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Gefran Announces New Series of Performance Controllers

Gefran Announces New Series of Performance Controllers Gefran has recently launched a new family of PID controllers including three models: 850/1650/1850.

Accurate regulation, numerous options and exclusive functions make these devices so intelligent that the system regulating and controlling a production process can be simplified, installing one single device instead of several (double controller, PLC and HMI, timer). It delivers significantly lower purchase, installation and operating costs with high precision, stable measurement and PID control combined with logical and mathematical functions. These features make the Performance series the ideal solution for regulated processes such as heat treatment of metals, laboratory equipment, and pharmaceutical and medical sterilisation processes requiring particularly precise, accurate measurement.

The new controllers continue the process of expanding the range and represent the natural evolution of the 650/1250/1350 family, which Frost & Sullivan named PID controller of the year in its category last year. The 850/ 1650/ 1850 series, available in three sizes (1/16, 1/8 and ¼ DIN), shares many of the exclusive features for which the 650/1250/1350 family was selected for the prize, and offers even more. A series of features remain unaltered, such as the customizable display, bright lighting and high resolution for easy reading by the operator, easy configuration with a software tool, multilingual messages, functions for planning preventive maintenance and constant monitoring of energy consumption.

For further information on Gefran automation products, contact Dittman & Greer.

The Euchner MGB2: More than a Safeguard

The Euchner MGB2: More than a SafeguardThe new MGB2 represents the consequent further development of the globally successful Multifunctional Gate Box MGB. A revised design, new and expanded functions, as well as a modular layout offer maximum flexibility. The MGB2 is more than just pure safeguarding. It makes it possible to integrate into one device all the relevant functions related safety guard.

In the Modular version the MGB2 is equipped with a bus module (MBM) with PROFINET/PROFISAFE integrated. This module can either be connected directly to the MGB2 or, if space is tight, it can be mounted remotely and connected using cables. If the bus module is mounted remotely, it is even possible to connect several MGB2 Modular to one MBM.

Thanks to the modular design, the MGB2 Modular can be variably equipped with different functions. It offers space for two submodules, each with up to three different controls. It is possible to replace a submodule at any time, even during operation, as the new MGB2 Modular is hot-pluggable.

Like its successful predecessor model, the MGB2 Modular is equipped with a very robust, industrial housing and has an integrated soli door stop, as well as an integrated mounting plate. It can be mounted on doors hinged on the left and right, as well as to sliding doors. The locking force of 2000 N effectively prevents unintentional opening of the safety guard. The MGB2 Modular meets the requirements of all relevant standards, e.g. EN ISO 13849-1 and EN ISO 14119

For further information on the Euchner MGB2, contact Dittman & Greer.

Leeson Electric's Extreme Duck® Motor Receives IP69k Rating

Leeson Electric's Extreme Duck® Motor Receives IP69k Rating Leeson Electric recently announced that the Extreme Duck® Ultra motor has earned the stringent IP69k ingress protection rating, validating that the revolutionary design is completely impenetrable to liquids and dust in any mounting position. Made entirely of stainless steel, the FDA-approved food-grade model is manufactured with materials and lubrication that are safe in sanitary environments and tough against moisture, humidity and chemicals that cause corrosion.

"The next generation design of the Extreme Duck Ultra motor withstands the harsh use that's common in the food processing industry," said Steve Bernhardt, LEESON Electric lead application engineer. "The all-stainless motor was researched, designed and tested specifically for use in wet environments and we're thrilled that it is now IP69k rated."

A proprietary shaft seal that underwent a year of testing – 8,760 hours – is one of the motor's unique features. Other features include:

  • Lead wires are non-wicking, and are colored and numbered for easy identification during installation
  • Installable in all mounting positions
  • Standard dual voltage and dual rotation
  • New encapsulation process with better materials ensure complete filling of the motors and curing of the epoxy encapsulation
  • All stainless-steel exterior
  • Nameplate information is permanently etched into the frame
  • Conduit box on TEFC motors rotates 360 degrees
  • Inverter Duty IRIS® insulation system
  • Corrosion resistant coating applied to rotor

For further information on Leeson Electric's full line of motors and drives, including the Extreme Duck, contact Dittman & Greer.

Lütze's new M12 Premium Connector for Cat. 6A

Lütze's new M12 Premium connector for Cat. 6A Dittman & Greer is pleased to announce the availablility of a new M12 Premium connector for Cat. 6A, manufactured by Lütze.

