Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kathrein acquired noFilis AutoID GmbH

Kathrein RFID (Germany) - Kathrein Expands its Activities in the Area of IoT Solutions.

Kathrein, a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies acquired the company noFilis located in Ismaning on 1 May 2016. The company develops and sells platform-independent software for integrating RFID/AutoID systems and sensor devices into ERP and SCM systems. As a result of this takeover, Kathrein can now offer RFID hardware and software expertise from one source.

Kathrein RFID is the leading producer of professional identification solutions in the area of ultra high frequency technology. The company offers innovative and high-performance RFID hardware such as readers and antennas. This hardware is used for example in vehicle detection, in industry, in logistics and in retail sales.

RFID solutions from one source:
“With the acquisition of our long-standing partner noFilis, we will be able to offer full-scale RFID solutions from one source allowing us to consult and care for our customers even better in the future,” says Thomas Brunner, Head of Sales and Marketing, RFID, within the Kathrein Group. The “CrossTalk” software developed by noFilis can be integrated into all current ERP and SCM systems. The platform-independent solution is a world market leader and is certified for integration into SAP among other things. “The flexible integration into different IT environments is a powerful argument on the market”, says Brunner. Kathrein RFID and noFilis have a long and successful history of cooperation in the areas of logistics and supply chain management.

For noFilis the takeover also represents a strategic turning point for the future: “By being integrated into the Kathrein Group, we are benefiting from a renowned brand name and a strong worldwide sales and service network. Now we can position our software expertise on the market even more prominently”, says Patrick Hartmann, Global Sales Director of noFilis AutoID GmbH.

RFID as the underlying basis for the Internet of Things (IoT):
Identifying objects using passive RFID is a key technology required for the Internet of Things: RFID tags supply valuable automated tracking information. The flow of goods and logistics processes can be controlled and managed in this way for example. RFID transponders can be integrated into virtually all objects and the data they deliver can be collected in real time when they pass a read device. In contrast to the barcode, RFID can capture hundreds of RFID transponders at the same time. In addition, RFID tagged objects can be located and tracked.

About Kathrein:
Kathrein is a leading international specialist for reliable, high-quality communication technologies. The company is an innovation and technology leader in today’s connected world. Kathrein’ solutions and systems enable people all over the world to communicate, access information and use media, whether at home, at the office or on the road. The business covers a broad spectrum: from outdoor and indoor mobile communication solutions, to satellite reception, broadband and broadcast technology, to transmission and reception systems in vehicles. As a hidden champion and family-owned enterprise, Kathrein has been working on the technologies of tomorrow since 1919. The company takes pride in its dedicated employees and passion for customers and quality.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Zebra Technologies Teams Up with SAP to Help Companies Speed Ramp-up of Internet of Things Deployments

Zebra Technologies Corporation (USA) - Connectivity between Zebra’s Zatar and SAP HANA® Cloud Platform to Integrate Real-time Sensor Data with Enterprise Software for Better Decision-making.

Zebra Technologies Corporation, a global leader in solutions and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, announced that it has teamed up with SAP to offer connectivity between Zebra’s Zatar Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud Service and SAP HANA® Cloud Platform. The connectivity between the two cloud-based solutions was built by ThingTheNet GmbH, a partner of both companies in Germany, and the resulting connector is now available at

The connector enables enterprise customers to integrate sensor data from IoT devices with the unique SAP® in-memory database and business applications to better manage physical assets linked to the IoT and obtain real-time operational intelligence. As a result, companies—particularly those in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail and transportation & logistics (T&L) industries—can accelerate the development of IoT products and applications.

Key Facts:
  • Connectivity between the two solutions will allow companies to pair up heterogeneous devices and applications throughout the enterprise, facilitating device-to-cloud communication and business process automation.
  • The connectivity will also support enterprise customers in connecting physical assets and inventory with an intelligent digital dashboard so employees can remotely monitor and control the movement of assets according to strategic, real-time business decisions.
  • The offering gives developers a ready-to-use solution and set of integrated tools to create open-standard IoT applications to drive SAP line-of-business applications.
  • Zatar is the first standard-based and ARM mbed-enabled IoT Cloud Service that helps accelerate the adoption of IoT products.
  • Zebra and SAP channel partners can work together now on the IoT Solution Architecture for end-user customers leveraging Zatar and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.
Supporting Quotes:
Tom Bianculli, vice president, Enterprise Technology Office, Zebra Technologies

“Given the potential business value afforded by operational visibility, companies are racing to link assets and inventory to the IoT. By connecting Zatar to SAP HANA Cloud Platform, we are enabling companies to connect devices and sensors to the IoT in a way that can be utilized in real time and mined for data and insights. This helps organizations quickly roll out IoT deployments in a way that offers greater visibility and control.”

Thorsten Leiduck, global vice president, ISV Ecosystem, SAP

“We are excited about our agreement to connect these two powerful platforms in what we expect to be a beneficial solution for companies venturing into the IoT. Enterprises in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and T&L should be able to realize enormous value from harnessing sensor data and connected devices in the IoT, so long as they also have the insight and analytics to make informed business decisions.”

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Wago’s New Epsitron® Compact Power Supplies: Economical in Any Mounting Position

WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) - WAGO's EPSITRON® COMPACT Power Supplies maximize installation flexibility via screw- and DIN-rail-mount options.

WAGO's economical EPSITRON® COMPACT Power DIN-rail built-in installation devices are now available in two new versions – one for DIN-35 rails and one for mounting plates. These installation options make the power supplies ideal for the most diverse applications (e.g., vending and slot machines, heating controls, door and gate drive systems, as well as devices and appliances for use in residential households per EN 60335). Due to their high degree of flexibility, WAGO's COMPACT Power Supplies are also a great fit with retrofit projects. Furthermore, their slim design saves a significant amount of control cabinet space.

Higher Output Power in Alternative Mounting Positions:
EPSITRON® COMPACT Power Supplies have a nominal output voltage of 24 VDC and include the following models: 1.3 A (787-1202), 2.5 A (787-1212), 4.2 A (787-1216), and 6 A (787-1226). The front plate of the 1.3 A and 2.5 A power supply variants can be removed to improve their thermal characteristics.

Pluggable Connection Technology for Push-In Termination:
WAGO's power supplies also feature a picoMAX® Pluggable Connector equipped with Push-in CAGE CLAMP®. This connection technology provides fast, vibration-proof and maintenance-free termination of solid or fine-stranded conductors. The picoMAX® pluggable connectors enable convenient pre-wiring, fast replacement during maintenance and easy labelling.

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How to choose the Best Retail Packaging System for Your Business

AccuPak (Australia) - Packaging is a growing industry with a recent report from Smithers Pira, a worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains, predicting that the global packaging market will reach US$975 billion by 2018.

However, there are a myriad factors influencing this market and if organisations in the retail industry want to remain competitive, they’ll need to be flexible and responsive to changing market demands when it comes to their choices of retail packaging.

Product preservation and security are still the most important considerations but other factors such as the growing focus on sustainability and the need to reduce waste, heightened consumer demand for more convenient and easy-to-use packaging options and the relentless pursuit of lower costs are among the many other issues that come into play when organisations choose a retail packaging system.

Equipment suppliers have responded to the changes in the packaging market by continually updating their machinery and introducing technological innovations which streamline the supply chain. These days, precise and reliable multi‐function systems are available which rationalise packaging operations, reduce labour costs, improve throughput rates, improve product traceability, improve workplace safety, reduce the space required for packing lines as well as decrease the number of steps required in the packaging process.

Let’s take an example of an organisation which produces slabs of chocolate. One of the best ways that they can future-proof their business is to use an innovative retail ready packaging (RRP) solution which is designed specifically for quick and efficient stock replenishment on retailers’ shelves. RRP was developed primarily for consumer products such as food and beverages in a bid to streamline the supply chain process and get products from the packaging case onto the shelf in one smooth movement. An RRP system would provide the chocolate manufacturer with opportunities to enhance their brand awareness and improve their product visibility - all of which can translate into a powerful competitive advantage.

