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NEW! EtherCAT Ready Heavy Duty Absolute Encoders for Industrial Ethernet Networks

Encoder Products Company (EPC) has released the A58 Series of EtherCAT-ready heavy duty absolute encoders.  The A58 Series is the first in a new line of absolute encoders from EPC to offer networking capabilities.  They easily connect into an industrial network with minimal setup requirements, thus allowing for rapid deployment.  These multi-turn absolute encoders are suited for applications where fieldbus connectivity is required and the encoder has to retain position information even after a power loss.  The A58 EtherCAT-ready Absolute Encoder Series offers two different models including Model A58HE which is a 58mm encoder in a hollow bore construction, and the Model A58SE which is a 58mm shaft encoder available with either a clamping flange or synchro flange.

Key features:
  • EtherCAT Deterministic Communication
  • Multi-turn resolution up to 43 bits
  • Up to 16 bits of single turn resolution
  • 58 mm diameter housing
  • Bores sizes up to 0.375″ or 15 mm
  • Shaft diameters up to 0.375” or 10 mm
  • Durable magnetic technology
  • Proven turns counting technology with no gears or batteries
  • Operating temperature range of -40° C to 85° C
  • Sealing rating of IP65 (on A58SE, 10 mm shaft comes with IP67 sealing)
  • Continuous digital position monitoring
  • Ability to retain absolute position after a power outage
  • Meet CE/EMC Standards for Immunity and Emissions
Benefits:
  • Easily designed into a wide variety of applications.
  • Plug directly into a network with minimal setup which allows for fast deployment.
  • Works in various configurations, including daisy-chaining, and redundant-ring configurations.
  • Retains absolute position information even after a power loss, facilitating speedy system recovery at start-up without the need for system re-homing.
  • Facilitates data exchange among connected devices, allowing companies to transition to a networked system and facility.
  • Works with CANOpen over EtherCAT, so for users with CANOpen Technology, implementation is straight forward.
  • Ready for industry 4.0 and for the IIoT, data exchange between the encoder and other applications has no influence on the control loop.
  • Thus it is non-reactive and can work independently from the PLC or master, transferring data through network gateways to other automation networks and sites, and up to the cloud for analysis.
Applications:
  • Robotics
  • Telescopes
  • Antennas
  • Medical scanners
  • Wind turbines
  • Elevators
  • Lifts
  • Motors
  • Automatic guided vehicles
  • Rotary, X/Y positioning tables
Product Models:

Model A58HE

The Model A58HE is an EtherCAT-ready, 58mm multi-turn absolute encoder in a hollow bore construction.

Model A58SE

The Model A58SE is an EtherCAT-ready, 58mm multi-turn absolute shaft encoder available with either a clamping flange or synchro flange.

Request More Info/Request a Quote

Request a quote for the new A58 series of EtherCAT-ready absolute encoders by logging into the online customer portal and submitting a quote or order request, or by emailing us at sales@komautomation.com.

New Heavy Duty Hollow Bore Absolute Encoder

Encoder Products Company has released a new heavy duty hollow bore absolute encoder, designed for harsh factory and plant floor environments.  Sarah Walter, an electrical engineer and Sales Engineer for Encoder Products Company, explains that “In any type of machinery that has a time-consuming positioning routine – an example would be a satellite dish – an absolute encoder is ideal.”  She goes on to explain that with an absolute encoder, the controller has precise motion feedback about the position of the equipment.  There is no need to re-home during every start-up, which consumes valuable uptime.  With absolute positioning, the controller knows exactly where the machine is at all times.

