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Motion Control Guide News For January 2014

Energy Regulations Boost Sales of High-Priced IE3 Class Motors

Posted: January 31, 2014

In Europe, industrial electric motors are responsible for consuming about 70 percent of the energy produced, making them one of the most widely used electrical loads across all industries. The overall power consumption by a motor over its lifespan also accounts for about 85 percent of its lifetime costs. Realizing this, end users are looking to reduce energy consumption and operational costs by replacing old motors with more energy-efficient ones. Along with the upcoming Phase 2 of motor energy efficiency regulations (640/2009/EC), these factors are expected to sustain the growth of the Western European electric motors market.

Frost & Sullivan says the Western European Electric Motors Market earned revenues of $5.16 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $5.94 billion in 2017. The research covers fractional horse power and integral horse power (IHP) motors.

The first phase of the EU energy-efficiency directive was implemented in 2011. The second phase, which requires induction motors with a power output range between 7.5 kW and 375 kW to meet the IE3 standard or alternatively satisfy the IE2 standard and be equipped with a variable frequency drive, is expected to be in place by 2015.

“This means that end users, who need to replace their old and obsolete motors, will be forced to purchase IE2 or IE3 energy-efficient motors that cost 25 to 37 percent more than IE1 or less energy-efficient motors,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Research Analyst Abhinav Nagial. “While the sales of higher priced IE3 class induction motors are expected to boost revenues, the economic scenario might dampen market potential.”

The recent economic downturn and the ongoing debt crisis across European economies have slowed down industrial activity. Stagnation in large commercial mining, construction, ship building, chemical and petrochemicals projects have especially decreased the demand for medium voltage IHP motors. Although the steps taken by the EU to tackle the debt crisis are encouraging recovery, it is unequal across different countries in Western Europe.

Another challenge for the region’s electric motors market is the lack of funding from private and public institutions as key end-user segments including chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas and process industries depend on credit availability for implementing new projects. End users in Italy and Spain are particularly reluctant to invest as they face high unemployment rates and political uncertainty.

“Given these challenges, manufacturers of electric motors should charge competitive prices and offer value-added services to differentiate themselves from the competition,” opined Nagial. “Strategic pricing of higher-efficiency motors will be especially important to succeed in the Western European marketplace.”

Analysis of the Western European Electric Motors Market is part of the Power Transmission Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related research services include: European Power Conversion Market in Oil and Gas Industry, Indian Electric Motors Market, and Australia–New Zealand Medium and High Voltage Motors Market. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry
trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Divelbliss Announces HEC-P5000 Harsh Environment Controller

Posted: January 31, 2014

Divelbiss announces HEC-P5000 Harsh Environment Controller. The HEC-P5000 is RoHS compliant, has a wide temperature range of -40 to 80 degrees Celsius and allows for programmable intelligence under less than ideal conditions. It features a sealed, water-tight enclosure, analog and digital I/O, high speed counting, TCP/IP, communications ports, CAN network communications and Structured Text programming.

Typical applications for the HEC-P5000 include:
-Electro-hydraulic Systems
-Remote Locations Monitoring & Control
-Engine Driven Pumps, Compressors and Generators
-Mobile Equipment
- Material Handling
Of Road Equipment
The HEC-P5000 Harsh Environment Controller is based on second generation PLC on a Chip technology, so the controller is easy to apply and program using the EZ Ladder Toolkit PC based software. EZ Ladder software parallels the IEC-61131 standard and provides an easy to use interface. EZ LADDER Toolkit's Structured Text allows for the creation of custom functions and function blocks. After a ladder diagram program is developed, it can be downloaded to the HEC controller via the serial port or Ethernet port. A streamlined Harsh Environment Controller, the HEC-P5100 is also available without the real time clock, Ethernet and serial communication ports.

BEI Kimco Tests Actuators to 50 Million Cycles

Posted: January 30, 2014

BEI Kimco tested two Linear Voice Coil Actuator families to more than 50 million life cycles. To accomplish this, BEI Kimco built a permanent life testing station to assess and substantiate actual actuator life cycle capabilities. Initial testing included

“High life cycle operation is a key requirement for countless types of equipment in mission-critical applications,” explains to Jim McNamara, BEI Kimco Senior Applications Engineer. “Many customers have been seeking linear actuators that can withstand long and continuous running life. Our test results can now assure them that these actuators will meet or exceed their life cycle requirements.”

Actuators tested were the LAS 13 and LAS 16 housed actuators with built-in feed back sensors. Flexible circuits and bushings, both potential causes of failure, as well as materials of construction, passed the high-speed oscillation, weighted load test. The load consisted of the actuator being placed on its side so that the weight of the coil and shaft would wear against the bushing. The objective was to run the actuator at full stroke at maximum continuous duty cycle rating without overheating. With the successful test validation, design engineers now know they can depend on these actuators to fulfill long life cycle requirements for not only mission critical applications, but other applications requiring long life cycles, such as environmental stress testing, semiconductor and industrial automation.

Each BEI Kimco actuator family includes an unhoused actuator, housed actuator, semi-housed actuator and actuator with integral sensor, bringing the total number of actuators capable of 50 million life cycles to eight. BEI Kimco’s new testing station will be in continuous operation to further test other actuators in the line.

BEI Kimco’s voice coil actuators features all the inherent advantages of voice coil technology including direct-drive, hysteresis-free operation for highly accurate motion. Other advantages of this type of technology include high acceleration, absence of commutation, and excellent resolution limited only by the encoder used for feedback.

Ingenia Introduces I144 Servo Drive

Posted: January 30, 2014

Ingenia introduces i144, a 250 W customized DC Servo Drive that can be integrated directly into BLDC motors. It incorporates digital Hall sensors accurately aligned in the PCB for both commutation and feedback control.

It eliminates the use of power and feedback cables wiring in normal servo systems to save time and installation space and increase product reliability

In addition to the standard CiA profiles, includes a proprietary mode of operation according OEM specifications. A customized configurable position-time has been developed to fulfill the application requirements.

Features at a glance
- Customized state machine
- Up to 30 A peak for 15 s
- On-board Digital Halls
- CAN bus with CANopen protocol
- EMI filters
- Long life design

Elmo's Compact New Gold Duet Integrated Servo Drive and Motor Reduces Costs for Lab Applications

Posted: January 23, 2014

Elmo Motion Control will display the Gold Duet, its new generation of compact, integrated servo drives and motors, at SLAS 2014 San Diego.

Elmo’s highly advanced, compact products offer excellent cost-cutting advantages for laboratory screening Elmoâ??s Compact New Gold Duet Integrated Servo Drive and Motor Reduces Costs for Lab Applicationssystems and robots, portable scanning and diagnostics systems, microscopy automation and other applications.

The new Gold Duet is a drive-motor system that integrates a high performance servo motor with an intelligent Gold servo drive, making it ideal for use in compact lab machines and medical devices.

This EtherCAT-based system saves machine space, minimizes wiring, cuts EMI and reduces installation and maintenance costs. The Gold Duet is available in a full range of flange sizes (40, 60, 80, and 130) and power ranges (30 W – 5 kW).

Elmo’s Gold Line series of servo drives for any motor offers outstanding performance with a rich selection of features: intelligent motion functions (OC, Master-Slave Follower, Modulo, Dynamic Braking, ECAM,PIP Cascaded Vector Control, I2t Protection); DS-402 profile modes; the ability to handle any feedback; certified STO safety compliance; up to 65 kW of power; and UL and IEC 61800 certification to 800 VDC and 530 VAC. The Gold Line is fully compliant with both EtherCAT and CANopen protocols.

All of Elmo's Gold Line products are easily and precisely controlled and synchronized using Elmo’s Gold Maestro motion controller, which brings single and multi-axis equipment to the highest level of performance possible. The Gold Maestro offers advanced features like Elmo’s Flying Vision™ which enables ‘on-the-fly’ updates of target positions using motion blending and transitions, superimposed motion and other capabilities. It also supports Delta robots and kinematics, and 1D, 2D and 3D error correction. Adhering to EtherCAT and CANopen networking standards, the Gold Maestro brings cost-effective integration, enabling fast implementation using standard programming environments.

At SLAS 2014, Elmo will show EASII, the exciting new generation Elmo Application Studio that “walks you through” drive and motion configuration and places the full power of Elmo’s knowledge at your fingertips. The Windows®-based EASII provides a complete set of Quick EtherCAT configuration, and Tuning wizards to get machines moving in minutes, as well as a comprehensive motion control design and debugging environment that speeds drive and motion sequence optimization, and shortens development time.

Bodine Releases 42R6-FX AC Gearmotor

Posted: January 23, 2014

Bodine releases 42R6-FX ac gearmotor, which combines a 3-wire reversible 42R frame AC induction motor with the FX gearhead. The gearmotor provides up to 40% more torque than previous E/F models. Synthetic lubricant allows the FX gearhead to operate at a wider temperature range while at the same time improving overall gearhead performance. Stronger, hardened helical steel gears and needle bearings provide more torque and 25% longer product life. The 42R-FX achieves these gains in power, performance and flexibility without any change in the gearhead dimensions or mounting configurations.

The 42R6-FX gearmotor is ideal for fixed-speed applications such as packaging machines, conveyor systems, printing equipment, and factory automation applications.

The 42R6-FX is driven by Bodine’s 42R6-frame 115 VAC/60 Hz, single-phase 1/4 HP (186 Watts) AC motor, which is 60% more powerful than Bodine’s earlier E/F models. Three-wire winding makes the gearmotor easier to wire and reverse. The FX gearhead provides up to 350 lb-in. (40 Nm) continuous torque. Models are available with gear ratios ranging from 5:1 to 300:1 and rated output speeds of 5.7 to 340 RPM. Special order models with 230 VAC 50/60 Hz windings are also available with lead-time and minimum quantities.

Scnheider Electric Completes the Acquisition of Invensys

Posted: January 22, 2014

Schneider Electric completed its acquisition of Invensys, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence.

With this acquisition, Schneider Electric is significantly enhancing its position as a provider of efficiency solutions integrating power and automation. The transaction will allow the combined entity to have a unique position in industrial and infrastructure end-markets.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric, commented: “We are delighted to announce the completion of the acquisition of Invensys and warmly welcome the teams joining us. With Invensys, Schneider Electric will reinforce its industrial automation capabilities, boost its positions in key energy-intensive segments and strengthen its software offering. Together, we will create substantial value for our customers, shareholders and employees.”

“Invensys brings proven capabilities in process automation technologies that are very complementary with those of Schneider Electric’s Industry business” said Clemens Blum, Executive Vice-President of the Industry business of Schneider Electric. “We are now in a position to offer to both our customers and those of Invensys a unique value proposition in terms of segment know-how, technologies and geographic footprint.”

Information regarding the issuance of New Schneider Electric shares
Pursuant to the Scheme, Schneider Electric is expected to issue 17,207,427 New Schneider Electric Shares with ISIN FR0000121972 on 20 January 2014. The New Schneider Electric Shares are expected to be admitted to trading on Euronext Paris (Compartiment A) and commencement of dealings is expected at 9.00 a.m. (Central European Time) on 20 January 2014.

Omega Introduces DMD4008 Potentiometer Transmitters

Posted: January 22, 2014

Omega’s DMD4008 series of transmitters accepts a resistance input from potentiometer, slidewire, linear position, displacement, or rotational devices and provides an optically isolated DC voltage or current output that is linearly related to the potentiometer position. The DMD4008 is a quick setup for hundreds of I/O ranges, features external switches and table for range selection, has removable plugs for fast installation with a functional output test button and selectable sink/source for current output. Applications include over, under, out-of-range position monitoring, remote control of position monitoring, remote control of positioning devices and simplify control of potentiometer outputs. Industries include automotive, chemical and general manufacturing.

Fieldbus Foundation Releases Spec for ISA100.11A Device Integration

Posted: January 16, 2014

The Fieldbus Foundation released the final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. Unlike solutions limited to a single network standard, this development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability.

FOUNDATION for ROM will extend the capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to countless wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. This includes the implementation of a true predictive and proactive maintenance strategy for remote assets that could not previously support one. FOUNDATION for ROM provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even OEM skids.

With this release, the Fieldbus Foundation has finalized the remote I/O, wired HART and WirelessHART, and ISA100.11a portions of the FOUNDATION for ROM specification. The technology integrates these protocols, along with H1 fieldbus, into the FOUNDATION fieldbus managed infrastructure. Specifications for Modbus communications are in development that will enable Modbus devices such as wellhead flow meters and submersible pump controllers to be integrated in a similar way.

The new FOUNDATION specification means that end users will be able to manage their ISA100.11a wireless devices just like FOUNDATION fieldbus devices within the FOUNDATION fieldbus infrastructure. The new specification includes parameters for ISA100.11a transducer blocks, providing the block application objects into which ISA100.11a variables may be mapped for access by other fieldbus devices. The transducer blocks also provide a mechanism to pass data to and from ISA100.11a devices directly from configuration or asset management hosts.

The Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, Dave Glanzer, commented, "Our new specification will benefit end users who need to be able to interface ISA100.11a wireless devices to improve their integration with a control system and field devices. It also provides a networked method for an asset-managing host to access a large set of ISA100.11a devices for configuration and maintenance purposes.

"Experienced automation professionals in the process industries have taught us a lot about the implementation of fieldbus and how to make it better. We are driving the feedback from our dedicated end user customers, suppliers and engineering partners into a continuous improvement process to make the technology easier to use and implement in a wide range of applications."

The Fieldbus Foundation's ROM infrastructure provides a single source for data management, diagnostics, alarms and alerts, data quality control, control-in-the-field capability, and object-oriented block structure. Its High Speed Ethernet (HSE) TCP/IP protocol enables remote operations information to be communicated to the control system over any wired or wireless backhaul network utilizing the architecture model developed in a joint collaboration between the Fieldbus Foundation and the International Society for Automation (ISA) under the ISA100.15 Wireless Backhaul Networks Working Group.

To ensure interoperability, FOUNDATION for ROM devices from multiple suppliers utilize Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and interoperability testing. This is essential to improve integration of critical functional areas, including machinery health monitoring, safety interlocks, fire & gas detection systems, and video surveillance.

TI Introduces TLK10081 Serial Link Aggregator ICS

Posted: January 16, 2014

Texas Instruments introduced 10-Gbps serial link aggregator ICs. The TLK10081 1- to 8-channel and TLK10022 dual-channel ICs allow system designers to reduce the number of gigabit serial links required for communications, video, imaging and many other end equipment. They aggregate and de-aggregate point-to-point serial data streams for transmission over backplanes, copper cables and optical links. With TI aggregator ICs, designers can avoid the costly and time-consuming development of custom aggregator IP for high-performance FPGAs or ASICs. Both devices occupy a 70-percent smaller footprint than FPGAs and use only two power rails, compared to the five or six rails needed with FPGAs.

TI serial link aggregators directly connect serial links from data converters and processors without having to re-format the data for transmission in applications like wireless infrastructure, switches, routers, video surveillance, machine vision, high-speed imaging and optical transport systems. The TLK10081 can aggregate up to eight lanes of full-duplex, 1.25-Gbps data traffic onto a single 10-Gbps link for transmission over short-distance backplanes or copper cables up to 10 meters, or long-distance optical links.

