Monday, December 19, 2011

Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT K50 Rotating and Strobing Beacon

Banner Engineering has added a rotating and strobing beacon to their existing EZ-LIGHT® K50 Beacon family.  The rotating and strobing function of this indicator was developed for areas where a bright, attention-getting signal is needed that is viewable from all directions.

K50s are intended for indoor and outdoor general status indication including areas with high levels of ambient light where a standard indicator light would go unnoticed.


  • Intense levels of light output for areas with high ambient light – even outdoors
  • Light viewable around the entire perimeter
  • Strobing models also emit light from top
  • Attention getting signal is viewable from all directions
  • Rotating Models: Three functions available – Solid ON and two rotating speeds
  • Strobing Models: Three functions available – Solid ON, single strobe, and double strobe
  • 12 to 30V dc operation - 12V dc operation is useful for applications on mobile vehicles
  • Rugged, sealed thermoplastic housing rated for IP67 and IP69K

Crydom H1 High Voltage AC Solid State Relays

Crydom, a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) and global expert in solid state switching technology, has expanded its Series H1 of high voltage AC output Solid State Relays. Complementing the successful Crydom Series H1 1200 Volt Blocking models, the new models now offer even higher levels of breakdown voltage and noise immunity (>1600 volts) for applications in installations where electrical transients are common and might otherwise damage less robust SSRs. The new Crydom Series H1 models include AC output ratings up to 90 amps at 660 VAC, with available control voltage of 4 to 32 VDC.

The Series H1 1600 Volt Blocking models feature 4000 VAC optical isolation, optional LED input status indicator, optional installed thermal pad and are available in either Zero Voltage or Random Turn-On versions. Crydom offers a variety of accessories for the Series H1 including a plastic touch safe cover, terminal lugs accepting up to 1 AWG wire, heat sinks rated from 5.0 to 0.5 °C/W, and mounting hardware kits. The Series H1 is UL and cUL recognized, RoHS and China RoHS compliant, and CE certified to the EMC and Low Voltage Directives.

Crydom H1 High Voltage AC Solid State Relays

Crydom Technical Datasheets

Monday, December 12, 2011

80/20 Routing Services for Thick Plastic Panels

80/20's routing service has been expanded to include 3/8" or 1/2" thick plastic panels so that they can be mounted in the T-slot with a rubber gasket.  The method used to calculate plastic panel dimensions mounted in the T-slot of a frame does not change.

Other panel services can be used on these thicker panels, however, longer mounting screws may be needed for certain panel and door components.

80/20 Routing Service for Thick Plastic Panels

80/20 Technical Datasheets

New 80/20 Panels

80/20 has expanded their selection of polycarbonate and wire mesh panels:

Polycarbonate Panels
  • Now available in 1/8", 3/8" and 1/2" thick sizes, with corresponding metric thicknesses
  • Mount 3/8" or 1/2" thick plastic panels in the T-slot with rubber gasket

Wire Mesh Panels
  • Now available in powder coated blue and black
  • Low-cost alternative to expanded metal panels
  • Lightweight yet impact resistant
  • Power coat finish

PVC Coated Wire Mesh Panels
  • Now available in 2" x 2" dimensions
  • Widely used in guarding and enclosure applications
  • Strong, yet lightweight
  • Low wear value, won't flake or chip
  • Corrosion-resistant and light impact-resistant

Carling Technologies L-Series Circuit Breakers

Carling Technologies is pleased to introduce the new L-Series Circuit Breaker, a compact, high performance breaker ideally suited for the rigors and confined spaces found in today’s telecom/datacom power distribution units and rack systems.

The L-Series provides best in class performance in an innovative low profile, space saving package. The slick design complements the overall spatial objectives now required by telecommunications and data-communications systems designers in their quest to reduce the overall size of equipment, while increasing transmission capacity. Further, a patent pending flush rocker actuator design and optional push-to-reset guard offers additional protection against accidental switching.

  • Ultra low profile design saves valuable space
  • Optional handle guard actuator
  • UL 489 LISTED Branch Circuit breaker
  • Designed for worldwide datacenter compatibility with up to 240VAC ratings

New Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 Subminiature Photoelectric Sensor Models

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors. A number of new models are available to help maximize machine productivity by delivering faster response times, multibeam redundant detection, independent outputs and zero deadband sensing, among other significant benefits.

