Universal Transmitter recognizes connected sensor type.

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Featuring IR interface, PolyTrans® P 32000 automatically recognizes signal outputs of any 2-, 3-, and 4-wire temperature, force, and strain sensors; resistors; potentiometers; resistive sensors; and similar sensing technologies. Transmitters can also recognize standard thermocouple signals, with either internal or external reference junction compensation, and without further adjustments. DIP and rotary encoder switches or IrDA® interface enable adaption to individual measurement tasks.

Original Press Release:

Knick USA Introduces All-in-One Universal Transmitter with Automatic Force, Strain, Position and Temperature Sensor Recognition

Morgan Hill, California, USA -- Knick USA (www.knickusa.com), an ISO9001:2008 certified global designer and manufacturer of analog signal conversion technologies for rail, power grid, industrial, marine, automotive and other environments, today announced the North American market introduction of its PolyTrans® P 32000 universal sensor transmitters.

Measurements of temperature, strain, force and position are common within vir­tually all market sectors. This is especially true within control and monitoring and safety shutdown systems. As a result, today’s commercial sensing technologies are available in a variety of electrical formats, connector types, ranges, materials, supply voltages and output signals. Multiple sensor types may also be specified for the support of a single application. A sensor transmitter is used to process raw output signals; linearize them, if required; and then standardize them for further processing. As accuracy, flexibility, functional safety, and electrical safety are all essential, multiple sensor types have historically called for the use of multiple transmitter types. Or, certain multi-sensor transmitters have traditionally offered some added functionality, though typically at much higher costs and with reduced ease of use.

To solve this market challenge, Knick USA has developed an easy-to-operate, high-reliability universal sensor transmitter, offering added functionality within a single, cost-effective, user-friendly unit. Featuring a unique infrared interface, PolyTrans® P 32000 universal transmitters can automatically recognize the signal outputs of any 2-, 3- and 4-wire temperature, force and strain sensors, resistors, potentiometers, resistive sensors, and similar sensing technologies. They can also recognize standard thermocouple signals, with either internal or external reference junction compensation, and without the need for further adjustments. The compact design of the PolyTrans® P 32000 also facilitates its ease of installation within space constrained environments.

Knick PolyTrans® P 32000 “all in one” universal transmitters may also be flexibly adapted to individual measurement tasks using DIP and rotary encoder switches or an IrDA® interface. A broad ranged power supply covers all common voltages from 24 to 230 V and ensures maximum safety, even when operating with unstable power grids. Three-port isolation with protective separation up to 300 V AC/DC, according to EN 61140, ensures optimal protection of personnel and equipment, as well as unaltered measurement signal transmission. Units are also available with SIL 2 approvals (per IEC 61508) to meet more stringent functional safety requirements. All P32000 units are also accompanied a comprehensive five-year product line warranty. For more information about PolyTrans® P 32000 transmitters or other products available from Knick USA, please contact the company on +1.408.840.2121, via email at info@knick-usa.com, visit www.knickusa.com.

About Knick USA:

Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with its North American operations in Morgan Hill, California, USA, the privately held Knick has more than 50 years of industry pedigree in the design, development and manufacture of signal conversion technologies. This includes isolation amplifiers and transmitters, analyzer systems, current transducers and related accessories for industrial, rail, shipboard and marine service, power grid monitoring, and other markets. In 2011, the company further expanded its reach into North America, establishing Knick USA as a highly competent team for localized customer support.

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