Monday, September 29, 2014

WEG Germany has won a major contract from Outotec, the global leader in sulphuric acid plant design and delivery, for a total of 21 MV motors, including slip ring types up to 5200kW, 24 WEG transformers, six liquid rheostat starters, and project management to install and commission the package. The equipment is being installed and commissioned in the World’s largest sulphuric acid production facility, currently under construction at Ras Az Zawr, a mining and industrial city in the kingdom of Saudia Arabia.

Ras az Zawr is a purpose built industrial city/zone on the Arabian/Persian Gulf coast in a region that is one of the richest natural and mineral resources areas in the world. One of the key activities within the Ras az Zawr zone is processing of phosphates for use in fertilisers. This involves phosphate concentrate being processed in a fertiliser production facility, consisting of a phosphoric acid plant, a sulphuric acid production facility, an ammonia plant, a DAP granulation plant and co-generation and desalination plants.

Outotec was successful in winning the contact for the sulphuric acid (SA) segment of the project, the largest production facility of its type in one phase in the World. The total investment in the production facility, which includes three SA plants, is approximately $240M. When complete, the three plants will have a total production capacity of 13,500 tonnes of sulphuric acid per day.

Due to the remoteness of Ras Az Zawr, and the possibilities for issues with multiple suppliers should problems occur, Outotec insisted on single suppliers for each element of the Sulphuric Acid project.

“We didn’t have a previous track record with Outotec in Germany, but we had already done business with the company – successfully - inugh there was no specific reference to this type of plant,” commented WEG General Manager Energy Business, Andreas Schulte M Brazil and Australia, althoesum. “However, our project management single contact, allied with single supplier argument was definitely the key to our winning the bid.”

The project started in 2006, and is only today nearing completion. To-date WEG Germany has supplied 21 Medium Voltage motors: 6 x MAW710 5200kW 4p 13,8kV 60Hz, 6 xMGW450 1400kW 2ph 4,16kV 60Hz, and 9 x HGF400 620kW 6p 4,16kV 60Hz. These motors are used extensively in mining, marine and oil and gas applications; they provide the high levels of efficiency, reliability and long life demanded in the challenging conditions encountered in the Arabian Gulf.

The MGWs and HGF type motors are used in the boiler feed water and circulation pumps of the sulphuric acid plant. The higher power (5,200kW) MAW units are slip ring motors that drive the main blowers in the plant. WEG decided to use slip ring motors controlled by liquid rheostat starters for this application as the blower inertia was large and starting current was an issue. The benefit of starting the main blowers in this way is that the customer can easily control the starting current of the blowers, at the same time handling the very high torques involved.

In addition to the motors and starters, a total of 24 WEG transformers are used to supply and condition electricity to all types of equipment across the whole SA plant, including the WEG MV motors. In common with the MV motors the WEG transformers are designed for use in some of the most demanding operating conditions worldwide in hydro electric plants, desalination systems, oil and gas installations, mining, marine and many more. As evidence of this, WEG recently manufactured and supplied 200-ton transformers – the largest step-up power transformers ever made by the company - for the World’s largest hydroelectric plant, Itaipu Binacional, on the Brazil/Paraguay border.

In terms of project support, WEG was active during the project management stage at Ras Az Zawr, managing three different suppliers, and also co-ordinated with Outotec to ensure that several technical modifications required by the main contractor were actioned promptly and with the required level of customer support. Now that the project is in its start- up phase, WEG is, once again, heavily involved, its co-ordination expertise and technical support being much in demand.

“Once again in a major Global flagship project, WEG has demonstrated its ability to provide a package of key products and the project expertise to integrate them at the highest level,” said Andreas Schulte Mesum, WEG’s General Manager Energy Business. “As a result of this, and other similar successes, no one can deny our credentials as a premier global supplier of integrated supply, control and automation solutions to key commodity markets across the World.”

WEG W22 high efficiency motors are providing energy saving operation on 100 pumps and blowers – some up to 160kW - in a major new waste water treatment plant commissioned by Canal de Isabel II, a Spanish public water company. The wastewater (sewage treatment) plant is a new project designed and implemented by project engineers Grupo Sacyr y Vallehermoso, using motors supplied by WEG Spain.

The €21.5 million project to build the new EDAR Arroyo Quiñones sewage treatment facility was begun in November 2009 and is now nearing completion. The plant is ultra-modern; has a capacity of 45,705.60 m3/day, and serves 172,500 inhabitants in San Sebastian de los Reyes, a municipality in the community of Madrid.

Among the total of 100 W22 motors supplied by WEG Spain for the EDAR Arroyo Quiñones project are four 160kW machines for the blowers. These blowers were supplied by Aerzen – which add air to the biological and other processes: another three 15kW motors, also for blowers; four sludge recirculation pump motors of 15kW which were supplied by Sterling Fluid; and smaller denominations of motors for driving different processes right across the plant. The operation of these motors is mainly constant, but at different speeds, as determined by process requirements.

“We are obviously delighted that our high efficiency motors have been chosen for such a prestigious project,” said Javier de la Morena from WEG Spain. “The W22 motors have been supplied as part of OEM packages involving both pumps and blowers. They are used as standard fitment, because of their ability not only to deliver high levels of energy saving, but also reliability in what is a critical continuous process environment.”

The W22 motors deliver a highly efficient solution for addressing the 90% of total operational costs attributed to energy expenditure over the lifetime of typical motors used in pumping applications.

They deliver efficiencies above the minimum values specified in IEC 60034-30, the new harmonised IE (International Efficiency) grading standard for three-phase cage induction motors. A key factor in this improvement in energy use is the W22’s new and aerodynamic frame, which increases airflow and reduces operational temperatures.

“Today, electric motors account for as much as 65% of industry’s energy usage,” said Javier de la Morena. “Yet a huge amount of this energy is wasted, as organisations use solutions that are poorly designed, or inappropriate for their applications. By reducing this wastage with high efficiency motors such as the W22 line, companies not only meet their environment responsibilities, but also cut their costs and improve their profitability.”

As well as delivering high efficiency and reliable operation, the W22 motors are robust and built to last – highly important factors in the demanding conditions of sewage treatment plants. The motor housings, endshields, terminal boxes and fan covers are produced in WEG’s own foundries using high quality cast iron, ensuring maximum durability and high performance in aggressive environmental conditions. The fan cover is a new design that provides greater resistance against impacts, while the endshields have been designed to improve bearing heat dissipation.

