SCM5B Series

Isolated Analog Signal Conditioning Products


Each Dataforth 5B module provides a single channel of isolated analog input or output.

  • Input modules interface to all types of external sensors, then filter, isolate, amplify, and convert the input signals to high-level analog voltage outputs
  • Output modules accept high-level analog voltage signals from a host system, then buffer, isolate, and amplify them before providing process current or voltage output to field devices

5B Isolated Analog Signal Conditioning ProductsMore than 250 different 5B modules are available encompassing a wide selection of isolated analog input and output functions. Analog inputs include voltage and current in narrow and wide bandwidths, thermocouple, RTD, accelerometer, potentiometer, strain gage, frequency, and 2-wire transmitter.

All 5B modules are CSA C/US certified and CE and ATEX compliant.

Accessories include a complete selection of backpanels, DIN rail mounting options, interface cables, mounting racks, power supplies, and other accessory items.


Designed for industrial plant environments, Dataforth's 5B modules protect user equipment from lightning and heavy equipment power line voltages and reduce electrical noise in measured signals.

Compared with competitive parts at comparable prices, these 5B modules provide:

  • 50 times better noise rejection by using a 6-pole filter with 95dB NMR
  • Lower output noise
  • True 3-way isolation
  • 20dB better CMR of noise spikes


Custom modules are available: consult factory for minimum quantity and pricing details on custom input ranges, output ranges, bandwidth, and other key parameters.

  • ±0.03% Accuracy (Typical)
  • ±0.005% Linearity
  • 1500Vrms Transformer Isolation & 240Vrms Field-side Protection
  • ANSI/IEEE C37.90.1 Transient Protection
  • 5V Power (30mA Typical)
  • 4- to 6-Pole Low-Pass Filtering
  • Up to 160dB CMR
  • 95dB NMR at 60Hz, 90dB at 50Hz
  • ±1µV°C Drift
  • Output Noise as Low as 150µVrms
  • -40°C to +85°C Operating Temperature
  • CSA C/US Certified (Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D)
  • CE and ATEX Compliant
  • Manufactured per RoHS Directive (EU) 2015/863 (RoHS 3)

SCM5B Series Product Family

Part Number Datasheet Description
Analog Voltage Input Modules, Narrow Bandwidth
Analog Current Input Modules
Isolated True RMS Input Modules
Linearized 2- or 3-Wire RTD Input Modules
Linearized 4-Wire RTD Input Modules
Potentiometer Input Modules
Non-Linearized Thermocouple Input Modules
Strain Gage Input Modules, Narrow Bandwidth
Strain Gage Input Modules, Wide Bandwidth
Current Output Modules
Matched-Pair Servo/Motor Controller Modules
Analog Voltage Input Modules, Wide Bandwidth
2-Wire Transmitter Interface Modules
General Purpose Input Modules, with DC Excitation
Frequency Input Modules
Linearized Thermocouple Input Modules
Accelerometer Input Module
Voltage Output Modules
Voltage Attenuator System for Analog Signal Conditioning
Accessories, backpanels, and module dimensions
Module Dimensions and Pinouts

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the SCM5B49 and SCM5B41 differ?
The major difference is the SCM5B41 is an input module and the SCM5B49 is an output module.
This means that.
The 5B41 module has its input on the isolated field side of the module connect to it through screw terminal blocks. The 5B41 module has its output on the system and power supply side of the module connect to it through ribbon cable connector (SCMPB01, SCMPB02, SCMPB05, and SCMPB06) or screw terminal blocks (SCMPB03, SCMPB04, and SCMPB07).
The 5B49 module has its output on the isolated field side of the module connect to it through screw terminal blocks.
The 5B49 module has its input on the system and power supply side of the module connect to it through ribbon cable connector (SCMPB01, SCMPB02, SCMPB05, and SCMPB06) or screw terminal blocks (SCMPB03, SCMPB04, and SCMPB07).

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, 5B input module, 5B output module, 5B41, 5B49

Are non-Dataforth 5B modules compatible with Dataforth backpanels?
Yes, as long as the 5B module is compliant with or exceeds Analog Devices Incorporated 5B specifications.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, backpanel, Dataforth backpanel

Can the SCM5B41-09 withstand 300V input without damage?”
The SCM5B41-09 module can withstand 300VDC continuous on its input terminals without damage. However, the output voltage will go to one of the internal power supply rails and remain there for several seconds after the input returns within the specified +/-40V input range

What is the function of backpanels for signals?
Think of the backpanel as a bidirectional signal transfer device whose direction is determined by the module in a particular channel.
For an input module, the signal is transferred from the field-side screw terminals to the system/power supply-side screw terminals or to a signal access ribbon cable header or D-sub connector.
For an output module it is just the reverse, the signal is transferred from the system/power supply-side screw terminals or from a signal access ribbon cable header or D-sub connector to the field-side screw terminals.

Keywords/Phrases: backpanel, 5B backpanel, 7B backpanel, 8B backpanel, SCMD backpanel

Can SCM5B modules be hot swapped?
Not just SCM5B modules, but any signal conditioning module series and MAQ20 I/O modules can be hot swapped. A minimal amount of signal settling time may result, but there will be no damage to the device.

