LucidIoT Network I/O Module for Analog and Digital IO
LucidIoT Secure IoT Network I/O Module
  • 16 analog and digital IO channels
  • SSL/TLS secured
  • Data logging function
  • Compatible with LucidControl software
  • DIN-Rail enclosure
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  • Multi-Protocol
USB Analog and Digital IO Modules

LucidControl USB IO Modules

  • Data acquisition and control
  • Cost effective and flexible
  • Platform independent
  • Windows® and Linux
  • Compatible with Raspberry Pi
  • Clippable on DIN-Rail
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  • Industrial & home automation
LucidControl USB Digital I/O - Input Output Module

USB Digital Input Output Module

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LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 insulated digital input channels
  • Counters, filters, edge detectors
  • Pulse width modulation and timers
  • 4 solid-state-relay output channels
USB Digital Input Module

USB Digital Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 / 8 digital input channels
  • For 5V, 10V and 24V signals
  • Opto insulated contacts
  • Counters and edge detectors
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USB Digital Output Module

USB Digital Output Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • Opto insulated option
  • 4 / 8 digital output channels
  • Relay module option
  • Pulse width modulation and timers
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  • Switching and power control
USB RTD Input Module Pt100, Pt1000

USB Analog Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • Measurement range options
  • 4 / 8 analog input channels
  • e.g. 0-10 V or 0-20mA
  • 14 bit resolution
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  • Acquisition of sensor signals
USB Analog Output Module

USB Analog Output Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 analog output channels
  • Output range options
  • e.g. 0 - 10 V or 4 - 20 mA
  • 12 bit resolution
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  • 4 - 20 mA current interfaces
USB RTD Input Module Pt100, Pt1000

USB RTD Input Module

LucidControl Product Series

  • 4 / 8 Pt1000 / Pt100 RTD channels
  • Temperature range: +/- 180 °C, 360 °C
  • 0.1 °C resolution
  • Heat control applications
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  • Logging of temperatures

0-10V Analog IO and 4-20mA loop Analog IO

USB Analog IO Modules belong to the LucidControl USB IO Module group. They able to measure and to generate 0-10V and 4-20mA loop signals.

0-10V Analog Inputs and Outputs

0-10V Analog Input Output Function

When a voltage is used in order to transmit an analog value, the LucidControl USB Analog Output Module can be employed as 0-10V analog output module to generate the analog voltage UOut which can be in a range of 0-10V.

The USB Analog Input Module on the other end of the line measures the voltage UIn which has ideally the same value as the generated analog voltage UOut.

In the real world the two analog voltages are different and UIn is slightly lower than UOut. The reason for these losses is a voltage drop UDrop across the transmission line which is caused e.g. by the resistance of the cable. Since the USB Analog Input Module has an finite input resistance a (very low) current flows on the transmission line which results in a voltage UDrop.

This voltage drop of the 0-10V analog output may be acceptable for short transmission lines since the error caused by this principle is very small. The longer the transmission line gets, the more important is it to avoid this error.

The solution is simple – using 4-20mA analog outputs and inputs and current loops.

4-20mA Analog Inputs and Outputs

0-10V Analog Input Output Function

In order to avoid the disadvantages of voltage losses of 0-10V analog IO along the transmission line as they are existing using voltage driven transmission, 4-20mA analog IO building current loops are the best solution.

The LucidControl USB Analog Output Module offers an option driving a programmable current of 4-20mA (or 0-20mA) and they are ideally suited for building a reliable 4-20mA loop.

In addition to the Analog Output Module the current loop consists of a Analog Input Module and a resistor, converting the current into a voltage.

The USB Analog Output Module injects a programmable current IOut to the transmission line which is constant over the whole length. A voltage drop as it can be observed using the analog 0-10V interface exists here too, but it does not have any impact.

At the receiver side, the current IOut flows through a burden resistor which has a specified value of e.g. 500 Ohm and converts the current to a proportional voltage UIn. A current IOut of 20mA for example causes a voltage UIn of 10V at the input of the 4-20mA Analog Input Module without errors caused by the transmission line.

Conclusion 4-20mA Loop or 0-10V IO

To answer this questions you have to identify your requirements. In the case that the distance between the USB Analog Output Module and the USB Analog Input Module is small (e.g. less then 10m) the 0-10V option is the best choice.

For distances above and especially when the transmission line is in noisy environment the USB Analog Output Module with 4-20mA current loop option should be selected because a constant flowing current is more robust against disturbances than a voltage measured with a high impedance.

On the other hand, the constant current of analog 4-20mA current loop causes a higher power dissipation which must be considered when the modules are powered by small embedded computers like the Raspberry Pi which can only source limited current to a USB IO Module.

If you are undecided whether the analog 0-10V interface or the analog 4-20mA current loop option is the right selection, do not hesitate to contact us and forward us your requirements. Based on our experiences will will help you to select the best LucidControl USB IO Modules for your application.