Data Logger or Data Acquisition?

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24 September

Data Logger or Data Acquisition?

Which one is right, data logger or data acquisition? We’ve been tossing around these two terms a lot; yet, some people still struggle to distinguish their meaning.  Let’s say you want to measure temperature levels, record, and analyze them, which one is the correct answer? Long story short, both are. The distinctions between these two have become so insignificant they’re basically the same.

But, it hasn’t always been like that. Traditionally, data loggers were devices that were powered by battery or DC and recorded data that was shown on a display, if they had one. No connections to the computer whatsoever. 
On the other hand, data acquisition referred to a system that was connected to a computer and used its display and storage. 

Fast forward to the present, all differences from these two terms have disappeared. However, people still struggle to understand whether data logger and data acquisition as they need different things. A solution to this problem would be further explanation of the products manufacturers are offering. Whether you call it data logger or data acquisition system, it can be either stand-alone or PC-connected.  Whatever term you use, you are correct, but make no mistake when you decide how you want the device to operate. If you want it next to you, connected to a PC, make sure you state that desire. Anyhow, all devices are now somehow connected to a computer, whether it’s via simple cable, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.   

Now that you know what device should you focus on (and how to call it), you’re able to pick the right software for your data logger. ReadyDAQ has the offer for you, and make no mistake, they know what they’re doing. With certified LabVIEW experts and partnership with NI, ReadyDAQ’s engineers are capable of providing you with the best solution for data acquisition. 



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