Monday, October 30, 2017

Banner Engineering Safety Light Curtains in IP69K Hygienic Housings

Banner Engineering's EZ-SCREEN® LS safety light curtains that resist high-pressure, high-temperature washdown and aggressive chemical cleaning are now available. They offer the same capabilities and ease-of-use of other EZ-SCREEN LS safety light curtains, but are protected by hygienic tubular enclosures. They are ideal for use in food, beverage, and pharmaceutical applications where maintaining sanitary conditions is critical.

  • Easy-to-Clean, Hygienic Design: Made of FDA grade polycarbonate tubes and 316L stainless steel endcaps and mounting brackets, each enclosure has a smooth, hygienic design that minimizes the opportunity for debris to accumulate, to comply with sanitary requirements.
  • Chemically-Resistant Construction: IP69K rated enclosures withstand frequent, repeated exposure to many chemical cleaning agents used to sterilize equipment. They will not discolor or become cloudy over time, ensuring reliable performance for safety light curtains as well as a long operational lifespan. 
  • Hydrophobic Vent: Allows condensation to escape the enclosure and prevents water and chemicals from entering, eliminating the need for an integral heater element and simplifying maintenance. 
  • Remote Configuration of Fixed Blanking: Models with Remote Fixed Blanking can be set up to ignore fixed objects, such as brackets or fixtures, inside the defined area without directly accessing the receiver.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Banner Engineering New Long Distance Wireless Sensors for Remote Hard - to - Reach Locations

Banner Engineering's latest additions to the Sure Cross® Q45 Series of wireless sensors are retroreflective and diffuse mode sensors that utilize the 900 MHz frequency band and 1 Watt power. They join a growing number of wireless Q45 sensors capable of communicating over extended ranges by using the 900 MHz frequency band, as well as a wide range of Q45 sensors that utilize the globally accepted 2.4 GHz frequency band. Additionally, these models and their 2.4 GHz counterparts can easily be configured for part counting applications. 

  • Optimized for part counting: DIP switch configurable to count up to 960 parts per minute, these sensors can be used to count parts IN and parts OUT. Users can track parts per minute, monitor machine status, identify and receive notifications of errors, and gather metrics to calculate Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). 
  • Superior signal penetration: Transmissions at 900 MHz have a long wavelength that passes through dense materials, making it possible to link devices separated by walls, vegetation, and other obstacles. 
  • Extended range communication: The 900 MHz frequency band can travel over 2.5 times further than a 2.4 GHz connection, enabling reliable communication between devices over longer distances. 
  • Easy, plug-and-play deployment: The sensor, wireless radio, and long-life lithium battery are housed in a single device, simplifying installation on existing equipment and enabling deployments in remote and hard-to-access locations where implementing a wired solution would be difficult, impractical, or not cost-effective.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Banner Engineering Limited Function Safety Light Screens for Price Sensitive Applications

Banner Engineering's new EZ-SCREEN® LP Limited Function Safety Light Screens were developed specifically to solve simple applications requiring only redundant, self-checking safety outputs. They have the same low-profile design and versatile mounting options as other EZ-SCREEN LP safety light screens and are available in resolutions of 14 mm or 25 mm and defined areas of 270 mm or 550 mm.

Key Benefits
  • Space Saving Shape: Their compact size and slender profile make it easy to install EZ-SCREEN LP safety light screens into smaller production machines and space constrained areas without interfering with operations or processes, providing users with tremendous flexibility in deployment by facilitating installation into a wider range of safety applications.
  • Reduced List Price: With list pricing that is approximately 30% less than other models in the EZ-SCREEN LP series, these models provide users with cost-effective options for machine access and perimeter guarding, creating opportunities in many price sensitive applications.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rittal Extended Warranty for Climate Control Products

Extend Your Product's Warranty by 6 Months 

Extended Warranty Delivers Rapid Service and Reduces Equipment Downtime 

Rittal’s long-term customers are turning to extended warranty programs to prolong the service life of their equipment, reduce downtime, and postpone replacement purchases. 

