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DI-100/DI-1000 Wireless or USB Load Cell Interfaces

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Highlights

  • These USB or Wireless Sensor Interfaces Work with bridge type devices with mV/V outputs such as resistive load cells, torque sensors, pressure sensors etc. as well as with analog devices with -5V to +5V DC outputs.
  • DI-100U works with devices up to 3 mV/V with a fixed gain setting
  • DI-1000U works with devices up to 2 to 25 mV/V with a variable gain setting
  • DI-1000ZP provides optional wireless connectivity with a IEEE 802.15.4 wireless protocol
  • DI-1000 WiFi provides optional wireless connectivity with a WiFi connection
  • DI-1000UHS-1K provides a device with a high data output rate of greater than 1 KHz
  • If you are looking to connect your resistive load cell to a PLC or DAQ, you may want to take a look at our AI-1000 analog load cell interface which provides a single channel signal conditioner that outputs a 0.5V -4.5V DC signal proportional to applied loads

Minimum Recommended PC requirements

  • Windows compatible PC or Tablet (XP/Vista/7/8)
  • 250 GB disk space
  • 2 GB memory
  • At least Dual-Core Processor


Customers who bought this load cell also bought:

  • UX-100 USB extender cables for 15 additional feet from the DI-100U or DI-1000U USB load cell interface
  • Optional USB Relays that can be programmed to open or close based on force input from load cell to PC
  • Optional LoadVUE load cell software to display, log and plot the force data from USB load cells
 

 

A number of applications require a sensor with analog output (such as a load cell, torque sensor, displacement sensor, pressure sensor etc.) to be connected to a PC, Tablet, Phone or other devices via USB or WiFi or other contemporary communication protocols. The DI-100 or DI-1000 Digital Sensor Interface is a device that makes it easy for you to do that.

DI-100 16 bit Digital Sensor Interface with UART/Serial TTL/USB Output

The DI-100 is a digital sensor interface that can handle inputs up to 3 mV/V and provides an output via a UART/Serial TTL port in the form of a miniB USB connector. Then using our S2U Serial to USB dongle, we convert this raw digital signal into a USB output. Users can choose to work directly with the UART output and connect to their own microprocessors or micro controllers via a Serial TTL/UART port for their embedded applications. Or they can order it as the DI-100U which comes with the DI-100 and the S2U UART to USB converter and a miniB to miniB cable with 6 foot length.

Connect a sensor (load cell) to the DI-100U to operate on a PC:

 

USB Interface for low level voltage sensors

The DI-100U is digital sensor interface with a built-in 16-bit ADC chip and it outputs a UART signal (Tx,Rx) which is converted to USB by our S2U Serial to USB adapter (included with the purchase of a DI-100U). The UART signal can be directly read by a micro-controller and commands can be sent to read from and write to the interface.

Click here for an example on how to interface the DI-100U to an Arduino microcontroller. In order to make it easy to access the Tx, Rx pins and connect it to an Arduino or other micro-controller, we offer the HX-100 break-out board that gives access to those pins without destroying the ability to use the S2U for USB access.

The DI-100 is meant for devices that output no more than 3 mV/V or in other words if 5V power is supplied, then the max output from the sensor is 15 mV.

How to connect a load cell to a DI-100U USB Load Cell Interface:

There is a terminal block inside the interface device (under the lid) with screw terminals to connect the sensor. The pinouts are as shown below:

Connecting and using a DI-100 Digital Load Cell Interface

 

Video Demo of a USB Load Cell for Force or Weight Measurement Using DI-100U

 

 

DI-1000 24 bit Digital Sensor Interface with USB and/or Wireless Output

24 bit Digital Load Cell Interface

The DI-1000 is a digital interface with a 24-bit ADC that can handle inputs up to +/- 2V with a variable gain setting that can be set depending on the type of signal available and provides a native USB output and an optional wireless output.  There is a terminal block to connect the external sensor to it more easily than in the case of the DI-100U.

It comes in three flavors:

  • DI-1000U for Wired USB Output
  • DI-1000ZP with USB and Wireless Point to Point 802.15.4 protocol and receiver dongle
  • DI-1000WiFi with a wireless WiFi TCP/IP protocol.

DI-1000U USB Sensor Cell Interface shown connected to a load cell, a torque sensor or a pressure sensor with mV/V output:

24-bit USB Interface for load cells, torque sensors, pressure sensors

 

DI-1000ZP - Wireless Sensor Interface with 802.15.4 Protocol for Point to Point Wireless & Cordless Operation

The DI-1000ZP wireless sensor interface comes with a separate USB receiver dongle that is attached to the PC's USB port in order to receive and read data from the DI-1000ZP via a Serial connection.

Wireless Point-to-Point 802.15.4 Wireless Sensor Solution

 

 

Video Demo of wireless force or weight measurement using a Load Cell and a DI-1000ZP (or DI-1000WiFi) Interface

 

 

DI-1000WiFi Wireless Sensor Interface with TCP/IP Protocol for Wireless and Cordless Operation 

The DI-1000WiFi transmits via WiFi and hence the PC or Tablet or Phone's built in WiFi receiver can be used directly to read and display values. When connected to a sensor such as a load cell, the wireless configuration would look like this:

 WiFi Sensor Interface

If you wish to receive data on a WiFi connected PC, Tablet, Phone or other device, use the DI-1000U for USB access and the DI-1000WiFi for the easiest wireless access to the data. The DI-1000WiFi and DI-1000ZP offers a built-in cordless rechargeable battery operated wireless solution. 

