YORK, PA — March 3, 2009 — Red Lion Controls, Inc. introduces USB option cards for the company’s CUB5 and PAX panel meters. These USB programming cards—one available for each meter—provide users with an efficient, cost-effective way to connect CUB5 and PAX meters to almost any computer, with no serial converters or other external devices needed. With this plug-and-play usability, USB option cards facilitate panel meter programming utilizing Red Lion’s free Crimson® software, allowing operators to set parameters, download configurations to panel meters and save program files on the computer for future reference.

By eliminating the need for serial-to-USB converters, CUB5 and PAX USB cards reduce programming time and hassle while saving labor and equipment costs. The cards can be purchased individually, requiring a user-supplied USB cord for operation, or users can select either a CUB5 or PAX programming kit. These kits include the respective USB option card, a USB connecting cable and the latest version of Crimson software.

“The new USB option cards eliminate a full step in the panel meter programming process, allowing users to quickly connect our CUB5 and PAX meters directly to a PC—without first needing to send serial outputs through a USB converter,” said Jeff Thornton, product manager for Red Lion. “Both the CUB5 and PAX USB cards simply plug into the meter’s main circuit board. Once a USB card is installed, it appears as a virtual communications port, expediting meter configuration.”

As a leading panel meter provider, Red Lion developed the CUB5 and PAX meters to offer dependable performance in a convenient package. The cost-effective CUB5 consumes less panel space than standard 1/8 DIN meters and offers a full feature set, with single or dual setpoint control output modules and optional RS232 or RS485 communication modules. The PAX meter provides a sunlight-readable display, accepts a broad range of inputs and delivers the widest variety of field-installable option cards, along with comprehensive communications capabilities. The new USB option cards enhance these product offerings by combining with Crimson software’s intuitive, drop-down menu-style interface to deliver user-friendly, time-efficient and cost-effective panel meter programming.

Red Lion Controls, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of industrial control solutions worldwide. Products include digital/analog control and monitoring, panel meters, PID control, human-machine interface panels, signal conditioning, protocol conversion and data logging products. For more information, or to find the Red Lion distributor nearest you, go to or contact: Red Lion Controls, Inc., 20 Willow Springs Circle, York, PA 17406; (717)767-6511.


• Type: USB Virtual Comms Port • Baud Rate: 300 to 38.4k • Unit Address: 0 to 99
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