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iQ Platform and Robots

MELFA Robots




On this year’s Drives and Control Stand Mitsubishi previewed a prototype of the new MELFA CoBOT. This arm will be aimed at the collaborative robot market offering increased rapidity and higher IP rating than the competition as well as easy to use software, direct teaching and collision detection. Mitsubishi showcased a MELFA Robot mounted on an automated guided vehicle (AGV) showing alternatives to conceptual uses for these products.





On-Line Configurators














The online configurators for iQ-R, iQ-F, Q series, L series, F series and networks have been updated on the Mitsubishi web site. New features include:

– Quickly visualise the number of I/O points and total current consumption required for modules during selection.
– “Purchase list” with selected module name and quantity can be printed.
– “Configuration chart” based on selected models can be printed
– Configuration Image can be printed

These tool can be found at


CDL brings Mechatronics to the MTC in Coventry




Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electronics and Control Systems and despite being around for more than 50 Years, today we are seeing a real time need to connect Industry. To ensure that we continue to move with current industry trends CDL has brought together a few of their strongest Manufacturers at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry where they were able to  showcase new products and integrated solutions that combined, strenghtens their systems with Industry 4.0 and The Internet of Things placing them firmly at the front of their mind.

The Mechatronics workshop was centered around the Mitsubishi Automation Platform, and supported by key manufacturers such as SMC, SICK and SMAC. Each manufacturer presented live presentations of their showcased lineup and performed in-house product demonstrations along with Q&A session at the end of each section.

Manufacturers Product line ups included:

Mitsubishi: IQF & IQR Simple Motion and Robot,A800 GOT Integration, Smart Condition.Monitoring & Guided Operator Solutions.

SMC: Electric Actuators & Grippers.

SMAC: Precision Electric Actuators and the famous SMAC actuator hand

SICK: Inspection/Vision cameras and Scanners.
In addition to the live presentations an open exhibition area was available, where attendees could discuss individual systems and products in greater depth with numerous application specialists.

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Mitsubishi Factory Automation Product Manager Barry Weller talking through the many Features and Benefits of using the New IQF and IQR PLC Platforms



As an added benefit guests were also offered a guided tour of the MTC and given exclusive availability around
their spectacular premises to see up close the latest manufacturing technologies from some of the UK’s most innovative manufacturing businesses


CDL are planning to run more similar events throughout 2017 so keep checking our social media feeds, website and Blog for further details regarding future events.

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Mitsubishi host the Future Manufacturing Event – AMRC Training Centre , Sheffield

Are you registered ?

Due to high demand Mitsubishi have now added a further date to their Future Manufacturing event that is taking place at the AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield on the 17th March 2015. The following day has now been added due to poular demand so enrol now to ensure your place on this event.


The free to enter event is intended to appeal to anyone working in manufacturing, engineering or automation and interested in where manufacturing and technology are today and where they will be in the near future. The ‘Future Manufacturing Event’ is a combination of seminars, exhibitions and one-to-one contact with experts from leading software and hardware vendors.

Date & Venue

17th and 18th March 2015 – AMRC Training Center Sheffield

Industry leading experts will provide invaluable information on key topics that include:

Energy solutions

  • New ESOS legislation – the facts and how it affects you
  • Effective Energy Management
  • IE Motor legislation
  • G5/5 explained

Industry 4.0

  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • M2M Solutions

Technology innovations

  • iQ-F – Unrivaled compact controller
  • iQ-R – Next generation modular controller
  • Robotics & Vision

Event Partners

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  • Rittal
  • Lutze
  • Cognex
  • CLPA
  • Eplan
  • P&F

To register

Register for your free pass to Mitsubishi Electric Future Manufacturing Event and access free seminars, special features and the very latest product news from some of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers.

Register to guarantee your place at the event




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Save over 60% off Mitsubishi software: iQ Works and GX Works 2

For a limited period only Mitsubishi Electric is running a special offer on the iQ Works & GX Works 2 software platforms.

IQ Works software
iQ Works software is the integrated engineering software suite which includes Melsoft Navigator, GX Works 2, MT Works 2 and GT Works 3.

Introductory price of £495


GX Works 2 software

MELSOFT GX Works 2 represents the next generation in MELSOFT PLC maintenance and programming software. It’s functionality has been inherited from both GX and IEC Developer, with improvements made throughout to increase productivity and drive down engineering costs.

Introductory price of £295



Contact our dedicated sales team to place your order today! 01162339555


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CDL releases their latest Mitsubishi Short-Form Sales Guide

Following on from the Success of previous editions, we have continued to develop and produce our very own ‘Mitsubishi World of Automation Solutions’ Short-Form Sales Guide.

