Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Banner Engineering K30 Pick-to-Light Sensors

Banner Engineering's K30L is a rugged, miniaturized, and easy-to-install pick-to-light solution to aid in error-proofing and lean manufacturing. The miniaturized package allows it be used with smaller bin sizes where space is at a premium.

  • Rugged, cost-effective and easy-to-install solutions for error proofing and parts-verification applications
  • Illuminated dome provides an easy-to-see green job light; some models also light red for alternate operation
  • Waterproof IP65 construction for washdown environments
  • Compact devices are self-contained – no controller needed
  • Immune to EMI and RFI interference
  • 12 to 30V dc operation
  • Cabled and Quick Disconnect models available

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Emerson/SolaHD SDN-C Power Supplies

SolaHD has introduced two new DIN rail power supplies in the popular line of SDN-C power supplies. Combining a remarkably smaller package with higher efficiency than the existing SDN-P line, these units also have unique visual diagnostic LEDs to show status at a glance. Designed to be a specification-grade unit that can be DIN rail mounted in a control cabinet, the SDN-C units reduce excess heat in the panel due to their high efficiency and Power Factor Correction advanced design.

These new 20A and 40A 24V output units are about 50% smaller than the power supply of the previous generation and feature three phase 380 – 480 inputs. The SDN-C comes equipped with standard screw terminal connections. The metal outer case is rugged, efficiently dissipates heat, and delivers full power in a wide temperature range from -25°C to +60°C.

The SDN-C is backed by a five year limited warranty.

Red Lion Controls Crimson 2 Software Supports PAX2A Meters

The latest release of Red Lion Controls' Crimson 2 software now includes the new PAX2A panel meter. In addition to the easy front panel key programming of the PAX2A, you can now program the meter with simple mouse clicks and drop down menus via the built-in USB port.

Eight simple programming windows step you through various parameters such as input set-up, display format, and output control, just to name a few. The program file can be saved on a computer allowing for later recall. You can also extract an existing program from a meter and save it. The program can then be downloaded to other meters, making duplicate setups a breeze.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs LS680 Optical Data Couplers

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces LS680 Series Optical Data Couplers. With speeds from 33 up to 50 times faster than competitive models, the LS680 is uniquely capable of transmitting signals, such as live video and other communication information, that were previously unavailable in material handling applications. Additionally, the LS680 has no operating controls such as push buttons, switches, or potentiometers, and requires no programming, making it a true tamper-proof, plug-and-play solution.

“Live video can be very helpful for maintenance, diagnostics, and feedback, especially for very remote or inaccessible locations, like high bays in a warehouse,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager. “In the past, users may have to shut down a line and send a technician to trouble-shoot if there is overhang from a bay. Now, these issues can be addressed remotely with live video from the trouble spot, which saves time and makes for a more secure system.”

The LS680 optical data transmitter transmits protocol-free, meaning various industrial Ethernet topologies such as Ethernet IP, PROFINET, and TCP/IP can all be transmitted on the same product without changing a thing. It transmits signals from 0 meters to 150 meters, with a 180 meter threshold distance. It transmits data consistently at a rate of 100 MBit/s via a 100 Base-TX interface.

The LS680 optical data coupler acts a “virtual cable” that replaces a physical Ethernet cable, which has inherent mechanical limitations such as inflexibility and wear and tear, and electrical limitations such as susceptibility to noise.

“The LS680 is able to achieve significantly higher transmission speeds than WiFi and RF-based methods because data is optically transmitted and is not affected by large masses of metal that are common in warehouses or ASRS’s. The WiFi and RF-based signals are attenuated with metal, so the signal quality and speed vary depending on where it is,” explains Allison. “Additionally, competitive optical data couplers often save data packets before they are transmitted. This typically results in speeds that are just two to three percent of that available with LS680 optical data couplers, which transmit data packets immediately.”

Quick-disconnect connectors enable faster set-up than terminal-type connectivity. Diagnostic and status LEDs, such as a bar graph LED display, simplify troubleshooting and indicate the quality of the optical signal. The LS680 also features a wide and forgiving beam angle, and two built-in alignment LED’s, making alignment quick and easy.

“The LS680 employs a built-in alignment aid in the front lens that is visible from long distances. The LED flashes at varying frequencies to indicate how good the optical signal is. It also has an 8-segment LED display on the front of the housing to further indicate eight levels of signal strength. This can be helpful for optimizing the placement of the couplers to achieve the best signal,” says Allison.

The LS680 is designed to aid in the positioning of moving stacker cranes / vehicles in Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) by relaying placement information from the stationary control system to the mobile vehicle controls. The LS680 can also send images from a camera on a high-bay stacker crane, retrieve the location of pallet pick-ups on pallet transfer vehicles, and can also be used to transmit data in overhead monorail systems, mobile transport units, automated guided vehicles and carts, and material transfer systems.

