4-20mA Signal IsolatorsAcromag offers the industry’s best selection of 4-20mA signal isolators. Select from single, dual, and quad-channel models with AC, DC, or loop-powered operation. Signal splitters deliver dual outputs from a single source. And whether you need a unit that sinks or sources current, Acromag has the right solution for you. Optical or galvanic isolation eliminate ground loop errors, reduce noise, and block high voltage transient surges. All Acromag isolators will withstand 1500V AC for 60 seconds and provide continuous 250V AC or 354V DC common-mode protection of your precious equipment. Acromag features solve many tough problems. Our multi-channel modules reduce costs and save space. Models with push-button calibration simplify installation and maintenance tasks. Units with trim pots ship preset for 4-20mA input/output so field calibration is not required.
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Signal Isolators For Signal Conditioning
Acromag support is here to help you choose a signal isolator. Many times choosing the right isolator requires more than just comparing the number of channel and the cost per point.
Here are a few resources that might help you choose a 4-20mA isolator
- How to Choose a 4-20mA Isolator Application Note
- Why USB Isolation for Industrial I/O is a Good Idea White Paper
- What is Signal Isolation
Some signal isolators are ideal for applications that require an isolator with a power supply in series with the output signal. Power is obtained from the output loop. The isolator must control current draw from the power supply in the output loop which is the 4-20mA signal. Since output and power share the same two wires, this type of isolator can be placed anywhere between the field sensing device and the PLC/DCS or monitoring device. Usually, the isolator is located close to the field device. Since both the input and output signal are 4-20mA, location of the device is not critical.
Other signal isolators are useful when adding and isolating a monitoring instrument to an existing current loop. When adding a field device such as a recorder or display, no additional power source is required for the added loop or for the isolator. The isolator's output is powered by the input loop power and drives passive loads only.