Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Korenix Introduces NEMA-TS2 Industrial L3 Managed PoE Switch for IP Surveillance Market



Korenix Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) - Korenix is pleased to introduce its new Industrial L3 Managed PoE Switch - JetNet 7310G. It is especially designed for IP Surveillance market with the NEMA-TS2 characteristics and EN50121-4 compliance.

JetNet 7310G is equipped with 8 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports and 2 Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports. It is compliant with IEEE 802.3at/af standards with 1-event and 2-event behaviors for PD classification. The system maximum power forwarding is up to 240W at 75℃ operating environment and the power capability of each PoE port is up to 35W. It can therefore perform well on power feeding to devices with high power consumption such as IP cameras.

The JetNet 7310G supports Layer 3 Network Routing Protocols include Static/Dynamic Routing, VLAN Routing and Multicast Routing; with the various routing features, the data streams will be routed in an efficient way and accelerate data streams as well. It also carries Layer 2 Network Performance like IEEE802.1Q VLAN, Trunk, Packet Filtering, DHCP Server/Client, Traffic Prioritize, and Rate Control; users can optimize their Network by these features.

Features:
  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports, 2 Gigabit Ethernet SFP ports
  • 8 IEEE802.3at PSE with 240W PoE Power forwarding capability
  • Gigabit Wire Speed L3 routing performance
  • Non-Blocking, High Speed Network Switching Fabric
  • Network Redundancy- MSR (Multiple Super Ring), ITU-T G.8032 ERPS, RSTP, MSTP, Super Chain
  • Fully Device Management- SNMP v1/v2c/v3, RMON, Web UI, Telnet and Local Console
  • Friendly Device and Network Topology recovery utility- Korenix View, Korenix NMS
  • Advanced Cyber Network Security- MAC security, IEEE 802.1x Port Based access control, IEEE 802.1x Radius Server authentication, 802.1x MAB, Distributed Denial of Service, IP Source Guard, Denial of ARP Inspection
  • Hardware Watchdog for System Auto-Recovery
  • High Level Electromagnetic interface immunity
  • IP Surveillance solution with NEMA-TS2 characteristic
  • Railway Track Side EN50121-4 compliance
  • High Operating Temperature -40~75℃
  • Redundant wide range power input DC 45~57V

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Industrial Network Market Shares 2017 according to HMS



HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden) - Industrial Ethernet and Wireless are growing fast Industrial network market shares 2017 according to HMS. HMS’s estimation for 2017 based on number of new installed nodes in 2016 within Factory Automation. The estimation is based on several market studies and HMS’s own sales statistics.

Industrial Ethernet and Wireless growth is accelerated by the increasing need for industrial devices to get connected and the Industrial Internet of Things. This is the main finding of HMS Industrial Networks’ annual study of the industrial network market. Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 46% of the market (38 last year). Wireless technologies are also coming on strong, now at 6% (4) market share. Combined, industrial Ethernet and Wireless now account for 52% of the market, while fieldbuses are at 48%.

HMS Industrial Networks now presents their annual analysis of the industrial network market, which focuses on new installed nodes within factory automation globally. As an independent supplier of products and services for industrial communication and the Internet of Things, HMS has a substantial insight into the industrial network market. Here are some of the trends they see within industrial communication in 2017.

Industrial Internet of Things is boosting Industrial Ethernet growth:
According to HMS, industrial Ethernet is growing faster than previous years, with a growth rate of 22%. Industrial Ethernet now makes up for 46% of the global market compared to 38% last year. EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are tied at first place, with PROFINET dominating in Central Europe, and EtherNet/IP leading in North America. Runners-up globally are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK.

“We definitely see an accelerated transition towards various industrial Ethernet networks when it comes to new installed nodes,” says Anders Hansson, Marketing Director at HMS. “The transition to industrial Ethernet is driven by the need for high performance, integration between factory installations and IT-systems, as well as the Industrial Internet of Things in general.”

Wireless is redefining the networking picture:
Wireless technologies are growing quickly by 32% and now accounts for 6% of the total market. Within Wireless, WLAN is the most popular technology, followed by Bluetooth. “Wireless is increasingly being used by machine builders to realize innovative automation architectures and new solutions for connectivity and control, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) solutions via tablets or smartphones,” says Anders Hansson.