Whether you’re in the business of cosmetics, electronics, household goods, hardware, apparel, food and beverages or in any other retail sector, you will find that your choice of retail packaging system has a material influence on your operating efficiencies, your financial performance and your future.

A recommendation would be to engage with a reputable equipment supplier who will work closely with you to understand your key issues and requirements. They may recommend an off-the-shelf retail packaging solution or they may suggest a complete turnkey solution which will enable you to achieve your productivity goals.

A company like AccuPak is a good place to start. They are a leading Australian supplier of packing, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment and they have many years of experience in developing retail packaging solutions as well as in updating existing equipment with the latest technology.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

JLT Mobile Computers Selected by LTS Scale Company for Their Weighing Systems Virtual Indicator

JLT Mobile Computers (USA) - LTS Scale Company Adds the JLT1214P Rugged Computer to Fork Truck Precision Mobile Scales Offering

JLT Mobile Computers, developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, announced that it has entered a partnership with LTS Scale Company, a leading manufacturer of precision mobile scales and weighing systems with headquarters in Ohio, US. LTS Scale Company will sell the JLT1214P rugged forklift computer as part of their in-motion, legal-for-trade weight scale solution for transportation customers primarily within the Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping segment. By using the weighing systems from LTS with the JLT computers, carriers are able to streamline cross-docking operations while being able to verify and capture additional revenues on cargo shipments that are heavier or bulkier than stated.

“A common problem for companies within the logistics segment is to receive shipments that are exceeding given measurements and weight entries, thereby being directly associated with increased costs on the carriers,” explained Eric Miller, CEO of JLT Mobile Computers Inc. “Based on the JLT1214P computer, LTS offers a solution for customers to easily verify weight information and thereby increase revenues for our customers by identifying when to take additional charges.”

“The JLT1214P is an outstanding ruggedized computer that is well adapted to the challenging mobile operating environment in LTL trucking facilities,” commented John Mueller, CEO of LTS. “As part of a weighing system with our scale base and metrology electronics, the JLT1214P can process weights, dimensions, PRO numbers and other operating data used in advanced cross-docking systems. Our strategy is to provide choices in our scale systems and the JLT computer represents a top-of-the-line option for our most demanding customers.”

About JLT Mobile Computers:
JLT Mobile Computers is a leading developer of rugged mobile computers for demanding environments. These PC-type computers are developed and manufactured in Sweden for professional use and are characterized by very high reliability in the face of moisture, dust, vibration, electromagnetic fields or extreme temperature – reliability that is required for use in areas such as transportation, warehousing / logistics, forestry, mining, automation, military and rescue vehicles. JLT operates globally with offices in Sweden and the US, complemented by a network of sales partners that provide complete solutions and local support. JLT has delivered over 90,000 PCs since its inception and the company’s turnover in 2015 was SEK 81 million. The headquarters in Växjö, Sweden houses the development, service and administration departments. The company was founded in 1994 and since 2002 has been listed on the NASDAQ OMX, First North, under the symbol JLT by Remium as Certified Advisor. For additional information, please visit

About LTS Scale Company:
LTS Scale Company is a US based manufacturer specialized in precision mobile weighing equipment providing a wide variety of high quality industrial scales and weighing systems specifically designed for applications in a broad range of industries including transportation, shipping and receiving, as well as the printing and foundry industries. Today, LTS Scales can be seen in operation in virtually all segments of light and heavy manufacturing operations. Indicative of the company's design and manufacturing capabilities, quality control and performance standards, LTS Scale Corp. was the first company to receive legal for trade status or NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) certification for the company’s on-board weighing systems.

