Automation NotebookIssue 25 – 2013Learning ResourcesNotebook Issue

Product Snapshots – Issue 25, 2013

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:  Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters, ProSense Temperature Transmitters, New Capacitive Proximity Sensors,  More Sensor Cables, Additional Crossfire Safety Glasses, New RUKO Cutting Tools, More ZIPport Multi-Wire Connectors, SureStep Dual-Shaft Motors and Low-cost Microstepping Drive,    Productivity 3000 Basic CPU and Remote Modules,  All Stainless Steel Pneumatic Cylinders, Non-Contact Safety Switches, Knipex Pliers, and Hazardous Location Controls.

Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters Now Available

Ultrasonic Level Sensors

The Flowline EchoPod and EchoSonic II are innovative ultrasonic liquid level sensors and transmitters that replace float, conductance and pressure sensors that fail due to contact with dirty, sticky and scaling media in small, medium and large capacity tanks. Ideal for chemical, water and wastewater applications, these general-purpose sensors are available with single and multi-function capabilities including continuous level measurement, switching and control. Flowline ultrasonic liquid level sensors and transmitters prices start at $260.00. All of the Flowline ultrasonic level sensors and transmitters are easily configurable using the WEBCAL PC software (available as a free download or on CD) and the required USB adapter fob is priced at $42.00.

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Temperature Transmitters added toProSense line

ProSense Temp TransmittersNew to the ProSense line are head-mounted and DIN rail-mounted temperature transmitters in programmable and non-programmable models. Non-programmable versions are available for thermocouple Types J, K, or T and 3-wire RTD type Pt100. Head-mounted models can be mounted in any ProSense connection head or any DIN Form B sensor head and are powered by 8 to 35 VDC; 35mm DIN rail-mount models are powered by 12 to 35 VDC. Output is linearized two-wire 4 to 20mA. Non-programmable transmitters start at $69.00. Programmable models are also available in both head-mount and DIN rail-mount styles. Free downloadable software allows users to easily configure the programmable temperature transmitters that are compatible with a variety of thermocouple and RTD types. Programmable temperature transmitters start at $89.00.

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Capacitive Proximity Sensor Lineup Expanded

Capacitive SensorsOur line of capacitive proximity sensors now includes 12mm metal round bodied DC models with shielded and unshielded mounting options, PNP normally-open outputs, potentiometer adjustment and M12 quick disconnect. Unshielded 18mm DC plastic bodied models with selectable normally-open/normally-closed outputs feature logic auto detection. Additional unshielded 30mm models feature AC and DC versions with plastic housings and have programmable normally-open or normally-closed outputs. Rectangular plastic DC sensors, ideal for sight glass applications, feature selectable normally-open or normally-closed outputs and are fitted with a two-meter three-wire axial cable. Starting at $59, all units are cULus, CE and RoHS rated and have a limited lifetime warranty.

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More Densor Cables Available

Field Wireable ConnectorsM12 cables, receptacles, field-wireable connectors, and bulkhead receptacles have been added to the sensor cables lineup. New shielded M12 cables with quick-disconnect plugs in 4, 5 and 8-pole versions and 5 and 10-meter lengths are now available starting at $18.00. The shielded M12 cables have the braided shield located inside the PUR (polyurethane) cord jacket and feature industry standard axial and right-angle M12 screw-lock connectors with open leads. Also added are 4, 5 and 8-pole M12 receptacles in male and female versions and in 0.5 and 1-meter lengths, along with M12 bulkhead connectors. M12 receptacles start at $7.00. Cables, connectors and receptacles come with a one-year warranty and are RoHs compliant and CE and UL approved where applicable.

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More Crossfire Safety Glasses

Crossfire Safety GlassesCrossfire Safety Eyewear combines required eye protection and comfortable fit in a lightweight non-industrial look. All lenses meet or exceed ANSI Z87+ requirements for safety eyewear. The Element Series combines a foam-lined soft touch full frame for added comfort and safety with an adjustable head strap for more secure protection. The series offers clear, yellow or smoke-color anti-fog, lightweight, shatterproof, polycarbonate lenses; all with a scratch-resistant coating. Prices start at $11.25 with microfiber storage bag included. Also new are 1.25 magnification reading safety glasses that add to the existing lineup of 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 diopter magnification models. Reading safety glasses start $12.50.



More RUKO Cutting Tools

RUKO Drill Bits and Hole Saw SetRUKO high-speed steel and cobalt hole saw kits in foam-padded plastic cases start at $38.00 and are available with six, 10, or 15 saws in various diameters and with arbors included. High speed steel Cobalt 5 alloy step drill bits and jobber length drill bits are ideal for harder materials such as stainless steel. Starting at $4.00, bits are available individually, in packs and in kits. New hand taps and tap wrenches in coarse, fine, NPT and conduit thread types start at $3.25. New RUKO high speed steel and bi-metal HSS T-shank jig saw blades fit most popular brands of saws. Prices start at $5.75 for a five-pack and $21.50 for a 20-pack. Hand held manual deburring tool kits feature a universal handle, blade holder and a variety of blades or countersinks. Deburring tool prices start at $9.00 for a 10-pack of blades and $10.00 for kits.


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ZIPport™ Multi-Wire Connectors

ZIPport Multi-Wire Connectors ZIPport multi-wire connectors are designed to maintain reliable electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress common in industrial environments. Newly added 10A, 16A, and 32B frame sizes have heavy-duty metal or thermoplastic housings and connector hoods with top entry and side entry cable passages and Pg threaded cable passages. Connector bases start at $8.25 for 10A frame models. ZIPport multi-wire connectors accessories include additional IP66 and IP68 cable glands, Pg to NPT adapters and blanking plugs; insert plates are available in blank, reducer and cutout styles. New code pins kits (starting at $6.00 for a 16-pack) and gold-plated crimp contacts (starting at $87.75 for a 100-pack) have also been added.


