The Fiber Optic Expansion I/O System (FOX) is an innovative bus extension that greatly expands the number of standard SmartStack™ I/O that can be used with the Operator Control Station (OCS), as well as adding a variety of architecture options and is available in both metal and plastic versions to suit your product requirements.
SmartStack I/O are rugged, stackable I/O modules for the OCS. By stacking SmartStack modules on bases connected to the OCS by plastic fiber, you can add up to 20 SmartStack I/O modules. And the FOX Bases can be distributed and DIN-rail mounted to reduce installation cost. SmartStack FOX is not a remote I/O system, but a high speed (8MHz) bus extension. It is based on inexpensive plastic fiber technology that has been used in the consumer electronics industry for years. Plastic fiber is much more rugged than glass fiber, supporting bend radius as small as 25mm (one inch).
Increases I/O Capacity
Each FOX Base can support up to 4 SmartStack modules. You can have a maximum of 5 FOX Bases and they can support up to 20 I/O modules in total plus any mounted directly to the OCS. For OCS units that do not have integrated Fiber Optic Connection (OCS1XX/2XX) a FOX100 SmartStack Expansion Module can be used. This then is a simple and cost effective way to dramatically increase I/O capacity to a maximum of 23 units.
More Installation Options
SmartStack FOX supports a variety of architectures, offering greater flexibility in I/O layout. These include Star, Daisy-chain, or Combination. Each SmartStack FOX cable segment can be up to 10m in length, with no Base/Hub located more than three segments (3x10m) from the OCS. Standard SmartStack FOX cables are offered in 0.5m, 1.0m, 2.0m, 5.0m, and 10m lengths.
Features & Benefits:
The SmartStack modules can be safely mounted a short distance from the display using expansion bases and inexpensive dual fiber optic cables. Using the same technology employed by residential audio systems like CD and DVD players, the OCS300's plastic fiber optic cables not only keep the cost of the unit down, but also make it easier for the OEM or end user to obtain additional cables, as they can be found in most consumer hardware and electronics stores.
All SmartStack modules can be safely mounted 10 metres from the OCS300 display using this expansion system and dual plastic fiber optic cables.
New Next Generation FOX I/O Bases...the HE-FOX30 and HE-FOX12
The SmartStack Fiber Optic Expansion (FOX) Base extends a high-speed OCS back plane enabling PLASTIC SmartStack I/O Modules to be mounted several meters from the OCS. The new PLASTIC FOX significantly increases the number of Plastic SmartStack I/O modules supported by one OCS Series controller providing two mounting options and supporting glass fiber optic cable.
Our newly designed, plastic encased FOX base can be DIN rail mounted on its edge or flat. The new HE-FOX12 expansion base allows connectivity up to 500 meters utilizing glass fiber cables.
FOX Product Ordering Guide
Plastic SmartStack FOX Base for Plastic Fiber Optic Cables
Plastic SmartStack FOX Base for Glass Fiber Optic Cables
Metal SmartStack FOX Standard Base
Metal SmartStack FOX Base/Hub
Plastic SmartStack FOX Module
Metal SmartStack FOX Module (required for OCS110, OCS210, OCS250, and RCS250)
SmartStack FOX Cable Pair - Plastic, 0.5 or 0.6m length
SmartStack FOX Cable Pair - Plastic, 1.0m length
SmartStack FOX Cable Pair - Plastic, 2.0m length
SmartStack FOX Cable Pair - Plastic, 5.0m length
SmartStack FOX Cable Pair - Plastic, 10.0m length
Note: Two 2.0m fiber optic cables included with ColourTouch OCS models. Order cable separately for other OCS models. Expansion cables ordered separately.
SmartStack : Our modular SmartStack I/O expansion system allows the flexibility of using digital, analog and specialty I/O boards.
Wiring accessories : Wiring accessories that are available for the use with Operator Control Station (OCS) products to provide users with flexible wiring options