Thursday, March 29, 2012

Turck Powerfast Disconnect Switches

TURCK announces the release of its new powerfast disconnect switch which is fully compatible with the powerfast line of TURCK connectivity products. Featuring a rotary disconnect switch, this product offers a means to disconnect power, lock out and tag out a motor for maintenance or replacement, and eliminates the need to hardwire the system, simplifying the process.

The powerfast disconnect switch compliments TURCK’s line of powerfast products which provide users with quick disconnect power distribution solutions. This product allows the customer to easily fit a disconnect switch into their power circuits that include motors or other devices which require a means of disconnect for repair or replacement. The disconnect switch also eliminates the need for hardwiring removing the need for manual labor allowing it to be a more cost effective solution saving time and money.

Jay Bartsias, Product Manager for TURCK explains, “The powerfast rotary disconnect switch provides a plug and play solution that enables users to simply add the disconnect switch into their application rather than having to hardwire everything together.”

Ratings for the disconnect switch match the requirements for A-Size Power allowing it to be a perfect fit for small motor applications. The powerfast disconnect switch also has the capability to be used as a lock out tag out device ensuring safety and allowing only authorized personnel to access the box. The powerfast disconnect switch meets IP65 and NEMA 12 standards making it an ideal fit for many applications on the factory floor. It also meets the NEC requirements which require a disconnecting means within visual sight of a motor.

Turck Powerfast Disconnect Switches

Turck Technical Datasheets

Pepperl+Fuchs CC-Link RFID Controller

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces IC-KP2-2HB18-2V1D IDENTControl compact RFID Controllers with CC-Link communication. CC-Link is a common upper-level bus system used almost exclusively by Mitsubishi PLCs. These CC-link RFID controllers also support CC-Link V2. This functionality facilitates extended cyclic settings resulting in a large data map, making it easier and faster to read and write large amounts of information to the RFID system. These IP67 controllers are fully compatible with any Pepperl+Fuchs RFID read head for low frequency (125 kHz), high frequency (13.56 MHz) or ultra high frequency (915 MHz) operation.

“This two-head controller communicates to both read/write heads simultaneously. It also incorporates a new advanced RFID protocol that provides positive feedback to the user when a new tag has arrived, and allows for large read/write data blocks that are limited only by the read/write head's internal memory size,” says Tim Cicerchi, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs.

Pepperl+Fuchs RFID controllers are the most rugged in the industry thanks to their powder-coated zinc alloy housing. M12 connectors facilitate quick connection of the read heads, power, CC-Link in, and CC-Link out cables. A Y cable accessory is available that enables the CC-Link RFID controllers to be daisy chained and hot swappable without disturbing other CC-Link devices on the network. Also, a terminator is available for applications where the CC-Link RFID controller is the last device in line.

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 CC-Link RFID Controller

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT Touch K50 Lighted Operators

The Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT® Touch K50 lighted operators, another part of the EZ-LIGHT™ family, are an innovative, cost-effective solution for lean manufacturing and pick-to-light applications with highly visible indication. The K50 lighted operators are easy to activate with the touch of a finger, hand or palm, creating an ergonomic work environment for employees.


  • Rugged, cost-effective and easy-to-install solutions for error-proofing and parts-verification applications
  • Compact devices are completely self contained - No controller needed
  • Illuminated dome provides an easy-to-see green job light: some models also light red for alternate operation
  • Waterproof IP69K construction for washdown environments
  • Easy actuation - No force required
  • 12 to 30V dc operation
  • Can be actutated with bare hands or in gloves
  • Immune to EMI and RFI interference

Banner Engineering EZ-LIGHT S18L General Purpose Indicator Lights

The Banner Engineering S18L general purpose indicator lights are ideal as stand-alone indicators or enclosed in a panel for numerous application purposes. Models are available with up to three independent colors in one unit and multiple colors to choose from for easy to-to-use indication on the factory floor. The entire translucent diffuser or dome of the S18L provides highly bright LEDs for simple, cost-effective indication.


