MAQ20 data acquisition and control system The MAQ®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.
  • Industry's Lowest Cost per Channel
  • ±0.035% Accuracy (Typical)
  • 1500Vrms Channel-to-Bus Isolation
  • Up to 240Vrms Continuous Field I/O Protection
  • ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1 Transient Protection
  • Direct Connection to Internet Option
  • Graphical Control Software
  • ReDAQ® Shape for MAQ®20 Software
  • IPEmotion Software
  • Advanced Features Including Integral PID Control, Alarms, Counters, Timers, PWMs, and more
  • Up to 32 PID Loops with ReDAQ® Shape Software
  • Unlimited PID Loops with IPEmotion Software
  • Wide Range 7-34VDC Input Power
  • –40°C to +85°C Industrial Operating Temperature
  • UL/CUL Listing Pending (Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D)
  • Heavy Industrial CE and ATEX Compliance Pending
  • Manufactured per RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC

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Software Download Center

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Part Number Datasheet User Manual Description
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Communication Modules: Provide Connection, Power, Interface
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Analog Input Modules: Voltage & Current
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Analog Input Modules: Process Voltage & Process Current
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Analog Input Modules: Thermocouple
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Analog Input Modules: RTD & Potentiometer
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Analog Input Modules: Strain Gage
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Analog Input Modules: Frequency
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Analog Output Modules: Voltage & Current
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Isolated Discrete Input & Output Channels
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System Backbones: Distribute Power and Communications
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High Density Discrete Voltage Input Modules
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High Density Isolated Discrete Output Module
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Discrete Output Module: Relay
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Boost Power Supply Module
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Data Acquisition Accessories

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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.

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

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

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

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.
Or alternately.
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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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.