TC-Link User Manual
User Manual
TC-Link
Version 3.1.1
®
Wireless Thermocouple Node
Little Sensors, Big Ideas®
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MicroStrain, Inc.
©2011 by MicroStrain, Inc.
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Revised: 20 July 2011
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Table of Contents
WELCOME .................................................................................................................................................. 5
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................. 6
STARTER KITS, MODULES AND OPTIONS ........................................................................................ 7
INSTALLATION ......................................................................................................................................... 9
OPERATION.............................................................................................................................................. 10
THERMOCOUPLE SUPPORT................................................................................................................ 11
RELATIVE HUMIDITY SENSOR .......................................................................................................... 13
LEDS ........................................................................................................................................................... 14
CHARGING LED ....................................................................................................................................... 14
CHARGE COMPLETED LED....................................................................................................................... 14
DEVICE STATUS LED ............................................................................................................................... 14
RADIO AND ANTENNA .......................................................................................................................... 16
POWER....................................................................................................................................................... 17
INTERNAL BATTERY ................................................................................................................................. 17
EXTERNAL POWER ................................................................................................................................... 18
BASE STATIONS ...................................................................................................................................... 20
USB BASE STATION ................................................................................................................................. 20
ANALOG BASE STATION ........................................................................................................................... 20
SERIAL BASE STATION ............................................................................................................................. 21
SOFTWARE ............................................................................................................................................... 22
STANDARD OFFERING .............................................................................................................................. 22
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS .......................................................................................................................... 22
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION ....................................................................................................................... 22
DATA COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL ....................................................................................................... 22
SAMPLING RATES .................................................................................................................................. 23
DATALOGGING MEMORY ................................................................................................................... 24
ENCLOSURE ............................................................................................................................................. 25
OPERATING TEMPERATURE.............................................................................................................. 26
FACTORY CALIBRATION AND TESTING......................................................................................... 27
CALIBRATION ........................................................................................................................................... 27
FUNCTIONAL TEST CHECKLIST ................................................................................................................. 27
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS ............................................................................................................... 28
MECHANICAL DRAWING..................................................................................................................... 30
ELECTRICAL BLOCK DIAGRAM ....................................................................................................... 31
SUPPORT ................................................................................................................................................... 33
OVERVIEW................................................................................................................................................ 36
WEB ......................................................................................................................................................... 36
EMAIL....................................................................................................................................................... 36
TELEPHONE .............................................................................................................................................. 36
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SKYPE .................................................................................................................................................... 36
RMA ........................................................................................................................................................ 37
30 DAY RETURN POLICY .......................................................................................................................... 38
TERMS AND CONDITIONS.................................................................................................................... 39
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Welcome
Steve Arms, President and CEO
Welcome to MicroStrain! We make tiny sensors that are used in a
wide range of applications, including knee implants, civil
structures, advanced manufacturing, unmanned military vehicles,
and automobile engines. Our sensors have won numerous awards
and we pride ourselves on being both innovative and responsive
to our customer's unique requirements.
MicroStrain is based in Williston, Vermont and is a privately held corporation. Founded
in 1987, our early development focused on producing micro-displacement sensors for
strain measurement in biomechanics research applications. Our first sensors were
designed for arthroscopic implantation on human knee ligaments; since then, we
expanded our product line through continual product improvement.
We introduced a broader line of micro-displacement sensors that could withstand extreme
temperatures, hundreds of millions of cycles, and complete submersion in saline. The
aerospace and automotive industry found our sensing systems met their requirements and
we've worked on many groundbreaking projects.
As our customer base expanded, we continued to innovate by combining multiple sensors
along with advanced micro controllers to enhance system performance. We were one of
the first sensor companies to add wireless capability so that low power, miniature digital
sensors could communicate easily with personal computers and send data to the internet.
Our inclinometer product line was initially developed to measure angles of limbs to help
re-animate the limbs of paralyzed individuals. The tiny, lightweight gyro-enhanced
orientation modules that resulted from this effort found immediate acceptance for
navigation & control of unmanned systems in military and exploratory robotics
applications.
Sensors are literally changing our world; we're inspired to work with our customers to
introduce advanced sensing technology that will enable the next generation of smarter
and safer machines, civil structures, and implanted devices.
Thank you for purchasing a MicroStrain sensor!
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Overview
The TC-Link® is a wireless thermocouple node and is a specialized member of
MicroStrain’s Wireless Sensing Systems. The Wireless Sensing Systems comprise 3
main components: 1) sensor nodes which acquire and transmit strain, voltage,
temperature, acceleration and/or other sensor data, 2) base stations which receive and
pass the data to a host, and 3) software which operates the system.
The TC-Link® supports thermocouple
types J, K, R, S, T, E, B, N and
accommodates up to 6 separate
thermocouples at a time. The TC-Link®
also has an optional on-board relative
humidity sensor.
The TC-Link® employs a high
resolution 24 bit Delta-Sigma A/D
converter to digitize the thermocouple
and relative humidity sensor voltage.
The thermocouple digital data is
processed by a sophisticated algorithm
using NIST polynomial coefficients to
produce temperature.
The TC-Link® samples, processes and time-stamps the thermocouple and relative
humidity sensor data and transmits it over the air to the base station. The base station is
connected to a host computer and is controlled by the user through software.
Host computer software displays the data, provides analysis tools, records the data to file
and allows the user to configure and actuate the system.
The TC-Link® may be deployed up to 70 meters (line-of-sight) from its base station, 100
meters or more with added antenna options.
The TC-Link® has a long life battery and may be remotely deployed in any number of
applications including bridges, machinery, cold storage facilities, aircraft, production
lines and the like.
Multiple TC-Link®’s may be deployed around a single base station, each transmitting its
data to the base station coincidentally, with the data being passed on to the software for
aggregation.
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Starter Kits, Modules and Options
The TC-Link® is available in starter kits, as individual modules and with options.
6310-1000 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-M
6310-1011 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SKA
6310-1041 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SK1
6310-1042 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SK2
6310-2000 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-M
6310-2011 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SKA
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-M, TC-LINK wireless
thermocouple node. Operates on 2.4 GHz direct
sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SKA, TC-LINK starter
kit includes one TC-LINK wireless
thermocouple node, one analog/digital output
base station with power supply, charger and
Agile-Link software. Operates on 2.4 GHz
direct sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SK1, TC-LINK starter kit
includes one TC-LINK wireless thermocouple
node, one USB base station, charger and AgileLink software. Operates on 2.4 GHz direct
sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-SK2, TC-LINK starter kit
includes two TC-LINK wireless thermocouple
nodes, one USB base station, charger and AgileLink software. Operates on 2.4 GHz direct
sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-M, TC-LINK six
channel wireless thermocouple node with RH
sensor. Operates on 2.4 GHz direct sequence
spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4 radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SKA, TC-LINK six
channel starter kit includes one TC-LINK six
channel wireless thermocouple node with RH
sensor, one analog/digital output base station
with power supply, charger and Agile-Link
software. Operates on 2.4 GHz direct sequence
spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4 radio.
