Monday, August 31, 2009

Crydom CKM Series Solid State Relays

Crydom, a company of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) and global expert in solid state relay technology, introduces the CKM series of FET output DIN rail mounted DC Power SSRs rated up to 30 amps/60 VDC at 40°C ambient temperature.

Mounting on industry standard 35 mm DIN rail, the Crydom CKM series SSRs with integral heat sink offer 2500 VAC optical coupling and logic compatible current regulated 4 to 32 VDC inputs with LED status indicator in a 22.5 mm wide “ready to use” assembly. Utilizing low on-state resistance FETs, the CKM series provides efficient and reliable DC load control for a wide range of applications including heating, lighting and motion control.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Honeywell Sensing and Control ASDX Ultra-Low Pressure Sensors

Honeywell Sensing and Control has announced an upgrade to the ASDX Series that includes the following ultra-low pressure ranges:
  • 0 to 10 inches of H2O gage
  • ± 10 inches of H2O differential
  • ± 5 inches of H2O differential
As with the 1 and 5 psi low pressure sensors, the ASDX Series ultra-low pressure sensors incorporate ASIC technology for faster response, an SPI digital output option, and a 3.3 V power supply.

The ASDX Series is designed to provide digital correction of sensor offset, sensitivity, temperature coefficients, and non-linearity. These sensors are intended for use with non-corrosive, non-ionic working fluids such as air and dry gases.

The ASDX Series’ footprint is slightly larger than the SDX, but includes additional signal conditioning integrated within the product. This allows the customer to remove the components associated with signal conditioning from their PC board to free space and reduce costs normally associated with those components (e.g., acquisition, inventory, assembly). Having this capability within the sensor also eliminates many potential problems that could arise from having multiple components for signal conditioning spread across a circuit board.

The ASDX Series are available in analog or digital output:

Compensated analog output: Provides a ratiometric 12-bit analog output for reading pressure over the specified full scale pressure span and temperature range, allowing for fast and easy integration into standard electronic circuits.

Compensated 14-bit digital output: Provides either an I2C or SPI digital interface for reading pressure over the specified full scale pressure span and temperature range, minimizing connections and providing higher resolution and faster performance through reduced conversion requirements and the convenience of direct interface to the microprocessors or microcontrollers.

  • Barometry
  • Flow calibrators
  • Gas flow instrumentation
  • Sleep apnea equipment
  • Pneumatic controls
  • Ventilation/air flow monitors

Honeywell Sensing and Control SS340RT and SS440R Digital Position Sensors

Honeywell has expanded its Hall-effect sensor portfolio with the new SS340RT Series and SS440R Series Unipolar Hall-Effect Digital Position Sensors. As unipolar devices, they are designed to respond to a single pole. These devices enhance our existing unipolar Hall-effect sensor portfolio by offering the following:
  1. Subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package
  2. Reverse polarity protection
  3. Low 3 V capability
  4. Price competitive

SS340RT Series: Subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package takes up less space on the printed circuit board; supplied on tape and reel for automated pick and place assembly, often helping to reduce manufacturing costs; responds to North pole.

SS440R Series: Leaded flat TO-92 style package (bulk packaging, 1000 units per bag). Future options will include ammopack (fan-fold) type tape, with straight or formed leads for automated assembly; responds to South pole.

These sensors are:

Price competitive: Honeywell has optimized the size of the integrated circuit, saving on manufacturing costs while still meeting customer requirements; these savings result in lower costs to customers

Economical: Package is supplied on tape and reel (SS340RT Series), often allowing for automated, lower-cost pick and place assembly which helps the customer reduce manufacturing costs; low voltage 3 V capability helps reduce power consumption

Small: Small footprint takes up less space on the PC board, typically allowing for more components on the same board

Flexible: Sinking output with open collector allows the sensor to interface with many electrical circuits without buffering; 3 to 24 Vdc supply voltages up to 125°C [257°F] and 3 to 12 Vdc voltage operating at 150 °C [257 °F] enhance application flexibility

Stable: Thermally balanced integrated circuit provides stable operation over a full temperature range

Safe: Built-in reverse polarity protection provides enhanced circuit protection

The new Hall-effect sensors are supplied in three different magnetic sensitivities:
  • Highest sensitivity: SS341RT and SS441R devices offer the highest sensitivity of the Series, with a typical operating point of 85 G at 25 °C [77 °F]
  • Medium sensitivity: SS343RT and SS443R offer medium sensitivity with 125 G typical at 25 °C [77 °F]
  • Lowest sensitivity: SS349RT and SS449R offer the lowest sensitivity, requiring 350 G typical to operate at 25°C [77 °F]

  • Door or lid closure detection
  • Speed and RPM (revolutions per minute) sensing in fitness equipment
  • Flow rate sensing in industrial processes, appliances, or water softeners
  • Damper or valve position control in industrial, HVAC, or residential/commercial applications
  • Robotic control (cylinder position monitoring)
  • Float-based fluid level sensing
  • Printer head position sensing
  • Displacement sensor in hospital beds or medical equipment
  • Medication bin monitor on portable drug carts

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CST / Crydom High Power PCB DC Solid State Relay

Crydom, a company of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) and global expert in Solid State Relay Technology, introduces CMX100D10, a high power PCB mounted DC output SSR. Crydom's CMX series of FET output printed circuit board mounted DC Solid State Relays previously rated to 6 amps at 100 VDC now includes a new model rated to 10 amps at 100 VDC and 40°C ambient temperature. The CMX100D10 complements the CMX series that features models rated from 5 to 20 amps at 60 VDC, 6 to 10 amps at 100 VDC, and 3 amps at 200 VDC.

All Crydom CMX series SSRs feature outputs with low on-state resistance FETs for efficient DC load control, 2500 VAC optical isolation, logic compatible DC control input and industry standard PCB mounting footprint in an epoxy package designed for full output rated operation at 40°C ambient temperature.

Crydom DC output SSRs are ideal for heating, lighting and motion control applications in industrial, medical, aerospace, rail and automotive applications.

Turck Gearless Compact Absolute Encoders

TURCK introduces an optical encoder series designed completely without gears to eliminate wear and sensitivity to magnetic fields. The Kubler by TURCK F36 encoder series’ compact size of only 36 mm with a hollow shaft diameter of up to 10 mm makes them well-suited for drive engineering and medical applications.

F36 singleturn encoders have a resolution of up to 17 bits; multiturn encoders have a resolution of up to 41 bits with over 16 million revolutions. An IP 67 protection rating and a temperature range of -40 to 90°C makes the encoders able to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Kubler by TURCK encoders employ state-of-the-art OptoASIC technology with high integration density that results in fewer components and connection points to increase operational reliability. Further, a patented Safety Lock™ bearing structure provides increased ability to withstand vibrations and eliminates installation errors.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rittal Ri4Power Form 2-4 Enclosures Catalog

Rittal’s Ri4Power is a structured system solution for the reliable, fast assembly of low-voltage switchgear systems for machines, plant, and buildings. Innovative software allows a fast and perfect route to your individual Ri4Power system solution. By utilizing Rittal’s TS8 Top enclosure system, combining Ri4Power and busbar components with general system accessories creates infinite power distribution possibilities.

Banner Engineering R58A Registration Mark Sensor

R58A sensors offer high-performance, cost-effective registration mark sensing featuring a single emitter color and simplified sensor setup and adjustment.

The switching threshold is adjusted with a potentiometer, and two green LEDs assist with setting the optimal threshold. Output status information is provided by an amber output LED. Light Operate or Dark Operate is also easily selectable via the LO/DO selection switch.

