Automation NotebookIssue 14 – 2009Learning ResourcesNotebook Issue

Product Snapshots – Issue 14, 2009

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including: C-more Remote Access Feature, Cable Ties and Tools, Photoelectric Sensors, Solid and Colored Wire Duct, ProSense Line expanded, Pilot Devices, Encapsulated Transformers, Hollow Shaft Gear Boxes, Wire Tools, NEMA Premium Motors, SureStep Motion Control.

Remote Access Feature Added to C-moreOperator Interface

Remote Access C-moreA new remote access and control feature has been added to the C-more operator touch panel line, allowing authorized users to connect a PC to the C-more panel from anywhere via an Internet Web browser. The feature resides in the panel and requires no option modules. Since applications can be downloaded from the C-more panel through a PC’s Web browser, authorized users can access and control the panel remotely without purchasing or downloading additional software packages. The remote access feature contains multilevel logon security allowing up to three user accounts. Each account can be configured in one of three password-protected access levels: View Only, View and allow Screen Change only, and Full Control. Each account is tag supported, giving the local operator the ability to enable or disable remote access accounts if required. Once accounts are created, authorized users can remotely control and monitor real-time screen operations, and troubleshoot and test C-more project applications. Users can also view, zoom, print and save screen captures of active screens.

The new feature can be used on any C-more panel equipped with an Ethernet port and firmware version 2.4 or later. C-more programming software version 2.4 or later is also required.

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Cable Ties and Tools Added to Wire Management Offering

Cable Ties and Tools Wire ManagementA complete family of cable ties, mounts and installation tools has been added to our product line. Standard cable ties, available in white and black, are resistant to oils, grease, solvents and petroleum products and are available in lengths ranging from 4 to 32 inches. Black nylon lashing ties, in 9 to 40-inch lengths, are also resistant to oils, grease, solvents and petroleum products. Releasable ties, with an easy-release tab for removing, repositioning or reuse, are available in 6 to 12-inch lengths. Mounting head ties, in 4 to 12-inch lengths, feature a one-piece mounting head and cable tie, eliminating separate mounting accessories. UV-resistant ties are designed for outdoor installations requiring high tensile strength and high locking system resistance. These ties are resistant to oils, grease, atmospheric agents and salt and are available in 7 to 14-inch lengths. All ties are sold in 100-piece packages; 1,000-piece packs are available for the most popular styles. Identification cable ties are available in one, two, or three-leg options, from 4 to 12 inches long. Adhesive and screw-mount cable tie mounts as well as cable tie installation tools are also available.

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Photoelectric Sensor Line Expands

Photoelectric SensorsAutomationDirect has added several models to its 18mm photoelectric sensor line. The NPN and PNP diffuse sensors offered feature one normally-open and one normally-closed output and have a sensing range up to 600mm. Also added are through-beam emitter and receivers in up to six-meter sensing ranges. The photoelectric sensors are available in axial and right angle optics, and offer embedded or quick-disconnect cable exits.

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Solid and Colored Wire Duct Now Available

Solid and Colored Wire DuctThe T1 series slotted wire duct line now includes black and blue for specialized wiring identification. Blue wiring duct is typically used to indicate the wiring to intrinsically safe components in a control panel. Black wire duct is typically used for network cabling systems, fiber cable racks, patch panels and telecommunication closets. T1 series wire duct, in 2-meter lengths, comes with a non-slip flush cover. Also now available is solid wall (non-slotted) wire duct in sizes from 1/2 x 2/3 inch to 4 x 4 inch, all in 2-meter lengths. All wire duct is available in multi-piece packages and single pieces.

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ProSense™ Temperature Sensors Now Available

ProSense™ Temperature Sensors The ProSense line of process sensors now includes temperature switches, temperature transmitters and RTD temperature probes. The TSD25 series switches offer dual output setpoints over an operating temperature range of -4 to 284°F. With 4-20mA analog outputs, the TTD25 series of transmitters provides a compact temperature monitoring system over temperature ranges from 0 to 100°C or 0 to 300°F. The four-wire, 100 ohm platinum RTD probes are made of durable 316 stainless steel and measure temperatures ranging from -40 to 302°F. The 10 mm diameter probes are available in lengths from 160 mm to 560 mm. Thermowells and fittings are also available.

The ProSense line of pressure sensors and switches has been extended to widen the sensing ranges available. The series now includes pressure switches with adjustable setpoints from 0 to 5,800 psi, as well as transmitters for vacuum and pressure with ranges from 0-15 to 0-3000 psi with output options of 4 to 20mA or 0 to 10 Volts. Transmitters with a measuring range of 0 to 100 inches of water column have also been added.

