Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Achieve SIL 3 without external redundancy

New TÜV-certified QUINT 20+ power supply for applications up to SIL 3

Phoenix Contact’s premium QUINT POWER line now includes a single-device solution that meets functional safety applications up to Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3. The new QUINT 20+ power supply has an integrated decoupling MOSFET and double overvoltage protection circuitry to meet rigorous SIL 3 safety regulations without the need for external redundancy.

The QUINT 20+ power supply introduces a single conformally coated device solution with ATEX, IECEx and Class I, Division 2 approvals, which allows the power supply to be mounted within potentially explosive areas (Zone 2). The functional safety approval allows the QUINT 20+ power supply to be used in applications up to SIL 3, according to IEC 61508. The safety function is to limit the output voltage to 30 V DC, and if higher, to switch off within 20 milliseconds. The safe state is no output voltage. Designed with double overvoltage circuitry, the QUINT 20+ power supply also has a Hardware Fault Tolerance (HFT) of 1.

What is SIL and why is SIL important?

Safety Integrity Level (SIL) is a measure of safety system performance in terms of the probability of failure on demand.  As the SIL increases, the safety level of the product increases, meaning the probability that the system will fail to perform properly decreases. Often used in the processing industry, SIL provides intricate safety regulations to ensure the avoidance of catastrophic accidents and errors that can be detrimental to the most stringent operations.

Phoenix Contact’s QUINT4-PS/1AC/24DC/20/+ (2904617) power supply has been certified for functional safety applications in accordance to IEC 60950-1 and IEC 61010-1 and multiple EMC standards including EN61000-6-7. The power supply guarantees superior system availability with an integrated decoupling MOSFET and an overvoltage protection circuitry with SIL 3, HFT = 1 certification in accordance with IEC 61508. With a protective conformal coating and ATEX/IECEx approval in accordance with the standards IEC 60079-0, IEC 60079-7, IEC 60079-11, and IEC 60079-15, the QUINT Plus power supply can also be mounted within potentially explosive areas (zone 2).

The OVP circuitry built in the QUINT4-PS/1AC/24DC/20/+ (2904617) can be used to set up single or redundant bulk power systems with proven OVP. The power supply can be used in applications up to SIL 3, according to IEC 61508 and IEC 61511. The safety function is to limit the output voltage to 30 V DC. If the voltage rises above 30 V DC, the device will switch off within 20ms, creating a safe state of no output voltage.

New 12VDC QUINT AC/DC power supplies

Phoenix Contact’s premier QUINT POWER family now includes two new AC/DC power supplies with a 12 V DC output voltage. The new devices are available in 2.5 A and 7.5 A options. Both options are UL Listed and Class I, Division 2 approved. The 2.5 A version is also NEC Class 2 rated.

Phoenix Contact’s QUINT POWER product family is expanding! The QUINT POWER AC/DC power supply family now include low-wattage options ranging from 30 W – 100 W.  These low-wattage power supplies offer advanced functionality and capabilities such as a powerful dynamic boost and preventative function monitoring.

QUINT POWER low wattage features maximum functionality and more
  •     Preventative function monitoring with an adjustable signal output enables LED and remote digital monitoring to detect critical operating states before faults occur
  •     Dynamic power boost of up to 200 percent of the nominal current for up to five seconds offers the option to reliably start inductive loads without disrupting the output voltage
  •     Permanent static power boost of up to 125 percent of the nominal current gives users the option to easily extend the system without switching to a larger power supply (1.3 A and 2.5 A versions)
  •     Choice of either push-in or screw connection
  •     Compact design creating essential space savings for smaller applications
  •     High efficiency allowing for energy savings, lower self-heating, and an increased service life of the power supply
  •     Device startup at -40°C ensuring reliable operation under extreme ambient conditions
  •     Class I Division 2 approved
  •     Options with NEC Class 2 for current limiting applications
The world's best power now includes miniaturized varieties! We have added low-wattage devices to our premium QUINT POWER family to incorporate compact application designs with maximum functionality!

