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ESX10-TC - New Electronic Circuit Protection from Weidmuller.

Weidmuller’s remarkable ESX10-T electronic circuit breaker range now provides precise circuit protection and security to 12VDC circuits. Approved for use in Zone 2 hazardous areas, ESX10-TC is designed to ensure selective disconnection of 12VDC load systems in both factory and process control applications. Features such as remote reset or on/off control and the capability to mount in a Zone 2 location provides users with enormous cost and time savings.

Weidmuller’s 12V models also protect a wider range of systems including battery-supplied circuits. Typical process applications are with remote, unmanned equipment where lightning or other transient voltage surges trip protection equipment, cause expensive and unwanted equipment downtime. The ESX10-TC remote control functionality can help get the system back into operation with minimal losses.

Weidmuller’s ESX10-TC uses active current limitation to respond much faster to overload or short circuit conditions than the switch-mode power …

Industrial Ethernet Portfolio - New Serial to Ethernet Converters from Weidmuller

Weidmuller announces an addition to the Industrial Ethernet Portfolio with new serial to Ethernet converters. Providing a simple and reliable method for integrating serial port devices into industrial Ethernet networks, Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters help maintain existing automation components while upgrading the overall infrastructure.

Weidmuller’s new converters include two ports, which are universally compatible with RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485, allowing virtually any serial terminal device to be connected. The Ethernet interface of the devices supports a broad spectrum of operation modes such as TCP Server, TCP Client, UDP, Real COM, RFC2217, Reverse Telnet, Pair Connection and Ethernet-Modem – designed-in versatility that guarantees network software compatibility. In addition the converter's user friendly web interface can be used to configure all of its functions.

Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters feature an integrated relay output, which can be used to alert …

PRO-M DC/DC Converter - Weidmuller Ensures Stable and Electrically Isolated Power Supply with new connectPower DC/DC Converter

Weidmuller introduces a new DC/DC Converter to the PRO-M Power Supplies product line optimized for machinery and offering a host of advantages. This new electrically isolated DC/DC Converter avoids critical earth loops; from an unregulated or distorted input voltage, it generates a stable, low-distortion output voltage. With class III protection the compact converter is ideal for use in earth-free power systems, such as the battery backup systems found in marine technology, as well as in oil and gas, machinery, and factory automation applications.

Weidmuller’s DC/DC Converter is a versatile solution for all 24 VDC power supply applications. It features industry leading power specifications, excellent resistance to shock and vibration, an extremely thin profile, over 91% efficiency, and a status signal for remote monitoring.

Weidmuller’s thin design, with a width of only 60mm, and the capability to be mounted side-by-side without clearance requirements saves space in the cabinet. The…

Circuit Breakers - connectPower brings wider protection from Weidmuller

In a move designed to consolidate an already extensive circuit protection offering, Weidmuller is introducing two new models of their all new connectPower brand of DIN rail mounted circuit breakers into the North American market – the BR Series UL 489 Branch rated, and the SU Series, which is UL 1077 approved for Supplementary protection.  The lever-operated breakers use thermal-magnetic technology, having ratings up to 277/480V and 60A in 1, 2 and 3 pole format, and are available immediately with C or D trip characteristics.  The ranges are targeted at industrial control applications, especially where the control equipment may be in an environment which needs to resist vibration and mechanical shock.

A compact 17.5mm width on the rail is part of an attractive construction package for the connectPower circuit breakers, which gives the user the convenience of either wire-end ferrules or ring lug terminations for the supply and load, as well as UL-approved bus-bar accessories to simpli…

Secure Routers - New Gigabit Router for Secure Data Communications

Weidmuller announces the launch of two new Gigabit Routers that have been developed specifically for use in industrial networking solutions. These are designed to offer secure and reliable communication between Ethernet-based systems as well as higher-level networks.

Weidmuller’s new routers provide the ability to communicate with machinery and systems with total peace of mind from anywhere in the world. With the steady increase in networking data and information, the advantages of Ethernet communications are progressively being used in the area of industrial automation technology. This capability allows data collection from the production level, over the office network and through to the Internet. Ideally suited for this task, Weidmuller’s routers offer ultimate performance via Gigabit performance on both Ethernet ports (LAN/WAN) to harnesses the benefits of standard Ethernet communication and industrial automation technology.

Integrated "stateful inspection" firewall and …

TERMSERIES: The All-rounder - NEW Relays and Solid-State Relays for all Purposes

Weidmuller now offers innovative, pluggable electromechanical and solid-state relays equipped with one- and two-changeover contacts in slim designs. TERMSERIES, The All-rounder, is housed in a slim 6.4mm or 12.8mm design with matching profiles that can be combined as needed based on application. These relays switch loads of up to 8A (resistive) at 250V.

Engineers need high-density solutions for smaller electrical cabinets, professional handling, and comprehensive equipment identification options. Weidmuller’s TERMSERIES family of relays and solid-state relays solves this issue. Depending on the application, customers can choose between products with a fixed voltage input or Weidmuller’s unique multi-voltage input which allows conditioning signals from 24V up to 230V AC/DC with only one module. This multi-voltage input solution reduces the amount of spares necessary, simplifies installation and increases machine up time.

