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 track mountable, manual analog override switch, and it provides override feedback to a controller. This product allows the user to make manual adjustments to the control signal for an end device at the point of use, instead of back at the controller, which is great for testing and maintenance purposes. It offers four different analog output ranges (0-5Vdc, 0-10Vdc, 0-15Vdc and 0-20mA) selectable by jumpers, which will cover most analog control scenarios.

 Function

The controller’s analog output would connect to the RIBMNA1D0’s Signal (+) and Signal (-), and the Output (+) and Output (-) would connect to the device being controlled. The jumpers would then be set to match the analog signal coming from the controller. In Auto mode, the device passes the signal from the controller on to the end device, and the Feedback contact will be Open. When manual override is needed, the switch is put in the Manual position, and the Feedback contact will Close. Now the analog signal to the end device is being generated by the RIBMNA1D0, and it can be adjusted with the on-board potentiometer. The LEDs on the board indicate the percentage of full scale that the output is at.

If the need for a manual analog override ever pops up in one of your projects, Functional Devices, Inc. has just the product for you. We also have other products for unique applications, so check out our website or call our Technical Support Team, and we can help you find what you are looking for.


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About the Author

Henry Smith is a 34-year-old engineer at Functional Devices, Inc. He has a BSEET obtained from Purdue University in 2014 and a lifelong interest in electronics. As an engineer at Functional Devices, he gets to provide Technical Support to our customers, from distributors to specifying engineers and installers.

Henry enjoys providing tech support, as it allows our company to assist at every level of our product’s lifecycle and exposes us to interesting and unique applications. While not every technical question is unique, even answering a simple question or providing someone with the information in a timely manner can go a long way to helping him or her meet a deadline.