The fast 10 kHz switching frequency and 15 microsecond repeatability ensure reliability in high-speed operations. Models are available with a parallel or perpendicular sensing image, as well as a 20 millisecond OFF-delay to solve a variety of applications. The rugged zinc alloy die-cast housing and high quality acrylic lens are designed to handle ambient electrical noise and vibration from presses and die cutting machinery.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

SMC Pneumatics Position Feedback Sensor for XRAY-S Gripper Series

Zaytran, SMC's partner in heavy-duty grippers, is now offering a position feedback sensor option for the XRAY-S gripper series. ZAYTRAN’s premier large format gripper, the XRAY-S, has very long strokes. The long strokes enable the XRAY-S to handle a wide variety of parts without having to change tooling. The ability to precisely monitor the jaw’s position greatly increases the gripper’s capabilities.

A short stroke gripper that would handle only one part typically would use two barrel proximity sensors to monitor when the gripper is “full open” and “closed on part.” Long stroke grippers, that handle many different parts, typically use multiple barrel proximity sensors to sense each individual part. It is not uncommon for an XRAY-S gripper to have as many as 6 sensors mounted on its side. This is not desirable for two reasons, cost and cable management. The XRAY-S is designed to operate in harsh environments, so the barrel proximity sensors have to be fully shielded which makes them expensive. Cable management is an issue since each prox. sensor has its own cable; multiple sensors mean multiple cables to route around a robot arm.

The new position feedback sensor for the XRAY-S solves both of the problems associated with the use of barrel proximity sensors. The cost of this package is typically less expensive than purchasing multiple proximity sensors. Since there is only one wire that extends from the sensor, cable management is not much of a concern. Additionally, the position feedback sensor is repeatable to ±0.0005 inches. This allows the XRAY-S-2200-PF to be used for part discrimination and stroke limitation (for quicker cycle times).

For new applications the position feedback sensor can be factory installed on new XRAY-S grippers. To retrofit an existing application there is a field installable kit. The position feedback sensor is available with either analog or digital outputs for application flexibility.

XRAY-S grippers are designed for use in harsh environments. The bearings are fitted with wipers and industrial scrapers. The pistons are hardened and fitted with welding scrapers and polymer wipers. The position feedback sensor is rated IP-67. This combined with lube-for-life helix technology assures years of trouble-free operation.

ZAYTRAN is a world leader in the design and manufacture of pneumatic grippers for harsh environments, large parts, class one clean rooms and locating devices for car body fabrication.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kubler by Turck Linear and Rotary Position Catalog

Turck position solutions are synonymous with precision and provide you with:
  • Optical encoders with temperature and aging compensation for extended life.
  • Incremental encoders with housing sizes from 1 to 3.5 inches in a wide variety of signal outputs that are compatible with industrial control platforms.
  • Single and multi-turn absolute encoders with numerous fieldbus options in shaft and hollow shaft housings.
  • Magnetic encoder designs for high shock and wet environments.
  • Magnetostrictive linear displacement transducers that save wear breakage, downtime and cost.

Friday, August 21, 2009

IDEC-DATASENSOR Optical Sensing Devices Catalog

DATASENSOR SpA, a part of the DATALOGIC group and one of the largest photoelectric sensor manufacturers in the world, has been collaborating with IDEC Corporation. Together, IDEC and DATASENSOR provide a complete range of high-performance sensors that are easy for customers to install and use. Recognized as a cutting-edge company, DATASENSOR has won many awards, including the prestigious International Best Factory Award, while holding over twenty patents and trademarks.

IDEC is known worldwide for bringing reliable and innovative control and automation products and solutions to the market for over sixty years. A leader in the industry, IDEC produces only the highest quality products.

When you need reliable, high-quality products, as well as superior customer service and support, IDEC and DATASENSOR can provide cost-effective solutions for all your sensing needs.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Turck 2 and 3-Wire DC Stainless Steel Sensor Line

TURCK announces its complete line of 2 and 3-wire DC ArmorGuard™+ stainless steel front face inductive proximity sensors. The line includes 8, 12, 18 and 30 mm barrel sensors with 1.5 to 10 mm achievable sensing distances.

