Fast, Compact Datalogger
Supports complex installations, built-in keyboard and display
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Overview

The CR3000 Micrologger supports complex applications with many sensors. It is fast and powerful enough to handle extended eddy-covariance systems with full energy-balance systems. Multiple CR3000s can be configured as a network or units can be deployed individually.

Designed for stand-alone operation in harsh, remote environments. The CR3000 consists of a compact, integrated package with a built-in power supply, a 128-by-64-pixel backlit graphical or eight-line numeric display, and a 16-character keyboard.

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Benefits and Features

  • Ideal applications include eddy covariance, wind profiling, HVAC, weather stations, vehicle testing, air quality, process control, mesonet systems, agriculture, soil moisture, time-domain reflectometry, water quality
  • Integrated keyboard and display screen let you program, manually initiate data transfers, and view data, all on site.
  • Includes a current excitation channel allowing direct connection of PRTs or other sensors that use a current excitation
  • Serial communications with serial sensors and devices supported via I/O port pairs
  • Supports PakBus, Modbus, SDI-12, and DNP3 protocols
  • Communicates via various options: TCP/IP, email, FTP, web server.
  • Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) protected inputs
  • 4-MB memory can be expanded with add-on memory systems.
  • Flexible power and communication options make it ideal for remote locations.
  • Compatible with channel expansion peripherals allowing you to expand your system
  • Battery-backed clock that ensures accurate time is maintained while datalogger is disconnected from battery power
  • Contains custom ASIC chip that expands pulse count, control port, and serial communications capabilities
  • Program with LoggerNet, PC400, or Short Cut to fit your setup
  • Collects and stores data and controls peripherals as the brain of your system

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Detailed Description

Housed in a portable, self-contained package, the CR3000 Micrologger consists of measurement and control electronics, communication ports, 16-character keyboard, display, power supply, and carrying handle. The integrated display shows 8 lines x 21 characters (64 x 128 pixels).

The CR3000 has a choice of three power-supply base options (alkaline, rechargeable, or no battery). Low power consumption allows the Micrologger to operate for extended time periods on its battery recharged with a solar panel—eliminating the need for AC power. It suspends execution when primary power drops below 9.6 V, reducing the possibility of inaccurate measurements.

The on-board operating system includes measurement, processing, and output instructions for programming the datalogger. The programming language, CRBasic, uses a BASIC-like syntax. Measurement instructions specific to bridge configurations, voltage outputs, thermocouples, and pulse/frequency signals are included. Processing instructions support algebraic, statistical, and transcendental functions for on-site processing. Output instructions process data over time and control external devices.

Specifications

-NOTE- Note: Additional specifications are listed in the CR3000 Specifications Sheet.
Maximum Scan Rate 100 Hz
Analog Inputs 28 single-ended or 14 differential (individually configured)
Pulse Counters 4
Switched Excitation Channels 4 voltage, 3 current
Digital Ports
  • Certain digital ports can be used to count switch closures.
  • 3 SDM and 8 I/Os or 4 RS-232 COM
    I/O ports can be paired as transmit and receive for measuring smart serial sensors.
Continuous Analog Outputs 2
Communications/Data Storage Ports
  • 1 CS I/O
  • 1 RS-232
  • 1 parallel peripheral
Switched 12 Volt 2
Input Voltage Range ±5 Vdc
Analog Voltage Accuracy ±(0.04% of reading + offset) at 0° to 40°C
Analog Resolution 0.33 µV
A/D Bits 16
Power Requirements 10 to 16 Vdc
Protocols Supported PakBus, Modbus, DNP3, FTP, HTTP, XML POP3, SMTP, Telnet, NTCIP, NTP, SDI-12, SDM
CE Compliance Standards to which Conformity Is Declared IEC61326:2002
Warranty 3 years
Dimensions
  • 24.1 x 17.8 x 7.6 cm (9.5 x 7.0 x 3.0 in.) with low-profile base
  • 24.1 x 17.8 x 11.9 cm (9.5 x 7.0 x 4.7 in.) with alkaline battery base
  • 24.1 x 17.8 x 11.9 cm (9.5 x 7.0 x 4.7 in.) with rechargeable battery base
Weight
  • 1.6 kg (3.6 lb) with low-profile base
  • 3.8 kg (8.3 lb) with alkaline battery base
  • 4.8 kg (10.7 lb) with rechargeable battery base

Temperature Range

-NOTE- Battery bases have different temperature ranges. The rechargeable base option has an operating temperature range of -40° to +60°C. The alkaline base option has a temperature range of -25° to +50°C.
Standard -25° to +50°C
Extended -40° to +85°C

Memory

Operating System 2 MB flash
CPU Usage, Program Storage & Data Storage 4 MB

Typical Current Drain @ 12 Vdc

Sleep Mode < 2 mA
Active
  • 3 to 30 mA typical (without RS-232 communication)
  • 17 to 47 mA typical (with RS-232 communication)

Compatibility

Sensors

With several channel types, the CR3000 is compatible with nearly every available sensor, including thermocouples, SDI-12 sensors, and 4 to 20 mA sensors. A custom ASIC chip expands its pulse count, control port, and serial communications capabilities. The CR3000's I/O ports can be paired as transmit and receive, allowing serial communications with serial sensors and devices.

