Data Acquisition / Test & Measurement Software

Dataforth Corporation’s latest data acquisition and control system – the MAQ®20 – is now available with IPEmotion software. This advanced, powerful, intuitive, and user-friendly new generation data acquisition / test and measurement software comes in 7 languages and is designed specifically for industrial and R&D applications.

It provides synchronized data acquisition and is easily adaptable to all customer specific requirements, including device configuration, data acquisition measurement, visualization, and analysis. To meet these requirements, IPEmotion provides automatic recognition of connected devices, automatic configuration of all channels, automatic start of measuring, and instant visualization of all measurement values.

"With the addition of IPEmotion, which competes successfully with the best test and measurement and process software available, the MAQ®20 is now classed with the best data acquisition and control systems on the market," says Georg Haubner, VP of Sales and Marketing.

MAQ®20 / IPEmotion measurements include temperature, current and voltage, strain, pressure, frequencies and rotational speeds, and logging and diagnostic data.

To enhance ease of use and increase productivity, the versatile, IPEmotion is available in English, German, French, Italian, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, and Japanese. Russian and other languages will be available in the near future.

Well designed for long-term measurements, IPEmotion allows measurement analysis and verification during data acquisition. Storage can be on a local hard drive or a remote drive, including a mapped Internet or network drive.

IPEmotion communicates with the MAQ®20 via a PlugIn driver. The software also enables many functions to be integrated by linking external .dll and Visual Basic Script (.VBS) files to the application. This is a powerful tool, as Script enables users to automate the measurement process and to change menus, settings, analyzing procedures, and other aspects of the software.

The MAQ®20 industrial data acquisition and control system is a high performance, highly flexible system that was developed for a wide range of applications including test and measurement, factory and process automation, machine automation, military and aerospace, power and energy, oil and gas, and environmental monitoring.

The system consists of a family of DIN rail mounted, programmable, multi-channel, industrially rugged signal conditioning input and output modules and communication modules. It offers the lowest cost per channel, as well as ±0.035% accuracy, 1500Vrms channel-to-bus isolation, 240Vrms continuous input protection, and operating temperature range from -40°C to +85°C.

In addition to IPEmotion, the MAQ®20 is supported by Dataforth’s ReDAQ® Shape software for MAQ®20. This out-of-the-box software enables users to create, save, and open graphical user interface projects for test, process, data collection and data analysis applications. ReDAQ® Shape for MAQ®20 enables users to interact with the Dataforth PID loop controller. In addition, the software provides an effective way to configure and customize MAQ®20 functions for specific application requirements. Just three easy steps are required to create data acquisition and control projects, and toolbox tools are easily moved, re-sized, cut, copied, pasted, and deleted.
IPEmotion Data Acquisition Software

Key MAQ®20 / IPEmotion Features Include

  • Live Data Display, Recording, Online and Offline Math and Logic Functions
  • One-Click Acquisition
    • Direct hardware detection, data display and recording
  • Live Adjustment
    • Analyze and verify measurements during active data acquisition
    • GUI adaptation during active measurement and storage
  • Data Analysis
  • Post Processing and Report Generation
  • Easy Drag and Drop
  • High Speed Recording
  • PlugIn Synchronization
  • Import and Export Recorded Data to Standard File Formats
  • Scripting Option
  • Configurable Gauges for Wide Ranging Applications
  • Multilingual

