Thursday, December 22, 2016

Schneider Electric TM5CSLC Safety Logic Controller

The Schneider Electric PacDrive family is growing with the introduction of the Safety PLC TM5CSLC, TM5 and TM7 Safety I/O and the Integrated Safety for the Lexium 62 and ILM Drives.

The Embedded safety PLC offer for PacDrive 3 is suitable for safety applications requiring distributed safety connected to physical input/output devices over Sercos common networks and is certified to EN ISO 13849-1 PLe Category 4, and EN/IEC 62061 SIL3.

The PacDrive 3 architecture is comprised of a PacDrive Master controller LMC. The Modicon TM5CSLC safety logic controller can be added to this architecture to manage the safety related parts of the architecture over the Sercos network. Sercos network can be created as a line, tree or ring topology.
  • Input/outputs are connected to the Sercos network with the use of Modicon TM5 Sercos Interface modules. The Ethernet cable between each Sercos interface module can be extended up to 100 meters (328.08 ft.).
  • Within the architecture, by using the TM5CSLC100FS safety logic controller, it is possible to manage a group of 20 safety nodes consisting of I/O islands (bus couplers), Lexium 62 safety servo drives or Lexium 62 ILM integrated drives with safety module. By using the TM5CSLC200FS safety logic controller it is possible to manage a group of up to 50 safety nodes consisting of I/O islands (bus couplers), Lexium 62 safety servo drives, or Lexium 62 ILM integrated drives with safety module. In both cases, within the I/O islands (bus couplers), it is possible to manage up to 100 Modicon TM5 safety I/O modules.
  • The Modicon TM5 Sercos interface module (bus coupler) can manage up to 50 Modicon TM5 / Modicon TM7 safety and non-safety I/O modules.
The safety system is programmed using SoSafe Programmable software. On installation of SoSafe Programmable, the software editor is embedded into the SoMachine Motion programming environment. Each hardware component is defined within the SoMachine Motion environment such as the PLC, the Modicon TM5 /Modicon TM7 safety I/O modules, the Lexium 62 safety servo drives, and the Lexium 62 ILM integrated with safety module. The application program and configuration of the safety hardware is managed within the SoSafe Programmable safety editor.

SoSafe Programmable is used to create complex logical conditions using logical functions and safety functions, such as muting, timer, counters, Emergency stop, light curtain etc. via a graphic configuration interface.

The software editor is an add-on software for SoMachine Motion.
  • Programming is possible with the combination of 3 languages:
    • Function Block Diagram (FBD)
    • The graphical language FBD is composed of functions and function blocks which are connected to each other or to variables using lines
    • Ladder Diagram (LD); Code programmed in the graphic language LD is composed of contacts and coils
    • Structured Text (ST); Code programmed in the textual language ST consists of statements and expressions
  • Online monitoring and diagnostics of I/O status
  • Project compare functionality to view changes between programs
  • Configuration validation
  • Hardware device scanner
  • Printable schematics and documentation
The application program is downloaded from the PC to the Modicon TM5CSLC safety logic controller via an Ethernet connection.

Schneider Electric TM5CSLC Safety Logic Controller

Schneider Electric Technical Datasheets

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Schneider Electric Magelis HMIGK Advanced Panels

Magelis™ HMI GK graphic terminals from Schneider Electric are great for use on complex equipment where operators have repetitive tasks and make frequent data entry.  In dusty, dirty or grimy conditions, use of the function keys helps reduce the need to touch the screen with contaminated fingers or gloves.

The Magelis HMI GK shares technical characteristics with Magelis GTO to enhance the operator’s experience. Ultra-flexible, with two screen sizes (5.7" and 10.4"), these graphic terminals can be configured and controlled to precisely match your requirements.

Designed to operate in severe environments, the Magelis HMI GK offers you optimum control on the keypad, as well as on the touch screen. The latest design is consistent with the Magelis USB keypad (HMIZKB1), ideal for keypad control on small Magelis panels.

Easy Operation
In difficult, dusty, or dirty conditions, when the touch screen can’t be used, positive keypad action means you can still operate the terminal — even while wearing gloves.

Optimum Security for Operators
The keypad is designed with safety in mind, ensuring operators can access the command keys at any time with possible dual actions and lock keys during dangerous phases.

Ultra-flexible User Interface
Touch screen and keypad keys are configurable simultaneously or separately:
  • Industrial pointer to execute precise commands onscreen
  • Alphanumeric keypad using mobile phone keypad principle
  • 3-color LEDs associated with function keys to signal command status
  • Improved key sensitivity for visual machine control
Easy Maintenance
The Magelis HMI GK has enhanced features that enable easy maintenance, saving time and money, including:
  • Long-life LED backlight with low consumption that requires fewer replacements
  • Highly robust with operating temperatures up to 55 °C, lowering maintenance risk and time
  • An SD card slot included in the device means that a PC is not required in the field to upgrade the application; just use a standard SD media card
  • The removable battery is simple to replace
  • Easy installation using our tool-free mounting with spring clips
  • Remote diagnostics with Vijeo Air/Air+ apps means maintenance staff no longer need to be on-site to identify issues
Easy Substitution
Replacement of old Magelis XBT F or XBTGK keypads
  • Identical screen size and communication capacity
  • Same cut-out and keypad layout
  • Use of spring clips
  • Same configuration software with Vijeo Designer

Panduit BlackFin Installation Tools

Panduit® has launched a new line of power connector installation tools and software. Panduit® BlackFin™ tools are safe, effective and meet the strictest of standards as recognized by OSHA, EU and others.

