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New Netbiter gateway simplifies remote management of industrial equipment.

12 HS35 and OptoPulse EIL580 series encoders from Baumer offer design flexibility for engineers in drive applications

25 Record-sized toothpaste production needs massive geared motors


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CANblue II

CANblue II Transmit CAN data quickly and reliably via Bluetooth


he robust, secure solution for wireless CAN communications, specifically for industrial applicationsIXXAT offers a universal bridge, gateway, and PC interface solution for the wireless networking of CAN components and systems in a new and improved version. With three modes provided, the user can now adapt data communications optimally to the specific application in terms of latency, data throughput, and fault tolerance. In SHORTEST_ LATENCY mode, latency times averaging 4 ms can be achieved, while QUICKEST_CONNECTION mode permits secure data transmission even in CAN systems running at 1 MBit/sec and 100% bus load.

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A typical application for CANblue II is the wireless connection of CAN segments via Bluetooth and wireless system access using a notebook or handheld service unit. However, areas where an extremely reliable connection is required, such as the networking of rotating or mobile system parts, can also be implemented using CANblue II. Thanks to the use Bluetooth technology, built from the ground up on encrypted transmission mechanisms that are resistant to external interference, CANblue II is perfect for this kind of application.Bluetooth’s FHSS process, also used in CANblue II, changes the frequency at which messages are transmitted about 1600 times a second. If

one of the 79 channels used experiences interference, this fault is detected and the message is resent in another frequency range. The available bandwidth thereby is used very sparingly, so that multiple different Bluetooth systems can work in parallel without noticeably interfering with one another.The problems caused by overlapping WLAN systems and the limited number of WLAN channels, also considering the required channel spacing, is nearly unknown in Bluetooth. Even WLAN systems overlapping with Bluetooth in the immediate vicinity only interfere with the operation of the Bluetooth network to a negligible extent, since only a few of the 79 Bluetooth channels overlap the WLAN frequency band. Thus at most the transmission performance of an overlapping system, whether WLAN or Bluetooth, may be reduced due to the message retransmissions required. Its broad power supply voltage range of 9 to 30 VDC, compact construction, and fastening holes in the housing all simplify the integration of the device into existing systems. The CAN interface is implemented in compliance with ISO 11898-2 and has a DSub 9 connector that meets the requirements of CiA 3031. Upon request, the CANblue II can also be provided in an IP67 variant.l screw-on antenna that supports transmission distances of up to 300 meters, depending on spatial conditions. The radio signal quality can be read out using Bluetooth to monitor the connection quality


Sunbank joins SOURIAU in Esterline’s Connection Technologies platform.

From left to right: Robert PADEN Sunbank President, Jean-Luc GAVELLE President of Esterline Technologies Connection (SOURIAU + Sunbank), Alain Durand Group Vice President of Esterline Technologies


ased in California, and with a strong presence in aerospace and military markets, Sunbank is the world’s second-largest producer of accessories for electrical wiring harness connectors and conduits.

This strategic acquisition will reinforce the presence of Esterline Connection Technologies - SOURIAU in the United States. This will allow us to offer our clients a comprehensive offering of connectors, accessories and conduits. Formed in 1958, Sunbank has 500 staff and annual earnings of 45 million dollars. Sunbank’s facilities located in Paso Robles, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, will supplement SOURIAU’s global manufacturing footprint principally located in the United States, Europe, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, India and Japan.

optimization such as MRP2 and lean worksite setup. “We want to ensure that Sunbank benefits as soon as possible from our proven practices and our accumulated experience in this field, to give our clients ever-better service, and improve our partnership with our American customers in particular,” says Jean-Luc Gavelle, President of Esterline Connection Technologies. “Thanks to this acquisition, we hope our customers around the world will benefit from the highest levels of quality and OTD (On Time Delivery), not only for connectors but also for sub-assemblies complete with connectors, accessories and conduits.” “We are very happy to welcome Sunbank’s teams to the Esterline Group, and highly motivated by the resulting development prospects,” concludes Mr. Gavelle.

The reputation and global coverage of Sunbank and SOURIAU will strengthen the development of Esterline’s Connection Technologies platform in the European and North American aerospace markets. SOURIAU is recognized by its clients for its operational excellence, the fruit of its teams’ 15 years’ involvement in continuous improvement initiatives and quality process

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Advanced Research in Microelectronics with the VHX

Keyence’s VHX-1000 digital microscope allows French researchers to observe surfaces at 1000x magnification, capture images as large as 100 megapixels, and share these images all with very little effort.


he Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics, and Microelectronics (LIRMM) is a joint research unit of the University of Montpellier 2 (UM2) and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It conducts research in the field of sciences and technologies for information, communication and systems. The applications are varied and include medicine, with the implantation of ASICs to compensate for neurological disorders or paralysis (functional electrical stimulation). The objective of LIRMM’s Microelectronics Department (MIC) is to propose innovative solutions that have a genuinely disruptive impact on current approaches. The MIC Department’s operations range from the design to the testing of low-end integrated systems (electrical and/or transistors) to high-end integrated systems (architectures, systems). The MIC Department also conducts research on adaptive architectures - microprocessor systems

