Monday, December 29, 2014



The CODIX 92X are multitalented products that can handle the display, measurement and control of pulses (counter), frequencies (tacho) and time (timer), using numerous count functions and modes.
They thus offer a simple, cost-effective solution for many local standard control functions. When it comes to simple tasks, the many logic functions and preconfigured control functions offered by the CODIX 92X make them a real alternative to a PLC.

They can also be used as batch counters for controlling lot sizes, as a function of individual quantities, or as totalising counters for process control, as a function of the total count. In an additional role, they offer secure monitoring of time, frequency, position and pulses.

The CODIX 92X rangecomes equipped to meet the requirements of the user but can also be customised to his individual needs. Up to 10 inputs, up to 6 optocoupler outputs and up to 4 relay outputs are possible. In addition, versions with an RS 232/485 interface can be supplied.
It is not necessary to have in-depth programming knowledge when installing or using these devices, eliminating the need for costly service engineers. With all count functions there is direct access to the programming mode. On top of everything, the units are really easy to operate thanks to the simple, easy-to-understand programming structure and the alpha-numeric display of the parameters.  The various functions can be programmed either absolute or as tracking presets via the direct preset entry.
The counters boast a Teach-In function for error-free preset entry, a frequency display with fast display refresh and high accuracy (High Accuracy System), as well as many other count modes and functions.

The devices come factory-equipped with three predefined settings for the most common applications. If a parameter is modified, then the devices adopt the new function almost immediately: the programming is concluded in no time by means of the reset key. The functions Display Hold, Set and Teach-In can be called up via the new MPI input (Multiple Purpose Input).

Plug-in screw connectors with cage clamp terminals offer convenient time-saving installation. The front bezel is IP 65 sealed as standard, saving on additional time and effort for protecting the device during installation. And, of course, there will always be room for the Codix92X devices, thanks to their minimal installation depth.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014



Kubler by TURCK has expanded its encoder line to include the Sendix® 5006 2-inch incremental encoder, featuring a completely stainless steel housing and Viton® seals to resist corrosion and physical abuse in harsh plant environments. The Sendix 5006 incremental encoder can handle large fluctuations in temperature, from -40 to 85°C, and is IP67 rated when sealed.

 This encoder is available with ten pulse counts up to 5,000 PPR and with push-pull or RS422 outputs. It incorporates a proprietary Safety-Lock™ bearing assembly that has been tested to provide additional protection against vibration and installation errors.

 The Sendix 5006 incremental encoder is ideal for use in a wide variety of industries, including food packaging, pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas, as well as other challenging applications within corrosive environments or requiring long-term durability.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



With the LIMES LI20 and LI50 Kübler is presenting a new generation of measuring heads in a particularly solid die-cast housing. Used in conjunction with its magnetic bands with their stainless-steel covering, the resulting linear measurement system stays sealed even in harsh industrial environments and offers security against failures in the field. The magnetic rings offer the user a remarkably compact measurement system for rotary applications where installation space is very tight. Installation depths of only 16mm are possible with a large hollow shaft of 30mm. The combination of rings and bands plus Kübler's flexible manufacturing facilities open up a wide spectrum of different geometries that can be scanned, such as for example pitch circles or curves.

The non-contact technology ensures high vibration and shock resistance. The products can also be used outdoors, thanks to the high IP67 protection rating, the permitted 100% humidity with condensation, the wide temperature range and the weatherproof die-cast housing. The metal housing also offers improved shielding against electromagnetic interference.

Installation can be carried out very easily due to the large permitted tolerances of up to 1mm, which apply not only to the distance from band to sensor head but also for lateral misalignment, as well as to the built-in LED, which gives a red warning signal if the distance from the band to the reading head is too great or if the speed is too high. A green light shows the index pulse. The wide supply voltage range from 4.8 to 30 VDC likewise facilitates installation. The connections are made via a high-grade shielded PUR cable that is also suitable for trailing cable applications.

The sensing head is available either with a push-pull output or an RS422 interface and supplies two channels plus a periodic index with the corresponding inverted channels. The resolution is up to 5 mm with quadruple evaluation and the repeat accuracy is +/- one increment. The maximum traversing speed is 25m/s.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014



With the large Codix 560 Kübler is rounding off a totally new generation of preset counters. Thanks to a wide variety of functions and counting modes all typical areas of application for a preset counter - and even simple control tasks - are now fully covered. The latest option to be available in this product range is the RS 232/485 interface, which in turn means that the counters are now able to support MODBUS (RTU) or the CR/LF protocol.

The Codix 560 preset counters feature a wide range of fundamental benefits, including large, very bright LED displays. This means that the counters are easily legible - even in poor lighting situations or when viewed from a great distance. As with all Kübler Codix units, great store has been placed on simple userfriendly operation and programming structure. The device thus comes with numerous scrolling help texts, which - thanks to the 14-segment display - are very clearly legible. The intuitive cursor keypad makes programming even easier. The preset counter can be used for pulses, time, frequency and also for position; it can also function as an overall total counter or as a batch counter.

Its important technical benefits include the provision of 2 relays, as well as a display that is scalable by a multiplication or division factor. Preset values can be entered directly via the large front keys or via the Teach-In input. Mounting the device in locations where space is tight is no problem thanks to the minimal installation depth. The new preset counters are also ideal for installation in mosaic systems.

The Codix 560 supports MODBUS RTU for reading out counter data to a higher-level system - for production data acquisition or for logging measured values. Thus it can monitor and evaluate a wide variety of data, depending on how it is programmed, whether as a pulse counter, frequency or time meter or as a positioning controller. These data may include, for example, production count or speed, machine or turbine speed as well as production, run, operating and throughput times. Moreover a number of counters - with various measuring tasks - may be networked together in a bus, in order to monitor complete operating or process tasks. In addition the most important parameters can be specified or modified via the MODBUS; for example the various lengths and batch quantities when cutting to length. It is therefore possible to carry out decentrally very comprehensive control tasks both quickly and reliably. The CR/LF protocol concerns a simple printer protocol, where the measured value is sent to a large display or to a printer. It is thus possible to visualise all the data, which have just been counted - starting from production quantity/ speed and production time, through machine run time, test cycles and cutting speed and on to flow rates and production volumes.

In addition the data can be sent directly to a printer. This is a very useful option, especially for label printing with small cut-to-length machines or when logging piece quantities for an order.

Monday, November 24, 2014



Banner is introducing the QM26 and QMH26, a 316 stainless steel product, designed to serve the food and pharmaceutical industry where plastic sensors are not acceptable. Food and Drug safety concerns have introduced a market need for a more cleanable product that can stand up to hot high pressure and chemical wash down.

Exposed threads and crevices that are difficult to clean and sanitize on food and pharmaceutical production equipment are closely scrutinized by field inspectors. Both models provide a beyond rugged and cleanable alternative designed for the harshest of washdown environments. It includes a coaxial polarized retro reflective option for clear object detection and excellent back ground suppression models. The QMH26 model is hygienically designed, featuring smooth stainless surfaces and a self draining housing shape.

Applications

• Bottling machines
• Pasteurizers
• Vial filling
• Large animal meat processing
• Prepared meat packaging
• Dairy and yogurt filling equipment

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Recognizing the market trend for communication at the sensor level, Banner added IO-Link communication to the value leading DF-G1 fiber amplifier. With IO-Link, the machine builder can achieve point-to-point communication over the last meter of cable when the amplifier is connected to IO-Link to Bus Network adapter.

A focus on a simple set-up and configuration, stable performance, and competitive pricing guided the development of the DF-G1. An updated mechanical design, with an improved fiber clamp and a sleek look-and-feel, makes the DF-G1 a compelling upgrade to the D10 product line. This dual display fiber amplifier expands the range of applications and customers Banner can serve with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies.