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SureStep Line adds Dual-Shaft Motors and Low-Cost Microstepping Drive

Dual Shaft Stepper Motors The SureStep stepping family has twenty high-torque motors to handle a wide range of automation applications such as woodworking, assembly, and test machines. The motors are available in single and newly released dual-shaft configurations. Our square frame or “high-torque” style stepping motors are the latest technology, resulting in the best torque to volume. We have NEMA 17, 23, and 34 mounting flanges and holding torque ranges from 61 to 1,288 oz·in. Optional 20-foot extension cables with locking connectors are available to interface any of the stepping motors to the microstepping drive. Stepper motor prices start at only $18.00.

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Need a low-cost, yet powerful, microstepping drive?


SureStep $89 Stepper DriveThe latest SureStep compact stepper drive operates with high-speed pulse input signals (Step and Direction, or jumper-selectable CW/CCW step) and has a selectable resolution range of 200 to 20,000 steps per revolution. Additional features include automatic self test, digital filters to prevent position error from electrical noise on command signals, and optically isolated I/O. Operated with a 24 to 65 VDC power supply, this microstepping drive has a running output current of 0.5 to 7.5 Amps. The standard microstepping drive is priced at $89.00. The SureStep regeneration clamp, available for overvoltage protection, has a built-in 50W braking resistor and features a mounted-on heat sink and 24-80 VDC voltage range. The clamp is priced at $99.00 and an optional 100W braking resistor is available for $49.00.


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Basic CPU and Remote Modules Added to Productivity3000 Line

Productivity3000 Modules and CPUThe P3-530 CPU has five integrated communications ports including Ethernet for programming, monitoring, and networking; a USB port for data logging; USB I/O port for up to four local expansion bases; RS-232 and RS-485 ports for ASCII and Modbus, and is programmed using the free Productivity Suite software. The Productivity3000 P3-530 basic CPU is priced at $419.00. The new P3-RX remote slave module connects to Productivity3000 P3-550 CPU module’s Ethernet port for remote I/O expansion. It features four integrated communications ports: Ethernet for connection to the Productivity3000 CPU, USB I/O port that supports up to four additional local I/O bases, and RS-232 and RS-485 ports for connecting to serial devices. The module is priced at $299.00. Both are UL and CE approved and are backed with a two-year warranty.

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All Stainless Steel Pneumatic Air Cylinders

All Stainless Steal Air Cylinders NITRA™ F-Series all stainless steel air cylinders are ideal for washdown applications. These non-repairable round body pneumatic air cylinders are interchangeable with other popular brands. The double-acting cylinders have a 250 psi operating pressure and are constructed with corrosion resistant 300 series stainless steel and Teflon-based rod and pivot bushings. The Urethane rod wiper keeps wash down solutions out of the cylinder. The series includes bore sizes from 3/4-inch to two inches and stroke lengths from 1/2-inch to 18 inches to meet a broad range of applications. Models feature nose, rear pivot, and double-end mounting options and models are available with magnetic piston for position indication. Prices for NITRA F-series stainless steel air cylinders start at $66.00.

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Non-Contact Safety Switches

IDEM Non-Contact Safety Switches Non-contact magnetic safety switches are interlocking devices designed to protect both people and machines. These non-contact safety switches are available in magnetic and coded magnetic styles and in either plastic or stainless steel housings for all industry applications. Some are suitable for food processing washdown and can withstand being high-pressure hosed at high temperatures. The magnetic safety switches feature two normally-closed and one normally-open circuit and are available with two, five or 10-meter cables. Non-contact coded magnetic safety switches provide even more protection by using coded magnets to close circuits that are only triggered if the code on the actuator matches that of the switch. Non-contact magnetic safety switches start at $69.00.

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Knipex Pliers

Knipex PliersKNIPEX pliers are made of high-grade tool steel with polished edges and are available in slip-resistant plastic coated, comfort grip, and insulated comfort grip handle styles. Combination pliers provide the basic functions of gripping and cutting in one tool. Needle nose and electronics gripping pliers are designed for finer gripping and manipulating. Cutting pliers and shears have exceptional cutting capacity and better handling. Also available are crimping pliers and circlip (snap ring) pliers. Adjustable water pump pliers are available in a variety of styles for work on bolts, pipe fittings, nuts, and more. Wire stripping pliers are designed for gripping, bending and wire cutting and additional cable and data cable stripping tools are also available. Backed with a lifetime warranty, individual KNIPEX pliers start at $21.50. Pliers sets are available starting at $89.00.

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Hazardous Location Controls

Killark Haz Loc Control Stations Killark hazardous location control stations are designed to contain and extinguish explosions and are ideal for installations where flammable gases or vapors, combustible dusts or easily ignitable fibers are present. Explosion-proof control devices are available in single or double pushbutton, maintained pushbutton, keyed and non-keyed selector switch, single and double pilot light and combination pilot light/pushbutton styles.

Factory-sealed control device cover assemblies start at $174.00. Also available are unsealed Killark control device assemblies starting at $117.00. Splice/device boxes are available in dead end and feed-through models and are available in single and double-gang styles starting at $36.00. Accessories include legend plates, blank covers, replacement keys and LED lamps, and sealing materials.

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