Category Archive: Remote IO Solutions

Jun
06

Phoenix Contact – I/O Systems

 

 

Professional automation for your system: I/O systems from Phoenix Contact are the ideal solution for data transfer at input and output level. Whether in the field, in a control cabinet, as a customizable modular system or with a block design. Whichever network or protocol you prefer – we have the right I/Os for you.

Your advantages

  • Versatile use, thanks to international approvals, wide range of functions, and network openness
  • High system availability and increased productivity, thanks to very reliable products
  • More future-proof, thanks to the use of innovative technologies

I/O systems for every application


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More choice: I/O devices from Phoenix Contact for every applications

 

You will find the perfect I/O devices for signal acquisition in Phoenix Contact’s extensive I/O product range.

Proven technology provides the basis for innovative products with useful features – continuous improvements are achieved through close customer contact and forward-looking developments.

 

  • Choose from an extensive range of I/O modules and I/O terminals for the control cabinet – including for very fast data communication.
  • I/O devices that support modular extension and have a high degree of functionality can be used in the field or particularly robust devices with a block design can be used for harsh industrial environments.
  • Implement safety applications with our PROFIsafe modules or with no safety controller at all using SafetyBridge Technology.
  • Clever connection technologies, such as Push-in Technology or SPEEDCON fast locking system, enable convenient and time-saving wiring.
  • Our IO-Link/analog converters and the IO-Link masters also provide a high degree of flexibility in the field and can be used to implement analog communication without any shielded cables.

 

For more detailed information on Phoenix’s I/O System products, please see the links below:

 

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Jan
25

Mitsubishi – Introducing the latest iQ-F updates

The Mitsubishi iQ-F range continues to expand and they are now at a stage where they have a comprehensive range of hardware products for this PLC family.

 

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There is now a complete range of DC-powered CPUs available from 32 to 80 I/O.

Mitsubishi now also have PT100 and Thermocouple ADP modules (attach to left hand side of CPU).

As well as new digital I/O modules there will also be an FX5-80SSC-S (an 8 axis version of the existing popular 4 axis FX5-40SSC-S).

All the new line up is in stock except for the FX5-80SSC-S which will be available from February. 

Click here for more info

 

 

 

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Feb
18

Phoenix Contact RIFLINE Complete

Phoenix Contact’s RIFLINE Complete is a one stop shop relay system.  Why use multiple relay ranges when you can carry out all standard relay applications using just the RIFLINE Complete relay system?  RIFLINE Complete is Phoenix Contact’s new cost effective modular ice cube relay series.  The relays range from a slim 6.2 mm coupling relay to a small power contactor replacement. The most powerful relay can switch voltages up to 440 V.

 

Whether you want to isolate, multiply or amplify signals, it doesn’t matter as you will only ever need the one system.

Phoenix Contact’s RIFLINE Complete can be assembled individually or ordered as a complete module.  All components in the modular system can be ordered individually depending on the application.

The advantages of RIFLINE Complete include:

  • tool free push in connection technology saves wiring time
  • easy function extension as 3 time functions can be selected in a time range 0.5 seconds to 100 minutes
  • high availability ensuring quick replacement
  • Ability to bridge multiple types of relays using standard jumpers from the CLIPLINE Complete range

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch or click here 

 

 

 

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Sep
25

Phoenix Contact Industrial Bluetooth

Phoenix Contact’s industrial Bluetooth modules allow you to wirelessly transmit control data to mobile or logodifficult to access automation devices quickly and easily.  Bluetooth communication is characterised by particularly robust transmission under difficult ambient conditions. This allows you to establish functionally safe communication via PROFIsafe or SafetyBridge technology.

Having quick and easy implementation, Phoenix Contact’s Bluetooth is the ideal solution for reliable wireless communication with automation components.  Industrial wireless communication via Bluetooth offers easy and inexpensive Ethernet connection in automation.

Using Phoenix Contact’s Bluetooth, the advantages of this technology can benefit your application.