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Germán Villalobos Joins Yaskawa Mexico as General Manager

Yaskawa Motoman Robotics (Mexico) - Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to announce that Germán Villalobos has joined the company as General Manager of Yaskawa Mexico. In this position, he will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico. He will also be responsible for the operation of Yaskawa’s three facilities located in Mexico (Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro).

Villalobos brings nearly two decades of experience in industrial robotics to Yaskawa Motoman. Most recently, Villalobos was the Head of Robotics for Comau (Mexico City, Mexico) and oversaw sales, marketing and other operations. Comau is the worldwide leader in manufacturing flexible, automatic systems and integrating products, processes and services that increase efficiency while lowering overall costs. Prior to that, he held leadership positions with other automation companies, including Kuka and Nordson.

“Germán brings strong leadership and solid experience in developing and implementing successful strategies for growth,” stated Doug Schenher, Corporate Vice President of Yaskawa Motoman. “His vision and customer focus will help to strengthen our efforts in Mexico.”

Villalobos earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the EGADE Business School (Monterrey, Mexico) in 2009. Villalobos also holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Industrial Robotics Engineering from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN).

About Yaskawa Motoman:
Founded in 1989, the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America, Inc. is a leading robotics company in the Americas. With over 300,000 Motoman® robots installed globally, Yaskawa provides automation products and solutions for virtually every industry and robotic application; including arc welding, assembly, coating, dispensing, material handling, material cutting, material removal, packaging, palletizing and spot welding.

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Impinj® Internet of Things (IoT) Connector Adds Accurate, Real-Time Inventory Data to SAP® Hybris® Commerce

Impinj (USA) – Impinj IoT Connector delivers RAIN RFID data to retailers’ ecommerce software to strengthen omnichannel sales and fulfillment operations.

Impinj, a leading provider of RAIN RFID solutions, today introduced the Impinj IoT Connector for SAP Hybris Commerce. The Impinj IoT Connector connects RAIN RFID infrastructure to the SAP Hybris Commerce solution to deliver accurate, real-time inventory data. This data can help retailers make better inventory and supply-chain decisions that result in fewer markdowns, reduced inventory and improved shopper experiences online and in-store.

SAP Hybris Commerce provides retailers with omnichannel customer engagement and commerce solutions that deliver a more impactful, relevant customer experience and increase sales across multiple channels.

The Impinj IoT Connector integrates RAIN RFID data into the SAP Hybris Commerce solution, enabling a retail IoT strategy. With this solution, retailers can know where every item is at any point in time. Integrating RAIN RFID data means retailers spend less time accounting for items in-store, find items more quickly, and have a complete picture of real-time inventory for any product.

The Impinj IoT Connector for SAP Hybris Commerce allows retailers to:
  • Enable effective online and in-store fulfillment, and reduce inventory, through improved order-routing decisions
  • Sell inventory down to the last item, resulting in fewer markdowns
  • Reduce the risk of overpromising items by using accurate available-to-promise data
  • Deliver an integrated omnichannel experience that can facilitate a sales uplift and improve shopper experiences
  • Reduce working capital by removing safety stock
“Access to accurate real-time inventory data has been a key challenge for retailers. Lack of inventory data or inaccurate inventory data prevents retailers from fully leveraging omnichannel opportunities. Utilizing the Impinj IoT Connector, we are combining the power of the Impinj IoT Connector and the SAP Hybris Commerce solution, delivering a range of benefits that help retailers optimize their store operations,” said Larry Arnstein, Impinj Vice President of Business Development. “SAP is a leader in commerce and omnichannel software, and we’re excited about how the pairing of our platform and SAP Hybris software will create a transformative solution for the retail market.”

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ARBOR Introduces the ARES-1230 Series, a New Fanless Embedded Controller with Intel® Bay Trail SoC Platform

ARBOR Technology Corp. (Taiwan) – Modular ARES-1230 Series features space-saving low-profile design, I/O flexibility, input power options, and extensive add-on functionality.

