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ESX10-TC - New Electronic Circuit Protection from Weidmuller.

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

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

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

Industrial Ethernet Portfolio - New Serial to Ethernet Converters from Weidmuller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circuit Breakers - connectPower brings wider protection from Weidmuller

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

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

Secure Routers - New Gigabit Router for Secure Data Communications

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

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

Integrated "stateful inspection" firewall and …

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

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

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

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

Stuxnet does not infect Vacon AC drives

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

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

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

The malware is activated in the infected …

Vacon to launch a new AC drive portfolio for OEMs

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

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

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

Vacon enhances Vacon NXP for premium performance

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

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

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

Vacon takes its product offering to the next level

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

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

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

Vacon to launch VACON 100 FLOW for pump and fan applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 66,998-sq.-ft. sin…