Friday, April 29, 2011

SMC Pneumatics IRV Vacuum Regulator

SMC Pneumatics has improved their IRV series of vacuum regulators, including built-in one-touch fittings.

  • Offers over twice the maximum flow of the previous model.
  • Weight reduced by 20% compared to the previous model.
  • Integrated digital pressure switch allows convenient panel mounting, with only knob and pressure switch faceplate visible on the panel.

Phoenix Contact Heavycon Ethernet Module

Phoenix Contact is expanding its Heavycon portfolio to make it easier to combine power, signal and data within one housing enclosure. The new Heavycon modular insert is fully shielded and only takes up one module slot in a Heavycon retaining frame. The module uses crimp connection technology, with the individual leads being snapped into a contact carrier before being placed in a shielded housing. Finally this frame is snapped into a plastic module and then placed into the retaining frame.

Product features:
  • 8-position CAT5 Ethernet
  • Shielded housing protects against interference from power and signal modules
  • Easy assembly with side-snapping into crimp contact carrier
  • Reduce panel feed-through connectors by combining power, signal, and data in one enclosure

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Products from 80/20 Inc.

1/4-20 and 5/16-18 Roll-In T-Nuts
  • Self-aligning
  • Zinc-plated steel
  • Use in 15, 30 and 40 Series profiles
  • Loads from the profile end or side

Self-Tapping Screws for End Caps
  • Secure end caps without machining
  • Button head provides finished look
  • Tri-lobe (thread rolling) screws provide a clean, strong thread and drive easier than other self-tapping screws

Recycled Clear Polycarbonate Panels
  • Same machinability and impact resistance as their standard "virgin" polycarbonate panels
  • Made from less costly, recycled material
  • Stable up to 240°
  • Available in 1/4" thickness and 3/16" thickness

Hidden Corner Connectors
  • Die-cast zinc, clear finish
  • Provides a hidden 90° corner connection
  • Included M6 or M8 set screws allow for easy installation
  • Quick, easy connection for lightweight applications

SMC Pneumatics ITV Electro-Pneumatic and Electronic Vacuum Regulators

SMC Pneumatics has added Fieldbus-compliant specifications to their ITV1000/2000/3000 series of electro-pneumatic regulators and their ITV209 series of electronic vacuum regulators.
  • Regulators offer stepless control of air pressure proportional to an electrical signal.
  • CC-Link, DeviceNet and Profibus protocol support available as standard options.
  • RS-232C specification added to serial communications.
  • Built-in communication board eliminates the need for a converter.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Banner Engineering R58B Expert Registration Mark Sensors

The R58B Expert Registration Mark Sensors from Banner Engineering provide the same high-performance registration mark detection of the R58E, but the new R58B provides a simplified teach process. The R58B registration mark sensor reduces complexity and increases speed of teaching the mark and the background, and reduces operator training and product change over time.

  • Ultra-fast 10 kHZ switching frequency
  • Sensor automatically selects red, green, or blue LED during TEACH to optimize application contrast
  • Selected color is indicated on the user interface, and customer specified color can be set from push buttons or PLC compatible remote input.
  • Outstanding color contrast sensitivity; detects 16 levels of gray scale
  • Provides 11 status LED’s to indicate sensor configuration and currently selected emitter color
  • Remote teach interface has been streamlined to enable more convenient sensor configuration and teaching via a PLC
  • Smart gain-control algorithm to maximize performance in low-contrast or high-gloss applications
  • Fast TEACH via single-click on the TEACH push-button or remote input
  • TEACH button can be temporarily deactivated by putting the sensor into RUN mode, or all buttons can be locked out via the remote interface wire
  • Sensor configuration options are easily changed via push-buttons or PLC compatible remote input
  • Fixed-convergent sensing at 10 mm ± 3mm (0.39” ± 0.12”); rectangular sensing image measure 1.2 mm x 3.8 mm (0.05” x 0.15”) at 10 mm (0.39”) from the lens
  • Models available with either parallel or perpendicular sensing image (see Models)
  • Rugged zinc alloy die-cast housing with high-quality acrylic lens suitable for food processing applications; rated IP67
  • Models available with integral quick disconnect or Euro-style quick-disconnect pigtail

SMC Pneumatics Dust-Resistant Cylinders

Certain contaminants like ceramic powder, paper particles, or metallic powder can severely shorten a cylinder's operating life, even when using a heavy-duty rod scraper. SMC Pneumatics' XC92 dust-resistant option consists of floating lube-retainers on the piston rod, preventing particles of 30 microns or less from entering the cylinder, thereby extending the cylinder's life.

  • Improves cylinder life by a factor of 4 compared to standard SMC cylinders in dusty environments.
  • Available for a range of standard cylinders including round type (CM2), two compact cylinder models (CQS and CQ2) and a compact guide type (MGP).

Monday, April 25, 2011

SMC Pneumatics VF1000/3000/5000 5-Port Solenoid Valves

Following the success of their popular Series VF1000/3000/5000 solenoid valves, SMC Pneumatics has updated this range of 5 port valves by improving their durability, reducing their power consumption and also lowering their operating noise. Designed for automotive and general machinery applications, these improved valves are still fully interchangeable with existing VF manifolds.

