How does the RS-232 and Analog Converter work?
Our RS-232 and Analog Converter can connect a BoltSafe CMS load cell directly to any data acquisition system (DAQ), computer or PLC. The Converter automatically scales the analog output from the attached sensor. The maximum bolt load from the sensor equals 100% of the analog output (5Vdc, 10Vdc or 20mA). The minimum and maximum load range can be changed on request if a small measuring range of the sensor is needed. This way, the preferred bandwidth of the output can be utilized. The converter uses free Windows-based software that allows users to easily read out the bolt load. This software can also be used to set alarms in case of load deviations (in kN or as a percentage of full scale). Because of this function, the Converter can be used standalone, for instance to activate an acoustic alarm or warning light. Because the Converter comes with the complete serial communication protocol, it enables users to use their own software and adjust settings through their own computer or PLC. This system provides a digital readout in the RS-232 standard and an analog readout in 0-5Vdc, 0-10Vdc, 0-20mA and 4-20mA.
How is the Analog Converter used?
One RS-232 and Analog Converter can be connected to one BoltSafe CMS sensor. When the Converter is connected to a DAQ, PC or PLC, the acquired bolt load data can be read and further processed. Because the Converter is equipped with a relay, it can also be used as an alarm or set off any other desired warning. The RS-232 and Analog Converter can also be used to switch off any type of equipment connected to the BoltSafe sensor, such as a pump or torque tool.