Available at no additional cost and after filling out the form, registrants will receive an additional six months of coverage on the standard product warranty. 

Please submit Warranty Registration Form including photo of the data plate within 30 days of purchase for eligible products*. 

If you would like to learn more or register for the extended warranty program, click on the link below. 

*The extended warranty is only valid for Rittal air conditioners, chillers, heat exchangers, and LCP, all other products are excluded.

Rittal Extended Warranty for Climate Control Products Registration Form

Rittal Technical Datasheets

PEPPERL+FUCHS Reliable Limit Monitoring with SC-System's New Trip Amplifier

The SC-System’s signal conditioner product family from Pepperl+Fuchs includes numerous modules for digital and analog field signals. The modules ensure that process communication is safe and efficient. In addition to transmitter power supplies, isolating amplifiers, passive isolators, and temperature and signal converters, the trip amplifier now joins the ranks of this portfolio of compact analog modules. Use the new trip amplifier to reliably control security-related parameters, recognize and fix faults, and optimize plant safety.

Clear signals, no workaround 

The SC-System trip amplifier monitors measurement signals based on a previously determined limit value. If the actual value deviates from the limit value, the module sends a signal that activates an emergency trip or an alarm, as an example. Due to the module’s parameterizable outputs, switch signals are available at the relay contact outputs without the user having to refer to a central control panel. 

Variety of applications for greater flexibility  

In addition to its parameterizing options, the SC-System’s trip amplifier enables analysis of diverse input variables. The module processes incoming standard signals from 2-wire-transmitters, unipolar and bipolar signals from 2-wire-transmitters, as well as unipolar and bipolar current and voltage sources. The module can be adapted precisely to a specific application, providing users with utmost flexibility. Additionally, a supply of 2-wire-transmitters is available. 

Safe limit value monitoring

With a separate input at the trip amplifier, a start-up override may be activated. This is useful if high pressure is necessary for a manufacturing process, but during the start-up phase its value is below the set point. The integrated start-up override enables increasing pressure without the limit indicator setting off the alarm. In another application example, pressure may be too high during operation, leading to a switch-off of the pump drive. The pressure continuously declines until finally reaching the valid range. A restart inhibit prevents the pump drive from re-starting prior to identifying and correcting the switch-off event. 

SC-System—reliability in its most efficient form 

The SC-System's 1- and 2-channel signal conditioners are especially designed for use in non-hazardous areas. With a width of 6 mm and a height of 97 mm, the compact modules are ideally suited for retrofitting in tight spaces. The SC-System offers high-quality three-way isolation between input, output, and supply, withstanding a working voltage of up to 300 V and a test voltage of up to 3.0 KV. The signal conditioners are designed for an operating temperature from -25 °C to +70 °C, and can be mounted horizontally or vertically without distance and reducing operating values. The SC-System modules are supplied with 24 volts via terminals or power bus, an insert for 35-mm DIN rails. 

SC-System trip amplifier at a glance: 

  • Reliable limit monitoring (min and max) 
  • Parameterizable switching outputs 
  • Various input quantities can be evaluated 
  • Integrated start-up override and restart inhibit 
  • Compact housing design 
  • High-quality three-way isolation 
  • Convenient installation, power supply and error reporting via power bus 
  • Operating temperature from -25 °C to +70 °C

PEPPERL+FUCHS Smart-Ex 01 Instrinsically Safe Smartphone and Mobile Computer

Delivering mobility in explosion-hazardous areas 

Pepperl+Fuchs' 4G/LTE capable unlocked smartphone and mobile computer Smart-Ex® 01 features the latest technology. It modernizes and facilitates collaboration between mobile workers, control side, and backend systems. The intrinsically safe smartphone is ideal for use in explosion-hazardous areas (Zone 1/Div. 1 and Zone 2/Div. 2) or noisy, harsh industrial environments, where it facilitates communication. 

