Acromag’s Ethernet Remote I/O Modules Add Conditional Logic Computing
Acromag’s new BusWorks ® NT series remote I/O modules are now enhanced with conditional logic. The conditional logic increases the functionality with a system of rules that allows extremely complicated decisions based on relatively simple “yes/no” questions. For example, reading an analog or digital input value can trigger an action to happen as a result. This value could be used to control a relay when one or more conditions occur. Another example would be when a discrete input is ON and a temperature threshold is crossed. More complex math computation and logic are also an option.
Conditional logic is configured on the NT’s built-in web configuration page. No programming is required. The modules support up to 64 conditions using IF/THEN/ELSE statements. NTE Ethernet I/O models have dual RJ45 ports and a webserver with Modbus TCP/IP and
Ethernet/IP communication to monitor or control the internal I/O channels. An integrated DIN rail bus allows connections of up to three NTX expansion I/O modules. Each I/O module adds up to 16 input or output signals allowing a mix of voltage, current, temperature, TTL, and relay control signals networked on one IP address. The space-saving design requires only 25mm of DIN rail per module. Ethernet I/O modules distribute 9-32V DC power along the DIN rail bus to expansion modules. Hazardous location approvals, high noise immunity, and -40 to 70°C operation make this I/O ideal for use in harsh environments.
“With this new conditional logic capability, users can easily implement rule-based control functions without programming,” states Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s Business Development Manager.