Minneapolis, MN - November 23, 2016

Metal detection in the automotive industry requires more compact sensor technology to manage constant change in metals and application variations as parts move through the line. Turck’s new low-profile weld nut sensor is a compact solution for applications that require a reliable detection for the presence or absence of a nut welded to sheet metal on various vehicle components.

Like the other sensors in this family, Turck’s new low-profile design uses magnetic inductive technology and can be simply programmed to detect the presence of a metallic nut. An optional teach pendant can be used to program the sensor to differentiate between the sheet metal material and the weld nut. When the nut is properly placed, the sensor sends a signal to the PLC, which allows the robotic welder to weld the nut to the sheet metal.

“Turck’s existing weld nut sensor offering is widely used and now we are introducing a more compact design optimized to sense weld nuts with diameters between 5 and 10 mm,” said Andrew Fritz, Product Specialist at Turck. “They’re also able to fit more confined applications because they are 30-40 percent shorter than existing solutions.”

Turck’s new low-profile weld nut sensor measures 61 mm, with a probe tip diameter of 4 mm to accommodate down to a 5 mm weld nut. The sensor has a titanium nitride coated probe for greater strength and protection in harsh applications. The cable version includes a robust TPE-style jacket with a molded M12 connector for flexible mounting possibilities, and a four-way LED for visibility from multiple sides. 

Other sensors in this series will sense nut diameters of 6-12 mm and 10-20 mm, respectively, and are available with integral M12 connectors. All Turck nut sensors are IP67 rated.


Minneapolis, MN - November 16, 2016

Turck expands its RFID offering with an economical UHF handheld device. The PD-IDENT handheld provides customers with a lightweight, easy to use smartphone RFID reader system. The handheld device houses a UHF antenna and connects to the user’s smartphone via the audio port. Additionally, Turck is providing customers with a basic, multipurpose Turck RFID app for their iOS and Android mobile devices (Windows support will be added in the future). As with all of Turck’s handheld RFID solutions, it can be used in conjunction with Turck’s BL ident® RFID system. 

Measuring at 159 x 95 x 39 millimeters, the PD-IDENT easily fits in the palm of your hand and allows for the accommodation of a multitude of smartphone designs. The solution also comes equipped with a lithium-Ion battery, which will last up to two hours of active scanning on a charge. The free app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play Stores today by simply searching for “Turck RFID”. 

This solution was made possible thanks to a partnership between Turck and U Grok It, building upon the core expertises of both companies. “Using the handheld reader, our customers will be able to track, control and manage their RFID applications better than ever,” said Randy Durick, Vice President of Fieldbus Technology at Turck. “This partnership allows Turck to provide an adaptable, economical UHF handheld solution for our customers and we look forward to our long-term partnership with U Grok It.” 

The PD-IDENT has an operating frequency of 865-928 MHz and follows EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C. The user simply selects a region upon initiation of the device to conform to local radio communication requirements. 

Turck’s flexible RFID solution, BL ident, was created to offer a solution for industrial RFID applications while retaining the flexibility of standard I/O solutions. BL ident allows you to order RFID in the same package as you are used to, as slices for modular I/O or channels for block I/O. The Turck BL ident solution allows for easy integration into existing control systems and supports all of the major networking protocols providing an all-in-one industrial RFID solution for whatever your application demands. 


Minneapolis, MN - October 28, 2016

Turck is announcing a new HMI series: the TX500 HMI PLCs. With high-end touch displays and fast processors, these HMIs are ideal for use in small- to medium-size machines whose processes have to be controlled, displayed and operated locally. Each TX500 is equipped with a PROFINET master and EtherNet/IP scanner, as well as a Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU master. 

The HMIs can also be run as field devices for both Modbus protocols. Codesys3 allows the lean and simple programming of the PLC and visualization functions. The latest processor technology in the units guarantees the smooth handling of computing intensive processes such as moving image visualizations. 

The high resolution TFT display with 64,000 colors enables attractive and high performance of graphics and animations, and the front panel is protected to IP66. Two RJ45 Ethernet ports, a serial interface for RS232 or RS485 as well as two USB ports are provided on the terminal side. An additional SD card slot makes it possible to expand the 128 MB internal data memory. 

Turck is offering the TX500 series in three variants with different display sizes and resolutions: two 16:9 displays with 7” or 13” (TX507 and TX513) diagonals and one 10” device in 4:3 format (TX510). The two smaller displays offer 800 x 400 pixels, while the large TX513 comes with 1280 x 800 pixels. 

Banner Engineering Expands Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Offering With Compact, Flush Mount Models

Minneapolis, MN—October 4, 2016—Banner Engineering has added flush mount housings to its rugged, industry-leading series of Q4X laser distance measurement sensors. The new flush mount configuration offers a more compact housing to expand applications and increase mounting flexibility in constrained spaces.

“The new flush mount configuration of the Banner Q4X sensor provides more integration possibilities and greater installation flexibility, especially in applications with tight space requirements.” said Brad Ragozzino, Technical Marketing Engineer, Banner Engineering. “The combination of superior detection and measurement reliability, easy setup, advanced features including delay timers and remote input, and the ability to handle the most challenging surfaces, makes the Q4X a highly versatile, single-sensor solution to solve a wide range of detection and measurement applications.”

The Banner Q4X offers superior performance, ambient light resistance and durability, with reliable detection of sub-millimeter changes in distances ranging from 35 to 310 mm. Utilizing a CMOS imager for reliable measurements, the Q4X offers dependable performance with highly reflective and multi-color surfaces, or light-absorbing materials and low contrasts, such as black foams or rubber combined with black plastics or metals. With dual teach mode, the Q4X uses a combination of intensity and distance, making it ideal for error-proofing applications and reliable detection of challenging targets, such as clear packaging and transparent object detection without a retroreflector. 

Banner Q4X laser distance sensors are available with discrete, analog (0 to 10 V or 4 to 20 mA), and IO-Link output options.

The robust Q4X housing is rated to IP69K with FDA-grade stainless steel, and its rugged design resists mechanical impact, over tightening and extreme vibration. A highly visible, four-digit, angled display with sub-millimeter resolution is easily viewed from multiple vantage points. 

The eWON Flexy is now OPC UA compatible

Yes! The eWON Flexy now features an OPC UA server and is the first of its kind to do so! But what is OPC UA?

It is a communication protocol for a secure and reliable exchange of data in industrial automation applications. OPC UA has the huge advantage of being platform-independent. It ensures the seamless flow of information among devices from multiple vendors. From sensors to cloud, OPC UA is fully scalable, object oriented and allows to use structures or models which makes governance and maintenance much easier.

Typical applications?
The OPC UA server is your great companion when you need to share key values of your equipment on the factory floor. Quick configuration, completely independent from the PLC.

On the eWON Flexy!
As of firmware v11.2, the eWON Flexy features an OPC UA server that allows easy access to tags through an OPC UA Client. The OPC UA server supports DA layer of OPC UA and it is very easy to configure the tags to be published on the OPC server. The OPC UA protocol allows the client to simply browse the list of the available tags and the user only needs to pick up the tags he wants to monitor.

What we really like about it
This makes not only your existing, but also your legacy PLC's compliant to the OPC UA standard. Integration of machines within factory is now at your fingertips and ready for the IIoT future!


Minneapolis, MN - October 25, 2016

To help engineers improve sensor operations in unique applications, Turck introduces six line extensions to its ultrasonic sensor offerings. These new products expand the breadth of Turck’s solutions to build a more comprehensive ultrasonic sensor portfolio for its customers.

Ultrasonic sensors are ideal in applications with demanding requirements, such as long sensing ranges, non-metallic, irregularly shaped or transparent targets, wide sensing areas and when dust or oil films are present. Featuring advanced technology, Turck’s ultrasonic sensors address these challenges to deliver dependable object detection.

The sensors are available in a variety of housing styles with multiple feature sets to solve difficult applications. The rectangular packages of the CP40 and CK40 product families offer sensing ranges up to two meters with either a single digital output or a digital and analog output. The barrel style family offers 18 and 30 mm barrels with either a single digital output, dual digital outputs, or a digital output and an analog output. The digital and analog output version offers the advantage of IO-Link capabilities, making parameterization, diagnostics, and replacement easy. 

“These feature sets, along with extremely short blind zones and rugged housing designs, allow Turck sensors to work where others will not,” said Rich Tallant, sensors product manager for Turck. “Many of these sensors are designed with compact housings, and our new ATEX/IECEx-approved sensors are ideal for use in hazardous locations. With these line extensions, customers have more reliable solutions for challenging sensor applications.”

To learn about our new and updated ultrasonic sensor products, please click on the items below:

  • M30 barrel sensors with 6 m sensing range (click here)
  • 18 mm barrel sensors with side-sensing transducer (click here)
  • CP40 and CK40 sensors with new housing (click here)
  • Compact sensors for retro-reflective applications (click here)
  • ATEX and IECEx-approved sensors for hazardous applications (click here, and here)
  • Compact sensors with NPN output (click here)
  • Ultrasonic Sensors video (click here)

Red Lion Unveils Additional Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit Products to Address Industry Demands

New PoE+ Switches and Injectors Expand Port Count and Functionality for Customers

York, Pa. – October 25, 2016 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced three new additions to its
N-Tron® series of industrial Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) Gigabit products: NT24k-16TX-POE1008TX-POE+ and 1000-POE4+. These new POE+ switches and injectors complement Red Lion’s industrial networking portfolio to offer customers additional PoE options that drive operational efficiencies while addressing industry demands.

