DNF Controls Intros Flexible Interface Box
DNF Controls announced the release of its new AnyWhere Interface Box (AIB), a compact single-box solution that provides eight opto-isolated GPI inputs, eight relay contact closure GPO outputs, one RS422/RS232 serial port, and one 10 BaseT Ethernet port.
DNF Controls AnyWhere Interface Box
DNF Controls announced the release of its new AnyWhere Interface Box (AIB), a compact single-box solution that provides eight opto-isolated GPI inputs, eight relay contact closure GPO outputs, one RS422/RS232 serial port, and one 10 BaseT Ethernet port. The company says it's designed for applications in AV, industrial, radio, and television broadcasting markets.
The AIB supports GPI-to-GPOs, GPI-to-serial, GPI-to-Ethernet, and GPI-to-SNMP control. It also handles serial-to-GPO, Ethernet-to-GPO, and SNMP-to-GPO monitoring, as well as serial-to-Ethernet and serial-to-SNMP conversions. All interfaces are user-configurable.
Company officials said the AIB makes it cost-effective for users to address unique and specific needs, whether it's establishing interoperability between incompatible systems or extending the functionality of existing systems that would otherwise require costly custom programming or interfacing.
"Unlike any other single solution available, the AIB allows users to bridge systems and achieve that key bit of functionality they require without performing any programming whatsoever," said Dan Fogel, DNF Controls' chief technology officer, in a statement. "It's a simple but powerful solution that can be easily and quickly configured and deployed where and as needed."
Manageable by technical and nontechnical users, the AIB provides users with a Web browser-based configuration user interface featuring a series of drop-down menus and fill-in-the-box entries that make it easy to map an event input (GPI, serial, Ethernet, SNMP) to one or more action outputs (GPO, serial, Ethernet, SNMP). The configuration is saved in non-volatile storage in the AIB and can be saved to and restored from a PC.
The AIB can be powered by power over Ethernet (POE) or an optional 12W external power supply. The box itself measures just 8.25 by 4.125 by 1.5 inches.
"Typically, when customers choose a piece of equipment, it does 90 percent of what they want," said Fogel. "Businesses make this compromise because the last 10 percent of desired functionality is just too expensive. The AIB, however, can supply that last 10 percent at a very appealing price point, and that's real money saved. What's more, the user benefits through greater efficiency and fewer errors."