Thursday, November 29, 2018

Detection That Works

Prime Control’s DS150 is a double sheet detector that offers detection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The manufacturer developed a smart product that displaces the need to continuously recalibrate. After the initial calibration, the DS150 is able to detect single and double sheets as well as defective ones. Operators are aware of defective metal sheets from the blinking light sequence in the indication panel. The detection solution improves your bottom line, boost product quality, and ramps up manufacturing efficiency.

The DS150 is ideal for sheet feeders for the automotive, can making, and other metal-forming industries. It operates on 120 Volts AC or 240 Volts AC @ 50-60 Hz power.

The DS150 detects:
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  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Tinplate
  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Other metals

  • Dual probe
  • Detects ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • Provides flexibility for broad range of thickness applications and metals
  • Thickness ranging: .05 mm – 6.35 mm
  • Basic and affordable option
  • Automatically adjusts signal based on material type
  • Multi-gage double detection without calibration changes
  • Push button calibration

We would love to send you more information about this solution and talk about how it can impact your business. Please contact us at (800) 228-2790.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Industry 4.0 Is Here

Rittal is offering innovative options on products like the Blue e+ line of cooling units and chillers that have IoT capability.

IoT capability allows chillers and cooling units to be part of Industry 4.0 applications. With the technology, sensors have continuous communication with the cloud and a connection to external monitoring or energy management systems. Along with that, units can be accessed remotely and predictive maintenance are based on the provision of data and networked communications.

Benefits of IoT Interface:
  • Central module in the intelligent networking of Rittal products
  • Series connection of up to 5 IoT interfaces possible
  • Uncomplicated connection of up to two Blue e+ cooling units or chillers
  • Compatible with up to 32 CMC III sensors and the smart monitoring system
  • Relevant ports and status displays are readily visible and accessible to the user on the front
  • Simple integration to existing monitoring systems
  • Compact housing for simple installation in existing enclosure systems
  • Mounting on a top-hat rail or on the rear of the cooling units
  • Power supply via direct 24 V DC connection                

Rittal’s IoT interface supports:
  • OPC-UA
  • SNMP
  • Modbus TCP
  • CANopen

We would love to send you more information about this technology and Rittal’s products. Please give us a call at (800) 228-2790.                                                                                                                                                               

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Looking for a new way to light your facilities? We have the solution for you!

Meet the Banner HLS27 LED Strip Light for HazardousLocations, a cost efficient, reliable, and durable solution. The Banner HLS27 series is ideal for harsh indoor and outdoor applications due to the sturdy aluminum housing encased in a shatterproof, UV-stabilized, polycarbonate shell.

This line of products is available with the option to display two colors in one device, making it ideal for mobile vehicle, machine status, and vision lighting applications. Along with that, the lighting system comes with a built-in temperature protection, in which, the light dims to any temperature above 50 °C to be protected against heat and protect product lifetime.

We would love to tell you how this product can benefit your facilities. Please call us at (800) 228-2790.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mobile Industrial Robot (MiR) is Changing The Game

Although robots have been improving a wide variety of industries all over the country, many facilities have concerns regarding expenses and programming of the new technology.

Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc. felt that they should share how the MiR200 autonomous robot has impacted their business. The manufacturing company has been a provider of superior custom molding services since 1975. Since that time, the business has grown significantly and with that, they faced new challenges. One of those was how to transport material within the plant to different stages of production without delaying the delivery time of the project to the customer. It all changed when they were introduced to the MiR200 autonomous robot.

With its simplicity to program, durability and ability to work on its own, employees were free to focus on the tasks that will result in the best products. The company quickly realized that the autonomous robot is the most cost and time effective solution. Along with that, the robot has completely eliminated fork lift traffic and the plant has become a safer work environment for employees.

According to the manufacturing company's Project Coordinator Emma Morris, mapping the entire production floor only took 2-3 hours and changing the programming to adjust to the plant’s needs that come with time is extremely easy.