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, February 10, 2011

Phoenix Contact 2010 Supplement Catalog Available

Phoenix Contact’s 2010 Supplement Catalog has arrived, offering updated information for all Phoenix Contact product categories. This catalog features new product information for their CLIPLINE, PLUSCON, COMBICON, TRABTECH, INTERFACE and AUTOMATION catalogs.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Harting Han-Eco Connectors Video

Versatile use, light weight and lower costs. Han-Eco®, the new HARTING connector family with a plastic housing, combines the high processing quality, safety and reliability of the entire HARTING portfolio with an ideal mix from the familiar and highly flexible Han-Modular® system.

Han-Eco® is predestined for applications that do not need the entire range of product features found in the Han® B housing series -- and it simultaneously offers weight and cost advantages. In addition, a higher contact density to housing size ratio is achieved. Like the Han® B standard series, the Han-Eco® series is available in the sizes 6 B, 10 B, 16 B and 24 B. Depending on the size, bulkhead-mounted housings and hoods are available with straight and angled cable outlets and metric threads. The entire range of modules from the
Han-Modular® series is available for the Han-Eco® housing. The special feature: A module has more room in any of the four sizes than in the equivalent counterpart in the Han® B standard series.

Harting Han-Yellock Connector Video

Han-Yellock® is flexible, offers utmost safety and reliability, unburdens highly complex technical components such as switch cabinets and requires practically no tools for assembly. This new design is an expression of functionality -- the Han-Yellock® offers connection technology that matches the surface to the functions. The design is as functional as the exterior is elegant.

The basic ideas behind the Han-Yellock® are amazingly simple, and yet tremendously effective. The Han-Yellock® housing has a split on the cable side. The surface and add-on parts have been designed with an eye to harsh industrial requirements, such as those found in the machine construction industry, energy technology and plant construction. Operating controls are protected inside the housing, and display a blocking function that offers additional safety in and for industrial applications.

Han-Yellock® is a self-contained interface concept that is not plug-compatible with the known Han A® or Han® B sub-assemblies. In addition to a housing in new sizes, it also includes three different contact insert systems.

  • Han-Yellock® module for allowing contacts and potentials to be duplicated
  • Adapter frame for using the Han-Modular® modules
  • Monoblocks for the greatest contact density

Han-Yellock® is a comprehensive concept that offers more than just the actual components because it adds solutions for mounting material and housing labeling and a tool for producing the sheet metal cut-outs.

Pepperl+Fuchs G10 AS-Interface Modules with Connect & Done Technology

Pepperl+Fuchs' G10 family of ultra-compact I/O modules with Connect & Done technology can eliminate mounting requirements in many applications. The G10 family is the world’s smallest AS-Interface I/O module with IP68/69K protection; at just 40 mm x 27 mm x 22 mm, the G10 fits easily into any cable duct and enables quick, convenient sensor connections using the integrated M12 pigtails.

“With its tiny footprint, this exceptionally robust module allows mounting in the most space-confined applications. In fact, simply placing the G10 I/O module inside the cable tray may eliminate mounting entirely – that’s the power and simplicity of ‘connect & done’ functionality,” says Helge Hornis, Manager Intelligent Systems, Pepperl+Fuchs.

The robust single-piece housing makes use of a patented and field-proven hinged cover design that simplifies connectivity, ensures reliable contact to the AS-Interface flat cable, and typically eliminates any additional mounting requirements. For applications where mounting is required, two integrated M4 screw holes are provided. The G10 module has no gaskets, inserts, separate housing parts, or additional screws that are easily lost.

“As with all other AS-Interface modules, Pepperl+Fuchs uses high-quality, machined, gold-plated piercing contacts that, unlike the lower-cost stamped and zinc-coated alternative, provide superior long-term contact stability without damaging the internal strands of the AS-Interface cable,” explains Hornis. “Placed around each of the piercing contacts is a concentric seal contour that provides high seal contact pressure, a main contributor to the reliable IP68/69K protection, even after many years of service.”

Sensors are powered from the yellow AS-Interface cable, and a continuous output current of up to 1 A can be supplied from AUX power. All versions of the G10 ultra-compact I/O module family are equipped with bright diagnostic and status LEDs that are visible from all directions. The G10 family also follows the latest AS-Interface specification 3.0.

Pepperl+Fuchs F79 Subminiature Inductive Sensors

Now available from Pepperl+Fuchs is the F79 subminiature inductive sensor with PVC cable or with M8 pigtail. These miniature inductive sensors now offer customers three different connections. The F79 sensor connects via three individual wire leads, black PVC cable, or PVC pigtail with M8 connector.

Product Features
  • Subminiature surface mount
  • Single screw mounting
  • 1.5 mm nominal sensing range
  • Switching frequency to 1200 Hz
  • 500 mm PVC cable or 100 mm PVC pigtail