“New ML4.2 high speed models offer 250 µs response time, which is twice as fast as standard ML4.2 models. For users this means less wasted material for converting applications, higher resolution for trigger applications and improved switching precision,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs.

ML4.2 dual sensor redundant detection models feature dual light beams from two emitter LEDs that reflect light to two receivers. These beams act as a logic “OR” so that either beam can switch the output. Having a redundant light beam enables transparent or glossy objects that are foil or plastic-wrapped to be much more reliably sensed when compared with single beam sensing.

An ML4.2 model with dual sensor redundant detection and independent outputs features dual beams from two emitter LEDs that reflect light to two receivers, where two independent outputs indicate the state of each separate beam. “This model provides an affordable means of aligning or guiding translucent paper, plastic and fabric webs, as it serves as two sensors in one package. When the web is properly positioned, one beam detects the web while the other beam does not. This sensor can also be used to detect a gap between two objects to suppress the detection of small particles such as paper dust. Other potential applications include semiconductor and PCB positioning for conveying and buffering,” explains Allison.

Two precise sensing models are also now available to deliver the sharpest sensing distance cut-off and smallest switching hysteresis on the market for background suppression sensors. The first model is available with a visible red emitter, and senses black and white color extremes within an extremely tight sensing window. A black test object is sensed up to 20 mm from the sensor, a white test object is sensed up to 21 mm away and no targets are detected at or beyond 22 mm. In contrast, a standard version ML4.2 sensor enables background suppression at 25 mm from the sensor. A second model senses black to 40 mm, white to 43 mm and no objects at or beyond 43 mm.

“This level of precision is significant for users with objects that need to be detected just one to three millimeters in front of the background, such as detecting a piece of cardstock on a belt, or the angle or straightness of paper in a feeder,” says Allison.

A new ML4.2 series retroreflective sensing model with no sensing deadband is used with a corner-cube reflector and is polarized so that shiny objects will not be erroneously seen as the reflector. An innovative single optical axis design eliminates sensing deadband. A second model also includes an output that monitors signal strength.

“These sensors are perfect for applications that require more signal strength than is available with background suppression sensors, and sense at either very close or long sensing distances. They can be used when rigid reflectors or even reflective tape must be detected up to the sensor face, as a standard retroreflective mode sensor would typically not see reflective tape unless it were two to four inches from the sensor. They are also well suited for detecting objects such as solar cell wafers and packaged tubes or cartons where precise and repeatable leading edge detection is a must,” explains Allison. 

Lastly, new ML4.2 series thru-beam sensors deliver maximum signal strength in situations where retroreflective and background suppression models do not have sufficient optical power. They feature an optical alignment aid to indicate marginal signal strength, a status LED to indicate if small objects are not detected at high speeds, and quadruple the speed of previous generation thru-beam sensors. They are ideally suited for applications with sensing distances up to at least 8 meters, and in dirtier environments.

All non-thru-beam ML4.2 series sensors feature integrated crosstalk immunity to eliminate concern for side-by-side mounting, a tamperproof design with no external adjustments, 4-in-1 output to reduce inventory requirements and wiring hassles, and superior immunity to ambient light even for high frequency energy-saving lights. They also feature diagnostic LEDs in the front and back of the housing for quick and easy status indication, an antistatic and scratch-resistant glass lens ideal for printing and paper environments, and metal reinforced mounting holes that provide robust operation in demanding industrial 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 ML4.2 - High Speed

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Dual Sensor Redundant Detection

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Dual Sensor Redundant Detection and Independent Outputs

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Precise Sensing

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Retroreflective w/ No Sensing Deadband

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Retroreflective w/ No Sensing Deadband & Signal Strength Monitor

Pepperl+Fuchs ML4.2 - Thru-Beam

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Phoenix Contact White and Blue Wire Duct

The newest additions to Phoenix Contact's wire duct product line are their white and blue wire duct. 

Certain applications, such as the biotech, oil & gas, food industries and Intrinsically Safe environments, will require the use of white or blue wire duct. For example, the food industry prefers the white wire duct, as it exemplifies their cleanliness. 

The white or blue wire ducts have the same key features as Phoenix Contact's standard wire duct, including the easy-on/easy-off wire duct cover, a single part number for both the duct and cover and two score lines for easily breaking the duct fingers and walls. The white or blue wire ducts are available in the same height, width sizes and 2 m lengths as their standard wire duct. The PVC material has a V0 inflammability rating as per UL 94.

