Friday, June 10, 2016

Secure remote connections to the network edge.

WeConnect delivers easy to use and reliable connections to industrial equipment.
WeConnect is a new solution that Westermo has developed to allow connectivity to remote networks using the internet. Clearly security and reliability are critical for this type of service, but even more important is the ease of use as the beneficiary of this service will not necessarily be an IT expert.

WeConnect creates a secure network between remote assets using strong encryption techniques, typically found in the financial sector. Using it a PC, smartphone, or tablet becomes part of the remote network as if it were actually at that location. For example, a service engineer can use the everyday industrial software application and connect from the desk to the PLC, HMI or any other type of device that is on the remote network. With an easy way to remotely access devices, time, money and energy on costly site visits can be saved.

Set-up is easy and just requires an internet connection of any kind. It does not matter what type of SIM-card is available, nor if there is ADSL, VDSL2, cellular or even a satellite connection; as long as the internet can be reached. As the Westermo routers create the connection to WeConnect themselves there is no need to have any public IP addresses, or create holes in the external firewall; perfect if your remote asset is on an existing factory Ethernet network.

They have designed WeConnect specifically for the industrial market and one example of this is the ability of WeConnect to cope with identical IP addresses on every remote site. The user just clicks on the active site in the web-portal and the relevant traffic from the user’s PC will be forwarded to that particular site. This setting is unique per user so that multiple technicians can be logged into different, or the same, sites.

With WeConnect Westermo offers reliable connectivity when it is needed. Part of this is due to the fact that it uses one of the most reliable global platform providers on the market, making it a very scalable and multi-resilient solution. The other benefit of this solution is that it can be configured to provide separate secure networks for each customer with no IP address restrictions or risk of data leakage from another user.

Adding to the reliability and Made Easy concept is the integrated support that Westermo has developed for WeConnect in its robust industrial routers such as the Lynx, RedFox, Falcon, MRD-series and ADSL-350. When using WeConnect with any one of these Westermo products installation is easy and yet the highest levels of security are maintained.

@Westermo  #PAuto 

Range of detector switches.

An extended product range of detector switches is now available from knitter-switch.

Detector-switches are used for recognition of variation or manipulation of movable or removable parts. This can be caps, covers, or connections. For example they are used for printers to notice empty paper tray. Or they are responsible to recognize any manipulation at the smoke detector.

The switches of the series DT and DTS are available in various configurations: normally open or normally closed (NO or NC), horizontal or vertical, SMT or through hole technology. They comply with highest requirements: for operating temperature up to 85 C and up to 3.000.000 operations.

The detector switches – as well as the complete wide range of standard DIL, tact, rotary encoder, toggle and push-button switches are available directly from knitter-switch and a number of distributors throughout Europe.

#PAuto #KnitterSwitch

Wireless nominations being evaluated!

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute is currently evaluating candidates for the 2016 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award. 

The award was established to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of industrial wireless communications, specifically efforts that help to broaden the industry’s understanding and application of industrial wireless technology. 

Awards conferred in calendar years 2015 and 2014 were:
  • PETRONAS Offshore Platform Safety Application (2015) The 2015 ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute Excellence in Automation Award was awarded to PETRONAS. PETRONAS was honored for a research project that quantified the performance of an ISA100 Wireless™ based safety system at an offshore operational site. Details of the research study, findings and conclusions are available on the ISA100 WCI website here: Petronas ISA100 Wireless Study.
  • NIPPON STEEL & SUMPKIN ENGINEERING Wireless Communication Reliability Study (2014)The 2014 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award was presented to NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN ENGINEERING for its research project that quantified the reliability of ISA100 Wireless technology in a multi-vendor device configuration at an operational site. Read the full report here.
#PAuto #ISA100 #WCI

Thursday, June 9, 2016

High power modular drives.

Control Techniques has extended its range of high power modular drives. Both its Unidrive M and Powerdrive F300 variable speed drive ranges are now available in the larger frame size 11, providing a flexible method of building compact, reliable high-power solutions.

Paralleled together, Unidrive M can control asynchronous and permanent magnet motors in systems up to 2.8 MW (4,200 hp). The new frame 11 is a 250 kW (400 hp) module that allows system builders to create high power solutions with the smallest number of components, keeping both footprint and costs to a minimum.

Unidrive M differentiates itself on performance with extremely fast current control algorithms and high switching frequencies. Active Front End (AFE) solutions deliver unparalleled torque precision and power quality.