Fieldbus is still growing, but the growth is slowing down:
Fieldbuses are still the most widely used type of networks with 48% of the market. Fieldbuses are still growing as many users ask for the traditional simplicity and reliability offered by fieldbuses, but the growth rate is slowing down, currently at around 4% compared to 7% last year. The dominant fieldbus is PROFIBUS with 14% of the total world market, followed by Modbus-RTU and CC-Link, both at 6%.

Regional facts:
In Europe and the Middle East, PROFIBUS is still the leading network while PROFINET has the fastest growth rate. Runners up are EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and Ethernet POWERLINK. The US market is dominated by the CIP networks where EtherNet/IP has overtaken DeviceNet in terms of market shares. In Asia, a fragmented network market is very visible. No network stands out as truly market-leading, but PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus and CC-Link are widely used. EtherCAT continues to establish itself as a significant network, and CC-Link IE Field is also gaining traction.

More and more devices are getting connected:
“The presented figures represent our consolidated view, taking into account insights from colleagues in the industry, our own sales statistics and overall perception of the market,” says Anders Hansson. “It is interesting to see that industrial Ethernet and Wireless combined now account for more than half of the market at 52%, compared to fieldbuses at 48%. The success of a series of industrial Ethernet networks and the addition of growing Wireless technologies confirms that the network market remains fragmented, as users continue to ask for connectivity to a variety of fieldbus, industrial Ethernet and wireless networks. All in all, industrial devices are getting increasingly connected, boosted by trends such as Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. From our point of view, we are well-suited to grow with these trends, since HMS is all about ‘Connecting Devices.’”



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Softing’s echocollect Gateway now supports the MQTT Protocol



Softing Industrial Automation GmbH (Germany) – Simple, reliable integration of process data with IoT cloud solutions. Softing Industrial announced that its echocollect gateway now supports the MQTT protocol, making the integration of process data from system and machinery into cloud solutions more straightforward and reliable.

Alongside OPC UA and other control protocols, the new version 7.10 firmware for the echocollect gateway includes publisher functionality from the MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) protocol. Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager at Softing Industrial: “MQTT has developed into one of the most important IoT standard protocols and already has native support from a wide range of leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, IBM Bluemix and Microsoft Azure. We are also supporting this trend by creating a connection between automation and IT: MQTT will make echocollect-driven data integration in cloud-based IoT and Industry 4.0 applications both simple and reliable.”

Characterized by superior flexibility and performance, these features also make the echocollect gateway suitable for process data integration in larger-scale systems. System engineers and end customers benefit from low maintenance costs and robust, reliable operations. As an industry-optimized gateway, echocollect offers a scalable solution for integrating process data – even from complex systems or multiple machines, for example. Alongside MQTT publisher functionality, data can be made available to ERP, MES or SCADA applications via the integrated OPC UA server. Other functions also offered include bidirectional database connectivity, symbol import from controllers and local data logging to ensure traceability.

The NetCon configuration software including the new 7.10 firmware will be available as a download on the Softing website from April. The MQTT publisher feature can be licensed separately.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

New Supplier Entry - VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan)


VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan)

VIA provides the hardware, software, and cloud building blocks for creating innovative embedded systems and devices that unleash the awesome potential of ubiquitous connectivity and the Internet of Things to deliver amazing new connected experiences.

With our unrivaled range of platforms, systems, software, and customization services, we deliver a comprehensive array of solutions that not only accelerate product development cycles but also empower you to swiftly take advantage of new opportunities in the market. Our holistic approach to enabling the design of embedded systems and devices covers the entire product life cycle, from defining initial requirements through to longevity support, enabling you to maximize your return on investment.

Whether it’s a fanless multi-screen digital signage system with awesome multimedia capabilities or an ultra low power industrial automation controller system, we have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing customized solutions that meet your exact requirements but also in developing ground-breaking new systems and devices that open up exciting new markets.

VIA Technologies, Inc is a global leader in the development of highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, and Smart City applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the many world’s leading hi-tech, telecommunications, consumer electronics industry brand names.

Main Products and Services:
Highly-integrated embedded platform and system solutions for M2M, IoT, Smart City, Smart Transportation, Smart Home, Smart Energy Management and Smart Security applications, ranging from video walls and digital signage to healthcare and industrial automation, etc.