Phoenix Contact White and Blue Wire Duct

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Friday, December 2, 2011

Phoenix Contact AC SYSTEMTRAB - UL 1449 3rd Edition

Remote sites are facilities or structures that contain electrical or electronic processes and are located in hard-to-reach areas. The high cost of service and the long meantime to repair require higher level of surge protection. Specifically, applications in these facilities must be able to handle multiple high energy surge events, such as lightning, without compromising the surge protection.

The AC SYSTEMTRAB can handle multiple high-energy surge events, such as lightning, without compromising its surge protection. Even if it is damaged, your critical equipment will still be protected from future surges until a repair can be performed. This dual stage device provides notification when the protection level reaches 50 percent. All models are available in the following voltages:
  • 120/240 Single/split phase
  • 480/277 Wye
  • 480 Delta
  • Now tested to UL 1449, 3rd Edition by ETL
  • Type 1 and 2 SPD (lightning strike and transient surge suppression combination)
  • Arc-chopping spark gap technology combines with TVSS for a completely coordinated hybrid surge protection system
  • Residual voltage as low as 900 volts during full surge current discharge
  • Product includes 200 kA IC surge rated fusing with disconnect
  • Removable (hot-swappable) modules allow quick and easy verification testing and replacement
  • Local and remote diagnostics
  • Daylight visible LED
  • NEMA 4 enclosures for indoor and outdoor installation
  • NEMA 4X stainless steel enclosures for installation in corrosive environments
  • 10-year "no-nonsense" warranty; free replacements of any failed components

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

IEC LF1B-N Slim LED Light Strips

New LF1B-N slim LED light strips are the smartest choice to make the switch away from traditional lighting sources. With high reliability and more options than ever before, it’s time to say goodbye to fluorescent lights and hello to long-lasting LEDs!

Super-bright and energy efficient, LF1B-N lights are available in six different lengths with a choice of transparent or white covers and six colors (cool white, warm white, yellow, red, blue and green). Four mounting holes provide flexibility to locate these lights where needed and with a long lifespan, LF1B-N light strips are a bright choice now and in the future.

  • Compact design (27.5mm wide x 16mm high) with six lengths (134 to 1,080mm)
  • Six colors: Cool white, warm white, yellow, red, blue and green
  • Cover in clear or white
  • Energy saving: One-third that of a fluorescent lamp
  • Long life: Five times longer than fluorescent lamps
  • Vibration and shock resistant
  • IP65 degree of protection(wet location rated)
  • RoHS compliant, mercury free

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs RFID Read Head

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces RFID Read Head IQT-F116-R4M-V1. These RFID read heads conform to the popular and open 13.56 MHz ISO 15693 standard. As a result, they promote simplified operation and enhanced productivity in stand-alone or multi-drop applications. In multi-drop applications users can connect up to 30 RFID read heads together on a single network and bring the data back to a PC or PLC.

These RFID read heads provide a read/write range up to 130 mm. They feature 2-wire RS485 connectivity and 200 mm M12 pigtail connectors to facilitate easy connection and removal. A continuous read option is available for point-to-point applications, and a low profile design makes the IQT series ideal for use on AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), or for mounting under shallow conveyor sections where conventional RFID heads are too large.

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 RFID Read Head

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT TL50 Beacon Tower Light

The EZ-LIGHT® TL50 Beacon Tower Light is a cross between the TL50 tower light and the K50 beacon. This compact design is extremely intense and can even be used in outdoor applications.
  • Rugged, cost-effective, and easy-to-install multi-segment indicators
  • Illuminated segments provide easy-to-see operator guidance and indication of equipment status
  • Displays up to 4 colors
  • Optional audible function with variable intensity
  • Available in black or light gray housing
  • Audible models available with standard or sealed audible element
  • Immune to ambient light, EMI, and RFI interference
  • 12 to 30V dc or 24V ac operation
  • No assembly required

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Schneider Electric OsiSense XUY Roller Sensor

Looking for a roller sensor that is fast and simple to install? The OsiSense XUY Roller Sensor from Schneider Electric is the perfect choice! With zero tools, you can mount the roller sensor between rollers. When mounting, you can choose between three mounting solutions: hexagonal 7/16", ø 8mm, or adhesive supports. This simple installation saves you up to 50% in installation and adjustment time.

With reliable infra-red sensing technology, the OsiSense XUY Roller Sensor is ideal for detecting all your package colors. In addition, the sensor is perfect for all types of packages including packets, boxes, pallets and letters of paper, and cartons or metallic material. The sensor employs convex lenses and LED power to prevent dust accumulation and interference.