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interconnected by redundant networks for fault tolerance purposes - as well as cross-cutting issues such as digital security, reliability and resilience. «We work with companies on prototypes and manufacturing processes that are not always stable. Failures are common and our job is to analyse every potential cause of these failures, such as poor traces and connections and the presence of dust. These highly detailed observations require a high level of magnification and high image quality,» explains Laurent de Knyff of LIRMM’s MIC Department. Generally, the chips used by LIRMM measure 2-3 mm in size and are made using 65 nm technology, meaning that the gate of the MOS transistor (a basic building block of microelectronics) measures 65 nm long. The VHX digital microscope suits our accuracy needs perfectly. It captures extremely sharp, high-resolution images easily and quickly. We use a 100 W VHZ lens, most often at 1000x magnification.» The VHX features a 16-bit HDR function that uses 16 bits-per-pixel encoding and unique HDR (high dynamic range) technology to create extremely sharp, perfectly exposed images (neither too bright nor too dark) regardless of the contrast of the target.

«One thing that we really like about the VHX is that it’s a digital tool that runs like a PC. It’s clear, simple menus are intuitive and enable us to create highly useful automated functions. We use the real-time on-screen measurements and particularly like the image stitching function, which allows us to create large images of ASICs in just a few dozen seconds regardless of the image size. We then archive these images for later analysis. Because ASICs are fragile and we want to limit their handling to a minimum, this is a major plus point,» adds Mr de Knyff. The VHX-1000 produces panoramic images as large as 10,000 by 10,000 pixels, or 100 megapixels. That translates to a fiftyfold increase in the size of the high-magnification field of view (normal field of view: 1600 by 1200 pixels). This is made possible by the market’s most powerful ultra-fast automatic image stitching function (2D stitching). When the image stitching button is pressed, the stage shifts and images are captured and automatically spliced together in real time. «In addition, MEMS and certain other parts we analyse are not flat. The VHX supports automatic adjustments to achieve a large depth-of-field and produce sharp, highquality images regardless of differences in depth,» adds Mr de Knyff.

Getting to grips with the microscope was very simple. «The half-day of training we received from one of Keyence’s sales engineers was sufficient to allow us to start getting the images we needed. I’m sure that, after two hours of training, a six-year-old would be able to produce quality images with the microscope. The optical adjustments are a little more complex of course, but you shouldn’t hesitate to use the VHX’s automatic adjustments. They allow you to play with the lighting and other parameters,» says Mr de Knyff. A simple way to share high-resolution images «In addition to its efficiency for our scientific observations, the VHX allows us to capture clear images and share them with colleagues, industrial partners and the scientific community. Our old method was amateurish and consisted of taking pictures through the eyepiece of an old microscope. It was both time consuming and inconvenient and the images were not as good,» concludes Mr de Knyff.

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Record-sized toothpaste production needs massive geared motors

The new UNIMIX systems, driven by NORD industrial geared motors: at a record volume of 10,000 l each, they form the world’s biggest plant for the batch production of toothpaste.


KATO, manufacturer of customized industrial agitators, has scaled up the largest model from its UNIMIX line to more than double the size, thereby implementing the largest discontinuous toothpaste production system in the world. Two mixers, each with 10,000 liters effective volume, produce 6,000 to 11,000 kg of toothpaste per hour, depending on the product concentration. Thus, the output has been more than tripled. The drive specialist NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supported the development of the new record-sized systems. Many manufacturers with a global reach are interested in concentrating production capacities in just a few places. The hygiene and personal care industries certainly follow this trend. Accordingly, there is a demand for ever larger batch sizes for products such as toothpaste. Furthermore, a larger range of variants is produced at each site. Therefore, modern plants must be capable of producing large volumes while at the same time providing maximum versatility. With this complex task in its sights, EKATO SYSTEMS from Schopfheim at the southern reaches of the Black Forest has constructed a new plant for the discontinuous production of toothpaste. The maximal capacity of toothpaste production plants

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used to lie between 4,000 and 5,000 liters, with outputs of approximately 2,000 to 3,000 liters hourly. Continuous or batch production is possible. Continuous systems enable high throughput but are not very versatile with regard to product changes; since different ingredients sometimes require their own dispensing and blending technology, recipe changes often bring about conversions and readjustments. It also comes into play that toothpaste cannot easily be reworked when it is not sufficiently homogeneous. The biggest challenge with continuous plants is ensuring the uniform dispersion of active ingredients such as sodium fluoride, even after changes to the dispensing systems. On the other hand, the production rate of existing discontinuous plants cannot be significantly increased without major modifications in plant equipment. In order to meet the demands of a toothpaste manufacturer, EKATO therefore had to construct larger plants. Toothpaste production systems basically consist of an evacuable vessel with an agitator, a homogenizer, and various dispensing systems for the introduction of ingredients into the process. Liquid ingredients are either measured and then vacuum-inserted into the vessel or dispensed by gravimetric methods. Powders and thickeners to increase viscosity can be added via the integrated

