G3 Technologies' RioExpress Wireless I/O is designed for outdoor, alternative-power-use applications

G3 Technologies introduces the RioExpress Specialized Wireless I/O, the latest addition to G3 Technologies' wireless solutions. The unit is highly integrated and optimized for outdoor, alternative-power-use applications and has four digital inputs, four digital outputs, two high-resolution analog inputs and two high-resolution analog outputs. It is a simple and robust solution for remote monitoring/control of tank levels, pressures, temperature, flow, valves, pumps, compressors, security and more in a variety of industrial, environmental, agricultural and utility applications. It is available in NEMA 4X pkg or a module for integration into your own system.

The RioExpress module can be used in pairs to replicate (mirror) I/O signals for cable replacement or individually as a Slave device using industry-standard MODBUS protocol. As a Modbus Slave, the RioExpress is compatible with popular Modbus Master devices (PLC, RTU, EFM or Process Controller) and SCADA software packages including G3’s VUE, as well as packages like WonderWare, FactoryLink and NI Lookout.

When using a pair of RioExpress modules for cable replacement, factory DIP switch settings provide true out-of-the-box operation with self-managed wireless communications. Four digital and two analog signals are replicated from one unit to the other, bidirectional. Update rates and power-save modes are DIP switch selectable.

As a MODBUS Slave, the RioExpress can be used in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint applications, and in addition to the 4 DIs and 2 AIs there are two pulse totalizers with accompanying rate registers (for event-capture or metering) and a third analog register monitoring battery voltage. Also, the DOs can be issued as a timed pulse.

Ultra-low power consumption along with power management options provides the flexibility to optimize the power savings while meeting application performance requirements. For many applications, the RioExpress can operate with a solar panel five watts or less. Notable features include: Simple DIP switch settings (no software configuration), integrated license-free ISM-band spread spectrum radio (900MHz or 2.4GHz) or optional VHF/UHF, internal 12/24V transducer supply, self-resetting fuses, relay contacts for digital outputs, and highly integrated package requiring little or no additional components for most remote applications

Typical applications include oil/gas wellhead & facilities, pipelines, water/wastewater, irrigation, mining, solid waste landfill, bulk storage tanks, pumps and pump stations and environmental monitoring.

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