The sensors’ one piece construction and IP 68 and IP 68K rating make them particularly suitable for applications in the food and beverage industry. In addition, select sensors are available with TURCK’s proprietary WeldGuard™ material to resist weld slag and abrasion often found in robotic welding applications in the automotive industry.

The sensors come equipped with an M12 quick disconnect connection or with potted-in cable for ease of installation on the plant floor.

Product Specifications
  • 2-wire DC, quick disconnect and potted cable
  • 3-wire DC, PNP/NPN, quick disconnect and potted cable
  • IP 68, IP 69K
  • Sensing range of 1.5 mm, 2 mm, 5 mm, 10 mm

The 8, 12 and 18 mm 3-wire DC quick disconnect and potted-in cable versions are currently available. The 8, 12 and 18 mm potted-in cable versions will be available August 24.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Rittal WM Slope Top Washdown Enclosures Brochure

Rittal's innovative slope top wallmount enclosure is designed for food/beverage and pharmaceutical applications or any environment where sanitation concerns require frequent washdowns. The 20° overhanging sloped roof prevents standing water from accumulating on top of the enclosure and door opening.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rittal RiLAN Industrial Network Enclosures

Industrial networking systems have become the norm for virtually any new and retrofit plant floor installation. Housing these network devices requires enclosures designed for the rugged plant floor environment. Rittal wallmount and freestanding enclosures offer reliable protection for sensitive components.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Literature Available from Baldor

Due to our newly formed partnership with Baldor, we are offering the following brochures to get you better acquainted with Baldor's wide range of motion control products:

AC Drives Solutions
Baldor V*S range of industrial AC drives defines quality, reliability and performance. Utilizing easy-to-use interfaces and intuitive programming, V*S High Performance Drives, Pump and Fan Drives and Microdrives have the capability to meet any application need.

AC Servo Drives
Baldor offers a wide choice of cost effective and easy to use servo drives. Whether your needs call for control of speed or torque, preset point-to-point moves, or a fully programmable single axis positioned/drive, then Baldor has the answer.

AC Servo Motors and Servo Rated Gearheads
Ever since the beginning in 1983, Baldor has been supplying reliable servo motor solutions to worldwide applications. Baldor goes beyond the industry standard with innovations such as extra high insulated stator design for protection, superior bearings to provide four times greater life, and premium high temperature moisture resistance and multi-coated copper wire to cope with large current spikes.

DC Servo Motors and Drives
Baldor’s DC high performance servo motors were designed rugged to meet demanding requirements of industrial motion control. They can be supplied with many electrical and mechanical options so the design fits your application.

Honeycomb Dual Axis Linear Motors
Baldor has engineered a new, unique, lower cost, Dual Axis linear base with stepper motor to provide exceptional durability and reliability for hundreds of millions of cycles. Direct coupling to the load greatly improves a machine’s accuracy. Dual Axis linear stepper motors provide up to 134N (30 lbs.) of static force. Additionally, the design incorporates a high attractive force up to 1780N (400 lbs.) to allow face up or inverted mounting.

Linear Motors and Stages
Baldor provides the widest range of industrial linear motors, linear stages and controls. Linear motors provide direct-coupled motion and eliminate mechanical transmission devices. The rugged mechanical design provides accurate motion and precision positioning for hundreds of millions of cycles.

Mint Automation Software and Applications
Mint is Baldor’s high speed compiled BASIC programming language for motion and machine control. Mint provides multitasking capability for motion, I/O, HMI and communication tasks. Including the modern BASIC programming functionality makes it simple to write and develop modular programs that are easily understood by others, easily maintained, and easily re-used across different applications.

Motion Control Solutions
Baldor motion control products are at the heart of automation, bringing reliability and flexibility to today’s machines. Baldor’s comprehensive motion control range includes rotary AC and DC servo motors, linear motors, servo drives, multi-axis motion controllers, and inverter and vector drives.

