Wednesday, October 16, 2013



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 supply. The precise and fast-acting tripping mechanism provides protection to the power supply and other circuits in a single load. With a width of only 12.5 mm, the new 12V models can snap onto symmetrical DIN-rails for easy installation and control cabinet space savings. The range also offers cross-connection busbars and an integral multi-color LED status indicator.



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 administrators when there are Ethernet problems or when there have been changes to the serial signals and current connections. This enables service technicians to react more quickly to emergencies. Two built-in Ethernet switch ports help reduce costs, as there is no need for an additional switch to daisy chain ports or extend the network via the Ethernet line.

Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters are ideal for use in harsh industrial environments, and offer extended surge voltage protection for the serial connections, Ethernet ports and power supply. Robust screw-type terminal blocks ensure the power supply and serial connectors are reliably connected. Redundant DC power supply inputs (12-48 VDC) and low power consumption provide safety and reliability. Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters have an extensive temperature range of -40° C to +75° C as well as cULus and Hazardous area approvals.



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 metal clip-on foot provides increased stability on the DIN-rail as well as high vibration and shock resistance.

Integrated features such as an alarm output, which monitors the status of the 24V output voltage, and an LED that indicates DC OK status for the output voltage, the integrated transistor outputs, and the on/off status of the relay contact, provide clearly visible visual aids making trouble shooting quick and easy thus optimizing machine up-time. Weidmuller’s DC/DC Converter is extensively protected with an internal fuse on the input side and on the output side with short-circuit and overload protection as well as a power boost at 24VDC of 12A for one minute.

As with all Weidmuller PRO-M Power Supplies the DC/DC Converter is designed for extreme environments with an operating temperature range of -25° C to +70° C and approvals ranging from CE, TUV and GL to cULus and cURus for applications worldwide. The 3-year warranty for all PRO-M Power Supply products gives the customer ease of mind.



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 simplify and reduce the installation time. To maximize security and safety, the operating lever can be locked, off or on, and even the IP20 connections can be supplied with optional touch protection caps.


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 additional security functions (e.g. NAT masquerading) provide the connected machine components are reliably protected against unauthorized access. Additional features include the prioritization and channeling of network data traffic, IP address mapping to reduce IP addresses and the adjustment of IP address areas.

In addition to their high-performance security features, Weidmuller’s Gigabit routers offer integrated VPN remote maintenance functions allowing secure Internet-based remote access to components and systems on the LAN network - either through wired access via the WAN port or wirelessly via the UMTS/3G interface. The "OpenVPN" open source technology and "IPsec" encryption can also be used for secure VPN connections, for both the client and server function.

Weidmuller’s LAN and wireless 3G/UMTS versions come with an integrated Digital I/O for alarms and data triggers, as a bonus feature. Offering a wide operating voltage range of 7VDC to 36VDC and low power consumption, the new Gigabit router is ideal for battery/mobile applications. They are approved for real-time automation and information management systems and come with “Industrial IT Enabled” certification along with worldwide safety approvals like CE and cULus.

Weidmuller supports customers and partners around the world with products, solutions and services in the industrial environment of power, signal and data. The company develops innovative, sustainable and useful solutions that set standards in Industrial Connectivity today and continually work toward providing solutions for the technology challenges of tomorrow. The Weidmuller Group owns manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in more than 80 countries.



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 require very little space on the mounting rail due to the extremely slim design. All one- and two-changeover relays, screw terminals¬ and tension clamp modules feature cross connections on up to five levels across a variety of modules and across isolation plates with the easy-to-use jumpers reducing wiring time and cost. A distinctive status display with a LED that completely illuminates the ejector makes for quick and easy status identification and troubleshooting. The ejector also ensures the safe removal of the switching element.

Weidmuller’s isolation plates, which are used to visibly group different signal voltages or currents, add labeling for a better overview or to electrically isolate two modules up to 400V. TERMSERIES relays are installer friendly and reduce the risk of incorrect wiring with the help of color-coded markings designed to be legible in different mounting positions. Colors are marked on the top of the module with blue for DC coils, red for AC coils and white for AC/DC coils.

