Mary Del Ciancio
Belden Inc.’s CSA Tray-rated VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) cable is designed for motor-to-drive connections, noise sensitive applications requiring shielded power cable and other solid-state power supplies with variable frequency needs. The company says the cable, which conforms to Canadian Standards Association requirements, decreases the effects of common mode current containment (CMC), capacitive coupling and reflected wave voltage.
Two eight-channel, configurable Digital Input/Output (DIO) Modules have joined Wago Corporation’s IP67 Speedway 767 I/O-System. Configurable channel-by-channel, the 767-5801 and 767-5802 modules (24 VDC, 0.5A) run in direct input (DI), direct output (DO) or mixed DIO modes. The modules record binary signals from sensors, proximity switches and controls actuators. Capable of channel and module diagnostics, the 8DIO modules provide parameterization of filter, inversion, substitute value strategy, manual mode and online simulation. Additionally, the modules can be configured with two one-kHz counters with event, gateway time or pulse duration modes. They can also directly switch module outputs based on counter status.
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a fibre-optic interconnect solution specifically for harsh environment applications. Utilizing a tunable size 22 fibre-optic termination system, the PHD38999 Series interconnect is qualified to the industry-standard M38999 specification, making it suitable for use in demanding defence and aerospace applications. The connector offers high density of up to 50 channels per square inch, and features removable sleeve inserts that allow direct end-face access for termination cleaning and inspection.
FCI has expanded its modular jack product line with multi-port and single-port RJ45 connectors. The modular jack is ideal for broadband switches, hubs, routers, servers and telecommunications applications. FCI compared its RJ45 with selective gold plating against traditional versions with full gold plating and found no deterioration of the connector’s durability or performance, the company said. The connectors support Category 3 wiring for the transmission of a 16-Mbps signal in networking and telecommunication equipment. They are able to withstand operating temperatures from -40 to 85 degrees C.
Siemens Canada's Industry Automation division recently launched three new product lines in the area of industrial control. Manufacturing AUTOMATION joined 120 customers, channel partners, employees and select media at the launch event to see demonstrations of the new products lines, which include the next generation of Sirius Modular System of power control products called Sirius Innovations, a new re-engineered family of tiastar Motor Control Centres, and the Sinvert PVM family of solar inverters. Watch the video to learn more.
The new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 programmable automation controllers (PACs) from Rockwell Automation bring machine builders a high-performance, right-sized integrated motion control solution for their machine applications. The 5370 series, which includes the 5370 L1, L2 and L3 controllers, features enhanced performance and motion capabilities while leveraging the common design and networking environment of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system. The CompactLogix 5370 series features the same processing speed upgrades seen in the ControlLogix 5570 series launched in 2011. The new controllers offer users more than twice the processing speeds to boost system performance and enhance access to real-time information for improved productivity, the company explains. With user memory in the CompactLogix 5370 series of PACs ranging from 384 KB to three MB, these controllers are ideal for a variety of applications, including sorting, labelling and packaging, blending, batching and filling.http://ca.rockwellautomation.com/
Carlo Gavazzi’s ISGA Series Grid-Tied PV Inverters feature a transformerless design, which does not incorporate or require a cooling fan. Cooling fans have moving components, which ultimately will fail; therefore, their exclusion in the design leads to a longer, maintenance-free product life span. The ISGA Series are available in two, three, four and five kW output sizes with a 240-VAC, 60-Hz, single-phase output, and six- to 15-kW, 120/208-VAC Wye or 240 VAC Delta, three-phase 60-Hz output. The inverter has an output efficiency up to 96.4 percent, with CEC ratings up to 95.5 percent. The inverter has an input voltage range of 150 to 450 VDC.www.GavazziOnline.com
Rexroth’s ML-18 energy-efficient, pressure-compensated, load-sensing control valves were designed to reduce power consumption on new Tier 4 applications, such as skid steers, small wheel loaders and material handlers. In applications that require up to 40 gpm (151 lpm) at 4,000 psi (276 bar), the ML-18 can reduce pressure drops by as much as 50 percent compared to its competitors, the company says. The key features that enable such savings are the monoblock design, which reduces the interface restrictions between sections; dedicated tank coring for the highest flow section; and the use of backpressure valving for forced flow regenerating. To achieve these features, Rexroth has employed computer modelling to optimize the internal flow passages of the valve, which creates optimal flow geometry, while at the same time minimizing the overall package size.
Schneider Packaging Equipment’s Tissue Tough Horizontal Case Packer, TTHCP, is designed for versatile case packing of single or multiple rolled and folded products. The TTHCP is ergonomically designed for easy access, fast changeovers and quick startups. The integrated design incorporates case-erecting, collation, loading and flap closing sealing, as well as optional KDF loading and dunnage removal, auto-adjust and other performance-enhancing features. Available in multiple layouts and configurations, each system can be fully integrated with palletizing, stretch wrapping, labelling, product and pallet transport conveyor, pallet dispensing, and slip-sheet dispensing.
The Precision Move offering is the latest advancement in timing belting and drive technology from Dorner for its 2200 and 3200 Series low-profile belt conveyors. The offering is ideal for assembly, manufacturing and packaging industries that call for extremely accurate movement of product at specific times, distances and intervals, the company says. Applications include machine integration, robotic pick-n-place, precision indexing, accurate part positioning, timed conveying, vision inspection and sheet or wide part handling. Dorner’s Precision Move package includes the timing belt, integrated servo motor and drive, controls and mounting for the gearmotor. The 3200 Series complete conveyor package has an accuracy +/- .20 inches, and the 2200 Series complete conveyor package has an accuracy +/- .40 inches. In addition, the 3200 Series offers single belt widths up to 18 inches wide, providing maximum flexibility in direct mounting of parts or allets/pucks, the company says.www.dornerconveyors.com