Can you make SCM5B45-08 with +/-5V output?
This requires a custom designed module; we typically offer a single module custom solution with unit pricing for the required 10 piece minimum order and 7-8 week lead time. Please contact Dataforth at (520) 741-1404 if your application requires a non-standard range not offered in our product catalog.

Often times, a two module solution can help achieve the required output range. In the aforementioned case of the 5B45-08, one would connect its output to a 5B49-01 thus yielding a +/-5V output. Note that the accuracy specs will be additive across the two modules.

How do I verify module accuracy?
Long story short, they believe the modules may be less accurate than specified. The biggest error seems to be a low voltage (1-2V), with error decreasing as Vin approaches 10V.

The biggest error at low voltage with error decreasing as Vin approaches 10V means that they are calculating error as % of reading.
Accuracy of Dataforth modules is specified and calculated as % of Span. The method is the following.

Set the test voltage.
Apply it to the module input.
Measure the voltage at the module input.
Calculate the expected module output voltage using the measured input voltage.
Measure the output voltage.
Calculate the % of Span error by the following formula.

Accuracy error % Span = ((Measured Vout – Calculated Vout) / Output Span V ) x 100

This method works for input or output modules.

Keywords/Phrases: Module accuracy, accuracy %, accuracy % of Span, Dataforth method for calculating Span accuracy

Can Dataforth provide calibration reports for modules I purchased?
Yes we can provide calibration reports for the modules that you purchased.

You can either
a) visit to search for Test Report Datasheets by Serial Number or
b) you can send us a list of model numbers and their serial numbers to

Is the calibration of Dataforth modules traceable to NIST standards?
Yes, calibration of Dataforth modules is traceable to NIST standards.

What is the max operating output current for SCM5B input modules?
The max operating output current, which still allows the output voltage to remain within accuracy specs, for SCM5B input modules is +/-2mA.
The above limit allows a 5V output range module a >= 2.5k Ohm load.
The above limit allows a 10V output range module a >= 5k Ohm load.
The output current limit for SCM5B input modules is 8mA. At this current level the output load is 0 Ohm or a shorted output.

Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B output current, SCM5B input modules, max operating output current, output current

Is a plug-in conversion resistor required in order to use the SCM5B42 module?
Yes, a plug-in conversion resistor is required in order to use the SCM5B42 module. The current/voltage conversion is achieved by a plug-in resistor, SCMXR1 as shown in the block diagram in the data sheet.
Make sure the XR1 is installed in the back panel. The XR1 is usually shipped with the unit. If you can't locate it, please call Dataforth at 1-800-444-7644.

How do I connect the 5B45 to the field signal?
For Zero Crossing, connect the signal to EXC+ and the return to IN+.

For TTL, connect the signal to IN- and the return to IN+.

Analog Devices announced a last time buy and discontinuance of their signal conditioning modules. Can I replace them with Dataforth signal conditioning modules?
Yes, in general, Dataforth signal conditioning modules are a direct replacement for all Analog Devices signal conditioning modules. e.g. "SCM5B35-xx: Linearized 4-Wire RTD Input Modules" will replace Analog Devices "5B35: Isolated 4 Wire RTD Input Signal Conditioning Module".

Please note that Dataforth signal conditioning modules are RoHS II compliant.

What is the total power consumption of the 5B backpanel?
The total power requirement on the 5VDC power rail is the summation of the power requirement of the individual modules as specified in each module specification. For power budget purposes, multiply the total power requirement you calculated by 1.5 for maximum power needed.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B backpanel, power consumption, power requirement, total power, total power requirement

Can you explain how to use the DIP switches on SCM5B48 to achieve different settings?
Below are the SCM5B48 configurable parameters and their associated DIP switch designators in the order they appear left to right in the data sheet, Figure 2: SCM5B48 Side Label.

High Pass Filter, S5: DC, 0.2Hz, 10Hz

Switch S5 selects between DC coupling or AC coupling and between 0.2Hz or 10Hz low end of the High Pass filter cutoff frequencies.

Gain, S4: 1, 10, 100

Switch S4 selects from among the Gain settings = 1, 10, or 100. Since the output range is a fixed +/-10V -01 or +/-5V -02, the implication of this is that switch S4 actually selects the input voltage range as in the formula Vin = Vin max / G. Example: in an SCM5B48-01, S4 =10 the input voltage range is Vin = +/-10V / 10 = +/-0.1V.
Keep in mind, for DC coupling Vout = VAC + VDC which is limited to +/-10V total for -01 and +/-5V total for -02.

Excitation, S1: 4mA, 9mA

Switch S1 selects between excitation current sources of 4mA or 9mA +/-10%. They both have a compliance voltage of 24V +/-10%.

Low Pass Filter, S3, S2: 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 20kHz

Switch S3 and S2 select from among the Low Pass filter cutoff frequencies of 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, or 20kHz.

Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B48, SCM5B48 DIP switches, SCM5B48 settings

Does the SCM5B32 module require SCMXR1 resistor?
Please the SCMXR1 is installed in the back panel; one XR1 is usually shipped with the unit. If you can't locate it, please call Dataforth at 1-800-444-7644.

