Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Trumeter Technologies Ltd today announced the acquisition of Redington Counters, a Connecticut, USA based designer and manufacturer of measurement devices.

“This acquisition is a perfect combination of two long standing businesses” said Fred Hickey, President of Trumeter USA, “The product range provided by our expanded business will offer our customers a wealth of choice as they consider the best electronic, electrical, electromechanical and mechanical device to build into their equipment.”

“Redington’s products are well known for their quality and robust design, and we are excited about being able to offer a larger number of customers a broader combined product range” continued Mr Hickey, who went on to say “I expect that Trumeter’s customers in Europe and Asia will also be excited by the opportunity to access Redington products through their Trumeter sales team.”

Wednesday, October 07, 2015



VTD Series Voltage Transducers are high-performance transducers for sensing voltage in DC powered installations. Applicable for use on circuits to 600 VDC, VTD voltage transducers provide fully isolated 0–5 VDC, 0–10 VDC, and 4–20mA outputs proportional to rated nominal voltage in DC circuits. Housed in a slim, compact, easy-to-install DIN rail mount case, the VTD Series comes in a variety of nominal voltages.

Features:
• Several ranges available for your application, from 0–15 VDC to 0–600 VDC.
• Industry standard outputs makes use with existing controllers, data loggers and SCADA equipment easy and reliable.
• Input and Output circuitry electrically isolated for improved safety of use.
• Space saving 35 mm wide DIN rail mount case for quick installation.

Applications:
• Detect below normal or “brown out” voltage conditions; protect against possible motor overheating.
• Identify conductor loss conditions by detecting voltage reduction in one motor lead.
• Monitor over voltage conditions associated with regenerative voltage to help in diagnosing/avoiding motor drive issues.
• Detect voltage conditions that may cause stress or damage to soft starter components (SCRs).

Thursday, October 01, 2015



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced a new EtherTRAK®-2 I/O module (E2-MIX20884-D) and enhanced firmware for its Sixnet® series RTUs. Red Lion’s new Sixnet EtherTRAK-2 I/O module is ideal for both distributed and local I/O applications that require a high density of mixed I/O types.

The E2-MIX20884-D module offers dual Ethernet ports that allow it to be used in fault-tolerant ring topologies, and provides the following inputs and outputs:
  • Discrete: up to 20 inputs, including four isolated high-speed counters, and eight outputs
  • Analog: eight 4-20mA inputs and four 0-20mA, 4-20mA, 0-5V outputs
This high-density of mixed I/O allows customers to reduce costs versus traditional single-function I/O. The module’s four isolated, high-speed counter inputs can be used for metering and flow rate applications such as those in oil and gas and water/wastewater applications.

“The rugged design of our Sixnet RTUs and EtherTRAK-2 I/O modules allow them to be used in virtually any harsh, remote application,” said Jacob Colegrove, product manager at Red Lion Controls. “Furthermore, recent firmware enhancements provide several capabilities to increase system reliability, and to simplify remote management of our RTUs.”

With enhanced firmware, Red Lion’s RTUs provide a simple yet powerful means to reliably monitor and control remote sites around the clock in extreme environments. The new firmware, which applies to Sixnet series ST-IPm-6350, VT-mIPm-245-D, VT-mIPm-135-D, VT-IPm2m-213-D and VT-IPm2m-113-D.

RTUs, provides functionality that includes:
  • Atomic Configuration Loading: automates the remote configuration process to help customers save time by batch loading hundreds of RTUs. Either manually or through command line, users can create a configuration and load it to the RTU.
  • UDR-A Protocol: authenticated protocol that enables customers to better protect assets by limiting RTU access based on user-specific credentials.
  • Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) Synch Bit: indicates when the SNTP time synchronization is successful. Monitors connected RTUs against a time server to ensure system clocks are synchronized.
  • Datalog Status Bits: increases diagnostics by indicating when datalog configurations have been loaded to the RTU.



