Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Newport Electronics LCR S-Beam Load Cells

Newport Electronics' LCR series S-Beam load cells offer high accuracy measurement for industrial applications.

  • High Accuracy Industrial Applications
  • 0.25% Interchangeability
  • Lightweight Aluminum Construction Ranges to 1000 lb
  • Rugged Stainless Steel on Upper Ranges
  • Load Buttons and Rod Ends Available
  • 5-Point NIST Traceable Calibration (in Tension) Included

Newport Electronics LCGB Button Load Cells

The Newport Electronics LCGB Series comprises miniature low-profile compression load cells with excellent long-term stability. An all stainless steel construction ensures reliability in harsh industrial environments. These cells are designed to be mounted on a flat surface using cap screws to secure them to the base. A load button is integral to their basic construction for even force distribution.


  • Stainless steel
  • High accuracy
  • Low profile
  • Miniature size

Monday, November 17, 2014

Phoenix Contact VL BPC 3000 / VL PPC 3000 IPCs

Phoenix Contact's addition of two models, the VL BPC 3000 (PN 2400183) and the VL PPC 3000 (PN 2400184), provides you with increased performance as well as a migration path from current models. This advanced product offers numerous features and configuration options that have never been offered before in the Valueline series.

  • DisplayPort++ with support for up to three displays
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port, 3 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Benefits of a modern chipset and updated processor
  • Intel Core i3 - 4010U processor
  • Fanless design
  • Up to 16 GB of RAM
  • Mass storage options (CFast, HDD and SDD formats)
  • Two PCI expansion slots are available
  • Compact rugged housing
  • Flexible mounting options (panel, wall, bookshelf)
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports with independent MAC addresses
The VL 3000 series features the fourth-generation Intel Core i3-4010U processor, which benchmarks twice as fast as our Core2Duo L7400. This IPC is the same form factor as the rest of the series, making the VL 3000 a drop in replacement for current Phoenix Contact installations.

Phoenix Contact VL BPC 3000 / VL PPC 3000 IPCs

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Phoenix Contact Basicline Configurable Box PC

The Basicline BL BPC 2000 is a configurable box PC that can be mounted either directly on a wall or on a DIN rail. The BL BPC 2000 utilizes the Intel® Celeron® quad-core N2930 2.16 GHz processor, chosen for its balance of processing power and energy efficiency. The small footprint, fanless design and rich I/O capability make the BL BPC 2000 a product that can be used in a wide variety of applications. The three built-in COM ports enable connections to legacy RS-232 devices. One of the COM ports can also be configured for RS-422 or RS-485 protocols.

The BL BPC 2001 is built on the exact same platform as the BL BPC 2000. While the BL BPC 2000 is configurable, the BL BPC 2001 has a fixed configuration that does not include mass storage or operating system.


  • Energy-efficient Intel Celeron quad-core processors
  • Fanless design
  • DIN rail- and wall-mounting options
  • CFast® card, hard-disk drive (HDD) and solid-state drive (SSD) options
  • Embedded operating system support
  • Three COM ports
  • USB 3.0
  • Two DP++ display ports

Pepperl+Fuchs ENA58IL / EN361IL Rotary Encoders

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces ENA58IL and ENA36IL magnetic absolute rotary encoders. These next-generation encoders combine precision and high-speed resolution in a compact design. They are packed with features and options that maximize process reliability, efficiency and service life ideal for a wide range of OEM and plant automation applications.

“Positioning tasks in high-speed machine applications require a high degree of accuracy, resolution, and durability, and rotary encoders are key in these applications, guaranteeing reliable production processes,” says Robert Pasho, Product Line Manager. “Increasingly challenging installation conditions, the trend for smaller housing designs, and growing demands on process reliability are shifting the focus to encoders that are compact and extremely durable, and offer a longer service life with reduced maintenance. Pepperl+Fuchs new generation of magnetic rotary encoders, ENA58IL and ENA36IL, are engineered to satisfy these changing requirements by offering extremely precise technology in a rugged, compact housing.”

Redefining Boundaries
Typically, applications with more stringent requirements in terms of accuracy and high-speed resolution use optical rotary encoders. However, tough ambient conditions such as dirt, vibrations, or extreme temperatures present major challenges for this technology. By combining the high precision and resolution of optical rotary encoders with the extremely durable, compact design of magnetic rotary encoders, Pepperl+Fuchs redefines the boundaries of magnetic encoder technology. Boasting accuracies up to 0.1°, resolution up to 16 bit single turn and 32 bit multiturn, and a signal processing time < 100 µs, these ENA58IL and ENA36IL encoders are taking flexibility and performance to new heights.

