Friday, January 16, 2009

CST/Crydom RHP High Power Hybrid Solid State Contactors

Crydom, an operation of Custom Sensors and Technologies (CST) and global expert in solid state relay technology, introduces a new line of high power Hybrid Solid State Contactors for use in Heating and Lighting applications where Mercury Displacement Relays have previously been applied, and where life cycle constraints limit the use of Definite Purpose Contactors. 

Mounting identically to a standard 3 phase DP (Definite Purpose) contactor, and featuring full load life cycle ratings of greater than 2 million operations, the new RHP line includes 3 phase contactor configurations rated at 120, 240, 280 or 600 VAC at 40 or 50 amp load ratings per phase at 65 degrees C ambient temperature. Control voltages of 24, 120 or 220 VAC, and unique logic compatible 5, 12 or 24 VDC input control options are offered. The RHP line is UL and cUL approved and CE certified. 

The RHP line incorporates Crydom’s proven Hybrid SSR technology that utilizes contactless Solid State Relay turn on and turn off performance, coupled with the very low on state power dissipation characteristics of contactors, thus eliminating the need for heat sinking.    

The higher power switching capabilities of the new RHP line means that in those applications where Mercury Displacement Relays are no longer welcome, the OEM manufacturer now has a cost effective alternative available. Similarly, in applications where contactor life cycles are a limiting or maintenance cost concern, the new Crydom RHP Contactor provides significantly longer operational life capability in an identical mounting package. 

Monday, January 12, 2009

Phoenix Contact INTERFACE PSI Ethernet Modem

The PSI-MODEM/ETH analog V.92 Ethernet modem enables worldwide access to industrial Ethernet networks in machines and systems via dial-up line connections. All control systems and operator panels in an Ethernet network can be controlled remotely via just a modem and a telephone line.

The connection is established as a dial-up connection (remote data transmission) with 128-bit password encryption and continuous reauthentication via the CHAP protocol (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol), which prevents unauthorized access. This means that remote maintenance and diagnostics for remote network devices is as simple as dialing into the
Internet at home.

To ensure interference-free operation even under harsh EMC conditions, the devices are equipped with high-quality electrical isolation and integrated surge protection. The modem also features an integrated automatic "Sleep" function to increase battery life and a particularly wide supply voltage range, making it suitable for universal use. Plug and play and web-based management enable quick and easy startup.

The Ethernet modem is approved for use in public telephone networks in Europe, the USA, and Canada.

Phoenix Contact Wieland and Entrelec/ABB Terminal Block Markers for BLUEMARK

Markers for Wieland and Entrelec/ABB terminal blocks are now available with the release of the UC3 and UC2F series. These blank UniCards, only for BLUEMARK, are designed to snap into the terminal block marking channel. Templates for these markers can be found in CLIP PROJECT marking software, Version 7.10.1810.

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Features for Pepperl+Fuchs F12 Ultrasonic Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces F12 Series Ultrasonic Sensors. These sensors offer simple push-button programmability, and feature user-selectable beam widths to provide reliable detection over a wide or narrow area. They provide an 800mm sensing range with a very small 50mm deadband, and feature a rotatable M12 quick-disconnect for easy connectivity. Indicator LEDs provide high-visibility status indication. Push-pull, 4-20mA, 0-10V outputs are available.  

F12 series ultrasonic sensors have a rugged IP65 rated housing and footprint of just 41.5mm x 49mm x 15mm, ideal for operating in tight confines and sensing through narrow areas, even in harsh application environments. As a result, they are well suited for use in any number of automation applications such as web loop control, detecting packages or parts on conveyors, detecting product inside a box, level control and clear bottle detection in the printing, packaging, material handling, food and beverage, machine tool and automotive industries, among others.

F12 series ultrasonic sensors also feature Pepperl+Fuchs’ exclusive 4-in-1TM output, which automatically detects the connected load and sinks or sources as needed. The result is significantly simplified sensor selection and stocking, as well as reduced installation time and cost.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Products from Advantech Automation

1U Rackmount Models for Serial Device Servers
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech announces the addition of two new 1U rackmount models to its line of Serial Device Servers. The EKI-1528 and EKI-1526 feature 8 and 16 RS-232/422/485 serial ports in a 1U rackmount chassis, which are ideal for high-density remote monitoring, management and control of serial devices over Ethernet and Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Transparent Access to Serial Devices
For easy integration with COM-port based Windows™ applications, included COM-port redirection software allows virtual access to remote serial devices, just as if they were onboard COM-ports. With this tool, integration with PC-based systems takes just a few minutes, and it’s transparent to host application software as well as connected equipment.

In addition to Virtual COM-port operation, the EKI-1528 and EKI-1526 support native TCP/IP and UDP/IP aware applications like OPC Servers and HMI systems that support serial encapsulation. Both client and server modes are supported, for applications where serial device initiated or host initiated communications are required.

