Industrial High-Power Relay Controller 8-Channel + UXP Expansion Port
- Control 8 On-Board High-Power 20 or 30-Amp Relays
- Expandable to control More Relays using the XR Expansion Port
- Modular Communications Interface Supports Many Popular Communication Modules:
- WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, WebPage, Industrial Wireless, USB, RS-232 and More
- 16 Background Timers Can be Assigned to Any of the On-Board Relays
- Server Reboot, Watchdog, & Keep Alive Duration/Pulse Timing Command Set
- Control One Relay at a Time or All Relays Simultaneously
- UXP Expansion port for Adding Additional:
- Contact Closure Modules – up to 2,048 Inputs
- Digital Potentiometers – up to 48 Inputs
- Analog to Digital Conversion – up to 256 Outputs
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8-Channel High-Power Relay Controller with UXP Expansion Port
This ProXR Industrial relay controller is capable of switching 8 on-board 20-Amp SPDT or 30-Amp SPST, ideal for high-power switching applications. Each 20-Amp SPDT relay includes 3 quick-connect terminals for normally open, common, and normally closed contact closure relay output connectivity. The 30-Amp SPST relay has two quick-connect terminals for normally open and common connections. This controller features a modular communications interface, capable of accepting USB, RS-232, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, Industrial Wireless communication modules, and more. The on-board UXP expansion port makes it easy to add external expansion hardware to this controller. Expansion options include 12-Bit Analog to Digital Converters, Contact Closure Inputs, or Digital Potentiometer outputs. Expand ProXR controllers to switch more relays of various types using the XR Expansion Port. Simply plug in any XR Expansion Relay Controller and you are ready to switch solid state relays, DPDT signal relays, general purpose SPDT relays, and high-power relays.
ProXR Series Industrial Relay Controllers
NCD has been in business since 1995, and we created the world’s first commercially available relay controller. ProXR Industrial controllers are the best controllers on the market with over 10 years of production history and a 5-Year Repair or Replace Warranty to back it up! There are many reasons that make ProXR the leading relay control solution. Let’s take a look at why ProXR controllers are unique, and why industry has chosen NCD controllers for so many years…
The firmware we designed for ProXR series controllers is ultra-stable. Our CPU uses hardware interrupts to manage communications while processing a wide range of background tasks, such as 16 relay timers, 16 relay flashers, data parsing, and garbage cleanup. ProXR controllers will never “drop” commands, even in the most demanding environments. We use a hardware watchdog timer, built into our CPU. The watchdog timer acts as a supervisor, capable of rebooting the CPU should anything go wrong so you never loose communications. The current CPU is more powerful, more feature packed, and more stable than any other controller on the market. ProXR controllers were designed to operate non-stop 24/7 from 0 to 85C.
ProXR controllers can take control of relays in ways you may have never imagined. Of course you can turn relays on, or off, or toggle the current state of the relays. It’s also easy to read the status of individual relays, relay banks, or all relays on the controller. These are basic functions every relay controller should support. ProXR relay controllers have many features you may not expect. For instance, ProXR controllers support 16 timers that run in the background. Each timer can activate a relay for up to 255 Hours, 255 Minutes, and 255 seconds when activated. Activate 16 security lights using the timers and watch them all turn off at different times. ProXR controllers also support 16 flashers, allowing up to 16 relays to be automatically cycle on and off in the background until the flasher is canceled. Relay grouping commands allow ProXR controllers to simulate large expensive relays using low-cost relays. Grouping commands are used to activate a master relay plus a few of it’s neighbors simultaneously, allowing simulation of DPDT, 3PDT, 4PDT, 5PDT, 6PDT, 7PDT, and 8PDT relays using a low-cost 8-Channel SPDT relay controller.
Automatic and Manual Relay Refreshing
By default, ProXR controllers automatically update the status of relays every time you send a command. This feature may be enable or disabled. When disable, users have the ability to configure the relay memory without actually switching relays. Once all the memory is configured, simply send the Relay Refresh command and all relays will refresh simultaneously. This is particularly useful in applications that may require you to configure the on/off state of each relay and switch all relays at the exact same time. ProXR will remember your refresh settings every time it powers up. And while we are on the subject of power-up, ProXR relay controllers do not click when power is first applied. This alone is one of the biggest reasons industry has chosen ProXR over the competition.
XR Expansion Port
ProXR relay controllers are equipped with a XR Relay Expansion Port. The XR Port allows you to add more relays to your controller as your needs expands. Combine mechanical and solid-state relay expansion controllers in any combination to accomplish your automation requirements. We manufacture SPST, SPDT, and DPDT expansion solutions, available in 4, 8, 16, 24, and 32 channel versions. ProXR relay controllers support up to 256 relays in firmware; however, expanding over 128 relays may not be possible if the cable length is too long.
Why Industry Uses ProXR
There’s a lot of little things we did to make ProXR special. We created Base Station Software so you can learn to use ProXR controllers using a Windows 8 or 10 PC. Base Station supports all communication technologies and teaches you what bytes to send to your controller so you don’t have to hunt down the manual every time you want to use a new function. Simply copy and paste the communication bytes from the Base Station User Interface into your favorite programming language. Base Station will demonstrate the engineering behind ProXR series controllers, but if you want a preview, just take a look at the ProXR Quick Start Guide in the Resources section. On-line videos walk you through all the major features. ProXR controllers have a 5 year warranty and a operational life expectancy exceeding 10 years. We built ProXR controllers to last. We are committed to up-gradable hardware, not disposable hardware. We use the best relays, the best communication technologies, and we have the best support in the industry. We can help you with all of your relay control needs, no matter how complex!
