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Pressure Data Logger

Product Applications

This manual applies to: PR125/325/525
One-step data retrieval for utility operators on-the-go! -- retrive data without the bother of moving data loggers or laptops. Easy-to-See, Easy-to-Download Data.

User-friendly “DicksonWare™” software makes it simple to integrate recorded pressure data into documents and spreadsheets, giving results a professional, polished look. When fulfillment of regulatory requirements or 
accurate recording of pressure for quality control is needed, this logger is the perfect instrument.

Useful Features


  • Display with Mon/Max option, unit of measure indicator, low battery indicator and much more
  • USB-enabled triple speed downloading
  • 1-second sampling rate
  • IP68 cas
  • FLASH card option
Real Time Monitoring Monitor and graph your process as it happens and print and save from real time screen. (This feature should be used sparingly as it causes the battery to drain very quickly.)

Customize Graphed Data DicksonWare™ calculates Min, Max and Average of all data collected. Customize data by eliminating unnecessary data points and customize Min, Max and Average to show only desired information.

Export Data 

A snapshot of your graph or a real-time graph of points can be easily exported to other programs such as Excel™ or PowerPoint™.

CLICK ON THE FEATURES BUTTON IN THE SOFTWARE FOR
DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO USE ABOVE FEATURES

Product Specifications

Pr125 1 199

Getting Started

  1. Install DicksonWare version 3.0 or greater on your PC (compatible with windows 98 or higher) Install battery.

    a. Carefully remove case lid

    b. Remove battery compartment lid carefully by twisting cap clockwise

    c. Insert battery positive side up

    d. Replace battery cap

    e. It may take up to 5 seconds for unit to power up 

  2. Open DicksonWare software via the icon on your desktop.

  3. Connect the USB cable to the logger (port located to the left of the display) and to an available working USB port on your PC. 

  4. Your computer may detect the logger when it is powered on and connected to the computer via the USB connection. Depending on your version of Windows, the computer may go through an Add New Hardware routine.

  5. Click on the Setup button. You will be prompted to select USB or Serial COM Port connection. Select USB then click Continue. 

  6. A Setup window will appear. All fields should be automatically filled in, confirming that DicksonWare has recognized your logger. Should all fields remain blank, refer to no communications for this model in the Technical Support section of DicksonData.com.

  7. Once DicksonWare recognizes the logger, press the Clear button. This will delete all data currently stored.

  8. Your logger is now ready to be placed in the desired logger location

Changing Logger Defaults

Pressure Logger Defaults:


  • Sample Rate = 5 Minues
  • Stop or Wrap When Full = Wrap
  • Logger Display Unit of Measure = PSI
  • DicksonWare Unit of Measure = PSI


  1. To change any of the logger defaults, connect the logger to your PC via the USB cable and open DicksonWare.
  2. Click on Setup
  3. The following settings can be modified:
            a. Setup/Identification 
                 i. Logger ID: Name logger
                  ii. Calibration Date: Set next calibration date 
                 iii. Calibration Interval: Set calibration interval
            b. Setup/Samples 
                 i. Sample Interval: How frequently the logger takes a pressure reading
                 ii. Sub 0 Second Interval (Note: Selecting Sub 0 Second Intervals automatically activates Water Hammer mode with a sample of  second.)
                 iii. Stop or Wrap When Full: Stops logging when logger is full or Writes over oldest sample points when logger is full.
            c. Setup/Channels
                 i. Name Logger Channel
            d. Setup/Display Scale
                 i. Logger: Set scale displayed on Logger LCD 
                 ii. DicksonWare: Set scale displayed when downloaded to DicksonWare

Note: To achieve longer battery life during operation, use a less frequent sample rate, disconnect the unit from the USB port when not downloading data, limit the frequency of memory card transfers, and 
do not insert the memory card all the way unless downloading.

Logger Operating Instructions


Note:
The loggers have a continuous display that cannot be disabled.

