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Alba-Combi Engine Monitor and Analog to NMEA 2000 Signal Converter

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Alba-Combi Engine Monitor and Analog to NMEA 2000 Signal Converter Alba-Combi - More than just an engine analog to N2k adapter.

NMEA 2000 Certified

The new Alba-Combi is a second generation device that translates analog signals from not just the engine senders, but from sensors all over the vessel to the NMEA2000 Bus. 

Powerful

With the Alba-Combi you get twelve 0V to 32V inputs that can be used for anything from reading voltages of batteries to interfacing with any analog gauges. Six channels can be configured to measure resistance from any industry standard engine sensor. Also there are two RPM inputs, one PTC temperature ( positive temperature coefficient) input, one shunt (for current measurement) and two relay outputs.

Versatile

The Alba-Combi can be used to get engine data, tank levels, generic pressure and temperature from any resistive, voltage or 4-20mA sensor*. (additional resistor needed)

Precise

All twelve resistance and voltage channels have comprehensive calibration that allow you to create an 8 point calibration table or select a predefined industry standard calibration table for most common sensors and gauges.

Ethernet Setup

The Alba-Combi has an Ethernet port that will allow web based calibration and upgrade. Just connect your laptop to the Alba-Combi via Ethernet and Browser Application and you will get to the calibration and testing page. No special interfaces, software or tools required.

Capable

With the Alba-Combi you can define up to 15 different NMEA2000 PGN’s in order to satisfy the most demanding applications. The isolated NMEA2000 port will feed all the converted data on to a NMEA2000 network.

Monitoring

The Alba-Combi has an embedded monitoring web server that will allow to create a full monitoring display with analog or digital gauges to be displayed on PC, Mac, iOS or Android devices.

Currently Supported PGNs (Firmware Version 2.0)

  • PGN127488 - Engine Parameters, Rapid Update
  • PGN127489 - Engine Parameters, Dynamic
  • PGN127493 - Transmission Parameters, Dynamic
  • PGN127501 - Switch Bank Status
  • PGN127502 - Switch Bank Control
  • PGN127505 - Fluid Level
  • PGN127508 - Battery Status
  • PGN130314 - Pressure
  • PGN130316 - Temperature, Extended Range
  • PGN130576 - Small Craft Status, Trim Tab Status

PLEASE NOTE: For RPM the Alba-Combi can handle a maximum input signal of 4000hz.  This equates to about 60 pulses per revolution at 4000 rpm, anything higher than that will not be compatible. For example, if the RPM sensor is reading the teeth of the flywheel and say we have 120 teeth and the max rpm is 4000 rpm, that will equate for 120 pulses-rpm * (4000rpm/60sec) = 8000 pulses-per-revolution or 8000hz, this will not be compatible with the Alba-Combi for RPM sensing.  If this is the case, as an alternative, you can often connect to the Ignition Coil of a gas engine.  You can also connect to the W connection of the alternator as described in the Alba-Combi Manual.

 

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GTIN 08436536880052

FAQ

How do I configure the Albacombi?

With a computer and an Ethernet cable.

What PGNs are supported?

– PGN127488 Engine Parameters, Rapid Update
– PGN127489 Engine Parameters, Dynamic
– PGN127493 Transmission Parameters, Dynamic
– PGN127501 Switch Bank Status
– PGN127502 Switch Bank Control
– PGN127505 Fluid Level
– PGN127508 Battery Status
– PGN130314 Pressure
– PGN130316 Temperature, Extended Range
– PGN130576 Small Craft Status, Trim Tab Position

How many messages at the same time can manage/send the AlbaCombi to the Plotter?

Up to 15

What are the Albacombi mounting options?

You can use a DIN rail type mounting.

I can’t connect with the AlbaCombi on my computer?