The Unidrive M modules can be paralleled into a wide range of flexible solutions to solve all system needs including Active Front End and multi-pulse rectifier configurations. They can be controlled by Control Techniques’ Unidrive M600, M700, M701 and M702 controllers.

Control Techniques also offers a full range of high powered drive products tailor-made for fan, pump and compressor applications from 90 kW to 2.8 MW. The Powerdrive F300 series also features a modular design and can control permanent magnet or standard AC induction motors. This modular approach to building high power systems also provides the flow industry with flexibility while keeping complexity low.

@EmersonIndAuto  #PAuto #ControlTechniques

Positioning drive for manufacturing systems.

The EMCA positioning drive from Festo, consists of a maintenance-free and wear-resistant brushless DC motor with integrated power and control electronics. The integrated drive system is compact, avoids long motor cables, improves electromagnetic compatibility and reduces installation workload and space requirements, while built-in monitoring functions ensure safety and reliability.

Designed for industrial use in demanding manufacturing environments, applications include machines, devices and systems used in materials transport and conveying, printing, packaging and labelling, as well as textiles and electronics manufacturing. Its compact and high performance design have been recognised with a Product Design Award from one of the world's most celebrated and valued design competitions, the iF Design Awards.

The EMCA is equipped with a 24 V DC power supply and senses absolute position using a single-turn encoder as standard, or optionally via a multi-turn displacement encoder with buffering. An integrated holding brake is optional, as are a range of external gear units. Free to download Festo Configuration Tool (FCT) software makes parameterisation and commissioning quick and easy via an Ethernet interface, with 64 freely programmable position sets. The EMCA can be controlled via fieldbuses including CANopen, Ethernet/IP and I/O-Interface, with EtherCAT and PROFINET to follow, making it suitable for integration into many applications.

Available in two motor lengths and power classes, the EMCA can deliver peak torque of up to 0.91 Nm, has a maximum rotational speed of 3,500 RPM and can reach peak power output of up to 200 W. The motor housing provides IP54 degree of protection as standard, with IP65 available as an option, for direct installation in the system. The EMCA also supports the safety function, "safe torque off (STO)", ensuring there is no risk to the user’s system from the motor continuing to rotate in case of emergency.

“The addition of the EMCA to our portfolio means that engineers can source an even broader range of automation packages from Festo – from gear units, to electro-mechanical axes and compete handling systems,” says Steve Sands, product manager at Festo. “For example, the EMCA can be easily integrated with our very wide range of electro-mechanical axes as part of a complete system. At the recent Hannover Fair, we showed just such a solution featuring our CPX controller as a demonstration of an Industry 4.0-ready parallel kinematic high speed robotic handling system.”

“This award-winning integrated positioning drive delivers an ideal solution for industrial manufacturing. It’s easy to mount and set up, offers a high class of protection against water and dirt, and combines a maintenance-free, wear-resistant EC motor with integrated power and control electronics, all within a rugged, compact housing.”

@FestoAG #PAuto

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Certified wireless compliance.

Yokogawa's FN110 Field
Wireless Comms Module
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute has announced that Yokogawa Electric Corporation has successfully achieved ISA100 Wireless certification for its latest ISA100 Wireless Stack implementation, the F9092RB. The ISA100 Wireless certification provides assurance that the devices will interoperate in any ISA100 Wireless compliant network.

The F9092RB represents several improvements over Yokogawa’s most recently certified ISA100 Wireless stack implementation, the FN110. It is now interoperable with any ISA100 gateway, and it can now more easily integrate with other sensor vendor’s devices. View the certification here.

Both the F9092RB and the FN110 are built to be used as drop-in modules, easily extending wireless features to field devices. The high-performance, built-in wireless communication modules are compact, lightweight, and offer excellent radio sensitivity with low power consumption.

“Yokogawa continues to extend and improve capabilities of their ISA100 Wireless product line,” remarked Andre Ristaino, Managing Director of ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. “This new ISA100 Wireless communication module is an example of Yokogawa’s commitment to the ISA100 Wireless family of standards.”

@YokogawaIA #PAuto #ISAuto #ISA100

Ultra-miniature, high-precision pressure and temperature transducer.

The Paine 310-38-0050 Series Transducer, introduced by Emerson,  provides increased reliability when making pressure and temperature measurements in downhole oil and gas drilling and production operations. The transducer has the smallest footprint available with an outside diameter of just .93 centimetres (.37 inches) to save critical downhole tool space.