With careful attention to ergonomics, these tools have been optimally designed with the end user in mind. Providing ease of operation, reduced fatigue factor and better handling. Each tool is ergonomically balanced so the load is better distributed, and includes a soft rubber inlay for comfortable grip, all while delivering large-scale crimping forces necessary to facilitate the installation of irreversible compression connectors.

Panduit BlackFin Installation Tools

Panduit Technical Datasheets

Monday, December 12, 2016

E-T-A EPR10 Power Relays

The electronic power relay EPR10 from E-T-A is a solid state relay for high continuous currents. It is suitable for use in utility vehicles and special vehicles where reliability and functional safety are at a premium. At 24VDC, the EPR10 allows a continuous load of up to 200A.

The EPR10 is available in two different versions: EPR10-N is a relay and has no protective function. Two performance classes are available (up to 100A and up to 200A). EPR10-P is a protective relay and monitors both the load current and the thermal load. In the event of a critical condition, the device will automatically interrupt the circuit and will issue a group fault signal.


  • Compact: 80% smaller package size than conventional solid state relays
  • Robust: Sealed circuitry (IP57 rated) protects the device from harmful environmental factors (dust, humidity) that reduces maintenance costs
  • Cost effective: Eliminate the need for heat sinks used in solid state relays and the protected version (EPR10-P) eliminates the need for blade fuses

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Banner Engineering LE Laser Measurement Sensors w/ IO-Link

Banner Engineering has added IO-Link communication to their easy-to-use L-GAGE® LE Series laser measurement sensors. IO-Link enables a point-to-point communication link between a master device and a sensor. It can be used to automatically parameterize sensors and transmit process data. This provides users with many benefits, including simplifying wiring, installation, preventative maintenance, and sensor backup.

The LE series linear array technology provides great performance and resolution regardless of detection objects color or sheen.

  • Ready to measure right out of the box
  • Easy adjustment with a two-line, eight-character intuitive display
  • Linear array provides repeatability and accuracy for challenging targets
  • Visible laser for small spot size and easy alignment

Friday, December 2, 2016

Phoenix Contact MACX MCR-VDC Voltage Transducers

The new MACX MCR-VDC voltage transducers replace the previous DC voltage transducer MCR-VDC-UI-B-DC (part number 2811116). Enhancements to the new modules include optional PT push-in connection technology, an improved programming experience, and an aesthetically pleasing gray housing. Users of the previous module will find that the new modules feature the same footprint, identical technical capabilities, and a lower list price to ease the transition from the older design to the new design.

In addition to these product improvements, Phoenix Contact is excited to announce that the MACX MCR-VDC transducer family has recently secured “UL/cUL Listed” approval status. The UL approval — combined with tweaks to the design and user experience — helps to make MACX MCR-VDC transducers the ideal solution for accurate DC voltage measurement in a wide range of applications.

  • SAME: bipolar input voltage measurement from 0...±20VDC to 0...±660VDC
  • SAME: ±20% zero/span adjustment available
  • SAME: high degree of accuracy; less than 1% error throughout published operating ranges
  • NEW: unipolar input voltage measurement from 0...20VDC to 0...660VDC
  • NEW: selectable analog outputs: 2-10V/4-20mA (unipolar) or ±10V/0 to ±20mA (bipolar)
  • NEW: optional teach-in function simplifies zero/span adjustments
  • NEW: internal jumpers no longer required for input range selection
  • NEW: expanded operating temperature range of -25°C to +60°C
  • NEW: available PT push-in connection technology

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Littelfuse HMOV Varistors

The HMOV™ Varistor Series from Littelfuse can operate at ambient temperatures up to 125°C with 2500V isolation voltage, an advance made possible through the use of a new silicone coating technology. Competitive epoxy-coated varistor designs are typically limited to maximum temperatures of just 85°C while similar phenolic coating designs have limited isolation voltages. This high operating temperature makes it possible to reduce end-product production costs by eliminating the need for an additional heat sink or potting process. The combination of high operating temperature, high surge current absorption of up to 10kA (8/20┬Ás), reliability confirmed by a 1000-cycle thermal shock test, and high (2500V) isolation voltage make it the highest performance radial-leaded varistor currently on the market.

Applications include industrial automation controls, solar power inverters, security systems, fire alarm and smoke detectors, smart meters, LED lighting base transceiver station (BTS) power supplies, and harsh environment/outdoor power supplies.

  • High operating temperature of 125°C
  • High isolation voltage of 2500V
  • Thermal shock tested from -55°C to +125°C, 1000 cycles
  • Meets UL 1449 and IEC 60950-1
  • Eliminates the need for an additional heat sink or potting process used to dissipate heat
  • Ideally suited for use in higher ambient temperature applications
  • Eliminates the need for the additional insulation material
  • Minimize PCB size by reducing space required between the varistor and other components
  • Offers enhanced reliability that can extend the lifetime of the end product
  • Enables end product worldwide compliance