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!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Banner Engineering K50 Touch Buttons - Now Featuring A Compact Flat Touch Surface

Previously available in domed models, Banner's next generation K50 touch buttons are now also available in a compact version with a flat touch surface. The K50 Compact Touch Button is easily actuated with the touch of a finger, hand, or whole palm, requiring no physical pressure to operate.

The low-profile design is ideal for panels, cabinets, and other space deployments. LED lights are concentrated closer to the window than domed models, making the indication brighter when viewed directly. This allows for improved visibility in very bright conditions. The K50 Compact models offer Smart Electric Field Sensing technology, providing Gen 2 touch buttons with excellent immunity to false triggering caused by the buildup of detergents, oils, and other foreign materials, as well as exposure to direct water spray.

  • Ergonomic design requires no physical pressure to operate, preventing stress on hands and wrists
  • Rugged, fully encapsulated IP69K construction for high-pressure wash-down environments
  • Models with either latching or momentary outputs
  • 1-, 2-, and 3-color models available to solve a variety of applications
  • Second generation models feature superior electrical noise immunity
  • Models made with food-grade materials available
For questions, or for more information, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Safety Light Curtains in IP69K Hygienic Housing - Able to Resist Washdown & Chemical Cleaning - New From Banner Engineering

EZ-Screen LS safety light curtains from Banner Engineering are now offered with an IP69K Hygienic Housing. They can resist high-pressure, high-temperature washdown and aggressive chemical cleaning. These light curtains offer the same capabilities and ease-of-use of other EZ-Screen LS safety light curtains, but are protected by hygienic tubular enclosures. Do you have an application where maintaining sanitary conditions is critical? These light curtains are ideal for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical applications where such conditions are needed.

Key Features:

  • Easy-to-Clean, Hygienic Design: Made of FDA grade polycarbonate tubes and 316L stainless steel endcaps and mounting brackets. Each enclosure has a smooth, hygienic design that minimizes the opportunity for debris to accumulate, to comply with sanitary requirements.
  • Chemically-Resistant Construction: IP69K rated enclosures withstand frequent, repeated exposure to many chemical cleaning agents used to sterilize equipment. They will not discolor or become cloudy over time, ensuring reliable performance for safety light curtains as well as a long operational lifespan.
  • Hydrophobic Vent: Allows condensation to escape the enclosure and prevents water and chemicals from entering, eliminating the need for an integral heater element and simplifying maintenance. 
  • Remote Configuration of Fixed Blanking: Models with Remote Fixed Blanking can be set up to ignore fixed objects, such as brackets or fixtures, inside the defined area without directly accessing the receiver. 
For more information on Banner Engineering's new EZ-Screens, click here to visit their page. 

For questions, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Less Than Two Weeks Away! Don't Miss C&E's Automating America Event!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Sinclair Community College
301 W. Fourth Street - Bldg 12
Conference Center
Dayton, OH 45402 - FREE Parking

8:30am - 3:30pm Open House
9:00am - 2:15pm Seminars
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch
12:30pm - Keynote Speaker: Director Ryan Burgess of the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation 

CLICK HERE to register and for more information!

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
6165 Levis Commons Blvd
Perrysburg, OH 43551

8:30am - 3:30pm Open House
8:30am - 1:30pm Seminars
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch

CLICK HERE to register and for more information!

Come out and meet our top suppliers, watch demonstrations, attend a seminar, and enjoy a nice lunch! You don't want to miss this event!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Optimize Workflow Across Factory Floors With A MiR - Mobile Industrial Robot!

Imagine a collaborative robot with the ability to optimize workflow, increase productivity, and reduce factory costs. MiR, Mobile Industrial Robots, may have the solution for you! Their MiR100 and MiR200 robots are 100% automated, collaborate with employees, and are able to quickly and easily integrate into any type of factory layout. Programming is simple with an intuitive and user-friendly interface.

How do they work, you ask? Watch the video below to learn!

Discover how they:
  • Operate
  • Can perform complex maneuvers, such as navigating across multiple floors
  • Manage obstacles
  • Send notifications when tasks are completed

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

WireCrafters Powder Coating Capabilities

WireCrafters is the nation's leading manufacturer of wire partitions, wire cages, and wire machine guarding systems. The video below takes viewers through the Powder Coat Facility at WireCrafters. Here they're able to provide custom colors and can change colors in 10 minutes or less on their wire partitions.  Colors they keep in stock are blue, black, red, tan, orange, white, yellow, and machine gray. If you have another color in mind, WireCrafters can take care of it for you!

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Next Week! Join C&E And Banner Engineering For A Webinar Discussing Trends In Industrial Lighting & Indication

Thursday, October 12th: 10:30am-11:30am EST

Robb Weidemann with Banner Engineering will be hosting C&E's monthly webinar. Robb will address different trends in industrial lighting and indication through discussing specific application details and providing general feature/benefit information for related products. Banner Engineering's broad selection of industrial LED lighting products are high-quality and energy-efficient with vibration-resistant housings, making them ideal for industrial applications. Banner's LED indicators have a rugged design for long-term use and provide a wide variety of models ranging from daylight visible to multiple colors in one device.

