iDaq is designed to allow easy implementation and good manageability of any of its parts. In order to get the maximum of flexibility and to make it as dynamic and customizable as possible, iDaq is based on a module-based architecture structured on mainly two levels. It is divided in fact into two programs: iDaq Device Manager and iDaq Dock.
iDaq Device Manager is the application that acquires data from hardware, like DAQmx boards, CompactDAQ, ModBus, Siemens S7 PLC, Ethernet IP devices.
iDaq Dock is a container of Addons. An Addon is an application that processes, stores and visualizes signals and any other type of data acquired with iDaq Device Manager. The following image is a schematic representation of iDaq working principle.
Diagram of iDaq Structure
The elements in the diagram are three different kinds of modules:
iDaq Device Manager handles hardware by using the Drivers, i.e. a special set of items created to acquire data from different data sources and process them in different ways. Drivers extend the number of device types supported by iDaq Device Manager.
COMPONENTS are modules that deal directly with signals and hardware: they are thought to increase the number of possible devices with which iDaq Device Manager can interface. Their primary purpose is to extend the capacity of acquiring, generating and elaborating signals of iDaq Device Manager according to your needs. Moreover, the module-based architecture of iDaq Device Manager allows a continuous renewal of its potentialities, so that enables it to be always up-to-date and makes it very suitable for single customers’ requests. There are different categories of components:
iDaq Dock enables you to install useful Addons, additional plug-ins that extend iDaq features, such as different ways of data processing and visualization. The opportunity of introducing new tools and increasing iDaq potentialities in such an easy way makes it a flexible and customizable solution. Thanks to iDaq Addons, you have unlimited access to your devices, even remotely, without programming efforts.
There are two types of Addons:
Unlike the embedded Addons, standalone applications can be used whether iDaq Dock is installed or not. Both versions require iDaq Device Manager.
Embedded and standalone Addons can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.idaq-datalogger.com/en/products/addons.
How users interact with iDaq
From the diagram shown above you can see how the various parts of iDaq lend themselves to being used by more types of users. The first part, made by iDaq Device Manager with Drivers and Extensions is mainly used by engineers and technicians. Drivers and Extensions can be developed by third-party providers.
The second section composed of iDaq Dock and Addon can instead be used by the machine operator, engineer or manager in the office, depending on which Addon you choose. The Addons can also be developed by third-party providers.