  • Easy and safe installation, thanks to largely automatic configuration
  • Extremely reliable and rugged data transmission, thanks to redundant transmission channels and integrated error correction
  • Interference-free parallel operation of multiple Bluetooth wireless paths or Bluetooth wireless paths and WLAN systems, thanks to the efficient use of frequency gaps
  • Long range of up to several hundred meters, thanks to transmission in the license-free 2.4 GHz band

If you use a Bluetooth wireless connection as a wireless control cable.  You can communicate reliably with rotating or moving modules, with minimal effort, eg cranes, robots, scraper bridges.  When in parallel operation with other wireless systems, Bluetooth is most impressive.

Using Bluetooth as a multipoint connection, you can provide wireless Ethernet access for up to seven devices per wireless cell.   Therefore you can communicate safely and reliably with I/O components, scanners or PCs in a machine.

For further information, click here.  If you require any further information or a quotation, please get in touch.

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May
20

HMS Netbiter

Remote Access — Configure a PLC or machine remotely

HMS Netbiter is a remote access service which opens up a secure tunnel to a PLC or machine. Using your regular PLC configuration software just as you would if you were on site, this enables configuration, programming or debugging of any industrial device from any location.

Netbiter EC300-SeriesINCLUDED SERVICE WITH EC300-SERIES GATEWAYS

Remote Access is an included Netbiter Service with the EasyConnect EC300 communication gateways. It allows one user to connect to one machine.

The service supports data limits up to 1GB per month and is set up through the cloud-based Netbiter Argos data center, maintained and hosted by HMS.

The Remote Access Service can also be combined with View and Control and Manage and Analyze Services as long as an EC300-series gateway is used.

ET UP AND RUNNING IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES!

Once you have connected a HMS Netbiter EC300-series gateway to your device, you will set up remote access to your device in a matter of minutes.

It is an ideal solution for system integrators and machine builders who require immediate access to field equipment in order to minimize equipment downtime and reduce on-site maintenance and travel costs.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF REMOTE ACCESS

  • Fast, secure and easy-to-use cloud-based solution for System Integrators and Machine Builders to remotely access industrial equipment anytime, anywhere
  • Enables remote programming or debugging of industrial PLCs using standard configuration software (such as RSlogix, TIA Portal, GX Developer etc), just as if connected to the PLC/machine on site
  • Access equipment 24/7 using any of the Netbiter EC300 series communication gateways and the cloud-based Netbiter Argos™ data center
  • Machines / PLCs connect via Serial RS232/485, Ethernet WAN or LAN Data communication
  • The Netbiter gateway sends and receives data via Ethernet or cellular 3G networks
  • Creates an encrypted data tunnel to the remote equipment. Netbiter uses a unique 2-step indetification method for login access to your devices
  • Uses Netbiter Argos as an intelligent routing portal. This means that you don’t need an IP-address for the Netbiter gateway, nor do you need a fixed IP SIM card.
  • Included feature when purchasing a Netbiter EC300 series commuication gateway. Free of charge for data usage up to 1GB per month. Subscription-based for higher data usage.
  • Fast deployment and a scalable solution, more functionality can be added if needed.
  • For 3G cellular communication no fixed IP SIM cards are required. Use your local supplier!

HOW IT WORKS

HMS Netbiter Remote Access provides a remote connection through Netbiter Argos to the serial and Ethernet ports on a Netbiter EC300 series gateway. This makes it possible to use PC-based software applications (such as RSLogix or TIA Portal) to program, configure or debug just as if being on site.

To establish the remote connection, the PC-based driver Netbiter QuickConnect is installed on the PC. This creates a secure tunnel through Netbiter Argos to the Netbiter gateway and also establishes a virtual connection to the software application on the PC.

The tunnel established between the laptop and the remote network can be used to create one or more channels for the actual connections to the remote devices.

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THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF CHANNELS ARE SUPPORTED:

  • Network bridge
    This enables a remote connection to the network on the Ethernet LAN port of the Netbiter gateway and allows remote access to any device on that network.
  • TCP/UDP port forwarding
    A channel can be mapped to a specific remote IP-address and specific port for TCP and UDP messaging. Limiting access to specific ports and IP-addresses is often an advantage from a security perspective, which is why this method should always be preferred to Network bridge whenever possible.
  • Virtual Serial
    Provides a virtual COM port that is mapped to the RS-232 or RS-485 port on the Netbiter gateway.