Trends to be Highlighted:

  • Illumination to improve productivity.
  • Maintenance savings with LED illumination.
  • Illumination to improve quality.
  • Illumination to improve safety.
  • Supply chain simplification.
  • Indication for process control.

Join Robb Weidemann and C&E to discover a solution for your industrial lighting application. Whether your application is for workstation lighting, task lighting, manual visual inspection, or pick-to-light, Banner Engineering has you covered. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mark Your Calendars! Automating America - C&E's Industrial Automation Shows - Are Next Month!

Mark your calendars! C&E will be hosting two Automating America events next month - one in Dayton, OH  on November 7th and one in Perrysburg, OH on November 9th.

8:30am - 3:30pm: Open House
8:30am - 2:15pm: Seminars
11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch - provided

CLICK HERE for more information about the Dayton show and to register!

CLICK HERE for more information about the Perrysburg show and to register!

Each event will host a multitude of seminars.

Dayton Seminar Schedule:
9:00am-10:00am: 4 Factor Safety: Identify, Eliminate, Prevent, Control
9:15am-10:15am: Networking: Secure Accessibility
9:30am-10:30am: Vision Sensors - Big Capability in a Small Package
10:30am-11:30am: IIoT: Concepts Into Reality
11:00am-12:00pm: Robots on the Move
11:00am-12:00pm: Multi-Protocol I/O - We Can Talk to That
1:15pm-2:15pm: IO-Link: Simple Sophistication
1:15pm-2:15pm: Vision Sensors - Capability in a Small Package

*The Dayton show will also feature a keynote speaker, Director Ryan Burgess with the Governor's Office of Workforce Transformation, during lunch*

Perrysburg Seminar Schedule:
8:30am-9:30am: Vision Sensors - Big Capability in a Small Package
9:40am-10:40am: Industrial IoT - Hype vs. Reality
10:50am-11:50am: IO-Link: Simple Sophistication
12:30pm-1:30pm: Robots on the Move
12:30pm-1:30pm: 4 Factor Safety: Identify, Eliminate, Prevent, Control

CLICK HERE to visit the Dayton Event for more seminar information.

CLICK HERE to visit the Perrysburg Event for more seminar information.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bolder, Brighter Indication: New 7-Color K30L & K50L RGB Indicator Lights From Banner

The new K30L2 and K50L2 RGB Indicator Lights from Banner Engineering feature seven colors from just three inputs in one device. Due to a rugged IP69K construction that withstands impact and washdown, they're able to perform reliably in any environment. Their clear and uncomplicated wiring allows for a quick installation and allows for users to consolidate controller outputs.

IO-Link for K50L2 LED Indicators:
IO-Link enables vast custom indication possibilities for K50L2 LED Indicators.
  • Full control on color, flashing, and light intensity with the use of multicolor RGB LEDs
  • Advanced animation, such as rotation and strobing
  • 2-color display with flashing, rotation, and chase
  • Simplified wiring - connect using standard unshielded 4-wire cables
  • Drop-in installation - an IO-Link master can save configuration data and automatically update new indicators, enabling quick and easy installation or replacement of indicator lights

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

C&E Can Help You Find The Solution You Need For Your Food And Beverage Application!

With the ever-changing and constantly growing food and beverage industry, C&E partners with a multitude of suppliers, offering a wide variety of solutions to meet your application needs. Following consumer trends can be challenging and demanding, but suppliers like Banner Engineering, Turck, and Siemens understand these trends and offer a variety of products specifically designed for the food and beverage industry. 

Whether your application requires protection against harsh washdowns, or must have the highest of standards of cleanliness, or needs to reach the utmost level of safety, Banner Engineering, Turck, and Siemens offer a level of expertise and products to provide you with the quality you deserve. Consider us ready to do what it takes to meet your production requirements safely and efficiently. 

Visit these websites to learn more about the solutions offered:

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

proNet - Networked Access & Control Devices: The Latest in The Fortress Product Family

Fortress Interlocks is introducing the next big thing in their product family, the proNet family. The proNet modules allow the features of amGardpro to become a distributed IO (input/output) on either an Ethernet IP or a ProfiNet network. Safety information is exchanged using either the CIP Safety or the ProfiSafe protocol.

The modularity of the amGardpro range can incorporate:

  • Guard locking
  • Escape release
  • Safety key technology
  • Basic machine control functionality into a single device which can now be connected to both of the leading industrial Ethernet networks
An integrated network switch facilitates ring topology with no additional hardware cost of the system setup. It provides the ability to mix safety devices and standard devices on the same network for seamless integration and increased flexibility. 

Key Benefits of Using Networked Safety Gate Switches:
  • Comprehensive diagnostic coverage for internal fault detection
  • Maximum safety rating: Category 4/PLe
  • The system can be expanded at any point to include additional functionality
  • Locking force up to 10,000N - the highest level currently available on the market
  • Drastically decreases installation and commissioning time by significantly reducing the wiring of each unit
  • Device data can improve preventative maintenance schedules leading to decreases in production downtime
  • Remote access enables authorized personnel to potentially diagnose system errors without being on-site
  • Devices can be daisy chained to create a ring topology network which enables the network to remain resilient to a single point of a failure
  • Due to the ease of setting parameters, the replacement of a device for maintenance purposes can be achieved in minutes
For questions, or for more information, please contact C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you! 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Do You Have New Employees That Need to Get Up to Speed? Siemens Offers Custom Training Programs to Help!

