I am attempting to set up a condition monitoring system for a shot blast machine in a steel fabrication plant. I decided to use 8 accelerometers to monitor the machine's vibration levels. I intend to use an ADC20 to log the data and transmit it to a pc for further processing such as FFT spectrum analysis. However, the machine is a fair distance (200-300m) from the maintenance department. I therefore want to know if it is possible to extend the range of the logger, perhaps by using some sort of usb extension (?), if possible. In addition, would this compromise my data in any way or would I need to increase the power source to overcome cable resistance, etc.
My boss insists that he does not want to use any wireless or bluetooth systems and that everything must be hard wired.
I'd appreciate any help.