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.