Thursday, December 9, 2010

Banner Engineering TL50 Audible Indicator

The TL50 Audible indicators were developed to provide the customer with a standalone audible device with a convenient 30mm mounting base. Unlike panel mount audible alarms, these devices can be placed anywhere in the factory without the need for a separate enclosure to house them. The sealed version was designed to withstand harsh and wet environments like the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical, and material handling industry.

  • Rugged, cost-effective and easy to install
  • Compact devices are self-contained – no controller needed
  • Immune to EMI and RFI interference
  • Choose IP50 or Sealed IP67 model, black or light gray housing
  • 18 to 30V dc operation

Monday, November 22, 2010

Crydom EL Series Compact Solid State Relays

Crydom’s new “EL” series of Compact Solid State Relays include models with output ratings up to 20 A
rms from 24 to 280 VAC or 10 A from 3 to 100 VDC with optional external heat sink. Logic compatible control input versions include 5, 12 or 24 VDC. Output termination is via 0.25” (6.35 mm) quick connect terminals, while input terminals are 0.187” (4.75 mm) quick connects.

Featuring 4kV all solid state optical isolation, the Triac output AC versions are available with either zero voltage turn-on for resistive load applications or random turn-on for inductive load applications, while DC output versions feature low RDS on resistance FETs suitable for most DC resistive or inductive loads. “EL” series SSRs are RoHS & China RoHS compliant, CE certified, UL and cUL recognized.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rittal TopTherm Heater

Rittal is pleased to announce the launch of our new TopTherm Heaters. The new heaters cover a continuous heating range from 10 to 150 Watts (without fan) and 250 to 800 Watts (with integrated fan). Features such as flexible mounting options, easy wiring, reduced size and improved heating output make these PTC heaters the perfect product for applications with condensation issues or low ambient temperatures. The new heaters will replace the current heater line by Dec 31, 2010.

  • Additional sizes up to 800 Watts of thermal output
  • Multiple voltages covered (110 to 240V)
  • Constant heat distribution thanks to PTC technology
  • Quick and flexible mounting via DIN rail or to mounting panel directly
  • Tool-less wiring via terminal block
  • High efficiency due to self-regulating heater with PTC technology
  • Increased thermal outputs with same physical dimensions

Rittal TopTherm Chiller

Rittal is pleased to announce the launch of the TopTherm Chiller Line with cooling capacities ranging from 9 to 44 kW. Seven standard sizes will complement their well-established Mini Chiller line, which currently covers cooling capacities up to 6kW. The modular design, the small footprint, easy serviceability and the high degree of standardization of Rittal TopTherm Chillers are perfectly suited for applications that require cost efficient and reliable water-cooling.

Additional standard features such as water bypass and dual frequency add to the versatility of the new product line.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pepperl+Fuchs Photoelectric Sensors for Clear Object Detection

GLV18 Series photoelectric sensors with Clear Object Detection are now available from Pepperl+Fuchs. Clear object detection models use reflectors to detect transparent objects up to 2.5 m away, or opaque objects up to 5 m away. These sensors can detect transparent objects to a contrast as low as 18%, including objects as transparent as glass or a clear film. They carry the CE mark, and are UL/cUL Listed.

“The primary benefit of clear object detection is the ability to consistently detect transparent materials such as a glass bottle, PET plastic, a web of shrink-wrap, or protective bubble wrap,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager. “Other types of photoelectric sensors would not consistently detect clear objects because the transmitted light would optically burn through the material, but GLV18 series clear object detection sensors are designed to detect such materials.”

These sensors come in an industry-standard M18 threaded cylindrical housing that is up to 50% shorter and with up to 50% lower power consumption than many competitive models. As a result, they are more likely to fit into space-critical equipment or installations and are less costly to operate - and as lower power consumption enables each power supply to power more sensors, fewer power supplies may be needed in a given application.

