20 Industrial Data Acquisition and Control System encompasses more than 25 years of design excellence and quality in the industrial test and measurement and control industry. This powerful, high performance, highly flexible system offers the industry's lowest cost per channel, integral PID loop control, and ±0.035% system accuracy (module dependent). It is ideal for test and measurement, factory and process automation, machine automation, military and aerospace, power and energy, environmental monitoring, and oil and gas applications.
The MAQ20 family consists of DIN rail mounted, programmable, multi-channel, industrially rugged signal conditioning input and output modules and communications modules (Figure 1). Each I/O module has a 1500Vrms isolation barrier between field-side and system-side wiring, and many models offer per-channel isolation. All field wiring terminals are heavily protected against overload, accidental connection of incorrect signals, and ESD. Modules mount on the industry standard 35x7.5mm gull-wing DIN rail. A backbone mounts within the rail providing power and communication interconnections between the communications modules and each I/O module.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Modbus mapping details to use for PID control features like set point address, tuning parameter details, alarms, etc.?
This information is in MA1056, MAQ20 PID Controller User Manual. You may also need some of the Modbus mapping details for the MAQ20-COMx module found in MA1040, MAQ20 COMx Hardware User Manual. These manuals are in the Media Attachments box to the right of the topic main body.
Where do I download MAQ20 configuration software?
MAQ20 configuration is best performed with ReDAQ Shape software. We do have other software for download as well. Please check out the Software Download Center.
Note:The "MAQ20-945 Configuration Software Tool" was replaced with ReDAQ Shape software tool in 2017.
Do I need a PC connected to Record to MAQ20 SD Card?
It is true you do not need to have a PC connected to record the data to the SD card.
However, you will need the PC connected in order to set up what to record and how much and to start recording, refer to the MAQ20-COM2/-COM4 Hardware User Manual, Section 13.0 SD Card Operation, pages 17 through 19 of 40.
Once the recording has started, you can disconnect the PC in software from the MAQ20 system and then disconnect the communication cable physically.
Recording the data; then you will need the PC connected once again to stop recording which also closes the data file.
There is an alternate method: remote operation and remote retrieval of data through a built-in FTP Server.
Refer to MAQ20-COM2/-COM4 Hardware User Manual, Section 16.0 Remote Operation via Direct Internet Connection, pages 25 through 26 of 40.
Refer to MAQ20-COM2/-COM4 Hardware User Manual, Section 14.0 Retrieving Data from the SD Card – Manual or FTP Server, pages 20 through 25 of 40.
The above sections of the manual are in the Media Attachments box to the right of this topic’s main body.
Can Dataforth provide calibration reports for modules I purchased?
Yes we can provide calibration reports for the modules that you purchased.
You can either
a) visit https://www.dataforth.com/TestDataReport.aspx to search for Test Report Datasheets by Serial Number or
b) you can send us a list of model numbers and their serial numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org
I cannot see the IP address in the Modbus registers in DHCP mode. Where do I find it?
The DHCP assigned IP address cannot be read from the MAQ20-COMx module.
The DHCP assigned IP address can be found if the MAQ20 system is connected to a router as this displays the addresses that the router has assigned.
Keywords/Phrases: DHCP, IP address, MAQ20-COM, router
Does MAQ20 have the capacity for OPC?
OPC is an acronym for OLE for Process and Control, OLE is an acronym for Object Linking and Embedding. A more contemporary meaning of OPC is Open Platform Communications. And, yes, MAQ20 does have a capacity for OPC. Call 800 444 7644 press 2 for details.
Keywords/Phrases: OPC, OLE for Process and Control, Open Platform Communications
What are the MAQ20-COM2, -COM4 RS-232, RS-485 pinouts, respectively?
To connect to the MAQ20 COMx, open or download the MAQ20-COMxPinouts page from the Media Attachments box to the right of this Content box.
Table 2 shows the pinouts of the RJ-45 jack for RS-232, RS-485 4-wire, and RS-485 2-wire.
Or visit www.dataforth.com. In the top tool bar point to Software, scroll down to and click on MAQ20.
Under Manuals, scroll down to and click on MAQ20 COMx Hardware User Manual.
In Section 4.0, page 3 of 40, Table 2 shows the pinouts of the RJ-45 jack for RS-232, RS-485 4-wire, and RS-485 2-wire.
What is the max sample rate for MAQ20 modules?
The best place to find information about this is in the MAQ20 COMx Hardware User Manual, Section 21.0 Throughput, pages 34 through 37 of 40.
I have three MAQ20 placed in three different buildings, is it possible to connect the device to the ADSL network?
This should be possible using the Ethernet port on each of the MAQ20 systems and an appropriate DSL modem.
Configure each of the MAQ20 systems with a unique static IP address and then interface to them using ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 or IPEmotion with the Dataforth Plug-in.