“PoE simplifies installations and reduces costs by eliminating the need to run extra wires for electricity or to get permits to run wires,” said Diane Davis, director of product management, networking at Red Lion Controls. “With more and more industrial devices using PoE, customers demand a broader range of products packaged in a variety of PoE configurations to meet specific application requirements.”

Built on Red Lion’s foundation of reliable performance and easy configuration, Red Lion’s IEEE 802.3af/at compliant PoE offerings are designed to deliver robust and reliable connectivity for industrial applications. The following new PoE products offer metal DIN-Rail mountable enclosures and plug-and-play installation combined with wide operating temperature ranges and industry-leading shock and vibration tolerances:

  • NT24k-16TX-POE: Layer 2 managed Gigabit switch provides 16 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports. Advanced PoE management allows quick and easy allocation of the switch’s 240 Watt PoE power budget to any of its 16 ports (up to 30 Watts per port).  Additional comprehensive features include auto IGMP configuration, N-Link™ and N-Ring™ technology, RSTP, N-View™ monitoring, CIP messaging, SNTP, IEEE802.1x and Radius remote server authentication.
  • 1008TX-POE+: industrial unmanaged Gigabit switch provides 8 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports, including 4 PoE+ capable ports (up to 30 Watts each), jumbo frame support and LED link/activity and PoE status indication.
  • 1000-POE4+: 8-port Gigabit mid-span PoE+ injector provides 4 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 ports (data in) and 4 10/100/1000BaseT(X) RJ45 PoE+ ports (data and power out) that support 30 Watts per port.

All three PoE models include a built-in power boost circuit that allows 24VDC power input to meet PoE voltage requirements. For more information, visit www.redlion.net/products/industrial-networking

Red Lion Adds Innovative Control and Expansion Options to Rugged Graphite Platform

New Offerings Combine Communication and Control Capabilities to Reduce Cost and Complexity

York, Pa. – October 18, 2016 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced its rugged Graphite® platform has been expanded to include a new Graphite Core Controller and Graphite Crimson® Control Module that combine communication and control capabilities to reduce cost and ease operations. Both hardware offerings leverage an enhanced version of Red Lion’s powerful Crimson 3.0 software with added Crimson Control functionality to provide a single programming solution for control, networking and data visualization.

Crimson Control enables customers to use IEC 61131 programming languages – such as Ladder Logic, Function Block, Structured Text and Instruction List – to solve specific application needs  by developing logic control much like a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) or Remote Telemetry Unit (RTU) without the added expense. This control functionality is now available as part of:

  • Graphite Core Controller: rugged standalone industrial controller that features all-metal construction and works with a variety of I/O modules to combine IEC 61131 control capabilities with networking and data visualization alongside the core functionality – protocol conversion, data logging and web serving – of a Graphite seven inch HMI minus the graphical display.
  • Graphite Crimson Control Module: control module that plugs into Graphite HMIs to form an all-in-one industrial solution that adds IEC 61131 control functionality without requiring additional panel space or a separate programming package. 

“Adding control and expansion options to our Graphite platform enables organizations to take communication and control capabilities even further to enhance factory automation and process control applications,” said Paul Bunnell, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Customers can easily reduce equipment cost and complexity by using our new IEC 61131 control functionality to program logic control code without the need for additional software or hardware.”

To support this extended functionality, Red Lion now offers rugged Graphite expansion racks that work with the Graphite platform to provide a scalable solution enabling organizations to remotely mount up to twelve plug-in modules to the back of a cabinet without extensive wiring. Each rack supports up to three plug-in modules and can be installed for a maximum of twenty modules per tethered Graphite connection.

Red Lion’s Graphite platform includes a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime or site visits. In addition, protocol conversion lets customers select from more than 300 industrial protocols to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, cameras, barcode readers and panel meters.

The Graphite platform is ideal for factory automation and process control environments that may include manufacturing, oil & gas, water/wastewater, power, utility  transportation and maritime. Applications include tank batteries, pipelines, salt water disposal, pump stations, lift stations, substation controls, solar array positioning and railroad trackside controls. For more information, visit www.redlion.net/Graphite


Minneapolis, MN - September 26, 2016

Turck announces the availability of EtherNet/IP enabled encoders, providing an optical based encoder solution with electronic multi-turn capabilities for position applications requiring feedback for customers using the EtherNet/IP and CIP (common industrial protocol) interface. Common applications for the ODVA-certified encoder include automotive production, logistics, metal processing, textile applications, as well as printing and packaging machines. 

The new EtherNet/IP encoders are available in both singleturn (RS-107/108) and multiturn (RM-105/106) variants and come with a diameter of 58 mm, offer a total resolution of up to 32 bits (16 for singleturn, 16 for multiturn), and have been designed specifically for high-speed applications. The encoders offer an RPI (requested packet interval) time of 1 ms, and allows operation in high-speed applications with up to a 1,000 Hz update frequency. These features allow users to save time and costs.

The RS-107/108 and RM-105/106 EtherNet/IP encoders offer a cost effective, compact EtherNet/IP encoder solution with Device Level Ring (DLR) capability. The DLR capabilities allow the network to stay active even if one direction of the communication bus line is compromised. This is a bi-directional communication capability built into the encoder. For the customer, it means that their process can continue while one unit is off-line, greatly influencing efficiency and reducing costly down-time.

The RS-107/108 and RM-105/106 encoders are available in solid shaft and blind hollow shaft versions, with the blind shaft version having diameters up to 15 mm. The encoders feature an operating temperature range from -40 to +80 °C and are IP65 rated. Additionally, thanks to their optical design, the encoders are highly immune to interference from magnetic fields. 

Advantech Launches Pocket-size Modular UNO-2271G

8/28/2016 - Advantech’s latest UNO is the smallest yet, but still packs a punch in terms of flexibility. The pocket-size UNO-2271G is the same width and length as a 2.5” SSD but still includes the ability to expand its performance to meet your needs through six mounting solutions (Stand, Pole-mount, VESA, DIN-RAIL, Wall-mount, and vertical mount) and over 30 iDoor modules. This combination gives users over 100 possible combinations to meet all possible needs.

The entry level system includes enough features to perform basic functions, however for increased functionality an additional module which accepts iDoor Modules is recommended. Advantech’s iDoor technology is a modular way of adding flexible functionality to a wide range of devices and gives system integrators the flexibility to choose the functions  that they need without purchasing devices that have excess costs and functions that they’ll never use. There are over 30 iDoor Modules for tasks as broad as: Fieldbus protocols like Profibus, Profinet, EtherCAT and Powerlink; memory expansion and storage with Backup MRAM, Cfast/Compact Flash and SD/mSD; digital and analog I/O such as multi-function, analog IO, digital IO & counter; smart sensors such as Smart Meter, Pressure Sensor, temperature sensor and light sensor; and communication such as GPS, 3G, LTE, Wi-FI, GPS, GPRS, ZigBee, RFID, Bluetooth and LTE. 

As you’d expect from a modern IPC, the UNO-2271G has been designed for cloud enabled HMI solutions and has integrated remote display technology which enables users to remotely control the UNO-2271G from mobile devices or other PCs via VNC (Virtual Network Computer). 

For a more visual system, the UNO-2271G also supports WebAccess/HMI. WebAccess/HMI is visualized HMI Runtime software which covers the whole range of HMI control and visualization in machine industries through its high degree of customization and user-friendly interface. Combined with the remote display technology of UNO series models, operators can diagnose and control machines through VNC clients without being present onsite. WebAccess/HMI software enables data transfer between units and the management system by providing over 450 PLC and controller communication drivers. With the industrial IoT gateway, it eliminates the barrier of different language of devices and easy to integrate into existing system.

Advantech Launches Two New UNO-3283G / 3382G/ 3384G High Performance Industrial Computers

8/23/2016 - Advantech is pleased to announce the launch of UNO-3283G and UNO-3382/ 3384G fanless industrial computers. Advantech’s 3000 series of industrial computers are renowned for their high performance, large number of I/O ports and flexible expansion.  UNO-3283G & UNO-3382G/ 3384G include dual front-hot swappable SSD/HDD bays with RAID 0/1 support. HDD/SSD are installed in drive bays which are accessible from the front using a single captive thumb screw for each bay, so that in the event of failure or an upgrade this can be carried out quickly and easily. These new models boast many new features, which make them ideal for factory and machine automation.

To provide optimum flexibility of the already ample I/O ports, the new models support iDoor technology which provides users with a host of additional modular I/O port options such as industrial fieldbus, wireless connectivity and PoE for smart cameras in production inspection applications. Combined with a motion and frame grabber expansion card through PCIe/PCI, UNO-3283G & UNO-3382G/ 3384G series are the ideal solution for machine motion and vision control applications.

To aid maintenance flexibility, UNO-3283G has been designed with anew ‘L’ shaped removable cover which enables access to the inside of the machine in a much more convenient manner than before. The ‘L’ shaped cover has been designed with “captive screws” to prevent loose screws falling out during operation or removal of the cover. The clever design also allows users to gain easy access to the PCI/PCIe sockets, iDoor module, CFast slot and RTC battery for installation and maintenance.

UNO-3283G comes with an Intel® 6th Generation Core™  i7 processor which gives an up to 79% increase in speed over 3rd generation CPUs. The ruggedized design supports power redundancy and operating temperatures from -10~60 ?, ensuring they can withstand harsh industrial environments. The robust design ofUNO-3300 series is also proven by its UL/IEC-61010 certification, which is the standard for industrial applications.

In addition to all these compelling features, UNO-3283G also provides dual video ports for DVI-I and HDMI displays and supports multiple mounting methods like Stand, Wall and Enclosure mounts, thereby further increasing their flexibility to work in almost any location.

Advantech Introduces New Panel PC - PPC-3060S

August, 2016, Taipei– Advantech, a global leader in IIoT solutions announces the latest release in its renowned Panel PC line. The PPC-3060S is a 6.5" industrial-grade Panel PC for compact applications for machine builders. The PPC-3060S is a highly reliable and capable Panel PC in a fanless design with a low power Intel® Celeron N2807 1.58GHz Processor at its core. With a high durability design, the PPC-3060S is equipped with a true-flat touch screen with IP65 front panel protection, die-cast AI Alloy enclosure and 5-wire resistive touch screen. It supports two serial ports, three USB ports, and two GbE LANs to satisfy various industrial applications. PPC-3060S supports the most popular operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows 7, WES7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Linux and Android.

True Flat Panel

Advantech’s The PPC-3060S low power fanless touch Panel PCs comes with a dynamic modern appearance suitable for the Industry 4.0 era. The 6.5” PPC-3060S has a True Flat display with no bezel which makes it easier to read and incorporates a durableindustrial ELO 5-wire resistive touch screen that works well in industrial environments and is better resistant to scratches. It uses a die-cast aluminum alloy enclosure with IP65 certified front panel protection ensuring it can be used in tough environments without fear of knocks or water and dust ingress.

Superior Computing Performance

PPC-3060S uses an Intel® Celeron Dual Core N2807 1.58GHz  processor which supports turbo boost from 1.58GHz to 2.16GHZ, and low power TDP is 4.3W. The Intel Celeron dual-core processor, PPC-3060S deliver a 230% superior computing performance compared to previous the model – PPC-L62T. It also features up to 4GB DDR3L SDRAM memory, dual GbE LAN for redundancy, two serial ports, and three USB ports to make it easier to satisfy various simple industrial applications. With a wide range of DC power input support, PPC-3060S will work stably between 12-24VDC and has been FCC class B certified whilst also being compliant with the EMC immunity, emission standards - EN55011, 61000-6-2, 61000-6-4 - for industrial environments.

With cost saving Android OS support, low power performance CPU, Advantech’s WISE-PaaS/RMMsoftware for centralized remote management, elegant TrueFlat screen and alloy enclosures. To find out more about how PPC-3060S can help machine builders and industrial equipment manufacturers, contact your local sales representative or go to www.advantech.com.


Minneapolis, MN - May 24, 2016

Engineers, OEMs, and integrators have struggled for years to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, and Turck's new ARGEE technology solves this challenge. ARGEE empowers manufacturers to add logic to compatible I/O devices without a PLC, driving down the cost per I/O point and increasing flexibility in control.

The ARGEE environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing that is common with PLCs. Inside the ARGEE environment, users can set condition and action statements to be carried out by the I/O device. The application's intuitive design includes a flow chart - similar to ladder logic - which allows for easy programing by users of all experience levels.

By taking advantage of ARGEE on Turck's multiprotocol Ethernet I/O devices, manufacturers are able to realize a better control solution - field logic controllers.

FLCs benefit small to mid-size OEMs and manufacturers who are looking to add logic without investing in a PLC. FLCs can be used in one of three ways:

  • The FLC stands alone: The FLC performs all logic as a standalone application without a PLC
  • The FLC backs up the PLC: If the FLC loses communication with the PLC, the FLC can take over and either shut down or maintain the process.
  • The FLC and the PLC work together: The FLC can monitor an application and send defined variables and updates back to the PLC.

"With FLC powered by ARGEE, engineers can add control capabilities and I/O points to applications without having to invest in or upgrade a PLC," said Randy Durick, vice president of fieldbus technology at Turck. "Because the I/O devices carry advanced ingress ratings, logic can move outside the panel and onto machines for local control and real-time performance monitoring."

Specific features of ARGEE include:

  • Toggling bits, the utilization of timers and counters, performing arithmetic functions, monitoring of program status via the built-in HMI capabilities and communicating with an upper level PLC
  • HTML5-based programing, which makes the environment accessible on any device via capable web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox
  • Integration with digital, analog, IO-Link, RFID, and specialty I/O types

ARGEE technology is standard in all Turck multiprotocol Ethernet I/O devices. These devices can be used on any PROFINET®, Modbus TCP™, or EtherNet/IP™platform, and include the TBEN-L/TBEN-S on-machine block I/O, BL compact on-machine flexible block I/O, and FEN20 in-cabinet block I/O.


Minneapolis, MN - May 9, 2016

Turck introduces the TBEN-L Ethernet spanner, which provides customers with a robust protocol converter, a much needed solution for applications dealing with multiple protocols on the same network. 

The TBEN-L Ethernet spanner capitalizes on Turck’s multiprotocol technology and serves as an easy way to link multiple Ethernet networks together - even networks that speak different protocols - and its master to master data exchange allows PLCs to exchange data easily. 

By utilizing Turck’s multiprotocol Ethernet technology and the embedded Ethernet switch, the device can allow isolated networks to pass data between them (up to 256 bytes), even if the networks are on different Ethernet subnets or using different protocols such as Modbus TCP, PROFINET or EtherNet/IP. Additionally, by utilizing the isolated Ethernet network, the TBEN Ethernet spanner offers the ability to setup a NAT (Network Address Translation) router for up to 5 IP addresses. The devices also include an embedded webserver for a streamlined setup and configuration process.

“The release of Turck’s TBEN Ethernet spanner helps customers who are following the trend of using Ethernet technology to elevate their field I/O to a controller or PLC,” said Randy Durick, Vice President of Turck’s Fieldbus Technology division. “Many automation applications require separate Ethernet networks, and this can add a level of complexity and expense that may not be necessary. This product can simplify applications requiring separate networks with an intuitive setup, while also allowing PLC’s of different protocols to communicate effectively.”

The TBEN-L spanner offers 16 digital inputs that are available to both networks and allows data transfer speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. Additionally, the spanner comes in a glass-fiber reinforced housing with fully potted electronics and offers a IP65, IP67, or IP69K rated housing.

Record DIN-rail power supply CP10 now available with 36V and 48V Outputs

May, 2016

New 240W CP10 models with output voltages of 36V (CP10.361) and 48V (CP10.481) available.

With the DIN rail power supply CP10.241 (24V / 10A) PULS introduced a record breaker in 2015: width 39mm, weight 600g, efficiency 95.2% and a typical service life of 120,000 hours. From now on further 240W models of the CP10 series are available with output voltages of 36V (CP10.361) and 48V (CP10.481). In these models the efficiency has been increased even more: 95.4% at CP10.361 and 95.5% at CP10.481. This means less stress on the electronic components and a higher energy efficiency.

The CP-series is part of the PULS DIMENSION product family. In addition to the high efficiency values, the power supplies are characterised by an advanced inrush current limitation, active PFC and a wide temperature range of -25°C to +60°C (without derating) or +70°C (with derating). Numerous approvals (IECEx, ATEX, Class I Div2, UL) allow the use in various applications and international markets.

In addition, the CP-series includes power reserves of 20%: 288W of power is constantly available up to a temperature of +45°C. For the reliable triggering of fuses, the CP10 can briefly supply three times the specified output current.

The CP10 is equipped with differentiating features, such as a DC OK relay contact for monitoring the output voltage. Additionally, there are also product models for special applications, which require an extended DC input range, spring-clamp terminals or conformal coating (on request).

Banner Engineering Next-Generation Touch Buttons Feature Smart Electric Field Sensing for Superior Immunity to False Triggering

Minneapolis, MN—March 15, 2016—Banner Engineering introduces its next-generation touch buttons for its industry-recognized K30, K50 and K70 multicolor indicators and pick-to-light sensors. Employing smart electric field sensing, the next-generation touch buttons provide superior immunity to false triggering caused by the buildup of detergents, oils and other foreign materials, as well as exposure to direct water spray.

The K70 is a brand new addition to Banner’s multicolor and pick-to-light sensor family. Featuring a 70 mm touch dome with a 30 mm base, the K70 touch is optimal for larger industrial applications in addition to jobs that require more visibility. The K70 is available in nine color options and one-, two- and three-color models for flexible performance. 

The next-generation K30 and K50 offer flexible communication and simplified setup of a single device or multi-point applications. The K50 is available in one-, two- and three-color models, while the K30 is available in one- and two-color models. New FDA models are also available, which are constructed from FDA-grade material and fully encapsulated for use in food and beverage applications.

“Our next-generation touch buttons are designed to provide optimal indication and lighting with excellent immunity to false triggering and superior electrical noise immunity,” said Matt Hahn, Technical Marketing Engineer for Lighting, Banner Engineering. “We believe these touch button solutions will be ideal for our customer’s pick-to-light, call button and general industrial applications.” 

In addition to exceptional immunity, next-generation K30, K50 and K70 indicators are ergonomically designed to eliminate hand, wrist and arm stresses associated with repeated switch operation, requiring no physical force to operate. The indicators can also be easily actuated with bare hands or in gloves.

The next-generation touch buttons offer momentary or latching versions. Momentary configurations remain activated as long as touch is present, while latching models start up inactive and toggle between activated and not activated on successive touches. 

All models feature rugged, fully encapsulated IP67/IP69K construction for optimal performance in high-pressure wash-down environments.

eWON New eCatcher 6: easier than easy

March 1, 2016 - A new version of eCatcher, our free VPN software client to connect to your machine, has been released! While eCatcher 5 prensented great enhancement in multiple securité aspect, eCatcher 6 will offer you brilliant innovations making your daily work easier. Let’s review some of the new features:

Global Registration Key

You will now be able to register automatically multiple eWON on your account thanks to the Global Registration Key. After simply storing it on a SD card, you can then plug it in your eWON which never was linked to a Talk2M account before. The eWON will automatically process the files. The only thing left to do is to accept the device within your account. An additional easy as a child toy way to register your eWON is born.