Downhole drilling operations must measure pressure, temperature and other variables to optimise the drilling process and ensure safety. These measurements are typically made with a variety of downhole tools, either mounted just above the drill bit to provide continuous measurement while drilling, or as separate tools inserted into the drill hole on a periodic basis. Once drilling is complete and production begins, these measurements are needed to optimise throughput, maximise uptime and ensure safety.

In all of these applications, space is at a premium and high reliability is required. The environment is extremely harsh with high temperatures and pressures, corrosive drilling fluids and high vibration. Rugged components with small form factors are required to support smaller tool sizes, along with increased pressures and temperatures as holes become deeper.

To address these issues, the Paine 310-38-0050 transducer provides both temperature and pressure measurements in the smallest and most rugged form factor possible. It supports measurements up to 25kpsi (1723 BAR) and temperature up to 425F (218C) to cover the wide range of downhole operating environments.

The 310-38-0050 transducer provides well operators with critical pressure and temperature data for smoother and more efficient downhole operations with increased reliability and reduction of downtime. It improves upon prior solutions by offering a much smaller from factor while still providing the required measurements.

@EmersonProcess  #Mining #PAuto

Software for 3D Data Exchange.

The current version of the conversion software “3D Evolution 4.0 SP2” makes it possible for the first time to automatically take over material specifications during the JT data exchange.

The SP2 version of the universal converter “3D Evolution 4.0” from Core Technologie offers innovative optimisation of the workflow during data exchange: When generating JT/PLMXML files the complete material specification is now automatically taken over. 3D Evolution is a conversion software for multi-CAD environments that enables a loss free data exchange for all major systems and formats, such as Siemens Nx, Catia, Solidworks, Inventor and Creo as well as Parasolid, Acis and STEP.

The latest version of the innovative conversion software is a huge timesaver for users especially in case of large assemblies with several hundred components and different materials.

The current material table in the supplier portal is used as a text file template for the conversion process. Especially users of CATIA V5 will benefit from the new function: During data generation by using “DC Master”, the current material specifications are fully automatically written into the JT files during conversion.

The converter “3D Evolution” is certified for JT data exchange by the Daimler AG as well as the “Verband der Automobilindustriee.V.” (German Association of the Automotive Industry) for the standard 4955/2. This innovative software is successfully used by about 500 companies worldwide for the data exchange between all common CAX systems.

#coretechnologie #Pauto

High-density signal conditioning modules.

A full line of microBlox™ isolated signal conditioning modules are now available from Acromag. Offering over 175 models, microBlox uB modules can safely interface a wide variety of voltage, current, temperature, frequency, and other field signals with a ±5V or 0-5V DC output to host measurement & control systems. Users can select modules with fixed ranges or wireless configuration via Bluetooth on an Android or iOS mobile device.

Acromag’s free Agility™ app for smartphones and tablets simplifies setting custom I/O ranges and optional alarm functions. The app can also display input signal values and create sharable trend charts. uB modules snap securely into compact backpanels (no screws) in any mix with 4, 8 or 16-channel capacities. With 1500Vac peak (350Vdc continuous) channel-to-channel and field-to-host isolation, the hot-swappable modules are ideal to front-end data acquisition systems or Acromag remote I/O for communication to Ethernet, Modbus, or Profibus networks. High performance is assured with up to 0.05% accuracy and 130dB noise rejection. Prices start at just $90 per module.

“Advanced microcontroller and wireless technologies enable microBlox modules to bring greater flexibility and signal processing capabilities into such a small, economical package.” stated Robert Greenfield, Acromag’s marketing & sales director.

The microBlox module’s small size (1.11" x 1.65" x 0.4") and channel-by-channel scalability is ideal for embedded or portable applications such as test stands, defense systems, and process control applications. Well-suited for use in harsh industrial environments, the over-molded modules resist shock, dirt, and moisture with dependable operation from -40 to 85°C. Hazardous location UL/cUL Class 1 Div 2 and ATEX Zone 2 approvals are also available.

Accessories include a selection of backpanels with slots to insert 4, 8, or 16 modules. Fuse clips hold the modules securely without screws for easy insertion/removal. The backpanels support surface or DIN rail mounting and include CJC for use with temperature input modules. Blue LEDs indicate modules that are ready for Bluetooth communication. Connections are provided for a 5V power source or a 10-32Vdc supply when used with the plug-in 5V power module. A DB25 header facilitates a single cable connection to interface all uB I/O signals directly to the host data acquisition system.

