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4-20mA Sensor (EC420)

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Model: EC420

Requires the eGauge Sensor Hub and eGauge model EG4xxx (Pro or Core), not compatible with older model units.

Only use straight-through RJ-11 cables to connect powered sensors to the Sensor Hub. Telephone systems generally use "reverse" style RJ-11 cables which are incompatible with the Sensor Hub. See this article for more information on verifying the correct RJ-11 wiring. Every Sensor Hub compatible sensor sold by eGauge Systems comes with a straight-through RJ-11 cable.

The eGauge 4-20mA Sensor is used in conjunction with the Sensor Hub and an EG4xxx model meter (Core or Pro) to read a 4-20mA current loop sensor such as pressure sensors, water level sensors, temperature probes, and other industrial sensors that output a 4-20mA current loop.

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eGauge EC420 4-20mA Sensor


Specifications

Full specs (data-sheet PDF)

CAD file (STEP format)

  • CTid Enabled (w/ auto-configure and locator LED)
  • Compatible with 4-20mA current loop sensors
  • -30 °C to 70 °C
  • Humidity range: Up to 80%
  • Extruded aluminum Case
  • 26 x 26 x 40 (mm), 1.02 x 1.02 x 1.57 (in.)
  • 7' RJ-11 cable for Sensor to Sensor Hub
  • 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B – Unintentional Radiators, Class B for Home or
    Commercial use
  • US Patent # 10560763

Hardware included

  • 1x eGauge 4-20mA Sensor
  • 1x 3-pin input plug
  • 1x 7’ RJ-11 cable for connection to Sensor Hub

Assembly/installation information

  1. It is not advisable to extend the RJ11 leads from the Sensor to Sensor Hub. It is acceptable to use a longer RJ45 cable from the Sensor Hub to the eGauge.
  2. If RJ11 cable between Sensor and Sensor Hub must be extended, it is advisable to use twisted pair wires, such as a CAT5 cable with RJ11 plugs (most commonly used for DSL modems).
  3. If terminating own cables, both RJ11 and RJ45 cables should be straight-through cables, with the same color order on both ends.
  1. Install the sensors and Sensor Hub
  2. Configure the sensors

Additional Software Configuration

The EC420 will report and record the milliamp value as a decimal number. The milliamp value can be linearly mapped to the actual sensor value and unit by using a formula register with function map420 (x: number, min: number, max: number) where x is the register value, min is the minimum sensor value (reported when the input is 4mA or lower) and max is the maximum value (reported when the input is 20mA or greater).

The unit of the sensor's measurement is determined by the formula register type selected.

Generally, the instantaneous register value of the raw 4-20mA sensor reading will be used for x. To get an instantaneous register value, use the format of $"Register Name" like in the examples shown below.

Examples

If a 4-20mA sensor is connected to the eGauge measuring the output of a CO2 meter that reads between 0 and 10,000 ppm, the formula register will be map420($"4-20mA sensor raw value", 0, 10000):

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Similarly, a temperature sensor that can read between -50 °C and 200 °C would have a formula register of

map420($"4-20mA temp sensor raw value", -50, 200)

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This assumes the minimum and maximum values of the sensor range start at 4mA and end at 20mA.

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Typical Setup Overview

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