The 6000U enclosure has 16 slots for Series 6000 input and output modules with a Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0) computer interface for programming, control and data output. For larger systems, up to 32 enclosures may be combined using USB 2.0 hubs or a computer with multiple USB 2.0 ports. The enclosures are 8U 19-inch rack mount. The enclosures have integral fans providing air circulation and an internal cable tray that routes the input and output cables from the front of the installed modules to exit the rear of the enclosure.
A sample clock bus is provided for multi rack installations. Programming and data transfer is USB 2.0, which provides high data transfer rates with low, predictable latency. It interfaces to the USB 2.0 port provided on most PC computers including laptops. Maximum length of the interface cable is 3 meters but it may be extended further using Ethernet with the Control & Data Processor (CDP) option.
Data Redundancy is optionally available. A 2.5" HD (Module 6095) mounts on the USB controller board in each 6000U enclosure and provides a redundant recording point for the DAS. In the unlikely event the Operators Workstation or DAS Software fails, data will continue to record in each enclosure. Data can be recovered from the system post-test.
The Control & Data Processor (CDP) interfaces multiple 6000U enclosures to gigabit Ethernet providing remote and/or distributed operation. The CDP is typically installed with the Series 6000 DAS and provides an Ethernet interface to the Operators Workstation. The CDP includes a high-speed processor and software that performs low-level operations freeing resources on the Operators Workstation computer for data display, storage, distribution and reduction.
The Operators Workstation (PCCOWU) is the primary control and data recording point for the Series 6000 DAS. The PCCOWU is typically installed in the control room and runs PI660 Data Acquisition Software for system setup, calibration, display, recording, distribution and export. In installations where the DAS is not remote from the Operators Workstation, the PCCOWU will connect directly to Series 6000 Enclosures and does not require the CDP.