Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We Know That You Believe in Motor Protection!

http://www.clrwtr.com/SymCom-201-DPDT.htm
But, are you protecting your motor from regenerative voltages too?
  • Check the specs on the units you are using now
  • Make sure they state "% unbalance"
  • Symcom's products do!
During phase loss, a motor can regenerate more than 92% of the supply voltage in the open phase. This phenomenon occurs because the disconnected winding acts as a generator. This regenerative voltage can fool “voltage averaging” and “phase shift detecting” voltage monitors into believing that a phase loss is not occurring. For proper protection, a voltage monitor MUST sense 6% to 8% unbalance; otherwise, phase loss may not be detected.

As with all SymCom 3-phase voltage monitors, our new 201-XXX-DPDT protects against regenerative voltages by detecting small voltage unbalances. The 201-XXX-DPDT family of products has a fixed 6% voltage unbalance trip point making them better than the NEC standard of 8%.

The 201-xxx-DPDT is used to prevent damage caused by incoming voltage problems, including regenerative voltages. It is a 11-pin octal base plug-in 3-phase voltage monitor that features two isolated Form C relay outputs and is ideal for use with two control circuits with different voltages.
  • 201-100-DPDT for 95-120VAC, 50/60Hz motors
  • 201-200-DPDT for 190-240VAC, 50/60Hz motors
The 201-xxx-SP-DPDT single-phase models are also available.
  • 201-100-SP-DPDT for 95-120VAC, 50/60Hz motors
  • 201-200-SP-DPDT for 190-240VAC, 50/60Hz motors
DPDT products allow one set of relay contacts to control/protect a motor, while the second set of contacts can be used for an alarm circuit operating on a different voltage. Typically the control contacts would switch 115VAC control circuit, while the alarm contacts would switch a 24VDC circuit monitored by a PLC or other low voltage equipment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Multiple Pump Control Meets UL 913, 6th Edition

http://www.clrwtr.com/SymCom-Intrinsically-Safe-Switches.htm
SymCom, Inc. has introduced their ISS-105 IS Super Cell, a "smart," five-channel, intrinsically safe, multiple pump controller which meets UL 913 6th Edition (Aug 8, 2002).

Microcontroller-based, the IS Super Cell is capable of performing multiple duties and can operate as a pump controller for eight different pumping configurations where duplex, triplex, quadplex and duplex SPS (separate pump stop) pumping methods are possible.

Its versatility makes it ideal for use in a variety of industries including municipal water, wastewater treatment, chemical plants, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, forest service fire protection systems and other operations that cannot afford to be shut down, or risk the possibility of an explosion or fire caused by unsafe equipment.

The IS Super Cell can indicate low, high and out-of-sequence alarms and has a variable lag pump delay setting. Pumps can be controlled in alternating or non-alternating modes or with one non-alternating pump to employ a jockey or emergency pump which can be run every 50 cycles of the lead float to keep it working freely. Pumps can easily be disabled at any time when taken out of service for repair or maintenance.

When used as a five-channel relay, all five channels of the IS Super Cell can be set to positive or negative logic with the possibility of two latched relays and relay five can be configured as a delay-on-make or delay-on-break output with a variable time delay. Its compact package is DIN rail or surface mountable.

Celebrating their 30th year, SymCom, Inc. is an innovative manufacturer of electronic motor and pump control devices. Under the brand names MotorSaver® and PumpSaver®, SymCom products include single and three-phase voltage monitors, current monitors, load sensors, remote monitors, software, overload relays, intrinsically safe relays and custom controller boards to protect AC motors, compressors and pump systems. Approvals include UL, CE and CSA, and meet NEMA, IEEE and IEC standards.

Voltage Monitor Suits Commercial/Industrial Applications

http://www.clrwtr.com/SymCom-460.htm
SymCom, Inc., the innovative manufacturer of MotorSaver® and PumpSaver®, is pleased to introduce the latest addition to their product line: The Model 460 Three Phase Voltage Monitor. SymCom has manufactured a quality line of voltage monitors for nearly 30 years. These products protect motors from problems such as phase loss, phase reversal, overvoltage, undervoltage, voltage unbalance, and phase/frequency shift. The Model 460 combines unsurpassed motor protection and control with finger-safe wiring, easy installation, and LED fault indication.

The Model 460 comes standard with four adjustable settings: nominal voltage, restart delay time, unbalance percentage trip point, and trip delay time. When a harmful condition is detected, an output relay is deactivated after the selected time (Trip Delay). The output relay reactivates after power line conditions return to an acceptable level for the selected time (Restart Delay). Fault diagnostics and run conditions are displayed by two indicator LEDs: the red LED flashes or stays solid to indicate different fault conditions, and the green LED flashes during the restart delay and stays solid when the output relay is energized.

The Model 460 is useful in many industries for countless applications. These industries include: mining, agriculture, building trades, chemical, fire protection, HVAC, municipal water, wastewater treatment, pulp and paper, refining, and many others. Pumps, compressors, conveyors, blowers, generators, and many other commercial and industrial motorized products can be protected and controlled using the Model 460 MotorSaver®.

Today's industrial operations cannot afford to be shut down due to motor failures. Motor repair or replacement, downtime, and loss of production can be very costly. Over 15% of these motor failures are due to power fluctuations and are easily detected before damage occurs, which is why a voltage monitor should be installed with every motor. The Model 460, backed by a 5-year warranty, offers advanced motor protection and control in a small package and at a competitive price.

In response to the ever-changing needs of their clients worldwide, SymCom brings together proven design technology with a robust new enclosure. The finger-safe, IEC style enclosure can be easily mounted into any panel with two screws or snapped onto a standard DIN rail.

SymCom is raising the bar with modern, efficient manufacturing techniques while maintaining the highest product quality. Using surface mount components, microcontrollers, and proven designs, the Model 460 can be manufactured at a cost much lower than competitor's products.

According to Warren Leopold, SymCom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, the Model 460 has set the new industry standard for voltage monitors. Never before has anyone incorporated so much control and functionality into such a competitively priced unit.

The Model 460 is UL listed and meets CSA requirements for use in Canada. It also passes the European requirements for protective switching devices and carries the CE mark. This means that the Model 460 can stand up to the electromagnetic disturbances often seen in industrial settings. The European market requires that products carry the CE mark, as do international markets from Siberia to the Middle East.

Simple wiring, DIN rail compatibility, and the auto-ranging design of the Model 460 allow for hassle-free installation. It can be connected directly to the three phase lines without fuses, significantly reducing installation time and cost. In addition, the Model 460 works on all three phase systems from 190–480 VAC. SymCom's customer focused philosophy means that users can find a real person at the other end of the phone line if they need help with their installation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ring Sensors are Available in 3 Different Styles

http://www.clrwtr.com/TURCK-Ring-Sensors.htm
TURCK Inc. introduces a new expanded line of ring sensors with higher sensitivity, new mounting features, accessories, housing styles and CE approval. The Q style (rectangular) family has grown with the addition of the Q80 (114x80x40 mm) housing. The Q80 style is available with a 50 or 65 mm ring diameter. Just like the smaller ring style sensors, the Q80 is equipped with a static output.

Innovative enhancements to the existing ring sensors provide even more sensing solutions from TURCK. Specifically, the S32 (175x100x32 mm) large ring sensors have been technically improved and now provide excellent adjustable sensitivity. Its modular construction enables both combined and remote installation of the ring and amplifier. With these recent improvements, this sensor now meets CE requirements. Based on modifications to the W30 (70x35x30 mm) mid-size ring sensor, TURCK now offers the W30S housing with enhancements to the existing design. The quick disconnect can be mounted on top of the housing instead of the side. This enhancement allows the cable to be directly parallel to a tube carrying the sensing target. Accessories for mounting the ring sensor directly onto a pipe or tube are also offered from TURCK .