SOLID SECURITY solid security

The data that is transmitted between your local PC and the machine on site is encrypted and transmitted through a secure channel.

The channel is opened with a double authentication procedure: A secure, password-protected login into the Argos server and an SMS-based verification method.

INTELLIGENT ROUTING – NO FIXED IPS NEEDED

The HMS Netbiter Argos acts as an intelligent routing portal offloading the user from having to know the IP-Address of the remote Netbiter gateway. Moreover, the Netbiter gateways provide hardware interfaces to secure the remote access on site with a keylock and LED indicator. Even users without specific IT knowledge can use the system successfully and securely.

What you can do: PLC programming, configuration, debugging and software upgrades

HMS is continually verifying the remote access feature with different device types from all manufacturers. Remote Access is vendor-independent and enables machine builders to deliver to any market irrespective of the PLC brand used.

Give us a call if you would like a quotation.

 

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Apr
01

Mitsubishi IQ-F – FX5U the next generation of FX Family

With the launch of the FX5U Compact PLC, as a part of the IQ-F Series, Mitsubishi has made this best selling PLC even better.

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Mitsubishi launched the original FX over 30 years ago and being the first compact PLC to be seen in the European market., the FX transformed automation by bringing PLC control and functionality into smaller, lower cost applications that would previously have had to rely solely on discrete relay based logic.

Each generation of the Mitsubishi FX has set new standards and now with the introduction of the FX5U, Mitsubishi has given these compact controllers a huge performance boost by focusing on processing power, expansion, built in functionality and positioning and motion functions.

The Mitsubishi FX5U gives the FX a performance boost and adds new features that set benchmark standards for compact PLCs.  Users are able to develop more complex and sophisticated automation systems, as well as higher performance applications without having to go for larger, more costly PLC families.  Programming through the same GX Works software used for other controllers in the Mitsubishi Electric range supports scalability.

Mitsubishi FX3U offers many features and benefits:-

HIGH SPEED INPUT & OUTPUTS – Users can achieve high speed, precise positioning at low cost with embedded multi-speed, interrupt positioning and simultaneous start.
ANALOGUE & PID – With 2 analogue inputs & 1 analogue output as standard, also with improved PID performance, users have a low cost means of implementing sophisticated functions at low cost and without the need for additional hardware.
IMPROVED CONNECTIVITY – The FX5U offers simple connection options to a wide range of Mitsubishi Servos, Inverters Cognex Vision Systems, Networks & Energy Meters, thus having reduced wiring effort and no additional programming.
BUILT IN ETHERNET – Having Ethernet communications as standard, users can easily set up communications with other Ethernet enabled systems and perform remote data monitoring over the internet.  They can also use the SNTP function (time synchronisation from a time server via a network).
POSITIONING CONTROL – Mitsubishi Electric’s simple motion unit as an intelligent function module is included with the FX5U.  This provides the ability to perform sophisticated motion control for up to 4 axes.  Functions include linear interpolation, circular interpolation, positioning control, synchronised control. encoder following and electric cam.
ADVANCED SYNCHRONOUS CONTROL – Software based synchronous control can be used as an alternative to mechanical control, such as gear, transmission, shaft and cam.  Also cam control is easier with cam auto-generation.  Synchronous control can be simply operated for each axis (stop/start), allowing synchronous and positional control axes within the same program.
CAM AUTO-GENERATION – Simply by registering the sheet length, synchronisation width, rotary cutter axis dimensions etc, cam data for a rotary cutter can be generated automatically.  All servo axes can be synchronised via SSCNETIII/H by plug & play.
MARK DETECTION – The actual position of the servo motor can be obtained based on the registration mark printed on the high speed moving film.  Compensation of the cutter axis position, based on the registration marks, keeps the constant cutting position.
SIMPLE TROUBLESHOOTING – The FX5U offers a range of trouble shooting functions to speed system set up, increase system availability and reduce maintenance requirements.  Included is comprehensive debugging functions along with diagnostics function.  Simple maintenance is facilitated through improved diagnostics including error history, hardware monitor, SD card for logging & tracing functions, automatic systems recognition and several program debugging functions.
SECURITY FUNCTIONS – FX5U comes with several security functions like privilege based program on SD card with copy protection password.
BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY – Reuse existing FX3 expansion modules with the FX5U via a bus conversion module and easily port existing FX3 programs to FX5U.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar
05

New – Mitsubishi FR-A800 Frequency Inverter

New from Mitsubishi is the FR-A800 Frequency Inverter which has been designed for unparalleled drive precision, speed control, simple start-up, and versatility.  The Mitsubishi FR-A800 is a new generation of drive technology.

