Friday, February 24, 2012

Pro-face GP4000 Touchscreen HMIs

The Pro-face GP4000 Series includes a full range of Touchscreen HMI's, from 3.5" to 12.1", including a new widescreen model. The powerful GP-Pro EX software provides seamless integration of any Pro-face Operator Interface technology with best in class connectivity to PLC's, Controllers and Code Readers. GP-Pro EX v3.01also allows reuse of projects between the AGP3000 and GP4000 series. These 65k Color TFT models have fast CPU's for realtime communication while setting the new stardard for energy efficiency using LED backlighting and dimming feature.

  • High Performance
    • 65,536 TFT colors
    • TFT as a standard
    • Windows 7 64-bit support
    • Increased memory 32/16MB
    • SD card for external storage
  • Improved Alarm Management
    • Historical trend graphs
    • Sampling data
    • Operation log
  • Energy Saving
    • LED Backlit LCD as standard
    • Optional dimmer setting to decrease and eventually stand by the display
  • Data Management
    • GP-Viewer EX software provides remote monitoring
    • Pro-Server EX for data management
    • Ethernet I/P standard

Red Lion Controls PAX2S Strain Gage Meters

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation, today announced the expansion of its next-generation line of panel products with the addition of the new PAX2S Strain Gage Meters. The PAX2S delivers advanced control and communication for weight measurement applications in environments that include food processing, truck scales, material storage and other weighing scenarios. Its advanced functionality allows plant engineers and maintenance staff to enhance overall efficiency and reduce costs by increasing accuracy in weighing processes.

With Red Lion PAX2S, users can display net weight and gross weight simultaneously, as well as communicate real-time weight information to a database or management system for monitoring, storage and reporting. This type of information is important for applications such as food processing, where monitoring and controlling the weight of each ingredient is critical to ensuring that recipes are followed closely in batch production. In addition, PAX2S uses a color changing LCD display system to alert operators to show when weight limits are being approached or exceeded.

“The PAX2S is the latest innovation in our long history of providing display products that meet the needs of both industrial and consumer environments,” said Jeff Thornton, indication product manager for Red Lion Controls. “The ideal PAX2S application is where two parameters need to be visualized at the same time, such as reading a net weight while the other display shows the material weight being added to the process. This two-source communication gives customers the information and control they require to efficiently keep processes running on time.”

The PAX2S includes a wide range of features, including:
  • Programmable dual-line display – uses red, orange and green to visually highlight exceptions and changes
  • Convenient input options – easily connect to load cell, strain gage or pressure sensors for fast, reliable data access
  • Universal power supply – for fast, easy installation regardless of power polarity
  • Swappable option cards – provide investment protection with industry-standard application support

IDEC CW Flush Mount Switches

IDEC flush mount CW switches are the best looking, industrial-strength 22mm switches in the market. Now, with the addition of options including new maintained pushbutton switch operators, rubber boots and nameplates, CW switches are better than ever.

CW switches now offer both momentary and maintained pushbutton switch functions. By offering both momentary and maintained functions, you have more options to fit your specific applications.

The smooth design of the CW cuts down on surface area, preventing dust and other particles from accumulating and making regular cleaning and maintenance easier. Now, a new rubber boot provides a protective cover for CW switches, making them ideal for applications that require regular washdowns.

Marking plates are also available for the CW switches, engraved to designate the function of the switch or its position. Now there is no reason for you to have switches without clear labeling.

Offered with either black or metallic bezels, you have a choice of illuminated pushbuttons, pushbuttons and pilot lights in six bright colors (amber, green, white, red, blue and yellow). Selector and key selector switches are also available.

CW switches are perfect for instrumentation, medical equipment, food and beverage processing equipment, semi-conductor equipment, non-industrial applications (train cab, parking machines, audio/visual equipment), machine tools, panels, outdoor applications and more!

IP20 finger-safe contacts extend only 39.9mm behind the panel, saving space, while seven possible keys provide added security. CW switches are UL listed and CE marked, as well as provide an IP65 degree of protection.

