Anti-vandal pushbutton switches include illumination

A broad line of sealed illuminated anti-vandal switches come in styles that include ring and dot illumination as well as non-illuminated versions. IP67 sealing is available, along with raised and flat actuators on most series. Mushroom actuators are available on some versions. Ranging in size from 12 up to 4 0mm, body and actuator color

Opto 22 joins The Linux Foundation

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 announces it has joined The Linux Foundation as a Silver Level member. As a Linux Foundation member, Opto 22 will help support the greatest shared technology resources in history. In joining The Linux Foundation, Opto 22 hopes to spearhead the adoption of open-source technology in the industrial automation and process

The frustrations of dealing with those convinced by false facts and fake news

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler The March for Science recently wrapped up in more than 600 cities worldwide. Estimates are that marchers numbering in the hundreds of thousands took to the streets partly because of “an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery.” The more prosaic expression of

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Opto 22 joins EdgeX Foundry

As a continued step in the company’s long history of supporting and adopting open standards and specifications in the industrial automation and process control markets, Opto 22 today announced it has joined EdgeX Foundry as a founding member. EdgeX Foundry is an open-source project hosted by The Linux Foundation, building a common open framework for

Integrated control system shortens custom development process

Edited by Mike Santora Converting machine builder Curt G. Joa, Inc. keeps its multidisciplinary engineering team well staffed at all times. It must. The company’s current customer list includes global manufacturers who require custom machines that can take six to nine months to build. The machines are massive, occupying two floors with a footprint measuring

Protect products during delivery

A next-generation accelerometer is for long-period monitoring of the physical condition of high-value assets. With its low power capabilities, the ADXL372 micropower high-g MEMS accelerometer targets Internet of Things (IoT) solutions where shock and impact on a unit during storage, transit, or use would adversely affect its function, safety, or reliability. Representative assets include materials

More conveying options for medical applications

The SmartFlex flexible chain conveyor platform, available in an additional 85 mm width standard option, gives designers more options for applications in medical as well as packaging, food, assembly and other industries. With this addition, SmartFlex Conveyors are now available in 4 standard widths: 65 mm (2.6 in.), 85 mm (3.3 in.), 105 mm (4.1

Direct drive offers more tractive force

The MCR-T radial piston motor, for compact tracked loaders and other tracked vehicles, comes in frame size 10. This unit is approximately 20% shorter than conventional radial piston motors on the market and offers around 10% higher starting torque for more tractive force. For improved efficiency, especially over long distances, the MCR-T units also allow

High speed data transmission in harsh environments

The Max M12 product line includes board level connectors that mate to a PCB board with straight or right angle solder pins. The connectors transmit data in environments where there is high vibration, moisture, salt, dirt and debris. Applications include camera and communication systems on construction, mining and agricultural equipment. It can also be used

Neglecting function safety can cost in food processing

Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB’s food and beverage offers some tips on ensuring safety. In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury

EtherCAT Remote I/O Modules for Distributed Control Systems

Advantech Launches EtherCAT Remote I/O Modules for Distributed Control Systems  Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the launch of the AMAX-4800 series of industrial EtherCAT slave modules equipped with the EtherCAT protocol.  Their compact size and integrated DIN-rail mount kit ensure easy cabinet installation and Euro-type pluggable terminal blocks with an LED indicator

Opto 22 and Dell Bridge the OT/IT Gap to Deliver Industrial IoT Solutions at Hannover Messe 2017

Opto 22 and Dell announce joint exhibition at the Hannover Messe 2017 industrial automation trade show, 24–28 April, in Hannover, Germany, at Hall 8 Stand F31. Products from both companies will be showcased, demonstrating how to integrate and deliver edge computing applications and connect real-world signals and industrial “things” to the digital world of information