Key Features & Benefits

  • Heavy duty, flexible absolute encoder
  • Available in both single and multi-turn resolution
  • Good for applications where an encoder needs to retain position information after power-off scenarios
  • Wide variety of configuration options
  • Hollow bore design and rugged housing
  • Can easily be designed into a variety of applications

Specifications

  • Multi-turn resolution up to 39 bits
  • Up to 14 bits of single-turn resolution
  • SSI and CANopen communications
  • 58 mm diameter housing
  • Bores sizes up to 3/8″ or 14 mm
  • Two flexible mounting options
  • Proven turns counting technology with no gears or batteries
  • Durable magnetic technology
  • Operating temperature range of -40°C to 85°C
  • Sealing rating of IP65 on the shaft, with the balance of the unit rated to IP67
  • Continuous digital position monitoring
  • Ability to retain absolute position after a power outage

Applications for Heavy Duty Hollow Bore Absolute Encoders

  • Aerospace
  • Material handling
  • Mobile equipment
  • Packaging
  • Converting
  • Metal forming & fabrication
  • Printing
  • Motor feedback
  • Cut-to-length
  • Filling
  • Conveying
  • Ball Screw Positioning
  • X-Y Positioning

Configurations Available

Flex Mount (SR) –  63 mm 2-point flex mount

Flex Arm (SQ) – 108 mm flex arm

Order Now or Request a Quote

You can order or request a quote for the new heavy duty hollow bore absolute encoder by logging into the online customer portal and submitting an order request, or by emailing us at sales@komautomation.com.

The Most Versatile Size 25 Shaft Encoder You’ll Find From Encoder Products Company

The NEW Model 25SP Accu-CoderPro is the Size 25 incremental shaft encoder that goes anywhere.

The Model 25SP comes standard with:25SP-banner_750x600

  • An industrial housing
  • Dual bearings rated 80lbs axial or radial, so it can handle heavy-duty applications
  • Up to IP67 sealing, to keep it working in challenging environments
  • Same day shipping on select configurations
  • Programmable configuration

Programmable CPR, Output Type, & Waveform

With the easy to use, point-and-click interface, programming is quick and straight-forward. The number of possible configurations makes this Size 25 programmable shaft encoder incredibly versatile:

  • CPR – any resolution from 1 to 65,536. That’s 262,144 counts using 4x quadrature counting
  • Waveform – choose from 32 options
  • Output type – 6 different output types
  • The versatile Model 25SP is one encoder that can replace many different part numbers, saving you money on inventory and down-time replacement.

“What really sets the Model 25SP apart is the number of configuration options. With so many different connectors, waveforms, outputs, and CPRs to choose from, it’s the most versatile programmable Size 25 shaft encoder you’ll find,” explains Steve Dilts, Business Development Manager.

Applications

The Model 25SP is the versatile, cost-effective solution for rotary feedback in many industrial and non-industrial applications, such as: conveyors, elevator controls, machine control, food processing, process control, robotics, material handling, textile machines, and many other motion control feedback applications. Anywhere a standard Size 25 shaft encoder fits, the Model 25SP will get the job done.

Turck Offers a New Minifast HD Offering with ATEX Approval

The new Turck Minifast HD cordset offering is the first of its kind to offer an ATEX approved connector in a complete cable assembled package.  This new offering is a more robust solution that what is currently available on the market. With its ATEX approved design, it carries hazardous location approvals, making it suitable for use in an environment with an explosive atmosphere.

ATEX Approved Design

  • Product conforms to the Minifast connector interface
  • Full stainless steel potted body
  • Stainless steel coupling nut
  • TPV (thermoplastic vulcanized) contact holder material
  • TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) cable grommet

ATEX Minifast HD Offering

  • Male and female cordsets and receptacles
  • 2-19 pin available
  • Straight only
  • Unshielded
  • 4 port and 8 port junction boxes

ATEX 4 Port and 8 Port Junction Boxes

  • Powder-coated aluminum or SST
  • Passive only
  • Highly configurable – all ports may be any mixture of:
    • minifast male or female
    • 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6- conductor A-size minifast
    • 7-, or 8-conductor B-size minifast, or blank
  • Home-run connector may be:
    • A-, B- or C-size minifast

ATEX Cables for Minifast HD

  • Standard cables to start with will be extremelife-60 cables
    • Good for rugged and extreme temperature environments
    • Resistant to oils, sunlight, and abrasion
    • Flexible and easy to work with at very cold temperatures
    • FT4 and IEC 60332-3-22 flame compliance

Applications

  • Gas turbines
  • Skids
  • Compressors
  • Shipboards
  • System Builders

For more information about Turck’s new ATEX approved Minifast HD offering, contact your KOM Sales Representative, sales@komautomation.com, or call 877-566-5262.  Fore more details, you may download the complete Turck release or download the Turck catalog pages.

