“It boiled down to ease of use, unimpeachable security, and survivability in really rugged environments”Zlinx products are based on the award-winning (Best of Sensors Expo 2002) wireless sensor transceiver technology pioneered by Bill Conley, now the lead wireless product design engineer at B&B Electronics. The technology, which connects data loggers, controls or supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) equipment with up to 99% of sensors on the market, was the industry’s first to use wireless radio to emulate wired communications.
Zlinx Xtreme Wireless Analog and Digital I/O Modules for Remote Control and Monitoring:
The I/O Modules include two analog inputs, two analog outputs, two digital inputs and two relay outputs.
Two configurations are possible:
Zlinx Xtreme Serial Radio Modems for P2P and P2MP Connectivity for Serial Ports and I/Os:
The Serial Radio Modems are highly secure, 256-bit AES-encrypted radios that offer superior low-latency response rates (8ms/digital), flexibility and the ease of use needed for wireless monitoring and control. The Xtreme Radio Modem can also play the role of a Modbus gateway when used with its sister Xtreme I/O Modules for P2P or point-to-multi-point/peer-to-multi-peer (P2MP) connectivity. A pair of Radio Modems can serve as wire replacement for RS-232, 422, and 485 serial-to-serial communications.
Ready for Rugged – Outdoors or Factory Floor:
The IP67-rated Xtreme products are designed and tested to heavy EN61000-6-2 industrial specifications so that they handle the surges and electromagnetic interference common in welding operations, variable frequency drives, huge pumps and other extreme electrical locations. They also operate from -40 to 74 degrees C, and survived a one-meter-deep water test chamber, and shock, vibration and drop tests.
Don Wiencek, president of B&B, said Xtreme is the company’s first truly outdoor-rated product line. The team polled customers worldwide to learn what they needed in industrial wireless products. “It boiled down to ease of use, unimpeachable security, and survivability in really rugged environments,” said Wiencek. “Our engineering team spent nine months perfecting Zlinx Xtreme products so customers could quickly deploy them, unprotected, and build a wireless network that functions under the worst conditions.”
Pricing & Availability:
The Radio Modems are $399 (2.4 GHz short range) and $549 (900 MHz long range). The I/O Modules are $549 (2.4 GHz short range) and $699 (900 MHz long range). All Xtreme products are available now and include a five-year warranty.
Designing, customizing, and manufacturing products since 1981, B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co., Inc. provides industrial automation and device networking solutions. The company is known globally as a one-stop source for rugged and reliable data communication products, full technical support, reputable customer service, and same-day shipping. B&B Electronics is located at 707 Dayton Road, P.O. Box 1040, Ottawa, IL 61350, 800-346-3119 and at www.bb-elec.com on the Internet.
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