Measurement & Control Peripherals

The CR3000 is compatible with all of our CDMs (requires an SC-CPI), SDMs, multiplexers, vibrating-wire interfaces, terminal input modules, and relays. 

Communications

The CR3000 communicates with a PC via direct connect, Ethernet interfaces, multidrop modems, short-haul modems, phone modems (land line, digital cellular, and voice-synthesized), RF telemetry, and satellite transmitters (Argos, Iridium, and Inmarsat).

Data can be viewed on its onboard keyboard display, user-supplied iOS or Android device (requires LoggerLink), CD295 DataView II Display, or a user-supplied PDA (PConnect or PConnectCE software required).

Compatible external data storage devices are the CFM100, NL115, and SC115.

Enclosures

The CR3000 can be housed in an ENC12/14, ENC14/16, ENC16/18, ENC24/30, or ENC24/30S enclosure.

Power Supplies

The CR3000 is typically powered by its on-board alkaline or rechargeable power supply (see Ordering Info). When the rechargeable power supply is used, its internal 7 A h sealed rechargeable battery needs be charged via a vehicle (requires the DCDC18R), solar panel, or ac wall charger.

The CR3000 can also come with a low-profile base that requires a user-supplied dc source. It is preferred when the system’s power consumption needs a larger capacity battery or when it’s advantageous for the Micrologger to be thinner and lighter.

Software

CRBasic, the CR3000's full programming language,  supports simple or complex programming and many on-board data reduction processes. Compatible software includes:

  • Short Cut
  • PC200W
  • PC400 (version 1.3 or higher)
  • LoggerNet (version 3.2 or higher)
  • RTDAQ (version 1.0 or higher)
  • PConnect (version 3.2 or higher)
  • PConnectCE (version 2.1 or higher)
  • VisualWeather (version 2.0 or higher)

Downloads

CR3000 OS v.29 (4.33 MB) 02-29-2016

Execution of this download installs the CR3000 Operating System and Compiler on your computer.  It also updates the CR3000 support files for the CRBasic Editor.  

Note: The Device Configuration Utility is used to upload the included operating system to the datalogger.

Upgrading from versions prior to version 28 of the Operating System will reset the datalogger’s CPU drive.  This is due to a change in the format of the file system from FAT16 to FAT32.  In order for the datalogger to operate correctly, as part of the upgrade, the CPU drive is formatted to FAT32.  Any programs stored and running from the CPU drive will be lost.  It is not recommended to update the datalogger’s Operating System over a remote connection where program control regulates the communication equipment (turning it on or off, etc.).  In these cases, an on-site visit and a backup using DevConfig’s backup utility is necessary to update the datalogger’s Operating System.

Watch the Video Tutorial: Sending an OS to a Local Datalogger.

In all cases where the datalogger is being updated from an Operating System prior to 28, the use of DevConfig’s backup utility is recommended due to the CPU drive being formatted using the new FAT32 format.

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Device Configuration Utility v.2.13 (44.7 MB) 08-25-2016

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

Known Windows XP Issue:

This software release includes Campbell Scientific USB drivers that will not install on Windows XP. To keep current with up and coming security requirements, the drivers have been signed with a SHA-256 encryption which is not supported by Windows XP. Windows XP users who have a need to install USB drivers for Campbell Scientific products can contact Campbell Scientific for an alternate solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CR3000: 159

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  1. Yes, but only if all the other dataloggers are PakBus devices, such as the CR800, CR850, and CR1000.
  2. Yes, using the following steps:

    1. Use the keypad to navigate to Configure, Settings | Display | Timeout (min):.
    2. Select Enter.
    3. Key in the desired minutes for the timeout.
    4. Select Enter again.
  3. The CR3000 can measure analog voltages over the range of ±5 V. Sensors with outputs beyond that range may have their signals conditioned with voltage dividers to be compatible with the CR3000. The CR3000 may supply power to sensors through various channels: voltage and current excitation, continuous analog output, regulated 5 V, unregulated 12 V, and switched 12 V.

  4. The time will vary depending on the average current drain and environmental conditions. Generally speaking, if the battery has not been discharged more than 20% of capacity, a wall charger should only take two to three hours to fully recharge the battery.

  5. Yes. The 12 V terminals have a thermal switch that allows 900 mA at 20°C, 650 mA at 50°C, and 360 mA at 85°C.

  6. Synchronizing each datalogger to computer time through the datalogger support software is the easiest way and will work well for many applications. In LoggerNet an automated clock check may be set up that resynchronizes whenever a user-defined clock deviation is detected. In high-speed applications it may be desirable to attach a GPS device to each datalogger and use the GPS instruction to set the datalogger clock.

  7. This depends on the average current drain on the battery and whether there is a solar panel or wall charger connected to the charger. For guidance on determining average current drain, see our "Power Supplies" application note.

  8. Yes. A local PakBus network can be created using a single COM─COM4 serial port on each CR3000.

  9. Yes. Contact Campbell Scientific for replacement pricing and availability.

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