Schneider Electric XUY Roller Sensor

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs ML100 Divergent Beam Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces ML100-8-W divergent beam sensors. Wide beam technology enables these sensors to reliably detect clear materials, very small objects over a large area, as well as glossy materials that can otherwise be a challenge to sense, without the need for a reflector.

“Most transparent object detection sensors are aligned to a reflector and taught the reflected light level of the reflector. But with the ability to independently detect clear shrink wrap film, PET plastic bottles, automotive glass and other transparent objects without a background, ML100-8-W divergent beam sensors eliminate the time, cost and machine space associated with installing reflectors, making them an ideal solution in material handling and packaging applications,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager.

ML100-8-W sensors are also well suited for use in assembly, automotive, printing and a wide range of other industries because they can reliably detect small objects such as wires, yarns or pins over a large area. This facilitates reliable parts detection with a forgiving set-up, and without the need to precisely align a laser or small light spot fiber optic head to the object. Additionally, these divergent beam sensors are an effective sensing solution for glossy materials such as foil pouches or shiny PCBs that are often difficult to reliably detect with diffuse mode sensors.

ML100 series sensors feature multi-color LEDs that are visible from 360° over long distances for immediate sensor status detection. They are also highly resistant to ambient light, and feature cross-talk protection to help ensure the integrity of sensor outputs. Unique PowerBeam alignment with an intense light spot and an industry-standard mounting pattern reduce set-up time, and fully metal bushings provide extremely durable operation even in extended temperature environments from -30° C to +60° C (-22° F to +140° F). These UL and cUL listed sensors also reduce energy costs by up to 43 percent compared with competitive models.

Divergent sensing, also known as wide beam sensing, covers a larger surface area of the target to optimize the likelihood that some part of the object is perpendicular to the light beam and minimize the occurrence of sensing voids.

Pepperl+Fuchs ML100 Divergent Beam Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Friday, November 11, 2011

Phoenix Contact WirelessHART Adapter

Phoenix Contact announces the addition of the RAD-WHA-1/2NPT to the existing WirelessHART product line. This WirelessHART adapter makes it easy to add wired HART devices to a WirelessHART network.

The RAD-WHA-1/2NPT can connect to up to four HART devices. This will lower the overall system node count and save on the cost of buying a new WirelessHART device. This concept makes it ideal for both retrofit and new installation applications.

The adapter offers rugged aluminum housing with a hinged compartment, which contains the HART loop contacts for easy programming. It also has a removable antenna which allows for remote mounting, or the ability to attach a higher gain antenna for better performance.


  • HART modem loops allow for an easy connection point for configuration of adapter
  • Connect up to four HART devices to allow wireless transmission of stranded HART data
  • Connect one standard 4-20 mA signal for easy integration of non-HART devices
  • May be mounted remotely or directly connected to instrument
  • Industry’s only removable antenna for connection of high-gain antennas or remote antenna placement
  • Rugged aluminum housing with hinged compartment

Red Lion Controls ZMH Heavy Duty Length Sensor

Red Lion expands their length sensor offering with the introduction of our new ZMH sensor. The ZMH, heavy duty length sensor is a versatile solution for speed, position or distance measurement over a wide variety of surfaces in almost any industrial environment. A spring loaded tension arm provides a simple-to-adjust torsion load allowing the ZMH to be mounted in any orientation, even upside down.

The all metal construction and dual sensing wheel capability takes ruggedness to a whole new level. This new heavy duty length sensor complements their existing line of light and medium duty sensors and provides a broad solution for applications.

Red Lion Controls ZMH Heavy Duty Length Sensor

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets

Red Lion Controls PAX2D Digital Panel Meter

Red Lion announces the latest addition to our rugged PAX2 Series of dual line display meters. The PAX2D Digital Panel Meter is a single package featuring a dual counter and dual rate meter, with a third counter and rate display that allows the user to perform math functions. With universal features and versatile programming capabilities, this single meter can suit virtually any digital pulse applications.  

Line one consists of a 0.7" high, 6-digit LCD display that can be programmed to show counters A, B, or C; rate A, B, or C; or the high or low values. The main display also offers three programmable, easy-to-read colors: red, orange and green. The color change can be tied to programmable setpoints. This feature provides the operator with a visual display of changing conditions—even when they are not close enough to read the meter value.