Benefits of IO-Link Communications
  • Sensor parameters can be changed, save to and uploaded from a PC using a USB to IO-Link converter and standard DTM (Device Type Manager) files and a FDT (Field Device Tool) container software such as PACTware. This enables storing and documentation of the sensor parameter lists for auditing or replacement of sensors.
  • The second output (white wire / Pin 2) continues to operate at full response speed when communication is occurring over the IO-Link output (black wire / Pin 4) allowing both a high speed response time output and sensor performance logging to occur in simultaneously.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



The DF-G2 series is the high speed version of the DF-G fiber optic amplifier family. The DF-G2 was designed to achieve the world’s fastest response speed and precise repeatability for fiber optic sensing applications. A much brighter LED and a more effectively coupled optical system was designed to extend sensing range and improve speed. The result is a sensor that can achieve 10 microsecond response time with 5 microsecond repeatability and detection ranges exceeding the competition.

Development of additional DF-G2 fiber amplifiers with specialized firmware for small object counting and models with white, green, and blue LED colors for registration mark applications is underway.

Features:
  • Response speeds of:
    • 10 μs (Super High Speed)
    • 15 μs (High Speed)
    • 50 µs (Fast)
    • 250 μs (Standard)
    • 500 μs (Medium Range)
    • 1000 μs (Long Range)
  • User has full control over all parameters:
    • Switch point threshold
    • Light Operate or Dark Operate
    • Output timing functions (One-Shot, On/Off Delay)
    • Gain level
    • Response speed
  • New highly visible red LED sensing beam for easy alignment to the target
  • ECO (economy) display mode reduces amplifier power consumption by 25%
  • Easy to read dual digital displays show both signal level and threshold simultaneously
  • Programming via displays and switches/buttons or remote input teach wire
  • Expert TEACH and SET methods ensure optimal gain and threshold for all applications, especially low contrast applications
  • Thermally stable electronics minimize warm-up drift and reduce the effect of side-by-side mounting of multiple fiber amplifiers
  • Cross talk avoidance algorithm allows two sensors to operate in close proximity for many applications
  • Sleek 10 mm wide housing mounts to standard 35 mm DIN rail



The T18 EZ-BEAM sensor line in a rugged nickel-plated, die-cast zinc metal housing to withstand extremely harsh environments. The new infrared LED models were created to enhance object detection of multicolored packages in applications requiring fixed distance background suppression.

The TM18 offers a metal, mechanically robust construction which is ideal for conveyors in heavy duty machine environments and the sensor is IP69K rated for non-corrosive wet environments in some food or beverage applications. The TM18 series is available in four different sensing modes.

Features:

  • Heavy duty metal housing with 18mm threaded barrel mount and integral metal QD prevents sensor damage during machine assembly, transport, maintenance, and operation.
  • Right angle “T” mounting fits in tight places, prevents sensor damage, and avoids personnel catch points
  • Models with 4-wire complementary NPN or PNP, or 3-wire I/O block compatible outputs available
  • Featuring EZ Beam technology provides reliable sensing without adjustments
  • Visible red LED models available in opposed, polarized retroreflective, and fixed-field (background suppression) modes
  • Infrared LED models available in fixed-field (background suppression) modes for enhanced detection of multi-colored targets
  • Completely epoxy encapsulated electronics to provide superior durability, especially in harsh sensing environments
  • Sensors rated IP69K for resistance to intermittent high pressure washdown
  • Innovative dual indicator systems take the guess work out of sensor performance monitoring
  • Enhanced immunity to fluorescent lights on fixed field and diffuse sensors



The Vantage-Line (VL) Fiber Optics represents a competitive product line to complement our fiber amplifier business. These fibers are compatible with all of our existing plastic fiber amplifiers, including the DF-G family.

All Vantage-Line models feature the PVC over-molded flex relief for more protection in high-flex or repetitive-flex applications. The 26 Vantage Line models offer excellent performance, several new problem-solving designs, and competitive pricing for OEM opportunities. List prices of most VL fiber models are 25% less than comparable standard models.

Our goal is to encourage the sales channel to select Vantage-Line whenever possible. The simple “-VL” suffix will make it easily searchable following the Standard Fiber model number scheme.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The LE250 is the latest addition to the L-Gage LE Family of Sensors, providing the same robust housing, intuitive user interface and linear array technology as the LE550. The LE250 is an easy-to-use and reliable sensor, offering high performance across difficult targets like metal or black rubber.

The LE250's optics have been optimized for improved performance over the 100 to 400 mm range. With a resolution of 0.02 mm out to 250 mm, and a resolution below 0.2 mm out to 400 mm, the LE250 provides better repeatability and accuracy than the LE550 for solving applications where more precision is needed. Additionally, the smaller spot size is ideal for detecting smaller features and provides enhanced performance across varying colors, including multicolored packaging.

With many competitors priced closer to $1000, the LE250 provides a performance/price ratio unmatched by the competition.



Building upon the success of the QL50 and QL55 sensors, Banner’s error-proofing and luminescence sensor product line has expanded by introducing easy-to-use and very sensitive luminescence sensors which can detect luminescent marks, coatings, fluids, and objects on luminescent backgrounds, irregular or reflective surfaces. The new sensors implement a sensitivity adjustment which simulates a gain potentiometer with 2 push buttons. The uniform and intense line of emitted ultraviolet (UV) light averages over textured or irregular surfaces making detection easier than in the past.

The QL56 sensor is a high performance luminescence sensor which features six ultra violet (UV) LEDs that create a uniform and intense line of UV light. Thus, luminescence marks on irregular or textured surfaces such as wood, textile, or cast surfaces are more detectable. The linear shape of the emitted light can be aligned to the shape of the luminescence mark to reduce switch point variability.

The QL51 sensor is a cost effective solution with easy setup and installation. The operator adjusts the sensitivity of the sensor using the two button user interface which operates much like a gain potentiometer. The QL51 emits a line of UV light formed by 4 UV LEDS.

Both sensors feature bipolar (1 NPN & 1 PNP) outputs. The QL56 includes an analog voltage output proportional to how much light is being reflected to the sensor by the luminescent surface. This may be useful for lower contrast applications.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


With the ability to transfer up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) of data, TURCK’s new M12 X-Code connector increases throughput and efficiency in high-end systems and applications. The M12 X-Code connector offers superior signal strength for high-speed Ethernet data transfers, compared to traditional M12 connectors that support up to 10/100 megabits per second (Mbps) Ethernet. Its ability to handle high bandwidth files and minimize transfer time reduces data bottlenecks and improves performance.

To achieve 10 Gbps Ethernet transmission speed, the M12 X-Code connector features advanced shielding design paired with Category 7 copper cable. Each of the four data pairs are shielded from each other within the connector, providing increased isolation against cross talk, or unwanted signal coupling from one balanced twisted pair to another.

“Newer applications for video, camera and vision systems, as well as high-speed data acquisition, demand a network cable that can handle more than 10/100 Mbps data transfer,” said Laura Schweitz, product manager at TURCK. “Gigabit Ethernet can provide the speed and capacity needed. Using the TURCK M12 X-code connector, our customers now have a dependable communication solution for these high-speed applications.”

Featuring a robust, compact design, the IP67-rated M12 X-Code connector reliably operates in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius. The overmolded construction eliminates time-consuming hand-wiring and misconfigurations, and is ideal for Industrial Ethernet applications requiring high speed and greater bandwidth.

Friday, November 07, 2014



Distance isn’t an issue with the updated 8.4- and 10.4-inch HG3G OI touchscreens. When you need access to your machine or equipment, but can’t get to the factory floor or even to the office, all you need is a computer, PDA or Smartphone and you can remotely access, monitor and control your touchscreen through a web browser. It’s that simple! 

“You can monitor current values or processes, click pushbuttons to control operation, print, switch screens or even change program values just as if you were in front of your touchscreen on site,” according to Luisa Muyco, Product Marketing Engineer at IDEC. You can also troubleshoot, test and do maintenance. As long as the firmware has A.O. software version 1.52 and your touchscreen is accessible on the internet; all our latest remote features and enhancements are available at your fingertips!

The HG3G OI touchscreen can be mounted in either portrait or landscape mode depending on your space requirements and supports PictBridge Protocol for USB printers, which allows you to print screen images or the alarm log history. And depending on your application, the expansion MicroSmart I/O module (mounted on the back of the HG3G), which provides simple I/O control, now has the option to perform independently of the touchscreen scan time by using Cyclic Script.