  • Multiple colors available, including green, red, yellow, blue, white, orange, turquoise, violet, sky blue and magenta.
  • Up to three independent colors in one unit.
  • Translucent face appears gray when OFF to avoid false indication.
  • M12 Euro connector models available for plug and play indication.
  • Cost-effective indicators for stand-alone use or as part of a panel.
  • Fits anywhere along a conveyor or manufacturing line for simple setup.
  • Wide 180º field of view.
  • Wide 10 to 30V dc operating range allows for use in battery powered mobile applications.
  • Available with PNP or NPN input, depending on model IP69K rated to withstand harsh wash-down environments.
  • Gasketed face flange for sealing to enclosures.
  • Light-weight and compact, yet extremely rugged.
  • Wide operating range of -40º to +50º C.

Banner Engineering SSA-EB 30mm Mount E-Stop Buttons

Banner Engineering’s round, 30 mm mount E-Stop buttons are ideal for many emergency stop safety applications with bright, highly visible indication. The easy to install E-Stops are available with two-color yellow and red lighting, red lighting only, or a non-illuminated black base. EZ-LIGHT logic provides an illuminated yellow base when the button is armed and the machine is enabled to RUN or is running, and turns to a flashing red indication whenever the button is pushed. The base of an armed button can also turn to a steady red indication (from yellow) when a STOP condition exists by applying an external signal. 


  • Easy installation and hookup with no assembly, individual wiring or additional enclosure required
  • Reduces intensive labor costs with a fully enclosed E-Stop button ready for installation
  • Illuminated models with yellow and red (flash) indication of actuation (armed or depressed/latched button) and machine status (solid red - optional) allows for easy identification of an actuated button
  • Non-illuminated models with various contact configurations such as 2 NC, 1 NC/1 NO and 2 NC/2 NO; illuminated models with 2 NC and a PNP NO auxiliary output
  • Rugged design rated to IP65 with a 30 mm mounting base

SMC Pneumatics MY1H Mechanically Jointed Rodless Cylinders

SMC Pneumatics has redesigned their MY1H series of Mechanically Jointed Rodless Cylinders with several design improvements:
  • Piping capability on all four cover surfaces makes it easier to connect the air supply.
  • Auto switch (D-M9x and D-A9x) can be mounted in any desired position with a mounting bracket, making sensor positioning simple.
  • New dust seal band design greatly extends service life due to less contaminants entering the cylinder.
  • Offers a 6% reduction in weight, while maintaining the same mounting and performance.
  • Speed controller can be mounted on the back, reducing the cylinder installation area significantly.
  • Cushion needle adjustment has been moved from the side to the top, making adjustments easier.
  • Linear guide achieves a higher repeatability.

SMC Pneumatics AS-DPP Speed Controller

SMC Pneumatics' specialized AS-DPP Speed Controller is constructed with the inlet and outlet on the same surface.  The built-in one-touch fittings minimize installation time, while reducing the mounting height and enabling a more compact machine design.

AS-DPP speed controllers accommodates nylon, soft nylon and polyurethane tubing with 4 and 6mm outer diameters.

An index plate allows space to affix a label for easy identification.

SMC Pneumatics AS-DPP Speed Controller

SMC Pneumatics Technical Datasheets

Friday, March 23, 2012

SMC Pneumatics LEH Series Electric Gripper

SMC Pneumatics LEH Series of Electric Grippers are now available in 2 finger or 3 finger configurations.  


  • Workpiece is not dropped in the event of power loss.
  • Can be used to identify work pieces with different dimensions.
  • Can be ordered with an IP50 dust cover (series LEHZJ).
  • Now offering two types of controllers: Simple setting type and programless type.

Pepperl+Fuchs DK12-11-IO Contrast Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces DK12-11-IO Series Contrast Sensors. DK12-11-IO sensors reliably detect differences in two colors of media, with a powerful three-color light source that solves even the most difficult contrast applications. Most significantly, these sensors are IO-Link compatible enabling them to provide enhanced configuration options, visibility of the sensor’s color evaluation and a deeper level of control than is attainable with conventional contrast sensors. Additionally, these sensors include Pepperl+Fuchs’ powerful 4-in-1™ output that reduces costs and stock requirements by delivering four output options from a single sensor.

“IO-Link opens up an entirely new dimension of configuration and communication of and with sensors,” says Jeff Allison, Product Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs. “The DK12-11-IO series contrast sensors provide users with more configuration options, enabling them to be uniquely customized to the application at hand. They also offer unparalleled visibility and control to see how different colors are quantified and how they compare to each other, while enabling users to ‘tweak’ certain color attributes to better fit an application.”