The geared motors from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS meet the standard set by the record-sized plant: no other drive manufacturer is currently capable of producing industrial gear units of this size in a one-piece housing.

homogenizer or drawn into the vessel through a valve at its base. For larger mixer dimensions, EKATO had to determine the components’ dosage and dispersion times, blend and homogenization times, vacuum values, and the necessary agitator and homogenizer performances. The agitator and homogenizer were configured according to the mixing performance equation for mixing technology. Based on its extensive experience, EKATO determines the power coefficient “Ne” (or Newton number) for each respective impeller and the product’s specific viscosity curve. In addition to the product concentration, the equation furthermore contains the speed and the diameter – with the exponents 2, 3, or even 5, these values are especially important. That is why the correct configuration of the agitator and homogenizer drives is crucial. The drive supplier NORD was required to configure motors and gear units with the performance according to EKATO’s calculations, and to make them as efficient and durable as possible. Since the agitator drive is installed on top of the production mixer, it should be as compact as possible despite the high performance required. This application, which depends on homogeneous product quality, calls for speed and continuity. The radial and axial

loads on the agitator shaft, which are very high due to the high product viscosity, must be taken into account for the drive configuration. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS configured and supplied two 250 kW motors with industrial gear units which provide nominal output torques of 242,000 Nm. NORD is the only manufacturer worldwide to produce such extremely large industrial gear units in this power range in the proven one-piece UNICASE housing. Hence, the type SK 15407 3-stage helical bevel gear units, though of an impressive size, are still relatively compact as the UNICASE design allows for larger rolling bearings which can accommodate higher forces.

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EPLAN Fluid and Harness proD added to Rockwell Automation’s Encompass Products

The M7000 also excels by its marking performance and unparalleled ease of use, in particular thanks to its built-in touch screen.


ockwell Automation has added EPLAN’s Fluid and Harness proD to their approved Encompass products. These products now join EPLAN’s other approved Encompass products Electric P8, Pro Panel and PPE completing our Platform. EPLAN Software & Services has been a Global Encompass Partner since 2008. Rockwell Automation’s Encompass Products have to meet high quality and functionality criteria such as being developed by a reputable and sound company, that is committed to product and services quality, also committed to partnering with Rockwell Automation, and providing useful functionality not delivered by any of Rockwell’s current products. EPLAN Fluid is an engineering tool for design and automatic documentation of circuits for fluid power systems in hydraulics, pneumatics, cooling and lubrication. The EPLAN Platform connects the fluid power engineering with all other engineering disciplines so that various engineering tasks can be executed in parallel and the entire engineering process is accelerated.

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EPLAN Harness proD is a modern 3D/2D software system for the efficient design and documentation of cable harnesses. This system’s strengths lies in the automated steps involved, from importing mechanical models as 3D environment for harness layout and combining it with wiring lists from the EPLAN Platform to routing the cables and finally generating the engineering documentation and manufacturing 2D nailboard drawings. The ability to take over mechanically relevant information from various MCAD systems and the ECAD connection information means that EPLAN Harness proD has the potential to be seamlessly integrated into PDM environments. This allows for the design of the cable harness even when there is no mechanical prototype available. In brief: development times are reduced, productivity increases and project quality is improved on a continuous basis. These engineering solutions have been reviewed extensively by Rockwell and they found the synergies

between their hardware products and EPLAN Fluid and Harness proD to be a critical piece in their solution partner’s success.

equipment builders (OEM’s) and engineering firms will significantly benefit from EPLAN and Rockwell Automation’s partnership.

EPLAN Electric P8 is already an encompass product also based on the EPLAN Platform technology that provides fully integrated CAD/CAE solutions for efficient, cost-effective design of electrical, fluid power, instrumentation and process control systems, and enclosures in 3D.

For more information, please contact Christine Knapik at

Now their partners can create their electrical designs through the powerful database centric, object-orientated architecture and then use the bi-directional control data synchronization between Electric P8 and RSLogix™ 5000 and EPLAN Electric P8 via RSLogix™ Architect to allow the capability for hardware and tag synchronization between both the control system and electrical drawings. From this point, they will now benefit by using EPLAN Pro Panel to virtually design their panel layouts with 3D layout planning supported by EPLAN’s eTouch technology and can process the engineering data directly to manufacturing. Solution Providers, system integrators, machine and

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New Netbiter gateway simplifies remote management of industrial equipment.

The Netbiter EC350 is available from HMS and its distributors as of November 18th 2013.

Tata Steel today launched a new state-of-the-art facility which will produce train track capable of lasting up to three times longer than standard rail.


MS Industrial Networks now introduces the Netbiter EC350 – a new communication gateway which makes it easier to monitor and control industrial equipment remotely. The gateway comes with enhanced performance and connectivity making it ideal for remote management and configuration of power generators, cooling systems, UPSs, wind turbines or other industrial machinery.

