Model WM-IIRO-8 features 8 Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relays and 8 optically isolated digital inputs with change-of-state interrupt generation. The WM-IIRO-8 is an intelligent 8-bit parallel digital I/O unit that communicates with an ACCES Wireless Serial Modem (sold separately) via a 900MHz wireless connection. Up to 255 devices can easily be used with one Wireless Serial Modem which connects to a host computer’s standard COM port using RS-232 (or RS-485) serial communications. Both the WM-IIRO-8 and Wireless Serial Modem are packaged in small, rugged, NEMA4 enclosures; perfect for remote installations in harsh atmospheric, industrial, or marine applications. The unit offers a low-cost alternative to costly signal wire installations in applications such as agricultural and irrigation systems, building management and control, security, and factory automation.
ASCII-based command/response protocol permits communication with virtually any computer systems. The unit can operate at distances up to 7 miles line-of-sight (up to 20 with optional antenna). The 8 isolated inputs can be driven by either DC sources of 3-28V (or higher by special order) or AC sources at frequencies of 40Hz to 10kHz and are not polarity sensitive. Input signals are rectified by photocoupler diodes. Unused power dissipates through a 1.8KO resistor. External resistors connected in series with the photocouplers may be used to extend the input voltage range. Each input circuit contains a low-pass switchable filter that has a 4.7 ms time constant to accommodate AC inputs (Without filtering, the response is 10 µs). The filter must be selected for AC inputs in order to eliminate response to zero crossings, however, it is also valuable for use with slow DC signals in a noisy environment. A filter is individually selected when a jumper is installed onto any of the positions ‘FILTER 0′ thru ‘FILTER 7′ .
The electromechanical relay outputs may be programmed individually or as an 8-bit byte. These outputs may be latched or pulsed for a prescribed period of time. The relays are de-energized at power-on.
A type 8031 microcontroller (with 8K x 8 SRAM, 8K x 8 non-volatile EEPROM, and a watchdog timer circuit) gives the WM-IIRO-8 the capability and versatility expected from a modern, stand-alone, distributed control system. To accommodate special programs, the RAM and EEPROM can each be expanded to 32K x 8. The built-in watchdog timer resets the pod if the microcontroller hangs up. Data collected by the pod can be stored in local RAM and accessed later through the computer’s serial port. This facilitates stand-alone operation.
The module, or pod, address is programmable from 01 to FF hex. Whatever address is assigned to the pod gets stored in EEPROM and used as the default address at the next Power-ON. The use of module addressing allows as many as 255 WM-IIRO-8 units may be connected to a single host computer & wireless serial modem.
- Factory Automation
- Building Management and Control
- Agricultural and Irrigation Systems
- Water and Sewage
- Marinas and Ports
- Traffic and Mobile
The WM-IIRO-8 is supported for use with virtually any computer and includes a text-based Windows software package. Text programming permits you to write applications in any high-level language that supports ASCII string functions. This package contains a graphical setup program along with sample programs and source code in Visual Basic, Delphi, C++ Builder, and Visual C++. A Windows-based application is included that allows for establishing communication, quick setup and testing of I/O. The program displays all inputs and outputs simultaneously, and allows for one-click operation. Full source code is provided, as well as a number of other samples in a variety of languages to demonstrate techniques for developing custom applications for logic functions, etc. The board can also be used as a stand-alone controller with the help of our Firmware Development Kit.