Friday, December 20, 2013

Banner's New Laser Barcode Scanner

The TCNM series of laser barcode scanners was introduced to complement the iVu BCR and PresencePLUS BCR sensors.
Able to decode over a dozen of the most commonly used linear barcode symbols, a TCNM sensor can provide faster read rates, better depth of field, and better resolution for your application needs. The sensors in the TCNM series can output the data read over RS-232 or RS-485. The laser barcode scanners feature a SMART TEACH push button for programming, as well as the GeniusPlus configuration PC software.


  • IP65 rugged industrial housing
  • Supply voltage: 10 to 30 V dc
  • Class 2 Laser
  • 500-1000 scans/second
  • Read codes: Interlealeaved 2 of 5, Code 39, Code 93, Code 128 / GS1-128 / ISBT 128, EAN-13 (UPC-A), EAN-8, UPC-E, Codabar, Pharmacode, GS1 DataBar,Omnidirectional /Limited / Expanded, Plessey

Friday, December 13, 2013

EZ_LIGHT K30 Touch Provides Compact, Single-Point Operation for Machine Activation and Pick-to-Light Applications

Banner Engineering introduces the EZ-LIGHT® K30 Touch, a smaller version of the company’s industry-recognized K50 Touch. Featuring a compact, rugged design, this single-point device is designed for efficient machine activation and pick-to-light operations.

The K30 Touch button provides simple, precise performance, easily changing from green to red with the touch of a finger, hand or whole palm—with bare hands or work gloves—for bright, clear indication. Featuring an ergonomic design, the

K30 Touch requires no physical pressure to operate, preventing stress on hands and wrists from constantly pressing buttons to actuate machines or verify correct picks.

Designed for flexible use, the K30 Touch is available in 1- or 2-color models and offers either latching or momentary outputs. The sealed, durable K30 Touch features a housing rated to IP69K, allowing it to easily withstand harsh conditions and moisture in challenging environments. Its 22-mm threaded base fits most control panels, making it a drop-in replacement for standard pilot lights and push buttons.

Banner has provided us with a Holiday video we think you will enjoy....MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DF-G1 Expert Fiber Optic Sensor - NOW with IO-Link

Simple set-up and configuration, and stable performance guided the development of the DF-G1
An updated mechanical design, with an improved fiber clamp and a sleek look-and-feel, makes the DF-G1 a compelling upgrade to your existing fiber optic solutions. This dual display fiber amplifier expands the range of applications you can tackle with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies.

With IO-Link, the machine builder can achieve point-to-point communication over the last meter of cable when the amplifier is connected to IO-Link to Bus Network adapter.
  • Sensor parameters can be changed, save to and uploaded from a PC using a USB to IO-Link converter and standard DTM (Device Type Manager) files and a FDT (Field Device Tool) container software such as PACTware. This enables storing and documentation of the sensor parameter lists for auditing or replacement of sensors.
  • The second output (white wire / Pin 2) continues to operate at full response speed when communication is occurring over the IO-Link output (black wire / Pin 4) allowing both a high speed response time output and sensor performance logging to occur in simultaneously.

Full Product Demonstration

Friday, November 22, 2013

Machine Vision: Diffuse Light Panels Growing in Popularity

Smart Vision Lights DLP Series illuminators are innovative and highly versatile lights. Think of a powerful backlight with a hole in the center. The result is homogeneous illumination similar to dome lighting.  These products emulate dome lighting by allowing light to come from multiple directions while giving the freedom to mount the light at a distance when domes must be mounted directly on top of the object.  

DLP lights can also be used to fill an area with soft diffuse light. This type of illumination reduces shadowing, reflection, and eliminates hot spots that point source spot lights can produce. The built-in LED driver makes connect-ability a snap featuring NPN/PNP strobe trigger input and remote analog intensity control through a 1-10V signal. DLP lights can run in continuous on or be pulsed. Available in multiple colors/wavelengths.

Monday, November 11, 2013

TURCK QR24 Rotary Contactless Position Detection

The QR24 provides contactless position detection and wear-free performance in a variety of industrial applications ranging from solar energy plants and harvesters to crane vehicles and AGVs.

Rotary feedback is critical in nearly every installation, and most rely on their mechanical bearings to provide proper tolerance and position of the internal system. After time, this results in mechanical wear, vibrations, potential leaks and requires spring elements. The QR24 provides superior performance without the need for contact or bearings, allowing it to successfully
execute the same functions as an encoder or potentiometer while eliminating wear and extending sensor longevity.

