Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rittal's Fascinating Future

"Fascinating future" is Rittal's new information platform, containing the latest research results, user reports and bulletins on the successful use of new technologies with more than 10,000 different Rittal products.

This video details Rittal's Bionic Shock-Absorbing Pallet, the RiCell 300 Fuel Cell System, the Wireless Service Concept, the BioRack, CO2 Climate Control, the Acoustic Rack, and Augmented Reality.

Rittal Technical Datasheets

Steven Engineering YouTube Channel

E-T-A Corporate Video

Since its foundation in 1948, E-T-A has been the world market leader for circuit breakers for equipment protection up-to-date, informative and concise.

E-T-A is designing products in Germany which are sold to industries all over the world, enhancing safety and protecting equipment against the catastrophic effects of overcurrent and short circuit.

Innovations, research and design are a firm part of their company philosophy. This is why E-T-A will also in the future set the pace for circuit protection.

E-T-A Technical Datasheets

Steven Engineering YouTube Channel

Friday, April 24, 2009

Panduit Innovative Wire Management Systems Catalog

From complete system solutions that provide the lowest installed cost to new product innovations that meet changing application challenges, Panduit wire management solutions provide everything necessary to bundle, route, protect, terminate and identify wires and cables.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Literature from Omron Electronics

G-Series Servos
The new G-Series of servo drives and motors from Omron provide a large variety of functions featuring high-precisin positioning with improved response and vibration control, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

CJ2 Series Programmable Automation Controllers

Omron’s CJ2 Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) delivers PAC features and capabilities as defined by ARC Advisory Group in Omron’s popular, compact modular CJ PLC platform.  The CJ2 performs logic, motion, HMI and process control on a single platform while offering built-in Ethernet/IP networking and high-speed, high-capacity data exchange between PACs, PLCs, HMIs and I/O devices.

Turck Integrated Terminal Chamber for uprox+ Sensors

TURCK introduces an integrated terminal chamber for its line of uprox ®+ sensors that conforms to FDA requirements for washdown applications in the food and beverage industry, such as dairies, breweries and bakeries. The terminal chamber includes removable terminals for quick and easy mounting, either by means of screws or cage clamps. Furthermore, by simply rotating the cover by 180 degrees, the user has the option of a straight or 90 degree cable exit.

TURCK’s uprox+ line of factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and meet the requirements for food safe materials. The sensors are available in 12, 18 and 30 mm stainless steel barrels with a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) front cap that is impermeable to cleaning agents, disinfectants, high pressure and steam cleaning.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Panduit PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct

PANDUIT ® PANELMAX ™ DIN Rail Wiring Duct is an innovative wire management solution that maximizes space utilization within industrial enclosures, for flexibility in panel layout and reduced material and installation costs.

The unique design raises components from the panel surface for easier component access and faster connections. Three sizes of the DIN Rail Wiring Duct base are compatible with common DIN rail and DIN mount components1 to satisfy a wide range of applications.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Red Lion Controls Innovative Control Solutions Catalog

A global leader in process measurement, controls and automation, Red Lion Controls continues to be recognized as the industry’s preferred brand of panel meters, offering the broadest selection of rate, count and panel indication solutions in the world.  Red Lion has developed a number of successful related products, including advanced lines of Human Machine Interface (HMI) and protocol conversion technology, as well as PID loop controller and process controller products.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Literature from Pepperl+Fuchs

AS-Interface CD-ROM
Have the entire Pepperl+Fuchs AS-Interface product line available at the click of a mouse! Pepperl+Fuchs 2009 Reference and Buyer’s Guide is now available in CD-ROM format.

Photoelectric Sensors for Label Detection
Introducing an easy-to-use photoelectric sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs specifically designed to detect adhesive labels on a roll.  With an advanced one-step setup, programming is fast and simple with a single press of a button.

Inclination Sensors
The F99 family of inclination sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs are easily configured to measure the incline or tilt angles of machine elements or equipment platforms ranging from 0° to 360°.

Color Sensor VCS210
High dimension color recognition is a characteristic feature of the VCS210 new color sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs. The VCS210's color recognition is carried out in the lab color space, which copies human color perception, independent of variations in brightness.

