How does the network with PDI work?
Our network with PDI readout method consists of a PDI (Power Data Interface) box and a CM-1000 box or a network of these boxes. Using these boxes, the bolt load can be continuously visualized. The PDI is a connection box that connects the BoltSafe network to a PC or laptop that has BS-2000 software installed. The CM-1000 Network box is designed to connect up to eight individual BoltSafe CMS bolt load cells to a network. A network can consist of several CM-1000 boxes. As many as 32 different CM-1000 boxes can be connected in a network to one PDI box in combination with a PC. The unit is designed to provide excellent shielding against rough environments and EMC noise (noise from ElectroMagnetic Compatibility).
How is the network with PDI used?
The continuous bolt load data is analyzed by special software called “BS-2000 Network Monitoring Server”. The PDI is very easy to install. The network and power cable are plug-and-play. This box must be connected directly to the PC or laptop with a standard USB cable. The CM-1000 Network box processes the bolt load data locally, where it converts the sensor values, stores the user-set tag names and alarm values. Decentralizing the data processing in this way speeds up the network data polling considerably. Even in a very large network of boxes and sensors, the BoltSafe load sensor can be updated every one to three seconds. When the CM-1000 is connected with the PDI and a PC with BS-2000 software, the software automatically assigns node numbers to each unit connected to the system. There is no need for any extra settings or coding during installation. The Network box has short circuit protection for each of the load cells. This prevents a situation in which the malfunction of one cable or cell takes down the whole network. The CM-1000 box comes with connectors to connect the BoltSafe CMS load cells with connector plugs.