Monday, August 30, 2010

Schneider Electric OsiSense XG RFID System

The Schneider Electric OsiSense® XG is used for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. The market for these systems weighs in at about $5.6 billion and Schneider Electric prides itself in being a solutions provider and expert in the industry for over 15 years.

The product's identification system enables access control, object traceability and identification. Additionally, it's flexible and its connectivity and openness will improve your system reliability.

Benefits include:
  • Easy to configure and connect to your PLC Network
  • Simple configuration of station address
  • No data encryption
  • Integrates with Modbus® RTU, Ethernet Modbus® TCP/IP,DeviceNet, Ethernet IP, Uni-Telway™ and PROFIBUS-DP networks
  • Enhanced Read / Write Stations where one station read/write both ISO 14443 or 15963 tags
  • Worldwide compatibility - operates on most widely used frequency, 13.56 MHz (ISO standard: 14443 and15693)

Schneider Electric Harmony XB4/5 Multiple-Headed Push Buttons

The Harmony™ XB4/5 multiple-headed push button reduces installation costs and saves space. With up to two push buttons and one pilot light available in one 22 mm mounting hole, the product provides several functions in the same physical space as a single-function device for simple applications.

Additionally, metallic XB4 (heavy duty) or plastic XB5 (harsh environment) operators help reduce inventory requirements and energy efficient LED technology provides high contrast illumination with long life operation.

Schneider Electric Altivar 32 Variable Speed Drive

Schneider Electric's newest variable speed drive offering, the Altivar 32, is designed to help meet all of the emerging market requirements within multiple industries. Whether it's upgrading existing systems or designing new installations, the Altivar 32 is packed with innovations that can increase efficiency and versatility.

When used with a synchronous motor, the Altivar 32 can improve energy efficiency by up to 10%. The product integrates simple control functions right into the drive which enables the replacement of simple functions performed by the PLC. Additionally, its slim body design and side-by-side mounting can reduce panel space requirements by 40%. Best of all, the easy-fit communication modules are available for CANopen Daisy Chain, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, Profibus DP V1, and DeviceNet. Both Modbus and CanOpen are integrated as standard.

Turck NPN Outputs for C-Groove Magnetic Cylinder Position Sensors

TURCK announces that the company’s line of BIM-UNR magnetic cylinder position sensors—designed to mount within C-groove cylinders with no accessories required—has been expanded to include sensors with NPN outputs.

BIM-UNR sensors are also now enhanced with a combination mounting screw that grants users the flexibility of choosing a 3/16” (1.3 mm) Allen wrench or a flat-bladed screwdriver for sensor installation. Sensors can be securely mounted with a simple quarter-turn of the mounting screw, which is located in close proximity to the cable exit. This design ensures the sensors remain firmly fastened, even if a cable is pulled.

About BIM-UNR Sensors
With dimensions of only 2.9 x 4.6 x 18 mm, BIM-UNR is one of the most compact sensors on the market. For easy installation, this miniature sensor can be inserted into a C-groove from the top rather than from the side. The sensor’s active sensing element is placed at the bottom of the groove—as close to the magnet as feasible—to deliver reliable detection, particularly on short-stroke cylinders. In addition, BIM-UNR provides high immunity to EMC interference, in
accordance with EN 60947-5-2.

Pepperl+Fuchs ML100 Series Photoelectric Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces ML100 Series Photoelectric Sensors. These sensors literally shine over competitive sensor options in that they feature a more powerful and brighter light spot to enable longer sensing distances of up to 30 meters (98 ft.), with greater signal strength to reliably “see” through more contaminants that collect on the sensor lens. The new light spot also facilitates easier alignment, even to small objects or reflectors. The ML100 series is cULus listed.

“The new light spot is a significant differentiator for the ML100 series, not just in terms of it enabling longer sensing distances and greater signal strength, but also in its sharply defined boundaries and lack of a central black space that provides a consistent detection field with no ‘sensing voids,’” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager.