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This guide is an additional Sales Tool to help you with your selection of Mitsubishi Hardware for each of your Automation applications.

Within this guide you’ll find listed an abundance of Product Ranges in a pictorial format along with a brief description encompassing additional information along with the current UK List Prices for each product shown. We hope that this guide itself can offer you instant access to part numbers and cost whilst you are planning for new projects, upgrades or straight forward like-for-like replacements.




A typical extract from the Brochure below shows a brief description, dimensions, specifications and additional modules for each product:

L-series spread

L-series spread


Whether it be for peace of mind or a technical brain to pick, it’s good to know our Engineers are available to assist with your factory automation or control project. We believe that if our customers are knowledgeable they are more likely to get the best from our products. This means that our technical support Engineers will take the time to explain their advice and not baffle you with science. Therefore as a Sales Guide we hope this latest edition continues to assist with your hardware selection, and to further strengthen our customer commitment we offer in partnership the following services.


Technical Support

Our Engineering service supports you during planning, conception and completion of your project. We offer support, consultancy and service in various forms, may it be online, over the phone or on-site. We can help you with everything from equipment specification, system implementation and commissioning to on-going support and training tailored to your needs.


Find us online where we offer a customer download area containing a comprehensive range of old to new manuals, application notes, data sheets and free software.


Drop us a call on 01162361861, where one of our Technical Support Engineers will be on hand during the day to advise and support you with any queries regarding selection, functionality, configuration, wiring and programming of our products and systems. Alternatively, you could always send us an e-mail to:

On Site Support

Our on-site support team can be booked to assist in design, commissioning or programming of PLCs HMIs and Servo systems. Integration with industrial networks, third party or legacy systems is their specialist area and they are prepared for the unique challenges that each visit can bring.


Whether simple programming or complex system integration on either a software or hardware technology, our training team can provide a range of of standard or bespoke training courses tailored to your exact requirements. Our training courses carry the appropriate accreditation and certification and can lead to the achievement of a Mitsubishi Certified Engineer status.


To request a FREE copy of one of our Brochure’s, fill out the contact form below.

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The RIFLINE complete relay system

RIFLINE complete relay system

Phoenix Contact’s new RIFLINE complete relay system has been designed to implement all standard relay applications.  Switch low currents and currents up to 16A, whether you want to replace small power contactors or whether you want to isolate, multiply or amplify signals, the field of application ranges from coupling to timer relays.  RIFLINE complete relay system’s universal plug-in design supports quick, easy and error-free handling. 

The advantages of using this system is the availability as a complete or modular system, its reliability and it has a complete product range covering all standard relay applications.  Thanks to its plug-in special function module, it is easy to extend to a timer relay.  The system also boasts easy handling due to its modern wiring and potential distribution concept.

Modular System

Modular Systems & Accessories

Modular Systems & Accessories

All complete modules in the RIFLINE series are also available as modular systems and, as its been inspired by CLIPLINE complete, RIFLINE complete also offers an abundance of accessory components suitable for both systems.  As individual components can be combined as required depending on each scenario, this benefit maximizes flexibility.

Multifunctional Timer Module

Transform a relay module into a timer relay using the multifunctional plug-in timer module.  RIF1 to RIF4 bases can be equipped with this module.  Selection can be made from three time ranges and four time functions using DIP switches and using a potentiometer you can detail time settings.

RIFLINE Complete

To enable quick, tool free wiring, use RIFLINE complete using its proved push in technology.

You can use a ballpoint pen or screwdriver on the release button to release the conductor;

Reduce wiring effort using plug in bridges and upgrading to a timer relay is possible using the timer module.

Easy Handling in Details

Thanks to push in connection technology gives Easy Wiring.

Easy handling in detail

Easy handling in detail

Using plug in bridges from the standard range of Clipline gives Easy Potential Distribution. 

With plug in multifunctional timer modules, gives Easy Expansion.




For further information please get in contact.

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Rittal Announces CDL as their Rittal Alliance Partner of the Year


 rittalCDL accepts Rittal’s Prestigious Award at this Years Hannover Messe confirming them as the UK’s Number One Alliance Partner of choice



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Company Director Lee Clarke (Right) of Controls and Drives Ltd in Leicester travelled as a guest of Rittal UK to this Years Hannover Exhibition and can be seen in this picture recieving his Award from Thomas Rehhorn (Centre) Director of International Sales, Export Northern Europe.




Controls and Drives Limited were announced as the most dominant figure for Rittal in 2012 and have continued to grow their business in the UK , ensuring that they are always up to date with current standards and Market Trends in their Industry.