A wide operating temperature range from - 40° C up to + 60° C (-40° F/ 140° F) and international approvals, including cULus Listed, CE and GL, make Weidmuller’s large variety of TERMSERIES electromechanical and solid-state relays ideal for a broad range of applications worldwide.


For more information about Weidmuller and our products, please contact our Customer Service or Technical Support Teams.



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 PLC when very specific conditions are all true at the same time, including an extremely high output frequency. Therefore, any possible effects would concern extremely limited and targeted AC drives application areas. Vacon's experts have not found in their own investigations a single potential case where all the conditions of the malware would be fulfilled.

In addition, because there has been incorrect or inaccurate information in some Internet-based sources regarding Vacon's sales of AC drives to Iran, Vacon wants to emphasize the fact that Vacon has not sold AC drives to Iran against the embargo.

Vacon takes this matter seriously and continues to study the potential impact of Stuxnet. Vacon will also keep its customers, partners and all other relevant stakeholders informed whenever new important information arises.



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 25% of our sales came from this segment. We have seen many times that when our customers succeed in their own fields, we also succeed. It's a question of partnership," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President at Vacon Plc.

The new product range has been designed to meet the various needs of OEMs all over the world. Efficient volume manufacturing is possible as the AC drives are fast to install and easy to set up. Also, the products can be modified and tailored to the needs of the customer. The Vacon 20 series incorporates a built-in programmable logic (PLC) functionality which conforms to the IEC61131-3 standard. In addition, the functionality can be extended via optional modules such as a wide variety of fieldbus cards, and tools for easy parameter copying from one unit to another.

 "To me, selecting the right AC drive is more than just selecting the right product. It is also about selecting a supplier with the right attitude, the optimum solution, the best cooperation and the best application know-how, both locally and globally. And I think that in all these respects Vacon creates a perfect harmony," concludes Mr Hiltunen.

Vacon's stand number at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 is 1-420.



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 homework and are focused on providing customers with the drive solutions they are asking for," Hiltunen continues.

One of the most significant improvements concerns the control circuit boards, which have been significantly redesigned and conformally coated. Certain critical components have been replaced in order to increase their temperature sustainability. However, the range of functionality and compatibility of the circuit boards remain unchanged.

Varnished cards and option boards, which are provided as standard in the power modules above 72 A, improve protection against dust and moisture. Performance and durability have also been enhanced via improved cooling channels for optimal cooling and experience-based optimization of protection limits. In the air-cooled Vacon NXP, new fans improve the reliability of the drive, thus ensuring a longer lifetime. Thanks to the new cooling concept, fan efficiency has been improved by more than 50%.

In the liquid-cooled high-power modules, new options, such as an integrated brake chopper, have been implemented to minimize cabinet size and cost.

"The processor in the control card has also been changed, boosting calculation power by 15%. This benefits especially OEM customers who make their own software for applications," says Kurt Hofman, Product Marketing Director, Liquid Cooled Drives.

The Enhanced Vacon NXP range has been tested extensively, and HALT* (Highly Accelerated Life Test) tests have been carried out to assure excellent product performance.



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, we're expecting it to be the AC drive of choice throughout a whole range of industries. Pumps, compressors, fans, conveyors - all these are applications which benefit massively from energy efficiency and improved productivity, and this product is ideal for these purposes," Hiltunen continues.

Among its versatile features for easy system integration are a Safe Torque Off (STO) function, on-board Ethernet-based communication protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO and Modbus TCP as well as ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection.

The VACON 100 X and VACON 20 X are part of Vacon's new range of decentralized AC drives for situations where space comes at a premium. These drives also bring cost savings as no additional enclosures are needed.

"With IP66/Type 4X enclosures, the VACON 100 X and 20 X are ready to be used in harsh conditions," says Hans Carlsson, Product Marketing Director, Motor Drives at Vacon. "By placing the drive as close to the motor as possible or in the most appropriate location allows considerable savings to be achieved as no separate electrical rooms, long shielded motor cables nor drive cabinets are required. This is one of the ways for our customers to achieve the optimum total cost for their drive solution," concludes Carlsson.



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 multiple pumps simultaneously.