Keywords/Phrases: MAQ20 networking , MAQ20 to ADSL network
Unhandled exception error in the installation process of ReDAQ Shape in Win XP
On the Unhandled exception error in the installation process in Windows XP, ReDAQ Shape needs XP updated to SP3 in order to eliminate the exception error. Perform the following steps to clear up this issue.
If you have Win XP and have not installed ReDAQ Shape, perform the following steps.
Update XP to SP3. Use the update link in Control Panel -> System -> Automatic Updates tab -> in the lower part of this window, click on Windows Updates Web site. This takes you to the correct part of the Microsoft web site. Download and install the Critical Updates.
Install ReDAQ Shape V2.11.
Reference ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 User Manual Sections 1.3 Minimum Host Computer Requirements, 1.4 Installation, and 1.5 License Unlock Code.
If you have Win XP and have installed ReDAQ Shape V2.11, perform the following steps.
Uninstall ReDAQ Shape V2.11.
In this step you have two options. You can use Control Panel -> Add / Remove Programs and remove the USB driver. This might prove to have a level of difficulty because on two different Windows XP machines I have seen the USB driver referred to by two different names: USBXpress… or Windows Driver Package – Silicon Laboratories Ports…
OR you can wait until the Reinstall ReDAQ Shape V2.11 step below.
Update XP to SP3. Use the update link in Control Panel -> System -> Automatic Updates tab ? in the lower part of this window, click on Windows Updates Web site. This takes you to the correct part of the Microsoft web site. Download and install the Critical Updates.
Reinstall ReDAQ Shape V2.11.
Reference ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 User Manual Sections 1.3 Minimum Host Computer Requirements, 1.4 Installation, and 1.5 License Unlock Code.
Here you can exercise the second option from above. Since you have already installed the USB driver, in the USB Driver Installation dialog box, you can uncheck the Install USB Driver box.
How do I find SLX940 ReDAQ Shape Software?
The quickest way to find SLX940 ReDAQ Shape Software is on www.dataforth.com.
In the upper left of the home page, under Explore our product offerings: follow this path: Data Acquisition and Control --> MAQ20 Modular Data Acquisition System --> In the Related Topics box, click on MAQ20 User Manuals and Software Download Center --> in Application Software box top center of page, click on MAQ20-940 ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 - Developer.
In the upper left of the home page, under Explore our product offerings: follow this path: Data Acquisition and Control --> ReDAQ Shape Graphical Software (for MAQ20) --> ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 Software box, the top center of the page, click on Download Center --> in Application Software box top center of page, click on MAQ20-940 ReDAQ Shape for MAQ20 - Developer.
Keywords/Phrases: SLX940, ReDAQ, ReDAQ Shape, MAQ20 Software
Is MAQ20-940, ReDAQ Shape, an electronic download only or is it also on DVD, flash drive?
MAQ20-940, ReDAQ Shape, is an electronic only product for download from www.dataforth.com.
Keywords/Phrases: MAQ20–940, ReDAQ Shape
Why do Dataforth’s linearized thermocouple modules have a low bandwidth of 3-4 Hz?
Our linearized thermocouple modules have a bandwidth of 3-4 Hz in order to reject any induced noise along the sensor line. If a wider bandwidth is needed, a custom module could be designed and manufactured to meet the required specifications. Contact Dataforth at email@example.com to discuss your specific needs.
How do I save my module configuration in the Configuration Software Tool (MAQ20-945)?
The Configuration Software Tool for MAQ20 does not have project files that can be saved. Any adjustments you make to the configuration of your modules through the Configuration Software Tool will be saved to the modules themselves, and not to a file on your PC. It is only a tool to change the settings in the modules themselves.
Where do I download the USB drivers for the MAQ20 to be used with ReDAQ Shape?
There are two places that you can download the USB drivers for MAQ20. If you haven't already downloaded ReDAQ Shape, you will be given the option to download the required USB drivers during the installation process. If you already have ReDAQ Shape downloaded and you somehow lost the USB drivers, you can download them from our website. The USB drivers for the 8B isoLynx SLX300 system are identical with the USB drivers for the MAQ20. Visit this link, scroll down to the "Drivers" section on the page and download "USB (Virtual Comm Port Driver)": https://www.dataforth.com/8Bisolynx_download.aspx
Does the MAQ20 support tachometer input?
Yes, the MAQ20-FREQ module can support tachometer input. Please reference the user manual for the MAQ20-FREQ module for more information on how to process RPMs.
How do I convert an RMS voltage to its corresponding peak voltage?
To convert an RMS voltage to its corresponding peak voltage, you simply take the RMS voltage value and multiply it by the square root of 2, or roughly 1.414.
For example, 1500Vrms corresponds to a peak voltage of 1500 * 1.414 = 2121 Vp
How are unlock keys used to license IPEmotion?
