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Publication Date: 09/1/2011
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Astro-Med Intros Portable Multi-Channel Data System
Portable data acquisition system.
West Warwick, RI — A powerful new lightweight and compact portable data acquisition system has been introduced by Astro-Med, Inc. Designated the Dash® MX, the full-featured high speed multi-channel system is designed and engineered for capturing high frequency data and transient signals as well as long-term trending.

The standard Dash MX records up to 8 channels of isolated voltage inputs to an internal 320GB hard drive at sample rates up to 200kHz per channel. High frequency data captures can be saved directly to the hard drive for review and post analysis. The system includes support for IRIG time codes A, B and E.

Equipped with a 12-in. (305mm) color display for intuitive touch-screen control as well as real-time data viewing and analysis, the graphical user interface of the Dash MX is optimized for ease of use. Simple menus permit the user to set most parameters using one touch buttons and checkbox controls.

The system is built into a compact 13.25 x 12 x 5.3-in. (337 x 305 x 135mm), lightweight (20 lbs/9kg including input modules), and rugged case for field or lab use. Operating on 100 to 264VAC, the Dash MX includes an internal rechargeable battery for power backup and up to 30 minutes of operation.

The unit comes equipped with isolated single-ended inputs that accept up to 250V rms. The Dash MX-H version is equipped with high voltage modules that can measure up to 1000V rms. Other signal input modules include thermocouple, bridge, piezoelectric and universal.

The unit's versatile digital signal processing provides a wide variety of capabilities, including low-pass, high-pass, bandpass and band-stop filtering. Derived channels — calculated channels based on user defined equations — variable sample rate during capture, and up to four sample rates per capture are some of the unit's new capabilities.

Designed for applications ranging from process trending to transient capture to remote troubleshooting, the Dash MX is portable and rugged enough to handle any environment. The unit is suited for applications in the automotive, aerospace, electric utility, telecommunications, pulp and paper, metals manufacturing, steel mills, R&D labs, medical and other industrial, scientific, and educational fields.

Contact: Astro-Med, Inc., Test and Measurement Product Group, Astro-Med Industrial Park, W. Warwick RI 02893 877-867-9783 E-mail: Web:

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