A second display line is a 0.35" high, 9-digit, green LCD that can also be programmed for any of the Line One parameters. The 9-digit display accommodates totalizing applications that exceed normal 6-digit displays. The meter also offers a programmable custom unit indicator for both displays.

In addition to the dual displays, the PAX2D offers features designed for maximum flexibility, allowing users to stock a single meter for numerous applications. The meter accepts inputs from proximity sensors, magnetic sensors, photo eyes, length sensors, rotary pulse generators, transistors and simple switches. A universal power supply accommodates both AC and DC inputs.

Red Lion Controls PAX2D Digital Panel Meter

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets

Thursday, November 10, 2011

SMC Pneumatics CKG/CKP-X2095 Clamp Cylinders

SMC Pneumatics introduces their new CKG/CKP-X2095 Slim Style Clamp Cylinders for weld applications.
  • Smallest class of clamp cylinder in the world.
  • 25mm, 32mm and 40mm bore sizes are available.
  • Weight reduced by up to 48% and total length reduced by up to 18% when compared with conventional models.
  • Built-in rod coil scraper prevents weld slag from entering the cylinder and damaging the rod seal.
  • Designed for use in high magnetic field with high strength magnet and high magnetic auto switch, series D-P3DW.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Banner Engineering EZ-SCREEN Low-Profile Safety Light Screens

Banner Engineering has expanded their EZ-SCREEN family to include models of the Low-Profile series that include an integral muting function. Seven muting configurations are available, including two sensor “L-configuration” exit only applications.

The Low-Profile models have continuous detection along the entire light screen length to eliminate the "dead zones" found on traditional safety light curtains. The EZ-SCREEN LPM provides increased mounting flexibility, hookup options and additional functionality at a lower cost.

  • Creates a screen of synchronized, modulated infrared sensing beams that extend from end to end of the housing (no “dead zone”)
  • Built-in muting function, no third box required
  • Seven different, pre-defined, muting configuration options, including Bypass, Mute-Dependent Override, Mute Enable, and Mute-cycle time extensions (4 seconds) for “L”-style cell exit applications
  • Mute Lamp and Status Outputs to EZ-LIGHT (or other indicating devices) with RD cordset and accessory end-cap mounting bracket
  • DIP switch configurable; many of the same features as a standard EZS LP (e.g. reduced resolution, fixed blanking, two scan codes, etc.)
  • Easy to see Status, Reset, Zone, Mute Device and Diagnostic indicators and displays to indicate number of beams blocked and detailed diagnostics
  • 1-Ch External Device Monitoring, which can be disabled by connecting EDM wire to 24 V dc
  • Low-profile, compact package for smaller production machines, yet robust enough for large power presses
  • 100 mm to 7 m (4 to 23') sensing range
  • Typical power consumption of 210 mA @ 24V dc for all models
  • Highly immune to EMI, RFI, ambient light, weld flash and strobe light
  • Two OSSD safety outputs rated at 500 mA each

Pepperl+Fuchs PScan-D Barcode Readers

The Pepperl+Fuchs PScan-D cabled barcode readers are now certified for use in hazardous areas including Class I, II, III, Division 1 and Class I, II, III, Division 2. The PScan-D belongs to the PowerScan product family and is suitable for reading all common barcode types. One defining characteristic of the PowerScan barcode reader is the reliable detection of operating data in hazardous areas under harsh conditions.

The PowerScan D barcode reader is packed full of features:

  • Distinguishes all GS1 Databar™ linear barcodes - One handheld for all standard 1D barcodes 
  • Aim and click from up to 1 m (3 ft) away - Fast and accurate barcode reading at extended distances
  • Persistent scan quality - Rugged, industrial, IP65, handheld scanner for extreme conditions with drop resistance up to 2 m (6.5 ft)
  • Low reading error rate - Capture damaged or dirty barcodes with patented Puzzle Solve™ Technology
  • Confirmed scan - Accurate barcode reading with audible and LED feedback
  • Wide reading angle - Unaffected by ambient light or sunlight exposure
Using a cable with a maximum length of 150 meters allows the barcode reader to be connected directly to a host computer located in the safe zone via a connection module. Alternatively, it can be used in conjunction with VisuNet family of Industrial HMIs.