If you have employees that need to get up to speed, Siemens can come in, assess your education needs, and provide your employees with custom training. Siemens technical learning services provides students with the critical knowledge they need for their job directly from the equipment manufacturer. Professional instructors who have an in-depth understanding of your equipment, processes, and systems, conduct scheduled classes using simulation workstations at Siemens facilities, online, or on-site.

The Siemens practice-based learning approach with associated exercises makes it possible to gain theoretical knowledge reinforced with hands-on experience. Students simulate real-world situations to learn programming and troubleshooting techniques that will help them commission, maintain, and operate equipment with greater efficiency.

SITRAIN Curriculum Families:

  • Automation
  • Machine Tool
  • Drives & Motion
  • Electrical Maintenance & Safety
  • Power Systems & SIMOCODE
  • Process Analyzers
  • Process Automation
  • Process Control
  • Process Instrumentation
  • Industrial Networking
  • Process Safety Management
Siemens SITRAIN learning programs offer a variety of delivery methods designed to meet every training need. C&E will partner with Siemens to get you the training needed for your employees. CLICK HERE to view the Siemens training catalog and to get more information on what's offered. 

For questions, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Banner Engineering's LTF Time-of-Flight Laser Sensors Just Got Even Better!

Banner Engineering's L-GAGE LTF Laser Sensors are now available in extended range models. These extended range models are able to detect and inspect objects from up to 24 m away without the use of a retroreflector, while still achieving accuracy error of less than 1% of range and less than 25 mm of accuracy error when using a white target. Considered an affordable alternative to sensors with similar range capabilities, they offer greater range capabilities than similarly priced time-of-flight sensors.

Key Features:

  • The extended 24 m range allows the LTF Series sensors to be used to solve many applications that previously were primarily solved by more expensive sensors specifically designed for long distances
  • Installation and maintenance is simplified - diffuse mode sensing eliminates the need for a retroreflective target
  • Users are able to begin inspecting more quickly with no downtime to service targets
  • The two-line, eight-character display and pushbutton programming facilitate sensor setup and troubleshooting, enabling real-time distance measuring and application monitoring
  • Durable IP67 housing, high ambient light immunity, and stable performance across temperatures
  • Reliable performance in many challenging environments
  • Models featuring IO-Link communication have powerful advanced features, including remote configuration, remote monitoring, and extended diagnostics

CLICK HERE for more information on Banner's LTF! Call C&E at 800-228-2790 for questions, or for more information. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

A New Generation of Hollow Bore Motors From Stober!

Stober has released its next generation of hollow bore motors. Due to the flange-mount hollow bore, these motors are ideal for passing cables, tooling, and pipes through the motor. They're available as direct drive or with an integrated planetary gear for ratios of 3,9, or 27:1. The compact design allows for minimum space between rolls/spindles. There are several mounting options available, including flange, shrink ring, and coupling. Other options for this series include magnetic brake, water or forced air cooling, and manual handwheel. The ball screw version is designed to directly rotate the ball screw nut as the shaft of the ball screw passes through the motor. The motor produces powerful torque and high stiffness with a low total weight, making it ideal for applications where the motor is also moving. 

Stober's servo motors include dynamic motors with sensors that allow for precise control of angular or linear position, velocity, and acceleration in a compact and small package. Due to the use of high-quality components, Stober's motors are considered highly efficient while also reducing operating costs. Stober offers both high and low servo motors to fit unique applications. They're able to mount directly to gearboxes, eliminating a motor coupling, adapter, coupling housing, or additional input seals and bearings. 

CLICK HERE to visit Stober's Servo Motor Page with more information and options. For questions, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Illuminate Equipment and Work Spaces With Banner's Professional Grade LED Strip Lights

The WLS15 from Banner Engineering is a professional grade LED strip light that provides years of bright, even illumination with no hot spots. They're an easy and cost-effective solution for illuminating equipment and work spaces while providing improved efficiency, productivity, and safety. The WLS15 is installed easily in just a few minutes and its sleek, low-profile design allows it to fit into tight spaces.

  • Compact, Low-Profile Design: The slim, space-saving 15 mm profile of the WLS15 enables installation in confined areas without disrupting the work environment, or obstructing sightlines.
  • Rugged IP67 Construction: Built with a sturdy aluminum inner frame and sealed in a shatter resistant, UV-stabilized, polycarbonate shell. The WLS15 is able to resist impact and vibration and will tolerate wet and dirty conditions for reliable use in challenging indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Easy Installation: The ability to cascade lights together, combined with flexible mounting options, simplifies installation and wiring and makes it easy to deploy and power one or multiple lights within a short amount of time. 
CLICK HERE to visit Banner's page on the WLS15 for more information and downloadable data sheets. 

