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This document contains all information necessary to work with the LucidControl Product Series. It describes hardware, setup as well as the general functionality of the products. This document should be used in combination with the user manual describing the detailed module functions. All LucidControl modules share some properties (like same housing, or communication protocol). Some properties are dependent on the functionality of the modules (e.g. the input signals and the signal processing of inputs and outputs). This documentation concentrates on the common properties. The following documentation is available for LucidControl modules:
- General LucidControl Manual (this document)
- Specific LucidControl Module User Manual describing the module functionality
- Specific One Sheet Manual giving a fast introduction to the LucidControl modules
1.1 What is LucidControl?
The LucidControl product family consists of various IO modules for processing of digital and analog signals with a computer. It can capture digital inputs e.g. from an automation control as well as it can measure analog signals like voltages or temperatures. Moreover the module is able to interface control systems like PLCs by generating digital signals and it can also control electrical loads directly e.g. by switching them on and off. Analog signals (e.g. 0 … 10 Volt Interfaces) created by the LucidControl modules can be used for controlling purposes as well. Typically a module of the LucidControl series can handle 4 inputs or outputs of the same signal type (e.g. analog inputs) For operation all modules of the LucidControl series only need a connection to a computer. Since all modules are powered by the USB an additional power supply is not required. The modules are very easy to use because the same software tools can be used for all of them. Once the module is connected to the computer it starts working immediately. And thanks to the standardized device driver which is included in most operating systems the modules out of the box without driver installation. Working with LucidControl modules is absolutely straight forward. Using the LucidIoCtrl command line tool gives full access to all functions where does not matter how many modules are connected to the computer. The modules are equipped with industrial ready IO terminals and can be used in various applications like domestic engineering energy management or general automation applications. LucidControl modules are made to work with most computers running Windows® or Linux. While this is true for most desktop computers and notebooks the module is moreover optimized for embedded computers and compatible with the popular Raspberry Pi® which gives lots of additional applications because of its open development, enormous community and of course it’s reasonable price.
1.2 LucidControl Product Family
The figures above how the available input modules of the LucidControl Product family. LucidControl DI4 – Digital Input USB Module This module provides 4 opto-insulated and potential-insolated digital inputs. It is available for different input voltages in order to cover a wide range of applications. LucidControl AI4 – Analog Input USB Module This module provides 4 analog inputs. The module is available for various input voltage ranges and is able to measure analog voltages e.g. as they are used in 0 ~ 10 V interfaces. LucidControl RTD4 – RTD Input USB Module This input module measures the temperature of 4 Pt1000 temperature sensors (RTD).
LucidControl DO4-I – Digital Output USB Module This module controls 4 digital opto-insulated and potential-insulated outputs by using solid state relays which give best overall performance for most applications. LucidControl DO4-O – Digital Output USB Module This module controls 4 digital open collector outputs. LucidControl DO4-S – Digital Output USB Module This module controls 4 SPDT relays which can be used for switching loads. It is also useful for toggling between two analog signals like temperature sensors. LucidControl AO4 – Analog Output USB Module This module controls 4 analog voltage outputs and is available for various voltage ranges. It can be used to generate general purpose signals as well as to communicate with 0 ~ 10 V interfaces. For all of these devices a module specific User Manual is available which may refer to this document and vice versa.
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