The gateway to Industry 4.0 

Whether used as a smartphone, PDA, scanner, or camera, the intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 01 creates a direct interconnection of modern Industry 4.0 applications due to permanent data transfer. 

Safety and efficiency without compromise: the mobile worker concept 

The ecom Smart-Ex® 01 facilitates the mobile worker's day-to-day activities. Live data, digital images, videos, and video streaming can be used anywhere at any time. 

This type of constant online connection enables: 

  • More effective work processes 
  • Minimized downtime 
  • Increased safety 
  • Streamlined decision-making processes and costs 

Lone worker protection 

Paired with a professional software solution, different sensors on the Smart-Ex® 01 smartphone can detect an emergency situation (impact, immobility, unconsciousness, etc.). The smartphone's alarm and location function helps to quickly pinpoint the worker's location and initiate next steps for emergency response teams. In combination with Swissphone’s software solution, the smartphone includes a lone worker protection that is certified according to the German BGR-139. 

Industrial touchscreen 

The Gorilla® Glass 2 industrial-use 4.0“ capacitive multi-touch screen easily resists extreme shock and scratches. Workers can use it wearing gloves, or with dirty or wet hands. The Smart Ex® 01’s display has special brightness, definition, and resolution that makes it easy to read—even in direct sunlight. 

Smartphone Smart-Ex®-01 highlights 

  • Certified for ATEX Zone 1/Div. 1 and Zone 2/Div. 2 as well as harsh industrial environments 
  • Noise cancellation facilitates communication 
  • Lone worker protection with alarm and location function (optional) 
  • Industrial-use 4.0“ capacitive multi-touch screen 
  • Suitable for handling with gloves 
  • Powerful battery for long runtime 
  • Access to complete range of industry applications (App Library) 
  • Google Certification 
  • Service Level Agreement over 3 years (optional)

IDEC RF1V Force-Guided Relays

IDEC's RF1V series of force-guided relays are a cost-effective and easy way to expand mechanical contact outputs in a control circuit. Adding to this popular series, new models are now available offering a counter-electromotive force (CEMF) diode. These are ideal for adding multiple output contacts to electronic safety relays and safety controllers. The diode circuit added to the coil of these relays helps eliminate damaging fly-back voltage to the electronic equipment.

  • 15 new models available 
  • 4-pole and 6-pole configurations 
  • 12, 24 and 48V DC operating coil voltages 
  • Corresponding SF1V sockets 
  • Panel, DIN rail or PC board mounting

Banner Engineering K50 Compact Touch Buttons Featuring Flat Touch Surface

The exceptional immunity to false triggering and electrical noise offered by Banner’s next generation (Gen 2) K50 domed touch buttons is now available in a compact version with a flat touch surface. The K50 Compact Touch Button is easily actuated with the touch of a finger, hand or whole palm, requiring no physical pressure to operate. It is available in 1-, 2- and 3-color models.

  • Space Saving Flat Surface: The low-profile (17 mm) design is ideal for use in panels, cabinets and other space constrained deployments, or where the preference is to have a touch button with a flat surface. 
  • Improved Visibility in Very Bright Conditions: LED lights are concentrated closer to the window than domed models, making the indication brighter when viewed directly, even in sunlight bright conditions. 
  • Excellent Immunity to False Triggering: Smart Electric Field Sensing technology provides Gen 2 touch buttons with excellent immunity to false triggering caused by the buildup of detergents, oils and other foreign materials as well as exposure to direct water spray. It also improves actuation performance with gloves.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Turck CIP Safety Hybrid Block I/O

Turck is pleased to announce the addition of the Hybrid Safety Block I/O Module for CIP Safety over EtherNet/IP to our industry leading lineup of fieldbus technology products.

The hybrid safety concept from Turck combines both safety I/O and general purpose I/O in a single, rugged, on-machine, remote I/O device. The CIP Safety (TBIP) module expands the existing hybrid safety offering, which already includes an option for PROFIsafe over PROFINET.

