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.