Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gold plated connections!

A Gold Plated 75Ω BNC Connecter offering a 12GHz bandwidth suitable for 4K format video and other high frequency signals is now available from Cliff Electronics. The new BNC to BNC FeedThrough connector is mounted in a recessed socket plate which fits the industry standard 24mm XLR panel cut-out adding this BNC connector to the very successful Cliff FeedThrough connector range.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments;“Our new gold plated BNC connector offers our customers a 4K video standard connector future-proofing broadcast systems and patch panels and offers industrial users a high-reliability, low contact resistance connector for sensors, instrumentation and test and measurement. We can also supply our new gold BNC connectors pre-assembled into rack panels offering systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

The Cliff FT series of true feed through data connectors for audio, video, electrical and electronic instrumentation are perfect for developing custom I/O configurations for wall plates, enclosures, rack panels, etc. All fit within a standard XLR panel cut-out and use standard cabling for front and back connections with no soldering or screw terminal connections required. FT connectors have countersunk mounting holes may be assembled from the front or back of a panel while a low rear profile accommodates the tightest behind-the-panel spaces.

Key specifications include; 12GHz, 75Ω impedance, frequency range 0-18 GHz, dielectric withstand voltage 1500Veff, insulation Resistance 5000MΩ, operating temperature range -35°C to +70°C, contact retention 10N min, mating cycles 500 cycles.

Cliff’s XLR format FeedThrough connectors take advantage of the standard 24mm panel cut out widely used in audio and broadcast systems and which is finding increasing popularity instrumentation, medical and industrial applications due to the format’s flexibility, security and reliability.

• Versions available include GJ45, HDMI, BNC and USB3.0 compliant single and dual USB versions in addition to the existing range which provides Analogue, Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations - A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates.

#CliffElectronics #PAuto

Advancing cybersecurity standards.

Johnson Controls has joined the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) as a strategic level member.

The IEC 62443 program most requested by end users
ISASecure® is an industry-led initiative established to independently certify the cybersecurity of control systems, automation, and IOT technology. The program strives to include a balance of stakeholders and ensures that end-users fill leadership roles in the ISASecure decision-making; including leading in certification specification development processes.

The ISASecure scheme has been well-vetted by end-users, certification bodies, and control system suppliers from many industry sectors including traditional process industries and building control industries.

ISASecure has been active for over 10 years with the first certificate of conformance issued in early 2011. The certification scheme is based upon international ISA/IEC 62443 standards developed by subject matter experts from many industries around the globe.
“Joining ISA Security Compliance Institute demonstrates Johnson Controls commitment to advancing cybersecurity standards and certification for the global community of manufacturers and customers of intelligent buildings and smart city technologies,” stated Jason Christman, vice president and chief product security officer, Johnson Controls.

As a strategic level member of ISASecure, Johnson Controls joins thought leaders who are taking action to secure automation and control systems around the world, including support for product conformity assessment to ISA/IEC 62443 standards. The ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards is designed to provide a flexible framework to address and mitigate current and future security vulnerabilities in industrial automation and control systems (IACS).

The addition of Johnson Controls provides leadership for establishing ISA/IEC 62443 standards and ISASecure as the basis for securing smart buildings and smart cities around the globe.

“We welcome the Johnson Controls team and look forward to working with them here at ISCI. Johnson Controls is a leader in cybersecurity for buildings technologies and solutions. Johnson Controls' newly minted leadership role in the ISASecure program is a demonstration of its continued commitment to ensuring safe and secure operations at customer sites around the globe,” stated Andre Ristaino, ISCI managing director.

#cybersecurity @johnsoncontrols #PAuto 

PushPull metric circular connector.

Harting has launched a new M12 PushPull metric circular connector solution that is compatible with the needs of factory automation applications. The new connector adds the benefits of fast and easy handling to the existing advantages of PushPull locking technology in a “Plug&Produce” approach to sensor or control installation.

The entire field of circular connectors is in transition. Manufacturers of connection technology are taking great strides towards tool-free PushPull locking techniques. Now, as part of ongoing standardisation efforts - which Harting is actively promoting - the push is on to find suitable universal standards for M12 PushPull interlocks. These create investment security for the customer and meet the requirements of the M12 as a familiar, standardised interface.

While previous solutions have snapped into place on the outside on protruding sockets with a characteristic ‘click’, the first steps have been taken on the road to M12 PushPull sockets which feature internal locking and which can be installed in very flat configurations without an outer collar - one of the key requirements of the automation industry.

More and more manufacturers of industrial connection technology rely on time-saving and easy-to-use PushPull concepts for their connectors. In this context, the classic screw lock of the M12 circular connector is becoming an annoying time-waster when it comes to mounting numerous interfaces. In a direct comparison of M12 PushPull to the familiar screw locking arrangement, the new locking technology can be connected some 75% faster.

In response to this trend, Harting entered the rail market segment just under three years ago with an M12 PushPull solution. In the interim, the Harting solution has become an established solution that is specially tailored to the needs of railway users.

