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MTL SD32 & Weidmuller SD32X vs ZeroDT I/O-24

I/O-24 surge protector
I/O-24 Surge Protector

The ZeroDT I/O-24 is a surge protector that’s unlike any other. This I-O protective device stacks up very differently when compared to other surge protection devices, and offers a wide range of advantages. Let’s dive into a few.

Comparing SD32 and SD32X Devices with the ZeroDT I/O-24

A few of the more well-known surge protectors include the MTL SD32 and the Weidmuller SD32X devices. Both of these are industry-leading surge protectors that can effectively assist in protecting customers’ devices from overvoltage transients and surge currents and ensuring that electronics can continue to function the way they were built.

In contrast, the ZeroDT I/O-24 is a newer surge protector that uses a different technology to protect electronics from these overvoltage transients and surge current issues. At ZeroDT, we’ve created an advanced surge protection device that offers you all the capability you’re looking for and that truly is a step up from the SD32 and SD32X. Learn more about ZeroDT with our comparison.

Pros and Cons of the SD32 and SD32X Protectors

One of the main advantages of the SD32 devices is that they offer a fused disconnect. By removing this disconnect, the user has the ability to isolate the circuitry without an additional disconnect switch. However, there is no fuse disconnect capability on the SD32X, meaning that this doesn’t apply to all of the SD devices.

Both the SD32 and the SD32X offer a third connection on each unit for the cable shield. While this can offer a place to ground the cable shield, if you connect the shield to this terminal, it grounds the shield of the cable at that point which may not be the optimum point for effective shielding and in fact may introduce currents onto the shield if other ground points are used as well.

The SD32 units are designed to protect only a single loop or 2 wires, and it takes up 7 mm of DIN rail space. It must be installed in the correct orientation in order for it to function as a surge protector. It needs to be installed with the GDT towards the side that the surge comes from (typically toward the field device in a cabinet/panel application). What’s more, these GDT systems degrade over time with usage, which can lead to frequent and costly replacements.

An Overview of the ZeroDT IO-24

Unlike the SD32 units, a ZeroDT I/O-24 only takes up 12.5 mm of DIN rail space and protects two pairs or 4-wires. Using two of the SD32s to protect two pairs takes up 14 mm of DIN rail space. That’s a whopping 17% more space!

Another way that the ZeroDT I/O-24 differs from the SD32 units is that it is fully bidirectional and can be installed without worry as to the correct orientation. It’s not important for one side of the unit or the other to be facing the side of the surge, giving you more flexibility with installation and eliminating installation issues. Similarly, in the advent that there is a surge or transient that originates on the cabinet/panel side, the I/O-24’s bidirectional capabilities prevent that energy from going out to the remote field devices and causing damage.

On top of that, the ZeroDT I/O-24 uses only SASDs to provide protection that does not degrade with usage. The GDT component within the SD32 degrades every time it handles a surge and the arc lights. With the I/O-24, you are still getting the same level of protection five years down the road as you did the day it was installed.

Similarly, the non-degrading ZeroDT never gives you a unit that is partially functioning, you either have a unit that has 100% capability, or the unit has ‘self-sacrificed’ and is shorting the line to the ground so that you know that there is an issue with that circuit.

Finally, there is no need for high bandwidth versions of the ZeroDT I/O-24 as it does not interfere with digital communications like the RS232, RS422, and RS485. The I/O-24 can be used with confidence on everything from analog 4-20 mA loops, to digital communications loops carrying CAN bus, HART protocol and Profibus — to DC power loops for other devices. Each of the 4 lines through the units has its own independent surge protection so you can trust ZeroDT with protecting your equipment.

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Transient Overvoltage Protection for Electronic Measuring Devices

Transient Overvoltage
Transient Overvoltage

Transient Measuring Device

ZeroDT has designed and created a field sensor surge protection product line as well as a DIN rail mount unit for cabinets and panels that keeps your devices safe no matter where they’re located. Enjoy the security of knowing your electronics are safeguarded with superior surge protection from ZeroDT.

Ensure the Safety of Your Electronic Measurement Devices

Transient Overvoltage

Electronic remote measurement devices are critical to the operation and success of many manufacturing organizations and other businesses. When those devices go haywire, it can cause substantial interruptions in production or safety hazards to the employees and staff. One of the primary ways that those devices can be compromised is due to electrical surges and overvoltage transient issues.

When there is an overvoltage transient on the conductors going to or from your process automation measurement or control devices, that increase of energy can either destroy the units, or it can lead to device malfunctions. These surges can create vast and costly problems for many businesses and can even be a danger to organization personnel.

