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Read and control devices which connect to the PC's COM or Ethernet port and communicate over TCP/IP, RS232, RS422, RS485 or Modbus. These include such diverse equipment as electronic balances used in a laboratory, GPS receivers used in the field and data loggers used in process plant.
For just £50 you get logging, charting, display, analogue and digital control software applications, the universal serial driver and com port trouble-shooting software. You can also use other Windows software, like Excel or Access, to display and analyse the data in real-time.
- Connect up to 10 devices, cables or networks (so 10 RS232 or many RS422, RS485, Modbus and TCP/IP devices)
- Log data: temperature, strain, pressure, position, voltage, current, flow, humidity, rainfall, concentration, weight, etc
- Each reading time-stamped
- Chart data in real-time
- Switch digital outputs
- Control analogue outputs
- Alarm indication on all inputs
- Data saved in text files - eg in csv format.
- Route data into Excel, or other Windows software, in real-time
- Add optional extras, such as process mimics
- Free technical support for life by e-mail, fax or telephone
- Money-back guarantee if not satisfied
- Choose the logging rate: anything between once every 24 hours to 5 samples per second per channel.
- Can log 200 samples per second from 40 or more channels
- For instruments sending messages in ASCII, binary or hexadecimal
- Troubleshoot serial communications: see all bytes sent and received, even non-printing characters like carriage returns
- See the state of the com port input and output lines
- For Windows 10 and earlier (including 8, 7 64-bit and 32-bit)
Each Windmill program concentrates on doing a single job and you simply run as many programs as you need. You can run several copies of each program, which means there are no fixed limits to the size of a Windmill system. You can also add other drivers, for example to collect data from USB instruments.
The Windmill Chart and Logger programs
What sort of Instruments can you Read with Windmill and COMIML?
You can control both those serial devices that continuously output messages, and those that require commands before supplying data. With a flexible approach to building command strings, and parsing the received data strings to extract data values, the majority instruments are supported. These include altimeters, balances, conductivity meters, data loggers, dial guages, digital indicators, digital thermometers, DMR, extensometers, fluorometers, force gauges, gas analysers, GPS, gyro compasses, hygrometers, I2C devices, ion gauges, load meters, motion sensors, multimeters, myographs, oxygen electrodes, particle analysers, pH meters, PIC microcontrollers, plcs, pressure transmitters, power analysers, RFID readers, thermoregulators, titrators, solar panel array controllers, sonar and water baths.
You have the freedom to mix and match equipment from many different manufacturers in many combinations. For example, serial devices from A&D, Anton Paar, Ashtec, Bruël & Kjær, Dataq Instruments, Datel, Datataker, Denver, Desoutter, Ecom, Edge Tech, Electro Industries, Fisher, Furuno, Garmin, Horiba, Mettler Toledo, Microchip Technology, Motorola, Molyteck, Newmar, Nu-Metrics, Omnistar, Omron, Orion, Parallax, Paroscientific, Patton, Phytron, Quantum Logic, Quest Scientific, Sartorius, Siemens, Telegan, Telemecanique, Texas Instruments, Transcell and Turner Designs have all been handled by Windmill. Many channels of data can be accepted from each instrument.
Troubleshoot Serial Communications
Also included is the ComDebug software which lets you troubleshoot serial communications. It handles messages in both binary and ASCII formats. You can see all bytes sent and received, even non-printing characters like carriage returns. This is crucial when dealing with binary data. ComDebug also lets you see and set the state of the input and output lines to the computer's COM port. It can send 16-bit 2s complement integers, unsigned integers, single bits of data, floating point etc.
Some of these comments are about an earlier version of the software
"This seems like the best, most versatile, and professional data acquisition/processing suite I have seen."
FK, Chalmers University of Technology
"I needed a software program that can automatically send the appropriate commands to the OBDII device; interpret the response and make it available through Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE). Searching around the internet I found Windmill...This program is perfect - it can request specific data through the OBDII interface and serve the data readings onto Excel."
RK, Mechanical Engineer, US NAVY Department
"...resulting in a 90% improvement in efficiency in an inspection data logging operation"
RB, Manufacturing & Development Engineer, Fiber Optic Transceiver Manufacturing
"...I just finished settting up our Turner SCUFA Fluorometer with Windmill. Great software. It was very easy, Thanks!"
GL, University of the Pacific
"...I am using the software to log a EZ compass (tilt, roll and heading). Works great and saved me alot of programming."
KV, Physics Professor
"The Windmill software was a great find for me. I had feared that I would have to write my own software as I could not find a flexible program that could accept custom-made drivers."
JC, Program Manager of a pilot scale chemical process facility supporting development of new products and processes
Will Windmill work with my Hardware Device?
If you can answer Yes to these questions then Windmill will work for you.
- Can your instrument communicate either via the PC's COM port (virtual or real) over RS232, RS422, RS485 or Modbus protocol, or via TCP/IP - eg Ethernet or Internet?
- Does it send ASCII, binary or hexadecimal messages?
- Are you running Windows?
- Does your instrument send its data in real-time?
- Is each data item fewer than 21 ASCII characters or 7 pairs of hexadecimal characters long (excluding engineering units, headers, etc. Eg +123456789.0123456789)?