As always, these OI touchscreens offer a vivid screen and fast CPU processor of 400MHz for quick operation and response times. These are high-definition quality LCD TFT screens, with SVGA 800 x 600 pixels, providing sharp images and superior visibility plus 65,536 colors to make screen views realistic and crisp. At up to 700cd/m2, these are also the brightest displays in the market!



When you need to save space while keeping costs low, IDEC PS3X Switching Power Supplies are the answer! With compact sizes up to 70% smaller than conventional power supplies, the PS3X family of power supplies can fit into even the tightest spots. Just 50.8mm x 28mm x 62mm for the 15W model all the way to 95mm x 38mm x 159mm for the 100W model.

PS3X is available in five wattages (15W, 25W, 50W, 75W and 100W) with 5, 12 and 24VDC outputs and a variety of mounting options including direct or DIN rail mounting, providing needed flexibility.

The PS3X series is UL/c-UL recognized and CE marked, as well as EMC and EN55022 Class B compliant.



When you want bright, energy-efficient and long-lasting LED machine lighting, IDEC LED light strips outshine the competition! Starting from our beginnings in pilot lights and indicators and leading to our current, next generation of machine lighting, IDEC has been in the industrial LED business for over 30 years. While major lighting companies are still struggling with consistent color quality and reliability for LEDs, IDEC manufactures all our LEDs to provide superior illumination.

LF1B-N LED light strips are the latest addition to the IDEC family of industrial lighting. Offered in six different lengths, ranging from 5.27 to 42.5 inches, these slim light strips are a perfect fit for applications with limited space. Six different colors (cool white, warm white, yellow, red, blue and green) give you a custom style and appearance, while providing lighting bright enough to clearly illuminate any application. Maintenance-free and with a lifespan over 4 times longer than fluorescent lights, these durable light strips are a bright choice now and in the future.

With low temperatures and an IP65 rating, LF1B-N LED light strips are suitable for applications in wet or dusty areas, including applications such as industrial machinery, control panels, semiconductor equipment, machine tools, lab & medical equipment, display case lighting, sign illumination or accent decor lighting. These light strips are also ROHS compliant and mercury free.

“At IDEC, our meticulous attention to detail and fierce dedication to quality produces LED lighting that exceeds customer expectations.” says IDEC Marketing Manager, Mike Suzuki.




When you want the best selection in high-quality switches, IDEC has sixty-five years of experience providing the parts and pricing you want! With a choice of metal or plastic bezels, various sizes (8 to 30mm), contact ratings and mounting options, IDEC switches add style and safety to any application.

The latest miniature flush mount switches from IDEC offer a streamlined package, perfect for applications requiring a clean surface appearance. A smooth design cuts down on surface area, preventing dust and other particles from accumulating, and making regular cleaning a breeze.

IDEC LB switches have a powerful 5A operating current plus an available 3PDT contact configuration for more flexibility within a small package. Projecting only 2mm when mounted on a panel, these switches provide a sleek, updated look. In fact, the contact block design only protrudes 27.9mm behind the panel, compared with 45mm for most conventional 16mm switches.

With a choice of metallic or black plastic bezels, and flush or standard mounting, these switches add style to any application. Choose from illuminated pushbuttons, pushbuttons, pilot lights, selector switches and key selector switches. Plus, new LED/lens technology, means LB pilot lights and illuminated pushbuttons offer bright LED illumination for superior visibility.

LB switches are also UL recognized, TUV approved, CSA certified and CE marked, as well as provide an IP65 degree of protection, making them ideal for instrumentation, medical equipment, food and beverage processing equipment, semi-conductor equipment, packaging, commercial appliances, non-industrial applications (train cab, parking machines and audio/visual equipment), computer peripherals, machine tools, panels and more.

Using our unique design, IDEC HE2G Grip Switches offer a higher level of safety by providing dual enabling contacts with a separate actuator for each contact. By using these switches in conjunction with an IDEC safety relay module or safety controller, users can achieve Category 4 safety levels.

Grip switches, often referred to as “Dead man” switches, are a critical part of machine safety required by companies in order to provide a safe working environment for maintenance or trouble-shooting inside a machine guard. Depending on a user’s needs, HE2G grip switches can be equipped with additional control units such as an E-stop, indicator light, momentary pushbutton, and/or key selector switch, providing a wide selection of options.

Designed to fit in a user’s hand, the three-position IDEC HE2G grip switch features a curved ergonomic grip providing a comfortable handhold while allowing for a lighter operating force. This ensures stress-free operation every time.

The HE2G grip switch has three positions, ON-OFF-ON. It allows machine operation only when the switch is actuated by lightly squeezing the grip and held in the middle position (position 2). To ensure the safety of the operator, machine operation is disabled when the switch is released (position 1) or upon further depression (position 3) by a panicked operator. Tactile clicking feedback allows the operator to easily distinguish when shifting between positions.

New IDEC HE2G grip switches are a critical part of machine safety. All HE2G grip switches are UL recognized, CE marked and have an IP67 degree of protection.



A leading manufacturer of safety products, with the introduction of new HS3A non-contact, RFID-coded, magnetic safety interlock switches; IDEC offers an interlock switch ideal for applications where safety and reliability are of the utmost concern. By using unique RFID-coding for each actuator, these switches provide tamperproof security for high security areas.

Designed to be used in applications where no contact is desired between the switch and its actuating key, these Category 4 and PLe compliant, safety switches ensure detection of slow-moving, open, sliding and rattling doors by using RFID (radio frequency identification) signals to actuate the switch when in close proximity.

Multicode and unicode sensor heads are available, preventing tampering with the use of an unassigned spare actuator, and allowing installation in five directions. HS3A is designed for any application located in an area where a high level of tamper resistance and safety is required.



Now, a single power supply can provide 24, 15, 12 and even 5V DC. Eliminate the need for multiple power supplies! Use PS6R as a standalone or snap on a module if your voltage needs change. These compact power supplies even feature an alarm output to ensure notification of problems before they turn into downtime. With full functionality at high temperatures and efficiency ratings among the best available, new PS6R power supplies deliver the power and flexibility you need!

• Most compact power supply on the market
• DC-DC converter modules allow for voltage expansion
• High efficiency with low heat generation
• Class I Division 2 and SEMI F47 approvals



IDEC proudly announces the addition of dual contact blocks, so you can now switch up to six separate contacts from a single CW operator. This increases flexibility, and makes flush mount CW switches the most versatile and stylish, industrial 22mm switch series available in the market.

With a smart, compact design, these dual contact blocks only extend 59.9mm behind the panel, making CW switches ideal for applications where panel space is limited. And with a Type 4X rating, CW switches are ideal for wash down environments. The smooth design of the CW cuts down on surface area, preventing dust and other particles from accumulating and making regular cleaning and maintenance easier. CW switches are perfect for instrumentation, medical equipment, food and beverage processing equipment, semi-conductor equipment, non-industrial applications (train cab, parking machines, audio/visual equipment), machine tools, panels, outdoor applications and more.

CW switches continue to set new standards for style, durability and flexibility!  With our new dual contact blocks, IDEC now offers thousands of additional CW switch configurations, providing the perfect match for every application.



New AP22M pilot lights introduce a unique optical design making them twice as bright as standard pilot lights when viewed from the front and up to 100 times brighter than standard pilot lights when viewed from the side! When your application demands accurate recognition and high-intensity, nothing shines like AP22M indicators.

AP22M pilot lights are ideal for outdoor applications, such as operator controls for machinery and equipment, control panels, and public information systems, where visibility from any angle and status indication are crucial at any time, even in bright sunlight. These pilot lights also work well in indoor applications where high visibility is required due to bright, indoor lighting or even conditions where dirt and dust buildup is common. With a Type 4X rating, the AP22M can be used in nearly any environment without concern for durability.

These pilot lights are available in red, green, yellow, amber, blue and white with a choice of colored lenses for bold, vibrant colors, or a clear lens for exceptional contrast between on and off. AP22M pilot lights have an integrated terminal cover with IP20 finger-safe screw terminal connections, as well as being UL/c-UL Listed, and EN standard compliant.

Monday, November 03, 2014



TCI is proud to announce the release of the HarmonicGuard® Passive 5% harmonic filter.