Redundancy LAN ports for High Availability
Dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections ensure continuous communication, even in the event of a network problem. With one port assigned as primary and the other as a backup, loss of the primary connection initiates an immediate and automatic switch-over to the backup, ensuring data integrity and peace-of-mind.

Advanced Operating Modes, and Multi-Access
Where one-to-many or many-to-one connections are required, Multi-Access mode allows a single RS-232/422/485 serial device to send or receive data to multiple remote hosts. This is particularly important where multiple PC-based system need access to a single serial device for shared access, or where replacing systems using RS-422/485 bus architectures.

Easy to Setup and Configuration
All that is needed for setup is a PC or laptop and a web browser. Complete access to all configuration parameters is supported, and a built-in serial port monitor helps diagnose issues with attached devices, eliminating the need for additional equipment or software. The EKI-1528 and EKI-1526 also support setup via a dedicated serial console port, telnet via the network interface, or through the included Windows-based setup and configuration utility.

Enterprise Ready
For seamless integration with enterprise IT systems, both models support SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol), which allows remote performance and availability monitoring. In the event of a critical system event, alarm messages can be sent via SNMP trap to enterprise monitoring systems, or by e-mail notification to system operators.

Ruggedized for Industrial Applications
Like other EKI Industrial Ethernet family products, these Device Servers are designed for demanding industrial applications. Utilizing low power components and convection cooling, there is no need for cooling fans, eliminating a common end-user worry about maintenance and downtime. Additionally, the serial ports include built-in 15KV ESD protection to protect against static discharge.

4-Axis Stepping/Pulse-type Servo Motor Control Module for the ADAM-5550
The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the ADAM-5240, a 4-axis stepping/pulse-type servo motor control module for use with the ADAM-5550 series PACs (Programmable Automation Controllers). The ADAM-5240 is fully integrated to fulfill general purpose motion applications. It’s equipped with high-speed 4-axis motion control that simplifies stepping and pulse-type servo motor control.

Furthermore, the ADAM-5240 is embedded with an intelligent novaR MCX314-motion ASIC card which includes various motion control functions, such as 2/3-axis linear interpolation, 2-axis circular interpolation, programmable T/S-curve acceleration/deceleration rate, powerful position management functions, etc.. The ADAM-5240 performs these motion control functions without processor loading during driving.

For advanced applications, Advantech supplies Windows DLL drivers and user-friendly examples to decrease programming load. 

New Generation of Modbus Gateways

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces the EKI-1220 series Modbus Gateways, for quick and easy integration of Modbus serial devices with Industrial Ethernet networks. Available in two configurations, the EKI-1221 and EKI-1222 feature one or two RS-232/422/485 serial ports, with redundant 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections, for transparently connecting Modbus ASCII/RTU and Modbus/TCP devices and equipment.

Transparent Operation
The EKI-1220 series gateways support a wide range of configurations between serial and Ethernet devices, including: Ethernet master to serial slave, serial slave to Ethernet master, and concurrent operation of both modes. More importantly, they are designed for transparent operation, which means no changes are required to installed devices, equipment or software systems.

Advanced Functionality and Security
To route requests to the appropriate serial port on multi-port models, a user-defined table associates Ethernet host IP addresses to serial slave IDs, allowing access through a single IP port, for easier systems integration and compatibility with existing Modbus/TCP networks. A connection status monitor is included, that displays which IP hosts are connected to each serial port, that is very helpful during setup and commissioning or to troubleshooting communications issues. For enhanced security, access can be restricted to specific IP network hosts.

“Building upon our previous generation Modbus Gateway, and numerous enhancements suggested by our customers, we’re excited about the exceptional performance and capabilities of these new models” said Paul Wacker, Product Manager for Industrial Communications at Advantech. “The EKI-1221 and EKI-1222 give industrial equipment OEMs and end-users a transparent and cost-effective means to connect serial Modbus ASCII/RTU devices and equipment with Ethernet using Modbus/TCP.”

Redundant Ethernet for High Availability
Given the zero unplanned downtime requirements for industrial applications, these Modbus gateways feature dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connections, to ensure communications in the event of a network problem. With one physical connection assigned as primary and the other as backup, communications can continue on the backup in the event of a problem with the primary, ensuring uninterrupted communications and peace-of-mind for plant maintenance and operations staff.

Ruggedized for Demanding Industrial Applications
Like the other EKI series Industrial Ethernet products, the EKI-1221 and EKI-1222 are packaged in a compact and thin metal DIN-rail mount chassis. Ruggedized for demanding industrial applications, these units include dual 12 to 48 VDC power inputs, power line surge (EFT) protection of 3,000 VDC, and 4,000 VDC Ethernet ESD protection to ensure maximum system uptime and uninterrupted communications.