VACON 100 FLOW comes with many user-friendly features such as a fully graphical multilingual display, configuration wizards which enable easy setup of the drive, and intuitive built-in block programming functions which allow the AC drive to be tailored for special needs, such as use in retrofit installations.

Easy system integration is made possible with industry-leading on-board Ethernet-based communication protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO and Modbus TCP, a Safe Torque Off (STO) function and ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection.

VACON 100 FLOW uses environmentally friendly long-life plastic-foil capacitor technology which ensures highest reliability and lowest possible lifecycle cost.

"Pumps, compressors and fans - these applications benefit massively from improvements in energy efficiency and reduced lifecycle costs. In this respect, we think that VACON 100 FLOW offers much more than any other AC drive on the market today," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations.

VACON 100 FLOW is available in the power range of 0.55 kW to 160 kW (0.75 HP to 250 HP) and in a voltage range of 230 V to 500 V.

Vacon's stand number at SPS IPC DRIVES 2012 is 1-420.



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. single-story factory in Chambersburg, PA was also awarded LEED® Gold Certification in 2010 as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation's pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013



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 Smith, Technical Marketing Manager at Banner Engineering. "The two displays and the rocker button are an intuitive user interface that simplifies sensor set-up, and provides the current light level and threshold values at a glance. And with Banner's extensive experience developing custom fiber assemblies, we can support OEM machine builders around the world with custom fiber solutions and custom amplifier configurations."

The DF-G1 is powered by a high performance 32-bit microprocessor with a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. The user has full control over all operating parameters, including switch point threshold, Light Operate or Dark Operate, various output timing functions, electronic gain level, and sensor response speed. The operator can use full manual control or one of six Expert TEACH and SET methods to ensure optimal gain and threshold selection for all applications, especially low contrast applications, such small part or clear object detection. Response speeds of 200 µs (High Speed), 500 µs (Standard Speed), 2 ms (Long Range), and 5 ms (Extra Long Range) allow the operator to optimize the DF-G1 for fast low contrast applications or to maximum the sensing range for long distance applications, such as part in place verification.

Another key benefit of the new DF-G1 is the thermally stable electronics which minimize warm-up drift, and allow many amplifiers to be mounted size-by-side with no reduction in the ambient temperature limit. Thermal stability pays dividends in both reduced machine start-up time, and it eliminates production delays due to ambient temperature changes which may affect some sensors. Furthermore, a robust cross talk avoidance algorithm allows two fiber optic assemblies to be mounted in close proximity sensing different features of the same target for many applications.

Banner Engineering offers a broad array of robust SteelSkin™, high flex plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies for mechanically challenging or high temperature installations. The sleek 10 mm wide housing mounts to 35 mm DIN rail maximizing the number of sensing points available in the cabinet. The bright dual displays of DF-G1 are easy to read showing both the light signal level and threshold simultaneously. An ECO (economy) display mode reduces amplifier power consumption by 25%. The highly visible red LED sensing beam makes for easy alignment to the target, and the lever action fiber clamp provides stable, reliable, and trouble free fiber clamping.

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 controller on the field bus network allowing for convenient reporting of measurement values."

The EZ-ARRAY features a 6-position DIP switch for setting scan mode, measurement modes, analog slope, and a discrete output 2 option for complementary measurement or alarm operation. Additionally, it offers an outstanding 4-meter range with 5-mm beam spacing. An excellent 5-mm minimum object detection or 2.5-mm edge resolution, depending on the scanning method, is a key component of Banner's EZ-ARRAY family as well. A remote teach wire option for alignment, inverted display, and DIP switch disable is also included.

Complete configuration, alignment assistance, and process monitoring functions are available through PC based software tools, and software interfaces are available for advanced sensor setup functions. The MODBUS-RTU equipped models use Banner's "Sensors" user interface, a freely available software package from Banner, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY, while IO-Link equipped models use "PACTware," a freely available IO-Link software package from Turck, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY.



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 continuous non-contact measurements in a greater number of industries and applications that involve moving processes, stamped and machined parts, and soft or sticky parts."

