Each DSCT37 non-linearized thermocouple input transmitter provides a single channel of thermocouple input which is filtered, isolated, amplified, and converted to a process current output. Signal filtering is accomplished with a five-pole filter, which provides 85dB of normal-mode rejection at 60Hz and 80dB at 50Hz. An anti-aliasing pole is located on the field side of the isolation barrier, and the other four are on the process loop side. After the initial field-side filtering, the input signal is chopped by a proprietary chopper circuit. Isolation is provided by transformer coupling, again using a proprietary technique to suppress transmission of common mode spikes or surges.
The DSCT37 can interface to eight industry standard thermocouple types: J, K, T, E, R, S, B and N. Each transmitter is cold-junction compensated to correct for parasitic thermocouples formed by the thermocouple wire and screw terminals on the transmitter. Upscale open thermocouple detection is provided by circuitry. Downscale indication can be implemented by installing a 47 MOhm, ±20% resistor between screw terminals 6 (+IN) and 8 (-EXC) on the input terminal block.
Special input and output circuits on the DSCT37 transmitters provide protection against accidental connection of power-line voltages up to 240VAC and against transient events as defined by ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1. Loop power lines are secured to the module using screw terminals, which are in pluggable terminal blocks for ease of system assembly and reconfiguration. Transmitter zero and span settings are adjustable up to ±10%. The adjustments are made using potentiometers located under the front panel label and are non-interactive for ease of use.