For questions, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Save the Date! C&E's Upcoming Industrial Automation Shows - Dayton, OH & Perrysburg, OH

C&E's Industrial Automation Show is a manufacturers-driven event to share ideas and technology keeping manufacturing alive in America. Our vision is "To be recognized by our customers, suppliers, and employees as one of the Midwest market leaders and trusted advisors for industrial automation products and solutions." 

Featuring dozens of booths, hundreds of products on display, and several workshops, this event is free of charge and lunch is provided. Attend a seminar, meet suppliers, bring your appetite,  and discuss your applications. We'd love to see you there! 

          CLICK HERE for more details. Stay tuned for more updates! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The ERD - Electric Rod-Style Actuator From Tolomatic: An Option for Automating Manual Processes

ERDs, Electric Rod-Style Actuators, from Tolomatic are considered an alternative to pneumatic cylinders and an option for automating manual processes. They're compatible with many NEMA & metric mount stepper and servo motors to provide a flexible electric actuator solution. 

Available with all stainless steel and IP69k options, the ERD is an ideal hygienic actuator for the food & beverage processing environment. The all 300 series stainless-steel ERD for 10,15, & 20 sizes incorporates hygienic design principles and includes a protective enclosure for Tolomatic stepper/servo motors. 

Additional Features: 
  • Flexible Connection - choice of cord grips for industry standard conduit threads
  • Smooth Exterior - eases cleanup and helps to prevent bacterial growth
  • IP69K Rated - to withstand high-pressure wash-down
  • Motor Protection - Motor enclosure made of stainless steel designed to protect motor with IP69K rating
CLICK HERE to visit Tolomatic's website with more information! 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Now Available From Siemens: NEMA 1 and UL Type 1 Wall Mounting Kits For The G-Series Drive Platform

Wall-mounting kits for Sinamics G120C and G120 PM240-2 modular drives are now available from
Siemens. These kits are low-cost and allow for easy and fast installation of the drives. They conform to NEMA 1 and UL Type 1 standards for interior applications.

Key Features:

  • Available in power ranges from 1/2 to 200 hp and voltages from 230V to 690V 
  • The kits offer a streamlined, compact design for use with all drive frame sizes of the corresponding Siemens drive units
  • Provides best-in-class space savings and direct access to the drive-mounted operator panel for simple commissioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting. 

The new kits accommodate all G120C, PM240-2 and PM240P-2 power modules, control units and operator panels in the Sinamics drive family. Standardized designs permit efficient side-by-side mounting with minimal clearance, while multiple conduit knockout holes allow separate power, motor, I/O, and network cabling. Seven kits are currently available to fit all drive units from AA to F frame sizes. 

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

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Complete System Designed With You In Mind - The New 3VA Molded Case Circuit Breaker From Siemens!

The new 3VA molded case circuit breakers from Siemens are designed to protect cables and electrical
loads from damage and failures that can be caused by disruptions, such as short circuits or overloads. They can be easily adapted to your individual needs and provide optimal support during every phase of your project.

Optimal Support: 

Safe, flexible, and efficient - the 3VA molded case circuit breaker is ideally suited to the wide variety of functions inherent in all process phases:

  • Find solutions for all your individual requirements
  • Minimize effort - from planning to installation and maintenance
  • Increase transparency across all energy-relevant data
  • Ensure system availability - preventatively and reliably

Unbeatable Systematization:

The 3VA molded case circuit breaker is more than just an individual device. In addition to a large number of basic devices, the system also comprises numerous accessories that allow it to be precisely adapted to your specific challenges.

Other Key Features:

  • Flexible: Whether in industrial applications, infrastructure or buildings, the new 3VA molded case circuit breakers offer safe, flexible, and efficient application options for low-voltage power distribution
  • Safe: Components mitigate the risk of accidents, faults, and fires caused by electrical installations and allow consumers to utilize electrical power in a sustainable, responsible manner.
  • Comprehensive: With a wide range of internal accessories, which can fit in any of the 3VA products, a variety of system configurations are possible. They can be adapted flexibly, quickly, and easily to individual specifications. 

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Predict Potential Failures in Electrical Equipment With The GraceSense Hot Spot Monitor (HSM)

The GraceSense Hot Spot Monitor (HSM) is a non-conductive temperature monitoring device created to identify potential hot spots and allow users to predict failures in electrical equipment. Identifying faults before they occur saves money when unplanned outages, service interruptions, and equipment failures are avoided. Due to the design and communication flexibility of the HSM, it's able to be either stand-alone or fully integrated into a plant wide information system. The stand-alone application is made possible with GraceSense web interface to configure temperature thresholds, monitoring intervals and relay outputs. 

The GraceSense HSM is intended for locations that are difficult and hazardous to access. This device not only measures the temperature at any given point in time, but it also proactively monitors and enables the user to predict the failure before a potential shutdown.

For more information, enjoy the video below from Grace on the GraceSense Hot Spot Monitor:

Friday, June 23, 2017

Meet Challenges With The New 58TP Programmable Thru-Bore Encoder!

Encoder Products Company (EPC) has now introduced a new 58 mm, thru-bore, programmable encoder, the Model 58TP. The 58TP is specifically designed for the challenges of an industrial environment. In addition to its rugged, industrial housing, the Model 58TP offers an advanced set of electronics that allow the encoder to be programmed for exact application needs.

