Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, announced the availability of its new rugged E3 I/O module platform, a set of 17 high-density I/O modules with hardened metal enclosures and powerful communication options. This versatile platform marks Red Lion’s first rugged I/O modules configurable using Crimson 3.0 software.
Designed to withstand the critical demands of localized and distributed I/O applications, Red Lion’s Crimson-enabled E3 I/O modules feature networking capabilities with redundant Ethernet ports and built-in serial communication.
With one RS-485 terminal block and dual Ethernet ports that include user-selectable Ethernet modes for ring, pass through and two network, the easy-to-deploy E3 I/O modules can eliminate the need for additional switching devices. In addition, these modules offer up to 34 mixed I/O points including input/output, analog/discrete and temperature I/O for complex industrial applications.
“Customers today are demanding both more I/O connectivity and mixed I/O types – digital, analog or temperature – because of the variety of sensors and inputs needed to monitor complex systems,” said Paul Bunnell, director of automation product management at Red Lion Controls. “To keep industrial operations running smoothly, organizations require easy-to-configure equipment with multiple connectivity options and rugged enclosures that enable reliable performance in harsh environments.”
Available in DIN-rail and panel-mount form factors, Red Lion’s E3 I/O modules feature rugged metal enclosures to support wide environmental tolerances and enable seamless integration into any industrial environment. Wide -40° to 75°C operating temperature, high shock and vibration ratings coupled with industry certifications that include UL Class I, Division 2 listing, ATEX and IECEx approvals make each E3 I/O module safe for use with industrial control equipment in hazardous locations around the world.
Developed for industries including oil and gas, water, utilities, marine, transportation and mining, the E3 I/O module platform is ideal for critical-uptime applications where customers need to expand I/O for devices such as Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) or standalone deployments.