Friday, March 16, 2018

Save Time And Energy With Rittal's primeXpress: Enclosure Modification/Paint Program

Meeting your needs for specific enclosures, Rittal introduces their primeXpress program, an express build and modification program for wallmounts, junction boxes, and TS products in both carbon and stainless steel.

Their state-of-the-art machine can modify enclosures per your specifications. You modify their standard enclosure drawing and they feed it directly into their machine - one price, $200 -  regardless of how many (identical) enclosures they cut for you!

Rittal can meet virtually every specification your project may require. With dozens of enclosures and hundreds of accessories, they can turn your project around quickly. This program has been so well received the current turnaround time is 6-8 weeks. The goal is to have a turnaround time of less than 4 weeks by April.

In addition to the standard 2 whites, 2 grays, and jet black, Rittal now offers 23 other commonly requested colors. Rittal will apply a thermoplastic, polymer powder paint that is unmatched in durability, resists both corrosion and abrasion, and meets UL, IEC, and CSA standards. The three-stage paint process, including e-coat, assures maximum bond of paint to metal with a static charge that adheres paint to even the hardest to reach areas. Again, you pay one price, $250 - regardless of how many (identical) enclosures they paint for you!

Contact us at 800-228-2790 for more information!

Friday, February 23, 2018

BEEP Technology From Turck: Allowing A Network Of Devices To Communicate As A Single Device

Recently, Turck introduced their Backplane Ethernet Extension Protocol (BEEP). This is a new technology that has been integrated into many of Turck's multiprotocol digital block I/O modules and allows a network of devices to communicate as a single device.

BEEP allows a network of up to 33 devices (1 Master + 32 slaves) or 480 bytes of data to appear to the PLC as a single device on a single connection using a single IP address. The user will be able to create high density I/O networks and still utilize their low cost PLC due to the reduction in number of connections the PLC sees.

This technology is utilized by making the first device in the line a BEEP master, which can be done via the device webserver. The BEEP master can then scan the entire network and create a new data map that includes all of the downstream devices, with all device configuration options saved in the master.

BEEP also supports drop-in device replacement, reducing downtime and overall expenses. If the network is setup using BEEP, a technician can simply replace a slave device to keep the system online. The BEEP master will automatically recognize the device, assign it an IP address, and download parameters to it.

For more information please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Creating Smart Machines

Detecting Moisture, Temperature and Vibration Issues Before They Become Problems

Turck's new cabinet condition monitor - cabinet guard is capable of monitoring moisture and temperature limits while also detecting incorrectly closed doors. As an added benefit, the device monitors unauthorized access to switch cabinets, providing protection against manipulation in compliance with IT security regulations. The slim 12.5 mm DIN-rail cabinet guard can be easily installed in existing switch cabinets due to its compact design.

    • Two potential-free contacts
    • Temperature detection
    • Moisture detection
    • Detection of distance to cabinet door
    • IO-Link parameterizable
    • Connection of two devices via CAN bus
    • Galvanic isolation of outputs (A1/A2)
    • Removable screw terminals

The IM12-CCM features an internal data logger with time stamp and stores data for up to two years, allowing users to detect creeping changes over long periods of time. An interface enables two cabinet guards to be operated in master-slave mode simultaneously, monitoring the data of the slave and sends a signal to the controller.

The standard IM12-CCM comes with two switch contacts and an IO-Link interface. Quick teach mode enables the user to set the limit values easily in the field. Alternatively, the parameters can be set via IO-Link or an FDT framework such as PACTware. 

For hazardous areas use the IMX12-CCM module.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Modernization for Smart Manufacturing - Digitalize

How to Digitalize for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage

To compete in the global marketplace of the future, manufacturers have to find new and innovative ways to reduce time-to-market, enhance flexibility and increase quality, efficiency and security.

Digitalization - the convergence of technologies such as data analytics, the cloud and the Internet of Things - addresses these challenges by offering operational agility and efficiency across the entire value chain. Benefits include shorter development times, resource and energy savings and improved flexibility - all increasing your ROI.

C&E and Siemens Can Help You Achieve Smart Manufacturing

Digital Workflow: Attain an open, virtual and networked operation - Accomplish a digital workflow using Siemens Digital Enterprise, Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and TIA Portal engineering platform - through virtual commissioning, cloud-based engineering, and open system user interface

Integrated Engineering: Reduce your time-to-market - Achieve integrated engineering with TIA Portal - reducing your engineering time by up to 30%. Work seamlessly in a team with Mulituser, increase machine flexibility with Option handling, and reduce engineering time via auto-generating functionality

Transparent Operation: Increase your productivity - Realize transparent operation through efficient information, energy and diagnostics management with open communication and network security

Modernization Made Easy: Integration with your existing system to enhance performance - By using a comprehensive set of support, training and tools your conversion allows familiarity from the start.

For more information call 800-228-2790

Friday, November 17, 2017

Combining Safety I/O and General Purpose I/O In A Single Device: Turck's Hybrid Safety Block I/O Module for CIP Safety

 Adding to their collection of fieldbus technology products, Turck has announced the release of their Hybrid Safety Block I/O Module for CIP Safety over EtherNet/IP.

Turck's hybrid safety concept combines both safety I/O and general purpose I/O in a single, rugged, on-machine, remote I/O device. The CIP Safety (TBIP) module expands the existing hybrid safety offering, which already includes an option for PROFIsafe over PROFINET.

Both IP67 hybrid modules can be adapted to the actual signal requirements of an installation through the use of configurable input/output points and by leveraging the flexibility of IO-Link. On the safety side, the hybrid modules offer two safety inputs for connecting safety sensors, such as light curtains or emergency stop buttons. Two additional safety channels can be used as either inputs or outputs. The general purpose (non-safety related) side includes four configurable discrete inputs/outputs capable of switching up to two amps when used as outputs. Two IO-Link master ports are also available, which offer an additional 32 points of configurable discrete I/O when used with Turck IO-Link hubs.

These devices can be used as remote safety I/O, or even operated as a standalone safety controller for local safe I/O. This allows the implementation of safety functions without the need for a safety PLC while still providing safety diagnostics and general purpose I/O data to a higher level non-safety PLC.

For questions, or for more information , please contact C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank  you!