Category Archive: Safety Solutions

Jul
27

Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-F Series

Mitsubishi MELSEC-F Series has now been reborn as the MELSEC iQ-F Series, offering enhanced high speed bus, expanded built-in functions, advanced SSCNETIII/H support and improved engineering environment. Program and parameters are set with the GXWorks3 engineering melsec-iq-fsoftware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From stand-alone use to networked system applications, MELSEC iQ-F brings your business to the next level of industry

In the Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-F Series, the FX5U model provides a cost effective solution that boasts ease of use, functionality and high performance in a small panel footprint.  The FX5U and FX5UC controllers enable faster decision making with access to real time data and improved accuracy and throughput, ideal for small to medium machines.  They are key also to a more profitable manufacturing environment.

KEY BENEFITS

  • To reduce costs, motion control capability in a compact control platform
  • Enhance security options
  • With Ethernet, Modbus and serial communications options, gives open connectivity and flexible networking
  • Faster machine speeds and increased productivity
  • To standardize a variety of applications, flexible architecture and expansion options

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE & DRIVE CONTROL

  • Embedded Ethernet port
  • Built in SD card slot
  • Large memory capacity
  • Embedded analog
  • Inverter Control
  • Positioning
  • Simple motion module

Mitsubishi MELSEC iQ-F Series can easily be configured using GX Works3.  Programming languages are supported and can even be used in the same project at the same time allowing the user to program in the most efficient manner for their application.  Using the Simple Motion module, GX Works3 eliminates the need for additional software.

Click here for a brochure or get in contact for a quotation or further details.

 

 

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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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Nov
20

Intelligent Fluid Level Solutions from Sick UK

The LFP Cubic Level Sensor from Sick UK is one that uses TDR technology (time domain reflectometry), so can be used in oil- and water-based liquids without calibration.

sick fluid probe

The LFP’s guided radar uses time-of-flight technology to measure electromagnetic pulses. The time difference between the sent pulse and the reflected pulse is used to calculate the level, both as a continuous value (analog output) and a freely positionable switching point (switching output).

Due to its flexible probe that can be changed or cut, the LFP Cubic Level Sensor from Sick UK can integrate quickly into any application. The LFP Cubic can work in deposit forming and foaming liquids. The sensor’s intuitive setup uses four buttons and a display to ensure quick and easy adaptation to the application. Remote amplifier, IO-link interface and versions with a process connection in titanium are additional features for versatile use.

At a glance;

  • Level sensor for fluids
  • No mechanical moving parts
  • Manually cutable and exchangeable probe with lengths from 200 mm up to 2,000 mm or rope probe up to 4,000 mm
  • Resistant to deposit formation
  • Process temperature up to 100 °C, process pressure up to 10 bar
  • 3 in 1: combined display, analog output (acc. NAMUR NE 43) and binary output
  • High enclosure rating of IP 67, rotatable housing and remote amplifier version

Your Benefits;

  • Rugged design increases service life
  • High flexibility due to cutable and exchangable monoprobe or rope probe
  • Cost savings due to multiple output signals: one system for both level detection and continuous level monitoring
  • Time and cost savings due to low maintenance and quick commissioning without calibration
  • Titanium process connection brings high chemical resistance
  • Compact and rotatable housing or remote amplifier ensures flexible installation
  • No crosstalk when several sensors are mounted next to each other
  • Advanced technology enables adjustment-free measurement

Click here for products and if you require a quotation, please get in touch !

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Oct
28

Phoenix Contact new PSR mini

PHOENIX PSR

Phoenix Contact’s new PSR mini relays are the narrowest safety relays in the world with force-guided contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a width of just 6 and 12 mm, Phoenix PSR mini offer the same performance as a large safety relay. Thanks to the newly developed relay technology from Phoenix Contact, the highly compact design is possible. With its combination of unique features, PSR mini has been specifically optimized for use in machine building and the process industry.