Transient Protectors

The good news is that there is a solution. ZeroDT has created industrial overvoltage protection devices targeted at remote field measurement devices and the I-O from cabinet/panels that prevents overvoltage issues and puts a stop to surge-related damage. . Our industrial overvoltage protection devices protect your electronics and help you avoid costly issues of replacement, repair and system downtime that can arise from overvoltage transient energy from either nature’s events such as lightning, or manmade like equipment failure, human error, and utility grid switching.

Take Advantage of a Proprietary Surge Protection Product Line

The ZeroDT surge protection line offers you the ultimate protection for any voltage from 12 Vdc to 120 VAC, with versions to protect up to 2 loops (4-wires) with a single unit. Our goal in everything we do is to help you achieve zero downtime. Take advantage of the many products and benefits offered by our end-to-end field surge protection offerings.

The ZeroDT family provides overvoltage transient surge protection for both analog and digital communication loops and power applications. Applications include post discrete and process automation instrumentation. Each one of our products offers many benefits, including:

  • Non-degrading SASD technology
  • Response time of fewer than 5 nanoseconds
  • Sustainability for multiple communications and power applications (both analog and digital)
  • Small form factor allows mounting inside the transmitter enclosure for optimal protection
  • Suitable for use in hazardous locations (Class 1, Div 2)
  • 100% designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.

ZeroDT has Products for Every Commercial and Industrial Instrumentation

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ZeroDT vs Rosemount

There are several different surge protectors that you can use to keep your electronics safe including transient protection options from the transmitter manufacturers themselves, but none compare to ZeroDT’s technology. We break down the difference between Rosemount’s offerings and the protection ZeroDT can provide.

The Difference Between ZeroDT and Rosemount

Rosemount is one of the major manufacturers in the remote electronic measurement of flow and pressure level. When you purchase one of their transmitters, you may have an internal option for transient protection that you can order. Or, they offer an external transient protection device called the Rosemount 470.

In comparison, ZeroDT is a relatively new technology that has been developed specifically to combat common problems that arise for users of surge protectors. ZeroDT offers several different devices which are appropriate for varying levels of voltage and can help with different numbers of wires and loops.

An Overview of the Rosemount Protectors

The Rosemount 470 Transient protector consists of a circuit that utilizes a Gas Discharge Tube, an inductor, and a Zener diode. The primary protection is provided by the GDT. The GDT will conduct large currents, but it also results in slow reaction time, degradation with usage, and a ‘glo-mode’ with DC currents.

To overcome this first deficiency – slow response time, Rosemount uses a small bipolar Zener diode. However, while the Zener diode is fast, it cannot handle large surge currents, so an inductor is used to try to limit the current through the Zener diode until the GDT can fire and take the surge current. The voltage that the transmitter electronics will see is the sum of the voltage across the Zener diode and the inductor until the GDT responds and starts conducting the surge current.

The second issue is that the electrodes that make the spark gaps in GDTs degrade every time that they activate and carry current. This leads to the turn-on voltage of the GDT becoming a higher and higher voltage as the electrodes degrade. This will mean that the Zener diode will have to conduct current for longer time periods and carry higher currents during the time period before the GDT activates. Because the Zener diode is not designed for these levels of current, or the duration of conduction and because of this, it fails and removes itself from the protection circuit without any indication to the user. The transmitter’s electronics are now protected solely by the GDT, which can have a slow response time and is degrading with continued usage until the transmitter is damaged or destroyed.

On top of this, when used in implementations where DC currents are involved, such as analog 4-20 mA loops, during a surge event the impedance of the GDT device drops and the voltage needed to maintain the arc drops well below the “spark-over voltage” for the device. The arc in the GDT will continue to conduct DC current and remain ‘lit’ even at 24 volts or lower. Because of this ‘glo-mode’ of the GDT, Rosemount has specified that unless the instrument power supply will limit the current to <0.5 Amps, fusing and additional impedance needs to be added to the circuit. This fusing can lead to fuse blows and downtime that require a tech to be dispatched to replace the fuse and bring the system back online.

Pros and Cons of the ZeroDT Protectors

The ZeroDT family of measurement surge protection devices do not rely on GDT, MOVs, or even Zener diodes. They ONLY utilize Silicon Avalanche Suppression Diode (SASD) technology. SASDs are designed to be able to handle the large surge currents that can be induced by lightning, while being as fast, or faster, than the Zener diodes.

Being a true semi-conductor material, they have a very low impedance to current flow once their turn-on voltage is reached and as long as the surge currents do not exceed the diode’s capacity, the SASD returns to its original state with no degradation in the device or its protection capabilities.

If the surge current exceeds the unit’s capabilities, the SASDs are designed to fail shorted to ground in a final attempt to protect the measurement device or transmitter. While it is true that SASDs may cost more than the other devices, the total cost of ownership can be much lower as they will continue to provide protection when other units may have been replaced, or the transmitters damaged not to mention the downtime that has occurred.

Because of this, the ZeroDT offers a very different and superior functionality to that of the Rosemount’s protective options.