December 15, 2016 – Alicat Scientific has expanded its communications protocol offerings, adding EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet as options on its line of mass flow, pressure, and liquid instrumentation.
The industrial automation protocols enable integration of Alicat instruments with PLCs running EtherNet/IP or DeviceNet. Real time data–including mass flow, volumetric flow, pressure, temperature, selected gas calibration, setpoint, and totalized flow of gases–can be read centrally by the PLC and used to manage Alicat controllers and meters. Users may change setpoint or gas selection, and issue other commands to Alicat instruments using a DeviceNet or EtherNet/IP enabled PLC or computer.
With response times as low as 100 ms, Alicat controllers monitor and control critical process parameters in chemical, medical, manufacturing and power industries. In addition to the new EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet protocols, Alicat offers Modbus-RTU and PROFIBUS communication options. Users may also select Alicat’s standard multi-drop RS-232 connectivity or the optional RS-485 for greater data integrity over longer distances.