Weidmuller’s TERMSERIES relay and solid-state relay modules req…

Stuxnet does not infect Vacon AC drives

There has been public discussion about the Stuxnet computer malware and its impact on the operation of Vacon AC drives. This is why Vacon wants to clarify the situation.

Vacon has been investigating the matter and, according to its present knowledge, Stuxnet is not capable of infecting Vacon AC drives in any way. Nor does Vacon know of any instances where Stuxnet would have created problems in the operations of Vacon's customers.  In this respect the processes of Vacon's customers are not at risk.

According to experts, Stuxnet seems to be capable of infecting one manufacturer's certain programmable logic controllers (PLCs) which in turn can be used to control the operation of Vacon AC drives. An infected PLC may operate defectively and thus control the operation of Vacon AC drives in an unwanted manner. Therefore, customers who suspect that their processes might be infected by the Stuxnet malware should contact their PLC provider.

The malware is activated in the infected …

Vacon to launch a new AC drive portfolio for OEMs

AC drive manufacturer Vacon will announce a new product family of compact AC drives at the electric automation fair SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany on 22 November 2011. Optimized for the needs of original equipment manufacturers, the new product range further strengthens Vacon's foothold in this high-volume AC drive market.

Vacon will introduce three new products: Vacon 10, Vacon 20 and Vacon 20 Cold Plate. The existing Vacon 10, available in the power range of 0.25-5.5 kW, has a re-designed user interface and more functionality. The brand new Vacon 20, available from 0.25 to 18.5 kW, is a real workhorse which offers high performance and excellent tailorability. The new Vacon 20 Cold Plate, available from 0.75 to 7.5 kW, shares all the features of the Vacon 20. It is designed to allow OEMs to create the optimum cooling solution for the drive.

"Original equipment manufacturers are an important customer segment for Vacon's growth and success. In 2010, more than 2…

Vacon enhances Vacon NXP for premium performance

The global AC drive manufacturer Vacon announces the renewal of its entire Vacon NXP premium product range. The update involves improvements to both the air-cooled and liquid-cooled units in the complete power range from 0.55 kW to 5,300 kW. The Vacon NXP will maintain its strong position in Vacon's product portfolio and in the highly competitive AC drives market.

"The Vacon NXP is a high-performance product range, and with this update we have further improved its performance, robustness and reliability," reports Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President. "As a dedicated AC drives company, we are committed to pioneering trends in product design and provide innovative solutions for demanding industry applications and high power ranges."

"At the end of 2011, we introduced a new compact AC drive product family for OEM customers. With this new Vacon NXP update we are refreshing one of our most popular AC drives range in the premium range. We have done our ho…

Vacon takes its product offering to the next level

Global AC drive manufacturer Vacon strengthens its position as an industry leader in the AC drives market with the announcement of three new products at the Vacon Drives Conference: VACON® 100, VACON® 100 X and VACON® 20 X. All three new products are designed to improve Vacon's wide product offering in a manner that benefits customers and continues to help them optimize efficiency in application processes throughout all industries.

The flagship AC drive VACON 100 is one of the most important new products in the company's history. "The VACON 100 is a multipurpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications. It offers the lowest cost of ownership and the best usability. That's why we're really excited about it," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations.

"With the features VACON 100 offers such as an easy-to-use fully graphical multilingual display and extended built-in block programming for drive customization…

Vacon to launch VACON 100 FLOW for pump and fan applications

Global AC drive manufacturer Vacon is announcing the new VACON® 100 FLOW, an AC drive specially optimized for pump and fan applications, at the electric automation fair SPS IPC DRIVES 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany on 27 November 2012. The new AC drive offers versatile flow control for water & wastewater and building automation applications, further strengthening the wide range of the VACON 100 product family.

The VACON 100 FLOW is the newest member of Vacon's third-generation VACON 100 product family. Other products in the family include:
    VACON® 100 multipurpose AC drive    VACON® 100 X decentralized IP66/UL Type 4X-enclosed AC drive    VACON® 100 HVAC AC drive for building automation applications. VACON 100 FLOW combines the core design of VACON 100 with dedicated functions that can benefit flow control processes. The new AC drive also improves the efficiency and redundancy of pump systems, offering advanced features such as Multimaster and Multifollower for controlling mult…

Vacon North America Begins Production of VACON 100 AC Drives in Chambersburg, PA Facility

The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon has hit a milestone and will begin fully manufacturing the VACON® 100 AC Drives in the Chambersburg, PA facility. Prior to this, the components of the VACON 100 AC Drives were manufactured at the parent factory in Vaasa, Finland and then sent to Chambersburg's mini factory to be assembled and distributed to Vacon North America customers.

"Local manufacturing is an important prerequisite for success in the AC drives market in NA. It enables shorter delivery times and a quick customer response time for general support or in developing complex solutions for local customers," states Tom Doring, President, Vacon North America.

"Moving to the new factory in Chambersburg in 2009 has made it possible to extend the range of manufactured products and expand production capacity. The next major step was to start production of VACON 100 units in Chambersburg which we have begun to do now," Mr. Doring concludes.

