Friday, April 26, 2013

Smart Light via Distributed Modular I/O

Whether you are a machine builder interested in reducing the total cost of your machine or an end-user trying to keep your machine operational on a daily basis, the selection of control components can directly impact your success. This is even more true when it comes to the selection of status indicators in your process. It is also important for workers like operators, fork truck drivers, maintenance, and management to clearly and visually understand the status of their workstation, their next load, their next fix or understand the bottlenecks in the production. In these types of applications a stack light or HMI is typically integrated to communicate the status of the process. By using a software-configurable smart light to indicate machine status, you can simplify the visual indication with a single part number that costs less than most HMIs.

The Balluff smart light can be connected to virtually any industrial network via the open and universal standard, IO-Link. This device can be used with a variety of IP67 distributed modular I/O products offered from a variety of IO-Link vendors which eliminates the need to have a remote I/O box simply to control an indicator light. Balluff’s smart light can function in any of three modes, can be configured on the fly, and is controlled using simple bitmaps for the outputs.


Stack Light Mode

  • Program 1-5 positions of 20 rows of 360° LEDs „„
  • Choose from 5 standard colors or configure new „„
  • Easily switch between solid, flashing, and blinking

Level Mode

  • Tie a bar meter type scale to an analog value
  • Program high level or low level indication
  • Freely configure the colors, zones, and levels

Run Mode

  • Indicate running status with a simple scrolling light „„
  • Signal a problem or action required „„
  • Freely configure the color or the scrolling light, background, and speed

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Introducing the New PHD Series KG Impact Sensor

PHD is pleased to introduce a new sensor that provides monitoring of equipment performance.

The PHD Series KG Impact Sensor easily attaches to and monitors any piece of equipment that has motion. Featuring single-axis/bi-directional sensitivity, the sensor attaches to the moving part of a machine or device and monitors impact. A PLC can interpret the signal to warn of erratic operation or shut down a system to prevent catastrophic failure.

Using the KG Programmer, the KG Impact Sensor also can measure an impact and relay that value to the user. A single programmer has the ability to service an unlimited number of impact sensors throughout an entire plant.

PHD Series KG Impact Sensor Uses:

  • Predictive maintenance device
    • Detects change in impact force
    • Can help reduce unanticipated downtime
    • Minimizes unnecessary preventive maintenance
  • Productivity tripwire
    • Flags appropriate personnel of machine crash
    • Indicates when machine has crashed
    • Stops production of bad parts
  • Benchmarking
    • Measures impact (programmer required)
    • Counts impacts or extreme vibration (<400hz)
    • Monitors centripetal forces

To learn more, visit the Series KG Impact Sensor page.

Introducing the New Series ECVR Electric Cylinder

PHD now offers a lower cost electric cylinder! Most electrically driven cylinders require a non-rotating feature to properly reciprocate. the same is true for our popular Series ECVA Cylinder. Our latest addition to the family, the Series ECVR is constructed without the additional cost of a non-rotating rod feature. With all the force and speed of its forerunner, the new Series ECVR breaks ground with a much lower cost and is perfect for applications where rod rotation is prevented by the load or tooling attached to the rod.

All PHD electric cylinders feature a rigid construction with extremely low backlash. Available in three different sizes, these actuators feature Your Motor, Your Way, a configurable system giving you the freedom to incorporate the motor and controls of your choice.

Major benefits:

  • High thrust and speed capability with 1000 mm travel lengths available (ECVA only)
  • High degree of repeatablility and high precision ball screw assemblies
  • ISO/VDMA mounting interface for easy interchange
  • Inline and foldback motor mounting flexibility
  • Your Motor, your Way for online configuration of motor mounting plates

Want to learn more about Series ECVR? Click here for complete product information!