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Dry Contact RIB® Relays Stop Voltage Drop (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on January 2017

Wireless technology is a fantastic thing. It allows people to control things that are hundreds, if not thousands, of feet away. But what if wireless wasn’t reliable enough? What if wireless is too expensive? What if you want a hardwired solution? No one wants to run thousands of feet of wire. That’s expensive both in labor and parts, not to mention the voltage drop that occurs across that span of distance.

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Topics: Product Selection

Using a BACnet® Compatible RIB® Relay

Posted by Guest Blogger on January 2017

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

Building automation controllers can be quite expensive, and purchasing one just to add one or two more points on the network may not be ideal. Luckily Functional Devices has a solution for these cases - using a BACnet® compatible RIB®!

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Topics: Products

Using RIB® Relays with Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)

Posted by Guest Blogger on January 2017

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

On my last technical support day, I received a few questions about whether our RIB® current sensors work well with variable frequency drive (VFD) motor controllers. The short answer is yes, but there are a couple key points worth noting.

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Topics: Building Automation, Products

Navigating our Data Sheets

Posted by Guest Blogger on December 2016

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

With as many devices as we offer, it may feel like quite an accomplishment when you narrow it down to a few options! After that, the concern comes to the specifications of the device and how to differentiate them from one to another. In this week’s post, I would like to help you better navigate our data sheets in order to quickly determine the correct device for your application.

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Topics: Products

The Best Choice for UL924 RIB® Relays (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on December 2016

This is a guest post from Function Devices.

Functional Devices knows that versatility is a big benefit when it comes to products for the engineering, installation and maintenance fields alike. For the engineers writing the specs, having one go-to product for a vast array of applications is a must. For the installer, having the flexibility to change the wiring for a system on the fly is key. For the maintenance men, adjustments to installations is necessary. Let’s take a look at one of our UL924 Emergency Lighting Relays, model ESRN, designed with flexibility in mind.

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Topics: Product Selection, Products

Transformers From Functional Devices (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 2016

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

Most people are aware that Functional Devices offers RIB® relays, current sensors and power supplies, but fewer people know that we also carry an extensive line of transformers.

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Topics: Product Selection, Products

Using RIB® Current Sensors with ECMs (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 2016

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

From time to time, we receive technical support calls and emails about whether our current sensors are compatible with ECM loads. With many motorized loads utilizing an ECM, this is a valid question. Not too long ago this question led our engineering team to conduct our own research and testing, and we determined that our RIB® current sensors could indeed sense an ECM load being activated. That research and testing was one of my responsibilities early on when I began my job here at Functional Devices, and those results are what I would like to share for today.

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Topics: Products

I/O Expanders and Sequencers (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 2016

This is a guest post from Functional Devices.

The RIBMN24Q Series of I/O Expanders and Sequencers can be very useful. I would like to focus on the RIBMN24Q4C-PX today. This device is the coolest of them all from this series, in my opinion.

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Topics: Product Selection, Products

Zone Valve Control (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on November 2016

This is a guest blog from Functional Devices.

Problem: About a week ago, a contractor called into tech support looking for help to get his customer’s new heating system up and running. The customer had a hydronic heating system that consisted of a boiler and circulator in a mechanical room and nine zone valves, which were split amongst three zones. The system was replaced with new components, including the zone valves, which were from a popular manufacturer and had a 3-wire connection. Unfortunately, the home only had two wires for 24 VAC transformer power to each zone valve location. The contractor was trying to devise a solution that would prevent pulling wire from each zone valve location back to the mechanical room.

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Topics: Product Selection, Products

PSH500A AC Power Supplies (Guest Post)

Posted by Guest Blogger on October 2016

This is a guest post from Functional Devices. 

Many of our past blogs have featured different RIB® relays that we produce. From the simple to the more “smart” relays, we offer quite a variety! Maybe you’re asking yourself: “Does Functional Devices make more than RIB® relays?” That’s a great question because we do! This week I would like to zoom in on some of our power supplies that are quite popular: the PSH500A family of AC power supplies.

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Topics: Product Selection, Products

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