The new LH also features both a high resolution 4-20 mA and RS-485 serial communication outputs for target displacement measurements, a narrow laser spot for small targets, and the visible spot aids easy alignment to the target. Two sensors can be configured to self-synchronize for thickness measurements with the thickness calculation performed within the sensors, which means no external controller is required. The LH can also be used in a network of up to 32 sensors to do multiple simultaneous inspections.

The LH sensor comes with an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) which guides the user through setup and performance monitoring when adjusting the sensor parameters. After the LH is installed, the GUI provides data acquisition tools to graphically display the current measurements. Parameters such as analog output scaling, averaging, sample size, and other advanced features can all be set within the GUI. All data is displayed in real time and can be saved to a log file, which is useful for troubleshooting the installation.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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 variations
  • Easy programming using on-board push buttons or remote TEACH wire
  • Precise custom-sized sensing windows anywhere within a 100 mm to 1 m, 200 mm to 2 m or 300 mm to 3 m range
  • Models with a single analog or discrete output
  • Reduced ultrasonic dead zone of only 10% of total range
  • Enhanced shielding and advanced ASIC design to reduce application problems typically associated with ultrasonic sensors
  • Superb EMI/RFI noise immunity
  • Easy visual status monitoring with highly visible indicator lights
Try the U-GAGE® T30UX to see how the newest offering from our complete line of versatile, accurate and effective ultrasonic solutions can solve your toughest sensing challenges.



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 ranges from 30 mm to 8 m and sensing resolutions from 0.1% to 0.25% of total sensing distance, our microprocessor design ensures consistent performance across the entire sensing range.

Ultrasonic sensors use sound waves, not light, and this makes them ideal for problematic clear material sensing applications. Use ultrasonics to effectively and accurately sense liquids, clear objects and targets in dirty environments. Ultrasonics are inherently impervious to color differences, high reflectivity and glare, all of which are application challenges for photoelectrics.

If you thought ultrasonic sensors couldn’t cut it, think again. You’ll find our advanced U-GAGE sensors can solve the most difficult applications in your plant with the power of ultrasound.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 also been moved away from the cable-end to provide cable strain relief, while also ensuring the sensor remains in place if the cable is pulled.

BIM-UNT sensors include a broad range of accessories, from precision mounting to wire-strain relief products, to help install the sensors in all T-groove, dovetail, round and tie rod pneumatic cylinders.

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 in industrial applications, as well as hazardous classified areas. The sensor carries a UL/cUL 913 approval for use in Class I, Division 1, Groups C and D locations when installed with an approved barrier, such as TURCK’s IM33 series.


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).

The micro board design in the MEMS technology allows for a compact, precise inclinometer in a very robust, industrialized package. The inclinometer is IP68 rated, with a temperature range of -30 to 70 °C.

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.


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 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).

The micro board design in the MEMS technology allows for a compact, precise inclinometer in a very robust, industrialized package. The inclinometer is IP68 rated, with a temperature range of -30 to 70 °C.

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 detection, particularly on short-stroke cylinders. In addition, BIM-UNR provides high immunity to EMC interference, in accordance with EN 60947-5-2.

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 values and parameters are accessible via the object directory. The micro board design in the MEMS technology allows for a compact, precise inclinometer in a very robust, industrialized package.

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.

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 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 sensor into their design.

"Although many of our existing sensors in the uprox+ family are inherently rated IP68, they are not optimally suited for high-pressure or extended exposure washdown applications," said John Murphy, Product Manager for TURCK . "The new Q42 allows our customers to achieve accurate sensing results, while providing peak performance and flexibility for applications that present even the harshest of conditions."

The existing uprox+ washdown family is comprised of 12, 18 and 30mm diameter barrels with sensing ranges between 4 and 30mm. The Q42 offers a sensing range of 50mm to all types of metals. This not only eliminates the need to change the position of the sensors for different metal applications, but also reduces the number of sensor types needed for plant operations. In addition to an extended sensing distance, the Q42 delivers reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to 100 degrees Celsius.