Visualize all your eWON's on a map: a great feature to manage your EWONs at glance. Easy connection, easy location modification, reset, etc. You can now choose between the classic view list of all your eWON's or the map view!

New search box

Type a particular reference you are looking at and eCatcher is going to sort out for you among your eWON's. Easy!

Integrated M2Web program

You are now easily able to design a customized M2Web Portal and integrate it into your own website. Your customers will never get lost and your brand is more strongly represented!


Minneapolis, MN - February 26, 2016

Turck is expanding its portfolio of capacitive sensors, now offering 18 mm and 30 mm capacitive barrel sensors with teachable capabilities. The new offering comes in two variants – teach by wire or teach by button. 

The teach by button variant can be taught by a single press of a button, saving valuable installation and configuration time. Both present and absent media can be taught for a higher sensitivity teach. The variant without a push button can be taught either by a teach adapter or teach by wire (pin 5), which allows for a tamper-resistant installation. Each variant is available in either PNP or NPN. 

The 18 mm housed version offers a 5 mm sensing range when flush mounted and a 7.5 mm range when not flush mounted. The 30 mm housed version offers a 10 mm sensing range when flush mounted, with a sensing range of 15 mm when not flush mounted. The expanded offering can be switched between NC and NO, and provides optical programming feedback through LEDs.

GE Launches New Industrial PC for Demanding Transportation Applications

  • New RXi-XR Industrial PC Combines Rugged Design and High Performance  
  • Industrial PC Meets EN51055 Industry Standard for Electromagnetic Capabilities, Temperature, Shock and Vibration

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jan. 13, 2016 — Temperature, shock and vibration. These are just a few of the challenges that can create issues for railway control systems on a daily basis. To help ensure these critical systems maintain reliable operation, GE (NYSE: GE) has launched its new RXi-XR Industrial PC (IPC). This latest offering from GE’s Automation & Controls solutions provides transportation systems such as inner-city, monorail and regional trains with a rugged, versatile computer capable of functioning in the demanding and harsh environments typically associated with these applications.

“Modern rail applications can create harsh operating conditions for their required electronic components. If the electrical equipment installed in these applications is not up to par, extreme temperatures and exposure to elements — such as dust or water — can wreak havoc,” said Vibhoosh Gupta, product management leader, GE’s Automation & Controls solutions. “When designing our RXi-XR IPC, we incorporated many factors to ensure the unit would meet and exceed industry standards for temperature and ruggedness while still offering the performance that our customers expect.”

The new RXi-XR IPC provides a combination of rugged construction, high performance and modularity to deliver the computing capabilities required in demanding rail environments. It’s featured fanless, solid-state design and industrial-strength components enable GE’s RXi-XR IPC to meet EN50155 standards for electromagnetic, temperature, shock and vibration compatibility in railway applications. The IPC’s design also meets the IP67 rating for dust and moisture protection, ensuring that the unit is dust tight and can withstand up to 1 meter of liquid immersion.

The RXi-XR IPC’s patented heat dissipation technology enables the unit to boast an operational temperature range of -40 C to 70 C, enabling the computer to perform in extreme temperature conditions.

In the RXi-XR IPC, both the CPU and memory are soldered to the board, improving reliability and resistance to shock and vibration. In addition, the IPC’s COM Express-based modular architecture simplifies the upgrade process, extending the unit’s useful life and helping to future-proof the system. Compact MI2 connectors also contribute to the ruggedness of the IPC by helping to prevent couplers from loosening — even under extreme vibration conditions.

GE’s RXi-XR IPC features either an Intel Core i7 processor at 1.7 gigahertz (GHz) or an Intel Celeron processor (at 1.4 GHz) and runs the Windows 7 operating system. It has a maximum memory of 4 gigabytes (GB) and a storage capacity of 128 GB (in the form of a solid-state drive).

Banner Engineering Sure Cross® Wireless Controller Provides Superior Communication for Industrial Internet of Things Applications

Minneapolis, MN—February 2, 2016—Banner Engineering introduces the Sure Cross® DXM100 industrial wireless controller, designed to facilitate communications for Ethernet connectivity or Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Available with an internal Sure Cross DX80 Wireless Gateway or a MultiHop Data Radio, this powerful Modbus communications device reliably connects local wireless networks with the Internet and/or host systems. 

To satisfy multiple application requirements, the DXM100 controller offers several wired and wireless connectivity options to easily share data between local and remote equipment. The cellular modem option eliminates the need for IT infrastructures to connect remote equipment, while the integrated Sure Cross wireless radio option enables Modbus connectivity to equipment. 

“By integrating Banner’s wireless radio, cellular connectivity and local I/O, our new DXM100 wireless controller provides a proven platform for IIoT applications,” said Tim Hazelton, Product Manager, Banner Wireless. “With unique Internet messaging tools and easy programming capabilities, the DXM100 ensures complete connectivity and communication.”

Banner’s DXM100 wireless controller includes a logic controller with easy programming options for simple operation and guaranteed control. It can be programmed using action rules and ScriptBasic, allowing freedom when creating custom sensing and control sequences. The DXM100 also allows for secure email and text messaging for alarms, alerts and data log files.

The DXM100 incorporates several automation protocols into its system, including Modbus RTU, Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP. The controller also features on-board universal and programmable I/O ports for simple connection to local sensors, indicators and control equipment.

Designed with an interactive, programmable user interface consisting of an LCD screen and four LED indicators, operators can quickly access system status and setup, view selected events or data and perform site surveys.

Red Lion Launches First Rugged Crimson-Enabled E3 I/O Platform

High-Density I/O Modules Integrate Powerful Networking into Industrial Applications

York, Pa. – February 9, 2016 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of its new rugged E3 I/O™ module platform, a set of 17 high-density I/O modules with hardened metal enclosures and powerful communication options. This versatile platform marks Red Lion’s first rugged I/O modules configurable using Crimson® 3.0 software.

Designed to withstand the critical demands of localized and distributed I/O applications, Red Lion’s Crimson-enabled E3 I/O modules feature robust networking capabilities with redundant Ethernet ports and built-in serial communication. With one RS-485 terminal block and dual Ethernet ports that include user-selectable Ethernet modes for ring, pass through and two network, the easy-to-deploy E3 I/O modules can eliminate the need for additional switching devices. In addition, these modules offer up to 34 mixed I/O points including input/output, analog/discrete and temperature I/O for complex industrial applications.

“Customers today are demanding both more I/O connectivity and mixed I/O types – digital, analog or temperature – because of the variety of sensors and inputs needed to monitor complex systems,” said Paul Bunnell, director of automation product management at Red Lion Controls. “To keep industrial operations running smoothly, organizations require easy-to-configure equipment with multiple connectivity options and rugged enclosures that enable reliable performance in harsh environments.”

Available in DIN-rail and panel-mount form factors, Red Lion’s E3 I/O modules feature rugged metal enclosures to support wide environmental tolerances and enable seamless integration into any industrial environment. Wide -40° to 75°C operating temperature, high shock and vibration ratings coupled with industry certifications that include UL Class I, Division 2 listing, ATEX* and IECEx* approvals make each E3 I/O module safe for use with industrial control equipment in hazardous locations around the world. Developed for industries including oil and gas, water, utilities, marine, transportation and mining, the E3 I/O module platform is ideal for critical-uptime applications where customers need to expand I/O for devices such as Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) or standalone deployments. 

Banner Engineering DF-G3 Fiber Amplifier Now Available With Analog Output to Satisfy Diverse Sensing Applications

Minneapolis, MN—February 16, 2016—Banner Engineering announces its long-range DF-G3 fiber amplifier is now available with analog output. With world-class long range sensing capability, the DF-G3 can sense more than 3 meters (10 ft.) with opposed mode fibers or more than 1 meter (3 ft.) with diffuse mode fibers. The extra power, combined with its new analog output, enables the DF-G3 to provide increased detection reliability for contrast matching, intensity monitoring, web guiding, process monitoring of signal intensity and dense sensing point environments.

“We enhanced the DF-G3 fiber amplifier to include both an analog and digital output to solve more of our customer's applications,” said Dennis Smith, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Banner Engineering. “With unmatched sensing power, convenient combination of both output types in one amplifier, and an easy-to-use interface, the DF-G3 is optimal for difficult detection challenges in assembly error-proofing, consumer packaging, and electronic assembly markets around the world.”

The DF-G3 offers a simple interface to ensure easy setup and programming via displays and switches. The easy-to-read dual digital displays show both signal level and threshold simultaneously. Users can also setup the sensor remotely via a multi-function input wire which can be configured to control the LED, gate the amplifier’s output, remote teach the amplifier, or setup a robust cross-talk avoidance ring with up to seven amplifiers to solve dense sensing point applications.

With expert TEACH and SET functions, the DF-G3 ensures optimal gain and threshold for all applications, but especially for low-contrast applications at long detection range. Users also have full control over all operating parameters, including threshold, light or dark operate, output timing functions, gain level and response speed.

Featuring energy-efficient light resistance and cross-talk avoidance, the DF-G3 provides stable detection in industrial lighting environments and dense sensing point applications. The sensor’s level action fiber clamp ensures stable, reliable and trouble-free fiber clamping.

