Alpha 911 Voltage and Current Input Module

What is the Alpha 911 Voltage and Current Input Module?

The Alpha 911 provides 20 channels of  voltage and current measurement at up to 19 bit resolution and 1uV integrity. It can be used to measure standard 4-20mA current loops and has a number of internal current shunts for this purpose.

The number of channels committed to current measurement is determined when the module is built. Each channel has independent calibration parameters.

Without current shunts fitted, this module provides voltage measurement at lower cost than the 910 with the added convenience of dis-connectable screw terminals.

External current shunts can be used but accuracy is dependent on the integrity of connection and shunt used. The module is fitted with high quality cage clamp, two part screw terminals for all connections.

The Alpha 911 module can be programmed to integrate signals to be measured over one or more complete supply cycles (50 – 60Hz) allowing the 911 to reject large levels of mains borne interference super imposed on micro volt signals.

A choice of integration times and a digital filter that can be applied to any channel, together with the high stability circuitry achieve excellent noise performance and rejection.

The Alpha 911 supports an automatic range selection facility that enables maximum measurement sensitivity to be maintained for inputs that cross range thresholds.

Measurements are made continuously and can be returned in one of several formats most convenient for the user software. Communications data rates up to 153.6KB are supported. All programming is stored in Flash memory.

AUXILIARY INPUT/OUTPUTS

The Alpha 911 has three digital outputs and one digital input that can be used by host for general purpose I/O or internally by firmware for a local function. Example uses include synchronization to an external signal, local indication of events or status of input signals. Specific function can be easily programmed for custom applications.

Features

  • Voltage and Current measurements in compact DIN rail module.
  • 20 Channels per Module.
  • 13 to 19 bit resolution.
  • 10 to 200 measurements per second.
  • Programmable Measurement Types
  • Auxiliary I/O
  • Scaling, alarm levels, filter functions.
  • Second local programming and diagnostic interface.
  • High speed communications.

Specification Details

Overload Protection

Number of channels / module: 20

Number of poles / channel: 2

Connector type input channel: Cage clamp 2 part screw terminal.

Measurement modes: uV DC, mV DC, current, 4 – 20mA

Channel Overload Protection: Passive, 50V continuous, 150V for short periods.

A-D Convertor

Auxiliary Channel Specification

5 measurement solutions are supported:

19 bits at 10 measurements/s

18 bits at 20 measurements/s

17 bits at 40 measurements/s

15 bits at 100 measurements/s

13 bits at 200 measurements/s

In addition a channel filter function can be applied to any channel. This can average the most recent four measurements.

Output switch ratings:

Outputs 1.2: 50mA @ 28VDC max, Non isolated, Suitable for driving small relays with isolated external supply.

Output 3 Relay outputs: 1.0A at 48V AC/DC

Digital Input: Contact closure to 0V, External switch must be isolated.

Voltage Measurement

Power Requirement

Input voltage ranges: +10V to -10V, +1.5V to -1.5V, +180mV to – 180mV, +23mV to -23mV

Automatic range selection is supported.

DC measurement accuracy: +/- 0.015% of reading + 0.01% of range + 6uV

Temperature coefficients DC voltage: 25ppm rdg + 0.1uV/°C and °F

Measurement sensitivity: <0.5uV on +23mV > 23mV range at 17 bits.

Note: Displayed sensitivity depends on reporting format. Additional error

Connector: 2-pole screw terminal

Voltage: 24V, AC 12-28V DC

Current: 200mA at 12V, 120mA at 24V

Current Measurement

General

Ranges: 4-20 mA, 0 =+/-20mA, 0-+/-2.5mA

Accuracy: +/- 0.1% (internal shunts)

Resolution: 0.3 uA at 17bit, on 20mA range.

RS485 Interface: Standard specification, Baud rates to 153KB supported.

RS232 Interface: RS232 Compatible Signals

RX TX 0 TO 5V signal levels

9k6, 19k2, 38,4K Baud

8 bits, even parity, one stop bit

3 pole screw connector.

Status LED’s: 7

Function: Power / Fault, Communication RS485, Communication RS232, Outputs 1-3, Dig. Input 1

Size: 180 x 100 x 40mm

Weight: 400g

Mounting: DIN rail Stackable

Operating Temperature Range: -20 to 70°C

Relative Humidity  (non condensing): < 90 % 0 to 40°C

Vibration: 3g 0hz to 400Hz in 3 planes.

Programming storage: Secure flash memory Stated Accuracy’s are at 23°C

Interference Rejction

AC Common mode rejection ratio channel group: <0.1uV/V

AC Single channel common mode rejection ratio: <1uV/V

DC channel common mode rejection ratio: <5uV/V

AC series mode rejection ratio 50 or 60Hz +/- 0.05%: <1mV/V (Applies to 17,18,19 bit measurements).

Maximum voltages operating:

Max. voltage between any (+) and (-) inputs: 12V

Max. voltage between any two (-) input terminals: 11V

Max. voltage between any two terminals: 22V