The HarmonicGuard Passive, or HGP for short, offers users 5% iTHD performance with a host of additional features to meet most needs, including:
  •     5% current THD performance over a wide load range
  •     Can be configured to operate in environments with background voltage distortion as high as 5%
  •     100 kA Short Circuit Current Rating (SCCR)
  •     Fused branch circuit to protect capacitors
  •     Generator compatibility
  •     Available fuse monitor
  •     Hinged access door



A 150 amp version of TCI’s 480V HarmonicGuard Active (HGA) filter is now available.  This new version can correct for up to 450 horsepower motor load, lowering the cost per corrective amp below comparable systems.   

A variety of options, including Type 1, Type 3R and Type 12 enclosures, wall or free standing floor mounts and the ability to be connected in an MCC section, provide the ultimate flexibility in mounting the unit in virtually any situation.  The 150 amp HGA has a 25% smaller footprint than competitors' 150 amp units allowing for maximum use of floor space.

Multiple communications options and a large, built-in, 65k touchscreen HMI display provide superior connectivity capabilities including the ability to remotely control and monitor system performance.  Communication options include Modbus RTU over RS485, Modbus TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet and a portable HMI unit known as the HGA-HMI.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014



Red Lion issued a press release today to announce that our Crimson® 3.0 software has reached a milestone with communication support for more than 300 industrial protocols. Protocol conversion is a key element needed to make the concept of the Connected Factory a reality, empowering plant managers to adapt existing equipment including drives, PLCs and HMIs to drive efficiency while reducing total cost of ownership in industrial environments.

With just a few clicks, Crimson converts protocols for disparate industrial devices, allowing them to share work-in-process, machine status and other information. Deployed on our award-winning Graphite® HMI panels, ProducTVity Station™, Data Station Plus or other industrial automation offerings, Crimson gives organizations the ability to boost productivity, optimize material usage and troubleshoot systems in real time. Supporting the simultaneous conversion of multiple protocols, the use of Red Lion’s Crimson-enabled products allow companies to easily integrate almost any PLC, PC or SCADA system for data collection, monitoring and control of factory floor equipment from different manufacturers.

We will demonstrate the power of Crimson’s protocol support for today’s Connected Factory live from PACK Expo 2014 booth 8747 in Chicago on November 2-5. Stop by to take the “Crimson Challenge.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014



NK Technologies solid-core case ATH Series Current Transducers with Time Integration now accommodate 120 VAC power supplies for use in heater monitoring applications. ATH current transducers are also available in solid-core or split-core 24 volt models. ATH current transducers are compatible with most automation systems and are ideal for monitoring burst fired time proportional control of heating systems. The ATH series also feature a simple two-screw panel mount and optional DIN rail brackets for quick and easy installation.

These current transducers are factory calibrated and feature industry standard outputs. They provide an output signal directly proportional to the RMS amperage and are accurate even though there are periods of time when the heating circuit is intentionally off, using no power. Their design enables the sensor to remain installed over the conductor while the heating circuit is powered or when it is being serviced, regardless of what may be connected to the output terminals and even when there is nothing connected. The built in signal conditioning eliminates the need for a shorting block on the output, vastly improving safety over conventional current transformers.

NK Technologies offers no-cost test and evaluation units to qualifying OEMs. Visit the Engineering Resources section of NK Technologies website for access to numerous application notes and a technology white paper on current sensing technology.

Friday, October 17, 2014



NK Technologies announces that ASL Series AC Current Operated Switches have been selected as a Golden Mousetrap Finalist in the Components, Hardware and Interconnects category for Electronics and Test. The Awards celebrate the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing. The Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced at the Golden Mousetraps Ceremony held February 11, 2014 at the Anaheim Marriott.

Design News’ industry leading editors worked tirelessly to go through the many entries received to come up with the products most deserving to be on their list of finalists.  The finalist entries were then sent to the entire editorial team, as well as their distinguished Advisory Board who chose the winners.

“Current monitoring helps ensure that applications operate at the desired current level, while enabling users to take corrective action before more significant and costly problems resulting from over- or under-load conditions can occur,” says Philip Gregory, President, NK Technologies. “The ASL series provides a current-operated solid-state contact that is powered from the monitored circuit. It is unique in that the trip point adjustment uses a single turn potentiometer, meaning the installer can quickly and easily set the point at which the output changes state when the monitored circuit is not energized by simply turning the adjustment arrow to the current magnitude needed.”

The ASL series Current Switch features a patent pending and user-selectable linear setpoint adjustment, enabling users to reliably monitor current, simply, in a wide range of applications. The ASL series is available in a panel mounted solid- or split-core enclosure to simplify installation. An easily established contact actuation point can be set with no load present and a two second delay ignores motor inrush current upon energization. Magnetically isolated output maximizes safety and eliminates insertion losses, and solid-state reliability eliminates periodic maintenance or calibration requirements. No external power source is required for operation.



NK Technologies introduces APT Series Power Transducers. The APT measures three phases of current and voltage and produces an industry standard analog signal proportional to the watts used. The monitor uses current transformers to measure the amperes, and the line voltage connects directly to the transducer, up to 600 VAC. By comparing the instantaneous current flow with the circuit voltage, the power factor, whether leading or lagging, allows the APT transducer to produce a signal directly proportional to the wattage used. The APT power transducer can be configured to accept 5 A secondary current transformers, or NK Technologies’ ProteCT™ low voltage output sensors. Either type of current sensing will produce an accurate output signal to help identify areas of excessive energy consumption and allow intervention to reduce demand.

“In many applications, monitoring power usage produces a more accurate result than measuring current use alone,” explains Philip Gregory, President, NK Technologies. “This accuracy makes APT Power Transducers idea for many applications including plant energy management, conveyors and pump monitoring. It’s been used to measure the power usage of a single piece of equipment, an area of a plant, or the entire facility. It can detect conveyor jams and overloads, and check that belts are loaded properly. The APT can also detect dry run from clogged pump intake or discharge lines and monitor impeller cavitation and bearing wear.”

APT Power Transducers are externally powered and offer 4-20 mA, 0-5 VDC or 0-10 VDC output. They are housed in a compact DIN mounted case with a low profile that reduces the need for large cabinet depth requirements. Their finger safe terminals are clearly labeled for quick installation.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014



NK Technologies introduces ATPR “E-Out” Series AC Current Transducers. ATPR current transducers combine a current transformer with a true RMS signal conditioner in a single package. This enables the ATPR series to produce a 0-5 or 0-10VDC RMS output on distorted waveforms located in the output of variable frequency drives, phase angle fired heating controls, and on linear loads in “noisy” power environments.

“The ATPR series provides true RMS sensing, meaning output is proportional to the current flowing in the circuit even with high distortion or harmonic loads,” says Philip Gregory, President, NK Technologies. “Field selectable ranges minimize inventory requirements and easily accomodate changes in load conditions, and a split core housing simplifies installation – users simply release the latch and snap it over the conductor. And the unit’s DC voltage output is ideal for data acquisition systems, panel meters or controllers with only voltage inputs available.”

The ATPR series is a perfect solution for monitoring the output of variable frequency driven loads, even when in bypass mode. They can also be used to measure phase angle fired heating controls and other SCR controlled loads. These current transducers respond quickly to element failure by monitoring current instead of temperature, and accurately measure power supply and ballast input power.

“Many building energy management controllers provide 0-5 VDC inputs, and many data loggers utilize 0-10 VDC inputs. ATPR series current transducers can be used in applications where the current wave is distorted or where it is sinusoidal with equal accuracy,” explains Gregory. “Even when the amount of distortion is not known users can be certain the measurement will be accurate. With this sensor the installer can use the industry standard for monitoring AC current, without having to use an external resistor that can add a degree of inaccuracy to the system.”

Engineers designing switched mode power supplies work diligently to improve pulse width modulation so the controlled load will have the cleanest power applied, reducing harmonics to reduce overheating of transformers and motors in addition to reducing zero-crossing noise. The methods for doing this are expensive, so distortion in these types of power supplies will continue for the foreseeable future. Variable speed drives, electronic ballasts, uninterruptible power supplies and other devices that use switched mode power supplies are sources of current sine wave distortion and require frequent monitoring. ATPR series current transducers are a simple and cost effective solution for monitoring distorted AC current.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014



NK Technologies introduces the ATS Current Sensing Switch and Transducer. The ATS series is a one piece solution that combines a limit alarm with an analog output signal transducer to monitor produced or consumed AC current up to 1200 amps, while magnetically isolating outputs and inputs to maximize safety. An innovative and patent pending rotary switch makes it easy for users to set the trip point. DIN rail mounting simplifies installation and provides an extremely secure mount that is resistant to conductor movement.

