What sets the Helios apart from other Large Display Meters is its dual line display with super bright LEDs that can be read even in bright sunlight and up to 100 feet away. Based on Precision Digital’s popular line of ProVu® digital panel meters, the Helios can satisfy a wide variety of level, flow, temperature, pressure, & weight applications. It is available with models that accept 4-20 mA, thermocouple, RTD, pulse, strain gauge, AC and DC volts and current, and even Modbus®.
Go with the Helios PD2-6081 when you have a level application involving Modbus signals and you prefer to display in feet and inches instead of the more common decimal format. The PD2-6081 can display up to 16 Modbus registers so a typical application might be 16 tank levels, 8 tank levels and 8 interface levels, or 5 tank levels, 5 interface levels, and 5 temperatures. The PD2-6081 makes a great outdoor tank side indicator because its display is bright enough to read in direct sunlight and it will operate from -40 to 65.5°C.
Modbus® RTU; Two (2) 0-20 mA, 4-20 mA, 0-5 V, 1-5 V, and ±10 V
Large 1.80″ Digits
Dual Line Display
Six Full Digits on Each Line
Readable From 100 Feet Away
Superluminous Sunlight Readable Display
NEMA 4X, IP65 Rated Field Mountable Enclosure
Great for Outdoor Use: -40 to 150°F (-40 to 65°C)
Program the Meter from a PC with Onboard USB and ScanView
Modbus® RTU Master, Slave, or Snooper Mode
Poll and Display up to 16 Process Variables
Feet & Inches Display Ideal for Level Applications
Math Functions Capabilities
Isolated 24 VDC @ 200 mA Transmitter Power Supply
Multi-Pump Alternation Control
Signal Input Conditioning for Oddly Shaped and Round Horizontal Tanks
Programmable Displays & Function Keys
32-Point, Square Root, or Exponential Linearization
Current Input Protected by Resettable Fuse
Except where noted all specifications apply to operation at +25°C.
Input/Output:Modbus RTU over RS-485, Two analog inputs (4-20 mA, ±10 V) Display: Two lines with 1.8″ (46 mm) high digits, red LEDs; 6 digits per line (-99999 to 999999), with lead zero blanking Display Intensity Eight user selectable intensity levels Display Update Rate: 5/second (200 ms) Overrange: Display flashes 999999 Underrange: Display flashes -99999 Programming Methods: Four programming buttons, digital inputs, PC and ScanView software, or Modbus registers. Max/Min Display: Max/min readings reached by the process are stored until reset by the user or until power to the meter is turned off. Password: Three programmable passwords restrict modification of programmed settings. Pass 1: Allows use of function keys and digital inputs Pass 2: Allows use of function keys, digital inputs and editing set/reset points Pass 3: Restricts all programming, function keys, and digital inputs.Power Options: 85-265 VAC 50/60 Hz, 90-265 VDC, 20 W max or 12-24 VDC ± 10%, 15 W max. Powered over USB for configuration only. Isolated Transmitter Power Supply: Terminals P+ & P-: 24 VDC ± 10%. 12-24 VDC powered models selectable for 24, 10, or 5 VDC supply (internal P+/P- switch). 85-265 VAC models rated @ 200 mA max, 12-24 VDC powered models rated @ 100 mA max, @ 50 mA max for 5 or 10 VDC supply. Non-Volatile Memory: All programmed settings are stored in non-volatile memory for a minimum of ten years if power is lost. Fuse: Required external fuse: UL Recognized, 5 A max, slow blow; up to 6 meters may share one 5 A fuse Isolation: 4 kV input/output-to-power line; 500 V input-to-output or output-to-P+ supply Overvoltage Category: Installation Overvoltage Category II: Local level with smaller transient overvoltages than Installation Overvoltage Category III. Environmental: Operating temperature range: -40 to 150°F (-40 to 65°C); Storage temperature range: -40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C); Relative humidity: 0 to 90% non-condensing Connections: Removable and integrated screw terminal blocks accept 12 to 22 AWG wire. Enclosure: UL Type 4X, IP65 rated. Polycarbonate & glass blended plastic case, color: gray. Includes four PG11 through-hole conduit openings, with two factory installed PG11, IP68, black