Unlock keys are generated from the serial number of the COM module of the system that you purchased. These unlock codes are also generated based on how many I/O modules are in the MAQ20 system. You won't be able to run the data acquisition process in IPEmotion unless you have entered the correct unlock code for your system and the I/O module count of your system is equal to or below the allotted I/O module count determined when the unlock code was generated.
For example, if you purchased an unlock key for a MAQ20-COM2 with 1 MAQ20-VO, 1 MAQ20-VDN, and 2 MAQ20-BRDG modules, this would correspond to an I/O module count of 4. If you attempted to run the acquisition process with this configuration, it would work perfectly. If you decided to remove the two MAQ20-BRDG modules, you would still be able to run the acquisition process. However, if you were to add a MAQ20-FREQ module to your system, bringing your total I/O module count to 5, IPEmotion will not let you start the data acquisition process until the I/O module count is back to 4 or lower.
If you have more than one MAQ20-COM module in your system, it is not necessary to enter additional unlock codes for the extra COM modules.
Is it possible to provide external power supply directly to the backplane rail instead through the MAQ20-COM2 front panel?
The MAQ20-COMx module has to be powered through its power connector and it powers the backbone to power the I/O modules.
If you powered the backbone too, then that power supply would fight the power supply from the COM module and they would likely damage each other.
How do I register / unregister modules in a MAQ20 system?
The media attachment "MAQ20ModuleRegistrationStrategies.pdf" in the "Media Attachments" box to the right is an excerpt from the MAQ20 Communications Module HW User Manual.pdf.
This attachment describes in three sections the standard and alternate setup processes involved in Building a System, Section 7.0, Maintaining a System, Section 8.0, and Expanding a System, Section 9.0.
In addition, MAQ20 I/O Module Registration, Section 10.0, provides a functional description of the automated registration process and information about tools enabling user reassignment of Registration Numbers. Calculated examples of: a write to the Module Detect Register at I/O module address 98 plus the module offset based on Registration Number will trigger a module to visually self-identify by blinking the STAT LED and how to calculate the base address for reading 16 channels of Current Data for a MAQ20-VSN module.
Can MAQ20-BRDG1 support a strain sensor such as a load cell, can it measure stress?
MAQ20-BRDG1 can measure any millivolt signal as long as it is within the limits specified for input voltage defined by sensitivity multiplied by excitation voltage and within the bandwidth. Where strain, load, weight, stress, etc. need to be measured, that is in part dependent on the sensor and how it converts those parameters into millivolts and in part on scaling in software.
Keywords/Phrases: MAQ20-BRDG1, strain, strain gage, strain gauge, load cell
Can I still export my acquired data to a text file or Excel spreadsheet with the User version of ReDAQ Shape?
Yes, these options are available in both the User and Developer versions of ReDAQ Shape.
How are unlock codes used with ReDAQ Shape?
Unlock codes are generated based on the serial number of the COM module of the system you purchased. If you are running an unlicensed version of ReDAQ Shape you sill have access to all the features of the software, but are limited to 1 hour of usage until the software stops. Entering the unlock code associated with your MAQ20 system will remove the time limit and allow unlimited usage of ReDAQ Shape. You must purchase an unlock code for every COM module you are using in order to have unlimited usage of ReDAQ Shape.
Note: Licenses purchased for the Developer version of ReDAQ Shape are not compatible with the User version, and vice versa.
Can I export data from ReDAQ shape to a text file or Excel spreadsheet?
Yes, ReDAQ Shape offers the option to export data to a .txt file or Excel spreadsheet live without interrupting the data acquisition process. Simply click the "Open Data File" or "Open Excel File" button in the "Analyze" panel.
Can I copy and paste data from ReDAQ Shape while in acquisition?
Yes, ReDAQ Shape has the ability to directly copy and paste raw data from the "Analyze" tab, without interrupting the acquisition process. However, you must use the "Copy To Clipboard" button located at the top left corner of the raw data table - using keyboard commands or right clicking and selecting "Copy" will not work.
What wire gauge is accepted by the terminals on the MAQ20-xTC input module?
The MAQ20-xTC input modules accept stranded wire from AWG 24 to AWG 20 and solid wire from AWG 26 to AWG 20.
Does the MAQ20 Python API support USB connection?
Currently, the MAQ20 Python API only supports Ethernet connection.
Does USB have a faster response time than Ethernet when communicating with the MAQ20?
The MAQ20 ideally has equally fast response times regardless of whether you use USB or Ethernet connection. Other variables outside of the MAQ20 can influence this response time however, such as if you are using a USB to Ethernet adapter or if the MAQ20 is part of a larger company network.
How does the load resistance of a module affect the noise at the output?
Noise at the output of a module is independent of load resistance.
Can the MAQ20 save data directly to a SQL database?
No, the MAQ20 cannot save or export data directly to a SQL database. ReDAQ Shape can export data directly to a .txt, .csv or Excel file, and then the data could be extracted from those files to be uploaded to a SQL database.