C# - Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet

This is the description of the C# API bindings for the Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet. General information and technical specifications for the Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the C# API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Simple

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using System;
using Tinkerforge;

class Example
{
    private static string HOST = "localhost";
    private static int PORT = 4223;
    private static string UID = "XYZ"; // Change XYZ to the UID of your Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet

    static void Main()
    {
        IPConnection ipcon = new IPConnection(); // Create IP connection
        BrickletIndustrialDual020mA id020 =
          new BrickletIndustrialDual020mA(UID, ipcon); // Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT); // Connect to brickd
        // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        // Get current current from sensor 1
        int current = id020.GetCurrent(1);
        Console.WriteLine("Current (Sensor 1): " + current/1000000.0 + " mA");

        Console.WriteLine("Press enter to exit");
        Console.ReadLine();
        ipcon.Disconnect();
    }
}

Callback

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using System;
using Tinkerforge;

class Example
{
    private static string HOST = "localhost";
    private static int PORT = 4223;
    private static string UID = "XYZ"; // Change XYZ to the UID of your Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet

    // Callback function for current callback
    static void CurrentCB(BrickletIndustrialDual020mA sender, byte sensor, int current)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Sensor: " + sensor);
        Console.WriteLine("Current: " + current/1000000.0 + " mA");
        Console.WriteLine("");
    }

    static void Main()
    {
        IPConnection ipcon = new IPConnection(); // Create IP connection
        BrickletIndustrialDual020mA id020 =
          new BrickletIndustrialDual020mA(UID, ipcon); // Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT); // Connect to brickd
        // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        // Register current callback to function CurrentCB
        id020.CurrentCallback += CurrentCB;

        // Set period for current (sensor 1) callback to 1s (1000ms)
        // Note: The current (sensor 1) callback is only called every second
        //       if the current (sensor 1) has changed since the last call!
        id020.SetCurrentCallbackPeriod(1, 1000);

        Console.WriteLine("Press enter to exit");
        Console.ReadLine();
        ipcon.Disconnect();
    }
}

Threshold

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using System;
using Tinkerforge;

class Example
{
    private static string HOST = "localhost";
    private static int PORT = 4223;
    private static string UID = "XYZ"; // Change XYZ to the UID of your Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet

    // Callback function for current reached callback
    static void CurrentReachedCB(BrickletIndustrialDual020mA sender, byte sensor,
                                 int current)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Sensor: " + sensor);
        Console.WriteLine("Current: " + current/1000000.0 + " mA");
        Console.WriteLine("");
    }

    static void Main()
    {
        IPConnection ipcon = new IPConnection(); // Create IP connection
        BrickletIndustrialDual020mA id020 =
          new BrickletIndustrialDual020mA(UID, ipcon); // Create device object

        ipcon.Connect(HOST, PORT); // Connect to brickd
        // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        // Get threshold callbacks with a debounce time of 10 seconds (10000ms)
        id020.SetDebouncePeriod(10000);

        // Register current reached callback to function CurrentReachedCB
        id020.CurrentReachedCallback += CurrentReachedCB;

        // Configure threshold for current (sensor 1) "greater than 10 mA"
        id020.SetCurrentCallbackThreshold(1, '>', 10*1000000, 0);

        Console.WriteLine("Press enter to exit");
        Console.ReadLine();
        ipcon.Disconnect();
    }
}

API

Generally, every method of the C# bindings that returns a value can throw a Tinkerforge.TimeoutException. This exception gets thrown if the device did not respond. If a cable based connection is used, it is unlikely that this exception gets thrown (assuming nobody plugs the device out). However, if a wireless connection is used, timeouts will occur if the distance to the device gets too big.

Since C# does not support multiple return values directly, we use the out keyword to return multiple values from a method.

The namespace for all Brick/Bricklet bindings and the IPConnection is Tinkerforge.*.

All methods listed below are thread-safe.

Two sensors can be connected to the Bricklet. Functions that are related directly to a sensor have a sensor parameter to specify one of the two sensors. Valid values for the sensor parameter are 0 and 1.

Basic Functions

public class BrickletIndustrialDual020mA(String uid, IPConnection ipcon)

Creates an object with the unique device ID uid:

BrickletIndustrialDual020mA industrialDual020mA = new BrickletIndustrialDual020mA("YOUR_DEVICE_UID", ipcon);

This object can then be used after the IP Connection is connected (see examples above).

public int GetCurrent(byte sensor)

Returns the current of the specified sensor (0 or 1). The value is in nA and between 0nA and 22505322nA (22.5mA).

It is possible to detect if an IEC 60381-1 compatible sensor is connected and if it works probably.

If the returned current is below 4mA, there is likely no sensor connected or the sensor may be defect. If the returned current is over 20mA, there might be a short circuit or the sensor may be defect.

If you want to get the current periodically, it is recommended to use the CurrentCallback callback and set the period with SetCurrentCallbackPeriod().

Advanced Functions

public void SetSampleRate(byte rate)

Sets the sample rate to either 240, 60, 15 or 4 samples per second. The resolution for the rates is 12, 14, 16 and 18 bit respectively.