IDEC CW Flush Mount Switches

IDEC Technical Datasheets

Thursday, February 23, 2012

SMC Pneumatics EX600 Fieldbus System for Input/Output

The EX600 serial interface offers a full suite of diagnostics and programmable parameters to meet the most stringent requirements. The EX600 offers excellent flexibility including digital input, digital output and analog input unit options. With the use of D-sub output blocks, a maximum of 9 remote D-sub manifolds can be attached to one EX600 communication module. This serial interface is compatible with series SV1000/2000/3000, VQC1000/2000/4000, S0700 and the new SY series valves. Available protocols include Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, CC-Link, Ethernet I/P and now EtherCat.

SMC Pneumatics EX600 Fieldbus System for Input/Output

SMC Pneumatics Technical Datasheets

Banner Engineering DF-G1 Expert Dual Display Fiber Amplifier

A focus on a simple set-up and configuration, stable performance, and competitive pricing guided Banner Engineering's development of the DF-G1 Expert Dual Display Fiber Amplifier. An updated mechanical design, with an improved fiber clamp and a sleek look-and-feel, makes the DF-G1 a compelling upgrade to the D10 product line.

  • Easy to read dual digital displays show both signal level and threshold simultaneously
  • Lever action fiber clamp provides stable, reliable, and trouble free fiber clamping
  • Simple user interface ensures easy sensor set-up and programming via displays and switches, remote input teach wire, or IO-Link (coming soon)
  • Expert TEACH and SET methods ensure optimal gain and threshold for all applications, especially low contrast applications
  • User has full control over all operating parameters: switch point threshold, Light Operate or Dark Operate, output timing functions, gain level, and response speed
  • Thermally stable electronics minimize warm-up drift and reduce the effect of side-by-side mounting of multiple fiber amplifiers
  • Multiple amplifiers can be mounted side-by-side with no reduction in maximum operating temperature
  • ECO (economy) display mode reduces amplifier power consumption by 25%
  • Cross talk avoidance algorithm allows two fiber assemblies to operate in close proximity for many applications
  • Response speeds of: 200 μs (High Speed), 500 μs (Standard Speed), 2 ms (Long Range), and 5 ms (Extra Long Range) allow operator to optimize for fast or long distance applications
  • High performance 32 bit microprocessor with a 12 bit ADC
  • Sleek 10 mm wide housing mounts to standard 35 mm DIN rail
  • Visible red LED sensing beam for easy alignment to the target
  • Banner’s extensive experience developing custom fiber assemblies and advanced detection algorithms

Turck Q42 Inductive Sensor for Washdown Applications

TURCK announces a new long-range inductive proximity sensor using FDA rated materials for wash down applications. The Q42—available in a top-facing model and front-facing model—is an addition to the uprox+ family of factor one sensors that require no correction factor to detect any metal type. The Q42 is designed to deliver optimal performance in applications that require frequent cleaning with chemicals found in food and beverage applications or where the sensor is exposed to wet environments, such as car washes or outdoor applications.

The Q42 features an improved design with a durable stainless steel connector and PA12 thermoplastic housing that delivers resistance to chemicals and caustic cleaning agents, as well as shock from impact. Additionally, the upgraded housing materials are food-safe and meet FDA Regulation 21CFR 177, 1500(9) for the U.S. and FDA/EGVO 1935/2004 for the E.U. The Q42 features integrated predamping that gives the designer flexibility to partially recess the sensor into their design.

The existing uprox+ washdown family is comprised of 12, 18 and 30mm diameter barrels with sensing ranges between 4 and 30mm. The Q42 offers a sensing range of 50mm to all types of metals. This not only eliminates the need to change the position of the sensors for different metal applications, but also reduces the number of sensor types needed for plant operations. In addition to an extended sensing distance, the Q42 delivers reliable operation in temperatures ranging from -40 to 100 degrees Celsius.

Turck Q42 Inductive Sensor

Turck Technical Datasheets

Honeywell Sensing and Control RTY Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors

The RTY Series Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors provide angle monitoring in harsh transportation and industrial applications at a competitive cost.