Summing up, Javier de la Morena said that: “This one of the latest in a long line of major projects where OEM pump suppliers, have specified WEG W22 motors. Today, the same motors are used in some of the most prestigious pumping projects in the world: desalination plants, hydro electric facilities, irrigation systems, water and waste treatment plants, cavity pumping applications, oil extraction and major testing facilities - to name but a few.”

WEG is an ISO 14001 certified manufacturer, and has a truly global presence with representatives on every continent, in over 60 countries; and a network of 1100 service centres worldwide.

WEG Electric introduces its new CFW100 Mini Drive with advanced technology features in a small package. The CFW100 is a single-phase variable speed drive designed with OEM’s and end users in mind. It is the smallest VFD with HMI on the market and is designed to handle 150% overload for 60 seconds at 50°C ambient temperature rating.

The WEG CFW100 Mini Drive has power ranges of 1/4HP, 1/3HP, 3/4HP and 1HP at 230 VAC with single-phase in and 1.5A, 2.6A and 4.2A three-phase output current. Its simplicity and flexibility are unsurpassed with design features such as built-in HMI, DIN rail mounting, detachable fan for easy maintenance and plug-in modules for communication and I/O options. All this in a size no larger than a typical panel contactor.

Programing is easy with the built in keypad that monitors two different parameters at the same time along with operation status, alarms and faults. A remote keypad CFW100-HMIR connected through a USB cable or remote serial connection for longer distances is also available. The CFW100 works with WEG’s Superdrive G2 programing control software, available free from WEG website.

A full complement of plug-in communication and I/O modules are available to meet most machine designer’s application requirements. A flash memory module is available to upload and transfer the drive parameters and PLC program to other CFW100 drives. Powered by internal batteries, the flash memory module has the capacity for over 5000 operations and can be used without applying power to the VFD. The module saves drive parameters and the PLC code directly from the Soft PLC feature. The CFW100 can interface using a USB connection, Bluetooth® or infrared wireless.

The built-in PLC enables the VFD to do much more than just turn a motor. Programing flexibility combined with network and I/O options make the CFW100 the most powerful drive of its size available. This built-in PLC often eliminates the need for an external PLC which reduces cost and optimizes space.
For a small compact package, the CFW100 is extremely robust allowing it to accept an overload of 150% for one minute, every 6 minutes in a 50°C ambient. This capability eliminates the need for the machine designer to oversize the VFD.

Along with all these features you also receive WEG quality advantages. Each CFW100 is tested under load at the factory, has protection against ground fault, short circuit and over temperature and all are manufactured with conformal coated circuit boards classified as 3C2 per IEC specification 60721-3-3.

For applications where the elements are a factor the W40 can be specified with WPI or WPII levels of environmental protection depending on the frame size.

WEG Electric is releasing its newest line of open three phase induction motors, available with standard frame sizes from NEMA 254T to L6808/09. Key features of these newly designed motors are their competitive cost, highly efficient cooling and lightweight and compact construction. In most applications a least one frame size smaller can be specified over a TEFC motor. In addition, for applications where the elements are a factor the W40 can be specified with WPI or WPII levels of environmental protection depending on the frame size.

This new motor design can be used in compressors, blowers, oil well and fire pumps and industrial refrigeration applications. All models meet or exceed NEMA standards as well international efficiency requirements.

The W40 motor line comes with standard features such as a rated output of 60Hz at 15 to 2,250 HP, either 2 or 4 pole models in NEMA frame sizes from 254T – L6808/09. Input voltage can be from 208 to 4,160V available with ODP (IP23) protection for frames 256T to L5810 and WPI (IP24) protection for frame L6808/09. As an option, models are also available with 5,000 – 6,000V, 6 or 8 pole, and WPI and WPII protection for frame sizes 5010 and up.

The ODP version of this new motor is an effective option for applications which do not need a high level of protection from the elements. Due to its open enclosure and new motor design it can achieve higher output levels when compared with TEFC motors. The result is a cost effective solution for driven equipment.

Also, new IEC 365, 400 and 450K/J as well as L5010 and L6808/09 frame sizes are available in the W40 motor line with both 50 and 60 Hz versions available with ratings from 600 – 2,250 HP. This represents a significant increase in output power with lower noise levels, improved mechanical stiffness and excellent heat dissipation. This new design enables WEG to now offer the W40 in both medium and high voltage versions, up to 6.6kV.

W40 motors come standard with ball bearings, grease nipples, Class F insulation and are suitable for inverter operation up to 460V. Optional features include, roller bearings (sleeve bearings above L5810), space heaters, an accessories terminal box, thermal protections, Class H insulation and are suitable for inverter operation above 575V. To further enhance its cool running and maintenance free operation, lubrication options are available such as an automatic lubrication system and external AEGIS SGR Ring.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LED lights are more energy efficient with longer life expectancy than Fluorescent. SCE's LED Light Fixture can be mounted to light channels in the top of an enclosure or on the front flange of most enclosures. The fixtures have a door activated adjustable switch, which can be removed and relocated. There is a terminal block on each end of the fixture, making it easy to wire and daisy chain multiple lights continuously. LED bulb with PVC frosted white protective light diffuser included. The housing is made from steel and powder coated white.

LED light fixture is designed to provide interior lighting for an enclosure. Can be mounted to light channels in the top of an enclosure or on the front flange of most enclosures. Door activated adjustable switch, switch can be removed and relocated. Terminal block on each end of fixture, making it easy to wire and daisy chain multiple lights continuously. LED bulb with PVC frosted white protective light diffuser included. Housing made from steel and powder coated white. Units with convenience receptacle outlet are 120 VAC with ground 50/60 HZ. Without convenience receptacle outlet 100 to 277 VAC 50/60 HZ.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Marathon Special Products is proud to announce an addition to our Power Terminal Block product line. This addition will fill a void in the market for UL approved terminal blocks to distribute power at high amperage and voltage levels in a smaller footprint.

The Mini Bulk Fastening Power Block (mini BFPB) is available in multiple configurations to suit individual requirements. This product is ideal for power distribution options when terminating flexible stranded wire with crimp lugs or flexible bus bar. It accommodates din rail spacing, is available in 750 and 1500 amp models, and the modular construction allows for assembly of one or more terminal positions.

The Mini BFPB is suited for use across multiple industries including industrial controls, commercial HVAC, solar and oil & gas. This product offers SCCR 25kA rating with no over current protection device. Hinged covers are also available for added safety.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Toshiba International Corporation announces the latest addition to the V200 Series of Micro Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) with the launch of the V200 Micro PLC CPU with Ethernet Port. The Ethernet Port provides client and server networking solutions while preserving the exceptional size and affordability of the V200 Series.