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 – provides at-a-glance visual representation of up to 16 changing alarm conditions with 7 programmable color zones; customizable to allow users full access to bar graphs, annunciators, color zones and display mnemonics.
  •     Universal input – accepts current, voltage, resistance, temperature and process signals all in the same unit.
  •     Universal power supply – accepts AC or DC power, and is ready to plug in “out of the box” for fast, easy installation regardless of power polarity.
  •     Easy programming, firmware and software upgrades – using a standard built-in USB connector and Red Lion’s Crimson software to support both current needs and future requirements.
“The real game-changer with our PAX2C is the flexible plug-in option cards – customers can build their own controllers by simply changing cards,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “This reduces inventory and lowers costs because they only need to stock a single controller and a handful of option cards.”


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 Base-TX Ethernet port that supports up to ten protocols simultaneously. In addition, the Ethernet port and three built-in serial ports leverage more than 250 communication drivers to convert numerous protocols simultaneously and connect and collect data from virtually any PLC, drive or bar code scanner.

A built-in data logger logs tags at user-programmable rates before automatically time/date stamping each tag. The information can then be stored in an open CSV file format, allowing easy access from virtually any application. The ZR Series can also synchronize log files with any FTP and/or Microsoft SQL server for further analysis. In addition, USB host capabilities allow thumb drives for programming and log file storage as well as other USB devices to be used.

To extend production monitoring to remote personnel, the ZR Series also provides text message and email alerts. A built-in webserver enables global access to data logs and allows information to be monitored using a smartphone or Internet-connected PC.

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, vice president of product management for Red Lion Controls. “Crimson’s integration of N-View support underscores our unwavering commitment to take best practices from each acquired business to create not just a bigger Red Lion company, but a better one with more comprehensive product offerings that benefit our customers.”

For customers with N-Tron switches, the integration of Crimson 3.0 and N-View allows plant managers and IT staff to efficiently monitor a number of different network parameters – including data collisions, received packets, dropped packets, alignment errors and more – from a single dashboard. For customers with Sixnet switches, monitoring is accomplished via Modbus. Advanced data logging features offer users the ability to collect and review network performance history. Email and SMS notification is also available to alert remote personal of network issues.

“Customers need an easy-to-use solution to monitor their networks,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management for Red Lion Controls. “By integrating Crimson 3.0 with N-View, our customers can now monitor their automation devices as well as their networking components from a single HMI dashboard. Automated checks on network health can be set to notify personnel via email or text message at the first sign of trouble. These proactive notifications help to reduce process downtime by ensuring the network is always functioning at an optimum level.”

Alongside this integration effort, Red Lion continues to expand its existing portfolio of more than 3,000 industrial automation and networking products. Newer offerings include the ProducTVity Station, PAX2C panel meter, G3 Kadet operator interface panels and a number of switches and cellular routers. These product investments continue to pay off, with the company recently receiving a number of accolades that include Control Design’s 2012 Readers’ Choice Award for the 12th consecutive year, and being named a “First Team Supplier” by Automation World magazine in two different categories.

Friday, April 12, 2013



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 panel or cabinet on which the HMI is mounted.

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 display accommodates totalizing applications that exceed normal 6-digit displays. The meter also offers a programmable custom unit indicator for both displays.

In addition to the dual displays, the PAX2D offers features designed for maximum flexibility, allowing users to stock a single meter for numerous applications. The meter accepts inputs from proximity sensors, magnetic sensors, photo eyes, length sensors, rotary pulse generators, transistors and simple switches. A universal power supply accommodates both AC and DC inputs.


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 withstand more than 2000 cycles of 30 minutes at 25°C followed by 30 minutes at 250°C. They also resist a constant temperature of 250°C for over 2000 hours.

These tags allow product traceability in very difficult environments, for example paint-shop ovens in the automotive industry or powder sintering processes in metallurgy. The new tags are rated to protection class IP68/IP69K.

Contrinex HF-RFID read/write modules with USB connector (ISO 15693)

Contrinex is bringing to market a miniature read/write module that can be directly connected to a USB port and powered by it. This device fits into a threaded M18 housing measuring only 35 mm in length. It forms part of a set of four read/write modules for direct connection to a USB port. In addition to the miniature module, there is a 50 mm long M18 module and two M30 modules measuring 35 mm and 50 mm in length.

Its size and the fact that it can be connected directly to a PC make this module very attractive for many applications, either in office or industrial engineering, where space constraints play an important role.

