Product Snapshots — Issue 32, 2015
Issue 32 of Automation Notebook is filled with new product information. Highlights about some of those new products include: additions to the NITRA® pneumatic products line, new DirectSOFT6® programming software, more sensor products, SureMotion® motion control products, additional electromechanical and solid state relays, and more.
NITRA Special Purpose Push-to-Connect Pneumatic Fittings
New NITRA special purpose fittings work inline with 1/4-inch and 5/16-inch flexible pneumatic tubing. Miniature pneumatic pressure regulators have an adjustable psi range and a built-in relief valve to exhaust over-pressure. Also available are pressure gauges with metal gauge housings and pressure indicators with either green or orange pressure indicator buttons.New 2-way and 3-way inline hand (manual shutoff) valves are available with or without locking capability. Quick exhaust valves are ideal for use with pneumatic actuators that require a very fast stroke speed. NITRA inline fittings start at $8.75 and are backed by a one-year warranty.
DirectSOFT6 Programming Software for DirectLOGIC PLCS
Release 6 of DirectSOFT programming software includes over 40 new fill-in-the-blank style instructions (IBoxes) for ladder logic functions such as Memory, Discrete Helper, Analog Helper, Math, Communications and CTRIO. Other enhancements include graphic ladder view, ladder box leg labels, graphic stage view and configurable toolbars. The new Trend View tool allows visual monitoring of controller data elements over time. DirectSoft6 is $395 and supports the entire line of DirectLOGIC CPUs. A $249 upgrade package is available for older DirectSOFT versions and a free version for projects up to 100 words can be downloaded.
Harsh Duty Proximity Sensors
PN series IP69K-rated inductive proximity sensors have regular or short-body metal housings.These 10-30 VDC three-wire sensors with LED status indicators are available with an attached two-meter output cable or M12 quick-disconnect. All styles are available with shielded or unshielded housings as well as normally-open or normally-closed and PNP or NPN output types. PN series 12mm, 18mm and 30mm round sensors start at $18.75 and are CE and RoHS approved. Sensors with M12 quick disconnects are also cULus approved and sensors with two-meter cables are also UL approved.
Magnetic Locking, Non-Contact RFID Safety Switches
The MGL Series of safety switches combines magnetic locking and radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to provide non-contact operation and high anti-tamper coding. Medium or heavy-duty electromagnet locking force models are available with plastic, die cast metal or stainless steel housings. The stainless steel housings have an IP69K rating for use in food processing applications. The RFID locking switches use two LEDs to indicate all possible switch states. Two normally-closed safety outputs and one normally-open auxiliary output provide door open indication. MGL series safety switches include both switch and actuator and start at $273.
General Purpose Electromechanical and Solid State Relays
750R series general purpose electromechanical 10 Amp octal base relays start at $7.75 and have contacts with 1500 Vrms dielectric contact strength. Coil input voltages are 12 and 24 VDC and 12 to 240 VAC. Flag and LED indicators shows relay status and a pushbutton allows manual operation of the relay. DIN rail or panel mountable AD-series solid state relays (starting at $37.50) have contact ratings of 10A, 30A, 45A or 65A. The 750R-series and AD-series relays are UL recognized, CSA and CE / RoHS / REACH approved and have a one-year warranty.
Compact Rectangular Inductive Proximity Sensors
Compact APS sensors have a small footprint for simple mounting in tight spaces. Ten high-frequency oscillation type proximity switch models are available. Options include top or front sensing models; NPN, PNP, or NPN / PNP logic outputs; N.O. or N.C. output states and DC 2-wire or 3-wire connections. These IP67 rated sensors have LED status indicators; operate on 10 – 30 VDC supply voltage and have an attached two-meter axial output cable. APS series sensors are $17.50 each, available in sensing ranges of 2.5mm and 4mm and are cURus, CE and RoHS approved.
Many More Enclosure Subpanels Added
We’ve added over 200 new subpanels to our Hubbell-Wiegmann line of electrical enclosures. Perforated, galvanized and stainless steel subpanels have been added to the existing product lineup. 2D and 3D drawings are now available for all subpanels and 3D renderings added for each part. New HF Series swing-out subpanel kits are available for the Ultimate series NEMA 4/12 enclosures and include the swing panel, brackets and hardware necessary for a tub flange install. HF series enclosure subpanel prices start at $81.
SureMotion Synchronous Belt Drive Components
The new SureMotion line of power transmission products includes timing pulleys (or sprockets), bushings and timing belts that allow speed and torque changes while connecting mechanically rotating components. Starting at $5.25, SureMotion L and XL timing pulleys are available in aluminum or steel, with or without hub and with smooth bore and setscrew. Also available are SureMotion L steel pulleys that are made for use with Taper-Lock® or QD®-style drive steel bushings. The bushings are sold separately, starting at $8.75. SureMotion timing (toothed) belts are made of neoprene with fiberglass reinforcement and are an excellent choice for many industrial applications. Starting at $2.00, the belts are available in several pitches (0.200” to 0.375”) and widths (0.25” to 1”) to cover a wide range of power transmission requirements.
Instrumentation Cable with Individual and Overall Shielding
18 AWG instrumentation cable is available in 1, 2, 4, or 8 twisted pairs with an overall shield or in 2, 4, or 8 individually shielded twisted pairs with an overall shield. The cable is dual listed as UL 2250 Type ITC (Instrumentation Tray Cables) and UL 13 Type PLTC (Power Limited Tray Cables) and can be used for instrumentation and control circuits, Class 2 and Class 3 remote-control, signaling, and power-limited circuits; and in hazardous locations. Cables with both individually shielded pairs and an overall shield have twisted pair foil shields complete with separate tinned copper continuous drain wires. The cable is made in the USA, has a sunlight and moisture resistant black PVC outer jacket and is available in 100 foot, 250 foot, or 1000 foot reels, starting at $32.00.
Additional NITRA Hose, Tubing and Push-to-Connect Pneumatic Fittings
Yellow nylon coiled hoses, starting at $12.50, are available in 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch sizes and in 10 to 40-foot lengths. Hose kits of 100-foot nylon hose and 10 replaceable fittings start at $63. 1/8-inch polyurethane tubing is available in seven colors, including UV-stabilized dark green which is an excellent choice for outdoor use. Tubing, starting at $13.50, is available in 100-foot packs and 500-foot reels. NITRA 1/8-inch and 5/16-inch push-to-connect inline thermoplastic fittings with stainless steel tube gripping claws are also now available starting at $5.25 for