The Q style ring sensors and accessories are space saving and easy to mount. With the additional styles and enhancements to the existing ring sensors, TURCK is able to meet all kinds of application requirements and continue to offer the broadest sensing product line in the industry.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Valve Position Sensors Suit Chemical Handling & Processing

http://www.clrwtr.com/TURCK-Valve-Position-Sensors.htm
TURCK Inc. has announced a new addition to their growing line of valve position sensors, which have been a part of TURCK's product offering for several years. The original DS20 sensors have provided a quality solution to valve position feedback with several styles to choose from. New market demand has suggested that a variety of sensor styles are necessary to provide solutions across the board. For this reason, we have designed the new DSU35 housing style. This new version was designed with certain markets in mind, such as chemical handling and processing. The DSU35 also offers several advantages in general applications, making it a nice complementary product to the DS20. The new DSU35 is quite versatile.

With a single sensor and target puck, we are able to mount to several different actuator sizes without the need for any adapters or spacer plates. Unlike other valve position sensors, the DSU35 can be used on valve stem heights of 20, 30 or 50 mm with outer mounting hole dimensions of 80 or 130 mm. Versions are available in DC, AC/DC and NAMUR with several output options to choose from. Included in this is a new AS-i version which is not only compatible with the Actuator Sensor Interface protocol, it is also able to provide direct valve control, eliminating the need for a separate source. There is also a terminal chamber version available, which is often a requirement in chemical process applications where conduit must be used.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hitachi Introduces New Advanced AC Micro Drives

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components & Equipment Division, today announced the new WJ200 series of inverters. This new model advances the benchmark for performance and functionality in micro-size AC drives. The WJ200 is a sensorless vector (SLV) drive capable of 200% or greater torque across the speed range.  Speed regulation at low speed is dramatically improved – fluctuation is half that of previous models. Improved trip avoidance measures have been incorporated for unsurpassed system reliability and availability.

The WJ200 offers PLC-like functionality by means of the integrated Easy Sequence (EzSQ) programming function. Programs up to 1024 lines can be created on a PC using this structured language tool, and can then be transferred to the WJ200. In this way, very sophisticated control schemes can be created without the use of external controllers. 

Simple position control applications are also possible with the WJ200 utilizing the integrated pulse input. Together with EzSQ, intricate motion profiles can be developed. Further adding to its flexibility, the WJ200 has the capability to drive both induction motors and permanent magnet (PM) motors – a single drive for two motor realms.

A new EzCOM peer-to-peer communications function is standard and allows multiple WJ200s to share data. One drive is designated as the “administrator,” and controls the network. Other drives on the network can be master or slave, with masters able to write data to any designated slave(s). Master/slave roles are rotated under the control of the administrator automatically. Up to 8 masters can reside on the network, and up to 32 drives (up to 247 drives, if external signal repeaters are used). The administrator can be master or slave also. EzCOM allows for creation of sophisticated coordinated systems without any additional external hardware or programming.

Other desirable standard features include a safe-stop function (meets ISO/IEC standards), password protection of parameters, real-time clock, standard Modbus/RTU RS-485 serial port, micro surge voltage suppression, dynamic braking circuit, and much, much more. The WJ200 is designed for long service with bus capacitors and cooling fans designed for 10 year life and varnish coating of circuit boards. The WJ200 also is RoHS compliant. Option boards will be released in the near future to allow communication via DeviceNet, CompoNet, ProfiBus, CANopen, and others.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Vacon X5 HazLo AC Drive is the First of its Kind in the World

http://www.clrwtr.com/Vacon-X5-HazLo.htmThe new VACON X5 HazLo© AC Drive's unique design provides your application solution in a compact, cost effective patent designed unit. This drive has been certified for Division 2 hazardous locations, suitable for petroleum refineries, gasoline storage and dispensing areas as well as utility gas plants. In a class of its own, the VACON X5 HazLo drive has a robust design with safety yellow colored metal covers to protect against bumps and misuse.

Because there is not an additional box needed to place the drive in, cooling concerns are not an issue. This allows for even greater mounting flexibility without having to spend more money in installation costs. The VACON X5 HazLo is availabe in frame size T3 and T4 for applications ranging from 40 to 100 HP.

Continuing to be the toughest AC drives on the planet, VACON® X Series Drives are designed for the real world - a world that is not gentle or forgiving to electronic devices. They have been designed to keep driving in harsh environments and are built from the ground up to survive tough conditions and still be simple to use.

New Micro Drive Product Line from ABB Designed for Simple Machine Interface

http://www.clrwtr.com/ABB-ACS250-Drives.html
Designed to set new benchmarks in ease of use for simple machine control, the ACS250 is designed to meet the production and performance needs of system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and panel builders, as well as the requirements of end users in a broad range of applications - from augers, mixers, pumps, and fans, to conveyors.

The drive offers two degrees of environmental protection, starting with the standard IP20 panelmounted chassis. For more demanding environmental conditions, such wash-down applications that require on-machine mounting, the IP66/UL Type 4x drive is the perfect solution.

With its feed-thru wiring, the IP20 chassis drive easily can replace motor starters, to improve overall energy efficiency, reduce mechanical stresses and enhance the process control of many applications. The drive's compact and uniform dimensions facilitate multiple drive solutions and cabinet installations, saving valuable installation space.

The IP66/NEMA 4X drive was designed with materials that meet stringent hygiene standards, preventing the drive from trapping bacteria, and allowing the drive to thrive in harsh environments that contain dust, moisture and chemicals. The integrated keypad provides straightforward drive commissioning and maintenance, and the sealed ABS enclosure and corrosion-resistant heat sink are ideal for wash-down applications.

The drive supports precise process control, with an enhanced V/Hz control with variable-torque or constant-torque V/Hz profiles, and embedded Modbus-RTU communication interface for real-time control and monitoring. The IP20 drive is available in 1~115 V In / 3~230 V out and 600 V In/Out, completing ABB's micro drives portfolio. The IP66/NEMA 4X drive offers one of the broadest voltage ranges in the micro drives class - from 1~115V In/3~230V Out, to 600V In/Out - covering all the typical global voltage requirements of machine builders with a single family of machinery drive.

Hitachi Introduces the SJ700B Series of Advanced AC Variable Frequency Drives for Fans, Pumps, Conveyors and More.

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components and Equipment Division, today announced the introduction of the SJ700B Series of Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives, with full availability in late October. The SJ700B significantly expands on the performance, capabilities and functions of its predecessor, the L700.

To reassert its technological leadership and ensure unmatched performance, Hitachi has broadened the applicability of this new series by incorporating and upgrading many of the original flagship SJ700 features, such as the industry-leading Sensorless Vector (SLV) control algorithm. This algorithm enables the SJ700B to develop 120% of full torque capabilities at 0 Hz in Hitachi's exclusive "0 Hz Domain" sensorless vector control mode, as well as 150% torque at 0.5 Hz in sensorless vector operation mode in most models, which is ideal for a wide range of applications beyond just fans and pumps. Additionally, operation in the closed-loop full vector control mode is now possible as well through an optional board. The SJ700B also has a number of built-in features that make the commissioning process quick and the operation of the control trouble-free.

Another notable upgrade in the SJ700B is the higher operating temperature range of -10°C to 45°C . The SJ700B is loaded with additional application integration features such as Hitachi's EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function, which provides the functionality of a PLC built into the inverter. Due to this internal capability, in many cases, the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated or the I/O reduced. Programs for various applications such as irrigation pump control or repeatable motion profiles can be developed on a PC and then downloaded to the inverter with the easy-to-use EzSQ software provided at no charge.