 Users may choose from 6 output types, 32 different waveforms, and program any resolution from 1 to 65,536 CPR. These programming features allow a single encoder to be configured for multiple applications, enabling one encoder to replace many different part numbers, and provided cost savings on inventory and down-time replacement.

Key Features of the Model 58TP:

  • Thru-bore or hollow-bore options
  • Programmable waveform - 32 options
  • Programmable output type - 6 different output types
  • Programmable resolution - program any resolution from 1 to 65,536 CPR
  • Standard and metric bore sizes up to 5/8" or 15 mm
  • Multiple flex mount options
  • Seven different connector types
  • Sealing up to IP67
  • Operating temperature option of -40° to 100° C

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Banner's LTF, Now With IO-Link: Offering Robust Two-Way Communication, Reliable Detection, and Exceptional Accuracy!

What is IO-Link?

IO-Link is a point-to-point serial communication protocol used to communicate with sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master device.  CLICK HERE for more information on IO-Link and its key features.

Banner's long-range time-of-flight laser measurement sensor, the LTF, has now added IO-Link to its list of many benefits.  The L-GAGE LTF now offers models with two independently configurable discrete outputs and the IO-Link industrial protocol. These new models now allow for robust two-way communication between the sensor and master device. Regardless of target color, material, or reflectivity, Banner's LTF series provides exceptional accuracy over long distances and reliable detection. CLICK HERE to learn more about Banner's LTF long-range accuracy sensor.

Benefits of LTF with IO-Link:
  • Remote Configuration
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Extended Diagnostics
  • Simple Device Replacement
  • Interface Versatility
  • Simplifies Wiring, Preventative Maintenance, and Device Replacement

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Future in Motion: Automate Your Transport With The Mobile Industrial Robots MiR200

The MiR200 from Mobile Industrial Robots is leading the charge in a new generation of autonomous robots changing the way businesses move materials inside their facilities. The MiR200 features smart technology and flexibility, making it useful in nearly any situation where employees are spending time pushing carts or making deliveries. With the MiR200, you can now automate these tasks and allow employees to focus on higher value activities.

Features of the MiR200:

  • Ability to transport up to 200 kg (440 lbs)
  • It can be mounted with customized top modules such as bins, racks, lifts, conveyors, or even a collaborative robot arm
  • 500 kg towing capacity (1102 lbs)
  • Battery charging: 0-80%: 2 hours
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and PLC Communications
Safe Maneuvering and Easy Programming:
The MiR200 robot safely maneuvers around people and obstacles, through doorways, and in and out of elevators. You can download CAD files of the building directly to the robot, or program it with the simple, web-based interface that requires no prior programming experience. The robot's mission can be easily adapted using a smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the network. 

New User Interface:
  • Customizable dashboards
  • Improved mapping
  • Easier creation of robot missions and tasks
  • Multi-level permissions
  • Responsive web design
  • Comprehensive browser support
  • Integrated help and product documentation provides additional guidance

There is no need to alter your facility with expensive, inflexible wires or sensors with the MiR200. With built-in sensors, cameras, and sophisticated software, the MiR200 can identify its surroundings and take the most efficient route to its destination, safely avoiding obstacles and people. 

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Programmable & Versatile: The New Size 25 Shaft Encoder From Encoder Products

Encoder Products' new 25SP is a rugged, heavy duty shaft encoder designed for a multitude of industrial and non-industrial applications.

The 25SP comes standard with an industrial housing, dual bearings rated 80lbs axial or radial, and an IP67 shaft seal. The dual bearings make the 25SP able to handle heavy-duty applications and the IP67 sealing keeps the encoder working in challenging environments.

The Model 25SP features an easy-to-use, point-and-click interface, making programming quick and straight-forward. The number of possible configurations makes this Size 25 programmable shaft encoder incredibly versatile.

Enjoy the video below from Encoder, featuring the Model 25SP.

For questions or to request a quote, please contact C&E at 800-228-2790. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Join C&E's Seminar - "EtherNet/IP Connectivity With Siemens" - At Our Upcoming Industrial Automation Show!

C&E's Industrial Automation Shows are manufacturer-driven events to enhance our customers' ability to compete by providing world-class automation products and solutions.

These shows share ideas and technology through workshops, new solutions, product specialists, technical support, and supplier representatives.

Join one of the several seminars C&E will be hosting at the shows. Featured this week is the "EtherNet/IP Connectivity With Siemens" seminar, hosted by Howard Wong, C&E Automation Specialist.

In this seminar, Howard will demonstrate the connectivity of a Siemens SINAMICS G120 drive by controlling this drive using a Rockwell CompactLogix controller. The drive and PLC will be remotely operated with a Siemens HMI via EtherNet/IP.

