Dataforth Corporation announces the introduction of its new DSCA signal conditioning modules for DIN rail mount applications.

These isolated analog signal conditioning modules bring a new standard of performance to the data acquisition market at a price lower than most competitors. Combining the best features of the Company's "5B" and "7B" signal conditioning products, and adding additional capability, the DSCA signal conditioners offer electrical specifications that are usually found only in much higher cost "instrument class" devices.

The DSCA signal conditioners were developed after an extensive survey of customer requirements. Important areas of improved performance for the general market include accuracy, linearity, conformity error, and protection against accidental connection of line voltages and transient events. The DSCA signal conditioner family consists of 360 models which accept millivolt, volt, milliamp, RTD, thermocouple, potentiometer, strain gage, DC LVDT, frequency, and two-wire transmitter inputs. Voltage input conditioners accept signals from +/-10mV to +/-40V, and current input conditioners accept signals of 0 to 20mA and 4 to 20mA. Accepted thermocouple types are type J, K, T, E, R, S, B, and N. RTDs can be 2- or 3-wire, types Pt 100, Pt 200, Pt 500, Pt 1000, or 120 ohm nickel.

Potentiometer inputs can range from 0-100 ohms to 0-10k ohms. Strain gage transducers may have a resistance range of 100 ohms through 10k ohms, with sensitivities of 2mV/V or 3mV/V. The General Purpose module provides excitation and accepts input ranges from +/-1V to +/-10V. Frequency input signals can be TTL or zero crossing with ranges of 0-500Hz to 0-100kHz. The two-wire transmitter module provides loop power and accepts a 4-20mA input signal. An additional 13 models will be offered soon to provide isolated field-side current and voltage outputs. Current output ranges will be 0 to 20, 4 to 20, and +/-20 milliamp, and voltage output ranges will be 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, +/-5V, and +/-10V with up to 50mA drive capability. Accuracy rating
is +/-0.05%.

This figure includes nonlinearity, hysteresis, and repeatability. Linearity is +/-0.01%. The modules have excellent stability over time and do not require recalibration. However, multi-turn potentiometers are accessible to the user and provide non-interactive zero and span settings adjustable up to +/-5% for situations requiring fine tuning. Linearization of thermocouple signals is accomplished by a hardware implemented piece-wise approximation technique. The difference between the sensor non-linearity and the linearization provided by the DSCA module is called the conformity error.

DSCA signal conditioner DSCA modules use 10 segments to correct non-linearity which results in conformity errors as low as +/-0.015% span. Cold junction compensation error for thermocouple inputs is +/-0.01°C/°C. Signal bandwidth is 3Hz for most models; the exceptions being 100Hz for current input and two-wire transmitter interface modules, and 1kHz for strain gage and DC LVDT modules. Output noise is as low as 250µVrms on the low bandwidth models. Each DSCA module isolates the field-side input or output signal with a galvanic isolation barrier rated at 1500Vrms continuous.

True 3-way isolation is used throughout the family; providing isolation barriers between signal input and output, power supply to field-side circuitry, and power supply to system-side circuitry. Common-mode rejection is 160dB, and by incorporating a five-pole filter, normal-mode rejection is 85dB at 60Hz and 80dB at 50Hz. Dataforth DSCA modules are unique in that all input, output, and power supply lines are protected against high level voltages and currents. This protects expensive data acquisition equipment and allows the DSCA modules to be operated in harsh electrical environments. Specifically, special protection circuits protect input lines up to 240VAC, output lines against continuous short to ground, and power input lines against power reversal. All input and output terminals are protected against transient events as defined by ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1-1989.

Power supply requirements are standard control values with most of the models accepting any voltage between 12V to 32VDC. All modules are designed to be "hot-swappable", or to be plugged in or out without turning off power. A power-on LED is displayed on the face of each module. Typical current is only 20mA, with the strain gage, DC LVDT, two-wire transmitter, frequency, and output modules requiring slightly more. For ease of system assembly and reconfiguration, all signal and power lines are secured to the module using screw terminals integral with pluggable terminal blocks. These terminal blocks are equipped with pull tabs which also function as protective covers for the screw terminals.

The case dimensions are 75mm x 22.5mm x 105mm. All modules mount to the standard DIN EN 50022 35mm rail. The operating and storage temperature range is -40C to +80C, and relative humidity can be up to 95% noncondensing. The modules meet CE requirements, and CSA and FM approvals are pending.

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