The new V200 Micro PLC CPU (pictured right) features one Modbus TCP/IP Ethernet port, two serial com ports for peripheral connections and one USB port for programming. As a server, the module can be programmed simply as intelligent I/O to a high level controller – only performing network control in the event of a network interruption. Client features of the port include master controller capability for small independent Ethernet networks. The V200 Series also includes native protocol for Toshiba’s Adjustable Speed Drives.

The V200 Series is used for machine-control, process skid-control and in any island of automation. The controllers also are UL rated for Class 1 Div. 2 hazardous locations. The advanced communications and instruction capabilities allow the V200 Series to be an ideal replacement for larger and more expensive programmable controllers.

The V200 Series features small-type micro controllers suitable for both simple relay replacement and complex control applications. The instruction set ranges from simple ladder logic to double length math, for-next loops, logic operations, comparisons and other advanced program control operations.

Toshiba International Corporation (TIC), one of Toshiba Corporation’s fastest growing businesses in North America, today introduced the latest addition to its Operator Interface Station (OIS) lineup. The new OIS42 multicolor backlit 3” touch screen is ideal for compact installations where cost is a primary consideration.

Red, green, blue, or any combination of the three display colors is possible, and screen colors can be determined by the status of the connected devices. The OIS42 PLUS features an RS485 port compatible with industrial devices. Built-in protocols allow for simple connection to Toshiba industrial products, including Toshiba’s adjustable speed drive (ASD) protocol.

The new OIS42 PLUS also features a built-in ladder logic editor which shares a tag database with the screens for creating interlocks and permissives. Language selection capability is also available for description of cryptic trip and alarm codes from ASDs and other industrial devices. Attached I/O includes 8 DI, 8 DO, 2 AI, and 1 AO. Options include four configurable 100 kHz HS inputs and two configurable 100 kHz HS outputs.

Toshiba OIS products are renowned for reliability and versatility. The range of Toshiba OIS options are easily integrated into most common systems, while offering intuitive display options navigated by keypad or touch screen. Operators depend on Toshiba OIS products to monitor current system conditions via text- or graphics-based displays and initiate changes as necessary.

The latest model of Toshiba’s G9000 Series of uninterruptible power systems (UPS), the 1,000 kVA G9000, has received the ENERGY STARTM qualification backed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The complete G9000 Series product line, from 100 kVA to 1,000 kVA, now exceeds the required 94% efficiency rating defined by the specification framework.

ENERGY STAR is a federal initiative created by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers to identify quality products that meet strict energy-saving guidelines, as well as to protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. The entire G9000 Series product line was recognized as meeting the stringent standards set by the EPA for ENERGY STAR compliance.

The Toshiba G9000 UPS is purpose-built from the ground up to allow for flexible, custom installations for data centers, co-locations, call centers, and financial institutions. Using Toshiba IGBT technology in the
rectifier/converter, DC/DC chopper, and inverter sections, G9000’s double-conversion topology provides an AC/DC/AC efficiency of up to 97% at loads from 50% to 100%. Even at 20% loading, the efficiency remains greater than 95%. This industry-leading performance makes the G9000 the perfect solution for redundant parallel systems where loads are typically 25 to 40%. This energy-efficient design of the G9000 significantly lowers operational expenses to operate a UPS, in comparison to traditional requirements. The efficiency testing involved rating the 1000 kVA G9000 Series not only by its maximum achievable efficiency, but by a weighted average of its efficiency across its entire load range.

“The Toshiba G9000 UPS has become the industry benchmark for efficiency and reliability among data center uninterruptible power systems,” said Erik Monisera, G9000 Series product manager. “We were certain that the 1000 kVA unit would satisfy Energy Star’s stringent efficiency requirements given the proven performance of the existing models, which it in fact exceeded by 1.9% over the required 94%.”

The all-IGBT design of the G9000 Series also eliminates the need for a front-end harmonic filter and produces less than 3% input current total harmonic distortion. The exceptional dynamic response of its inverter eliminates the need for an output transformer, improving efficiency and reducing weight, noise, and total footprint. They feature an input power factor greater than 0.99, a wide input voltage range of 15% to -20%, and an output power factor rated at .9 (100-225 kVA) or unity (300-1000 kVA). The G9000 supports 100% unbalanced loads and 100% step-load changes without battery discharge, and is equipped to support monitoring adapters utilizing SNMP, MODBUS, and other protocols. These large capacity units also come with Toshiba's industry-leading three-year onsite warranty.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RK46C-VarOS variable object sensor scores with two adjustable sensitivity levels levels and automatic sensitivity readjustment.

The RK46C-VarOS object sensor is a retro-reflective photoelectric sensor which, unlike normal sensors that detect selectively, detects objects over a 50 mm band area. In packaging systems and intralogistics, the object sensor detects objects in the light-band with various sizes and shapes as well as surfaces with openings. In the past, multiple sensors and considerable work was necessary for this purpose.

Adjustable sensitivity levels and automatic sensitivity readjustment (ALC) support high system availability in the event of soiling and changing environmental conditions – even stretch-wrapped or shrink-wrapped objects are reliably detected. The special lens enables reliable detection over the entire light-band width in two adjustable sensitivity levels (8 and 12 mm). Common parts from standard sensor technology and compatibility with established mounting systems considerably simplify mounting of the variable object sensor and bring a noticeable price advantage.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The high operating distances and cost-effective price, makes the S3Z series in the miniature format with dimensions and standard fixing affirmed in the market, in particular in Far-East.

Different models are available: 15 through beam, 4 m polarised retroreflex, 70 cm diffuse proximity and narrow beam for between 50 and 150 mm. Moreover, a new 5 to 25 cm background suppression model with multi-turn mechanical trimmer setting is available.

Versions with NPN or PNP output, with dark or light operating mode and with cable or M8 connection are foreseen. The plastic housing is completely overprinted, guaranteeing maximum mechanical protection also in presence of frequent washing.

The photoelectric sensors of the S2 series are enclosed in sturdy plastic housings, developed to guarantee the complete protection of the control panel and connection terminals.

The free voltage versions present a relay output, while the 10-30 Vdc versions have a double NPN and PNP output, both available with 1 or 2 m proximity, 5 m polarised retroreflex, 3 m polarised retroreflex  and 10 or 50 m through beam optic functions.

The red output LED and the green stability LED are visible through the IP66 hermetically-sealed cover, that also protects the terminal block and commands, such as the sensitivity adjustment trimmer and dark/light operating mode selector.

