Test and Measurement News

November 2006

Tech Tip: Keeping PicoLog Running After a Power Failure

One of the problems with using a computer for unattended data logging is the risk of losing data after a power failure. PicoLog, our data logging software, can save you from disaster by restarting automatically after a power failure and then continuing to log data. To make it do this, follow these steps:

  1. Run PicoLog Recorder, set it up to log your data, and then save the settings to a PLW file such as ‘oven.plw’. Note the exact path and name of this file.
  2. Find the PicoLog Recorder shortcut in the Windows Start menu, right-click it and select ‘Copy’.
  3. While still in the Start menu, find the ‘Startup’ program group, right-click it and select ‘Open’. This will open a new window labelled ‘Startup’.
  4. Right-click in the Startup window and select ‘Paste’. A new shortcut labelled ‘PicoLog Recorder’ will appear.
  5. Right-click the new shortcut and select ‘Properties’.
  6. In the ‘Target’ box, you will see the path and name of the PicoLog Recorder program (plw32.exe) enclosed in quotation marks. After the last quotation mark, add “ -r ” (space, minus, r, space).
  7. After the last space you typed, add the full path and name of the PLW file you created earlier (such as “C:\oven.plw”), enclosed in quotation marks.
  8. Click ‘OK’ to close the Properties dialog.

That’s it. You can now test the system by running PicoLog Recorder and then restarting your computer. The program will restart, creating a new data file with a serial number attached, such as ‘oven1.plw’. The data from before the power failure will be safely stored in the original ‘oven.plw’ file.

Independent Review of the PicoScope 3224 PC Oscilloscope

The PicoScope 3224 features in a recent article, “Data Acquisition and Display for Electrophysiology: PC Oscilloscopes” by Stephen George of the Neuroscience Program at Amherst College, MA, United States. The article gives advice on choosing a PC Oscilloscope for teaching electrophysiology in neuroscience labs, and compares and reviews several models from different manufacturers. Amherst College chose the PicoScope 3224 over the competition for its reasonable price, its large buffer size, the power of the PicoScope software, and the quality of service from our U.S. dealer, Swangate International Inc.

Read the full article on our website

Automotive News

New book: Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis, 2nd edition

As automotive systems become increasingly complex there is a greater need for good diagnostic skills. “Advanced Automotive Fault Diagnosis” by Tom Denton is the only book to treat automotive diagnostics as a science rather than a check-list procedure. Each chapter includes basic principles and examples of a vehicle system followed by the appropriate diagnostic techniques, complete with useful diagrams, flow charts, case studies and self-assessment questions. The book will help new students develop diagnostic skills and help experienced technicians improve even further.

This new edition includes the latest technological developments. Two new chapters have been added - On-board diagnostics and Oscilloscope diagnostics - and the coverage has been matched to the latest curricula of motor vehicle qualifications, including: IMI and C&G Technical Certificates and NVQs; Level 4 diagnostic units; BTEC National and Higher National qualifications from Edexcel; International Motor Vehicle qualifications such as C&G 3905; and ASE certification in the USA.


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