Metro Plastics Technologies, Inc. is one of the many businesses the MiR robot has impacted. If you would like to learn how the MiR autonomous robot can improve your facility, give us a call at (800) 228-2790.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Encoder Products Company Offers The Latest In EtherCAT Communication

Encoder Products Company (EPC) has been a leading designer and world-wide manufacturer of motion sensing devices since they opened their doors in 1969. Throughout the years they have maintained that legacy by designing the latest and best products in the industry, which is why EPC has recently released two versatile encoders suited for applications where Ethernet-based connectivity is required.

The Model A58HE, a 58 mm encoder in a hollow bore construction, and the Model A58SE, a 58 mm shaft encoder available with either a clamping flange or a synchro flange, were specifically designed to endure harsh factory and plant environments while working with the efficiency of EtherCAT and multi-turn absolute encoders.

Along with all of the advantages both models will bring to production, EPC also focused on designing a line of products that would make installation easy and straightforward. According to EPC’s Technical Sales Manager and electrical engineer Sarah Walter, “[the encoders] plug directly into a network with minimal prerequisites, and work in various configurations, including daisy-chaining, and redundant-ring configurations that can continue communication in event of a line break.”

The A58HE and A58SE encoders offer:
  • EtherCAT Deterministic Communication (CoE, FoE, and EoE)
  • Multi-turn resolution up to 43 bits
  • Up to 16 bits of single turn resolution
  • 58 mm diameter housing
  • Bores sizes up to 0.375" or 15 mm
  • Shaft diameters up to 0.375” or 10 mm
  • Durable magnetic technology
  • Proven turns counting technology with no gears or batteries
  • Operating temperature range of -40° C to 85° C
  • Sealing rating of IP65 (on A58SE, 10 mm shaft comes with IP67 sealing)
  • Continuous digital position monitoring
  • Ability to retain absolute position after a power outage
  • Meet CE/EMC Standards for Immunity and Emissions
For more information about this product, please contact us at 800-228-2790. Our sales team would love to stop by for a demonstration and show how this line can improve your production.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As If We Couldn’t Love Autonomous Robots More!

Packaging Digest interviewed Mobile Industrial Robot (MiR)’s Vice-President of Sales Ed Mullen for the article Robust Mobile Robot MovesPallet Loads Independently. The article focuses on how the new MiR500 assists operations to become safer and more efficient by having the ability to easily transport more than 1,100 pounds at speeds of nearly 4.5 miles per hour.

During the detailed interview, Mullen shares that the MiR500 is the biggest and fastest robot that the company has developed to this day. The robot has an all-metal, durable material that will continue to work even when maneuvering through shallow water puddles and it is ideal for the transportation of heavier pallets.

Along with that, the MiR500 has an anti-slip surface and a low center of gravity that guarantees the safety of the materials being transported throughout the facility. According to Mullen, “the MiR500 can be equipped with pallet forks, conveyors, a robot arm or other options to support a range of applications, which also underlines that the MiR500 is user friendly and flexible.” In other words, with the MiR500 you have a world of possibilities!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Banner Indicates the Perfect Way To Light

Finding an efficient and cost-effective lighting indicator solution is already tough for facilities and adding space restrictions to that, makes it even harder. With that in mind, Banner has developed the TL30 series with LED lights to provide easy-to-see, self-contained operator guidance and status indication with no assembly required. 

Its 30 mm cylindrical body has an IP65 and IK07-rated rugged build that can be composed of up to total six segments in each device. The TL30’s versatile design allows facilities to have the freedom to create a combination of colors that have a specific meaning for their operations and when turned off, the devices appear gray to avoid any confusion with other surrounding lighting resulting in a safer. When turned on, the LED lights ensure a long-term, maintenance-free operations and comfortable on the eyes for employees who work in close proximity to the machines. 

Application examples:

Wire Bonders
Printing Machines
Bench Tops
Tabletop Scales
Collaborative Robots
Inspection and Testing Machines
Lab Equipment

If you would like to learn more about this product and its benefits, contact our team at (800) 228-2790.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Keep Your Production Line Moving and Improve Your Bottom Line!