Key features and benefits of the TLK10081 and TLK10022:

Reduced system design complexity: Unique class of interface IC offers multiple serial link aggregation configurations that deliver 10-Gbps maximum throughput to reduce system design complexity, implementation costs, board space and power consumption. The TLK10022 supports 4:1, 3:1 and 2:1 bidirectional serial link configurations, while the TLK10081 manages 8:1 bidirectional links.
Data agnostic aggregation: Each device supports many different data types without requiring special data encoding.
Intelligent serial link switching: Enables programmable channel lane switching of serial links in different configurations without using external multiplexing. This innovative feature reduces system implementation time while achieving fault tolerance goals.
Built-in digital equalization: Advanced decision feedback equalization (DFE) and feed forward equalization (FFE) extends transmission distances over copper media and optical links.
The TLK10081 and TLK10022 can be combined with other TI devices to create a signal chain solution: ADS42JB69 dual 16-bit, 250-MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with JESD204B serial interface, SN65LVCP1414 14.2-Gbps 4-channel equalizer and SN65LVCP114 14.2-Gbps quad mux redriver. These new aggregator devices join TI’s growing portfolio of interface products that equalize, switch, re-time and aggregate high-speed serial links.

Tools and support
The TLK10081EVM and TLK10022EVM evaluation modules are available today for a suggested retail price of US$2,999. They are supplied with an EVM user guide and GUI software with user guide, enabling system designers to configure the device for their application.

A video aggregator application note is also available, as well as IBIS-AMI and HSPICE simulation models to verify signal integrity.

Support is available on the High Speed Interface Forum in the TI E2E Community, where engineers can search for solutions, get help, share knowledge and solve problems with fellow engineers and TI experts.

Availability, packaging and pricing
The TLK10081 and TLK10022 are available today in 13-mm by 13-mm, 144-ball plastic BGA packages for a suggested retail price of US$25 in 1,000-unit quantities

Misumi Announces Motion Control Webinars

Posted: January 13, 2014

MISUMI USA invites OEMs and designers of industrial automation machinery to register for free webinars being offered throughout January. Presented by MISUMI engineers and technical experts, the webinars focus on how configurable components can reduce design time, improve product quality and speed time-to-market. Many of these webinars are also available on MISUMI’s YouTube channel.

Yau-Han Dang, Assistant Product Manager for Machined Products at MISUMI USA, states: “Over the past few years, our webinar attendance has grown steadily. We are pleased to offer this comprehensive selection for convenient viewing throughout January.” The webinar dates, times and presenters are as follows. Unless otherwise noted, each presentation runs 19 minutes.

LX Actuator Overview, Tuesday January 7th, 9:00 am CST, Nick Waszak, Product Engineer, Motion Systems Group
LX Actuator Applications & Sizing, Tuesday January 7th, 1:00 pm CST, Nick Waszak, Product Engineer, Motion Systems Group
Linear Shafts, Wednesday January 8th, 9:00 am CST, Yau-Han Dang, Product Manager, Machined Products. Also offered on Tuesday, January 28th, 11:00 am CST
Linear Ball Bushings, Wednesday, January 8th, 1:00 pm CST, Chris Blaszczyk, Product Manager, Mechanical Components. Also offered on Tuesday, January 28th, 9:00 am CST
NEW: Ballscrews Overview, Tuesday, January 14th, 9:00 am CST, Vince Chan, Product Engineer. Also offered on Tuesday, January 21st, 1:00 pm CST
Introduction to Couplings, Tuesday, January 14th, 11:00 am CST, Gordana Domazet, Assistant Product Manager
Linear Guides, Wednesday, January 15th, 10:00 am CST, Mike Melone, Mechanical Engineer
MISUMI Tolerances & Fits (Run Time – 45 minutes), Thursday January 16th, 10:00 am CST, Mike Melone, Mechanical Engineer
Shaft Supports Overview, Tuesday, January 21st, 9:00 am CST, Sean Hennessy, Product Engineer, Machined Products. Also offered Wednesday, January 29th, 1:00 pm CST
NEW: MISUMI Purchasing, Wednesday, January 22nd, 10:00 am CST, Kimmah Shah, Marketing Specialist. Also offered Thursday, January 30th, 1:00 pm CST
Introduction to MISUMI’s Robot Series (RS) Actuators (Run Time – 45 minutes), Thursday, January 23rd, 10:00 am CST, Chuck Leonard, Product Specialist, Linear Motion