Similar requirements have become increasingly apparent in some areas within the automation sector, offering the benefits of simple and safe operation, acoustic feedback, and time and cost savings. Harting is now meeting these demands and is actively promoting the standardisation of a comprehensive M12 PushPull market standard. The eventual aim is a single IEC 61076-2-010 standard that will provide one comprehensive solution for transportation and one for factory automation, creating investment security for users.

@harting #PAuto @hartinguk 

TFT Display.

KOE has announced the introduction of a new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TFT display module. The TX20D207VM0AAA features WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) resolution, a 15:9 wide aspect ratio, IPS (in-plane switching) technology which provides exceptional image quality when viewed at any viewing angle, zero bright dot defects and robust operating characteristics.

Jason Tsai, Marketing Manager, KOE, said, "The latest Rugged+ display employs IPS technology, which delivers excellent optical performance with wide viewing angles and highly consistent colour presentation. KOE's Rugged+ displays have been specifically designed and developed to have robust mechanical, electrical and environmental characteristics that are highly resistant to vibration, shock, electro-static discharge and temperature change."

The Rugged+ 8.0-inch display is designed for use in high reliability industrial, medical, in-vehicle, marine and aerospace applications where consistent and guaranteed operation under extreme temperature, mechanical shock and vibration conditions is paramount. KOE's Rugged+ display modules share their optical and environmental characteristics with the same demanding standards used in automotive specification display modules.

For dedicated human-machine interface applications, IPS display technology delivers exceptional colour saturation and image stability, high contrast and deep black levels with 176° wide viewing angles (vertical and horizontal). The 8.0-inch display features a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and a white LED backlight with a brightness of 1000cd/m² and a specified 70K hour half-brightness lifetime. The display module also features an integrated LED backlight driver. These key attributes deliver display images that are crisp, colourful and bright.

The TX20D207VM0AAA also features an enhanced cosmetic specification which defines zero bright dot defects i.e. no dead pixels with a bright failure mode. Display modules with dot defects are hugely undesirable if the dead pixels are in the central part of the viewable display area and easily observed. KOE's zero bright dot defects specification provides users with greater confidence and the peace of mind delivered by a premium display.

The 20-pin LVDS interface supports 8-bit RGB colour data which enables a colour palette of up to 16.7M colours. The 8.0-inch display module has mechanical outline dimensions are 189.5mm (w) x 119.4mm (h) x 11.5mm (d) and an active display area of 173.95mm (w) x 104.37mm (h). An extended operating temperature range of -30°C to +85°C and storage temperature range of -40°C to +90°C is supported.

KOE is committed to ensuring long-term product availability, with continuity of supply essential for many industrial products and equipment. The latest KOE Rugged+ displays can be sourced and supplied for a minimum of 5 years. The new 8.0-inch Rugged+ TX20D207VM0AAA TFT display module is available immediately from KOE's sales channel distribution partners.

 #KOE #JDI

Hands on training!

This complete functional system lets engineers and developers train, experiment and even develop proof of concept projects right on the workbench

The groov EPIC® Learning Center has been announced by Opto 22. This is a comprehensive hardware and software benchtop system for learning and development. The fully operational package lets engineers, technicians, and developers initialize, configure and program the control, visualization and communication aspects of their groov EPIC systems. The Learning Center is an ideal companion for Opto 22’s free online self-guided groov EPIC learning modules, and it includes two seats for premium on-site training at company headquarters in Temecula, California.

Hardware in the Learning Center includes a groov EPIC processor, power supply, four-position chassis, DC input and output modules, a temperature input module and an analog input module. Hardware is assembled on a desktop operator load panel accessorized with two illuminated pushbuttons, a potentiometer, a temperature probe, a Sonalert alarm and a red/blue/green LED indicator. All of this is delivered in a robust Pelican™ case, and it even comes with a screwdriver for releasing and tightening terminal connectors.

The groov EPIC processor pre-loaded with software packages enabling a wide range of functionality.




  • groov Manage — to configure, commission and troubleshoot the processor


  • PAC Control Engine —a real-time control engine to run flowchart-based control programs


  • CODESYS Runtime Engine —a real-time control engine to run IEC-61131-3 compatible control programs


  • groov View —to build and view mobile and browser-based operator interfaces


  • Ignition Edge® —from Inductive Automation®, provides drivers to PLCs


  • MQTT with Sparkplug —a secure, bi-directional, lightweight publish/subscribe protocol


  • Node-RED —an open-source, multi-platform IIoT tool to connect databases, cloud apps and APIs


  • SSH —Secure Shell access to download and run your custom application written in languages like Python, C/C++ and others

    Free software packages to perform development and testing available to download.


  • PAC Control —a flowchart-based industrial automation programming tool


  • PAC Display —to build HMI operator interfaces for Microsoft® Windows®-based computers


  • CODESYS Development System —a software platform for factory automation, providing IEC-61131-3 support


  • Opto 22 Library Package for CODESYS —a library package to add to the CODESYS Development System
  • The groov EPIC processor is supplied pre-loaded with software packages enabling a wide range of functionality (see box).

