Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Literature from Harting

Industrial Connectors Han

Harting industrial connectors are suitable for the harsh demands of industrial environments. They are used in all applications requiring a safe, removable electrical connection. The field of application for Harting connectors is in protected electrical areas, such as control cabinets, to outdoor applications that require protection from extreme environmental conditions.

Industrial Connectors Han Brochure
An abbreviated version of the Industrial Connectors Han catalog, this brochure contains photos, part numbers and important specifications for Harting’s Han series of industrial connectors.

Ethernet Network Solutions Automation IT

Harting’s Automation IT catalog offers a consistent range of Ethernet network components and cabling products, which form the communication platform of convergent Automation IT networks. The performance of network components opens up access to a wide range of applications for industrial buildings, manufacturing plants and machines in industrial environments.

Automation IT Selection Guide

Automation IT offers extraordinary efficiency gains within the context of companies’ overall process. Automation IT is based on a comprehensive, integrated installation concept comprising of Ethernet cabling and Ethernet network components. Build a universal communication platform in just a few steps with Harting’s Automation IT Selection Guide.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Schneider Electric 30mm Virtu Ultrasonic Proximity Sensors

The new Virtu™ 30 ultrasonic sensor developed by Hyde Park, a division of Schneider Electric, features sensing ranges from 100 mm ( 3.94") up to 1 m (39.4").

Virtu's barrel style body, with its M30 x 1 threaded snout and tough VALOX® housing makes it not only ideal for many OEM applications, but also an unfailing performer for an array of packaging applications, including food and beverage. Virtu™ 30 has teach-in window capability,
meaning no downtime is required for sensor recalibration when colors, materials, or shapes change.

With protection ratings of NEMA 4X (indoor use only) and IP67, this CE certified sensor is resistant to dust, 100% humidity, most acids and bases, and high pressure washdowns that often leave water buildup on the sensing face. This sleek sensor is virtually impervious to the effects of splashing food, caustic cleaning solutions and changing light conditions or colors. Shielding and filtering make the fully encapsulated sensor resistant to most radiated or conducted energy sources.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Products from Pepperl+Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs Inclination/Tilt Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs announces new inclination sensors designed to measure the incline or tilt angle of machine elements or equipment platforms. Inclination or tilt sensors have the capability to detect and measure the angle for single or dual axes applications. Designed especially for tough environments, the sensors feature metal mounting brackets, outdoor rating IP68/IP69K and analog outputs, 4-20mA or 0 to 5 V DC that can represent the user-configured angle range. 

Applications include: mobile equipment, agricultural equipment, automated storage and all other inclination/ tilt angle measurement applications. 

Product Features: 

  • Angle detection
  • Angle measurement range 0 to 360 degrees
  • Incline angle sensing
  • Models available - single or dual axes
  • Accuracy of +/-0.5 degrees
  • Temperature range -25°C ... 85°C
  • Power supply range 10 V DC ... 30 V DC
  • Pushbutton configurable parameters
  • Angle limit detection outputs
  • Angle analog output range
  • Analog output models
  • 4 to 20mA
  • 0 to 5 V DC
  • Digital outputs
  • Two PNP switch point outputs 

Accu-Vue Series Fiber Optic Amplifiers

Pepperl+Fuchs announces product line additions to their Accu-Vue Series of fiber optic amplifiers. 

Pepperl+Fuchs now offers fiber optic amplifiers that can be linked together to reduce wiring. The linked sensors share power, eliminating the need to individually wire each amplifier to a power source. This substantially reduces installation time. Up to 16 sensors can be linked together. 

In addition, our new fiber optic amplifiers also offer two independent outputs. The amplifier can now be programmed to two different set points and trigger outputs accordingly. 

G12 Family of AS-Interface Modules

Pepperl+Fuchs' new G12 family of AS-Interface modules represent the easiest-to-install and most flexible, user-friendly family of AS-Interface modules available today. Eight distinct models are available with various input and output configurations, and short or long housing styles, to suit any AS-Interface application need. 

"The rugged G12 family features SPEEDCON M12 connectors for the fastest possible installation of sensors or actuators, and a single rugged stainless steel mounting base that supports two housing sizes and various I/O mixes so users can quickly and easily change the I/O count without having to remount the base or cable," says Helge Hornis, PhD, Intelligent Systems Manager for Pepperl+Fuchs. "Additionally, output-specific diagnostics are available right on the module and allow maintenance personnel to quickly identify and correct the problem for maximum machine uptime," he says. 