The versions with output timing present a trimmer to regulate the time up to 16 s. and a selector to set 5 different functions.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announced today the release of the Plug and Drive 8400 protec frequency inverter drive for decentralized applications and those requiring integrated positioning.

"For decentralized applications that require precision positioning, the 8400 protec frequency inverter is in the right place—mounted on the line or wall adjacent—ready to start, on the spot,” says Darrow Hanesian, Global Director of Inverter Products, Lenze Americas.

The Lenze 8400 protec inverter ships ready to install with innovative Plug and Drive Technology, in addition to standard mains, motor, brake and communications connectors. All terminals of the 8400 protec, ranging from the shielded motor cable to the power supply and the fieldbus link, and including the terminal for the sensors, are equipped with standardized connectors to reduce installation time and increase plant availability and productivity. Standard communication is via PROFIBUS and PROFINET with CANopen as an option.

An optional brake resistor can be integrated or externally connected. The motor connector includes a motor temperature sensor. For mains, optional energy bus (daisy chain) or 24V internal connections are available. The Safe Torque OFF (STO) option offers drive-based safety to protect the drive and user by disabling the drive and disconnecting the power supply to the motor so the drive cannot generate torque.

The 8400 protec features straightforward diagnostics with an easy-to-read LED display, plus 18 individual LEDs indicating status, communications, safety and I/O functions. It’s equipped with L-force Engineer configuration software which enables easy commissioning and optimal control. The replaceable memory module stores all parameters for fast replacement with minimal downtime.

Adds Hanesian, “With its tough IP66 enclosure, the 8400 protec is equally at home in material handling operations on a rotary indexing table, a conveyor, or lifting apparatus. The rugged and compact package mounts directly at the point of application for space savings and quick commissioning.”

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has launched the new 8400 HighLine Inverter Drives, part of the Lenze L-force 8400 portfolio. Designed for positioning applications, the HighLine model features integrated point-to-point positioning for up to 15 position destinations, and stores the corresponding travel profiles directly in the inverter.

“Positioning in motor drive systems used to require a separate motion controller. Most applications don’t require a higher cost servo drive. Dynamic speed, torque and precision motion control can be achieved with a powerful inverter in combination with an asynchronous motor,” states Darrow Hanesian, director of inverter products, Lenze Americas. “Our streamlined HighLine delivers all the cost savings and benefits of combining two drive elements—the motion controller and the frequency inverter — into one.”

The HighLine inverters’ integrated components translate to installation ease, with less cabling and a smaller panel size. Built-in advanced functionality includes linear and S-shaped travel profiles, a touch probe function, and homing selectable from 14 modes. The brake management system reduces wear on service brakes. A 2.5A digital output with integrated spark suppressor directly controls a 24V service brake. Standard features include an integrated brake chopper, switching logic for spring-applied brakes, a plug-in memory module, and CANopen communications on board with baud rate up to 1000kbit/s. Optional plug-in network communication modules are available for PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, PROFINET fieldbuses. HighLine can be supplied with a Safe Torque Off (STO) module that complies with IEC 61508, EN/IEC 62061, and SIL3.

Available in power ranges 0.25-15kW, HighLine delivers up to 200 percent rated torque. Performance pushes into levels that would previously have required servo technology, with HighLine positioning accuracies of 0.1-0.2mm at 60 operations (120 movements) per second. Lenze L-force Engineer configuration software offers users an intuitive, graphic interface that facilitates drive parameter setting and configuration. The High-Level Engineer version contains key functions for large scale projects, including establishing network, interconnecting communication and a function block editor.

Lenze’s 8400 HighLine inverter drives excel at controlled movement tasks at a considerably lower price point than servo technology. Industrial and manufacturing positioning applications might include cut-to-length machinery, rotary indexing tables, palletizers, extruders, hoists, filling systems, conveyors, turntables, gates and dosing pumps, and other motion control tasks. The L-force 8400 is a new range of inverter drives from Lenze. Four models with increasing functionality, the BaseLine, StateLine, HighLine and TopLine, optimize customer sizing, design flexibility, and cost savings. The Lenze 8400 Inverter Drives offer a fully compatible and consistently scaled range of modular drive solutions.

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, recently launched the Lenze 8400 Inverter Series. The 8400 series features L-Force automation technology for tailored motion control solutions that deliver stable and high dynamic performance in a range of material handling and logistics applications.

“The 8400 product family runs the gamut from basic inverter to ‘servo’ inverter. From simple continuous motion applications, like driving a conveyor, to controlling complex synchronized pick-and-place applications, there is an 8400 inverter right-sized for the job,” said Darrow Hanesian, director of inverter products, Lenze Americas. “Matched with high efficiency Lenze motors, gearboxes and brakes, the 8400 series steers the whole drive package.”

Most mechanical processes have variable power requirements that depend on external parameters, such as the production volume. A frequency inverter matches the speed and torque with the process requirements. In addition to L-Force control and software, the 8400 series inverters incorporate intelligent features, including memory modules, online diagnostics and optional integrated safety systems.

The Lenze 8400 BaseLine, StateLine, HighLine and TopLine versions are a scaled series of frequency inverters to exactly match the requirements of a given application. The 8400 motec and protec inverters offer decentralized drive technology. Identical installation, parameterization, and user operation across the 8400 series enable ease of installation and operation of a single production line or full factory automation. The 8400 inverters are designed to optimize automated industrial processes, such as winding, packaging, positioning, extruding, and filling.

“Efficiency is a major cost factor in inverter drive systems, especially in demanding applications with protracted running times, acceleration and lifting operations. The robust 8400 inverters bring maximum productivity together with the highest order picking quality and reliability,” added Hanesian.

Lenze-AC Tech announces the release of the Potentiometer Option for SMVector NEMA 4X Inverter models.

According to company sources, the Potentiometer option is built right into the terminal cover, providing direct front panel access. Steve Dextraze, Inverter Product Manager at Lenze-AC Tech, calls it robust and easy to maneuver and states that the potentiometer knob takes the place of the up/down buttons on the drive keypad, giving the operator manual speed control over a 0-10V analog output.

“The potentiometer option is great for use in hands-on applications where speed must be ramped up/down, such as conveyer applications or food/beverage process applications.” says Dextraze, adding, “In single use installations the potentiometer provides just the right amount of control without the user having to use the keypad.”

