Introducing the DNR-6-1G HalfRACK – UEI’s portable Ethernet chassis just got smaller

January 2009:  Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is please to announce the release of United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) DNR-6-1G 6-slot, portable, Ethernet I/O chassis.  Developed in response to customer requests for a smaller version of the popular DNR-12-1G RACKtangle™ 12-slot front-access 3U chassis, the DNR-6-1G offers all the features of the 12-slot model in a half-rack-width configuration.

As the DNR-6-1G is electrically compatible with the ’Cube’ form factors all of the I/O boards available in the cube form factor are also available for the DNR-6-1G. With over 30 I/O modules available there will be a configuration ideally suited for almost any application requirement.  The HalfRACK’s six I/O slots provide up to: 150 analogue inputs, 192 analogue outputs, 288 digital I/O, 48 counter or quadrature channels, 72 ARINC-429 channels and/or 24 Serial or CAN-bus ports.  A full description of the DNR-6-1G product line is available at http://directory.adeptscience.co.uk/productid/UEI-DNR-6-1G/1/UEI-DNR-6-1G.html

Software for the DNR-6-1G is provided in the UEIDAQ Framework.  The Framework provides a comprehensive, easy to use API that supports all popular programming and operating systems such as Windows, Vista, Linux and most real-time operating systems (e.g., QNX, RTX, RT Linux).  In addition, the board is fully supported by LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink, DASYLab or any application that supports ActiveX, OPC or Modbus TCP control.

“The HalfRACK is a prime example of UEI’s long-time policy of listening to the voice of the customer”, says UEI President Shaun Miller.  “When we introduced the 12-slot RACKtangle product last year customer response was overwhelmingly positive but we soon found that many users who wanted the performance features of the 12-slot unit really needed a package with a smaller footprint.  That’s why we are now introducing the 6-slot DNR-6-1G.  We always respond to what users tell us they need.”

The UEI product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in the UK and Ireland.  With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.  Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

4-channel LVDT/RVDT Interface Boards for UEI’s PowerDNA ‘Cube’ and PowerDNR RACKtangle

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is pleased to announce the addition of United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) DNx-AI-254 LVDT/RVDT interface boards to their range of data acquisition hardware.

The boards are available in two models — one for use with UEI’s popular PowerDNA ‘Cube’ and another for rack-mounting in a PowerDNR RACKtangle chassis. Multiple operating modes ensure compatibility with all standard sensor wiring and excitation configurations, making the boards suitable for a very wide range of linear and rotational motion applications. Each board has four fully isolated LVDT/RVDT channels with independent A/D converters and each channel offers 16-bit resolution, 0.1% accuracy and scan rates up to 500 Hz.

A key feature of the new boards is the ability to operate either as an LVDT/RVDT input interface or as a simulation output device — on a per channel basis. Each of the four channels may be configured either as an LVDT/RVDT input interface with either internal or external excitation or as an LVDT/RVDT simulator output with external excitation. Each simulated output may be used as a software-controlled input stimulus for an avionics test system or flight simulator.

Each channel may be configured to output a 100 to 5 kHz programmable excitation voltage to the primary of an LVDT/RVDT device or alternatively as the simulated output voltage from the secondary of an LVDT/RVDT. In simulator mode the board uses a software-defined value as the position input for a simulated device.

The DNx-AI-254 is fully supported by UEI’s comprehensive software suite which includes factory written support for all popular operating systems (eg Windows, Linux, VxWorks), programming languages (eg C, C# and VB .NET) and application packages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB and DASYLab.

“The ability of the new AI-254 to operate either as an LVDT/RVDT input interface or as a simulated output is a first in the industry which opens up a whole new range of applications,” said UEI President Shaun Miller. “In addition to the exceptional performance of the new board no other vendor offers the flexibility of UEI’s ‘Cube’ and RACKtangle form factors and Ethernet Slave, Data Logger, Programmable Automation Controller or Simulink target deployment options.”