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6310-2041 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SK1
6310-2042 TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SK2
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SK1, TC-LINK six
channel starter kit includes one TC-LINK six
channel wireless thermocouple node with RH
sensor, one USB base station, charger and
Agile-Link software. Operates on 2.4 GHz
direct sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
TC-LINK-6CH-2400-RH-SK2, TC-LINK six
channel starter kit includes two TC-LINK six
channel wireless thermocouple nodes with RH
sensor, one USB base station, charger and
Agile-Link software. Operates on 2.4 GHz
direct sequence spread spectrum, IEEE 802.15.4
radio.
Table 1
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Installation
We suggest these three steps to install your TC-Link®.
1) Install the TC-Link® Node Monitor software by following the directions given in the
Software Installation section of this manual.
2) Remove the contents of your TC-Link® starter kit.
• Install the antenna on the base station antenna connector. Tighten hand tight; do not
over tighten.
• If you have a serial base station (see Figure 1), connect the RS-232 cable to a serial
port on your PC and to the serial base station RS-232 connector. Connect the external
power supply to the power connector on the serial base station and plug it into a
proper power receptacle. Turn the serial base station power switch on and the green
LED will illuminate indicating the base station is powered
• If you have a USB base station, plug the USB connector into any USB port on your
PC. The blue LED will illuminate indicating the base station is powered.
• If you have an analog base station, connect the USB cable to any USB port on your
PC and to the analog base station USB connector on the back panel. Connect the
external power supply to the power connector on the back panel of the analog base
station and plug it into a proper power receptacle. Depress the red power button on
the front panel and the green LED will illuminate indicating the base station is
powered.
USB
•
Serial
Analog
Figure 1
Turn off the TC-Link® and connect the external power supply barrel connector into
the TC-Link® and plug the cable into a proper power receptacle. The red LED to the
left of the barrel connector will illuminate indicating that the internal battery is
charging. When the red LED goes out and the green LED illuminates, full charge has
been reached. Remove the power supply and turn the TC-Link® on. You will notice
a momentary flashing of the green LED to the left of the switch indicating that the
TC-Link® has booted up. The LED will begin to flash every 1 second which is the
default sampling rate.
3) Follow the step-by-step instructions in the TC-Link® Quick Start Guide which you
will find on the CD or on our web site.
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Operation
Let’s first look at how the TC-Link® itself operates. Reference is made to the Electrical
Block Diagram contained elsewhere in this manual. The voltage generated by
thermocouples is captured by the TC-Link® and fed into the 24 bit Delta-Sigma analogto-digital (A/D) converter. This A/D converter has an accuracy of ~2 parts per million,
thereby providing a very high resolution measurement of the thermocouple voltage. The
differential voltage generated by the relative humidity sensor is also fed into the same
A/D process. The TC-Link® also feeds the differential voltage generated by the cold
junction compensation temperature sensor into the A/D. These voltages are digitized and
passed to the TC-Link®’s microprocessor.
The microprocessor and its embedded algorithm process the thermocouples’ digital signal
into temperature. Using a sophisticated library of NIST-published polynomial
coefficients (1) maintained on-board the TC-Link®, thermocouple voltage is scaled into
°C (degrees Celsius). The algorithm additionally uses the cold junction compensation
temperature to correct the error generated at the thermocouple connectors by the mating
of dissimilar metals. At the same time, the relative humidity is calculated using the
OEM’s scaling. When a sweep across the active channels is completed processing, a realtime on-board clock time-stamps the data.
The time-stamped data is next passed either to the on-board flash memory for storage and
later download, or passed to the 2.4 GHz transceiver (radio) for immediate transmission,
or both.
Looking at the larger system, the host side software and base station work in conjunction
to communicate with the TC-Link®. The user employs the software to configure the TCLink® with such parameters as sampling rate, number of active channels, datalogging
on/off, etc. When instructed, the software and the base station go into sampling mode and
await transmissions from the TC-Link®. As the TC-Link® generates and transmits data,
the base station receives and passes the data onto the software. The software in turn
displays and saves the data to file.
(1)
http://srdata.nist.gov/its90/main/
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Thermocouple Support
The TC-Link® supports thermocouple types J, K, R, S, T, E, B, N and accommodates up
to 6 separate thermocouples at a time.
Note: Thermocouple types can not be mixed during operation. The TC-Link® can only
support the same thermocouple type at any given time.
The TC-Link® may be set to capture 3 ranges of temperature for each thermocouple type.
The table below shows these ranges.
Type
J
J
J
K
K
K
R
R
R
S
S
S
T
T
T
E
E
E
B
B
B
N
N
N
Range
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Wide
Standard
Narrow
Minimum Temp in °C
-210
-210
-170
-200
-200
-200
-50
-50
-50
-50
-50
-50
-200
-200
-190
-200
-200
-100
250
250
250
-200
-200
-200
Table 2
Maximum Temp in °C
760
650
170
1370
880
220
1664
1000
890
1664
1664
960
400
400
190
1000
490
140
1820
1820
1410
1300
990
290
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The TC-Link® is designed to accept thermocouples via its 6 female connectors mounted
side-by-side on the sidewall of the unit. These female connectors accept male mini (or
miniature) flat pin connectors as pictured below.
Figure 2
Figure 3
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Relative Humidity Sensor
The TC-Link® has an optional relative humidity sensor which comes installed ported out
the side wall of the enclosure. The port is covered by a filter cap which protects against
water, dust and other contaminants.
The relative humidity sensor has a manufacturer stated Measurement Range of 0-100%
RH.
The relative humidity sensor has a manufacturer stated Absolute RH Accuracy of +/-3%
RH.
The relative humidity sensor is manufactured by Sensirion and is model SHT11.
http://www.sensirion.com/en/01_humidity_sensors/02_humidity_sensor_sht11.htm
The relative humidity sensor filter cap is manufactured by Sensirion and is model SF1.
http://www.sensirion.com/en/pdf/product_information/Data_sheet_filter_cap_SF1_E.pdf
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LEDs
The TC-Link® has 3 LEDs indicators.