Machined, gold-plated contacts provide superior corrosion resistance and reliability when compared with stamped contacts plated with non-precious metals. An integrated DIN clip on the stainless steel mounting base means users don't have to choose ahead of time how the G12 will be mounted, which speeds and simplifies planning, ordering and installation. In instances where the top-bottom orientation of the AS-Interface flat cable needs to be reversed, the G12's unique single-piece cable guide makes it possible to do so without tools, in just seconds. 

"I/O modules are the lifeblood of the AS-Interface system. All communication passes through these modules. They drive the solenoids and relays, initiate the valves and enable the pushbuttons. This is why we engineered the G12 family of modules - to thrive in today's demanding applications with uncompromised quality and unrivaled performance, at a competitive price," says Dr. Hornis. 

Dura-Vue Photoelectric Sensor

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces a new addition to the Dura-Vue photoelectric sensor family, the MLV12-8-HW-RT/65b/124/128 diffuse mode with background evaluation sensor. 

Background evaluation photoelectric sensors work by establishing a light path to a reference background object and back to the sensor. Targets are detected when they pass in front of the sensor and disrupt this light path. Rounded or curved targets that may reflect light away from the sensor and targets with poor reflectivity are also detected.

The MLV12-8-HW-RT/65b/124/128 photoelectric sensor features a visible red light source for easy alignment, sensing range from 50 mm to 150 mm and small 4 mm light spot. Other features include powerful 4-in-1 output, built-in, cross-talk protection and operation down to -40° F. All Dura-Vue models feature a rugged metal housing frame, high ambient light immunity, enhanced LED indication and IP67 rating. 

New Reflectors Rated for High Pressure Washdown with Cleaning Chemicals

Like the ML7 series photoelectric sensors, two new reflectors are now available that also have IP69K protection and Ecolab certification. Both reflectors are corner-cube type and are suitable for use with polarized or non-polarized retro-reflective photoelectric sensors. 

Devices compliant to IP69K must withstand specific test conditions of severe high pressure and high temperature wash down. The goal of this testing is to simulate the conditions commonly found in the steam cleaning of food processing equipment. 

These two reflectors are also certified by Ecolab as compatible with some common caustic cleaning agents and disinfectants. Ecolab develops quality cleaning and sanitizing products worldwide. With their long-standing expertise in the food and beverage processing industries, Ecolab is best suited to evaluate the performance of sensors and reflectors with some common acidic and alkaline cleaning and disinfecting chemicals. 

Pepperl+Fuchs Videos Added to YouTube Channel

We have added three new videos from Pepperl+Fuchs to our Steven Engineering YouTube channel:

VOS300 Series Vision Sensors

At the packaging process of PCBs for digital watches, various evaluation methods offered by the vision sensor series VOS300 are demonstrated. First, the completeness of the PCB outline is checked by the vision sensor method "contour". Incorrect parts will be eliminated. The complete filling of a blister package is then checked by the method "pattern". Finally, the presence of the structured QC label is checked with the method "gradient".

Rotary Encoders in Wind Energy Turbines
Wind energy turbines adjust to different wind conditions using an electronically controlled combination of rotor blade movement and variable rotor speeds. The sensing technology used in this wind engine turbine is adapts to different wind conditions. The rotary encoder controls the rotor speed.

Rotary Encoders on Fork Lifts

Rotary encoders are used to measure the fork height on material handling fork lift trucks. This application requires the safe removal or placing of goods at heights not visible to the driver. A shaft encoder provides the driver with height information indicated on a monitor in the fork lift truck.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Steven Engineering Partners with Harting


HARTING, Inc. of North America (HINA) is a system's solutions provider representing both product lines from HARTING Electric and HARTING Electronics within the USA, Canada and Mexico.

HARTING Electric develops, manufactures and sells industrial connectors, connector technology and systems components to clients active in the fields of mechanical engineering, automation technology, transportation and power engineering.

HARTING Electronics specializes in the area of standardized PCB connectors and interface connectors for all aspects of industrial control and communications technology including mobile telecommunications.

Harting Industrial Connectors Han
Industrial Connectors Han®

HARTING industrial connectors are suitable for the harsh demands of industrial environments. They are used in all applications requiring a safe, removable electrical connection. The field of application for HARTING connectors is in protected electrical areas, such as control cabinets, to outdoor applications that require protection from extreme environmental conditions.

