Tag Archive: Wiring

Jul
24

Technical Tip – Mitsubishi FA Goods Product Selection Tool

 

So, you have finally managed to select the appropriate iQ-R output module for your application, but realise that it has a 40-pin connector on the front-face as opposed to the usual screw terminals.  So what do you do?

Do not worry, as the ‘FA Goods Product Selection Tool’ will take away endless amounts of time looking through catalogues, manuals and pin configurations.

This easy-to-use tool can be used to select the recommended Mitsubishi terminal blocks and cables for all of the Modular PLC’s in the Mitsubishi range, from A-Series up to the latest iQ-R offering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feel free to save the link below into your web-browser, and refer to it whenever you need it.

 

 

 

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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:

 

The video below may also be of interest to you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
19

NOW IN STOCK – Low voltage Power Distribution Products

Low voltage Power Distribution Products are NOW IN STOCK!

We are now holding a vast range of stock for Low voltage power distribution products. For more information call our sales line on 0116 233 9555


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A short history of Mitsubishi low voltage breakers

Since Mitsubishi Electric launched the first low voltage circuit breakers in Japan in 1933, Mitsubishi low voltage circuit breakers has satisfied the needs of the age and led the industry market for more than half a century all over the world.
By bringing together our years of experience and technologies, WS-V Series circuit breakers have superior aspects such as the higher breaking capacity, design for easy use, standardization of accessory parts, compliance with the latest international standards and so on.

WS-V Series circuit breakers will fulfill every customer’s needs with its high performance and will continue to develop and manufacture superior products which will contribute to a better life for all people.

Please click on the image below for more information about Mitsubishi Low voltage products!

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Feb
21

Lutze VSD Cables

 

 

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

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

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

 

Advantages of Lutze Drive Cables

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul
11

ILME UK Industrial Plugs and Sockets

ILME UK Industrial Plugs and Sockets cover a wide range of different installation requirements. The plugs and socket-outlets are suitable for fixed or mobile installations. The fixed plugs and socket-outlets may be wall or flush mounted.ilme

Due to the wide range of Ilme enclosures of the FM, FC, TM, QM and BK series (types BC…) the flush-mounting plugs and socket outlets can be assembled rapidly in a group configuration. These construction features enable Ilme plugs and socket outlets to be suitable for use in a lot of demanding applications such as:-

  • Mechanical Industry
  • Shipbuilding
  • Chemical and petrochemica
  • Services sector
  • Building industry
  • Agricultural and livestock breeding sector

When selecting the correct type of plugs and socket-outlets, you must consider the following parameters:-

  • The rated current of the equipment to be power supplied via the plug and socket
  • The rated voltage of the power supply and the type of distribution (single or 3 phase, with or without the neutral conductor)  to determine the number of poles for the hour position.  The 1h (hour position) is available for all those voltages or voltage ranges of >50V and for frequencies not covered by the standards.
  • Fixed or mobile installation to determine the construction type of the plug and socket.  (flush mounting straight or inclined, wall, mobile, mobile angled).
  • The location of the installation to determine the level of protection required, IP44 or IP67.  In some areas the installation standard requires a very low voltage so check that too.

The following types of plug and socket outlets are available:-

  • Wall mounting plugs and socket outlets, low and extra low voltage.
  • Plug and socket outlets and straight flush mounting sockets, low and extra low voltage.
  • Plugs and inclined flush mounting socket outlets, low voltage.
  • Straight plugs and couplers, low and extra low voltage.
  • Angled plugs, low voltage.
  • 5 pole plugs with phase inverter, low voltage, SIP type.
  • 5 pole single block plugs and socket outlets, low voltage, PEM type for automated cabling.

 

Thanks for tuning in, contact us if you have any enquiries.

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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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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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Mar
21

Network integration made easy using HMS Anybus products

CDL has used HMS Anybus products as their chosen recommended choice for integration between any fieldbus and industrial Ethernet network.

 

 

 

With fast transfer of data between two Networks, the X-gateways help system integrators by ensuring a consistent flow of information throughout the entire plant

 

HMS Anybus

 

Connecting the PLC Worlds

Anybus X-Gateways are proven and trusted for full compatibility with all of the major PLC Manufacturers and their supported Networks, such as Mitsubishi, Siemens, Rockwell, Schneider, Omron, GE, Moeller, B&R, Bosch, Beckhoff and many more.

Network Migration

As Anybus supports all major Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet standards, the X-gateways are the perfect solution when migrating existing Fieldbus installations into modern Industrial Ethernet networks.

Network segmentation/extension

Coupling/de-coupling different parts of a machine or extending the physical distance capability when coupling two similar networks are just some system integration needs that X-gateways are solving today.

Streamline your network infrastructure, reduce cost of ownership

Anybus X-gateways help to save on infrastructure costs by reducing cabling and eliminating the need for I/O devices. Master/Scanner versions eliminate the need for a second PLC and its configuration Software.

 

Should you require any additional information regarding these products, please feel free to leave us a reply below.

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Mar
21

Data Transfer of Two separate Networks made easy

CDL has used HMS Anybus products as their chosen recommended choice for integration between any fieldbus and industrial Ethernet network.

 

 

 

With a fast Transfer of data between two Networks, X-gateways help system integrators by ensuring a consistent flow of information throughout the entire plant

With over 250 Individual Gateways connecting any two Industrial Networks or PLC Systems.

 

HMS

 

Connecting the PLC Worlds

Anybus X-Gateways are proven and trusted for full compatibility with all of the major PLC Manufacturers and their supported Networks, such as Mitsubishi, Siemens, Rockwell, Schneider, Omron, GE, Moeller, B&R, Bosch, Beckhoff and many more.

Network Migration

As Anybus supports all major Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet standards, the X-gateways are the perfect solution when migrating existing Fieldbus installations into modern Industrial Ethernet networks.

Network segmentation/extension

Coupling/de-coupling different parts of a machine or extending the physical distance capability when coupling two similar networks are just some system integration needs that X-gateways are solving today.

Streamline your network infrastructure, reduce cost of ownership

Anybus X-gateways help saving infrastructure costs by reducing cabling and eliminating the need for I/O devices. Master/Scanner versions eliminate the need for a second PLC and its configuration Software.

 

Should you require any additional information regarding these products, please feel free to leave us a reply below.

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