Valve Position Sensors
Valve position sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs minimize space requirements, are easy to install, and models are available for virtually every position monitoring application.  Rotary sensors mount directly onto the actuator top block, while position sensors for linear travel easily mount to the actuator yoke and provide high resolution, repeatability, and accuracy.

Extended Range Inductive Sensors
The X-Series Pile Driver proximity sensor from Pepperl+Fuchs features the durability to survive the most punishing environments with sensing ranges up to 2.5x beyond industry standards.

Photoelectric Fiber Amplifier
High speed, multi-function, and economical operation are at the center of attention of the new Pepperl+Fuchs SU18 and SU19 fiber optic sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs. To program the devices, simply position the object to be detected and press the teach-in button. The intelligent fiber optic sensors independently take care of such settings as switching point, optimum gain, etc.

Econo-Vue Photoelectric Sensors
Econo-Vue sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs offers a compact housing with all of the powerful features found in large sensors and uses up to 50% less power than many other models on the market, all at a very competitive price.

PosiTrack Position Tracking System
The PosiTrack system from Pepperl+Fuchs brings fraction-of-a-millimeter position feedback to a wide range of industrial and commercial applications.

Sensors for Safety Systems
For years, Pepperl+Fuchs has been a trusted name throughout Europe, offering reliable industrial machine guarding systems on conveyors, palletizing equipment, paint booths, robotic work cells, and many other machine applications.  Now, a full range of safeguarding solutions is available throughout North America.

2009 Quick Select Product Guide
Quick look-up guide for Pepperl+Fuchs’ complete line of factory automation products.  Pepperl+Fuchs sets the standard in quality and innovative technology for the world of automation.

VOS300 Vision Sensor
Pepperl+Fuchs vision sensors bridge the gap between standard photoelectric sensors and costly machine vision systems with a more powerful and flexible solution.  While traditional sensors merely detect the presence or absence of an object within their beam, vision sensors detect several attributes with a single device, and the part doesn’t need to be positioned exactly the same way for each inspection.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs VCS210 Color Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces VCS210 Color Sensors.  These sensors enable users to program, evaluate, process and display up to 255 distinct colors for precise performance geared to specific application needs.  With a 100┬Ás optimal response time, VCS210 sensors are up to 10 times faster than competitive color sensors.  In many applications this will significantly improve productivity by reducing instances where the process would otherwise need to slow down, or even stop, for an inspection.  Users will also spend far less time reprogramming and readjusting sensors to account for future application variances.

“Unlike many RGB and other color sensors, the VCS210 can evaluate colors quite similar to human vision. This means that the sensor can look at the true color of the target and not be affected by its glossiness or brightness, resulting in consistent, repeatable checks of a target color,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager – Photoelectric Sensing.  “Additionally, most competitive color sensors are able to recognize up to eight or so different colors. But to date nothing comes close to rivaling the VCS210, which can recognize up to 255 colors in a single 3 in. x 1.5 in. x 1.5 in. housing,” he says.

VCS210 color sensors offer an extensive range of selectable settings, including seven different evaluation methods, six different color space modes and six different output-trigger methods. And in spite of its sophisticated technology, programming is quick and easy with user-friendly, intuitive Windows-based software. 

These performance attributes make the VCS210 uniquely equipped to cover a wider range of applications.  They are ideally suited for packaging applications where multiple product types need to be identified and diverted to different packaging lines, as well as automotive applications where molded interior parts, carpeting or upholstery needs to be sorted or verified by color.  They are also well suited for sorting in pharmaceutical applications, verifying the correct order of wires in connectors (by color) in electronics applications, checking fabric and leather colors in textile applications, and controlling the mixing process in paint applications.

VCS210 color sensors are available in diffuse and thru-beam modes.  A wide range of fiber optic cables and fiber optic tips are available even where space is severely limited, and/or the user has a preferred mounting method.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Panduit Elastomeric Cable Ties: Weather/UV Resistant

Elastomeric Cable Ties from Panduit are weather and ultraviolet resistant which makes them suitable for outdoor as well as indoor applications. Elastomeric Cable Ties provide safety and reliability by protecting against over-tensioning of high performance fiber and copper cables. The soft material has no sharp edges and is UL 94V-0 flammability rated and halogen-free, minimizing the risk of building/equipment damage and promoting worker safety. The releasable design facilitates frequent moves, adds, and changes.