Contact details:
Address: VIA Technologies, Inc., 1F, 531 Zhongzheng Rd., 231 Xindian Dist. New Taipei City, Taiwan.
Phone: +886-2-2218-5452
FAX: +886-2-2218-5453
Website: http://www.viatech.com
Email address: embedded@via.com.tw

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Antenova to reveal chip and FPC Antennas for the new NB-IoT standard at Embedded World



Antenova Ltd. (Germany) - Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things, has developed a brand new antenna for the new Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) standard which was ratified last summer, and will show this antenna at Embedded World in Nuremberg in March.

The antenna is small, measuring just 20 x 11 x 1.6mm, and is built to a novel design which allows it to perform well within a device, whilst being easy to integrate onto a small PCB.

This is a chip antenna in the company’s lamiiANT antenna family. It is named Latona, (part no. SR4C033) and will be exhibited at Embedded World, with samples available to order.

Narrow Band IoT is the latest mobile broadband standard. It uses the 3GPP licenced network spectrum which is secure and free from interference, and offers the combined advantages of low power, long range and the ability to penetrate walls and metal barriers.

“Narrow Band IoT will be good for connecting devices in locations where the signal distance is in kilometers and for locations in basements and underground.” explains Antenova’s CEO, Colin Newman. “It could be the enabler for some of the IoT applications that are emerging that are not suited to the established telecoms networks, where the data throughput is quite low and infrequent. We see these antennas being used for smart metering, agricultural technologies, building automation and smart city applications with lighting, waste bins and parking spaces.”

As with all of Antenova’s embedded antennas, the NB-IoT antennas are designed for quick and easy integration onto a host PCB.

Antenova provides full design, testing and tuning services for customers who are adding wireless capabilities to their IoT devices and other electronic products.

About Antenova:
Antenova is a leading developer and supplier of high performing integrated antennas and RF solutions for wireless communication, consumer electronic and wireless M2M devices.

Antenova’s broad range of standard antennas and RF modules are ideally suited for GSM, CDMA, 3G, 4G, LTE, NB-IoT, GPS, GNSS, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, LP-WAN, LoRa, Sigfox, Weightless-P and ISM, for M2M and IoT applications.

Antenova provides comprehensive design advice and technical support, including custom antenna design, engineering, integration and test services to ensure the best possible performing antenna solutions for customer devices.

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Actuonix Releases New Line of Linear Track Actuators



Actuonix Motion Devices (Canada) - Actuonix Motion Devices announces the launch of the new T16 line of micro linear track actuators.

The T16 line has been designed specifically to meet the growing need for smaller motion products in several industries including robotics, vehicle automation, and aerospace applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“We’re proud to announce the launch of our new T16 track linear actuators,” said Actuonix’s Marketing Coordinator, Mike Greig. “These 18 new models bring our complete line of linear motion products up to 164 unique linear actuators. We strive to offer an affordable linear motion solution for every application.”

Standard micro linear actuators are not an ideal solution for every application. By design, linear actuators are long as the shaft needs space to retract inside the device. Actuonix’s new track actuators are shorter for the same amount of travel, thus saving space.

Linear track actuators are also better suited to applications where a side-load is present. Micro linear actuators are tolerant to minimal side loads, but some applications require more.

Currently, there are 18 new models of track actuators available, offered in 100mm, 200mm and 300mm strokes. The 300mm track actuator represents the longest stroke product that Actuonix sells. The T16 line is offered with the same gearing options as the P16 line (22:1, 63:1 and 256:1) and is available as P or S series, giving several options for control.

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HBM’s New T12HP Torque Transducer



HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (Germany) - New T12HP Torque Transducer Ensures Highly Precise Results Over the Entire Measurement Range.
  • HBM introduces T12HP digital torque transducer for dynamic measurements in test stands
  • Unparalleled temperature stability (TC0 of 0.005%/10K) and accuracy over the entire measurement range (FlexRange™ function)
  • Highly precise measurement results as an important prerequisite for more efficient drives.
The new T12HP digital torque transducer from HBM Test and Measurement (HBM) supports dynamic measurements in the test stand and provides unprecedented precision, particularly in terms of temperature stability. Temperature influences have virtually no impact on the measurement result, due to a TC0 value of 0.005%/10K. In addition, the resulting FlexRange™ function provided by the T12HP allows users to take a closer look at any partial range of the full nominal (rated) measurement range.

