7B Series Configuration Guide


an0053The 7B Series Process Control Signal Conditioners satisfy the sensitive input requirements of computerized process control and factory data collection equipment. The 7B Series directly connects to common process-control sensors and provides amplification of sensor inputs, filtering, noise rejection, isolation, and a standard process-control output. These modules reliably interface noisy low-level process sensor and transducer outputs with computer-based process controllers.

7B Series input modules are available for millivolt and voltage, process current, RTD, 2-wire transmitter, and thermocouple outputs with a variety of standard ranges. Voltage and current output modules complete the family. A standard +1 V to + 5 V process interface links the 7B Series to the host system. In addition, modules are available with a 0 to +10 V process interface for use with more conventional data acquisition systems. All modules are powered by a single +24 V DC power supply and provide true channel-to-channel and input-to-output isolation.

The 7B Series satisfies process control requirements by offering the standard 5-pin footprint (6-pin footprint for RTD and thermocouple modules) popularized by solid-state relays. Users can design their own backplane or use one of several backplanes available from Analog Devices. Each 7B Series backplane includes an embedded thermistor on every channel to provide cold junction compensation for thermocouple modules. This feature maximizes flexibility during system configuration, since any module can be used in any location on the backplane.

Configuring the Modules

For users designing their own backplane, the only configuring required is to select the 7B Series modules appropriate to the application.
For users of Analog Devices' designed backplanes, configuring modules is accomplished by selecting one or more of the following parts:

The following subsections describe how to select the parts of a 7B Series.

Selecting Modules

The 7B Series provides both input and output modules. All modules, except Model 7B14, are isolated.

7B Series input modules are provided for a variety of millivolt, voltage, current, RTD, and thermocouple types. In addition, the 7B Series offers the unique 7B35 input module, which combines two functions in one module. The 7B35 is a 4 mA to 20 mA input module that also provides the power necessary to drive a 4 mA to 20 mA current loop. This module is ideal for current loop powered transmitters, also known as 2-wire transmitters.

7B Series output modules are provided for both current and voltage applications.

Select the types and number of 7B Series modules according to the sensor types or ranges you need in your application.

Selecting Backplanes or DIN Rail Mounting Card

Analog Devices provides three backplanes: a 4-channel, an 8-channel, and a 16-channel version. Each channel of the backplane contains a CJC temperature sensor for thermocouple modules. 7B Series input and output modules can be located in any socket on the backplane. Screw terminal blocks are provided for easy power connections and field wiring. To interface to host systems and other backplanes, 7B Series backplanes provide two 26-pin connectors. Additionally, each 7B Series backplane can be mounted in a 19-inch rack or panel or NEMA enclosure with optional kits.

Select the type and number of backplanes according to the total number of input and output modules used in your application. Table 1 summarizes the ordering information for the 7B Series backplanes. For more information on the 7B Series Backplanes, go to the backplane section.

Table 1. 7B Series Backplanes & DIN Mounting Card

Model  Description 
AC1387 1-Channel, DIN Rail Compatible Card
7BP04-1 4-Channel Backplane
8-Channel Backplane
7BP16-1 16-Channel Backplane

Selecting a Power Supply

All 7B Series modules and backplanes operate off a nominal unregulated single +24 V DC power supply. Analog Devices recommends a linear, unregulated, external power supply that provides sufficient to power all 7B Series modules on a 16-channel backplane.

To determine the appropriate power supply for your application, add the current requirements for all the modules on the backplane. Table 2 lists the power requirements for the 7B Series modules. Note that no additional power is required for 7B Series backplanes.

Table 2. Power Requirements for 7B Series Modules

Model  Power Requirement
7B14 25mA
35 mA
7B22 20 mA
7B27 25 mA
7B30 25 mA
7B31 25 mA
7B32 20 mA
7B33 20 mA
7B34 25 mA
7B35 60 mA
7B37 25 mA
7B39 50 mA
 7B47  25 mA

Selecting an Interface Cable

The requirements for cables and connectors are determined by the specific user application. The following serves as a guideline only.

The Model AC1393 is a 6-inch adapter cable with a 25-pin, D-type female connector on one end and a 26-pin male connector on the other end. This cable converts the 7B Series backplane connector to the industry-standard 3B/5B Series 26-pin interconnection cables used by the leading industry-standard busses. For example, when used with cables such as 50-pin to 26-pin Model AC1335, the 7B Series backplane I/O signals may be connected to a variety of multi-channel analog input or analog output boards installed in a host computer or a programmable controller.

The Model AC1315 2-foot cable comes with 26-pin female connectors. This cable may be used with Model AC1394 cable, connecting the 7B Series backplane I/O signals to the AC1324 screw terminal interface board.

The Model AC1394 3-foot cable with 25-pin female and 25-pin male D-type connectors is compatible with all 7B Series backplanes.

Select the type and number of interface cables according to the number and types of backplanes used in your application. Table 3 summarizes the ordering information for the 7B Series interface cables. For more information on Interface Cables, go to the Interface Cables section on the Accessories page.

Table 3. 7B Series Interface Cables

Model  Description 
 AC1393 6-inch Cable
(25-Pin, Female D-Type Connector to 26-Pin Male Connector)
 AC1315 2-foot Cable
(26-pin, Female Connectors)
AC1394 3-foot Cable
(25-Pin, 25-pin Female and 25-pin Male D-type Connectors)

Selecting Accessories

Analog Devices also provides accessories to help you configure your 7B system.

A rack-mount kit, Model AC1363, is available to fit a 7B Series backplane in a 19-inch rack. A 250 Ω current conversion resistor, Model AC1391, is available to isolate the current loop when using the Model 7B33 input module to measure process current. An empty 7B Series case, Model AC1397, is available for those users who would like to design their own function within the 7B Series mechanical footprint.

Table 4 summarizes the ordering information for the 7B Series accessories. For more information on a particular accessory, go to the Accessories page.

Table 4. 7B Series Accessories

Model  Description 
 AC1363  19-inch Rack-Mount Kit for Backplanes
AC1391 250 Ω Current Conversion Resistor 
AC1397  Empty 7B Case
 AC1399 7B Series User's Manual


The 7B Series User's Manual, Model AC1399, is available to help guide users in setting up a 7B Series system.

Download the User's Manual (PDF).

Configuration Example

A typical application might consist of seven type J linearized thermocouple input modules and three linearized platinum RTD input modules, with a +1 V to +5 V output range, for linking the seven thermocouples and three RTDs to a process controller. This requirement could be satisfied with the items listed in Table 5. Note: not included in this system example is a +24 V DC external power supply.

Table 5. Example of a 7B Series Configuration

Quantity Model   Description/Comments
3 7B34-03-1
3-Wire Platinum 100 Ω RTD Input (0°C to +200°C) 
7 7B47-J-02-1  Type J Thermocouple Input (-100°C to +300°C) 
1 7BP16-1  16-Channel Backplane 
1 AC1363  19-inch Rack-Mount Kit 
1 AC1393  6-inch Adapter Cable - 25-pin to 26-pin connectors 
1  AC1315 2-foot Cable - 26-pin connectors 
1 AC1324  Screw Termination Board with 26-pin connector to 26 screw terminals