Solid-state motor starter functionality
This compact solid state device performs four motor starter functions and has a life expectancy up to 10 times that of traditional contactors.
The CONTACTRON 4-in-1 solid state reversing contactor combines four functions in one narrow package. Designed for three-phase ac motors up to 4 kW/5 hp, the 4-in-1 provides forward, reverse, overload protection and redundant emergency stop contactor functionality in a 22.5 mm-wide module. The compact size reduces the necessary DIN rail space by up to 75%, saving space and wiring costs as compared to a contactor-based solution. The unit's life expectancy is up to 10 times longer than traditional electromechanical contactors, which results in reduced maintenance costs. Integrated input/output surge protection circuits reduce system downtime, and 16 separate motor overload settings reduce inventory requirements. LED and remote indication acknowledge motor status. The unit is rated for safety category 3, SIL 3 and ATEX zone 2.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey