Dajac Goes for a Ride – Baja Style

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Being headquartered near Indianapolis, it’s only fitting that Dajac be involved with racing. However, this will be a much different experience than the well controlled conditions at the Indianapolis Speedway. This year, Dajac’s Expert I/O 1000 will be put to the test in the rough and dirty Baja 1000 on the Baja peninsula November 17th through the 21st.

The Baja 1000 is a thousand miles of the most grueling terrain. Racers and their vehicles endure water, sand, mud and wind as they careen through the course at top speeds up to 120 mph.

Dajac is teaming with Dallas Design and Technology (DDT), a leading edge industrial integrator, to prove that PC based automation is a good choice for even the toughest projects. DDT will replace a large array of switches, gauges, a large format GPS and a laptop with a rugged touch screen PC and an Expert I/O 1000.

Dajac and Dallas Design and Technology team up to race in the Baja 1000.

A complete graphical user interface (GUI) and the data acquisition and control algorithms will be created for the PC using Visual Basic (VB.net). VB.net is a great tool for projects like this, but literally any PC software development environment could be used.

“The use of PC’s for industrial control is becoming more prevalent,” says Mark Stevens, Owner of DDT, “this project will allow us to prove the robustness of a properly integrated PC control system.”

I couldn’t agree more with Mark. A great deal of effort is being expended by the industrial controls market to design products that bolt PC features to outdated technology. Why not make your life simple and leap frog this intermediate step? It is only a matter of time before the PC is the de facto standard in industrial control.

Keep your eyes on the Dajac web site for updates! I will be posting more detailed information as we progress.


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