Charging LED
The red Charging LED illuminates when the external power supply is connected and
continues to illuminate while the internal battery charging circuit is active. When the
internal battery is fully charged, the LED turns off in favor of the green Charge
Completed LED. The red Charging LED will also turn off if the external power supply is
removed prior to full charge.
Charge Completed LED
The green Charge Completed LED will illuminate only during a charging session and
only when the battery is fully charged. The green Charge Completed LED will turn off if
the external power supply is removed.
Device Status LED
The green Device Status LED indicates the current state of the TC-Link®. When the TCLink® is switched on, the green Device Status LED will rapidly flash several times and
in a moment, begin ‘blipping’ (flashing the LED) every 2 seconds. The rapid flashes
indicate a successful boot-up. The blipping indicates that the TC-Link® is active,
sampling and transmitting its thermocouple data with every blip. The data sampling rate
(and therefore the blip) is 2 seconds by default. As described elsewhere in this manual, if
the sampling rate is changed, the green Device Status LED will blip accordingly. When
the TC-Link® has been ‘awakened’ for configuration (see the Quick Start Guide), the
LED will begin an ‘on-off throb’; gradually come on and then go off, continuously. No
sampling and data transmission occurs during this state. When the TC-Link® is
instructed to sample again, the blipping will again start.
LED activity other than as detailed above is a strong indicator of fault.
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Device Status LED
On/Off Switch
Charge Completed LED
External Power Supply
Barrel Connector
Charging LED
Figure 4
Figure 5
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Radio and Antenna
The TC-Link® and its base station employ a 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.15.4 compliant radio
transceiver for wireless communication. The radio is designed to comply with ETSI EN
300 328, EN 300 440 class 2, FCC CFR-47 part 15 and ARIB STD-T66. For additional
information on regulatory approvals, please see FCC and IC Certification sections of this
manual.
The TC-Link® has a 2.4 GHz omni-directional, right-angle, ¼ wave antenna extending
from the faceplate of the G-Link®. The antenna is mounted to a male reverse polarity
SMA connector (RP-SMA) extending through the enclosure from the circuit board
assembly. Antenna specifications may be found at:
http://www.antennafactor.com/documents/ANT-2.4-CW-RCS_Data_Sheet.pdf
The stated range for the TC-Link® is up to 2000 meters line-of-sight from its base station
when in extended range mode and 70 meters line-of-sight when in standard range mode.
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Power
The TC-Link® is normally powered by its internal rechargeable battery and may also be
powered by an external source.
Internal Battery
The TC-Link® contains an internal rechargeable Ultralife® brand 3.7 volt Lithium Ion
battery Model UBP003 http://www.ultralifebatteries.com/datasheet.php?ID=UBP003.
The internal battery should only be charged with the Phihong brand external power
supply Model PSA05R-090 http://www.phihong.com/assets/pdf/PSA05R.pdf provided in
the TC-Link® starter kit. The power supply is a ‘switching’ supply and may receive an
input from 100 to 240 Volts AC. It outputs +9 Volts DC. A set of 4 plug adapters are
provided to accommodate most countries’ electrical services.
The TC-Link® should be fully charged before each use. Charging may take up to several
hours depending on battery depletion.
Charging procedure:
• Turn off the TC-Link® On/Off Switch.
• Insert external power supply male connector into the TC-Link® barrel connector.
• Insert power supply into wall or other electrical service.
• Observe that red Charging LED illuminates.
• After charging has completed, observe that red Charging LED turns off and green
Charge Completed LED illuminates.
• Remove external power supply male connector.
• Turn on the TC-Link® On/Off Switch.
• Note: The TC-Link® should normally be operated with the external power supply
disconnected and therefore not charging the battery.
The TC-Link® internal battery has a manufacturer stated Nominal Capacity as follows:
740 mAh @ C/5 Rate @ 23° C.
The TC-Link® internal battery has a manufacturer stated Recharge Cycle Life as follows:
>500 cycles @ C/5 to 80% of initial capacity. A rule-of-thumb would be to expect at
least 500 recharges (from fully depleted to full charge) before discharge capacity begins
to drop.
Actual testing of the TC-Link® battery life (from full charge to depletion) has indicated
the following characterizations:
•
•
If set at 2 samples per second, the device consumes ~0.8mA and will run for ~1
month before re-charging is required.
If set at 1 sample per second, the device consumes ~0.48mA and will run for ~2
months before re-charging is required.
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•
•
If set at 3 samples per minute, the device consumes ~0.1mA and will run for ~8
months before re-charging is required.
If set at 1 sample per minute, the device consumes ~0.09mA and will run for ~10
months before re-charging is required.
External Power
The TC-Link® may be powered by external batteries, external regulated power supply or
other external source. The source should deliver stable voltage and must range between
3.2 to 9.0 volts DC. The power must be applied through the external power supply barrel
connector on the side wall of the TC®-Link. Polarity must be observed: the center post
is + (positive) and the outside barrel is ground.
When applying external power, an internal power switch on the surface of the TC-Link®
circuit board must be switched. The switch is a 2 pole switch. It is accessed by removing
the enclosure cover (4 screws). Push the switch away from the chip antenna for external
power operation. Push the switch towards the chip antenna for internal battery operation.
Figure 6
Switching to external power has the effect of shutting down the charging circuit and
shutting down the internal battery from powering the circuitry with the following
exception. The battery, no matter which state the internal power switch is in, continues to
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power the on-board clock. Therefore, one should charge the internal battery before going
to external power mode and one should never remove the internal battery from the TCLink®. The clock requires very little power so the internal battery will operate for
months while the TC-Link® receives external power.
Do not use external batteries or any other external power source to charge the TC-Link®
internal battery. Always use the switching power supply provided.
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Base Stations
The TC-Link® is designed to operate with any of the Wireless Sensing Systems’ base
stations. These base stations include the USB base station, the Analog base station and
the Serial base station. Please refer to the Wireless Sensing Systems Base Station manual
which is contained on the CD and on our web site for detailed instructions on their use
with TC-Link®.
USB Base Station
The MicroStrain USB base station is a
transceiver which provides a communication
link between a host computer and the TCLink®. The USB base station employs a 2.4
GHz radio with 16 selectable channels to
communicate with the remote nodes. The
USB base station is connected to a host
computer via a USB connection and is
operated with MicroStrain’s TC-Link®
Node Monitor software. The USB base
station, under instruction from the software,
wirelessly communicates with the TCLink® nodes, alternately sending commands and configurations, and receiving responses
and data. The USB base station sends all of the commands available to the nodes
including ping, datalog, stream data, erase, read and write EEPROM, etc. The USB base
station in turn receives acknowledging responses from the nodes and passes datalogging
downloads, streaming data, high speed streaming data and low duty cycle data to the host
computer.