Your advantages:-

  • Thanks to the compact design and maximum flexibility of the safety relays with force-guided contacts, space savings up to 70%.
  • Thanks to innovative relay technology from Phoenix Contact, maximum safety and high switching loads of up to 6A.
  • Thanks to global approvals, access to all relevant markets.
  • Thanks to the installation of safe coupling relays directly in Ex zone 2, simplified creation of distributed concepts.
  • Thanks to fine-grained architecture with one enabling contact or more, modular configuration of safety concepts.
Highly compact PSRmini safety relays with force-guided contacts

Highly compact PSRmini safety relays with force-guided contacts

Phoenix PSR mini is the new generation of safety relays and the range comprises of 28 products in 6 mm and 12 mm versions. Despite the narrow design, thanks to comprehensive approvals and much more, the products offer maximum performance: they switch loads of up to 6A, are compatible with many signal transmitters and safety-related controllers and are versatile.

The compact design quickly pays for itself, as numerous signals can be processed in a confined space, thereby utilizing the space in the control cabinet to optimum effect. The fine-grained architecture makes a modular design of safety concepts possible: the 6 mm version is available with 1 to 2 enabling contacts, the 12 mm version with 2 to 3.

With PSR mini, you save on space and gain flexibility, without the need to make compromises in the application.

Groundbreaking new relay technology 

Phoenix Contact’s centrepiece of the new PSR mini device family is the relay technology developed by them. Just 6 mm wide, the elementary relay with force-guided contacts impresses with its numerous technological details and is as reliable as safety technology should be.  It is its robustness, reliability and diagnostic capability that sets it apart from a standard elementary relay.  All individual parts of the relay are manufactured by Phoenix Contact to ensure high production accuracy and to meet their stringent quality requirements.

Classic safety functions, new safety concepts

Scalable safety relay solution for machine building with PSRmini

Scalable safety relay solution for machine building with PSRmini

In addition to the low space requirements, the new PSR mini safety relays offer the following advantages, particularly in the field of machine building.

There is a complete range, compatible with many signal transmitters such as emergency stop equipment, safety door switches and light grids.  Thanks to the provision of just one enabling contact, they have a modular structure of safety functions.  As well as comprehensive approvals for global markets, the contacts are force-guided for maximum safety levels up to PL e according to ISO 13849 and SILCL 3 according to IEC 62061.

Full SIL3 performance in potentially explosive areas

Phoenix Contact’s PSR mini coupling relays are used for signal amplification and electrical isolation in conjunction with the outputs of a safety controller. Adapted to the relevant process control systems, the new product range offers SIL-certified coupling modules for safe deactivation (emergency shut-down) and safe activation (fire and gas).

In addition to reduced space and material requirements, PSRmini offers numerous other advantages:

  • Shorter down times during scheduled maintenance phases, thanks to simple, fast diagnostics directly at the device or the controller.
  • Use of safe coupling relays in potentially explosive areas for the simpler creation of distributed concepts.
  • System cabling using customer-specific Termination Carriers for fast, error-free startup and connection in the field.

Get in touch if you require more info !

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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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Aug
04

Phoenix Contact Apps

Phoenix Contact have developed their mobile apps to keep you up-to-date with their latest news and new products but they also want you be able to access your systems anytime, any place.

 

Phoenix Contact Mobile Apps

 

catalogue app

Using Phoenix Contact “Catalogue App” you can search their whole product catalogue, by catagory or using search keyboards.  If you would like to create a wish list, there is also a facility to do this, allowing you easy access to your favourite products.  You can even download datasheets or link directly to that product on their website.  All Phoenix Contact latest news is also regulary refreshed to keep you up-to-date.

Available on iPhone and iPad.

 

Available on iPad only is Phoenix Contact “Magazine App” that allows you to interactively browse through their latest new products and highlights brochure on your tablet,

 

safety appPhoenix Contact “Safety App” is a useful tool to give you an overview on how far your machine/system complies with the requirements of the 2006/42/EC Machine Directive.

There is a check list to help guide you through the essential points of the machine directive, you can also determine the performance level or ascertain the MTTFd value for a safety function.