The Turck QR24 is part of the company’s industry-recognized Q-track family of sensors, which utilize resistance inductive capacitance (RLC) measuring technology. Unlike potentiometric or magnetic technologies, the sensors incorporate precisely manufactured printed emitter and receiver coil systems. The emitter coils are activated with a high frequency AC field and produce an inductive RLC circuit with the positioning element. The element is inductively coupled with the receiver coils, which are arranged so different voltages are induced in the coils, depending on the position of the actuator. The voltages serve as a measure for the sensor signal.

The QR24’s multi-coil system provides high resolution, while ensuring 16-bit noiseless operation. The sensor also features a double resonator system, providing increased distance capability and high-end signal processing with multi-core microprocessor for enhanced speed.
Along with advanced design features, the QR24 sensor features a fully potted and sealed IP69K/IP67-rated housing to protect against moisture and dust in demanding environments. It also offers flexible parameterization via IO Link or easyteach, allowing the sensor to easily adapt to specific application requirements.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tolomatic's ERD Stainless Steel Electric Cylinder IP69K

Tolomatic has just released two new sizes of ERD electric cylinders that are hygienically designed, IP69K rated with an USDA Accepted Equipment Certification for meat (livestock), poultry, and dairy food processing applications.

The new hygienic stainless steel design of ERD electric cylinders offer:

  • Thrust capacities to 4500 lbf [20,017 N]
  • Increased strokes to 39.4 inches [1000 mm]
  • Increased speed capacities to 57.5 inches [1460.5 mm]
  • Choice of ball, or roller screws 
  • Lowest cost stainless steel actuator– with IP69K as standard equipment available out of the catalog with fast delivery 
With the expanded force range the ERD can handle the most demanding jobs such as pressing, cutting, chopping and can replace most pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders with excellent efficiency and operating flexibility.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fortress Interlocks tGard

tGard is the new innovative approach to controlling access to hazardous machinery and equipment.  It is a compact metal body system that enables the configuration of various safety products including electrical safety gate switches, mechanical trapped key interlocks, and electrical operator controls, either a separate devices or integrated in one device.

tGard offers a customized safety solutions as standard and defined by a range of tGard elements including selector switches, safety switches, solenoid switches, trapped key systems, emergency release, push buttons, E-stops, indicator lamps and a choice of operating handles.  These elements are selected and then assembled into a robust housing, providing the user with an exact configuration specific to their needs.

tGard is quick and easy to install and can be mounted directly onto a flat surface, doors, or extruded aluminum without need for mounting plates or brackets.  

Customized Safety Solution as a Standard

  • Simply Robust
  • Customize
  • Future proof for future element expansion
  • Easy to Install
  • Quick Disconnects as a standard

(Available November 2013)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Red Lion's Watchdog Relay

Red Lion's Watchdog relay is the industry's only rugged hardware-based solution that reliably monitors and provides fail-safe shutdown of processes controlled by RTUs, PLCs and other automation devices. This industrial automation solution helps to proactively protect unmanned processes on 24/7 basis.
Innovative Features:
Watchdog Relay monitors the pulsing output heartbeat of a connected device to add an extra level of safety that helps protect critical processes across industrial environments that include oil, gas, maritime, power and energy.  If the heartbeat stops for reasons that may include power surges, extreme weather or device malfunctions, Watchdog's built-in Form C relay will immediately energize and provide a signal that can be used to safety shut down the process. The signal sent upon loss of control helps to avoid costly damage to materials and equipment.

Built to operate under extreme conditions, the Watchdog Relay supports temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 80 degrees Celsius, as well as 5% to 85% humidity.  It carries Class I, Div II and ATEX hazardous locations certifications, and has been marine and offshore tested and/or verified to meet standards such as ABS, DNV No. 2.4 and Lloyds.

Red Lion's Watchdog Relay allows customers to protect unmanned processes across a diverse range of industries to include oil, gas, maritime, power and energy.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

BOA 200: Dual Core Processor in a Smart Camera

Teledyne DALSA releases the BOA 200 a higher-performance addition to the BOA family of Smart Camera products.  "Pumped up" with a 1.2GHz dual core processor, the BOA 200 offers excellent price/performance for applications that demand higher speed or higher resolution processing.  Resident software, accessed via a web browser interface, eliminates the need for in-plant software version control.