Etel Introduces LMS Ironcore Linear Motor

Posted: January 13, 2014

ETEL Introduces LMS Ironcore Linear Motor series. These linear motors offer a significant advantage for thermal-drift-sensitive precision machines, and are the perfect solution for many demanding motion control applications.

The LMS series can be used in any machines where a high power density is required together with a high dynamic for mid-range moving masses.

And because of the anti-cogging design, the new LMS linear motors enable a peak force density in the magnetic gap, as well as thermal efficiency, again important for thermal-drift-sensitive machines.

The LMS series has continuous force up to 664 N, peak force up to 2’760 N with speeds up to 15 m/s.

Honeywell Announces Stryker CVAHU Air Handing Controller

Posted: January 10, 2014

Honeywell announced the Stryker CVAHU, which provides control for both variable air volume (VAV) and constant volume air handling unit (CVAHU) applications.

Benefits include:

-Reduced engineering time
-Configurable through a Zio or Zio Plus wall module or over the network
-Two additional accessory loops for flexibility, as needed
-Ability to create custom sensor tables so existing sensors can be used
-Available for CVAHU or VAV applications
-“Stryker CVAHU continues the evolution of our configurable controller line,” said Tom Rosback, General Manager of Commercial Control Systems at Honeywell. “Contractors don’t always want or need the full flexibility and custom programming that comes with programmable HVAC controllers. Contractors are busy and they need to get on and off of the job quickly and Stryker provides just that.”

Motion Control Market Revenues Fall Short in 2013

Posted: January 10, 2014

Global sales of motion control products recovered in 2013 to reach $12.2 billion, but growth was far too weak to overcome the 2012 market declines, leaving market revenues well below the peak level reached in 2011. According to the latest IHS study on the market for motion controls, strong growth is forecast to return to the market in 2014, propelling market revenues to a new record high by the end of the year.

The motion control market reached a record level of $13.2 billion in 2011 following two years of market growth in excess of 20 percent. In 2012, the motion-control market suffered from the poor economic situation in the Eurozone, a weak semiconductor market in Japan, and the fallout from overproduction in China. Market revenues declined in all three of these regions, and the global motion-control market decreased by 8.3 percent. Conversely, the American market provided a bright spot for motion controls, growing over 5 percent in 2012.

When finalized, the results for 2013 are expected to reveal another year of subdued growth. Stable industries like packaging, materials handling, and food, beverage and tobacco continue to propel growth in machinery production and correspondingly, the motion-control market. However, motion-control sales have been constrained in 2013 by the market’s dependence on volatile industries like semiconductor, machine tool, and robotics, which are known for their cyclic growth patterns. Large declines in these industries in 2009 contributed significantly to the severe decline in the motion-control market that year, and high growth in these industries in 2010 and 2011 boosted the post-recession recovery of the motion-control market.

In 2013, machinery production declined at the global level for the semiconductor and robotics industries and grew very little in the machine tool industry, according to the latest research from IHS on machinery production. Combined, these three industries account for approximately fifty percent of revenues in the motion-control market, while the more stable industries like packaging, materials handling, and food and beverage account for only sixteen percent of market revenues. Still, the motion-control market is estimated to have grown between 1.8 percent in 2013, as small declines in the machine tools and semiconductor machinery sectors were offset by growth in the rest of the motion-control market.

The outlook for 2014 is more optimistic. In the Eurozone, GDP growth is expected to accelerate and renewed confidence should spur investment in machinery upgrades, leading to an increase in motion control sales. In the Americas, recovery of the semiconductor machinery market will boost growth of motion control revenues in 2014, while in Asia, the machine tool market is forecast to recover. Globally, the motion-control market is forecast to grow by over 8 percent to reach $13.3 billion in 2014, exceeding the 2011 record value by 0.6 percent, as illustrated in the figure below.

