EC: SureCross Performance DX80 wireless I/O
Network integration – Wireless I/O: The SureCross Performance series is a long-range wireless I/O solution from Banner Engineering that can be powered by dc, solar, or battery options. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
Banner Engineering Corp. has introduced a new line of SureCross Performance wireless I/O gateways and nodes, featuring high-power radio frequency (RF) architecture with 1-W transmit power in the 900 MHz ISM band. This innovative architecture provides an increased range—up to six miles—between devices, delivering a reliable industrial wireless sensor solution in all environments, including remote or difficult-to-access areas. The SureCross Performance family delivers the same power management, deterministic network, and integrated Site Survey features originally designed for the SureCross product line, while offering additional model enhancements. New models within this product family include universal analog inputs, providing users with increased input selection options in a single device. Operators have the ability to select either 4 mA to 20 mA or 0 V to 10 V inputs in the field. Additional Node and Gateway models provide up to 12 discrete inputs or outputs. The SureCross Performance family also includes new temperature node options, offering up to four factory-calibrated temperature inputs for thermocouples or RTD inputs.
With Banner's unique FlexPower technology, the SureCross Performance radio and external third-party sensors can be powered by solar panels, battery modules, or 10 Vdc to 30 Vdc. Therefore, solutions are not limited by locations with wired power. SureCross Performance features are intended to simplify the specification and installation process for operators, offering flexible mounting and power options. Taking simplicity one step further, some of the new models offer an enhanced ‘E’ housing style to provide an integrated battery and wiring terminal in one unit. Banner's SureCross Performance Wireless I/O devices are designed to deliver reliable, high-performance wireless sensing in remote locations. With the increased range provided by 1-W radios and the bidirectional communication architecture inherent with all SureCross products, Banner's new models are ideal for many long-range control and monitoring applications.
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