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AMR Belt Controller ThumbnailA “stand-alone” unit to monitor and control the many functions at the belt head, the BC-Pro Conveyor Belt Controller is designed to oversee any area involving the transfer of materials in a mining, tunneling, quarrying or processing operation.

Industry Focus: Data, General Manufacturing, Healthcare, Industrial, Power Distribution & Energy
Product Type: Enclosures

Fibox Enclosures expands the ARCA - IEC series accessory options to include corner adjustable depth kits.

Eaton Power TakeOff Panels ThumbnailEaton's specialized panels were specially designed for the tough pumping installations associated with applications in mining operations and tunnelling projects. The panels are intended for use in non-hazardous, resistance or solidly grounded installations and up to 600 Vac.

Industry Focus: Industrial
Product Type: Switches/Indicators/Relays/Solenoids

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Leviton recently announced the launch of its new Powerswitch Safety Disconnect Switch with Inform Technology. The launch includes 30/32 Amp non-metallic safety disconnect switches with industry-exclusive remote monitoring capabilities. Leveraging its award-winning Inform technology, Leviton has developed a version of its Powerswitch Safety Disconnect Switches that includes condition monitoring sensors and communications, providing real-time data to the end-user.

 

 

 

Beckhoff PC ThumbnailThe powerful edge device integrates space-saving, fanless machine control directly into harsh production environments.

Industry Focus: General Manufacturing, Industrial
Product Type: Sensors

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The updated EZ-Array with IO-Link provides a much-anticipated upgrade. This allows for more data availability via process data and enables significantly faster data transfers. The EZ-Array series of measuring light curtains feature closely spaced infrared beams that detect objects as small as 5 mm. Updated IO-Link receiver models with expanded process data options offer the ability to access additional information.

 

 

 

Mezalok Connector ThumbnailTE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, introduces its Mezalok High-Speed Low-Force (HSLF) XMC connector to support data rate speeds up to 32+ Gb/s for improved signal processing on embedded computing applications.

Industry Focus: Industrial
Product Type: Sensors

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Parker Hannifin, a global supplier of motion and control technologies, has launched the SCPSi pressure sensor with IO-Link functionality to meet customer demand in more and more smart industrial environments. The sensor, which has an optimised, compact design, enables particularly simple and fast commissioning and parameterization thanks to the IO-Link interface.

 

 

 

Han L32 B ThumbnailUsing an L32 B connector allows users to replace two size 16 B interfaces -- saving up to 40% of installation space. This makes it possible to transmit power, signals and data with fewer interfaces and fewer components. It also cuts the time required to assemble interfaces.

Brand: B&R Automation
Industry Focus: General Manufacturing, Industrial
Product Type: Drives/Loop Controllers/PAC's/PLC's

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B&R introduces a new PLC family: X20 Embedded. The PLCs combine high performance and numerous integrated interfaces in a housing only 55 mm wide. That makes them only half the width of comparable devices. With their powerful Intel Atom processors, the new PLCs are also suitable for demanding applications with short cycle times. The compact devices can even control a full-fledged robotics application. Machine builders save both costs and cabinet space.

 

 

 

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Extremely space-saving and flexible

The C60xx series of scalable ultra-compact Industrial PCs combines maximum computing power in what is currently the most compact format with a wide range of options for installation in the control cabinet. It is ideally suited for control, visualization and communication, for example into the cloud.

The latest Intel processors − in three different performance classes, from the Intel Atom with one core to the Intel Core i7 with eight cores – offer maximum scalability and power density with an optimal price-performance ratio.

Performance classes and application areas

The C601x series offers Intel Atom computing power for a wide range of automation and visualization tasks. Due to their impressive computing power in relation to their size, the PCs are mainly suited for use in Industrie 4.0 applications, for example as an IoT gateway.

The C603x series unites high-performance Intel Core-i processors with extremely compact housing dimensions. The processors from the 65 W class have only been used in the much larger ATX-based Industrial PCs up to now. The devices thus represent a new dimension in terms of power density. They are suitable above all for particularly complex automation and visualization tasks, but also for a wide range of other applications in the field of image processing, the handling of large volumes of data and in the IoT environment.

The C602x series is the link between the C601x and the C603x, and the fanless integration of Intel Core-i-U processors of the 15 W class opens up new application areas and options.

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TE Connectivity has recently upgraded its rugged, high-speed Mezalok mezzanine connector family to support the growing demand for higher data rates and improved processing power in military electronics. The upgraded connectors have increased data rate support up to 32+ Gb/s. The Mezalok connector family has been designed specifically for mezzanine cards in rugged applications and is standardized as the interconnect for XMC 2.0 (VITA 61). Rapidly evolving technologies in signal intelligence, radar, communications and surveillance are driving the need for more powerful embedded computing solutions. 

Mezzanine cards are often used to provide additional functionality and processing capability within a small form factor. TE designed the Mezalok connector family to support these applications. Typical applications include application-specific high-speed input/output (I/O) protocols, graphics, memory and digital-signal processing.

“New designs in rugged embedded computing require higher speeds and high pin counts in order to pack more functionality into smaller plug-in modules,” said Jason Dorwart, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “TE recognizes this trend and is continuing to build on this platform to help solve customer needs, offering new options in stack height, pin density and higher speeds, giving the system designer a broader solution set to work with when needing a fast, rugged and reliable mezzanine connector for extreme environments.” 

TE’s highly reliable Mezalok mezzanine connectors more than double the speed and durability of competing technology, making it one of the most viable options for today’s military and commercial aerospace applications.

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For their next meeting with an OEM or system integrator, can panel builders simply grab their smartphone and project the digital prototype of a control cabinet onto the desk of the managing director? Or right into the customer’s production facility? This admittedly sounds fantastical – but is already a reality. The new augmented reality (AR) add-on for the EPLAN eVIEW Free cloud software, in combination with the free Vuforia app from PTC, enables the free projection of completely assembled control cabinet into virtual space.

With EPLAN eVIEW Free AR, a new augmented reality (AR) application, EPLAN now brings the digital twin wherever users happen to find themselves. Designers can share their 3D designs of the control cabinet layout from EPLAN Pro Panel with co-workers and business partners via the cloud. EPLAN Program Manager Digitalisation Tim Oerter oversees the development of AR solutions and explains how to get started with EPLAN eVIEW Free AR: “A control cabinet is constructed in EPLAN Pro Panel and subsequently uploaded to the EPLAN ePULSE cloud environment. This makes it possible to share 3D designs with other users within an ePULSE organisation.” This also automatically generates both a link and a QR code that can be forwarded to the desired recipients. They can then use their smartphone or tablet computer to scan the code using the gratis app Vuforia View from PTC. Now the 3D design can be displayed anywhere using the camera of the end device – and can thus be projected onto a desktop or in the production environment as examples. Changes can also be made by touching any control cabinet components: simply tap the component and the system opens the 2D view of the schematics, for instance for further finetuning using the redlining and greenlining functions.

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