Ethernet Components and Cables (Automation IT)

HARTING Ethernet network components and cabling provides the communication platform for a convergent automation IT – network.

The performance of network components opens universal applications for harsh environment in IP 20 to IP 67 installations in Industry buildings, mechanical engineering and plant engineering.
Harting Automation IT

Harting Connectors for TCA

Connectors for TCA

The PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) is a consortium of over 450 companies with the goal to develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications.

The latest major specifications are AdvancedTCA®, AdvancedMC(TM) and MicroTCA(TM).

Metric Connectors
Mulit-Coaxial Connector System - Mini Coax
Interface Connectors
DIN 41 612 Connectors
Metric Connectors
Mini Coax
Interface Connectors
DIN 41 612 Connectors
Device Connectivity (DeviceCon)
Components for Optical Transmission
System Cables and Cable Assemblies
Tools and Machines for Cable and Printed Board Assembly
Optical Transmission Components
System Cables and Assemblies
Tools and Machines

Contact a Steven Engineering Sales Representative for More Information

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Turck IMS 6.2mm Wide Interface Modules

TURCK introduces the new IMS interface module measuring a mere 6.2 mm wide. The module may be configured with a laterally mounted DIP switch for added convenience.

This extremely compact module provides complete galvanic isolation and up to 2.5 kV for the input, output and power supply. Galvanically isolated IMS modules are available with signal conditioning that acts as a dead-zero to live-zero signal. Alternatively, one and two channel modules are available without signal conditioning.

Modules are also available for temperature detection using Pt-100 technology or other thermo-elements. Those that use Pt-100 technology achieve 0.3 percent of the full scale, and are available with 2, 3 or 4 wire connections. An analog signal transmitter that achieves 0.1 percent of the full scale completes the IMS line.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Two New Products from IDEC

12V DC MicroSmart Pentra Brings Opportunity in the Solar Industry and Vehicle Applications
MicroSmart Pentra has always meant speed, flexibility and power for micro-PLC users. Now with the new 12V DC Pentra, IDEC is targeting a new group of customers.

Demand for a 12V DC control voltage has grown as solar and vehicle applications gain popularity and require PLCs to match their power sources. With abundant features and unparalled performance, the new 12V DC MicroSmart Pentra is the perfect choice for solar systems, including traffic signs, lighting controls, road sign controls, solar tracking systems, as well as remote water pumping stations, and remote pumping and injection systems for the gas and oil industry. It is also in demand for vehicle applications, such as utility trucks, trains, vans and buses.

Available in the traditional “brick” design with 10, 16 or 24 built-in I/Os, the MicroSmart Pentra has a high-speed CPU that gives users faster scan times and better throughput. MicroSmart Pentra also supports double-word and floating point math.

Plus IDEC has upgraded its WindLDR programming software to version 5.32. With a user-friendly interface and great features such as online editing, simulation mode, a custom monitor dialog box and more, this software is easy to program and debug, as well as maintain. WindLDR 5.32 can be used on the entire range of IDEC PLCs and is available in five different languages including English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and German. Customers can visit to download a free upgrade to 5.32. A demo version of the software is also available for a free 30-day trial. Just visit

IDEC HS6E 15mm Wide Interlock Switches
Here’s the skinny when it comes to machine safeguarding: IDEC now offers the thinnest solenoid-type interlock safety switches in the world, 15mm-wide HS6E. When customers want reliable protection, you can give them a high quality switch at a great low price!

HS6E Interlock switches are perfect for customers wanting to safeguard machines with a solenoid door interlock in compact housing. With 500N retention locking force and various mounting layouts, these safety switches are the perfect, entry-level product for price-conscious
OEMs thinking about safety, but hesitant to buy due to size and cost.

So how does it work? When properly installed on a machine gate or door, the HS6E safety switches can lock out or monitor an area where potential machine hazards may exist for operators. When a door is opened prior to start or during operation, the control circuit to the main power can be isolated, ensuring the machine is safe when the operator requires access.

The HS6E is available with Spring or Solenoid locking methods in addition to multiple monitor contacts for checking the actuator insertion or solenoid status. With the wide range of configurations offered, it’s possible to meet any desired level of machine safeguarding. Plus all
HS6E switches use direct open action contacts to ensure the Main or Monitor NC contacts are physically pulled apart or “force disconnected” when the actuator is removed from the safety switch.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Panduit Videos Added to YouTube Channel

We have added the following two videos from Panduit to our Steven Engineering YouTube channel:

Panduit NetManager High Capacity Cable Manager

Panduit's NetManager is an innovative molded solution that provides superior organization, management and protection of all high performance cabling.