About the ‘Cube’

UEI’s powerful ‘Cube’ architecture is a compact (4 x 4 x 4″ or 4 x 4 x 5.8″) Ethernet based I/O platform. It may be deployed in four different configurations:

  • Ethernet I/O systems slaved to a host PC
  • Standalone Data Logger/Recorder
  • Linux-based Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) or
  • Modbus TCP-based I/O slave.

Each ‘Cube’ consists of a core module (for the processor and network interface) and three or six open I/O slots. Users select the option that meets their needs and then match the I/O configuration of the ‘Cube’ to their application by selecting appropriate I/O boards. With over 30 I/O board types available, there’s sure to be a configuration to meet almost any application requirement. The six slot ‘Cube’ provides up to 150 analogue inputs, 192 analogue outputs, 288 digital I/O, 48 counter or quadrature channels, 72 ARINC-429 channels and/or 24 Serial or CAN-bus ports. A full description of ‘Cube’ is available at http://ueidaq.adeptscience.co.uk.

About the RACKtangle

The DNR-12-1G RACKtangle chassis is a compact, rugged Ethernet-based data acquisition and control I/O rack. It provides two independent Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and front-access slots for up to 12 I/O boards, a design that dramatically increases performance and simplifies system reconfiguration and service. The RACKtangle is an ideal substitute for VME technology in data acquisition and control applications. It is also an ideal choice for Ethernet data acquisition and control applications where a small footprint, high density and high performance are desired.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

4-channel IEPE/ICP® Vibration Sensor Interface Board for UEI’s PowerDNA Cube

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is pleased to announce the addition of United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) DNA-AI-211 analogue input board to their range of data acquisition hardware.

The board features four fully isolated, IEPE/ICP® accelerometer / vibration sensor channels and offers 24-bit resolution with a 109 dB signal to noise (S/N) ratio. Configured with an A/D per channel, the board offers sample rates up to 125 kS/s per channel (500 kS/s for the board). The AI-211 is specifically designed to allow direct connection to industry-standard 2-wire vibration sensors and provides both software and LED annunciation of open or shorted sensors.

The AI-211’s 100dB digital anti-aliasing filtering is provided by a combination of analogue and digital FIR filters. The digital filter allows a combination of low passband ripple (±0.005 dB), steep falloff and low stop band floor (-100 dB) unattainable with simple analogue filtering. The digital nature of the filter also ensures that each filter induces an identical phase shift, so no filter-induced inter-channel phase jitter will impact or corrupt subsequent analysis.

The DNx-AI-211 is fully supported by UEI’s comprehensive software suite, which includes factory written support for all popular operating systems (eg Windows, Linux, VxWorks), programming languages (eg C, C# and VB .NET) and application packages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB and DasyLAB SyntaxError.

“The DNA-AI-211 sets a new standard in the ICP/IEPE interface market” according to UEI President Shaun Miller. “In addition to the exceptional performance of the new board no other vendor offers the flexibility of UEI’s Cube and RACKtangle form factors and Ethernet Slave, Data Logger, Programmable Automation Controller or Simulink target deployment options.”

About the Cube

UEI’s powerful ‘Cube’ architecture is a compact (4 x 4 x 4″ or 4 x 4 x 5.8″) Ethernet based I/O platform. It may be deployed in four different configurations:

Ethernet I/O systems slaved to a host PC
Standalone Data Logger/Recorder
Linux-based Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) or
Modbus TCP-based I/O slave.

Each Cube consists of a core module (for the processor and network interface) and three or six open I/O slots. Users select the option that meets their needs and then match the I/O configuration of the ‘Cube’ to their application by selecting appropriate I/O boards. With over 30 I/O board types available, there’s sure to be a configuration to meet almost any application requirement. The six slot ‘Cube’ provides up to 150 analogue inputs, 192 analogue outputs, 288 digital I/O, 48 counter or quadrature channels, 72 ARINC-429 channels and/or 24 Serial or CAN-bus ports. A full description of ‘Cube’ is available at http://ueidaq.adeptscience.co.uk.