If you can’t connect with the AlbaCombi, try setting a fixed IP on your PC. This IP must be different from the module (for example:: 192.168.0.111). AlbaCombi uses the IP 192.168.0.50

AlbaCombi blocked

If your AlbaCombi is blocked, press the reset button and wait 1 minute. If this doesn’t work try the following guide:

https://www.albacombi.com/recover-albacombi-after-firmware-update/

Can I update my AlbaCombi device?

Yes, you can connect your PC to AlbaCombi ethernet port, set the switches in the following position: 1 on, 2 off and press the reset button. Then, enter the configuration page and choose the option “upgrade firmware”.

The N2K connection is required?

No, just remember powering the module through power pins (17 and 18, 9-18Vdc)

I can’t see any data on my Garmin display

If you can’t see your AlbaCombi or any data in your Garmin display, if your AlbaCombi device appears and disappears intermittently, probably you don’t have the firmware updated to the latest version: 2.0
Please download it from our website under “Downloads” and update your device.
If you continue with the same problems, please contact us.

Which devices can receive data from the Albacombi?

Any NMEA200 capable display, you have to be aware of the capability of that display to be able to show the particular data from the Alba Combi you want to display.

What sort of onboard equipment can be managed by the Albacombi?

Any analogue sensor, RPM pulse senders, shunts, or PTC1000 temperature sensor.

What are the power requirements of the Albacombi?

LEN3 as per NMEA2000, or 150mA.

Which are the connections of the Albacombi?

Ethernet, NMEA2000, 6x voltage or resistance inputs, 6 additional voltage inputs, two RPM pulse inputs, 1 shunt input, 1 PTC1000 input.

What voltage and duty cycle is needed to trigger a correct RPM Signal?

Maximum frequency 3-4Khz

What is the lowest and highest Speed of input pulses which the unit can process?

Minimum Peat-to-Peak Voltage 6V

It’s possible to reverse the order of alarm colours configuration in the displays?

No, it can’t be reversed, the order must be green, yellow and red (Min to Max)

AlbaCombi could be powered at 24volts?

Current product YES, first versions NO

Are all the terminals labelled GND connected together internally? 

Yes.

Are the GND terminals connected to NET-C (Supply- CAN1)?

No, they are isolated following NMEA2000 normative

There are 7 different terminals that are “ground” (04,11,19,23,28,32,36) Do they all need to be linked and connected to the common ground or can I just connect 1 of them?

Not necessary, with one GND connected the AlbaCombi works but recommended to connect as many as you need

What is the upper limit on the tacho input frequency?

For RPM the Alba-Combi can handle a maximum input signal of 4000hz.  This equates to about 60 pulses per revolution at 4000 rpm, anything higher than that will not be compatible. For example, if the RPM sensor is reading the teeth of the flywheel and say we have 120 teeth and the max rpm is 4000 rpm, that will equate to 120 pulses-rpm * (4000rpm/60sec) = 8000 pulses-per-revolution or 8000hz, this will not be compatible with the Alba-Combi for RPM sensing.  If this is the case, as an alternative, you can often connect to the Ignition Coil of a gas engine.  You can also connect to the W connection of the alternator as described in the Alba-Combi Manual

Is the shunt input a differential input or single-ended referenced to
ground?

Shunt is single-ended

If it is single-ended then how do I avoid voltage drop in the ground connection to
the albacombi from showing up as a current offset?

GND is common for all the AlbaCombi measurement terminals. If there were any unwanted voltage drop that produced an offset in the current measurement, it could be corrected by software by modifying the calibration curve of the albacombi.

Is it mandatory with a 100 mV shunt for the Albacombi shunt input? Or could a shunt with a different voltage drop be used?

You must use only 100mV shunt

What is the purpose of the RS232 connection on the AlbaCombi?

Currently doesn’t have any function. We have left it accessible for future implementations o updates

AlbaCombi Module: User Manual (usermanual-albacombi_v5_1.pdf, 2,482 Kb) [Download]

AlbaCombi Module: Datasheet (datasheet-albacombi.pdf, 3,831 Kb) [Download]