With the SCM5B33-06 and SCM5B33-07, what are the included jumpers for?
You install one jumper from the +EXC to the +In terminals and the other jumper from the –EXC to the –In terminals. This allows the traces on the backpanel and the traces in the module to the current shunt to share the excess current.

Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B33-06, SCM5B33-07, included jumpers, excess current

What does “sensitivity” mean on my strain gage input module?
The sensitivity is listed on the datasheet to help determine what strain gages/load cells will be compatible with that module. Strain gages do not have a specific voltage output range (i.e. -30mV to 30mV) but rather a voltage output range that varies depending on the excitation voltage applied to the strain gage (its "sensitivity"). Since our strain gage modules have a fixed voltage input range and a fixed excitation voltage, the sensitivity is the most reliable way to determine if a strain gage is compatible with our module.

For example, a load cell with a 3mV/V sensitivity will output 30mV at full scale with a 10V excitation voltage, because 3mV/V * 10 V = 30mV. A signal conditioner with a 10V excitation and a -30mV to 30mV input range will be compatible with a load cell of 3mV/V sensitivity.

What is the recommended power supply for Dataforth SCM5B and 8B modules?
The recommended power supply for the Dataforth SCM5B and 8B modules are the linear power supplies in our SCMXPRT/SCMXPRE series. The SCMXPRT/SCMXPRE power supplies output 5V and have options for 1A output current (SCMXPRT-001) or 3A output current (SCMXPRT-003).

The SCMXPRE series is identical to its SCMXPRT counterpart, but is configured for European voltage standards.

The SCMXPRT-001/SCMXPRE-001 both have the option for DIN rail mounting as well (SCMXPRT-001D/SCMXPRE-001D).

Other power supplies that meet that power requirements of the SCM5B and 8B modules can be used as well, but it is strongly recommended to use a linear power supply rather than a switch-mode power supply. Switching power supplies can add noise artifacts to the output of your modules.

Why do Dataforth’s linearized thermocouple modules have a low bandwidth of 3-4 Hz?
Our linearized thermocouple modules have a bandwidth of 3-4 Hz in order to reject any induced noise along the sensor line. If a wider bandwidth is needed, a custom module could be designed and manufactured to meet the required specifications. Contact Dataforth at to discuss your specific needs.

Is an external conversion resistor required in order to use the SCM5B32 module?
Yes, an external conversion resistor is required for the SCM5B32 module if it is to be used as a current input module. The current/voltage conversion is achieved by an external resistor, SCMXR1 as shown in the block diagram in the data sheet.
The SCM5B32 series without the resistor can be used for voltage inputs as well.
For the SCM5B32-01 that voltage range is: +0.08V to +0.40V.
For the SCM5B32-02 that voltage range is: 0V to +0.40V.

Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B32, internal resistor, SCMXR1, external conversion resistor

Can I use the SCMVAS-Mxxx modules standalone?
SCMVAS-Mxxx modules are high voltage input non-isolated attenuator modules. If used standalone, the module could potentially allow high voltage through to expensive data acquisition equipment. Therefore SCMVAS-Mxxx modules must be used in conjunction with an SCMVAS backpanel and an SCM5B30-07x or SCM5B40-07x isolation and signal conditioning module with input over-voltage protection.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, SCMVAS, SCMVAS-Mxxx

I have an SCMPB07, does Dataforth have a 4-channel SCM5B backpanel?
No. However, a 4-channel DIN mount SCM5B backpanel can be made from the following list of parts.

Quantity Model Description
2 SCMPB04 or SCMPB04-1 2-channel 5B backpanel with SCMXCJC or without SCMXCJC
2 SCMXBEFE DIN mount base element with snap foot
2 SCMXSE DIN mount side element
4 SCMXVS DIN mount connection pins

Or, alternately, if you already have SCMPB04-2 or SCMPB04-3.

Quantity Model Description
1 SCMPB04-2 or SCMPB04-3 2-channel DIN mount 5B backpanel with SCMXCJC or without SCMXCJC

Just add the following.

Quantity Model Description
1 SCMPB04 or SCMPB04-1 2-channel 5B backpanel with SCMXCJC or without SCMXCJC
1 SCMXBEFE DIN mount base element with snap foot
4 SCMXVS DIN mount connection pins

Do you know if the SCM5B33 can read the current / voltage for a system operating at 16.66 Hz?
It is possible, but less than 45Hz requires design of a custom module with 7Hz being the low limit.
Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B33, SCM5B33 low frequency, SCM5B33 lower frequency.

If I purchase a backplane with no CJC, will I still be able to use modules that require the CJC enable jumper to be installed?
Yes. Backplanes with no CJC will still come with the CJC enable installed on the backplane.

How do I convert the voltage output of my SCM5B37 to a temperature reading?
Please see application note AN501 for details:

Does Dataforth have any options for thermistor input?
Thermistor interface has never been designed for SCM7B, 8B, DSCT, or MAQ20 product lines. However, we do have some custom products in the SCM5B line that can accept thermistor interface. Any SCM5B36, SCM7B36, 8B36, DSCA36, DSCT36 module with potentiometer input 0-10kohm may also be suitable for some sensors.

