Data Acquisition Systems

Data acquisition is the process of sampling signals that measure real world physical conditions and converting the resulting samples into digital numeric values that can be manipulated by a computer. Data acquisition systems (DAS or DAQ) typically convert analog waveforms into digital values for processing. The components of data acquisition systems include:

  • Sensors that convert physical parameters to electrical signals.
  • Signal conditioning circuitry to convert sensor signals into a form that can be converted to digital values.
  • Analog-to-digital converters, which convert conditioned sensor signals to digital values.

Data acquisition applications are controlled by software developed using various general purpose programming languages.

Kistler Automotive

The Kistler Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensors measuring pressure, force, torque and acceleration, as well as the related electronics and software. Technology from Kistler is used to analyze physical processes, and to control and optimize industrial processes.

In automotive R&D, Kistler sensors are used for engine development and for optimizing handling, safety and ride quality.

In manufacturing, Kistler products monitor and control machining, forming processes, and provide effective quality assurance on the assembly line.
In plastics processing, Kistler cavity pressure sensors help maintain consistent quality and optimize production processes.

In the biomechanics sector, Kistler force plates provide valuable information for gait analysis and for helping athletes reach their full potential.

Sensors for Extreme Conditions:
At one end of the spectrum, Kistler pressure sensors allow measurement of minute changes in air pressure. On the other hand, they provide data on the enormous pressures that arise in, for example, explosive combustion processes. Similarly, Kistler force sensors permit measurements ranging from forces in the millinewton range on small switches, to massive forces in the meganewton range on industrial presses. And finally, accelerometers are capable of measuring not only shocks generating accelerations of up to 100 000 g but also minute building vibrations in the micro-g range.

Kistler Products


LMS is a leading provider of measurement solutions. LMS provides hardware & software solutions which services in the automotive, aerospace, and all industries which plan, test and measure dynamic behavior of structures and systems.
LMS is a business segment within Siemens PLM Software which provides a wide range of customers with advanced tools to manage the complexity of product development by incorporating model-based mechatronic simulation and advanced equipment for testing and measurement of system dynamics, structural integrity, durability and safety.

Thanks to its technology and more than 1250 dedicated people, LMS has become the partner of choice of more of 5000 manufacturing companies worldwide.

 Among others please find information of the SCADAS family of data recorders and various options of software to operate with.

In addition LMS provides a wide range of advanced simulation software to assist the design and development of products. It provides solutions mainly in the aviation & aerospace, ground vehicle and energy segments. for more about LMS various products:

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SCADAS Data Sheet