Download to SD/MMC


Note:
This feature is only for use with the Dickson Memory Cards. 

Pressing this button will download any data stored in the logger to the removeable memory card. The counter will start counting down from 00. DO NOT remove the memory card until the unit is displaying current readings. 

Note: Leaving the memory card installed in the Logger will reduce battery life by 50%. If you notice “Err” on the display, please refer to the Troubleshooting section at www.DicksonData.com

MIN/MAX


Pressing this button will start the Min/Max display cycle.

Clearing MIN/MAX Values


Holding the “MIN/MAX” button down for 3 seconds until “clr” appears on display will clear the stored minimum and maximum values. The Min and Max displayed by the logger will be the minimum and maximum values sensed since it was last cleared. 

Note: DicksonWare™ will show the minimum and maximum values of the downloaded data. These could be different than that displayed on the unit itself.

For Example: Your logger is set for a 5 minute sample rate which is good for about 4 days. After 5 days you clear MIN/MAX. After another 6 days you download the logger. The Min/Max displayed by the logger will be the MIN/MAX for the last 6 days. The MIN/MAX shown by DicksonWare™ will be the Min/Max for the last entire 11 days.

Replacing the Battery:


Battery Type: DL3 Lithium Battery, Qty 1 

If the battery is low:

Press Clear button before replacing battery to ensure uninterupted logging. A dummy reading of -4 PSI marks the point where logging was resumed once the battery was replaced.

If battery looses power before being replaced:

The logger will resume logging once battery is replaced, but all readings before power loss will be off. A dummy reading of -4 PSI marks the point where logging was resumed once the battery was replaced.

Display Features:

  1. Low Battery Indicator
  2. Unit of Measure Indicator
  3. Water Hammer Mode Indicator
  4. Logger Full Indicator (Logger has stopped logging)
  5. Min/Max Readings

IP Rating

  • This logger has an IP rating of 68
  • This logger has maintained the IP68 rating under 50 meters of water. A silicone lubricant must be applied to the cap O-ring in order to achieve these results.

Installing a Flash Memory Card Reader


Follow the instructions included with the flash card reader. Additional information and troubleshooting.

DicksonWare™ Software Specifications


Microsoft Windows® compatible. Allows for simple viewing and zooming of logged data. Easy set-up of Dickson Data Loggers including: 

  • User selectable sample intervals from 0 seconds to 4 hours 
  • Display temperature in °C or °F 
  • Delayed logger start times 
  • Logger data capacity can be set to wrap data or stop when full 
  • Allow for real time monitoring and graphing.
  • Effortless exporting of data and graphs to other software 
  • Data can be viewed in tabular (numeric/table) or graphical formats 
  • Fast downloading of logged data - 30 seconds (typical) from full logger 
  • Shows battery power status for battery operated loggers 

Technical Requirements


Compatible With:
Microsoft Windows® 95, 98, 000, NT & XP
PC Requirements: PC with 386 MHz or better microprocessor, 4 M RAM, CD drive
Computer Interface: RS-3 COM (serial) port
DicksonWare™ Version Required (minimum): See Specific Model for version Requirement

Accessories

Pr125 2 226

Calibration Services - New Units


N100 - NIST Traceable Calibration
1-Point: Includes documentation to one Dickson pre-selected point on new units only.

  • N300 - NIST Traceable Calibration 3-Point: Includes documentation of three Dickson preselected points (a high, medium, and low) on new units only. 
  • N400 - Deluxe A2LA Accredited NIST Traceable Calibration 3-Point: ISO Guide 5/ALA Documentation of 3 pre-selected points of as found data before and after calibration for Dickson temperature and/or humidity instrumentation on new units only.
  • N995 - NIST User Selected Temperature Points: Documentation of one customer specified point. Should be selected in addition to one of the above calibration options. 

The Importance and Benefits of Regular Calibrations


Once you begin to use your precision Dickson instrumentation, regular calibrations are necessary to ensure accurate readings.