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Banner Releases DF-G3 Analog Output Long-Range Fiber Amplifier

The new DF-G3 Analog Output Long-Range Fiber Amplifiers, released by Banner Engineering, offer a world-class long range sensing capability.  When comparing the maximum sensing range, the DF-G3 diffuse sensing range is 4 times longer than the DF-G1 and 2 times longer than the DF-G2.  The higher power enables longer detection for all applications and reliably detects smaller targets and features when it is used with small core fiber assemblies.  The extra power also provides increased detection reliability for dark targets.

Key Features

  • World-class long-range sensing capability
  • With opposed mode fibers it is more than 3 m (10 ft)
  • With diffuse mode fibers it is more than 1 m (3 ft)
  • Single and independent dual output types allowing for detection of one or two events with one sensor
  • Combination analog and discrete output
  • Analog signal of signal intensity for control
  • High-speed switching output for counting
  • Avoids cross-talk for up to 7 amplifiers in dense sensing point applications
  • Energy efficient light resistance enables stable detection in industrial lighting environments
  • Precise positioning of small components is attainable using the high power amplifier with small core fibers
  • Easy-to-use user interface makes it simple to set up and program the sensor using the displays, switches/buttons, or the remote input teach wire
  • The operator has control of the sensitivity thus allowing for additional detection sensitivity or a stabilized output

Applications

  • Analog Output:
    • Contrast matching
    • Intensity monitoring
    • Web guiding applications
    • Process monitoring of signal intensity
    • Dense sensing point environments
  • Discrete Output:
    • High speed part detection and counting
    • Precise positioning of small parts
    • Reliable detection of dark or clear targets
    • Detection of two events with one amplifier
    • Part in place and error proofing applications

Additional Product Information

For more details regarding the DF-G3 long range expert dual display fiber amplifier, please download the DF-G3 Analog Quick Start Guide.  Not sure if the DF-G3 fiber amplifier is the right product for your needs?  Check out the Fiber Optic Amplifier Selection Guide on Banner Engineering’s website to see what products fit your requirements.

Request a Quote or Order Now

To request a quote or order now, contact your Sales Representative, email sales@komautomation.com, or call 877-266-8765.

Banner Engineering’s Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Offers New Functionality

The newest models of the Q4X are now available with higher resolutions, and they can solve new applications!

Since the release of the Q4X versatile, rugged laser distance sensor, Banner Engineering has added new models offering new functionality and features.   The first addition was the Q4X analog laser measurement sensor that provides continuous measurement of challenging targets from dark to reflective out to 300 mm.  Banner also introduced new problem solving firmware, dual mode, that comes standard on their Q4X sensors.  Dual mode, dual intensity plus distance window, is an innovative teach mode that allows the Q4X to solve new applications including clear objects detection and error proofing applications.  Banner Engineering’s latest release includes higher resolution Q4X models that are optimized for higher performance over a shorter measuring range.  Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Q4X Analog Laser Measurement Sensor

  • Reliably detects sub-millimeter distance changesB_4183776
  • Continuous measurement of challenging targets from dark to reflective, out to 300 mm
  • Angled four-digit display offers clear analog (V or mA) or distance (mm) readouts
  • Solves measurement applications with difficult targets including black foam on black plastic, black rubber in front of metal, multi color packaging and metal or plastics of any color
  • Applications include fill level indication, part positioning, roll diameter, loop control, thickness/height verification

Standard Dual Window Teach Mode

  • Dual mode, dual intensity + distance window
  • Now a standard mode on the Q4X sensor
  • Solves new applications including clear object detection or error proofing applications
    • Clear or transparent object detection including vials, films, and bottles
    • Error proofing applications where you want to detect not only that a part is present, but also that it is the correct color

High Resolution Discrete and Analog Models

  • New 100 mm models
  • Available with same bipolar discrete (NPN + PNP) and analog (0-10 V or 4-20 mA) output options as the 300 mm models
  • Offers twice the measurement precision
  • 25% smaller laser sport for detecting small features
  • Discrete models can detect objects as thin is 0.5 mm
  • Analog models can more precisely inspect part dimensions and positioning with resolution down to 0.15 mm

What types of applications is the Q4X used in?

