Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Literature from Banner Engineering

PresencePLUS Vision Sensor Software CD
Banner Engineering has released an updated version of their PresencePLUS Vision Sensor CD. This CD contains up-to-date software for Banner’s Pro, Pro II and P4 vision sensor lines.

SureCross Industrial Wireless I/O Network
The Banner SureCross Wireless System is an industrial wireless I/O network that can operate in extreme environments while eliminating the need for costly wiring runs. The most basic SureCross sensor network includes a Gateway system controller and one or more Nodes that monitor and/or control I/O in remote locations.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs UB60 Ultrasonic Height and Thickness Sensor

The new UB60-12GM-U-V1-Y204917 is designed specifically for applications requiring measurement of small objects on a conveyor or table. This sensor requires no external programming or teaching. With a reference distance of 50 or 60mm the sensor can measure a target up to 30mm tall. Applications such as box height detection, package thickness measurement and others can be solved with this sensor.

The sensor works by measuring the time it takes to send and receive a burst of sound from the reference target (typically a conveyor). It automatically sets its voltage output to 0V for this reference target. Any target that comes closer to the sensor is immediately detected and the analog output is adjusted accordingly. At its rated reference distance of 60mm the sensor has only a 20mm wide beam, making it useful for detecting very small objects (10mm by 10mm square is minimum recommended).

The small 12mm diameter housing allows this sensor to be easily mounted in just about any application. Standard 4-pin M12 connection simplifies wiring and gives several options for mating cordsets.

Features Include:
  • Automatic programming
  • High resolution of 0.17mm
  • Fast response time of 12ms
  • Analog voltage output – 0 to 10V
  • Extremely narrow sound cone
  • Dynamic distance and temperature compensation

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Products from Honeywell Sensing and Control

SS30AT Bipolar Hall-Effect Magnetic Position Sensors
Honeywell has expanded its bipolar Hall-effect sensor product line with the new SS30AT Bipolar Hall-Effect Magnetic Position Sensor, available in a subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package that takes up less space on the printed circuit board. Available on tape and reel, the SS30AT often allows for lower-cost pick and place assembly, helping to reduce manufacturing costs.

HSC and SSC Series Plastic Silicon Pressure Sensors
The new HSC Series and SSC Series offer different accuracies and compensated temperature ranges that address specific segment needs. These devices offer customers three key benefits not found in competitive plastic silicon sensors: stability, accuracy, and flexibility. The HSC Series offers an industry-leading ±1 % high accuracy specification, compensated across a 0 °C to 50 °C [32 °F to 122 °F] temperature range; the SSC Series offers a ±2 % standard accuracy specification compensated across a wider
-20 °C to 85 °C [-4 °F to 185 °F] temperature range. These sensors are intended for use with non-corrosive, non-ionic working fluids such as air and dry gases.

FSS-SMT Series Force Sensors
Honeywell is expanding its Force Sensor product line to include the FSS-SMT Series, a low profile surface mount technology (SMT) device that fills a gap in our portfolio. The FSS-SMT Series allows customers to use the device as a through hole or as a true SMT for automated assembly on a printed circuit board, often eliminating hand soldering and helping to reduce assembly costs.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Products from Tyco Electronics

SNR Slim Interface Plug-In Relay

Tyco Electronics introduces a new version of the SNR series slim interface relay which meets customer requirements for a more robust version suitable for panel plug-in applications in control cabinets. The SNR plug-in relay is compatible with the existing plug-in socket, which simplifies exchanging the relays in installed systems during maintenance processes.

Its compatibility with existing sockets allows users to avoid the time consuming re-wiring of existing panel boards and helps users minimize inventory costs as they do not need to stock several types of relays or sockets.

Single-pole contacts in either a changeover (CO) or normally-open (NO) arrangement are rated 6 A at a maximum ambient temperature of 85°C. This relay benefits from a narrow width of 5.0 mm permitting high packing density in applications. It has reinforced insulation with 6 / 8 mm coil-to-contact clearance/creepage distances for 4 kV dielectric strength.

Modular Barrier Strips Allow Interlocking Expansion
New modular barrier strips from Tyco Electronics feature dovetail interlocking to allow users to create different size strips while only stocking two part numbers. The barrier strips are available in two and three positions that can be interlocked to build blocks up to 16 positions without losing the 0.235-inch centerline spacing. The dual-barrier design allows access for wire from two sides to provide more flexible wiring options than tri-barrier designs.

Modularity allows customers to simplify procurement and inventory while maintaining flexibility in having different sizes of barrier blocks for signal and power wiring, says Russ Dzielak, product manager. Applications such as HVAC controls, security and alarms, and industrial controls will benefit from the modularity. Two modular strips allow users to build any size strip from two to 16 positions.

