The Four Dimensions of your UEI System

4 Dimensions of UEI System

Form Factor

UEI offers a wide variety of different chassis styles. The electronics
in all of these is identical COTS technology. This is an often misundestood
concept so it is worth stating again:
Whether you choose a Cube, RACKTangle, FLATRACK, UEINet or MIL
chassis, the internal electronics, software support and compatible
I/O boards are identical.

  • The 3U RACKTangles are easily mounted in standard 19″ racks
    or against any bulkhead.
  • The 1U FLATRACK allows up to 4 I/O boards to be installed in an
    AC or DC powered 1U chassis.
  • Cubes are compact and rugged. They are available in low power
    100Base-T or standard GigE formats.
  • The MIL series RACKs and Cubes are ideal for military or ruggedized
    commercial applications with all connections through
    standard military 38999 connectors.
  • The UEINet is a new single I/O slot chassis that fits an entire
    I/O system in an ultra compact 2.7″ x 4″ x 4″ chassis

Hosted versus Standalone Deployment options

Depending on your application, you may wish to have the UEI I/O hardware controlled by a host PC, run standalone DAQ/control applications, or work in a SCADA configuration. More on Deployment and Usage options.
The hardware (chassis and I/O boards) are identical in each of these deployment options. Only the firmware and the software is different. As with the Form Factor discussion, this is an often missed point and is worth stating again:
The chassis/electronics for each of the deployment options described
below is identical. Only the firmware/software differentiates the
functionality of the various options.

UEI chassis slaved to a host PC over Ethernet
We refer to this as PowerDNA mode.
Standalone Linux or VxWorks based embedded system
This deployment option is known as the UEIPAC.
Standalone datalogger with no programming required
This deployment option is the UEILogger.
Simulink target
This option is referred to as the UEISIM.
Modbus TCP I/O system
This option is referred to as the UEIModbus.
OPC-UA compatible, embedded I/O system
This option is referred to as the UEIOPC-UA

Operating System and Programming Options

Though most customers consider UEI a “hardware” company, we never underestimate the value of software in our products. We know that none of our hardware is of any value whatsoever without software. In fact, in both our design team and support team, we have more software engineers than hardware.
Our goal is to provide you with the software support you desire, regardless of what programming language, application or operating system you wish to use.
Almost everyone in the industry has good Windows support and UEI is no exception. You’ll find our support, including our UEIDAQ Framework is the most robust, simplest to use interface available.
Whether you’re programing in C, VB, any of the .NET languages or application such as LabVIEW and MATLAB our support is unequaled.
However, where UEI really differentiates itself is in the support of Linux, VxWorks, QNX, RTX, INTime and languages outside the Windows world. We never leave our customers looking to bulletin boards or open source for drivers. Everything is written and fully tested by our software team.

I/O Board Selection

With well over 60 different I/O boards available, UEI is sure to have just what your application needs. We understand that connecting to 98% of the signals in your system is simply not enough. Our goal is to have 100% of what you need. Beyond that, our goal is also to connect directly to what your system provides without the need for external signal conditioning. Our product line includes:

  • Analog inputs (VIn, IIn, TCs, RTDs, Strain, ICP/IEPE etc.)
  • Analog outputs (Vout to 115VDC, 4-20 mA, etc.)
  • Logic level DIO
  • Industrial and high voltage DIO
  • Counters, Timers, IRIG timing
  • Avionics (ARINC 429/708/453, MIL-1553, AFDX etc.)
  • Serial Communications (Async and Synchronous)
  • RVDT/LVDT/Synchro/Resolver (input and simulated out)
  • Quadrature encoder input
  • Variable Relectance input
  • CAN-bus input (including J-1939 and .DBC)
  • WIFI and GSM wireless interfaces
  • Function generator outputs

Let us help you

Choosing the right product for your application is not always straightforward. We have application engineers who work with the products and know them well, so if you want us to choose the right product for you then please do not hesitate to call us on 01590 671 700 or email us.

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