Friday, October 30, 2015

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 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.

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) support on the AT&T cellular network for its Sixnet® series RAM® 9000 industrial cellular RTUs. With certified AT&T 4G LTE wireless connectivity, organizations of all sizes can leverage increased data speeds for primary or backup WAN connectivity for remote industrial and manufacturing sites, video surveillance applications and rugged automation environments.

“We are pleased to announce that our new RAM 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have been certified for use on the AT&T cellular network in North America,” said Paul Bunnell, product director, process automation for Red Lion Controls. "Our compatibility with AT&T’s 4G LTE network illustrates Red Lion’s commitment to providing industrial partners and customers with rugged, high-performance connectivity. By using our industrial cellular products to gain high-speed access to data and video, customers can achieve data rates that were once only available through the use of wired connections.”

The RAM 9000 combines built-in I/O and active GPS with multiple serial and Ethernet ports to securely monitor remote devices via AT&T 4G LTE cellular communications. Ideal for deployment in industrial M2M networks such as oil and gas, water/wastewater, utility, transportation and mining applications, the RAM 9000 provides a seamless network extension to remote locations. With more I/O than many competitive offerings, the RAM 9000 serves as a robust platform that enables customers to save wiring time, space and cost by combining separate functions into one cellular device.

Features of the RAM 9000 include:
  • High-density on-board I/O (two digital inputs, two digital outputs, three analog inputs and one relay output) lowers total system cost
  • Separate RS-232 and RS-485 ports offer remote connectivity to serial devices
  • Routing capabilities provide reliable, secure communication and network failover
  • Active GPS receiver automatically tracks device location information

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of an HSPA+ (GMHSPA) cellular module for its Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform.  The new module uses an HSPA+ cellular network to provide reliable high-speed data communication to remotely-located assets across oil and gas, water and wastewater, power, utility and alternative energy applications.

Programmed using Red Lion’s award-winning Crimson® software, the GMHSPA+ module easily plugs into Graphite HMIs to provide a space-saving solution that simplifies installation. The combined solution supports over 300 different industrial protocols, enabling users to monitor and control a large variety of disparate equipment and processes, such as temperatures, pressures, flows and levels.

“Combining an HSPA+ cellular module with Graphite HMIs provides customers with a powerful solution to cost-effectively monitor and control remote equipment,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Using high-speed cellular networks eliminates expensive site visits. This allows users to receive critical device and performance data in real time, thereby saving time and money while staying informed.”

Launched in 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs offer a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, protocol conversion lets programmers select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 300 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.