Analog Base Station
The MicroStrain Analog base station is a
transceiver which provides a communication
link between a host computer and the TCLink®. The Analog base station employs a
2.4 GHz radio with 16 selectable channels to
communicate with the remote nodes. The
Analog base station is connected to a host
computer via a USB or an RS-232
connection and is operated with
MicroStrain’s TC-Link® Node Monitor
software. The Analog base station, under
instruction from the software, wirelessly
communicates with the TC-Link® nodes, alternately sending commands and
configurations, and receiving responses and data. The Analog base station sends all of
the commands available to the nodes including ping, datalog, stream data, erase, read and
write EEPROM, etc. The Analog base station in turn receives acknowledging responses
from the nodes and passes datalogging downloads, streaming data, high speed streaming
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data and low duty cycle data to the host computer. The Analog base station also features
direct analog output of TC-Link® node data on its back panel and is deployable in a
stand-alone condition without need of host computer.
Serial Base Station
The MicroStrain Serial base station is a
transceiver which provides a communication
link between a host computer and the TCLink®. The Serial base station employs a
2.4 GHz radio with 16 selectable channels to
communicate with the remote nodes. The
Serial base station is connected to a host
computer via an RS-232 connection and is
operated with MicroStrain’s TC-Link®
Node Monitor software. The Serial base
station, under instruction from the software,
wirelessly communicates with the TCLink® nodes, alternately sending commands and configurations, and receiving responses
and data. The Serial base station sends all of the commands available to the nodes
including ping, datalog, stream data, erase, read and write EEPROM, etc. The Serial base
station in turn receives acknowledging responses from the nodes and passes datalogging
downloads, streaming data, high speed streaming data and low duty cycle data to the host
computer.
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Software
Standard Offering
The TC-Link® is shipped with a CD containing TC-Link® Node Monitor software. This
software supports the full capability of the TC-Link® including low duty cycle data,
datalogging, configuration, data download, data file saving, real-time sensor display and
other features.
System Requirements
To use the TC-Link® Node Monitor software, your computer must have the following
minimum specifications:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
300 MHz microprocessor
Microsoft® Windows XP SP3 operating system
CD-ROM drive
Video resolution 800 X 600
16MB video card
Minimum of 16MB of memory
Minimum of 15MB of free hard disk space for application
Microsoft®-compatible mouse
Software Installation
•
•
•
•
•
Place the Agile-Link™ CD in your CD-ROM drive and follow the on-screen
instructions to install MicroStrain’s Agile-Link™ software.
Installation of this software is required to install drivers necessary to support the
TC-Link® base station.
Agile-Link™ software should not be used to operate the TC-Link®.
Install the TC-Link® Node Monitor software.
A Quick Start Guide is provided on the CD to get you up and running.
Data Communications Protocol
Customers and/or developers wishing to customize the TC-Link® are encouraged to
utilize the TC-Link® Data Communications Protocol. The Data Communication
Protocol manual can be found on the CD or downloaded at www.microstrain.com.
The Data Communications Protocol provides the application builder with all the
necessary commands and responses to build robust wireless sensor applications for the
TC-Link®.
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Sampling Rates
The TC-Link® supports sampling rates of from 2 samples per second to 1 sample every
17.05 minutes. A software settable value is kept in EEPROM with a range of 0-1023.
• 0 represents 2 samples per second
• 1 represents 1 sample per second
• 2 represents 1 sample every 2 seconds
• 10 represents 1 sample every 10 seconds
• 100 represents 1 sample every 100 seconds
• 1023 represents 1 sample every 1023 seconds or 17.05 minutes
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Datalogging Memory
The TC-Link® has 2 megabytes of flash memory for datalogging storage. Data may be
logged to the memory during use (software selectable) and downloaded after the fact for
analysis.
The memory is parceled into 90,090 data sets. Each data set is structured as follows:
• Date-Time Stamp
• Channel 1 Thermocouple Temperature in °C
• Channel 2 Thermocouple Temperature in °C
• Channel 3 Thermocouple Temperature in °C
• Channel 4 Thermocouple Temperature in °C
• Channel 5 Thermocouple Temperature in °C
• Channel 6 Thermocouple Temperature
• Cold Junction Compensation Temperature in °C
• Relative Humidity Sensor Percentage
Each data set will be reported out of memory in full. If the any of the channels or the
relative humidity sensor are configured as inactive, 0 (zero) value will be reported.
If a datalogging session is run beyond the capacity of the device to store data sets, the
writing of data sets will continue by wrapping around to the start of datalogging memory.
Data sets initially written will be overwritten in consecutive order. The date-time stamp
will provide the user with notification of this event.
The user at any time may erase (via software) the datalogging memory in its entirety and
begin a new session at the start of memory. The user may also choose (via software) to
continue datalogging at the end of a previously stored session.
As described elsewhere in this manual, sampling rates can be set within a range of 2
samples per second to 1 sample every ~17 minutes. Examples are given below of how to
calculate memory consumption by time. We will assume the memory has been erased.
If you set the sampling rate to 1, 1 sample will be recorded every 1 second. At this rate
datalogging memory will be consumed in ~25 hours.
• 90,090 data sets * 1 second = 90,090 seconds = ~25 hours
If you set the sampling rate to 2, 1 sample will be recorded every 2 seconds. At this rate
datalogging memory will be consumed in ~50 hours.
• 90,090 data sets * 2 seconds = 180,180 seconds = ~50 hours
If you set the sampling rate to 10, 1 sample will be recorded every 10 seconds. At this
rate datalogging memory will be consumed in ~250 hours.
• 90,090 data sets * 10 seconds = 900,900 seconds = ~250 hours
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Enclosure
The TC-Link® enclosure is flame retardant ABS plastic. It is a 2 part assembly with base
and removable cover. It is originally manufactured by Polycase® Model LP-21F.
MicroStrain remanufactures the base to accommodate the female thermocouple
connecters. More details may be had at: http://www.polycase.com/item/lp-21f.html.
Figure 7
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Operating Temperature
The TC-Link® with its standard internal battery and standard enclosure will operate
between -20° C and +60° C. The battery and enclosure limit this range.
The TC-Link® electronics alone will operate between -40° C and +85° C.
Extended temperature ranges can be achieved with custom batteries and enclosures.
Please contact a MicroStrain Sales Engineer with your requirements.
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Factory Calibration and Testing
Calibration
MicroStrain provides a Certificate of Calibration with each TC-Link® to document the
accuracy of the device.
The Certificate states the model number, serial number and the calibration date. A set of
actual data is contained which includes an analysis of the performance during a voltage
in/voltage out test and a J-type thermocouple simulation. Specialized software together
with a National Instruments® DAQPAD-6016 is used at the factory for performance and
calibration testing.
The voltage in/voltage out analysis plots the results of a 15 point (~0 to 27 mV) test and
plots the performance error.
The J-type thermocouple simulation analysis plots the results of a 15 point test (~24 to
520° C) and plots the performance error.
The calibration is NIST traceable.
Functional Test Checklist
MicroStrain provides a Functional Test Checklist with each TC-Link® to document the
final testing and configuration of the device.
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General Specifications
Software selectable: Type J, K, R, S, T, E, B, N six input
Thermocouple Inputs
channel, one ambient CJC channel. Optional internal relative
Supported
humidity sensor.
Standard
Thermocouple
Measurement Range
J -210 to 760˚C
K -200 to 1372˚C
R -50 to 1664˚C
S -50 to 1664˚C
T -200 to 400˚C
E -200 to 1000˚C
B 250 to 1820˚C
N -200 to 1300˚C
Temperature
Measurement
Accuracy
0.1% full scale or 0.2˚C whichever is greater (does not include
errors due to TC wire or transducer)
Temperature
repeatability
0.1˚C (does not include errors due to TC wire or transducer)
Temperature
resolution
0.0625˚C
Cold Junction
-20 to 85˚C
Compensation Range
Thermocouple
Connector
Six type 1 standard mini (SM) connectors for flat pin TC inputs
Optional Relative
Humidity (RH)
Sensor
Range 0 to 100% RH, accuracy ± 2% RH (from 10 to 90%
RH), repeatability ± 0.1% RH
Analog to Digital
(A/D) Converter
24 bit Delta-Sigma A/D
Sample Rate
Programmable from 2 samples/second to 1 sample/17 minutes
for datalogging or LDC modes
Datalogging Mode
Log up to 90,000 data sets(630,000 data points)
Nodes Per Base
Station
Supports up to 100 nodes per base station
Sample rate stability
Datalogging and LDC modes 25 ppm
2.4 GHz, direct sequence spread spectrum, license free
Radio Frequency (RF)
worldwide (2.405to 2.480 GHz) - 16 channels, radiated power
Transceiver Carrier
0 dBm (1mW)
Range for Bidirectional RF Link
Up to 2000 meters line-of-sight in extended range mode, 70
meters line-of-sight in standard range mode
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RF Data Packet
Standard
IEEE 802.15.4, open communication architecture
Internal Li-Ion
Battery
Rechargeable 3.7 volt lithium ion, 740 mAh capacity.
Customer may also supply external power from 3.2 to 9 volts
Power Consumption
(battery life)
2 samples per second - 0.8 mA (1 month)
1 sample per second - 0.48 mA (2 months)
3 samples per minute - 0.1 mA (8 months)
1 sample per minute - 0.09 mA (10 months)
Operating
Temperature
-20˚C to +60˚C with standard internal battery and enclosure,
extended temperature range optional with custom battery and
enclosure. -40˚C to +85˚C for electronics only
Maximum
Acceleration Limit
500 g standard (high g option available)
Dimensions
111 mm x 62 mm x 28 mm (enclosure without antenna)
77 mm x 68 mm x 18 mm (circuit board assembly only)
For dimensioned print go to Documentation tab
Weight
116 grams (with enclosure)
33 grams (circuit board assembly only)
Enclosure Material
ABS plastic
Software
TC-Link® Node Monitor Windows XP/Vista compatible
Compatible Base
Stations
USB, RS-232, Analog, WSDA®
Table 3
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Mechanical Drawing
1.106
2.470
0.125
4.375 3.875
(2) n0.188 THRU
Figure 8
Enclosure Dimensions (in inches)
3.050
0.463
2.125
R0.063 (4)
0.450
2.150
1.250
(4) n0.128 THRU
0.325 (4)
0.062
0.325 (4)
Figure 9
Circuit Board Dimensions (in inches)
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Electrical Block Diagram
Figure 10
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FCC (United States) Certification
The TC-Link® complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules and regulations. Compliance with
the labeling requirements, FCC notices and antenna usage guidelines is required. In
order to operate under MicroStrain’s FCC Certification, OEMs/integrators must comply
with the following regulations:
Labeling Requirements
The TC-Link® is labeled with its FCC ID number XJQMSLINK0001. If this FCC ID is
not visible when the module is installed inside another device, then the outside of the
device into which the module is installed must also display the following label referring
to the enclosed module:
________________________________________________
Contains FCC ID: XJQMSLINK0001
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 equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures: Re-orient or relocate the receiving antenna, Increase the separation between
the equipment and receiver, Connect equipment and receiver to outlets on different
circuits, or Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
FCC-approved Antennas
This device has been designed and tested to operate with the antennas listed below:
- Antenna Factor (ANT-2.4-CW-RCS-SMA)
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Important Notes
The TC-Link® has been certified by the FCC for use with other products without any
further certification (as per FCC section 2.1091). Modifications not expressly approved
by MicroStrain could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
If the TC-Link® is integrated with an unintentional radiator, the OEM/integrator is
responsible for testing compliance of the unintentional radiator (FCC section 15.107 &
15.109) before declaring compliance of their final product to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
If using the TC-Link® in portable applications (module antenna is less than 20cm from
the human body during device operation), the integrator or end user is responsible for
passing additional SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) testing based on FCC rules 2.1091
and FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields,
OET Bulletin and Supplement C. The testing results will be submitted to the FCC for
approval prior to selling the integrated unit. The required SAR testing measures
emissions from the module and how they affect the person.
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IC (Industry Canada) Certification
The TC-Link® is labeled with its IC ID number. If this IC ID is not visible when the
module is installed inside another device, then the outside of the device into which the
module is installed must also display the following label referring to the enclosed
module.
_______________________________________
Contains Model: TC-Link®, IC: 8505A-MSLINK0001
______________________________________________
Integrator is responsible for its product to comply with IC ICES-003 & FCC Part 15, Sub.
B - Unintentional Radiators. ICES-003 is the same as FCC Part 15 Sub. B and Industry
Canada accepts FCC test report or CISPR 22 test report for compliance with ICES-003.
Transmitter Antennas
This device has been designed to operate with the antennas listed below:
- Antenna Factor (ANT-2.4-CW-RCS-SMA)
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that
may cause undesired operation of the device.
