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Employee Spotlight: Matt Long

November 17, 2017
Employee Spotlight

How long have you been at Functional Devices? Next month will make nine years. What made you want to become an engineer? I have a weird relationship with math – I really like it – and I’ve always been fascinated with electronic devices. I have been pulling them apart and (trying to) put them back […] Read More


Providing Override Feedback to Your Controller with our RIB® Device

November 14, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Most people that call Functional Devices, Inc. Technical Support are aware of our popular products like RIB® relays, current sensors, power supplies and transformers, but we offer many other products that do not fit into one of those categories. In this blog, I will spotlight one such product, model RIBMNA1D0. Features The RIBMNA1D0 is a […] Read More


Employee Spotlight: Dolores Medlen

October 27, 2017
Employee Spotlight

How long have you been at Functional Devices? I started on January 17, 2005. What made you want to work at Functional Devices? At first it was just to get out of the house and earn some extra money What are some of your hobbies outside of work? I love to read, crochet, watch movies […] Read More


Relay: Similar to a Light Switch!

October 24, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Many times when I take tech calls, I will answer a question on how to wire up a RIB® relay to control a load. When this happens, I have a go-to analogy that always seems to clear things up and answer the question. What is this genius analogy, you ask? Well, the title of this blog […] Read More


Employee Spotlight: Sam Klennert

October 13, 2017
Employee Spotlight

How long have you been at Functional Devices? I’ve been working full time here for a little more than 2 years now. What made you want to become an engineer? Growing up, my Dad, who is a construction contractor, made a point to show and explain to me something when we would go to work […] Read More


B.I.N.G.O. with R.I.B.®

October 10, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Dear Blog Readers, We have recently been on a B-I-N-G-O kick here at RIB, where we have played company-wide games. That got me to thinking about an acrostic for our products. B – The ‘B’ in our devices generally represents a 20A relay, like model RIB2401B. I – We have a few models with Analog […] Read More


Measuring the Voltage of Floating Outputs

September 26, 2017
Tech Tuesday

All Functional Devices’ AC power supplies, stepdown transformers and isolation transformers have a floating output. The outputs are said to be floating because they are isolated from the input and have no internal connection to it. Since that is the case, when measuring the output voltage of any of those devices, ground cannot be used […] Read More


Staying Safe from High Voltage with Remote Current Sensor & Relay Combos

September 12, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Problem Here’s a scenario that may be familiar: the current of a high voltage load needs to be monitored with a current sensor, and the current sensor needs an integrated relay with 10A rated contacts. It seems easy, however when working with high voltage, some special equipment (and maybe even a licensed professional) is required. […] Read More


RIB® Relays are Versatile

August 29, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Versatility… We all like it. Our most popular relay, model RIBU1C, is versatile because it can be controlled by any voltage between 10V and 30V AC or DC as well as 120V. It’s even more versatile because it has a set of SPDT dry contact outputs. Those outputs could be used for high voltage, low […] Read More


Mount Your Controller and Peripheral Devices in our Prepackaged Power Supply

August 8, 2017
Tech Tuesday

If you’re planning to install a controller and other peripheral devices, an important consideration is where the items will be placed within an enclosure, and how they will be powered. Fortunately, Functional Devices has a line of products that can address both of those needs: the MHP Series. These products include a metal enclosure, power […] Read More