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Custom software may be developed by the user to receive and archive RheoVac data into a
computer system. The electronics has a serial data protocol of 9600 baud, no parity check, eight
data bits and one stop bit (i.e., 9600,N,8,1). Each transmitted group of data is sent in a standard
ASCII coded format representing each process variable value, instrument identification and
The data stream consists of 13 fields, followed by a carriage return <RETURN>. The first ten
fields, nine bytes each, are the process variables. Following the process variables are the
RheoVac serial number, nine bytes; the process identification tag number, 15 bytes; and the
RheoVac system status, seven bytes. The data stream is then ended by a single <RETURN> byte
(ASCII code 13). The total number of bytes transmitted in each data stream is 122 bytes per
probe including the trailing <RETURN>. This data group is sent approximately once every three
seconds. Table V shows the field names and number of bytes in one data stream.
Table 5 Serial Output Data Stream*
* See Custom Information section (Section 6) for custom units of measure.
Each of the first ten process values are sent in the fixed decimal format of XXXX.XXXX with
leading and trailing zeros inserted to maintain the nine character length. The next three fields are
ASCII text strings followed by the <RETURN>. Example: The nine bytes for an air in-leak of
10.0 SCFM would be: 0010.0000, or 48,48,49,48,46,48,48,48,48 ASCII.