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Laureate™ 16-Bit Analog Output Options

Single or dual isolated 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA or 0-10V or -10 to +10V analog outputs scaled to the readout of Laureate counters and remote displays

Single analog output

Dual analog output


  • Output board versions with one or two analog outputs
  • Single analog output: 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, 0-10V, -10 to +10V
  • Dual analog output: 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, 0-10V with a shared ground
  • 16-bit resolution (1 part in 65,536 or 0.0015% of full scale)
  • ±0.02% full scale accuracy
  • Output linearized to reading, isolated to 250 Vac
  • Output derived from filtered or unfiltered signal input
  • Scale and offset via meter front panel or Instrument Setup Software
  • 50 Hz or 60 Hz update rate
  • 12V compliance at 20 mA
  • Certified to EN 61010-1 (CE Mark) and RoHS

A 16-bit analog output option board can turn a Laureate 1/8 DIN digital panel meter, counter, timer or remote display into a superb, isolated, linearized transmitter or signal conditioner with exceptional accuracy and high-speed response. The analog output for thermocouples, RTDs and custom curves is linearized to the displayed reading.

Single-output and dual-output versions of the analog output option board are available for use with Laureate counter-timers and the Laureate 6-digit remote display.

  • With the single-output version, the output can be selected as 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, unipolar 0-10V, or bipolar -10V to +10V with a 20V span and 0V at mid-range. If a voltage output is selected, output pins 1 and 2 may be reversed to provide reversed polarity.
  • With the dual-output version, either output can be selected as 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, or unipolar 0-10V. The ground of the two outputs is shared. One of the outputs is typically be tied to the displayed item, while the second output may be tied to a non-displayed item. For example, with the Extended Laureate frequency meter, Item #1 can be assigned to rate, while Item #2 is assigned to total. With the Laureate batch controller, Item #1 is the current batch total, Item #2 can be assigned to grand total or number of batches, and Item #3 is the flow rate.

A 16-bit D-to-A converter provides 0.0015% full-scale resolution and ±0.02% full-scale accuracy. The update rate for meters is a fast 60/sec for 60 Hz power or 50/sec at 50 Hz power. The analog output can track the unfiltered signal for fastest response, or a digitally filtered signal for best noise rejection.

Scaling of the analog output can be via the meter's front panel pushbuttons or a serial digital interface using Instrument Setup software. The displayed readings to produce the low and high analog outputs can be set to any value from -99999 to +99999 for DPMs or from -999999 to +999999 for counters and timers. Depending on your selected output range, simply set the meter reading for low analog output (4 mA, 0 mA, 0V or -10V) and for high analog output (20 mA or 10V).

bipolar analog output The bipolar -10V to +10V analog output,available with the single-output version, can provide a negative signal for a negative deviation from a setpoint, and a positive signal for a positive deviation. It can also be used for proportional control around a setpoint. For example, if proportional control is desired around 170°C with a ±10°C span, set the -10V output to 160°C and the +10V output to 180°C. The control signal will be 0V at 170°C. Isolation from power and signal is provided by a separate power supply in the meter. This supply can drive 20 mA of current into loads up to 600 ohms for 12V compliance. Isolation to signal ground and power ground eliminates problems caused by ground loops.

Laureate DIN rail transmitters, whether 4-20 mA transmitters or serial output transmitters, also come with a scalable 16-bit analog output, which can be configured for current or voltage.

Number of analog outputs 1 or 2 depending on option board
Output types (user-selectable) 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, 0-10V, -10 to 10V (single output)
4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, 0-10V (dual outputs)
Power source Provided by meter
Signal source Filtered or unfiltered digitized signal
Output linearization Linearized to reading
Output Levels (selectable) 4-20 mA, 0-20 mA, 0-10V, -10 to 10V
Compliance at 20 mA 12V ( 600 Ω max load )
Compliance at 10 V 2 mA ( 5 kΩ min load)
Isolation to output ground 250V rms working, 2.3 kV rms per 1 min test
Ground shared between dual analog outputs.
Output resolution 16 bits (0.0015% of full scale)
Output nonlinearity < 0.01% of full scale
Accuracy < 0.02% of full scale
Output update rate, DPMs 50 or 60/sec (output may be digitally filtered)
Output update rate, rate counter Gate time + 30 ms + 0-2 periods
Zero output & full-scale output, DPMs -99,999 to +99,999 counts
Zero output & full-scale output, counters -999,999 to +999,999 counts
Minimum span 150 counts
J4 Pin Assignments
Unipolar Connections Bipolar Connections
4-20 mA or 0-20 mA output 1 Reference or Return 1
0-10V output 2 -10V to +10V Output 2
Isolated ground 3 N/C 3
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