  • Multi-colored reflective package detection
  • Detecting black foam on black plastic
  • Shiny package detection
  • Part orientation
  • Part presence/absence
  • Fill level detection
  • Roll diameter
  • Thickness/height verification
  • Clear/transparent object detection
  • Error proofing part in place applications

Do you have a challenging application?  Give us a call, we’ll bring out a demo and work through it!

Contact us at sales@komautomation.com or contact your KOM Sales Representative, and we’ll bring a demo to you to show you the new Q4X sensor in action and how it can help solve your application.

New Model from Banner – Q3X LD50 Laser Contrast Sensor with Background Suppression

The newest model of the Q3X is now available with fixed background suppression.

Banner Engineering has introduced its latest model in the Q3X family of laser contrast sensors, the Q3X LD50.  This new model can overcome the limitations of standard diffuse-mode sensors where objects in the background can affect the sensor.  It does this by distinguishing between low-contrast targets while ignoring targets of all colors and reflectivities outside of it’s 60 mm background suppression distance.

Ready for a demo?  We can bring the demo to you!

Contact us at sales@komautomation.com or contact your KOM Sales Representative, and we’ll bring a demo to you to show you the new contrast sensor in action.

Features & Benefits

This new model boasts all the same features as the original Q3X laser contrast sensor, PLUS it offers fixed background suppression capabilities.  Here’s a quick recap of the Q3X features:

  • Solves challenging part-detection applications with small contrast differences
  • Can detect small changes in contrast at 25 to 300 mm
  • High-speed part detection as fast as 250 microseconds, capturing up to 2,000 events per second
  • Angled three-digit display is easily viewed from multiple vantage points
  • Display provides clear user feedback for easy setup, and bright output indicator provides high visibility
    of sensor operation
  • Intuitive setup utilizing two tactile buttons
  • Rugged, nickel-plated zinc, laser-marked housing suitable for use even in environments where cutting fluids and oils might be present
  • Rated to IP67, IP68, and IP69K
  • Robust immunity to fluorescent light interference
  • NEW!  Short-range models available with background suppression capabilitiy

Applications:

  • High speed detection
  • Part-detection with small contrast changes
  • Any challenging application with small contrast changes

For more details about the original Q3X laser contrast sensor, check out our previous post.

Q3X Versatile, Rugged Laser Contrast Sensor

Robust, high speed performance sensor for part-detection applications with small contrast differences.

Banner Engineering has introduced a new versatile, rugged, laser contrast sensor, the Q3X. The Q3X expands the types of applications that Banner sensors can solve due to its rugged metal housing, a three-digit display for easy to read feedback and versatility in solving challenging part-detection applications with small contrast differences. The Q3X offers a fast 250 microsecond response speed, a reliable 300 mm detection range, bipolar PNP an NPN outputs, and superior ambient light immunity.

Ready for a demo?

Contact us at sales@komautomation.com or contact your KOM Sales Representative, and we’ll bring a demo to you to show you the new contrast sensor in action.

Key features:

  • Solves challenging part-detection applications with small contrast differences
  • Can detect small changes in contrast at 25 to 300 mm
  • High-speed part detection as fast as 250 microseconds, capturing up to 2,000 events per second
  • Angled three-digit display is easily viewed from multiple vantage points
  • Display provides clear user feedback for easy setup, and bright output indicator provides high visibility
    of sensor operation
  • Intuitive setup utilizing two tactile buttons
  • Rugged, nickel-plated zinc, laser-marked housing suitable for use even in environments where cutting fluids and oils might be present
  • Rated to IP67, IP68, and IP69K
  • Robust immunity to fluorescent light interference

Applications:

  • Registration mark detection
  • Leading edge detection
  • High speed part detection
  • Small/thin features
  • Small contrast changes
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