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BrainChild Digital Recorders

  Brainchild VR06

The BrainChild line of paperless recorders is available for less than $2,000 for the 6 input unit. These paperless recorders can be setup to accept 6, 12, or 18 analog and/or digital inputs. The inputs can be Milliamp, voltage, thermocouple or RTD. All data values can be stored on a flash card and sent to your control room via Ethernet, RS-485, or RS-232. This allows you to send emails or text messages for alarming purposes.  The lead time is under one week.

View VR06 datasheet


We offer a 6.4" high resolution color display (640 x 480 pixels), versus the industry standard of 5" with 320 x 240 pixels. The screen has an infrared detector that will turn the display off and go into screen saver mode after a set amount of time (standard is 10 minutes - this can be changed or turned off). The screen comes back on when movement is sensed, to save energy.  

Brainchild Paperless Recorder Introduction Video
Brainchild Paperless Recorder Introduction Video


Gilson Wireless Solutions

Gilson Engineering has a wide range of products for wireless applications.


For the Point to Point application where expansion is not likely to occur, the Banner DX 70 pair handles the application. Units are able to send and receive signals (transceivers) whether discrete or analog. Banner DX70

 Banner Point to Point Radios


The Point to Multi-Point units are similar to the Point to Point units except one gateway system controller unit may monitor up to 56 nodes that monitor and/or control I/O in remote locations.

Banner Multipoint radios


Elpro WIBFor Databus Gateway applications, interface units connect to various fieldbuses. Ethernet, Modbus, Profibus, DF1, DeviceNet and Modbus Plus are available.

Elpro Wireless Gateways


Elpro wireless meshFor Mesh Network applications Elpro 915u-2 units are available for both the Gateway and nodes. The wireless mesh structure enables every wireless gateway/transceiver to act as a repeater.

Elpro wireless mesh


OmniSite offers 3 different monitors from the Viper to the XR-50 to the Crystal Ball, all of which relies on a combination of cellular telephone and Web-based technology. Each unit is capable of sending a wireless signal to the local cellular tower. That signal is bounced to OmniSite's Web interface. When an alarm is triggered, identified operators are contacted immediately via text, email or phone message. The GuardDog interface is a web based software program that allows online access to equipment status from any one of OmniSite's alarm monitors.

More info on Omnisite



  Banner iVue Plus Vision Sensors
 Banner iVue Plus

The Banner iVu Plus image sensor is used to monitor parts for type, size, orientation, shape, and location. Ethernet connectivity enables iVu Plus sensors to share inspection data directly with PLCs, PCs or other factory devices making communications and control even easier on the plant floor.


The iVu Plus is also capable of storing up to 30 inspections accommodating rapid product changeover. The new Sort Sensor allows users to train the sensor in distinguishing among as many as 10 patterns. Combined with Ethernet connectivity and Industrial Protocols, the new iVu Plus TG vision sensor supports the ability to obtain results and command rapid product changeovers over TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP or Modbus/TCP protocols.




  •  No external PC required to configure the sensor.
  • Integrated or remote touch screen display allows easy access to the user interface and to view inspection images.
  • Ethernet communications provide enhanced control of and communications with the sensor.
  • USB 2.0 compliant host provided for easy updating and diagnostics.
  • Identify and sort up to 10 unique products within a single inspection.
  • EtherNet/IP and Modbus/TCP simplify communications with many PLCs and HMIs Multiple inspections that facilitate storage, selection and control of up to 30 inspections for fast product turnover.
  • IEC IP67-rated housing rugged and versatile to suit a broad range of application environments.
  • Several lens and lighting options to meet a variety of application needs.


Four sensor types in one package: 



  • Match sensor that determines whether a pattern on a label or part matches some reference pattern.
  • Sort sensor that can recognize and sort up to ten different patterns within the same inspection.
  • Area sensor that detects whether a particular feature (or features) is present or not.
  • Blemish sensor that detects flaws on parts.

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Tech Tip

What are the advantages of using a temperature transmitter over direct wiring a sensor to a PLC or DCS?


Cut Wiring Costs

Direct wiring sensors to a control system requires the use of sensor extension wires, which can be three times more than the common shielded copper wire used for a temperature transmitter's 4-20mA signal.

 Temperature transmitter 1A

Protect Signals from Plant Noise

In a direct wiring scheme, the low-level signals generated by an RTD (ohm) or thermocouple (mV) are particularly susceptible to the signal degrading effects of RFI/EMI. A temperature transmitter converts a sensor's low-level signal to a high-level analog signal (typically 4-20mA).


Stop Ground Loops

Make sure to choose an isolated transmitter. Input/output/power signal isolation protects against signal inaccuracies caused by ground loops. This is important even when using un-grounded thermocouples because their insulation will eventually break down.

 Temperature transmitter 2

Reduce Hardware Costs

With direct wiring, it is necessary to match the sensor type to input-specific DCS and PLC input cards. Sensor  input-specific  cards usually cost a lot more  per point than a 4-20mA input card.


Enhance Accuracy.

A microprocessor based temperature transmitter can be scaled over a wide or narrow temperature range. The accuracy of Thermocouple or RTD input cards is a percentage of the entire temperature span. You won't get very good accuracy if you want to measure a span of 100 deg F on an input card with a range of -200 to 1,500 deg F.


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