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  The ABACUS ELECTRICS ANSI optical probes are bi-directional interfaces utilising infra-red light. Connecting to a computer serial port they permit galvanically isolated communication with tariff meters as specified in American ANSI  C12.18:2006 standard.

Probes are available for use with lap-top or desk-top computers, and also for use with a variety of the hand-held computers commonly used for field data collection. 

The A9U probe has a USB connection and derives its power from the host computer.

The A6Z and A7Z Zero-Power ANSI optical probes are convenient to use, as no battery or power supply connection is needed.  Fitted with a standard 9-pin 'D' connector they plug directly into the serial ports of lap-top and desk-top computers.  They are compatible with most meters and programming software.

The A6R and A8R ANSI probes are offered with various connector types to suit different hand-held computers.  These probes require +5 volt power which is available through the hand-held computer serial port connector.

Certain Landis+Gyr (formerly Siemens) meters have special signal requirements.  The ABACUS A7Z, A8R and A9U ANSI probes should be used with these meters as they contains a DTR software switch providing logic compatibility with these meters.  This 'switch' requires that the application software set the DTR serial control line appropriately for the make/model of meter to be read/programmed.

   
 

 
 

Probes for a lap-top or desk-top computers

Model A9U ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with DTR switch and USB connector for desk-top and lap-top computers.
A9U-P-U04M-2A2 metre cable

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Specification:
USB Interface:USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 compliant full-speed device
Power Supply:Derived from host computer
Lead: 2 metre cable, captive at probe
Connector:USB standard A plug
Optical Interface Maximum Data Rate:57600 bits/second
Virtual Serial Port DTR Switching:DTR negative:Normal mode, ANSI C12.18-2006 compliant
DTR positive: Landis+Gyr compatible mode
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006
Software:Virtual serial port drivers for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  32-bit and 64-bit systems supported

 
 

Model A6Z ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with 9-pin female D connector wired for the IBM-PC standard.
A6Z-P-D09F-1A1 metre cable
A6Z-P-D09F-2A2 metre cable
A6Z-P-D09F-3A3 metre cable

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Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:None required - power derived from host port
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:9-pin female D wired to IBM-PC standard
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

Model A7Z ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with DTR switch and 9-pin female D connector wired for the IBM-PC standard.
A7Z-P-D09F-1A1 metre cable
A7Z-P-D09F-2A2 metre cable
A7Z-P-D09F-3A3 metre cable

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Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:None required - power derived from host port
DTR Switching:DTR negative:Normal mode, ANSI C12.18-2006 compliant
DTR positive: Landis+Gyr compatible mode
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:9-pin female D wired to IBM-PC standard
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

 
 

Probes for hand-held computers

 
Model A6R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with 7-pin right-angle Lemo connector wired for the DAP Technologies Microflex hand-held computers.
A6R-P-L07M-1L1 metre cable
A6R-P-L07M-2L2 metre cable
A6R-P-L07M-3L3 metre cable

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Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:7-pin right-angle Lemo wired for DAP Technologies Microflex 9400/9500/9800 and CE5240 /CE5320 hand-held computers
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

 
Model A8R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with DTR switch and 7-pin right-angle Lemo connector wired for the DAP Technologies Microflex hand-held computers.
A8R-P-L07M-1L1 metre cable
A8R-P-L07M-2L2 metre cable
A8R-P-L07M-3L3 metre cable

Download specification in acrobat pdf format

Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
DTR Switching:DTR negative:Normal mode, ANSI C12.18-2006 compliant
DTR positive: Landis+Gyr compatible mode
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:7-pin right-angle Lemo wired for DAP Technologies Microflex 9400/9500/9800 and CE5240 /CE5320 hand-held computers
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

Model A6R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with 12-pin Amphenol connector wired for the Itron/Husky FS/2 and FS3 hand-held computers.
A6R-P-A12M-1A1 metre cable
A6R-P-A12M-2A2 metre cable
A6R-P-A12M-3A3 metre cable

Download specification in acrobat pdf format

Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:12-pin Amphenol connector wired for Itron FS/2 & FS3
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

Model A8R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with DTR switch and 12-pin Amphenol connector wired for the Itron/Husky FS/2 and FS3 hand-held computers.
A8R-P-A12M-1A1 metre cable
A8R-P-A12M-2A2 metre cable
A8R-P-A12M-3A3 metre cable

Download specification in acrobat pdf format

Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
DTR Switching:DTR negative:Normal mode, ANSI C12.18-2006 compliant
DTR positive: Landis+Gyr compatible mode
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:12-pin Amphenol connector wired for Itron FS/2 & FS3
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

Model A6R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with 12-pin Hirose connector wired for the Itron G5, FC200 and FC300 hand-held computers.
A6R-P-H12M-11 metre cable
A6R-P-H12M-22 metre cable
A6R-P-H12M-33 metre cable

Download specification in acrobat pdf format

Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:12-pin Hirose connector wired for Itron G5, FC200 and FC300
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006

 
 

Model A8R ANSI Type 2 Optical Probe with DTR switch and 12-pin Hirose connector wired for the Itron G5, FC200 and FC300 hand-held computers.
A8R-P-H12M-11 metre cable
A8R-P-H12M-22 metre cable
A8R-P-H12M-33 metre cable

Download specification in acrobat pdf format

Specification:
Signal Levels:Compatible with EIA232D and V28
Maximum Data Rates:57600 bits/second
Power Supply:+4.5 to +6.0 volts @ 25mA
DTR Switching:DTR negative:Normal mode, ANSI C12.18-2006 compliant
DTR positive: Landis+Gyr compatible mode
Lead:1, 2 or 3 metre extra-flexible cable, captive at probe
Connector:12-pin Hirose connector wired for Itron G5, FC200 and FC300
Fastening:Magnetic adhesion
Optical: Conforms to ANSI  C12.18-2006
Mechanical: High impact ABS housing, dimensions conforming to ANSI C12.18-2006