Brainboxes Ethernet Remote IO devices, available from Mouser, are offered as Digital IO, Analog IO, Relay, or Thermocouple, controlled over Ethernet employing a variety of protocols, and in industrial and commercial/light industrial form factors. These modules have a suite of software APIs available comprising those for Visual Basic, C#, and C++, which enables them to be controlled and monitored over a local network or internet as a web relay or ethernet relay switch.
These devices offer an extensive assortment of functionality allowing the automation of a very wide range of tasks in process control, data collection, packaging, warehousing, food preparation, and industrial manufacturing by connecting 'real world' field devices over Ethernet to a controller PC. The ubiquitous nature of Ethernet and its selection as the Industrial backbone connection of choice make these devices the future proof option for professionals around the globe.
Practically any type of sensor or transducer can be connected through the relevant Ethernet Remote IO device and have its data delivered onto the network. These devices incorporate digital inputs, digital outputs, counters, analogue voltage and current sensor inputs, analog outputs, programmable relays, and multi-axis stepper motor controllers. Dedicated products for thermocouples and RTDs stretch out the range. The sensors and actuators can be dispersed over a large facility but by using these devices, the Ethernet connection to far flung remote devices is as simple as controlling devices on the next bench.