Fusion 16-Channel DPDT Relay Controller Overview
This 16-Channel DPDT Fusion controller makes it easy to automate relays unlike any other controller in the world. Configure relays to activate based on sensor inputs, or configure relay activation under the direction of a time schedule. Dual interface allows two computers to take control of the on-board relays simultaneously, keeping you in control using any two of your favorite communication technologies. Fusion is the world’s most expandable relay controller. We currently manufacture over 300 controllers that plug into the Fusion I2C expansion port (see NCD I2C Devices Category). Fusion is unmatched by any competing controller, as it was designed for high-functionality at a very low price with limitless expansion capabilities. Fusion is configured using Base Station software, so you don’t have to program to use Fusion. If you are a programmer, learn to send commands to Fusion by watching the log windows in Base Station. We show you all the data you are sending so you can easily replicate our features in your own software. Learn to use the world’s most powerful relay controller and take advantage of our unlimited expansion as we continue to build hundreds of new sensors and controllers. Fusion hardware includes 16 I/O lines that can be used for Digital I/O, 8/10-Bit Analog to Digital Conversion, or Two UXP expansion ports for adding older NCD expansion devices. Fusion also includes a FXR relay expansion port, allowing control of more relays of mixed types if needed. The optional TLEE memory and Real Time Clock expansion enables enhanced features and relay activation from a time schedule.
Fusion controllers are the most powerful controllers we have ever manufactured. With an unrivaled number of communication options, Fusion makes it easy to communicate to any computer system, anywhere in the world.
Fusion: The World's Most Versatile Relay Controller
Fusion is a combination of computer controlled relays, with the ability to control relays automatically based on sensor input. Fusion controllers are also capable of storing a time schedule, allowing relays to turn on and off at specific times of the day.
ProXR: Computer Controlled Relays
ProXR Relay control capabilities offer the ultimate computer controlled relay solution. The 4th Generation ProXR Advanced command set is designed to give you computer control of relays, overriding the sensor and time control features configured into the controller.
Reactor: Sensor Controlled Relays
When your application demands sensor controlled relays, Reactor will let you point and click your way into a simple configuration that triggers relays, timers, and counters based on sensor values. Let Reactor manage your relay control needs based on temperature, light levels, humidity, motion detection, and much more. Compatible with most sensors, Reactor is a powerhouse relay control solution for managing your most demanding automation tasks without programming.
Taralist: Time Schedule Controlled Relays
Need relays to activate on a regular schedule? Taralist allows you to build a Time Activated Relay Schedule with up to 999 events. With Daylight Savings Time, Holidays, and Leap Year support, Taralist is capable of managing about any application that requires relay control on a regular time schedule. Link Taralist and Reactor for applications that require sensor controlled relays on a time schedule. (see recommended accessories below for important information)
I2C: Expansion Beyond Imagination
Fusion is a master of expansion, with over 300 expansion controllers that plug in to the I2C port. Plug in just about any kind of expansion you can think of, choose from a wide variety of sensors and controllers. I2C expansion is where we are currently focusing our design efforts. We are constantly developing our software drivers so you can see working examples immediately. Please note that our hardware library is currently ahead of our software samples, so if there is anything you need in particular, just let us know and we will get samples for you within a few days. Update 10/2020: This feature is no-longer recommended due to the release of newer technologies.
Fusion: Built to Expand
With 2 UXP expansion ports, Fusion controllers know how to expand. Easily add Analog to Digital Converters, Contact Closure detectors and digital potentiometers to your Fusion controller. Fusion controllers also support I2C devices, adding a wide variety of sensors to meet your application objectives. The FXR Expansion Port allows you to add expansion relay boards to your Fusion controller. Fusion Series Controllers have 16 programmable I/O lines, which may be used for contact closure input, digital input, digital output, 8/10-Bit Analog to Digital Conversion, or I²C expansion. In most cases, these features may be mixed and matched as your application requires. Fusion Series Relay Controllers know how to connect to your application. With a simple point and click configuration, you can read a variety of sensors in just a few minutes. Fusion will automatically monitor your sensor in the background and make relay control decisions if a sensor is tripped or goes outside an acceptable range.