DK12-11-IO with IO-Link offers more setup options than conventional contrast sensors, including customizable and highly visible diagnostic LEDs, the ability to invert the output state and disable the adjustment potentiometer for tamperproof requirements, and logging the output.“

A conventional contrast sensor indicates if a contrast is seen or not seen, but with IO-Link it is also possible to quantify a colored object and its background color based on how both reflect light from red, green, or blue LEDs. In addition to enhanced configuration and visibility, IO-Link also offers significant advantages in communication and online control. For example, IO-Link sensors do not interfere with existing fieldbus topologies, and they can be used either with an IO-Link master or as a standard transistor output sensor without IO-Link,” explains Allison.

DK12-11-IO contrast sensors with RGB (red/green/blue) LEDs are especially well-equipped to detect contrasts of yellow colors; a weakness of competitive contrast models that use white LEDs. Even if the contrast to be detected is not yellow, the level of configuration and control that is possible using IO-Link makes the DK12-11-IO the most powerful contrast sensor on the market.

“DK12-11-IO contrast sensors deliver from 20 to 75 percent faster response times compared to competitive models. This means that the trigger point is identified sooner and less waste is incurred. For example, when cutting Mylar paper based on registration marks, identifying the mark that starts the cut faster means less material passes before the cut is made,” says Allison.

These UL and cUL listed contrast sensors have a rugged, metal-framed housing with a connector that swivels for easy mounting in space-restrictive applications. They offer static and dynamic teach modes, in addition to manual and remote teach methods, in a single housing. They have no color jitter, as the light spots from the three color LEDs are lined in a row for positional accuracy.

Contrast sensors, also known as color mark or print mark sensors, are designed to detect a difference in two colors or media, making them especially significant in the printing, paper and packaging industries. The most frequent application for these types of sensors is registration mark, or “eye-mark,” detection. They can also be a useful sensing tool in customized applications; for example, an automotive application may involve verifying the presence of a seal or gasket around a door panel, and a material handling application could use the sensor to confirm the presence of a label on a brown cardboard box. 

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 DK12-11-IO Contrast Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

SMC Pneumatics Series LEY Electric Actuator, Rod Type

SMC Pneumatics announces that their LEY Series of Rod-Type Electric Actuators are 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).
  • Available with Guide rods for lifting or stopping applications with high side load.
  • Programmable up to 64 positions.
  • Now offering two types of controllers: Simple setting type and programless type.

Panduit Circuit Breaker Lockout System

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates that all energy sources be turned off and locked out to protect employees from injuries caused by the accidental startup of equipment under repair and service. To aid in complying with OSHA 1910.147, Panduit offers a complete line of high quality, universal Circuit Breaker Lockout Devices to ensure that electrical energy sources are isolated for optimal work place safety. These Circuit Breaker Lockouts are part of an extensive line of innovative safety devices designed by Panduit to protect employees from risks associated with hazardous energy, while meeting safety and regulatory requirements.


  • Complete circuit breaker lockout offering - One supplier for all circuit breaker lockout needs to deliver optimal work place safety
  • Unique no-tool option - Allows circuit breaker to lock in the off position without the use of a tool to provide a quick and easy installation
  • Universal design - Accommodates single pole and multiple pole breakers to efficiently lockout most circuit breakers in the facility
  • Compact and lightweight - Convenient, easy to transport and store in a small lockout kit
  • Rugged nylon and stainless steel construction - Provides strength, durability, added security, and corrosion resistance; ideal for industrial and harsh applications

Panduit TNC Slotted Wall Wiring Duct

Panduit's Type TNC wiring duct offers a flush cover, slotted wiring duct made from low-smoke and halogen-free (LSHF) material that meets the regulatory requirements of the mass transit industry and other regulated environments. The low-smoke and halogen-free material has a UL flammability rating of UL94 V-0 and meets the National Fire Protection Association Standard NFPA 1301 and Federal Rail Administration Guidelines2 for rail transit vehicles. Type TNC wiring duct is compliant with DIN 5510-23 preventative fire protection in railway vehicles, with S-4 burning class, SR-2 smoke class, and ST-2 dripping class ratings.