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 suitable sensors. In this case, amplifier electronics are located outside the high temperature zone and connected to the sensor via a cable.

New high frequency RFID tags have been specially developed using Contrinex RFID technology (ISO 15693) to resist extremely high temperatures. They withstand without problem not only fluctuating temperatures, but also sustained high temperatures. This has been shown by tests in which the tag had to resist 2000 temperature cycles of 30 minutes at 25°C followed by 30 minutes at 250°C.

Moreover, the new tag will also withstand a constant temperature of 250°C for more than 2000 hours. This means that these special tags allow product traceability in extremely difficult environments, such as baking ovens in the automotive industry or metallurgical sintering processes. The new tags have IP68/IP69K protection.

Thursday, February 28, 2013



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, footrests or window doors can be added. A huge range of internal accessories such as electrical mounting panels, 19 inch mounting rails, DIN mounting rails swing frames, cable entries, gas struts and many others are available.

The RAL7035 light grey units meet the requirements of NEMA Type 3R, 4 and 12, equivalent to IP66, enabling the consoles to be installed on the shop floor as well as in the control room. The stainless steel versions additionally meet NEMA 4X which make them ideal for various hose-down or corrosive environments.

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 longer communication ranges among passive-type tags and conducts faster and more diverse data processing as compared with HF band (13.56MHz) systems. Prompted by major retailers in the USA, UHF RFID systems are increasingly being used around the world in areas ranging from manufacturing, distribution and logistics to stores, offices, public services and amusement/sports facilities. However, in open systems shared by multiple companies, one company’s unique data (embedded on a tag) could easily be passed on to other companies along with shared data. The fact that all companies in an open system can read and alter all the data on tags is becoming an obstacle to the utilization of RFID systems.

To date, Omron has developed a number of RFID reader/writers, inlays and tags mainly focusing on the HF and UHF bands. Omron’s products are designed not only to comply with common standards, but also to easily incorporate new functions and advanced technologies developed in response to market needs. By readying the V750 reader/writer for Secure RFID Protocol, Omron acknowledges that protecting company and product information is critical to increasing the use of RFID in distribution and logistics. In Japan, feasibility studies and trials of secured RFID systems are increasingly being carried out by book and home appliance distribution chains, and Omron intends to proactively participate in those studies.

New functions can be added to the V750 reader/writer by updating or supplementing its firmware. Secure RFID Protocol will be separated from the standard functions provided by the current product, and will be offered as an option to be added upon request. The protocol will be ready for the Japanese version of the V750 reader/writer in July 2008; other versions will be provided based on the protocol’s popularity in other countries.

The Secure RFID Protocol-ready V750 reader/writer can be seen at the Hitachi Group and Nissei Limited booths (West 10-53 and West 13-11, respectively) at the 3rd RFID Solutions Expo (RIDEX), being held at Tokyo Big Sight from May 14-16, 2008.

Yo Nakajima, General Manager of Hitachi’s Security Smart ID Solutions Division, offered the following remarks on the V750 reader/writer: “Hitachi welcomes the start of sales of interrogators that support the Secure RFID Protocol. The protocol has been developed with partners aiming to realize functions that fulfill needs for UHF IC tags in Japanese industry. We believe this protocol will expand worldwide and become the optimal UHF IC tag air protocol in the distribution and logistics area. We are expecting full-scale diffusion and market expansion of secured IC tags, triggered by sales of Omron’s V750 reader/writer. Hitachi will also keep making efforts to promote the protocol, and by so doing contribute to realizing a securer, safer and more comfortable society with all of our partners.”

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-One FA Integrated Tool Package Version 3.0
  •     CXONE-AL01C-V3 and 11 other models
With current international competition, manufacturing sites for key production industries, such as automobiles, semiconductors and liquid crystal and plasma displays, demand 1) immediate equipment startup with large capital investment in the first period, 2) fast additions and changes in production models, volumes and line compositions after the equipment is in operation, and 3) meeting traceability and other global requirements for quality, safety and environmental needs. These demands require even greater amounts of quality data along with faster accumulation and processing of production management data.