The T12HP, therefore, meets the market requirements for increasingly flexible and efficient test cycles; for example, in the development of ever more energy-efficient motors. Due to the T12HP’s integrated and unparalleled high basic accuracy and the resulting FlexRange™ function, users can run more detailed analyses in any partial range from the full measurement range—as if looking through a magnifying glass. Unlike other technologies used in the market (“Dual Range”), different measurement tasks can be performed using a single characteristic curve. Switching to a second measurement range is a thing of the past with T12HP. Moreover, test bench setup times are reduced, and besides, utilization as well as the number of tests can be increased.

Easy integration with a variety of test stand concepts:
CAN, PROFIBUS, EtherCAT, and PROFINET interfaces ensure easy integration of the T12HP torque transducer with different test stand concepts. The T12HP measurement flange is installed directly in the drivetrain and is, therefore, maintenance free. The transducer is available with different nominal (rated) torques, ranging from 100 Nm to 10 kNm.

HBM’s new flagship range of torque products:
The T12HP digital torque transducer is the successor of the “T12” model that was introduced 11 years ago and takes over its role as HBM’s flagship product range of torque sensors (“HBM smarttorque”). As the first company to provide a measuring flange and fully digital torque sensors, HBM has continuously strived to achieve higher levels of innovation in torque measurement for decades So that users benefit from meaningful data for further improvement in drives.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

VIA to Debut VIA VTS-8589 OPS Board at Embedded World 2017



VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan) – VIA Technologies, Inc., announced the it will debut its new VIA VTS-8589 OPS board at the 2017 Embedded World Exhibition and Conference being held this March 14-16 in Nuremberg, Germany. The VIA booth is located #2-551 in Hall 2 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center.

Compliant with Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), the VIA VTS-8589 can be installed into OPS-compatible displays without the need for additional power, connectivity, or real estate. To speed up testing and development time, the board can be paired with the VTS-8592 OPS I/O card, which includes an HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, an audio jack, and reset and power buttons. Chassis design services to create a complete OPS module are also available.

“Providing a seamless upgrade path for OPS-compatible displays, the VIA VTS-8589 offers even greater flexibility to our digital signage portfolio,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With its highly-integrated low power design, the board delivers all the performance, functionality, and reliability required for even the most demanding digital signage applications.”

Powered by a choice of 1.0GHz NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus or 1.0GHz NXP i.MX 6Quad Cortex-A9 SoCs, the VIA VTS-8589 delivers a rich array of multimedia, I/O, and connectivity features in an ultra-compact form factor. These features include 8GB eMMC Flash memory, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, onboard Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, a Micro SD card slot, and two USB 2.0 ports. The OPS connector includes signals for 1 HDMI, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 UART, GPIO, audio and 12~19V power.



The VIA VTS-8589 features a Linux BSP that includes the modifications and user guide to create a system image, including kernel (4.1.15) and bootloader source codes for the NXP i.MX 6QuadPlus SoC or kernel (3.10.53) and bootloader source codes for the NXP i.MX 6Quad SoC. The BSP has been designed to enable modern HTML5-based digital signage applications, and includes hardware-accelerated video decoding in the Chromium browser. Further software customization services are also available upon request.

In addition to the VIA VTS-8589, VIA will show a broad spectrum of commercial-grade systems, HMI starter kits, and IoT acceleration platforms that can be rapidly customized for in-vehicle and in-station applications at its booth at Embedded World.

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NEXEN launched a New Roller Pinion System in corrosion-resistant stainless steel



Nexen Group, Inc. (USA) - Nexen Group, Inc. introduces a stainless steel version of its patented precision roller pinion system RPS. The RPS engages two teeth simultaneously to achieve superior accuracy with zero backlash at any length. The system is quiet and efficient. Stainless steel makes it extremely corrosion resistant, with a long life of up to 36 million meters. Nexen’s RPS provides a low maintenance, durable alternative to rack and pinion, ball screw and belt drive technology. The RPS is used for a wide range of applications including laser and plasma cutting machines and gantry machining centers.

The RPS system uses needle bearings to support the rollers that engage the teeth. This eliminates the sliding friction found in many other motion control systems, leading to an efficiency greater than 99 percent. This high efficiency means little is lost to friction, heat, and wear, providing a long life of 60,000,000 pinion revolutions or up to 36 million meters. Further key features include high speeds of up to 11 m/s (36 ft/sec), superior accuracy of +- 50 µm, zero backlash, and unlimited length, with custom lengths and modular components available.