The 66,998-sq.-ft. sin…

New DF-G1 Fiber Amplifier Features Intuitive Interface, High-Performance Design

A focus on easy set-up and configuration, stable sensing performance, and competitive pricing all guided the development of the new DF-G1 Expert™ Dual Display Fiber Amplifier from Banner Engineering Corp. The DF-G1 series features two bright digital readouts, a thermally stable and high performance electronic design, an improved fiber clamp, and a new, more intuitive user interface. This dual display fiber amplifier expands the range of applications and customers Banner can serve with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies. Such applications include small part or wire break detection on electronics assembly machines, pill and caplet counting, and high-speed detection for registration mark or product leading edge detection, to name a few.

"What we've done with the DF-G1, is bring all of Banner's application knowledge and advanced sensing algorithms to the customer with the benefit of a dual digital display for ease-of-use and application monitoring," said Dennis Sm…

EZ-ARRAY With IO-Link Ideal For Process Monitoring and Inspection, Profiling, Web-Guiding Applications

Banner Engineering Corp. introduces the A-GAGE EZ-ARRAY two-piece measuring light curtain with IO-LINK output to its line of measuring array sensors. The new EZ-ARRAY models are a cost-effective measuring sensor designed for quick and simple installations with the sophistication to handle the toughest sensing applications. They excel at high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection, profiling, and web-guiding applications such as package and baggage sizing on material handling conveyors, profiling/positioning of packages or material in process, web edge guiding, log diameter measurement, and carpet to nap edge detection.

"The introduction of the IO-Link allows for full configuration of the EZ-ARRAY operating parameters and beam status monitoring," said Dean Tyo, Chief Engineer for Vision, Measurement, and Instrumentation at Banner Engineering. "When connected to an IO-Link Master, EZ-ARRAY configuration and measurement data can be communicated to a host controlle…

L-GAGE LH Series Laser Sensor is High-Speed, High-Precision, Non-Contact Measurement Sensor

High-precision, high-speed, and high-performance are just some of the words used to describe the new L-GAGE LH Series laser sensor from Banner Engineering. The LH Series is used for precision displacement and thickness measurements, and was developed to solve demanding measurement and quality control inspections. The LH Series is a non-contact measurement sensor that provides accurate and stable measurement on materials such as wood, metal, rubber, ceramic, and plastic parts. It is an extremely accurate, robust, and self-contained laser displacement sensor using a 1024 pixel CMOS linear imager that can achieve up to a 1 micron resolution under nominal conditions.

"What sets the LH Series sensors apart from traditional laser sensors is the linear imager and its ability to be used on a wider variety of materials, reflective surfaces, and colors," said Dean Tyo, Chief Engineer for Vision, Measurement, and Instrumentation at Banner. "Therefore, the LH allows us to provide …

U-GAGE® T30UX: Latest Addition to Banner’s Extensive Line of Ultrasonic Sensors

The latest addition to Banner’s offering of T30U Ultrasonic Sensors, the T30UX features the popular T-style right-angle sensor package with 30 mm threaded nose mount. Enhancements include an extended sensing range, reduced dead zone and integrated temperature compensation for consistent sensor performance up to 3 m. Rated IP67/NEMA 6P, the T30UX can survive harsh environments and the most difficult sensing applications. Designed for high accuracy, they provide reliable sensing of opaque or translucent objects and are not affected by color - making them ideal for detecting clear liquids, hot slurry, clear bottles and webs, automotive plate glass and multi-color targets.

Advanced T30UX features offer superior performance and ease-of-use:
High-accuracy temperature compensation across a wide band of temperature variationsEasy programming using on-board push buttons or remote TEACH wirePrecise custom-sized sensing windows anywhere within a 100 mm to 1 m, 200 mm to 2 m or 300 mm to 3 m rangeM…

Ultrasonic Sensors That Think as Well as They Hear

Call in the Banner U-GAGE® ultrasonic sensor to solve applications that photoelectrics can’t. With our complete line of advanced ultrasonic sensors at hand, you have the most versatile, accurate and effective solutions for the toughest applications challenges.

Place the U-GAGE in just about any severe environment. Rated to IP68; NEMA 6P, they can weather the elements. Chemical-resistant models are ideal in a wide variety of level control and other harsh chemical processes. Numerous housing styles, mounting options and ranges give you a choice of solutions for your application. Our ultrasonics are even versatile in outputs; some models offer analog and discrete outputs in the same sensor. And most models have push buttons for fast programming of custom sensing windows.

Banner ultrasonics feature built-in temperature compensation, allowing the sensor to self-correct for its environment and maintain the highest sensing accuracy in changing conditions. Available in models with sensing ra…

Pressure Sensors for Intrinsically Safe Locations

TURCK introduces its new PT4400 pressure sensor series for use in intrinsically safe locations. This series utilizes a media isolated stainless steel diaphragm for use in pneumatics, water management, hydrogen storage, hydraulic systems, oil and gas, HVAC/R and industrial OEM equipment.

The PT4400 is UL/cUL 913 (CSA 157) Class I, Division 1 groups C and D when installed with an approved barrier, such as TURCK’s IM33 modules. The sensors are constructed without o-rings or welds, allowing pressure ranges up to 10,000 psi with burst pressure up to 20,000 psi.