Available for iPhone and iPad

 

Visu+ appPhoenix Contact “Visu+ app” enables you to extend your system visualisation on to your smartphone or tablet, thus allowing you to access your system at any time and from any location.

The Visu+ web server required for the app is already pre-installed in various devices from Phoenix Contact, such as touch panels. IPCs with Visu+ simply need to be extended with the web license option.

Available for iPhone and iPad

 

MINI Analog Pro App
mini analog pro app
Phoenix Contact “MINI Analog Pro App” enables wireless communication between your smartphone and Mini Analog Pro signal conditioners via bluetooth or NFC (Near Field Communication). The app offers various functionalities depending on the mobile device and product type:

  1. Calling module information
  2. Calling DIP switch setting help
  3. Configuration of the multifunctional modules
    • Via NFC with your Android device, without any need for further accessories
    • Via Bluetooth with your Android or iOS device and the Bluetooth adapter
  4. Monitoring and optimisation of process data in the multifunctional modules –
    • Via Bluetooth with your Android or iOS device and the Bluetooth adapter

Available on iPhone

 

marking systems appPhoenix Contact “Marking App” only available on Android devices. The app allows you to create your device or equipment marking on your tablet or smartphone. There is a product scanner to quickly identify the marking materials you require from the bar code on the product packaging.

Once your project is complete, you can also send your print job directly to a Thermomark Line Printer using a bluetooth adaptor.

 

For further information, get in touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun
11

RITTAL EC SPEED CONTROL UNIT

Rittal EC speed control unit for their EC fan & filter units are now available.

 

 

You can now ensure that your cooling solution is maximising its efficiency and protecting critical equipment from high temperatures, this benefits you from 60% energy savings over previous models.

Rittal EC speed control units monitors the speed of and accepts an output signal from up to 4 EC fan and filter units and raises an alarm if they are not turning.

Using Rittal EC speed controls unit in conjunction with EC fan and filter units benefits include:-ec speed control unit

  • Reduce noise levels
  • Demand based cooling
  • Temperature improved stability
  • Remote monitoring – allows immediate reaction to loss of cooling
  • Reduced running costs and energy consumption
  • Reduced maintenance costs and filter changes
  • Extended service life

 EC Speed Control Unit Datasheet

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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.

netbiter

 

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
29

Phoenix Contact – Highlights 2015

logoHighlights 2015 is a good example of how Phoenix Contact develops technologically cutting-edge solutions for you, with a comprehensive understanding of your application.  Below are some of their new products at a glance.  There are plenty more to see in the new Highlights 2015.

 

slim relaysSlim safety relays

The slimmest safety relay on the market offers you full performance on 6 mm, perfect safety for new solutions where space was lacking until now.

New and improved surge protection

Thanks to the non-reactive spark gap, systems are now failsafe, lightning and surge protection for the power supply with SEC technology.

Robust power supplies

Perfect for machine building, the new power supplies for reliable supply of all loads – even under harsh ambient conditions.

Multi-channel device circuit breakersmulti channel device circuit breakers

Now even greater system availability with minimum overall width, protect your circuits against overloads and short-circuits.

Protocol converters for remote control technology

Reduce interfaces, communicate cost-effectively, integrate different remote control protocols simply into the control room.

Marshalling systems with push-in connection

Simple, clearly color-coded: the new marshalling system for fast and safe orientation during signal wiring.

High-current spring-cage terminal blockshigh current spring cage terminal blocks

Power wiring is now made easy. Use the fastest and most user-friendly conductor connection on the market for conductors up to 150 mm².

Device connection for high currents

With a powerful 232  A through the housing panel: now connect conductors up to 95 mm² conveniently and safely with the T-LOX connection technology.

Tolerance-compensating M12 screw connection

Safe,tolerance compensating M12 screw connection fast, and unique: the new IP67 housing screw connections automatically compensate production tolerances up to 1 mm.

If you would like some info emailing to you or would like a quotation, give CDL a call today!

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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.

FX5U

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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