“The ATS series is an invaluable preventive maintenance tool for anyone responsible for monitoring high AC current loads. With the ATS series users can monitor air handling blowers, pumps, crushers and many other large loads with a single self-contained current switch, and the built-in analog signal helps users identify bearing wear and other mechanical problems before they result in unplanned and costly downtime,” says Philip Gregory, President, NK Technologies. “What’s more, their function is matched by their ease of use. With the ATS Series all that is required for operation is to snap the unit onto a DIN rail, connect it to a power source and connect the outputs to the controller.”

In contrast, monitoring high current loads often requires a current transformer sized for the maximum current that will be used and the 5 amp secondary of the current transformer is then connected to a shorting block for safety. The connection then runs from the shorting block to a signal conditioner to produce the analog output proportional to the current, or to a different type of signal conditioner to produce an alarm relay contact. Once these connections are made the controller can be connected to the signal conditioner outputs. It requires a great deal of time to interconnect these components, plus the time expended to adjust the signal outputs to match the primary load characteristics.

Monday, September 29, 2014

TURCK announces its single and dual axis inclinometer is now approved for use in Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D hazardous classified locations, allowing the device to function in environments where explosive gases, vapors and/or liquids may be present.

The single and dual axis inclinometers also have models available with ATEX approval for use within EX Zones 2 and 22. The TURCK single and dual axis inclinometers feature dual programmable analog outputs. TURCK offers a teach adapter which simplifies the programming of the inclinometer. With measuring ranges up to 360 degrees, the single and dual axis inclinometers provide flexible operation for use in a wide range of industries.

“We’ve taken the inclinometer’s capabilities one step further with Class I, Division 2 approval,” said Marty Cwach, Product Manager at TURCK. “Now, in addition to quality and precise measurement, our customers can meet extensive industry requirements with its use in hazardous environments.”

To meet the requirements of CID2, a physical protection guard must be used in conjunction with the inclinometer. This guard provides physical protection to the sensor and satisfies the requirement for a tool removable cover.

Equipped with MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) technology, the inclinometer solves unique feedback requirements by accurately measuring angular tilt in reference to gravity. TURCK inclinometers offer rugged, IP68-rated housing and reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to +70°C.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Vacon is driven by a passion to develop, manufacture and sell the best AC drives and inverters in the world - and provide customers with efficient product lifecycle services.

Our AC drives offer optimum process control and energy efficiency for electric motors. Vacon inverters play a key role when energy is produced from renewable sources especially when it comes to regulating air and water flow. The VACON 100 FLOW product offers the perfect solution for the Wastewater and compressor industry.

VACON 100 FLOW is a product dedicated to two key ingredients in our everyday lives – air and water. The pumps, fans and compressors that control the flow of these elements affect everyone and yet so often slip under the radar.

With VACON 100 FLOW, we’ve handpicked all the functions that are best suited for regulating air- and waterflow: features like Multipump systems, long-life DC link technology and StartUp Wizards open up new possibilities for controlling pumps and fans. It comes with a power range of 0.55 kW/0.75 HP to 160 kW/250 HP, and a voltage range of 230 V to 500 V. VACON 100 FLOW is available in a IP21/UL Type 1 or IP54/UL Type 12-certified enclosure, ensuring it can operate in challenging environments.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


http://www.clrwtr.com/ABB-ACS150-Drives.htm

Required Drive Features:

The drive can control the rate of acceleration and deceleration of the motor and load. These features control the amount of time the drive takes to increase or decrease the output during speed control.

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Analog I/O is generally used to read process signals and output signals proportional to drive status. Analog I/O is generally Voltage (0-10V) or Current (0(4)-20mA). The type and number required by the application must match the drive.

Applications that involve multiple drives or drives controlled by PLC or other supervisory device often require communications via a defined network.

Some applications have mechanical resonance points that cause the mechanics (shafts, belts, etc.) to oscillate. These oscillations can rapidly cause mechanical failure.

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Digital I/O is generally used to control the drive (Start, Stop, Jog, etc.) and annunciate the drive status.

Many fan or pump installations have a wide spectrum of flow variations. These include water and sewage systems, process, and other industrial applications. Excellent flow control can be achieved by using a variable speed drive on one fan or pump and using the drive to control other units at fixed speed.

Motors are rated by the manufacturer for the voltage resistance of the insulation system. If this insulation system voltage is too low, voltage reflection from the drive could cause motor failure. This is particularly important if the motor is a long distance from the drive and if the motor is an older motor being retained for the application.

An internal function provides closed loop process control with proportional, integral and derivative (PID) control. The PID function reads an analog input to the drive and compares it to a desired setpoint. The PID loop adjusts the drive output frequency (and therefore the process) to make the input value equal the setpoint.

Applications that control a continuous process cannot afford to stop because of short power outages or dips. The process must continue to run through these outages, typically 2 to 3 cycles long.

A drive is typically speed controlled using a potentiometer or analog input device. If specific repeatable speeds are required, parameters can be used to preset operation of the drive at a pre-determined speed using a digital input.

Applications with significant inertia and low friction tend to coast when stop commands, power interruptions or fault conditions occur. Many of these application require that when the condition disappears, the load must be reconnected at the 'coasting' speed / direction and returned to normal operation.

All applications operate over a given speed range, defined as the ratio of maximum continuous speed to minimum continuous speed.

Applications that do not require significantly more torque than the original motor rating can most often be addressed by a drive using V/Hz algorithms. Loads, such as centrifugal fans and pumps or simple conveyors, are difficult to overload and therefore do not require the performance of other motor control algorithms. Simply maintaining a fixed ratio between drive output voltage and frequency is sufficient.

Applications that depend on accurate speed to accomplish the task require a drive that can control or 'regulate' speed.

Recommended Choice: ABB ACS150 Series


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A device for moving product from one place to another using a continous belt that is rotated by rollers on each end.

Required Drive Features:

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Analog I/O is generally used to read process signals and output signals proportional to drive status. Analog I/O is generally Voltage (0-10V) or Current (0(4)-20mA). The type and number required by the application must match the drive.

Applications that involve multiple drives or drives controlled by PLC or other supervisory device often require communications via a defined network.

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Digital I/O is generally used to control the drive (Start, Stop, Jog, etc.) and annunciate the drive status.

High performance applications often demand nearly instant response to changes in speed or torque commands or input status changes. The higher the dynamic response, the more capable the drive is in meeting these demands.

Motors are rated by the manufacturer for the voltage resistance of the insulation system. If this insulation system voltage is too low, voltage reflection from the drive could cause motor failure. This is particularly important if the motor is a long distance from the drive and if the motor is an older motor being retained for the application.

A squirrel-cage motor slips under load. To compensate for this, the frequency can be increased as the motor torque increases.

All applications operate over a given speed range, defined as the ratio of maximum continuous speed to minimum continuous speed.

Applications that do not require significantly more torque than the original motor rating can most often be addressed by a drive using V/Hz algorithms. Loads, such as centrifugal fans and pumps or simple conveyors, are difficult to overload and therefore do not require the performance of other motor control algorithms. Simply maintaining a fixed ratio between drive output voltage and frequency is sufficient.

Applications that depend on accurate speed to accomplish the task require a drive that can control or 'regulate' speed.

Recommended Choice: ABB ACS55 Series 


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A moving arm or controlled rollers used to move a part of a package from one conveyor to another conveyor or bin.

Required Drive Features:

 Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Digital I/O is generally used to control the drive (Start, Stop, Jog, etc.) and annunciate the drive status.

High performance applications often demand nearly instant response to changes in speed or torque commands or input status changes. The higher the dynamic response, the more capable the drive is in meeting these demands.

Some processes require some basic logic functions (timers, boolean (and/or) logic, etc.) but are too small for a PLC or other logic controller.

