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NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Sensor By Functional Devices

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Energy, Facility Management, New Product Flash, Technology

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Published on December 22, 2009 with 1 Comment

Functional Devices, Inc., has released the first completely EnOcean-based self-powered wireless current sensor. Current sensors monitor the status of electrical current flowing through a power line, and this latest sensor from Functional Devices — RIBXKJF-EN — wirelessly transmits this status and enables remote monitoring or linking the operation of one machine with another. (EnOcean technology represents a combination of miniaturized energy harvesting modules with ultra low power radio technology as the basis for innovative maintenance free wireless sensors.)The RIBXKJF-EN current sensor from Functional Devices.

A notable features of this new sensor is that it generates its own power for both sensing and wireless communication. Eliminating wires simplifies installation, especially retrofitting existing buildings; the self-powering eliminates maintenance throughout the product’s life. Functional Devices engineer Rob Pinto explains, “Many customers want to interlock an exhaust fan with a dryer; however, the equipment is often some distance apart. With our self-powered wireless current sensor, integrators simply clip the wireless current sensor to the dryer’s power line and connect a wireless relay to the fan. This saves time, cost and the headache or hard wiring to remote locations.”

The Functional Devices wireless current sensor detects load currents ranging from 3 – 150 Amps and transmits radio signals via the interoperable EnOcean wireless standard. The radio signal is sent to a wireless relay/repeater that uses load current data to switch electrical loads up to 20 Amps. When combined with the relay, the wireless current sensor provides a turn-key “interlocking load” solution for existing buildings.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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  1. Dear Sir,

    We are interested to know more about of Wireless Current Sensor, please email us detail specification of the same.


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