The CR1000X: A New Generation of Data Loggers with Proven Functionality

by Timothy Jeppsen | Updated: 08/02/2017 | Comments: 3

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It should come as no surprise that the CR1000 datalogger (introduced in 2004) has been an incredibly successful data logger. With nearly 100,000 deployed, this data logger has been installed on every continent on the earth. Using the design success of the CR1000, Campbell Scientific integrated many of the elements of the CR6 (introduced in 2014) to create the new CR1000X. The CR1000X is a hybrid of two very successful products.

Where can the CR1000X datalogger be used?

For those of you who are new to the world of data loggers, the CR1000X is a low-powered device designed to be used in a wide variety of applications for measurement, data storage, and control. This data logger is rugged enough for extreme conditions and has a reliability that makes it an excellent choice for remote environmental applications where data integrity is vital—such as weather stations, mesonets, wind profiling, air quality monitoring, hydrological systems, water quality monitoring, and hydromet stations.

What benefits does the CR1000X offer?

The following are just seven of the benefits that the CR1000X offers:

  1. You can link to the CR1000X via any web browser. The CR1000X makes viewing real-time and logged data in the field very easy with a simple embedded web page user interface.
    Data page
  2. It is easy and fast to swap out an existing CR1000 with a new CR1000X. The CR1000X uses the same physical design and footprint as the CR1000, with the added benefit of removable terminal strips.
  3. The integrated features of the CR1000X can reduce the overall cost of your monitoring system. We took the features of a few Campbell Scientific peripheral devices that are often used with the CR1000 and integrated them into the CR1000X: the NL116 for direct Ethernet connection, the SDM-SIO1A for native RS-485, and the SC-CPI to give direct connection to Campbell Scientific expansion modules.
  4. The CR1000X has the best accuracy and resolution of any environmental data logger. The CR1000X offers high-fidelity analog measurements.
  5. You can directly connect your current sensors. The CR1000X can make native analog current measurements (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA), eliminating the need for peripheral devices.
  6. You can use the CR1000X in extreme climate conditions. The standard operating temperature range of -40 to +70°C meets the needs of most applications. For extreme environments, the CR1000X also provides an optional extended operating temperature range of -55° to +85°.
  7. The CR1000X offers multiple communication ports and removable terminals. In addition to removable terminals for quick data logger installation, the CR1000X offers Ethernet and USB ports for easy direct and wireless IP network connection, and a microSD card slot for extended data storage capacity.

Some of these benefits will be discussed in greater detail in future blog articles.

Will the CR1000 continue to be sold and supported?

Eventually, the CR1000X will replace the CR1000, but the CR1000 will be sold concurrently with the CR1000X for some time. We anticipate that the CR1000 will be retired in December of 2019, with support continuing until December of 2029.

How do you update a CR1000 system to a CR1000X system?

CR1000 dataloggers can be easily replaced with CR1000X dataloggers. Although they share the same programming language, to use an old CR1000 program on a new CR1000X will likely require some simple modifications. These changes may include port designators for measurements and control instructions, or analog measurement range codes.

Want to learn more?

There are several resources to provide you with more information about the CR1000X:

Additional resources, such as blog articles, will be linked to this article in the future.

If you have questions about the CR1000X, please post them below.

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About the Author

timothy jeppsen Timothy is the Senior Marketing Manager at Campbell Scientific, Inc. He began his Campbell Scientific career as an Applications Engineer specializing in aquaculture applications and has also held positions as a sales engineer, manager of the Water Resources Group, and Marketing Product Manager for data loggers and communications products. Timothy received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Utah State University and his master’s degree in quantitative genetics from Auburn University.

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mwassmer | 08/09/2017 at 11:27 AM

What are the benefits of a CR6 over a CR1000X and vice versa? The price of a CR6 seems to be about the same as the price of a CR1000X+PS150. Based on my understanding of both products, the only advantage of the CR6 is its configurable channels. However, perhaps that is offset by the greater number of channels offered by the CR1000X. Are you planning write a blog article to help people make this choice?

Big Fish | 08/09/2017 at 11:43 AM

Although the CR6 and CR1000X have many similarities, there are also a few distinct differences that in many cases will make one more desirable than the other. We do have a blog that will touch on this very thing - should be posted in the very near future. But to highlight a couple points to help compare the two:

- the CR1000X does not use the Universal Channels like the CR6. This means the CR1000X has more channels. 16 dedicated anlog channels, 8 C (digital), and 2 RG channels used for RS-485 and for current (0-20 mA) inputs. I like to consider the CR1000X best for our traditional meteorological, agricultural, and hydrological type monitoring stations. 

- the CR6 introduced the first datalogger with channels for vibrating wire sensors. It also provides the embedded radio options (spread spectrum and Wi-Fi). The CR6 is great for applications that require vibrating wire sensors, like structural monitoring, and where the embedded radios are a benefit. Also, when constant changes to the type of sensors required make the universal channels a big benefit.  

Terri | 08/23/2017 at 09:58 AM

The CR6 provides wireless options that are integrated into the datalogger. The CR1000X wireless options are external options that are purchased separately from the datalogger.

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