Motion Product Accessories
Baldor HMI panels, cables, power supplies and filters complete the total solution for your motion control applications. Baldor operator panels are fully programmable, removing the burden from the motion controller. Text panels are available with simple programmable graphic display and keypad for data entry. A range of touch screens from 3.8” to 12.1” are available with full graphics capabilities in color and monochrome.

NextMove Multi-Axis Motion Controllers
With today’s automation applications demanding increasing speed and flexibility to stay ahead, finding a control solution to meet those demands can be difficult. Utilizing a high performance processor core coupled with the power, flexibility and ease of use of its Mint programming language, Baldor’s NextMove range of motion controllers can take on the most demanding of multi-axis applications.

Real Time Ethernet Motion Solutions
Baldor’s e100 control products provide a cutting edge solution to machine control. The e100 family includes compact single phase drives, three phase AC drives with DC bus energy sharing and Baldor’s Mint motion control technology. Combined with real-time Ethernet, they provide a platform for implementing a wide variety of machine control applications.

Servo, Linear & Motion Control Products
Baldor offers one of the broadest selections of motion control products in the industry today. Products include rotary AC and DC servo motors, linear motors, servo drives and multi-axis motion controllers. Baldor motion controllers and intelligent servo drives are programmed in the powerful but easy to use motion language, Mint.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs SU18 and SU19 Plastic Fiber Optic Amplifiers

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces SU18 and SU19 Plastic Photoelectric Fiber Optic Amplifiers. These fiber optic amplifiers feature multiple detection modes, selectable timing functions, remote teach and Pepperl+Fuchs’ patented 4-in-1™ output. 4-in-1 output reduces costs and stock requirements by delivering NPN light on, NPN dark on, PNP light on, or PNP dark on, output options from a single sensor. They also feature a locking lever to secure the fiber optic cable to the sensor, along with a unique press-and-click feature that facilitates DIN rail mounting and removal without the need for any tools.

The SU18 series is available in pushbutton teach or potentiometer adjustable models. Pushbutton models feature multiple teach modes, while potentiometer models feature weak signal output with built-in diagnostic functions. Both SU18 models feature cross-talk protection when used in high resolution mode, with a large LED for sensor status display.

“The SU19 can be gang-mounted with up to 18 amplifiers, which can reduce wiring by up to 70% because expansion units have only one wire to connect. Unlike most competitive models where the bridge connector for gang-mounting is on the side of the sensor, the SU19's bridge connector is on the back of the sensor. This makes replacing middle amplifiers easy since adjacent amplifiers don't have to be removed as they do with side bridge connectors,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager.

The high performance SU19 series also has a built-in illuminated 4-digit percentage-of-light-received display that is easier to interpret, and just as accurate, as conventional dual 4-digit display models. The SU19 has a glass detection mode that allows reliable detection of glass or transparent objects when used with thru-beam fiber optics.

The thin profile and features-set of both the SU18 and SU19 makes them an ideal sensing solution in space-restricted semiconductor and packaging applications such as IC detection, PCB/wafer detection, bottle counting and bottle cap detection, presence or absence of tablets in blister packs, registration mark detection on packaging film, counting IC pins, and gear teeth counting.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Baldor/Reliance Stock Product Catalog

Baldor/Reliance large motors are trusted to get the job done! Designed and built for superior reliability, energy savings and rugged performance, Baldor/Reliance is the preferred choice. With ratings to 1500 Hp delivered from stock and the shortest lead-times available for custom motors to 15,000 Hp, no application is too tough for Baldor/Reliance motors.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

IDEC LUMIFA LED Illumination for Industrial Automation Brochure

New LUMIFA LED light strips from IDEC represent the future of brighter, longer-lasting and environmentally-friendly lighting sources. IDEC's innovative Heat Dissipation Technology integrated with their core LED design enables the LUMIFA light strips to emit only the highest quality light. The LUMIFA series is the brightest in the industry, producing an average of 65.3 Lumens/Watt.