These products use a magnetically biased, Hall-effect integrated circuit (IC) to sense rotary movement of the actuator shaft over a set operating range. Rotation of the actuator shaft changes a magnet’s position relative to the IC. The resulting flux density change is converted to a linear output.

The IC, together with conditioning and protection circuitry, and the permanent magnet, is sealed in an IP67-qualified rugged package for durability in most harsh environments.

Eight operating ranges (50°, 60°, 70°, 90°, 120°, 180°, 270° and 360°) are tolerant to over-travel and allow use in most common applications. Low voltage and high voltage versions cover an input voltage range of 4.5 Vdc to 30 Vdc.

Most applications require no lever, and no brackets are necessary.

Honeywell Sensing and Control RTY Hall-Effect Rotary Position Sensors

Honeywell Sensing and Control Technical Datasheets

SMC Pneumatics EX260 Fieldbus System for 5-Port Solenoid Valves

SMC Pneumatics has added PROFINET and CC Link protocol versions to their EX260 series of Fieldbus System for controlling 5-port solenoid valves.


  • Space-saving fieldbus unit is only 28mm wide.
  • For use with valve series SY, SV, VQC, and S0700.
  • Applicable protocols: Profibus, Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, CC Link.
  • IP67 enclosure rating is achieved when configured with the SY valve series, connecting base type.

SMC Pneumatics LEF Series Slider Type Electric Actuator

SMC Pneumatics has made a number of additions to their LEF series of Slider Type Electric Actuators:
  • Now available in 3 motor types: step motor (24VDC), servo motor (24VDC), and new AC servo motor.
  • AC servo motor is ideal for high thrust / high acceleration applications (up to 5000mm/sec/sec) 
  • Additional 40mm bore size is now available for 24VDC step motor, ball screw type.
  • Now offering two types of controllers: Simple setting type and programless type.

Phoenix Contact QUINT UPS-IQ High Function AC UPS

Early UPS solutions for industrial control cabinets were only basic units that performed a battery back-up function in the event of a main line power loss. These units could not indicate the condition of the connected battery. The new QUINT UPS-IQ from Phoenix Contact brings the market an intelligent product with extended visibility into the status of the batteries.

The QUINT UPS-IQ provides a robust, pure sine wave output in contrast to other UPS products that are only a modified step wave output. The pure sine wave ensures a high quality, clean output that can reliably power 120 V AC industrial components. This AC unit auto-detects the input voltage of either 120 V AC or 240 V AC, making this a product for global use.

To simplify system troubleshooting or startup, this AC UPS can start independent of an AC input. This allows users to power up an industrial PC or controller during a blackout to simplify system diagnostics. Basically, users can switch to battery mode anytime they want with no AC present.

The AC voltage QUINT UPS-IQ solution is a truly industrial UPS platform. It is UL 1778-recognized, which is specific for industrial AC UPS products. With this approval and its small size, the QUINT UPS is ideal for factory floor installations.

The QUINT UPS-IQ (AC) is also a truly scalable system with the batteries. By having external batteries, the solution can be built up using the size battery needed for the runtime required. This eliminates buying a large, self-contained unit just for the runtime. This solution uses the same batteries as the currently available QUINT UPS- IQ DC UPS product range. Using these new batteries allows for easy, “tool-less” battery replacement making maintenance easy.

This product will be utilized wherever and whenever battery backup is needed and in mission-critical systems that cannot lose power. IQ technology makes QUINT UPS-IQ unique by providing adaptive battery management on several levels:

  • State of Charge (SOC): Indicates the remaining backup time and level of charge on the battery. Customers will be able to see the amount of available time left at a quick glance.
  • State of Health (SOH): Indicates the remaining service life of the battery module(s). The history of the battery module(s) is recorded and an indication is provided of when the battery needs to be replaced before it becomes a concern.
  • State of Function (SOF): Indicates the capacity of the battery module(s). The available capacity of the battery is provided giving indication as to how well the battery is accepting the charge and if the full capacity is still available.