ARBOR Technology, a leading provider of embedded computing solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of the compact, lightweight ARES-1230 Series as an expansion of ARBOR’s product line-up of fanless embedded controllers. The new Series was specifically created to address the need for ultra-low profile enclosure solutions with flexible I/O and input power requirements.

Based on the quad-core Intel® N2930 processor and supporting up to 8 GB DDR3L SO-DIMM memory, the space-saving ARES-1230 product line is designed to meet the needs of various markets and application areas. It is ideally suited for digital signage, machine automation and the retail sector. Deployed as a rear-mount in conjunction with specific touch panels like the ARBOR ASLAN series, the ARES-1230 can serve as part of numerous HMI solutions. Measuring only 180 X 130 mm and weighing less than 1 kg, the ARES-1230 fits virtually anywhere.

The ARES-1230 also has a flexible I/O module design. The ultra-low profile standard version of the ARES-1230 comes with two RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN connections, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, and DVI-I as well as HDMI for video. The slightly taller extended I/O ARES-1230-E version adds two additional USB 2.0 ports, two RS-232/422/485 serial ports, and four DI/DO ports for additional peripheral connectivity. Both versions include dual mPCIe slots to accommodate WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS or other modules to provide wireless connectivity for communication, positioning and navigation deployments.

Input power requirements are flexible as well. The standard version operates on 12V DC, whereas the ARES-1230-E’s wide-range 9~36V DC input is designed for deployments with potential power fluctuations. All this adds up to making the ARBOR ARES-1230 an exceptionally flexible low-profile fanless embedded controller platform that minimizes turnkey solution development.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Harting’s robust mid-range RFID Reader with innovative software platform

Harting Technology Group (Germany) – Thanks to innovative software, the new extremely robust Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader meets current challenges your RFID applications.

All connections of the compact housing meet the highest industry standards. Thanks to robust M12 HARTING connectors, both the Power-over-Ethernet connection as well as the connection for the 8 GPIO (“General Purpose Inputs and Outputs”) with optional external power supply are suitable for rough project environments.

With maximum UHF output power of 0.5 watts on the two RP-TNC connectors, it easily fulfils all the tasks of a mid-range reader. Depending on the antenna and the coaxial antenna cable used, the reader reaches the maximum allowable UHF power of 2 watts ERP radiated at the antenna.

Still, oftentimes the added value of such a system is not its maximum transmission power, but rather its flexibility. The new reader’s modular software concept gives HARTING the ability to support various communication protocols such as LLRP, OPC-UA and MQTT. Furthermore, customer-specific variants can be supplied.This is enabled by a software container concept based on embedded virtual computing. A Linux base system contains the actual function containers, which can be easily replaced if necessary.

Naturally, the new Ha-VIS RF-R300 is 100 percent compatible with the GS1 EPCglobal® certified Ha-VIS Middleware. This allows users to easily create standards-compliant RFID solutions. With this combination, system integrators can fully concentrate on solving the customer's requirements and avoid having time and money unnecessarily flow to the RFID application.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New SIWAREX WP521/522 Weighing Modules from Siemens

Siemens (Germany) – SIWAREX WP521 ST and WP522 ST are technology modules for the SIMATIC S7-1500 advanced controller family and are optimally prepared for gravimetric level measurement of silos and hoppers as well as for platform scales. Beside that the weighing modules can also be used for weighing applications in hazardous locations (with Ex-interface SIWAREX IS).

The new technology module is available in two variants: SIWAREX WP521 ST as single channel option for the set-up of one scale and SIWAREX WP522 ST as two-channel option for the set-up of two independent scales.

Integrated in SIMATIC S7-1500 all advantages of the automation system can be used. The free “ready-for-use“ application helps to create fast and easily customer and application specific solutions.