The SCM5B42 can function as an SCM5B32, why can't the 8B42 function as an 8B32?”
The 5B42 has separate passive input connections on +In and -In and the 8B42 does not. If you notice, the - input (pin 3) on the 8B42 has NC (No Connection) to the internal circuits of the module.
The 8BB42 can only be used with passive 2-wire transmitters because the only connection into the module is through the +EXC (excitation power out) and the + (return signal current input) connection.
In the 8B product line, the customer will have to use the 8B32-01 passive current input module.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B42, 8B, 8B42, 8B32-01, passive 2-wire transmitters, passive current input

Can I use an SCM5B41-07 in my SCMVAS system?
Technically, yes you could use an SCM5B41-07 in your SCMVAS system. However, it is not recommended since the output of all SCMVAS modules are -1 V to 1 V. Since the SCM5B41-07 has a -20 V to 20 V input range, most of that range will go unused while your accuracy suffers as a result since the SCM5B line has +/-0.03% span accuracy.

Can I get the required 5VDC from the USB connector of my notebook to power my SCM5B48?
The SCM5B48 could require up to 165mA max from the 5VDC power source.
Check your notebook's user manual for the current available from the USB connector or contact the notebook manufacturer and ask them for details.

Is there an accelerometer input module for MAQ20?
There is not a MAQ20 module dedicated to accelerometer input. However, it’s possible to frontend a MAQ20 voltage input module with an SCM5B48 Accelerometer Input Module using the Dataforth MAQ20-5B25 interface cable. You’ll have to purchase the cable, the module(s) and the appropriate size SCM5B backplane to make it work, but it is possible. Essentially, you have the SCM5B48 process the accelerometer input, and then the voltage output of that module is connected to a voltage input module in your MAQ20 system.

I just received an SCMPB01 back panel. How should I configure jumpers J1 through J4 for my application?
The factory configuration for jumpers J1 through J4 is the optimal configuration for most applications. If for some reason this jumper configuration will not work/is not working in your application, see our application note AN502 "Ground Connections and Host System Interfaces" for other valid jumper configurations and what situations you would use them.

Does the SCM5B47 series accept both ungrounded and grounded thermocouples?
Yes, the SCM5B4 can accept both grounded and ungrounded thermocouples due to the input to output isolation of the modules

For the SCM5B40/41-xx, why is the accuracy listed in the datasheet for +/-0.03% but the test datasheet for the module shows +/-0.08%?
The product datasheet lists the typical specs of +/-0.03% for the entire SCM5B41 family (at Ta = 25C and +5VDC power). The +/-0.08% is the maximum limit set during the production test.

Is there an alternative for DC coupled input signal conditioning for signal conditioning to RMS? I understand SCM5B33-03 is AC coupled therefore it discards the offset or bias in the DC equivalent computation of the RMS whole signal.
Dataforth does not currently offer an equivalent True RMS module for DC coupled inputs, but a two module solution could be implemented depending on the parameters of the DC offset and the AC waveform.

Such an implementation was tested with an SCM5B33-03D True RMS Input Module (0-10Vrms input and 0-10VDC output) and an SCM5B31-02 Narrow Bandwidth Voltage Input Module (+/-5V input and +/-5V output). The inputs to these modules were tied in parallel and connected to a waveform generator with a specified VDC offset and VAC waveform within the input limits of the two modules. The outputs of the modules were then connected in series to get a combined output equal to the sum of their individual output voltages. Both modules were mounted on their own SCMPB03 single channel backplanes in order to maintain separate I/O COM lines for the required series connections to be made on the outputs. Alternatively a single SCMPB07 8-channel backplane could have been used since it allows for isolation of each channel's I/O COM line via a provided jumper. Please note that this combined module configuration will result in a small increase in total error since each module's parameters for accuracy are added up.

If a two module configuration is not possible for a specific application, a custom version of the SCM5B33 with revised coupling circuitry might be possible depending on the required specifications. Be aware that custom module designs are subject to NRE charges and require a 10pc minimum quantity order.

Does Dataforth offer SCM5B48 modules with customized fixed-parameters?
Please send Dataforth the selections for the four configurable parameters of the SCM5B48.
Below are the parameters in the order they appear left to right in the data sheet, Figure 2: SCM5B48 Side Label.

High Pass Filter, S5: DC, 0.2Hz, 10Hz
Gain, S4: 1, 10, 100
Excitation, S1: 4mA, 9mA
Low Pass Filter, S3, S2: 2.5kHz, 5kHz, 10kHz, 20kHz

Dataforth will assign custom module number, generate a data sheet, and send it for review and signoff.

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I have an SCM5B33 module, what is the total power consumption?
The max base power in all 5B33 modules is +5VDC x 140mA(max) = 700mW.

For Vout models, 5B33-01 to 5B33-07, add: 5V x 2mA = 10mW.
For Vout models, 5B33-01D to 5B33-07D, add: 10V x 2mA = 20mW.
For 0 to 1mA current loop output modules, 5B33-01B to 5B33-07B add 3mW.
For 0/4 to 20mA current loop output modules, 5B33-01C,E to 5B33-07C,E add 60mW.

