The R710 (4 counting inputs) and M700, M710(not supplied anymore – two and four counting inputs respectively) modules have fast pulse counting inputs for potential-free contacts with maximum input frequency 50 Hz. Minimum ON time is 10 ms. The module provides 12 V DC at the CNTx terminals, which should be brought back through the counting contact to the COM terminal.
The module has an internal battery which backups the counter, so that the counted values are retained even when the power is off.
Some of the meters (pulse modules of gas meters, electrical meters etc.) do not have reed relays, and use open collector transistors together with protecting resistors. For correct functionality they need slightly higher operating voltage, typically 24 V DC. The M710 may be supplied with a 24 V DC/DC converter. Please note it in the project and when ordering, e.g. „R710 (24V contact)“.
The modules also contain auxiliary variables for peak shaving function (E-Max). It is possible to read cumulated value for the last 15 minutes, cumulated value for the current 15 minutes, and running time of the measuring interval (typically 0…900 s). These variables are used in the Merbon or SoftPLC E-Max function block. CNT1 must be connected to the energy meter pulse output, CNT2 to the 15 min. synchronisation output.
If there are M-Bus communicative meters in the system, it is advisable to use pulse to M-Bus converters (Relay PadPuls, Siemens AEW…) rather than R710. The converters are then integrated together with the regular M-Bus meters over a M-Bus converter R095 or R096. For the E-Max functionality, R710 is necessary because of its short response time and internal variables.
If the I/O modules have been assigned to the buses, the next step is to specify the system topology.