GLV18 series sensors also include a unique flush-mount bracket that allows for a simple, tool-less, unobtrusive means of mounting the sensor on a conveyor. Ball-and-swivel and half-clamp mounting brackets are also available to facilitate precise positioning of GLV18 series sensors.

Status LEDs are highly visible and placed in dual positions, 180 degrees apart on the housing, for increased visibility. Additionally, status LED functionality is standardized, meaning that GLV18 sensors don’t just indicate they are powered and see a target, but also indicate if the sensor’s signal strength is lower than it should be so that corrective action can be taken.

GLVL18 series sensors are ideally suited for use in material handling applications, primarily for detecting clear shrink-wrap webs or semi-transparent trays or cartons. They are also well suited for use in packaging applications including, among others, presence detection of clear clamshells, bottles, or pouch webstock. Additionally, the GLV18 series is a very reliable general purpose sensor family that can be used in a number of other markets, including mylar detection in printing/paper applications, and glass detection in automotive 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, November 11, 2010

Schneider Electric Modicon M340 Automation Platform

Far more than a PLC, Schneider Electric’s Modicon Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) are built to suit the needs of the process industry and a wide range of demanding automation applications. The Modicon M340 can be used individually, but is also the perfect companion of Modicon Premium and Modicon Quantum, increasing the performance, the quality and the profitability of your industrial process, facilities or of your machines.

New Literature from Rittal

TS8 Floor Stand and Solid Base Pan Kits

Rittal’s TS8 floor stand kits elevate TS8 modular freestanding and disconnect enclosures where separation between the floor and the enclosure are necessary due to environmental hazards or cable conduit installation/access concerns. Solid base pan kits serve as an alternative to the standard TS8 cable gland plate base configuration and provide a solid, heavy-duty surface at the bottom of the enclosure.

IT Liquid Cooling Packages

Rittal’s scalable Liquid Cooling Pacages (LCPs) can handle high heat densities (up to 44 kW per rack) and adapt to changing requirements as quickly as needed – all while reducing energy consumption and costs by up to 30 to 45%. Heat energy from installed IT equipment is absorbed and removed from the rack, at the rack level, by water, and then fan modules circulate the cooled air created by this exchange through the equipment.

RiLine60 Busbar Power Distribution System

In the field of low-voltage technology, Rittal is a key player in control and distribution technology for industrial systems and data centers. Systems based on RiLine60 are individual and economical, thanks to their component modularity and diversity.

JB and WM Specification Guide

Rittal’s WM and JB 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 their customers. Combined with a full range of accessories, Rittal’s wallmount and junction box enclosures can be tailored to your specifications to create truly customized solutions.

TS8 Specification Guide

The Rittal TS8 is the premier modular enclosure available in the world today. Its patented 16-fold frame profile is engineered to handle large load capacities of up to 3200 lbs, while its modular design is easily adaptable to your unique requirements.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Red Lion Controls Dual Ethernet Expansion Card

Red Lion announces the release of their Ethernet expansion card for the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller series. This new expansion card provides a second Ethernet port for communication on two distinct Ethernet networks simultaneously.

Both the Data Station and Modular Controller series support 10 simultaneous Ethernet protocols, as well as three serial protocols, providing unprecedented protocol conversion and device integration. The addition of a second Ethernet port allows communication with devices on two separate networks without the addition of an industrial router, saving cost as well as configuration time.

The ability to isolate machine level networks from the enterprise network benefits both process engineers and IT managers - the engineer can assign a fixed IP address for the port connected to his PLCs, drives, etc., while allowing the IT personnel to either pick their own IP address or to use DHCP to configure the enterprise port.

The XCENET card can be fitted to any Data Station Plus, as well as the LE, SX or GT versions of the Modular Controller series Master. All of these products are configured via Red Lion's free Crimson® software.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Case Study: Phoenix Contact Wireless Radios at Indian Ridge Country Club

Customer Profile
Cloudburst engineering in Palm Desert, Ca., is an engineering firm specializing in pump repair, irrigation, and system control. one of Cloudburst’s customers is Indian Ridge Country Club, an exclusive gated community with two championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer. They also service several other high-profile golf courses in and around Palm Springs.