The other new helpful features Hitachi has added to the SJ700B include the patented micro-surge voltage suppression to protect the motor winding insulation, advanced trip avoidance functions, configurable sink/source logic on digital inputs, PID, built-in dynamic braking circuit in models up to 40 HP (30 kW,) and built-in EMC filters in all models. The SJ700B also incorporates features customers have come to expect from Hitachi Variable Frequency Drives. Some of the anticipated features include built-in RS485 Modbus/RTU communication. The SJ700B can be configured via the front-mounted keypad or using Hitachi's ProDriveNext PC-based software. A truly globally accepted product, the SJ700B is CE, UL, c-Tick-certified and RoHS-compliant.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

DELCON Series Interface Relays for Demanding Industrial Applications

Pulse transformer technology for isolating I/O signals offers significant advantages over optical isolation and electromechanical relays. Most notably, pulse transformer I/O modules provide higher transient immunity and high input-to-output isolation.

The high transient immunity means the Weidmuller - Delcon I/O modules are ideal for I/O applications where electrical noise is a problem. No additional suppression components are needed even when used with long unshielded signal cables, inductive loads or ‘noisy’ power lines.

The limitations of optocoupler based solid-state relays disappear when pulse transformer I/O modules are used. For instance, the standard AC output module SLO 24TR has near zero leakage current; requires no minimum load; can be used with any power factor 0 to 1; is rated for both general use and inductive loads at 3A; and is immune to both load line and signal line spikes.

Features:
• virtually no off-state leakage currents
• high current and high voltage DC output versions
• Wide operating temperature range from -25°C to +70°C
• compact packaging
• optional rail mounting base
• high surge current rating
• fast switching
• large selection of input and output types
• industry standard pin connection
• cULus listed

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SMVector Drives for Pumping Applications

No challenge is too great or single application too small. From industrial plants to OEMs to municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities, Lenze pump solutions are hard at work. Versatile and robust, our industrial drives and controls are cost-effective and low-maintenance. Our focus is on variable speed flow and pressure control so whatever your specific application requires, Lenze has the drives and controls to match form, fit and function.

Centrifugal pumps
Centrifugal, or Variable Torque pumps, are used in a wide range of commercial, industrial and municipal applications. Throttling valves are a common flow control method. Compared to a throttling valve, the lower power requirements of the SMVector VFD provide a greater energy savings. Operating at 75% flow reduces power demand by over 50% with an SMVector Drive, while a throttling valve requires about 90%.

Typical applications
•Chilled and Hot Water Pumps
•Condenser Water Pumps
•Booster Pumps
•Potable Water Pumps
•Chemical Pumps

Constant Torque pumps
Most Constant Torque pumps are also referred to as Positive Displacement (PD) Pumps. Using a VFD in these applications eliminates waste as the VFD tightly controls the volume pumped. While most VFDs are close to 100% starting torque, the SMVector Series offers 200% starting torque, allowing you to overcome the initial load. As a result, you can decrease the size of motor you are using, thus reducing the cost of the application.

Typical applications
•Metering Pumps
•Dosing Pumps
•Pumping highly viscous fluids or highly frictional loads
•Gentle fluid handling

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SAFESERIES SIL Relays - Functional Safety for Process Applications

http://www.clrwtr.com/Weidmuller-SAFESERIES-SIL-Relays.htm
When dealing with the core elements of a system with a large risk potential, it is especially critical to have the best system solution in place. Our SIL relays reliably switch off your systems in critical situations – and they have all been accredited. Let's connect.

Whether for a burner control system, secure emergency shut down or, for example, for pump controllers – our safety relay guarantees safe conditions and encompasses highly superior and significant features.

Their integration into distributed control systems (DCSs) is even better, with an input filter which makes the SIL circuit immune to the test impulse which is typically used by a DCS. You will also benefit from simple maintenance: the fuses are accessible from the outside and can easily be changed. You can see the status of the safety and the monitoring devices clearly on the displays mounted directly to the device.

All devices are accredited though certification by the internationally recognised TÜV-NORD group – for secure process applications around the globe. Let's connect.

Safe process and power technology is a top priority for you. For example, a reliable emergency shutdown, which initiates appropriate countermeasures in hazardous situations, is indispensable. These might extend to the automatic shutdown of the system or subsystems within it.

As a specialist in industrial connectivity, we offer a comprehensive solution for safety-sensitive areas, from the control room through to the field.

The SAFESERIES SIL relay is ideally suited for use in safetyrelated applications. It is designed for low and high demand modes.

With the wide range input voltage in the protective circuit of 24 V UC to 230 V UC, for example, you can control back-up systems with high DC voltage. You get additional flexibility for your applications with the optional “G3” coating for use in harsh environments.

The safe and reliable coupling of measuring instruments, actuators and sub-assemblies to the safety-relevant signal circuit is handled by our VARITECTOR SPC, the lightning and surge protection for signal circuits. Certified for safety requirement level SIL 3 according to EN 61508, and accredited by TÜV NORD, it can easily be incorporated into your safety calculations.

Industrial Relay Module with the Proven Connection Technology

Weidmüller‘s relay bases are remarkable for their secure connection systems and their ease of use during wiring and installation. Pluggable cross-connection and the extra-quick PUSH IN connection help you to further reduce wiring times. In combination with the established relay technology, our industrial relay modules provide users with excellent reliability and service convenience. The wide range of relay modules provides the right solution for every industrial application.

The RIDER SERIES and its RCI, RCM, RRD and RPW product lines have been successfully integrated into the entire Weidmüller line of relay products. This modular-designed product series formally complies with international standards. A variety of pluggable versions are available with from one to four CO contacts and your choice of connection method.

Our innovative relay bases with PUSH IN connection systems are available for both the RCI/RCL and RCM product lines. PUSH IN technology is safe and easy to use and it allows you to reduce costs with less wiring time. The relay modules are designed for industrial applications and feature sturdy relay pins and industrialstandard pinning. A mechanically operated, stay-down test button is integrated into the design. It enables switching statuses to be simulated during initial commissioning. Additional product features include LED status indicators and free-wheel diodes (DC).

Our relay kits are particularly convenient to use. They include the relay module with status display and the base with ejection lever. The kits are delivered fully assembled and with completely tested
functionality. This saves time during assembly and educes the number of products required.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Weidmuller MCZ SERIES Relays and Solid-State Relays

A special feature of the MCZ SERIES is its low profile shape. With a width of only 6 mm, it is particularly well suited for decentralized usage in sub-distribution boards and terminal boxes. You can reduce the installation time by 50 % compared to conventional methods when you use the tension clamp connection and the ZQV 4N pluggable cross-connection on three voltage potential points.

The MCZ TRAK components, which have been developed for the rail industry to comply with the requirements of EN 50155 and EN 61373, are a special highlight. All components have been specially designed to function reliably in temperatures ranging from -40 to +70 °C (and +85 °C for ten minutes). The MCZ TRAK components feature a painted switching element that protects it from condensation which occurs from temperature fluctuations.

The component input circuitry is designed to tolerate on-board voltage fluctuation of -30 to +25 % and ±40 % for 0.1 s (typical for rail applications) without malfunctioning.The MCZ TRAK components also withstand voltage interruptions of over 10 ms without triggering an outage (in compliance with Class S2). In addition, the vibration requirements according to EN 61373/requirements category 1/class B are fulfilled without malfunction or contact interruption. With all of these properties combined, the MCZ TRAK components are a very sturdy and reliable solution for decentralized applications. And not only in the rail industry – they should be used in other industries where conditions are too extreme for conventional components.

Short-Circuit-Proof Switching Amplifier for Inductive Loads up to 10 A

The MICROOPTO family offers the customer high-quality optos and solid-state relays for application-oriented problem solutions. All products are designed in the space-saving 6 mm terminal size. The new solid-state relay can be connected in the output circuits of control systems and feedback control modules for selective activation of inductive loads up to 24 V DC/10 A, such as solenoid valves, contactors etc. The error controlled output monitors short-circuts and, if necessary, switched off; a potential-free signalling contact provides feedback to the control system – the system can be shut down in a controlled manner for error rectification.