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been able to communicate via GSM/GPRS, the new Netbiter EC350 is enhanced to also communicate over 3G networks. The 3G communication provides increased performance compared to GPRS and also increases the geographical cellular coverage as it is possible to install the gateway where 3G is the only available network. With support for 5 different 3G bands, the Netbiter EC350 is a product suitable for the global market. Enabling Remote Access The Netbiter EC350 will support “Remote Access” functionality. This means that users can open up a secure connection to remote machinery and configure or operate it from any location using standard software applications. Remote access provides a secure data tunnel to the remotely located equipment.

Enhanced connectivity. The Netbiter EC350 is the first in a new generation of Netbiter gateways. It connects to industrial machinery via Modbus (serial or Ethernet), SNMP, EtherNet/IP or I/O and sends data to the cloud-based Netbiter Argos server via Ethernet or cellular communications.

For example, with a Netbiter connected to a PLC, it is possible to perform remote debugging or programming of the PLC from any location, using the same PLC configuration software as usual. Remote access functionality will be available as of Q1, 2014.

3G Communication While previous generations of Netbiter gateways have

“Netbiter is one of the pioneering solutions on the remote management market and we have taken advantage of our

long experience when developing the EC350,� says Henrik Arleving, Product Line Manager, Remote Management at HMS. “With more connectivity options and increased performance, Netbiter definitely takes the lead as one of the most versatile and powerful remote management solutions on the market.� Technical enhancements From a technical point-of-view, the new gateway has about 20 times more processing power than the previous gateways and an extended memory capacity supporting up to 512 MB Flash and 1024 MB RAM. Two fully separated Ethernet Interfaces (WAN and LAN) makes it possible to provide secure communication to the field installation. A built-in GPS receiver makes it suitable for mobile fleet management applications and the increased number of analog and digital I/Os allow signals and sensors to be directly connected to the Netbiter gateway. Six status LEDs also provide detailed diagnostics. The Netbiter EC350 communication gateway provides communication to field installations using Ethernet or the cellular networks to a cloud-based service called Netbiter Argos (located at

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Robust RFID data carrier with extra-large memory

Balluff has presented a new generation of data carriers, up to eight times faster than the standard, with extra-large memory of up to 128 kBytes at the SPS IPC Drives trade fair. These drives work up to eight times as fast as the standard ISO 15693, making them the ideal choice for track-and-trace applications with high data volumes such as those used in assembly lines in the automotive industry.


uilt with FRAM technology, the data carriers are maintenance-free, require no external energy supply and have virtually unlimited read/write cycles. Thanks to their high degree of protection (up to IP 68), they offer especially trouble-free communication with a high level of data security, even in difficult environments. Powerful RFID controller BIS-V Once the user has decided on a RFID controller from Balluff, the powerful Balluff signal processor BIS V is an ideal choice. It not only supports all the features found on new data carriers, but also significantly simplifies hardware and installation for users. The controller in the metal casing with IP 67 protection fulfills all requirements for industry-oriented design and comes equipped with USB as a service interface to PCs. Balluff offers the device with a choice of Profibus, EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP or CC-Link interface.

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Especially positive for users: up to four HF read/write heads (13.56 MHz) in accordance with ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 or LF read/write heads (125 kHz) can be connected in the front with plug-in connectors and are then automatically

recognized. In addition, the RFID controller is the only device on the market to offer an IO-Link master port for direct connection of IO-Link-compatible sensors or actuators.


Kennametal and Sumitomo Electric Sign Agreement to Supply Kennametal’s Breakthrough KM4X Spindle Connection

By combining high clamping force and optimized interference levels, KM4X™ by Kennametal provides a robust connection, extremely high stiffness, and bending load capacity for greatly improved performance in machining high-strength alloys and other materials.

Manufacturers to benefit from combination of leading toolholding and spindle connection solutions


ennametal and Sumitomo Electric have signed a licensing agreement under which Sumitomo Electric will provide and support Kennametal’s new and advanced KM4X spindle connection solution to Sumitomo Electric customers globally. Sumitomo Electric, a leading global supplier of electric wire, optical fibers and cutting tool products, sees significant benefit for its manufacturing customers. “The KM4X spindle connection is the most rigid system in the world today. This design enables manufacturing companies to maximize their capital investments. KM4X enables higher metal removal rates, which facilitates higher machine tool utilization and reduced cost per part, while increasing the manufacturer’s available capacity,” says John R. Tucker, Vice President and President of the Industrial Business Segment for Kennametal Inc. “Having an innovative technology partner like Sumitomo Electric supply the KM4X connection will create a powerful