Thanks to its special IDC insulation displacement connection, it allows a much faster, safer and easier assembly than comparable connectors. The M12 - with its X-coded contact arrangement - is suitable for all broadband, Ethernet and Profinet applications, such as the 10 Gigabit real-time transmission of audio and video signals. The connector can easily accommodate cables from 5 mm and even thicker robot cables with a diameter of up to 9.7 mm and is suitable for cable diameters of AWG 22-26.

For further information on the new M12 and Lütze's full complement of cables and connectors, contact Dittman & Greer.

Leuze's Newest Sensor Remains Compact, even with the Highest Safety Requirements

Leuze's newest sensor remains compact, even with the highest safety requirements With the SLS 518, Leuze electronic expands its product line of single beam safety devices of the SLS series with a new, compact and economical type 4 model. It is especially well suited for access and point of operation guarding in confined spaces in tool manufacturing, conveyor and lifting technology as well as in the packaging industry.

January 13, 2017 - With the new type 4 SLS 518 single beam safety device in IP67 plastic housing, Leuze electronic presents a new model which, thanks to its compact housing dimensions and M18 cylindrical construction, is especially well suited for installation in confined spaces. It can be easily and flexibly integrated in a wide range of applications using an M12 plug. In combination with the MSI-TRM monitoring device, the SLS 518 forms type 4 electro-sensitive protective equipment for applications which require Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3 or Performance Level (PL)e. Designs with infrared light LED and red light laser are available for different operating ranges. Especially for shorter operating ranges, the infrared model is a cost-effective, type 4 entry-level solution.

For further information on Leuze's SLS 518, contact Dittman & Greer.

A New Dimension of Decentralized Power Supply

A New Dimension of Decentralized Power Supply The innovative Emparro67 Hybrid from Murr Electronic is a switch mode power supply with many powerful features. It not only allows you to relocate the power supply from the control cabinet to the field but it also monitors currents using two integrated 24V DC load circuit monitoring channels to ensure system reliability. An IO-Link interface permits extensive and transparent communication.

The fully encapsulated, IP67 rated, Emparro67 power supplies have a robust metal housing. They also impress with their 93.8% efficiency rating. But, the most important advantage provided by this power supply is that it allows voltage conversion (from 230V AC to 24V DC) to take place directly at the load keeping power loss to a minimum. This relocation allows smaller cabinets to be used, and, in some applications, it may be possible to get rid of a cabinet all together.

The new Emparro67 Hybrid has two integrated MICO channels for electronic current monitoring of two 24V DC load circuits. The two channels can be used to keep an eye on a variety of components including sensors, actuators and fieldbus modules. This allows you to separately monitor the sensor and module voltage as well as the actuator voltage of a connected fieldbus system. This guarantees maximum operational reliability. The two MICO channels can be adjusted to different current values and their tripping process works off of the principle of "as late as possible, as early as necessary."

The Emparro67 Hybrid is equipped with an M12 connection that serves as an IO-Link interface. It allows the unit to communicate as device with a superior IO-Link master making it possible to use the Emparro67 Hybrid in fully networked intelligent applications. This allows tech companies to do things like monitor the device's life span and make use of the predictive maintenance functions as they develop new maintenance models for future machines and systems.

For further information on Murr's Emparro67, contact Dittman & Greer.

Mencom Offers Junction Blocks to Simplify Connections in the Automation Industry

Mencom offers junction blocks to simplify connections in the automation industry The industrial automation world is constantly searching for ways to increase installation reliability, speed up the installation process, and reduce downtime. Junction blocks often referred as terminal blocks and distribution blocks provide a simple and effective way through consolidating connections from various types of control systems and sensors that have many I/O points.

Mencom Junction Blocks offer a wide range of circuit configurations in 7/8-16 MINI series, M12 & ½-20 Micro series, M8 Nano series, and DeviceNet Series. They feature a homerun connector (cable, cable with connector, receptacle, or field wireable) which easily routes signals from multiple inputs back to the main control system. This significantly reduces potential errors associated with wiring, rewiring and I/O replacement. Furthermore, both cost and downtime are also minimized.

  • The port configuration varies by the series with a choice of one or two signal per port.
  • The 7/8-16 MINI series is available in 4, 6, and 8 port configurations with an optional stainless steel housing.
  • The Micro Series and DeviceNet are available in 4 to 12 ports with and without LED indication.
  • The M8 Nano series is available in 4 to 8 ports with and without LED indication

Mencom Junction Blocks are IP67 rated for a wet environment, and designed to endure high-impact and vibration so that a reliable connection is consistently provided on the harsh manufacturing floor. Mencom also offers custom solutions from small changes to complex terminations to meet the various needs of control systems in the automation industry.

For further information on Mencom Junction Blocks, contact Dittman & Greer.

