X2 Data Logger Grounding

Grounding a data logger is critically important to ensure measurement accuracy and prevent damage to a data logging system. Damage can either occur acutely or manifested through intermittent hardware problems that are difficult to diagnose and can result in an eventual failure.

While lightning strikes are an obvious source of power surges that can damage system components, other less commonly thought of hazards include nearby machinery, other electrical systems and electrostatic discharge (ESD).

Regardless of the environment, measurement systems should always include proper grounding of a data logger and other electronics. Proper grounding helps reduce the risk of expensive damage to the system. For this reason, the X2 data logger comes standard with a grounding kit recommended for installation.

Instructions for installation of the grounding kit are provided below. For further reading, a more detailed explanation of the importance of proper grounding is available here.

X2 Data Logger Grounding Kit

Every new X2 logger will ship with a grounding kit. The included X2 Ground Kit Instructions steps through the process of assembly. The hardware in the kit creates a ground path from the X2 through the PM2 mounting accessory to the 2″NPT galvanized or aluminum pipe used for mounting in the field.  To establish a proper ground the mounting pipe must be buried in the ground or connected to an earth ground.


Data logger grounding kit.

Figure 1: X2 Grounding Kit installed.