  • Learn how easily Siemens Comfort panel HMI's communicate with Rockwell PLC's
  • Learn to use Siemens SCALANCE switch technology for EtherNet/IP protocol including line, ring, star and wireless topologies
  • Learn how to use Siemens SIMATIC ET200s and I/O with EtherNet/IP
  • Learn how Siemens AC and DC drives can be used with Rockwell PLC's
  • Learn how Siemens cabling technology can save time assembling your EtherNet/IP network

Come out for this free event, meet our suppliers, bring your questions, and enjoy learning about new products. We will have a show in Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday, May 16th, and in Louisville, KY on Thursday, May 18th. CLICK HERE to visit our expo page with more information and registration details.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Join Our Seminar About IO-Link And Its Uses in Your Automation System - Held at C&E's Upcoming Industrial Automation Show

C&E's Industrial Automation Shows are manufacturer-driven events to enhance our customers' ability to compete by providing world-class automation products and solutions.

These shows share ideas and technology through workshops, new solutions, product specialists, technical support, and supplier representatives.

Join one of the several seminars C&E will be hosting at the shows. Featured this week is the "What is IO-Link And How To Use It In Your Automation System?" seminar, hosted by Brad Hart, C&E Automation Specialist.

IO-Link is an open point-to-point communication protocol that pairs one port of a multi-port IO-Link Master with a single IO-Link Device to cyclically read data or to control an actuator. Using acyclical communications, parameters can be written to the IO-Link Device, and diagnostic information can be received from the device. IO-Link Devices now include proximity sensors, photo eyes, tower lights, motor starters, identification and more. Learn how to integrate IO-Link into both a Siemens and an Allen-Bradley processor, and how to setup simple device replacement.

Come out for this free event, meet our suppliers, bring your questions, and enjoy learning about new products. We will have a show in Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday, May 16th, and in Louisville, KY on Thursday, May 18th. CLICK HERE to visit our expo page with more information and registration details.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Banner Engineering Simplifies Scalable Safety With the XS26-2 Expandable Safety Controller

Banner's XS26-2 Expandable Safety Controller provides the option to add up to eight I/O expansion modules, making it capable of adapting to a variety of machines, including large scale machines with multiple processes. Due to its ability to interface with a plethora of safety devices, and its design to support a variety of safety input properties, the XS26-2 is considered a simple and flexible safety solution for machine safeguarding.

Banner highlights an application requiring monitoring and configuration of safety devices at the end of line. Challenged with multiple safety and non-safety devices, the XS26-2 Expandable Safety Controller was a good fit for the application.

Safeguarding areas around the palletizers and stretch wrappers can prove to be difficult because it involves multiple hazards. The XS26-2 provides a simple and flexible safety solution for machine safeguarding, making it an ideal answer. It's a scalable safety solution equipped to monitor and provide stop and start functions with multiple safety and non-safety input devices. If the areas become more complex, eight additional I/O modules can be added. There are six expansion modules to choose from, including a variety of safety inputs, solid-state safety outputs and safety relay outputs. With easy-to-use configuration software, employees can have the controller up and running in minimal time.

CLICK HERE for more information about the XS26-2 on Banner's site! 

For questions, please call C&E at 800-228-2790. Thank you! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Join A Seminar Featuring The Latest in Vision Technology - Held At Our Upcoming Industrial Automation Show!

C&E's Industrial Automation Shows are manufacturer-driven events to enhance our customers' ability to compete by providing world-class automation products and solutions.

These shows share ideas and technology through workshops, new solutions, product specialists, technical support, and supplier representatives.

Join one of the several seminars C&E will be hosting at the shows. Featured this week is the "Using the Latest in Vision Technology" seminar, hosted by Tony Belter, C&E Vision Specialist.

There are a variety of options when it comes to machine vision products. Making a choice for the application that presents itself is where C&E will assist our customers in choosing a system that is both robust and cost-effective. With numerous manufacturers in this field, C&E is fortunate to represent two well-known companies like Banner Engineering and Teledyne Dalsa and their machine vision products. This seminar will cover hardware and software options to help customers decide when a Smart Camera is needed or when a Vision Sensor will be enough to accomplish the task.

Come out for this free event, meet our suppliers, bring your questions, and enjoy learning about new products. We will have a show in Murfreesboro, TN on Tuesday, May 16th, and in Louisville, KY on Thursday, May 18th. CLICK HERE to visit our expo page with more information and registration details.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017

Looking to Advance Your Safety Projects? Visit One of C&E's Safety Seminars At The Upcoming Expos!

C&E sales, inc. Industrial Automation Expo: Automating America

C&E's industrial automation expo is a manufacturer-driven event to enhance our customers' ability to compete by providing world-class automation products and solutions. These expos share ideas and technology through workshops, new solutions, product specials, technical support, and supplier representatives. If  you're looking to advance your safety project, check out one of our free safety seminars that will be represented. 

CLICK HERE to view more expo information and to register! 