Cable Widths up to 25M Now Compatible with HARTING Han® 3A Connectors

Cable widths up to M25 now compatible with HARTING Han® 3A connectors HARTING has expanded the choice of cables that customers can use in its Han 3A size connectors. The Han 3A now can be assembled with cable diameters as large as M25 instead of the previous limit of M20. This increase allows the connectors to be configured with any contact insert in the series, including those with higher rated current and bigger cross sections – such as the Han® Q series. The hoods also meet the requirements of protection classes IP 65/67.

The new Han 3A hood components feature a narrow external geometry overall, terminating in the cable holding area. In the plastic version, the hood is available with a bigger M25 connection, which makes additional types of mounting feasible, for example on control cabinets. For metal Han 3A, coupling hoods are available in M25 along with the existing housings. Other versions, such as EMC – electrically conductive and M – for stricter corrosion requirements, also are available. The HARTING M25 screwed cable glands for both the plastic and metal 3A size hoods cover a clamping range of 9-18mm.

For further information on Harting cables connectors, contact Dittman & Greer.

Weidmuller OMNIMATE Signal BLF 2.50/SL 2.50 Connectors

Weidmuller OMNIMATE Signal BLF 2.50/SL 2.50 connectors Weidmuller's OMNIMATE connectors are designed especially for controls, I/O systems and signal interfaces in drive technology. Now, it is easier than ever to ensure components are as compact as possible while offering excellent functionality and simple handling.

The new BLF 2.50 OMNIMATE signal plug-in connector and the associated SL 2.50 male connectors satisfy both requirements thanks to the space-saving design and the particularly quick PUSH IN connection system, optimised for wire cross-sections of up to 0.5 mm² and a pitch dimension of 2.50 mm.

The BLF 2.50 connector has an integrated pusher to make opening the contact point easier. It also includes an additional test point for user-friendly service measurements on the device. The SL 2.50 male header has two available outlet directions in various device designs that ensure excellent accessibility to the connector, even in confined spaces.

For further information on OMNIMATE connectors from Weidmuller, contact Dittman & Greer.

Carlo Gavazzi RK Series Solid State Relays

Carlo Gavazzi RK Series Solid State Relays Carlo Gavazzi is proud to announce the launch of new two-pole solid state relays, the RK Series. Reducing the size of components is becoming a necessity for equipment manufacturers who want to stay competitive. Carlo Gavazzi has developed the RK Series with this idea in mind, as it provides solutions that minimize space requirements without compromising performance.

The RK Series consists of solid state relay (SSR) solutions which have two poles in a single housing. It gives the option of having the two poles controlled independently or simultaneously. The latter offers a cost effective solution for economy switching of 3-phase loads. The RK Series SSRs are ideal for reliable switching of resistive loads. This new series extends the current ratings of two pole solid state relays to 75 AAC per pole with a proper heat sink and provides output screw terminals for secure connectivity of cables with ferrules, ring or fork terminals.

The RK Series comes with features that provide time-saving installation and a reduction in downtime, thanks to trouble-free solid state operation, during the lifetime of the SSR. It conforms to global standards such as UL 508, CSA C22.2 and EN 60947-4-3; therefore, it can be used globally in applications/markets involving switching of resistive heating elements, i.e. Food and Beverage, Plastic and Rubber, Semiconductor, HVAC, and others.

The RK Series features include:

  • Two pole switching, up to 75A per pole
  • 600VAC output voltage rating
  • 4-32VDC control
  • Options for common or independent output control
  • Plug or connector control terminal
  • Pre-attached thermal pad
  • UL recognized, CSA and VDE approved and CE marked
  • UL 100,000 cycle endurance test according to UL508

For further information on Carlo Gavazzi RK Series relays, contact Dittman & Greer.

QMark Toe Space Heaters Offer Convenient Option to Warm Small Areas

QMark Toe Space HeatersThe QTS Series of Toe Space Heaters is designed for installation in smalls spaces where traditional heaters won't fit. With four available models, the QTS Series of heaters offers slim designs that add "invisible" heat to residential spaces such as, kitchens, utility rooms, stairways and checkout counters.

"For customers requiring heating solutions that are concealed or out of eyesight, we offer 'invisible heat' products such as the Toe Space heater," said Dennis Krob, product manager for Marley Engineered Products. "With a width of only 14 ⅛ inches and height of 3 ⅝ inches, this heater will fit into narrow applications such as the risers of a stairway or under the vanity in the bathroom. This series is also convenient for commercial locations such as checkout counters, tollbooths and other small spaces."

Each unit also comes equipped with an automatic over temperature protector and thermal fuse that guard against overheating. A thermal cutout indicated with a pilot light protects against overheating comes standard on the unit.