Prime Controls introduces the first of its kind, double sheet detector for metal stampers. The DS600 Double Sheet Detection system prevents double sheets or improper metal thickness entering machines, ultimately safe-guarding your machinery and eliminating costly repairs and downtime. The first of its kind, the DS600 is the only single-probe, non-contact, non-marring detection system for very thin to very thick non-ferrous metals (such as Stainless Steel and Aluminum) to hit the market.

The DS600 is ideal for automotive metal due to the industries increased use of non-ferrous metals to reduce the weight of vehicles, along with automation applications such as robotics, automated de-stackers, sheet feeders and in-fixture (Poke-A-Yoke) where sensing from only one side is possible.

Features Include:
  • Single non-contact probe
  • One-button and remote calibration
  • Detects wide range of metal thickness
  • IP65-rated enclosure
  • Well suited for automation and robotic applications
  • Calibration memory (up to 64-slots)
  • Industrial communications available

To learn more about the DS600 Series, clickhere.

We’ve Got You Covered
Prime Controls has a wide range of double sheet detection systems for metal such as steel, copper, and aluminum, covering a wide range of metal thickness, from very thin foils to very thick blanks of steel.

Whether your sensors can contact your metal, or if you would prefer the metal to pass between or not contact the metal, we've got you covered.

Learn more about Prime Controls and how we can help you keep your production line moving. 

About Prime Controls
­­­Prime Controls, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio USA was founded in 1992 and today, is the world’s foremost Double Metal Sheet Detector supplier, providing products and services to the can making, automotive, appliance and other automated sheet metal industries. Prime Controls, an ISO9001:2015 certified company, is committed to the development of new products with the most advanced technology available.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Winner! Winner! Banner K50 Pro Series Kit

Keith Buehler with Machine Concepts is our lucky winner! Keith entered our drawing to win a Banner K50 Pro Series Kit. This kit includes a converter cable, splitter, power supply, and K50 - a $300 value!!

Visit Banner's page HERE to view more information and data sheets to help you learn how to program.

Congratulations, Keith!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Exciting Updates!

The Automating America Expos in Indiana are near and we are so excited to announce that the impressive list of supplier representatives keeps growing!  Attendees will have an opportunity to attend the expo in Elkhart, IN on July 31st and one in Carmel, IN on August 2nd.
The Automating America Expo was designed provide attendees the unique opportunity to be face-to-face with product specialists, technical support, and supplier representatives along with educational seminars led by C&E Sales, Inc. experts and lunch provided.

The following companies have already reserved their booth:
Do not miss this opportunity! For more information about the expo, descriptions of the seminars and to register, go to Automating America Expo.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Sensor Technology Just Keeps Getting Better

On May 30th, Banner announced the release of a new product: The Sure Cross® U-GAGE® K50U Series Wireless Ultrasonic Sensors. These small sensors were designed to measure standard range
(300 – 3000 mm sensing range) or short-range (100 – 1000 mm sensing range) between the sensor and the target.

Banner created this line of products for plug-and-play use, which makes the essential integration with a Banner Wireless Node or MultihopModbus Radio quick and easy. The company designed the K50U Series Wireless Ultrasonic Sensors with the following industries in mind:

The sensors create an efficient, cost-effective, and easy-to-use wireless solution for monitoring mobile or remote tanks and totes. Businesses that have implemented the sensors in their machinery saw an increase in productivity, while employee safety issues and equipment downtime decreased.

We are extremely excited about this new product and we cannot wait to share all its benefits with our customers!

For more information about this or any other Banner products, contact us at (800) 228-2790.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mark Your Calendars For The C&E Industrial Automation Show!

Registration is officially open for the C&E IndustrialAutomation Show on Tuesday, July 31 at 8:30 am at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, IN.

The C&E Industrial Automation Show is a manufacturer-driven event to enhance our customers’ ability to compete by providing world-class automation products and solutions. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to be face-to-face with product specialists, technical support, and supplier representatives from:
  •          Banner
  •          Turck
  •          Siemens
  •          Fortress Interlocks
  •          Teledyne USA
  •          Encoder Products Company
  •          Rittal
  •          Kollmorgen
  •          Swivellink
  •          Macron
  •          JVL

Along with that, C&E Sales, Inc. specialists will host educational seminars that feature the latest technology leading the automation, controls, motion, safety, sensors, and vision industries. Some of the sessions include: “Robots on The Move”, “IO-Link – A Simple Sophistication”, and “Vision Sensors – Big Capability in a Small Package”.