  • Seamless integration of Integration of platform - and hopper scales into the SIMATIC S7-1500 automation environment
  • Uniform structure and universal communication through the integration in SIMATIC S7-1500
  • Integrated part of TIA portal
  • Resolution of up to +/- 4 million parts
  • Measurement rate of 100/120 Hz (effective interference suppression)
  • Automatic impedance control of the load cells, process and diagnostic alarms
  • Complete parameterization and commissioning via CPU, HMI panel or PC possible
  • Direct use in hazardous zone 2

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Dini Argeo’s New Multi-Scale Fieldbus modules for Industrial Automation

Dini Argeo S.r.l. (Italy) – From now on, the Dini Argeo product range includes new Fieldbus modules: CANopen1S, DeviceNET1S and EtherCAT1S.

Thanks to the HUB function, with a single Dini Argeo Fieldbus module it’s possible to check simultaneously the weight of up to 16 scales, simplifying the system installation and reducing the costs.

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Hardy’s New Footed Load Cells allow Manufacturers to easily integrate C2® Electronic Calibration into Existing Process Operations

Hardy Process Solutions (USA) - Hardy Process Solutions has released a new line of footed load cells with height adjustable rubber feet. Footed load cells are used for many applications in industrial manufacturing, including platform scales, tank weighing, hoppers, and conveyor systems. Captive load pin designs not only provide a high degree of structural integrity but also make them flexible for a wide variety of installations.

According to Eric James, Product Manager, Sensors for Hardy Process Solutions, "These load cells are the perfect combination of advanced features and economy. Because they are an industry standard load cell form factor, they allow for easy upgrade of existing process weighing systems to utilize C2® electronic calibration. They are also Hardy’s lowest priced load cell offering with both C2 and Hermetic Sealing."

Designed for any Environment:
There are three members of the new family:
  • HI SBHC14: 500-5,000 lbs capacity with a threaded captive load pin design
  • HI SBHF14: 500-5,000 lbs capacity with a blind hole, rocker pin design
  • HI HBB01: 22-1,100 lbs capacity using a threaded captive load pin design
Hardy footed load cell supports are designed to prevent unwanted forces from affecting load cell performance. In addition, threaded designs eliminate the potential for lift-off from the foot. A height adjustable, self-aligning rubber foot makes it easy to level the load, whether it is a platform scale or a large tank.

Alternatively, a Rocker Pin design provides an addition degree of accuracy by accommodating off-center loading. The rocking action helps prevent unwanted mechanical binding or torsional forces from affecting load cell performance.

C2® ELECTRONIC CALIBRATION & INTEGRATED TECHNICIAN® With a Hardy weight processor or controller, C2® load sensors enable fast, accurate, electronic calibration without test weights at just a push of a button The easy-to-use C2® system reduces downtime for installation and repairs and eliminates test weight related safety risks.

Hermetically Sealed Load Sensors:
Hardy ADVANTAGE® load cells are matched and calibrated for mV/V and mV/V/ohm. The load cells are rated to IP/68 (and IP/69K for the HI SBHF14 and the HI SBHC14) standards and feature stainless steel finishes, and are hermetically-sealed at both the gauging area and the cable entry for long life. Hardy ADVANTAGE® sensors use a blind-hole technique ensuring the load is applied at a precise location to provide accurate readings.

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Unitronics released the New Samba, a cost-effective all-in-one PLC with HMI and onboard I/O

Unitronics (USA) - Unitronics has recently released six new models of Samba™, a cost-effective all-in-one, PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os. Samba™ fills a growing niche - OEMs on a tight budget who need compact controllers for simple machine control, but still want the competitive advantage of an elegant, color-touch HMI panel.

System integrators and OEMs often develop applications that require PLC control, but that settle on simple text displays due to limited budget. Unitronics, a trendsetter in the field of all-in-one PLC + HMI integrated controllers, has specifically developed a device for these situations: Samba™.

Samba™ is an all-in-one, palm-size controller. The beautiful 3.5" / 4.3" / 7" HMI 16-bit touchscreen enables data entry and display of variable data, including color Trend graphs and alarm screens. Samba supports 24 user-designed screens, and up to 40 images per application. The integrated PLC controller offers a broad range of features including 2 auto-tuned PID loops, time-based RTC control, datalogging, recipes and more. Internal memory holds 0.5 MB of application logic, plus 512K for fonts and 0.5 MB for images.Onboard I/Os offer digital, analog, and high-speed functionality.

