Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Turck Zener Diode Barriers for Hazardous Areas

TURCK introduces MZB series Zener diode barriers, designed to effectively limit excess energy before it reaches a hazardous area. The MZB barriers provide convenient removable terminals within an extremely efficient and space-saving design—with channels as small as 6.3mm wide—to consume minimal panel space. Additionally, the MZB series features a bussed power feed and offers both relay and solid-state switch models.

Each channel of the MZB Zener diode barriers is fitted with two stages of pulse-tested Zener diodes and an infallible terminating resistor. If an electrical fault such as an overvoltage occurs in the non-hazardous area of the barrier, the Zener diodes limit the voltage available to hazardous area circuits, while the series resistance limits the current. Within this circuit is a fuse designed to immediately and safely rupture if the excess energy continuously applied to the barrier exceeds the design criteria for the loop.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Honeywell Sensing and Control SS311PT/SS411P Bipolar Hall-Effect Digital Position Sensors

The new SS311PT and SS411P Bipolar Hall-Effect Digital Position Sensors include a built-in pull-up resistor that eliminates the customer having to purchase an external resistor for many applications, reducing total system cost. These sensors utilize a downsized integrated circuit, resulting in lower costs for customers, as well as a low 2.7 Vdc supply voltage that allows for use in low voltage applications. The SS311PT is a subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package supplied on tape and reel. The SS411P is a small, leaded, flat TO-92 style available in bulk packaging. These devices are designed to respond to alternating North and South poles in high-volume, cost-sensitive rotary sensing applications.

Honeywell Sensing and Control SMART Position Sensor

The SMART Position Sensor, 75 mm Linear Configuration, is Honeywell's first non-contacting linear position sensor that allows unparalleled accuracy and reliability in applications that require measurement of any linear movement. This sensor is considered smart because it can essentially think for itself. It has the ability to self-calibrate because it uses a patented combination of an ASIC and an array of magnetoresistive (MR) sensors to accurately and reliably determine the position of a magnet attached to a moving object so that the object's position can be determined. With this sensor, Honeywell has utilized MR technology through the ASIC at a level never before accomplished. These devices are designed for potential industrial, medical, and aerospace applications.

Honeywell Sensing and Control 15, 30 and 100psi ASDX Silicon Pressure Sensors

Honeywell is pleased to announce the third and final upgrade this year to the ASDX Series Silicon Pressure Sensor portfolio with new 15, 30, and 100 psi low pressure devices. As you recall, in May we upgraded the portfolio with new 1 and 5 psi low pressure sensors. In September we launched new ultra-low pressure devices that included 0 to 10 inches of H2O gage, ±10 inches of H2O differential, and ±5 inches of H2O differential. All of these sensors incorporate ASIC technology for a fast response, an SPI or I2C digital output option, and a choice of a 3.3 V or 5 V power supply. These devices are designed for potential medical and industrial applications.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Phoenix Contact Surge Protection Sets for Solar Installations

Phoenix Contact now offers pre-assembled surge protection sets for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry.

The surge arresters in the PV sets have temperature-monitored, high-capacity varistors with optical fault warning and dynamic disconnect device. The PV sets are pre-assembled protection solutions in IP65 installation housing.

The PV-SET DC and PV-SET Multistring offer surge protection on the PV generator side only. They are designed for small-scale systems with a solar string or PV systems with several solar strings.

PV-SET DC/AC protects all power lines in the system, including both the PV generator side and the power supply. It provides optimum protection to an inverter, since the pre-assembled solution protects the DC input and the AC outputs from surge voltages.

Phoenix Contact CLIPLINE Cabinet Wire Duct

Phoenix Contact introduces a new line of wire duct cabinet add-ons that simplify control cabinet wiring. With CLIPLINE wire duct, wiring is neat and secure, making it easy to replace or add wiring later.

"Fingers" on the ducts have two score lines, allowing easy removal. The fingers are flexible and will not snap when the user runs wire through them. The wire duct features a notched score line that eliminates the need for notching pliers to break off the fingers. However, breaking the wall will require the use of a cutter.

The cover's contour allows it to snap on easily and fit securely. The duct and cover are available as a complete set, or the covers can be ordered individually. Ranging in size from 25 mm to 120 mm, the wire duct is suitable for a variety of applications. The wiring duct is available in two meter lengths, matching Phoenix Contact's standard DIN rail.

Phoenix Contact CLIPLINE Cabinet Wire Duct (25x25 version)

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs GLD3 Label Detection Slot Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces GLD3 Series Label Detection Sensors. With a quick and easy one-step teach and fast 100 ┬Ás response, GLD3 photoelectric slot sensors are specifically designed to detect paper, foil and many types of translucent adhesive labels on a roll.

GLD3 through-beam sensors feature a robust, one-piece IP66 housing and are available with NPN and PNP outputs, and 3mm sensing range. A remote teach option is available, as are a choice of cabled or connector options to satisfy varying application needs.

The GLD3 series’ slotted design makes them well suited for use in web break detection, double sheet detection, splice detection, edge guiding and end-of-roll detection applications.

Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs pioneered the development of proximity sensors 50 years ago, and has set the standard for innovation and quality ever since.

Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087; (330) 486-0001; fax: (330) 405-4710;;

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Turck 2-Wire DC and NAMUR Cylinder Position Sensors

TURCK has expanded its line of BIM-UNT cylinder position sensors with a new 2-wire DC version, along with a NAMUR option for intrinsically safe applications. The cylinder position sensor’s wear-free design and short circuit protection make them a viable alternative to electromagnetic switches in the automotive industry. To further their applicability in this industry, TURCK has integrated a weld resistant TPU cable.

With a total length of only 28 mm, the BIM-UNT is one of the most compact cylinder position sensors on the market. The active sensing faces are located directly at the end of the sensor to safely detect the piston rod’s end position on compact, short-stroke cylinders.

BIM-UNT sensors use magneto-resistive, board level technology that provides improved performance and housing. The sensor comes with a quick mount tab that helps seat the sensor in the cylinder's groove – even before the screw is tightened – making single-handed mounting possible. The position of the screw has also been moved away from the cable-end to provide cable strain relief, while also ensuring the sensor remains in place if the cable is pulled.

BIM-UNT sensors include a broad range of accessories, from precision mounting to wire-strain relief products, to help install the sensors in all T-groove, dovetail, round and tie rod pneumatic cylinders.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fortress Interlocks eGard Slide Latch

Fortress has introduced the Slide Latch to its eGard range of modular safety interlocks that regulate access to dangerous machinery.

The new eGard Slide Latch is a robust door locking device, for both hinged and sliding doors, that features an integrated tongue so it can be used in conjunction with key modules, safety switches and machine control functions. The Slide Latch handle has a built in lever to release the door lock and allows reliable actuator operation in combination with all door locking eGard configurations. The Slide Latch can easily be mounted onto current eGard configurations by simply mounting the head bridge on the existing head module.

The eGard Slide Latch is available in two versions, either with or without an internal release function that can unlock the door from the inside and prevents the operator from re-locking themselves back in; the machine can only be restarted from outside the guarded area.

The eGard Slide Latch provides easy handing and secondary action for locking and unlocking doors to safeguarded areas. It can be used in conjunction with all other eGard door locking configurations and is suitable for use in applications up to SIL3 (EN/IEC 62061), Category 4 and PLe (EN/ISO 13849-1).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Banner Engineering Accessories for SureCross Wireless Products

Banner Engineering has added three new accessories to their SureCross wireless product line:

  • Rugged Outdoor Enclosures - Install a Node, Gateway or Data Radio inside an IP67 rated fiberglass enclosure. These enclosures come in three sizes: 14"x12"x8", 10"x8"x6" and 8"x6"x6".
  • PS24DX Power Supply - This low-cost power supply provides DC power to SureCross Nodes and Gateways and comes in a low-profile IP67 rated DX80 housing.
  • IB6RP Interface Relay Box - The new IB6RP interface relay box accepts up to six independent SPST relay outputs and supports up to 5A, 110AC outputs.

Schneider Electric Codes and Standards Web Site

A new Web site provides direct access to Schneider Electric's many solutions to meet Codes & Standards requirements. This new site, which you can reach at includes many new features:
  • An expanded Technical Library provides frequently requested codes and standards information on applications, products, the National Electrical Code and more.
  • New product certification area, allowing users to search for Schneider Electric products in both UL and CSA databases.
  • Ability to register to receive Codes and Standards updates when released by the Industry and Government Affairs Organization.
  • A training request link for those wishing to have information on Codes and Standards seminars that may be useful to their business. (fee based)
  • A special section for Electrical Inspectors with the most current information on code. changes, the importance of electrical inspections and links to other key areas that will help inspectors perform their inspection activities .
  • A special contact us section that will allow us to receive specific comments, suggestions and questions. Plus, the new structure will facilitate your searches for specific details.

Schneider Electric's team of professionals work each and every day in the codes and standards arena to understand what is changing and how those changes will impact you, our customer.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Schneider Electric S-Flex Enclosed Drives for HVAC and Pump Applications

Schneider Electric's S-Flex enclosed drive, designed with input from HVAC consultants and contractors, was developed specifically for commercial pump and fan applications, providing the most effective solution with the quickest payback. The newest S-Flex offers a through the door disconnect and full voltage bypass contactors with electrical interlocks that allow for emergency full speed operation.
  • SAVE ENERGY with motor algorithms to maximize energy savings by reducing electricity usage.
  • SAVE TIME with simple start-up including preprogrammed parameters for pump and fan applications.
  • SAVE SPACE with a slender design that requires minimal space between drives for side-by-side wall mounting.
  • SAVE MONEY by reducing equipment maintenance cost and downtime.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Steven Engineering Contract Manufacturing and Services Brochure

Steven Engineering's new Contract Manufacturing & Services brochure outlines our vast array of product enhancements and services to help you reduce costs and save time!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Panduit LS8EQ and LS9Q Enhanced Hand-Held Thermal Transfer Printers

Panduit introduces the LS8EQ and LS9Q, newer versions of the PanTher LS8E Printer and Cougar LS9 Printer. With an innovative QWERTY style keyboard for faster text entry and label design, these printers meet the demanding requirements of electrical and network users while delivering affordable productivity gains throughout the physical infrastructure.