nylon threaded hole plugs with backing nuts. Wall Mounting: Four (4) mounting holes provided for mounting meter to wall. Pipe Mounting: Optional pipe mounting kit (PDA6260) allows for pipe mounting. Sold separately. See PD2-6080/81 manual for instructions. Tightening Torque: Removable Screw Terminals: 5 lb-in (0.56 Nm); Digital I/O and RS485 Terminals: 2.2 lb-in (0.25 Nm) Overall Dimensions: 10.63″ x 12.59″ x 4.77″ (270 mm x 319.7 mm x 121.2 mm) (H x W x D) Weight: 6.10 lbs (2.76 kg) UL File Number: UL & C-UL Listed. E160849; 508 Industrial Control Equipment. Warranty: 3 years parts & labor USB Connection: Compatibility: USB 2.0 Standard, Compliant Connector Type: Micro-B receptacle Cable: USB A Male to Micro-B Cable Driver: Windows 98/SE, ME, 2000, Server 2003/2008, XP 32/64-Bit, Vista 32/64-Bit, Windows 7 32/64-Bit, Windows 10 32/64-Bit Power: USB Port
Master: Processes data read from Modbus RTU slave devices. It polls up to 16 process variables from 1 to 16 slave devices. The Master is capable of scanning the selected PVs, scaling the data, triggering relays, performing math operations, and driving the analog outputs. Snooper: Listens to the Modbus traffic and picks up a specific register or registers being polled by a master device from a specific slave device and processes the data being read. The Snooper mode handles the data the same way as the Master. Slave: Processes data sent to it from a Modbus RTU master device. Note: The relays and the 4-20 mA outputs are functional in all modes.
Master & Snooper Settings
PV Number: PV1–PV16 Enable or disable the process variables to be polled by the Master. Slave Id: Assign the slave ID or address (1-247, 256-259 for mA or volts inputs) containing the process variables to be displayed by the selected PV. Function Code: Select which Modbus function code (03, 04, or 65) to use in reading the slave device. Register Number: 5 digit: 30001-39999, 40001-49999, or 1-65,536 6 digit: 300001-365536 or 400001-465536 (Function Code 65 N/A here) Specifies which register(s) to read in the slave device. Range is dependent on Function Code selection (65, 04, or 03) and digits selection (5 or 6). Data Type: Select the data format that the slave device uses. Select between Short integer (2 byte), Long integer (4 byte), or floating point (4 byte), Signed or Unsigned (integer only) and byte order: 1234, 4321, 2143, or 3412 (big-endian vs. little-endian, or swapped). Poll Time: 1.0 to 99.9 sec. Time between read-commands (Master mode). Slave Response Timeout: 0.0 to 99.9 seconds: Time allowed for the slave to respond before the scanner generates a communication break condition. The master polls the slave 3 times before starting the response timeout timer. Slave/Snooper mode: Time the scanner will wait for new data before going into break condition. Slave mode: Programming 0 disables the timeout; the last value received will be displayed indefinitely. Communication Break:Displays “brEAK” after the Master has polled the slave device 3 times and the response timeout has elapsed. The Snooper and Slave modes go into break condition after no new data is received within the response timeout window. Relays can be programmed to go on, off, or ignore the break condition. The analog outputs can be setup to generate a fixed mA current when a break condition is detected.
Tag & Units: 6-character, independent tag and units for each PV and math channel PV Format: PD6080 default: Decimal format PD6081 default: FT & IN, 1/8th or 1/16th; decimal format may be selected for display line 2 indication. Display Decimal Point: Up to five decimal places or none: d.ddddd, dd.dddd, ddd.ddd, dddd.dd, ddddd.d, or dddddd Float Decimal Point:Select the number of decimals to use for the floating point data expected from the slave or master device (this is independent from the display decimal point selection). PV & Math Scaling: All PVs and math channels may be scaled to represent the input data in any engineering unit. Example: Level transmitter = 999.999 inches; to display in Ft-In-1/16th scale input 2 to display 83 Ft – 4 In – 0/16th.
