iP500-106 (FW60) Universal Optical Probe

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The iP500-106 Optical Probe is designed for reading and programming electric power meters employing the ANSI Type 2 optical port. This probe is specifically configured for use with the RADIX FW60 handheld computers. Its optical circuitry supports ANSI C12.18 and General Electric OPTOCOM communications protocols by switching automatically from one to the other depending on the meter type being read. The probe obtains its power directly from the handheld computer and it is controlled by the meter reading software.

The iP500-106 Optical Probe uses advanced optical sensors to collect meter data and transmit it to the RADIX hand-held computer. This allows metering data to be recorded more simply, accurately and efficiently. In addition, the iP500-106 incorporates a universal compatibility design to read virtually all utility meters, registers and recorders.

The iP500-106 Optical Probe solves problems relating to mechanical wear-out due to the demanding environment under which probes are constantly subjected to. We address this problem using the most rugged mechanical and electrical design in the industry. This probe is designed with an almost indestructible aluminum head that contains powerful magnets that ensure a good retention when attached to the meter’s optical port. It is also designed with a high-endurance polyurethane molded cable 18” long that withstands the outside rugged environment. This claim is backed with an aggressive warranty and service policy.

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  • Compatible With Virtually All Utility Meters, Registers And Recorders That Employ Ansi C12.18-1996 And GE Optocom Communications Protocols
  • Designed For Use With Radix Fw60 Handhelds
  • Rugged Design With Aluminum Housing
  • Molded Cable Construction With High-Endurance Polyurethane
  • Powerful Retention Magnets For Attaching To Meter’s Optical Port
  • Plycarbonate Filter To Enhance Infrared (Ir) Communications
  • Power To Probe Controlled By Meter Reading Software
  • Operates Over Wide Temperature Range (-40° C To +85° C)
Physical size:  Height 2.44”; Length 1.68”; Width 1.38”
Cable Type:  Coiled, Polyurethane and Hytrel construction, Flexible and Rugged
Cable Length:  18” Coiled, extends to 10’
Connector:  Fischer, 5-pin, male, gold-plated contacts
Weight:  Complete assembly weighs a maximum of 9 ounces
Finish:  Probe Head has either a Clear Anodized Outer Coating per MIL-A 68625 Type 2 or a Hard Black Anodized Outer Coating per MIL-A 8625 Type 3
Signal Spec:  TTL, Handheld Serial port
Power Requirement:  Operating Supply Voltage: 4.5 to 6.0 VDC (from computer’s host port)
Data Rate:  Controlled by meter for OPTOCOM interface, 0 to 19,200 baud for Non-OPTOCOM meters
Optical:  880 nm bi-directional IR interface, ANSI C12.18-1996, GE OPTOCOM
Temperature: Operating -30º to 60º C; Storage -40º to +85º C
Ruggedness: Meets the requirements of a numbers of tests including those for Thermal Shock, Humidity, Water Resistance, RF Susceptibility, ESD, Drop, Random Vibration, Solar Radiation, Salt, Fog and Low Pressure.
Radix FW60
ABB: 2550, 2650, All Alpha, Alpha T, A3, Alt, Alr-al, 2430, others
Aptech/Robinton: LPR1, LPR2, LPR3, SR500, TR403, TR804
General Electric: DR87, KM901, M90-AE, Phase 3, T80, T91, Tm80, TM81, TMR82, TM92, KC901, KTC-901, KV, KV2, KV2-C, others
Siemens (Landis&Gyr): CTR101, CTR102, DC, DCR, DD, DG100, DT, DX, DXR, SD100, SM101, SM301, TMC101, LINC, DCRMA, DDMA, S4 family, AX series, RX series, MAXSYS 2410, MAXSYS 2510, Quad 4, others
Metricom: C
PSI: S100, S200, Quad 4
Power Measurement: ION 7000 series, 8000 series
Itron (Schlumbergẽr): Datastar, Fulcrum, MT100, MT200, Quantum, Q1000, Sentinel, Centron, Vectron
Synergistics: B40
Transdata: EMA, Mark V