BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

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BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by JonW » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:02 pm

The BCS-482 is currently being produced and we expect Brewers Hardware to be shipping on 03/23/2018.

All of the current I/O has been moved to a double stack header on one end of the unit. This allows you to use the internal expansion port to add an expansion board with additional terminal connections on the back side of the unit. You will basically be able to have twice the inputs/outputs built into the single case. The first expansion module to be released will be the additional input/output module that adds additional standard DINS & OUTS. Other add-on boards to follow are for 1-wire and 4-20mA I/O, and will be added via the external bus.
The BCS-482 was specifically designed for growth with add-ons.

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BCS-482 Brewery Control System

Quick Overview
ALL NEW! BCS-482 interactive temperature controller
- 8 temperature inputs
- 8 discrete inputs
- 16 discrete outputs
- Removable terminal blocks
- Heavy duty aluminum enclosure with mounting flanges
- Operates on 12VDC power supply (not included)
- I2C bus for additional accessories
- USB Support

What's NEW!
- New Faster TI Tiva M4F Processor
- Higher current outputs (150mA 12VDC instead of 20mA 5VDC) to directly drive valves and accessories.
- Onboard LED Indicators for outputs
- Operates at 12VDC. Power is brought onboard via screw terminals to allow for a broader range of PSUs
- Internal daughterboard I/O expansion option (Q3/2018)
- I2C Jack for external expansion devices
- USB Jack for simpler firmware updates
- Built-in alarm buzzer.

Details
Web-based User Interface
The BCS series' user interface is all web based. Monitor and control temperatures and processes on your browser from any browser enabled device such as a computer, tablet or phone.

Temperature Sensor Inputs
The BCS-482 allows up to eight independent temperature sensors to be monitored simultaneously. Inputs can be any NTC thermistor based sensor with a 10Kohm ambient reading. Use our sensors, or purchase/build your own. Just set the temperature coefficients that are provided by the sensor manufacturer into the BCS-482, or calculate them based on experimental data.

Inputs / Outputs
Along with the eight temperature sensor inputs, the BCS-482 provides eight 12VDC discrete inputs. All inputs can trigger controller responses. Sixteen 150mA 12VDC discrete outputs are provided for relay control or can directly drive many electric ball valves on the market. Eight of the outputs can be controlled by PWM, differentially by a temperature input, or under complete PID control. The remaining 10 outputs provide on/off control.

Expansion Options
The BCS-482 was designed with expansion in mind, supporting both internal and external expansion modules. The first expansion module slated for release in Q3 2018, is an internal in-case expansion board that will allow for an additional 8 inputs and 16 outputs. Additional modules on the drawing board include options for 1-wire support and 4-20mA support.

Advanced Data Logging
Data is logged internally in the device, and displayed on your browser, or saved as a text file. The BCS-482 supports internal logging of four signals up to 4k samples each. The user can set the frequency of the samples anywhere from 1 second to 6 hours, resulting in trace lengths anywhere from 1.1 hours to 2.8 years long.

Programmable Processes
A revolutionary State Machine interface allows the user to program with simple and intuitive rules, giving the controller the ability to exhibit extremely complex behavior. The BCS-482 allows up to eight independent processes, each with eight states. Check out the documentation for programming examples.

Open Interface API
The control system from ECC utilizes a simple HTTP GET/POST mechanism to control and monitor the unit. The protocol is completely open and documented, allowing users the ability to develop third-party interfaces. Does your application require a unique GUI, or if would like to have your own data logging/graphing application? Want to link multiple BCS systems together and have them all controlled from a unified interface? The possibilities are endless. Check out our Forum to see what the community is offering.

MSRP $279.95

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by NIK3001 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:41 am

Any photos, progress and availability dates?

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by oakbarn » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:57 am

Also, are the Outputs limited or can more be PWM with a firmware update?

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by rednender » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:15 am

What about the dimensions of the unit?

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by JonW » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:56 am

rednender wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:15 am
What about the dimensions of the unit?
Same width & length, but about .5" taller. We're waiting on the end-caps to show the "glamour shots" of the unit.

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by Namako » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:06 pm

Boy, in addition to the integrated temp controller, it would sure be nice to have an integrated pH controller as well (with BNC and ATC inputs), so I could set an alarm when I hit a pH of more than 5.8 during sparging, and then turn off the HLT and Mash Tun motors to avoid extracting tannins into my wort. I know... never satisfied!! ;)
Indecision may or may not be my problem...

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by vv2080 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:03 pm

Hi,
any availability dates?

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by JonW » Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:07 pm

Post #1 updated with pics and date.

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by rednender » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:57 am

Will firmware updates be backwards compatible with the older 460/2s or will the new hardware introduce a fork in firmware development? How long will the 460/2s will be supported?

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Re: BCS-482 Specifications (replacement for BCS-460/462)

Post by NIK3001 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:43 am

Just so you know, you can pre order from brewers hardware. I just did.

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