Product Snapshots – Issue 28, 2014
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: Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Enclosure Cooling, Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters, NITRA® NFPA Cushioned Pneumatic Air Cylinders, FC Series Potentiometer and Bipolar Signal Conditioners, 30mm FW Series Photoelectric Sensors and more.
Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers for Enclosure Cooling
Stratus™ air-to-air heat exchangers are closed-loop cooling systems that exchange heat from an electrical enclosure to the outside. Air-to-air heat exchangers offer low operating costs and low maintenance. Prices start at $1,028; models are available for use with NEMA 4 and 4X enclosures.
More information is available at: www.automationdirect.com/enclosure-heat-exchanger
Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters
Flowline EchoPod®, EchoSonic® II, Echotouch™, EchoSpan® and EchoSwitch® are innovative ultrasonic liquid level sensor families that replace conventional float, conductance and pressure sensors. Capabilities include continuous level measurement and control. PC software configured and new pushbutton configured models are available. Prices start at $260.
For more information on Flowline ultrasonic liquid level sensors and transmitters, visit: www.automationdirect.com/ultrasonic-level-sensors .
NITRA® NFPA Cushioned Pneumatic Air Cylinders
NITRA D-Series double-acting heavy-duty air cylinders now include new models with adjustable cushions for end-of-stroke deceleration. These pneumatic air cylinders have a 250 psi operating pressure and are constructed with high-quality aluminum components and a magnetic piston with PTFE wear band. The series includes bore sizes from 1½ inch to four inches and stroke lengths from 1 to 24 inches. Prices for NITRA cushioned air cylinders start at $164.
The complete line of NITRA D-series cylinders can be seen by visiting: www.automationdirect.com/air-cylinders-NFPA .
FC Series Potentiometer and Bipolar Signal Conditioners
The FC-P3 signal conditioner converts a 24 VAC/VDC potentiometer input to an isolated analog 4-20 mA output. Additional FC series signal conditioners include bipolar and unipolar models. The units are cULus listed, CE marked and have a one-year warranty. Pricing starts at $115.
For more information, visit: www.automationdirect.com/signal-conditioners
30mm FW Series Photoelectric Sensors
FW series photoelectric sensors have all metal housings with 30mm mounting bases. FW series diffuse sensors have sensing distances to 800mm and FW series polarized retro-reflective sensors have a sensing distance up to 15 meters. The sensors start at $55 and are CE, RoHS, and cULus compliant.
More information is available at www.automationdirect.com/photoelectric.
GH15 Series IEC Motor Controls / Contactors / Overloads
The GH15 series of electric contactors now includes larger frame sizes with contactor ratings up to 315 Amps. Contactors are 35mm DIN-rail or panel mountable (larger sizes) and are CE marked, cULus listed, RoHS and REACH compliant. Prices start at $43.50.
To see the full line of GH15 series contactors, visit: www.automationdirect.com/motor-controls .
More WERMA visual signal devices
AutomationDirect offers a wide range of incandescent, LED and Xenon beacon lights / signaling devices from WERMA for either panel installation or surface mount applications. Modern designs and the latest in LED technology provide exceptionally clear and bright signaling. WERMA installation beacons are designed for mounting in panels or enclosures. WERMA freestanding beacons offer a range of modules including: permanent, blinking, flashing, LED EVS, and LED rotating. New items include 57/58mm beacons – surface, bracket, tube mount, short and tall lens options; 75mm beacons – surface & bracket mount; 98mm beacons – surface mount; and the new FlatSIGN wall mount signal light. Prices for WERMA light beacons start at $15.00
WERMA beacon and flat signal devices are backed with a two-year warranty.
See the full line of WERMA optical beacon lights and accessories at: www.automationdirect.com/signal-devices.
Wenglor Laser Distance Sensors
OPT series distance sensors are available with either Class 1 or Class 2 laser options. With sensing ranges from 30 to 660mm, OPT short-range diffuse distance sensors use CMOS line array technology. OPT short-range sensors start at $319. OPT long-range sensors use transit time for distance measurement. Diffuse styles have up to a 10 meter range; retro-reflective styles sense up to 100 meters. OPT long-range sensors start at $249. Analog and switch output models are available. With a one-year warranty, OPT distance sensors are CE, RoHS, and cULus compliant.
More information is available at www.automationdirect.com/laser-sensors.
Do-more T1H Series Stackable PLCs
The new Do-more T1H series PLC CPUs utilize the proven Terminator field I/O form factor for flexible I/O configurations. A T1H CPU can support up to 256 I/O points in the local stackable I/O chain. Ethernet-based remote I/O can add hundreds of additional points. The T1H-DM1 CPU is $359; the T1H-DM1E CPU with an added Ethernet port is $459. Do-more Designer programming software is free.
For more information, please visit: www.automationdirect.com/do-more-plc.
