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Diverse I/O Testing Capabilities with OCTOPUS

OCTOPUS is a robust modular I/O test platform designed to streamline the automated testing of complex PLC installations. It excels in simulating both digital and analog I/Os simultaneously and boasts trigger functionality, enabling the execution and control of a wide array of test scenarios. This flexibility extends to various programming languages, including Python scripts, LabVIEW, and MATLAB applications.

OCTOPUS proves to be an invaluable test platform, well-suited for Engineering Regression Tests, Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), or Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) conducted over extended distances.

The OCTOPUS platform comprises five distinct module types, each sharing a common set of properties that collectively define the OCTOPUS system.

  • TEMSY: Serving as the core of the OCTOPUS platform, TEMSY provides a USB interface to the host PC, where the test application runs. It offers power-limited power distribution, interface capabilities, and synchronization for up to 100 I/O modules. With two trigger inputs and outputs, it facilitates seamless integration with external equipment.

  • TEMDI: TEMDI functions as the digital input module within OCTOPUS. Each TEMDI unit features eight individually insulated connectors, each equipped with two digital inputs.

  • TEMDO: OCTOPUS employs TEMDO as its digital output module. Every TEMDO module offers eight individually insulated connectors, each with three in-series connected outputs.

  • TEMAIO: TEMAIO is the combined analog input and output module. Each TEMAIO module comprises eight individually insulated connectors, featuring two analog inputs and two analog outputs.

  • TEMRTD: Finally, TEMRTD serves as the 4-wire resistor output module. Each TEMRTD unit boasts eight individually insulated connectors, each equipped with one 4-wire resistor output.

Properties of the OCTOPUS I/O test system

  • Each module is “hotly swappable” due to an inrush-limiting circuit
  • Onboard temperature sensor
  • Onboard power supply monitor
  • Remotely reprogrammable via Modbus, without disassembly
  • Module status, Rx / Tx activity, and IO enable indication with LEDs
  • CAT5 shielded interface connectors for power and communication
  • Communication between the modules is via the Modbus protocol over RS422 with failsafe transceivers
  • Robust against cross-cabling and PoE
  • Ability to daisy-chain up to 16 modules
  • Uniquely addressable by rotary hex switches
  • Robust housing with transparent cover for direct optical feedback of LED signals and accompanying text

TEMSY - The Cornerstone of the OCTOPUS I/O test platform

TEMSY is, with its multiple functions, the center of the OCTOPUS platform. It has a USB connector to interface with the test applications, e.g., a PC, laptop, or Raspberry Pi. It provides inrush-limited power distribution to all module strings and has trigger functionality to synchronize data and signals with or through other equipment. The inrush-limiting outputs make hot swapping of the module(s) possible.

Key Properties of TEMSY:

  • 16 Connections: Utilizing RS422 RJ45 connectors, TEMSY can link up to 100 TEMDO, TEMDI, TEMAIO, and TEMRTD modules. Each connection supports a maximum of 16 modules through daisy-chaining
  • 4W4 D-SUB Power Connection: Designed for 24 – 48V bus voltage
  • Power Supply Diagnostics: LEDs provide real-time power supply diagnostics for each connection
  • Parallel Inrush-Limited Outputs: TEMSY serves as the power source for connected module strings, offering 16 parallel inrush-limited outputs. These outputs are overcurrent protected and resilient to hot swapping.
  • Trigger Inputs and Outputs: TEMSY features two input and two output trigger connections via BNC connectors
  • Standard USB Interface: With a standard USB interface, TEMSY enables reading and control of connected modules
  • Central Trigger Distribution: TEMSY offers central trigger distribution across all connected modules, streamlining the synchronization of inputs and outputs.
  • 3V3 Logic Compatibility: Its trigger inputs are 3V3 logic compatible and can tolerate voltage levels of ± 36V.

TEMDI - The Digital Input Module of the OCTOPUS I/O test platform

TEMDI takes center stage as the digital input module within the OCTOPUS platform. It serves as the gateway for monitoring digital signals sourced from industrial systems. With TEMDI, you gain the capability to monitor and utilize outputs from PLCs or digital sensor outputs, facilitating the execution of diverse test scenarios.

Key properties of TEMDI

  • 16 Digital Inputs: Each TEMDI module offers 16 digital inputs, all 'soft' galvanically separated to ensure signal integrity and reliability.
  • Potential free inputs
  • 3V3 logic level inputs up to 24V, ± 36V tolerant
  • Minimal load to PLC outputs
  • Input Status Indication: Equipped with LEDs, TEMDI provides separate input status indication.
  • Industrially Standardized M12 Connectors: TEMDI employs industrially standardized M12 connectors.



TEMDO - The Digital Output Module of the OCTOPUS test platform

TEMDO is the digital output module of the OCTOPUS platform. TEMDO has eight digital outputs that can control the digital inputs of industrial PLC systems. With TEMDO, for example, different interlock scenarios can be simulated to handle PLC software regression tests quickly and consistently.

Key properties TEMDO:

  • Eight Digital Output Channels: TEMDO features eight digital output channels, each equipped with three potential-free series-switched contacts
    • Qualified for redundant safety PLC inputs
    • High impedance during power-up/reset
    • Overcurrent protection from 100mA
    • Voltage: ± 30V maximum differential, ± 36V single ended
    • Closure Generation: Ability to generate closure between 2 safety PLC loops
  • Separate output status indication with LEDs
  • Industrially standardized M12 connectors, pinning compatible with common PLC systems

TEMAIO - The analog I/O module of the OCTOPUS I/O test platform

TEMAIO is the analog input/output module of the OCTOPUS platform. TEMAIO has an analog input front end and an analog output module. The output voltages are directly measured with analog inputs to verify the output value. The TEMAIO current/voltage outputs can simulate sensor current loops (4-20mA) or sensor voltage outputs (0-10V). In addition to real-time output monitoring, analog inputs can also monitor external analog voltages.

Key properties TEMAIO:

  • 16 programmable analog current or voltage outputs

    Current range: ± 24mA, 16bit
    Voltage range: ± 12V, 16bit
  • 16 continuous measuring analog voltage inputs

    Input range: ± 32.8V, 16bit
  • Separate input/output status indication with LEDs
  • “Soft” galvanically separated input/output channels
  • Industrially standardized M12 connectors, pinning compatible with common PLC systems

TEMRTD - the restistence synthesis module of the OCTOPUS platform

The TEMRTD is a resistance synthesis module in the OCTOPUS platform to simulate resistive temperature sensors. Three ranges are defined to simulate commonly used sensor types with higher resolution and accuracy.

Key properties of TEMRTD

  • Eight programmable 4-wire resistor synthesis outputs

    3kΩ to 33kΩ range, <0.2%, 16bit
    300Ω to 3kΩ range, <0.5%, 16bit
    10Ω to 300Ω range, <3%, 16bit
    100Ω to 300Ω range, <1%
  • Autoranger function, can be turned on or off as required
  • 'Soft' galvanically isolated output channels
  • Refresh rate: 100Hz possible
  • Input protection: up to ± 24V, with peaks up to ± 33V
  • Maximum measuring current:

    400uA in the 33kΩ range
    4mA in the 3kΩ range
    15mA in the 300Ω range

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