Maintaining a Positive and Proactive attitude towards Rittal and Aligning with their Strategies, combined with providing an extensive Stockholding, Technical knowledge and customer Service enabled CDL to stand out as the number one Rittal UK Partner of Choice.

Ian Clarke, Rittal UK’s Industrial Sales Director also seen in the Picture (Left) accompanied customers and Partners during a 3 day Trip where all participants enjoyed a full itenary including tours of the Rittal Factories starting with their HQ  in Herborn , and then manufacturing plants in Rittershausen where the floor standing enclosures are manufactured and Rennerod where the Climate control products are produced.

CDL are proud to be working with Rittal who are the UK’s market leading manufacturer of electrical enclosures. Their extensive range of standard enclosures and enclosure accessories is complimented by bespoke and application specific products from Control desks to kiosks. To aid with the planning process Rittal’s EPLAN software has also become the benchmark in electrical design streamlining both the design and drawing process.

CDL would like to Thank Rittal UK for their continued support and will continue to develope their already successful business model to ensure that they are a nominee for next Years award.


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Phoenix Contact – Highlights 2013

Phoenix Contact have bought out a new catalogue titled – HIGHLIGHTS 2013 – Innovations for your success.

Their mission is to create progress with innovative and inspiring solutions. They believe that it is only through products that make your life easier that they can meet this objective. That’s why they focus on making handling as easy as possible, following a systemic approach and ensuring openness for proven standards.

See below, a glance of the development of some of  their product ranges:

The Axioline I/O System

The new Axioline I/O system gives you all options.  Use in control & in the field, choosing the right I/Os for your specific network.  These are available for all networks and environments.  Axioline I/Os are fast, robust and easy to use.

The Axiocontrol Compact Controller

Designed for maximum performance, easy handling and for use in harsh environments, the new Axiocontrol is a trend-setting control technology from Phoenix Contact which, together with Axioline, offers you the highest speeds.Axiocontrol

Industrial Ethernet

One network; a range of possibilities – there are new products for your industrial Ethernet applications, offering improvements in real-time, safety, and wireless features. You can integrate into your network very easily using the Ethernet components from Phoenix Contact. Industrial Ethernet

The RIFLINE Complete Relay System

RIFLINE complete is a complete relay system, offering easy handling from coupling & timer relays through to replacement small power contactors.  Use RIFLINE to complete industrial relay systems and to implement all standard relay applications.

Terminal Blocks for Signal and Power

For machine building, there are now 3.5 mm slimline sensor/actuator terminal blocks and high-current terminal blocks for conductors of up to 95 mm² with push-in connection.

Compact Monitoring Relays

‘Quick wiring and space-saving’, the new monitoring relays can be used to efficiently monitor current, voltage, and phase sequence.  This allows you to detect critical deviations at an early stage.  These are ideal for use in building installations or series production in system manufacturing and machine building.Compact monitoring relays

Intelligent Surge Protection

Using PLUBTRAB PT-IQ surge protection, protect your signal interfaces and be informed of any wear on protective devices at an early stage before an overload can result in failure.  Now with new push-in connection technology to make planning your service easy.Intelligent Surge Protection

Power Supplies With Basic Functionality

UNO POWER power supply units , thanks to their high power density, offer an ideal solution for loads up to 100W.  The compact, highly efficient UNO POWER power supplies impress with high power density and low energy consumption.  Starting with 5 modules, these set new standards in energy consumption.

Device Circuit Breaker Boards

The new device circuit breaker boards allow you to reduce installation times due to having a central potential distribution.  These boards can be fitted individually with thermomagnetic circuit breakers, making them very versatile.

LED Machine Lights

This intelligent lighting gives you a sophisticated installation concept and many new ways to control the light.  Having the advantages of LED technology with PLD machine lights, this installation concept saves time and material costs.

IP65 Compliant Industrial PC’s

Powerful technology and good looks, these multitouch capable PCs offer quick installation directly onto the machine making it the perfect solution for user-friendly machine interaction.

Radioline Wireless System

Easily bring a complete wireless system online. Radioline is now also available for the 900 MHz frequency band, and has new functions including easy assingment of inputs and outputs by simply turning the thumbwheel, without programming.Radioline wireless system

Heavycon Evo

For greater efficiency in machine building, we offer new heavy-duty plug-in connectors. Reduce your logistics costs thanks to a smart mounting concept.  Screw connections are available in 4 sizes from M20 to M40.Plastic plug in connectors


Take a look at the 2013 Pheonix Contact Highlights video below and feel free to contact us for further information on any of the above.


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