Manufacturers of special equipment and machinery must flexibly respond to these rapid changes, cope with the increase in management data resulting from improved device functionality and performance, and achieve control with greater performance and accuracy with more precise production processes. These manufacturers are actively introducing control devices for open networks, standardization and specifications that allow the development of control systems with greater speed and precision and enable stable worldwide product procurement.

All the new products marketed by OMRON support EtherNet/IP, a global standard industrial protocol promoted by the ODVA.2 In addition to the convenience of universal Ethernet, EtherNet/IP can be used for both information and control networks. Data links are faster (30 times faster, according to OMRON’s own research) and the data communications capacity is larger (nine times the capacity, as above). These features make the products ideal for production equipment that will require increasingly larger capacity and higher speeds in the future.

The SYSMAC CJ2 CPU units feature large capacity and a built-in EtherNet/IP-compatible multifunctional Ethernet port. The program capacity of 400K steps is 1.6 times the capacity, while the 832K words of data memory is twice the capacity of previous OMRON products. In addition, the CJ2 CPU units are ideal for devices that require high speed and high precision with both faster speeds for executing special instructions, such as overseeing processing and floating-point math, and increased speed for immediate refreshing of basic I/O.

Also, less design time is required because PT screen data and PLC programming can be developed in parallel with improved tag access through EtherNet/IP for full access to memory in the CJ2 CPU unit from an NS-series programmable terminal.

The CX-One FA Integrated Tool Package that supports the SYSMAC CJ2 CPU units and the NS-V2-series PTs also supports EtherNet/IP. This provides an environment for setting up the all layers of FA networks, and allows users to set up both SYSMAC CJ2 CPU units and NS-V2-series PTs from the same software package.

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, starting with the basic I/O units released today.

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. Manufacturers that produce compact equipment place importance on keeping manufacturing costs down without spending an excessive amount of time on design and system implementation. The CP1E CPU units also respond to this demand by featuring simplified programming and wiring verification. There are two types of CPU units: the low-cost, minimal functionality E-type basic CPU units, and the N-type application CPU units, which incorporate a serial port for connection with programmable terminals and a pulse I/O function for position control. The N-type CPU units can control compact devices efficiently.


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 production sites.

The E5_N series comprises two functional variations: basic models that provide excellent cost/performance and general applicability, and advanced models for applications that require superior performance and functionality.

The E5GN released today is a basic model. Adopting the "onsite simplicity" concept of the series, its compact size of DIN 48 x 24 mm allows for flexibility in installation locations.

With the addition of the compact G size (DIN 48 x 24 mm), the E5—N series now provides a selection of four sizes, also including the A size (DIN 96 x 96 mm), E size (DIN 48 x 96 mm) and C size (DIN 48 x 48 mm), allowing customers to select the best model for the application site.

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 accurate glue inspection, we have consolidated our detection know-how and will release a glue bead inspection detection software as a product globally. This software can be used by installation to the OMRON vision sensor flagship model FZ3 controller. A leak inspection method is used in engines and transmissions following the injection of oil. This same method cannot be used in the liquid gasket inspection for electric device cases.

As a result, sealing is secured by inspecting the glue status immediately after gluing. However, visual inspection alone has resulted in problems such as overlooking of gaps and non-quantification of inspections. Also, use of visual sensors for inspection has resulted in problems such as not been able to inspect glue width stably when the glue path is complex. To solve such problems, this software for glue bead inspection is equipped with OMRON's original automatic outline scanning function. It calculates the glue status with a high degree of accuracy even for complex glue paths by automatically scanning the glue outline, glue width, gap width and for wrong glue paths. Also, a more stable inspection can be performed by the execution of HDR (high dynamic range), an image processing tolerant to the use environment. By preparing a dedicated glue inspection interface and result display screens, we have made possible, easier inspection setting and error analyses with less man-hours spent.



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 short setup and installation times. Products of this series are already in use today in a multitude of systems, as in industrial quality control and in cameras for surveillance technology, for example.

Friday, January 18, 2013


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 motors they replaced. Old electrical equipment and a/c required for the spinning line took up almost 3,500 ft2. The new a/c-less electrical installation occupies only 1,163 ft2, And the updated UPS relies heavily on battery banks and works at near 100% efficiency.