Nexen produces roller pinion systems, industrial brakes, clutches, torque limiters, overload protection devices and control systems. The company holds 120 US and international patents. Headquartered in the USA and with the European office based in Wemmel, Belgium, Nexen products are available from over 40 sales offices and more than 1,500 distributor outlets worldwide.

Key features and benefits:
  • High speeds: 11 m/s (36 ft/sec)
  • Superior accuracy: +- 50 µm
  • Zero backlash
  • Long life: up to 36 million meters
  • Unlimited length, custom lengths and modular components available


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NEXCOM EBC 357X Series of 3.5” Boards Elevates Processing Power in Human-Machine Interfaces



NEXCOM International Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) – NEXCOM’s EBC 357X series of 3.5” boards improves processing power and enhances display performance in a reliable and power efficient compact design. Based on multi-core SoC Intel® Atom™ processor E3900 product family, advanced computing, graphics power, and wide temperature range, the EBC 357X series is aimed at HMI for industrial automation, building management systems and outdoor retail.

Industrial automation demands faster image processing capabilities for control and monitoring of manufacturing equipment. The EBC 357X series works seamlessly with manufacturing equipment and general motion control systems displaying 2D graphics, as well as running smooth 3D animations in CNC machine processes. The same way, HMI panels allow operators to visualize actions while data is protected and backed up thanks to the additional storage connected through M.2 connector.

Reliable operation under certain thermal conditions is essential to facilitate building automation. Superior resource management is attained knowing the EBC 357X series will remain fully functional even when placed in closed rooms without ventilation, given its working consistency in a wide temperature range of -40 to 85 degrees Celsius. The 3.5” board can control different areas of utilities effortlessly in a building, such as elevators, sewage, maintenance services and even video surveillance.

Ultra-HD 4K graphics and triplex display support permit the EBC 357X to become a complete retail solution for self-service kiosks. The customer can navigate through options to select the desired product or service using a touchscreen or keypad, execute payments, and get a printed receipt. Promotions and advertisements are constantly presented thanks to the multiple displays supporting VGA, HDMI and LVDS. Shopping centers, gas stations, photo printing, check-in counters and even public information are some areas where the EBC 375X series can create a better user experience.

Main Features:
  • Onboard Intel® Atom™ processor E3900 product family
  • Triplex display: HDMI/VGA/LVDS
  • 2x GbE, 2x SATA 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 1x mini-PCIe/1x NGFF
  • 4-in/4-out GPIO, Mic-in, Speak-out
  • Board level operating temperature of -40˚C to 85˚C
  • Optional heat spreader for ease of implementation

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IDEC Releases World’s Smallest Safety Laser Scanner



IDEC Corporation (USA) - Compact scanner fits into tight spaces on AGVs and forklifts, and into robot and moving machinery protection zones. Master/slave functionality is unique to the industry and provides improved connectivity, and dual zone protection is another industry first and allows one scanner to replace two light curtains.

IDEC Corporation introduces the SE2L Safety Laser Scanner, the world’s smallest, and the world’s first with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. A laser scanner is a safety device that uses the reflection of laser beams to detect the presence of objects or people. The scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots and other items of moving equipment found in industrial facilities.

Master/slave functionality allows one SE2L scanner to act as master and communicate with up to three other scanners. The safety controller only needs to communicate with the master, reducing the required number of input and communication channels on the controller. This can allow lower-cost controllers to be applied in applications such as providing full 360-degree protection for an AGV, which requires four scanners.

Dual zone protection allows one SE2L scanner to scan two adjacent zones simultaneously and independently, performing the work of two scanners for the cost of one. A common application is providing dual light curtain protection for two robots mounted side by side. In many applications, dual zone protection can cut costs in half.



The scanner provides a standard 270-degree arc of protection at a distance up to 20 meters, and this protection area can be configured into any pattern using either free programming software provided with the scanner, or with the scanner’s teach mode. The software provides drop-and-drag functionality to configure the protection area into any pattern within its 270-degree arc of protection. The teach mode scans obstructions in its standard 270-degree arc of protection to produce a pattern. Up to 32 patterns can be stored in the scanner, and different patterns can be selected and applied on the fly by sending commands to the scanner through the Ethernet port, or by configuring the encoder input to react to changes in speed.