The powerful output of the MICROOPTO SOLENOID switches 10 A at 55 °C. The product can be used worldwide thanks to international approvals: CE, cULus and GL.

The MICROOPTO SOLENOID solid-state relay is used specifically as a switching amplifier for actuators up to 24 V DC and 10 A with inductive loads such as solenoid valves and contactors. A potential-free signalling contact transmits errors, such as short circuits, to the controller. The MICROOPTO SOLENOID solid-state relay is short-circuit-proof and protected against power-related transients and voltage peaks by extensive protective circuits. The closed housing also offers a high level of protection against contact.

The solid state relay MICROOPTO 300 V DC has been developed as a switching amplifier for high inductive loads up to 300V DC and 1 A in motor brakes and contactors. A power boost in the load circuit compensates transient overloads (20 A for 20 ms / 5A for 1s) such as making or breaking spikes. Additional protective circuits counter higher overloads.

The solid-state relay MICROOPTO ACTOR has been specifically designed as a switching amplifier for actuators up to 24 V DC and 2 A with inductive loads such as solenoid valves and contactors. 3-wire actuators can be connected directly to the module. This is short-circuit proof and protected against application-related transients and spikes by extensive protective circuitry.

Electronic CO contacts are used anywhere output signals need to be changed over. For this purpose, the input signal is directly switched through to the output side and inverted; as a result, the opto module can also be used as a pure inverter. The advantage over electromechanical relays lies in the wear-free switching and the possibility of releasing high switching frequencies.

A special interior circuit in the opto module MICROOPTO 100 kHz ensures that rapidly transmitted signals are isolated from one another and that they can be transferred practically without delay. This allows switching frequencies up to 100 kHz to be achieved. Comprehensive suppressor circuits safeguard the module against conducted transients and voltage spikes.

To adjust sensitive TTL signals to the typical voltage level of 24 V DC used in industrial automation applications, the MICROOPTO TTL modules are used. For the protection of the electronics, the sensitive TTL signals require electrical isolation from the 24 V world. To control the optical coupler circuit via the 5 V TTL signal, an additional auxiliary voltage is fed in.

No-Wear Isolation of Potentials in Terminal Block Design

The TERMOPTO opto modules are characterised by a particularly compact design, pluggable cross-connections and an optimal price-performance ratio.

TERMOPTO offers a compact, electronic alternative to the electromechanical relay for electrical isolation and signal conditioning. Instead of an electromechanical solution that is susceptible to wear, a maintenance-free and compact terminal block with integrated electrical isolation is used. This saves space, reduces the amount of servicing and increases system availability. In addition, the overall accessory needs are reduced, because cross-connectors and markers from the terminal portfolio can be used.

Compact design reduces space requirements in the switching cabinet by > 80 % compared to conventional relay solutions. Wear-free semiconductor switches and extensive protective circuits ensure long service life and reliable switching cycles. LED status indicator provides information on the switching state. Closed design for space-saving, side-by-side arrangement. No end plate necessary; the electronics are mechanically protected. PUSH IN screwless connection system and the pluggable cross-connection reduce wiring time by > 50 %.

The TERMOPTO opto module is used in industrial applications in which electrical isolation and signal conditioning without switching amplification is sufficient.

The compact design in terminal-block format saves space on the rail and offers the option of a pluggable cross connection.

The choice between 10 input voltages and 3 output voltages as well as between screw or PUSH IN connection technology gives 60 variations for different applications.

The integrated protective circuit ensures sufficient protection in applications with resistive as well as slightly inductive and capacitive loads. For purely inductive, capacitive or comparable loads with high switch-on and switch-off peaks, such as solenoid valves or filament lamps, ensure that the module is dimensioned appropriately or an additional safeguard is used.

Weidmuller TERMSERIES Relays and Solid-State Relays for All Purposes

Weidmuller’s TERMSERIES offers innovative pluggable electromechanical and solid-state relays equipped with one or two changeover contacts housed in a slim 6.4 mm or 12.8 mm design with matching profiles that can be combined as required in the customer’s application and reliably switch loads of up to 8A at 250V.

Depending on the application customers can choose between products with a fixed voltage input or Weidmuller’s unique multi-voltage input which allows conditioning signals from 24V up to 230V AC/DC with just one module.

A distinctive status display is available through integrated fiber-optic technology that completely illuminates the ejector. The ejector also ensures the safe removal of the switching element.

The versions with single and dual changeover contacts as well as screw clamp and tension clamp terminals have the same profile and can be jumpered with each other with easy to use cross connectors. Well thought out accessories such as isolation plates used to visibly group signals, electrically isolate two modules for up to 400V, or to add labels for enhanced marking options make this product family a well rounded offering.

• Slim design with 6.4 mm or 12.8 mm width
• 1 CO and 2 CO contact versions
• Screw clamp and tension clamp technology
• Input voltages from 5 up to 230V
• Unique multi-voltage input version for 24V-230V AC/DC
• Distinctive fiber-optic illuminated status display
• 5 cross connection levels
• Clear marking
• Pluggable relays and SSRs
• Wide range of accessories
• CE and cULus approved

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

ESX10-TC - New Electronic Circuit Protection from Weidmuller.

Weidmuller’s remarkable ESX10-T electronic circuit breaker range now provides precise circuit protection and security to 12VDC circuits. Approved for use in Zone 2 hazardous areas, ESX10-TC is designed to ensure selective disconnection of 12VDC load systems in both factory and process control applications. Features such as remote reset or on/off control and the capability to mount in a Zone 2 location provides users with enormous cost and time savings.

Weidmuller’s 12V models also protect a wider range of systems including battery-supplied circuits. Typical process applications are with remote, unmanned equipment where lightning or other transient voltage surges trip protection equipment, cause expensive and unwanted equipment downtime. The ESX10-TC remote control functionality can help get the system back into operation with minimal losses.

Weidmuller’s ESX10-TC uses active current limitation to respond much faster to overload or short circuit conditions than the switch-mode power supply. The precise and fast-acting tripping mechanism provides protection to the power supply and other circuits in a single load. With a width of only 12.5 mm, the new 12V models can snap onto symmetrical DIN-rails for easy installation and control cabinet space savings. The range also offers cross-connection busbars and an integral multi-color LED status indicator.

Industrial Ethernet Portfolio - New Serial to Ethernet Converters from Weidmuller

Weidmuller announces an addition to the Industrial Ethernet Portfolio with new serial to Ethernet converters. Providing a simple and reliable method for integrating serial port devices into industrial Ethernet networks, Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters help maintain existing automation components while upgrading the overall infrastructure.

Weidmuller’s new converters include two ports, which are universally compatible with RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485, allowing virtually any serial terminal device to be connected. The Ethernet interface of the devices supports a broad spectrum of operation modes such as TCP Server, TCP Client, UDP, Real COM, RFC2217, Reverse Telnet, Pair Connection and Ethernet-Modem – designed-in versatility that guarantees network software compatibility. In addition the converter's user friendly web interface can be used to configure all of its functions.

Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters feature an integrated relay output, which can be used to alert administrators when there are Ethernet problems or when there have been changes to the serial signals and current connections. This enables service technicians to react more quickly to emergencies. Two built-in Ethernet switch ports help reduce costs, as there is no need for an additional switch to daisy chain ports or extend the network via the Ethernet line.

Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters are ideal for use in harsh industrial environments, and offer extended surge voltage protection for the serial connections, Ethernet ports and power supply. Robust screw-type terminal blocks ensure the power supply and serial connectors are reliably connected. Redundant DC power supply inputs (12-48 VDC) and low power consumption provide safety and reliability. Weidmuller’s serial/Ethernet converters have an extensive temperature range of -40° C to +75° C as well as cULus and Hazardous area approvals.