PT4400 sensors are manufactured using MEMS (microelectro mechanical systems) technology. With it’s one piece sensing design, the PT4400 offers many advantages over other pressure sensing technologies, including high life cycle, high overload and burst pressure cycles.

Terminal Chamber Provides Simple and Convenient Connection Option

TURCK introduces an integrated terminal chamber for its line of uprox ®+ sensors that conforms to FDA requirements for washdown applications in the food and beverage industry, such as dairies, breweries and bakeries. The terminal chamber includes removable terminals for quick and easy mounting, either by means of screws or cage clamps. Furthermore, by simply rotating the cover by 180 degrees, the user has the option of a straight or 90 degree cable exit.

TURCK’s uprox+ line of factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and meet the requirements for food safe materials. The sensors are available in 12, 18 and 30 mm stainless steel barrels with a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) front cap that is impermeable to cleaning agents, disinfectants, high pressure and steam cleaning.

Factor 1 Sensor Detects Small Targets on Automotive Skids

TURCK introduces the new IP 68 rated, 80 mm rectangular Ni75U-Q80 uprox ®+ sensor – specifi cally designed for sensing small targets, especially those on automotive skids. This rugged sensor features excellent EMC immunity, making it ideal for use in automotive manufacturing environments. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor additionally offers switching distances up to 75 mm, as well as flexible mounting confi gurations.

TURCK’s uprox+ factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and feature extended range capabilities – even when embedded in metal. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor facilitates single-sided mounting on a rear metal wall, or it may be fully embedded, delivering a 40 mm switching distance when surrounded by metal on all four sides.

Sensor with 8 mm Extended Range Detects All Metals at the Same Rated Distance

TURCK’s Q08 uprox®+ factor 1 sensor is now equipped with extended range capabilities of 8 mm for all metals. The Q08 sensors’ compact size is well-suited for applications with limited mounting space, and an IP 68 protection rating allows the sensors to be used in a wide variety of applications.

The Q08 sensor family comes equipped with internal shielding that effectively eliminates pre-damping, allowing the user to utilize the sensor’s full switching distance even when mounted on metal surfaces. Two LEDs provide a reliable visible indication of the switching status.

TURCK’s uprox+ factor 1 sensors do not have a reduction factor and are capable of detecting steel, stainless steel, copper, brass and aluminum at the same rated sensing distance.

Two-Wire DC and NAMUR Cylinder Sensors from TURCK

TURCK has expanded its line of BIM-UNT cylinder position sensors with a new 2-wire DC version, along with a NAMUR option for intrinsically safe applications. The cylinder position sensor’s wear-free design and short circuit protection make them a viable alternative to electromagnetic switches in the automotive industry. To further their applicability in this industry, TURCK has integrated a weld resistant TPU cable.

With a total length of only 28 mm, the BIM-UNT is one of the most compact cylinder position sensors on the market. The active sensing faces are located directly at the end of the sensor to safely detect the piston rod’s end position on compact, short-stroke cylinders.

BIM-UNT sensors use magneto-resistive, board level technology that provides improved performance and housing. The sensor comes with a quick mount tab that helps seat the sensor in the cylinders groove – even before the screw is tightened – making single-handed mounting possible. The position of the screw has …

Class I, Division 1, Submersible Pressure Transmitters

TURCK introduces a new submersible pressure transmitter to meet the increasingly difficult level detection challenges presented in industrial environments, like tanks containing liquids such as gas and diesel, or wastewater and irrigation systems. TURCK’s PT4510 submersible pressure transmitter was designed for low level applications of up to 400 inches, while the PT4500 is available in ranges up to 100 psig.

The PT4500 and PT4510 submersible pressure transmitters are used to detect the level of water or other media with similar density by placing the transmitter at the bottom of the tank holding the liquid. These transmitters convert the pressure reading to an analog 4-20 mA output signal. The electrical connection to the transmitter is routed through the top of the tank and contains power and signal wires, as well as a breathing tube used as a reference port to determine the atmospheric pressure outside of the tank.

These IP 68 rated stainless steel pressure transmitters may be used…

Single Axis 360° MEMS Inclinometer Sensor for Detecting Angular Tilt

TURCK introduces a new single axis inclinometer sensor for angular tilt detection with an adjustable measuring range of 360 degrees. Inclinometer sensors may be used in a wide variety of industries to solve unique feedback requirements where the customer needs to level platforms, control tilt angle or control a dancer.

The new TURCK inclinometer measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. At the heart of the TURCK inclinometer is a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) device that incorporates a micro-electromechanical capacitive element into the sensor that utilizes two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that produces deflection in the non-stationary electrode. This results in a measurable change in the capacitance between the two plates that is proportional to the angle of deflection. These signals are conditioned to provide a single analog voltage output (0.1 to 4.9 VDC) or current output (4 to 20 mA…

New FM Approved Rotational Speed Interface Module with Display and FDT/DTM Programming Capability

TURCK has enhanced its interface module (IM) family with the FM approved IM21 rotational speed interface module with push button and PC programmable functionality. The ability to program the modules using a PC makes device set-up easier and saves installation time. Additionally, FDT/DTM software, together with PACTware, allows multiple parameters to be set and saved.