A common application for multiple patterns is with an AGV or forklift. A large pattern is used when the equipment is moving at top speed, with smaller patterns used as the equipment slows down. This allows plants to keep safe working distances and reaction times, while still maintaining operating efficiencies.

Up to three different zones of protection can be programmed into each pattern. The Protection Zone is closest to the scanner and extends up to 5m. Warning Zone 1 is next, and Warning Zone 2 is farthest from the scanner, with each extending up to 20m from the scanner. Each zone’s shape within the pattern can be configured in the software, and each zone activates a different signal output from the scanner.

The scanner communicates intrusion alerts to a safety controller via four PNP OSSD safety outputs and two PNP non-safety outputs. The OSSD outputs have a self-diagnosis function that tests the signal periodically to detect malfunction. The safety outputs are commonly used to indicate detection closest to the scanner in the Protection Zone and Warning Zone 1, while the non-safety outputs are commonly used to indicate detection in Warning Zone 2. Two other outputs can be used to request muting. The scanner can also communicate with a safety or other controller via its Ethernet 100BaseTX waterproof connection port.

The scanner is configured using IDEC’s SLS Project Designer Software, which can be downloaded for free. Once the configuration is complete, it can be downloaded to the scanner through its Micro USB port or Micro SD Card slot.

A 7-segment display on the scanner indicates operational status. This information can also be displayed on a PC connected to the scanner via its Ethernet port to monitor errors, and the information can be data logged to facilitate troubleshooting.

The scanner is certified for use in Safety Category 3, Performance Level d (PLd), Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2) applications. It is housed in an IP65 enclosure. In addition to performing its certified safety functions, the scanner can also be used to make highly accurate distance measurements, communicating this information through its Ethernet port to a controller or a PC. It can also be used to measure speed through its incremental encoder input which measures pulses. This function can be used to switch patterns as the speed of a moving item of equipment changes.

Laser beam detection characteristics are 30ms/rotation with one laser beam per 0.125º. There are 2,000 laser beams per rotation through the 270º arc, with an 11mm gap between laser beams at 5m. The minimum detectable size at 30mm at 1.8m, 50mm at 3m, and 70 mm at 5m. The scanner includes both muting and EDM functionality to ensure maximum flexibility and safety.

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Korenix Launches Industrial Ethernet Switch JetNet5020G for Harsh Environment Applications



Korenix Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) - Korenix latest Industrial Ethernet Switch JetNet5020G is a 16-port Fast Ethernet plus 4-port Gigabit Managed Switch designed for field site data convergence to backbone network and up to data control center. It supports MSR (Multiple Super Ring), ITU-T G.8032 ERPS, RSTP, MSTP, Super Chain for advanced network redundancy and SNMP v1/v2c/v3, RMON, Web UI, Telnet and Local Console for device management. In compliance with Heavy Industrial EMC and Track Side EMC, Korenix JetNet5020G is considered a best fit for harsh operating environments, for example, Track Side Signaling Control, Road Side Control Cabinet for Intelligent Traffic Control System, Factory Automation, Building Automation and IP Surveillance, etc.

Multiple Super Ring (MSR):
With Korenix Multiple Super Ring, a node can be configured to multiple rings with failover time less than 20ms, and zero restoration time. It is a seamless network redundant technology which includes various technologies, for example, Rapid Super Ring, Rapid Dual Homing, MultiRing and TrunkRing, for different network redundant topologies. These technologies highly strengthen the network redundancy and further provide more stableness on transmission.

Advanced Network Security:
Korenix JetNet5020G supports network security functions to prevent the IT system and data from getting threats from Cyber network (Internet). The security function includes Port Security, 802.1x, IP Security, HTTPS, SSH, etc.

Harsh Industrial Environment:
Korenix JetNet5020G is designed with IP-30 grade metal housing. Integrated with rigid aluminum heat-sink enabled the Switch system to survive under extreme environment temperature from -40℃ to 75℃.