The 5B33-06 has a 0.1? current shunt. Add 1A^2 x0.1? =100mW.
The 5B33-07 has a 0.025? current shunt. Add 5A^2 x0.025? = 625mW.

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Can you explain what is the difference between the “Standard frequency range” and the “Extended frequency range” for the SCM5B33 module?
The user does not have to do anything special; the module operates seamlessly over the full frequency range of 45Hz to 20kHz. We needed to split the full frequency range into two ranges so we could define and specify the different accuracy levels associated with each subrange.
If you look further down the 5B33 Specifications under Accuracy, you will notice the Standard frequency range from 45Hz to 1kHz carries an additional +/-0.25% Reading error. This error is in addition to the +/-0.25% Span error at 50/60Hz. So the total accuracy error will be +/-0.25% Span + (+/-0.25% Reading) = +/-0.50%.
And the Extended frequency range from 1kHz to 20kHz carries an additional +/-0.75% Reading error. This error is in addition to the +/-0.25% Span error at 50/60Hz. So the total accuracy error will be +/-0.25% Span + (+/-0.75% Reading) = +/-1.00%.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B RMS, 5B True RMS, 5B RMS input module, 5B True RMS input module, 5B33

What does "Response time, 90% span" mean on the datasheet for my module?
Normally, a response time figure refers to how quickly a module's output can "respond" to a change in the input signal. "Response time, 90% span" refers to how fast a module can adjust its output when a step signal is applied at the input, where the magnitude of this step input is 90% of the input span of the module.

Will the isolation on the SCM5B modules support a discharge of 1500VDC without damaging anything connected to the output?
Yes, the SCM5B modules are isolated up to 1500 Vrms, which means that if the common mode voltage between the field side and system side is limited to 1500Vrms, the device will be protected.

However, the input protection for SCM5B modules (i.e., the voltage across the +IN and -IN input terminals) is 240Vrms max.

Does Dataforth carry any signal conditioners that interface with AC LVDTs?
Although we do not carry signal conditioners that can interface with AC LVDTs, we do have the SCM5B43, 8B43 and DSCA43 which can interface with DC LVDTs.

We have a lot of 5B racks that I would like to use, but I am not sure how to purchase the 34 conductor ribbon cable that these older 5B racks use. Do you guys sell the connectors and cable that I would need for the 16 channel 5B rack
“ If you are inquiring about the ISO-RACK 16, Dataforth does not make that. Please look up; they make the ISO-RACK 16 and accessories.

If you wish to purchase Dataforth backpanels and accessories, you can look up The base model number for our 16 channel backpanel is SCMPB01 and our ribbon cables are 26 conductor and their base model number is SCMXCA004. I have included the web address of the .pdf of the backpanels and accessories data sheet in the following line.

Keywords / Phrases:

ISO-RACK16, 34-conductor ribbon cable, SCMPB01, 26-conductor ribbon cable

Do you have any SCM5B modules with a 50kHz bandwidth?
None of our standard SCM5B modules have a 50kHz bandwidth. However, it is possible to order a custom SCM5B module with 50kHz bandwidth. Keep in mind that new customs require a 10 pc minimum order and are subject to extra design fees.

Where can I find the MTBF of my module?
Information on MTBF for SCM5B, SCM7B, 8B and DSCA is available on our website. Please see application note AN802 for more details. Application notes can be found under the "Literature" tab on the top navigation bar.

If a thermocouple is soldered to a lead that has current running through it, how do you avoid affecting the thermocouple signal and subsequent measurement?
The thermocouples must be isolated so current does not come from the circuit under test and run through them. SCM5B, SCM7B, 8B, DSCA, DSCT, MAQ20 all offer the required isolation.

Can the SCM5B392-11 be used as replacement for the SCM5B32-01 for simple Analog conversion (4-20mA to 0-+5V)?
SCM5B392-xxyy are a two module pair. The intent is to have a voltage signal that can be transmitted across a long distance. When used together, an input voltage is converted to a process current, transmitted a long distance, then converted back to a process voltage.

SCM5B392-1x modules can be used in place of an SCM5B32-xx if the I/O ranges are equivalent. However, the SCM5B392-1x modules have a 1kHz bandwidth while the SCM5B32 modules have a 4Hz bandwidth.

Where can I find the pinout of my SCM5B module?
Please see the SCM5B Module Dimensions and Pinouts link from the SCM5B section of our website:

You can also find the module dimensions and pinouts in our product catalog.

I looked into the SCMVAS-Mxxx modules, but are they truly DC Voltage Attenuators?
SCMVAS-Mxxx modules are actually DC attenuators because they are specified using + and – voltage limits. These are DC voltage levels or peak AC voltages. If they were meant to be AC voltage attenuators, they would be specified in Vrms.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, SCMVAS, SCMVAS-Mxxx, attenuation, high voltage

Can the SCM5B33 be used in the SCMVAS system?
It is possible to use the SCM5B33 with SCMVAS. However, the output impedance of the SCMVAS-MXXX module at around 14.8k will be loaded by the input 1Mohm input impedance of the SCM5B33-02. This results in an approximate -1.5% positive full scale error.

