MX Active Gauge EthernetIP Gateway Vacuum Controller

2-8900-100

The MX Active Gauge EthernetIP Gateway (sometimes also called an EthernetIP vacuum controller, EthernetIP vacuum control unit, or EthernetIP vacuum pressure controller) is the first and only solution designed to provide an EthernetIP connection between Televac active vacuum gauges and Rockwell Automation® Allen-Bradley® PLCs. An increasingly popular industrial network communication standard, EthernetIP communication offers users faster and more reliable vacuum measurements and eliminates the need for additional analog-to-digital converters or other vacuum controllers and vacuum pressure controllers.

EthernetIP Vacuum Controller Gateway Compatible Active Vacuum Gauges

This EthernetIP vacuum control unit supports an easily configurable network of up to (4) Televac active vacuum gauges and (1) capacitance diaphragm vacuum gauge (CDG) through EthernetIP communications. Multiple gateways can also be daisy-chained together for additional vacuum gauge connections (made possible by dual EthernetIP ports on the back of the unit). The gateway allows users to interface directly with supported PLCs and PCs, including the ability to read vacuum measurements and change vacuum gauge settings from a convenient, remote location without complicated conversion tools. In addition to Televac vacuum gauges, the gateway supports CDGs from MKS, Inficon, Leybold, Brooks, and Setra. 24 V DC and ±15 V DC with D-sub 15 (DB15) and D-sub 9 (DB9) connectors are supported.

Features

  • Vacuum controller for up to (4) Televac MX active vacuum gauges and (1) CDG
  • EthernetIP connections to the Televac MX2A, MX4A, and MX7B active vacuum gauges
  • Low cost, standard Cat5e cables for vacuum gauge connections
  • Significantly reduces latency from analog signals (HMI/vacuum gauge display mismatch)
  • Digitally calibrate vacuum gauges from your HMI
  • Configure all settings for Televac MX series active vacuum gauges
  • 24 V DC power supply to power gateway and connected vacuum gauges
  • Optional ±15 V DC power supply connections for CDGs
  • Rack and panel mountable
  • EthernetIP for simple connection of your vacuum pressure controller to a PC, PLC, and other equipment
  • Class 1 (cyclic) and Class 3 (acyclic) connections supported
  • Programmable IP address and DHCP enable/disable
  • 10/100 Mbit, half or full duplex port operation
  • Field upgradeable firmware via USB
  • Status LEDs for network/module status/port data activity
  • Secure web access for network and gateway data and settings via a web browser
  • Excellent customer support
  • Designed and manufactured in the USA
Operating Range 1×10-11 to 10,000 Torr max
Communications EthernetIP
Active Gauge Communications RS-485
Active Gauge RS-485 Addresses 1-4
Active Gauge RS-485 Baud 38400
Supply Voltage 24 VDC +20% -10%
Maximum Power 30 W max
Operating Temperature 0 °C to 50 °C
Storage Temperature -20 °C to 70 °C
Display Readable Distance LED indication
Maximum Active Gauges Controller 4
Maximum CDGs Controlled 1
Response Time ≤100 ms
IP Rating IP40
Physical Characteristics
Housing Aluminum
Electrical Connections 4-pin connector
Weight (base unit) 0.65 kg (1.4 lbs)
Dimensions See dimensional drawings
Active Gauges Part Number
MX2A Thermocouple Gauge 2-8910-1XX
MX4A Convection Gauge 2-8930-1XX
MX7B Cold Cathode Gauge 2-8940-XXX
Adapters Part Number
Active Gauge RJ45 to DB15 1-2403-001
24 VDC CDG RJ45 to DB15 1-2403-002
±15 VDC CDG RJ45 to DB15 1-2403-003
24 VDC CDG RJ45 to DB9 1-2403-004
±15 VDC CDG RJ45 to DB9 1-2403-005
Cables Part Number
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Unshielded 10 ft 1-2401-010
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Unshielded 50 ft 1-2401-050
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Unshielded 100 ft 1-2401-100
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Shielded 10 ft 1-2402-010
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Shielded 50 ft 1-2402-050
Ethernet Cable Cat5e Shielded 100 ft 1-2402-100
Name Operating Range Part Number
MX2A 1×10-4 to 1000 Torr 2-8910-1XX
MX4A 1×10-4 to 1000 Torr 2-8930-1XX
MX7B 1×10-8 to 1×10-3 Torr 2-8940-XXX

Using the Gateway for Heat Treat and Vacuum Furnace Applications

This vacuum controller gateway is particularly useful for heat treat and vacuum furnace applications where a single gateway can eliminate the need for up to (5) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) input channels while simultaneously reducing any latency from analog-to-digital conversions (causing a mismatch between the vacuum gauge display and the furnace human-machine-interface or HMI). The EthernetIP vacuum controller gateway also gives the end user the ability to calibrate their vacuum gauges from their HMI by interfacing digitally with the vacuum controller gateway. This means no more climbing on top of your furnace to do vacuum measurement comparisons! The ability to change settings and calibrate digitally is due to the unique design of the vacuum controller gateway, where all communication with Televac vacuum gauges is done digitally (via RS-485).

More Information and Similar Products

Essentially you can think of the EthernetIP vacuum pressure controller gateway as a fancy RS-485 to EthernetIP converter. The exception to this is the CDG input, which takes the 0 to 10 V DC analog output of the CDG and converts it to a digital value (using an analog-to-digital converter) which can then be read over EthernetIP. If you’re looking for an EthernetIP vacuum controller/vacuum control unit solution (instead of active vacuum gauges and the gateway) check out our MX200 EthernetIP!