Dextraze explains that the SMVector inverter drive provides all the features required by demanding applications, including four modes of operation – V/Hz, Enhanced V/Hz, Vector Speed, and Torque – plus high starting torque, auto-tuning, advanced low-speed control and dynamic speed regulation. “ Dextraze further comments that the SMVector is designed to be truly a global product, with an input voltage ranging from 120VAC 1-phase to 600 VAC, 3-phase, plus the Electronic Programming Module or EPM, a removable chip that is the drive’s memory and allows a customer to program multiple drives in just seconds; the SMVector NEMA 4X also offers an integral disconnect option for quick and easy motor maintenance.


Lenze-AC Tech announces the release of Additional I/O Modules for SMVector NEMA 1 and NEMA 4X Inverters.

Available for the NEMA 1 and 4X SMVector models, the Additional I/O Modules are available in two configurations (ESVZAL0, ESVZAL1). The modules supplement the standard I/O functions by providing 1 programmable form C relay output (ESVZAL0) or 1 programmable form C relay output and 2 programmable digital inputs (ESVZAL1).

The I/O module does not add to the overall size of the SMVector inverter as it fits right into the SMVector inverter terminal cover allowing for easy field installation. SMVector inverters that are fitted with an additional I/O module option will no longer have the capability of accommodating an optional communication module. “The additional I/O module is great for applications requiring a relay and/or more digital inputs.” says Steve Dextraze, Inverter Product Manager at Lenze-AC Tech. “The two extra digital inputs are just that – supplementary – and allow the drive to be configured for several application specific tasks such as multiple preset speeds, electronic braking and motor jogging.”

The SMVector inverter drive provides all the features required by demanding applications, including four modes of operation – V/Hz, Enhanced V/Hz, Vector Speed, and Torque – plus high starting torque, auto-tuning, advanced low-speed control and dynamic speed regulation. The SMVector is designed to be truly a global product, with an input voltage ranging from 120VAC 1-phase to 600 VAC, 3-phase, plus the Electronic Programming Module or EPM, a removable chip that is the drive’s memory and allows a customer to program multiple drives in just seconds.

Lenze-AC Tech announces the release of EtherNet/IP as an optional communication protocol for the SMVector Drive available in NEMA 1, NEMA 4X and with Integral Disconnect.

According to Mike Bailey, Product Sales Manager at Lenze-AC Tech, the SMVector AC Drive can seamlessly operate on an EtherNet/IP network with the addition of a simple plug-in communication module. “Other network protocols are also available as option modules including CANopen, DeviceNet, Profibus and Modbus RS-485,” states Bailey.

EtherNet/IP is a member of the DeviceNet and ControlNet family of Common Industrial Protocols (CIP) developed by Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation – ROK). As a member of the CIP family, EtherNet/IP can utilize the same set of pre-defined common objects, thus making communication between devices from different manufacturers much easier.

“We first added EtherNet/IP to our PositionServo Drive and since then, our customers have been looking for EtherNet/IP for their AC Drive Solutions,” says Bailey, and he adds, “Allen-Bradley remains the largest implementer of EtherNet/IP, with most applications in the packaging and automotive markets; providing EtherNet/IP compatibility along side other multiple communication options for all of our products allows our customers to choose the fieldbus that best fits their automation application as well as their physical network.” Bailey explains that EtherNet/IP is a popular industrial network solution because it can support a nearly unlimited amount of nodes, can be used on a single point connection for configuration and control and permits devices to send and receive messages simultaneously.

Lenze-AC Tech announces the release of the EtherNet/IP as a standard communication protocol for the PositionServo drive in addition to the Modbus TCP/IP protocol.

The EtherNet port on the front of the PositionServo drive can seamlessly operate on either a Modbus TCP/IP or an EtherNet/IP network. Other network protocols are available as option modules including CANopen, DeviceNet, Profibus and RS-485.

EtherNet/IP (the IP stands for Industrial Protocol) is a member of the DeviceNet and ControlNet family of Common Industrial Protocols (CIP) developed by Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation – ROK). As a member of the CIP family, EtherNet/IP can utilize the same set of pre-defined common objects, thus making communication between devices from different manufacturers much easier.

Allen-Bradley remains the largest implementer of EtherNet/IP, with most applications in the packaging and automotive markets. “Adding EtherNet/IP protocol to the PositionServo is a direct result of our strong customer focus, and is based on customer feedback.” says Mike Bailey, PositionServo Product Manager at Lenze-AC Tech, and he adds, “Providing EtherNet/IP compatibility along side other multiple communication options for our products allows our customers to choose the fieldbus that best fits their automation application as well as their physical network.” Bailey explains that EtherNet/IP is a popular industrial network solution because it can support a nearly unlimited amount of nodes, can be used on a single point connection for configuration and control and permits devices to send and receive messages simultaneously.

Lenze-AC Tech announces the release of the SMVector Frequency Inverter with a highly visible Internal Disconnect switch. Available on NEMA 4X (IP65) enclosed drives; the switch removes power to facilitate service and maintenance. According to Lenze-AC Tech officials, use of the Internal Disconnect Switch in decentralized “point of use” operations including conveyors, fans, pumps, material handling, stackers and sorters will result in reduced downtime, with operations getting back on-line faster.

Mentioning how local electrical codes in many parts of North America require a means of power disconnection at the motor, Lenze-AC Tech VFD Product Manager Steven Dextraze states, “The minimal footprint of the SMVector with Internal Disconnect helps electricians, installers and OEMs meet those codes with one piece of equipment.” According to Dextraze, besides saving valuable real estate on the production line, the Internal Disconnect reduces equipment cost by eliminating the need for a separate external disconnect switch mounted in its own enclosure, and of additional wiring between the external disconnect and the SMVector drive.

“Drives purchased in NEMA 4X rugged enclosures are usually decentralized, installed close to the motor,” explains Steven Dextraze, and he continues, “now the user has the means of disconnecting motor power right there —no more searching for the circuit breaker panel located in a remote maintenance closet”. According to Dextraze the Internal Disconnect switch is lockable in the off position, allowing maintenance personnel to service the motor while it is still connected to the SMVector drive.

Describing the Internal Disconnect Switch as conforming to European electrical conventions, Dextraze states that this latest addition enhances the SMVector drive’s already vigilant system protection consisting of voltage monitoring, current monitoring, follower loss management and over-temperature protection.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has introduced to the market the MH Series of high efficiency motors rated at 80 to 92 percent efficiency. The new Lenze IE2 L-force three-phase asynchronous (AC) motors meet or exceed global regulations aimed at reducing energy consumption, while improving overall drive system performance.

