B&B Electronics Mfg. Co. Inc. today announced that it is expanding its Zlinx« Industrial
Wireless product line with the Zlinx Xtreme IP67 Outdoor-Rated Radio Modems and
I/O Modules. Featuring license-free,
proprietary RF, the products are available in 900 MHz for long-range and 2.4
GHz for short-range wireless communications for serial or sensor data in harsh
and remote environments. Users can easily set up wireless connections to serial
or Modbus systems to monitor temperature, pressure, level, flow or virtually
any other analog or digital I/O, eliminating up to 40 miles of wiring. Mounting
directly to panels, poles or machines, Zlinx Xtreme eliminates the cost of
cabinets or enclosures.
Xtreme Wireless Analog and Digital I/O Modules for Remote Control and
The I/O Modules include two analog inputs, two analog outputs, two digital
inputs and two relay outputs.
Two configurations are possible:
- Point-to-Point/Peer-to-Peer (P2P): A pair of I/O
modules, with analog and digital inputs on one end mapped to corresponding
outputs at the other, can replace wires or cables and transmit remote I/O
to the controller. The auto-configure feature allows users to quickly map
two units without a PC.
- Modbus: Connect one or many remote I/O modules to the
Zlinx radio modem, which transmits Modbus I/O data into the serial port of
a controller such as a PLC, SCADA or HMI. Zlinx Xtreme was designed for
easy configuration in the field. Plug-and-play design inside the unit
allows users to instantly configure two identical I/O modules with the
push of a button. No additional converters are needed and there is never a
need to return equipment to the factory for re-configuration.
Other features include selectable
I/O: Digital I/O - PNP/NPN; Analog I/Os - 0-5V, 0-10V, 0-20mA, and 4-20mA. A
fail-safe output state resets I/O to a user-defined safe state in the event of
communication failure. In Modbus modes, exception reporting can also send
trouble alerts to users through any connected devices.
Xtreme Serial Radio Modems for P2P and P2MP Connectivity for Serial Ports and
The Serial Radio Modems are highly secure, 256-bit AES-encrypted radios that offer
superior low-latency response rates (8ms/digital), flexibility and the ease of
use needed for wireless monitoring and control. The Xtreme Radio Modem can also
play the role of a Modbus gateway when used with its sister Xtreme I/O Modules
for P2P or point-to-multi-point/peer-to-multi-peer (P2MP) connectivity. A pair
of Radio Modems can serve as wire replacement for RS-232, 422 and 485
The IP67-rated Xtreme products are designed and tested to heavy EN61000-6-2
industrial specifications so that they handle the surges and electromagnetic
interference common in welding operations, variable frequency drives, huge
pumps and other extreme electrical locations. They also operate from -40 to
74C, and survived a 1m-deep water test chamber, and shock, vibration and drop
The Radio Modems are $399 (2.4 GHz
short range) and $549 (900 MHz long range). The I/O Modules are $549 (2.4 GHz
short range) and $699 (900 MHz long range). All Xtreme products are available
now and include a five-year warranty.