Sentry Equipment Corp announced the release of the Model SBC controller,
which can control every automatic sampler in the Sentry product line. The
Model SBC consolidates over 50 controller designs into one operatorfriendly,
standalone controller. This outof-the-box sampler controller simplifies
plant operation, offering an intuitive operator interface and featuring both
local and remote operating modes.
The Model SBC controller is a dedicated logic control system
specifically designed for use with Sentry
samplers in a general purpose environment.
Installation requires just a few simple connections, and the Quick
Start screen guides the operator through the steps for setup.
Commenting on the ease of use, Sandy McElhinny, design engineer for Sentry
Equipment, said, “Operators don’t even have to understand how the sampler
works; the controller takes care of it all for them.”
The Model SBC features both ‘local’ and ‘remote’ operating modes. Local
mode allows the operator to obtain a single grab sample or
to sample continuously. Remote mode uses a dry contact
interface to start and stop the sampler along with relay
outputs for sampler running and alarm status.
Some operators may require more information and
remote control of system set points. In that case, the Model
SBC supports ModBus Master, CS CAN Master, Allen Bradley
DF1, or GE Fanuc SNP communications protocols without
additional hardware. Also, the menu-driven operator interface
allows for quick and efficient access to all system parameters
and information. The LCD screen always displays information
on the current system status.
Controller customization is possible using some of the
standard features such as batch sampling, flow proportional
sampling, flow counter based sampling, and control of the
Sentry Indexing Cabinet (Model IC). Customized
programming for unique applications is also available.
Sentry Equipment has been in business since 1924, and
recently added on to its state-of-the-art facility in the Pabst
Commerce Centre in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, USA. Sentry
is an employee-owned manufacturer of water/steam sampling
components, sample panels and speciality heat exchangers,
serving worldwide process and power generating industries.
Sentry also manufactures samplers for gases, liquids, slurries
and bulk solids.
Since Sentry’s acquisitions of Bristol Equipment Company
and Gustafson Automatic Samplers, Sentry now offers an
extremely wide range of sampling solutions and high levels of
expertise. Sentry was awarded 2009 Manufacturer of the Year
in Wisconsin for medium-size companies, and was recently
named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Southeast