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    Orbit®ACS FAQ's

     

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    What is Orbit® ACS?

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    Orbit® ACS , which stands for Automation and Control Systems, is a new line of Solartron products designed for quick, easy interfaces into automation and PLC systems. A user can quickly set up the digital probe and process limits on the integral keypad and screen, and then output to a PLC via Modbus or ASCII communication. Seven lines of I/O are also available. The first product is the SI 100 which comes with a probe and is a simple one channel stand-alone unit for quick measurement and PLC output. The SI 200 comes with a probe, integral screen, and PLC output, but can also connect to one Orbit® digital probe via T-con for a two channel system.

     

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    Will the SI 100 & SI 200 connect with all Solartron Sensors?

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    Yes. When the SI 100/200 are initially released, they will be available with just standard digital probes, block gauges, ect.

     

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    Will a probe connected to an SI 100 or SI 200 have the same accuracy as a standard Orbit® probe?

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    Yes. The probe will carry the same accuracy, repeatability, and resolution as an Orbit® probe. A probe with an SI 100 or SI 200 module is calibrated the same way as an Orbit® probe in the Solartron factory. The probes will also be IP65 rated, with 2 meters of cable.

     

    Q. Do you need an Orbit® power supply interface module (PSIM) for the SI 100 or SI 200?
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    No. The modules can be powered by a 24V DC supply through the pins on the back of the module. If the customer does not have their own DC power supply, Solartron will offer a power pack as an option.

     

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    Why can’t the SI100 connect onto the Orbit® network?

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    The SI 100 was built to be a stand alone unit that could connect one measurement channel straight into a PLC. For single or dual channel applications, customers either want the direct PLC interface or the Orbit® network interface, but not both.

     

    Q. Can the SI200 connect with more than one Orbit® module?
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    No. The SI 200 is built strictly as a two-channel stand-alone system. Like the SI 100, it will not plug into a “stack” of Orbit® modules.

     

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    Can I connect any type of probe to the SI200?

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    Yes. As long as it is a digital probe, it will connect to the SI 200.

     

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    Can I connect an AIM or EIM module to the SI200?

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    Not yet, but that will be available in the future

     

    Q. Can I program or master the SI 100 or SI 200 via the PLC?
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    Yes. Items such as limits can be programmed from the PLC via the Modbus or RS232 format.

     

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    Can the SI 100 or SI 200 be used to replace an obsolete Solartron readout?

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    Yes. The SI100 and SI200 will have the SI 1500, SI 3500, DR600/700, and C55 type outputs available.

     

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    There is a mini-USB port on the back of the SI 100 and SI 200. What is the purpose of that?

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    The mini-USB port is there so any upgrades to firmware can be done in the field via a laptop and Solartron software. It will also be used on future Orbit® ACS products to program the module.

     

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    Can I output data via the mini-USB port?

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    No. The port is not powered in such a way where it can output data.

     

    Q.

    Will the SI 100 or SI 200 have password protection?

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    Yes. That feature is available

     

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    What will the Solartron descriptions be for these Orbit® ACS probes?

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    Solartron descriptions will start out with a SI100 or SI 200 prefix. So, for the SI 100: SI100 (Transducer type)/(Stroke length) / (Spring or Pneumatic).

     

    So, a 5 mm spring probe would be SI100P/5/S. A 10mm Jet Probe would be SI100J/10/P. A 2mm Pneumatic flexure would be SI100U/2/P. The SI 200 will be the same way: SI200(Transducer type)/(Stroke length)/(Spring or Pneumatic). 

     

    So, a 2mm pneumatic probe would be SI200P/2/P. A 10mm Block Gauge would be SI200K/S.

     

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    How will part numbers be created?

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    To keep the part numbering system simple, the same base part number as a digital Orbit® probe will be used, but a suffix of “S100” or “S200” will be added at the end.

     

    For example, the part number for a DP/2/S is 971100-3. The part number for am SI100 version of that probe will be 971100-S100. The part number for an SI200 version of that probe would be 971100-S200. Future product variations for Orbit® ACS will mean new suffixes as well.