“Energy consumption in drive systems is a major cost factor, especially in material handling applications with long running times, acceleration and lifting operations,” states Wayne Lazzerini, Mechanical Product Manager at Lenze Americas. “The MH series of motors, especially when combined with the right transmission, allow users to improve efficiency and significantly reduce energy usage—gaining efficiencies and increasing savings for Lenze customers.”

The IEC 60034-30 standard, Rotating electrical machines – Part 30: Efficiency classes of single-speed, three-phase cage induction motors, specifies the international efficiency (IE) codes for induction motors. In an effort to harmonize global efficiency levels, changes have been made to IE values to ensure consistency with international values. Beginning June 2011, the EuP (European Parliament) has mandated that electric motors in continuous operation with a power of 0.75 to 375 kW must be in efficiency Class IE2 or higher. For example, in round figures, the minimum efficiency for a 7.5kW motor is 85% at IE1 and 88% at IE2.

“Lenze high efficiency MH asynchronous motors operate within energy efficiency Classes IE1 and now IE2 for future compliance. Supplied in power ranges up to 45kW, customers can count on right sizing, not oversizing, by selecting precisely the functional range desired for the application from this new range of well-designed L-force three-phase motors,” adds Lazzerini.

Lenze Americas (MODEX - Booth #4105), a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, introduces the Servo Inverter i700. Designed for multi-axis applications, the i700 simplifies machine design, build and commissioning. Well-suited for material handling systems, the new drive system features an easy assembly concept and is notably compact and flexible. Extremely short cycle times, 32-bit signal resolution and an overload capacity of more than 200 percent make the new i700 equally suited for simple positioning tasks and highly dynamic, precise, multi-axis applications in handling and packaging machines or robot applications.

“Together with the Controller 3200 C, the Servo Inverter i700 constitutes the heart of the Lenze controller-based automation system for machines with central motion control,” states Joel Thomas, Business Development Sales Engineer, Lenze Americas. “The reduced space requirement, lower number of components, and simple ease of assembly help deliver customers a significant boost in productivity.”

The Servo Inverter i700 single-axis and double-axis modules offer a power range from 0.37 to 15 kW, along with appropriate power supply modules. Plug connectors enable easy wiring. Under normal operating conditions the power supply modules do not require filtering or DC fusing, and have a built-in dynamic brake chopper. Intermediate electrical connections between the i700 drives are cable-free, using an innovative rail system, and are easily installed by setting connector arms.

Lenze offers a variety of i700 cooling technologies, including cold plate, push-through technology, and panel mounted units. Supporting the full spectrum of motor technologies, from standard 3-phase motors to synchronous servomotors, the i700 uses a single interface for simple engineering. The dynamic motor control is suitable for a wide range of applications.

Intuitive software tools and a central engineering interface, make it simple to integrate the i700 into automation architectures through EtherCAT. Automatic download of parameters and firmware, along with auto-tuning functions, ensure fast commissioning. Additionally, the i700 features integrated safety functionality to simplify the machine design. "Safe Torque Off (STO)" is provided as a standard feature. In order to implement extended safety networks, Lenze offers variants, for example, SS1, SS2, SOS, SLS, SDI or SLI, which achieve the highest safety level (SIL 3, PL e) over EtherCAT (FSoE).

“The i700 brings Lenze’s ‘easy generation’ engineering to multi-axis applications,” adds Thomas.

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has enhanced its new, decentralized 8400 motec frequency inverter drives to enable plug-and-drive communication via real-time Ethernet networks. The addition of plug-in interfaces for PROFINET and EtherCAT make it possible to seamlessly integrate the relatively simple variable speed 8400 motec drives into existing, high-performance communications networks.

“Our extensive portfolio of integrated gearboxes, motors and motor inverters opens up a wide range of solutions for decentralized drive tasks,” states Craig Dahlquist, Product Leader Applications Engineer, Lenze Americas. “The upgraded 8400 motec drive delivers easy Ethernet communication, without any detours, which offers significant benefits over conventional bus systems.”

The 8400 motec inverter drives are power dense, energy efficient and a dynamic solution for controlling motion at the source. Suitable for applications in plants covering large areas, in particular for decentralized drive solutions in the power range between 0.37 and 3 kW, the 8400 motec inverter constitutes a robust mechatronic unit that offers optimal plant flexibility. The sophisticated design structure comprises three modules—a drive unit, communication unit and wiring unit. The compact size and IP 65 protection rating make the 8400 motec suitable for screw mounting outside the control panel directly on or near the motor—enabling quick commissioning and space savings in the control cabinet.

In comparison with conventional bus systems, which have one data bundle for each separate node, the 8400 motec inverter eliminates the need for extra hardware and an "interpreter" between various protocols. The addition of direct I/O connections to PROFINET and EtherCAT to the communication unit simplifies the process of integrating decentralized Lenze drives into the control system.

“By clarifying the plant automation architecture and streamlining hardware requirements, we are able to drive down total cost of ownership—and bring Lenze ‘easy’ engineering to more of our customers,” adds Dahlquist.

Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, has improved the functionality of its 8400 TopLine inverter drives, which now include an automatic axis bus system and special function blocks for speed and angle synchronization. The new 8400 TopLine inverter drive automatic axis bus works with the standard CAN system bus and fits seamlessly into servo applications. The 8400 TopLine inverter drive also supports SinCos absolute encoders (Hiperface®) and SinCos encoders.

“Simplicity and flexibility of configuration are clear advantages of the enhanced 8400 TopLine inverter drives. The axis bus enables easy construction of direct and cascade configurations. This optimizes the bus bandwidth through synchronization at the hardware level,” states Craig Dahlquist, senior applications engineer, Lenze Americas.

Designed for applications using electrical shafts for synchronization, two fundamental topologies can be constructed using the 8400 TopLine automatic axis bus system. In the first scenario, all drives in the network are connected to the higher-level master controller, with data being exchanged between the axes. Alternatively, an architecture in which only one axis bus master acts as the link to the controller is appropriate, when the controller only needs to supply a small amount of information to the group of axes.

The Lenze 8400 BaseLine, StateLine, HighLine and TopLine versions are a scaled series of frequency inverters to exactly match speed and torque requirements. In addition to the automatic axis bus, the 8400 Topline inverters incorporate L-Force control and software to deliver high dynamic performance and intelligent features, including memory modules, online diagnostics and optional integrated safety systems.

Available in 16 power levels ranging from 0.37 to 45kW, the 8400 TopLine can perform at up to 300 cycles per minute with 0.01mm accuracy in continuous positioning tasks, pick-and-place, storage and retrieval units, rotary and lifting modules, as well as handling systems. Featuring an energy-saving V/f characteristic control mode (VFCplusEco), the 8400 TopLine ensures optimal motor voltage and operational efficiency.