Enhanced status indication actively details for the user what the sensor is doing at any given moment. And because the status LEDs are highly visible from 360 degrees, users can quickly ascertain sensor status from further distances and various positions.

The ML100 series sensors provide an industry-standard mounting pattern, but are far more durable than a typical sensor with the same mounting style. “Where most competitive models have plastic threaded holes that are extremely susceptible to damage during mounting due to excessively applied torque, the ML100 series feature metal bushings for exceptional durability,” explains Allison.

The ML100 series boasts what is among the lowest current consumption in its class; many competitive models have a current consumption rating that is 25-50% higher than the ML100. Lower current consumption directly translates into energy savings, and also cuts costs because fewer power supplies can support a larger number of sensors.

The ML100 provides automatic crosstalk protection, meaning that two ML100 sensors can be used together without any mounting restrictions. They are also highly immune to ambient light, even in environments using high frequency energy-saving fluorescent lights. Additionally, a broader temperature rating (-30° C to 60° C; -22° F to 140° F) means the ML100 provides more reliable operation in both lower temperature and higher temperature environments, including cold storage areas, compared with competitive options.

ML100 series sensors are ideally suited for material handling applications such as detecting the presence of passing totes or cartons on conveyors, and as a start and stop trigger for conveyors. They are also well suited for use for long distance detection of engine blocks in the automotive industry, for example. Additionally, the ML100 is an ideal height monitoring solution in the packaging and solar energy markets, among others.

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;;

Phoenix Contact CLIP PROJECT Professional Marking Software

Phoenix Contact introduces CLIP PROJECT professional software for marking. This marking software allows the user to draw basic shapes and create custom templates.

The new drawing capability allows users to create shapes such as circles, squares/rectangles, lines and polylines. Place the objects into a custom template, or use them as needed on single labels. Objects can be resized and moved using “drag and drop,” or by typing in the desired height and width measurements and X and Y coordinates. Line thickness and type (dashed, solid, etc.) can also be determined.

The other new feature available in CLIP PROJECT professional is the ability to create custom templates. This can range from simply changing the font type, size or rotation for a particular material to inserting individual text fields in the background, which can later be filled before printing.

Phoenix Contact CLIP PROJECT Professional Marking Software

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Schneider Electric Magelis STU HMI Panel

The Magelis STU HMI from Schneider Electric does more than give you a crystal clear display and control of all that is happening within your control panel — without even opening the door. It also offers a truly impressive, one-of-a-kind design that easily mounts, without tools, directly onto your control panel through a standard push-button opening. This effectively puts a 3.5” screen through a standard 22mm round hole answering the age-old questions of how to put a square peg, through a round hole.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Phoenix Contact WirelessHART Gateway with Integrated WLAN

All WirelessHART networks need a gateway to communicate and convert information from the WirelessHART network to another network medium. Phoenix Contact’s new WirelessHART Gateway RAD-WGH/WLAN-XD offers gateway factuality between the WirelessHART network and Ethernet or WiFi 802.11 mediums using MODBUS TCP or HART UDP (coming soon) protocols. This converted data is then interfaced to an AMS (Asset Management System) that is typically used to maintain field devices. Unlike other gateways on the market, it features integrated WiFi connectivity, HART modem programmability and is DIN rail-mountable.

Process industry professionals can use the new gateway to retrofit existing HART networks or to lower installation cost of new networks.


  • 802.11b/g Client (supports Ad-Hoc) Backhaul technology
  • Supports WEP, WPA and 802.11i (WPA2) 128-bit AES encryption
  • Supports 250 WirelessHART devices
  • Simple programming/diagnostics using embedded web server or HART programmer (coming soon)
  • Converts HART to Modbus TCP
  • 12-30 V DC Powered
  • Operating temperature of -40 to 70 degrees Celsius
  • ATEX/FM/CSA Class I, Zone 2

Phoenix Contact WirelessHART Gateway

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

SMC Pneumatics NCM Adjustable Air Cushion Pneumatic Cylinder

SMC Pneumatics introduces an Adjustable Air Cushion option to their NCM Series of pneumatic cylinders. The NCM is a non-repairable round body actuator with 304 stainless steel exterior body that interchanges with other non-repairable, round body pneumatic actuators. The adjustable air cushion option is used where more kinetic energy absorption is required. It can also be used to reduce end of stroke noise.