Keeping in-line with the current IM series, the new models also incorporate the universal supply voltage feature and removable terminals, which make these easy to install in new or existing systems. The ease of use and structure of this function now allows asset management ability with trending and data logging of values. The IM21 module is also equipped with a two-line transflective LCD display that is easy to read even in bright lighting conditions.

Dual Programmable Inclinometer with Two Discrete Outputs

TURCK has enhanced its line of inclinometers with the introduction of a single axis device with dual programmable set points. Like all TURCK inclinometers, this device utilizes MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) technology to solve unique feedback requirements. This new offering replaces the traditional analog output with two discrete outputs and is programmable for settings such as on or off points, span and hysteresis. Users can simply program the inclinometer using a teach adapter. Single axis inclinometer sensors may be used in a wide variety of industries and incorporate an adjustable measuring range of 360 degrees.

TURCK inclinometers measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. At the heart of the TURCK inclinometer is a MEMS device that incorporates a micro-electromechanical capacitive element into the sensor that utilizes two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that produces deflection in the …

NPN Outputs for C-Groove Magnetic Cylinder Position Sensors

TURCK announces that the company's line of BIM-UNR magnetic cylinder position sensors - designed to mount within C-groove cylinders with no accessories required—has been expanded to include sensors with NPN outputs.

BIM-UNR sensors are also now enhanced with a combination mounting screw that grants users the flexibility of choosing a 3/16" (1.3 mm) Allen wrench or a flat-bladed screwdriver for sensor installation. Sensors can be securely mounted with a simple quarter-turn of the mounting screw, which is located in close proximity to the cable exit. This design ensures the sensors remain firmly fastened, even if a cable is pulled.

With dimensions of only 2.9 x 4.6 x 18 mm, BIM-UNR is one of the most compact sensors on the market. For easy installation, this miniature sensor can be inserted into a C-groove from the top rather than from the side. The sensor's active sensing element is placed at the bottom of the groove—as close to the magnet as feasible—to deliver reliable …

TURCK Inclinometers with CANopen Interface

TURCK has expanded its broad offering of inclinometers with the addition of a new dual axis inclinometer sensor with a CANopen interface for angular tilt detection. These sensors have angle measurements of ±10, 45 and 60 degrees. Inclinometer sensors may be used in a wide variety of industries to solve unique feedback requirements where the customer needs to level platforms, control tilt angle or control a dancer.

The new TURCK Q42 inclinometer measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. At the heart of the TURCK Q42 inclinometer is a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) device that incorporates a micro-electromechanical capacitive element into the sensor that utilizes two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that produces deflection in the non-stationary electrode. This results in a measurable change in the capacitance between the two plates that is proportional to the angle of deflection. All measured …

Rugged PS300 Pressure Sensors Deliver Extended Measuring Range for Hydraulic Applications

TURCK introduces PS300 series pressure sensors for hydraulic applications, featuring a rugged, IP69K rated design to withstand harsh environments. PS300 sensors provide a wide measuring range, from 3 to 400 bar. Signals are directly processed on the PS300's newly developed pressure measuring cell, and then digitally transferred to the sensor's fully potted, self-contained display. This design offers a high level of EMC resistance and excellent switch point accuracy: 0.5 percent of the full scale.

PS300 sensors are available in male or female 1/4" NPT or G1/4" thread versions, with digital or analog (voltage or current) outputs for all measuring ranges. Bonded seals ensure a reliable process connection for highest-accuracy measurements. The new pressure sensors additionally support the I/O-Link communications standard, allows processing data to be transferred via a digital output.

Obtain Temperature Signals without a RTD Input Card

TURCK introduces a new line of temperature transmitters with an analog output that eliminates the need for specialized RTD PLC input cards, saving the user the expense associated with these cards. The transmitters stainless steel connection make them particularly suitable in the food and beverage arena.

The TTM series provide a 4-20 mA output using an integrated PT100 resistance temperature detector. TTM sensors are plug-and-play, and come pre-scaled at 0 to 100 degrees C, 0 to 150 degrees C, -50 to 50 degrees C, or -50 to 150 degrees C.

TURCK Q42 Inductive Sensor Rated IP68/69K for Harsh Washdown Applications

TURCK announces a new long-range inductive proximity sensor using FDA rated materials for wash down applications. The Q42—available in a top-facing model and front-facing model—is an addition to the uprox+ family of factor one sensors that require no correction factor to detect any metal type. The Q42 is designed to deliver optimal performance in applications that require frequent cleaning with chemicals found in food and beverage applications or where the sensor is exposed to wet environments, such as car washes or outdoor applications.

The Q42 features an improved design with a durable stainless steel connector and PA12 thermoplastic housing that delivers resistance to chemicals and caustic cleaning agents, as well as shock from impact. Additionally, the upgraded housing materials are food-safe and meet FDA Regulation 21CFR 177, 1500(9) for the U.S. and FDA/EGVO 1935/2004 for the E.U. The Q42 features integrated predamping that gives the designer flexibility to partially recess the …

Red Lion “Turns Up the Heat” with New PAX2C Controller

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation, today announced that the company has expanded its portfolio of industrial automation solutions with the new PAX2C PID controller, which is designed specifically for the process and temperature control markets. Applications include food & beverage, plastics, packaging, energy, gas, heat treating and glass processing.