Pepperl+Fuchs PScan-D Barcode Readers

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Monday, October 31, 2011

Phoenix Contact UT 2.5-3L Triple-Level Terminal Blocks

Manufactured with reliable screw-clamp connection technology, Phoenix Contact UT 2.5-3L modular terminal blocks feature three terminal levels with corrosion-resistant copper alloy components. The innovative Reakdyne design prevents screws from backing out, and these triple-level blocks support robust FBS push-in bridging for power distribution.

UT 2.5-3L terminal blocks have current ratings of 300 V at 20 A or 600 V at 5 A* with 26-12 AWG under UL file # E60425. The UT series supports numerous mission-critical applications in control systems across many industries. Ideal for use within industrial automation and machine building sectors, UT is famous among users in energy, process/oil & gas and water treatment industries.

*These limited ratings are applicable for use in or with industrial control equipment whereby the load on any single circuit does not exceed 15 A at 51-150V; 10 A at 151-300V; or 5 A at 301-600 V, or the maximum ampere rating, whichever is less.

Phoenix Contact UT 2.5-3L Triple-Level Terminal Blocks

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Red Lion Controls Crimson Software Supports Banner iVu Vision Sensors

Red Lion announces support of Banner Engineering's iVu® Plus TG vision sensors via their G3 series HMI, Modular Controller and Data Station Plus. The new iVu Image driver, available in Crimson 3.0’s most recent release, joins a list of over 200 serial and Ethernet communications drivers included with Red Lion’s acclaimed programming software.

This new image driver affords the ability to display the image output from the Banner iVu Plus TG on Red Lion’s 8”, 10” and 15” G3 series HMIs, allowing these touchscreens to be used for commissioning and operation of Banner’s latest generation of vision sensor. With multiple protocol support built into every Red Lion interface product, a second protocol can be chosen to acquire data from the iVu Plus TG. Once collected, the G3 series HMI, Modular Controller or Data Station Plus can convert the data to a different protocol so that the iVu can be integrated with virtually any PLC, PC or SCADA system. The data may also be recorded in IT-friendly CSV file format for later review, using the built-in data logging facilities.

Download Red Lion Controls Crimson 3.0 Software

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets

Red Lion Controls ProducTVity Station

Red Lion proudly introduces the ProducTVity Station™, the only ready-to-deploy solution for collecting, recording and displaying critical key performance indicators and machine status messages on any TV, monitor, or projector equipped with a DVI/HDMI interface.

Lean manufacturing, six-sigma, total quality management, continuous improvement – All of these terms refer, in some form or another, to the efforts of companies as they strive to become more competitive in a global economy. While various strategies are implemented in order to improve productivity, they all have two things in common – the collection of KPIs – key performance indicators – and the communication of those KPIs to the people who can most affect improvement – the production floor personnel.

The ProducTVity Station excels at collecting data from a range of automation components. With a library of over 200 communications drivers, the PTV can communicate to PLCs, motor drives, motion controllers, bar code scanners and more. The PTV can also be expanded with CS series I/O modules, allowing it to accept digital and analog inputs from a range of sensors.

With its fully programmable graphical interface, the PTV allows users to create high-definition visual management displays without the limits imposed by traditional LED-based lean manufacturing displays. Eye-catching displays that combine KPIs along with andon messages can easily be created. The ProducTVity Station’s 720p (1280 x 780 resolution) DVI output is compatible with both 720p and 1080p/i TVs with DVI or HDMI interfaces.

The PTV’s built-in data-logger can record key performance indicators, as well as andon events for later review, and can synchronize the log files with any FTP server and/or Microsoft’s SQL Server® for further analysis.

The ProducTVity Station extends production monitoring to remote personnel by providing email and text alerts, and its built-in webserver allows productivity information to be monitored via any networked PC or smart-phone. If enabled, remote personnel can take partial or full control of the system remotely, allowing a maintenance person to effect changes without a site visit.

The ProducTVity Station ships complete with a 2GB CompactFlash card, as well as a DVI to HDMI cable (15´), and HDMI/DVI adapter. The PTV is programmed with Red Lion’s popular Crimson® software.

Red Lion Controls ProducTVity Station

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs VisuNet IND 8000 Series HMI Operator Workstations

The VisuNet IND 8000 series is the newest product line for the Pepperl+Fuchs HMI family. The new VisuNet IND Panel Mount series widens our target market to include OEM process machinery and manufacturing equipment.

The all-in-one solution mounts directly to process machinery or manufacturing equipment and interfaces primarily with PLCs. The units have a variety of touchscreen options that include anti-glare, transflective, and hardened resistive (glass).