Banner Engineering Self-Contained Photoelectric Sensors Feature Robust Stainless Steel Housing for Harsh Industrial Environments

Minneapolis, MN—January 19, 2016—Banner Engineering introduces its new M18-4 self-contained photoelectric sensors. Featuring robust IP69K-rated 316 stainless steel housing, the heavy-duty 18 mm metal barrel sensor is ideal for harsh industrial environments where abrasive chemicals and ingress fluid are present. Built with Advanced ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) technology, the dc-operated M18-4 sensors are also resistant to fluorescent light and offer a high level of crosstalk avoidance.

Featuring a powerful and bright visible red emitter beam, the M18-4 allows for easy alignment and set-up. For added ease of use, the M18-4 sensor also offers a highly visible output, and dual-function power and stability indicators. The indicators are comprised of one green and two yellow LED lights. Solid green indicates power is applied and the sensor is ready, while green flashing specifies a marginal sensing signal. The two bright yellow LEDs, visible from both sides of the sensor, indicate the output is conducting. 

“Some production environments damage low cost plastic sensors leading to machine down time,” said Dennis Smith, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Banner Engineering. “Banner's M18-4 photoelectric sensors are designed to provide long term and reliable sensing performance in harsh industrial applications with enhanced chemical and washdown resistance.”

To accommodate diverse applications, the M18-4 is available in opposed, polarized and non-polarized retroreflective, diffuse and fixed-field sensing modes. For increased flexibility, diffuse models offer a robust 250 degree sensitivity potentiometer. A wide operating temperature range of -40 to +70 degrees Celsius ensures optimal performance for diverse applications. 

Open support arm sections from Rittal

Cable entry made easy

2016-01-18. Cables in support arm systems need to be able to be installed quickly and easily for retrofitting or servicing. This requires easy accessibility without having to dismantle already installed support arm systems. Rittal offers an ingenious solution to cut assembly outlay with the open support ­sections of its CP 60/120/180 support arm­ system.

Herborn, 18 January 2016 – Today, support arm systems for machine operation don’t just need to offer a smart design and high load-bearing capacity but also straightforward cable management. Cables need to be accessible quickly and easily in the event of damage or for retrofitting. The open support sections of the Rittal CP 60/120/180 support arm system meet these requirements with ease.

Clip-on and flexible plastic covers also enable easy access to the cables in the support arm section when the support arm is mounted. Cables can be easily laid or replaced by simply removing the covers. The section diameters of the support arms also offer room for pre-assembled cables with connectors (e.g. DVI).

To also stabilise open support sections with a long jib to prevent them from twisting, clamping elements can be installed in the open area of the support sections. This achieves loads comparable to those for closed support sections. The clip-on plastic cover conceals the clamping elements. This simple and effective option provides additional stability and safety.

The CP support arm system can be configured for the three load levels of 60, 120 and 180 kg (based on a jib length of one metre). It has a standardised design, with its modular system offering the perfect solution for every requirement and delivering considerable time savings for assembly/adjustment.

Banner Engineering Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Now Available with Dual Outputs and IO-Link

Minneapolis, MN—January 5, 2016—Banner Engineering announces its industry-recognized Q4X laser distance sensor is now available with dual discrete outputs and IO-Link configuration. Dual discrete outputs enable the Q4X to solve challenging high/low monitoring fill level or dancer arms applications, while IO-Link allows for remote configuration, sensor backup and easier preventative maintenance. 

The new Q4X dual channel sensor offers enhanced performance features, including window size and offset control for easier setup of difficult applications, totalizer to reduce PLC programming for high speed counting and pulse frequency modulation (PFM) output as an alternative to an analog output. Additionally, the IO-Link point-to-point serial communication protocol allows complete remote accessibility to device and event data and more precise, digital data transmission. 

“We are continually striving to enhance the Q4X sensor to ensure our customers are equipped with a powerful solution for their most difficult distance-based sensing applications,” said Brad Ragozzino, Technical Marketing Engineer, Banner Engineering. “The added capabilities of dual discrete outputs and IO-Link enable our customers to solve even more applications with just one single sensor, making it the ultimate problem solver.”

With the capability to detect height changes as small as 0.5 mm and sense up to 300 mm, the Q4X can solve distance-based applications regardless of target surface reflectivity, including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multicolor packaging and targets of all colors. It is also optimal for clear object detection and error-proofing applications.

Offering a simplified user experience, the Q4X includes a bright readout on a highly visible, angled four-digit display that is easily viewed from multiple vantage points. The Q4X also offers intuitive user setup utilizing three tactile push-buttons conveniently located below the display.

The Q4X is constructed with robust housing rated to IP67, IP68 or IP69K, allowing use in wet and high-pressure washdown environments, durable FDA-grade stainless steel resists mechanical impact, over tightening, extreme vibration and aggressive cleaning procedures.

Advantech Launches Powerful Intel 5th Generation Core i3 Processor Touch-Panel Computer

Advantech’s new 12” TPC-1282T touch-panel computer is the first of its type to feature with the new Intel 5th Generation Core i3 Processor; the much heralded iDoor Technology and CODESYS support.

The TPC-1282T is the first in the TPC range to use Intel’s 5th Generation Core i3 processor, which provides an additional 15% increase in speed compared  the 4th generation processors and faster also refreshes graphic images 30% faster. All of these benefits are achieved whilst maintaining low power consumption and enhanced reliability.

Advantech’s new iDoor technology is a new modular way of adding versatile functionality to give system integrators the flexibility to choose the functions that they need without purchasing devices that have excess costs and functions that they’ll never use.  With Isolated DI/O ports, Power over Ethernet, Profibus and CANOpen modules iDoor Technology gives a cost efficient solution to increasing the functionality of the TPC-1282T.

Having partnered with the world’s leading SoftLogic software developer, the TPC-1282T is one of the first touch panel computers to have CODESYS embedded on it.  On their website CODESYS is described as “… a software platform especially designed to fulfill the many different requirements of modern industrial automation projects. The IEC 61131-3 programming tool CODESYS Development System is the heart of CODESYS. It offers integrated, user-friendly solutions to supportthe user in developing his task.” By collaborating with CODESYS Advantech has begun building the software platform directly into their hardware. In the past system developers had to write different pieces of code for each of the separate devices, with CODESYS there is only need to write one piece of code for all machines and distribute it over Ethernet. This greatly speeds up development time and integration with third party devices.

Advantech’s TPC range is renowned for its multitude of I/O ports and expandability and the TPC-1282T is no exception since it has: two USB 3.0 ports for high speed devices; a PCI slot for adding functions; the iDoor Technology slot uses a mini PCIe connector and if not being used for iDoor modules it can be used for adding additional cards such as Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS.

As well as the Intel Core i3 2.1 GHz processor, the TPC-1282T also includes 4GBDDR3L SDRAM and can be used with a variety of Microsoft Windows operating systems, Linux and Advantech software applications such as WebAccess, Panel Express and SUSIAccess. So it can be kept clean, the front panel is IP65 certified front panel to allow it to be washed with water.

Banner Engineering DF-G3 Discrete Fiber Amplifier Features World-Class Long Range Sensing Capability

Minneapolis, MN—December 8, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces its DF-G3 discrete long-range fiber amplifier with dual digital displays for use with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies. Featuring increased sensing power, the DF-G3 can sense more than 3 meters (10 ft.) with opposed mode fibers or more than 1 meter (3 ft.) with diffuse mode fibers. The extra power provides increased detection reliability for dark targets at long range and enhanced detection sensitivity when using specialty fiber assemblies for large area and small part detection applications. 

The DF-G3 is available with a single discrete output or two dual discrete outputs. The dual discrete outputs can be independently taught to trigger at different intensity values, which is ideal for correct part-in-place or error-proofing, bottle down, and edge guiding applications.

“We developed the DF-G3 fiber amplifier to meet our customers’ need to precisely detect smaller targets at longer ranges” said Dennis Smith, Senior Marketing Manager, Banner Engineering. “With increased sensing power, the DF-G3 will solve difficult detection challenges in printing, packaging, and electronic assembly markets around the world.”

Users can also setup the sensor remotely via a multi-function input wire which can be configured to control the LED, gate the amplifier’s output, remote teach the amplifier, or setup a robust cross-talk avoidance ring with up to seven amplifiers to solve dense sensing point applications. The DF-G3 offers a simple interface to ensure easy setup and programming via displays and switches. The easy-to-read dual digital displays show both signal level and threshold simultaneously. 

With expert TEACH and SET functions, the DF-G3 ensures optimal gain and threshold for all applications, but especially for low-contrast applications at long detection range. Users also have full control over all operating parameters, including threshold, light or dark operate, output timing functions, gain level and response speed.

Featuring energy-efficient light resistance, the DF-G3 provides stable detection in industrial lighting environments. The sensor’s level action fiber clamp ensures stable, reliable and trouble-free fiber clamping.

Banner Engineering R-GAGE™ Radar Dual-Zone Sensor Provides Superior Detection of Moving and Stationary Targets

Minneapolis, MN—November 24, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces a new Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar sensor for reliable detection of moving or stationary objects. Featuring a very narrow 11 by 13 degree beam pattern, the R-GAGE™ Q240 sensor is ideal for monitoring a specific area without detecting adjacent objects. With two independent adjustable sensing zones, the sensor provides far and near proximity warning signs with the capability to detect objects over 40 meters away.

“Our new R-GAGE Q240 sensor is extremely robust and provides reliable detection capabilities,” said, Brad Ragozzino, Technical Marketing Engineer, Banner Engineering. “Regardless of weather conditions such as wind, falling rain or snow, fog, humidity, air temperatures or light, the Q240 easily detects moving or stationary objects. This makes it ideal for outdoor applications, such as port crane collision avoidance and overhead crane monitoring.” 