Sophisticated Magnetic Field Technology
Developed specifically for use in ambient conditions that pose challenges for mechanical systems, these encoders demonstrate their performance in the most adverse application environments such as offshore wind turbines or in the mobile equipment industry. The key advantage of magnetic rotary encoder technology is its noncontact detection principle, which eliminates the need for glass disks used in pulse generation. Magnetic rotary encoders have no mechanical gearing, so there's no unpredictable wear therefore they are unaffected by environmental influences.

Uniquely Compact
Pepperl+Fuchs absolute rotary encoders are based on a magnetic detection principle and use a two-axis Hall sensor, which measures changes in the magnetic field allowing the angular measurement to be generated by the encoder electronics. In addition to the Hall sensor, Pepperl+Fuchs added a Wiegand sensor, turning these single-turn absolute rotary encoders into multiturn absolute rotary encoders. When a permanent magnetic field near the Wiegand sensor is rotated, it generates a change in the direction of the magnetic field in the core of the Wiegand sensor, and in turn, creates an induction voltage in the coil around the sensor. In this way energy is transformed and used to supply power to the electronics to enable counting of the shaft revolutions. This eliminates the need for an internal battery to supply power to the electronics and means that the rotary encoders will not lose full-turn rotational data when power is removed. Therefore, accurate position values are available after power is reapplied.

In addition to high reliability and a long service life, this Wiegand multiturn sensing technology enables more compact designs compared to conventional technology. The integrated Wiegand sensor can replace the multiturn mechanical gears, saving space and creating a unique, compact multiturn magnetic rotary encoder with housings as small as 36 millimeters in diameter.

Maximum Performance
This new generation of encoders provides state-of-the-art 14-bit Hall sensors, optimized magnet technology, and special software modifications that permit accuracies of up to 0.1° with single turn resolutions up to 16 bit and multiturn resolutions up to 16 bit.

With the addition of this new family of magnetic absolute rotary encoders Pepperl+Fuchs can now offer magnetic encoders with accuracies of 1° to 0.1°, providing solutions that deliver new capabilities for general machine engineering scenarios and plant automation. Optimized precision and performance keep processes moving, improving production reliability even in difficult industrial environments. What's more, these rotary encoders ensure improved performance when matched to the application in question because the sophisticated magnetic technology virtually eliminates maintenance and service costs and prolongs the encoder's service life even in dusty, dirty environments and at extreme temperatures. For applications where mounting restrictions and environmental conditions play a role, the compact, robust sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs offer the ideal solution for a wide range of applications regardless of the market sector.

Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087; (330) 486-0001; fax: (330) 405-4710;;

Pepperl+Fuchs ENA58IL / ENA36IL Rotary Encoders

Pepperl+Fuchs Technical Datasheets

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Harting Han High Temp Connectors

HARTING’s new Han® High Temp connectors are designed to circumvent the limitations of deploying connectors in hot manufacturing applications up to 200ºC like mold machines and casting equipment. Conventional connector solutions involve locating the connectors well away from high temp areas of the machinery, requiring additional cabling. The Han® High Temp can be located right at the machine, saving on cabling and potentially simplifying machine design and wiring. The connector can be mated and unmated at temperatures up to 200ºC due to a special non-adhesive seal HARTING implemented in the connector.

The Han® High Temp is based on the well-established Han® B and Han® E series, using the same panel cutout dimensions. The aluminum die-cast hoods and housings feature a highly compressed surface with excellent non-stick properties, allowing the connector to be unmated without the gasket sticking. The Han® High Temp series features very rugged inserts made of injection-molded, liquid crystal polymer plastic (LCP) that deliver outstanding temperature resistance coupled with excellent mechanical stability. New temperature-resistant contacts (crimp or screw termination) ensure reliable connections with minimal contact resistance even at extreme temperatures.

Harting Han High Temp Connectors Press Release

Harting Technical Datasheets


HARTING’s new game-changing Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® travelling wave UHF antenna makes it possible to create a passive RFID reading zone with a single antenna for applications like smart shelving systems, wireless sensor networks, door and window pass-throughs and tool identification processes in machines. It overcomes the challenges in trying to create a viable, large transponder reading zone the conventional way, which typically involves using multiple patch antennas with their fixed radiation patterns.