Other key features of the QTS Series of Toe Heaters include:

  • Quiet tangential blower for smooth air with minimal noise
  • Permanently lubricated motor for trouble free operation
  • Quick disconnects on wiring leads for easily changing wattage output
  • Steel plate fin element in a uniform grid pattern for even heating
  • Models for 120 volt or 240/208 volt applications

To learn more about this heater, contact Dittman & Greer.

Baumer Introduces AlphaProx Factor 1

The first inductive distance-measuring sensor with a large 8mm measuring range on all metals

Baumer AlphaProx Factor 1With the AlphaProx IR18.D08F, Baumer presents the first inductive distance measuring Factor 1 sensor in a robust M18 housing. The sensor permits a constant measuring range of 8mm, no matter what metal material the target object is made of. The advantage becomes particularly apparent with aluminum and non-ferrous metals, whose natural damping behavior normally reduces measuring ranges by up to 50%. Up to now, if target objects made of different metals were used in a machine or installation, the right inductive sensor had to be installed and adjusted for each metal. Thanks to the AlphaProx Factor 1 sensor, only one sensor is required. The shutdown periods that were necessary in the past for setup and readjustment can now be dispensed with. This means an enormous gain in efficiency for plant manufacturers and operators.

Thanks to its simple installation and startup, the AlphaProx Factor 1 offers another great advantage besides its constant measuring range. The innovative teach concept means that laborious mechanical adjustment is at last a thing of the past. Whether by cable, teach-in adapter or through the controller, the sensors are adjusted after installation more or less at the press of a button, and are ready for immediate use. In conjunction with its robust housing and its very small temperature drift, the linearized sensor is ideal for measuring distances in the fields of handling, mechanical engineering or lightweight construction.

AlphaProx by Baumer is a flexible platform for distance-measuring inductive sensors, with integrated evaluation electronics and a very good price-performance ratio for automation in industry. No matter whether very confined spaces, large distances, critical environments, tiny changes in position or highly accurate measurements, AlphaProx sensors are comfortable and easy to put into operation, and thus offer the perfect solution.

For further information on AlphaProx, contact Dittman & Greer.

Siemens Launches New Telecontrol and Power Grid Automation System

Siemens launches new telecontrol and power grid automation system on the market Siemens is launching a new telecontrol and power grid automation system on the market: the modular equipment series Sicam A8000. This combination of power supply, processor, and expansion modules can be employed in substations, in distribution network automation, for connecting renewable energy sources, for power supply applications in industry, or in railway power supply systems. The compact device CP-8000 comprises a power supply, a display with function keys, and binary inputs and outputs. New processor and power supply modules in conjunction with expansion modules enable scalable solutions for a wide range of different power requirements.

Analog input modules with four inputs are available, as are binary input modules with 16 inputs and binary output modules with eight outputs. There are analog input modules with three inputs for current and voltage and a current transformer adapter module with three current inputs. With a standard width of 30 millimeters, the modules can be mounted on a DIN rail in any sequence and are interconnected via a bus on the back side. The system automatically detects the individual modules during startup. Thanks to the different power levels of the processor modules and expansion modules, the system is almost infinitely scalable and expandable.

The telecontrol and grid automation system – which is based on international standards such as IEC 61850 – can also be operated in climatically adverse conditions thanks to its extended temperature range from -40° Celsius to +70° Celsius. In addition, the enhanced EMC stability with a voltage of up to five kV (IEC 60255) permits direct application in substations. An integrated crypto chip protects the data in a secure environment, IPSec encryption allows secure communication over IP networks, and an https protocol ensures the secure transmission of sensitive data.

For further information on Sicam A8000 Series, please visit the Siemens website.

WERMA Launches AndonSPEED

WERMA launches AndonSPEED A unique andon light system to optimize warehouse processes
WERMA Signaltechnik, based in the south west of Germany, is launching at Logimat in Stuttgart (8th-10Th March 2016) a unique, intelligent call for action andon light system for warehousing and packing operations. Unlike traditional andon lights this not only gives clear and immediate optical signalization of operational condition changes but also documents and analyses non- productive events.

Notify a call for action/assistance direct from the work-station
AndonSPEED allows the member of staff to simply press a but-ton on his packing station and activate a signal light which gives a clear indication of the type of assistance required and thereby enable intervention to respond immediately.

Whether it be a request for new material to be delivered, assistance required or that work is running out, with the help of AndonSPEED the appropriate intervention can be called up im-mediately. This can help reduce waiting times and delays in responding to requests for intervention and thus make the operation more lean and efficient.

