Archive for February, 2018

Feb
23

SICK Next-Generation Photoelectric Sensors Pilot the Future of Sensing

 

 

Launched in a global release today, SICK’s next-generation W16 and W26 sensors with “BluePilot” alignment are at the helm of a streamlined portfolio of photoelectric sensors, radically-upgraded to optimise ease-of-use with complete object detection reliability.

The W16 and W26 proximity, reflex and through-beam laser sensors are manufactured at a purpose-built, fully-automated production facility in southern Germany.  They mark the culmination of a two-year, €multi-million research and development project involving extensive consultation with SICK customers worldwide.

“When we asked our customers what was most important for future development of photoelectric object detection, they put usability top of the list; they already expected our sensors to be robust, 100% reliable and always available,” says David Hannaby, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Presence Detection.

“So, we set out on a journey to achieve the best of all worlds in one family. We developed the new operating technologies our customers wanted, as well as bringing together all of SICK’s leading optical sensing capabilities to produce a consistent high-flier.”

For usability, the W16 and W26 sensors are launched with SICK’s new BluePilot assistant, which features a line of five LEDs mounted on top of the sensor for quick, easy and accurate alignment of the light spot even over long distances.  The BluePilot combines a potentiometer and teach-in button to simplify set up, range assessment and application mode selection, and provides a real-time on-sensor status display.

Manufactured in new robotic production facility to ensure consistent plug-and-play alignment of every device, SICK W16 and W26 sensors bring together the best of SICK’s optical sensing technologies to meet any detection challenge:

 

  • SICK’s patented Twin-Eye technology achieves reliable detection for reflective materials such as films, foils, contrast-rich or uneven surfaces. The Twin-Eye’s unique second receiving channel builds in high process stability reducing the risk of false or missed signals due to deflections of the light beam.
  • SICK has incorporated LineSpot linear optics to provide highly-reliable detection where the object has mesh, perforations, integral gaps or breaks.
  • SICK ClearSens optical filter technology makes light work of semi-transparent and transparent objects, such as bottles and plastic trays. Intuitive mode selection on the device make it easy to set up the sensor according to the characteristics of object to be detected.
  • With SICK’s revolutionary OptoFilter technology onboard, the sensors are immune to interference from unwanted light sources and reflections, including LED lighting, hi-viz safety workwear or reflections from machinery.
  • SICK’s AutoAdapt function means if the reflector or the front screen of the sensor becomes contaminated, the photoelectric sensor automatically adjusts its switching thresholds for reliable detection.

 

An industry-first in-built Bluetooth option allows easy monitoring and advanced commissioning from smart phones or tablets.Smart IO-Link two-way communication is standard on all devices to enable easy set up and parameter cloning of replacement sensors, addressability and diagnostic functions, as well as opportunity to incorporate sensor-level smart tasks such as counting and time measurement.

Every W16 and W26 comes in a robust Vistal housing to withstand all chemical, thermal and mechanical environmental conditions as well shocks and vibrations.  The casing is laser-etched with all product identification so that the sensor remains easily identifiable even after years of service.  A 2D barcode enables easy identification and access to product manuals via mobile phone.

For more information on SICK’s W16 and W26 sensors please click here…

You can also contact the CDL sales team on: 0116 2339555

 

 

Feb
23

Mitsubishi announce latest version of GT Works 3 – 1.190

Mitsubishi have announced the next release of GT Works3 (version 1.190) as part of Melsoft programming suite.

 

 

This software version replaces the previous version (1.181) and all registered MyMitsubishi users will receive a message informing them about this new release.

As well as including the latest GOT products this version also includes the following improvements:

  • Gradient screen backgrounds
  • New stylish key windows
  • Semi-transparent alarm pop-ups
  • Batch editable screen background colours
  • Improved PDF document display functions
  • Better structuring of Operator Authentication users

For more info please click here

For a quotation, please get in touch

 

Feb
21

Lutze VSD Cables

 

 

Have you ever thought about the effects of using just standard cabling for your VSD applications?

Cables are often an afterthought in the planning process but represents actually a very important component in the whole application.

Variable Frequency Drive applications can cause unique electrical issues that are unlike other standard power transmission in machine applications. There are higher demands on the cable connecting the motor to the drive.  Standard multi-conductor cables rated for 500V will most likely not meet the requirements of VSD applications, and can cause operating malfunctions and early failures.

 

Advantages of Lutze Drive Cables

  • Cable is 10-15% lighter than other products – this helps with cable installation.
  • Smaller bend radius means the cable is easier to route and terminate.
  • Low capacitance of the cable aids compliance with EN 50598 as cable losses are reduced.
  • Low capacitance, concentric earth system and effective shielding allows longer
    cable runs in drive applications.
  • Voltages withstand gives protection against transients produced by VSDs
  • Low screen DC resistance affording protection agianst AC harmonics.

 

So for any of your VSD applications, look no further than Lutze, the cable specialists who can offer you the correct cables for the right applications! For further information please click here…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb
12

Technical Tip – GOT2000 multiple connections

Setting up GOT2000 HMI with multiple connections over Ethernet.

GOT2000 & GOTSimple HMIs have the capability to setup multiple connections with two different controllers e.g. two different PLC platforms, and is also capable of having up to 64 stations on a single channel. This is achieved by having 2 channel connections.

The technical tip PDF shows the example of setting up FX series PLC on Channel 1 and Q series PLC on Channel 2. Although these two platforms are both Mitsubishi, they are both different in functionality and programming methods.

In other terms if a manufacturing company is working with two different product brands one HMI can communicate to both of them as long as the HMI has a suitable driver installed for that product brand.

Click here for your full technical tip in PDF.

 

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