With the introduction of a V200 pilot valve, power consumption of the standard valve has been reduced to 1.55W from1.8W and when specified with an energy saving circuit, the consumption falls to only 0.55W. Noise levels have been dramatically reduced thanks to the introduction of an in-built wave rectifier, potential problems of unwanted foreign matter entering the valves have been addressed with the addition of an in-built strainer and ozone resistant HBNR seal material has been added to overcome any possible build up of ozone in the compressed air system.

SMC Pneumatics VF1000/3000/5000 5-Port Solenoid Valves

SMC Pneumatics Technical Datasheets

Heyco HEYClip SunRunner Cable Clip

Heyco HEYClip SunRunner clips are designed to provide a better method for photovoltaic (PV) module wire management and may be used wherever single or multiple cable management is needed.
  • Neatly dresses cables on PV panel frames or along mounting channels.
  • Robust "double-compression" design accommodates from (1) 12 gauge USE-2 to (2) 10 gauge PV-1000 solar wires.
  • Also for use with other cables from .20" (5.0mm) to .30" (7.6mm) in diameter.
  • Locking tabs securely fasten clips to module extrusions, or other panels.
  • Screwdriver slot for easy removal or movement of clips if necessary.
  • Fits module frames up to .125" (3.2mm) thick.
  • Constructed from corrosion resistant 304 stainless steel.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

SMC Pneumatics VP300/500/700 3-Port Solenoid Valve

SMC Pneumatics has redesigned their VP300/500/700 3-Port Solenoid Valves with lower power consumption and a longer life expectancy. A low standard power consumption of 1.55W can be reduced to 0.55W with the optional power saving circuit installed, resulting in decreased operating costs. Service life has been increased to 50 million cycles or more, based on SMC life testing. A built-in strainer in the pilot valve prevents unexpected troubles due to foreign matter.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Phoenix Contact PLC-PIT Coupling Relays with Push-In-Technology

PLC-PIT coupling relays from Phoenix Contact can be easily and quickly connected without specialized tools. Push-In-Technology creates a high degree of usability and includes a wide range of connections; from wires as small as 0.34 mm² to larger types, such as sensor wires. This time-saving connection technology is enhanced even further with the use of a ferrule, making connections easy and reliable. The Phoenix Contact PLC relay system gives you three connection choices: the screw, spring cage or Push-In Technology spring clamp system.

Get seamless, standard wiring - from your control system to your sensor/actuator level - by simply plugging in. When combined with the system cabling from Phoenix Contact, these quick-connector relays allow you to join the controller with your periphery quickly and conveniently.
  • Only 6.2 mm wide
  • Universal types and many special versions are available
  • DIN rail-mount spring block
  • Accessories include; system cable adapters, feed terminals and plug-in bridges

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pepperl+Fuchs MAC335 Universal Code Reader

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces the MAC335 Universal Code Reader. This compact, economical and easy to mount and configure stationary barcode imager is designed to read the most common 1D and 2D code symbologies. Its high 1.3 megapixel resolution enables it to accurately and reliably read small and large codes at distances ranging from 20 mm to 300 mm.

“Embedded JavaScript makes the MAC335 a particularly unique stationary code reader,” says Tim Cicerchi, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs. “JavaScript enables it to be linked into all common programs, and permits evaluations to be carried out on the code reader itself. In many applications this functionality can also eliminate the need for, and expense of, a downstream PC.”

The MAC335 universal code reader also features Pepperl+Fuchs’ standard operator interface, Vision-Configurator. With Vision-Configurator, all parameters can be set intuitively, and images from the reader can be displayed. The MAC335 is also easily parameterized with Data Matrix control codes, eliminating the need for separate operating software.

These 24VDC devices offer IP65 protection, and are rated for use in temperatures ranging from 0 … 50°C (32 … 122°F).

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 PSR-FSP Process Safety Relays

Phoenix Contact has expanded its process safe/SIL relay line with the SIL 3-rated PSR-FSP/2x1 and the SIL 2-rated PSR-FSP2/2x1.

Features Common to Both Safe Relays
  • Two normally open safety outputs and one normally closed status output.
  • Completely compatible with the "test pulses" occurring on safe PLC/DCS outputs.
  • Inrush requirement is limited for Safe PLC/DCS output compatibility (55mA).
  • 17.5mm wide.
  • Normally closed status contact can be wired in series to automate the "proof test" for SIL.
  • Note: Fuses are not included for the normally open safety outputs on either of these two components.
Major Differences
  • The PSR-FSP/2x1 is SIL 3-rated; the PSR-FSP2/2x1 is SIL-2 rated.
  • The SIL 3 PSR-FSP/2x1 is internally redundant; the SIL 2 PSR-FSP2/2x1 is not.
  • The SIL 2 PSR-FSP2/2x1 costs less.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crydom HSP-2 and HSP-5 Thermal Pads

As part of their ongoing program of product line maintenance, Crydom has updated its Thermal Pads offer. Thermal pads TP01 and TP03 will be declared as "Obsolete" and will become unavailable effective April 1st. HSP-2 and the new HSP-5 will replace the obsoleted thermal pads (TP01 and TP03) and will provide single phase and 3 phase footprints respectively. HSP-2 and HSP-5 also include adhesive on one side. The replacement of TP01 with HSP-2 will also effect relays that are sold with thermal pad attached (H option) and assemblies that include the use of thermal pads. Currently available thermal pads HSP-1 and HSP-3 will continue to be part of the standard offer and provide an alternative for those that prefer non-adhesive thermal pads.