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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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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