The R-GAGE Q240 provides easy setup and configuration of range, sensitivity and output with simple DIP switches, avoiding the training and complicated PC interface required for many other products. The sensor also features rugged IP67 housing to withstand harsh environments and ensure reliable performance in temperatures ranging from -40 to 149 degrees Fahrenheit. The sensor has no moving parts and a rugged design that resists high-shock and vibration conditions. Combined with its robust outdoor performance, the R-GAGE Q240 is a more reliable solution with lower costs for purchase and maintenance than traditional laser scanner solutions.

For optimal outdoor performance, the optional snap-on all-weather shield protects against extreme weather conditions and helps shed liquid off the face of the sensor.

TURCK Expands YB2 Family with Enhanced Visibility Variant

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (August 25, 2015) –TURCK announces an expansion to the YB2 line of compact disconnect splitters with LEDs. The new addition to the YB2 line features a translucent black overmolded design. This encapsulates the LEDs and protects them from physical damage while also complementing visibility. The LEDs are visible from both sides of the splitter, which allows for more flexible mounting options. The YB2 is available with an M12 (eurofast®) trunk connector and either M12 (eurofast) or M8 (picofast®) branch connectors. 

This YB2 splitter is used to consolidate two separate discrete PNP device signals into a single cable or into a multi-port junction box. It is an ideal solution for applications in the material handling, food and beverage, and automotive industries. Additionally, The YB2 is the recommended consolidation splitter for customers using TURCK’s Z-style junction boxes.

The LEDs provide a visual indication of when power is applied and when one or both discrete signals are present. Additionally, the YB2 has a rating of 10-30 VDC at up to 4 amps and provides users with an ingress rating of IP67.

Banner Engineering Introduces Heavy-Duty Vantage Line Fiber Optics

Minneapolis, MN—August 4, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces new heavy-duty Vantage Line fiber optics to complement its industry-recognized fiber amplifier product family. Featuring a flexible 304 stainless steel tube, the polyethylene jacketed plastic fiber is protected from crushing or abrasion in harsh industrial environments. 

To accommodate diverse applications, the heavy-duty Vantage Line plastic fibers are available in eight different models, four with opposed sensing mode and four with diffuse sensing mode, in one- and two-meter options. All heavy-duty fibers are compatible with Banner’s existing plastic fiber amplifiers, including the DF-G family.

“Our new heavy-duty vantage line of plastic fibers offer enhanced durability and stable performance at a cost effective price,” said Dennis Smith, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Banner Engineering. “With these heavy-duty models, our customers can use plastic fibers in rugged environments where they previously used more expensive glass fibers.” 

Banner’s DF-G fiber amplifiers deliver stable sensing performance with fast response rates. With a thermally stable and high performance electronic design, DF-G fiber amplifiers feature dual display, digital readouts and an improved fiber clamp. DF-G fiber amplifiers also offer complete user control, providing manipulation of all operating parameters, including switch point threshold, light operate or dark operate, various output timing functions, electronic gain level and sensor response speed.

With a wide range of fiber amplifiers, Banner can effectively serve a diverse range of industries and applications, including small part or wire break detection on electronics assembly machines, pill and caplet counting and high-speed detection for registration mark or product leading edge detection.

Red Lion Adds Multi-Carrier Capabilities to Sixnet Series Cellular Automation Family

4G LTE Support for Multiple North American Carriers Simplifies Deployment and Reduces Inventory

York, Pa. – July 21, 2015 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced that 4G LTE multi-carrier cellular support for major North American carriers is now built into its rugged Sixnet® series RAM® and IndustrialPro® cellular automation products. New multi-carrier capabilities enable customers to simplify deployment and reduce inventory requirements by selecting from a list of preconfigured wireless carriers that include AT&T, BELL Mobility, Rogers, TELUS and Verizon Wireless.

With 4G LTE support for multiple North American carriers in each unit, customers using Red Lion’s RAM cellular RTUs and IndustrialPro routers can easily select and switch between wireless carriers to alleviate varying cellular coverage or bandwidth issues without having to replace equipment. In addition, a powerful built-in event engine can trigger I/O or send SMS text messages based on real-time data to provide automation engineers, technicians, production managers and network operators local control and real-time remote monitoring of field-deployed assets.

“Industrial customers with remote sites choose  cellular communications due to the ease of use and scalability of deployment without having to worry about cost or maintenance of other wireless technologies,” said Paul Bunnell, product manager at Red Lion Controls. “By providing multi-carrier support on our cellular RTUs and routers in North America, customers now have even more flexibility with their deployments to select and change carriers without having to replace hardware. This can save a great deal of time and money, especially for customers monitoring hundreds or thousands of devices.”

Red Lion’s cellular automation devices combine optional I/O and Wi-Fi with active GPS and multiple serial and Ethernet ports to securely monitor remote devices over a 4G LTE cellular network with fallback to 3G. Ideal for deployment in industrial M2M networks such as oil and gas, water/wastewater, utility, transportation and mining applications, RAM and IndustrialPro cellular RTUs and routers provide a seamless network extension to remote locations.

TURCK Offers Flexible High Performance Ultrasonic Sensor Series

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (July 21, 2015) –TURCK is pleased to announce their new family of teachable ultrasonic sensors. The new ultrasonic sensor series from TURCK enables the user to cover large sensing ranges with fewer sensor variants and short blind zones. The sensors are available in 18mm and 30mm barrel housings with sensing ranges from 40cm to 300cm. Designed for rugged industrial applications, these sensors are IP67 rated and an ideal solution for object detection and liquid level applications.

In order to offer the right sensor for every application, TURCK has increased the versatility of the individual models. The simple compact version of the RU40 and RU100 modules enables the user to set the sensing range as well as NC and NO switching outputs with a teach adapter. The standard sensor versions also enable the setting of switch windows and two separate switching points, either by a teach adapter or via a teach button directly on the sensor.

The high-end versions can be operated as a switch or as an analog sensor. Different operating modes, temperature compensation or the output function can also be set via IO-Link. If several sensors are installed next to each other, the customer can set the sensor parameters in synchronization or multiplex mode, in order to prevent mutual interference of the sensors. An optional USB master is also available which enables interface and parameterization of high-end sensors via IO-Link.

TURCK has developed a series of training videos to detail the features and benefits of each variant, and how to program the different output types. The videos can be found on TURCK’s YouTube Channel, TurckTV, or by clicking on one of these links: http://youtu.be/0p-zKBsxFMohttp://youtu.be/Ya0KhseSyMg, and http://youtu.be/9xRHXp8uwbw. There is also a brochure on TURCK’s ultrasonic offering that can be downloaded here: http://old.turck.us/assets/B1104_Ultrasonic_Sensors.zip.

Banner Engineering Q4X Laser Distance Sensor with New Dual Mode Solves Clear Object Detection and Error-Proofing Applications

Minneapolis, MN—July 7, 2015—Banner Engineering has improved its industry-recognized Q4X laser distance sensorwith a new dual teach mode. Featuring new firmware, the Q4X dual teach mode sensor combines window thresholds on both target distance and target reflected intensity, allowing the Q4X to reliably solve difficult applications with ease. The Q4X can now detect clear objects without requiring a retro-reflector. Dual mode can be used to error-proof applications by ensuring the correct color part is located at the correct position.

Banner’s Q4X reliably detects distance changes as small as 1 mm and covers a 25 to 300 mm range. The sensor was already ideal for difficult distance-based sensing applications as it easily detects objects regardless of target surface reflectivity, including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multicolor packaging and targets of all colors. Now with the dual teach mode, the sensor can detect small changes in reflected intensity for targets inside the distance threshold. This powerful combination allows the Q4X to solve many new applications. 

“Incorporating the innovative dual teach mode into the next-generation Q4X sensor provides our customers with a more powerful sensing solution for their most difficult applications,” said Dennis Smith, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Banner Engineering. “With combined intensity and distance thresholds, the Q4X extends its world class sensing performance to clear object detection and common error-proofing, or poka yoke, applications.” 

Offering a simplified user experience, the Q4X includes a bright readout on a highly visible, angled four-digit display that is easily viewed from multiple vantage points. The Q4X also offers intuitive user setup utilizing three tactile push-buttons conveniently located below the display.

The Q4X is constructed with robust housing rated to IP67, IP68 or IP69K, allowing use in wet and high-pressure washdown environments, durable FDA-grade stainless steel resists mechanical impact, over tightening, extreme vibration and aggressive cleaning procedures.

Banner Engineering Motion Detectors Provide Automated Light Switching

Minneapolis, MN—June 23, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces the WLS28-2MQ motion detector switch for automated lighting. Banner’s motion detector switches provide an efficient solution to automatically turn on or off the light in applications where a physical switch cannot be used or the placement of the switch is not useful. 

Banner’s motion detector switches are available in two options, an in-line module or built-in motion detector for the company’s industry-recognized WLS28-2 LED Strip Light. The in-line module allows operators to place the motion detection switch away from the light, and can be used with any Banner dc voltage lights. The WLS28-2 with built-in motion detector models provide easy and fast installation in one place. 

“The motion detection switch offers a simple, convenient lighting solution for applications that don’t easily allow manual on/off switching,” said Matt Hahn, Technical Marketing Engineer for Lighting, Banner Engineering. “For example, if the motion detection switch is inside of an electrical enclosure, it will automatically turn the light on when the door is open and off when it is closed.”

