Analog Ranging Card

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  • Analog Ranging Card
  • 2500 Volts Isolation
  • 1 – 10 VDC Analog Voltage
  • 4 – 20 mA Analog Current
  • Ranges 2″-14″, 5″-36″, 5″-72″,10″-240″
  • Inverting Switch
  • Zero, Span, Sample & Hold Controls
  • 120VAC or 24VDC Power Input

The RPS-500 ranging board was designed to give analog voltage and current outputs proportional to distance and can be used with the RPS-100, RPS-300, RPS-325 or RPS-326. It is a fast, accurate means of converting analog pulse width generated by the ultrasonic sensor into analog voltage and current. Ranges available are 2″ to14″, 5″ to 36″, 5″ to 72″, 10″ to 240″.

The isolated form C relay furnishes N.O. and N.C. outputs, and with the addition of the RPS-500 card various analog outputs are supplied. The RPS-326 sensor, which operates at a frequency of 37kHz, has a narrow sensing beam. Sensing ranges available for the RPS-326 include 24″ to 72″, and 24″ to 240″. Mounting flanges, LED indicator, ranging potentiometer and 30ft. transducer cable are included. Optional cable lengths are available.

Zero & Span Controls

The RPS-500 analog card comes with a zero and span control. These two potentiometers allow the analog signal to be adjusted over a desired range. The adjustment ratio is 5:1. This means that the RPS-500-14 (range 2″ to 14″) can be adjusted to give an analog output over a range as small as 2.4″ or as large as 12″. Example: If you desired a 4mA signal at 4″ and a 20mA signal at 14″ you would adjust the analog card as follows. Place a target at 4″ and adjust the zero control until your current meter reads 4mA. Move the target to 14″ and adjust the span control until you reach 20mA. With no more than two adjustments of each potentiometer the desired range will be achieved. If the analog card is in the inverted state, voltage and current decreasing with distance, the zero pot will adjust the 20mA point and the span pot will adjust the 4mA point. Always adjust the close point first.

Inverting Analog Signals

Both the current and voltage outputs of the analog RPS-500 card can be inverted. In the non-inverted state (switch 1 ON switch 2 ON) the voltage and current increase with distance. In the inverted state ( switch 1 OFF switch 2 OFF) the voltage and current decrease with distance. Note: The inverting switches should be set in the desired positions before beginning adjustments with the zero and span controls.

Sample and Hold

After each return echo the output voltage and current are updated. If no echo is received the previous readings are maintained or held. The time these readings are maintained will depend on the setting of the hold potentiometer, cw (up to 5 seconds). After this time has elapsed, the outputs will go to there maximum readings, indicating that there is no return echo. The advantage of this control is that it allows an echo or echos to be missed for a time without changing the output readings. This has proven to be advantageous in level control where the surface may be agitated.

LED Display

This 10 segment LED display will tell when a return echo is in the range of the sensor. For example, when the RPS-500 card is used with the RPS-300-14 and the target is 4 inches away just 1 or 2 LEDs will be on. When the target moves to 9 inches about 1/2 of the display will be on, and when the target is 14″ away all the LEDs will be on.

Enable Line

When the enable line is held high (high = 3 to 30V) the sensors will not transmit and the hold circuit will time out, causing the outputs to go to a maximum reading. A short time (Approximately 4.2mS) after the enable line is pulled low (low = 0 to 1V) the sensors will transmit. When a return echo is received the outputs will be updapted.

Power Input: 120 VAC or 24 VDC
Ambient Temperature: 0ºC to 60ºC or 32ºF to 140ºF
Output 4 – 20mA: Current sourcing, load 0 to 500 ohms. Reference to “GND OUT” terminal.
Output 0 – 10VDC: Load Equal to or Greater than 500 ohms. Reference to “GND OUT” terminal.
Up Date Time: 10mS 14″ card, 20ms 36″ card, 40mS 72″ card, 150mS 240″ card.
ZERO Control: Adjustable
SPAN Control: Adjustable 5 : 1 ratio.
Switches: 1 ON, 2 ON increase voltage and current with distance.
1 OFF, 2 OFF decrease voltage and current with distance.
Output Isolation: 2500V for outputs 0-10 VDC, 4-20MA when powered by 120 VAC.
Using the RPS-500: The distance control on the front cover of the control box
must be full cw for maximum analog ranges.
The supplied cable is used to connect the RPS-500 board
to the RPS-100, 300, 325, or 326 Ultrasonic Sensor.
This cable has shielding between “XMIT” and “1st DET”
which is needed to prevent cross talk.
The following wire connections should be made.
RPS-100, 300, 325, 326
1st DET.
Cable Wire Color
1st DET.


  1. Wiring Diag. – For RPS-100, 300, 325, 326
  2. Wiring Diag. – For RPS-500
2″ – 14″
5″ – 36″
5″ – 72″
10″ – 240″
Analog 0 -10 volt, 4 – 20mA, Inverted or non-inverted
Analog 0 -10 volt, 4 – 20mA, Inverted or non-inverted
Analog 0 -10 volt, 4 – 20mA, Inverted or non-inverted
Analog 0 -10 volt, 4 – 20mA, Inverted or non-inverted