Selecting the Right Signal Conditioning Series for Your Application
- Direct Sensor Inputs - Thermocouples, millivolts, RTDs, strain gages, etc.
- Isolation - Eliminates ground loops, protects measurement systems.
- Amplification - Raises small signals to standard 0 to +5 V or 0 to +10 V levels.
- Transducer Excitation - Provides stable current or voltage source.
- Input Protection - Protects against mis-wiring, transients, excess signal.
- Filtering - Reduces unwanted noise interference.
- Zero Suppression - Shifts zero point to maximize accuracy and resolution.
- Standard System Interface - Matches popular PC data acquisition boards.
Each of the four Series provides solutions to these needs, with varying capabilities and performance. The Series you select will determine the features you have today, and the expansion capabilities you have for the future.
Use the following table to help you decide which Series is best for your application. Once you make a selection, refer to the detailed product information to configure the right modules, backplanes, power supplies and other options to complete the solution.
|3B Series||5B Series||6B Series||7B Series|
|Primary Application||Product Test where field configuration is important||PC-based data acquisition and test systems||Remote, distributed data acquisition with software configuration||Industrial process control systems|
|Field Input: Signal Types & Ranges||mV, V, mA, RTD, TC, Frequency, rms, DC & AC strain gage, LVDT, RVDT, Torque||mV, V, mA, Loop Powered mA, Potentiometer, Slidewire, Frequency, RTD, TC, DC strain gage||mV, V, mA, RTD, TC, Lo-and Hi-level Digital Inputs||mV, V, mA, Loop Powered mA, RTD, TC|
|System Interface: Signal Types & Ranges||Dual outputs: voltage (-10 to +10 V or 0 to +10 V) and current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA)||Voltage (-5 to +5 V or 0 to +5 V)||Communications (RS-232C or RS-485 multi-drop)||Voltage (0 to +10 V or +1 to +5 V)|
|Field Output Signal Types & Ranges||Current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA)||Current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA)||Current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA) and Lo-and Hi-level Digital Outputs||Voltage (-10 to +10 V) or current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA)|
|Signal Bandwidth||Narrow (3 Hz) and wide (10 kHz)||Narrow (4, 10, 100,400 Hz) and wide (10 kHz)||Narrow (4 Hz). A/D runs at 9 samples/sec||Narrow (3, 100, 300, 400 Hz)|
|Power Supply Requirements||±15 V and +24 V DC (AC and DC input power supplies available)||+5 V DC (AC power supplies available)||+5 V DC (AC power supplies available)||+24 V DC|
|Isolation: Channel to Channel and Field to System||1500 V Peak||1500 V rms||Two versions: 1500 V rms and 2500 V rms||1500 V rms|
|Input/Output Range Configuration||Over 100 standard ranges plus infinite user-configurations and factory custom ranges||Over 75 standard ranges plus infinite factory custom ranges||Four 6B models handle over 35 input/output ranges, configured via software||Over 140 standard ranges. Special ranges available for OEM quantities|
|Backplane Options||4-, 8- and 16-channel, rack-mountable backplanes||8- and 16-channel, rack-mountable backplanes in both multiplexed and non-multiplexed configurations. 1- and 2-channel, DIN-rail mountable cards||1-, 4- and 16-channel, rack mountable backplanes in both RS-232C and RS-485 versions||4-, 8- and 16-channel, rack mountable backplanes. Single-channel DIN-rail sockets|
|Operating temperature range||-25° C to +85° C||-25° C to +85° C||-25° C to +85° C||-40° C to +85° C|
|Other features||User calibration potentiometers. Plug-in ranging card allows field configuration.||Built-in multiplexing circuit for handling large point count systems. Laser-trimmed, never needs calibration.||16-bit, high accuracy A/D converter. Engineering units conversion. 24-channel digital I/O panel with SSR interface.||Small size, low cost. Widest operating temperature range.|