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production advantage for manufacturing companies around the world.” The spindle connection, the interface between the machine tool’s spindle and toolholder, has to provide the torque and bending load capacity compatible with machine-tool specifications. Cutting forces, particularly in roughing or machining high-strength materials, generate bending moments that will exceed the interface’s limits prior to reaching torque limits. By combining high clamping force and optimized interference levels, KM4X provides a robust connection, extremely high stiffness, and bending load capacity for greatly improved performance in machining high-strength alloys and other materials. This means extremely high metal removal rates and more completed parts per day. Advanced Materials Require Advanced Manufacturing The continuing development of high-strength, lightweight materials such as titanium alloys, Inconel, and new aluminium alloys are eagerly sought by manufacturers in many industries, including aerospace and defence, energy, and transportation. These new materials present significant machining challenges in themselves. Add the competitive pressures

in these global industries, and finding advanced manufacturing solutions becomes a top priority. Machine-tool builders have responded with milling and turning centers that feature improved stiffness and damping on spindles and sizable machine structures and motors, all to provide the significant horsepower, torque and thrust forces required while minimizing undesirable vibrations that deteriorate part quality and tool life.

high-torque, high-speed machining capabilities for both existing and new equipment. This means achieving the maximum potential of your machine tools.”

“In most cases, the tool-spindle connection determines how much material can be removed on a given operation,” says Doug Ewald, director, global product management, tooling systems at Kennametal.

Through successful strategies of research and diversification, Sumitomo Electric has become one of the world’s leading companies at the forefront of the revolution in information and communications. Sumitomo Electric’s world-class research and manufacturing capabilities in optical technology continue to expand and strengthen the product portfolio while maintaining industry leading levels of reliability. The company has global operations in more than 30 countries with over 200,000 employees. Sumitomo Electric reported group net sales of $21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended March 2013.

“This is because this interface must withstand high loads and yet maintain its rigidity. With the ongoing advances in cutting tools and machining centers, a spindle connection that makes the best utilization of available power possible is an important consideration to investigate early in production planning.” “This is a full-system partnership between companies,” says John Jacko, vice president and chief marketing officer at Kennametal. “With the KM4X spindle connection and Sumitomo Electric’s innovative technology, there is no reason why companies should hold back investigating

About Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. designs, manufactures and sells optical fibers, cables, components, advanced electronic devices, and automotive parts.

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VGE1 ELIO and 838 ELIO: Fiber optic technology for on board railway applications


OURIAU, which has 40 years of expertise in fiber optics technology, has extended its portfolio with railway fiber optics connectors. Based on its standard railway product ranges VGE1 and 838 series, the fiber optic layouts use ELIO® contact technology, in operation worldwide on aircrafts for more than 10 years. VGE1 ELIO and 838 ELIO allow the use of fiber optics for onboard or track railway applications, and are the only optical connectors on the market to be approved by the French national railway operator, SNCF, for on-board application. Safety and customer service are of utmost importance to the railway industry. Fast-response train control systems, accurate power monitoring as well as new entertainment applications like passenger real-time information, broadband web access, or high definition video-monitoring are requiring ever increasing data transfer rates. Fiber optics, already a field-proven technology in harsh applications like aeronautics, oil & gas production or military vehicles, is the solution to meet these new needs. Over the past years, fiber optic cables have been utilized in railway signaling along tracks for long distance transmission

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as well for high data rate needs since they are not affected by electro-magnetic interferences. Now that Ethernet has become a standard for on-board communication, rolling stocks tends to embed more and more fiber optic connectivity, even in the harshest locations, such as inter-vehicle. Weight saving is also a big concern for train manufacturers, and in this regard, the use of fiber optic cables is a definite advantage. SOURIAU’s VGE1 ELIO bayonet-lock connector is available in three different layouts and shell sizes – four ELIO® contacts, eight ELIO® contacts and 12 ELIO® contacts. A two-contact version will eventually be released. These connectors are robust enough to be fitted on train roofs, under train bodies or just about anywhere else on the outside of trains. The 838 ELIO® connector features a screw lock and an 8-contact layout. A 24-contact version, designed specifically for inter-vehicle connections, will be released in a few months. Both the VGE1 ELIO and the 838 ELIO® may also be used for track applications.

ELIO®´s fiber optic technology successfully meets railway standards for a reliable and easy-to-use connectivity solution and gives confidence to operators as well as train and equipment manufacturers.

ELIO® is an innovative optical contact, combining simplicity of use and a high reliability level. ELIO® is very easy to implement, to terminate (unclear) and to clean. It is compatible with single mode, multimode, and plastic fiber and provides reliable optical performances in extreme environments. Combined with highly ruggedized and railway qualified connectors, ELIO®´s fiber optic technology is the solution to handle the most stringent environmental and mechanical conditions, like damped heat, extreme temperatures, vibration at low frequency as well as shocks, hundreds of mating cycles, and exposure to typical railway fluids and lubricants.

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NEW PRODUCTS KEYENCE CORPORTATION OF AMERICA adds a new fixed mount 1D and 2D barcode reader to their company line up of Auto ID products. The SR-750 Series incorporates new and advanced decoding algorithms, providing the best in class reading capability.