NetManager Cable Managers feature innovative sloped inset fingers, wide front finger openings, a deeper channel, and D-ring style rear managers. This combination accommodates higher cabling capacities in less rack space and provides greater accessibility to speed moves, adds, and changes.

NetManager Cable Managers are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4 RU sizes, in front and back or front only options, with dual hinged covers for optimum design flexibility. 

Panduit OPTICAM Pre-Polished Fiber Optic Connectors

PANDUIT® OPTICAM® Pre-Polished Fiber Optic Connectors provide fast and consistent terminations with yield rates approaching 100%.

New composite ferrule SC and ST OPTICAM Connectors offer a cost-effective, comparable performance alternative to zirconia ceramic connectors for static applications such as behind the wall, fiber to the zone, and panel installations. Zirconia ceramic ferrule OPTICAM® Connectors offer the highest durability for repeated matings, and are recommended for mission critical and dynamic applications. Both ferrule types are compliant with TIA/EIA-568-B.3 performance requirements.

All LC, SC and ST OPTICAM Connectors feature the patented dual cam design that eliminates crimping, allows re-termination, and reduces overall termination time. Every connector is 100% factory pre-tested for insertion loss to ensure high performance. A single OPTICAM® Termination Tool provides fast and easy termination of all OPTICAM® Connectors. The user-friendly tool utilizes an integrated visual termination indicator for identification of proper termination after the cam step has been completed, virtually eliminating operator error.

Panduit Technical Datasheets

Steven Engineering YouTube Channel

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New Steven Engineering Sensor Reference Catalog CD

Now you can find the right sensor for your specific application by using just one tool - Steven Engineering's Sensor Reference Catalog, version 2.0.

Updated to include the most current technical datasheets, this CD contains the largest sensor selection available today from twelve different manufacturers. Simply use the search function or access the complete catalog of technical specification datasheets based on your preferred vendor.

Here are the benefits you'll get from the CD:

  • Access technical specifications for thousands of different sensors from Banner Engineering, CST/Crouzet, Danaher Control/Namco, Honeywell Sensing and Control/Micro Switch, IDEC, ISSC, Omron Electronics, Pepperl+Fuchs, Red Lion Controls, Schneider Electric (Hyde Park, Square D, Telemecanique), TopWorx/GO Switch, Turck and United Electric.
  • Find the exact sensor you are looking for by using the extensive search function included on the CD.
  • Additional sensor information added, including a Guide to Sensing, Housing Ratings and more.

Monday, July 21, 2008

IDEC E-Stop Stations Now with More Options

IDEC emergency stop stations now give customers more choices. IDEC enclosures coupled with IDEC HW and XW emergency stop switches are a perfect match.

IDEC E-stop stations offer a variety of contact configurations (up to 4NC contacts); 29, 40 or 60mm mushroom heads; metal or plastic bezels; illuminated (24V AC/DC) or non-illuminated versions; and spring-up terminals (HW series) or standard terminals (XW series).

These E-stop stations offer customers a choice between Push-lock turn, Push-pull and Push-lock key reset operations. Push-lock turn reset E-Stop stations are also available with an EMO marking. Plus, the bright yellow enclosures enhance visibility, ensuring they can be easily located in case of emergency.

A polycarbonate enclosure and stainless steel screws make these enclosures corrosion resistant and durable over a long life. Plus, all E-stop stations are IP65 and NEMA Type 4X rated, making them suitable for dusty and humid environments. IDEC E-stop stations are ideal for use in industries such as material handling, food, semiconductor, HVAC and more.

IDEC E-Stop Stations

IDEC Technical Datasheets

Friday, July 18, 2008

Rittal Webinar on Energy Efficient Cooling Systems

Rittal Corporation, a world leader in innovative climate control products for the plant floor, is offering "Energy Efficient Cooling Systems" as part of the new eLearning Webinar Series on Monday, July 28 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PDT.

Rittal experts Judith Koetzsch, Climate Control Product Manager and Mark Madden, Climate Control Application Engineer, in conjunction with Steven Engineering, will discuss real-world examples to illustrate how to select the proper Rittal climate control products for your unique application and achieve the best possible performance and energy efficient operation. 

