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New Acromag 8-channel Ethernet modules providing reliable interface for analogue current or voltage inputs

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article image Acromag XT1210 and XT1220 modules

Acromag has added two new models to its BusWorks XT Series of Ethernet I/O modules.

The new XT1210 and XT1220 modules provide an 8-channel interface for analogue voltage or current input signals and Ethernet/IP, Modbus/TCP, Profinet or peer-to-peer communication. The differential inputs have superior noise rejection for reliable measurements when radio frequency or electromagnetic interference is present. Internal software helps eliminate the effects of network traffic loads for more reliable messaging.

Featuring a sleek design with dual Ethernet ports, removable front-facing terminal blocks, and DIN rail power bus support, the new Ethernet I/O modules offer a convenient USB-to-PC connection that speeds up configuration with free Windows software. Suitable for use in harsh environments, all modules operate from -40°C to 70°C with high voltage isolation, surge protection, and CE approval. UL/cUL Class 1 Division 2 Zone 2 hazardous location approval is pending.

Acromag continues to develop the BusWorks XT Series to provide even greater versatility, adding analogue input modules alongside its current line of digital I/O. The use of differential inputs and Innovasic’s PriorityChannel technology eliminate the risks of signal interference and network congestion, greatly increasing reliability.

While the XT1210 model accepts current inputs of 0-20mA, 4-20mA, ±20mA DC, or 0-20 amps AC with an optional toroid sensor, the XT1220 accommodates ±5V, ±10V, 0-5V, or 0-10V DC input ranges. All units run off a 12-32V DC power source (2.8W) at the terminals or through an integrated power connector bussed along the DIN rail that can provide primary or redundant power. Several versions offer a choice of Ethernet/IP, Profinet, or Modbus TCP/IP protocols with peer-to-peer i2o communication support. Dual 10/100 Ethernet ports allow daisy-chaining units together to simplify cabling and minimise the network switches required, reducing overall system costs.

For more dependable communication, BusWorks XT units employ Innovasic PriorityChannel technology, which ensures critical data is received on time regardless of traffic on the network. PriorityChannel provides determinism at the device for consistent transmission of time-sensitive data with any of the Ethernet protocols.

Key features adding greater flexibility and performance to the BusWorks XT Series include high input impedance reducing loading on voltage loops; configuration software enabling use of sample averaging on a per-channel basis; and operation and diagnostic LEDs offering visual status updates and troubleshooting support.

Acromag is represented in Australia and New Zealand by Metromatics

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