A squirrel-cage motor slips under load. To compensate for this, the frequency can be increased as the motor torque increases.

All applications operate over a given speed range, defined as the ratio of maximum continuous speed to minimum continuous speed.

Sensorless Vector is a motor control method that is often used to maximize torque production in the motor for loads that have significant overload requirements. It is NOT a torque control (regulation) method. This algorithm maintains a constant magnetizing (flux) current from zero to base motor speed. The output voltage is increased proportional to load. Automatic or manual tuning identifies key motor parameters including IR drop and nominal flux current, allowing automatic voltage boost at low speeds proper flux current maintenance.

Applications that depend on accurate torque to accomplish the task require a drive that can control or 'regulate' torque. These applications typically control tension or force to produce a high quality product. The motor slip plus magnitude and phase angle of the output current are controlled to produce the commanded torque.

Recommended Choice: ABB ACS800 Series  


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A screw in a confined trough or tube, used to move material by rotating the screw. In some cases, the auger is also used for mixing and cooking.

Required Drive Features:

The drive can control multiple independent rates of acceleration and deceleration for the motor and load. These features control the amount of time the drive takes to increase or decrease the output during speed control.

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Analog I/O is generally used to read process signals and output signals proportional to drive status. Analog I/O is generally Voltage (0-10V) or Current (0(4)-20mA). The type and number required by the application must match the drive.

Applications that involve multiple drives in a coordinated system often benefit from a common bus configuration. Drives are connected via their DC bus rather than the AC line. It allows energy to be shared between drives and reduces the number of components.

Specifies the amount of base speed that the speed reference is reduced when at full load torque. Use the droop function to cause the motor speed to decrease when an increase in load occurs. This function is normally associated with master/follower application.

Applications that require rapid deceleration or quick stops can regenerate energy back to the drive. A dynamic brake dissipates this energy through a resistor as heat.

High performance applications often demand nearly instant response to changes in speed or torque commands or input status changes. The higher the dynamic response, the more capable the drive is in meeting these demands.

Motors are rated by the manufacturer for the voltage resistance of the insulation system. If this insulation system voltage is too low, voltage reflection from the drive could cause motor failure. This is particularly important if the motor is a long distance from the drive and if the motor is an older motor being retained for the application.

Applications may require varying degrees of overload capacity for starting, accelerating, or intermittent duty. This overload capacity must be supplied by the drive as current and by the motor as torque.

A feedback device on the motor or machine, typically an encoder or resolver, feeds position information to the drive. The drive compares this information to a desired setpoint and adjusts its output to place the load in the desired position.

Applications that control a continuous process cannot afford to stop because of short power outages or dips. The process must continue to run through these outages, typically 2 to 3 cycles long.

A squirrel-cage motor slips under load. To compensate for this, the frequency can be increased as the motor torque increases.

All applications operate over a given speed range, defined as the ratio of maximum continuous speed to minimum continuous speed.

Applications that do not require significantly more torque than the original motor rating can most often be addressed by a drive using V/Hz algorithms. Loads, such as centrifugal fans and pumps or simple conveyors, are difficult to overload and therefore do not require the performance of other motor control algorithms. Simply maintaining a fixed ratio between drive output voltage and frequency is sufficient.

Applications that depend on accurate speed to accomplish the task require a drive that can control or 'regulate' speed.

Recommended Choice: ABB ACS550 Series  



A continuous loop chain used to suspend product and move it from point to point or through a process.

Required Drive Features:

The drive can control multiple independent rates of acceleration and deceleration for the motor and load. These features control the amount of time the drive takes to increase or decrease the output during speed control.

Each application has specific requirements for I/O. Analog I/O is generally used to read process signals and output signals proportional to drive status. Analog I/O is generally Voltage (0-10V) or Current (0(4)-20mA). The type and number required by the application must match the drive.

Applications that involve multiple drives in a coordinated system often benefit from a common bus configuration. Drives are connected via their DC bus rather than the AC line. It allows energy to be shared between drives and reduces the number of components.

Specifies the amount of base speed that the speed reference is reduced when at full load torque. Use the droop function to cause the motor speed to decrease when an increase in load occurs. This function is normally associated with master/follower application.

Applications that require rapid deceleration or quick stops can regenerate energy back to the drive. A dynamic brake dissipates this energy through a resistor as heat.

High performance applications often demand nearly instant response to changes in speed or torque commands or input status changes. The higher the dynamic response, the more capable the drive is in meeting these demands. 

Motors are rated by the manufacturer for the voltage resistance of the insulation system. If this insulation system voltage is too low, voltage reflection from the drive could cause motor failure. This is particularly important if the motor is a long distance from the drive and if the motor is an older motor being retained for the application.

Applications may require varying degrees of overload capacity for starting, accelerating, or intermittent duty. This overload capacity must be supplied by the drive as current and by the motor as torque.

An internal function provides closed loop process control with proportional, integral and derivative (PID) control. The PID function reads an analog input to the drive and compares it to a desired setpoint. The PID loop adjusts the drive output frequency (and therefore the process) to make the input value equal the setpoint.

A squirrel-cage motor slips under load. To compensate for this, the frequency can be increased as the motor torque increases.

All applications operate over a given speed range, defined as the ratio of maximum continuous speed to minimum continuous speed.

Applications that depend on accurate torque to accomplish the task require a drive that can control or 'regulate' torque. These applications typically control tension or force to produce a high quality product. The motor slip plus magnitude and phase angle of the output current are controlled to produce the commanded torque.

Recommended Choice: ABB ACS355 Series  

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

But, are you protecting your motor from regenerative voltages too?
  • Check the specs on the units you are using now
  • Make sure they state "% unbalance"
  • Symcom's products do!
During phase loss, a motor can regenerate more than 92% of the supply voltage in the open phase. This phenomenon occurs because the disconnected winding acts as a generator. This regenerative voltage can fool “voltage averaging” and “phase shift detecting” voltage monitors into believing that a phase loss is not occurring. For proper protection, a voltage monitor MUST sense 6% to 8% unbalance; otherwise, phase loss may not be detected.

As with all SymCom 3-phase voltage monitors, our new 201-XXX-DPDT protects against regenerative voltages by detecting small voltage unbalances. The 201-XXX-DPDT family of products has a fixed 6% voltage unbalance trip point making them better than the NEC standard of 8%.

The 201-xxx-DPDT is used to prevent damage caused by incoming voltage problems, including regenerative voltages. It is a 11-pin octal base plug-in 3-phase voltage monitor that features two isolated Form C relay outputs and is ideal for use with two control circuits with different voltages.
  • 201-100-DPDT for 95-120VAC, 50/60Hz motors
  • 201-200-DPDT for 190-240VAC, 50/60Hz motors
The 201-xxx-SP-DPDT single-phase models are also available.
  • 201-100-SP-DPDT for 95-120VAC, 50/60Hz motors
  • 201-200-SP-DPDT for 190-240VAC, 50/60Hz motors
DPDT products allow one set of relay contacts to control/protect a motor, while the second set of contacts can be used for an alarm circuit operating on a different voltage. Typically the control contacts would switch 115VAC control circuit, while the alarm contacts would switch a 24VDC circuit monitored by a PLC or other low voltage equipment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

SymCom, Inc. has introduced their ISS-105 IS Super Cell, a "smart," five-channel, intrinsically safe, multiple pump controller which meets UL 913 6th Edition (Aug 8, 2002).

Microcontroller-based, the IS Super Cell is capable of performing multiple duties and can operate as a pump controller for eight different pumping configurations where duplex, triplex, quadplex and duplex SPS (separate pump stop) pumping methods are possible.

Its versatility makes it ideal for use in a variety of industries including municipal water, wastewater treatment, chemical plants, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, forest service fire protection systems and other operations that cannot afford to be shut down, or risk the possibility of an explosion or fire caused by unsafe equipment.

The IS Super Cell can indicate low, high and out-of-sequence alarms and has a variable lag pump delay setting. Pumps can be controlled in alternating or non-alternating modes or with one non-alternating pump to employ a jockey or emergency pump which can be run every 50 cycles of the lead float to keep it working freely. Pumps can easily be disabled at any time when taken out of service for repair or maintenance.