New BACnet MS/TP Interface from Beckhoff Connects up to 64 BACnet Field Devices

With the introduction of the new EL6861 EtherCAT Terminal, Beckhoff now supports BACnet MS/TP (Master Slave/Token Passing) in addition to BACnet/IP for building automation. This serial interface can be used to directly control and monitor BACnet-compatible field devices, such as pumps, drives, frequency converters or similar, as sub-bus systems without the need for additional gateways

Six-key Pad features Tactile Feedback, Snap-in Housing

Designed for aesthetics and functionality, like the CANbus version launched a few months ago, this new model with standard connection complements the range to effectively meet our customer needs. The KP6 keypad is a quality product available at a reasonable price. The KP6 keypad features a snap-in housing allowing for quick assembly and installation. With

MEAN WELL RPS-400 Series of Power Supplies for Medical Applications Now Shipping from Sager Electronics

Sager Electronics is now stocking MEAN WELL’s new RPS-400 series of highly reliable, green, PCB type, medical power supplies. MEAN WELL’s RPS-400 series consists of seven standard mod els with single outputs ranging from 12~48 VDC plus 5VSB @ 1A and 12V @ 500mA outputs. The supply is available in the standard open frame package

noax Technologies Releases the New S21WP Industrial PC with Industrial-Grade PCAP Technology

noax Technologies, has announced the release of the S21WP, the first IPC offering modified Projected Capacitive (PCAP) touchscreen technology which operates with the use of gloves even in extreme environmental conditions. noax Technologies is launching a new generation of PCs with multi-touch functionality for industrial applications. The noax S21WP zero-bezel housing offers a 21 inch

OKW’s Stylish New Universal Feet Kits For Enclosures

OKW has added new round universal case feet to its wide range of accessories for electronic enclosures. These stylish and modern feet can be specified with or without tilt legs, making them perfect for laboratory equipment or other desktop instrument enclosures which require a choice of viewing angles. They can be fitted to any type

Tolomatic food-grade servo actuator designed for food and beverage processing

  New options provide superior actuator protection in sanitary washdown environments. The Tolomatic IMA electric linear actuator, the company’s most powerful integrated servo motor rod actuator, is now available with a food-grade white epoxy coating and stainless steel components for washdown applications in the food and beverage industry. The compact, durable IMA actuator series integrates

ELEXCON Announces the 2017 Design & Innovation Forums Highlighted By Global Growth Markets

The high-profile Chinese electronics exhibition, ELEXCON, will once again be held in the global electronics industry hub – Shenzhen from December 21 – 23, 2017. Combined with the 6th annual Embedded Expo, Elexcon 2017 will host 800 global suppliers and more than 50,000 industry professionals in nearly 60,000 square meters of display area. Dedicated to

Model Solution Establishes New Innovative Technique for Molding Flexible PCBs

Model Solution (LRD: London) has created a one-of-a-kind manufacturing solution for a company trying to validate the mass production potential of its unique wearable device design. The Myo armband from Thalmic offers touch-free control of technology with hand gestures and motion. Via a wearable presentation remote, the Myo gesture control armband reads a user’s muscle

Webinar: The Opportunity with Direct Digital Manufacturing – May 23rd

Join us for a free webinar with FATHOM on May 23rd at 11:30am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm EDT.     3D printing is often thought of only during the prototyping phase of product development, but designers and engineers should expect more from the additive technologies and materials available today. By embracing a direct digital manufacturing (DDM)

Yokogawa Releases Enhanced Version of ProSafe®RS Safety Instrumented System

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release an enhanced version of the ProSafe®-RS safety instrumented system on April 26. This latest release, R4.03.00, includes an improved engineering function for configuring fire and gas systems (FGS) and new operation faceplates for the FGS operation and monitoring screens. These enhancements make it easier to adopt and

New EPLAN Cogineer automates generation of schematics

EPLAN is launching EPLAN Cogineer, a new software package that generates schematics automatically, at the 2017 Hannover Trade Fair later this month. “We’ve developed a solution that is easy to use, yet very innovative,” says Dieter Pesch, EPLAN’s Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development. The major benefits  are time saved and error avoidance.