Rittal’s TS 8 – A Freestanding Enclosure with Outstanding Value and Modular Capabilities for All Facility Needs

The TS 8 enclosure is Rittal’s flagship product, with more than 10 million units sold to date. Across North America and around the world, industries as diverse as Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Water Supply/Wastewater Management, Wind Power, Data Centers, Chemicals and Medical Technology rely on this versatile, modular enclosure design for panel building, low-voltage switchgear, IT infrastructure and mechanical engineering applications.

Highly innovative and remarkably flexible, the TS 8 is available in more than 100 versions off the shelf and comes in carbon steel, and 304 and 316 stainless steel varieties. Its modular construction allows for easy assembly, baying, equipment installations, removals and reconfigurations.

Combined with Rittal’s climate control and power distribution systems, the TS 8 enclosure safely and efficiently protects electronic equipment, control and processing systems in the harshest environments, the hottest factories and the most demanding conditions while possessing a design aesthetic and surface finish worthy of showrooms. Accessories enable the TS 8 to be truly the world’s most adaptable enclosure for industrial and IT needs.

For more information on Rittal’s TS 8 enclosures, contact Dittman & Greer.

Meltric's New DS60 and DSN150 for Hazardous Environments

Meltric's New DS60 and DSN150 for Hazardous Environments MELTRIC now offers metal DS60 and metal DSN150 plugs and receptacles for hazardous-rated Division 2 / Zone 2 environments. The new ratings for these devices are:

  • Class I, Division 2, Groups ABCD, T6
  • Class I, Zone 2, IIC

DS60 and DSN150 Division 2 / Zone 2 receptacles feature a standard screw-type locking pawl. This required feature allows the user to lock the plug to the receptacle by tightening a screw on the pawl. For added security, a lockout hole is included on the receptacle that enables the user to insert a 5/16” lock or locking pin to prevent the plug from being disconnected or to lock the receptacle lid closed.

For more information on the DS60 and DSN150, click here to download the data sheet.

Weidmuller New Universal Platform for Updating Legacy DCS Systems

Weidmuller New Universal Platform for Updating Legacy DCS Systems Weidmuller has introduced their new universal conversion/migration platform for updating legacy DCS systems to any new control system. Their uniquely designed solution permits existing field wiring to remain in place and undisturbed on the front panel adaptor, eliminating the need to wire-trace or ring-out. This reduces the DCS conversion time from weeks to just hours and helps provide a substantial cost savings.

The Weidmuller platform is a universal solution for all legacy Honeywell IPC-620 DCS systems and uses a minimal number of components. It includes just two versions of a card adaptor, 12- and 22-points, with a connecting cable of either flying leads or pre-wired field connectors. All the components are plug-and-play with keyed connectors to eliminate any chance of wiring errors.

“With so many old and unsupported DCS systems installed in heavy process applications, we saw a critical need for a quick and simple way for engineers to upgrade or convert to new, modern control systems”, said Bruce Hofmann, Director of Marketing at Weidmuller North America. Weidmuller’s migration platform components have global approvals. The card adaptors are cURus approved and the engineered cables are UL and CSA listed. In addition, the cables are RoHS and FT4 rated at 300V.

For more information on Weidmuller’s DCS conversion/migration platform, go to www.weidmuller.com to download the Control System Migration brochure, LIT1504. For information on migrating from legacy control system platforms other than IPC-620, contact Dittman & Greer.

Hammond Manufacturing's New Waterfull Series Wall Mounted Enclosures

Hammond Manufacturing's New Waterfull Series Wall Mounted Enclosures The latest addition to the Hammond Manufacturing range is the attractively priced Waterfall Series wall mounted enclosure, specifically designed for installation in applications where wash down capability is the key requirement. Stainless steel is the preferred enclosure material for use in the chemical, food and beverage, water treatment and allied industries. It offers good corrosion and chemical resistance, a durable finish that does not need painting and high impact resistance. It is approved to NSF/ANSI 169 - Special Purpose Food Equipment and Devices, and is UL and CSA certified to NEMA 3R, 4, 4X and 12 (IEC60529 IP66)

The Waterfall Series is initially available in 18 sizes, ranging from 16 x 12 x 8 inches to 60 x 36 x 16 inches, in both 304 and 316 material. For easy cleaning, a smooth #4 finish, with the top and the door top sloping at 25° to promote water run-off. The sloping top also prevents clutter being placed on the top of the unit, an important consideration in facilities implementing 5S working practices that promotes order and cleanliness in the workplace. A V-shaped lip channels water around the door opening and creates a large gap between the door and the body for easy access for cleaning. Crevice-free quarter-turn door latches and an easy to clean lift-off hinge design also contribute to easier cleaning.