PRO-M DC/DC Converter - Weidmuller Ensures Stable and Electrically Isolated Power Supply with new connectPower DC/DC Converter

Weidmuller introduces a new DC/DC Converter to the PRO-M Power Supplies product line optimized for machinery and offering a host of advantages. This new electrically isolated DC/DC Converter avoids critical earth loops; from an unregulated or distorted input voltage, it generates a stable, low-distortion output voltage. With class III protection the compact converter is ideal for use in earth-free power systems, such as the battery backup systems found in marine technology, as well as in oil and gas, machinery, and factory automation applications.

Weidmuller’s DC/DC Converter is a versatile solution for all 24 VDC power supply applications. It features industry leading power specifications, excellent resistance to shock and vibration, an extremely thin profile, over 91% efficiency, and a status signal for remote monitoring.

Weidmuller’s thin design, with a width of only 60mm, and the capability to be mounted side-by-side without clearance requirements saves space in the cabinet. The metal clip-on foot provides increased stability on the DIN-rail as well as high vibration and shock resistance.

Integrated features such as an alarm output, which monitors the status of the 24V output voltage, and an LED that indicates DC OK status for the output voltage, the integrated transistor outputs, and the on/off status of the relay contact, provide clearly visible visual aids making trouble shooting quick and easy thus optimizing machine up-time. Weidmuller’s DC/DC Converter is extensively protected with an internal fuse on the input side and on the output side with short-circuit and overload protection as well as a power boost at 24VDC of 12A for one minute.

As with all Weidmuller PRO-M Power Supplies the DC/DC Converter is designed for extreme environments with an operating temperature range of -25° C to +70° C and approvals ranging from CE, TUV and GL to cULus and cURus for applications worldwide. The 3-year warranty for all PRO-M Power Supply products gives the customer ease of mind.

Circuit Breakers - connectPower brings wider protection from Weidmuller

In a move designed to consolidate an already extensive circuit protection offering, Weidmuller is introducing two new models of their all new connectPower brand of DIN rail mounted circuit breakers into the North American market – the BR Series UL 489 Branch rated, and the SU Series, which is UL 1077 approved for Supplementary protection.  The lever-operated breakers use thermal-magnetic technology, having ratings up to 277/480V and 60A in 1, 2 and 3 pole format, and are available immediately with C or D trip characteristics.  The ranges are targeted at industrial control applications, especially where the control equipment may be in an environment which needs to resist vibration and mechanical shock.

A compact 17.5mm width on the rail is part of an attractive construction package for the connectPower circuit breakers, which gives the user the convenience of either wire-end ferrules or ring lug terminations for the supply and load, as well as UL-approved bus-bar accessories to simplify and reduce the installation time. To maximize security and safety, the operating lever can be locked, off or on, and even the IP20 connections can be supplied with optional touch protection caps.

Secure Routers - New Gigabit Router for Secure Data Communications

Weidmuller announces the launch of two new Gigabit Routers that have been developed specifically for use in industrial networking solutions. These are designed to offer secure and reliable communication between Ethernet-based systems as well as higher-level networks.

Weidmuller’s new routers provide the ability to communicate with machinery and systems with total peace of mind from anywhere in the world. With the steady increase in networking data and information, the advantages of Ethernet communications are progressively being used in the area of industrial automation technology. This capability allows data collection from the production level, over the office network and through to the Internet. Ideally suited for this task, Weidmuller’s routers offer ultimate performance via Gigabit performance on both Ethernet ports (LAN/WAN) to harnesses the benefits of standard Ethernet communication and industrial automation technology.

Integrated "stateful inspection" firewall and additional security functions (e.g. NAT masquerading) provide the connected machine components are reliably protected against unauthorized access. Additional features include the prioritization and channeling of network data traffic, IP address mapping to reduce IP addresses and the adjustment of IP address areas.

In addition to their high-performance security features, Weidmuller’s Gigabit routers offer integrated VPN remote maintenance functions allowing secure Internet-based remote access to components and systems on the LAN network - either through wired access via the WAN port or wirelessly via the UMTS/3G interface. The "OpenVPN" open source technology and "IPsec" encryption can also be used for secure VPN connections, for both the client and server function.

Weidmuller’s LAN and wireless 3G/UMTS versions come with an integrated Digital I/O for alarms and data triggers, as a bonus feature. Offering a wide operating voltage range of 7VDC to 36VDC and low power consumption, the new Gigabit router is ideal for battery/mobile applications. They are approved for real-time automation and information management systems and come with “Industrial IT Enabled” certification along with worldwide safety approvals like CE and cULus.

Weidmuller supports customers and partners around the world with products, solutions and services in the industrial environment of power, signal and data. The company develops innovative, sustainable and useful solutions that set standards in Industrial Connectivity today and continually work toward providing solutions for the technology challenges of tomorrow. The Weidmuller Group owns manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in more than 80 countries.

TERMSERIES: The All-rounder - NEW Relays and Solid-State Relays for all Purposes

Weidmuller now offers innovative, pluggable electromechanical and solid-state relays equipped with one- and two-changeover contacts in slim designs. TERMSERIES, The All-rounder, is housed in a slim 6.4mm or 12.8mm design with matching profiles that can be combined as needed based on application. These relays switch loads of up to 8A (resistive) at 250V.

Engineers need high-density solutions for smaller electrical cabinets, professional handling, and comprehensive equipment identification options. Weidmuller’s TERMSERIES family of relays and solid-state relays solves this issue. Depending on the application, customers can choose between products with a fixed voltage input or Weidmuller’s unique multi-voltage input which allows conditioning signals from 24V up to 230V AC/DC with only one module. This multi-voltage input solution reduces the amount of spares necessary, simplifies installation and increases machine up time.

Weidmuller’s TERMSERIES relay and solid-state relay modules require very little space on the mounting rail due to the extremely slim design. All one- and two-changeover relays, screw terminals¬ and tension clamp modules feature cross connections on up to five levels across a variety of modules and across isolation plates with the easy-to-use jumpers reducing wiring time and cost. A distinctive status display with a LED that completely illuminates the ejector makes for quick and easy status identification and troubleshooting. The ejector also ensures the safe removal of the switching element.

Weidmuller’s isolation plates, which are used to visibly group different signal voltages or currents, add labeling for a better overview or to electrically isolate two modules up to 400V. TERMSERIES relays are installer friendly and reduce the risk of incorrect wiring with the help of color-coded markings designed to be legible in different mounting positions. Colors are marked on the top of the module with blue for DC coils, red for AC coils and white for AC/DC coils.

A wide operating temperature range from - 40° C up to + 60° C (-40° F/ 140° F) and international approvals, including cULus Listed, CE and GL, make Weidmuller’s large variety of TERMSERIES electromechanical and solid-state relays ideal for a broad range of applications worldwide.


For more information about Weidmuller and our products, please contact our Customer Service or Technical Support Teams.

Stuxnet does not infect Vacon AC drives

There has been public discussion about the Stuxnet computer malware and its impact on the operation of Vacon AC drives. This is why Vacon wants to clarify the situation.

Vacon has been investigating the matter and, according to its present knowledge, Stuxnet is not capable of infecting Vacon AC drives in any way. Nor does Vacon know of any instances where Stuxnet would have created problems in the operations of Vacon's customers.  In this respect the processes of Vacon's customers are not at risk.

According to experts, Stuxnet seems to be capable of infecting one manufacturer's certain programmable logic controllers (PLCs) which in turn can be used to control the operation of Vacon AC drives. An infected PLC may operate defectively and thus control the operation of Vacon AC drives in an unwanted manner. Therefore, customers who suspect that their processes might be infected by the Stuxnet malware should contact their PLC provider.

The malware is activated in the infected PLC when very specific conditions are all true at the same time, including an extremely high output frequency. Therefore, any possible effects would concern extremely limited and targeted AC drives application areas. Vacon's experts have not found in their own investigations a single potential case where all the conditions of the malware would be fulfilled.