Features:
  • 16 10/100Base-TX, 4 Gigabit RJ-45/SFP combo ports
  • 100Mbps, 1000Mbps Optical Fiber Connection
  • 11.2Gbps Non-Blocking, High-speed Network Switching Fabric
  • 1.5Mbytes shared memory for packet buffering
  • 9Kbytes Jumbo Frame for large data transmission
  • Friendly Device and Network Topology recovery utility – Korenix View, Korenix NMS
  • Layer 2 Network Performance – IEEE802.1Q VLAN, Private VLAN, Trunk, Traffic Filtering, DHCP Server/Client, Traffic Prioritize, Forwarding Rate Control
  • Layer 2 plus Packet Filtering – MAC based, SA/DA of TCP/UDP, ICMP
  • Real Hardware Watchdog compliant with Railway / Heavy Industrial application
  • Multiple Event Dry Relay Output, Semi Digital Input
  • High Level Electromagnetic interface immunity
  • Compliance with Heavy Industrial EMC, Track Side EMC

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mantracourt launches a unique Wireless, Telemetry Sensor system for hazardous areas



Mantracourt Electronics Ltd (UK) - Mantracourt, a leader in high performance measurement electronics, has launched an intrinsically safe version of its established T24 wireless telemetry sensor system. The new X24 range of products is ATEX and IECEx approved for Zones 1 & 2 and was developed after feedback from existing users of the T24 system, many of whom wanted to extend this versatile system into hazardous areas. In the field, X24 has been found to be particularly suited to the petrochemical and industrial processing industries.

Alongside its ATEX / IECEx status, modularity is the key feature. The X24 system comprises 3 products that are certified for use in hazardous areas - the X24-HD handheld display unit, X24-ACMI-SA cased transmitter and X24-SAe OEM transmitter. These new products currently operate with strain bridge inputs and gather and transmit data from force, weight, torque and pressure sensors. Being fully compatible with Mantracourt’s T24 system, the data is transmitted to T24 receivers within the safe zone. This compatibility also means that the X24 system can be retrofitted, so companies can extend its existing T24 wireless network into hazardous areas, reducing installation costs and providing quick setup.

All three units display many of the notable features seen in equivalent products in the T24 system including high resolution/low noise electronics, long battery life of up to 5 years, proprietary license-free 2.4 GHz radio and a system range of up to 800m. However, new X24 products are manufactured with intrinsically safe electronics and are approved for use in explosive atmospheres Zone 1 and Zone 2, with the X24-SAe extending to dust Zones 21 and 22.

The transmitter module, X24-ACMi-SA measures strain bridge input and delivers it to the T24 receivers in the safe zone, or X24-HD in the hazardous area. It is housed in an environmentally sealed IP67 enclosure with battery holder for two Lithium Energiser L91 AA batteries.

The X24-HD is a lightweight, portable design and certified to IP67. With simple and intuitive button control it receives data and displays data from the remote transmitter module such as X24-ACMi-SA as well as any T24 transmitter. The product can display data from any transmitter detected or the operator can define up to 24 specific transmitters. The functionality is complemented by the ability to rename each channel to whatever you require.

The X24-SAe is a product specifically for OEM sensor manufacturers. This transmitter, comprising a PCB board with antenna measures strain bridge input and transmits data to X24 and T24 receivers. The PCB module provides OEMs and those who supply approved strain bridge sensor products with a quick route to manufacture.

Once in the safe zone, users of the system have access to the complete T24 product range. This includes the base stations and T24 Toolkit and visualisation software. The Toolkit can be used to configure both the T24 and X24 systems.

The free data logging and visualisation software allows users to log up to 100 channels and build visual displays. Alarms can be set that can indicate under and over range and can alert users to loss in communication, low battery and error reports. In recognition that we now work in an increasingly mobile world, Mantracourt has also included a built in web server that provides a summary view page to other computers, tablets and smart phones, both Apple and Android.

“We are very excited about the new opportunities this product provides for our customer base. In the past we were frequently asked for a wireless solution in explosive environments and our design team have worked diligently to develop the X24 product range in response. We have extensively field-tested these new products in a wide variety of applications and customers have been impressed with how seamlessly the new products could be integrated.” says Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager at Mantracourt.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

HMS introduces New Anybus Gateways for PROFINET IRT v2.3



HMS Industrial Networks (Sweden) - HMS Industrial Networks now releases new versions of their widely-used Anybus gateways for PROFINET IRT. The new versions allow machine builders and system integrators to connect any industrial device, machine or network to PROFINET IRT and comply with all the latest requirements of PROFINET specification v2.3 and onwards.