Both IP67 hybrid modules can be adapted to the actual signal requirements of an installation through the use of configurable input/output points and by leveraging the flexibility of IO-Link. On the safety side, the hybrid modules offer two safety inputs for connecting safety sensors, such as light curtains or emergency stop buttons. Two additional safety channels can be used as either inputs or outputs. The general purpose (non-safety related) side includes four configurable discrete inputs/outputs capable of switching up to two amps when used as outputs. Two IO-Link master ports are also available, which offer an additional 32 points of configurable discrete I/O when used with Turck IO-Link hubs.

These devices can be used as remote safety I/O, or even operated as a standalone safety controller for local safe I/O; this allows the implementation of safety functions without the need for a safety PLC while still providing safety diagnostics and general purpose I/O data to a higher level non-safety PLC.

The high IP65/IP67/IP69K degrees of protection allow use in the most demanding environments. Decentralized plants and modular machine concepts can be implemented without the need for additional control cabinets.

Turck CIP Safety Hybrid Block I/O Press Release

Turck Technical Datasheets

Finder 10A Override Control Module

The Finder 10A Override Control Module is an ideal interface for use in combination with PLCs and other industrial control systems - with manual intervention possibility.  

This Override Control Module allows users to manually control critical connected equipment (pumps, blowers, motors, irrigation valves, etc.) when a controller fails - to avoid system damage or downtime. 


  • Space saving: 11.2 mm wide
  • 24 V AC/DC supply voltage
  • 35 mm rail (EN 60715) mounting
  • LED indication
  • 3 function, easy to operate selection switch:
    • Auto: Controller operates the relay
    • Off: Relay permanently OFF
    • On: Relay permanently ON
  • Feedback contact: signals when switch is not in "Auto" position

Red Lion Controls IP67 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced new additions to its N-Tron® series of industrial Ethernet switches. The new Power over Ethernet (PoE) and non-POE models are designed for industrial applications requiring reliability, Gigabit performance, advanced management features and ease of use. Reliability maximizes network uptime, preventing lost production, or even worse, a safety risk. M12 cable connections ensure continuity in applications where motion or vibration exist, and the switches are ruggedized to operate in the harshest conditions.

Red Lion’s new IP67 managed Gigabit Ethernet switches provide a rugged, dust proof and water-resistant enclosure with sixteen 10/100/1000Base-T(X) M12 X-coded ports to create a reliable and secure communication network for equipment in harsh environments. They are ideal for railway and other industrial applications subject to shock, vibration and extreme temperature conditions. Two bypass relays enable data to continue to flow through the bypass relay ports, even in the event of a power outage. The new models offer secure M12 copper ports, plug and play operation, bypass relay port options, robust remote monitoring, N-Ring™ and N-Link™ ring technology and N-View™ device monitoring and firmware management technology. Additional features include:

  • NT24k®-16M12: Industrial managed Gigabit Ethernet switch provides 10 to 49 VDC redundant power inputs and a -40° to 85°C wide operating temperature. The NT24k®-16M12-R, offers two bypass relay port pairs. 
  • NT24k®-16M12-POE: Industrial managed Gigabit POE+ switch provides IEEE 802.3af/at PoE output, 240 watt POE budget configurable across all 16 ports, up to 30 watts per port, 22 to 49 VDC redundant power inputs and a -40° to 80°C wide operating temperature. The NT24k®-16M12-POE-R, offers two bypass relay port pairs.
“High reliability and extreme environmental specs have become the hallmark of Red Lion’s N-Tron series Ethernet switches,” said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking at Red Lion Controls. “With more and more industrial devices using PoE, industry demands have increased across the board, so these models will be attractive to a broad spectrum of vertical markets including industrial, transportation and intelligent traffic applications.”

The new NT24k-16M12 switches are CE, UL Class 1 Div 2 and rail certified. Red Lion’s industrial networking portfolio offers you a wide variety of options that drive operational efficiencies while addressing industry demands. For more information, visit

Red Lion Controls IP67 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches

Red Lion Controls Technical Datasheets