dataTaker - Data Loggers, Powerful and Flexible Data Acquisition & Data Logging Systems

A Technical Reference Manual
for the
dataTaker 50,500,600 Series3
Data Loggers


DataTaker warrants the instruments it manufactures against defects in materials or workmanship for a period of 3 year from the date of delivery to the original customer. This warranty is limited to the replacement or repair of such defects, without charge, when the instrument is returned to dataTaker, or to one of its authorized distributors.

This warranty excludes all other warranties, either expressed or implied, and is limited to a value not exceeding the purchase price of the instrument. Where dataTaker supplies equipment or items manufactured by a third party, then the warranty provided by the third party manufacturer remains.

DataTaker shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages resulting from use of the instrument, or for damage to the instrument resulting from accident, abuse, improper implementation, lack of reasonable care, or loss of parts.


DataTaker products are not authorized for use as critical components in a life support system where failure of the product is likely to effect its safety or effectiveness.


dataTaker is a trademark of dataTaker
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PC Card and PCMCIA are trademarks of the Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association

Firmware Versions

This Technical Reference Manual applies to Series 3 dataTaker 50, 500, 505, 515, 600, 605 and 615 model data loggers, which have firmware version 7.xx installed.

The earlier Series 1 and Series 2 of the dataTaker data loggers are very similar to the Series 3 models, provided these loggers have the latest version firmware installed:

   Series 1  Firmware Version 4.02
   Series 2  Firmware Version 5.00

This manual can be used in support of earlier version data loggers, and differences can be ascertained by comparison with your original Getting Started and Concise Manuals.

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Getting Started with DT50, DT500 and DT600 Series dataTakers
Userís Manual DT50, DT500 and DT600 Series dataTakers Series 3
Advanced Communications Manual

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Document Details

Document Number: UM-0078-A0-X0
Published:             September 2003

Regulatory Compliances

The Series 3 dataTaker 50, 500, 505, 515, 600, 605 and 615 model data loggers meet the following standards:





This product complies with the requirements of European Directives 89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC, and conforms with EN55022 Class A (emissions) and EN50082-1 (susceptibility).

Mains adaptors use to power this product must comply with EN60950, EN60742 or EN61010.




This product complies with the requirements of the Australian and New Zealand standard for EMC emissions AS/NZS 3548:1992
Class A.

ACN 006 134 863



This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.



This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Depertment of Communications.

Le présent appareil numérique níémet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de la Classe A prescrites dan les réglements sur le brouillage radioélectrique édictés par le Ministére des Communications du Canada.



The input and general circuitry of this device is extremely sensitive, and therefore susceptible to damage by static electricity. Always follow approved anti-static procedures when working with this device.


is certified to ISO9002


Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia Pty Ltd
5 Caribbean Drive,
Scoresby, VIC 3179

Tel:  (03) 9757 4477
     +61 3 9757 4477

Fax:  (03) 9753 3483
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Page Content


Title and Waranty

Go to: Section 2 | Section 3

Section 1

Construction of the dataTaker 50

Construction of the dataTaker 500 600

Construction of the CEM

Getting Started


Section 2


Powering the dataTaker

Powering Sensors from the dataTaker

The Serial Interfaces

The RS232 COMMS Serial Interface

The NETWORK Interface

Analog Process

Connect Analog

Analog Chns

Measuring Low Level Voltages

Measuring High Level Voltages

Measuring Currents

Measuring 4-20mA Current Loops

Measuring Resistance

Measuring Frequency and Period

Measuring Analog Logic State

Measuring Temperature

Measuring Temperature with Thermocouples

Measuring Temperature with RTDs

Measuring Temperature with IC Temperature Sensors

Measuring Temperature with Thermistors

Measuring Bridges and Strain Gauges

Measuring Vibrating Wire Strain Gauges

The Digital Input Channels

Monitoring Digital State

The Low Speed Counters

The Phase Encoder Counter

The High Speed Counters

The Digital Output Channels

The Channel Expansion Module

Installing The Panel Mount Display


Section 3

Programming the dataTaker

Communication Protocols and Commands

Entering Commands and Programs

Format of Returned Data

Specifying Channels

The Analog Input Channels

The Digital Input Channels

The Counter Channels

The Digital Output Channels

The Real Time Clock

The Internal Channels

Channel Options



Scaling Data - Polynomials, Spans and Functions

CVs Calcs and Histogram

Logging Data to Memory

Programming from Memory Cards


Switches and Parameters


Writing Programs

Keypad and Display

Error Mess Text

Appendix A - ASCII

Appendix B - ADC Timing