Acromag, a multimillion dollar international corporation, has been developing and manufacturing measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They offer a complete line of industrial I/O products including process instruments, signal conditioning equipment, data acquisition boards, distributed I/O systems, and communication devices.

@Acromag #Bluetooth #PAuto 

See your process - anywhere in the world!

"A key Schneider Electric offer for 2016!"

Schneider Electric™ has launched a new Software as a Service offer  - Eurotherm Online Services (EOS). An integrated online platform and management tool for overseeing calibration records and regulatory status, EOS offers an automated, digitized process for easy collection and retrieval of critical process data – from shop floor to top floor -when and where required.
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & CEO of Schneider Electric said: “The extensive digitization of industries globally is demanding highly connected solutions that deliver new capabilities to control industrial operations enterprise-wide, from the edge to the core. Customers are also demanding a new breed of applications and software that deliver real-time intelligence to the right decision-makers at the right time.

“To meet this growing demand, Schneider Electric is launching a new wave of digitized and connected technologies designed to help reshape energy management and automation. EOS is one of our flagship field services solutions. This new cloud-based offer will enable process industries to reduce error-prone, paper driven processes by automating their instrument compliance procedures and planning – driving operations that are more safe, efficient, connected, reliable and sustainable.”

Leveraging the online platform, EOS Advisor is a planning and scheduling tool that enables more efficient management of equipment and staff; meanwhile, the EOS eCAT™ tablet application improves calibration process efficiency with a secure, mobile-compatible tool that eliminates the drawbacks of paper-based records systems. 

Reshaping Compliance Management for Process Industries
Clemens Blum, Schneider Electric Executive Vice President said: “Cloud based software services have revolutionised everything from taxi hire, to IT provision, Finance and HR. Industrial Automation is next and Schneider Electric is following a path of innovation to create a better connected, more flexible, safer and efficient use of industrial processes. EOS is a great example of this as it connects service providers and their end user customers, digitising the provision of compliance management from planning to audit; and from any connected smart phone, PC or tablet.”

Go Digital… Stop Pen & Paper
  • Managing compliance and calibration can be expensive and time-consuming.
  • Many process industries still rely on pen and paper to manage compliance, which can lead to mistakes and loss or damage of paper records that might not be discovered until an audit is in progress.
Eurotherm have first hand experience where major non-conformance of calibration records nearly cost one of their customers the loss of two contracts worth multi-millions. The EOS service event scheduling tools ensure no compliance tests are missed, which helps optimise productivity and deliver trouble free audits.

Digital Compliance for Regulated Industries
Digital compliance management is the future of all compliance management, EOS is applicable to any regulated industry that requires periodic testing to prove and maintain industry standards. There will be continuous development of EOS offerings to add further compliance tests and additional applications for use in regulated industries such as Heat Treatment for Aerospace and Automotive, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Food & Beverage. In time EOS will be available on any device and operating system anywhere in the world.
  • EOS applications leverage technology developed for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 applications.
  • These technologies improve cost efficiencies, enable predictive maintenance and result in competitive advantage.
  • Unlike many other technology solutions that require a ‘rip and replace’ mentality, the EOS solutions are a natural fit to an existing process setup and the technology easily wraps around current installations.
EOS for Small, Large & Multisite Enterprises
“The EOS tools are completely scalable and relevant to small manufacturing and large, multi-site businesses,” says Christopher Ashworth, VP & Managing Director, Eurotherm by Schneider-Electric. 

“They offer a secure, intelligent, and more efficient way of handling plant-wide process information, adding value to a process by enabling users to convert data quickly into the information required – and that is what the Industrial Internet of Things is all about.”

@EurothermbySE #PAuto @SchneiderSftwre

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Versatility, Capability and Economy in Industrial Process Monitoring.

A significant upgrade to United Electric Controls' One Series line of explosion-proof, programmable transmitters and switches has appeared. The new line compresses all of the functionality of the preceding line into only five models while adding new operational, programming and diagnostics capabilities.

"“Delivering functionality to addresses the new application needs that have emerged since we introduced the concept of self-diagnostic switches more than 18 years ago had required 18 different models. Now, by incorporating the technology advances we made in developing our One Series SIL-certified safety transmitter, we can deliver all of that functionality plus additional capabilities with only five models. This makes upgrading from mechanical switches easier than ever for customers trying to reduce the cost and improve performance in industrial monitoring and switching,”" said Wil Chin, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, United Electric Controls.

