Alicat adds industrial automation protocols to vacuum flow control instruments

March 23, 2017

Alicat has expanded the communications protocol offerings on its line of mass flow controllers for vacuum coating applications, adding EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet. Alicat’s MCE-Series and MCV-Series mass flow controllers ensure the optimal coating environment in vacuum chambers, maintaining product integrity in vacuum deposition.

The new industrial automation protocols enable real time data collection of mass flow, volumetric flow, absolute pressure, and temperature, with full temperature and pressure compensation. Users may change setpoint or gas selection, and issue other commands to Alicat instruments using a DeviceNet or EtherNet/IP enabled PLC or computer.

In addition to the new EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet protocols, Alicat offers Modbus-RTU and Profibus communication options. The MCE-Series and MCV-Series may be used to replace legacy and discontinued MKS instruments. Made to fit the same space as common industry mass flow controllers, both series are easy to integrate into existing systems. All Alicat instruments are backed by NIST-traceable calibration, comprehensive technical support, and a lifetime warranty.

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