SensorBlock for monitoring sensors using a web-browser.
Now available from Audon Electronics is the Ethernet
based SensorBlock, a simple, inexpensive way to
monitor a wide range of sensors using your web-browser
over an Intranet or the internet.
Each SensorBlock has an embedded temperature sensor and supports
four 4-20mA, 0-5V signals, or dry contact input signalsexpandable to
eight. Moreover, using off-the-shelf transmitters, other types of sensors
such as RTDs or thermocouples can be connected to the SensorBlock
as well. The SensorBlock reports "real world" values from the sensors
via a conversion function which you specify using the included SensorBlock
Configuration Utility. Supported conversion functions include straight line,
quadratic, log, and exponential in addition to the standard thermocouple
types (B, C, E, J, K, N, R, S, T).
The SensorBlock comes with a small, built-in webserver which delivers
web pages on request for reporting sensor readings in a digital,
speedometer, thermometer, or strip chart display. Power users can
develop and download their own web pages to the SensorBlock.
Also available free with the SensorBlock is the WebLogger software,
a Windows application that automatically detects SensorBlocks on
your network and logs sensor readings into comma-delimited files.
These files can be used for later reporting and analysis in tools like
Microsoft Excel and Access. Weblogger also features real-time
graphical chart-style display of SensorBlock data, user-defined
logging intervals from sub-second to days and a user-friendly
configuration Wizard which walks you through the setup and logging
process in a matter of minutes.
The SensorBlock supports Modbus TCP, a popular industrial automation
fieldbus standard. The values for all sensors connected to a SensorBlock
can be accessed through standard Modbus TCP read commands.
Sensorblock Modbus TCP support means that the SensorBlock can be
accessed through a wide variety of 3rd party packages such as LabVIEW,
VEE, Wonderware InTouch and Advantech Studio
The 114mm x 99mm x 22.5mm SensorBlock simply snaps onto a
standard DIN rail, and can accept a wide power supply range of +5V
or 8-30V DC. The SensorBlock is connected to your network by a
standard RJ45 LAN connector, whilst sensor and power supply
connections are via screw terminals.
Typical applications include Industrial process monitoring, laboratory
testing, tank level monitoring and computer/networking server room