QUINT POWER family addition

The QUINT POWER product family now includes 12 V DC and 24 V DC, single-phase devices up to 100W. These additions have low-wattage capabilities with premium functionality features. The QUINT POWER low wattage power supplies are tailored to meet critical application requirements that demand high functionality in a space-saving design. These QUINT POWER power supplies provide opportunities for analytical and strategic application designs in the most ambient and rigorous conditions. Connection options include push-in and screw technology for easy and flexible installation.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

OMRON has introduced Switch Mode Power Supply S8FS-G.

We have introduced Switch Mode Power Supply S8FS-G. Superior Basic Performance That Ensures Reliability. Wide Range of Standards Certification and Greater Usability.
  • Superior basic performance that ensures reliability
    Ambient temperatures up to 70°C, greater resistance to rusting with aluminum/stainless steel case, and applications at altitudes up to 3,000 m.
  • Certification for Global Standards
    North America: UL 508 (Listing), CSA C22.2
    Europe: Overvoltage Category III (EN 50178)
    EMI: Class B (EN 61204-3)
    No need for control circuit transformers for which the Machinery Directive is specified. (IEC 61558-2-16)
  • Greater Usability
    The Terminal Block Cover prevents screws from dropping out and the Front Cover prevents ingress of foreign matter.
An IEC 61558-2-16 compliant transformer is built into the Power Supply to eliminate the need for a transformer with compound windings for control circuits for which IEC 60204-1 Machinery Directive is specified. This helps reduce cost and space requirements.

Stable operation in severe installation environments, such as those with high ambient temperatures and humidity, or large vibration or those with unstable input voltages.

You can prevent foreign matter ingress and screw drop out that can result in product failure and accidents for worry-free installation and maintenance work.


OMRON has introduced NX-series CPU Units NX1P2.

We have introduced NX-series CPU Units NX1P2. 

Up to eight axes of control via EtherCAT
  • Integrated sequence control and motion control
  • Up to eight axes of control via EtherCAT
  • Up to four synchronized axes - electronic gear/cam and linear/circular interpolation
  • Standard-feature EtherCAT control network support
  • Safety subsystem on EtherCAT
  • Standard-feature EtherNet/IP port
  • Built-in I/O
  • Up to eight NX I/O Units connectable
  • Up to two option boards connectable to add serial communications or analog I/O functionality
  • Battery-free operation
  • Fully conforms with IEC 61131-3 standard programming
EtherCAT connects I/O devices, motion devices, safety controllers, and vision systems with a single cable. You can check machine information by monitoring the status of the connected. EtherNet/IP enables communications with a host PC and data links between NJ/NX Controllers and CJ PLCs.

You can start predictive maintenance with visualization of the status of a small-sized machine. IO-Link functionality can be added to existing machines.

Sysmac is a trademark or registered trademark of OMRON Corporation in Japan and other countries for OMRON factory automation products. Windows is either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. EtherCAT® is registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany. EtherNet/IP™ is the trademarks of ODVA. Other company names and product names in this document are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. The product photographs and figures that are used in this catalog may vary somewhat from the actual products. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation. 

OMRON has introduced Color Mark Sensors E3S-DC/E3NX-CA Series.

We have introduced Color Mark Sensors E3S-DC/E3NX-CA Series. 

Color Mark Detection on Any Type of Packaging.
  • Offer Stable Detection of Both Glossy and Colorful Packaging.
  • Light Is Received over a Wide Range: Enough Even for Glossy Packaging
  • Provides a High S/N Ratio to Detect Subtle Color Differences
 Light Is Received over a Wide Range: Enough Even for Glossy Packaging

This allows for the stable detection of glossy aluminum vapor deposition packaging simply install the Sensor directly above.

The included high luminance RGB three-color LED light emitting element drastically improves the light intensity. Meanwhile, Smart Noise Reduction technology in the Fiber Sensor is applied to reduce the amount of noise, resulting in a high dynamic range where the Sensor is not saturated even when detecting a mirror surface—without having to make any light intensity adjustments.

The high luminance white LED of the Fiber Amplifier Unit, and the high luminance RGB three-color LEDs and high efficiency optical system design of the Photoelectric Sensor deliver high power. "Smart Noise Reduction" (a light reception algorithm) and "N-Core" (a high-speed, high-precision IC) work together to dramatically reduce the effect of noise. Increasing the incident level and decreasing noise make it possible to obtain a high S/N ratio even when color differences are subtle.