  • Wide-finger/slot design - Provides greater sidewall rigidity and allows use with a wide range slot design of wire and bundle sizes
  • Flush cover design - Base sidewall is even with cover for superior aesthetics and greater wiring capacity when compared to non-flush cover wiring duct
  • Non-slip cover liner - Halogen-free liner ensures that the cover does not slide during shipment, vibration, and when in a vertical orientation, eliminating rework and repositioning
  • Base and finger score lines - Score lines allow for easy breakouts, saving installation time, when score lines compared to other halogen-free duct
  • Low-smoke, hologen-free divider wall - Used to create multiple channels within a single duct to separate halogen-free cabling types (power communication/signal); installed with DB-C divider wall mounting discs

Panduit TNC Slotted Wall Wiring Duct

Panduit Technical Datasheets

Honeywell Sensing and Control PX2 Heavy Duty Pressure Transducers

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) expands its Heavy Duty Pressure product portfolio with the PX2 Series Heavy Duty Pressure Transducer. These new highly configurable, stainless steel pressure measurement solutions are engineered to be resistant to moderately harsh media such as refrigerants, brake and hydraulic fluids, engine oil, tap water, and compressed air.

The PX2 Series is designed to monitor performance and efficiency in a wide range of potential industrial applications including HVAC/R equipment, air compressors, system pressure, factory automation, pneumatics, valves, pumps, packaging/laminating equipment, sprayers, lasers, foam dispensing, solar energy, and emissions monitoring. Potential transportation (heavy equipment, alternative fuel vehicles) applications include system pressure, pneumatics, light hydraulics, brake and engine oil pressure, transmissions, and truck/trailer air braking.

“With the PX2 Series, our customers can truly have it their way,” said AJ Smith, director of global product marketing for Honeywell Sensing and Control. “We designed the PX2 Series to be highly configurable and durable, with a wide pressure range, so customers can select the form factor and functionality they want to help them reduce their design and implementation costs while still meeting challenging application requirements.”

The PX2 Series use piezoresistive sensing technology with ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) signal conditioning. Their compatibility with varied media, combined with up to IP69K protection and CE compliance, allow for reliable performance in tough environments.

Designed for configurability, the PX2 Series’ numerous standard or custom connectors, ports, pressure types and ranges, and output options allow customers the ability to configure devices to meet their specific application needs, and to obtain product samples quickly. By configuring the transducer to meet system requirements, the PX2 Series reduces the design and implementation costs of the end product. New standard configurations are regularly being added to the Series.

The PX2 Series is fully calibrated and compensated for transducer offset, sensitivity, temperature effects, and non-linearity using an on-board ASIC. The industry-leading Total Error Band of ±2% over the compensated temperature range of -40 ºC to 125 ºC [-40 °F to 257 °F] provides excellent interchangeability due to minimal part-to-part variation in accuracy, eliminates individual transducer testing and calibration, and supports customer system accuracy and warranty requirements.

These transducers measure absolute or sealed gage pressure. The absolute versions have an internal vacuum reference and an output value proportional to absolute pressure. The sealed gage versions have an internal pressure reference of one atmosphere at sea level. They are available in 7 bar to 34 bar [100 psi to 500 psi] pressure ranges with additional pressure ranges coming soon. Good EMC protection means that the transducer will not be damaged by environmental electromagnetic interference.

The PX2 Series is designed to Six Sigma standards, providing the highest level of product quality, performance, and consistency. Honeywell’s knowledgeable application engineers are available to answer customers’ specific design questions during the development, launch, and production of this product. Honeywell’s global presence offers customers immediate product and application support throughout the development cycle from design to global manufacturing.

Honeywell Sensing and Control PX2 Heavy Duty Pressure Transducers

Honeywell Sensing and Control Technical Datasheets

Honeywell Sensing and Control SS39ET Linear Hall-Effect Sensor IC

Honeywell (NYSE:HON) is extending its Linear Hall-effect Sensor Integrated Circuits (IC) product line with the addition of the new SS39ET Series to its SS49E and SS59ET portfolio of low-cost Linear Hall-effect devices.