The new adjustable air cushion option is dimensionally interchangeable and contains the same quality features as their standard NCM. The air cushion option will be available in bore sizes 0.75”, 1.06”, 1.50” and 2.0”. This option is available in three mounting styles.

Some of SMC's great NCM with adjustable air cushion features include:

  • Floating type cushion seal for smoother start up and end of stroke movements
  • Piston wear ring to extend piston seal life.
  • Cushion adjustment is recessed to that it does not protrude outside the cylinder envelope.
  • Available with a built in magnet for end of stroke sensing capabilities.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Schneider Electric SoMachine OEM Machine Programming Software

Offering 100% flexibility and optimization, Schneider Electric's SoMachine software allows the OEM to design, commission and service machines in a single software suite, resulting in a significant competitive advantage.

Get to market 25%-40% faster with ONE software environment: one software, one project file, one connection, one download.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tyco Electronics SOLARLOK Locking Collar

Tyco Electronics demonstrates the SOLARLOK Locking Collar Connector Accessory, which meets the NEC 2008, Article 690.33, solar connector tooled extraction requirement.

Tyco Electronics SOLARLOK Cable Couplers

Tyco Electronics provides SOLARLOK connector crimp termination and assembly training.

Tyco Electronics SOLARLOK Connectors Video

Tyco Electronics demonstrates the crimp termination and assembly of their SOLARLOK connectors at their booth at the ASES Solar 2009 show.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stahlin J100806 and JW100806 Industrial Enclosures

Stahlin has introduced a new extension to their established J series products, the J100806 and JW100806 industrial enclosures.

The Stahlin J Series product line was developed as an industrial enclosure for harsh, aggressive environments. Originally developed as an electrical junction box for the oil refining and petrochem industries, the J series has evolved over the years into a versatile industrial enclosure with varied applications for use from high-end electronics to extreme corrosive applications both indoors and out. Rugged design combined with tough, durable materials, for extreme reliability in tough environments are key attributes of this series.

  • Over 14 configurations available in this one size
  • Integrally molded mounting flange
  • Same solid construction, industrial tough and light weight
  • 300 Series stainless steel hardware
  • Full length piano hinge
  • Molded-in back panel and DIN rail mounting inserts
  • Memory retaining polyurethane cover gasket
  • Support gussets for added strength on the mounting flange

Friday, August 13, 2010

Schneider Electric Lexium 32 Servo Drives Catalog

Schneider Electric's Lexium 32 range of servo drives includes three drive models with two servo motor ranges for optimum utilization. It provides high performance, power and simplicity of use in motion control applications at power ratings between 0.15 and 7kW.

80/20 Inc. The Standard Catalog 16

80/20’s new 2010 Catalog 16 contains descriptions, specifications and photos of over 6,000 products such as profices, fasteners, panels and much more. The catalog is separated into sections for easy navigation.

Order 80/20 Literature

80/20 Technical Datasheets

Pepperl+Fuchs Two Network AS-Interface Power Conditioner

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces the VAN-KE2-2PE Two Network AS-Interface Power Conditioner. The VAN-KE2-2PE is the industry’s first panel mount AS-Interface power conditioner to enable two AS-Interface networks to be operated from a single DC power supply. This power conditioner delivers up to 4 A output power per network connection, and is suitable for double master use without the need for data uncoupling.

“Mounting the previous design was often cumbersome, as the AS-Interface connections were located in the base of the G4 housing. This new power conditioner features a KE2 housing that is DIN rail mountable with easy-to-use and color-coded removable terminals for simplified mounting and operation,” says Helge Hornis, Ph D, Manager, Intelligent Systems Group.