The PAX2C is the latest addition to Red Lion’s PAX2 series, adding a number of flexible, easy-to-use features to help customers improve productivity and drive efficiency on the production line. The PAX2C’s features include:
Field installable plug-in option cards – simplifies configuration by enabling customers to seamlessly use different cards to build their own controllers. This type of flexibility, which is unique in the controller market, eliminates the need to order additional products to meet changing application requirements.Dual-line tri-color display – provi…

Red Lion Unveils ZR Series Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the ZR Series Enhanced Data Station Plus and Modular Controller. Designed to act as the key connection point for industrial data collection and management, the ZR Series offers protocol conversion, data logging and remote machine access – all at processing speeds six times faster than previous products.

“As more companies understand that maximizing their product output is the key to a successful operation, the demand for plant floor data continues to grow,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management, indication and interface at Red Lion Controls. “Our enhanced ZR Series provides six times the processing rate of previous products, which means that larger amounts of data can be monitored much faster than ever before.”

The ZR Series simplifies complex plant floor environments by allowing disparate devices to communicate seamlessly using a 10/100…

Comprehensive Ethernet Switch Monitoring Now Available on Red Lion G3 Series HMI

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the integration of its Crimson 3.0 configuration software with N-View server software from N-Tron. With this announcement, all N-Tron and Sixnet industrial Ethernet switches can be monitored from any locally-mounted Red Lion G3 operator interface.

This offers customers the unique benefit of using Red Lion operator interfaces as visible dashboards to monitor, display, log and alert on network status received from N-Tron and Sixnet industrial Ethernet switches. This level of compatibility between an HMI and Ethernet switch is unparalleled in the industry and marks Red Lion’s first “better.together.” product offering following the acquisitions of N-Tron and Sixnet.

“We are pleased to announce this cross-product compatibility as we launch our new ‘better. together.’ campaign to introduce our Ethernet and cellular networking products,” said Jesse Benefiel…

Enhanced Functionality for G306

Red Lion announces the release of a USB host expansion card for the 6” color HMI, model G306A. With this new card, users can easily add a USB host port to their 6” G3. The USB host port supports bar code scanners, PC keyboards, and USB memory sticks. When used as a keyboard or scanner interface, data entry of large strings is greatly simplified. A barcode scanner virtually eliminates the chance for operator error.

The USB port also supports memory sticks, and provides automatic synchronization of files to and from an installed CompactFlash card. By simply connecting the memory stick to the G3 via the expansion card, files such as preconfigured recipes can be uploaded. The G3 can also be programmed to automatically copy its log files to the memory stick when it detects its presence.

To facilitate access to the USB host port from outside an electrical enclosure, Red Lion offers a series of panel-mount connectors that allow connection to this and other ports without the need to open the…

Digital Panel Meter Delivers Dual Counter and Dual Rate Meter with Math Functions

Red Lion announces the latest addition to our rugged PAX2 Series of dual line display meters. The PAX2D Digital Panel Meter is a single package featuring a dual counter and dual rate meter, with a third counter and rate display that allows the user to perform math functions. With universal features and versatile programming capabilities, this single meter can suit virtually any digital pulse applications.

Line one consists of a 0.7" high, 6-digit LCD display that can be programmed to show counters A, B, or C; rate A, B, or C; or the high or low values. The main display also offers three programmable, easy-to-read colors: red, orange and green. The color change can be tied to programmable setpoints. This feature provides the operator with a visual display of changing conditions—even when they are not close enough to read the meter value.

A second display line is a 0.35" high, 9-digit, green LCD that can also be programmed for any of the Line One parameters. The 9-digit displa…

New Contrinex HF-RFID Tags & Miniature Read/Write Modules with USB Connector

Contrinex presents important new developments for its high-frequency RFID system. To ensure excellent traceability even in difficult environments, Contrinex now offers tags that are embeddable in metal, tags for high temperature applications, and miniature read/write modules with an integral USB connector for use in confined spaces.

Contrinex HF-RFID tags embeddable in metal (ISO 15693)

The difficulty of using high frequency RFID tags (13.56 MHz) in metal environments is well known. Contrinex, however, has now developed HF-RFID tags that can be embedded in metal. Rated to protection class IP68/IP69K, they have been designed and tested to withstand over 2000 thermal cycles of 25°C to 180°C, remaining for 30 minutes at each extreme of temperature: They also resist a constant temperature of 180°C for over 2000 hours.

Contrinex HF-RFID tags (ISO 15693) for extremely high temperatures

Contrinex has developed high temperature HF-RFID tags with remarkable temperature properties: they withst…

New Inductive Sensors & HF-RFID Tags for High Temperature Applications

Especially for use in areas with very high ambient temperatures, Contrinex has developed new inductive sensors with integral electronics and new high frequency RFID tags.

Each year, in the M18 size alone, there is a world market demand of 30,000 units for high temperature inductive sensors with integral amplifier electronics and temperature resistance from minus 25°C to +180°C. They are used, for example, in automotive industry paint-shops, on hot electroplating lines, or in industrial bakeries.

