applications. Firstly, on rail vehicles in South Africa to confirm the on-board data communication system is outputting the designed data, and secondly in the UK on rail vehicles to create a back-up of data from the communications system.

Load Cells with 4-20mA Output

Richard Paul Russell supply the SpaceLogger A10 to a customer adding a dedicated logging function to load cells with 4-20mA outputs.

The SpaceLogger A10 may take up to two 4-20mA analogue output. Readings are sampled at 75Hz, averaged over 1 second and time and date stamped when stored. The SpaceLogger A10 can be daisy chained for multiple load cell monitoring. Data is captured in a daily .csv file for easy analysis within a spreadsheet. If required conditional logging can be utilised.

Outside Webcasting Services

Richard Paul Russell supplies the SpaceLogger S10 to a major outside webcast facilities company specialising in location filming and audio services for live and on demand video. The logger is used to capture the RS232 serial data from the audio recording equipment when used for in-vehicle interviews with high profile individuals. This data allows the recording equipment settings to be analysed against the quality of the audio.

Manufacturing Quality Control For Water Softener Filters

Richard Paul Russell's SpaceLogger S10 is being used by the UK's number one selling water softener manufacturer. On a water filter production line, the dual channel S10 serial data logger is being prototyped to capture data from a Keyence sensor giving the filter height and the corresponding output from the Adam weigh scales. Each data pair requires date/time stamping. The customer has configured the logger to achieve the required data sequencing.

SpaceLogger 50 Series Case Studies


Gwennap Head National Coastwatch Weather Station

Richard Paul Russell has provided a complete internet connected weather station utilising a SpaceLogger W50 for the National Coastwatch Institution at Gwennap Head in Cornwall. The Gill Metpak weather sensor data is captured by the W50 data logger enclosed in the WeatherFile Connection Unit (WCU) and then transferred via the W50's Wi-Fi module to the Local area network and the internet. The live and historic wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity data can then be viewed on any internet connected device via the WeatherFile website.

Richard Paul Russell have over 70 weather systems all using SpaceLogger W50s viewable on the WeatherFile website.

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight, Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor with a SpaceLogger W50 at Ryde Pier during the summer months.

This takes the Solent WeatherFile network to five sites and is an essential resource for sailors, water sport enthusiasts, sailing event organisers and others wishing to have live and accurate wind speed and direction measurements.

One of the main challenges faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of a local power supply and Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) containing a W50 and associated 4G router allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website. This was locally powered through a deep cycle leisure battery (70Ahr) connected to a solar panel. The result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of mains power and local internet.

SpaceLogger 100 Series Case Studies


Industrial Emissions Monitoring Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied SpaceLogger S100 for a chemical manufacturing facility requiring emissions data from the extractive laser gas monitoring equipment. The trace gas concentration measurements are made by direct absorption laser spectroscopy. The data from this equipment is captured by the S100 which is ethernet wired into the site's local area network. This live and historical data is then readily available on a server location to the relevant company employees.

Milk Pasteurizer Machine Data Back-up

Richard Paul Russell has provided a SpaceLogger S100 data logger to a supplier of milk pasteurizing equipment. The required pasteurization data on each batch is automatically recorded on the S100 and sent to a folder on the dairy's local area network.

Why this logger is so critical is that the normal method of recording the data requires a degree of manual interaction, and if this does not occur for some reason, the entire batch cannot be sold due to the lack of pasteurization data.

Wind/Weather & Environmental Case Studies


Warehouse Loading Bay Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied a custom SpaceLogger W100 for a large scale warehousing operation requiring wind direction and speed data to ensure safe vehicle loading. In certain wind conditions the customer has experienced significant stability issues with curtain side trailers on one side of the building. The wind data from the Gill WindSonic 1 sensor is captured by the W100 which is ethernet connected to the local area network and internet. The wind data is then viewable on the WeatherFile website, in this case via a private login. Email alerts are also sent to key employees when the customer set threshold wind speed is reached.

Industrial Emissions Monitoring Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied SpaceLogger S100 for a chemical manufacturing facility requiring emissions data from the extractive laser gas monitoring equipment. The trace gas concentration measurements are made by direct absorption laser spectroscopy. The data from this equipment is captured by the S100 which is ethernet wired into the sites local area network. This live and historical data is then readily available on a server location to the relevant company employees.