Integrating Fluid Power Into Safety Functions:

Safety functions are the Safety Related Parts of the Control Circuit which reduce risk to an acceptable level by the safety and reliable removal of power from hazardous motion and other sources. Pneumatic and Hydraulic cylinders are still the primary sources of motion in Industrial Manufacturing Machines. One of the leading causes of injury is the uncontrolled rapid motion of pneumatic cylinders when clearing a jam because pressure has not been relieved. To assure reliable operation of these Safety Functions, the failure mode of these fluid power devices must be understood and managed. The seminar will review the selection and design of safeguarding circuits with emphasis on the incorporation of fluid power devices.- Instructor: Heinz Knackstedt-C&E Safety Specialist

Siemens S7-1200F Fail-Safe PLC:

We'll take a look inside the Siemens compact fail-safe PLC, S7-1200F. Combining both standard and fail-safe IO and functionality on a single platform, you can build a simple fail-safe application and control it through an HMI. Siemens SIMATIC Safety Integrated is a safety integrated solution for everything from micro PLCs to PLCs with the highest demand; including PC-based wireless solutions and more. - Instructor: Steve Wright-C&E Safety Specialist and John Pipkin-C&E Automation Specialist

Safety Integration for VFDs:

General purpose drives are being used in more applications each day. Many of these applications require safe control and monitoring of the motor. The Siemens GP drive portfolio offers some of the most comprehensive safety functionality in the industry. In this session, you will learn about these safety features, which ones are right for your applications and how to implement them at your facility. - Instructors: Jay Swank-C&E Motion Specialist and Dennis Moore-Siemens Motion Consultant

CLICK HERE to view more information and to register! 

For question, or for more information, please contact C&E at 800-228-2790. We hope to see you at the show! 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Save the Date! C&E's Upcoming Industrial Automation Shows - Murfreesboro, TN & Louisville, KY

Wondering why you should visit one of our Industrial Automation shows? Watch the video below to see what customers like about attending. 

C&E's Industrial Automation Show is a manufacturers-driven event to share ideas and technology keeping manufacturing alive in America. Our vision is "To be recognized by our customers, suppliers, and employees as one of the Midwest market leaders and trusted advisors for industrial automation products and solutions." 

Featuring dozens of booths, hundreds of products on display, and a multitude of seminars, this event is free of charge and lunch is provided. Come meet our suppliers, bring your application questions, and feed your hunger for knowledge in our seminars. We'd love to see you there. 

  Tuesday, May 16th, 2017                                                                Thursday, May 18th, 2017
  Embassy Suites                                                                                 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  Nashville SE - Murfreesboro                                                           Brown Williamson Room
  1200 Conference Center Blvd                                                         2800 South Floyd Street
  Murfreesboro, TN 37129                                                                 Louisville, KY 40209

  REGISTER HERE for Murfreesboro!                                REGISTER HERE for Louisville!

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In Case You Missed It: C&E Newsletter - Automating America

See Why You Should Attend:

We hope to see you at the upcoming industrial automation shows. Manufacturer-driven events to help customers with products and solutions.

Tues, May 16th                            Thurs, May 18th
Murfreesboro, TN                        Louisville, KY


Go The Distance With Banner's Laser Distance Measurement Sensor:

Banner doubles the range and quadruples the precision of their Q4X laser distance sensors. 

Siemens SIMATIC Safety Integrated - All Built In:

One controller, one engineering, one communication for standard and fail-safe automation.

Expand Communication Capabilities With Turck Fieldbus Technology:

Providing a much needed solution for applications dealing with multiple protocols on the same network. 

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

New From Turck: Pressure Transmitters Developed For Demanding Applications

Recently, Turck introduced the PT2000 line of pressure transmitters, which offer a welded stainless steel measuring cell for increased durability and increased chemical compatibility. The PT2000 offers a solution that has no elastomer seals and all wetted materials are 316L stainless steel. This makes the solution uniquely capable to meet the environmental needs in water pumping, hydraulic, and refrigeration applications.

With its gel filled housing, the PT2000 eliminates problems caused by condensation in applications with a wide range of temperatures, such as pumping ground water. Additionally, the housing is more compact than existing solutions, suiting it for more applications with space constraints. The PT2000 is also capable of handling pressures up to 1000 bar.

The PT2000 comes equipped with a standard M12 connector that is available in multiple wiring configurations to allow for easy integration into existing applications. The new pressure transmitter is also available with process connections such as NPT, BSPP, and SAE, which are commonly used in North American hydraulic applications.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Going The Distance With Banner's Q4X Laser Distance Measurement Sensor

Banner's Versatile Q4X Series Adds Long-Range Models

Banner Engineering's Q4X, a rugged laser distance sensor, offers superior performance and is able to detect sub-millimeter changes in distance. Compared to the leading competitors' 500 mm range, the Banner Q4X now has a 22% longer range of up to 600 mm and is capable of 2 to 4 times higher precision across the sensing range. This sensor is up to three times more precise and has double the maximum sensing range than previously available. 

The Q4X discrete and analog sensors come standard with new problem-solving firmware. Dual mode, dual intensity distance window, is an innovative new teach mode that allows the Q4X to solve new applications. Transparent objects can be reliably detected without the need for a retro-reflector. The sensor will be successful in error-proofing applications where you need to know an object is not only present but also the correct color of reflectivity.