For more information about Hammond's new Waterfull Series wall mounted enclosure line, contact Dittman & Greer today.

Siemens Announces the Release of its New Product Line of Push Buttons, Sirius Act

Siemens Announces the Release of its New Product Line of Push Buttons, Sirius Act Siemens announces the new launch of Sirius Act, a unique portfolio of 22 mm IEC push buttons, indicator lights and selector switches that showcase modern design, extreme robustness, flexible communication, and ease of installation.

“I’m very excited about the latest development of our new line of commanding and signaling devices. The new design provides a modular approach to ease installation and offers an extensive selection for every application with IP69K ruggedness offerings. I’m confident our customers will see and appreciate the level of innovations in the Sirius Act products,” says Dale Langston, vice president of control products, Siemens.

The flat, round metal and plastic elements combine functionality with an esthetic look. Customers can choose from four design lines and diverse options for combining actuator and indicator, material, color, the type of front ring and lighting providing an option for every application and budget.   

Sirius Act push buttons utilize a snap-on concept making them easy to install saving on installation time. There are no special tools required and there is simple geometry for mounting holes.  The self-explanatory installation can be completed with one-hand for the actuator, holder and contact block.  Additionally, visible installation markers and indicators on the components help further reduce the risk of incorrect installation.

IP69K is the new standard for the product line providing users with the highest degree of protection.  It is suitable for cleaning with a high pressure jet at high temperatures as well as other extreme environmental influences.  

The Sirius Act product line provides flexible communication allowing connection to AS-I, IO-Link and Profinet.  When linked to IO-Link and Profinet, the buttons can be integrated in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal.

For more information on Siemens Sirius Act push buttons, please visit: http://bit.ly/siriusactlaunch.

MESAX 70 multi-spot - the unique laser distance sensor for glossy and very coarse surfaces

MESAX 70 multi-spot - the unique laser distance sensor for glossy and very coarse surfaces Baumer presents an innovative and compact sensor for measurement of demanding surfaces. The new multi-spot MESAX laser distance sensor is immediately ready-to-use and provides accurate and repeatable measurement results, without elaborate conversion or external software.

The innovative multi-spot measuring principle from Baumer is based on the light section method. In the sensor, up to 600 measured values of an object are recorded and the distance is then calculated on the basis of intelligent analysis. The sensor takes up to 500 distance measurements per second at a resolution of up to 2 µm (0.008% of the measuring range), providing extremely stable measurement results even under varying ambient light conditions. This makes the MESAX multi-spot a unique solution in the field of optical laser distance measurement and the optimal tool for a variety of applications in testing and measurement. Example application fields are precise measurement of glossy objects in quality inspection or optimal positioning of grinding disks with extremely coarse surfaces.

Click here for further information.

Announcing Acme’s NEW 3 Phase Buck Boost Transformers

Acme’s NEW 3 Phase Buck Boost Transformers Buck Boost transformers are the ideal solution anytime a line voltage change in the 5-15% range is required in single phase or three phase applications.

Until now, three phase applications required multiple separate single phase Buck Boost Transformers to be wired and mounted together. Acme Electric’s new 3 Phase Auto Buck Boost Transformers remove the need for multiple separate units and provide the same great electrical advantages standard Buck Boost Transformers offer in one simple and convenient package.

These Transformers are the best economical solutions available for three phase applications, requiring only one transformer and reducing the overall footprint. Additionally, the transformers are assembled and prewired at the factory, a considerable time and installation cost savings. Acme Transformers are UL Listed with a 10 year warranty and are currently being offered in five of the most common sizes, 6, 9, 15, 30, and 45kVA in Type 3R enclosures.

West Control's MAXVU offers fast, reliable temperature control on a budget

West Control's MAXVU West Control Solutions, a global specialist in process and temperature control, has launched MAXVU – a compact controller that can be set up in one minute for many packaging, food and beverage and textile industry applications. MAXVU offers faster set-up than rival products because its start-up configuration menu only shows the most vital parameters including sensor types, units, outputs, alarms and setpoint values, removing time spent scrolling through unnecessary options.

MAXVU is particularly suited for packaging tray and bag sealers, textiles applications (such as seam sealing and thermal bonding) and processes in the food and beverage sector including fryers, micro-breweries and chocolate tempering.

MAXVU's ease-of-use is supported by its large display. A unique button design on the 1/16 DIN product, with the buttons at left and right of the digits on the keypad, allows an impressive 18mm upper digit and 10.2mm lower digit height in a 48mm high device. The larger digits offer increased clarity and visibility from distance to view vital process information and alarm messages that help monitor a system is running effectively. An equally impressive 96x48mm unit is also available with 18mm digits upper and lower.