Gwennap Head National Coastwatch Weather Station

Richard Paul Russell has provided a complete internet connected weather station utilising a SpaceLogger W50 for the National Coastwatch Institution at Gwennap Head in Cornwall. The Gill Metpak weather sensor data is captured by the W50 data logger enclosed in the Weatherfile Connection Unit (WCU) and then transferred via the W50's Wi-Fi module to the Local area network and the internet. The live and historic wind speed, wind direction, pressure, temperature and humidity data can then be viewed on any internet connected device via the WeatherFile website.

Richard Paul Russell have over 50 weather systems all using SpaceLogger W50s viewable on the WeatherFile website.

Ryde Pier, Isle of Wight, Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell Ltd has recently extended their WeatherFile network in the Solent with the addition of a Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor with a SpaceLogger W50 at Ryde Pier for the summer months.

This takes the Solent WeatherFile network to five sites and is an essential resource for sailors, water sport enthusiasts, sailing event organisers and others wishing to have live and accurate wind speed and direction measurements.

One of the main challenges faced when fitting this unit was to overcome the lack of a local power supply and Wi-Fi internet access. Our newly developed WeatherFile Mobile Unit (WMU) containing a W50 and associated 4G router allows data to be gathered directly from the Gill MaxiMet GMX200 sensor and sent to our WeatherFile website. This was locally powered through a deep cycle leisure battery (70Ahr) connected to a solar panel. The result is cable free live data through WeatherFile completely independent of mains power and local internet.

Scottish Airport Cloud Ceilometer Data

Richard Paul Russell were requested to produce a customised logger to record the raw data from an Elliason cloud ceilometer CBME80 located in a remote location on a Scottish airfield. After studying the RS232 data output from the CBME80 a SpaceLogger S10 was custom configured to detect, date/time stamp, and log each burst of data. Once a month the SD card is collected from the logger and the data file (of type and format specified by the customer) is downloaded.

This development has allowed Richard Paul Russell to enter the small airfield market with equipment system supply for comprehensive live wind, weather and visibility data.

Autoclave (Decontamination) Cycle Data


Eschmann Technologies Dental Autoclave Real-Time Cycle Data Management

Richard Paul Russell and Eschmann Technologies worked in close partnership to produce a highly bespoke real-time autoclave cycle data management system and electronic logbook. This involved creating a custom variant of the D50 Wi-Fi logger with associated real-time cycle management software.

The hardware customisation was in the areas of enclosure, brand labelling and over-moulded cable assembly. The software development was extensive to interpret the cycle data, allow manual input of additional tests and checks, facilitate user data analysis and present the combined data in the desired summary and detailed formats including Eschmann branded pdfs.

This was a relatively complex project that has provided Eschmann customers with an on-going very successful product, that is still standing the test of time some 10 years after first use.

Prestige Medical's Dental Decontamination Autoclave Cycle Logging

Richard Paul Russell have supplied Prestige over many years with several different variants of the SpaceLogger D10 for use with their decontamination autoclaves. The automatic recording of cycles by the logger replaces the printer and the manual filing of printouts, thus improving efficiency and reliability of record keeping for regulatory compliance.

The most recent customisation was for a re-designed PCB-only logger to be built-in to a new autoclave design, with particular requirements for the SD card interface with the autoclave control panel fascia. This involved a new PCB layout to accommodate several changes including a new push-push SD card connector.

MDS Medical's Dental & Veterinary Autoclave Data Management System

Richard Paul Russell developed with MDS Medical a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10 and produced custom, branded Cycle Data Management software. The logger is supplied as PCB-only to be mounted internally in the autoclaves. To ensure the simplest integration into the autoclaves a design modification was done to allow the logger, normally requiring 12V, to run off the existing main control board printer connection rated at 5V. The Cycle Data Management software was matched to the output from the MDS range of 9 autoclaves to log, manage, and electronically store the cycles to aid compliance with HTM 01-05.

Large Scale Plasma Sterilizer Data

Richard Paul Russell has produced for the Renosem Co Ltd of Korea a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10. Renosem is an innovative provider of Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizers that ensure infection prevention and microbial reduction.

The data logger is shipped to Renosem's manufacturing facility as PCB-only for internal fitting in their plasma sterilizers. The SD card, LED indicators and purge button are all accessible through a faceplate in the outer casing of the sterilizer.

The data is saved in daily text files, replicating the format that would be seen on a traditional paper printer-out.

Customised Data Logger Case Studies


Eschmann Technologies Dental Autoclave Real-Time Cycle Data Management

Richard Paul Russell and Eschmann Technologies worked in close partnership to produce a highly bespoke real-time autoclave cycle data management system and electronic logbook. This involved creating a custom variant of the D50 Wi-Fi logger with associated real-time cycle management software.