LOCFIELD® stands for LOCalized FIELD. The antenna generates a localized electromagnetic field along the contour of the antenna cable. A single Ha-VIS LOCFIELD® coax cable, which comes in standard lengths of up to three metres or custom lengths up to 10 metres, becomes the antenna itself when connected to a high-power RFID reader. Two such antennas can be plugged into a dual port reader creating a reading zone up to 20 metres in almost any shape desired. The cable can be adapted to the layout or contours of any building, door, vehicle or machine interior or warehouse racking system, making it suitable for warehousing and logistics, transportation, as well as applications in the processing and manufacturing sectors. The LOCFIELD read range on FCC frequencies 902-928 MHz can extend from a few centimetres to over two meters, depending on the power of the RFID reader. This outstanding product, the first of its type, has been extensively field-tested by large systems integrators in North America, Europe, and Asia, with excellent results. Many of these customers are finding that the LOCFIELD® concept allows them to think of new opportunities to exploit the full potential of RFID tracking technology.

Harting Ha-VIS LOCFIELD RFID Antenna Press Release

Harting Technical Datasheets

Turck M12 X-Code Ethernet Connector

With the ability to transfer up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) of data, TURCK’s new M12 X-Code connector increases throughput and efficiency in high-end systems and applications. The M12 X-Code connector offers superior signal strength for high-speed Ethernet data transfers, compared to traditional M12 connectors that support up to 10/100 megabits per second (Mbps) Ethernet. Its ability to handle high bandwidth files and minimize transfer time reduces data bottlenecks and improves performance. 

To achieve 10 Gbps Ethernet transmission speed, the M12 X-Code connector features advanced shielding design paired with Category 7 copper cable. Each of the four data pairs are shielded from each other within the connector, providing increased isolation against cross talk, or unwanted signal coupling from one balanced twisted pair to another.

“Newer applications for video, camera and vision systems, as well as high-speed data acquisition, demand a network cable that can handle more than 10/100 Mbps data transfer,” said Laura Schweitz, product manager at TURCK. “Gigabit Ethernet can provide the speed and capacity needed. Using the TURCK M12 X-code connector, our customers now have a dependable communication solution for these high-speed applications.”

Featuring a robust, compact design, the IP67-rated M12 X-Code connector reliably operates in temperatures ranging from -20 degrees Celsius to 70 degrees Celsius. The overmolded construction eliminates time-consuming hand-wiring and misconfigurations, and is ideal for Industrial Ethernet applications requiring high speed and greater bandwidth.

Turck M12 X-Code Ethernet Connector Press Release

Turck Technical Datasheets

Finder 70.61 3-Phase Monitoring Relay

Finder has added the new 70.61 model to its line of 3-phase monitoring relays.  These relays reliably detect the loss of phase or incorrect phase rotation.  A compact, 17.5mm wide DIN-rail housing offers a cost and space saving solution.


  • Universal voltage monitoring (208 - 480V, 50/60 Hz)
  • Phase loss monitoring, even under phase regeneration
  • Positive safety logic - make contact opens if the relay detects an error
  • 1 CO (SPDT) relay output, 6A (17.5mm wide)
  • 35mm DIN-rail mount
  • European patent pending for the innovative principle at the root of the 3-phase monitoring and error survey system

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

IDEC FT1A Touch 14 I/O HMI+PLC Unit

IDEC announces a new model in its FT1A Touch micro programmable controller series of combo HMI+PLC units, the FT1A Touch 14 I/O. New features make the FT1A Touch 14 I/O suitable for advanced analog monitoring and control, allowing users to economically perform both operator interface and control for a much wider range of applications.

Many small scale applications such as simple machines could benefit by using a programmable graphical interface along with a discrete and analog controller and I/O, but don’t have the panel space or the budget for separate components. The FT1A Touch 14 I/O addresses this need by combining operator interface and control in a single compact package, all programmable with IDEC’s PC-based software.

The FT1A Touch 14 I/O provides up to 158 discrete and analog inputs and outputs (using FT1A controllers as Remote I/O slaves), PID control, Ethernet communications and a built-in 3.8-inch touchscreen HMI in a compact package costing less than $500. These features make it a good fit for applications requiring a graphical user interface along with discrete and analog control at an affordable price.

Responding to market demand, the following features were added to the updated FT1A Touch 14 I/O from the existing FT1A Touch:
  • The two-point built-in analog inputs now accept 4-20mA in addition to 0-10VDC
  • Two built-in analog outputs were added, each configurable as 0-10VDC or 4-20mA
  • Can now expand up to two additional analog two-point I/O modules
  • RTD/Thermocouple analog input module available
  • PID control
  • Can be configured as Remote I/O Master, allowing additional FT1As to be used as Remote I/O Slaves for additional discrete I/O
The device has 14 I/O consisting of eight discrete inputs of which two can be configured as analog, four discrete outputs and two analog outputs. The discrete inputs can handle switching frequencies up to 10KHz. The analog inputs and outputs can be configured as either 0-10Vdc or 4-20mA.