The UL recognized strips are rated for 15 amps and 300 volts. The thermoplastic housings carry a UL 94V-0 flammability rating. The single-row strips are through-hole solders and offer standoffs that allow flux and solvents to drain during cleaning.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Schneider Electric Twido Programmable Controllers Brochure

Twido programmable controllers from Schneider Electric have the flexibility to allow you to find the optimal solution for your application. Simply add the required I/O expansions (digital, analog) and options to your base equipment to fit your specifications. Communicate with ease with three available communication interfaces (Modbus, Ethernet and CANopen). Program and set-up your Twido controllers in even the most inaccessible places using the Bluetooth wireless connection kit.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Products from Harting

Han 7 D and 8 D Connectors with Quick Lock Termination Technology
The compact Han® 7 D and Han® 8 D connectors are now available with new termination technology. The precise, compact and straightforward Han-Quick Lock® technology from HARTING is ideal for high contact densities, placing it on equal footing with the crimp termination technology that has been long established on the markets.

The easy handling and space-saving design results in a combination of both cage-clamp and crimping technology reliability. There is no other termination technology that is this simple, space-saving and rapid to handle.

A normal screwdriver is all that is needed for assembly. The terminal cross-section per contact ranges from 0.34 to 1.5 mm2 (AWG 22 – 16). A working life of more than 500 mating cycles is no problem for vibration-proof terminations. The materials used are especially high quality: the Han-Quick Lock® spring has a stainless steel spring, copper alloy contacts with a silver surface and a polycarbonate insert.

The Han® 7 D and Han® 8 D with Han-Quick Lock® are used in control, signal, and measurement technology.

Compact Han 3A Plastic Housing
The latest Han® 3 A plastic housing with integrated cable clamp follows the general trend toward miniaturization. The new length, 25% shorter than the standard version, opens up completely new possibilities for the user. Combinable with many existing contact inserts in the Han® 3 A size, this connector series has a decisively expanded range of applications.

With the integrated cable clamp, which is designed for cable diameters from 9 to 17 mm, this housing – executed in premium plastic - covers a broad spectrum. Like all components in the Han® 3 A housing series, the new housing also offers IP 65/67 protection. In addition to the purely technical advantages, users benefit from another decisive feature: as the housing and cable clamp are packaged together, both administrative and logistic costs are reduced.

Han 3 HPR High Profile Hood
The Han® HPR series is primarily used in electrical connections in vehicles, as well as in applications with harsh climatic conditions or wet areas, or where sensitive connections require protection or shielding.

With the new high profile Han® 3 HPR hood version now it is possible to mount the Han® Quintax contact insert into a Han® 3 HPR hood. It also offers more wiring space for simplified assembly of the various contact inserts.

The high-profile Han® 3 HPR hood is equipped with an M25 thread for the cable glands, which allows the use of cables with larger outer diameters. All other technical details of the new hood correspond to those of the previous Han® 3 HPR hood. The high-profile Han® 3 HPR hood is also 100% plug compatible with the Han® 3 HPR bulkhead-mounted and surface-mounted housings.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Turck QL25 Cylinder Position Sensors

TURCK introduces the Q25L sensor, a magnetically actuated linear displacement sensor
available with measuring ranges of 100, 125, 160 and 200 mm. The Q25L sensor is well-suited for applications that require precise signal transmission over long measuring distances, such as pneumatic pumps, slides, blanking or molding systems. By utilizing an external magnet as a position indicator, the sensor may be used in even more applications, such as moving platforms, point line measurement or other specially designed equipment where a cylinder is not present.

Like TURCK’s other cylinder position sensors, the Q25L detects the position of a piston on standard pneumatic cylinders by utilizing a series of Hall elements that sense the piston magnet and send a signal back to the processor. The Q25L line has a repeat accuracy of less than 0.1 percent of the measuring range and a linear deviation of less than 1 percent of the full scale. It also features a blind zone of only 20.5 mm on each end, making it easy-to-apply in
space restricted areas.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Phoenix Contact FL mGuard Ethernet Security Devices

Phoenix Contact's FL mGuard line is an ideal solution for network security, NAT routing and remote connectivity applications. This powerful, versatile line of security devices includes stateful firewall protection, routing, and VPN connectivity in two industrialized form factors. The product line supports several IEEE protocols and features including DHCP, Relay Agent, VLAN, DNS, NTP, Syslog and QoS, making it interoperable with existing IT infrastructure.