Click here for more information on MAXVU, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

LÜTZE launches angled 8-pin cat. 6A RJ45 premium industrial connector

LÜTZE launches angled 8-pin cat. 6A RJ45 premium industrial connectorLÜTZE has met growing data quantity requirements and, in addition to the straight version, has now launched an angled 8-pin cat. 6A RJ45 industrial connector. The multiport-capable LÜTZE RJ45 connector is made of an extremely durable and EMC-safe full metal casing and is suitable for connecting various cable types: cables with up to 19-strands, sheath diameters from 5.5 to 10 mm and strand diameters from 0.85 to 1.6 mm and AWG 26-22 can also be terminated.

The LÜTZE connector can be installed on site without any special tools. The cable outlet can be affixed individually in 90° steps in all four directions. Subsequent changes in direction can be realized very easily. The UL-listed LÜTZE connector is suitable for all standard industrial networks and, thanks to the cat. 6A to 10 Gbit/s including Power Over Ethernet, and allows the fastest transfer possibilities that the RJ45 has to offer. With a working temperature range of -40 to +80°C, the LÜTZE cat. 6A connector is suitable for use in very harsh industrial environments. Typical wiring applications include use as C-track chains, in industrial cameras or in switch cabinets, e.g. for switches with high-density connections. Many users now demand ever-larger bandwidths in industrial environments.

Click here for more information on LÜTZE's new 8-pin cat. 6A RJ45 premium industrial connector, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

The new CC-5000 neXt Aluminum Control Enclosure: Protection in its most beautiful form

The new CC-5000 neXt Aluminum Control Enclosure: Protection in its most beautiful formDesign aspects along with modularity, functionality and ergonomics, are rapidly becoming more and more important for plant and machinery manufacturers, especially when selecting the appropriate control enclosure for their machines and installations.To meet the increasing demand for aesthetically pleasing enclosures, we have developed a new BERNSTEIN Control Enclosure System. In addition to technical optimization, a contemporary design and modular systems are of the utmost importance – all are included in this new product.

The dimensions of the new control enclosure CC-5000 neXt (along with our existing series CC-3000, CC-4000 and CC-4000 SL) are freely selectable. Nine possible depths are available. Basic section: 75 mm (2-61/64"), 125 (4-59/64") and 185 mm (7-9/32"). Section combination possibilities: 150 mm (5-29/32), 200 mm (7-7/8"), 250 mm (9-27/32"), 260 mm (10-15/64"), 310 mm (12-13/64") and 370 mm (14-9/16"). The obtained installation depths range from 53 mm (2-1/16") to 334 mm (15-5/32"). The width and height dimensions are offered up to 1000 mm (39-3/8") in either direction.

Frames can be used in individual or multiple combinations. Innovative console configurations are possible thanks to a connecting element which has been designed inline with the new design.

The new CC-5000 neXt Aluminum Control Enclosure Features:

GMB Series UL489 Branch Circuit Protectors

  • Special concealed hinge arrangement, unique in the market today
  • Centering of the folding frames by a concealed door alignment feature
  • Internally-mounted front panel through clamping tie bar
  • Fixed rear panel (also for optional connection to panel coupling) or hinged version
  • Signal light integrated in the design (RGB-LED)
  • Separate handles and diverse add-on elements (interfaces, buttons, etc.)

Frame design

  • Extruded aluminum sections (anodized) assembled at the ends via corner modules form the housing body
  • Possibility to personalize the color of the enclosure to your specific corporate identity (corner modules, front and rear panels, anodized aluminum sections)
  • Integrated recessed grips on the left and right hand side to provide simple and safe handling

Click here for more information on Bernstein's new CC-5000 neXt Aluminum Control Enclosure, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

Simple integration, flexibility and intelligence – optical NextGen sensors with IO-Link

Simple integration, flexibility and intelligence – optical NextGen sensors with IO-Link Through the integration of the communication interface IO-Link for the sensor principles diffuse mode sensor with background suppression and SmartReflect (the light barrier without a reflector), the optical O300 and O500 NextGensensors have improved their already outstanding efficiency. The IO-Link interface facilitates the rapid startup of systems through the automated transmission of various parameters such as sensing distance accurate to the millimeter, light or dark operate, or switching points. In addition, the new Baumer filter functions guarantee the safe and reliable detection of difficult objects, for example objects with holes. Through the option of automatically changing the locking times of the sensors, these sensors also have a high level of user-specific functional reliability.