RGB information for color marks and backgrounds for each lot is transmitted to a host and quantified. This information is then managed in a database, making it possible to set optimal thresholds and identify causes quickly if a problem occurs.

Until now, setting the threshold during commissioning required the knowledge of an expert. Now it is possible to get the optimal setting just by registering the RGB ratio of the packaging.

When the Sensor makes false detection, values can be checked to determine whether color variation from lot to lot in packaging material has occurred, making it easy to identify what has caused a problem and to then resolve it.

OMRON has introduced Fiber Unit E32-LT35Z.

We have introduced Fiber Unit E32-LT35Z. Optical Axis Adjustment in 20 Sec and Ultra-high-power Beam Greatly Reduce Installation and Maintenance Work.
  • The Optimum Aperture Angle and Optical Axis Accuracy
    Enable Optical Axis Adjustment in 20 Sec Even for Minute 0402-size Workpieces
  • Built-in Mirror Lens
    Provides an Ultra-high-power Beam
The optimum aperture angle that obtains a sufficient incident level for stable detection without making precise adjustment combines with high-quality optical axis accuracy with an optical axis inclination variation of ±2.5° or less between individual products to enable optical axis adjustment that is much faster than for previous products. All Fiber Units are inspected with a special jig before they are shipped to enable reliable installation without variations between individual products.

Finding the horizontal head (Fiber Unit) offset in the incident light range for a specific incident level of 1,500 during installation shows just how much wider the range is for the E32-LT35Z in comparison with a previous product (E32-T15ZR). In comparison with the difficult optical axis adjustment of previous products, the optical axis of the E32-LT35Z can be roughly adjusted in a short period of time to obtain the incident level required for stable detection.

The offset between the optical axis and mechanical axis is within ±2.5°, so a sufficient incident level can be achieved merely by aligning the mechanical axis at installation.

A concave mirror lens (patent pending) produces a divergent beam that achieves both easy adjustment and light emission power. An ultra-high-power beam is provided that is approx. five times that of previous products with no lens. A sufficient incident level can be obtained for stable detection even if the optical axis is offset over a long period of usage and even if the emitter/receiver section becomes dirty. You can reduce the maintenance frequency in comparison with previous products.

OMRON highly recommends these new-standard Fiber Units with a Built-in Lens that provide stable detection with a high-power beam. You don’t have to worry about the lens falling off and getting lost. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Progammable Control for Gaging Equipment


Improving performance, maintaining reliability and reducing system cost were the basic requirements expressed to Lenze Americas by the engineering team at Pistorius Machine Company. Founded in 1937, Pistorius manufactures equipment for many diverse applications including mitering and double-cut machines plus dust collection, milling & haunching, and finishing systems.

Pistorius selected a Lenze Americas System including a PositionServo Drive, an MAS series brushless servo motor, and a G-motion planetary gear reducer to drive the steel belt linear actuator in their electronic automated gauging equipment. The gear reducer, which was customized to fit the appropriate mounting configuration of Pistorious’s actuator, provides good stable motion by limiting the amount of inertial mismatch between the actuating load and the driving rotor of the servo motor. In addition, by multiplying the output torque of the motor while dividing its input speed by the gear ratio, the gearbox permits the use of a smaller motor but one that is still capable of producing higher rotational speeds. In summary, Pistorius engineers believe that the geared Lenze AC Tech brushless servo is a space-effective, less costly package that results in better system performance.

The Lenze Americas solution provides precise single axis motion control and allows communication over Ethernet for custom-measurement of distances and speeds. The EPM, or electronic programmable memory chip, and the full functionality of the PositionServo eliminate the need for Pistorius to use an additional controller to coordinate motion. The Pistorius Electronic Automated Gage Model 10G allows virtually any operator to make error-free stop settings time after time, dramatically improving quality, and eliminating incorrectly cut parts.

