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EUROTHERM has released a 3-channel version of the 5100e paperless recorder. The new 3-channel version offers cost savings on the existing 6-channel model for applications where only 1, 2 or 3 input channels are required.

The new 5000 series Data Management System is provided with Ethernet comms as standard, allowing factory floor sensors to be directly connected to the existing office computer network via the 5000 Series.

This allows the operator to monitor and chart in real-time the performance of the plant from a desktop PC.

The user has the choice of either downloading the data via the Ethernet comms on demand or the system can be setup to automatically download the data, thus eliminating the possibility of data loss from memory overflow.

For remote applications, where connection to an Ethernet hub is not available, the 5100e series is provided with an in-built 3.5" (1.44MB) Floppy drive while internal memory of 3MB standard provides ample internal storage.

The 100mm STN full colour LCD touch screen offers a simple to navigate user interface allowing the user to easily access bars, trend graphs, and alphanumeric displays, as well as customised user displays.

The base unit provides for three software configurable universal inputs. Inputs are electrically isolated and can be independently software configured for all standard process.

Inputs include thermocouple types (B, C, D, E, G2, J, K, L, N, R, S, T, U, Ni/NiMo and Platinel), 2 and 3-wire RTD (Pt100, Pt100A, Pt1000, Ni100, Ni120, Ni1000, JPT100 & Cu10), process inputs (millivolts, volts and milliamps) plus contact closure. This allows one recorder to monitor all your process variables.

All channels are monitored simultaneously (parallel measurement), with scan rates up to 8Hz (125mS), allowing for simplified data comparison. Thus 125mS simultaneous recording of data can be achieved independent of the number of channels being recorded - be it a single channel or 36 channels.

The unit is IP65 rated when installed and is also available with an optional portability case for applications where constant relocation of the module is required.

Often the recorder is used to monitor the plant or line performance, the in-built change-over relay allow basic alarming and if needed process shutdown without the need for external alarm modules.

Advanced mathematical capability, the ability to group and view selective inputs and the ability to build custom mimic panel style screens allows the operator maximum flexibility when setting up their system.

This enables the operator to quickly and easily obtain and manage data about the current plant performance such that the plant can be optimised for maximum efficiency.

The 5100e can also be fitted with timers, totalisers and counters for additional processing power. A new feature for the 5000 series is the capability to send email messages for alarm or status conditions.

Fully automated data management and archiving software is provided, ensuring data is never lost. The Review software also allows users to chart recorded data and print in either a graphical or spreadsheet format.

Data can also be exported to programs such as Excel for further data processing. Optional remote Real-time viewing and configuration is also available.

The live data from the recorder can be monitored directly on any PC connected to the network using this software, which can be freely distributed.

This software provides the user with the ability to open multiple windows to simultaneously monitor as many recorders they require, do screen dumps of data, view historical data or export to a database file format for use with other Windows based programs such as Excel.

Up to four computers can monitor the data from a single recorder at the same time, allowing both operators and managers to view data simultaneously.

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