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Mitsubishi’s FR-A800 has some outstanding features which include the integrated high level PLC, USB port for programming and parameter copying, an-easy to-read control panel, optimum power usage and energy saving functions, improved system safety, three expansion slots for a range of option and supported network card.

The FR-A800 Series is fully backwards compatible with the FR-A700 series and its parameters can be easily copied by FR Configurator2. In order to match the former machine response time, the input/output signals of the FR-A800 can be delayed.

The FR-A800 series has some powerful features and intelligent functions which include a two channel emergency stop for safe shutdown. This ensures safe operation in compliance with the European Machinery Directive without installation of another contactor. The FR-A800 thus conforms to the EN ISO13849-1/PLd cat. 3, EN 61508 and EN 61800-5-2 SIL2 standards.

The operation panel with the one touch Digital Dial allows direct access to all important parameters. The FR-A800 series also allows the connection of a Mitsubishi Electric graphical operation terminal (GOT). Communication parameters for the HMI connection are automatically set as a batch.

The FR-A800 has a built in EMC filter which ensures full compliance with European EMC Directive standards (EN 61800-3 2nd environment category C3), so separate certification is not required for the drive.  To suit your application, take advantage of the energy saving function, the impressive savings can be displayed on the energy monitor.  With an estimated lifespan of 10 years, the cooling fans and built in capacitors can be further extended by using the ON/OFF control function

The FR-A800 can be controlled and monitored by a controller via network.  Communication options are available for the major network protocols such as CC-Link IE Field, CC-Link, Profibus DP/DPV1, Profinet/Ether- Net IP/EtherCat (to be released soon) and SSCNETIII/H as well as DeviceNet™ and LONWORKS.  RS485 communication (Mitsubishi Electric drive protocol, Modbus-RTU protocol) is supported as standard.

Mitsubishi FR-A800:-

  • High Speed Response: With a speed response of 50Hz, A800 to respond to a change in motor load. A800 reacts to a speed signal much faster too – between 2 to 3 ms as opposed to 5 to 20 ms with A700.
  • Wide Speed Range: 200:1 speed range open loop, 1500:1 closed loop speed range.
  • Extended Maximum Speed: A standard A800 VFD can drive high speed motors at up to 590Hz, compared to the A700’s 400Hz.
  • IPM Motor Control: Standard A800 VFDs can drive the new generation IPM (Internal Permanent Magnet) motors, such as the Marathon ‘SyMAX’ series.
  • Safety Stop: A800 is a SAFETY drive. “STO” capability enables SIL2 / PLd category emergency stops.
  • Compatible with USB stick: VFD settings can be easily uploaded or downloaded and ‘black box’ operating data at the time of a drive trip can be copied for diagnosis using the FR-Configurator software.
  • GOT interface: Automatic connectivity to GOT 2000 series GOTs without the need to change any parameters.
  • Improved PLC: A800 has a new internal PLC based around the Mitsubishi ‘L series’ processor. Instructions in the form of ‘Function Blocks’ can now be used.
  • Conformal Coating: All A800 VFDs have Conformal Coated boards as standard.

If you would like a brochure emailing over or require a quotation, get in touch !

 

 

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Jan
29

CDL Releases their New Year “A World of Automation” 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 Part Numbers for each product shown

The below Image shows a 2 Page extract from the Variable Speed Drives Section

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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.

Online

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.

Telephone/Email

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: support@cdluk.com

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.

Training

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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Jan
23

Mitsubishi CC-LINK IE FIELD

Mitsubishi’s CC-Link IE Field is a major innovation in industrial networks providing reliable, flexible, and seamless communication CC-Link + Industrial.

