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NoiseSensor with 4-20mA Current Loop Output

MK427 NoiseSensor
MK427 NoiseSensor

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$3698.00
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Features

  • Type 1 noise measurement
  • 4-20mA current loop output
  • Remote calibration check
  • Weatherproof for long term outdoor monitoring
  • Measures 'A' weighted sound level - dB(A)

Applications

  • Integrate with control system (e.g. SCADA, DCS)
  • Unattended outdoor monitoring
  • Areas with poor access (remote calibration)
  • Boundary, construction or industrial noise

Overview

The MK427 NoiseSensor is a weatherproof outdoor noise monitor that converts the sound level into a 4-20mA current loop signal. This standard output can be connected to process control and monitoring systems, such as SCADA and DCS.

To ease installation the NoiseSensor is self-contained, with the microphone and noise processor all enclosed in a single weatherproof unit. There are no complicated settings, just connect it to power and the noise levels will be continuously fed to the 4-20mA output.

As the MK427 NoiseSensor meets the sound level meter standards to Type 1 it is ideal for most environmental noise monitoring applications.

Installing the MK427 NoiseSensor

The noise sensor would usually be installed at a location close to where the environmental noise is most likely to have an impact. Try to mount away from obstacles and walls that may reflect the noise, and away from any other noise source. The microphone should be at least 1.2m above ground level.

Installation Hardware

The MK427 includes parts to mount it to a pole or similar. These parts include:

  • 3 x hose clamps
  • 2 x U-bolts with washers and nuts

The optional CM427 kit can be used to mount the microphone onto a building or other fixed structure.

Detailed Installation Instruction

Detailed installation instructions with details about the electrical and current loop connections are available from our Technical Support web site.

Current Loop Output - 40-20mA

The output from the Noise Sensor is 4-20mA current loop as used by many process control and monitoring systems. The sound level in dB(A) is mapped to the 4-20mA range.

The standard MK427 has a measurement range of 30 to 100 dB(A), but other ranges are available on request. With all ranges the current is proportional to the output:

Iout ∝ 0.1 mA/dB

Connection for current loop, power and actuator (if used) is made using the 10m (32ft) cable that comes pre-installed. A different length cable can be fitted by wiring directly into the unit, as covered in the Installation and User Manual.

DC Voltage Output

The 4-20mA current loop output is generally preferred for control and monitoring systems as the level and accuracy is not degraded by the length of cable (up to a limit). However, if your system needs a DC level then the current can be easily converted.

To convert the 4-20mA output current to a DC voltage output, connect LOOPOUT to the Loop Power Input Ground via a 100Ω resistor for a voltage across the resistor of 10mV/dB.

Types of Calibration

There are different types of calibration, but the three main types that are relevant to this product are:

  • Factory Calibration - Carried out by at manufacturer or an approved lab and provides a calibration certificate. The MK427 is provided with a calibration certificate.
  • Manual Calibration Check - Carried out on site using a sound level calibrator. Generally once a year or every six months, or if problems are suspected. If you need to do this then you will need the CR515 Sound Level Calibrator.
  • Remote Calibration Check - An automatic check that your software can trigger. It uses the built in electrostatic actuator.

Remote Calibration Check

The MK427 NoiseSensor has an electrostatic actuator fitted to the microphone. This is part of the rain-shield, which is hidden inside the windshield.

When it receives a signal the actuator 'excites' the microphone membrane, effectively producing an accurate tone that can be used to check that the microphone sensitivity hasn't drifted. No adjustments are made to the measurement chain, this is designed as a calibration check so your system can detect any significant drift.

To start the actuator an extra connection is needed to the MK427 on top of the normal current loop connections. The actuator needs a voltage of between 5V and 12V applying to this connection.

If you don't need to carry out remote calibration checks then you can simply ignore this facility.

Technical specifications for the MK427 NoiseSensor noise monitor with 4-20mA output.

Output Type'A' weighted sound level output: 4-20mA loop
Frequency WeightingdB(A) to IEC 61672 and ANSI S1.4
Time WeightingFast (factory option for Slow)
CalibrationElectrostatic actuator with DC voltage control
Measurement Range30 to 100 dB(A) - other ranges are available
Current Loop OutputIout = 0.1 mA/dB
Weight4.5 kg
Mounting240mm x 30mm diameter pole
Standard mounting kit: 2 x U-bolts, 3 x hose clamps
Power9VDC to 36VDC
Output Cable10m (other lengths are available)
mk427 noise sensor dimensions