Scan Mode: Automatic: 1.0 to 99.9 sec Manual: Front panel or digital inputs Go on alarm: Continues scanning after an alarm is detected Stop on alarm: Goes to the alarmed PV and stops scanning; press Scan to resume scanning. Display Scan Rate: Master/Snooper: 1 PV/second to 1 PV every 99.9 seconds Slave: Dependent on master device (e.g. PLC) Note: The display scan rate is independent of the poll time. Display Assignment: Display line 1 may be assigned to PV (process values), Ch C (math channel), PV & units, tag & PV, tag-PV-units, C & units, tag-C-unit, Set point 1 8, max/min PV, max/min C. Display line 2 may be assigned to all of the above, tag, tag & units, or off. The tag and units are displayed alternately for 2 sec max, when selected. Different tags & PVs may be selected to display on line 1 and line 2 at the same time.
Math Operation (Examples) (P = Adder, F = Factor)
Max value of all selected PVs
Min value of all selected PVs
Math on other math channels
Programmable Constants:Constant P (Adder): -99.999 to 999.999, default: 0.000; Constant F (Factor): 0.001 to 999.999, default: 1.000
Compatibility: EIA-485 Connectors:Removable screw terminal connector Max Distance:3,937′ (1,200 m) max Status Indication:Separate LEDs for Power (P), Transmit (TX), and Receive (RX) Scanner Id:1 – 247 (Scanner Modbus address) Baud Rate:300 – 19,200 bps Transmit Time Delay:Programmable 0 to 4999 ms This is the time the scanner will wait for a slave to respond before sending another request on the bus. This value should be greater than 100 ms to avoid collisions on the bus. Data:8 bits (1 start bit, 1 or 2 stop bits) Parity:Even, Odd, or None with 1 or 2 stop bits Byte-To-Byte Timeout:0.01 – 2.54 second Turn Around Delay:Less than 2 ms (fixed) Note: Refer to the Modbus® Scanner Modbus Register Tables located at www.predig.com.
Rating: 4 SPDT (Form C) internal rated 3 A @ 30 VDC and 125/250 VAC resistive load; 1/14 HP (≈ 50 W) @ 125/250 VAC for inductive loads Noise Suppression: Noise suppression is recommended for each relay contact switching inductive loads. See manual for details. Electrical Noise Suppression: A suppressor (snubber) should be connected to each relay contact switching inductive loads to prevent disruption to the microprocessor’s operation. Recommended suppressor value: 0.01 µF/470 , 250 VAC (PDX6901). Deadband: 0-100% of span, user programmable High Or Low Alarm: User may program any alarm for high or low trip point. Unused alarm LEDs and relays may be disabled (turn off). Relay Operation: Automatic (non-latching) and/or manual reset Latching (requires manual acknowledge) with/without clear Pump alternation control (2 to 4 relays) Sampling (based on time) Off (disable unused relays and enable Interlock feature) Manual on/off control mode Relay Reset: User selectable via front panel buttons or digital inputs 1. Automatic reset only (non-latching), when the input passes the reset point. 2. Automatic + manual reset at any time (non-latching) 3. Manual reset only, at any time (latching) 4. Manual reset only after alarm condition has cleared (latching)Note: Front panel button or digital input may be assigned to acknowledge relays programmed for manual reset.Time Delay: 0 to 999.9 seconds, on & off relay time delays; Programmable and independent for each relay Fail-Safe Operation: Programmable and independent for each relay. Note: Relay coil is energized in non-alarm condition. In case of power failure, relay will go to alarm state. Auto Initialization: When power is applied to the meter, relays will reflect the state of the input to the meter.