“ARC’s market research indicates that MODBUS remains the most common protocol for industrial Ethernet networks” said Harry Forbes, an ARC analyst. “Advantech’s new gateway products for MODBUS and MODBUS TCP illustrate the continued need for solid products that serve these industrial applications”

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Turck S12 Quick-Connect Connectors

TURCK announces its new 4 and 5-wire S12 Quick-Connect connectors that mate to any fully threaded M12 on the market, regardless of the manufacturer. These connectors use advanced technology to simply push/pull the connectors on/off of any M12 connection. A user can simply hear and feel the click of the connector to know that it is fully connected. Using the S12 Quick-Connect provides a cost effective method for component installation; including numerous junction box connections where installation time can be reduced by 85 percent.

The 4 and 5-wire cordsets use PVC jacket material. All connectors are rated for 250 Volts, 4 Amps and provide IEC IP 67 protection. The S12 Quick-Connect line offers male or female, straight and right angle connectors, standard and custom lengths, and pigtails or extension cordsets. To make the system complete, we offer fully encapsulated, mating receptacles, front and rear mount threads.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Phoenix Contact MINI V8 Adapter for MINI Signal Conditioners

Why run 16 wires to your PLC when you can run one cable?

The MINI V8 adapter
• Reduces discrete wiring and installation time by more than 67 percent
• Uses pre-made cables to eliminate wiring errors
• Quickly deploys the highest density signal conditioning system in the market

MINI V8 together with VARIOFACE cabling saves time

At a slim 6.2mm, signal conditioners isolate, amplify and convert your analog signals and work on top of a T-Bus system. T-Bus allows you to remove individual signal conditioners without disrupting your entire process-saving you costly downtime.

Now the easily adaptable MINI V8 can be work together with the slim design of mini signal conditioners and flexibility of T-Bus. The new MINI V8 easily integrates with MINI analog signal conditioners. Replacing the wires with the V8 adapter lowers your installation costs as well as installation time. No longer will you have to take unnecessary time to cut, strip, run, bundle, and verify every single conductor from your signal conditioners to our controllers.

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Phoenix Contact FLASHTRAB compact Surge Protection

Phoenix Contact's FLASHTRAB compact is a pluggable surge protection combination in acc. with EN type 1 and 2, consisting of lightning current arresters that are all encapsulated and pluggable, as well as pluggable surge arresters. The direct parallel wiring of both arrester types is based on the proven AEC (Active Energy Control) principle. All the arresters work autonomously and in this way attain maximum performance.

One big advantage is the pluggability of the arresters. In the case of an unexpected overload as a result of extreme lightning strikes, for example, the plug affected can be replaced at little expense. Coded slots make the handling of FLASHTRAB compact child's play and it is impossible to mix up the arresters or plug them in incorrectly.

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Phoenix Contact Checkmaster Mobile Test Lab

The question of whether or not the surge voltage arresters in use are still functioning is no longer a worry in the case of the pluggable arresters from Phoenix Contact. With the new CHECKMASTER, testing these modules is now possible at any time, directly on site.

Most TRABTECH products have a barcode. The integrated barcode scanner of the CHECKMASTER thus allows you to recognize the protective device to be tested fast and accurately.

Check your surge voltage arresters at regular intervals to guarantee that they are in perfect working order and to protect against "nasty surprises". The VdS lightning protection directive and the DIN V VDE V 0185 - Part 3 also recommend that lightning protection systems be tested at regular intervals.

To provide a permanent record, CHECKMASTER has an RS-232/C, V-24 interface to which a PC or printer can be connected. The test results of the individual arrester tests can thus be printed out and processed in a protocol with date, time and other identification.

In addition to CHECKMASTER, a case with space for six test adapters is also available in the same design.

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Phoenix Contact Complete Field Installation Solutions

For passive sensor and actuator cabling in M5, M8, and M12, to active fieldbus components for all current fieldbuses, Phoenix Contact provides the largest product and solution spectrum on the market.

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Phoenix Contact DUPLICON Power Connectors

DUPLICON is the innovative connector solution for your IP67 power bus for 7x4 mm² conductors /400/690 V/ 25 A. Its unique feature is the seamless connection from the power rail via pluggable ST-COMBI modular terminal blocks in the control cabinet and on to the PCB or plug connection on the field device. The system has very few components and is extremely flexible to use.

The sturdy, EMC-protected aluminum housing with ergonomically designed locking latches make DUPLICON qualify for the harshest of conditions. All contact inserts have a leading PE contact and are touch proof in accordance with DIN VDE 0105.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Turck Q12 Housing Ultrasonic Sensors

TURCK introduces a new ultrasonic sensor in a compact Q12 style housing that achieves a 40 cm sensing range with an incredibly small 2.5 cm blind zone. The small profile of the sensor allows it to be mounted in narrow spaces, like those found in packaging applications.

The sensor is available with retro-reflective and diffuse operation modes, and PNP and frequency outputs. “When compared to TURCK’s other ultrasonic sensors, the Q12 style offers a competitive price without sacrificing quality,” says Melissa Schumann, product specialist with TURCK’s sensors division. The Q12 ultrasonic sensor is IP 67 rated for environmental protection.