This device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d'Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils
radio exempts de licence. L'exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes : (1)
l'appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l'utilisateur de l'appareil doit accepter
tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d'en
compromettre le fonctionnement.
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Support
Overview
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MicroStrain is committed to providing timely, knowledgeable, world-class
support to its customers.
We are open 24 X 7 through our web portal.
We make every attempt to respond to your email the same business day.
We are always available by telephone during business hours.
We provide in-depth FAQs, manuals, quick start guides and technical notes.
Firmware and software upgrades are made available on-line as they become
available.
Code samples in several languages are posted to aid your development.
We support our customers as we would want to be supported.
Web
Our home page is at URL: www.microstrain.com
Our support page is at URL: http://www.microstrain.com/support_overview.aspx
Email
MicroStrain's Support Engineers make every attempt to respond to emails requesting
product support within the same business day. The more detail you can provide, the
quicker we will be able to understand your issues and find solutions. Data files, pictures,
screen grabs, etc. are all very helpful in generating a well-thought-out solution.
Please email us at: support@microstrain.com
Telephone
MicroStrain's Support Engineers are available by phone Monday through Friday 9:00AM
to 5:00PM local time. When calling MicroStrain, indicate to the receptionist that you are
calling for product support and you will be promptly routed to a Support Engineer. Please
have your equipment ready to test. Every attempt will be made to solve issues while you
are on the line.
1.800.449.DVRT(3878) Toll Free in US
1.802.862.6629 telephone
1.802.863.4093 fax
Local time = GMT -05:00 (Eastern Time US & Canada)
SKYPE
MicroStrain's Support Engineers are available by SKYPE Monday through Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM local. SKYPE name: microstrain.wireless.support
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RMA
Warranty Return
As described in our 1 Year Warranty contained in the Terms and Conditions stated
elsewhere in this manual, MicroStrain will incur for its own account any cost to
repair/replace a MicroStrain product covered under the warranty.
Non-warranty Return
All non-warranty repairs/replacements will receive a minimum charge. The minimum
charge for standard wireless, displacement and orientation products is US$75.00. The
minimum charge for non-standard or custom products is US$150.00. If the
repair/replacement charge exceeds the minimum, the minimum is folded into the total
repair/replacement cost.
General Instructions
In order to return any MicroStrain product, you must contact us for a Return Merchandise
Authorization number (RMA#). Call toll free (800) 449 3878 to obtain an RMA# from a
MicroStrain representative.
All returned merchandise must be in the original packaging including manuals,
accessories, cables, etc. with the authorization (RMA#) clearly printed on the outside of
the package.
MicroStrain is not responsible for shipping costs (from and to the customer) or damage
on returned items. Units to be returned should be packed carefully. Please be advised that
packages sent by normal US Postal Service cannot be tracked to ensure delivery. Since
MicroStrain cannot provide credit for a return without confirming its receipt, we
recommend that you use a delivery service that can be tracked and or insured.
Normal turn-around for RMA items is 7 days from receipt of item by MicroStrain.
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30 Day Return Policy
All stock product orders from MicroStrain may be returned within 30 days for a full
refund. In order to return or exchange all or part of your order, you must contact us for a
Return Merchandise Authorization number (RMA#). Call toll free (800) 449 3878 to
obtain an RMA# from a MicroStrain representative.
All returned merchandise must be in the original packaging including manuals,
accessories, cables, etc. with the authorization (RMA#) clearly printed on the outside of
the package. Return requests must be made within 30 days of the receipt date. All free
items must be returned together with purchased items in order to receive a full refund.
Any shipping and/or handling charges on the original order cannot be refunded. At our
discretion, we may levee a restocking fee of 15% of the cost of items returned.
MicroStrain is not responsible for shipping costs or damage on returned items. Units to
be returned should be packed carefully. Please be advised that packages sent by normal
US Postal Service cannot be tracked to ensure delivery. Since MicroStrain cannot provide
credit for a return without confirming its receipt, we recommend that you use a delivery
service that can be tracked and or insured.
A 30 Day Return must be initiated by receiving an RMA from MicroStrain.
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Terms and Conditions
1. Acceptance of MicroStrain Inc’s. Terms and Conditions. By placing an order with
MicroStrain, Inc. (“MicroStrain”), Buyer agrees to be bound by these Terms and
Conditions of Sale and Software License, if applicable. MicroStrain will not be bound by
any of other terms and conditions, regardless of whether Buyer tenders terms and
conditions with an order or otherwise and these terms and conditions of sale prevail over
any conflicting or additional terms of any quote, order, previous agreement,
acknowledgment or similar communications between the parties. These Terms and
Conditions supersede all prior or contemporaneous oral or written communications,
proposals and representations with respect to its subject matter. The terms “Product” and
“Products” includes collectively all physical products, Software and Embedded Software
(as defined herein).
2. Pricing. All prices are quoted in US dollars, unless otherwise explicitly stated and are
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like. Our minimum order is one hundred ($100.00) dollars, excluding all additional
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3. Payment. Payment shall be made in advance, in U.S. dollars, by credit card, bank draft
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the maximum percentage rate permitted by law, if lower, shall be charged on all past due
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to, collection fees, court costs and attorney fees, associated with collection of past-due
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distribution center, with risk of loss passing to Buyer upon our delivery of the Products to
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5. Acceptance & Returns. Shipments shall be deemed to have been accepted by the
Buyer upon receipt of shipment. Any discrepancy in shipment quantity must be reported
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other returns shall be subject to a restocking fee of the greater of twenty-five (25%)
percent of the invoiced amount of the returned Products or one hundred ($100.00)
dollars. To qualify for a credit or refund (excluding shipping, duties or taxes), Buyer must
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Product returns shall comply with MicroStrain’s Return Merchandise Authorization
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Products, Products altered by Customer are not eligible for return. All returns must be
shipped by Buyer to MicroStrain C.I.F. our distribution center as provided in the RMA
policies provided by MicroStrain.
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from the United States of America only in accordance with US Export Administration
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7. Software License. The following terms and conditions are applicable to either
MicroStrain software delivered with a Product, the software portion of the Product
(“Software”) or software which is embedded in a Product (“Embedded Software”).
MicroStrain grants to Buyer a non-exclusive paid-up license to use one copy of the
Software on one computer, subject to the following provisions: Except as otherwise
provided in this Software License, applicable copyright laws shall apply to the Software
and Embedded Software. Title to the medium on which the Software is recorded or stored
is transferred to Buyer, but not title to the Software or the Embedded Software. Buyer
may use Software on a multi-user or network system only if either, the Software is
expressly labeled to be for use on a multi-user or network system, or one copy of the
Software is purchased for each node or terminal on which Software is to be used
simultaneously. Buyer shall not use, make, manufacture, or reproduce copies of Software
or Embedded Software. Buyer may use a copy of the Software on one computer, and is
permitted to make additional copies of the Software only for backup or archival purposes.