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the recent availability of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) support on the TELUS cellular network for its Sixnet® series IndustrialPro® cellular routers and RAM® 6000 cellular RTUs. As one of the fastest-growing telecommunications and largest healthcare IT providers in Canada, TELUS offers a wide range of communications products and services that include wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

Manufacturing and industrial organizations are transitioning from static, fixed infrastructures to dynamic, high-performance networks that serve as the platform for a growing number of connected devices across multiple locations. With 4G LTE wireless connectivity, industrial networking users can leverage increased data speeds for primary or backup WAN connectivity. LTE devices typically feature data rates up to 100 times faster than legacy 2G network technologies, making it well suited for remote sites, video surveillance applications and remote automation environments.

“We are proud to offer additional LTE support in Canada for our cellular M2M IndustrialPro and RAM 6000 products,” said Paul Bunnell, product director, process automation for Red Lion. "This new TELUS certification expands on Red Lion’s unwavering dedication to provide the market with reliable, high-quality devices that combine the power of LTE with rugged performance. Our technology supports fast access to data and video, enabling customers to achieve data rates that were once only available through the use of wired connections.”

Red Lion’s Sixnet series IndustrialPro cellular routers and RAM cellular RTUs provide fast, secure and economical wireless connectivity to remote locations and assets while offering reliable service from 4G or 3G connectivity in a single solution. As a primary WAN connection or a backup to existing network links, these cellular routers and RTUs are suited for harsh industrial environments such as oil and gas, energy and water/wastewater applications where security and reliability is paramount.



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced that select Sixnet EL and SLX series industrial Ethernet switches have been evaluated and approved by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for use in traffic control infrastructure projects.

The Sixnet series EL228, SLX-8MG, SLX-8MS, SLX-10MG and SLX-18MG industrial Ethernet switches were evaluated against Florida DOT specification 684 for roadside use, and were found to meet the requirements of the state’s approved product list. Red Lion’s Sixnet switches are designed to be rugged, reliable and secure in harsh remote locations such as traffic control, railways, power substations and other extreme environments.

“Industrially-hardened products like Red Lion’s Sixnet series of Ethernet switches deliver reliable performance required across extreme conditions that include high heat and humidity,” explained Diane Davis, director of product management, networking for Red Lion Controls. “Achieving this approval gives our customers and partners more choices for intelligent transportation connectivity. By working to be included in the FDOT approved product list, Red Lion is demonstrating our commitment to building rugged networking solutions that can reliably handle network traffic in harsh environments.”

With the addition of the Sixnet switches to the FDOT approved product list, the state of Florida and its counties, cities and municipalities can leverage an expanded range of options to help improve the efficiency of its communications and transportation infrastructure, including automated signal control systems, electronic toll collection, advanced parking control systems, automatic vehicle identification and video surveillance systems.

The Sixnet EL228 is a 28-port (24 + 4G) rackmount Layer 2 managed industrial Ethernet switch designed for traffic control, railway, power substations and other rugged environments. It combines the high performance and security of an enterprise-class switch with hardened packaging and protected circuitry to meet the needs of the most demanding applications. The SLX line of industrial Ethernet switches delivers Layer 2 management and the rugged performance that outdoor applications demand. Available in a variety of port options, SLX switches offer protected circuitry and tough DIN-rail metal packaging.

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced a new initiative dedicated to helping customers realize the promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A new Red Lion facility in St. Louis, the IIoT Innovation Center, will drive this effort through a focused engineering, product and sales team dedicated to building on Red Lion’s existing IIoT expertise.

“Our IIoT Innovation Center represents a significant investment, and delivers on our commitment to develop products and solutions uniquely suited to drive connectivity in industrial environments,” said Mike Granby, President, Red Lion Controls. “We have been helping to enable the IIoT with cellular connectivity, protocol conversion and automation from before the concept even had a name. Red Lion has been connecting devices and moving data for years. We are ideally positioned to deliver the solutions needed to make the IIoT a reality.”