Palm Desert boasts 350 days of sunshine and just 3.38 inches of rainfall per year. These dry conditions practically guarantee a sunny day for golfers, but they make it difficult to maintain a healthy course. To ensure the championship-caliber conditions that members expect, Indian Ridge needed a dependable fertiliza- tion and irrigation system.

The club already had an automated system consisting of PLCs interfacing to remote pump sites via another company’s radio solution. However, the radios were unreliable due to local interference. The golf course was suffering due to inconsistent watering and fertilization. The club needed a new system, but did not want to interrupt play to dig trenches for wiring.

Cloudburst engineering worked with Phoenix Contact and Steven engineering, a Phoenix Contact distributor. Together, they designed a system that used Phoenix Contact radios at six locations to control irrigation, fertilization and water feature control around the course.

The system consists of one master and five Phoenix Contact RAD-ISM-900-EN... bus slave radios with I/O, each located at a remote pump station on the course. Using the Modbus Protocol, each slave radio reports data back to the central control building. Here, the master radio communicates the Modbus data with a Siemens PLC and HMI with a web browser.

The system’s primary function is to monitor the water levels at the ponds around the golf course and to turn on and off pumps to maintain a specific water level. The system also monitors timed irrigation and instrumentation status, relaying the information back to the central HMI.

In addition to the RAD-ISM-900-EN..., the system also included Phoenix Contact analog I/O modules, MINI power supplies, lightning and surge protection and antennas in the design.
Cloudburst engineering evaluated several other radios, but cited Phoenix Contact’s service and product reliability as key points in their decision.

An engineer from Cloudburst stated, “This was our first chance to use Phoenix Contact radios, so we experienced a small learning curve. We received great technical support from both our local distributor and from Phoenix Contact personnel. Since the first installation, we have installed Phoenix Contact in other projects, and we’ve needed less follow-up and support calls on our subsequent projects.”

The golf course saw an immediate return on investment. The entire installation never interrupted rounds on the course. Revenue was never impacted, and facility managers were very happy with the entire project.

Although interference was a problem in the original system, the RAD-ISM-900-EN... radio’s robust frequency-hopping proprietary technology performed very well within an interference-prone environment where the other radios failed.

The old system required a high level of monitoring and maintenance, but the new system has reduced maintenance costs considerably, even in the hot and dusty desert environment. Because the system is so dependable, Cloudburst now uses the installation as a showcase for prospective clients.

Art Grimes, Application-Solution engineer for Steven engineering, helped coordinate the project. He reported, “There was zero impact to facility operation, and maintenance costs have been reduced. More importantly, the golf course looks incredible, and Cloudburst has a happy customer.”

Monday, November 1, 2010

Turck 3 and 4-Branch M16 Tees

TURCK’s new h-style (3 branch) and H-style (4 branch) M16 tees save valuable field installation time in comparison to hard wired installations. The tees are available in a multitude of configurations, including tees with a male connector on either side of the trunk line, integral connections or cable drops per tee.

The IP67 rated tees are available with 2 through 8-pin connectors in nickel plated brass, stainless steel and nylon. The tees are currently available with a rugged PUR overmold and PVC flexlife® cable jacket, and are rated for up to 600 Volts and 18 Amps.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Honeywell Sensing and Control Zephyr Analog Airflow Sensors

Honeywell Zephyr™ Analog Airflow Sensors: HAF Series-High Accuracy, provide an analog interface for reading airflow over the specified full scale flow span and temperature range. Their thermally isolated heater and temperature sensing elements help these sensors provide a fast response to air or gas flow.

Zephyr sensors are designed to measure mass flow of air and other non-corrosive gases. They are available in standard flow ranges and are fully calibrated and temperature compensated with an on-board Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).

The HAF Series is compensated over the temperature range of 0° C to 50° C [32° F to 122° F] and operates across a temperature range of -20° C to 70° C [-4° F to 158° F]. The state-of-the-art ASIC-based compensation provides analog outputs with a response time of 1 ms.