Value Description
0 240 samples per second, 12 bit resolution
1 60 samples per second, 14 bit resolution
2 15 samples per second, 16 bit resolution
3 4 samples per second, 18 bit resolution

The default value is 3 (4 samples per second with 18 bit resolution).

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_240_SPS = 0
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_60_SPS = 1
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_15_SPS = 2
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_4_SPS = 3
public byte GetSampleRate()

Returns the sample rate as set by SetSampleRate().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_240_SPS = 0
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_60_SPS = 1
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_15_SPS = 2
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.SAMPLE_RATE_4_SPS = 3
public byte[] GetAPIVersion()

Returns the version of the API definition (major, minor, revision) implemented by this API bindings. This is neither the release version of this API bindings nor does it tell you anything about the represented Brick or Bricklet.

public bool GetResponseExpected(byte functionId)

Returns the response expected flag for the function specified by the function ID parameter. It is true if the function is expected to send a response, false otherwise.

For getter functions this is enabled by default and cannot be disabled, because those functions will always send a response. For callback configuration functions it is enabled by default too, but can be disabled by SetResponseExpected(). For setter functions it is disabled by default and can be enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

See SetResponseExpected() for the list of function ID constants available for this function.

public void SetResponseExpected(byte functionId, bool responseExpected)

Changes the response expected flag of the function specified by the function ID parameter. This flag can only be changed for setter (default value: false) and callback configuration functions (default value: true). For getter functions it is always enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

The following function ID constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.FUNCTION_SET_CURRENT_CALLBACK_PERIOD = 2
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.FUNCTION_SET_CURRENT_CALLBACK_THRESHOLD = 4
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.FUNCTION_SET_DEBOUNCE_PERIOD = 6
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.FUNCTION_SET_SAMPLE_RATE = 8
public void SetResponseExpectedAll(bool responseExpected)

Changes the response expected flag for all setter and callback configuration functions of this device at once.

public void GetIdentity(out string uid, out string connectedUid, out char position, out byte[] hardwareVersion, out byte[] firmwareVersion, out int deviceIdentifier)

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here. There is also a constant for the device identifier of this Bricklet.

Callback Configuration Functions

public void SetCurrentCallbackPeriod(byte sensor, long period)

Sets the period in ms with which the CurrentCallback callback is triggered periodically for the given sensor. A value of 0 turns the callback off.

The CurrentCallback callback is only triggered if the current has changed since the last triggering.

The default value is 0.

public long GetCurrentCallbackPeriod(byte sensor)

Returns the period as set by SetCurrentCallbackPeriod().

public void SetCurrentCallbackThreshold(byte sensor, char option, int min, int max)

Sets the thresholds for the CurrentReachedCallback callback for the given sensor.

The following options are possible:

Option Description
'x' Callback is turned off
'o' Callback is triggered when the current is outside the min and max values
'i' Callback is triggered when the current is inside the min and max values
'<' Callback is triggered when the current is smaller than the min value (max is ignored)
'>' Callback is triggered when the current is greater than the min value (max is ignored)

The default value is ('x', 0, 0).

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_OFF = 'x'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_OUTSIDE = 'o'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_INSIDE = 'i'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_SMALLER = '<'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_GREATER = '>'
public void GetCurrentCallbackThreshold(byte sensor, out char option, out int min, out int max)

Returns the threshold as set by SetCurrentCallbackThreshold().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_OFF = 'x'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_OUTSIDE = 'o'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_INSIDE = 'i'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_SMALLER = '<'
  • BrickletIndustrialDual020mA.THRESHOLD_OPTION_GREATER = '>'
public void SetDebouncePeriod(long debounce)

Sets the period in ms with which the threshold callback

is triggered, if the threshold

keeps being reached.

The default value is 100.

public long GetDebouncePeriod()

Returns the debounce period as set by SetDebouncePeriod().

Callbacks

Callbacks can be registered to receive time critical or recurring data from the device. The registration is done by appending your callback handler to the corresponding event:

void MyCallback(BrickletIndustrialDual020mA sender, int value)
{
    System.Console.WriteLine("Value: " + value);
}

industrialDual020mA.ExampleCallback += MyCallback;

The available events are described below.

Note

Using callbacks for recurring events is always preferred compared to using getters. It will use less USB bandwidth and the latency will be a lot better, since there is no round trip time.

public event CurrentCallback(BrickletIndustrialDual020mA sender, byte sensor, int current)

This callback is triggered periodically with the period that is set by SetCurrentCallbackPeriod(). The parameter is the current of the sensor.

The CurrentCallback callback is only triggered if the current has changed since the last triggering.

public event CurrentReachedCallback(BrickletIndustrialDual020mA sender, byte sensor, int current)

This callback is triggered when the threshold as set by SetCurrentCallbackThreshold() is reached. The parameter is the current of the sensor.

If the threshold keeps being reached, the callback is triggered periodically with the period as set by SetDebouncePeriod().

Constants

public int DEVICE_IDENTIFIER

This constant is used to identify a Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet.

The GetIdentity() function and the EnumerateCallback callback of the IP Connection have a deviceIdentifier parameter to specify the Brick's or Bricklet's type.

public string DEVICE_DISPLAY_NAME

This constant represents the human readable name of a Industrial Dual 0-20mA Bricklet.