The Model 561 is a field-tested fiberoptic transceiver that combines with the FiberPanel Windows-based network management software to implement the H&L Instruments fiberoptic network solution. The 561 transceivers are employed in very large networks to connect Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) or other Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) with a Model 561 configured as a SCADA master or network controller.
The Model 561 Fiberoptic Network solution:
When used as a master unit, the Model 561 is the head end for the SCADA masters. All signals pass through the controller, which can automatically self-heal the system and re-route data in the event of fiber cuts or a transceiver failure anywhere in the system. The arrangement of transceivers in a loop configuration provides a highly reliable, fault-tolerant solution. When deployed in small systems, the 561-based fiberoptic network can provide a dedicated channel for each RTU.
Model 561 transceivers can be placed in a system as standby controllers at any location connected to a standby SCADA master computer. This allows the standby controllers to take over the fiberoptic network operation in the event that the primary controller fails. As many as 250 additional Model 561 transceivers can be added to the system and, dependent on options, four, eight or sixteen RTUs or other IEDs can be connected to each unit. In addition, 32 devices can be multi-dropped on an optional RS-485 port.
The Model 561-16 adds 12 serial ports to the standard 561 four serial port transceiver to provide a total of 16 ports. As with the standard 561 transceiver, the 561-16 supports multi-drop, multi-channel serial data communications for master/slave supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA). In controller mode, it automatically reroutes data in the event of a fiber break or transceiver failure. In transceiver mode, it provides the interface with all remote devices including RTUs, PLCs, and IEDs via 16 RS-232 serial ports.
Both the Model 561 and 561-16 transceivers are bundled with the FiberPanel configuration and diagnostic software.