Heidenhain’s new MSE 1000 modular multiplexor for multipoint gauging was introduced to North America at IMTS 2012. This multi-channel electronics for metrology applications allows for the connection of many different sensors and the transfer of measured values via Ethernet. In all, over 250 devices can be connected, especially useful in production line measurement systems.
In its basic configuration, the MSE 1000 consists of a power module and a basic communication module, and can be expanded as needed. Additional modules can be attached to allow for the connection of incremental and absolute encoders, a wide variety of LVDTs, and analog inputs. I/O modules and compressed air modules are also available for closed loop, automated gauging. The modules are easily mounted on a standard DIN rail in an electrical cabinet or on a mounting base (accessory), and are plugged onto each other and latched together.
The software package included with the basic module, MSEsetup, handles configuration, mastering, and diagnostics of the channels, along with data transfer to a PC, and the writing of measured values to an Excel table. Further functionality can be programmed by the user in C++ or Visual Basics.