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Ethernet module with independently configurable analogue inputs

05 September 2014

Brainboxes' ED-549 is a new Ethernet networking device designed for remote monitoring of multiple analogue inputs in industrial environments.

Aimed at test, measurement and process control engineers, it has eight analogue input channels and delivers remote access to real-time data. As well as the popular 0-10V and 4-20mA input devices, there is now a Programmable Gain Amplifier (PGA) allowing full-scale 12 bit readings from signals as small as ±75mV. Each of the eight channels is individually configurable for voltage or current input with its own programmable gain.

While some competitive analogue-input products are hard wired to handle either differential voltage or current inputs, the ED-549 offers enhanced flexibility by allowing both voltage and current measurements via user-selectable jumper-enabled resistors.

Users can configure the inputs independently on each of the eight channels allowing any mixture of measurement channels, such as three voltage and five current inputs for example.

The ED-549 can be configured, monitored and controlled by a Windows computer via an easy-to-use software interface, allowing users to be up and running quickly without requiring any extensive programming or networking knowledge.

Users can also monitor the factory floor from a smartphone or tablet via the product’s web-based user interface and the solution is also compatible with legacy software via a Windows COM port and industry-standard applications such as LabView, MATLAB and Agilent VEE.

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