Two analog expansion adapters can be added, each with either two inputs or two outputs. Remote I/O capability allows up to three FT1A controllers to be configured as remote I/O slaves with 24, 40 or 48 I/O, for a maximum of 158 I/O on a single control system.

PID control functions include auto-tuning, anti-reset windup and bumpless transfer. Programming of the control functions is accomplished via IDEC’s WindLDR, and the HMI is programmed using IDEC’s WindO/I-NV3 software. The WindLDR software allows users to simulate ladder and function block programs to test software without requiring connection of hardware.

Communications includes RS232C and RS485 ports for serial networking; an RJ45 Ethernet port for remote Ethernet and Modbus TCP communications; and a USB port for entering recipe data, performing program updates and data logging.

Critical data can be logged to a USB memory stick and then retrieved by removing the USB stick, or by accessing the data stored on the USB stick via Ethernet. Project files can be transferred between a USB memory stick and the FT1A Touch14 I/O. The USB port is a quick and convenient way for an OEM to program multiple units, and for users to quickly update ladder and HMI programs.

The built-in Ethernet ports allow the FT1A Touch 14 I/O to be configured as a Client (Master) or Server (Slave) on the Modbus network. Modbus RTU (Master or Slave) is also supported. With these capabilities, the FT1A can communicate with other PLCs or devices using the Modbus protocol. It also contains native drivers for communication with PLCs from a wide range of manufacturers using various protocols.

With 47.4KB of logic control programming memory, complex PLC programs can be constructed without undue restriction. And with 5MB of configuration memory for the display, a full-featured display interface can be easily configured.

The new FT1A Touch 14 I/O is CE, cULus, Class I Division 2 for hazardous locations, and has a -20 to 55°C operating temperature. 


IDEC Technical Datasheets

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turck Stainless Steel Passive Junction Boxes

TURCK’s new passive junction boxes with stainless steel ports help plants integrate multiple devices into a single unit, and consolidate the number of cables on the plant floor. The newly designed stainless steel M12 port connections allow the junction boxes to be used in harsh environments.

TURCK’s passive junction boxes are available in 4-, 6- or 8-port configurations, with one to two discrete signals per port capability, so plants can consolidate multiple discrete devices in an area to a single product. A single cable then connects the junction box to a controller, eliminating the tangle of cables when individual lines are run from each discrete device. Discrete signals can be either inputs or outputs from the controller; each box includes port and unit labels, and integral homerun cables.

With a compact, low-profile housing, these passive junction boxes can be used in a variety of industrial and factory automation applications. The new boxes fit on the same mounting platform as the non-stainless steel junction boxes.

TURCK’s passive junction boxes are available in PNP LED, NPN LED and no LED options. All feature fully encapsulated nylon housings with stainless steel connectors to ensure strength and ingress resistance, and include IP68 and IP69k ingress protection. Specifications include 2A of current per signal, up to 9A total current per box, with 10V-30V operating voltage. TURCK’s passive junction boxes are certified for temperatures -40 degrees Celsius to 85 degrees Celsius.

Turck Stainless Steel Passive Junction Boxes Press Release

Turck Technical Datasheets

Monday, November 3, 2014

Phoenix Contact PT 16 N Push-In Spring Terminal Blocks

Phoenix Contact introduces a new size of push-in spring technology terminal blocks. The PT 16 N adds larger size conductor capability from 20 to 4 AWG to the most innovative line of terminal blocks. 

The PT terminal blocks allow easy and fast termination of ferruled wires by simply pushing the wire into the block. Stranded wire is terminated by pushing the orange actuator, opening the spring for the insertion of the wire. All new versions are compatible with the Clipline Complete system of bridging, marking, test accessories, and plug-in components.

The PT 16 N series has an angled design to better accommodate the bend radius of larger size conductors to optimize spacing. A twin version is also available for three-wire connection. The PT 16 N size is rated per UL for 85 A at 600 V using 20 to 4 AWG wire sizes.