For the complete list of seminars, more information about each session and the event, visit the event’s page.

For any questions or concerns, you can reach our team at

Friday, April 27, 2018

Challenging Applications In The Food & Beverage Industry? C&E Has A Solution!

There are a lot of new and exciting products available geared toward the food and beverage industry. Products that are designed to withstand harsh environments, washdowns, high-temperatures, and more. Don't see a solution listed that fits your need? Check out our food and beverage page HERE or give us a call, we're dedicated to helping you with your application.

Rittal's Hygienic Design Enclosures: Extra Cleanliness Guaranteed

Different enclosure solutions are needed for the washdown locations inside a food and beverage production facility. Rittal has the right solution to protect your sensitive controls and electronic equipment. 

Hygienic Design terminal boxes and compact enclosures need to be long lasting and they need to RETAIN THEIR SEAL. Hygienic zones, where aggressive cleaning happens daily, destroy standard enclosures. Features such as an extra thick silicone seal, inclined roof, slot-free design, and easy-to-clean lock system make these terminal boxes and enclosures the perfect fit for your application.

CLICK HERE to visit Rittal's website for more information on their Hygienic Design Enclosures.  Or check out their full hygienic line offering

Banner Engineering's LS Safety Light Curtain With IP69K Hygienic Enclosure: Helping You Maintain Sanitary Conditions

Banner's LS safety light curtains are available premounted in an IP69K hygienic enclosure that resists all the extremes of the F&B environment.  These light curtains are a perfect fit for applications where maintaining sanitary conditions is crucial. 

There is a great descriptive video on the link page below that talks to all the key points that makes this a great choice for your plant!...Please check it out.  (There is even a special vent to equalize pressure and allow condensation to escape). 

CLICK HERE to see the video. 

Tolomatic's Food Grade Actuators: Offering Sanitary Protection in Washdown Applications

The IMA Food Grade Servo Actuator features a white epoxy food grade coating, food grade grease, and Viton seals and are available with stainless-steel fasteners, rod, and rod ends. The IMA integrates a servo motor into a ball or roller screw-driven actuator to provide efficient high force in a compact lightweight design envelope. All these features make the IMA well suited for the challenging food and beverage environment. 

Kollmorgen's Washdown And Food Grade Servo Motors: Innovative Motors Designed With The Food And Beverage Industry In Mind

Designed for food contact and splash zones, the Kollmorgen AKMH reduces cleaning time and maintenance. It's designed to meet the standards for IP69K, EHEDG, and 3A and is built with FDA approved, food grade materials. The AKMH eliminates flat surfaces, cracks, and crevices thus preventing the build-up of foreign material and bacteria. Its housing and cable can endure daily wash downs with high pressure, high temperature, and caustic chemicals. It's built for aseptic machine applications and comes in 19 standard motor sizes, with multiple standard windings to fit applications found in F&B.

Please CLICK HERE to visit the article in our quarterly newsletter. It features much more information on the latest products available for the Food & Beverage Industry. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Avoid Costly Downtimes And Eliminate Challenges With Smart Sensor Technology

What is a Smart Sensor?

Smart sensors provide the ability to setup a sensor locally using the built-in buttons and menu display. Long after a sensor has been in place, when the sensor is damaged or has failed, the replacement sensor must be setup for the application. It can take some time to locate the correct sensor data sheet, so if someone is unfamiliar with the push button sequence and menu display, it can delay setup, thus resulting in extended machine downtime and profit loss. Smart sensors help eliminate such challenges.

Banner offers an extensive line of smart sensors to help solve applications. Watch their video highlighting their offerings and how they could handle your challenging requirements, help you avoid downtimes, and how they can even let you know when maintenance is required.

C&E is also hosting a webinar on smart sensor technology next Thursday, April 12th. CLICK HERE for details. 

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!