BOA 200 is packaged in a small rugged enclosure that fits easily into existing production lines, machinery or moving equipment.  The product can deliver over four times the processing speed of the standard BOA camera and provides additional memory for both program execution and solutions storage. BOA 200 offers a flexible inspection system that is ready to setup, easy to integrate and quick to deploy on the factory floor with a choice of application software embedded.
BOA 200 software variants include iNspect Express, IDR and Sherlock. All three software packages include a comprehensive suite of tools and capabilities, as well as support for standard factory protocols such as EtherNet/IP, Modbus and ProfiNet.
What makes smart cameras an ideal solution for machine vision and inspection?
Publication: Manufacturing Automation Author: Ben Dawson
Publication Date: 06/07/13

The BOA camera line includes a range of resolution and performance models for both monochrome and color applications. The products are offered with panel ready accessories that provide integration convenience and expandability. BOA cameras can be deployed across a diverse range of applications and industries.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Stainless Steel Junction Box for Harsh Process Environments

TURCK Stainless Steel Junction Box Connects Up to 
Eight Signals in Harsh Process Environments

TURCK introduces its new stainless steel process junction box. With the ability to consolidate up to eight individual, localized analog or discrete signals into a single device, this junction box streamlines connectivity requirements. For greater simplicity, the signals are then routed to a control unit through a single homerun cable.

In addition to simplifying connectivity, TURCK stainless steel process junction boxes provide a robust connectivity solution in harsh environments such as oil and gas exploration, off-shore drilling platforms and pharmaceutical plants. The junction boxes feature FM approval for Class 1, Division 2, Groups A, B, C and D hazardous locations, and ingress protection of IP67 including the junction boxes receptacles as long as the ports are covered/connected. Additionally, TURCK stainless steel process junction boxes have cast 316 stainless steel electropolished housing ensuring optimal performance in areas that present severe environmental conditions including water, salt spray, gases and other corrosive materials.

"The new stainless steel process junction boxes take our connectivity capabilities to a whole new level," said Jeff Schoenberg, Connectivity Product Manager, TURCK. "With a robust design and enhanced connection capabilities for multiple signals, our customers can achieve the performance and compatibility required for harsh process automation environments."

TURCK stainless steel junction boxes utilize TURCK minifast (7/8”) or eurofast (M12) port connectors and include a multifast (M23) homerun connector.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WLC Series Heavy Duty LED Lights

NewWLC Series Heavy Duty LED Lights

Two new models engineered to withstand harsh environments.

  • Oil, chemical, and water resistant with IP67, IP68g, and IP69K rating.
  • Both models available with discrete intensity level settings.
  • High brightness paired with advanced glare-reducing optics.
  • Easy to install with a wide variety of mounting solutions.
  • Input voltage of 12–30V dc 
  • Integral 4-pin M12 Euro-style Quick Disconnect connector

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thomson Glide Screw™

Introducing the new 
Thomson Glide Screw™
Combines the features of a linear bearing and a screw in one compact package

What is a Glide Screw™?
The Glide Screw™ is a breakthrough innovation from Thomson. We have combined the features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into one compact package. The patent-pending Glide Screw™ brings to you three tangible values: reduced footprint, improved equipment uptime, and lower cost of ownership.
  • Reduced footprint: Fewer components!  – Integrated lead screw and linear bearing with no additional guidance needed.
  • Improved equipment uptime: Screw and linear bearing are already aligned.
  • Lower cost of ownership:
    • Easy to install: Minimal prep time makes the install process fast.
    • Minimal maintenance: Integrated Thomson Lube-for-Life lubrication block.
  • Custom configurations available: Special nuts, screw diameters and thread leads available to accomodate your specific application.

Which applications are a great fit for the Glide Screw™?The Glide Screw was designed to solve the challenge where smaller, cleaner, smoother, and quieter mechanical motion products are required, e.g.:
  • 3D printing and engraving
  • Fluid pipetting / 3-axis lab automation
  • Test tube handling
  • CD duplication
  • Pick & place
  • Syringe pumps
  • In vitro diagnostics
  • Medical imaging
  • Many others!
The Thomson Glide Screw is genuine innovation, unique in motion control, and available now.  To learn how your next machine design can benefit from this new technology, call Thomson or click below to get complete technical infomation and downloadable 3D models.