Power conditioners are often used in factory or process automation applications where AC power is not available. In such applications, 30 VDC is run to the junction box and connected to the power conditioner, and with the new AS-Interface power conditioner VAN-KE2-2PE, up to two network segments can be connected there. The ability to make two AS-Interface connections is a powerful option for users because it enables them to power:

  • A dual network gateway,
  • Both segments before and after a repeater, or
  • Both segments after a set of two repeaters

The input voltage is flexible, and the LEDs on the power conditioner’s housing light up to provide voltage indication when voltage drops below 28 V and 26 V, respectively.

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;;

Pepperl+Fuchs VAN-KE2-2PE Power Conditioner

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mersen HP6J 600VDC Photovoltaic Fuses

Mersen’s HP6J photovoltaic (PV) fuse series was engineered and designed specifically for the protection of photovoltaic systems. Its enhanced fuse construction makes it ideal for continuous temperature and current cycling withstand adding to system longevity. The 600VDC rated HP6J, designed for low minimum breaking capacity capabilities of 1.35 times the fuse rated current value, allows for safe circuit interruption under typical low fault current conditions produced by PV arrays.

Protect your off-grid or grid tied PV system from unexpected ground faults and line faults using Mersen's Helio Protection fuse line.


  • Smallest footprint in the industry
  • Low fault current interrupting capability
  • Durable construction for enhanced system longevity
  • Temperature cycle withstand capability
  • Guaranteed operation at temperature extremes
  • Industries first UL Listed Solution
  • Globally accepted


  • Re-combiner (sub-combiner, array combiner, master combiner) applications
  • Inverter DC input protection
  • Battery charge controllers


  • 70 to 400A
  • 600VDC, 10kA I.R.
  • 1.35 x In MBC


  • UL Listed to Standard UL2579 File E333668
  • CSA Certified C22.2

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Steven Engineering Inc. Receives WBENC Certification as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 2010 – Steven Engineering, Inc, a business specializing in automation, electrical and pneumatics controls and components, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Astra Women’s Business Alliance – a certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

The WBENC certification for woman-owned business is the most recognizable and sought after certification of its kind. The WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Astra’s Business Alliance, is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process confirms that the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

“We are thrilled to be certified as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise, which provides official verification of our diversity status. We look forward to partnering and building relationships with Astra and the WBENC to expand our area of influence with other women-owned businesses. Working through Astra and the WBENC to find new contract opportunities with government and national firms is also of upmost importance,” said Bonnie Walter, CEO of Steven Engineering, Inc.

“Steven Engineering, Inc. is now nationally recognized as one of the few woman-owned business entities in our market and part of a small number of remaining privately held companies of our revenue volume in wholesale distribution. This certification helps our customers meet their established requirements regarding working with minority-owned businesses,” said Ken Walter, President of Steven Engineering, Inc. “Steven Engineering’s continuing success is a result of our ability to empower our employees to ensure that the orientation of our capabilities adjust to the changes our customers require.”

About Steven Engineering, Inc.
Established in 1975, Steven Engineering is one of the largest distributors of industrial controls and components in the United States. They specialize in electrical/electronic components, controls, automation, and pneumatics products serving a wide range of user and OEM industries. Having a knowledgeable, experienced and creative team that works to develop a true partnership with their customers toward long-term relationships is a key component of their success. Steven Engineering offers an extensive array of services in support of their best-of-class products and is constantly developing new ideas to allow their customers to remain competitive in the marketplace. In addition to distribution, Steven Engineering offers engineering assistance for system design purposes and difficult applications, but also has a fully functional Value Added Department to assist in simplifying their customer’s production needs for assemblies and customized services.

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s largest party certifier of business owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC is a resource to the more than 800 U.S. companies and government agencies that rely on WBENC’s certification as an integral part of their supplier diversity programs.