VisuNet INDs panel PC and remote monitors are 24/7 units ready for operation in the harshest environments.

  • 15” and 19”
  • Extended temperature range for indoor-outdoor use
  • Chemically resistant touchscreen with hardened glass optional
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • Type 4/4X (IP 66)
  • Globally certified: Class I, Division 2 and Zone 2
  • LED backlit and transflective LCDs version
  • Intel® Atom™ N270 or 1.5GHz Core™ 2 Duo
  • Maintainability ... refurbish 5-7 years
  • Fanless

Monday, October 17, 2011

Crydom PowerPlus DC Solid State Relays

Crydom’s new “PowerPlus DC Series” of DC output Panel mounted Solid State Relays expands Crydom’s Series 1 line of DC output SSRs with new features including an optional clear IP20 “touch safe” cover, LED input status indicator and higher speed switching circuit minimizing switching losses and permitting higher frequency PWM operation.

The “PowerPlus DC Series” also includes new models accepting AC control voltages as well as traditional DC control models. The “PowerPlus DC” product line features Crydom’s advanced DC switching technology utilizing low power dissipation power FETs coupled with 2.5 Kv optical coupling which provides reliable high power DC switching up to 100 amps and operating voltages to 400 VDC. Available options include a 4 to 32 VDC or 90 to 140 VAC input and a factory installed phase change thermal interface pad.

Crydom “PowerPlus DC” SSRs are CE certified to both the Low Voltage & EMC Directives, RoHS & China RoHS compliant, UL and cUL Recognized.

Crydom PowerPlus DC Solid State Relays

Crydom Technical Datasheets

Friday, October 14, 2011

Phoenix Contact FL WLAN Ethernet Radios

Phoenix Contact is pleased to announce the addition of the FL WLAN 802.11 radios to its RAD-80211 product family. This family of radios adds IP65 housing style products to our existing WLAN line of products.

The 80211 FL WLAN products offer expanded functionality from the existing WLAN products, while giving the flexibility of Ethernet access to applications where a control cabinet is not needed or not available.


  • IP65 style housing for non-control cabinet applications
  • Suitable for outdoor mounting
  • AC- and DC-powered access point models
  • Single and dual access point models
  • Low-cost, client-only model available
  • 802.11 a/b/g supported**
  • UL508**
  • QoS, VLAN compatible and fast roaming capabilities (client mode only)
  • PoE compatible
**FL WLAN EPA does not have UL and supports 802.11 b/g only

Phoenix Contact FL WLAN Ethernet Radios

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Phoenix Contact VARIOSUB Fiber Optic Cables

The Phoenix Contact VARIOSUB offering of pre-assembled fiber optic cabling now includes the following new cable types for specific application requirements. These are variable order numbers where you select the desired connector types and cable length.

1402185 FOC-RUGGED-1012/... This is a rugged, halogen-free, plastic optical fiber (POF) cable with a reinforced polyurethane (PUR) outer jacket. It is designed for higher tensile loads and lateral pressures.

1402187 FOC-RUGGED-FLEX- 1013/... A highly flexible, POF round cable is ideal for use in drag chains for bending frequencies of up to 5 million cycles. It is made of highly wear-resistant polyamide (PE). The cable is halogen-free, ozone- and UV-resistant and has a rugged PUR outer sheath.

1402188 FOC-KDHEAVY-1011/... This POF cable is designed for fixed inside installation and made of highly durable PE. The cable is halogen-free, ozone- and UV-resistant and has a rugged PUR outer sheath.

1402191 FOC-HCS-RUGGED- 1014/... A rugged, hard-clad silica (HCS) cable for inner areas made of highly flexible materials. The cable is halogen-free, ozone- and UV-resistant and has a rugged PUR outer sheath.

1402193 FOC-GDM-RUGGED- 1016/... This glass optical fiber (GOF) cable is designed for inner areas and made of highly flexible materials. This cable is halogen-free, ozone- and UV-resistant and has a rugged PUR outer sheath.

Phoenix Contact VARIOSUB Fiber Optic Cables

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Red Lion Controls Acquires Sixnet

Red Lion Controls announces that it has completed the acquisition of Sixnet LLC, a privately-held company based in Albany, NY. Sixnet is a leading manufacturer of flexible industrial Ethernet switch, automation and wireless solutions for the industrial market, and employs approximately 110 people. 