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Mitsubishi CC-Link IE is an open 1GB Industrial Ethernet automation network consisting of two parts, CC-Link IE Control, and CC-Link IE Field.

Mitsubishi’s CC-Link IE Control communicates over dual-loop fibre between PLCs, HMIs and PCs with an extremely large cyclical data-sharing capacity.  Mitsubishi’s CC-Link IE Field has a smaller cyclical data-sharing capacity but communicates with both PLCs and Remote I/O stations over shielded CAT5E cables with standard RJ45 connectors in a star, line or combination topology.  Mitsubishi’s CC-Link IE Field uses L Series Slave Head Stations for remote I/O.  By adding an Ethernet Adapter to the CC-Link IE Field network allows full access to the network from standard TCP/IP devices like PCs, HMIs, and sensors.

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  • Directly connectable on a CC-Link IE Field network
  • One extension module max. can be added to a Remote I/O, Analog, or High-Speed Counter Module
  • Fast logic function performs logic locally in the module
  • Certifications: UL, cUL, CE

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  • A/D and D/A module have 4 channels (voltage/current)
  • Switchable ranges
  • Handles analog ranges ±10VDC and 0~ 20mA
  • Averaging can be set to be triggered by extension I/O module
  • Certifications: UL, cUL, CE

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  • Enables simple access to CC-Link deivces on a CC-Link IE Field network
  • Connect up to 64 CC-Link Ver. 1 modules
  • Certifications: UL, cUL, CE

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  • 32 bit counter
  • 5/24VDC (2 to 5 mA input) or differential input
  • Switchable counting speed up to 8Mpps
  • PWM output function
  • Certifications: UL, cUL, CE

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The Ethernet Adapter is used to add standard Ethernet TCP/IP devices onto a CC-Link IE Field network, like PCs, GOT1000 HMIs, and 3rd party devices. These Ethernet TCP/IP devices are bridged into the control network using Seamless Message Protocol (SLMP), which also enables use of standard MC Protocol and MELSOFT programming port protocol. The Ethernet Adapter is DIN-rail mounted, separate from other controllers or hardware.

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Jul
01

New – Lutze Electronic Housing

LÜTZE has introduced a new electronic housing – the LCOS, which is an intelligent housing solution that can be individually adapted to the requirements of the control cabinet.LCOS

The LCOS from LÜTZE is an IP20 electronic housing system that can be used for both modular housings or as a stand-alone solution, it can also be expanded into a complete modular I/O system via the toll-free connection of data or energy modules. The LCOS’ electronic housing is based on a device carrier that holds the separate housings or the plug-in function units. The patented four-wire bus allows the field side to be supplied with up to 16A of nominal current per conductor. This facilitates the realisation of three-phase functions with an operating voltage of 500V or also 24V applications with a current load of DC 64A. The LÜTZE electronic housing LCOS has UL-approval and can therefore be used worldwide. The temperature application range lies between -40° C and +85° C. On the basis of the various approvals and fire tests, such as V-0, NFF I2 and NFF F2, the LCOS housing is also suitable for use in rough ambient conditions.

Various models allow individual solutions.

If the LCOS housing system is used in a modular way, plug-in data or power modules with supply options supply power to the system and allow the creation of a data and power bus. The modules are interchangeable so that four results are possible: 2x data; 2x power, 1x power/data, 1x data/power. A further advantage: The connection between the modules does not need to be wired, it is connected via insulated bridges. The LCOS function housing is available in four models: Either as a housing that is 22.5 mm or 35 mm wide, or alternatively with or without side terminals. In combination with the supply the construction width is 57.5 or 70 mm. The LCOS housing is equipped with three standard markers so that a total of 18 characters can be used for labelling purposes. As an additional service, LÜTZE supplies both customised front plates and also individual colours to implement the Corporate Identity of the device manufacturer. Thanks to 64 freely selectable codes, it is impossible to connect the modules incorrectly. They are connected directly to the carrier rail via PE contacts. Regardless of the housing configuration, the LCOS system has 42 connection points. The data bus is equipped for future purposes with 12 data contacts to allow the individual design of the device communication system e.g. the connection of the power modules or bus-capable load monitoring modules.

 

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