Modules Offer Choice, Flexibility, Easy Configuration and Diagnostic Capabilities
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, has added three new modules to its 8000 Process I/O line of GE Fanuc Process Solutions. The 8129 Supervised Discrete Input/Output Module, the 8132 Universal Analog Input Module and the 8133 Analog Input with HART Module offer users flexibility, range and ease of configuration as part of the overall value of the 8000 Process I/O line.
8000 Process I/O modules are available for virtually any process signal, including analog, thermocouple, RTD, potentiometer, discrete, high-speed counter, frequency and quadrature. For hazardous applications, it provides a cost-effective, intrinsically safe I/O by integrating intrinsic safety and sensor signal conditioning in one package.
The 8129-IO-DC Supervised Discrete Input/Output Module provides flexibility for interfacing to eight channels by allowing any combination of discrete inputs and outputs to be configured. Each of the eight channels of the module may be configured on a channel-by-channel basis, as either an input or an output. The module’s internal diagnostics monitor all inputs, checking for line faults and proper operation. Each channel has an input transition counter and optional latching. When configured as an output, the channel is capable of switching up to 2.0A (maximum of 6.0A continuous per module). Comprehensive diagnostic tests are conducted on each of the channels, including tests for stuck on and stuck off output switches. Each output channel is short circuit protected and offers a pulsed output option.
The 8132 Universal Analog Input Module provides for eight isolated, universal input channels. It is configurable on a channel-by-channel basis for 4-20mA, THC, RTD and resistance and voltage inputs. The 8132 interfaces to a range of standard input types, including support for 10 ohm Cu RTDs, bipolar voltage inputs and current inputs down to 0mA. By supporting 250V ac rms channel-to-channel isolation, multiple thermocouple and RTD types and multiple voltage input types, it provides users with range and flexibility.
The 8133 HI-TX Supervised Analog Input Module with HART provides the interface to eight channels of 4-20 mA input signals. The HART capabilities of the Analog Input Module allow acquisition of up to four secondary variables per channel — which can be used by a standard application program. The module also interfaces to several asset management packages and can communicate with any HART field device transparently, using HART pass-through. The module carries out a number of diagnostic checks to confirm the accuracy of the measurement reported and the correct operation of the module and can automatically detect if there is a module problem.