Dual rate meter
Dual rate meter monitors two signal inputs at once and performs application-specific calculations.
The PAXDR dual rate meter provides real-time viewing of dual
input rates paired with sophisticated math functions to measure and display the
sum, difference, ratio, draw or percentage of total between the two rates. The
meter is a 5-digit dual rate indicator and 6-digit dual totalizer that monitors
mission-critical factors such as inflow and outflow, unwind and rewind wire tension,
feed and tension roll speed and other types of production rates.
The meter does not require complex programming that would
otherwise be required to perform application-specific calculations. Users can
select the desired scale for each of the two signal inputs using the meter's programmable
function keys, with independent scaling provided for A and B totalizers. Also,
10-point scaling for both input rates is provided for challenging non-linear
Field-installable plug-in option cards provide features such
as four setpoint outputs, assigned to any rate or totalizer value and
configured to suit varying control and alarm requirements; retransmitted analog
output, scaled independently of the input range; and communication and bus
capabilities such as RS-232, RS-485, Modbus, DeviceNet and Profibus-DP.
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