The LS8EQ and LS9Q printers are part of a complete line of economical identification solutions from Panduit. These new printers are now in stock and available for ordering. Panduit will also continue to offer the standard PanTher LS8E and Cougar LS9 printers with the ABC style keypad design.

Panduit PAT3S Automatic Cable Tie Installation System

A PAT3S has been added to family of automatic cable tie installation systems to accommodate a wide variety of applications that require a maximum bundle diameter of 2.75” in 50lb tensile strength. This system complements the existing tools that handle maximum bundle diameters of 0.82”, 1.31”, and 1.94” in three tensile strengths.

Features and Benefits:
  • Applies standard cross section reel fed cable ties in Nylon 6.6 and Heat Stabilized Nylon 6.6 materials
  • Available with the data interface software and Ethernet connection options to measure and track production performance
  • Available with the electronic interface option to provide the capability of remotely controlling the system

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Literature from Rittal

Comprehensive Colocation
Rittal produces collocation rack enclosures that are truly suited to the rigors of current collocation deployments. Rittal’s collocation rack enclosures are engineered to handle the intense physical security requirements of the market with durable construction, doors with two-point latching, internal hinges, locking handles and secure cable management that allows entry from both the top and bottom.

JB and WM Wallmount Enclosures Specification Guide
Rittal’s WM and JB industrial wallmount enclosures are focused on meeting the needs of the North American market – readily available in all of the most popular sizes, protection categories and configurations used by Rittal’s customers.

Renewable Energy
Rittal offers an expansive enclosure offering for indoor/outdoor freestanding, wallmount and HMI applications available off-the-shelf in a wide variety of sizes, protection categories and construction materials.

Thermoelectric Cooler
Rittal’s powerful, lightweight thermoelectric cooling unit is the eco-friendly climate-control solution for command panels and small enclosures. An energy saving of more than 60% compared with conventional industry systems is possible.

TopConsole System
Rittal has developed a console system with an unmistaeable slim-line appearance. The enhanced design of the TopConsole enclosures incorporates very special qualities with regard to modular configuration, ease of assembly and system accessories – all combined with outstanding cost benefits.

TS8 Specification Guide
The Rittal TS8 is the premier modular enclosure available in the world today. The strength and flexibility of the TS8 come from its robust 16-fold, tubular frame that features a 25mm hole pattern that allows components and accessories to be mounted horizontally or vertically and can support loads of up to 3200 lbs.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pepperl+Fuchs T-Line Incremental Encoders Available in Standard Inch Shaft and Coupling Sizes

Pepperl+Fuchs T-Line 40 mm Series Incremental Rotary Encoders are now available in standard inch shaft and coupling sizes. These compact, 40 mm diameter (1.57 in.) encoders come standard with an integral 2 meter cable, and provide output resolution up to 1024 ppr in an IP54-rated housing. They require a 4.75 – 30VDC supply voltage. As a result, they are an ideal feedback solution for most light-to-medium duty applications in the material handling, packaging and printing industries, among others.

TVI40 solid shaft encoders are available with 1/8 in. and ¼ in. shaft sizes. THI40 hollow shaft encoders are available with 3/16 in., ¼ in. and 5/16 in. shaft coupling sizes. TSI40 recessed hollow shaft encoders are available with shaft bore sizes of 3/16 in., ¼ in., 5/16 in. and 3/8 in. shaft couplings. T-Line 40 mm series incremental rotary encoders are also available to accommodate 4, 6 or 8 mm shaft applications.

Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs pioneered the development of proximity sensors 50 years ago, and has set the standard for innovation and quality ever since.

Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087; (330) 486-0001; fax: (330) 405-4710;;

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Turck Q10S Uprox+ Advanced Factor 1 Sensors

TURCK’s uprox®+ line of advanced factor 1 sensors has been expanded to include a Q10S sensor: a very compact 10 by 10 by 28 millimeter sensor that can achieve sensing distances of up to 5 millimeters, depending on how the sensor is mounted. The Q10S sensors have an active side face and detect all metals at the same rated distance, making it applicable across all industries including material handling, automated assembly, conveying, sorting, product positioning and even industrial robotics.

These sensors provide an extended range and integrated pre-damping function that allows it to be mounted directly on metal, or flush mounted on four sides. Furthermore, with an intermediate metal plate, the sensors can even be mounted directly beside one another without causing interference. Internal electronics also make the sensors particularly resistant to EMC and rated for IP 68 degree of protection.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Literature from Pro-face

Industrial Computers Product Catalog
The customer’s required level for industrial computers is much higher than that for general-purpose PCs. Therefore, Pro-face offers products with high reliability that can withstand extremely harsh environments in the field. Pro-face industrial computers will continue to meet customers’ expectations in a wide spectrum of fields, from controllers at the forefront of production to servers for collecting overall plant information.

LT-3300 5.7" Operator Interface Plus Control
The Pro-face LT3300 combines PLC functionality with a 5.7” touch screen display to cut costs and save space – ideal for adaptive machine designs.