Tag Archive: Industrial Networks

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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Apr
26

MHz or Megabits? Understanding the requirements of Industrial Ethernet cables with LUTZE UK.

In today’s industrial automation systems, Ethernet plays a major part. The network relies on data being passed through the system at high rates to underpin the performance of the network.

The digital performance of a network is subject to the active devices within the network, such as switches and controllers. However it is the passive devices such as cable and connectors which can ultimately determine a networks performance.

The frequency performance of a component dictates its performance. Let us take Cat 5 cable as an example. Cat 5 cable is specified for operating frequencies up to 100MHz. However the cable is suitable for 100MBIT applications using two pairs and gigabit applications (1,000MBIT) using a 4 pair cable in association with the correct connector.

It is easy to confuse MHz performance with the MEGABIT.

Class                                                       Frequency                Data Rate Capability
Range                     100Mbit                   1GBIT

Cat 5/5e                     100MHz                   2 Pair                       4 Pair

Cat 6                          350MHz                   ✔                             ✔

Cat 6A                       500MHz                   ✔                             ✔

 

Clearly cables of a higher category (Class) meet all the transmission characteristics of the lower classes, they therefore provide additional performance margin in a given application.

 

 

 

Conductor Size  Stranded Ethernet cable does not have the same performance characteristics as solid conductor. This must be remembered when distance is a factor. Ethernet conductors are typically 26AWG and 24AWG, and it is always best to use the largest size when requiring high data rates over long distance. The Profinet standard saw 22AWG cables being introduced, with this wire size there is significant transmission performance advantage over 26AWG and 24AWG, full 100m segment length can be achieved with stranded or solid cable types. Three types have been defined within the Profinet standard (see table below). Care must be taken to select the correct RJ45 connector when using 22AWG cables as many are not compatible with the increased wire size and the larger o/d of Profinet cables.

 

Power Over Ethernet  Spare conductors in an Ethernet cable can be used to provide power to Ethernet devices. Clearly, wire size is important in the calculation of voltage drop in POE applications, and is important to bear in mind in cable selection.

 

Cable Selection  The industrial environment requires suitable cables which have far more robust constructions than those used in office environments. Materials such as PUR are often used to provide mineral oil resistance, high abrasion resistance and are halogen free.

Ethernet cables are available with solid conductors which are only suitable for static applications.

Stranded conductors typically 7 strand for flexible use.  Highly stranded, typically 19 strands for continuous movement e.g drag chain applications.

 

 

For help with selecting the right Ethernet Cable for your machine environment, in conjunction with LUTZE UK, we have created an easy-to-follow selection guide.  Please click here…

And for further detailed information about Ethernet Connectivity, please download Lutze’s Ethernet Connectivity guide

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Aug
27

Mitsubishi GOT2000 Graphic Operator Terminals

Mitsubishi Electric UK GOT2000 HMI Series promises improved user-friendliness, expanded functionalities, high cost-efficiency and optimum integration.GOT2000s-1024x739

Introduced in November 2013 at the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, it replaces the present GOT1000 HMI range, but remains backwardly compatible, its panel sizes are identical and existing programmes can be imported.

These enhanced HMIs deliver genuine perspective on the automation process and provide a platform to solve the typical production problems that drive down OEE. With their enhanced functionality, these HMIs provide additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency.

Having inbuilt Ethernet communications means users can operate the GOT2000 remotely from a PC (VNC Server) or even from a tablet or portable terminal. An MES interface option enables the GOT2000 to transmit data collected from PLCs and other automation devices directly to higher level system databases, eliminating the need for gateway PCs or complex programming.

The GT27 series which are the successors to the GT16 range are characterised by an intuitive operating concept with multi-touch function and gesture control. The HMIs from the GT23 series offer a balanced price/performance ratio.

Advanced functionality

The GOT2000 series is designed to optimise operator control and monitoring of device and line status.  The increased performance includes, advanced functions, seamless connectivity to other automation devices and intuitive programming and operation. The high quality graphics of GOT2000 series offer crisp well defined images whether enlarged or reduced in size, and it supports a library of outline fonts and multi-language formats. Selected models also feature tablet-like multi-touch gestures, and will also worked with gloved hands.

Mitsubishi Electric is now offering its GOT 2000 IP67f without a USB connection on the white front panel for the first time in direct response to requirements from the food industry.  GOT2000 includes connectivity with most popular automation equipment including Siemens and Allen Bradley.

Please contact us if you would like a brochure or quotation.

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Jul
10

Westermo Release New Industrial Routing Ethernet Switches

Westermo has announced the release of 7 new industrial routing switches signalling a step forward in networking performance at the edge of industrial mission critical networks.westermo

The density of equipment at the network edge has increased as well as needs such as enhanced security and network resilience, hence the need for a new generation of industrial Ethernet switches.

RedFox is a high performance layer 3 industrial Ethernet switch designed for high network traffic applications. Seven new switch configurations are available that can be  customised further with SFP transceivers. Two models, the RFI-207-F4G-T3G and RFI-211-F4G-T7G, offer gigabit connections on all ports. The RFI-219-F4G-T7G offers 19 ports altogether including 7 SFP fibre ports in a robust and compact DIN rail mount industrial housing.

The RedFox is designed for use in heavy duty industrial applications in it’s robust aluminium housing and has been tested both by Westermo and external test houses to meet many EMC, isolation, vi­bration and shock standards, all to the highest levels suitable for heavy industrial environments and rail track side application.