  • Long Lasting: 70% of Initial Luminance at 50,000 Hrs
  • Efficient: 1/3 the energy of fluorescent tubes
  • Compact: Width as narrow as 27.5mm
  • Safe: RoHS Compliant, IP67f degree of protection (dust, water and oil-tight)
  • Variety of Colors: Cool White, Warm White, Red and Yellow

Monday, August 10, 2009

Honeywell Sensing and Control HIH-5030/5031 Humidity Sensors

For industrial or medical equipment manufacturers that need an accurate, high-performing Surface Mount Device (SMD) humidity sensor, Honeywell introduces the HIH-5030 and HIH-5031 Series Humidity Sensor. These sensors are available on tape and reel (1,000 units per reel), allowing for use in high volume, automated pick-and-place manufacturing, eliminating lead misalignment to printed circuit board through-holes.

These new humidity sensors complement Honeywell’s existing HIH-4030/4031Series SMD humidity sensors by operating at lower supply voltage (down to 2.7 VDC), allowing for greater application flexibility, especially in applications that are battery operated. The HIH-5030 is a covered integrated circuit humidity sensor; the HIH-5031 is a covered, condensation-resistant, integrated circuit humidity sensor that is factory-fitted with a hydrophobic filter, allowing it to be used in condensing environments.

These sensors provide enhanced stability, accuracy and response time over the entire humidity range of 0~100% RH. Their small, space-saving housing profile allows for application flexibility; multi-layer construction and hydrophobic filter provide resistance to common contaminants such as condensation, dirt, dust, oils and common environmental chemicals.

The HIH-5030 Series and HIH-5031 Series humidity sensors are designed for use in the following potential applications:

Industrial: Air compressors, battery-powered systems, drying equipment, HVAC, OEM assemblies, office automation equipment, process equipment, refrigeration, telecommunications cabinets, weather stations and meteorology equipment

Medical: Hospital air compressors, infant incubators, microenvironments, sleep apnea equipment and treadmill stress monitoring equipment

Honeywell Sensing and Control ASDX/ASDX-DO Plastic Silicon Pressure Sensors

For industrial or medical equipment manufacturers requiring industry-leading plastic silicon pressure sensors from 1 to 5 psi, Honeywell is pleased to introduce the new ASDX Series and ASDX-DO Series plastic silicon pressure sensors. These sensors are designed to provide digital correction of sensor offset, sensitivity, temperature coefficients and non-linearity.

  • The ASDX Series with compensated analog output provides a ratiometric 12 bit analog output for reading pressure over the specified full scale pressure span and temperature range, allowing for fast and easy integration into standard electronic circuits.
  • The ASDX-DO Series with compensated 14 bit digital output provides either an I2C or SPI digital interface for reading pressure over the specified full scale pressure span and temperature range, minimizing connections and providing higher resolution and faster performance through reduced conversion requirements and the convenience of direct interface to the microprocessors or microcontrollers.

The ASDX and ASDX-DO Series include additional integrated signal conditioning, allowing the customer to remove signal conditioning components associated from their PC board to free up space and reduce costs normally associated with those components (e.g., acquisition, inventory, assembly). This integrated capability eliminates many potential problems that could arise from having multiple components for signal conditioning spread across a circuit board.

These sensors are designed to provide accurate pressure monitoring, leading to enhanced stability over time; a wide temperature calibration range of 0 °C to 85 °C [32 °F to 185 °F]; a typical response time of 1 ms, useful for applications that require a fast response; custom calibration that provides support for many unique applications; and operation from a single power supply of either 3.3 Vdc or 5.0 Vdc, allowing for application flexibility.