Isolated 4-20 mA Transmitter Output
Output Source: Input channels A or B, rate, total, or grand total; channel C; max or min for channel A or B; highest or lowest max or min of A and B; set points 1-4; Modbus input; or manual control mode Scaling Range: 1.000 to 23.000 mA for any display range Calibration: Factory calibrated: 4.000 to 20.000 = 4-20 mA output Analog Out Programming: 23.000 mA maximum for all parameters: Overrange, underrange, max, min, and break Accuracy: ± 0.1% of span ± 0.004 mA Temperature Drift: 0.4 μA/°C max from 0 to 65°C ambient, 0.8 μA/°C max from -40 to 0°C ambient Note: Analog output drift is separate from input drift. Isolated Transmitter Power Supply: Terminals I+ & R: 24 VDC ± 10%. Isolated from the input at >500 V. May be used to power the 4-20 mA output or other devices. All models rated @ 40 mA max. Output Loop Resistance:
35 VDC (external)
Dual Process Input
Two Inputs Two non-isolated inputs, each separately field selectable: 0-20, 4-20 mA, 10 V (0-5, 1-5, 0-10 V), Modbus PV (Slave) PV Analog Channel Id:Ch-A mA: Assign PV to ID 256 or Ch-A volt: 257; Ch-B mA: Assign PV to ID 258 or Ch-B volt: 259 Accuracy ±0.03% of calibrated span ±1 count, square root & programmable exponent accuracy range: 10-100% of calibrated span Temperature Drift: 0.005% of calibrated span/°C max from 0 to 65°C ambient, 0.01% of calibrated span/°C max from -40 to 0°C ambient Signal Input Conditioning:Linear, square root, programmable exponent, or round horizontal tank volume calculation Multi-Point Linearization: 2 to 32 points for PV1 and PV2 Programmable Exponent: 1.0001 to 2.9999 Low-Flow Cutoff:0-999999 (0 disables cutoff function) for PV1 and PV2 Calibration Range:
Minimum Span Input 1 & Input 2
An error message will appear if the input 1 and input 2 signals are too close together. Input Impedance:Voltage ranges: greater than 500 kΩ Current ranges: 50 – 100 Ω (depending on resettable fuse impedance) Input Overload: Current input protected by resettable fuse, 30 VDC max. Fuse resets automatically after fault is removed. HART Transparency: Analog input will not interfere with existing HART communications on the wired 4-20 mA signal
Digital Input & Output Terminal
Channels: 4 digital inputs & 4 digital outputs Digital Input Logic High: 3 to 5 VDC Digital Input Logic Low: 0 to 1.25 VDC Digital Output Logic High: 3.1 to 3.3 VDC Digital Output Logic Low: 0 to 0.4 VDC Source Current: 10 mA maximum output current Sink Current: 1.5 mA minimum input current +5 V Terminal: To be used as pull-up for digital inputs only. Connect normally open pushbuttons across +5 V & DI 1-4. WARNING! DO NOT use +5 V terminal to power external devices.
The meter can be mounted to any wall using the four provided mounting holes. Note that the bottom mounting holes are located underneath the front door panel. To mount the meter to a wall, follow these instructions.
Prepare a section of wall approximately 11″ x 13″ (280 mm x 330 mm) for meter mounting by marking with a pencil the mounting holes (shown in the image to the right) on the wall.
Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the girth of the mounting screws, pre-drill holes at the mounting locations previously marked.
Insert mounting screws into the four mounting holes and screw them into the pre-drilled holes. Do not overtighten the mounting screws as it is possible that the enclosure could crack and become damaged.
Meter Mounting Holes
The meter can also be mounted to a pipe using the optional pipe mounting kit (PDA6260). This kit includes two mounting plates, two U-bolts, and the necessary nuts and bolts. To mount the meter to a pipe using the pipe mounting kit accessory, follow these instructions.
Secure the mounting plates to the top and bottom (for vertical pipes) or left and right (for horizontal pipes) of the reverse side of the meter enclosure using the provided fasteners. Do not overtighten the fasteners as it could cause damage to the enclosure.
Using the provided nuts and U-bolts, secure the mounting plates to the pipe enough torque such that the meter cannot be moved up or down (or side to side).
Horizontal Pipe Mount Assembly
Vertical Pipe Mount Assembly
Signal Input Conditioning
Non-linear input signals (i.e. weirs & flumes, differential pressure, etc.) can be linearized with the Helios’ simple to use built-in signal input conditioning, such as: square-root extractor, exponential linearizer, horizontal round tank linearizer, or the Helios powerful general purpose 32-point linearizer.
Weir Flow Calculated Using Exponential
Round Horizontal Tank Signal Input Conditioner
The connectors’ label, affixed to the inside of the lower door panel, shows the location of all connectors available with requested configuration.
ScanView software allows for the programming and monitoring of ProVu, ProtEX-MAX, and Helios series Modbus scanners. Use ScanView to program, monitor, and datalog using a PC. The PVs and math channels may be selected to display on the monitoring screen independently, and the monitoring screen can be customized so each has a configurable unit and tag. Even the display number colors may be changed. All 16 PVs, math channels, and their units and tags may be logged. The data is logged on the PC and is available for use in common tools like Microsoft Excel. All configuration data can be saved to a file for future use.
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