PANDUIT® Elastomeric Cable Ties have an industry-accepted, user-friendly design and provide a tight, yet safe grip, preventing lateral movement on cable bundles.

Elastomeric cable ties are ideal for network equipment manufacturers and Telco service providers that need to meet Telco specifications or need to safely bundle network cables outdoors.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Banner Engineering SC22-3E Safety Controller with Ethernet

After releasing their first Safety Controller a little over a year ago, Banner received input from their sales channel and customers requesting a similar controller with Ethernet network communications, including Modbus/TCP, EtherNet I/P, and PCCC.

The new SC22-3E Ethernet Safety Controller, just like the standard SC22-3 Safety Controller, has fully configurable inputs and outputs to manage multiple non-safety and safety-related components all on one device.

  • SC22-3E provides EtherNet/IP™ and Modbus/TCP network communications 
  • 32 configurable virtual status outputs with “Auto Configuration” option 
  • Network access to the Fault Log and System/Network parameters
  • Easy-to-use Controller with fully configurable inputs and outputs
  • ISO 13849-1 Category 2, 3, or 4 and OSHA/ANSI Control Reliability Input device hookup
  • Manages several safety related functions
  • 22 Inputs for safety and non-safety input devices
  • 3 dual-channel Safety Outputs with selectable ON- and OFF-delay
  • 10 Status outputs track input and output status, mute status, lockout, fault conditions and reset needed
  • Simple configuration procedure using PC interface (PCI) or on-board controller interface (OBI) maps each input device to any of 3 Safety Outputs
  • Configurations are password protected and confirmed before use, for assurance of safety integrity
  • Configurations are transferable to multiple Safety Controllers and can be e-mailed as attachments
  • 24V dc operation
  • Complies with Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 per IEC 62061 and IEC 61508, and Category 4 Performance Level “e” per ISO 13849-1.
  • Live display and fault log provide “real-time” status information and historically track faults
  • Configuration files can be printed or exported

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Phoenix Contact ValueLine Industrial PC Literature

Phoenix Contact’s ValueLine Industrial PC is a new line of industrial computers designed for a wide variety of automation, process visualization and control applications.  Various screen sizes, CPU, RAM and mass storage choices allow the customer to choose the right hardware to meet the specific application requirements.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New Literature from Turck

FOUNDATION fieldbus Diagnostic Power Conditioner System
Turck’s Diagnostic Power Conditioner System is a power supply system for the installation of Foundation fieldbus H1 segments.  It also provides comprehensive diagnostic functions for monitoring Foundation fieldbus segments, and supports asset management for the entire physical layer.

Programmable Weld Nut Sensors
Turck’s magnetic-inductive weld nut sensors provide efficient and economical detection of weld nuts in automotive applications.  The sensors detect ferromagnetic components, such as nuts, bushings and spacer sleeves, to ensure these components are present before robotic welding occurs.

Sendix Absolute Encoders
Catalog for Turck’s single and multi-turn absolute encoders for CANopen, PROFIBUS®-DP, SSI and BiSS.

Instrumentation Products
Turck’s instrumentation catalog contains their extensive line of pressure, flow, temperature, valve and level products for industrial automation.

Connectivity Capabilities
The Turck Connectivity Capabilities brochure contains Turck’s standard connectivity products from M5 to M40 connectors, network media, cable and wiring examples, and a sampling of custom solutions they have done for customers in the past.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Harting HM+ Product Line Phased Out

Harting has announced that they will be phasing out their harbus® HM+ product line. Offered as a Surface Mount Compatible, solder termination version of their popular HM female connectors, this product is being phased out because of limited customer demand. Last order date is the 31st of May 2009. 

The Affected Part Numbers are:

172* *** 1801 (HM 5-row PIHR versions of Type A, B, AB unshielded)
172* *** 1802 (HM 5-row PIHR versions of Type A, B, AB shielded)
173* *** 1801 (HM 5-row PIHR versions of Type C unshielded)
173* *** 1802 (HM 5-row PIHR versions of Type C shielded)

This product group is shown in their current “Coaxial and Metric Connectors” Catalog, chapter 01.

