What do you do if your transmitter or control device doesn’t have a display? Or maybe your transmitter has a display – 15 feet above your head. Will you bring a ladder every time you want to check your process data? No, absolutely not! For this, you can install a display, to be precise a loop powered indicator wherever you need the information in the field. In the article here today, we’ll look at a few loop powered indicators you can find on the market and what they offer.
A loop powered indicator gives you access to real-time process data any time you want and wherever you install it. It doesn’t need external power because it uses a current measuring loop. So let’s delve into some products on the market and their features.
The best loop powered indicators
Many top vendors provide a range of loop powered indicators to cover as many applications as possible, giving you a nice array to choose from.
The RIA15 works on analog or HART signals. Its compact design fits nearly anywhere you need it, and you can read up to four values on it. You can get it with a panel-mount housing or field housing as a local display.
Knick 830 series
Any indicator from Knick’s 830 series will offer you a precise and accurate display of your process data. Its digital display has an integrated bar graph, and you can install it on equipment or control panels. You can also adjust its min/max outputs as well as zero/span.
These general-purpose indicators have robust IP67 field enclosures, 5.5-digit displays, and pie graphs of ten segments. They also offer easy menus and multiple mounts for walls, pipes, and more.
BA324E is a 2-wire loop powered indicator with 5 digit display. The key feature of this indicator is that it has Internal calibrator and the Robust GRP enclosure comes with a separate terminal compartment. Apart from all these, a membrane keypad enables indicator to be controlled without removing the cover.
PR Electronics Preview 5531
The Preview 5531 is a loop powered indicator from PR electronics which can be easily scaled to display correct parameters. A Backlit Liquid Crystal Display is readable in low light conditions. And the front push-buttons can be disabled to stave off unauthorized adjustment.
Key specifications for loop powered indicators
When you start shopping, you should keep these items in mind:
- Good readability with a proper display also in a dark surrounding (Backlight). All characters should be perfectly visible.
- Display ALL relevant information. HART is capable to deliver 4 values (e.g. temperature, level, pressure, PH)
- Easy mounting and commissioning
- Simple operation and easy parameter adjustment.
|RIA15||830 series||BA324E||66x/F090 series||Preview 5531|
|Communication||4…20mA and HART (up to 4 values)||4…20mA||4…20mA||4…20mA||4…20mA|
|Display||5 digits, 17 mm height||4 digits, 23 mm height||5 digits, 29 mm height||5.5 digits, 26 mm height||4 digits, 16 mm height|
|Voltage drop||≤ 1 V||≤ 0.5 V||≤ 1.2 V||≤ 1 V||≤ 1.5 V|
|(≤ 3.9 V with backlight)||(≤ 5 V with backlight)||(backlight powered separately)||(≤ 10.5 V with backlight)|
|Dimensions||131 x 81.5 x 55.5 mm||175 x 80 x 57 mm||141 x 212 x 91 mm||130 x 120 x 75 mm||112 x 143 x 92 mm|
|Operation||3 keys||4 keys (inside housing)||4 keys (inside housing)||3 keys||3 keys|
|Approvals||ATEX, IEC, FM, CSA||ATEX||ATEX, IEC||ATEX, IEC||ATEX|
The above comparison table lets you select the right indicator depending on your requirement or applications. So, if you want compact loop powered Indicator incl HART communication and with a lower voltage drop, Endress+ Hauser’s RIA 15 fits for your requirement with worldwide approvals!
On the other hand, if your requirements are Zero/Span, Min/Max outputs adjustment capabilities, then Knick 830 series comes up to snuff. Also, you have Fluidwell F090 series that can fulfill the requirement of Pie Graph along with 5.5 digits to display.
Lastly, Beka BA324E is a good option when you need a Robust Indicator of GRP housing. However, PR electronics Preview 5531 provide reliable indications and provides the LCD Backlight intensity adjustment feature.
To know more about such indicators and their applications, you can always give us a call.