Automation NotebookIssue 28 - 2014Learning ResourcesNotebook Issue

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-heat-exchangers_pr_300Stratus™ 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.

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Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors and Transmitters

ultrasonic-level-sensor_pr_300Flowline 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.

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NITRA® NFPA Cushioned Pneumatic Air Cylinders

NFPA-cushioned-cylinders_pr_300NITRA 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.

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FC Series Potentiometer and Bipolar Signal Conditioners

BiPolar_and_Poteniometer_SigCond_300The 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.

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30mm FW Series Photoelectric Sensors

FW_photosensors_300FW 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.

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GH15 Series IEC Motor Controls / Contactors / Overloads

GH-Series-Contactor-Line-ext_300The 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.

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More WERMA visual signal devices

werma-beacons_300AutomationDirect 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.

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Wenglor Laser Distance Sensors

wenglor-distance-sensors-300OPT 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.

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Do-more T1H Series Stackable PLCs

Do-more-T1H-CPUs-300The 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.

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Point of View SCADA / HMI Software

300x214xpoint-of-view_300.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-PoIEaR4ZxPoint 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.

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SureGear™ Precision Gearboxes for Small NEMA Motors

SureGear4Stepmotors_5x7SureGear 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.

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NITRA™ Pneumatic Solenoid Process (Pipeline) Valves

pipeline_valves_pr_300AutomationDirect’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.

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Solenoid Locking, Tongue Interlock Safety Switches

Interlock-solenoid-switches_pr_300Starting 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.

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ProSense® Line Now Includes Float Level Switches

Float SwitchProSense 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.
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