For demanding applications: VisiLine cameras with IP 65/67 protection Baumer expands its GigE camera series with ten new IP protected models that have been developed for particularly demanding industrial environments. With the IP 65 and IP 67 protective housing, every sensitive camera component, all the way to the lens, is protected from dust, water spray and temporary immersion. The cameras have an x-coded M12 connector that ensures a reliable connection to the data interface. Designed for industrial uses, they can be powered by a 12 to 24 volt or Power over Ethernet (PoE) supply. The new VisiLine IP cameras have CCD or CMOS sensors and are now available in VGA, 1.3, 2 and 4 megapixel resolutions. They achieve frame rates up to 160 fps. Production-integrated color comparison ensures virtually identical color reproduction by every camera in a model series. This greatly simplifies applications with multiple cameras operating simultaneously. In addition, the CMOS cameras feature FPN (Fixed Pattern Noise) correction and HDR (High Dynamic Range). This eliminates sensor-related structural irregularities and enables acquisition of images with wide differences in scene brightness.

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re-processing techniques, such as brightness and contrast threshold correction, along with significantly enhanced image filtering capabilities ensure images are optimized prior to decoding. Upgraded processing includes localized binary threshold settings for unique regions of the code make the reader well suited for direct part marking applications. The high speed search algorithm locates codes more quickly when the background image is complex In addition to updated code capture and process techniques, the SR-750 boasts features increasing its ease of use and read reliability. Long range (over three feet) and wide field of view models are available when the position of barcodes may vary. Built-in communication and increased connectivity ensures easy integration to new and existing systems. EtherNet/IP, TCP/IP, PROFINET, FTP, RS-232c, Power over Ethernet and data editing functionality are included and available without the need for external communication units. Intuitive and simple to use setup software automatically adjust lighting and image filtering settings with one click. Preventative maintenance function can provide feedback and indicate when code printing or marking quality is deteriorating before code reading is impossible For Specifications and Applications on the SR750 Compact 2D Code Reader, Please visit: PRSR7B

More Information Lighter, brighter, longerlived:New generation of robust fluorescent lights for hazardous areas. R. STAHL’s new line of light fittings for use in Ex zone 1/21 and 2/22 hazardous areas achieves better energy efficiency than comparable devices and provides approximately 10% more luminous intensity. New EXLUX 6001 luminaires also feature a design that is considerably more compact, stable, and torsion-resistant than their EXLUX 6000 predecessors. While more than one million of the long-proven EXLUX 6000 lights have been deployed worldwide over the last twenty-odd years, the new generation now meets increasing user demand for a similarly economic, yet enhanced product with improved technical features reflecting the most current state of the art. Depending on their performance class, the 6001 luminaires are a quarter to a third lighter than their predecessor models and many competing products. Users now also benefit from the extremely robust design of these slimmer, narrower units: unlike most lights, the new devices can be operated at extremely low ambient temperatures (as low as -30 °C). In many cases, this amounts to a decisive extension of the application range that saves costs by making extra specifications unnecessary. In order to facilitate a step-by-step exchange of existing EXLUX pendants, the installation of the new units remains fully compatible to the predecessor series. Moreover, swiftly removable replacement parts ensure quick and easy maintenance. Like before, the new lights are available with customer-specific modifications on request. In addition, R. STAHL provides especially cost-efficient standard models with a power consumption of 18 W, 36 W, or 58 W that are available at short notice. Featuring 4 mm² cage clamp terminals, 5-core through-wiring, and a full-phase safety shutdown, these models are adequately equipped for the majority of

all typical applications. The new series fully complies with the requirements of all current industry standards. Notably, the new silicone-based foamed gasket has been optimised for maximum durability, as stipulated by IEC 60079. This sealing solution, which is resistant to various chemicals as well as UV radiation, the fitting’s hinge, and a newly designed central lock reliably ensure IP67 protection over many years. 6001 series lights are available as of now. However, more products are due to follow in the new EXLUX generation: in 2013 and 2014, the program will be extended both by optional accessories, such as pole mount adapters, and by additional models such as emergency lights, lights with an address module, and T5 lights for use in zone 2. Moreover, LED lights from R. STAHL will also be available soon, though these will be based on a completely different housing and equipped with materials and features optimised for LED technology.

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solution had a ready-made template for this micro PLC was a great advantage,” says P-A Claveroth, Sales and Marketing Director at Triplesign. “We simply connect the Netbiter unit to the Millenium 3 and all parameters show up immediately in a web browser.” A Netbiter EasyConnect gateway is connected to the Millenium 3 micro PLC in the field. The Netbiter gateway communicates with a cloud-based data center called Netbiter Argos. This data center collects and stores the data from the field equipment. By logging in to Netbiter Argos, users can see the exact status of the Millenium 3 and thereby their own devices in a web dashboard. They can also get alarms and notifications whenever something happens.“This combined solution will be very useful for applications in segments such as air conditioning, access control, heat pumps, water and air treatment, waste treatment, lifting and handling, medical equipment and pump management,”says Henrik Arleving, Product Line Manager, Remote Management at HMS. “These segments are very suitable for remote management and Netbiter offers users and service engineers a quick way to improve control of the applications and reduce costs.” “In the frame of remote management, HMS’s Netbiter solution contributes to make the most out of the Millenium 3 Smart logic controller as it gets it connected from anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

Thanks to these new additions, users of SensoPart’s subminiature F 10 series can now cover numerous applications with just one model. Not only are different functional principles available (proximity switches with adjustable background suppression, fixed focus proximity switches with background suppression, throughbeams and retro-reflective light barriers), but there is also a choice of several light sources (laser, red light LED, blue light LED).