These sensors operate on the heat transfer principle to measure mass airflow. They consist of a microbridge Microelectronic and Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) with temperature-sensitive resistors deposited with thin films of platinum and silicon nitride. The MEMS sensing die is located in a precise and calculated airflow channel to provide repeatable flow response.

Zephyr sensors provide customers with enhanced reliability, analog accuracy, repeatable measurements and the ability to customize sensor options to meet many specific application needs. The combination of rugged housings with a stable substrate makes these products extremely robust. They are designed and manufactured according to ISO 9001 standards.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stahlin Enclosures Achieves UL 1741 Certification

Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures have achieved UL recognized component status as certified within the category of Distributed Generation Power Systems Accessory Equipment.

Stahlin enclosures were evaluated under the UL1741 standard for inverter, converter, controllers and interconnection systems equipment for "Use With Distributed Energy Resources" within the United States. Stahlin enclosures were also evaluated under the CSA-C22.2 No. 107.1 "Standard for General Use Power Supplies," for use in Canada. Stahlin is currently the only enclosure manufacturer to achieve this certification.

UL File number: E333478 denotes Stahlin enclosures as a photovoltaic combiner box component and recognizes the required achievements obtained under prior UL 746C, Polymeric Materials "Use in Electrical Equipment Evaluations" for outstanding UL94-5V flammability rating. UL94-5V is a standard that not all current enclosure products have attained, especially in tandem with NEMA 6 or 6P type ratings established under UL-50, Enclosures for Electrical Equipment.

Phoenix Contact CONTACTRON Solid-State Contactors

New solid-state contactors are available from Phoenix Contact in four current ratings, in both reversing and non-reversing versions. The contactors are the latest addition to the CONTACTRON family of products.

The contactors are available in 2 A, 9 A, 16 A and 37 A versions. Each amperage will also be available with either 19.2 to 30 V DC or 96 to 253 V AC control options, resulting in 16 distinct part numbers. All versions feature surge protection and polarity protection. Built-in heat sinks are standard equipment on all models.

Additional features include:
  • Noise-free and wear-free switching
  • Short and stable switching times
  • Long service life
  • High switching frequency
  • Integrated locking and load wiring
  • All models will be UL listed

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pepperl+Fuchs High Resolution Ethernet IP Encoders

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces EVM58 Ethernet IP Encoders. Available in single or multi-turn configurations, these rotary encoders provide highly accurate absolute machine position or velocity feedback to the system controller via an industry-standard Ethernet/IP interface. Ethernet IP Encoders are also compatible with a variety of PLC controllers, including industry-standard PLC products from Rockwell Automation, Allen Bradley and Schneider, making them well suited for material handling, automotive and general factory automation applications.

“Ethernet IP Encoders deliver basic resolution up to 8192 steps per revolution (13 bits) and up to 4096 revolutions (12 bits), for overall resolution up to 25 bits. These encoders provide a very high positional count value, which is ideal for precisely dividing very long traverse distances into small measurable values,” says Dave Rubinski, Product Manager.

Ethernet IP Encoders come in standard 58mm diameter housings, with a solid 10mm shaft, and clamping flange design. Diagnostic LEDs provide visual status indication to help users quickly correct problems and keep machines up and running. M12 d-coded connectors simplify operation and are used to power, and facilitate communication to and from, the encoder. Ethernet IP Encoders can be used with cable pull devices to determine linear position feedback and transmit that feedback back to the controller.

In addition to Ethernet/IP, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a complete family of encoders for CANopen-, DeviceNet-, PROFIBUS- and AS-Interface operation.