RS form factors are DIN rail-mounted, industrially rated devices with redundant 24vDC power, alarm contact, wide temp range and increased immunity to EMI.

PCI form factors fit into standard PCI slots and are ideal for industrial PCs and robots. A driver is included Windows can see them as a regular network interface card or they can be administered independent of the OS.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs X-Series Pile Driver Extended Range Inductive Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces X-Series Pile Driver™ Extended Range Inductive Sensors. These robust sensors are available in 12mm, 18mm and 30mm diameters to deliver sensing ranges of 5mm, 10mm or 15mm – up to 2.5 times longer range than traditional inductive sensors. 100% stainless steel housings deliver durability more than 20 times that of the competition’s brass and plastic housings. Black Armor™ coated weld-immune models are also available.

“In the most demanding application environments it’s good to withstand a punishing target impact, but reducing or altogether avoiding impacts is obviously better, and this has led to the popularity of many of today’s ‘extended range’ sensors,” says Marcel Ulrich, Product Manager. “But until now sensor users have been faced with choosing between sensing distance or sensor durability. The X-Series Pile Driver changes that by delivering both industry-leading durability and sensing range.”

X-Series Pile Driver’s extended sensing field is a big benefit in automotive manufacturing applications, as it enables reliable detection of irregularly shaped contours, and increased sensor-to-target distances help eliminate contact-related scuffing of “Class A” hood, door and trunk surfaces. Weld-immune models are uniquely capable of providing long range part detection with full immunity to both AC and DC weld fields, and repelling weld splatter.

“X-Series Pile Driver’s have an up-front cost that is only 35-40% higher than a traditional plastic-faced sensor. So if a sensing application averages even one contact-related failure per year, the X-Series Pile Driver will more than pay for itself in reduced sensor replacement costs and inventory, and increased machine uptime and throughput,” says Ulrich.

X-Series Pile Driver’s can detect all metals. Advanced circuitry enables restriction-free mounting while delivering the highest available immunity to the effects of industrial noise and temperature extremes. Unlike traditional inductive sensors that are limited to IP67/68 protection, X-Series Pile Driver sensors are IP69k-rated to withstand high pressure washdown cleaning.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Turck Target Pucks for DSU35 Valve Sensors

TURCK announces new target pucks for its DSU35 valve sensor series that feature large targets to expedite and simplify sensing adjustments—ensuring accurate valve position data. DSU35 sensors monitor valve position via pneumatic rotary actuators, and provide electronic feedback indicating an open or closed position. A fully adjustable target puck is placed over the actuator stem and features interlocking teeth for accurate positioning, as well as providing vibration resistance.

In addition to the target puck, TURCK is offering new dome and cover accessories for the DSU35 valve sensor series. A dome may be placed over the puck to provide visible indication of the valve’s current position. Domes are available in two color schemes: red and green or yellow and black. An optional cover is also available, which aids in protecting the puck from debris or spills in the application environment.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Phoenix Contact M12 Ethernet Control Cabinet Feed-Through

Phoenix Contact's M12 Ethernet Control Cabinet Feed-Through provides an easy way to transition from field devices to network structure components, such as switches, inside the control cabinet.

The M12 connection side of this compact bulkhead is fed through the control cabinet wall from the inside and fastened to the cabinet on the outside using the counter nut. Wiring can then be continued within the control cabinet using RJ45 patch cables. These connectors are available in both 4-position D-Coded and 8- position A-Coded.

Technical information:
  • Meets CAT5 (IEC 11801:2002) and CAT5e (TIA 568B:2001)
  • 4-position D-Coded and 8-position A-Coded
  • 90 degree and 180 degree versions
  • IP65/67 for the M12 connection
  • Ambient temperature (operation) -25 C ... 85 C

Friday, June 12, 2009

Phoenix Contact SFNT Extended Temperature Ethernet Switch

Phoenix Contact expands its SFN line of unmanaged Ethernet switches with the introduction of five wide-temperature versions for harsh environment applications. SFNT switches support Layer 1 port blocks and cable locks and can process and prioritize QoS just like their sibling, the SFN. Additionally, the SFNT offers customers superior price and functionality value while providing highly reliable industrial Ethernet connections for a wide range of applications.

