HART multiplexer interface

Asset Management Data Acquisition Q&A

Could you explain why should I have a HART multiplexer interface in my automation system?

Expert’s answer: HART multiplexer interface

Sure thing! The HART multiplexer interface will help your field devices communicate with your maintenance station. Okay, bye! Just kidding. I can tell you a little more about it.

Say you want to use a plant asset management (PAM) system in your company. Sadly, you have an analog control system that you can’t upgrade or change the cards on.

HART multiplexer interface
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Make way for the multiplexer! You can use it to connect the field devices with your workstation, allowing you remote access and condition monitoring of your devices.

Once upon a time, I found myself fighting with a messed-up multiplexer. For some reason, it kept throwing variations into the control system signals. We managed to fix it, but it did wind up costing more money. Installing a signal barrier after the multiplexer killed the variance and allowed the analog output to travel on its merry way!

You usually won’t encounter problems like that, though. In general, a multiplexer can help in a remote monitoring system. However, today you have cheaper and simpler options than a multiplexer, so do some shopping first!

Want more information? If so, these guys offer multiplexers if you want one:

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