- Contact Closure Input Capabilities
- Fusion Digital I/O
- Fusion Analog to Digital Conversion
- I2C Expandability
- Two UXP Ports
- Distance Measurement
- FXR Expansion Port
Fusion: Built to Automate
Fusion Series Relay Controllers were built to make relay control decisions automatically. From time scheduling to sensor monitoring, Fusion offers an arsenal of features designed to quickly and intuitively automate relays control functions without programming. We chose Fusion as the series name because it is a true blending of technologies we have been developing since 1995. Fusion is the most powerful series controllers we have ever created, with a clear overlap of technologies working together to create the ultimate relay control solution.
- Base Station Software
- Time Scheduling
- Reactor Processor
- Sensor Monitoring
- Input Limits and Triggers
- Trigger Events
- Override Controller
World Wide Access
Fusion controllers were designed for internet access, making Fusion the perfect choice for internet control and web-page based control applications. Pursuant to our goals of worldwide access, Fusion controllers were designed to work with WiFi, Ethernet, Web-Page Based Ethernet, and 802.15.4 Wireless. Each of these technologies adds unique benefits for worldwide access of Fusion controllers.
- MQTT and Amazon AWS IoT Support
- TCP/IP Ethernet & WiFi Interface
- Optional Ethernet Web Page Interface
- Long Range 900MHz Industrial Wireless
- Push Notification via Any Communication Technology
Many accessories are available for the Fusion series controllers, but there are two accessories that should be considered above all others. The TLEE Expansion Module adds the following benefits:
- Adds Real-Time Clock and additional EEPROM Memory
- Enables Taralist Time Activated Relay Scheduling Features
- Expands Reactor Features to Include 60% More Event Triggers
- Allows Fusion Controllers to Take Control of other Wireless Fusion Controllers (experimental)
- Enables Sensor Sharing between Fusion Controllers (experimental)
- Enables Push Notifications
At least one USB communications module (Part Number: ZUSB) should be on-hand, just in case you have problems with your Fusion series controller. It may not be possible for technical support to offer guidance without at-least one ZUSB on-hand for trouble-shooting purposes. Base Station Software is a free download from our web site, and should be considered the starting point for using any NCD device. Nearly every feature of a Fusion controller requires Base Station Software for configuration and/or testing. Base Station is essential to successful use of Fusion series controllers. Base Station will talk to any Fusion controller using any communication technology, either in a localized installation or over the internet.
Fusion: Built to Communicate
Dual communication port interface means you have choices. Pick any two of your favorite communication technologies: Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, Ethernet, Long Range 900MHz Wireless or RS-232. Fusion Easily adapts to the communication technologies you need most. Need access to your controller over two different networks? No problem, just use two Ethernet/WiFi communication technologies. Fusion lives and breathes the protocols of internet communications. Fusion controllers feature TWO interface ports. Pick any two communication options below and take control using your favorite communication technology. Learn about Fusion Communication Options Below:
Communication Module Options
RS-232 Serial Communications Module
NCD RS-232 Serial Communication modules make it easy to integrate the worlds most prolific communication standard. Easily interface to desktop PCs and laptops for easy control via standard serial commands. Most NCD devices typically default to 115.2K Baud; however, older low-cost devices implement 9600 baud data rate as the predominate standard. Learn more about our RS-232 communications module here.
RS-485 Serial Communications Module
Our RS-485 Serial Communications Module makes it easy to network up to 256 NCD devices together at distances up to 4,000 feet. Each RS-485 node includes 3 screw-terminals for a 3-wire connection to the RS-485 master. Learn More about our RS-485 Communications module here.
USB Communications Module
Our USB interface module makes it easy to control our devices using the USB port. Simply plug into any available USB port and start controlling our devices using standard serial commands. NCD USB Interface modules feature genuine FTDI USB to Serial Converter Chips, the very best in the industry. Learn more about our USB Communications module here.
Ethernet TCP/IP Communications Module
Control NCD devices using standard Ethernet TCP/IP communications. Simply open a socket and send and receive TCP/IP data to control our devices. Our Ethernet TCP/IP Communication modules feature our 3rd Generation Ethernet to Serial communications module. Use the integrated web page to configure settings. Upload your own customized web page to add special features to this device. We have included a few sample HTML files to help you get started. Learn more about the NCD5500 Ethernet communications module here.
Key Fob KFX Remote Control Module
Our KFX Key Fob Remote control Module generates serial data when a remote control button is pressed or released. Remote control buttons can be used to send relay activation and deactivation commands when paired with a ProXR compliant relay controller. The KFX module may also be used to send serial commands to just about any NCD device with a compatible interface module connector. A USB Configuration adapter is required to configure serial communications. Learn more about the KFX Module here.