Crouzet and HMS present joint solution for monitoring the Millenium 3 logic controller over the web. Crouzet, a leading manufacturer of automation control components, has decided to use HMS Industrial Network’s Netbiter as remote management solution for their latest generation of micro PLCs – the Millenium 3 Smart. This provides users of the micro PLC with instant access to data on their field equipment over the web. An example of an early adopter is the Swedish-based company Triplesign who uses the solution to monitor alternating billboards. With Netbiter, they can see the status of each billboard and even remotely control which message to display. “I have been working with the Millenium 3 Logic Controllers for some time and the fact that the Netbiter

which means it can be adjusted to different objects and applications without modifications. Its maximum scanning range of 70 mm is unique for this sensor size. Fixed focus proximity switches – also equipped with background suppression – are also available with scanning ranges of 15mm, 30 mm or 50 mm. Background suppression in F 10 sensors from SensoPart is based on distance measurement using an ASIC array. This functional principle enables highly-accurate spatial resolution so that objects can be reliably distinguished in front of light backgrounds or reflective machine parts – whatever the colour and surface finish. Measuring just 21.1 x 14.6 x 8 mm3 and weighing only 3 g, the tiny proximity switches can be mounted directly on a robotic gripper and are therefore ideal for pick-and-place applications. They are perfect for space-saving installation in handling systems, assembly robotics and highly-integrated machines or as a low-cost alternative to fibre-optic systems. In addition to the aforementioned proximity switch with red transmitter LED, SensoPart also offers a blue light version (fixed focus 30 mm). The F 10 blue light has been specially developed for detection of strongly light-absorbing objects such as solar cells. Another new member of the F 10 series is the LED retro-reflective light barrier FR 10-R with a high operating range (up to 1.6 m) and teach-in function.

LED proximity switch FT 10-RH: small enough to fit on every gripper SensoPart has expanded its subminiature sensor series. The range now offers LED sensors, in addition to laser sensors, including a proximity switch with adjustable background suppression and a blue light version for strongly lightabsorbing objects. The LED proximity switch FT 10-RH is a special highlight amongst the new sensors: it offers adjustable background suppression

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Success principle flexibility: photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors with the same design

The U500 ultrasonic sensor completes Baumer’s new performance category.


he story of the new performance class continues to be written. With the U500 sensor, Baumer now expands the portfolio of NextGen sensors to include ultrasonic technology. The new sensors are identical in design and size with their series O500 electronic counterparts. This OneBox design also applies to every available sensor principle and offers the user maximum flexibility during the planning phase. Not only that: Also with subsequent modifications in a system’s requirements profile, the sensors can be exchanged quickly and easily without any additional conversion measures. In addition to the U500 and O500, the smaller O300 completes Baumer’s new performance category for applications with limited space. While the photoelectric sensors are predestined for applications with very small objects and high speed thanks to their precise light spot, the great advantage of ultrasonic sensors is that they detect almost every object.

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They do not depend on color, characteristics or transparency, even under harsh conditions with large amounts of dirt.

The U500 has a special place in the range of ultrasonic sensors due to its versatile performance. With 1000 mm, it offers the longest range in its class, with many application possibilities. The fast response time also increases flexibility in applications. A further advantage is the narrow, symmetrical sonic beam. It has a diameter of only 80 mm at an object distance of 500 mm. This allows the U500 to be used in applications with very cramped spaces. Furthermore, the sensor is distinguished by extraordinary reliability, which is based on large excess gain. Reliable operation is therefore guaranteed. The robust housing (IP67) and new transducer also contribute to making the U500 an extremely resilient sensor. It is unaffected by dirt, water droplets or even cleaning agents. The versatility is also shown by the availability of the U500 in three sensor principles: As a proximity switch, distance measuring sensor and reflective light barrier.