Phoenix Contact PT 16 N Push-In Spring Terminal Blocks

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Phoenix Contact HEAVYCON EVO D-Series Rectangular Connectors

The Phoenix Contact Heavycon EVO heavy duty connector line now includes the HEAVYCON EVO D-series. Continuing the use of the innovative bayonet-locking gland, the Heavycon EVO D-series offers the same inventory cost-reducing advantage as the Heavycon EVO B-series, but in a smaller package. With a hood width of just 30mm, the Heavycon EVO D-series saves space when compared to the 44mm wide B-series hoods. Offered with a single latch and the M20 or M25 bayonet gland, the EVO D-series accepts the fixed inserts designed for the D15 or D25 housings. The EVO D-series is made from polyamide plastic material and offers high reliability even in applications with high impact and vibrations. Designed with cost-savings in mind, the Heavycon EVO D-series can reduce inventory up to 70 percent inventory, thanks to the patented bayonet gland system. Built for harsh environments, Heavycon EVO D-series meets the requirements of IP66 and NEMA 4/4x/12.


  • Cable exit direction can be determined on-site
  • 70% inventory reduction savings
  • Two bayonet locking glands in M20, M25 for both the D15 and the D25
  • Accepts A10, A16, D15 and D25 fixed inserts
  • Meets IP66 and NEMA 4/4x/12 protection requirements

Phoenix Contact 4000 Series Ethernet Switches

Phoenix Contact's addition of five models, designated as the 4000 series Ethernet switches, provides you with Gigabit capability, numerous fiber options, and various port-count combinations. By operating on the same firmware platform, both the 4000 series and the previously released 3000 series ensure seamless network interoperability and easy deployment and maintenance.

Phoenix Contact 3000 and 4000 series managed Ethernet switches are specially tailored to the requirements of today’s infrastructure applications. Models are available in various five-to sixteen-port Fast Ethernet and now, Gigabit configurations. Support for up to four fiber ports with different fiber types, speed, and connectors enables flexibility in any deployment, while the extended temperature range enables universal use even under extreme environmental conditions. The switches support a comprehensive suite of IT-compatible functions, IEEE security policies, various high-performance network redundancy methods, and numerous network performance management options that enable consistent integration into IT network structures.

The 3000/4000 Ethernet switches offer a wide range of security functions to assist in protecting the network:

  • MAC-based port security
  • 802.1x port-based (RADIUS) authentication
  • SNMPv3 encryption
  • User accounts for switch web page access

Multiple redundancy options afford fle xibility for any industrial network topology. Support for the IEEE redundancy standards Spanning Tree Protocol, Rapid Spanning Tree, and Multiple Spanning Tree ensure IT-compatibility in a system.

Additionally, for critical infrastructure applications that might require more complex redundancy schemes, the proprietary Extended Ring mechanism offers quick redundancy switch-over in the event of connection failure. Communication recovery time of 15 milliseconds for up to 134 3000/4000 devices in a sing le ring is possible. Up to three linked rings with more than 300 switches can be supported, with dual homing, redundant ring-to-ring coupling, or linking of rings possible.

With the 3000/4000 switch family, special attention has also been given to the user-friendly operation and configuration of the switches. The ability to customize switch web page access by user account allows configurable web pages to be displayed based on user roles. Access to switch information and modifications can be structur ed by “need-to-know” basis, to address the requirements of different job functions or security levels.

Phoenix Contact 4000 Series Ethernet Switches

Phoenix Contact Technical Datasheets

Panduit Panduct PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct

PanelMax™ DIN Rail Wiring Duct from Panduit is an innovative wire management solution that maximizes space utilization within industrial enclosures for flexibility in panel layout and reduced material and installation costs. The unique design raises components from the panel surface for easier access and faster terminations. DIN rail wiring duct is compatible with common DIN rail and DIN mount components to satisfy a wide range of applications.

The Industrial Automation Solution from Panduit meets the most demanding requirements and applications with a broad range of product systems that aid in reducing design and assembly time, creating valuable panel space savings, providing easier installation and maintenance, and improving reliability.

Panduit Panduct PanelMax DIN Rail Wiring Duct

Panduit Technical Datasheets

Pro-face SP5000 Enhanced HMIs

Pro-face recently launched its new enhanced SP5000 Smart Portal HMIs, offering sophisticated machine performance, production management, and predictive maintenance utilizing operation data.  The modular, interchangeable design allows you to fit the exact HMI configuration to your application. Display options include 10", 12", or 15" premium displays and 7", 10", or 12" wide advanced displays.  Rear module options include the power box and the open box (coming soon).

Pro-face SP5000 Enhanced HMIs

Pro-face Technical Datasheets