When used as a five-channel relay, all five channels of the IS Super Cell can be set to positive or negative logic with the possibility of two latched relays and relay five can be configured as a delay-on-make or delay-on-break output with a variable time delay. Its compact package is DIN rail or surface mountable.

Celebrating their 30th year, SymCom, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer of electronic motor and pump control devices. Under the brand names MotorSaver® and PumpSaver®, SymCom products include single and three-phase voltage monitors, current monitors, load sensors, remote monitors, software, overload relays, intrinsically safe relays and custom controller boards to protect AC motors, compressors and pump systems. Approvals include UL, CE and CSA, and meet NEMA, IEEE and IEC standards.

SymCom, Inc., the innovative manufacturer of MotorSaver® and PumpSaver®, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to their product line: The Model 460 Three Phase Voltage Monitor. SymCom has manufactured a quality line of voltage monitors for nearly 30 years. These products protect motors from problems such as phase loss, phase reversal, overvoltage, undervoltage, voltage unbalance, and phase/frequency shift. The Model 460 combines unsurpassed motor protection and control with finger-safe wiring, easy installation, and LED fault indication.

The Model 460 comes standard with four adjustable settings: nominal voltage, restart delay time, unbalance percentage trip point, and trip delay time. When a harmful condition is detected, an output relay is deactivated after the selected time (Trip Delay). The output relay reactivates after power line conditions return to an acceptable level for the selected time (Restart Delay). Fault diagnostics and run conditions are displayed by two indicator LEDs: the red LED flashes or stays solid to indicate different fault conditions, and the green LED flashes during the restart delay and stays solid when the output relay is energized.

The Model 460 is useful in many industries for countless applications. These industries include: mining, agriculture, building trades, chemical, fire protection, HVAC, municipal water, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, refining, and many others. Pumps, compressors, conveyors, blowers, generators, and many other commercial and industrial motorized products can be protected and controlled using the Model 460 MotorSaver®.

Today's industrial operations cannot afford to be shut down due to motor failures. Motor repair or replacement, downtime, and loss of production can be very costly. Over 15% of these motor failures are due to power fluctuations and are easily detected before damage occurs, which is why a voltage monitor should be installed with every motor. The Model 460, backed by a 5-year warranty, offers advanced motor protection and control in a small package and at a competitive price.

In response to the ever-changing needs of their clients worldwide, SymCom brings together proven design technology with a robust new enclosure. The finger-safe, IEC style enclosure can be easily mounted into any panel with two screws or snapped onto a standard DIN rail.

SymCom is raising the bar with modern, efficient manufacturing techniques while maintaining the highest product quality. Using surface mount components, microcontrollers, and proven designs, the Model 460 can be manufactured at a cost much lower than competitor's products.

According to Warren Leopold, SymCom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, the Model 460 has set the new industry standard for voltage monitors. Never before has anyone incorporated so much control and functionality into such a competitively priced unit.

The Model 460 is UL listed and meets CSA requirements for use in Canada. It also passes the European requirements for protective switching devices and carries the CE mark. This means that the Model 460 can stand up to the electromagnetic disturbances often seen in industrial settings. The European market requires that products carry the CE mark, as do international markets from Siberia to the Middle East.

Simple wiring, DIN rail compatibility, and the auto-ranging design of the Model 460 allow for hassle-free installation. It can be connected directly to the three phase lines without fuses, significantly reducing installation time and cost. In addition, the Model 460 works on all three phase systems from 190–480 VAC. SymCom's customer focused philosophy means that users can find a real person at the other end of the phone line if they need help with their installation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

TURCK Inc. introduces a new expanded line of ring sensors with higher sensitivity, new mounting features, accessories, housing styles and CE approval. The Q style (rectangular) family has grown with the addition of the Q80 (114x80x40 mm) housing. The Q80 style is available with a 50 or 65 mm ring diameter. Just like the smaller ring style sensors, the Q80 is equipped with a static output.

Innovative enhancements to the existing ring sensors provide even more sensing solutions from TURCK. Specifically, the S32 (175x100x32 mm) large ring sensors have been technically improved and now provide excellent adjustable sensitivity. Its modular construction enables both combined and remote installation of the ring and amplifier. With these recent improvements, this sensor now meets CE requirements. Based on modifications to the W30 (70x35x30 mm) mid-size ring sensor, TURCK now offers the W30S housing with enhancements to the existing design. The quick disconnect can be mounted on top of the housing instead of the side. This enhancement allows the cable to be directly parallel to a tube carrying the sensing target. Accessories for mounting the ring sensor directly onto a pipe or tube are also offered from TURCK .

The Q style ring sensors and accessories are space saving and easy to mount. With the additional styles and enhancements to the existing ring sensors, TURCK is able to meet all kinds of application requirements and continue to offer the broadest sensing product line in the industry.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

TURCK Inc. has announced a new addition to their growing line of valve position sensors, which have been a part of TURCK's product offering for several years. The original DS20 sensors have provided a quality solution to valve position feedback with several styles to choose from. New market demand has suggested that a variety of sensor styles are necessary to provide solutions across the board. For this reason, we have designed the new DSU35 housing style. This new version was designed with certain markets in mind, such as chemical handling and processing. The DSU35 also offers several advantages in general applications, making it a nice complementary product to the DS20. The new DSU35 is quite versatile.

With a single sensor and target puck, we are able to mount to several different actuator sizes without the need for any adapters or spacer plates. Unlike other valve position sensors, the DSU35 can be used on valve stem heights of 20, 30 or 50 mm with outer mounting hole dimensions of 80 or 130 mm. Versions are available in DC, AC/DC and NAMUR with several output options to choose from. Included in this is a new AS-i version which is not only compatible with the Actuator Sensor Interface protocol, it is also able to provide direct valve control, eliminating the need for a separate source. There is also a terminal chamber version available, which is often a requirement in chemical process applications where conduit must be used.

Friday, April 18, 2014


Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components & Equipment Division, today announced the new WJ200 series of inverters. This new model advances the benchmark for performance and functionality in micro-size AC drives. The WJ200 is a sensorless vector (SLV) drive capable of 200% or greater torque across the speed range.  Speed regulation at low speed is dramatically improved – fluctuation is half that of previous models. Improved trip avoidance measures have been incorporated for unsurpassed system reliability and availability.

The WJ200 offers PLC-like functionality by means of the integrated Easy Sequence (EzSQ) programming function. Programs up to 1024 lines can be created on a PC using this structured language tool, and can then be transferred to the WJ200. In this way, very sophisticated control schemes can be created without the use of external controllers.

Simple position control applications are also possible with the WJ200 utilizing the integrated pulse input. Together with EzSQ, intricate motion profiles can be developed. Further adding to its flexibility, the WJ200 has the capability to drive both induction motors and permanent magnet (PM) motors – a single drive for two motor realms.

A new EzCOM peer-to-peer communications function is standard and allows multiple WJ200s to share data. One drive is designated as the “administrator,” and controls the network. Other drives on the network can be master or slave, with masters able to write data to any designated slave(s). Master/slave roles are rotated under the control of the administrator automatically. Up to 8 masters can reside on the network, and up to 32 drives (up to 247 drives, if external signal repeaters are used). The administrator can be master or slave also. EzCOM allows for creation of sophisticated coordinated systems without any additional external hardware or programming.

Other desirable standard features include a safe-stop function (meets ISO/IEC standards), password protection of parameters, real-time clock, standard Modbus/RTU RS-485 serial port, micro surge voltage suppression, dynamic braking circuit, and much, much more. The WJ200 is designed for long service with bus capacitors and cooling fans designed for 10 year life and varnish coating of circuit boards. The WJ200 also is RoHS compliant. Option boards will be released in the near future to allow communication via DeviceNet, CompoNet, ProfiBus, CANopen, and others.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

http://www.clrwtr.com/Vacon-X5-HazLo.htm The new VACON X5 HazLo© AC Drive's unique design provides your application solution in a compact, cost effective patent designed unit. This drive has been certified for Division 2 hazardous locations, suitable for petroleum refineries, gasoline storage and dispensing areas as well as utility gas plants. In a class of its own, the VACON X5 HazLo drive has a robust design with safety yellow colored metal covers to protect against bumps and misuse. Because there is not an additional box needed to place the drive in, cooling concerns are not an issue. This allows for even greater mounting flexibility without having to spend more money in installation costs. The VACON X5 HazLo is availabe in frame size T3 and T4 for applications ranging from 40 to 100 HP. Continuing to be the toughest AC drives on the planet, VACON® X Series Drives are designed for the real world - a world that is not gentle or forgiving to electronic devices. They have been designed to keep driving in harsh environments and are built from the ground up to survive tough conditions and still be simple to use.


