The MAQ20 thermocouple analog input modules have 8 differential input channels. Separate models are offered for interfacing to Type J, Type K, Type T and Types R and S thermocouples. Cold Junction Compensation uses four internal sensors resulting in industry leading measurement accuracy in any system configuration and over the entire system operating temperature range. All channels are individually configurable for range, alarm limits, and averaging to match the most demanding applications. High, Low, High-High and Low- Low alarms provide essential monitoring and warning functions to ensure optimum process flow and fail-safe operation. Hardware low-pass filtering in each channel provides rejection of 50 and 60Hz line frequencies. Field I/O connections are made through spring cage terminal blocks with four positions provided for the termination of wiring shields.
Input-to-bus isolation is a robust 1500Vrms and each individual channel is protected up to 150Vrms continuous overload in case of inadvertent wiring errors. Overloaded channels do not adversely affect other channels in the module, thereby preserving data integrity.
Channels in a module can be selectively enabled for scanning. All channels are enabled by default; however, non-used channels can be disabled to increase the sampling rate of enabled channels.
Input ranges are selectable on a per-channel basis. The MAQ20-JTC, -KTC, -TTC and -RSTC modules have two to four user selectable input ranges, depending on the model. Over-range and under-range up to 2% beyond the specified input values is allowed. Sensor linearization is performed in the module, and accuracy is guaranteed to ±f.s.
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