Energizing Automation With the Grand Engineering Challenges

Posted: January 6, 2014

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) put forth “The Grand Challenges for Engineering” in 2008 to stimulate interest in technology and innovation. The last “big idea” used to stimulate technology and engineering was President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 goal to send an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. The NAE believes technology achievement is a holistic endeavor rather than silos of science and technology operating independently.

The National Academy of Engineering is a government-created, non-profit institution in the United States that was founded in 1964 under the same congressional act that led to the founding of the National Academy of Sciences. As a National Academy, it consists of members who are elected by current members, based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The election process for new members is conducted annually. The NAE is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the rest of the National Academies the role of advising the federal government. The NAE operates engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers.

Fox Releases FT2A Thermal Mass Flow Meter

Posted: January 6, 2014

Fox Thermal Instruments announced Model FT2A Thermal Mass Flow Meter & Temperature Transmitter.

Among its features are:

BACnet MS/TP, RS485 Modbus, Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, or Ethernet Modbus TCP - Optional Communication Protocols
Standard USB Port – Gain Direct Meter-to-PC Connections
FT2A View - Improved software for configuring, graphing and logging data
FT2A View allows easy adjustments to the meter configuration, evaluation of alarm conditions, collection of process data, and measurement viewing from your PC or control station.

A USB connection port comes standard on the new Model FT2A which allows quick and easy access with a laptop. Communications options
available are BACnet MS/TP, RS485 Modbus, Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, or Ethernet Modbus TCP.

Other FT2A features are dual 4 to 20mA outputs (one for flow and the second selectable for flow or temperature) and pulse output (pulses per unit/units per pulse).

AutomationDirect Introduces Ironhorse DC Drives

Posted: January 3, 2014

IronHorse GSD1 series DC drives are high-performance Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM) controllers for 12 to 36 volt battery/solar-powered equipment providing smooth control with high-efficiency operation. Design features include adjustable maximum/minimum speed, current limit, I.R. compensation, and acceleration. The adjustable current-limit feature protects the control, battery, and motor from sustained overloads. GSD1 series DC drives, available up to ¼ hp, are available in open-frame and NEMA 4X enclosed styles, and all come standard with a speed pot, knob, and dial plate; an optional 0-10VDC analog input signal card is also available.

IronHorse GSD3 series drives are general-purpose, economical variable speed controllers for small DC and universal motor applications up to 1/3 hp. Open-frame and NEMA 4 enclosed models are available with dual input voltages (12/24 VAC or 120/240 VAC) with a DC output current rating of 2 Amps, adjustable trim pot settings, and quick-connect terminal pins.

GSD4 series drives provide cost efficient, reliable control for permanent magnet, shunt-wound, and universal motors up to 2 hp. The drives, offered in dual voltage 120/240 VAC or 24/36 VAC models, incorporate up-to-date design and engineering in a compact package. Installation and field adjustments are facilitated using a barrier type terminal strip and large, easily adjustable trim pots to adjust horsepower ranges. GSD4 series drives feature an inhibit circuit for start-stop operation, and 1% speed regulation over a 50:1 speed range.

IronHorse GSD5 series DC drives offer superb flexibility, reliability, and value. This general purpose, economical line of drives, rated to 2 hp, provides the ultimate in standard features and versatility. With dual input voltage (120/240 VAC and 50/60Hz), GSD5 series drives are offered in open-frame and NEMA 4/12 enclosed models.

The reliable, versatile, and economical GSD6 DC drive is the most fully-featured IronHorse analog DC drive, offering many standard features typically offered as options by other DC drives. An excellent off-the-shelf control device, the GSD6 series drives feature dual input voltage (120/240 VAC and 50/60 Hz) via slide selector, adjustable horsepower settings up to 3 hp, full-wave bridge supply, 50:1 speed range, transient voltage protection, DC tachometer feedback, and more.