Product Benefits
  • Complete Motion Solution
  • Small Footprint
  • PLC Capability of PositionServo
  • Removable Memory (EPM)
  • Ethernet Communication, Standard
  • Quick, Intuitive Programming
  • Improved System Performance
  • Competitive Pricing

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Diagnostic Electronics with Fast Reaction Time, Detects Machine Crash Less Than 1 ms

By continuously monitoring a machine’s condition, ­unforeseen problems can be identified and addressed. Vibration analysis protects machine components, tools and workpieces during machining against costly consequential damage and avoids scrap.

ifm’s multiplex vibration monitor provides specific vibration analysis on components inside a machine such as rolling element bearings, rotational unbalances, and gear drives.

The system consists of a cabinet-mount diagnostic module, model VSE, and multiple compact accelerometers that are mounted permanently on the equipment.

The condition of the equipment is continually monitored and evaluated for any changes in the operating parameters. Time and frequency domain data is locally processed for triggering of the integrated programmable analog and digital outputs, or for transmission to SCADA systems via the integrated Ethernet communication port.

The O3D Smart Sensor - Adding an Extra Dimension to Your Machines

ifm's O3D Smart Sensor is a unique industrial 3D imaging solution that enables automated machines to perceive their environment in 3D, with human-like vision.

The O3D Smart Sensor’s Application Assistant, with its patented 3D chip technology, adds a third dimension of sight to Packaging and Material Handling Machines. The result is unparalleled machine vision and improved efficiency.

• The Case Completeness application is designed to verify that a case contains all the necessary products. It ensures that all contents are properly placed in the case, eliminating the potential for short shipments and damaged products.

• The Box Dimensioning application confirms sequencing of products for mixed-case palletizing and sized-based sortation, preventing crashes and delays. The O3D Smart Sensor dimensions boxes and cases to an accuracy of ± 10mm.

New applications to decrease cycle time, including palletizing, depalletizing and pallet fork pocket protection solutions are in development and coming soon!

At the low price point of $1250, the O3D is the best 3D industrial imaging value available.

RFID High Frequency System for Tracking High-Speed Processes

ifm's new RFID DTE identification system tracks, controls and improves the quality of products throughout the automation process. ifm’s DTE RFID solution offers an easy and cost effective way to implement RFID.

Widely used in conveying, mold/die management and pallet tracking, the DTE system is capable of reading and writing data at high speeds and can connect to all common plc’s and industrial bus systems.

RFID system features include:
  • 4-port RFID controller configurable for read/write antennas or digital inputs and outputs
  • Configuration through built in web page, including read/write capability
  • Standard non-shielded M12 cables between antenna and controller
  • 13.56 MHz system uses standard ISO 15693 tags for global compatibility
  • Integrated Ethernet switch which can be used to daisy-chain devices
The robust DTE controller contains a built-in web-based tool for device setup, diagnosis and monitoring. Setting up the device can be done conveniently from the user’s desk, without connection to a field bus system, for example, and thus allows the system to be tested prior to installation. No external software is necessary for configuring.
CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce two new product lines designed specifically for harsh environments. The new ICS Inductive Proximity Sensors meet or exceed IP69K, ECOLAB, and FDA standards. The new CONB Series Cordsets meet or exceed IP69K and ECOLAB standards. Both the ICS Sensors and the CONB Cordsets are perfect for environments where high pressure sprays, high temperatures, or harsh chemicals are present.

