The below text and images are most of the External Drivers Section from the the 6270A Manual, pages 52 to 55. Note that the output of the drivers drops to about 12 volts shortly after activation, so the intended use of the external drivers is to drive 12V intermittent duty cycle solenoid valves. If you wish to use the external drivers to operate 12V valves, it is recommended to use with Fluke Calibration accessory valves like PK-VLV-ISO-40M or PK-VALVE-20M.
The drivers can also be used to turn on a relay (that could be used to turn on a vacuum pump). However, the driver outputs are modulated so they will likely not function well with a relay, and the connected device will likely turn off although the driver is still activated. To smooth the modulation, a capacitor can be put across the driver contacts. One example would be a 470 uF (micro Farad), 50V capacitor. Note that the use of this capacitor will keep its output active for up to 15 seconds after the driver is turned off.
The driver connector terminal plugs are included with Fluke Calibration accessories that use the external drivers (CPS, isolation valve) and are available separately in two or four-position models. Prices are available by contacting Fluke Calibration at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1.877.355.3225
Part Number: 4578746
Description: CONN,TERM BLOCK SOCKET,3.5MM CTR,GREEN,2POS
Manufacturer / Part Number: Phoenix Contact 1840366
Part Number: 4579040
Description: CONNECTOR,TERM BLOCK SOCKET,4 POS STRAIGHT,3.5MM PITCH,SCREW TYPE
Manufacturer / Part Number: Phoenix Contact 1840382
External Driver Communication
The Product has four external 24 V dc powered drivers. These drivers support several optional accessories and can support the driving of solenoids for customized solutions. The driver status can be set with the display and remote interfaces. Each driver is a low-side switched 24 V dc component. Each Channel includes a PTC-type resettable fuse. Maximum continuous power per channel is 10 W and total continuous power maximum for all 4 channels combined is 24 W.
Configure the Driver
Turn the CPS and/or isolation valve accessories on from the Instrument Setup menu (Setup>Instrument Setup). Both require the correct pneumatic connections and electrical connections. Touch the External 24V tab to see or set the state of the external drivers. Touch the Isolation Valve tab to set up the isolation valve.
Drivers are identified in the External 24V menu and on the rear panel of the Product as DRV1, DRV2, DRV3, DRV4 (see Figure 15). Each solenoid uses two wires, one wire goes into each connector.
• DRV1 uses the two top left inputs
• DRV2 uses the two top right inputs
• DRV3 uses the two bottom left inputs
• DRV4 uses the two bottom right inputs
Several of the drivers support specific accessories such as the CPS and Isolation valve for system stacking.
• DRV1: CPS Valve
• DRV2: CPS Valve
• DRV3: External Isolation Valve
• DRV4: Auxiliary
Note that with main firmware version 1.0 and higher Drivers 3 and 4 have changed.
• DRV1: CPS Valve
• DRV2: CPS Valve
• DRV3: CPS LED
• DRV4: External Isolation Valve
See the associated appendices for additional information on these accessories.
The External 24 V menu (Setup>Instrument Setup>External 24V) also shows the driver states for any auxiliary chassis when working in a system with multiple chassis.
In these primary functions, the solenoid drive is modulated to reduce power consumption during continuous use.
The external drivers of the 2271A and 8270A and 8370A pressure controllers operate the same way but the DRV numbers may not correspond to the same accessories.