What are Anybus gateways?
Anybus gateways enable communication between machines and industrial networks, especially focusing on fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet. Anybus X-gateways connect any two industrial networks while Anybus Communicators connect non-networked devices via a serial line (RS232/422/485) or a CAN interface to all major fieldbus and industrial Ethernet networks.

New network combinations launched within the Anybus X-gateway range
All Anybus X-gateways for PROFINET IRT are now upgraded to be conform to the PROFINET v2.3 specification, allowing up-to-date and conform connectivity between PROFINET IRT and a vast number of different industrial networks such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus-TCP and PROFIBUS.

New Anybus Communicators allow serial devices to communicate on PROFINET IRT
HMS can now also offer Anybus Communicators for PROFINET IRT allowing any serial (RS232/422/485) or CAN-based device to communicate on PROFINET IRT v2.3. All gateways are conformance tested for network compliance.

Anybus gateways allow users to comply with the demands of the AIDA group
“The new PROFINET IRT v2.3 standard sets high demands when it comes to PROFINET network performance,” comments Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS.

“Since we always aim to be compatible with the latest network standards, we have implemented our award-winning network processor Anybus NP40 in the new gateways to handle the demands of PROFINET standard v2.3. This means that users can comply with the demands of the AIDA-group (the German Automobile Manufacturers) and deliver automation equipment that is up to their standards, simply by connecting an Anybus gateway.”

Key technical characteristics
All new versions support PROFINET RT Class 1 and 3 and come with a PROFINET IRT Ethernet cut-through switch implemented in the module’s processor – ideal when true low microsecond latency is needed. The gateways are conformance-tested to support Class A, B and C. PROFINET IRT Device/Slave settings can be made either via the built-in web interface, or by importing the provided .GSDML file into engineering tool of the controlling PLC.

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Aerotech’s New Hexapod Targets Medium-Load, Ultra-Precision Applications



Aerotech, Inc. (USA) – Aerotech’s HexGen™ hexapods represent a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. The newest member of the HexGen family, the HEX300-230HL, is targeted at medium-load, ultra-precision applications ranging from sensor testing to synchrotron sample manipulation. Aerotech’s HexGen hexapods are the only hexapods on the market today that provide guaranteed positioning accuracy specifications below 5 μm.
  • Six-degree-of-freedom positioning with linear travels to 60 mm, angular travels to 30°, and payloads up to 45 kg
  • Ultra-precision design with guaranteed positioning accuracy specifications
  • Minimum incremental motion to 20 nm in XYZ and 0.02 μrad in θxθyθz
  • Powerful controls and software with visualization of work and tool coordinate systems
Superior Structural Design:
The HEX300-230HL is actuated with six high-accuracy struts built with precision preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components. Unlike competitive hexapods driven by DC brush servomotors, the HEX300-230HL is driven by Aerotech’s AC brushless, slotless servomotors that maximize its performance and longevity. Directly coupling the AC brushless servomotors to the ball screw results in increased drive stiffness, higher positioning accuracy, and better minimum incremental motion (20 nm in XYZ and 0.2 μrad for θxθyθz), compared to competitive designs using belts, gearheads, or compliant couplings. Specially-engineered strut pivot-joints provide low friction and high stiffness, enhancing the hexapod’s overall performance. The HEX300-230HL’s superior structural design offers the user a generous load capacity of up to 45 kg.

Design Flexibility:
The HEX300-230HL’s platform and base can be easily modified with user-specific features or mounting patterns. It features a 100 mm diameter clear aperture in the platform, while a 60 mm diameter clear aperture in the base allows workpiece access from the bottom. The base mounting holes adapt directly to English and metric optical tables.

Vacuum Options:
Aerotech hexapods can be vacuum-prepared for demanding applications such as synchrotron sample or optics manipulation, semiconductor manufacturing and inspection, or satellite sensor testing.

Powerful Controls and Software:
Driving the HEX300-230HL is Aerotech’s award-winning A3200 motion control software. Built on years of experience with difficult kinematics applications, the A3200 controller allows easy programming and control of the hexapod in any user-defined coordinate system.

Aerotech’s HexSim™ software gives users the ability to easily visualize and simulate the available workspace. Tight integration between HexSim™ and the A3200 motion controller provides real-time motion visualization in any user-defined coordinate system. An intuitive graphical interface permits selection of the active coordinate system for easy virtual pivot-point programming and motion.

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