 

DI-1000U-5V or DI-1000WiFi-5V or DI-1000ZP-5V

 

The DI-1000U-5V can be used as a general purpose USB Data Acquisition system for use with sensors such as LVDTs, temperature sensors etc. that have a 0-5 V DC Output. Similarly if you wish to get wireless data transfer from your 0-5V sensors, then we offer two version with WiFi and 802.15.4 protocols for those sensors.

Wireless Sensor Inteface for 0-5 VDC Sensors

DI-1000UHS and DI-1000UHS-1K High Speed Sensor Interfaces

For dynamic measurements such as impact force measurement or for testing to failure you need very high speed data update rate to capture the data in a very short time span.

We offer two versions of the DI-1000U for that purpose:

  • DI-1000UHS - offers at least 500 Hz data update rate
  • DI-1000UHS-1K - offers at least 1 KHz data update rate

The corresponding software packages to use with them are the LV-1000HS or the LV-1000HS-1K respectively.

Powered by USB Power - no need for external power source for USB Operation on a Windows PC/Tablet

USB 16-bit Sensor Interfaces (DI-100U/DI-100UHS) and 24-bit USB Sensor Interfaces DI-1000U/DI-1000UHS/DI-1000UHS-1K/DI-1000U-5Vwork directly from the power supplied via the USB port. There is no need for additional external power supply. For the wireless battery operated versions, we provide a power adapter to help you charge the internal rechargeable battery which can then be used to operate the sensor and interface not just wirelessly for the communication, but also cordlessly!



 

 

 

 

Video Demo of Impact Force Measurement Solution Using DI-1000UHS-1K USB Sensor Interface and LV-1000HS-1K software

 

 
 

Specifications


Model DI-100U DI-1000U DI-1000U-5V DI-1000UHS-1K
Accuracy Class 0.1% 0.02% 0.02% 0.02%
Input Range 3 mV/V
(0-15 mV Span)
3 mV/V
(0-15 mV Span)
- 5V to +5V DC Span 3 mV/V
(0-15 mV Span)
ADC Resolution 16 bit 24 bit 24 bit 24 bit
Channels 1 1 1 1
Sampling rate 40 Hz (DI-100U)
275 Hz (D-100UHS)
80 Hz (DI-1000U)
16 Hz (DI-1000ZP)
500 Hz (DI-1000UHS)
80 Hz (DI-1000U)
16 Hz (DI-1000ZP)
500 Hz (DI-1000UHS)
Above 1000 Hz
Output Protocol UART (Tx, Rx) or USB (Virtual COM) using Serial to USB Dongle (S2U) USB (Virtual COM) USB (Virtual COM) USB (Virtual COM)
Wireless Option No Yes, DI-1000WiFi or DI-1000ZP Yes, DI-1000WiFi or DI-1000ZP No
Battery Option No Yes, DI-1000WiFi or DI-1000ZP Yes, DI-1000WiFi or DI-1000ZP No
Load Cell Compatibility 4 Wire 4 Wire & 6 Wire 4 Wire & 6 Wire 4 Wire & 6 Wire
Compatible Software LV-100,
LV-1000,
LV-4000,
SensorVUE,
ControlVUE
LV-100,
LV-1000,
LV-4000,
SensorVUE,
ControlVUE
SensorVUE,
ControlVUE
LV-1000HS-1K

 


How to use our USB and Wireless Sensor Interfaces on a Windows PC or a Windows Tablet

To start using one of these interface devices, simply connect the load cell to the terminal block on the interface device. Install the drivers provided on the software CD shipped with the product. Once installed, connect the USB connector to the PC via the USB port.

The load cell appears on the PC as a virtual COM port. Using a standard terminal emulator you can send commands to the sensor to display loads on screen. If you type the "?" command, you can see all the available commands on the device.

Before using the load cells to measure, you need to calibrate the interface device to work with YOUR load cell. If you purchased the interface device with a load cell from us, it will come pre-calibrated. If you bought it stand-alone, then either enter the calibration coefficient (typically 2 mV/V) into the interface device via ASCII commands or perform a two point calibration with a known weight. Once calibration is complete, you can view forces or weights in millipounds. Please refer to the manuals page for calibration quick start guides.

You can either display the data one at a time or display it in continuous operation mode. Alternatively, use our LoadVUE (for e.g. LV-1000) application to view/log/plot data on a PC.

If you wish to use this device with multiple resistive load cells - then we recommend that you use one Di-100/Di-1000 for each load cell or purchase a DI-400U Interface. Then you can calibrate each interface device to its connected load cell and then sum the four individual readings on a PC to get the total load. Using this approach - you will avoid the need to calibrate the entire system via a summing/junction box.


Wiring Diagrams for DI-1000

DI-1000U Wiring Diagram for Load Cells

DI-1000U Wiring Diagram for Load Cells

DI-1000U-5V Wiring Digram for 0-5V Output Sensors (eg. Displacement Sensors)
DI-1000U Wiring Digram for 0-5V Output Sensors

DI-100U Wiring Digram for Load Cells

 

 

 

 

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