A DataCollector is in use for grabbing data from different data acquisition units and handing them over to LabMan.

This can be an interface for Pt100 thermocouples or for a machine doing compressive strength measurement and much more.

Since the interface to LabMan is very flexible and well documented one can easily connect lots of different types of units.

Usually a DataCollector runs on a small processing unit acting as an interface between a machine and LabMan.