Topics will include:
  • Proper product selection. 
  • Eliminating hot spots. 
  • Reducing energy consumption, maintenance and waste costs. 
  • Optimal enclosure heat dissipation. 
  • Rittal products that are in-line with environmentally conscious enclosure climate control, even in harsh environments.
An extended question and answer session will follow.

Space is limited, so register today.
We look forward to your participation!
Rittal Climate Control Product Management

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Schneider Electric Zelio Plug-In Relays Literature

The world leader in contactors enhances its offer with a complete range of plug-in relays.  This catalog contains a selection guide and technical information for Telemecanique RXM, RPM, RUM, RPF and RSB series of Zelio plug-in relays.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

New Literature from Rittal

Climate Control Reference

This catalog is a cross-reference guide for Rittal’s line of climate control products – air conditioners, air/air heat exchangers, air/water heat exchangers and filter fans. Quickly find the correct Rittal replacement for products from McLean (Hoffman), Pfannenberg, Kooltronic, Ice Qube and Noren.

RimatriX Modular UPS

The Rittal RimatriX Modular UPS is ideal for data center environments and systems where updates, additions and changes are an everyday fact of life.  The RimatriX Modular UPS provides 12kW of power in only 6U of standard rack space (including batteries), while dissipating one-third of the heat.


Take control with RittalXpress – the quick-ship program featuring many products from the RimatriX5 family.  Rittal server racks and accessories can be shipped within 24 hours after Rittal receives your purchase order.  Rittal’s 3 Day program includes configuration and customization of your rack, so it’s ready to use when it arrives on your dock.

TopConsole System

Rittal has developed a console system with an unmistakable slim-line appearance.  Incorporating very special qualities with regard to modular configuration, ease of assembly and system accessories, combined with outstanding cost benefits, Rittal’s TopConsole System is a perfect realization of the human/machine interface.

United Electric Controls Short Form Catalog

From their award-winning One Series electronic switches, to the enduring simplicity of their J40 pressure switch, United Electric’s design excellence shines through.  UE’s product focus includes electronic and electromechanical pressure, differential pressure and temperature switches and indicators, as well as pressure transducers and transmitters.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Honeywell Sensing/Micro Switch GKME Dual Connection Safety Switches

Honeywell Sensing and Control introduces the MICRO SWITCHGKME-series Dual Connection Safety Switch. This product line extension of the GKM series includes two pre-assembled connectors allowing for daisychain connection from switch to switch. The ease of installing GKME switches may reduce wiring time up to fifty percent, resulting in significant savings for the customer.

The GKME is designed to enhance machine safety the removal of any switch indicates that a door is open and breaks the electrical safety chain. The design facilitates planned and unplanned maintenance by allowing modules of the machine to be easily removed and replaced, followed by plug and play of the safety switch.

Potential applications include packaging and assembly equipment; textile and printing machinery.

Honeywell Sensing/Micro Switch GKME Safety Switches

Honeywell Sensing and Control Technical Datasheets

Monday, July 14, 2008

New Literature from Curtis Industries

Curtis Industries Terminal Blocks
Curtis Industries is recognized as a leader in North American Style Terminal Blocks.  This catalog contains their entire line of relay sockets and barrier style and DIN rail terminal blocks.

Selection Guide for Terminal Blocks

This tri-fold selection guide produced by Curtis Industries aids you in selecting the correct terminal block for your application.

New Literature from Pepperl+Fuchs

C-Series Safety Isolators

The new C-Series is the latest generation in Pepperl+Fuchs’ family of safety isolators. Only 12.5mm wide, these barriers can reduce cabinet space requirements by 38%. The C-Series offers the same benefits as the well-proven K-System, with an extensive product range and reliable signal integrity.

The Definition for Intrinsic Safety - K-System

Whether your plans include a single isolating module or a large-scale system integration, the K-System by Pepperl+Fuchs guarantees reliable and economical signal transmission between your field devices and the control system.  For intrinsically safe applications, the control and field circuits are galvanically isolated.

The Future of Process Automation

The most demanding requirements of your automated process application are met with Pepperl+Fuchs’ versatile range of explosion protection components and modules.  In addition, P+F’s continuously growing offering of application oriented systems, tailor-made cabinet designs and the implementation of the latest technologies allow for enhanced efficiency and business success.

Sensor Technology for Doors, Gates and Elevators

Doors, gates, and elevators rely on robust sensing technologies to optimize performance and safety. Pepperl+Fuchs’ various technologies provide absolute positioning, protection against pinch points, presence sensing, as well as collision avoidance.