Please note that this phase out has no impact on their standard 2.0mm HM 5 row press-in versions nor the 6 row PIHR versions.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Banner Engineering Safety Products Catalog

Banner Engineering’s extensive line of automated safeguarding equipment helps you protect employees and machinery.  Choose from multiple models of their safety light screens, two-hand controls, safety controllers and interface modules, and other safety devices to provide the right guarding solution.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Turck Simple RFID Slice for BL20 Modular I/O System

TURCK has expanded its BL ident RFID product portfolio with the release of a Simple RFID (RFID-S) slice for its BL20 modular I/O system. Each RFID-S slice contains two channels of RFID. Additional RFID slices, as well as traditional discrete and analog I/O slices, may be added to the system, making it the only product on the market that allows this combination on the same node on the network.

This flexible design facilitates the integration of RFID into both new and existing systems. The RFID-S slice does not require special software for integration into a PLC system, further simplifying the entire process of adding RFID to a system. Nick Clute, product specialist with TURCK, adds, “If you can program a push button to turn on a pilot light, you can program TURCK’s RFID system.”

The RFID-S slice is compatible with TURCK’s IP 20 rated BL20 non-programmable and programmable gateways for use on PROFIBUS ®-DP, PROFINET, DeviceNet™, Modbus TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP™ networks. All RFID channels operate in parallel, so there is no time delay during communication between the tag and the read/write head. The TURCK RFID-S slice is designed with digitized communication allowing up to 50 meters between the transceiver and the slice without the induction of noise.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

New Literature from Honeywell Sensing and Control

Medical Applications
Honeywell Sensing and Control has provided outstanding switch and sensor solutions to the medical industry for a quarter-century.  You can expect high-end sensor technology designed specifically for demanding medical requirements – from pressure, force and airflow and thermal sensors to customer-specific packaging.

Transportation Applications
Honeywell Sensing and Control’s superior switch, sensor and vehicle control solutions have powered the transportation industry for three-quarters of a century, with high-end parts and applications.  From heavy trucks and agriculture equipment to ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles, contruction vehicles and lawn and garden equipment, Honeywell S&C manufactures a multitude of solutions for engine and transmission applications, as well as temperature sensors, ignition switches, turn signals and headlights.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Products from Harting

Han 40 A Crimp Module for Electrical, Optical and Gaseous Signals
In addition to the existing modules for electrical, optical and gaseous signals, a new Han® 40 A Crimp module is now also available. This is mating compatible with the Han® 40 A Axial screw module already in wide use, and is particularly suitable for applications with the highest mechanical demands. As an open connector system, the Han-Modular® series from the HARTING Technology Group reacts particularly flexibly to individual user requirements. In order to enable new configurations, the series is being continuously expanded.

A fundamental advantage of the Han® 40 A Crimp module is the efficient processing of the crimp contacts. Especially larger lot sizes can be very efficiently and economically produced with a crimping machine (such as the HARTING TC-C01). For assembly in the field, manual crimping tools are also available. 

  • Two power contacts up to 40 A at 1,000 V
  • Currents up to 60 A can be transmitted with 10 mm² strands
  • Standard Han® C crimp contacts with cross-sections from 1.5 mm² to 10 mm² (AWG 16 - AWG 8)

Han-Power T Modular Twin for Power Bus Systems
Intelligent motor control units are relocated so that they are directly at the machine or conveyor path. The HARTING Technology Group is supporting this change in installation engineering with its Han-Power® product group. In the area of power distribution solutions in decentralized environments, the new Power T solution, Han-Power® T Modular Twin, now represents a hybrid version with the highest level of insertion variance. The Han-Modular® Twin connector integrates two modules for power and signal transmission and consequently offers maximum flexibility.

This is a Power T that uses the Han-Modular® Twin connector as an interface, allowing currents up to 40A at 400/690 V to be transmitted. There are also two contacts available for 24 V; thanks to integrated detection, it is clear whether or not all the connectors in a system are inserted. Individual adjustment to customer wishes is possible. The combination of signal connector and power connection can be used in various ways, depending on the application.