In addition, because there has been incorrect or inaccurate information in some Internet-based sources regarding Vacon's sales of AC drives to Iran, Vacon wants to emphasize the fact that Vacon has not sold AC drives to Iran against the embargo.

Vacon takes this matter seriously and continues to study the potential impact of Stuxnet. Vacon will also keep its customers, partners and all other relevant stakeholders informed whenever new important information arises.

Vacon to launch a new AC drive portfolio for OEMs

AC drive manufacturer Vacon will announce a new product family of compact AC drives at the electric automation fair SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 in Nuremberg, Germany on 22 November 2011. Optimized for the needs of original equipment manufacturers, the new product range further strengthens Vacon's foothold in this high-volume AC drive market.

Vacon will introduce three new products: Vacon 10, Vacon 20 and Vacon 20 Cold Plate. The existing Vacon 10, available in the power range of 0.25-5.5 kW, has a re-designed user interface and more functionality. The brand new Vacon 20, available from 0.25 to 18.5 kW, is a real workhorse which offers high performance and excellent tailorability. The new Vacon 20 Cold Plate, available from 0.75 to 7.5 kW, shares all the features of the Vacon 20. It is designed to allow OEMs to create the optimum cooling solution for the drive.

"Original equipment manufacturers are an important customer segment for Vacon's growth and success. In 2010, more than 25% of our sales came from this segment. We have seen many times that when our customers succeed in their own fields, we also succeed. It's a question of partnership," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President at Vacon Plc.

The new product range has been designed to meet the various needs of OEMs all over the world. Efficient volume manufacturing is possible as the AC drives are fast to install and easy to set up. Also, the products can be modified and tailored to the needs of the customer. The Vacon 20 series incorporates a built-in programmable logic (PLC) functionality which conforms to the IEC61131-3 standard. In addition, the functionality can be extended via optional modules such as a wide variety of fieldbus cards, and tools for easy parameter copying from one unit to another.

 "To me, selecting the right AC drive is more than just selecting the right product. It is also about selecting a supplier with the right attitude, the optimum solution, the best cooperation and the best application know-how, both locally and globally. And I think that in all these respects Vacon creates a perfect harmony," concludes Mr Hiltunen.

Vacon's stand number at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 is 1-420.

Vacon enhances Vacon NXP for premium performance

The global AC drive manufacturer Vacon announces the renewal of its entire Vacon NXP premium product range. The update involves improvements to both the air-cooled and liquid-cooled units in the complete power range from 0.55 kW to 5,300 kW. The Vacon NXP will maintain its strong position in Vacon's product portfolio and in the highly competitive AC drives market.

"The Vacon NXP is a high-performance product range, and with this update we have further improved its performance, robustness and reliability," reports Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President. "As a dedicated AC drives company, we are committed to pioneering trends in product design and provide innovative solutions for demanding industry applications and high power ranges."

"At the end of 2011, we introduced a new compact AC drive product family for OEM customers. With this new Vacon NXP update we are refreshing one of our most popular AC drives range in the premium range. We have done our homework and are focused on providing customers with the drive solutions they are asking for," Hiltunen continues.

One of the most significant improvements concerns the control circuit boards, which have been significantly redesigned and conformally coated. Certain critical components have been replaced in order to increase their temperature sustainability. However, the range of functionality and compatibility of the circuit boards remain unchanged.

Varnished cards and option boards, which are provided as standard in the power modules above 72 A, improve protection against dust and moisture. Performance and durability have also been enhanced via improved cooling channels for optimal cooling and experience-based optimization of protection limits. In the air-cooled Vacon NXP, new fans improve the reliability of the drive, thus ensuring a longer lifetime. Thanks to the new cooling concept, fan efficiency has been improved by more than 50%.

In the liquid-cooled high-power modules, new options, such as an integrated brake chopper, have been implemented to minimize cabinet size and cost.

"The processor in the control card has also been changed, boosting calculation power by 15%. This benefits especially OEM customers who make their own software for applications," says Kurt Hofman, Product Marketing Director, Liquid Cooled Drives.

The Enhanced Vacon NXP range has been tested extensively, and HALT* (Highly Accelerated Life Test) tests have been carried out to assure excellent product performance.

Vacon takes its product offering to the next level

Global AC drive manufacturer Vacon strengthens its position as an industry leader in the AC drives market with the announcement of three new products at the Vacon Drives Conference: VACON® 100, VACON® 100 X and VACON® 20 X. All three new products are designed to improve Vacon's wide product offering in a manner that benefits customers and continues to help them optimize efficiency in application processes throughout all industries.

The flagship AC drive VACON 100 is one of the most important new products in the company's history. "The VACON 100 is a multipurpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications. It offers the lowest cost of ownership and the best usability. That's why we're really excited about it," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations.

"With the features VACON 100 offers such as an easy-to-use fully graphical multilingual display and extended built-in block programming for drive customization, we're expecting it to be the AC drive of choice throughout a whole range of industries. Pumps, compressors, fans, conveyors - all these are applications which benefit massively from energy efficiency and improved productivity, and this product is ideal for these purposes," Hiltunen continues.

Among its versatile features for easy system integration are a Safe Torque Off (STO) function, on-board Ethernet-based communication protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO and Modbus TCP as well as ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection.

The VACON 100 X and VACON 20 X are part of Vacon's new range of decentralized AC drives for situations where space comes at a premium. These drives also bring cost savings as no additional enclosures are needed.

"With IP66/Type 4X enclosures, the VACON 100 X and 20 X are ready to be used in harsh conditions," says Hans Carlsson, Product Marketing Director, Motor Drives at Vacon. "By placing the drive as close to the motor as possible or in the most appropriate location allows considerable savings to be achieved as no separate electrical rooms, long shielded motor cables nor drive cabinets are required. This is one of the ways for our customers to achieve the optimum total cost for their drive solution," concludes Carlsson.

Vacon to launch VACON 100 FLOW for pump and fan applications

Global AC drive manufacturer Vacon is announcing the new VACON® 100 FLOW, an AC drive specially optimized for pump and fan applications, at the electric automation fair SPS IPC DRIVES 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany on 27 November 2012. The new AC drive offers versatile flow control for water & wastewater and building automation applications, further strengthening the wide range of the VACON 100 product family.

The VACON 100 FLOW is the newest member of Vacon's third-generation VACON 100 product family. Other products in the family include:
  •     VACON® 100 multipurpose AC drive
  •     VACON® 100 X decentralized IP66/UL Type 4X-enclosed AC drive
  •     VACON® 100 HVAC AC drive for building automation applications.
VACON 100 FLOW combines the core design of VACON 100 with dedicated functions that can benefit flow control processes. The new AC drive also improves the efficiency and redundancy of pump systems, offering advanced features such as Multimaster and Multifollower for controlling multiple pumps simultaneously.

VACON 100 FLOW comes with many user-friendly features such as a fully graphical multilingual display, configuration wizards which enable easy setup of the drive, and intuitive built-in block programming functions which allow the AC drive to be tailored for special needs, such as use in retrofit installations.

Easy system integration is made possible with industry-leading on-board Ethernet-based communication protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO and Modbus TCP, a Safe Torque Off (STO) function and ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection.

VACON 100 FLOW uses environmentally friendly long-life plastic-foil capacitor technology which ensures highest reliability and lowest possible lifecycle cost.

"Pumps, compressors and fans - these applications benefit massively from improvements in energy efficiency and reduced lifecycle costs. In this respect, we think that VACON 100 FLOW offers much more than any other AC drive on the market today," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations.

VACON 100 FLOW is available in the power range of 0.55 kW to 160 kW (0.75 HP to 250 HP) and in a voltage range of 230 V to 500 V.