Yaskawa VFDs were installed in a common-bus configuration, so a drive that is slowing its load can provide power to drives that need it. This reduces the power drawn from the mains.

In addition, the new VFDs let certain machines turn out up to 18 different filament types simultaneously with little modification.

The combination of energy saved from using more-efficient equipment, eliminating a/c, and introducing regenerative braking works out to $806,131 in annual kilowatt-hour savings. ENKA also figures it saves about $77,000 annually on technician time because of the new gear. All in all, payback time for the new installation was less than a year.


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 growing number of manufacturers are using AC motors to replace DC motors in mechanical presses, transfer systems, extruders, slitters, cutters, feeders, winding machines and other equipment.

Compared with DC motors, AC motors offer many advantages. For one thing, AC motors are readily available from numerous manufacturers, including Baldor and Marathon Electric. And, of course, AC motors have no brushes to wear out or commutators to rewind.

More importantly, today’s digital drives, like the A1000 from Yaskawa, vastly simplify the process of configuring and maintaining AC motors. Rather than tweak a series of “pots,” engineers simply enter the motor’s operating parameters via a keypad, laptop or digital network, such as DeviceNet, Ethernet or CC-Link.

“You can back-up all the parameters, so if you lose a drive, it’s easy to restore them and get back up and running,” says Dave Cecil, Yaskawa’s director of engineering and service.

The A1000’s keypad interface has application presets to make programming simple, and it has built-in memory for backup purposes. In addition, a USB copy unit can be plugged into the drive so configuration information can be transferred between an office environment and the factory floor.

“If you lose a drive, you can unplug the keypad, put in a new drive, reinstall the keypad, and it will automatically download the parameters,” explains Cecil. “If you had 10 identical presses, you could take that keypad from press to press and download the parameters.”

The drive’s removable I/O terminal board also provides backup memory for the drive. All parameter changes are automatically saved to both the main control board and I/O board. Engineers can leave the I/O connected when replacing a drive—configuration information will download automatically to the replacement.

The A1000 has several features to simplify preventive maintenance. The cooling fans snap in and out for easy replace-ment. Onboard monitors track drive temperature, precharge relay, and the remaining life of the cooling fan, bus capacitor and insulated gate bipolar transistors. The drive can use this information to trigger alarms or send status reports to managers across a network.

“There are also monitors on the drive that electronically look at the output current, output voltage, DC bus voltage and other variables without having to hook up an analog meter,” says Spero. “You just push a button, and there it is.”

“A lot of companies are moving to a ‘predictive failure’ philosophy,” adds Cecil. “The idea is to predict when the drive will fail. Instead of waiting until the drive breaks, you look for indicators that it’s getting ready to break and take action be-fore it fails and causes downtime.”


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 filters. Total harmonic distortion (THD) is less than 2.8%. Energy savings for customers derive from 97% or better power conversion efficiency at rated load and by motor speed control, particularly on variable torque loads such as fans, blowers, and pumps.

Employees, customers, and guests were invited to the plant for a Kagami-Biraki sake ceremony commemorating the new beginning. They celebrated next to the first MV1000 units made there, two of which were ready to ship to a pipe manufacturing customer in Ohio. Another will remain at the Oak Creek plant for demonstration, display, and continued testing.

Yaskawa Oak Creek now employs 115 and will augment engineering, application support, manufacturing, and testing as needed, the company said.

The MV1000 drive uses open-loop vector control, meaning it is highly resistant to load fluctuations, enabling stable continuous operation without using an encoder. High-performance vector control can be used with synchronous motors as well as induction motors. The available user interface is the same used with Yaskawa 1000-Series low-voltage drives, for easy setting and operation. The Yaskawa DriveWizard Plus MV helps with setup, maintenance, and troubleshooting. A USB copy device aids with the transfer of parameters from drive to drive. Communications options include RS485 (Modbus), DeviceNet, Profibus-DP, and Ethernet. The drives are available at2.4 kV power lines (up to 2750 hp) or 4.16 kV (up to 5000 hp). Multiple induction motors can be run with one drive, reducing overall system size. Other options, including input integral input switchgear and engineered bypasses, will also be available.