ANSI Optical probe AP-400 for smart metering with RS-485 signal level

The ANSI optical probe AP-400 is an interface for a bidirectional data exchange between a meter such as power meter, gas meter, heat meter, water meter etc. and a peripheral device via infrared optical waves. The optical reading head is manufactured in accordance with the standard ANSI C12.18 and is compatible with all consumption meters that support this standard.

Our optical probe AP-400 has on one end a four-wire cable without any connector, which can be connected to a peripheral device or a plug. There is a fix mounted magnetic ring on the other end of the optical reading head, which will be docked on your counter. The output of the optical probe AP-400 is based on serial connection standard RS-485.

Please note that additional, specific software is necessary to exchange data between the consumption meter and your peripheral device.

Of course, we can customize the optical interface AP-400 to your individual needs.

optical probe AP-400

Mechanical description of the optical probe AP-400

  • Connector: Without Connector
  • infrared filter against external light influences
  • Dimensions (Ø x H): appr. 32 x 26 mm
  • Magnetical holding force: > 15 N
  • Casing material : ABS
  • Cable: length 2 m, Ø 4,5 mm, four-wire cable LAPP GERMANY
  • Weight: approx. 90 gr

Electronical description of the optical probe AP-400

  • Standard: ANSI C12.18
  • Power supply: 7-13 Volt
  • Consumed current: approx. 15 mA
  • Signal level: RS-485
  • Bit rate: 19200 bit/s
  • Wavelength: 880nm
  • Echofilter: yes