High Integration DAQ Compact Computer for Industrial Measurement Systems
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) comprise a broad range of carbon-based chemicals, some of which are dangerous to human health and the environment. As a result, the growing interest in indoor air quality in the workplace is stimulating the development of measuring instruments for detecting VOC emissions in enclosed atmospheres, such as laboratories, semiconductor clean rooms,and production line environments.
This client for this project was a Taiwanese supplier of measuring instruments and manufacturer of water quality monitoring equipment and VOC analyzers, whose products have been adopted by various industries, such as the public utilities, petrochemical, and semiconductor and electronics industries. The company’s existing VOC analyzers use hardware of multiple brands to measure temperature and concentrations of atmospheric gas. This “patchwork hardware” approach requires excessive cabinet space, hinders development and maintenance, and can be easily replicated by competitors. Therefore, the company wanted to upgrade the system with an all-in-one, industrial-grade solution.
Advantech’s MIC-1816 is an embedded computer equipped with DAQ module. The system’s compact, fanless design makes it ideal for limited-space installations. For this project, MIC-1816 was installed in a cabinet in order to connect the thermocouple, intake valve, valve button, and relay with LED indicator. This allows the VOC measuring system to be used for collecting sensor signals and controlling related devices to thereby regulate temperature and VOC concentrations.
MIC-1816: 16-bit, 16-channel, 1 MS/s Data Acquisition Platform with Intel® Core™ i3/Celeron® Processer
System integrators or equipment manufacturers looking to develop an advanced solution for increasing business opportunities must select the appropriate hardware platform to successfully launch products while protecting their intellectual property assets. Compared with the company’s previous VOC analyzer solution, which comprised multiple differently branded I/O modules, Advantech’s MIC-1816 system isan all-in-one platform equipped with the required data acquisition and control functions. The platform supports integration, allowing system integrators and manufacturers to conveniently develop and maintain the system. Moreover, the provision of a unique device ID as an encryption mechanism prevents third parties from replicating the platform. Currently, the new VOC measuring system has entered the trial production phase. Thus far, the company is very satisfied with MIC-1816 and plans to continue developing the platform features and functions.