Control Equipment


Module connects different networks

ProTalk Q protocol conversion modules provide connectivity between Schneider Electric's Quantum and Unity processors and other networks. The single-slot modules are available in communications, flow computer, and HART multidrop master versions. It can connect to PROFIBUS DP, EtherNet/IP, DF1 Master/Slave, HART, Landis & Gyr, DNP Ethernet server, and others.

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I/O eliminates wiring errors

BL67 I/O system features DeviceNet or PROFIBUS DP gateways that eliminate the need for enclosures and hard wiring. Electronic modules are independent of the higher-level fieldbus, communicate with gateway via internal bus, and are available in digital, analog, temperature, and RS-232/485. Modules are hot swappable. Keyways prevent insertion of incorrect modules.

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Wireless I/O operates in HAZLOC

XANT Class I, Div. 1 explosion-proof wireless I/O system also is UL and ATEX certified. System's 1-W transmitter has range of 600%%MDASSML%%1000 ft in obstructed areas. Features include rugged cast aluminum housing, analog 4%%MDASSML%%20-mA signal, three contact outputs, spread spectrum frequency hopping, 900-MHz band, and DIN-rail mounted transmitter and receiver.

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Controllers respond quickly

E5AR and E5ER process controllers allow integrated control of multiple zones or parameters such as temperature, pressure, and humidity. The fast 50-msec sampling response time provides precise control for rapidly changing process variables in critical applications. Selectable inputs include thermocouple, RTD, and analog current or voltage. E5AR is 1/4 DIN; E5ER is 1/8 DIN.

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Process control hops frequencies

NET Concentrator System (NCS) wireless process control and distributed I/O features spread spectrum frequency hopping, 32-bit CRC error correction, 20-bit measurement resolution, and metal housing. It communicates via Ethernet or serial, operates in peer-to-peer or peer-to-host configurations, and accepts current, voltage, sensor, resistance, mV, and discrete input signals.

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Controller merges diverse functions

Blue Fusion 5200 series web-enabled automation controller offers features that allow it to combine communications strategies with local control capabilities. Its features include built-in licensed web server, HMI and SCADA development tools, email, security, Ethernet and serial communications, and protocol translation. Unit also can be used as a stand-alone controller.

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Monitor rated NEMA 4

StealthVU SV-2100 21-in. LCD monitor is designed for plant floor operation. The steel-enclosed LCD monitor is built to withstand harsh industrial environments. It has a sealed NEMA 4 and IP66 front panel with touch screen options. Features include wide viewing angle, analog or digital input, low power consumption, and bright display image. It requires no special cards or drivers.

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PLC module sends real-time data

FactoryCast HMI is a PLC module that sends real-time process data over the intranet or internet using secure web pages, thereby replacing SCADA software. It provides access to equipment and process information, acts as a web server, logs data to a remote database, sends alarms and status via email, and displays real-time data using graphical objects, trends, and charts.

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I/O integrates motor starter

Allen-Bradley ArmorPoint I/O system offers from one to eight points per module, 30 different I/O types, and connector choices of M8, M12, or M23 quick disconnect. System features IP67 construction, up to 63 I/O modules per network node, motor starter integration, and connectivity to DeviceNet, ControlNet, EtherNet/IP, and PROFIBUS. It also provides power and signal isolation.

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