I have an SCM5B33 module, what is the accuracy error between 0-10% span?
In Note 4, For 0-10% Span measurements add 0.25% accuracy error (-02 through -07) or 1.00% accuracy error (-01). Accuracy error includes linearity, hysteresis and repeatability but not source or external shunt inaccuracy (if used).

Keywords/Phrases: 5B RMS, 5B True RMS, 5B RMS input module, 5B True RMS input module, 5B33 accuracy

On the 8B51, can I apply the + and – input leads “backwards” to reverse the polarity of the output signal?
This can be done only if the voltage source is floating (isolated); this pertains also to the SCM7B modules.
Better modules for true differential operation for which a floating source is not needed are the DSCA30/31/40/41. Other modules for this type of operation are the SCM5B30/31/40/41 used with an SCMPB07-x with the I/O COM jumpers Jn removed in the channels for which true differential operation is desired. Both the DSCA and the SCM5B outputs can float +/-50V with respect to power supply common.

Keywords/Phrases: 8B51, reverse input leads, true differential

How does the load resistance of a module affect the noise at the output?
Noise at the output of a module is independent of load resistance.

If I input a 5kHz sinusoidal signal into an SCM5B40/41 module, will the output be a 5kHz sinusoidal signal as well?
Yes, signal frequencies lower than the bandwidth of the input module (10kHz for standard products) will pass through to the output. The amplitude of the voltage signal will gained/attenuated based on the I/O specifications of the module.

What are feasible failure modes of the SCM5B36 and SCM5B41 devices?
The failures of the Voltage Regulator, Transformers, Oscillator, Analog Switch and the Power Supply Capacitors would cause the module output to go to 0V and the supply current will be 0mA. This failure mode may be accompanied by module supply current many times higher than published specification. These are the common failure modes. Other failure mode may result in output pegging to the output supply rail at 7.5V.

The Inputs are passive nodes and the input failures can cause the module output to go to 0V for both SCM5B41 and SCM5B36 series. The input failures of SCM5B36 may also peg the output to the negative supply rail of -7.5V.

The MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) for SCM5B36 series is 675,000 hours and the same for SCM5B41 series is 680,000 hours. This failure rate calculation is derived from the MIL-HDBK-217 (Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment). The "Part Stress Analysis" method is used at a ground benign environment, +30°C temperature, and quality level B-2 to D-1 depending on the component. The specified humidity level is 95% RH noncondensing.

Keywords/Phrases: SCM5B failure modes, SCM5B36 failure modes, SCM5B41 failure modes

Do you have an MTBF figure for the SCM5B39? What are the main failure modes?
The failure rate calculations for our SCM5B modules can be found in our application note AN503:

There are no dominant failure modes.

Is PCOM connected to I/O COM on the SCMPB04?
PCOM is connected to I/O COM on the SCMPB04 through the use of a factory installed 0 ohm resistor. This resistor can be removed, but would need to be soldered back on if you needed to reattach it.

Is the DSCA38-02 compatible with a load cell with a sensitivity of 2mV/V? How would it affect measurements?
For the DSCA38-02, the +/-30mV range maps to the +/-10V output; -30mV input = -10V output and +30mV input = +10V output. The sensitivity is a specification that refers to the sensitivity of the strain gauges that are fully compatible with the module.

If a DSCA38-02 is used with a load cell that has 2mV/V sensitivity, then the module's output is limited to two thirds of the full range (i.e. +/-20mV). This assumes the load cell has a rated excitation voltage of 10V. This reduced output range might be okay depending on the specific use case.

Can I use an SCM5B module with my OM5-BP-SKT-C?
Yes, any of our SCM5B modules are able to be mounted and operated on Omega's OM5-BP-SKT-C board.

Can I use the SCMVAS-Mxxx modules standalone?
SCMVAS-Mxxx modules are high voltage input non-isolated attenuator modules. If used standalone, the module could potentially allow high voltage through to expensive data acquisition equipment. Therefore SCMVAS-Mxxx modules must be used in conjunction with an SCMVAS backpanel and an SCM5B30-07x or SCM5B40-07x isolation and signal conditioning module with input over-voltage protection.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, SCMVAS, SCMVAS-Mxxx

How do I convert an RMS voltage to its corresponding peak voltage?
To convert an RMS voltage to its corresponding peak voltage, you simply take the RMS voltage value and multiply it by the square root of 2, or roughly 1.414.

For example, 1500Vrms corresponds to a peak voltage of 1500 * 1.414 = 2121 Vp

Should I ground my sensor wire shield to the 10-32 ground post on the SCMPB01?
It is not recommended to ground the sensor wire shield to the 10-32 ground post on the SCMPB01 because that is the system side ground, while the sensor wire is on the field side. The sensor wire shield should be grounded to the field side ground, which varies based on the signal conditioner you are using. Please see the "Shield Grounding" application note for more information.