The hardware customisation was in the areas of enclosure, brand labelling and over-moulded cable assembly. The software development was extensive to interpret the cycle data, allow manual input of additional tests and checks, facilitate user data analysis and present the combined data in the desired summary and detailed formats including Eschmann branded pdfs.

This was a relatively complex project that has provided Eschmann customers with an on-going very successful product, that is still standing the test of time some 10 years after first use.

Warehouse Loading Bay Wind Data

Richard Paul Russell have supplied a custom SpaceLogger W100 for a large scale warehousing operation requiring wind direction and speed data to ensure safe vehicle loading. In certain wind conditions the customer has experienced significant stability issues with curtain side trailers on one side of the building. The wind data from the Gill WindSonic 1 sensor is captured by the W100 which is ethernet connected to the local area network and internet. The wind data is then viewable on the WeatherFile website, in this case via a private login. Email alerts are also sent to key employees when the customer set threshold wind speed is reached.

The W100 with a wired LAN connection is particularly valuable for safety critical applications such as this, and also where Wi-Fi is unreliable.

On-board Vehicle Bin Weighing Systems

Richard Paul Russell Ltd have worked with Vehicle Weighing Solutions linking with their Enviroweigh load cell system which automatically weighs the contents of two and four wheeled bins. Installed in the cab of refuse vehicles this specific variant of the SpaceLogger T10 supplied with a custom interface cable assembly, is used to capture bin weight data from the vehicle telematics system to the removable memory card. This data is transferred to the refuse vehicle operator's admin system on return to the depot.

Further developments in this area have included Wi-Fi connectivity to allow direct data transfer as soon as soon as refuse or grit/salt spreader vehicles return to base.

Mettler Toledo Laboratory Weigh Scales

Richard Paul Russell has developed a custom variant of the SpaceLogger S10 for Mettler-Toledo in France to capture the continuous RS232 data from laboratory balances. The SpaceLogger S10 has a custom interface cable and configuration to capture exactly the data required, add a date/time stamp and record in the customer's specified format in a csv file. A second input is available and will for example allow a bar code reader to assign an ID with each item weighed.

The SpaceLogger T10 model is ideal for balances with a print command and RS232 output and will keep a text record identical to the paper print-out. Hence the requirement for a dedicated printer on the lab bench is removed.

Prestige Medical's Dental Decontamination Autoclave Cycle Logging

Richard Paul Russell have supplied Prestige over many years with several different variants of the SpaceLogger D10 for use with their decontamination autoclaves. The automatic recording of cycles by the logger replaces the printer and the manual filing of printouts, thus improving efficiency and reliability of record keeping for regulatory compliance.

The most recent customisation was for a re-designed PCB-only logger to be built-in to a new autoclave design, with particular requirements for the SD card interface with the autoclave control panel fascia. This involved a new PCB layout to accommodate several changes including a new push-push SD card connector.

Scottish Airport Cloud Ceilometer Data

Richard Paul Russell were requested to produce a customised logger to record the raw data from an Elliason cloud ceilometer CBME80 located in a remote location on a Scottish airfield. After studying the RS232 data output from the CBME80 a SpaceLogger S10 was custom configured to detect, date/time stamp, and log each burst of data. Once a month the SD card is collected from the logger and the data file (of type and format specified by the customer) is downloaded.

This development has allowed Richard Paul Russell to enter the small airfield market with equipment system supply for comprehensive live wind, weather and visibility data.

MDS Medical's Dental & Veterinary Autoclave Data Management System

Richard Paul Russell developed with MDS Medical a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10 and produced custom, branded Cycle Data Management software. The logger is supplied as PCB-only to be mounted internally in the autoclaves. To ensure the simplest integration into the autoclaves a design modification was done to allow the logger, normally requiring 12V, to run off the existing main control board printer connection rated at 5V. The Cycle Data Management software was matched to the output from the MDS range of 9 autoclaves to log, manage, and electronically store the cycles to aid compliance with HTM 01-05.

Large Scale Plasma Sterilizer Data

Richard Paul Russell has produced for the Renosem Co Ltd of Korea a custom variant of the SpaceLogger D10. Renosem is an innovative provider of Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizers that ensure infection prevention and microbial reduction.

The data logger is shipped to Renosem's manufacturing facility as PCB-only for internal fitting in their plasma sterilizers. The SD card, LED indicators and purge button are all accessible through a faceplate in the outer casing of the sterilizer.

The data is saved in daily text files, replicating the format that would be seen on a traditional paper printer-out.