Customer is expressly prohibited from disassembling or reverse engineering the Software
or Embedded Software. All copyright notices shall be retained on all authorized copies of
the Software and Embedded Software.
8. Limited Warranty. MICROSTRAIN WARRANTS: i) ALL PRODUCTS (EXCEPT
SPARE PARTS OR REPLACEMENT PARTS AND SPARE KITS) FOR A PERIOD
OF ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE INVOICE DATE FROM MICROSTRAIN, OR
MICROSTRAIN’S AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL BE
MORE THAN EIGHTEEN (18) MONTHS FROM THE DATE SHIPPED FROM
MICROSTRAIN’S DISTRIBUTION CENTER; AND, ii) ALL SPARE PARTS OR
REPLACEMENT PARTS AND SPARE KITS FOR A PERIOD OF NINETY (90)
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DAYS, WILL SUBSTANTIALLY CONFORM WITH MICROSTRAIN’S THEN
PUBLISHED SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PRODUCT OR PART. THE FOREGOING
WARRANTY APPLIES TO ALL PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY
MICROSTRAIN WHICH SHALL BE FREE FROM MATERIAL DEFECTS IN
WORKMANSHIP. THIS WARRANTY EXTENDS ONLY TO THE ORIGINAL
CUSTOMER OF MICROSTRAIN, OR MICROSTRAIN’S AUTHORIZED
DISTRIBUTOR, AND IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHETHER OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR
A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE, AND OF ALL OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND
LIABILITIES OF ANY KIND OR CHARACTER WHICH MAY OTHERWISE
APPLY. EXCEPT FOR THE WARRANTY DESCRIBED HEREIN, MICROSTRAIN
EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OF THE
GOODS OR OF FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE OR FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
EXCEPT THOSE SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED FOR HEREIN. BY ACCEPTING THE
PRODUCTS FROM MICROSTRAIN, OR MICROSTRAIN’S AUTHORIZED
DISTRIBUTOR, THE BUYER ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES: i) THAT THE
INHERENT VALUE OF THE PRODUCTS ARE UNRELATED TO THE VALUE OR
COST OF ANY PROPERTY IN CONNECTION WITH WHICH THE PRODUCTS
MAY BE USED AND THAT MICROSTRAIN MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT THE
PRODUCTS WILL AVERT, DETECT OR PREVENT OCCURRENCES OR THE
CONSEQUENCES THEREFROM WHICH THE PRODUCTS MAY BE DESIGNED
TO DETECT OR AVERT, OR THAT THE PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE
COMPROMISED, DISABLED OR CIRCUMVENTED; ii) THAT MICROSTRAIN
HAS MADE NO CONTRARY REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY
KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO OR FOR THE BENEFIT OF CUSTOMER; and,
iii) THAT ANY NUMBER OF CAUSES MAY CAUSE A “FALSE ALARM” OR
“FALSE READING” FROM MICROSTRAIN’S PRODUCTS, AND THAT
MICROSTRAIN DOES NOT WARRANT AGAINST SUCH FALSE RESULTS.
BUYER REPRESENTS, WARRANTS AND INDEMNIFIES MICROSTRAIN FROM
AND FOR ANY AND ALL LIABILITY PERTAINNG TO THE USE OF PRODUCTS
INCORPORATED INTO OR OTHERWISE USED IN A BUYER PRODUCT.
9. Limited Software Warranty. MicroStrain warrants that, the software portion of the
Product (“Software”), where applicable, will substantially conform to MicroStrain’s then
current functional specifications for the Software, as set forth in the applicable
documentation, from the date of original retail purchase of the Software for a period of
ninety (90) days (“Software Warranty Period”), provided that the Software is properly
installed on approved hardware and operated as contemplated in its documentation.
MicroStrain further warrants that, during the Software Warranty Period, the magnetic
media on which MicroStrain delivers the Software will be free of physical defects.
MicroStrain’s sole obligation shall be to replace the non-conforming Software (or
defective media) with software that substantially conforms to MicroStrain’s functional
specifications for the Software or to refund at MicroStrain’s sole discretion. Except as
otherwise agreed by MicroStrain in writing, the replacement Software is provided only to
the original licensee, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the license granted by
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MicroStrain for the Software. Software will be warranted for the remainder of the
original Software Warranty Period from the date or original purchase. If a material nonconformance is incapable of correction, or if MicroStrain determines in its sole discretion
that it is not practical to replace the non-conforming Software, the price paid by the
original licensee for the non-conforming Software will be refunded by MicroStrain;
provided that the non-conforming Software (and all authorized copies thereof) is first
returned to MicroStrain. The license granted respecting any Software for which a refund
is given automatically terminates.
10. Limitation of Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSTRAIN BE LIABLE FOR
SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNATIVE OR CONSEQUENCIAL
DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF PROFIT OR
OPPORTUNITY, OR SIMILAR DAMAGES WHICH MAY ARISE IN CONNECTION
WITH ANY OF MICROSTRAIN’S PRODUCTS. BUYER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE
REMEDY SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE REPAIR, REPLACEMENT OR
COST OF THE SPECIFIC PRODUCT PURCHASED FROM MICROSTRAIN.
11. Warranty Repair. MicroStrain’s sole obligation shall be to repair or replace the
defective Product during the applicable Warranty Period at no charge to the original
Buyer or to refund the purchase price at MicroStrain’s sole discretion. Such repair or
replacement will be rendered by MicroStrain. The replacement Product need not be new
or have an identical make, model or part. MicroStrain may in its sole discretion replace
the defective Product (or any part thereof) with any reconditioned Product, or similar
Product, that MicroStrain reasonably determines is substantially equivalent (or superior)
in all material respects to the defective Product. Repaired or replacement Products will be
warranted for the remainder of the original applicable Warranty Period from the date of
original purchase. If a material defect is incapable of correction, or if MicroStrain
determines in its sole discretion that it is not practical to repair or replace the defective
Product, the price paid by the original Buyer for the defective Product will be refunded
by MicroStrain upon return to MicroStrain of the defective Product. All Products (or
parts thereof) that are replaced by MicroStrain, or for which the purchase price is
refunded, shall become the property of MicroStrain upon replacement or refund.