The flat fascia and IP66/IP65/NEMA4X rating makes Samba an excellent fit for the food & pharmaceutical industries--ideal wherever spray/wipe down requirements apply.

Both Samba units come supplied with an onboard port. The Samba 4.3'' has a USB programming port. The Samba 3.5'' – has an RS232 port for programming and communication. Additional ports can be added: RS485/RS232 or Ethernet, and CANbus port. Samba supports GPRS/GSM, email, SMS, as well as industrial TCP/IP protocols, MODBUS, DF1 slave, CANopen, J1939 and more—and it may be adapted to any 3rd-party protocol.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

APLEX Introduces TITAN Series Embedded PC with Enhanced Connectivity

APLEX Technology, Inc. (Taiwan) - APLEX introduces the TITAN Series, a Space-Saving Solid State Embedded PC Solution. The first two models of the TITAN Series are ACS-2310 and ACS-2320.

The ACS-2310 is targeting at applications that require ultra-compact size and ultra-low power consumption. At 1" height, it comes standard with a total of 6 USB ports, 3 Serial Ports, 2 RJ-45 LAN Ports and 1 VGA Port. It also has 2 built-in Mini-PCIe slots for further expansion needs of USB, COM and Ethernet ports. Equipped with a Baytrail Celeron N2930 CPU, the dual core CPU provides horsepower while maintaining low heat and low power consumption.

The ACS-2320 is equipped with Haswell i3 / i5 to provide extra computation power for heavy-duty applications. It comes standard with a 6 USB ports, 2 Serial Ports, 2 RJ-45 LAN Ports and 1 VGA Port. It also has 2 built-in Mini-PCIe slots for further expansion needs of USB, COM and Ethernet ports. The tool-free design of the hard drive tray making upgrades to storage device possible in the field with minimum down-time.

The TITAN Series is designed to be fanless and reliable for industrial environment. It is also designed to be Zero-Maintenance by removing all moving mechanical parts and leverage the reliability and robust shock and vibration characteristic of Industrial Grade Solid State Drive (SSD).

“The cost for solid state components decreased lately, it is now possible to design and sustain a realistic cost in the hardware and making robust and space saving computer hardware affordable to all industrial applications,” said David Kok, General Manager of APLEX Technology USA. “With the quality and life span of the product, the industrial grade computer is actually a more cost effective option.”

About APLEX Technology:
APLEX Technology Inc. is one of the leading brands in industrial computer products. The company is dedicated to satisfying customer’s needs by offering comprehensive solutions and applications, including industrial panel PCs, Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI), industrial displays, and Embedded Box PCs. In addition to a full line of standard products, APLEX also offers customized or OEM/ODM project services. Applications range from factory automation, transportation, retail, hospitality, environmental monitoring, warehousing, medical, to health care.

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EMX Industries’ Tin-Side Sensor for Tin Oxide Glass Coating

EMX Industries, Inc. (USA) - During the manufacturing of float glass, the side that comes in contact with the tin will contain traces of tin and tin oxide. Locating the tin-side is important in this application and many others, including laminating, printing and specialty coating.

There are several hand held units on the market for this means of detection, but none that can be used as a part of an automated process. The solution is the UVX Tin-side sensor. This sensor reliably verifies the presence of the tin-side of float glass.

How the UVX Tin-side sensor works:
  • The system consists of a Control Unit, Optical Unit, 24VDC power supply and interface cable.
  • The Control Unit provides a display with a 00-99 range and access to set-up parameters and threshold adjustment.
  • The output of the Control Unit is a discrete, NPN/PNP that indicates when the signal level exceeds the threshold setting which occurs when viewing the tin-side.
  • The Control Unit may be mounted to provide easy access to the controls and the display.


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