About the RACKtangle

The DNR-12-1G RACKtangle chassis is a compact, rugged Ethernet-based data acquisition and control I/O rack. It provides two independent Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and front-access slots for up to 12 I/O boards, a design that dramatically increases performance and simplifies system reconfiguration and service. The RACKtangle is an ideal substitute for VME technology in data acquisition and control applications. It is also an ideal choice for Ethernet data acquisition and control applications where a small footprint, high density and high performance are desired.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

32-channel, industrial digital output boards now available for UEI’s PowerDNA Cube Family and RACKtangle I/O chassis

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is pleased to announce the addition of United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) Guardian DNA/DNR-DIO-432 and -433 industrial digital output boards to their range of data acquisition hardware.

The DNA models are designed for use with UEI’s popular Ethernet Cube family — PowerDNA, UEIPAC, UEILogger, and Modbus ‘Cubes’. The DNR models are designed for UEI’s new 12-slot rack-mounted RACKtangle I/O chassis.

Each board provides 32 channels of digital output — up to 600 mA per-channel continuous current with an output voltage drop of less than 550 mV. The -432 version outputs are configured as current sources; the -433 as current sinks. The output ports are configured as single 32-bit words, the maximum output throughput rate is 1 kS/s and the boards have an operating range of 3.3 to 36 VDC.

As part of the Guardian design the boards offer an input mode that monitors the output voltage and current of each channel and easily detects opens, shorts and off-normal operation. A powerful and convenient diagnostic tool, this function enables a technician to localise and correct faults quickly and accurately. In addition channels not used as digital outputs may be used to measure 0-36 VDC analogue voltage inputs with ±10mV accuracy.

Each channel also offers a pulse-width-modulated (PWM) ‘soft-start/stop’ feature that applies and removes power gradually, greatly increasing the life and reliability of devices and components affected by thermal shock. A PWM output may also be used to drive a low speed, high current device or as a ‘dimmer’ for indicating lights and similar devices.

Software for the boards is provided in the UEIDAQ Framework API. Framework provides a simple and complete software interface to all popular programming languages, operating systems and data acquisition/control application packages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink and DASYLab.

About the Cube

UEI’s powerful ‘Cube’ architecture is a compact (4 x 4 x 4″ or 4 x 4 x 5.8″) Ethernet based I/O platform. It may be deployed in four different configurations:

Ethernet I/O systems slaved to a host PC
Standalone Data Logger/Recorder
Linux-based Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) or
Modbus TCP-based I/O slave.
Each Cube consists of a core module (for the processor and network interface) and three or six open I/O slots. Users select the option that meets their needs and then match the I/O configuration of the ‘Cube’ to their application by selecting appropriate I/O boards. With over 30 I/O board types available, there’s sure to be a configuration to meet almost any application requirement. The six slot ‘Cube’ provides up to 150 analogue inputs, 192 analogue outputs, 288 digital I/O, 48 counter or quadrature channels, 72 ARINC-429 channels and/or 24 Serial or CAN-bus ports. A full description of ‘Cube’ is available at http://ueidaq.adeptscience.co.uk.

About the RACKtangle

The DNR-12-1G RACKtangle chassis is a compact, rugged Ethernet-based data acquisition and control I/O rack. It provides two independent Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and front-access slots for up to 12 I/O boards, a design that dramatically increases performance and simplifies system reconfiguration and service. The RACKtangle is an ideal substitute for VME technology in data acquisition and control applications. It is also an ideal choice for Ethernet data acquisition and control applications where a small footprint, high density and high performance are desired.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

48-bit Digital Input Board for UEI’s Cube and RACKtangle Series

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) is pleased to announce the addition of United Electronic Industries’ (UEI) (Walpole, MA) Guardian Series™ DNx-DIO-448 high density digital input boards to their range of data acquisition products.

The DNA-DIO-448 and DNR-DIO-448 are compatible with UEI’s popular ‘Cube’ and RACKtangle I/O chassis respectively. The board reads all 48 bits at sustained rates in excess of 1 kS/second. Input switching levels (and hysteresis) are software selectable from 0 – 28 VDC with 25 mV resolution. As part of UEI’s Guardian Series the board uses an innovative A/D input approach that offers incredible input flexibility. A diagnostic input mode measures the analogue voltage at each input allowing quick and accurate detection of short and open circuits as well identifying marginal or failing drive circuitry. The analogue input capability is also a powerful installation, diagnostic and data acquisition tool.

