|Industrial Signal Transmitters|
In the cabled process measurement and control world, the 4 to 20 milliampere signal is generally considered the standard for transmitting analog control and measurement signals over any distance.
There is an immense array of instrumentation and controllers available for use with 4-20 ma signals, so expertise in routing and delivering those signals should be part of your process M&C skill set.
Like just about everything else, routing 4-20 ma signals presents its own set of challenges that require some thought and planning to overcome. Electrical interference is always a concern and must be prevented from impacting the operation of measurement and control devices. Additionally, there must be sufficient power in the signal loop to accommodate the resistance load of connected devices. There are other considerations, but I'm going to focus on these two.
One scenario that can present significant issues is multiple devices requiring connection to the same signal, but with great distance between them. A simple solution can be implemented using an isolated signal splitter.
Features of these units making them an attractive, single box, solution:
- One 4-20 ma input channel for the measuring or controlling device.
- The input signal is retransmitted as identical isolated 4-20 ma signals
- Galvanic isolation from input to output
- Isolation between channels for safety and increased noise immunity. Fault in one output channel does not impact the operation of the other channels.
- Reliable operation in industrial environments, with protection from RFI, EMI, ESD, and surges.
- Low radiated emissions in accordance with CE requirements.
- DIN-rail mounting of the unit
- Plug-in terminal blocks