Contrinex will in future offer new, high temperature resistant, standard sensors (series 600 Classics) in sizes M8, M12, M18, M30 and M50. In addition to the wide temperature range (minus 25°C ... +180°C) and high temperature stability, these sensors are characterized above all by an extended sensing range, a tight seal against moisture and humidity as well as excellent durability and long term reliability.

For use at temperatures above 180°C, the Contrinex product portfolio also provides suit…

The Series 2000 Modular Console System: Infinite Variety From Standard Elements

The Series 2000 Console Range from Hammond Manufacturing which enables complex control desks to be created from standard parts is now available in both RAL7035 light grey and stainless steel. The system allows units to be stacked in multiple combinations to provide equipment support and display functions exactly where they are required. The system is so versatile that the range of applications that can be served from the standard components and accessories is virtually unlimited.

Systems are available in four standard widths: 24 inch (600mm), 36 inch (900mm), 48 inch (1200mm) and 60 inch (1800mm). There are three primary components. (1), the base unit, available with either single or dual access, (2) the desk unit with internal access via a lift-up sloping surface, and (3) the turret unit with angled front face and front/rear access. A stand-alone consolet unit with an integral sloping top is also available. Once the basic structure has been designed, external options such as plinths…

OMRON Adds Secure RFID Protocol to V750 Series UHF RFID Reader/Writer

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today announced that, in cooperation with Hitachi, Ltd., it has achieved compatibility between its V750 series UHF RFID reader/writer and Secure RFID Protocol. Additional security functions provided by the protocol will be available as an option beginning in July 2008.

Secure RFID Protocol was developed through the Secure Electronic Tag Project led by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), with Hitachi as a core partner, from August 2006 to March 2007. The protocol provides enhanced security functions including communication distance control, which restricts the communication range of tags, and reading prohibition, which limits access to tags through password authentication, while maintaining compatibility with the UHF RFID international standard ISO/IEC 18000-6 Type C. A Secure RFID Protocol-ready IC developed by Hitachi, “µ-Chip(mu-chip) Hibiki,” is already on the market.

RFID in the UHF band (860MHz to 960MHz) realizes lon…

OMRON Releases Three New PLCs and Products with Industrial EtherNet/IP Compatibility

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today announced the release of three new products, the SYSMAC CJ2 programmable controller, EtherNet unit for CS/CJ series and CX-One FA Integrated Tool Package version 3.0, to markets. All of these products support EtherNet/IP for industrial use. The Company also announced the release of NS-series NS-V2 programmable terminals that have been upgraded to support EtherNet/IP. These products help to reduce the TCO in designing and developing production equipment for immediate startup with quick delivery, as well as equipment that requires greater complexity and higher speed in control operations. Products released today include the following models:
    SYSMAC CJ-series Programmable Controller CJ2 CPU Units    CJ2H-CPU68-EIP and four other models    EtherNet/IP Units for CS/CJ-series Programmable Controllers    CS1W-EIP21 and CJ1W-EIP21    NS-V2-series Programmable Terminals    NS12-TS01B-V2 and 25 other models (system version upgrade)    CX-…

OMRON Releases New Products in SYSMAC CJ Series of Programmable Controllers

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today announced the release of two new products in its SYSMAC CJ2 series of programmable controllers, CJ2 CPU units and basic I/O units, to markets. Model numbers are as follows. CJ2H CPU units: CJ2H-CPU68, CJ2H-CPU67, CJ2H-CPU66, CJ2H-CPU65 and CJ2H-CPU64. Basic I/O units: CJ1W-ID212, CJ1W-ID233, CJ1W-OD213 and CJ1W-OD234. OMRON's industrial automation business (OMRON IA) developed the SYSMAC CJ series to meet customer demand for high-speed programmable controllers, which has increased as manufacturing industry equipment becomes more complicated and the work of fabrication more minute.

In developing the CJ2H CPU units released today, OMRON IA reexamined not only the CPU's processing power but also the interface with the units to be connected, offering customers total improvement of system throughput. In addition, the company plans to release a succession of high-speed, high-performance units including analog and positioning units…

OMRON Releases New Products in SYSMAC CP Series of Micro Programmable Controllers

In recent years, there has been increased demand for more advanced functionality, even in micro PLCs with approximately 10 to 200 I/O points for use in small-scale control applications. Since 2006, CPU units for advanced micro PLCs, the CP1H CPU units and CP1L CPU units, have been added to the CP series. OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today announced the release of CP1E CPU units, the latest addition to its SYSMAC CP series of micro programmable controllers. Sales of the new CPU units, which were developed around the concept of "economy, efficiency and ease of use," will begin in April. (Please contact your local representative for availability.) There are also many manufacturers that give greater priority to cost efficiency and want to achieve the same functionality while reducing materials costs. This represents a major demand for price reduction. The CP1E CPU units released today can be used to build low-cost micro PLCs that respond to these demands. Manufac…

OMRON to Release Redesigned E5GN, Smallest Member of Bestselling E5_N Series of Temperature Controllers

Tokyo, Japan – OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today launched the redesigned E5GN temperature controller, the smallest controller (DIN 48 x 24 mm) in the bestselling E5_N series of temperature controllers, to global markets.