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

IDEC HE6B Three-Position Enabling Switch

IDEC's new HE6B three-position enabling switch is ergonomically designed to work where human interaction is required to turn on a machine or robot while the user is in a potentially dangerous area. Typically, enabling switches are installed in grip switches or pendant stations. This 3-position enabling switch not only turns a machine on when pressed, but also turns machines off when over pressed or squeezed, as long as the switch is installed correctly in an adequate safety circuit. Two contacts are provided so that even if one contact fails, the other can disable machine operation. Functionality is the same as all previous HE devices and meets all stringent requirements to meet IEC standard 60947-5-8 for this class of products. A waterproof rubber boot, available in yellow or black, provides IP65 protection.

3 –Position Operation, how it works: By holding an enabling switch, an operator can avert danger when a machine operates unexpectedly. When the panicked operator either releases or grasps tightly the enabling switch, the switch disables the machine operation in either situation.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

IDEC HS1L Interlock Safety Switches

New HS1L series interlock safety switches from IDEC have an increased locking strength of 3,000N and offer six contacts with easy-to-wire termination. HS1L safety switches are designed to work in applications with large machines that have heavy doors or gates and all models are equipped with a manual lock-release key and an LED indicator. The indicator is wired independently, for added flexibility and use. Screw terminals are also easy to wire. No barriers on the sides of the contact terminal enable wiring from the side, making it easier for crimp-terminal connections as well.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Phoenix Contact LINETRAB LIT Compact Surge Protection for MCR Technology

Transients induced onto the signal lines often cause costly damage and downtime. Therefore, surge protection for MCR technology is indispensable. At the same time, there is a demand to save space and reduce wiring time, all at a minimum cost.

Phoenix Contact's new LINETRAB LIT are space-saving surge protection devices for the MCR technology. Up to 4 signal cores can be protected on a design width of just 6.2 mm. Three/four-wire measurements can thus be realized with just one arrester, thus saving space in the control cabinet.

Even with its low article variety, the LINETRAB product range provides the ideal solution for a wide range of applications such as binary, analog and intrinsically safe circuits.

LIT 1x2-24 is a surge protection device for a floating signal circuit. The cabling system enables simple and time-saving wiring to INTERFACE components and PLC controllers.

LIT 2x2-24 provides protection for two floating signal circuits.

LIT 2x1-24 is a surge protection device for two wires with a common reference potential.

LIT 4x1-24 protects four wires with a common reference potential against surge voltages on a design width of just 6.2 mm.

Phoenix Contact PSR-ESAM 3x1 and 2x1 Safety Relays

Phoenix Contact has added four new part numbers to their safety relay range. One version has three redundant normally open (NO) contacts and one normally closed (NC) status contact. Another version has two redundant NO safety contacts and one NC status contact. Both are available in either spring or screw connection.

These new relays can be reset with either a monitored manual or automatic reset. Previous relays required you to choose which type of reset (monitored manual or automatic) is required. The PSR-ESAM relays eliminate the need to understand the reset circuit, simplifying your selection.

Phoenix Contact PSR-FSP Process Safety Relay

The PSR-ESP (2981020) is Phoenix Contact’s original Safety Integrity Level (SIL)-rated or process safety relay. Some of the largest process companies in the world currently use this relay. It has also been Phoenix Contact's best-selling safety relay over the last several years. Experience with these high-profile process customers has led to a smaller, more advanced and a slightly less expensive relay, the PSR-FSP.

  • Completely compatible with the “test pulses” occurring on safe PLC/DCS outputs
  • Inrush requirement is limited for safe PLC/DCS output compatibility
  • Built-in fuse for the safe output contact
  • One normally open redundant safety output and one normally closed status output
  • Just 17.5 mm wide
  • SIL 3-rated: SIL reliability data is available on the instruction sheet in the box.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rittal CP-C Support Arm System

Machine controls often need to be easily moved into a position for use, adjusted to the user's height, then pushed out of the way when the operation is complete. That's when a support arm system is ideal — get the needed changes made, then get the enclosure off to the side.

Rittal leads the way with innovative pendant arms and the housing. For heavier applications the Rittal CP-XL support arm system is ideal, and for lighter loads you can use the CP-L. Right in the middle is the CP-C, which has been configured for use with Rittal's OptiPanel and Comfort Panel cabinets and complements the design of these enclosures for a professional, finished look.