IPEMotion for MAQ20 Software

Part Number Description Purchase License Free Trial User Manual Version* File Type Download Size
MAQ20-951 IPEmotion for MAQ20 (1 COM module and up to 4 I/O Modules)  Order Now Sign-in for free download
2017 R1.2 ZIP 272MB
MAQ20-951 Plug-In IPEmotion for MAQ20 - Dataforth Plug-In   Sign-in for free download
V01.02.09.0001 ZIP 1.6 MB
MAQ20-952 License extension for IPEmotion Software for MAQ20 (Each Additional 4 I/O modules)  Order Now Sign-in for free download
2017 R1.2
MAQ20-953 IPEmotion Professional Edition Software, Unlimited I/O or COM modules  Order Now Sign-in for free download
2017 R1.2
MAQ20-954 IPEmotion Developer Edition Software, Unlimited I/O or COM modules  Order Now Sign-in for free download
2017 R1.2
MAQ20-955 IPEmotion PID Control Module Software for MAQ20-953 and/or -954  Order Now Sign-in for free download
2017 R1.2
* Dataforth Edition licenses for IPEmotion are backwards compatible. This means a Dataforth Edition 2017 license will work on both IPEmotion 2017 and 2016. However, a Dataforth Edition 2016 license will not work on IPEmotion 2017, or any newer versions of IPEmotion. Dataforth Edition licenses are only compatible with Dataforth Editions of IPEmotion software, which are the software versions offered on Dataforth’s website. Software downloaded directly from IPEtronik’s website will not be compatible with Dataforth Edition licenses.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I disconnect my MAQ20 from my PC and have the system to continue to log data?
If you start a standard logging process (i.e. clicking "run" in ReDAQ Shape or "store" in IPEmotion), disconnecting your MAQ20 system from the PC will terminate the log.

However, if you use the MAQ20s SD Card Logger, you can start a data log and disconnect the MAQ20 and it will continue to log data until it reaches the end of the log based on the parameters you have specified (number of samples, time interval, etc.)

Can the SD card logger in MAQ20 be used in IPEmotion?
SD card logger functionality has not been implemented in IPEmotion yet. Please contact Dataforth for more information.

I'm unable to connect to my MAQ20 through an Ethernet connection. Is there a problem with my MAQ20-COM module?
To date there have been no occurrences of a MAQ20-COMx module being unable to be connected through an Ethernet connection as a result of an issue with the module's internal hardware/firmware. Connectivity issues can occur as a result of one, or a combination of the following factors: incorrect MAQ20-COMx settings, incorrect local network settings, incorrect host computer settings, network security settings, or IP address conflicts.

When shipped from factory, MAQ20-COMx modules come with the following default connectivity settings pre-loaded in memory:

IP Address: 192.168.128.100
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
Gateway: 127.0.0.1
TCP Port: 502

Assuming the above-listed default settings are not changed, reserve a static IP address of 192.168.128.100 through your local network configuration. Assigning this IP address statically will ensure that no other devices on the network will be able to claim the IP address that is intended to be used by the MAQ20-COMx module.

If not using the default IP address, the statically reserved IP address on the local network MUST start with 192.168.xxx.xxx and MUST match the non-default IP address that was saved to MAQ20-COMx module memory located at start address 50. If you need to check the IP address saved at this register address you can connect to the MAQ20-COMx through a USB connection and use ReDAQ Shape to read the register address' contents. This functionality in ReDAQ Shape can be found by clicking the "Read / Write Modbus Registers" sub-tab located after clicking the main "Analyze" tab. No license for ReDAQ Shape is required to use this functionality. Please refer to the note at the bottom of this FAQ for the host computer requirements that MUST be met to allow for connectivity.

Alternatively, the MAQ20-COMx module can be set up for Ethernet connection using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). To enable this functionality an IP address of 0.0.0.0 needs to be saved to the MAQ20-COMx's internal IP address register (Start address 50). You can write to this register through direct Modbus commands using the "Write Modbus Registers" feature located under the "Read / Write Modbus Registers" sub-tab in ReDAQ Shape. Changes to this address space will take effect upon power cycling the MAQ20 system. Once in DHCP mode, your local network will automatically assign an available IP address for the MAQ20-COMx module. You will need to access you local network configuration to determine what IP address was ultimately assigned to the MAQ20-COMx module. Once known, you can connect using the assigned IP address.

NOTE: In all motioned configurations the host computer that will be used to connect to the MAQ20-COMx module through the Ethernet connection MUST have an IP address of the form 192.168.xxx.xx (I.e. any IP address starting with 192.168. that does not match the one saved at start address 50 of the MAQ20-COMx module). The host computer MUST also have a Subnet Mask of 255.255.0.0.

Some of your MAQ20 modules have a burst scan mode, can I run this mode continuously to improve system throughput?
Burst scan mode is intended to be used for debugging and signal profiling purposes. It can not run continuously. Burst scan mode can capture samples to memory in magnitudes of microseconds, but it does not have the ability to read this data back from memory at this same rate.
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