Friday, July 25, 2014

Banner EZ-LIGHT Compact Tower Light


The TL50 Compact family is a hybrid between the TL50  Beacon and the TL50 High Brightness design. They are the same height as the TL50 Beacon but offer a very uniform appearance and similar intensity to the TL50H. The shorter design makes this family of tower lights ideal for status indication on small to mid-size pieces of equipment.

They are now available in up to 7 segments in DC and 5 segments in universal voltage AC models. The DC design works down to 12VDC allowing for use in battery powered mobile equipment. 

  • Choice of 10 different colors - 7 segments on DC models and 5 segments on AC universal voltage models
  • Wide operating voltage ranges: 12 to 30 VDC (21 to 21 VAC) and 85 to 264 VAC
  • Bright, uniform lighted segments at only half the height of the standard TL50 models
  • Illuminated segments provide easy-to-see operator guidance and indication of equipment status
  • Rugged, cost-effective and easy to install multi-segment indicators
  • Audible models available with standard, sealed or omni-directional audible element
  • Completely self-contained; no controller needed
  • Available in black or gray housing

Friday, July 18, 2014

TURCK Flame Rated Cables - See the Difference!

Each of TURCK's Connectivity product lines offer an option with UL and CSA listed cables that are FT4 flame retardant. FT4 is a large scale flame test where cable is bundled into a specified flammable mass and suspended vertically in a flame chamber. Flame is applied using a 10" ribbon burner at 70,000 BTU's for 20 minutes. The cable char must not exceed 1.5 meters. This contrasts with UL and CSA AWM recognized only cables where small scale flame test may be as limited as one 30 second horizontal flame application at 1,700 BTU's from a Tirrell burner.

Check out TURCK's video "Flame Rated Cable vs. Non-Flame Rated Cable". The video provides a simple yet powerful demonstration of why it is essential to use flame rated cable from TURCK in applications where cable may be near or come into contact with flames.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Permanent Electrical Safety Devices (PESDs)

SafeSide PESDs from Grace Engineered Products are electrical components hardwired to a source of voltage(s) and installed into electrical systems enabling workers to validate zero electrical energy without being exposed to voltage. PESDs inherently minimize arc flash and shock hazards because they reduce voltage exposure, provide voltage labeling on all sources and provide 24/7 visual and/or audible indication of voltage.  


Voltage Indicators: After disconnecting power to an enclosure, electricians can pre-verify voltage isolation while the enclosure door is safely closed. The risk of arc flash is reduced because electricians know if there is power inside the enclosure before re-verifying isolation.

Voltage Portals: Safeside voltage portals installed on an electrical panel, allow maintenance people to use a non-contact voltage detector pen to check line voltage before and after they open the main disconnect.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Contactless Power and Data Transmission with IO-Link

TURCK is launching the NIC contactless inductive coupler, a wear free alternative to classic connectivity solutions. The new NIC series can be used for data and energy transmission and is able to transfer up to 12 Watts and .5 amps of power across an air gap of 7 mm. With a tolerated angle offset up to 15 degrees and a parallel offset up to 5 millimeters, the couplers can also be fitted in restricted and non-standard mounting locations while still allowing for full power transfer. 

The current version of the NIC series transfers two PNP switch signals. If the primary unit is connected to an IO-Link master, signals can be transferred bi-directionally from IO-Link-capable sensors and signals from IO-Link-capable DI/DO junction modules can also be controlled. When using a primary unit with an integrated IO-Link master and a 12-pole plug connector, and with a TBIL-M1-16DIP I/O hub on the secondary side, up to eight switching signals can be transferred, which can be used in the primary side as separate outputs.

A diagnostic function detects the presence of the secondary unit as well as any metal object in the air gap which may weaken a transfer.

As a "contactless connector" the new product series is an ideal solution of the wear problems occurring with plug and wiper contacts subject to severe stress. In overhead conveyor systems or on rollers, the inductive couplers offer a maintenance-free alternative to the wear-intensive slip ring. The speed of the system is ideal for use in applications with high cycle rates such as tool changer robot s rotary indexing tables: The secondary unit is operational within 10 milliseconds and supports Dynamic Pairing; i.e. the coupling of any primary and secondary units. The application specific tag in the IO-Link protocol makes it possible to identify the relevant IO-Link device precisely, which makes it possible to replace the use of additional identification equipment such as RFID for a tool or skid change application.

Solution option #1:Two PNP switching signals
Up to two PNP switching signals can be transmitted via the secondary part NICS-M30-IOL2P8-0.3-RKC4.4T (right) either from power clamp sets or from two different sensors that are connected via a VB2-splitter.

Solution option #2: One IO-Link device
If the primary part NICP-M30-IOL2P8X-H1141 (left) is connected to an IO-Link master, data from measuring IO-Link sensors can be transmitted bi-directionally. You can, of course, also connect IO-Link-capable actuators such as tower lights or the TBIL-M1-16DIP I/O hub with 16 digital PNP inputs.

Solution option #3: Eight PNP switching signals
The primary part NICP-M30-8P8-0.3-RSC12T works as an IO-Link master, allowing up to eight switching signals to be processed via the I/O hub TBIL-M1-16DIP (right). The entire IO-Link communication is handled internally, requiring no configuration for the user.