Many customers and partners today rely on Red Lion to meet IIoT requirements by using industrial automation and networking products to:
  • Extend equipment lifespan: increase the value of legacy equipment with powerful protocol conversion
  • Improve process visibility: gain insight and drive productivity with data logging and communication capabilities
  • Push control to the edge: scale systems management with control capabilities at the device instead of the central office
Specifically, Red Lion’s RAM® 4G LTE cellular RTUs provide a secure all-in-one platform that seamlessly integrates with existing equipment to enable critical remote monitoring and control. In addition, to fulfill the need of organizations to connect disparate systems and enable communications across devices from different manufacturers, Red Lion’s Data Station Plus and Graphite® HMIs enable protocol conversion for information sharing. Red Lion’s new IIoT Innovation Center will not only work to enhance these products, but also develop new solutions for M2M and human-to-device communication. To help drive these efforts, the following executives will lead Red Lion’s IIoT-focused team:
  • Brian Rosema, Director of IIoT Strategy: Brian has an executive-level background and over a decade of experience in wireless data, M2M, cloud computing and wireless network architectures. He has directed sales, business development, marketing and strategic alliances in a variety of roles with Red Lion, Protect Cell, Digital Highway Inc., Red Leaf Consulting Group, Invoice Insight and Oreon, Inc. He has a BA in Business Administration from Hope College.
  • Steve Gallagher, Vice President of IIoT Sales: Steve is a sales professional with 25 years’ experience delivering growth and leadership in M2M, wireless device and technology, manufacturing and industrial automation. He came to Red Lion through the acquisition of Sixnet in 2011, where he served as Vice President of Sales, North America. Previously he held positions at BlueTree Wireless Data, Red-M and Motorola. He has a BA in Business Administration and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in Marketing Management from Centennial College.
  • Timothy Burgener, Director of Planning and Software Engineering: With 18 years’ networking experience and 13 years in cellular data communications, Tim brings deep engineering and technical knowledge to Red Lion. Previously a director and software engineering manager at Sixnet, he also spent 10 years as a senior software architect at JBM Electronics, Inc. He has a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and a BS in computer science and math, both from Southern Illinois University.
With over forty years of experience, credibility and trust in the industry, Red Lion has a long history of building on the concepts of connectivity and automation that is critical to the IIoT.

Skkynet Cloud Systems, Inc. (“Skkynet” or “the Company”) (OTCQB: SKKY), a global leader in real-time cloud information systems, announces a new collaboration with Red Lion Controls that provides industrial automation engineers and managers with highly secure, real—time communication that seamlessly integrates with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The collaboration employs Skkynet’s Embedded Toolkit (ETK) in combination with Red Lion’s Sixnet® series IndustrialPro® cellular routers and Data Station Plus protocol converters. Together, the system supports over 300 industrial protocols to link devices to Skkynet’s SkkyHub™ for secure, bidirectional, real-time communication.

“There are a number of major hurdles to becoming IIoT-ready, most importantly security and multi-protocol communication.” said Paul Thomas, President of Skkynet. “A primary objective of this collaboration was to integrate our ETK on Red Lion’s IndustrialPro cellular routers, thereby providing secure connectivity to SkkyHub, with no open firewall ports, VPN or programming required. The end result is secure, real-time monitoring, control, networking, and big data collection at a far lower total cost of ownership (TCO).”

“Becoming IIoT-ready can be a daunting task for many organizations with legacy devices that do not speak the same language.” said Brian Rosema, director of IIoT strategy for Red Lion Controls. “With support for more than 300 industrial protocols, our Data Station Plus protocol converters and rugged cellular routers work in tandem with SkkyHub to connect devices, thereby improving process visibility and pushing control to the edge. The result is a robust, fully integrated IIoT solution that connects virtually any device to any other device or user.”

Skkynet’s SkkyHub service provides secure, end-to-end bidirectional connectivity between the Sixnet IndustrialPro series routers and end users at all levels, from operators and plant engineers to managers, analysts, and customers. The service is capable of handling over 50.000 data changes per second per client, at speeds just a few milliseconds over Internet latency. Secure by design, it requires no VPN, no open firewall ports, no special programming, and no additional hardware.



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the expansion of its N-Tron® series NT24k™ managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform with the addition of compact DIN-rail mountable switches. The new all-Gigabit and Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) IEEE802.3af/at switches deliver wire-speed performance in harsh environments where space may be limited.