    Whether taking advantage of free self-guided OptoU Online Training learning modules or experimenting on their own, engineers will benefit from the practical hands-on experience gained with the Learning Center. Some initial steps include organizing access levels, establishing network connectivity, calibrating the integrated touchscreen and using groov Manage to configure I/O.

    Comprehensive control programs can be developed and executed using PAC Control or any IEC 61131-3 compliant language, including ladder logic. Simple examples are provided, and engineers can build and create their own applications as desired. Even more advanced custom programs are possible using the optional SSH access to the Linux operating system. Rich HMI displays with graphics and trends can be developed using groov View and viewed using the integrated display, mobile devices and web browsers.

    Communications are easily set up using Ignition Edge Gateway for connecting to legacy PLCs. The Learning Center is an ideal environment for exploring the collecting and publishing of tag information to cloud services with MQTT and Sparkplug, as well as obtaining other cloud data like database and weather information through Node-RED.

    Engineers can create Proof of Concept projects, like confirming how to install hardware on a machine, using the integrated touchscreen display as an HMI, connecting an external monitor, and establishing remote connectivity to a computer or mobile device. The Learning Center is thus perfectly suited for supporting pilot project development.

    The Learning Center is an essential and complete way for engineers and developers to fully understand the many ways that groov EPIC can improve their automated operations and connectivity. Based on Opto 22’s 45 years of experience as an automation manufacturer, the Learning Center is not just a product sample, but instead delivers the same actual field-proven hardware and full-featured software used all over the world to automate and communicate with various machines and processes.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Safe fun at the fair! !

    Force Engineering, based near Loughborough (GB), develops and manufactures customised Linear Induction Motor (LIM) based motion systems, serving a wide base of industries with applications as diverse as medical scanning equipment and baggage handling conveyors.

    As a world leading expert and innovator in the field of LIM technology, a large part of Force Engineering’s activities centres on the amusement ride industry - adding heightened levels for thrill-seekers through ride launch and in-ride acceleration to 1.2 g, and equally rapid braking performance along roller coaster tracks. To help ensure the extreme levels of electrical safety and performance required for these high power systems which typical run from very high current three-phase supplies, Force Engineering embed temperature controls in its LIM winding assemblies and has chosen Variohm EuroSensor as its main supplier of customised wiring harnesses that include glass encapsulated NTC thermistors configured as temperature probe assemblies.

    Fully sealed in copper tube housings
    The special temperature probes are similar to standard components available as stock items from Variohm EuroSensor, however with 10K3976 series thermistors which offer a higher temperature range and stability specification than the standard probe. With the NTC chip encapsulated in hermetically sealed glass packages, these thermistors - which are supplied to Variohm from TE Connectivity, the global sensor and measurement systems company - are in turn encapsulated and fully sealed in copper tube housings by Variohm EuroSensor.

    Stainless steel housing 
    The 10K3976 glass thermistor has a temperature range of -40 to +250 ⁰C and is specified in applications where a fast time response is required at high levels of thermal shock. Three special probes are each wired with different length leadwires and coloured insulated, all finished with rubber shrink-sleeving. Additional cabling, without thermistors, is also included in the harness to facilitate straightforward assembly into the LIM’s manufactured by Force Engineering.

    Whilst Variohm stocks and supplies a comprehensive range of glass or epoxy coated thermistors with NTC and PT sensors as components, the specialist sensor manufacturer has developed many standard products like the probes for Force Engineering as convenient assemblies that may be integrated directly into the customer’s application.

    Variohm’s ETP series temperature probes
    These assemblies take the form of electrical ring terminals, hexagonal bolts and pipe clamps as well as cylindrical probes finished in PTFE, stainless steel, brass and other materials. These assemblies for instance help power amplifier manufacturers directly sense chassis or heatsink temperature through ring terminal probes. In this way the customer can overcome the potential problems of handling and installing tiny NTC or PT type temperature sensor, reduces components and suppliers from more streamlined production and reduces maintenance.

    In addition to specialist temperature probe assemblies, Variohm also includes customised production by transforming other components from its wide range of sensors for linear and rotary position, pressure, load/force, and vibration etc. Modifications can range from alternative electrical connection or a modified mounting arrangement to integrating sensors with significant redesigns or combining multiple sensor technologies and other electromechanical components as fully tested sub-assemblies.

    @Variohm  #PAuto 

    Cable assembly capacities.

    Rosenberger has taken-over the German harness maker Holocher & Bauer  and integrated the company into the Rosenberger group under the new name Rosenberger Automotive Cabling GmbH (RAC).

    Managed by Robert Holocher, RAC will provide excellent customer support and services to existing customers in close cooperation with the Rosenberger headquarters in Fridolfing (D) .

    Through the acquisition of Holocher & Bauer, Rosenberger extends its competence profile and increases the harness making capacities in its Hungarian plant, especially for the automotive cable assemblies of HFM® and H-MTD® connector series. Furthermore, expansion of assembly capacities and investments in production automation systems are planned for the future.

    #Rosenberger #TandM #PAuto