I am currently preparing an industrial test setup where we will control 7 EC fans independently using 4-20 mA control signals. I would like to base the solution on using an Arduino as MCU, as this is what my experience is limited to.
I believe NCD provides a good solution for achieving this. However, I would appreciate if somebody could review my intended shopping list below and evaluate if this would be suitable for me to achieve the intended control.
2 x PR33-27 - Isolated AD5696 4-Channel 4-20mA 16-Bit Current Loop Transmitter with IoT Interface
(2 x PR37-3 - I2C to IoT Interface Adapter - included in PR33-27 as far as I understand)
(2 x PRacc-1 - I2C Cable for nodeLynk Devices and Sensors - included in PR33-27 I understand)
I do not expect an Arduino IoT Interface Adapter is strictly necessary as I would just intend on connecting the Arduino using one of the I2C nodeLynk cables (PRacc-1). Is this understanding correct?
Otherwise, my main concern is whether the two 4-channel transmitters can be connected directly in a nodeLynk loop or if an I2C multiplexer is required?
I hope somebody will be able to support me as my knowledge on the topic is basic to say the least.
Finally, thank you for taking the time to read my post and have a nice day!
like your wiring diagram you will need individual power supplies for each channel.
the transmitter board will control the current. if same power supply is used it will change on other channels as well.
Just a few questions about the 8-channel I2C multiplexer as I prepare the code and circuit:
Do the current loop transmitter mini modules automatically get assigned addresses in the range from 0x70-0x77 (of course depending on which port they are connected)? Or do I need to do something manually?
What relevance does the start address have?
On the multiplexer wiring diagram there are indicated 12 V board input voltage ports. Does it have to be 12 V or what board input voltage range is allowed?
Thanks again. Looking forward to receiving the parts!
you can use any code… its fairly straight forward code… basically it will be only one line of code.
You will define i2c address, reg location and what u want to write ( in this case it will be port number)
1 ) So all seven PR33-26 loops can be the powered by the same supply simultaneously?
One loop will not affect the other loops if using the same supply? That is all I am trying to ensure.
2 ) It seems that the PR33-26 and PR-49’s difference to the 4-channel PR33-27 is the four channel digital isolator. Is this the reason that the same power source can be used for multiple PR33-26 loops?
3 ) The PR33-26 has an on-board R1SE isolated DC-DC converter, however it still requires external loop power supply according to the wiring diagram. Why is that? Does the on-board DC-DC converter not supply the loop current?