What is the DC channel to channel isolation on SCM5B backpanels?
DC channel to channel isolation for all SCMPB backpanels is 2121 VDC.

If the input range of my signal conditioner is -1V to +1V and the output range is 0 to 10V, does this mean that it ignores polarity?
A signal conditioner with these I/O ranges does not mean that the module ignores the polarity of your voltage input. The output of voltage input modules are scaled linearly, meaning an input of -1V would correspond to an output of 0V, an input of 0V would correspond to an output of 5V, an input of +1V would correspond to an output of 10V, and so on.

Can I supply fixed resistors to a full bridge SCM5B38 module to make my half bridge or quarter bridge strain gauge work properly with the module?
Yes, the quarter and half bridge SCM5B38 modules have the bridge completion resistors across terminals +EXC and -IN and -EXC and -IN internal to the module. Applying fixed resistors across the same terminals will have the same effect on a full bridge SCM5B38.

Is there a quick way to check if my SCM5B47x-xx module is operational?
With the SCM5B47x-xx connected to a proper backplane with CJC, with power being supplied, you can short the input terminals of the device to force a room temperature reading. Then you can check the output of the module and see if the output is what you're expecting. To determine what the proper output of a module is at room temperature, you'll need to look at the specific input and output range of the module you are using.

On 5B backpanels, what is the threaded bolt connected to?
On the SCMPB01, SCMPB02, SCMPB05, and SCMPB06 backpanels the threaded bolt is directly connected to I/O COM and to an array of jumpers which enable a variety of grounding configurations. In the Attachments box to the right of this Content box, open or download the SCMPB01 or SCMPB02 data sheet. For a thorough discussion of grounding configurations, refer to the Grounding section.

What is the required resistance for jumpers J1 through J4 on my SCM5B backpanel?
J1-J4 on the SCM5B backpanels are jumper cables, so they should have 0 ohm resistance.

Do SCM5B modules with outputs scaled up to 10V have separate power requirements from their 5V counterparts?
No, all SCM5B modules have the same power requirements (5VDC) regardless of their I/O specifications. The power supply current draw of different products in the SCM5B line may vary.

On the SCM5B modules, what is the purpose of pin 18 (Vin), why is it tied to pin 20 (Vout)? Doesn't Vout provide the output by itself?
Vout is used with input modules, which are all the SCM5B models except for the SCM5B39 and SCM5B49. Vin is used for output modules, SCM5B39 and SCM5B49.

The reason for doing this is because input modules acquire a signal from the field side, and then output a corresponding signal to the system side. On the contrary, output modules acquire a signal from the system side, and then output a corresponding signal to the field side. Since SCM5B backplanes are designed for all channels to accommodate either an input or an output module, the terminal/pin that you would normally get your output signal from if you were using an input module is the same terminal/pin that you would be feeding your input signal to if you were using an output module.

What does it mean when an input module has for example a 3kHz bandwidth?
A 3kHz bandwidth on an input module means it can accept voltages from DC to 3000Hz. Any frequency higher than that and the signal will start to be attenuated by the filter at the input.

For SCM5B39 modules when I give LabVIEW (or other DAQ software) an output command, I get no output from the backpanel, why?
That’s because the SCM5B39 and the SCM5B49 are output modules, are connected the reverse of input modules, they have their inputs on the system side (power supply side) of the backpanel. They provide their output on the isolated field side of the backpanel.

Keywords/Phrases: 5B, 5B module, 5B output module, 5B39, 5B49

Will a 2Vpp signal work with an SCM5B41-01?
Yes, as long as the peak voltage of this signal does not exceed 1V in the positive range or -1V in the negative range. Since the SCM5B series has a 1500Vrms CMR rating, this signal could also be measured on top of a much larger signal up to 1500Vrms, as long as the differential signal going into the input of the module is no higher than 1V or no lower than -1V.

Are the SCM5B47T-07D and SCM5B47T-07 the same part? If not, what’s the difference?
The SCM5B47T-07 and SCM5B47T-07D differ in their output voltage ranges. The D suffix in SCM5B47T-07D signifies an output range of 0 to +10V. If no D suffix is present, as is the case for the SCM5B47T-07, then the output range is 0 to +5V. Aside from their output ranges, the modules are identical.

Due to resource constraints on my computer, I'm unable to open the three dimensional CAD models provided on your website. Does Dataforth provide two demensional CAD models for download as well?
Two dimensional CAD models can be generated upon customer request. Please contact Customer Service for assistance.

Can Dataforth analog modules be used in high vibration environments? If so, what type of testing or certification was completed?
SCM5B, SCM7B, 8B SensorLex, and DSCA modules are well suited for use in high vibration environments. These modules and their associated accessories have undergone testing for random vibration, shock, and swept sine wave vibration. Details of each of these testing methods are provided below:

Random Vibration (Operating):
○ MIL-STD 202G, Method 214A, Condition 1
- Frequency Range: 50-2000Hz, flat spectrum
- Vibration Intensity: 7.56 Grms
- Duration: 10min/axis (X, Y, Z)

Shock (Operating):
○ MIL-STD-810F, Method 516.5
- Pulse Shape: Sawtooth
- Test Level: 30G
- Duration 11ms
- Orientation: +/-X, +/-Y, +/-Z

Swept Sine Vibration (Operating)
○ MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6, modified
- Frequency Range: 10-2000Hz
- Vibration Intensity: 5Gp-p
- Sweep Rate: 1 octave/min
- Orientation: X, Y, Z

Declaration of conformity for the above-listed tests can be provided upon customer request. Please contact customer service if a copy of the declaration is needed.