Point of View SCADA / HMI Software
Point of View is powerful Windows PC visualization software for SCADA and HMI projects. Animated HMI screens give a graphical view of the process. Integrated modules include alarms, events, trends, recipes, reports, logic, and a database interface. Development / Runtime packages start at $495.
For more information, please visit: www.AutomationDirect.com/Point-of-View
SureGear™ Precision Gearboxes for Small NEMA Motors
SureGear PGCN series maintenance-free gearboxes are available in NEMA 17, 23, and 34 sizes and offer a wide range of gear ratios. Features include low backlash and a 20,000 hour service life. With a 1-year warranty, SureGear gearboxes start at $209.
For more information on the SureGear PGCN series stepper gearboxes, visit: www.automationdirect.com/stepper-gearboxes.
NITRA™ Pneumatic Solenoid Process (Pipeline) Valves
AutomationDirect’s NITRA solenoid pipeline valves are two-position, normally-closed, spring return styles with 24VAC, 24VDC or 120 VAC solenoids. Valves are offered with port sizes from 1/8-inch to one-inch FNPT. Media-separated diaphragm styles are also available. Valve prices start at $20, with a one-year warranty.
Learn more about NITRA pipeline valves by visiting: www.AutomationDirect.com/solenoid-valves
Solenoid Locking, Tongue Interlock Safety Switches
Starting at $159, these solenoid locking safety switches are available in 3 mounting profiles, have multiple actuator entry points and offer adjustable heads with 90-degree and 180-degree options. Anti-tamper manual release keys and actuator keys in many styles are sold separately, starting at $6.50.
For more information on solenoid safety switches, visit: www.automationdirect.com/safety-switches
ProSense® Line Now Includes Float Level Switches
ProSense float level switches provide a low-cost general purpose solution for monitoring of liquid level in a variety of applications. The float switches are available in several different material constructions for compatibility with many types of liquids, and offer wide temperature and system pressure ranges. Vertical and horizontal mounting styles are available for ease of installation. For long and trouble-free service, powerful internal permanent magnets actuate a highly reliable hermetically sealed reed switch. The switches have both AC and DC voltage ratings and are configured for normally closed operation; most models can be easily converted to normally open operation in the field. ProSense float level switches start at $9.50 and have a one-year warranty. Float level switch kits starting at $159.00 and float level tilt switches ($29.00) are also available.
All ProSense float level switches are backed with a one-year warranty.To learn more about float level switches, visit www.automationdirect.com/float-switches
SHIMPO Handheld tachometers
The new DT-100A series battery-powered handheld tachometers offer superior accuracy and capabilities for measuring and recording rotational and linear speed as well as linear travel. Priced at $236, units are constructed of rugged die-cast aluminum; the series features large five-digit displays and quick retrieval of stored data. The DT-200LR series combination contact/non-contact tachometers incorporate laser technology that enables precise RPM measurement up to 20 feet away. The series is priced at $258. The PT-110 non-contact tachometer, priced at $115, is a simple-to-use, ergonomic, rugged optical laser ideal for rotational machine inspection and process speed analysis. This battery-powered device automatically records maximum, minimum, and last value, as well as up to 96 data points during testing.
More information is available at: www.automationdirect.com/handheld-tachometers.
DT-300 series stroboscopes (AC-powered or rechargeable) measure rotational and reciprocating speeds with the same precision as an electronic digital tachometer. The DT-311A heavy duty, AC-powered stroboscope provides the illusion of “stopped motion” by adjusting the strobe’s flash rate, causing the equipment to appear to be standing still or in slow motion. The DT-315A heavy duty, rechargeable battery powered stroboscope has the same great features of the DT-311A with the added convenience of total portability via its own internal power supply. The quick recharge battery provides up to two hours of full continuous usage at its high intensity flash rate. The DT-326 is a portable stroboscope utilizing super bright LEDs in a robust, durable all-metal design. The DT-326’s unique LED array provides an accurate, stable strobe light. The innovative LED design allows for a longer flash life (5 times longer than traditional xenon flashtubes). The DT-326 is designed for speed (RPM) and frequency (Hz) measurements in motion and vibration analysis. Starting at $503, rugged, lightweight aluminum construction provides unequaled reliability in harsh environments. The DT-725 portable stroboscope with rechargeable battery possesses many of the same features as the DT-300 Series, but is lighter in weight. Constructed of strengthened high-impact plastic, these rugged units are exceptionally reliable and withstand the same harsh conditions as more expensive units. These units feature bright LED displays and allow visual analysis of rotating and reciprocating objects. DT-725 stroboscopes are priced at $476. The Shimpo ST-1000 is a combination Stroboscope-Tachometer with LED flash technology. This velocity analyzing and measuring device is ideal for rotational machine inspection. The SHIMPO ST-1000 is priced at only $219 and is ideal for rotational machine inspection.
To learn more about SHIMPO stroboscopes, visit: www.automationdirect.com/stroboscopes.