United Electric Controls One Series instruments provide unique alternatives to both conventional mechanical switches and transmitters for controlling operations such pumps and compressors, lubrication oil monitoring, hydraulic pressure, filter status and other industrial applications based on temperature or pressure. The new One Series line offers these advantages by providing switch only, transmitter only and hybrid transmitter-switch models.

New application versatility
Customers choose from among the following new One Series instruments based on their requirements for integrated switching and sensing, intrinsic safety, power level and power source.

  • For integrated switching and transmitter, model 1XTXSW provides a loop-powered 24 VDC HART enabled smart-transmitter, with two programmable set point fail-safe solid state relays rated at 0-280 VAC/VDC @ 0.3 A.
  • For high voltage, low current switching only, model 1XSWHL provides a 2-wire input powered switch for 110 and 230 VAC and 125 VDC logic solver inputs, with a programmable set point switch rated at 70 – 240 VAC/VDC at 0.1 A max.
  • For low voltage, low current, intrinsically safe switching only, model 1XSWLL provides a 2-wire input powered switch for 24 and 48 VDC logic solver inputs, with a programmable set point switch rated at 7.8 – 50 VDC at 0.1 A max.
  • For high voltage, high current switching only, model 1XSWHH provides a 4-wire externally powered programmable set point switch rated at 70 – 240 VAC @ 0.15 - 10 A
  • For use as a transmitter only, model 1XTX00 provides a loop-powered 24 VDC HART enabled smart transmitter compliant to the NAMUR NE 43 standard.

Both of the 2-Wire input powered switch models mentioned above (model 1XSWLL and 1XSWHL) utilize existing wiring and control schemes and can provide a drop-in replacement for mechanical switches. No wiring or control system programming changes are required, providing easy and cost-effective plant upgrades.

New operability
All One Series models have extensive diagnostics, programmability and trip management capabilities. Configurable I Am Working (IAW™) self-diagnostics provide piece of mind that the instrument is functioning properly by communicating with the control system using a dedicated discrete fail-safe-open output. The integral digital process display shows what is happening in the process at a glance. Powerful plugged port diagnostics flag potentially dangerous sensor clogs and memorizes the highest and lowest process variables for process troubleshooting and learning.

A programmable set point and deadband provides versatile, accurate and repeatable alarm and shutdown switching using the integral keypad. HART® enabled models provide full access and control of all transmitter and switching functions using any registered HART communicator. A programmable trip delay, which holds off the trip decision for tenths of seconds up to several minutes, provides operators time to gather more data before initiating a shutdown. Nuisance trip filtering eliminates unwanted nuisance trips and unnecessary alarms; and an electronic trip counter records trips for up to two relays to assist with process adjustments and troubleshooting.

All models come with a 3-year warranty and are available immediately. United Electric Controls offers a switch modernization program in which they will provide a free, onsite analysis of opportunities for improving industrial operations monitoring and equipment control via integrated sensing and switching.

@UEControls #PAuto #EX

Safe disconnect in accordance with IEC 62626-1.

Two safety switches (load disconnect switches) from R. Stahl, Sers 8146/5-V37 and 8150/5-V37,  give users a wide range of products that comply with IEC/EN 62626-1, class 1.

Specifically applying to the forced electrical disconnection of safety switches, this standard has come into effect in December 2014. It stipulates requirements for encapsulated load disconnect switches up to 1,000 V AC that are used to disconnect electrical equipment, such as machines and equipment, for the purpose of maintenance and cleaning. The new requirements go far beyond those in IEC/EN 60947-3. The IEC/EN 62626-1 distinguishes between switching devices for general use (class 0) and those for rough, heavy-duty conditions (class 1).

It is advisable to use class 1 switching devices in hazardous areas. Series 8146/5-V37 and 8150/5-V37 switches are built into robust and corrosion-resistant enclosures made of GRP or stainless steel. They come with flameproof-enclosed 3- or 6-pole switch contacts and are certified for use in zones 1 and 2, 21 and 22. The product range includes switchgear for rated operational currents between 10 A and 180 A and an operating voltage between 230 V and 690 V. Their motor switching capacity is equivalent to AC 3 and AC 23 according to IEC/EN 60947-3.

A 20 ms leading auxiliary contact ensures a motor switch-off even when used with frequency converters. The integration of the auxiliary contact into the load switch allows for operating only one rotary actuator, resulting in improved usability. The load disconnect switches provide IP66 ingress protection and are designed for a temperature range of -40 °C to +70 °C.