Can the SCM5B33 be used with PWM input signal?
Yes, the SCM5B33 True RMS input module can be used with a PWM input signal. The module can be used with both sinusoid and non-sinusoid inputs. Module accuracy varies slightly based on the crest factor of the input waveform. Please refer to the "Specifications" section of the SCM5B33 datasheet for additional information on how crest factor affects module accuracy.

What happens to the output of an SCM5B34 module if the input goes below negative full scale?
When the SCM5B34 receives a temperature input signal below negative full scale, the module’s output will drop slightly below 0V non-linearly, no lower than -0.7 to -1V.

Can I use a copper RTD that is 10 ohm at 25 degrees C with the SCM5B34C-03?
If you were to use a copper 10 ohm at 25 degrees Celsius RTD with the SCM5B34C-03 then your output would be offset by roughly 25 degrees Celsius resulting in incorrect readings. However, if you need an RTD input module with the same input/output specs as the SCM5B34C-03 that works with your RTD, we do offer the custom module SCM5B34C-1526.

I've noticed increases in drift over the years while using a SCM5B45 frequency input module. I haven't noticed this issue with my other SCM5B modules, is this normal?
Yes, this behavior is normal. SCM5B45s are characteristically more sensitive to long term drift compared to other SCM5B modules. If you notice characteristics that are not within the module's defined specifications, please contact customer support or submit an RMA at for recalibration of the module.

How will the measurement of my thermocouple module be affected if I use a backplane without CJC?
CJC is mandatory when using thermocouple input modules, or else you will not get an accurate measurement. Make sure to always purchase a backplane with CJC installed if you are using a thermocouple input module.

Is the SCMXPRT-003 DIN rail mountable?
The SCMXPRT-001 has an option for DIN rail mounting (part number: SCMXPRT-001D) but the SCMXPRT-003 does not. Instead, it can be mounted on the SCMXRK-002 which is a 19 inch metal rack for mounting the SCMXPRT-003 as well as various Dataforth backpanels and the SCMXIF interface board.

Is there a smaller version available of the 8 channel SCMVAS backplane, the SCMVAS-PB8?
The SCMVAS-PB8 is the smallest available backplane for the SCMVAS module series. If you are looking for a small channel count, you may be able to find a suitable custom module in another product line with smaller backplanes that can handle high voltages in our Custom Product List.

Can the DIN rail mounting hardware be easily removed from the SCMPB04?
Yes, the DIN rail mounting hardware for the SCMPB04 can be easily detached and reattached from the board.

What types of DIN rails does the DIN rail mounting of the SCMPB04 attach to?
The DIN rail mounting of the SCMPB04 can mount to DIN rail types EN 50022-35x7.5, EN 50022-35x15, EN 50035-G32. These can be purchased as part numbers SCMXRAIL1-XX, SCMXRAIL2-XX, pr SCMXRAIL3-XX where XX is specified as the length of the rail in meters.

Is it possible to get 0-40mA output but connecting two SCM5B39 modules in parallel?
Yes, this can achieved by connecting the positive output of the two modules together, and connecting this to one end of a load resistor. Then, connect the negative output of the two modules together, and connect this to the other end of the load resistor.

Whats the difference between SCM5B37 modules and SCM5B47 modules?
SCM5B47 module output is linearized with respect to the input temperature. SCM5B37 modules require a special calculation to determine the input temperature from a given output voltage. Please see our application note for more information on this:

Is the SCM5B40-06 sensitive to being soldered into a board? Would soldering it damage the part?
We do not recommend soldering the SCM5B pins to a board as it could potentially damage the module. Soldering the pins would also void the warranty.

Many sockets are available which accept the mounting pins. TE Connectivity / AMP part number 50865-5 is an example of these sockets and any equivalent part will work as well.

What is the maximum channel count for an SCMVAS system?
The largest backpanel for the SCMVAS modules is the SCMVAS-PB16 which has 16 channels. Multiple backpanels can be purchased if more channels are needed.

Can I use the SCMXBEFE and SCMXSE accessories to make my SCMPB01/2 DIN rail mountable?
No, converting any of the 16 channel SCM5B backplanes to something DIN rail mountable is a much more involved process than the SCMPB03/04. If you would like a 16 channel SCM5B backplane that can mount on a DIN rail you must purchase an SCMPB01-2, SCMPB01-3, SCMPB02-2 or SCMPB02-3.

Do I need to specify what thermocouple modules I am ordering when I purchase a backplane with CJC installed?
No, the CJC will work for all thermocouple modules that can be mounted to that backplane.

Do I need to purchase the SCMXCJC with my SCMPB03?
No, the SCMPB03 comes with the CJC built into the backpanel.
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