The following Calibration Services are available:

  • N150 - NIST Traceable Calibration 1-Point: Includes documentation to one Dickson pre-selected point after re-calibration.
  • N350 - NIST Traceable Calibration 3-Point: Includes documentation of three Dickson preselected points (a high, medium, and low) after re-calibration. 
  • N450 - Deluxe A2LA Accredited NIST Traceable Calibration 3-Point: ISO Guide 5/ALA Documentation of 3 pre-selected points of as found data before and after calibration for Dickson temperature and/or humidity instrumentation. 
  • N995 - NIST User Selected Temperature Points: Documentation of one customer specified point. Should be selected in addition to one of the above calibration options. 

Why should I recalibrate my instrumentation?


Over time dirt, dust and normal handling can throw your precision instrumentation out of calibration. Regular calibrations ensure that you receive the most accurate readings possible. 

How often should I recalibrate my instrumentation?


Depending on the environment your instrument is used in and how often it is handled you will want to recalibrate your instrument every 6 to  months. Instruments in environments where there are extreme temperatures, wide temperature ranges, humidity or pressure variations, high condensation, dirt, dust and other debris will require calibration at least every 6 months. Instruments that are frequently moved or in locations with heavy machinery that cause vibrations should also be calibrated at least every 6 months. 

Why should I return my instrument to Dickson for calibration?

Dickson calibrates your instrument at the factory using proprietary production/calibration software that guarantees proper calibration.

Our Capabilities

Dickson is the first manufacturer of humidity and temperature nstrumentation to receive ALA accreditation. We are also NIST Traceable; our procedures conform to MIS-STD-4566A, ANSI/NCSL 2540-1-1994, ISO/IEC Guide 5 and ISO00. We are experts in the manufacture and calibration of humidity and temperature instruments. 
  • Fast Service: Our turnaround time is 3 days or less so you receive not only expert service but fast service as well. 

  • Easy: We make it easy for you! No phone calls for Return Authorization Numbers are required. We remind you when your instrument is due for calibration. You simply send in the completed Calibration Order Form with your unit for calibration with freight prepaid to Dickson. 

Troubleshooting


For troubleshooting information, visit our tech support page: www.dicksondata.com/support

Warranty


Dickson warrants that the products it sells will be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of twelve months after delivery. In the event of a claim under this warranty, the product or part must be returned to the factory for repair or replacement (shipping pre-paid) with a Return Authorization Number (see Return Information above). It will be repaired at Dickson’s option without charge. This warranty DOES NOT cover routine calibration, pen, chart and battery replacement. The foregoing warranty and remedy are exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties either expressed or implied. Dickson shall not be liable for consequential or incidental damages resulting from failure or malfunction of its products. Dickson makes no warranty for products not manufactured by it or for any products modified by buyer, or subject to misuse or neglect.

Factory Service & Returns

  • Contact the factory (630-543-3747) for a Return Authorization (RA) Number before returning any instrument. The model number, serial number and a purchase order number will be requested before an RA number is issued.
  • Carefully repack the instrument, label the outside of the box with the RA# and return the instrument (freight pre-paid) to Dickson.
  • All instruments that do not have the RA# clearly marked on the outside of the box will be refused. 
  • When returning instruments for credit, please include all accessories in shipment.
  • Calibration/Freight charges are non-refundable.
NOTE: Dickson shall not be liable for consequential or incidental damages resulting from failure or malfunction of its products.

Customer Satisfaction


Dickson takes pride in providing you, the customer, with the highest quality instrumentation. We welcome the opportunity to help you in any way possible. Whether it be a question or a new idea in documentation, 
the Dickson Company would like to hear your response. Please call our Customer Service Department at -800-33-448 or (630) 543-3747 (in Illinois).

Software Return Policy


IMPORTANT-Read your Software License Agreement carefully before installing software. DIckson will accept returns for replacement of defective disks and CDs only.