MGCplus: The All-Rounder for Data Acquisition

Whether it is calibration, material, or fatigue testing, the MGCplus data acquisition system is used in all kinds of applications. It acquires data on strain, force, displacement, torque, voltage, current, temperature, and many other parameters. Owing to this versatility, the MGCplus is one of the most popular data acquisition systems worldwide. It offers proven compatibility, not only within the MGCplus system but also along the entire measurement chain from the sensor to the software.


  • Over 25 years of experience in service and support
  • DC amplifiers for high dynamics and carrier frequencies for highest accuracy
  • Integrated automatic calibration (AutoCal) ensures long-term stability 


  • Modular system design that meets a wide range of requirements
  • Number of channels can be expanded from 1 to 20,000
  • Stand-alone USB data storage


  • Single and multiple channel amplifiers for almost all physical quantities
  • Display and control panel for operation without software
  • Simultaneous and parallel measurement using three independent sampling rates

Measurement Chains for all Channel Counts

MGCplus, together with HBM's precise sensors and transducers and the data acquisition software catman, forms a reliable measurement chain which can be scaled up to 20,000 channels.

Focus Applications

MGCplus Videos


Clean measured values guaranteed:

In the video you can see how the non-linearities can easily be compensated for when measuring high strains with MGCplus.


Thousands of measurement channels at a glance:

This video shows you how to use HBM's catman Enterprise software to parameterize and visualize large numbers of measurement channels.

System Components

MGCplus is modular, thus it offers maximum flexibility. In just a few easy steps, MGCplus can be adapted to the specific task. Every system consists of the following components:

  • Desktop housing or rack frame
  • Communication processor
  • Measuring amplifiers
  • Connection boards

Choose Your System Components

Communication Processor

More than just a gateway to the PC — a smart processor:

  • Compatible with CP22 and CP42
  • PTPv2 synchronization
  • Supports up to 128 or 512 (CAN/CANHEAD) measurement channels
  • Multi-client operation
  • Two native Ethernet interfaces
  • Enhanced connectivity through HBM device scan functionality and DHCP
  • Sampling rate trigger with internal circular buffer
  • Digital I/Os allow triggering of a stand-alone measurement
  • Stand-alone data recording with USB mass storage devices


Single-Channel Amplifier Modules and Connection Boards

The optimal solution for particularly fast and precise data acquisition that offers the following features:

  • Up to 19.2 kS/s maximum sample rate per channel
  • 24-bit analog-to-digital converter
  • Digital filters (Bessel and Butterworth)
  • Accuracy class of up to 25 ppm
  • Robust connectors
  • 4 limit switches
  • 2 peak-value memories
  • 2 analog outputs
  • Different models for bridges (strain gauge and inductive), voltage, current, torque, rotational speed, and pulse counting


Multi-Channel Amplifier Modules and Connection Boards

The perfect solution for high channel counts and a wide range of sensors:

  • 4 or 8 measurement channels per module
  • Up to 2.4 or 4.8 kS/s maximum sample rate per channel
  • 24-bit analog-to-digital converter
  • Digital filters (Bessel and Butterworth)
  • Accuracy class of up to 100 ppm
  • Robust connectors
  • 4 limit switches
  • Different models for bridges (strain gauge and inductive), LVDTs, thermocouples, Pt100, resistors, potentiometers, voltage, current, IEPEs, torque, rotational speed, and pulse counting




Special Function Modules

  • Special function modules are available for use in specific measurement tasks such as:
  • CAN bus acquisition and output*
  • Measured data output on PROFIBUS and MGCplus control by PROFIBUS
  • Analog output of measured values from other modules
  • Digital output of the limit value information from individual channels or logical connections of up to 120 channels
  • Reception of remote control commands
  • Analog output of up to 10 different curves
  • Supply and administration of CANHEAD amplifier modules

*on request


catman Enterprise Data Acquisition Software

catman Enterprise is the best choice for tests with up to 20,000 measurement channels and therefore ideal for aerospace applications.  

  • Ideal choice for high channel counts and large data volumes
  • Client-server-architecture to share live data worldwide
  • One-click function check for all strain gauge channels
  • Individual visualization options: prediction lines, load levels, etc.


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EVIDAS Data Acquisition Software

EVIDAS is HBM's easy-to-use data acquisition and analysis software for fast and straightforward results. The advanced design and clean workflow of this software provide you with an outstanding visual feedback. EVIDAS Essential enables you to utilize the core features of data acquisition.

  • Fast measurement results
  • Visual feedback due to a modern speaking design
  • A Cloud integration capability
  • 4 different data configuration options
  • Availability in 5 languages (English, German, Chinese, Japanese, and French)


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catman Data Acquisition Software

catman software from HBM bundles perfectly with MGCplus. The software allows a remarkable visualization of your sensor and digital data, stores data in a robust binary format, can be automated, analyses data on the fly or in post-process mode and generates test reports.