Since the E5_N series was first introduced in 1998, the line-up has retained its fundamental strengths, while product features have evolved in response to the needs of our onsite customers. The series has achieved worldwide sales of three million units to date.

The E5_N series was developed around the concept of "onsite simplicity." It features easy model selection, operation and maintenance, which are crucial to achieving smooth onsite operations.

The E5GN features a display that reliably notifies the operator of current conditions, various functions that reduce the time required for settings and adjustments, reliable designs that reduce maintenance, and various services all aimed at ensuring simplicity in temperature control for all produc…

OMRON Releases Vision Sensor Software for Glue Bead Inspection

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) today released vision sensor software for glue bead inspection (models FZ3-UGI and FZ3-UGIH) to global markets. In recent years, the development of electric and hybrid vehicles in the automobile industry has been gathering steam to reduce carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions in order to implement measures for preventing global warming inspired by the Kyoto Protocol. These vehicles are equipped with many electric devices such as motors, batteries, and transformers. A sealing method using a high sealing quality liquid gasket has been widely used in the automobile industry to secure dustproof and waterproof properties.

However, for electric devices, a much higher sealing performance is required to secure airproof properties to lessen the dangers inherent in such devices. Although OMRON has been proposing solutions for the glue inspection of liquid gaskets used in engines and transmissions, in order to meet the needs of more highly accu…

HARTING PushPull: Proven Camera Termination Technology for Indoors and Out

Whether in harsh industrial environments with dirt and dust or for outdoor application scenarios subjected to heat and cold, the HARTING PushPull technology in variant 4 is ideally suited for practically every application.

Based on an intelligent building-block construction, the HARTING PushPull family offers a multitude of bulkhead-mounted housings, wall bushings, and connectors for connecting today's camera systems. One element of this system is the RJ45 for 1/10 Gbit Ethernet for Cat 6/Class EA transmission. This is available as an overmolded system cable or as a field-installable connector with insulation displacement technology. USB 2.0 (types A and B) and USB 3.0 (type A) are likewise available, as are optical solutions based on LC duplex.

In addition to the compact design, high data rates and rugged IP 65/67 construction, an essential characteristic of the PushPull series from HARTING is its suitability for simple and swift commissioning in the field, thereby guaranteeing …

Upgraded AC Motors Make Fiber Spinning More Efficient

Synthetic-fiber producer ENKA de Colombia SA, Medellín, Colombia, replaced dc and ac motors with advanced ac versions coupled to efficient variable-frequency drives on a fiber spinning line. The strategy saves the company more than $883,000 annually in electricity and downtime.

The spinning line extrudes nylon and polyester filaments from melted resins. Before the upgrade, motor and drive efficiency was about 50%. Part of the production line used an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) meant for protection from power outages, but the UPS ran at 80 to 93% efficiency at best.

One outcome of the inefficiencies was that the old equipment produced enough heat to demand its own a/c system. Elevated temperatures led to more breakdowns and repairs.

The new variable-frequency drives, Yaskawa F7 and G7 ac VFDs, have a nominal 98% efficiency. They create so little heat that ENKA was able to remove nine a/c units formerly needed to cool its factory. The new ac motors are also smaller than the dc m…

XYZ: AC Motors vs. DC Motors for Power Presses

Depending on the drive style, a high-tonnage mechanical press can stamp out metal parts at up to 1,000 strokes per minute. Even so, it’s a remarkably durable machine. The steel frame will long outlive the motor and electronic controls that drive the flywheel.

And therein lies a problem. Most mechanical presses built in the 1980s or earlier were powered by DC brush motors. And they are expensive and difficult to replace, retune and maintain. A new DC motor can take weeks to get. Once installed, it must be tuned with potentiometers and jumpers. The process requires considerable tweaking, even if the original motor’s “pot” settings are known.

“We have several customers where engineers used a paint marker to note how the potentiometers were set,” says Steve Spero, service engineer with Yaskawa America Inc. “We have other customers where no one knew how they were set, and it can be all sorts of fun turning those knobs to get the motor back in working condition.”

To avoid such issues, a gr…

Yaskawa Commemorates First U.S.-Manufactured MV1000 Medium-Voltage Drives

Yaskawa Electric Corp. and Yaskawa America Inc. celebrated the start of U.S. manufacturing for the Yaskawa MV1000 in a ceremony at the Yaskawa America Oak Creek, Wis., plant on Nov. 30. Yaskawa offered the medium-voltage drive (for motors up to 5000 hp) earlier this year, but ordering and shipping from Japan takes about 6 months. That’s expected to be reduced to 8 weeks or less after more than $3 million is invested by 2014 for new manufacturing and testing areas in the 30,000-sq-ft plant. By late 2013, models serving up to 5,000 hp are expected to be available, including UL and CSA listings.

Yaskawa MV1000 is said to be the smallest 1000 hp drive available, with 30%-60% smaller volume compared to the last generation of Yaskawa product. It also has the longest mean time between failures (MTBF) at 200,000 hours, a number expected to increase, said those involved. Yaskawa Smart Harmonics Technology reduces input harmonics, meeting IEEE519-1992 and eliminating the need for other filter…