Base Station Software
Base Station Software was designed to help you learn the ProXR command set. Explore ProXR features using our Graphical User Interface. Watch data bytes flow to and from the board, so you easily understand the command execution process. There is no faster or easier way to learn how to automate than Base Station, as it was designed to work with our complete array of communication modules, including Wireless, Ethernet, USB, RS-232, and many more. You only need a Windows 8 or 10 Computer to Run Base Station. Base Station was written in Visual Studio, and we even provide the source code to help you on your way! Learn More about Base Station Software Here.
Learn More about ProXR Series Controllers
Base Station helps you learn how to use ProXR Series relay controllers. In this video, we will cover some of the most commonly used features.
LabVIEW Relay Control
NCD supports integration of NCD relay controllers using LabVIEW. We have included samples and drivers for basic and advanced operation which cover most functions including Relay Timers. We have posted several tutorials on this topic here.
UXP Universal Expansion Port
This controller is equipped with a on-board UXP Universal Expansion port. The UXP port allows users to connect expansion controllers to this device, greatly enhancing the hardware features of this controller. There are essentially 3 types of expansions that may be connected to ProXR UXP series controllers. While it is not possible to mix expansion modules, multiple expansions of the same type are supported by UXP series controllers.
Contact Closure Input UXP Expansions
Connect buttons, switches, magnetic door sensors, pressure switches, current detection switches and much more to the contact closure input UXP expansion. Expansion boards are available in 16, 32, and 48-Channel versions. Mix and match any version up to a total of 2,048 contact closure inputs to your UXP series series relay controller. Contact Closure inputs are queried in your software, simply ask the controller for on/off status of any input bank (a bank represents 8 contact closure inputs), and the controller returns a byte, indicating the on/off status of 8 inputs at a time. Click on the photos below to learn more about each of the Contact Closure Expansions (links open in a new window).
16-Channel Potentiometer Output UXP Expansion
Connect this 16-Channel potentiometer output expansion to your UXP ProXR controller and take control of 16 digital potentiometers at 8-bit resolution per channel. Choose between 10K, 50K, or 100K potentiometers. Mix and match potentiometer expansions up to a total of 256 potentiometer outputs. Digital potentiometers are capable providing a resistance output for each channel within the 0-5VDC voltage range. Potentiometer outputs are capable of safely handling up to 1ma of current per channel.
16-Channel 12-Bit Analog to Digital UXP Expansion
The 16-Channel 12-Bit ADC expansion module allows users to connect 16 analog sensors from 0 to 5VDC to the UXP expansion port for accurate measurement. With 12-Bit resolution, analog voltages are converted into integer values from 0 to 4095. Up to 3 of these expansions may be connected to a single UXP Expansion port, allowing up to 48 Channels of analog sensors to connect to your ProXR relay controller.
ProXR Communication Options
We take communications seriously, as we believe in a modular communications and firmware that properly supports scalability into future interface technologies. ProXR controllers support API communications, which effectively wrap every command with a header, payload, and checksum to ensure reliability. NCD API commands increase processing speed because no serial timeout is required prior to command processing. NCD API commands increase reliability, as only a proper checksum will authenticate a command and allow it to process. When we first implemented API, internet communications via a TCP/IP socket could be realized because the timing problems of internet communications were eliminated. While API is optional, it is strongly advised. Our Base Station software uses API communications, so it’s possible to control a ProXR controller over the internet after configuring port forwarding on your router.
ProXR series controllers are the world’s most adaptable controllers, capable of communicating with a wide variety of communication options. Pick any of your favorite communication technologies: Bluetooth, USB, WiFi, Ethernet, Key Fob, RS-485 or RS-232. ProXR easily adapts to the communication technologies you need most. We are committed to modular communications, so your ProXR series controllers can easily be retrofitted for other applications as your needs change. ProXR controllers are never obsolete, as we are actively releasing new communication technologies that greatly enhance the connectivity of our ProXR series controllers.
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.
20-Amp SPDT High Power Relay Option
This controller is available with a 20-Amp relay option, allowing control of high-power loads up to an absolute maximum of 240VAC at 20 Amps. Ideal for high-power switching applications, this relay should never be used for low-power signals. The 20-Amp relay is of the SPDT variety, which provides Common (C), Normally Open (NO), and Normally Closed (NC) connections. Common is connected to NC when the relay is off. Common disconnects from NC and connects to NO when the relay is activated. This relay is Rated at 20-Amps between NO and C. Do not exceed 10-Amps between C and NC connections. This relay uses .250″ Quick Connect terminals (optional accessory) to connect to the top side of the relay. The relay is molded with COM, NC, and NO markings into the plastic. Review Datasheet
30-Amp SPST High Power Relay Option
This controller is available with a 30-Amp relay option, allowing control of high-power loads up to an absolute maximum of 240VAC at 30 Amps. Ideal for high-power switching applications, this relay should never be used for low-power signals. The 30-Amp relay is of the SPST variety, which provides Common (C) and Normally Open (NO) connections. Common has no connection when the relay is off. Common connects to NO when the relay is activated. This relay uses .250″ Quick Connect terminals (optional accessory) to connect to the top side of the relay. The relay is molded with COM, NO markings into the plastic. Review Datasheet