The ASDX Series and ASDX-DO Series plastic silicon pressure sensors are designed for use with non-corrosive, non-ionic working fluids such as air and dry gases. They may be used in many potential industrial and medical applications including barometry, flow calibrators, gas flow instrumentation, HVAC controls, sleep apnea equipment, pneumatic controls and ventilation/airflow monitors.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Predictive Features of the Schneider Electric TeSys T Motor Management System

Did you know that Schneider Electric's TeSys T Motor Management System is loaded with Predictive Features and allows an Easy and Preventive Maintenance?
  • TeSys T Predictive features such as accurate Current, Voltage, Power and Energy measurements allow to detect very small drifts in process conditions. Those small changes in process conditions are used to predict process downtime.
  • TeSys T extensive data collection simplifies maintenance tasks and provides the information necessary for preventive maintenance. An easy Interface with SCADA systems (such as Vijeo Citect) facilitates the implementation of advanced preventive maintenance routines.
  • TeSys T comprehensive motor protection prevents unwanted events in your process and protects your investment. Advanced Warning features help to predict process downtime and manage your process more efficiently.
  • TeSys T advanced diagnostic functions gives you the ability to pin point precisely the cause of a problem in your system. Advanced diagnostic functions and the smart removable connectors fitted on TeSys T make maintenance tasks easier and faster.
Keep in mind that TeSys T is designed to reduce downtime of your critical processes and reduce the cost of your operations.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

E-T-A Circuit Protection Selection Guide

Circuit Protection Selection Guide
E-T-A’s Circuit Protection Selection Guide offers you a quick way to review their different types of circuit breaker technologies, terminal types and actuator types. Photos of each of their popular circuit breakers are included.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Phoenix Contact Industrial Networks Guide - Ethernet Communication for Automation Applications

Industrial Ethernet is becoming the basic technology for future automation solutions. Although there are general differences, there are also many parallels with network technology in EDP applications.

The aim of this book is to demonstrate how industrial network technology and realtime-capable systems can be implemented in practice and to provide a vision of a seamless solution from the industrial environment to the office.

The book begins with an overview of Ethernet and its requirements in automation technology. It then provides comprehensive information about:
  • Installation: transmission media, CAT5/6/7 cabling, power supply, EMC
  • Switching: IPv4/IPv6, commands, redundancy, project planning, configuration
  • Protocols and Services: realtime, control, diagnostics, security, and communication protocols such as PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, Modbus/TCP
  • Services such as http, SNMP, DHCP
  • A comprehensive glossary
The focus is on practical applications and working with networks on a day to day basis. Clear examples are used to explain typical user questions and the basis for system decisions. This Industrial Ethernet book therefore covers all the knowledge and technology required for the planning, installation, operation, and maintenance of industrial Ethernet networks.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Banner Engineering Super High-Power QS30H2O Water Sensors

The QS30H2O product line was developed to detect the presence of water and water-based liquids. The typical application is verifying liquid fill on bottling lines and packaging machines. The sensors can also be used to verify water flow at a nozzle, or detect liquid level in a sight glass.

New higher output emitters have been specified in the super high-power models which allow the maximum sensor gain to be increased by a factor of 10. This extra burn-through power will enable the detection of liquid contents in thicker containers.

The sensor combines very high optical power to penetrate the clear or translucent container, yet remains very sensitive to the presence of water which absorbs the 1450 nm light. In the event that the sensor is burning though both the container and the liquid contents, the system gain should be reduced with apertures, increased separation distance, or mis-alignment of the sensors.

  • Special emitter/receiver technology tuned to an absorption band of water makes the sensor pair sensitive to the presence of water and water based liquids.
  • Extremely high excess gain makes the sensors powerful enough to burn through many types of plastic and glass containers but still sensitive to the presence of liquid inside the container.
  • Built in electronic crosstalk avoidance allows multiple sensor pairs to be used in close proximity.
  • Rugged IP67 housing for harsh environments with epoxy encapsulated electronics.
  • Washdown rated PW12 – tested with 1200 psi spray.
  • Compact housing, mounting versatility — 30 mm threaded barrel- or side-mount
  • Models available with 2 m or 9 m (6.5' or 30') cable, or 150 mm (6") pigtail with quick-disconnect fitting
  • Apertures included with the sensor to adjust sensor gain and shape the effective beam