Software for the DNA-DIO-448 is provided in the UEIDAQ Framework. The Framework provides a comprehensive, easy to use API that supports all popular programming and operating systems including Windows, Vista, Linux and most real-time operating systems (e.g. QNX, RTX, RT Linux). The board is fully supported by LabVIEW, MATLAB/Simulink, DASYLab or any application supporting ActiveX, OPC or Modbus TCP control.

“The DNA-DIO-448 board will allow large digital I/O systems to fit in an amazingly small package,” according to UEI President Shaun Miller. “However, it’s the input flexibility and diagnostic capabilities of the board that make it a truly unique product.”

UEI’s powerful ‘Cube’ architecture is a compact (4 x 4 x 4” or 4 x 4 x 5.8”) Ethernet based I/O platform. It may be deployed in five configurations:

Ethernet I/O slaved to a host PC
Stand alone Data Logger/Recorder
Linux-based Programmable Automation Controller (PAC)
Simulink / RTW target
Modbus TCP based I/O slave.

Each ‘Cube’ consists of a core module (with processor and network interface) and three or six open I/O slots. Users select the deployment option and I/O boards that meet their system requirements. With over 30 I/O boards available there’s sure to be a configuration to meet any application requirement. The six slot ‘Cube’ provides up to: 150 analogue inputs, 192 analogue outputs, 288 digital I/O, 48 counter or quadrature channels, 72 ARINC-429 channels and/or 24 Serial or CAN-bus ports. A full description of ‘Cube’ is available at http://www.ueidaq.adeptscience.co.uk.

About the RACKtangle

The RACKtangle I/O chassis offers a similar capability as the ‘Cube’, but in a more conventional, 3U rack form factor with easily replaced front-loading I/O boards. In addition, it offers 12 I/O slots and supports up to 300 A/D, 394 D/A, 576 DIO, 144 ARINC-429 or 96 CAN or Serial I/O ports. The Gigabit interface also provides two independent ports, one used for primary system control and the second used for real-time diagnostics.

With offices in the UK, USA, Germany and throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the world’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers.

Now available UEI’s PC/Ethernet DAQ and control systems

UEI is a leader in the PC/Ethernet data acquisition and control, Data Logger/Recorder and Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) and Modbus TCP markets. Their revolutionary ‘Cube’ form factor provides a compact, rugged platform ideal for a wide range of applications in diverse industries such as automotive, aerospace, petroleum/refining, simulation, semiconductor manufacturing, medical, HVAC and power generation.

Mike Pisapia, Adept’s General Manager, said: “The ‘Cube’ is a great addition to our existing DAQ range, it compliments our current products and opens up new application areas for users who need standalone or distributed multi channel devices. The ARINC-429 and 1553b interfaces particularly will be great for our larger number of Aerospace customers”.

The ‘Cube’ is uniquely flexible, capable of being deployed as an Ethernet I/O slave, a standalone data logger, a standalone Linux-based PAC or a Modbus slave. The ‘Cube’ also offers incredible I/O flexibility, accommodating up to six I/O boards from a selection of over 25. With one of the widest ranges of I/O signal interfaces for analogue, digital, counter/timer, ARINC-429, quadrature encoder, CAN-bus, serial and many more, the ‘Cube’ can be user configured for the most demanding DAQ applications.

UEI offers extensive drivers/support for all popular ‘non Windows’ and Real-time Operating Systems. This includes drivers for Linux, QNX, RTX, Real-time Linux, RTAI Linux and LabVIEW RT. Complete and seamless support of the main DAQ development applications including LabVIEW, MATLAB and DASYLab are supplied as part of the framework library.

The ‘Cube’s’ ability to sample at up to 1Megasample per second, ease of use, flexible channel count, compact size and strong mechanical and electrical ruggedness make it a unique product for which it holds a number of patents and has won many awards including Test and Measurements World’s ‘Best in Test’.

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