More manufacturers with 350,000 data

Expanded and updated equipment data in the Eplan Data Portal accelerates project planning.


he Eplan Data Portal now provides over 350,000 component data from 56 manufacturers. New additions include General Electric (GE) in the field of high-voltage current switchgear, Numatics with fluid power components, Murrelektronik, for example with field distributors, Omron, and cable manufacturers Schweiger, Sigmatec, Stego and TKD Kabel.. Efficient design starts with the smallest unit – with a standardised component that is added to the respective design project via Eplan Data Portal. With this, users work more rapidly, more efficiently and with data approved by the manufacturer. 48 manufacturers were already represented in the portal – now a further eight manufacturers have been integrated and product catalogues have been updated. The first example is GE: The manufacturer has saved 700 new part records in the field of high-voltage switchgear with corresponding illustrations. Macros of the switchgear simplify the electrical design with Eplan. The automation manufacturer Murrelektronik is also new to the portal. Field distributors, cables, protective devices, voltage sources and PLC components have now been integrated into the portal. Users profit from over 270 records with images including 2D and 3D macros. Another new member in the portal is the American company Numatics, a leading component manufacturer in the

field of fluid power engineering. Over 100,000 records of fluid valves can now be added to the design rapidly. A. Schweiger GmbH is also currently offering over 130 data records and PDF documents with the new motor connection system EcoMolded. Standard types of the overmoulded plug connections for Siemens, Fanuc, SEW, Bosch Rexroth, Beckhoff, B&R, Elau and other applications are available as catalogue products. Other new arrivals in the portal are Sigmatek with PLC components, Omron, Stego and TKD Kabel. Product catalogues updated Manufacturers that are already represented in the portal such as Phoenix Contact have extended their product portfolio. Over 20,000 new and revised data are currently available – around 12,400 of them macros, 600 of which are in 3D. B&R has added over 2,500 parts in the field of voltage sources, generators, PLC and plug connectors. Companies such as ABB, Weidmüller and Sick have included additional parts and Festo has also increased its range in the Eplan Data Portal. With currently 34,000 records – of which about 20,000 are functional macros and almost 9,000 are 2D graphic macros – the company from Esslingen covers a wide spectrum of fluid power and electrical engineering parts and also components for mechanical and process engineering. By integrating all product areas of their portfolio, Festo takes on a pioneering role here.

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IXXAT USB-to-CAN V2 the good just got better

HMS brings a reworked version of the extremely successful USB-to-CAN interface to market under the IXXAT brand.


he new IXXAT USB-to-CAN V2 interface offers significant advantages for users thanks to a combination of existing and new features. For example, the USB-to-CAN V2 uses powerful hardware and connects over USB 2.0 at 480 MBit/ sec. This enables very high data throughput with minimum latency and lower power consumption, which makes the interface suitable for very demanding applications at maximum bus load and CAN bit rates up to 1 Mbit/second, for example simulation applications.

connector. The versions that carry two CAN interfaces are connected via RJ45 connectors. Adapter cables to sub-D9 plugs are included with the devices.

The virtues of the existing USB-to-CAN are still there: outstanding robustness for long-term use in harsh environments, very easy operation at a cost-effective price.

Another newly introduced variant is the IXXAT USB-to-CAN V2 for embedded use, which is designed without housing but with a slot board and adapted USB cable for installation into a computer.

The existing versions of the proven IXXAT VCI and IXXAT ECI drivers support the new USB-to-CAN V2, also permitting drop-in use in existing applications without changes to software – even when changing between different interface types. The IXXAT APIs for CANopen and SAE J1939 also support the new USB-to-CAN V2 device family.

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The USB-to-CAN V2 is available in different variants with either one or two CAN interfaces based on ISO 11898-2. In the USB-to-CAN V2 compact, the CAN connection is implemented as a sub-D9 plug or alternatively as an RJ45

Additional options include galvanically isolated CAN interfaces, bulk variants, and support for ISO 11898-3 lowspeed CAN and LIN. The new housing design supports creation of customer-specific variants branded with the customer logo.

You can find more information about the new USB-to-CAN V2 devices at


HS35 and OptoPulse EIL580 series encoders from Baumer offer design flexibility for engineers in drive applications


he HS35 series through hollow shaft and OptoPulse EIL580 series solid and hollow shaft incremental encoders from Baumer are ideally suited for applications in drive technology.

The OptoPulse EIL580 is available with 6 and 10 millimeter shafts, as well as 8 to 15 millimeter blind and through hollow shaft configurations, all in standard 58 millimeter housing diameter.

Due to their precision optical scanning principle, which delivers less than 1 arc minute accuracy, the encoders allow for precise control in applications such as speed regulation for web presses and both speed and position control for robotics.

The OptoPulse operating temperature rating is from -40° F to +185° F. Seal protection ratings of IP 65 and IP 67 are offered, and connection options range from cable gland to M12 connector to M23 connector. Operational speed ratings of up to 6,000 rpm are possible.

The encoders’ ShaftLock design and rugged bearings withstand higher shaft run-outs, prolonging encoder life and accuracy. Signal quality precision guarantees consistent operation over the entire temperature range.

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The HS35 series is available with industry standard electrical outputs and through hollow shaft diameter from 10 millimeters to 1 inch. MIL-connectors or cable glands allow easy installation and wiring, and various tether kits are available to simplify mounting. Operational speed ratings are possible to 12,000 rpm. The operational temperature range for the HS35 is from -40° F to +212° F, and seal protection ratings are available in IP 54, IP 65, and IP 67.

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