Module for high speed data analysis

Paul Boughton

Kurt Manufacturing's new KurtUSB MLX (Multifunctional LVDT eXtra) modular building block processes input from various electrical signals with high speed and accuracy and can provide programmable responses for automatic operation.

It is suited for stepper motor, gauging systems, automation, and PLC applications.

The MLX module is the most versatile of the KurtUSB modules. At its core is a powerful CPU that processes electrical signals with amazing speed and accuracy.

Because of this processing power, signals from different types of sensors can be processed by software allowing the MLX to easily be configured to work with several different types of devices including: LVDT probes, air to electric transducers, temperature sensors, eddy current sensors and custom software may be available for unique applications.

With an internal programmable logic controller (PLC) the MLX can be programmed, with industry standard ladder logic, to respond to inputs and can control complex automated equipment through discrete outputs, stepper motors, analog outputs, or remote DeviceNet devices (future firmware revision).

Utilising USB 2.0 communications enables high speed data transfers between MLX modules and a personal computer. MLX to personal computer update speed or data rates up to 40,000 times per second are possible. Support for other communication protocols, such as DeviceNet and CAN, is planned for a future release.

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