With the launch of the SS39ET Series, Honeywell’s Linear Hall-effect product family now consists of three package styles with different lead configurations:

  • SS39ET: subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package (tape and reel format)
  • SS49E: leaded flat TO-92 package (bulk packaging, 1000 units per bag), SS49E-T2 (straight leads), and SS49E-T3 (formed leads) on tape in ammopack (fan-fold) format
  • SS59ET: miniature SOT-89B surface-mount package (tape and reel format)
“With the launch of the new SS39ET Series, customers can choose the package style and size to meet their application needs,” said Josh Edberg, senior global product marketing manager for Honeywell Sensing and Control. “Customers will appreciate the SS39ET Series’ SOT-23 subminiature footprint that takes up less space on the PC board, allowing more design flexibility and cost savings in their application.”

The SS39ET Series are designed to monitor magnetic fields from a permanent magnet or an electromagnet. All packages can be supplied on tape for automated, lower-cost assembly. These devices respond to both North and South poles, and can be powered with voltages as low as 2.7 V.

A wide temperature range of -40 °C to 100 °C [-40 °F to 212 °F] allows use in many environments, and the thermally balanced, integrated circuit provides stable operation over the full temperature range. Thin film resistors improve accuracy and provide a stable output. The energy-efficient, low current consumption of 6 mA at 5 Vdc and the 2.7 Vdc to 6.5 Vdc supply voltage range allow circuit design flexibility.

Potential industrial applications for the SS39ET Series include:
  • Anti-tampering magnetic field sensing in smart remote utility meters
  • Basic current sensing for motor load monitoring, detection
  • Pump control in heavy-duty equipment and household appliances
  • Simple linear or angular displacement sensing
  • Handlebar/throttle position sensing in e-bikes and scooters
  • Current sensing in appliances
  • Speed adjustment trigger in tools and appliances
  • Magnetic code reading in safes, security, and building access control systems.

Potential medical applications for the SS39ET Series include:
  • Position sensing in infusion pumps

Honeywell Sensing and Control Zephyr Airflow Sensors

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has added new flow ranges to its Zephyr™ Analog and Digital Airflow Sensor portfolio to provide high sensitivity at very low flows – making the sensor portfolio ideal for use in a variety of medical equipment and industrial applications.

Honeywell has added four standard flow ranges between ±50 SCCM and ±750 SCCM to its existing flow range of ±200 SCCM. In addition to the flow ranges, a new port/housing style, the short port fastener mount, has also been added to the portfolio. The extended flow ranges give the Honeywell Zephyr™ the ability to detect low-pressure drops that often occur in medical applications and which can impact patient comfort, and can reduce noise and system wear on components, such as motors and pumps. In industrial applications, lower flow range detection can optimize performance in gas leak detection and clogged HVAC air filter detection.

“With the addition of the new airflow ranges, Honeywell provides its customers with more options to integrate the sensor into their application,” said AJ Smith, director of global product marketing for Honeywell Sensing and Control. “Customers will also benefit from the portfolio’s industry-leading accuracy and the ability to customize the sensor to meet their specific application needs.”

Those who have already designed a bypass that extends the flow range above the normal range of the existing airflow sensor can now use the Honeywell Zephyr™ airflow sensor to optimize overall performance and reduce manufacturing costs.

Additional industry-leading features of the Honeywell Zephyr™ airflow portfolio include:

  • Total Error Band as low as ±2.25 %FSS (full scale span) allow for very accurate airflow measurement
  • Stability reduces errors due to thermal effects and null shift, providing accurate readings over time and often eliminating system calibration after PC board mount
  • Linear output provides a more intuitive signal than the raw output of basic airflow sensors, helping to reduce production costs and design and implementation time
  • Low pressure drop typically improves patient comfort in medical applications, and reduces noise and system wear on other components such as motors and pumps

Potential applications for the Honeywell Zephyr™ airflow sensors include:

  • Medical: anesthesia, hospital diagnostics (spectrometry/gas chromatography), nebulizers, oxygen concentrators, patient monitoring, sleep apnea, spirometers, ventilators, and ventricular assist devices
  • Industrial: air-to-fuel ratio, analytical instrumentation (spectrometry, chromatography), fuel cells, gas leak detection, gas meters, HVAC filters, VAV system on HVAC systems, and meteorology