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New multiCELL from Bürkert provides localised sensor signal management

Posted: Thursday 13th November 2014

The latest multiCELL Type 8619 from Bürkert offers process control engineers a modular, multi-channel local controller that is capable of operating with a wide range of sensors and process I/O. The 2014 range includes both the original panel mount version and the latest external version that offers ingress protection up to IP67 as well as accepting AC power supplies.

Bürkert's multiCELL transmitter / controller is designed to cut process automation costs in a variety of applications; providing one device for the direct connection of a wide range of sensors to measure and process data such as flow rate, pH, ORP, chlorine, temperature and conductivity simultaneously. In addition, the versatile multiCELL can also be configured as a multipoint data logger with data storage on SD cards.

Now this versatility has been extended further to allow the multiCELL to be mounted remotely from the control panel enclosure as well as having the capacity to utilise both AC and DC power supplies. The unit retains the user friendly control interface, backlit screen and onboard signal processing capability, while the new housing can be wall mounted and is IP65 / 67 rated to ensure reliable operation, even in harsh external environments.

The high level of functionality included in the multiCELL unit can be expanded easily, by adding additional hardware and software modules. Depending on signal requirements, up to six pre-configured I/O boards can be added and software packages can be installed for further enhancements of the transmitter functions. Whether it is used within a larger automation control loop or just for localised supervisory duties the new multiCELL provides a great problem solving device for many process control applications.

Another advantage of this modular expansion facility is that multiCELL users only pay for the features that they actually require. Moreover, since the multiCELL acts as a single transmitter across a wide range of applications, inventory and training costs are both minimised. It can be expanded to suit evolution of your needs.

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