  • Visualization of measurement data
  • Online analysis through powerful math library
  • Store and export data in various formats
  • Analysis of data
  • Reporting


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MGCplus Product Literature and Downloads

English, German

(Accessory cable for MGCplus VT distributor boards)


(Zubehör-Kabel für MGCplus VT-Verteilertabletts)


Only available in German language

The driver allows to integrate QuantumX, SomatXR, PMX and MGCplus in DIAdem (32 and 64 Bit).

Please see the Release Note for further details and requirements.

Date: 06/2019  |  Version: 1.1.0  |  Size: 67 MB
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The HBM common API enables users to develop their own PC software application using Microsoft Visual Studio, to integrate HBM DAQ systems QuantumX, SomatXR, PMX and MGCplus.
The download includes the API as well as documentation and examples.

Date: 09/2018  |  Version: 4.0  |  Size: 25 MB
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The driver allows to integrate QuantumX, SomatXR, PMX and MGCplus in LabVIEW. Please see the Release Notes for further details and requirements. The download can be used 30 days as trial.

Date: 01/2017  |  Version: 3.0  |  Size: 11 MB
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The driver allows to integrate QuantumX, SomatXR, PMX and MGCplus in LabVIEW. Please see the Release Notes for further details and requirements. The download can be used 30 days as trial.

Date: 01/2017  |  Version: 3.0  |  Size: 12 MB
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Declaration of Conformity

Firmware package for CP52

Necessary tools: MGCplus Assistant 4.0 or higher, catman Easy/AP 5.1 or higher, catman Enterprise 7.1 or higher

Date: 10/2018  |  Version:  |  Size: 26 MB
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The USB driver supports the USB interface of MGCplus CP42/CP22 and the HBM USB adapter for MGCplus CP32 and Spider8. PC operating system: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32-bit and 64-bit).

For Spider8: Windows 7/8/10 requires Firmware version P1.70 or higher.

Date: 05/2013  |  Version:  |  Size: 933 KB


MatLab M-file for file import of CP42 measurement files directly into MatLab. The M-file was developed and tested with MatLab 6.5.

CP42 measurement data in 4 byte INT format (Intel) can be imported. Supported time formats: MGCplus device time (64 bit) and NTP time format (64 bit). You can also import measurement files without time channel.

Access to status information of every measurement value is possible.

Date: 05/2004  |  Version: 1.04  |  Size: 219 KB


Date: 10/2005  |  Version: EXT051010  |  Size: 2 MB


Archive including all current firmware files for all MGCplus and MGCsplit amplifier system components. The archive must be recursively unpacked into the firmware download directory "", i. e. including all subdirectories. The Zip file includes the following firmware versions:

  • AB22A / ABX22A Version 5.10
  • AB22Apress / ABX22Apress Version P2.38
  • AB32 Version P4.22
  • CANHEAD Version P2.26
  • CP22 Version P4.44
  • CP32 / CP32B Version P2.20
  • CP32-B Version P3.10
  • CP42 Version P4.90
  • ML01, ML10, ML30, ML35, ML50, ML55, ML55S6, ML60 Version P4.16 / P35
  • ML38 Version P4.18
  • ML38B (RD038) P5.62
  • ML38B (RD38A) P6.02
  • ML10B, ML30B, ML50B, ML55B, ML55BS6, (RD003) Version P5.64
  • ML10B, ML30B, ML50B, ML55B, ML55BS6, (RD004) Version P6.06
  • ML01B, ML35B, (RD003) Version P5.64
  • ML01B, ML35B, (RD004) Version P6.06
  • ML60B Version P5.64
  • ML60B (RD061) Version P6.06
  • ML70 Version P2.22
  • ML70 IEC Version V1.13
  • ML70B Version P5.38
  • ML70B IEC Version V5.14
  • ML71 Version P2.16
  • ML71S6 Version P2.12
  • ML71B Version P5.26
  • ML71BS6 Version P5.26
  • ML74 Version P2.12
  • ML74B Version P5.38
  • ML77 Version P2.24
  • ML77B Version P5.32
  • ML78 Version P2.28
  • ML78B Version P5.36
  • ML85/1 Version P4.15
  • ML85/3 Version P4.35
  • ML85B Version P2.16
  • ML85B IEC Version V1.08
  • ML85C Version P5.18
  • ML85C IEC Version V5.08
  • ML455 Version P6.70
  • ML460 Version P5.80
  • ML460 (RD461) Version P6.22
  • ML801 Version P5.54
  • ML801B Version P6.70

Date: 06/2018  |  Version: 3.34 zhx  |  Size: 16 MB


MGCplus Firmware Loader MGCpLoad. Firmware download program for Windows XP, 7 and 10.

Date: 03/2017  |  Version: 3.5.7  |  Size: 1 MB


ML71 CAN database for SAE J1939.

Date: 11/2000  |  Version: P1.20  |  Size: 5 KB


GSD Editor for ML77(B).

Date: 03/2003  |  Version: V1.2.1  |  Size: 5 MB


PROFIBUS DP GSD and GSE files for ML77: German version: GSD file, English version: GSE file.

Date: 05/2006  |  Version: 2.17  |  Size: 12 KB


Date: 10/2011  |  Size: 88 MB


English | Deutsch

Includes MGCplus Assistant (version

Date: 11/2018  |  Version:  |  Size: 369 MB


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