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Automated Dust Collection for Woodworking Shop

February 6, 2018
Tech Tuesday

In my time performing technical support at Functional Devices, Inc., several customers have requested assistance selecting RIB® products that would enable them to automate the dust collection system in their woodworking shop. In each scenario, they were looking for a way to have their dust collector turn on if any of their electric saws, sanders […] 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

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

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

Using RIB® Relays to Control Bathroom Fans & Lights

June 13, 2017
Tech Tuesday

In the past three months, I have received eight technical support calls about the same bathroom application. In all cases, they needed a 120 Vac exhaust fan to start when a 277 Vac light fixture was turned on using a single 277 Vac rated wall switch. Two of the individuals had both 120 Vac and […] Read More

550 VA UPS Power Supply Kit with BACnet® Communication

April 25, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Functional Devices manufactures a series of UPS backup power supply kits for use in critical controller applications. All models come prepackaged in a metal enclosure with an interface board and status LEDs for convenience and time savings in the field. Our newest model is a BTL Certified BACnet® compatible 550 VA UPS kit (PSH550-UPS-BC), which […] Read More

Normally Closed Current Sensors

March 14, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Occasionally a customer will call our Technical Support to ask if we offer any Normally Closed (N/C) current sensors. While it is true that all of our self-powered AC current sensors only offer a Normally Open (N/O) Solid State contact, we do carry several relay & AC sensor combinations that can be configured to function […] Read More

Using RIB® Products in a Fountain Pump Application

February 14, 2017
Tech Tuesday

I recently had a customer call into our Technical Support team with a unique problem, hoping we could help him devise a solution. After he explained his needs, I was confident that some configuration of our products would solve his problem. Problem: Fountains use pumps to pull water and shoot it up into the air. […] Read More

Using a BACnet® Compatible RIB® Relay

January 17, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Building automation controllers can be quite expensive, and purchasing one just to add a couple more points on the network may not be ideal. Luckily Functional Devices has a solution for these cases – using a BACnet® compatible RIB®! Our selection of BACnet® MS/TP Network RIB® Relays can be powered from 24Vac/dc up to 277Vac. […] Read More

Navigating our Website to Pick the Perfect RIB®

December 20, 2016
Tech Tuesday

In this week’s Tech Tuesday blog post, I thought it might be helpful to give an overview of Functional Devices’ website. There is a lot of useful information available to help you pick the right RIB® device or realize an application. I will point out some of the key sections of our website, so you […] Read More