The motion detector switches feature M12 connectors and rugged metal housing for secure, durable performance. Detector switches are rated for 12 to 30 V dc. 

Banner’s WLS28-2 LED Strip Light delivers a versatile lighting solution, featuring a space-saving, low-profile design and various lengths from 145 mm to 1130 mm. For increased flexibility, the WLS28-2 Dual Color is available in cascadable models for connecting multiple lights end-to-end. All models offer enhanced light quality with bright, densely spaced LEDs to ensure even, bright and highly efficient illumination.

Red Lion Unveils Next Wave of Compact NT24k Gigabit Ethernet Industrial Switches

Over 100 Mixed Copper, Fiber, SFP and PoE+ Configurations Provide Full Range of Connectivity Options

York, Pa. – June 9, 2015 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the addition of 18 new compact models to its N-Tron® series NT24k™ managed Gigabit Ethernet industrial switch platform. The new NT24k 10-to-14 port DIN-rail mountable switches feature Fast Ethernet, Gigabit or dual-mode fiber ports alongside eight Gigabit copper ports with optional IEEE 802.3af/at Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) support.

With over 100 mixed-media configuration options, the rugged NT24k platform combines the benefits of noise-immune fiber with the versatility of 10, 100, 1000Base copper connectivity to provide a robust migration path across varying industrial applications. Red Lion’s newest NT24k switch models include:

  • NT24k-FX: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper and 2, 3, 4 or 6 100Base fiber ports that are available with SC or ST connectors in multimode or singlemode
  • NT24k-GX: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper with 2, 3, 4 or 6 Gigabit fiber ports that are available with SC connectors in multimode or singlemode
  • NT24k-DM4: switches with 8 all-Gigabit copper ports with 4 SFP expansion slots for optional 100Base or Gigabit SFP transceivers

Available with optional PoE+ support, each switch accepts redundant 22-49 VDC power input and offers a step-up power boost circuit to eliminate the need for a standalone 48 VDC power supply. In addition, Red Lion’s new PoE+ switches provide up to 240 Watts PoE output power (30 Watts per Gigabit copper port) to reliably support applications such as security cameras, panel displays and wireless access points. 

“Industrial customers are demanding fiber optic and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options to meet the requirements of high bandwidth applications and high-EMF environments. Our newest wave of compact NT24k fiber models – one of the broadest lines of rugged fiber and PoE+ switches on the market – addresses this need,” said Diane Davis, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Customers now have access to a future-proof switch solution that addresses industrial requirements from the network edge to the core.”

The new compact NT24k switches build on Red Lion’s recent addition of Gigabit and PoE+ compact DIN-rail mountable copper switches to its award-winning modular and rackmount platform. With a hardened metal housing, each NT24k switch provides industry-leading shock (200 g) and vibration (50 g) tolerance coupled with up to a -40° to 85°C operating temperature range to ensure optimal network performance in the harshest industrial environments.

Red Lion’s rugged NT24k platform offers a full set of management features and advanced security to ease network deployment with key functionality that includes Jumbo Frame support, SD card and XML configuration backup and restore, auto-IGMP configuration, Ethernet/IP™ with CIP™ messaging, N-Ring™ and N-Link™ ring technology with ultra-fast (30 ms) recovery, N-View™ monitoring technology, event logging, SNTP and IEEE 802.1x with RADIUS remote server authentication. NT24k switches are UL Class 1, Division 2 Listed for use in hazardous and ordinary locations and are ABS type certified for shipboard applications. These approvals help ensure reliable operation across alternative energy, oil and gas, water/wastewater, maritime, transportation, intelligent traffic applications and factory automation applications.

TURCK Offers a New Inductive Miniature Sensor with Permanently Visible LED

The status LED of the new Q4.7 sensor is clearly visible even when flush mounted

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (June 5, 2015) –TURCK has added the Q4.7 series of rectangular inductive sensors to its range of miniature sensors. The miniature sensors in the new design (16 x 8 x 4.7 millimeters) have been specially developed for applications in which they have to be fully embedded in metal, such as in the stamping and metal forming industry. These kinds of applications not only require robust sensors with large switching distances, but also very small housing to reduce the amount of surrounding metal to be removed for the recesses.

The Q4.7 meets all the requirements mentioned with a two millimeter sensing range, a robust metal housing, a highly flexible twometer connection cable with an oil-resistant sheath and the capability of being fully flush mounted. TURCK has managed to house the status LED in the active face so that this, in contrast to side mounted LED sensors, stays visible even when fully flush mounted.

In order to meet a wide variety of application conditions, the Q4.7 has a temperature range from 0 to 85° Celsius and is IP67 rated.

Banner Engineering Wireless Vibration and Temperature Sensor Provides Superior Machine Monitoring

Minneapolis, MN—June 9, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces itswireless vibration and temperature sensor, Designed to effectively monitor machines for increases in vibration and temperature, the sensor measures RMS velocity in inches per second or millimeters per second, and temperature. This enables the sensor to identify machine problems before they become too severe and cause additional damage or result in unplanned down time.

The sensor is optimized to work with 1-wire serial radio devices, such as Banner’s wireless Q45VT Node, the P6 Performance Node and the MultiHop M-H6 radio. Operators can easily set vibration thresholds based on the ISO 10816 standard. When a threshold has been exceeded, the wireless node can provide local indication, send the signal to a central location, and send the vibration and temperature data to the gateway for collection and trending.

“Banner’s wireless sensor provides continuous vibration and temperature measurements to quickly detect any machine failure or potential problems,” said Scott Pritchard, Director of Wireless Global Sales, Banner Engineering. “This allows facility managers to reduce labor costs by eliminating manual checks and the risk of human error. 

The wireless vibration and temperature sensor is ideal for a variety of machine monitoring applications, including motors, pumps, blowers and many other types of machines throughout a facility.

Manufactured with a robust zinc alloy housing, Banner’s wireless vibration and temperature sensor provides reliable performance in harsh environmental conditions. The sensor also offers multiples mounting options, including hex screw, epoxy, thermal transfer tape or magnetic bracket mount, to accommodate diverse applications.

Banner Engineering Safety Limit Switches Provide Superior Interlocking and Position Monitoring for Industrial Applications

Minneapolis, MN—May 26, 2015—Banner Engineering introduces its SI Series Safety Limit Switchesdesigned to effectively monitor the position of a wide variety of guards, gates, covers and other moveable machine fixtures and tooling. The SI Series is available in three models—SI-LM40SI-LS31 and SI-LS83—offering various actuating systems, contact arrangements, housing and mounting configurations to satisfy diverse industrial applications. 

Banner’s SI Series feature a limit-switch style, complying with Type 1 per ISO 14119 standards, with actuating elements integrated with the enclosure. Configured with a positive-opening design of the normally closed contacts, per IEC 60947-5-1 standards, these switches provide reliable monitoring regardless of environmental conditions and withstand any attempt to override the switch and defeat the system.

“With a unique limit-switch design, the SI Series Safety Limit Switches are ideal for safety or non-safety interlocking and position monitoring applications,” said Mike Carlson, Technical Marketing Manager (Safety Products), Banner Engineering. “The switches are ideal for monitoring sliding gates and guards on machines in safety fencing systems, in addition to solving simple position monitoring such as end-of-travel and home-position.”

The SI Series offers multiple actuating systems, including plunger, roller, spindle-mount lever and two lever styles. The switches’ actuator head is rotatable in 90-degree increments to ensure thorough monitoring. When properly interfaced, or used with an appropriate safety controller/module, two safety switches monitoring an individual guard can achieve a category 4 level of safety, per ISO 13849-1. 

Models are available with robust, die-cast aluminum or plastic housing with IP65 glass-reinforced thermoplastic switch housing. Models housed in plastic resist many aggressive chemicals and liquids found in industrial environments.

Red Lion’s Rugged Graphite HMIs Receive Global ATEX and IECEx Approvals

Award-Winning Operator Panels are Safe for Use in Potentially Explosive, Hazardous Locations

York, Pa. – May 26, 2015 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control forindustrial automation and networking, today announced that its rugged Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) operator panels have been certified to operate in global ATEX zone 2/22 and IECEx zone 2 environments. Following Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class I, Division 2 Listed status received last year, these approvals certify that Graphite HMIs are safe for use with industrial control equipment in potentially explosive, hazardous locations around the world.

Red Lion’s touchscreen Graphite HMIs are now able to provide organizations with powerful monitoring and control capabilities regardless of operating environment, even locations subject to potentially explosive atmospheres that may result from gas, vapor, mist and/or dust. This enables industrial customers in markets such as oil and gas, flour and grain, mining, chemical, painting and metal processing to benefit from rugged aluminum construction, wider operating temperatures and high shock/vibration tolerances.

“The addition of ATEX and IECEx certifications to Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs enable us to better serve additional markets that require rugged, sunlight-visible operator panels for use in hazardous locations,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Plug-and-play expandability via modular PID control, I/O and communications modules combined with Crimson software eases configuration to simplify integration regardless of environment.”

From factories to extreme locations, Graphite HMIs enable customers to connect, monitor and control processes across a broad range of industries to meet varying industrial automation requirements. Since its launch in July of 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite platform has received numerous global accolades, including Automation World’s “First Team Supplier, HMI Hardware” award, the “Industrial Control Award” from Plant Engineering China and “Best Product of the Year” from Control Engineering China.

