We are seeking to link a strain gauge load cell to a 12V DC-powered display unit (for instantaneous display of the force) and take the output via RS232 to a laptop PC.
1) I already own PicoLog software 9used for temperature measurement) - can I adapt the software to read the RS232 port without further requirement. If so is there a guide as to how I program Excel to recognise the source input?
2) If direct reading into PicoLog is not possible, what do you suggest I use. The datalogger must be capable of being powered from DC source or laptop via USB as it will be used in a portable configuration and with no AC power supply available.