Like the other support arm systems offered by Rittal, the CP-C pendant arms can be mounted from the floor, off the side of a machine and from above. Need an elbow to create a 90 degree turn? It's available. What about a hinge in the middle? You can get that too. Want to lock the enclosure into position, but have the flexibility to rotate the cabinet if needed? No problem.

Cable runs are also easy with a large interior channel which is roomy enough for VGA or DVI connectors. Need to separate the cables? There is a partition strip that makes this simple. Automatic electrical bonding means no ground straps and smartly designed bases and hinges make adjustments to the rotation angle easy.

The Rittal CP-C system’s smart modular design and intermediate high load bearing capacity allows configurations that are ideal for practically every situation.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pepperl+Fuchs Multi-Axis Photoelectric Sensor Mounting Brackets

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces OMH-RL31-06 Mounting Brackets. These brackets provide an affordable means to flexibly mount Pepperl+Fuchs Series 31 photoelectric sensors in multi-axes alignment applications. They feature half-clamp mounting in which the bracket fastens on a 12 mm (0.5 in.) diameter rod or bolt. Once fastened, the half-clamp can be rotated 360° around the rod or bolt to best align the sensor to satisfy the specific application requirements.

“These brackets make it easier to align and position photoelectric sensors for faster changeover than is possible with standard right-angle brackets. They also have a protective shroud that covers two sides of the sensor housing for more protection,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager. These benefits can help reduce costs and maximize productivity in material handling, overhead door and any number of general automation 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;;

Turck Inclinometers with CANopen Interface

TURCK has expanded its broad offering of inclinometers with the addition of a new dual axis inclinometer sensor with a CANopen interface for angular tilt detection. These sensors have angle measurements of ±10, 45 and 60 degrees. Inclinometer sensors may be used in a wide variety of industries to solve unique feedback requirements where the customer needs to level platforms, control tilt angle or control a dancer.

About Inclinometer Technology
The new TURCK Q42 inclinometer measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. At the heart of the TURCK Q42 inclinometer is a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system) device that incorporates a micro-electromechanical capacitive element into the sensor that utilizes two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that produces deflection in the non-stationary electrode. This results in a measurable change in the capacitance between the two plates that is proportional to the angle of deflection. All measured values and parameters are accessible via the object directory. The micro board design in the MEMS technology allows for a compact, precise inclinometer in a very robust, industrialized package.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mersen Surge-Trap Type 1 X-Series Surge Protection Devices

Mersen, formerly Ferraz Shawmut, introduces its new X series line of UL 1449 third edition approved surge protection devices (SPDs), the Surge-Trap Type 1 X-Series, which provide overvoltage protection for all locations in the facility with the smallest footprints available. The new X-Series SPDs features industry leading TPMOV® technology inside.

The new series includes the Surge-Trap XR series, which provides overvoltage protection for distribution branch panels, control panels and equipment. The advanced performance Surge-Trap XP series provides overvoltage protection for larger distribution panels and branch panels. And, the Surge-Trap XT series offers advanced technology surge protection and provides high end protection for critical locations and service entrance gear.

“There are many SPDs on the market that no longer meet the UL1449 standard. To know if a SPD product is in compliance, look for the UL holographic label on the device. If it has a UL holographic label, the SPD is in compliance. If it doesn’t have one, it does not meet the new UL 1449 Third Edition standard,” explains Janelle Woodfall, Mersen Product Manager.

The Surge-Trap Type 1 X-Series SPDs are rated for NEMA 4X enclosures and suited for system voltages from 120V to 600V. They have a 20kA (In) nominal discharge current and high 200kA SCCR ratings. Agency approvals include UL 1449 third edition, IEC 61643, CE, ANSI/IEEE C62.41 (XR-series), RoHS compliant, and UL 96A lightening protection master label.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Red Lion Controls Voted Best Panel Meter for 10th Year in a Row

The readers of Control Design magazine have again selected Red Lion as their number one choice in panel meters. Red Lion has won the panel meter category of the Reader's Choice Award every year since 2001, the first year the award was given. The meters won by a 20% margin over the next closest competitor.