Yaskawa Introduces the U1000 Matrix Drive

May 13, 2015

Waukegan, IL.  Yaskawa is pleased to introduce its greenest drive ever, the all new U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive, the product that enhances performance beyond that of a conventional AC drive.
Enjoy extremely low harmonic distortion and regeneration in a space-saving design, completely without the need for additional components. Unlike conventional drives, Yaskawa’s Matrix technology employs a system of 9 bi-directional switches that are arranged in a matrix to convert a three-phase AC input voltage directly into a three phase AC output voltage. This eliminates the need for a rectifying circuit and DC smoothing circuit that are used in traditional AC drive “inverters”.  The result is a compact drive with full regenerative capability and reduced harmonic distortion.

Full Power Regeneration: Traditional drives utilize regenerative braking resistors to dissipate energy as heat, reducing energy efficiency.  The U1000 Industrial Matrix drive allows you to return regenerative energy directly back to the power supply, increasing energy efficiency and saving money.

Power Quality Improvement: When a conventional AC drive converts power, the input current becomes distorted, resulting in reduced power quality. Matrix technology reduces total harmonic distortion levels to 5%, without the need for reactors and filters. The result is a smoother current waveform that reduces stress on the system power supply and infrastructure. Additionally, reduced distortion improves power factor and thus, reduces energy costs.


Additionally, the Matrix drive is a member of the Yaskawa industrial drive family, and provides the same user experience as Yaskawa’s popular 1000 series drives.
Primary Features
-Fully Regenerative
-Low Input Distortion Across a Wide Load and Speed Range
-IEEE-519 Compliant (<5% THD)
-Eco-Mode to Achieve Near Across-the-Line THD
-Near Unity Power Factor
-Integrated Input Fusing Provides 100kA SCCR
-Compact Design
The U1000 Industrial Matrix drive is available in the following voltage and power ranges
-240V Class: 10 – 100 HP Normal Duty (7.5 – 75HP Heavy Duty)
-480V Class: 7.5 – 350 HP Normal Duty (5 – 300HP Heavy Duty)

Banner Engineering Introduces Q3X Laser Contrast Sensor with Fixed Background Suppression

Minneapolis, MN—May 12—Banner Engineering announces its industry-recognized Q3X laser contrast sensor is now available with fixed background suppression. Featuring contrast detection, plus fixed background suppression, the Q3X LD50 reliably detects targets within the desired sensing range while ignoring objects in the background. 

Out of the box, the Q3X LD50 operates like a fixed-field laser sensor and detects targets within its 50 mm sensing range. However, the sensor can be programmed for low-contrast sensing within this range, while ignoring objects at least 60 mm away. This allows the sensor to accurately detect its target without background objects affecting its performance. 

“With fixed background suppression, the Q3X overcomes the main problem of standard diffuse-mode sensors where objects in the background affect the application,” said Dennis Smith, Technical Marketing Manager at Banner Engineering. “The Q3X LD50 is an innovative solution for our customers’ hardest detection and error-proofing problems.” 

Featuring high-speed part detection as fast as 250 μs, Banner’s Q3X laser contrast sensor can capture up to 2,000 events per second. This, along with background suppression, makes the Q3X ideal for solving applications with small contrast changes where a background needs to be ignored. 

A typical application is label detection on a bottle where contrast differences between the label and bottle provide reliable detection but the sensor must ignore the shiny metal rail in the background. The shiny metal background could cause a false trigger for standard diffuse-mode sensors. 

Banner’s Q3X is designed with a unique angled, three-digit display of signal intensity, which provides high visibility of operating conditions from multiple angles. For an intuitive user setup, the Q3X has two tactile buttons conveniently located below the display

The Q3X’s robust nickel-plated zinc die cast housing ensures reliable performance even in environments with exposure to cutting fluids and oils. Sensors are also rated to IP67, IP68 and IP69K for enhanced protection to water submergence and high-pressure washdown. 

For more information on the Q3X laser contrast sensor with fixed background suppression, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrEQLLYuicY or visit www.bannerengineering.com

About Banner. Banner Engineering is a world leading manufacturer of photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors, indicator lights, vision sensors and vision lighting, electronic machine guarding systems, wireless networks, fiber optic assemblies and precision measurement systems.

Banner WLS28-2 Work Light Strip

Product: Banner WLS28-2 Work Light Strip

Banner has released the second generation WLS28-2 work light strip. This product is a drop-in replacement for existing WLS28 installations.


All models include intensity level settings of 100% and 50% through wiring or optional High/Low/Off switch. High power solid state LED array emits a more uniform light pattern due to 3X increase in LED density.

The WLS28-2 work light strip is beneficial to panel builders and original equipment manufacturer (OEM’s).

About Triad Automation

With offices throughout North Carolina, we are the leading, full-service Industrial Controls Distributor in the region. We provide total solution capability – from parts and installation to on-site training and fully engineered systems. Clients include many Fortune 500 companies as well as many local and regional manufacturers.

For more information or to place an order, call (855) 516-9260 to talk with one of Triad Automation’s factory automation experts.

New SureCross® Sensor from Banner

Product: SureCross® Sensor Wireless Q45 Temperature and Humidity Sensor Solution

Company Info: Banner Engineering designs, manufactures and distributes photo eyes, sensors and associated products for industrial and process automation — worldwide. Banner is expanding the SureCross Wireless Q45 product family with the addition of an environmental measurement solution. The SureCross Temperature and Humidity Sensor Solution provides reliable wireless measurements without the need for costly wiring runs to the monitoring point(s).


1. Reliable wireless environmental measurements without the need for costly wiring runs to the monitoring points.

2. The battery powered wireless Q45 Sensor node pairs with the B2T Gateway module that automatically maps the temperature and humidity measurement from the Wireless Q45 Sensor Node to the two 4-20 mA analog current outputs.

3. With no need for setup software and providing a battery life of up to 2 years, this is a true Simple Wire Replacement Solution.

About Triad Automation: With offices throughout North Carolina, we are the leading, full-service Industrial Controls Distributor in the region. We provide total solution capability – from parts and installation to on-site training and fully engineered systems. Clients include many Fortune 500 companies as well as many local and regional manufacturers.

For more information or to place an order, call (855) 516-926 to talk with one of Triad Automation’s factory automation experts.

Banner Engineering Extends SureCross® Wireless Q45 Sensor Family with Self-Contained Push Button Model for Direct Operator Communication

Minneapolis, MN—September 3, 2013—Banner Engineering announces theSureCross® Wireless Q45 Push Buttonwith confirmation light, the latest addition to the company's industry-recognized line of wireless sensors. The Q45 push button model’s bidirectional communication permits operators to send a digital signal with the push of a button and receive confirmation the signal has been received.

“Wireless Andon, call for parts and other status indication systems just became easier to deploy and operate with the wireless Q45 push button model,” says Bob Gardner, Senior Product Manager at Banner Engineering. “By pushing a button on the device, operators are able to transmit a signal at their discretion and visually confirm the signal was successfully received without additional wiring or programming to a third device.”

The self-contained wireless radio network can operate on a two-point, six-point or multi-point system; its noise immunity eliminates crosstalk, while network IDs allow multiple systems to co-exist. The device’s frequency hopping signal ensures secure data transfer. The Q45 push button has a line-of-site range of up to 3,000 feet— enough to easily cover even very large factories. The Q45 pushbutton can run for up to five years on two AA lithium batteries, or it can be powered by a local 10-30V power supply. The battery option is ideal for applications that require the push button to be mobile or far from a local power source. 

The push button model is part of Banner's innovative SureCross DX80 wireless family, which is the world's first completely wireless I/O system. With hundreds of I/O models, it is the most powerful and flexible system on the market. It is ideally suited for call for parts, call for service or remote monitoring and control.

Red Lion Controls Raises Industry Bar for HMIs with New Graphite™ Series


York, Pa. – July 16, 2013 – Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the release of its newest generation of Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) – the Graphite™ series of advanced operator interface panels. With all cast-aluminum construction, the Graphite series provides the industry’s first rugged HMI solution to combine a wide range of versatile plug-in modules with protocol conversion, data logging and web-based monitoring and control.  

Red Lion’s Graphite series allows customers to easily connect, monitor and control their process in industries that include manufacturing, oil and gas, and water/wastewater. The series’ range of plug-in modules enables customers to easily create a solution for today, with an option to expand to meet changing business requirements. Further, organizations will realize a reduction in development and commissioning times over traditional systems that use an HMI paired with separate I/O, PLCs and other controllers.

“We have used just about everyone’s HMIs, and Graphite is by far the best in terms of appearance and functionality,” said Pierre de Giorgio, president at BlueBay Automation. “It is the most feature-rich HMI that we have ever used, the graphics and resolution are amazing, and with Red Lion’s Crimson 3.0 software, the move to Graphite is seamless.”

Graphite HMIs are available in eight different models, in sizes ranging from 7” to 15”, with sleek bezels that provide a relatively large display given their overall dimension. Both the 7” and 10” HMIs are available as sunlight visible models. Combined with Graphite’s rugged packaging, these models are ideal for harsh outdoor environments.

Offering a built-in web server, Graphite HMIs enable users to monitor and control their application via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps to avoid costly downtime. In addition, its built-in protocol converter allows programmers to select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 250 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.

“The HMI has become the nexus of the machine, and Red Lion’s new Graphite series offers the highest level of protocol support to simplify even the most complex multi-vendor environments,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “By logging performance data and critical events, customers can implement process improvements or perform fault-finding activities.”

The new HMIs are supported by Red Lion’s award-winning Crimson 3.0 software, which is included at no extra cost. Crimson 3.0 makes it fast and easy to configure protocols, define data tags, set up sophisticated applications and create an attractive user interface. Designed for ease of use, Crimson allows customers to cost-effectively standardize on one HMI for all of their machines, regardless of the PLC or drive manufacturer used.