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NI module addresses needs of industrial control engineers

Posted: 18 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:national instruments? ni? compact fieldpoint module? cfp-rly-425? relay module?

National Instruments announced a Compact FieldPoint module that promises to address the needs of engineers working in industrial control applications involving high-level currents and requiring industrial switching.

The new cFP-RLY-425 relay module delivers up to 5A of switchingcompared to the previously available 1.5Aand is useful for industrial environments using high-current actuators and electromechanical devices.

Designed for industrial control applications, this Compact FieldPoint module delivers a double-width module housing with simple connectivity, eliminating the need for a separate terminal block and offering improved cooling of the module's interior at higher currents, said NI. The cFP-RLY-425 module also includes eight non-latching, single-pole single-throw (SPST), Form A, relays for switching general-purpose signals and loads. Engineers can use it to switch 5A of current up to 18Vdc or 150Vac, 0.2A at 125Vdc and 3A at 250Vac. The module also features 2,300V transient isolation between the output channels and the backplane, as well as HotPnP (plug-and-play) operation to automatically detect and identify configuration software.

The company added that the Compact FieldPoint platform is an easy-to-use, highly expandable programmable automation controller (PAC) composed of rugged I/O modules and intelligent communication interfaces. It operates between the -40C to 70C temperatures range so users can run embedded NI LabVIEW applications in extreme environments.

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