ABB ACS250 VFDDesigned to set new benchmarks in ease of use for simple machine control, the ACS250 is designed to meet the production and performance needs of system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and panel builders, as well as the requirements of end users in a broad range of applications - from augers, mixers, pumps, and fans, to conveyors.

The drive offers two degrees of environmental protection, starting with the standard IP20 panelmounted chassis. For more demanding environmental conditions, such wash-down applications that require on-machine mounting, the IP66/UL Type 4x drive is the perfect solution.

With its feed-thru wiring, the IP20 chassis drive easily can replace motor starters, to improve overall energy efficiency, reduce mechanical stresses and enhance the process control of many applications. The drive's compact and uniform dimensions facilitate multiple drive solutions and cabinet installations, saving valuable installation space.

The IP66/NEMA 4X drive was designed with materials that meet stringent hygiene standards, preventing the drive from trapping bacteria, and allowing the drive to thrive in harsh environments that contain dust, moisture and chemicals. The integrated keypad provides straightforward drive commissioning and maintenance, and the sealed ABS enclosure and corrosion-resistant heat sink are ideal for wash-down applications.

The drive supports precise process control, with an enhanced V/Hz control with variable-torque or constant-torque V/Hz profiles, and embedded Modbus-RTU communication interface for real-time control and monitoring. The IP20 drive is available in 1~115 V In / 3~230 V out and 600 V In/Out, completing ABB's micro drives portfolio. The IP66/NEMA 4X drive offers one of the broadest voltage ranges in the micro drives class - from 1~115V In/3~230V Out, to 600V In/Out - covering all the typical global voltage requirements of machine builders with a single family of machinery drive.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components and Equipment Division, today announced the introduction of the SJ700B Series of Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives, with full availability in late October. The SJ700B significantly expands on the performance, capabilities and functions of its predecessor, the L700.

To reassert its technological leadership and ensure unmatched performance, Hitachi has broadened the applicability of this new series by incorporating and upgrading many of the original flagship SJ700 features, such as the industry-leading Sensorless Vector (SLV) control algorithm. This algorithm enables the SJ700B to develop 120% of full torque capabilities at 0 Hz in Hitachi's exclusive "0 Hz Domain" sensorless vector control mode, as well as 150% torque at 0.5 Hz in sensorless vector operation mode in most models, which is ideal for a wide range of applications beyond just fans and pumps. Additionally, operation in the closed-loop full vector control mode is now possible as well through an optional board. The SJ700B also has a number of built-in features that make the commissioning process quick and the operation of the control trouble-free.

Another notable upgrade in the SJ700B is the higher operating temperature range of -10°C to 45°C . The SJ700B is loaded with additional application integration features such as Hitachi's EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function, which provides the functionality of a PLC built into the inverter. Due to this internal capability, in many cases, the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated or the I/O reduced. Programs for various applications such as irrigation pump control or repeatable motion profiles can be developed on a PC and then downloaded to the inverter with the easy-to-use EzSQ software provided at no charge.

The other new helpful features Hitachi has added to the SJ700B include the patented micro-surge voltage suppression to protect the motor winding insulation, advanced trip avoidance functions, configurable sink/source logic on digital inputs, PID, built-in dynamic braking circuit in models up to 40 HP (30 kW,) and built-in EMC filters in all models. The SJ700B also incorporates features customers have come to expect from Hitachi Variable Frequency Drives. Some of the anticipated features include built-in RS485 Modbus/RTU communication. The SJ700B can be configured via the front-mounted keypad or using Hitachi's ProDriveNext PC-based software. A truly globally accepted product, the SJ700B is CE, UL, c-Tick-certified and RoHS-compliant.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pulse transformer technology for isolating I/O signals offers significant advantages over optical isolation and electromechanical relays. Most notably, pulse transformer I/O modules provide higher transient immunity and high input-to-output isolation.

The high transient immunity means the Weidmuller - Delcon I/O modules are ideal for I/O applications where electrical noise is a problem. No additional suppression components are needed even when used with long unshielded signal cables, inductive loads or ‘noisy’ power lines.

The limitations of optocoupler based solid-state relays disappear when pulse transformer I/O modules are used. For instance, the standard AC output module SLO 24TR has near zero leakage current; requires no minimum load; can be used with any power factor 0 to 1; is rated for both general use and inductive loads at 3A; and is immune to both load line and signal line spikes.

Features:
• virtually no off-state leakage currents
• high current and high voltage DC output versions
• Wide operating temperature range from -25°C to +70°C
• compact packaging
• optional rail mounting base
• high surge current rating
• fast switching
• large selection of input and output types
• industry standard pin connection
• cULus listed

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

No challenge is too great or single application too small. From industrial plants to OEMs to municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities, Lenze pump solutions are hard at work. Versatile and robust, our industrial drives and controls are cost-effective and low-maintenance. Our focus is on variable speed flow and pressure control so whatever your specific application requires, Lenze has the drives and controls to match form, fit and function.

Centrifugal pumps
Centrifugal, or Variable Torque pumps, are used in a wide range of commercial, industrial and municipal applications. Throttling valves are a common flow control method. Compared to a throttling valve, the lower power requirements of the SMVector VFD provide a greater energy savings. Operating at 75% flow reduces power demand by over 50% with an SMVector Drive, while a throttling valve requires about 90%.

Typical applications
•Chilled and Hot Water Pumps
•Condenser Water Pumps
•Booster Pumps
•Potable Water Pumps
•Chemical Pumps

Constant Torque pumps
Most Constant Torque pumps are also referred to as Positive Displacement (PD) Pumps. Using a VFD in these applications eliminates waste as the VFD tightly controls the volume pumped. While most VFDs are close to 100% starting torque, the SMVector Series offers 200% starting torque, allowing you to overcome the initial load. As a result, you can decrease the size of motor you are using, thus reducing the cost of the application.

Typical applications
•Metering Pumps
•Dosing Pumps
•Pumping highly viscous fluids or highly frictional loads
•Gentle fluid handling

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


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When dealing with the core elements of a system with a large risk potential, it is especially critical to have the best system solution in place. Our SIL relays reliably switch off your systems in critical situations – and they have all been accredited. Let's connect.

Whether for a burner control system, secure emergency shut down or, for example, for pump controllers – our safety relay guarantees safe conditions and encompasses highly superior and significant features.

Their integration into distributed control systems (DCSs) is even better, with an input filter which makes the SIL circuit immune to the test impulse which is typically used by a DCS. You will also benefit from simple maintenance: the fuses are accessible from the outside and can easily be changed. You can see the status of the safety and the monitoring devices clearly on the displays mounted directly to the device.

All devices are accredited though certification by the internationally recognised TÜV-NORD group – for secure process applications around the globe. Let's connect.

Safe process and power technology is a top priority for you. For example, a reliable emergency shutdown, which initiates appropriate countermeasures in hazardous situations, is indispensable. These might extend to the automatic shutdown of the system or subsystems within it.

As a specialist in industrial connectivity, we offer a comprehensive solution for safety-sensitive areas, from the control room through to the field.

The SAFESERIES SIL relay is ideally suited for use in safetyrelated applications. It is designed for low and high demand modes.

With the wide range input voltage in the protective circuit of 24 V UC to 230 V UC, for example, you can control back-up systems with high DC voltage. You get additional flexibility for your applications with the optional “G3” coating for use in harsh environments.

The safe and reliable coupling of measuring instruments, actuators and sub-assemblies to the safety-relevant signal circuit is handled by our VARITECTOR SPC, the lightning and surge protection for signal circuits. Certified for safety requirement level SIL 3 according to EN 61508, and accredited by TÜV NORD, it can easily be incorporated into your safety calculations.