Control Equipment

Photoelectric sensor replaces multiple designs World-Beam photoelectric sensor compactly fits most mounting requirements.


Photoelectric sensor replaces multiple designs

World-Beam photoelectric sensor compactly fits most mounting requirements. It is available in opposed, reflective, convergent, regular, and wide-angle diffusion sensing modes. The sensor is offered as either sinking or sourcing outputs, and switches loads up to 100 mA while indicating power on, output status, overload, and marginal signal conditions. Banner Engineering Corp.;


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Temperature control interfaces with PLCs or HMIs

MLC9000 is a bus-based temperature control system that interfaces with programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or human machine interfaces (HMIs) to integrate temperature and machine control. It interfaces with a user-chosen HMI directly or via PLC registers, and communicates directly to the PLC via open buses. Danaher Controls;


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Flat panel monitor displays at extreme viewing angles

Versa Mount 18.1-in. flat panel monitor has a display area equal to that of a typical 20-in. CRT monitor. It adapts to benchtop, arm pendant, and yoke mounting configurations. The monitor features a NEMA 1 enclosure; integrated, 12-vdc, or remote ac operation; and a display resolution of 1280 2 1024 RGB. Intecolor;


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Sensor detects objects with widely varying parameters

E67 Long Range Perfect Prox photoelectric sensor accurately detects objects of varying size, reflectance, and color while ignoring background objects beyond the preset target range of 6 ft. It can replace ultrasonic sensors. Dual indicators communicate output and power status. Models are available with both ac and dc operation in a single unit. Eaton Corp.;


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Proximity sensor withstands scratching and abrasion

Stoneface inductive proximity sensor provides durability similar to stainless steel face sensors at the cost of standard products. It offers weld-field immunity and is well suited for applications where abrasion is a factor. The sensor is available in embeddable and nonembeddable models, and features a front face made of thermoset plastic. Turck, Inc.;


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Control connectors gain UL listing

Line of control connectors, which includes Mini-Quick, Micro-Quick, and Nano-Quick, provides quick disconnects for sensors, proximity switches, valves, and other industrial control devices. These UL-listed connectors use high-strength copper alloy contacts and polyurethane overmolds. Strain relief design uses graduated windows, minimizing the arc of bend and directing strain away from contact terminations. Hubbell, Inc.;


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Condition monitor diagnoses faults

DLI Watchman DCX Online is an intelligent and continuous condition monitoring system that can check more than 4000 physical inputs from a wide variety of plant and building control systems, as well as diagnose problems and offer solutions. Connectivity options range from simple dial-up networking to advanced virtual private networking through wide area networks or the internet. Predict/DLI;


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Communications module connects Ethernet/IP and Profibus DP

The 4204-DFNT-PDPM communications module connects Ethernet/IP and Profibus DP, thereby integrating two industrial automation control platforms. It provides a high-speed client and server connection to Ethernet/IP processors. Data are exchanged between the two protocol drivers via an internal data file. The gateway also has web server functionality. ProLinx Communication Gateways;


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Web enabled recorder sends e-mail

The 4100G videographic recorder allows users to view process data through a PC-based web browser. Users access this data using the internet by entering the recorder's IP address allowing observation of the same information available on the local recorder screen. The viewer can review historical data online. The recorder can send e-mails initiated by alarm conditions. Eurotherm Recorders, Inc.;


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Nano size programmable controller saves panel space

VersaMax is a palm-size, DIN rail or panel mountable, programmable logic controller that features capacity for 10 I/O points; proportional band, integral, and derivative (PID); floating-point math; subroutines; and serial read/write commands. It supports up to two high-speed counters and features three pulse-width modulated/pulse train outputs. GE Fanuc Automation;


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Small sensor offers extended range

Superprox proximity sensor features a small size and offers the combination of a 12-mm housing and a range of 50.8 mm (2 in.) for the detection of virtually any material. Increasing the range minimizes sensor damage caused by objects striking it because of close mounting requirements. It operates on 12-24-V dc, and has both sinking (NPN) and sourcing (PNP) outputs. Hyde Park Electronics, Inc.;


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