Vacon's stand number at SPS IPC DRIVES 2012 is 1-420.

Vacon North America Begins Production of VACON 100 AC Drives in Chambersburg, PA Facility

The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon has hit a milestone and will begin fully manufacturing the VACON® 100 AC Drives in the Chambersburg, PA facility. Prior to this, the components of the VACON 100 AC Drives were manufactured at the parent factory in Vaasa, Finland and then sent to Chambersburg's mini factory to be assembled and distributed to Vacon North America customers.

"Local manufacturing is an important prerequisite for success in the AC drives market in NA. It enables shorter delivery times and a quick customer response time for general support or in developing complex solutions for local customers," states Tom Doring, President, Vacon North America.

"Moving to the new factory in Chambersburg in 2009 has made it possible to extend the range of manufactured products and expand production capacity. The next major step was to start production of VACON 100 units in Chambersburg which we have begun to do now," Mr. Doring concludes.

The 66,998-sq.-ft. single-story factory in Chambersburg, PA was also awarded LEED® Gold Certification in 2010 as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation's pre-eminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

New DF-G1 Fiber Amplifier Features Intuitive Interface, High-Performance Design

A focus on easy set-up and configuration, stable sensing performance, and competitive pricing all guided the development of the new DF-G1 Expert™ Dual Display Fiber Amplifier from Banner Engineering Corp. The DF-G1 series features two bright digital readouts, a thermally stable and high performance electronic design, an improved fiber clamp, and a new, more intuitive user interface. This dual display fiber amplifier expands the range of applications and customers Banner can serve with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies. Such applications include small part or wire break detection on electronics assembly machines, pill and caplet counting, and high-speed detection for registration mark or product leading edge detection, to name a few.

"What we've done with the DF-G1, is bring all of Banner's application knowledge and advanced sensing algorithms to the customer with the benefit of a dual digital display for ease-of-use and application monitoring," said Dennis Smith, Technical Marketing Manager at Banner Engineering. "The two displays and the rocker button are an intuitive user interface that simplifies sensor set-up, and provides the current light level and threshold values at a glance. And with Banner's extensive experience developing custom fiber assemblies, we can support OEM machine builders around the world with custom fiber solutions and custom amplifier configurations."

The DF-G1 is powered by a high performance 32-bit microprocessor with a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter. The user has full control over all operating parameters, including switch point threshold, Light Operate or Dark Operate, various output timing functions, electronic gain level, and sensor response speed. The operator can use full manual control or one of six Expert TEACH and SET methods to ensure optimal gain and threshold selection for all applications, especially low contrast applications, such small part or clear object detection. Response speeds of 200 µs (High Speed), 500 µs (Standard Speed), 2 ms (Long Range), and 5 ms (Extra Long Range) allow the operator to optimize the DF-G1 for fast low contrast applications or to maximum the sensing range for long distance applications, such as part in place verification.

Another key benefit of the new DF-G1 is the thermally stable electronics which minimize warm-up drift, and allow many amplifiers to be mounted size-by-side with no reduction in the ambient temperature limit. Thermal stability pays dividends in both reduced machine start-up time, and it eliminates production delays due to ambient temperature changes which may affect some sensors. Furthermore, a robust cross talk avoidance algorithm allows two fiber optic assemblies to be mounted in close proximity sensing different features of the same target for many applications.

Banner Engineering offers a broad array of robust SteelSkin™, high flex plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies for mechanically challenging or high temperature installations. The sleek 10 mm wide housing mounts to 35 mm DIN rail maximizing the number of sensing points available in the cabinet. The bright dual displays of DF-G1 are easy to read showing both the light signal level and threshold simultaneously. An ECO (economy) display mode reduces amplifier power consumption by 25%. The highly visible red LED sensing beam makes for easy alignment to the target, and the lever action fiber clamp provides stable, reliable, and trouble free fiber clamping.

EZ-ARRAY With IO-Link Ideal For Process Monitoring and Inspection, Profiling, Web-Guiding Applications

Banner Engineering Corp. introduces the A-GAGE EZ-ARRAY two-piece measuring light curtain with IO-LINK output to its line of measuring array sensors. The new EZ-ARRAY models are a cost-effective measuring sensor designed for quick and simple installations with the sophistication to handle the toughest sensing applications. They excel at high-speed, precise process monitoring and inspection, profiling, and web-guiding applications such as package and baggage sizing on material handling conveyors, profiling/positioning of packages or material in process, web edge guiding, log diameter measurement, and carpet to nap edge detection.

"The introduction of the IO-Link allows for full configuration of the EZ-ARRAY operating parameters and beam status monitoring," said Dean Tyo, Chief Engineer for Vision, Measurement, and Instrumentation at Banner Engineering. "When connected to an IO-Link Master, EZ-ARRAY configuration and measurement data can be communicated to a host controller on the field bus network allowing for convenient reporting of measurement values."

The EZ-ARRAY features a 6-position DIP switch for setting scan mode, measurement modes, analog slope, and a discrete output 2 option for complementary measurement or alarm operation. Additionally, it offers an outstanding 4-meter range with 5-mm beam spacing. An excellent 5-mm minimum object detection or 2.5-mm edge resolution, depending on the scanning method, is a key component of Banner's EZ-ARRAY family as well. A remote teach wire option for alignment, inverted display, and DIP switch disable is also included.

Complete configuration, alignment assistance, and process monitoring functions are available through PC based software tools, and software interfaces are available for advanced sensor setup functions. The MODBUS-RTU equipped models use Banner's "Sensors" user interface, a freely available software package from Banner, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY, while IO-Link equipped models use "PACTware," a freely available IO-Link software package from Turck, to interact with the EZ-ARRAY.

L-GAGE LH Series Laser Sensor is High-Speed, High-Precision, Non-Contact Measurement Sensor

High-precision, high-speed, and high-performance are just some of the words used to describe the new L-GAGE LH Series laser sensor from Banner Engineering. The LH Series is used for precision displacement and thickness measurements, and was developed to solve demanding measurement and quality control inspections. The LH Series is a non-contact measurement sensor that provides accurate and stable measurement on materials such as wood, metal, rubber, ceramic, and plastic parts. It is an extremely accurate, robust, and self-contained laser displacement sensor using a 1024 pixel CMOS linear imager that can achieve up to a 1 micron resolution under nominal conditions.

"What sets the LH Series sensors apart from traditional laser sensors is the linear imager and its ability to be used on a wider variety of materials, reflective surfaces, and colors," said Dean Tyo, Chief Engineer for Vision, Measurement, and Instrumentation at Banner. "Therefore, the LH allows us to provide continuous non-contact measurements in a greater number of industries and applications that involve moving processes, stamped and machined parts, and soft or sticky parts."

The new LH also features both a high resolution 4-20 mA and RS-485 serial communication outputs for target displacement measurements, a narrow laser spot for small targets, and the visible spot aids easy alignment to the target. Two sensors can be configured to self-synchronize for thickness measurements with the thickness calculation performed within the sensors, which means no external controller is required. The LH can also be used in a network of up to 32 sensors to do multiple simultaneous inspections.

The LH sensor comes with an intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) which guides the user through setup and performance monitoring when adjusting the sensor parameters. After the LH is installed, the GUI provides data acquisition tools to graphically display the current measurements. Parameters such as analog output scaling, averaging, sample size, and other advanced features can all be set within the GUI. All data is displayed in real time and can be saved to a log file, which is useful for troubleshooting the installation.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

U-GAGE® T30UX: Latest Addition to Banner’s Extensive Line of Ultrasonic Sensors

The latest addition to Banner’s offering of T30U ultrasonic sensors, the T30UX features the popular T-style right-angle sensor package with 30 mm threaded nose mount. Enhancements include an extended sensing range, reduced dead zone and integrated temperature compensation for consistent sensor performance up to 3 m. Rated IP67/NEMA 6P, the T30UX can survive harsh environments and the most difficult sensing applications. Designed for high accuracy, they provide reliable sensing of opaque or translucent objects and are not affected by color—making them ideal for detecting clear liquids, hot slurry, clear bottles and webs, automotive plate glass and multi-color targets.

