What are Plug & Play Smart Sensors?
A Plug & Play Smart Sensor is a Sensor that is compliant to the IEEE
TEDS, or Transducer Electronic Data Sheet, is a set of electronic data
in a standardized format defined within the IEEE 1451.4 standard. This data specifies what
type of sensor is present, describes its interface, and gives technical information such
as sensitivity, bridge
type, excitation, etc. This information is stored in an EEPROM chip attached
to a sensor.
By having this chip, the sensor can identify and describe itself to the
network and or Smart
Load Cell Meter, thereby easing automatic system configuration. With TEDS you will save time. You can interchange any TEDS sensor without having to program or calibrate the instrument. It's truly Plug & Play.
What are the advantages of Plug & Play Smart
Benefits that can be experienced now include:
Advantages that will be available in the future include:
Can a legacy / non-TEDS sensor
be converted to a TEDS "Plug & Play" sensor?
Yes. A legacy / non-TEDS sensor can be converted to a TEDS "Plug & Play" sensor. Transducer
Techniques offers a
CAL-TEDS service to convert your sensor to a TEDS "Plug & Play" compliant
sensor. The service consists of a connector, recalibration and a programmed
EEPROM. This will
update a legacy / non-TEDS sensor to be capable of plugging into Transducer
IEEE 1451.4 compliant instruments.
What is Virtual TEDS?
Virtual TEDS is an online library of data sheets developed by National
that contain the same information that would be found in an EEPROM TEDS,
but exist for sensors
not containing the EEPROM. This would define Plug & Play capability
for legacy / non-TEDS
sensors. As a National Instruments Plug & Play Sensor Partner and a
Alliance Member, Transducer Techniques has contributed the data for all
its sensors to the
Virtual TEDS database.