12. Non-Applicability of Warranty. The Limited Warranty provided hereunder for
Products will not be applied to and does not cover any refurbished product and any
Product purchased through an inventory clearance or liquidation sale or other sales in
which MicroStrain, the sellers, or the liquidators expressly disclaim their warranty
obligation pertaining to the Product and in that case, the Product is being sold "As-Is"
without any warranty whatsoever including, without limitation, the Limited Warranty as
described herein, notwithstanding anything stated herein to the contrary.
13. Submitting A Claim. The Buyer shall return the Product to the original purchase
point. In case the return policy period has expired and the Product is within warranty, the
Buyer shall submit a claim to MicroStrain as follows: i) The customer must submit with
the Product as part of the claim a written description of the Product defect or Software
nonconformance in sufficient detail to allow MicroStrain to confirm the same; ii) The
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original Product Buyer must obtain a Return Material Authorization (“RMA”) number
from MicroStrain and, if requested by MicroStrain, provide written proof of purchase of
the Product (such as a copy of the dated purchase invoice for the Product) before the
warranty service is provided; iii) After an RMA number is issued, the defective Product
must be packaged securely in the original or other suitable shipping package to ensure
that it will not be damaged in transit, and the RMA number must be prominently marked
on the outside of the package. Do not include any manuals or accessories in the shipping
package. MicroStrain will only replace the defective portion of the Product and will not
ship back any accessories; iv) The customer is responsible for all in-bound shipping
charges to MicroStrain. No Cash on Delivery (“COD”) is allowed. Products sent COD
will either be rejected by MicroStrain or become the property of MicroStrain. Products
shall be fully insured by the customer. MicroStrain will not be held responsible for any
packages that are lost in transit to MicroStrain. The repaired or replaced packages will be
shipped to the customer via UPS Ground or any common carrier selected by MicroStrain,
with shipping charges prepaid. Expedited shipping is available if shipping charges are
prepaid by the Buyer and only upon request; v) Return Merchandise is to be shipped to
MicroStrain, Inc. at the address indicated below or such other address as provide with
the RMA; vi) MicroStrain may reject or return any Product that is not packaged and
shipped in strict compliance with the foregoing requirements, or for which an RMA
number has not been obtained or is not visible from the outside of the package. The
Product owner agrees to pay MicroStrain’s reasonable handling and return shipping
charges for any Product that is not packaged and shipped in accordance with the
foregoing requirements, or that is determined by MicroStrain not to be defective or nonconforming.
14. What Is Not Covered. The Limited Warranty provided by MicroStrain does not
cover: Products, if in MicroStrain’s sole and exclusive judgment, have been subjected to
abuse, accident, alteration, modification, tampering, negligence, misuse, faulty
installation, lack of reasonable care, repair or service in any way that is not contemplated
in the documentation for the Product, or if the model or serial number has been altered,
tampered with, defaced or removed; Initial installation, installation and removal of the
Product for repair, and shipping costs; Operational adjustments covered in the operating
manual for the Product, and normal maintenance; Damage that occurs in shipment, due to
acts of God, failures due to power surge, and cosmetic damage; Any hardware, software,
firmware or other products or services provided by anyone other than MicroStrain; or,
Products that have been purchased from inventory clearance or liquidation sales or other
sales in which MicroStrain, the sellers, or the liquidators expressly disclaim their
warranty obligation pertaining to the Product. Repair by anyone other than MicroStrain
will void this Warranty.
15. Copyright Statement. No part of this publication or documentation accompanying
any Product may be reproduced in any form or by any means or used to make any
derivative such as translation, transformation, or adaptation without permission from
MicroStrain as stipulated by the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended.
Contents are subject to change without prior notice. Copyright© 2008 by MicroStrain,
Inc. All rights reserved.
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16. Choice of Law. These terms and any agreement between MicroStrain and Buyer
shall be interpreted in accordance with the substantive laws of the State of Vermont,
USA, and without regard to its choice of law provisions. Any action to enforce any such
terms shall be exclusively in the courts of competent jurisdiction in Chittenden County,
Vermont. Any legal action between MicroStrain and Buyer shall be decided by a court,
acting without a jury.
17. Disclaimer of U.N. Sale of Goods. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for
the International Sale of Goods is specifically disclaimed.
18. Force Majeure. Except for the obligations to make payments, neither party shall be
bound to meet any obligation if prevented from doing so as a consequence of force
majeure. If a situation of force majeure lasts for more than ninety (90) days, the Parties
shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement by canceling it in writing, without any rights
to compensation of damages or refunds.
19. No Assignment. This Agreement, and any Licenses or the Software may not be
assigned, sublicensed, leased, sold or otherwise transferred without prior written consent
from MicroStrain, and any unauthorized transfer is null and void. This agreement and any
licenses granted is personal to Buyer and can be used for personal or internal business use
only and may not be used on behalf of a client or customer.
20. Notice. All notifications and communications relating to this Agreement shall be
made by the parties to the other party, in writing and shall be signed by a person duly
authorized to provide such notice.
21. Entire Agreement. This Agreement shall constitute the entire Agreement between
Buyer and MicroStrain and shall not be modified or rescinded, except in writing, signed
by Buyer and MicroStrain. The provisions of this Agreement supersede and precede all
prior oral and written quotations, communications, agreements and understandings of the
parties. Products and services rendered by MicroStrain are done so only in accordance
with these Terms and Conditions of Sale. If any provisions within these terms and
conditions are found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the
invalidity of such provisions shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of
these terms and conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect.
© 2008 MicroStrain, Inc. All rights reserved. The Products, Software and Embedded
Software may be protected by U.S. patents, with other patents pending in the
U.S.A. and elsewhere. MICROSTRAIN, MICROSTRAIN and Logo, DEMOD-DC,
DVRT, AIFP, STRAINLINK, EMBEDSENSE, FAS-G, FAS-E, FAS-A, 3DM, 3DMDH, 3DM-G, 3DM-GX1, 3DM-GX2, INERTIA-LINK, MICRO SENSORS. BIG
IDEAS., LITTLE SENSORS, BIG IDEAS., V-LINK, G-LINK, TC-LINK, STRAIN
WIZARD, NODE COMMANDER, RHT-LINK, SG-LINK, TORQUELINK, WSDA and
other marks indicated on our website and the logo forms of the foregoing marks are
trademarks and/or service marks of MicroStrain and may be registered in the United
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States or in other jurisdictions including internationally. MicroStrain's trademarks,
service marks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service
that is not affiliated with MicroStrain, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion
among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits MicroStrain. All other
trademarks not owned by MicroStrain, that appear on MicroStrain’s website or in product
literature or in manuals, are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not
be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by MicroStrain.
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