The ICS Series sensors are the ideal solution for harsh environments such as those found in the Food and Beverage, Mobile Equipment, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Renewable Energy and Agricultural industries. Key features and benefits include:
  •     IP69K ensures the sensor and cordset will withstand high pressure and high temperature cleaning processes
  •     ECOLAB certification ensures resistance to many harsh acids, alkalines, aggressive chemicals, cleaning agents and disinfectants
  •     FDA compliance assures that ICS Series sensors are made of materials approved for use in the food industry
  •     Wide operating range of -40°C to +80°C ( -40°F to +176°F) easily accommodates both hot and cold temperature extremes
  •     Will work reliably for up to 15 minutes in boiling water (100°C / 212°F) - thus accommodating cleaning process requirements
  •     True microprocessor-based technology allows final calibration after the assembly, enabling greater temperature stability, reliability, and repeatability
  •     The ability to re-program the microprocessor opens up opportunities to customize the sensor to specific OEM requests, such as special output types, switching frequencies, and timing functions
  •     Clearly visible diagnostic LEDs are easily viewed from any direction, and provide sensor status, set-up assistance, as well as short circuit or overload indication
  •     With up to 2,000 Hz operating frequency, the new ICS Series is one of the fastest inductive proximity sensors available on the market, making it the perfect choice for high speed counting and rotational speed monitoring
  •     Permanently legible, laser-engraved part number, cULus / CE marks, and serial number are readily visible on the sensor housing
  •     All sensors are cULus listed and CE marked
ICS Series inductive proximity sensors are available in a variety of configurations, including:
  •     Three-wire DC wiring configuration
  •     Available in M12, M18, and M30 housings
  •     All housings are 316L stainless steel
  •     Single (2-15mm) or double (4-22mm) sensing distance
  •     Flush or non-flush mounting
  •     Long barrel housings (short barrel also available for M30 housings)
  •     Normally open or normally closed outputs
  •     200mA PNP or NPN transistor output
By pairing the ICS Series or any IP69K rated sensors with the new CONB Series cordsets, a complete solution is available for the Food and Beverage industry, or any harsh environment application.

Key features and benefits include:
  •     All CONB Series cordsets are IP69K rated, and ECOLAB and UL certified
  •     Wide operating range from -40°C to 105°C ( -40°F to 221°F), one of the highest temperature ratings in the market
  •     Orange Thermoplastic elastomer cable for clear visibility of dirt accumulation
  •     Stainless Steel locking nut to resist corrosion
The CONB Series cordsets are the perfect complement to any IP69K rated sensor, including inductive, photoelectric, and capacitive sensors offered from Carlo Gavazzi. Available configurations include:
  •     Cable length of 2 meters or 5 meters
  •     Straight or 90° angle connector
  •     Non-illuminated or LED versions

Multi-Site Energy Data Loggers with Embedded Web Servers

CARLO GAVAZZI has launched a new line of modular monitoring systems for energy management. VMU-C EM is a data logger system for small to medium projects, VMUC-Y EM is a hardware data aggregator for medium to larger projects and Em2 Server is a software solution for large projects. They are designed to complement the extensive line of Carlo Gavazzi energy maters and current transformers.

The VMU-C EM is a combination of hardware modules, whose primary function is to collect data from a network of energy meters and environmental sensors and then make this data available to end users utilizing industry standard methods, such as integrated web server, FTP, HTTP and Modbus/TCP data transfers. In addition to data management, the VMU-C EM platform can provide a relay output, SMS or email alarms and scalable pulse rate inputs. The VMU-C EM can function as a standalone data logging solution for applications with up to 32 meters or as a data gateway for larger installations.

The VMU-Y EM is a data aggregator that is built upon the VMU-C EM hardware platform, with a primary function of aggregating data from a network of VMU-C EM data loggers in applications where support for more than 32 energy meters is required. The VMU-Y EM relies on VMU-C EM data loggers to collect the data from energy meters and environmental sensors, but it is also responsible for the management of collected data and web server function. Up to 10 VMU-C EM / 320 meters can be managed by single VMU-Y EM.

The Em2 Server is a software solution provided as a Virtual Machine software appliance to be hosted either in a customer’s facility or remote server. Similar to the VMU-Y EM, the Em2 Server relies on the VMU-C EM for communication with energy meters. It aggregates data in large applications with up to 100 VMU-C EM loggers / 3,200 energy meters and provides web server function.

UA18xSD Series Compact Ultrasonic Sensors

CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce a new range of compact ultrasonic sensors, available in M18 housings constructed of thermoplastic (UA18CSD Series) and stainless steel (UA18ESD Series). Despite their compact 53 to 61mm overall housing length, these new sensors provide long sensing distances up to 800mm.

They provide an excellent cost/performance ratio for OEMs in a variety of markets, including Wood, Material Handling, Food & Beverage, HVAC, Packaging, Plastic & Rubber, Agriculture, Glass & Ceramics and Automotive.