Compact NT24k hardened metal housing provides industry-leading shock (200 g) and vibration (50 g) tolerance coupled with an up to -40° to 85°C operating temperature range to ensure optimal network performance in the harshest industrial environments.  Models include:
  • NT24k-8TX-POE: 8 port all-Gigabit PoE+ switch with redundant 22-49 VDC power inputs offers a built-in step-up power supply to boost power for applications such as security cameras, panel displays and wireless access points
  • NT24k-8TX: 8 port all-Gigabit switch with redundant wide 10-49 VDC power inputs for industrial applications
  • NT24k-16TX: 16 port all-Gigabit switch with redundant wide 10-49 VDC power inputs for industrial applications
All NT24k models feature N-Ring™ technology with ultra-fast (30 ms) recovery for rings containing up to 250 nodes, automatic configuration, and backup and restore capability to provide reliable plug-and-play solutions for critical monitoring and communication applications.

“With more organizations using Gigabit Ethernet for applications that range from the factory floor to extreme remote locations, our NT24k platform gives customers the ability to future-proof networks with an easy upgrade path,” said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking at Red Lion Controls. “Our switches are easy to deploy yet powerful enough to meet a variety of industrial networking requirements, including wide environmental specifications, network monitoring and PoE capabilities.”

Designed for industrial manufacturers, OEM machine builders and system integrators, the rugged NT24k platform is ideal for alternative energy, water/wastewater, transportation and intelligent traffic applications. The NT24k switches offer a full set of management features and advanced security to ease network deployment with key functionality, which includes auto-IGMP configuration, Ethernet/IP with CIP messaging, N-Ring and N-Link™ ring technology, N-View™ monitoring, event logging, SNTP and IEEE802.1x with RADIUS remote server authentication.



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced that it has expanded its Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels with two new communication modules, offering support for some of today’s most popular industrial protocols. Designed for use with the Graphite HMI platform, the PROFIBUS® (GMPBDP) and DeviceNet™ (GMDN) plug-in modules provide the connectivity customers need to add powerful monitoring and control functionality to their existing operations.

Red Lion’s new plug-and-play modules support the rising demand for device interoperability, allowing customers to leverage Red Lion’s rugged Graphite HMIs – with built-in protocol converter and 300+ communications drivers – to support virtually any automation equipment. The GMPBDP module adds PROFIBUS DP slave support while the GMDN module allows the HMI to perform as a DeviceNet Group 2 server.

“With the addition of new communication modules, our powerful HMI products continue to provide even more ways for our customers to easily connect, monitor and control processes across a broad range of industries,” explained Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “The PROFIBUS and DeviceNet modules give customers more choices as they seek integrated communication solutions to address varying requirements in industrial and remote environments.”

Recently named a “2014 First Team Supplier” in HMI hardware by the readers of Automation World, Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs offer a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, protocol conversion lets customers select from more than 300 industrial protocols to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, cameras, barcode readers and panel meters.



Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced its Sixnet® series RAM® industrial cellular RTUs now feature a web-based user-configurable event engine that can trigger I/O and relays or send SMS text messages based on real-time operational data. With connectivity options such as I/O, serial, Ethernet and optional Wi-Fi, RAM RTUs easily integrate with existing equipment to provide a remote monitoring M2M solution that performs reliable local control and alerts personnel of critical events.

With an intuitive web-based, menu-driven interface that requires no knowledge of programming languages, the powerful RAM event engine can quickly be configured to trigger actions when pre-defined alarm values are met. For example, if a tank level is too high or a pressure level is out of range, the RAM event engine will not only cycle a relay to stop a pump or close a valve, but can also send text message notifications to alert when actions should be taken. This function helps automation engineers, technicians, production managers and network operators make critical decisions.

“With the addition of the web-based event engine, the RAM cellular RTU becomes an all-in-one platform for remote monitoring and control,” said Paul Bunnell, product manager at Red Lion Controls. “This versatile solution takes the complexity out of configuring events and notification without requiring additional equipment.”

By providing data visibility, control and real-time notifications on field-deployed equipment and processes, the RAM platform enables vertical markets such as oil and gas, utilities, water/wastewater and alternative energy to take advantage of the benefits associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With hardened metal enclosures, a wide operating temperature range and industry certifications to ensure safe operation in hazardous locations, RAM cellular RTUs securely monitor remote devices via 4G LTE cellular communications to enable reliable operation in critical environments.