SFNT switches have the following features:
  • Five or eight 10/100mbps ports
  • Multimode fiber (100mbps) with SC & ST connections available
  • Plug-and-play simplicity with no software configuration
  • Wide temperature range: -40 C to +75 C
  • Redundant power supply inputs
  • Alarm contact for power and link monitoring
  • UL 1604 Class I, Division 2 certification (pending)
  • Marine certifications (GL, DNV, ABS, LR) in Q4 2009
  • Supports Layer 1 port security
  • QoS packet processing and prioritization maintain optimum performance of critical messages
  • User-selectable port link monitoring via onboard DIP switch
  • Increased noise immunity: exceeds IEC 61000-4
  • Superior shock (25 G) and vibration (5 G) ratings
  • Compact size case for space sensitive applications

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Banner Engineering EZ-SCREEN LP Low Profile Safety Light Screens

The EZ-SCREEN® line of robust safety light curtains now includes models for continuous detection along the entire light screen length. The space-saving, compact profile of the EZ-SCREEN LP is ideal for smaller machines, yet robust enough to meet the demands of large power presses. Plus, with several housing finishes, cascading and many mounting options, EZ-SCREEN LP provides a perfect fit for a wide range of safeguarding applications.


  • Compact 28 x 26 mm housing
  • Positions first and last beam at the ends for continuous sensing
  • Includes 14 or 25 mm resolution models
  • Offers defined areas from 270 to 1810 mm with detection ranges up to 7 m
  • Provides response times as fast as 8 milliseconds
  • Identifies blocked beams using zone indicators
  • Features 7-segment display with diagnostic information and number of blocked beams
  • Presents system status and alignment using highly visible LEDs (bi-color)
  • Includes models with nickel-plated housing for ESD-safe applications, clear anodized aluminum housing or “safety” yellow powder-coat housing

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Turck Factor 1 Sensor Detects Small Targets on Automotive Skids

TURCK introduces the new IP 68 rated, 80 mm rectangular Ni75U-Q80 uprox ®+ sensor –
specifically designed for sensing small targets, especially those on automotive skids. This rugged sensor features excellent EMC immunity, making it ideal for use in automotive manufacturing environments. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor additionally offers switching distances up to 75 mm, as well as flexible mounting configurations.

TURCK’s uprox+ factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and feature extended range capabilities – even when embedded in metal. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor facilitates single-sided mounting on a rear metal wall, or it may be fully embedded, delivering a 40 mm switching distance when surrounded by metal on all four sides.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Banner Engineering D10 Small Object Counter

Banner Engineering’s new D10D Small Object Counter provides reliable low-contrast sensing for small object counting and detection in the proven D10 Expert fiber amplifier.


  • Easy-to-set selectable threshold with automatic compensation algorithm
  • Automatic compensation algorithm compensates for dust or contamination on the fiber optic array and for ambient temperature changes
  • 16-bit microcontroller and 12-bit Analog-to-Digital converter (ADC) for high-performance, low-contrast sensing
  • Easy-to-read 4-digit display for Health Mode, Percentage Blocked, Signal Level, or Counter Mode readout, plus indicators for a continuous readout of operating status (user configurable)
  • Sleek, ultra-slim 10 mm housing, mounts to a standard 35 mm DIN rail
  • Single discrete output plus Health Mode output to indicate preventative maintenance is required
  • Three-mode power and speed selection to optimize detection reliability
  • Dynamic event stretcher to ensure one output per event — especially for gel-cap style pills
  • Visible red (680 nm) sensing beam
  • Models available with 2 m or 9 m (6.5' or 30') cable or integral Pico-style quick-disconnect

Monday, June 1, 2009

Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT CL50 Column Lights

Banner Engineering's CL50 column light provides a large and high-visibility indicator light for use in public areas, on machinery, and in factories. The CL50 column light is the largest illuminated light in Banner’s indicator light product offering. The light is visible from 360 degrees around the light. Also, models with the audible tone generator can draw immediate attention to the indicator light for situations where the operator’s back is normally to the light.

Typical applications include packaging machinery, automotive work cells, operator stations, and semiconductor equipment. New markets and applications can be found in public locations such as retail cashier positions and information kiosks.

  • No assembly required; the complete light is shipped from the factory ready to be installed in minutes.
  • 30 mm threaded base for direct cabinet mounting with a single drilled hole; Banner offers an extensive variety of bracket and vertical standoff mounting accessories.
  • The LED light sources provide low power consumption (only 2 watts) and long life (100,000 hours on average).
  • The large single illuminated segment provides easy-to-see operator guidance and indication of equipment status at long distances. 
  • Models with 1, 2, or 3 colors are available.
  • An audible tone with variable intensity can be added to any model.
  • System is completely self-contained; no controller needed.
  • Immune to EMI and RFI interference.
  • General purpose models are rated IP67, Audible models are rated IP50.
  • Pre-assembled connection options include: 4 or 5-pin Euro-style (M12) QD connector, 2 m (6.5’) cable, or 150 mm (6”) PVC pigtail.
  • 18 to 30V dc operation.