Sixnet joins Red Lion in the Industrial Controls segment of Spectris plc and will be led by Red Lion’s President, Mike Granby. Red Lion provides operator interface products for a wide range of manufacturing and process industries. Sixnet’s hardened Ethernet networking switches complement those of Red Lion’s N-Tron division and the remote automation solutions complement Red Lion’s own product range. Sixnet’s cellular wireless portfolio for the machine-to-machine market provides a new area of business for Red Lion. The majority of Sixnet’s sales are to the US domestic market and good opportunities exist to expand overseas sales using Red Lion’s international distribution channels, particularly in China.

“The acquisition of Sixnet will enable Red Lion to provide a broader range of solutions to our customers, and expand both our global presence and our strategic business segments,” said Mike Granby, President of Red Lion. “As a trusted global provider of industrial automation products, we are continually looking for ways to bring increased value to our customers as they strive to improve their productivity. Sixnet’s solutions and 35 years of experience in the industrial space are a great addition to our team. Over time, we intend to share technologies within our solution portfolio which will allow us to bring even more value to our customers.”

“This acquisition is very synergistic and will expand channel and product opportunities worldwide,” said Hilton Nicholson, president and CEO of Sixnet. “As part of Spectris, Sixnet gains access to an industry leader that will support continued sales momentum and global expansion. The acquisition also provides an ideal platform to launch our new cellular automation and Ethernet products.”

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets

Banner Engineering Q26 Sensors

The Q26 sensor is an addition to Banner Engineering's family of clear object sensors, and was developed to solve difficult clear object detection applications. Using a polarized retro coaxial design (also known as autocollimation), the Q26 cannot be tricked by mirror-like surfaces, operates reliably over 5 to 800mm, and has precise leading edge detection.


  • Reliable detection of clear, translucent, or opaque objects - including mirror like surfaces
  • Coaxial optics enable reliable detection of targets to the face of the sensor
  • Simple set-up and adjustment with a single turn sensitivity adjuster potentiometer
  • Light Operate and Dark Operate selection by rotary switch
  • Compact sensor housing size of 14 x 25 x 42 mm

Banner Engineering WLS28 Work Light Strip

Banner Engineering's WLS28 Work Light Strip was developed to provide even, bright, highly efficient white LED illumination for industrial control cabinets, and work cells with poor factory lighting conditions. The high quality but small profile metal housing light is available in various lengths from 145mm to 1130mm and can be cascaded end-to-end to minimize wiring.

  • High power solid state LED array
  • Designed for enclosure or area lighting
  • Rugged aluminum housing rated for IP50 or IP67
  • Lighted lengths available from 145mm to 1130 mm
  • Narrow 28mm total width
  • Low profile design with included swivel mounting brackets
  • Brackets are made of zinc plated 14 gage steel and allow pivoting of light 45 in either direction
  • Illuminates a large area with an even pattern of light and no shadows
  • 12 to 30V dc operation
  • Cabled and Quick Disconnect models available
  • ON/OFF switch and non-switch models available
  • Stand alone and cascadable models available
  • Low power consumption; less than 9 watts per foot

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs VisuNet Industrial HMI Operator Workstations

Following in the tradition of their rugged components and industrial monitors, Pepperl+Fuchs is expanding the VisuNet Industrial family with operator workstations manufactured using all industrial-grade components. The workstations are rated for General Purpose, Class I & II, Division 2, and ATEX Zone 2 hazardous areas and designed for 24/7 operation.

VisuNet IND solutions are a key component in plant floor visualization systems. Each workstation is a single production floor interface that manages recipes, monitors control variables and alarm systems, and controls drilling operations. Each system has been engineered to endure the most stringent and unyielding environments, from room temperature applications such as filling lines, to drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea!

Under the hood!
VisuNet IND workstations are available with integral PC, KVM or RM technologies designed for 24/7 operation in the harshest environments. These units have a variety of display options that include anti-glare, transflective, resistive and hardened resistive touchscreen glass.

Remote Monitor, what's that?
Pepperl+Fuchs remote monitor technology offers many advantages:
  • Standard Ethernet networking connections to the server
  • Access multiple workstations from one server - less IT infrastructure
  • Supports RDP applications: Microsoft® terminal services, Citrix® ICA, or VNC RFB
  • Compressed video traffic - only changes in graphics are transmitted
  • No software to install, or revisions to manage - transparent to the operator
  • Low power consumption allows the unit to conserve energy and dissipate very little heat when idling
  • Patented Pepperl+Fuchs technology