Both digital output and analog output versions are available. Digital NPN or PNP versions can be either NO or NC, and support two different set-points, providing a detection “window.” The analog output versions include 4-20mA or 0-10VDC, with positive or negative slope. A simple “teach-by-wire” function provides an easy means to set up the sensor parameters. Standard connection options include either a two meter PVC cable or M12 connector.

All UA18CSD and UA18ESD sensors are IP67 rated, have cULus UL508 approval, and can be operated with 10 to 30VDC. The UA18CSD and UA18ESD compact sensors are a perfect complement to Carlo Gavazzi’s broad line of ultrasonic sensors in M12, M18, and M30 housings, with sensing distances up to 6 meters.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lenze's New i500 Inverter Series

Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announced today the launch of its new line of fully scalable i500 frequency inverters.

The functions and power of the new range of i500 frequency inverters can be tailored to virtually any machine application and industrial environment. Compliant with efficiency class IE2, Lenze i500 inverters feature a slim design and peak energy efficiency in the 0.33 to 60 Hp (0.25 to 45 kW) power range.

"Lenze set out to bundle cutting edge control technologies into a customizable IE2-compliant package for machine builders," according to Darrow Hanesian, director of product management, Lenze. "All of the i500 components are stringently designed for optimal energy efficiency, which boosts the value for machine builders by increasing power density while allowing for a smaller design."

The compact, modular Lenze i500 frequency inverter features a lower housing depth along with a sophisticated cooling system to reduce heat losses and allow side-by-side installation with minimal wiring in a smaller control cabinet. Inverters for control cabinet installation feature IP20 and IP31-rated protection.

Delivering functional scalability and integrated safety, the Lenze i500 power section is structurally separate from the control unit, and contains different forms of field bus communication, including Ethernet, multiple I/O interfaces, and plug options for a keypad, a USB interface or a wireless LAN module. These interfaces provide users with greater flexibility and ease of commissioning, parameter setting, maintenance and diagnostics. The wireless LAN module can communicate with a PC or via a smart phone keypad application.

"Experience shows that each customer's application is unique. Our new Lenze i500 frequency inverters are structured and built to give machine builders the ultimate in energy savings, integration and design flexibility to specify precisely the features they need," adds Hanesian.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Red Lion Expands Sixnet® Series RAM® Industrial Routers to Integrate Industrial Automation and Networking

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the addition of the compact all-in-one RAM® 6021 to its Sixnet® series RAM 6000 industrial routers. RAM 6021 routers offer industrial and manufacturing site operators a secure, flexible way to remotely connect, monitor and control assets, saving time and reducing costs across industries that include factory automation, oil and gas, and water/wastewater applications.

Red Lion’s rugged RAM 6021 industrial routers are purpose-built for extreme conditions and deliver the security required to prevent unwanted intrusion in both the connected factory and remote locations. By facilitating communication between local and wide area networks, the RAM 6021 provides the ability to seamlessly connect, monitor and control machinery and equipment. Add in robust security features, which include a stateful firewall, network address translation (NAT) and VPN connections, and the RAM 6021 delivers a powerful all-in-one solution that seamlessly connects to existing Ethernet infrastructures, including networks with Modbus and DNP3 enabled devices.

The RAM 6021 also provides a high-performance user interface that simplifies unit configuration and management. This sleek, graphical web interface is now available across the entire portfolio of Sixnet series RAM and IndustrialPro® industrial routers.

“The connected factory is now a reality, and Red Lion’s new RAM 6021 router allows customers to benefit from using industrial automation and networking to increase productivity, control and visibility while reducing operating costs,” said Diane Davis, director of product management for Ethernet networking at Red Lion Controls. “With an easy-to-use web interface, flexible configuration options and enhanced security features that protect against intrusions, our rugged RAM routers deliver reliable communications across the factory floor and other extreme environments.”

Today’s organizations increasingly seek ways to connect, monitor and control devices to create state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. Linking industrial assets requires rugged solutions that ensure flexible, secure communications from the plant floor to remote locations around the world. RAM 6021 routers integrate industrial automation with networking to increase productivity and reduce costs by minimizing the need for onsite visits for equipment troubleshooting and maintenance.