Just a bit more information. I am using Node-Red to scale the mA reading it gets from the NCD device, on a scale of 4-20 ranged to 32-392.
When I multimeter on the Phoenix connector terminals that the sensor uses to plugin to the NCD device, I get nice stable mA values.
if you are there is solder pad jumper SJ1 near the 4-20mA in put screw terminal. You can bridge it and it will consume more power ( shouldn’t be an issue if its used with external power) but it will add one more noise removal layer.
We bridged the solder pad as recommended. Although there may be a slight difference in the amount the mA output jumps from reading to reading, the reading are still unpredictable and vary as much as 10 mA once the 12V power adapter is connected.
The jumper is in the correct setting and we are using a 4-20 mA current generator so as to eliminate variables that a sensor or loop power supply could introduce.
We have 2 NCD Current Receivers, both output correctly under battery power, both output incorrectly when the 12V power adapter is connected.
We are using a UCTRONICS 0-10V 0/4-20mA Current/Voltage Signal Generator Part Number U6206. I have used this generator with PLC input cards and our Siemens IOT boxes without issue for sometime. We have an electronics repair center here in-house. I just walked over and had it checked. The current and voltage outputs measure correct and are consistent.
Output voltage from the adapter measures 12.12 vdc.
We also did a sanity check using the same sensors, same wiring, power supplies, current generators…etc with other hardware without issue.
mA output variance with batteries averages = .12024 mA
mA output variance with adapter averages = 7.97 mA (varies depending on sample size)
I do see a correct value on occasion but random.
It has to be something simple but its kinda hard to wire a current generator up incorrectly and theres only one jumper to move so I am at a loss.
will is be possible to use one of these wall adapter to test ( honestly i am not sure what could be causing this).
do you have one of these wall adapter power supply we send with some of our products ?
i tested with this and didnt see any issue with readings.
It appears we have discovered the root cause. Within our corporate facility we have a large repair lab. In the repair lab we have several large drives and AC/DC motors running that we use to test repaired items before they leave the repair center. What we have discovered is that we have a bunch of noise and errant voltages coming across the buildings ground.
This is a very large facility with a ton of circuits. Its more than likely that we have various neutral issues as well from moves and building/lighting upgrades done over the years. Those issues combined with numerous drives, power supplies, large HP motors and so on are creating a ton of power related issues. When using an external power supply with a 3 prong plug we are introducing those issues into the sensors. Isolating or just removing the ground wire from the power supply’s used to power the sensors and the Current Receiver took care of the issue all together.