Thanks to two powerful filter functions, the new O300 and O500 sensors with IO-Link are also suitable for difficult detection tasks. The first filter function delays the response and/or the release time of the sensor. For example, this function makes it possible to reliably detect objects with small holes or also objects on conveyor belts with holes. The second filter function makes it possible to set a minimum pulse length, thus facilitating the detection of small, narrow, fast objects. Here, the sensor lengthens very short switching signals until the minimum pulse length is reached for the controller in question, which can then further process the switching signals reliably.

A further special feature of Baumer is the increased functional reliability of the sensors. Thanks to the innovative qTeachprocedure, optical NextGen sensors have a standard locking time. This protects the sensors from unintentional manual manipulation. With the Baumer IO-Link profile, this locking time can be individually set or changed, depending on everyday production requirements.

IO-Link also offers the option of efficiently using the diagnostics features integrated in the optical NextGen sensors. Information about soiling or signal quality can be retrieved directly and used to optimize system availability (e.g. through preventive maintenance) and productivity.

Find out more about the powerful Portfolio O300 and O500 and about the new NextGen performance class on the Baumer website. or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

Carlo Gavazzi Launches New Range of Miniature Circuit Breakers for up to 480Y/277VAC Systems

Carlo Gavazzi Launches New Range of Miniature Circuit Breakers for up to 480Y/277VAC Systems The GMB Series are UL489, AC miniature molded circuit breakers, which provide reliable protection for a wide range of applications including branch circuit protection of HACR equipment, power supplies, transformers, motors, receptacles and other equipment. 1, 2 and 3 pole arrangements are available, ranging from 0.5A to 63A, with short circuit interrupt capacity of 10kA. The GMB Series circuit breakers are cUL listed and conform to IEC standard EN-60947-2.

The GSB Series are UL1077 AC supplementary circuit protectors, which offer overcurrent protection for specific applications where branch circuit protection is already provided by another device or is not required. They are available in 1, 2, 3 and 4-pole variations, ranging from 1 to 63Amps and have a short circuit interrupt capacity of 5kA. The GSB Series are cUL recognized components.

The new GMB Series UL489 branch circuit protectors and GSB Series UL1077 supplementary protectors are housed in compact 17.5mm wide housings (per pole), with robust DIN-rail mounting and red/green diagnostic trip indicators. C tripping curve is standard, with B & D tripping curves available upon request.

Technical specifications include:

GMB Series UL489 Branch Circuit Protectors

  • 1, 2 and 3 Pole from 0.5 to 63Amp
  • 480Y / 277VAC maximum voltage rating
  • 10kA short circuit rating
  • cULus Listed

GSB Series UL1077 Supplementary Circuit Protectors

  • 1, 2, 3 and 4 Pole from 1 to 63Amp
  • 480Y / 277VAC maximum voltage rating
  • 5kA short circuit rating
  • cRUus recognized

Click here for more information on Carlo Gavazzi's miniature circuit breakers, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

Siemens Launches new High-end industrial PC family Siemens Launches new High-end industrial PC family

Siemens Industry Automation Division is launching a new generation of its high-end industrial PC family Simatic IPC for hostile industrial environments. The new devices of the D generation support the power multi-core processor types Intel Xeon and Intel Core i3 to Core i7 of the fourth generation. They are the first box, rack, and panel industrial PCs of that type on the market. The D devices have 60 to 180 per- cent higher CPU power than the predecessor models of the C generation. The HD on-board graphics integrated into the CPU with dynamic frequency now achieves three times higher graphics performance.

Click here for the latest information and news about SIMATIC Industrial PCs and SIMATIC PC-based automation, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.

Introducing ETR-8300 & 4300 Temperature Controllers from Ogden Introducing ETR-8300 & 4300 Temperature Controllers from Ogden

Ogden Manufacturing Company is pleased to introduce two new temperature controllers - the ETR-8300 and ETR-4300. These models have been designed to meet the demands of a rapidly advancing technological marketplace. They join the 1/16 DIN 9300 and 1/32 DIN 3400 as members of Ogden's Super Controller Series. Both the ETR-8300 and ETR-4300 controller models feature:

  • Digital MODBUS Communications
  • Multiple Error Protection Modes
  • Remote Set-Point Input
  • Event Input Capabilities
  • Dual Input Delta-T (Differential) Control
  • Heater Alarm/ Current Monitoring

Click here to view this item on the OGDEN web site, or contact Dittman & Greer for further information.


Industrial Automation Safety Information

SafetyBase.com is a free educational website (sponsored by Siemens Energy & Automation) developed by a group of U.S. safety experts who have joined forces to bring you the latest information and resources on industrial automation safety issues. It provides resources that will help you address industry standards and OSHA regulations, understand how safe environments correlate to increased productivity, tips on improving machine, process and personnel safety, and reducing risks and minimizing insurance/liability costs.