Key Features:
  • Reliable sensing range of 25 mm to 600 mm for threaded barrel housings and 35 mm to 610 mm for flush mount housings
  • Able to detect height changes as small as 0.5 mm
  • Dual mode sensing measures distance and light intensity and can be used for reliable clear object detection, error proofing, and to verify presence or absence beyond the sensing range
  • Detects targets regardless of target surface reflectivity
  • Delay timers, remote input, and advanced measurement modes expand the range of applications solved with a single sensor
  • IO-Link enables remote configuration, sensor backup, easier preventative maintenance, and more

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

Friday, February 17, 2017

Assa Abloy Albany RapidProtect 2000: Machine Protection For Automated Processes

Assa Abloy's Albany RP2000 is a type tested machine protection door with an aluminum door blade for automated processes. Machine protection doors are an effective safety measure, providing optimal protection for personnel and machines without adversely affecting cycle times. They enable a rapid switch from complete isolation of a production stage to unimpeded access to the workpiece and machine in a matter of seconds, effectively protecting personnel from flying sparks, welding spatter, etc.

Advantages of RapidProtect 2000:

  • With a rigid, reinforced curtain made from aluminum slats, the RP2000 provides complete protection, even from deflection of the curtain
  • The slats are connected with side-mounted flat belts for contact-free winding, ensuring:
    • Very rapid speeds
    • Reduced operational noise
    • Very long maintenance intervals
    • Long service life
    • Scratch resistant surface
  • Individual slats can easily be replaced as required 
  • High reliability even after years of high numbers of cycles
  • Versions conforming to various factory standards are possible
  • Rapid opening and closing ensures short cycle times

CLICK HERE to view the full Assa Abloy RapidProtect 2000 Brochure! 

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

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Future of Logistics Automation is Now!

Autonomous Robots Changing the Speed of Business

Automate in-house transportation giving you rapid return on investment, often with a payback period of less than one year. 

C&E will be hosting live demonstrations. See the benefits:
  • No conveyor bands; the robot “identifies” its surroundings -easily adapting to changes in its route if given a different task
  • MiR has a payload of 220 lbs or is able to tow 660 lbs
  • Eliminate dead time between process steps by continuously repeating assigned duty
  • MiR can be customized with tow hooks, robot arms and shelf lifts along with other modification options


Tuesday, February 28th
C&E sales, inc. - 677 Congress Park Dr. Dayton, OH 45459
Register: http://bit.ly/dayton-mir

Wednesday, March 1st
Quest Conference Center - 8405 Pulsar Place Columbus, OH 43241
Register: http://bit.ly/columbus-mir

Thursday, March 2nd
Hampton Inn - 9266 Schulze Dr. West Chester, OH 45069
Register: http://bit.ly/west-chester-mir

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Improve Safety in Demanding Environments With Turck's New Preassembled Meltric Connector Cable Assemblies

To improve worker safety in industrial environments, Turck has introduced a new pre-assembled Meltric connector offering with arc protection. The products offer a complete cable assembly solution, saving labor and installation time and ensuring reliability.

To protect against arcing, the Meltric series connectors feature spring-loaded demating technology inside an enclosed arc chamber, along with mating and demating shutters to shield users from live parts. Users are able to safely connect and disconnect the devices under load.  For additional safety, these connectors will only mate with their designated connector class, and demate and break load by the push of a
button directly on the connector.

Each Meltric connector is switch and horsepower rated, so one device can be used as both a connector and disconnect switch. Operations are streamlined by removing the need for a separate disconnect switch in applications that require a line-of-sight disconnect.

Ideal for use with high-powered electrical equipment, these connectors can serve as both a connector and a disconnect switch. The ability to have a quick disconnect connector allows a simplified motor change-out process. This new Meltric connector offering can be simply disconnected with the push of a button and they meet all required electrical safety guidelines.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Join C&E For A Webinar Featuring MiR - Mobile Industrial Robots - This Friday!

Let C&E Demonstrate the Benefits of Automated Internal Transport!

MiR100 is a user-friendly and efficient mobile robot for automation of internal transport and logistic solutions. The robot optimizes workflows, freeing up staff resources and allowing you to increase productivity while reducing costs. 

MiR100 Hook is a unique hook solution that makes it possible to automatically grab and deliver carts, racks, etc. The new hook can pull payloads up to 650 lbs. The robot grabs and delivers automatically from one fixed position to another. Check out the video below. Because of the built-in sensors and cameras the MiR100 can be used for collaborative operation.

MiR100 belongs to a new generation of advanced mobile robots which gives you rapid return-on-investment; often with a payback period of less than a year. Technology enables the robot to either "identify" its driving area and surroundings or import 3D drawings of the building layout.

CLICK HERE to register for the webinar this Friday! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Mobile Industrial Robots Helps Magna-Power Gain Manufacturing Efficiency With Their MiR100

Magna-Power is a manufacturer of custom power supplies for industrial and research applications, based out of New Jersey. They're currently gaining manufacturing efficiency with two MiR100 robots, from Mobile Industrial Robots, in their facility. These two robots are improving logistics and efficiency for this manufacturer to help it compete in a global market.

In the video below, the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Engineering at Magna-Power discuss the benefits of the MiR100 in their plant. They share the fast and easy set up they experienced, their confidence in the safety of the MiR100, and the cost efficiency of the robots. Enjoy the video below!

C&E will be hosting a webinar featuring the MiR100 on Friday, January 13th. For details and registration, please CLICK HERE.

Video Featuring MiR100 Testimony from Magna-Power:

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