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New Line of 22mm Pilot Devices

 22mm Pilot DevicesA full line of 22mm plastic pilot devices is now available. The devices, including pushbuttons, selector switches and joysticks, are made with fiberglass reinforced thermoplastic. Illuminated and non-illuminated pushbuttons are available in six colors and come with either one normally-open or one normally-closed contact block. Illuminated and non-illuminated selector switches are available in two and three-position as well as key operated versions. Joysticks come in either two-position or four-position versions. Two-position joysticks come with two normally open contacts while four-position models have four normally open contacts. All 22mm plastic pilot devices are UL listed, CSA certified, RoHS and CE compliant.

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Encapsulated Transformers Added To Hammond Control Transformers Line

Encapsulated TransformersAutomationDirect’s line of Hammond control power transformers has expanded to include the HPS Fortress series of encapsulated commercial potted transformers. The single phase units are available in 0.50kVA up to 5kVA. All units are encapsulated with electrical grade silica sand and resin compounds to protect the core and coils by sealing out moisture and airborne contaminants and eliminates corrosion and deterioration. The NEMA 3R enclosure meets or exceeds NEMA and ANSI standards for indoor and outdoor applications, making them ideal for applications such as shopping centers, schools, sports complexes, office buildings and lighting. This series is UL and CSA listed as well as CE marked. The Fortress series encapsulated transformers are backed with a 10-year limited warranty.

The HPS Imperator line has been extended to include the MGJ and MLI series step-down control transformers. The 600V class, machine tool rated industrial units range from 50VA up to 500 VA and are backed with a limited lifetime warranty.

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IronHorse™ Line Now Includes Hollow Shaft Gearboxes

IronHorse Hollow Shaft GearboxesThe IronHorse worm gearbox line now includes hollow shaft models in four frame sizes, and six gear ratios from 5:1 to 60:1. Constructed of cast iron one-piece housings, hollow shaft worm gearboxes feature a C-flange input. Designed to change drive direction by 90 degrees, hollow shaft gearboxes are used when space is at a premium, such as for conveyors, or to simplify mechanical design. IronHorse gearboxes are mountable in any direction, except motor pointing up.

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New Wire Strippers and Crimpers

Wire Strippers and CrimpersAutomationDirect has added to its line of wire stripping and crimping tools. The new self-adjusting cut-and-strip tool features the widest stripping capacity of any tool of its type, cutting flexible wire up to 8AWG and solid wire up to 16 AWG. Easily interchangeable stripping cassettes, color coded by blade type, are available for stripping a wide range of most modern insulation types, from PVC to PTFE. Replacement blade and jaw inserts are available.

A new cable stripping tool removes insulation from copper and fiber optic audiovisual, data transmission, instrumentation, signal, and telephone cables up to 11mm and insulation up to 1 mm. Its precise, nine-position blade height adjustment wheel provides for fine adjustability and repeatability. Replacement blades are also available.

Also available is a professional ratchet crimp tool with interchangeable die sets for most types of mechanical, electrical and electronic connectors. Die sets can be changed easily without using any tools.

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More NEMA Premium Efficiency Motors

NEMA Premium Efficiency MotorsThe Marathon line of motors now includes 1 to 10 HP Marathon NEMA premium efficiency XRI® inverter duty motors. These TEFC motors meet or exceed NEMA Premium efficiencies for optimized motor system efficiency, reduced electrical power consumption and improved system reliability. These motors join our Marathon Blue Chip XRI motors to offer a NEMA Premium solution for 1 to 100HP. When used on high cycle or long run time applications, NEMA Premium efficiency motors offer substantial energy savings. These inverter duty motors with rolled steel construction and C-face rigid base mounting, utilize ball bearings and are electrically reversible. They are UL recognized, CSA certified, and have a three year warranty. A wide variety of other Marathon AC variable speed inverter and vector duty motors ranging from ¼ hp to 100 hp is also available.

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SureStep Motion Control Line Expands

SureStep Motion ControlAutomationDirect has expanded the line of SureStep motion control products to include additional drives, motors and power supplies.

Two new Advanced Programmable SureStep Drives offer more functionality and higher current capability. Software-selectable resolution up to 51,200 steps per revolution provide smoother, more accurate motion and power capability up to 10A per phase. These new drives accept step and direction, CW/CCW pulse inputs, A/B quadrature inputs, 12 bit analog input (analog velocity mode); other features include a discrete speed command (oscillator mode), a joystick mode, and a built-in indexer. The built-in indexer can use serial communications to configure and execute motion profiles on the fly. The drives come with a serial cable for setup and programming and the SureStep Pro Software, also available as a free download.

Stepping motors in standard NEMA sizes (17, 23, & 34) now include bi-polar models with output torques ranging from 61 oz-in. to 1291 oz-in. The motors feature a pigtail cable with locking connector for easy hook-up and 200 steps per revolution.

Three additional linear power supplies are now offered for SureStep drives and motors. These unregulated linear power supplies offer full load outputs of 32, 48 and 70 VDC and have a built-in 5V 0.5A output for logic supply with electronic overload protection. The power supplies feature screw terminal connections, Power-On LED indicators for motor supply and logic power, and have fast acting fuses on both input and output.

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