The balloting for this survey went to machine builders and systems integrators who reported to Control Design that they had the authority to specify, recommend, or purchase industrial automation and control products for industrial machines. Vendors were not included in the balloting, and any known responses from vendors were not counted. The voting was completely un-aided, therefore no lists of vendors or product brands were provided. Readers were simply asked which was the one best company for products in the panel meter category. Red Lion was also voted as having very good to excellent service and support for their meters.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Crydom SeriesOne DR Solid State Relays

Crydom' SeriesOne DR solid state relays incorporate proprietary thermal management technology resulting in exceptional output ratings of 6 and 12 amps at 40° ambient in compact 11 and 18mm wide DIN rail mounted housings. Ideally suited for heating, lighting or motion control applications where DIN rail space may be limited, the unique design provides both greater power density than previously available in DIN rail mounted solid state relays, and greater safety for personnel by eliminating exposed hot metal surfaces typical of SSRs utilizing external heat sinks to attain comparable ratings.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Honeywell Sensing and Control 225mm Linear SMART Position Sensor

Superior Measurement. Accurate. Reliable. Thinking.

The SMART Position Sensor 225 mm Linear Configuration is Honeywell Sesning and Control's second non-contacting linear position sensor, joining the SMART Position Sensor 75 mm Configuration that was introduced in December 2009. They sense the position of a magnet relative to a sensor in the following sensing ranges:
  • 225 mm configuration: 0 to 225 mm [0 to 8.86 in]
  • 75 mm configuration: 0 to 75 mm [0 to 3.0 in]

Honeywell's SMART Position Sensors are one of the most durable, adaptable and lightweight linear position devices available in the industry today. Their simple, non-contact design eliminates mechanical failure mechanisms, reduces wear and tear, improves reliability and durability, enhances operation efficiency and safety, and minimizes downtime.

Honeywell Sensing and Control WLS Heavy-Duty Wireless Limit Switches

Introducing the new Limitless™ WLS Heavy-Duty Wireless Limit Switches, the latest in Honeywell Sensing and Control's series of wireless limit switches, combining the best of MICRO SWITCH™ HDLS heavy-duty limit switches with the latest wireless technology. Limitless™ Series switches have the same durable design, temperature ratings, and sealing as standard MICRO SWITCH™ limit switches, but they're wireless. Wireless offers advantages over traditional wired switches by reducing total installed costs as there are no wires to install, no wear-and-tear to mend, and no cords to ever replace. The Limitless™ Series allows for increased flexibility for temporary, remote, permanent, and reconfigurable installations.

Honeywell's Limitless™ WLS Wireless Switch uses a global, license-free RF wireless 802.15.4 WPAN protocol, and has up to a 305 m (1000 ft) line-of-sight communication range, yet consumes low power to prolong battery life. It also features an EN 50041 metal enclosure for operation in tough environments and conforms to IP67 and NEMA 1, 3, 4, 6, 6P, 12 and 13 standards.

Carling Technologies G-Series Hydraulic Magnetic Circuit Breaker

Carling Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the new G-series, hydraulic magnetic circuit breaker. This product is designed for use in DIN rail applications, and is suitable for domestic and international use as it meets IEC spacing requirements (TUV/CCC approvals pending) and has UL 1077 and CSA agency approvals. The G-series is rated up to 63 Amps, has a conventional 17.5 mm form/fit DIN rail breaker housing and is available in 1 to 4 poles

  • Optional integrated auxiliary switch embedded within the breaker. The optional auxiliary switch does not require a separate housing, or pole. As a result, the G-series takes up less panel space than the other brands.
  • Utilizes hydraulic/magnetic technology, which provides precise circuit protection operation and performance even when exposed to extremely hot and/or cold application environments. Many other DIN rail breakers utilize a thermal bimetal element requiring a de-rating factor to prevent nuisance tripping in hot environments, or a potentially destructive long delay in cold environments.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pepperl+Fuchs GLV18 Photoelectric Sensors with Background Suppression