In the event that two consumers are very close to each other, the Power T's used can even be connected directly to each other. The system cables that have been opted for have also been developed in such a way that they can simply be fit together with connectors if additional length is required.

Han Q 8/0 Contact Insert with Quick Lock Termination
Now that a number of products from the Han® product range have already been equipped with the new and innovative Han-Quick Lock® termination technology, this technology is also being deployed on the Han® Q 8/0 contact insert. Consequently, this contact insert is currently also available with the quick-to-assemble Han-Quick Lock® termination technology, in addition to the proven crimp termination technology. The patented Han-Quick Lock® technology allows time-saving and simple assembly without special tools. A standard, commercially available screwdriver is sufficient. This makes the Han® Q 8/0 Quick Lock excellently suitable for pre-assembly in the field. 

The reliable and vibration-proof contact offers maximum reliability in the most diverse application areas. Han® Q 8/0 Quick Lock can be used in power, signal and control applications. The electrical specifications of the new insert are the same as the proven Han® Q 8/0 with crimp termination and is 100% plug compatible. 

  • Terminal for stranded wire with a cross-section of 0.5 mm² - 2.5 mm² (AWG 20-14)
  • 8 power contacts + PE
  • Designed for 16 A and 500 V

Gender Changers for PROFINET RJ45 + Power System Cables
Han® PushPull is a product family of the HARTING Technology Group featuring rugged connectors for transmitting optical and electrical communication, as well as signals and power to IP65/IP67 protection class. The PushPull connectors comply with the PROFINET guideline and are already in widespread use in all plant automation areas in the automotive industry.

New family members are two gender changers in rugged metal housings for transmitting electrical communication or power. The gender changers from the Han® PushPull family now make it possible to use different cable types (solid, flexible or those suitable for a drag chain) or to extend comparably assembled system cables in accordance with the PROFINET guideline for data cabling with RJ45 and the 24V supply.

  • RJ 45 with transmission characteristic category 6 / class E to 250 MHz
  • Gender changer power for 24 V power supply/16 A with 4-pole insert + function ground
  • 4 M5 mounting screws for mounting to flat bases 

Han EEE High Density 16A Connector
Thanks to a very space-saving and compact design, the Han® EEE series impresses with the highest contact density that has ever been possible in a monoblock with Han E® crimp contacts. The Han® EEE series combines reliability and versatile application possibilities thanks to the combination of the simplest handling, as in the proven Han E® series, and the new space-saving contact arrangement.

  • Available in: Han® 40 EEE (40 crimp contacts/size 16 B)
  • Available in: Han® 64 EEE (64 crimp contacts/size 24 B)
  • 500 V at 16 A
  • Can be inserted into the housing series: Han® B, Han® EMC, Han® M and Han® HPR
  • Control cabinet assembly with Han-Snap®

Han Modular Docking Frame
The Han-Modular® system now also allows "blind" insertion by automatic processes. Thanks to the newly developed docking frame, it is now possible to set up a modular docking connector even without a housing. This allows the modular system to be used in insertion processes that are not hand-guided.

With Han-Modular®, users can select and assemble their "customized" connectors themselves. New models are continually being added to the Han-Modular® series so that customer requirements can be optimally met. Now a new Han-Modular® docking frame has joined the 36 existing modules for electrical, optical and gaseous signals and the most diverse application options in the Han® industrial connectors. 

The new docking frame makes it possible to implement a modular docking connector without a housing. Such connectors are needed for racks in switch cabinets, for example. The rack cassette is slid into the cabinet. The connector sides can now be guided together "blind" and securely inserted.

This is achieved by a floating frame which can move freely in a range of +/- 2 mm. At the same time, very stable leading, centering pins/bushes ensure that the two connector sides are securely connected to each other.

  • For docking applications in the IP 20 range
  • Very mechanically stable plastic frame
  • Cost efficient system without additional PE contacts
  • Suitable for all Han-Modular® modules
  • Rack compensation +/- 2 mm (optionally +/- 4 mm)
  • Two sizes available: for 4 or 6 modules