Advanced T30UX features offer superior performance and ease-of-use:
  • High-accuracy temperature compensation across a wide band of temperature variations
  • Easy programming using on-board push buttons or remote TEACH wire
  • Precise custom-sized sensing windows anywhere within a 100 mm to 1 m, 200 mm to 2 m or 300 mm to 3 m range
  • Models with a single analog or discrete output
  • Reduced ultrasonic dead zone of only 10% of total range
  • Enhanced shielding and advanced ASIC design to reduce application problems typically associated with ultrasonic sensors
  • Superb EMI/RFI noise immunity
  • Easy visual status monitoring with highly visible indicator lights
Try the U-GAGE® T30UX to see how the newest offering from our complete line of versatile, accurate and effective ultrasonic solutions can solve your toughest sensing challenges.

Ultrasonic Sensors That Think as Well as They Hear

Call in the Banner U-GAGE® ultrasonic sensor to solve applications that photoelectrics can’t. With our complete line of advanced ultrasonic sensors at hand, you have the most versatile, accurate and effective solutions for the toughest applications challenges.

Place the U-GAGE in just about any severe environment. Rated to IP68; NEMA 6P, they can weather the elements. Chemical-resistant models are ideal in a wide variety of level control and other harsh chemical processes. Numerous housing styles, mounting options and ranges give you a choice of solutions for your application. Our ultrasonics are even versatile in outputs; some models offer analog and discrete outputs in the same sensor. And most models have push buttons for fast programming of custom sensing windows.

Banner ultrasonics feature built-in temperature compensation, allowing the sensor to self-correct for its environment and maintain the highest sensing accuracy in changing conditions. Available in models with sensing ranges from 30 mm to 8 m and sensing resolutions from 0.1% to 0.25% of total sensing distance, our microprocessor design ensures consistent performance across the entire sensing range.

Ultrasonic sensors use sound waves, not light, and this makes them ideal for problematic clear material sensing applications. Use ultrasonics to effectively and accurately sense liquids, clear objects and targets in dirty environments. Ultrasonics are inherently impervious to color differences, high reflectivity and glare, all of which are application challenges for photoelectrics.

If you thought ultrasonic sensors couldn’t cut it, think again. You’ll find our advanced U-GAGE sensors can solve the most difficult applications in your plant with the power of ultrasound.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pressure Sensors for Intrinsically Safe Locations

TURCK introduces its new PT4400 pressure sensor series for use in intrinsically safe locations. This series utilizes a media isolated stainless steel diaphragm for use in pneumatics, water management, hydrogen storage, hydraulic systems, oil and gas, HVAC/R and industrial OEM equipment.

The PT4400 is UL/cUL 913 (CSA 157) Class I, Division 1 groups C and D when installed with an approved barrier, such as TURCK’s IM33 modules. The sensors are constructed without o-rings or welds, allowing pressure ranges up to 10,000 psi with burst pressure up to 20,000 psi.

PT4400 sensors are manufactured using MEMS (microelectro mechanical systems) technology. With it’s one piece sensing design, the PT4400 offers many advantages over other pressure sensing technologies, including high life cycle, high overload and burst pressure cycles.

Terminal Chamber Provides Simple and Convenient Connection Option

TURCK introduces an integrated terminal chamber for its line of uprox ®+ sensors that conforms to FDA requirements for washdown applications in the food and beverage industry, such as dairies, breweries and bakeries. The terminal chamber includes removable terminals for quick and easy mounting, either by means of screws or cage clamps. Furthermore, by simply rotating the cover by 180 degrees, the user has the option of a straight or 90 degree cable exit.

TURCK’s uprox+ line of factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and meet the requirements for food safe materials. The sensors are available in 12, 18 and 30 mm stainless steel barrels with a liquid crystal polymer (LCP) front cap that is impermeable to cleaning agents, disinfectants, high pressure and steam cleaning.

Factor 1 Sensor Detects Small Targets on Automotive Skids

TURCK introduces the new IP 68 rated, 80 mm rectangular Ni75U-Q80 uprox ®+ sensor – specifi cally designed for sensing small targets, especially those on automotive skids. This rugged sensor features excellent EMC immunity, making it ideal for use in automotive manufacturing environments. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor additionally offers switching distances up to 75 mm, as well as flexible mounting confi gurations.

TURCK’s uprox+ factor 1 sensors detect all metals at the same rated distance and feature extended range capabilities – even when embedded in metal. The Ni75U-Q80 sensor facilitates single-sided mounting on a rear metal wall, or it may be fully embedded, delivering a 40 mm switching distance when surrounded by metal on all four sides.

Sensor with 8 mm Extended Range Detects All Metals at the Same Rated Distance

TURCK’s Q08 uprox®+ factor 1 sensor is now equipped with extended range capabilities of 8 mm for all metals. The Q08 sensors’ compact size is well-suited for applications with limited mounting space, and an IP 68 protection rating allows the sensors to be used in a wide variety of applications.

The Q08 sensor family comes equipped with internal shielding that effectively eliminates pre-damping, allowing the user to utilize the sensor’s full switching distance even when mounted on metal surfaces. Two LEDs provide a reliable visible indication of the switching status.

TURCK’s uprox+ factor 1 sensors do not have a reduction factor and are capable of detecting steel, stainless steel, copper, brass and aluminum at the same rated sensing distance.

Two-Wire DC and NAMUR Cylinder Sensors from TURCK

TURCK has expanded its line of BIM-UNT cylinder position sensors with a new 2-wire DC version, along with a NAMUR option for intrinsically safe applications. The cylinder position sensor’s wear-free design and short circuit protection make them a viable alternative to electromagnetic switches in the automotive industry. To further their applicability in this industry, TURCK has integrated a weld resistant TPU cable.

With a total length of only 28 mm, the BIM-UNT is one of the most compact cylinder position sensors on the market. The active sensing faces are located directly at the end of the sensor to safely detect the piston rod’s end position on compact, short-stroke cylinders.

BIM-UNT sensors use magneto-resistive, board level technology that provides improved performance and housing. The sensor comes with a quick mount tab that helps seat the sensor in the cylinders groove – even before the screw is tightened – making single-handed mounting possible. The position of the screw has also been moved away from the cable-end to provide cable strain relief, while also ensuring the sensor remains in place if the cable is pulled.

BIM-UNT sensors include a broad range of accessories, from precision mounting to wire-strain relief products, to help install the sensors in all T-groove, dovetail, round and tie rod pneumatic cylinders.

Class I, Division 1, Submersible Pressure Transmitters

TURCK introduces a new submersible pressure transmitter to meet the increasingly difficult level detection challenges presented in industrial environments, like tanks containing liquids such as gas and diesel, or wastewater and irrigation systems. TURCK’s PT4510 submersible pressure transmitter was designed for low level applications of up to 400 inches, while the PT4500 is available in ranges up to 100 psig.

The PT4500 and PT4510 submersible pressure transmitters are used to detect the level of water or other media with similar density by placing the transmitter at the bottom of the tank holding the liquid. These transmitters convert the pressure reading to an analog 4-20 mA output signal. The electrical connection to the transmitter is routed through the top of the tank and contains power and signal wires, as well as a breathing tube used as a reference port to determine the atmospheric pressure outside of the tank.

These IP 68 rated stainless steel pressure transmitters may be used in industrial applications, as well as hazardous classified areas. The sensor carries a UL/cUL 913 approval for use in Class I, Division 1, Groups C and D locations when installed with an approved barrier, such as TURCK’s IM33 series.