Pepperl+Fuchs GLV18 Series photoelectric sensors are now available in Background Suppression models. Background suppression models feature a mechanically adjustable sensing range cut-off that enables precise detection of all colors at distances up to 120 mm. Black and white test objects are seen to within 6% of the same distance, as opposed to a standard diffuse mode sensor in which sensing ranges for black and white test objects can vary by around 80%. They come in an industry-standard M18 threaded cylindrical housing that is up to 50% shorter and with up to 50% lower power consumption than many competitive models. These sensors carry the CE mark, and are UL/cUL Listed.

“The primary benefit of background suppression models is their ability to ignore objects that appear beyond the object to be detected. For example, a background suppression sensor can detect corrugated cardstock to be printed without detecting the machine panel below the cardstock. This means more precise and reliable sensing without the need for a reflector, or the need to frequently re-adjust a sensors’ sensitivity,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager. “Background suppression also has very low color sensitivity, meaning an object with changing print, color, or reflectivity is detected at a very consistent distance without the need for re-adjustment or re-positioning.”

Every GLV18 sensor includes a flush-mount bracket that allows for a simple, tool-less, unobtrusive means of mounting the sensor on a conveyor. Ball-and-swivel and half-clamp mounting brackets are also available to facilitate precise positioning of GLV18 sensors. GLV18 models are also physically much shorter than competitive versions, meaning they are more likely to fit into space-critical equipment or installations.

“When mounted through the sidewall of a conveyor, for example, the GLV18 protrudes less than other M18 cylindrical sensors, so conveyors or equipment can be placed closer together and ultimately consume less space,” explains Allison.

GLV18 sensors consume up to 50% less current than other M18 cylindrical photoelectric sensors, so it costs less to operate each sensor. Lower power consumption enables each power supply to power more sensors, so fewer power supplies may be needed. In fact for long conveyor runs, GLV18 users can potentially cut the number of required power supplies in half.

Status LEDs are highly visible and placed in dual positions, 180 degrees apart on the housing, for increased visibility.

The series is ideally suited for use in material handling applications, primarily as a conveyor sensor for the reliable reflector-less detection of cartons, totes, or cases through the side-wall of a conveyor. They are also well suited for use in packaging applications including, among others, web break detection and carton magazine low-level detection. The GLV18 is a very reliable general purpose sensor that can also be used in a number of other markets, including printing/paper and automotive.

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;;

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

IDEC HG3G Operator Interface Touchscreens

Sharp Displays with Excellent Clarity, Brightest in the market
The HG3G series of touchscreens by IDEC are high definition TFT LCD displays with a resolution of SVGA 800x600 pixels. With 65,536 available colors to provide realistic images and the brightest displays in the market (8.4” – 600 cd/m2, 10.4” – 700 cd/m2) these screens provide clear, sharp and bright displays, even in environments with low light.

Fast 400 MHz CPU Processor
Operations are quick and command response time is immediate with the HG3G Series. In addition, the touchscreens startup within 3 seconds, improving productivity and allowing faster access to critical programs or problem identification.

12MB User Memory
The HG3G screens have 12 MB of internal memory to store large complex projects. If additional storage is needed, an SD card or USB flash drive can be used.

Audio Out
An external speaker with built-in amplifier can be attached to the HG3G to provide sound output. For example, sound can be used to alert someone for faster system recovery when a problem occurs on the plant floor. In addition, use pre-recorded messages as a voice guidance system for more efficient operations.

Easy I/O Control
Up to 2 Microsmart digital I/O modules can be mounted on one HG3G, eliminating the use of a PLC and saving space in the panel. This also means that the project programming can all be done in the operator interface, utilizing parts and scripts to do simple I/O control.

Note: The 10.4" models will be available by November 2010.