“The 8400 TopLine is an easy choice for high power efficiency and control of synchronous motors in virtually any application where high precision, dynamics and speed are required, adds Dahlquist.

Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas recently expanded its successful PC-based controller series with the recent release of the cabinet controller c300 and panel controller p300.

“Delivering uniform engineering and superior system availability, our integrated controller portfolio makes motion control automation easier,” states Craig Dahlquist, automation team leader, Lenze Americas. “Able to control an array of conveyors for better factory flow, the c300 and p300 are powerful enough to run PackML and provide data via OPC, which fills an important data gap for our packaging customers.”

Equipped to quickly and easily implement basic controller-based motion applications and sequence controls, the new cabinet controller c300 is the most compact small control system with motion functionality in its power range on the market. The c300 features I/O modules, which can be connected in series, and integrated master interfaces for EtherCAT and CanOpen.

The panel controller p300 is designed for simple to medium complexity control and visualization solutions. Based on the Lenze panel controller p500, the p300 combines a PLC and superior HMI visualization. Designed for machine applications requiring low processing power, the p300 features an energy-efficient ARM Cortex-A8-processor with 800MHz clock frequency to provide computing power. The p300 is available in screen sizes of 10.9cm (4.3"), 17.8cm (7") and 26.4cm (10.4"). Suitable for harsh environments, it is equipped with a resistive touch display and available with a customized front foil.

Standard c300 and p300 set-up and data back-up can be performed easily via USB flash drive. The robust controllers are factory-set with Ethernet and USB connections, with optional PROFIBUS and PROFINET interface connection modules available. Data and applications are stored on SD card, allowing for quick and easy device replacement. An integrated UPS with 128Kb memory protects against data loss. The maintenance-free controllers do not require a buffer battery or fan. For diagnostic purposes and easy commissioning, a web interface enables direct access to all controller parameters and a central logbook.

“From low to high power ratings, basic to complex control and visualization tasks, in control cabinet and panel versions, our c300 and p300 controllers streamline packaging machine tasks,” adds Dahlquist.

Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas recently introduced its innovative Smart Motor designed for applications ranging from material handling to packaging automation. Blending the simplicity of a conventional AC motor with electronic drive control technology, Lenze’s versatile Smart Motor was showcased at PACK EXPO in September.

“In a complex world of motors, Smart Motor keeps it simple,” states Robert Gradischnig, electro-mechanical business development manager, Lenze Americas. “The Smart Motor gives packaging customers the power and freedom they want in motion control, with freely adjustable speeds, programmable I/O and integrated functions for conveying needs. Fully programmable from a smart phone, the Smart Motor makes commissioning and diagnosis easier than ever.”

Offering a highly versatile and powerful package, the Smart Motor delivers maximum standardization—drastically reducing (by up to 70 percent) the number of different motor variations customers might otherwise need. Equipped with control intelligence in the terminal box, the Smart Motor provides design flexibility for speeds from 500 to 2,600 rpm, while maintaining constant torque. The easy-to-install motor enables mains and starter applications to be handled with greater ease than with conventional motors.

The Smart Motor complies with IES2 the top efficiency class for drive systems, while maintaining a small footprint. Among its standard functions, the Smart Motor enables speed switchovers and the ability to set individual start-stop ramps. Integrated ramps ensure smooth acceleration and deceleration to protect the system mechanics and product being handled. The Smart Motor features full motor protection, eco mode for energy savings, and digital outputs for speed selection, direction and status messages.

“Packaging tasks often need higher starting torque, followed by continuous torque. The Smart Motor has been designed and dimensioned to specifically meet this requirement,” adds Gradischnig. “By reducing the total number of different motors required for a given operation, our packaging customers can reduce the costs for engineering, documentation, procurement and spare parts—key aspects in the value-added chain.”

Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas has introduced its new g500 gearbox range, developed to transform motor speed into torque as intelligently and accurately as possible. Designed for mechatronic integration with the Lenze Smart Motor, the finely tiered series of g500 gearboxes enable efficiency of over 94 percent across the entire transmission range.

“Intelligence is all about rethinking existing solutions to suit how they are used in actual applications, and bringing them to life in a way that offers maximum benefit to mechanical engineers and plant operators,” explains Robert Gradischnig, electro-mechanical business development manager, Lenze. “The MF motor enables speed-controlled operation with frequency inverters. In tandem the g500 gearbox and Smart Motor give customers the freedom of fixed speeds to be set at will in applications.”

The new g500 gearboxes minimize losses, so the motor can generate less energy, which improves the bottom-line efficiency of the entire system. The lower level of generated heat increases the overall service life. The g500 gearboxes are designed for total integration with the Lenze Smart Motor. A single, efficient motor for many applications, the Smart Motor offers numerous integrated functions for material handling applications, including higher starting torque and freely adjustable speeds between 500 and 2,600 RPM, which reduces the required number of drive versions by up to 70 percent. The compact Smart Motor meets the highest requirements in energy efficiency and can be conveniently operated using an NFC-capable smart phone.

“The new g500 gearboxes add another dimension to this extensive speed range by enabling a huge range of possible speeds and torques to be covered with just one type of gearbox motor,” adds Gradischnig.

The helical, helical-bevel and shaft-mounted helical g500 gearboxes are now available in sizes of 45 to 600 Nm constructed in aluminum housings. In 2014, Lenze plans to release g500 gearboxes with up to 13,000 Nm ratings produced in cast iron. The g500 gearboxes can be combined with the Lenze Smart Motor, in addition to IE2 MH three-phase AC motors, the inverter-optimized MF motors, and the MCA and MCS servo motors.

With the new MLC 511 (SIL 3, PL e) and MLC 311 (SIL 1, PL c) safety light curtains, Leuze electronic responds to the specifications of AIDA with regard to the pin assignments of the sensor modules and connection cables.

In addition to the basic functions of the "Basic" MLC series, such as the LED display, automatic start/restart and operating range adjustment, the new light curtain models also feature a 4-pin, M12 plug. These sensors thereby satisfy the AIDA requirements.

AIDA is the Automation Initiative of German Automotive Manufacturers, which is supported by Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and VW. Focus of the initiative is on working with safe sensors and actuators in the IP6X environment. An important requirement of the initiative is to ensure the functionality and compatibility of sensors on the sensor and actuator modules across manufacturer borders. It requires that the pin assignments on the modules, the connection cable and, thus, the connection of the sensor represent a functional standard.