RedFox is powered by the Westermo WeOS network operating system which is now delivered in 70 different models in the Westermo range.  WeOS has been developed by Westermo to allow us to offer cross platform and future proof solutions. WeOS can deliver unique IP security functionality for this class of product, for instance a Multiport DMZ can be constructed by utilising the firewall function available in every port.  Remote secure access to a network can be provided using encrypted VPNs.

As a Layer 3 routing switch the RedFox is capable of delivering enterprise type routing functionality with OSPF, RIP and VRRP as well as process level ring recovery times of around 20ms even at speeds of 1 gbit/sec utilising Westermo’s FRNT protocol.

It has wide power range 19-60VDC on dual power inputs for resilience and requires 30% less power than the previous generation of products, a significant benefit for lifetime running costs. A wide operating temperature range –40 to +70°C (–40 to +158°F) can be achieved with no moving parts or cooling holes in the case.

Contact us if you require any further information.

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Jul
09

Phoenix Contact goes mobile

Phoenix Contact has introduced a new app for configuring and printing marking material using your smartphone or tablet.phoenix mobile

First you need to log into Google Play on a PC to check the compatibility of your Google registered device and if it is, you can use the new Marking System App on your android smartphones and tablets with Bluetooth connectivity.

The great thing about this app is no prior knowledge of marking material is required, the search assistant will filter the options for Phoenix Contact and their competitors DIN rail terminal markers.  On top of this, the product scanner can conveniently and quickly call up all possible marking materials for your application.  All you have to do is scan the barcode on the packaging of your Phoenix  Contact product to be labelled.  Also included within the App is wire, equipment and plant marking.

Having selected the appropriate template via the material editor, you can edit adding the required text or symbols.  Once you have completed your template, you can save as a file and archive within a named folder.

You can then print your jobs easily sent via a wireless data exchange to either the THERMOMARK card or roll printer.  This has to be upgraded with the addition of the MINI FD BLUETOOTH, Phoenix article number 0830986.

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Contact us if you require any further information.

 

 

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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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Jun
11

New Mitsubishi GOT2000 HMI’S

Mitsubishi Electric has raised the bar for HMIs with the GOT2000 series, designed to optimise operator control and the monitoring of device and line status.GOT2000

With vastly increased performance, advanced functionality, seamless connectivity to other automation devices, highly intuitive nature, tablet-like operation and high quality graphics, the GOT2000 series provides a range of models and sizes to meet the needs of the broadest spread of applications.

With their enhanced functionality, these HMIs extend capabilities beyond monitoring and visualisation, providing additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency. In addition, a software HMI version, the GT SoftGOT2000, realises all of the GOT2000 features on a PC or panel computer.

The GOT2000 offers seamless connectivity to Mitsubishi Electric automation devices such as PLCs, variable speed drives, servo drives and robots, simplifying automation system set up. Built-in Ethernet communication means users can operate the GOT2000 remotely from a PC (VNC Server) or even from a tablet or portable terminal. An MES interface option enables the GOT2000 to transmit data collected from PLCs and other automation devices directly to higher level system databases, eliminating the need for gateway PCs or complex programming. Furthermore, the GOT2000 comes with the “FA transparent” function that enables users to link from a PC through the HMI to any supported connected automation products.

FEAUTURES AND BENEFITS

  • Benchmark performance
  • Increased memory size
  • Multi-touch/gestures*
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Advanced communications
  • Easy screen design
  • Backwards compatibility
  • Horizontal integration

* Some functions such as Multi-touch/gesture are only available on certain models

For further information or to receive a quotation, please contact us.

 

 

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May
30

Lutze cables keeping Eden Project’s quarantined plants under control.

 

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Photography of the Eden Biomes by Tamsyn Williams

At the Eden Project, as well as maintaining all the mechanical plant on site, there is also the need to maintain the living plant displays in the biomes and surrounding areas. This is done mostly by growing new specimens from seed or cuttings, and sometimes buying in new plant material. Every seed/plant which comes to our nursery site is inspected for any unwanted pests or diseases, and depending on perceived risk, may be quarantined. All tropical material is quarantined for several months before it can join the main collections in order to eliminate the chance of a damaging pest outbreak in the biomes.

At the nursery there was initially a 2MW oil fired boiler which heated the main 5000m2 glasshouse, and also the physically remote quarantine houses. In 2009 this was replaced by a fully modulating gas boiler set 0-600kw, controlled by a custom programmed Priva BMS system and heated area reduced to 2000m2. At that time, the quarantine facility was not heated from the main system, but by a very basic local control gas air heater.

In 2013 the basic gas air heater had deteriorated to such an extent in the warm moist conditions, that it was no longer economic to keep it in operation. It was replaced by a sturdy LPG fired cabinet modulating air heater (36-72kw output) and linked to the BMS system.eden 1

Michael Cutler, Horticultural Technical Engineer at Eden Project explains, “In order to control the heater we needed to run control cables all the way back to the control room and pick up the BMS wiring. To ensure the best chance of reliability of operation for this heater, we installed a good quality branded cable – 200metres of Lütze Silflex 12C, 0.75mm2, YY. The 12 cores enable: control of the relays which activate the fan and enable heat output, modulation level 0-20mA, and supply/return duct temperatures, and lock out signal.

We also used 3C, 2.5mm2, CY cable (also obtained from Lütze) to run power from the DB in at the quarantine house door to the heater and control panel.eden 3

The cables were easy to work with, the outer jacket stripped nicely without sticking to the cores, the individual cores was flexible enough to enable forming and wiring into DIN rail terminals, and the core numbers were easily identifiable. On top of that, prices were better than our hitherto existing suppliers, and customer service had been excellent. We would always consider using Lütze cables, where appropriate, for our projects or maintenance activities”.

If you would like more information on Lutze cables, please contact us.

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