The IronHorse GSD7 series DC drives, available up to 2 hp, are designed for instant reversing, quick stopping, and rapid cycling to outperform other dynamic braking and reversing drives by utilizing unique zero-speed detection and dynamic braking circuits; the zero-speed detect circuit also eliminates motor plug reversing problems; additional features include 0.5-second fixed acceleration, automatic dynamic braking on power loss, line voltage compensation, and more.

IronHorse GSD series DC drives are backed with a one-year warranty and prices start at $59. Additional accessories such as speed potentiometer kit, analog current and voltage input cards, digital potentiometer, and manual reverse switch are available.

AutomationDirect Releases Interlock Safety Switches

Posted: January 3, 2014

AutomationDirect releases solenoid locking tongue interlock safety switches designed to fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged or lift-off machine guards and provide positively operated switching contacts. They provide a tamper resistant actuator mechanism and robust position interlock detection for moving guards.

Available in 30mm, 40mm and 73mm mounting profiles, the switches are designed with multiple actuator entry points and offer adjustable heads with 90-degree and 180-degree options; switch styles provide single and multiple half-inch female NPT conduit openings. Starting at $159, solenoid safety switches are available with 24VDC, 110VAC or 230VAC operated solenoids. Anti-tamper manual release keys and actuator keys in many styles are sold separately, starting at $6.50.

Additional accessories available include lockout key, gate bolts, release handles and spring-loaded catch.

About AutomationDirect:
In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor control, enclosures and more. Their prices are typically well below the list price of more traditional automation companies because of their model and focus on efficiency and the majority of their products are stocked for same-day shipping. Plus, get free two-day delivery on orders over $49; some limitations apply.

Bosch Rexroth Offers Educational Kits On Factory Automation

Posted: January 3, 2014

Bosch Rexroth offers educational kits on factory automation. The kits provide case studies, technical papers, software tools and web resources for factory automation, mechatronics, hydraulics, packaging and printing, and mobile technology

Bosch Rexroth is offering educational resource kits to help machine builders, systems integrators and manufacturing end-users address engineering challenges in factory automation, linear motion and mobile engineering.

Packaged on convenient USB drives, each kit provides useful technical information and content relevant to its core topic.
Specific kits covering factory automation, mechatronics and linear motion, hydraulics, packaging and printing, and mobile technology are available for free by request on the company’s website.

The kit materials are drawn from Bosch Rexroth’s extensive library of drive and control application case studies, expert technical papers, current product brochures, links to state-of-the-art engineering and design tools, and the company’s latest videos -- carefully selected and combined in one convenient digital package.

The resource kits currently available for ordering include:
• Hydraulics Performance Kit -- With resources focused on improving the design, operation and performance of industrial hydraulics systems, and including a free copy of the 40-page Oil Cleanliness Booklet (

• Linear Motion and Mechatronics @ Work Kit -- An extensive collection of technical papers, technology links and online engineering tools to help design more effective and productive linear motion and mechatronics systems (

• Advancing Factory Automation Kit -- Drawing on Bosch Rexroth’s deep experience developing highly flexible, energy-efficient automation solutions for a variety of industries, with special emphasis on the latest developments in electric drive and control platforms (

• Mobile Technology Solutions Kit -- With case studies, product information and video resources highlighting Rexroth technology engineered to help mobile machine builders reduce emissions while delivering improved performance in the mobile solutions (

• Packaging and Printing Kit -- A range of case studies, technical papers and other performance-enhancing resources designed to help enable faster changeovers, more flexibility and reduced waste for packaging and printing processes (

The company plans to develop additional resource kits focused on other key industries and applications in the near future.

About Bosch Rexroth:
Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, Factory Automation, and Renewable Energies to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, pneumatics, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 37,500 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 6.5 billion euros ($8.4 billion) in 2012.

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