Fully metal-enclosed ultrasonic sensors with degree of protection IP 67, longer operating ranges and thus broader areas of application expand the Leuze electronic line of ultrasonic sensors.

The HTU 418B and DMU 418B switching and measuring devices, respectively, have an operating range of up to 1300 mm; the DMU 430B measuring devices have an operating range of up to 3000 mm. The series are available in cylindrical M18 as well as M30 metal housings – with much shorter design compared to the predecessor models. They can thus be easily installed in application locations with limited space using the lock nuts on the external threads. Both series were equipped with an improved teach function: two push buttons for defining two independent switching points simplify setup and increase flexibility when using the sensors.

Device types with an IO-Link interface ensure the intelligent, simple and user-friendly connection and activation of the sensors. Temperature compensation prevents measurement errors that could be caused by various environmental conditions. Four operating modes, e.g., for changing from synchronous to multiplex operation, offer high flexibility during use. The ultrasonic sensors convince through a switching behavior that is largely independent of the surface of the sound-reflecting materials. They are available with various sound lobes, i.e., with different opening angles. The narrow sound lobes in particular permit the detection of the smallest of objects or the detection through the smallest of apertures at short response times.

Leuze electronic has expanded its successful product range of protective sensor sets with models MLC-UDC and MLCSET with safety light curtains.

In the MLC-UDC sets, an MLC safety light curtain is premounted in the sturdy UDC device columns in such a manner that its height and alignment can easily be adapted to the application. This eliminates both the need to search for and combine individual components as well as the complicated setup and start-up processes. The device column includes a complete mounting kit for exact floor assembly. Special spring elements in the foot of the columns ensure automatic resetting after mechanical impacts. The protective field heights are dependent on the respective set.

On request, sets with all MLC devices are possible, be it for standard applications or for demanding applications with blanking or muting. In such cases, the MLCSET with prealigned muting sensors is used. Such sets consist of modules perfectly matched to one another (muting sensor sets), which considerably simplify the setup of muting applications. All sets are suitable for access safeguarding with hand and finger detection and conform to type 4 in accordance with IEC/EN 61496, PL e in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 and SIL 3 in accordance with IEC 61508 or IEC/EN 62061.

The LV463 fiber optic amplifier has been equipped with an IO-Link interface.

With the new interface option, now the settings can be made directly through the control, i.e. without having to manually actuate the slide switch. This pertains to the three different teach modes and settings for the range, sensitivity and time functions. The signal value, and at the same time the switching threshold, are shown on two easy-to-read displays.

The LV463 amplifier is a powerful device which, together with its KFX plastic fiber optics, is always most convincing when it is crucial to reliably detect in extremely confined spaces. All 27 KFX models are equipped with top-quality bending protection on the light exit side. This effectively prevents damage at the critical transition point.

Altogether, Leuze electronic offers a comprehensive amplifier program with numerous fiber optic cables made of glass fiber or plastic for high-precision object detection. Thanks to their diverse head shapes and very small bending radii, the highly-flexible fiber optic cables can be integrated into nearly every system design.

The LRS 36 switching light section sensor from Leuze electronic can now be conveniently taught directly on the device with a new teach function.

The three standard applications of the LRS 36 teach as area scanner, as area scanner with background suppression and as multiple track completeness monitoring device ("track scan") can now be simply taught and configured via the control panel and the clear menu navigation directly on the device display. An area scanner detects objects at any position within its detection range, e.g., on a conveyor line.

The object size to be detected can be preset in three levels (fine, medium, coarse). With the new teach function, the otherwise time-consuming commissioning and configuration via PC are no longer necessary. Nevertheless, the configuration defined by means of teaching on the device can be read in by the LRSsoft software and further processed in greater detail. Line range sensors (LRS) from Leuze electronic do not work with individual light spots; instead they project a divergent light beam using a laser line illumination. The lasers and receivers are contained together in a compact, easy-to-install unit.

With the new MSI-EM-4RO relay extension module for the MSI 200 safety controller, users can control multiple devices via potential-free output contacts.

Most modern safety sensors and active opto-electronic protective devices (AOPDs) are equipped with semiconductor outputs today. With such electronic safety-related switching outputs (OSSDs), high voltages in excess of 24 volts cannot be connected, however, and they are not suitable for controlling devices with high power consumption, e.g., contactors, locking devices, pumps and motors. In such cases, the new MSI-EM-4RO extension module with its four, one-channel or two, two-channel relay outputs helps out.

At a maximum switching voltage of 250 V AC/DC, it delivers high switching power in a rugged and compact design with housing width of 22 mm. Four, freely configurable message outputs indicate operating states of the total system. The extension modules are simply connected to the base module (MSI 200 safety controller) on the DIN rail by means of mounting rail connectors. The system satisfies the requirements for Performance Level PL e in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1 and SILCL 3 in accordance with EN IEC 62061.

MLC 500 safety light curtains are now also available as linked versions.

In cases where multiple-sided access guarding is required or point-of-operation guarding is to be combined with area protection as stepping-behind protection, the use of cascaded MLC devices reduces the cost of installation and cabling considerably.

Rigid L and U-shaped connections as well as variants with flexible cable connections can be used. The host-guest variants are type 4 devices. They provide reliable protection without dead space and with maximum system availability. Additionally, they are unusually slim (29 x 35 mm) and extremely sturdy due to the slightly set back front screens, reinforced side walls and metal end caps.

The installation of the MLC safety light curtains is very easy due to the large variety of possible mounting brackets.

Datalogic, a global leader in Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, is pleased to announce two major enhancements in the DataVS2 Vision Sensor product family: new DataVS2 Infrared (IR) models, and the DataVS2 GUI 1.5 Software Release.

DataVS2 IR models feature an embedded powerful LED illuminator with Infrared emission and an ambient light filter eliminating stray light from the surrounding environment.

The combination of the illumination and filter dramatically reduces the influence of environmental lighting influence on the DataVS2 IR.  The result is a new DataVS2 IR model with superior inspection reliability and consistency ideal for machine builders and operators.

The 1.5 Software Release introduces several important new functionalities to the award-winning DataVS2 GUI configuration software such as QR-Code reading capabilities, Chinese language support, updated sensor configuration backup and simplified program downloading (‘save all’).

With the latest hardware and software enhancements, the DataVS2 delivers the unrivalled flexibility and power to solve the most challenging vision sensor applications in industries, from automotive to food & beverage, pharmaceutical to packaging.