Controllers support expandable serial communication.

Press Release Summary:

Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series accommodate XCRS serial communications expansion card, which installs into existing expansion port to add one RS422/RS485 port and one RS232 port to 3 existing serial communication ports. Products support up to 5 serial protocols at once with XCRS card installed and support communication rates to 115,200 baud. Embedded protocol conversion facility and multiple-protocol Ethernet port are provided for communications and data management.

Original Press Release:

Serial Communication Expansion Now Available for Red Lion Data Station Plus and Modular Controller Series

YORK, PA-November 14, 2007-Red Lion Controls, Inc. introduces the XCRS serial communications expansion card for the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller product series. Both series come standard with three serial communication ports, and the XCRS expands this connectivity by adding two extra communication ports-one RS422/RS485 and one RS232-quickly and easily. With this convenient new expansion card, Red Lion's Data Station Plus and enhanced Modular Controller Master units can now support up to five serial protocols at once. These serial ports are simple to configure using Red Lion's free Crimson(TM) 2.0 software, and the XCRS installs easily into the expansion port on these units to provide advanced communication capabilities.

The proprietary expansion port of the Data Station Plus and enhanced Modular Controller Master units ensures these products are continually capable of utilizing the most up-to-date communication technology available. The addition of the XCRS card provides users with supplementary RS232 and RS485 multiplexed ports capable of communicating with RS232, RS422, RS485 and DH485 devices at up to 115,200 baud.

"The XCRS card enables the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series to communicate with up to nine different protocols simultaneously, offering virtually unlimited integration methods with existing equipment," said Jesse Benefiel, Red Lion product manager. "In addition, protocol conversion can easily be achieved between any communication ports, delivering an exceptional solution for system integration and data transfer applications."

Both the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series feature a powerful embedded protocol conversion facility and a multiple-protocol Ethernet port to offer communications and data management. With the XCRS card, these units feature expanded serial communication capabilities for virtually unlimited integration possibilities.

Red Lion Controls, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of industrial control solutions worldwide. Products include digital/analog control, monitoring and panel meters, PID control, human-machine interface panels, and signal conditioning. For more information, or to find the Red Lion distributor nearest you, go to or contact: Red Lion Controls, Inc., 20 Willow Springs Circle, York, PA 17402; (717) 767-6511.

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