Large Key Fob Remotes Provide Remote Operation up to 700 feet away Line of Sight. Small Key Fobs are available that offer 1 to 5 Buttons with up to 200 Foot Range Line of Sight. Up to 40 Key Fobs may be securely paired to a single KFX Module with each remote triggering identical functions. Click on the Key Fobs to learn more about each remote or click here to see all KFX Related Accessories.
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WiFi Bluetooth USB 3 in 1 Module with MQTT Support
Control NCD devices using standard WiFi TCP/IP communications or use the integrated Bluetooth for simple wireless computer to device interface using a wireless virtual COM port. Use the USB port for control over a virtual COM port for easy connectivity. This is a low-cost solution that lets you try different solutions with easy setup using a integrated Web Page User Interface for all Configuration settings. Connect to a MQTT Server over WiFi for remote operation over the internet. Learn More about our WiFi TCP/IP Communications module here.
MQTT and Amazon AWS Connectivity
Connect Directly to MQTT Servers including Amazon AWS and communicate with this device from anywhere in the world. Subscribe to a Topic that contains control bytes to control the connected device. Response bytes from the connected device will be Published to the Cloud.
TCP Communications and UDP
This Communications Module sends UDP Broadcasts to help locate the IP address of the WiFi module on your Network. Once discovered, simply open port 2101 and send and receive bytes of data to control the connected device and read responses over a WiFi network.
Long Range Wireless Industrial Mesh
Long-Range Wireless Mesh networking is our favorite of all wireless communication technologies. This is the ONLY communications technology NCD recommends on the factory floor, operating at a safe 900MHz. Mesh technology will hop data from one location to another to reach its intended destination, users do not need to do anything other than make sure wireless modules stay within hopping range of each other. We use the Digi 900HP-S3B module in many of our products, as this is the best industry has to offer. With a 2 mile range between modules and up to 8 hops, it is possible to cover 16 miles of wireless territory using this technology. Using high-gain antennas, this module is capable of communicating to a remote module up to 28 miles away. Please note that data hopping only works between live devices. Data will not hop between sleeping sensors. Data will hop from sensors to gateways and modems. Data will also hop between gateways and modems. Learn more about our long range wireless module here.
1-Amp DPDT Signal Relay Option
This controller offers an optional 1-Amp small signal relay, allowing control of low-power telecommunications signals up to 12VDC at 1 Amp. Ideal for audio, telecommunications, and very low power switching applications. This relay has a low On resistance. The 1-Amp signal relay is of the DPDT variety, which is the same as two SPDT relays that switch simultaneously, but remain isolated from each other. This relay has 6 total user connections, two of each of the following: Common (C), Normally Open (NO), and Normally Closed (NC). Common is connected to NC when the relay is off. Common disconnects from NC and connects to NO when the relay is activated. All connections are made via screw terminals, capable of accepting up to 16 AWG wire. Review Datasheet
3-Amp DPDT Signal Relay Option
This controller offers an optional 3-Amp small signal relay, allowing control of low-power telecommunications signals up to 12VDC at 3 Amps. Ideal for audio, telecommunications, and very low power switching applications. This relay has a low On resistance. The 3-Amp signal relay is of the DPDT variety, which is the same as two SPDT relays that switch simultaneously, but remain isolated from each other. This relay has 6 total user connections, two of each of the following: Common (C), Normally Open (NO), and Normally Closed (NC). Common is connected to NC when the relay is off. Common disconnects from NC and connects to NO when the relay is activated. All connections are made via screw terminals, capable of accepting up to 14 AWG wire. Review Datasheet
5-Amp DPDT Signal Relay Option
This controller offers an optional 5-Amp signal relay, allowing control of signals up to 12VDC at 5 Amps. Ideal for audio, telecommunications, and light-duty power switching applications. This relay has a low On resistance. The 5-Amp signal relay is of the DPDT variety, which is the same as two SPDT relays that switch simultaneously, but remain isolated from each other. This relay has 6 total user connections, two of each of the following: Common (C), Normally Open (NO), and Normally Closed (NC). Common is connected to NC when the relay is off. Common disconnects from NC and connects to NO when the relay is activated. All connections are made via screw terminals, capable of accepting up to 14 AWG wire. Review Datasheet