In addition to the forced opening of the main contacts, easy handling and a special safety mechanism ensure maximum operating safety: the cover is locked in "off" position, the switch handle can be locked with three padlocks. Machine drives in hazardous areas can therefore be stopped quickly and safely to facilitate cleaning a plant, repair operations or other service work, without needing a trained electrician.

Stahl products are marketed in Ireland through Douglas Controls & Automation.

 #PAuto #Stahl 

Industry 4.0 & IIoT papers!

Harting has published two new ‘whitepapers’ for businesses planning to implement ‘Industry 4.0’ methods and ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ networks.

The first paper, by Dr Karsten Walther and Dr Jan Regtmeir, makes the case for virtualisation using Linux Containers.

Hartings MICA hardware!
The second defines the practical uses of Linux Containers and describes how to implement the technique using Harting’s MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture).

Gavin Stoppel, Product and Applications Manager at Harting Ltd., said; “Companies deploying large scale automation solutions using ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ networks and distributed control systems need this type of device. Ruggedised computers are a key element in delivery of Industry 4.0. MICA provides both the logical architecture and an industrial standard, ready-to-use hardware platform. These whitepapers argue the case for virtualisation in manufacturing and outline Harting’s approach to delivering this vision.”

Unlike other devices designed to run Linux Containers, MICA hardware is a fully configured device, with a range of input and output options, and an industrial standard ruggedised case. It also has built-in security and a range of power sources, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), allowing great flexibility in its deployment and implementation.

@harting #PAuto #IOT 

2-wire loop powered operating device for process analysis sensors.

SMARTMAC 200 W is a 2-wire loop powered operating device with HART 7 communication to the SMARTPAT series just introduced by Krohne . The target industries for SMARTMAC include all industries that use SMARTPAT sensors or accessories: the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food & beverage sectors as well as power plants, semiconductor and water/wastewater applications.

SMARTPAT is a series of process analytical technology, its highlight are the process analysis sensors with integrated transmitter technology: each sensor is directly connected to the process control system via 4…20 mA/HART without the use of an external transmitter. Nevertheless, there is still a demand for a convenient operating device on site. Therefore, SMARTMAC 200 W was developed as an optional 2-wire loop-powered operating device.

With SMARTMAC 200 W, SMARTPAT sensors can be read, calibrated and configured “online” at the measuring point. It features HART 7 communication and shows clear and configurable diagnostics according to NAMUR NE 107. With the replacement function, the connected SMARTPAT sensor can easily be exchanged as all sensor settings can be copied for the new sensor, including 4…20 mA parameter and TAG identification.

For convenient use, SMARTMAC 200 W features English, German, French, Spanish and Italian as operating languages. The die-cast aluminum housing (identical to IFC 100 W and MAC 100 W signal converters) offers ingress protection rating IP66/ IP67 (acc. to NEMA 4/4X).

Krohne Products are  marketed in Ireland by DWN Instrumentation.


USB data connectors.

The latest addition to Cliff Electronics rapidly expanding range of XLR-Format Feedthrough Data Connectors is a USB Type - C format socket. This new high speed connector offers system integrators and panel builders a number of useful features.

The Cliff USB Type - C format socket offers greater flexibility and smaller form factors than previous generations of USB connectors and provides designers with an ultra-slim USB-C connector reducing the number of cables required for system interconnection. The new connector is capable of supporting higher data speeds of up to 10 Gbps, data compatible with USB 3.1. It is rated up to 100W for power supply delivery or charging portable devices. USB Type - C connectivity offers end users the potential to reduce the number of sockets per device and is forecast to be the future connector of choice for many electronic devices currently requiring multiple sockets for power, data and video connections.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “We continue to find new applications for our cost effective and market leading range of Feed-Through connectors and are happy to provide standard or custom solutions for our customers. Our new high speed USB Type - C format socket offers high speed performance and future-proofs our customer’s new industrial and professional audio product designs. From our formation in 1964 Cliff has built its success on the flexibility we offer our customers many of whom are major global OEMs in the music and pro-audio markets.”

Their growing range of feed-through connectors  are packaged in the widely used 24mm diameter XLR connector format and are available in black plastic or with a rugged die cast aluminium fascia finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of this new product range.

Other models in the range provide Digital and Optical Feed-Through connectivity in formats including 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), USB “gender” changers, Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2016 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. The new FT Series are simple to mount into any panel designed to accept XLR connectors including instrumentation, control and rack panels, wall-plates, etc. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff’s FT series has already found widespread use in a multitude of system integration applications for custom I/O solutions. Typical applications include broadcast, AV installations, systems integration, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

 #PAuto #CliffElec