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Electrical Equipment & Systems, Sensors, Monitors & Transducers

Float Level Switches offer several material/mounting choices.

January 28, 2014

Leveraging internal permanent magnets that actuate hermetically sealed reed switch as float rises and lowers, ProSense float level switches offer general-purpose solution for single-point monitoring of liquid levels in diverse applications. Reed switches carry electrical ratings for AC and DC voltage for adaptability to various control interface applications. While supplied configured for NC operation, these shock- and vibration-resistant switches can be converted to NO operation in field.
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Mechanical Power Transmission

Stepper Gearboxes feature nominal speed of 3,500 rpm.

December 17, 2013

Available in NEMA 17, 23, and 34 sizes with gear ratios of 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100:1, SureGear™ PGCN Series features max input speed of 6,000 rpm, low backlash of 30 arc-min or less, and 20,000 hr service life. Maintenance-free planetary gearboxes require no additional lubrication for life. Units are suited for material handling, pick and place, automation, packaging, and other motion control applications requiring NEMA-size input/output interface. Read More

Test & Measuring Instruments, Controls & Controllers, Electronic Components & Devices

PLCs support discrete and analog I/O modules.

November 8, 2013

Using Terminator field I/O hardware, Do-more T1H Series supports up to 256 I/O points in 3 stackable rows. I/O Configuration window performs full auto-discovery of all I/O modules in local drop, simplifying system configuration. For larger applications, Ethernet-based remote I/O can be connected for hundreds of additional points. With built-in simulator, Do-more Designer software creates virtual PLC so logic can be tested without PLC present. Read More

Sensors, Monitors & Transducers

Photoelectric Sensor comes in 2 styles with multiple options.

October 11, 2013

Offered in diffuse with background suppression and polarized retro-reflective models, FW series includes DC models with round, all-metal housings featuring 30 mm mounting bases with M12 quick-disconnect. Diffuse models are available with NPN or PNP light-on outputs and fixed sensing distances up to 600 mm or adjustable sensing distances from 50–800 mm. Polarized models are available with PNP or NPN light-on or dark-on outputs and offer fixed sensing distance of 0.1–15 m. Read More

Test & Measuring Instruments, Electronic Components & Devices

Signal Conditioners include potentiometer and bipolar models.

October 10, 2013

Converting resistive signals from 10 KΩ potentiometer to 4–20 mA signal, Model FC-P3 is field-configurable for 3-wire potentiometer/slidewire inputs and can be scaled down to minimum 10% of potentiometer being used. Switch selectable analog output options range from 0–20 mA to 0–10 V. Additional FC versions include bipolar input-to-unipolar output and unipolar input-to-bipolar output models. All include 35 mm DIN rail-mounting adapter, LED indication, and removable screw terminal blocks. Read More

Material Handling & Storage

Pneumatic Air Cylinders withstand abusive conditions.

September 24, 2013

Interchangeable with other brands, NITRA® D-Series has 250 psi operating pressure and is available with adjustable cushions to provide end-of-stroke deceleration at both ends. Double-acting units are constructed with aluminum components and magnetic piston fitted with PTFE wear band. Available in bore sizes from 1 ½–4 in. with stroke lengths from 1–24 in., cylinders can be used along with solid state or reed switches for rod position sensing. Read More

Thermal & Heating Equipment

Air-to-Air Heat Exchangers keep enclosures cool.

September 23, 2013

Available in 120 Vac and 24 Vdc models, Stratus™ series employs heat pipe principle to exchange heat from electrical enclosure to outside. Each heat pipe has evaporator section and condenser section separated by permanent baffle to provide closed loop. Coil systems use aluminum end plates and baffles, promoting conduction while also reducing corrosion. Available for use with NEMA 4 and 4X enclosures, models come in 3 frame sizes with up to 72 W capacity and have 2 circulating fans. Read More

Sensors, Monitors & Transducers

Ultrasonic Liquid Level Sensors operate in dirty tanks.

September 23, 2013

Flowline® EchoTouch™ LU20 liquid level transmitter, EchoSpan® LU series ultrasonic liquid level transmitters, and EchoSwitch® LU series ultrasonic liquid level sensors are compatible with PodView digital level indicator, which displays engineering units for level/volume. Constructed with PVDF transducers and NEMA 4X polycarbonate enclosures, sensors offer such single- and multi-function capabilities as continuous level measurement, switching, and control. Read More

Electrical Equipment & Systems, Sensors, Monitors & Transducers

Mechanical Pressure Switches range from vacuum to 7,500 psig.

July 3, 2013

Designed to resist shock and vibration, ProSense MPS25 Series features all welded 316 stainless steel sealed diaphragm actuator for up to 100 psi, or direct-acting 316 stainless steel piston with Buna-N O-ring for 200–7,500 psi. All models include ¼ in. NPT process connection and snap-acting SPDT, 3 A, mechanically operated switch output. Switches are available with integral 6 ft cable with ½ in. NPT male conduit connector, or DIN 175301-803C L-connector. Read More

Fluid & Gas Flow Equipment

Pneumatic Tubing comes in UV-stabilized and PTFE variants.

July 3, 2013

Made from 100% virgin raw materials, NITRA tubing features Shore A 98 hardness. Ether-based tubing exhibits resistance to hydrolysis, oil, and cold. Suited for outdoor applications, NITRA UV stabilized polyurethane (PUR) tubing provides protection against UV rays of sun as well as those from lights used in curing processes. NITRA PTFE tubing, with Shore D 55 hardness, suits high-heat applications. Its mechanical properties are resistant to degradation under severe conditions. Read More

HVAC, Architectural and Civil Engineering Products

Filter Fans and Exhaust Grilles optimize enclosure climate.

July 2, 2013

By channeling outside air into enclosure and expelling heated internal air, STEGO Filter Fans and Exhaust Grilles reduce interior temperature, preventing localized heat pockets and protecting electronic components from overheating. Filter fans are available in 120 Vac or 24 Vdc models and both indoor and outdoor versions ranging from 12–373 cfm. Exhaust grilles, featuring no-screw installation, are also available in indoor and outdoor models with lockable protective cover. Read More

Fluid & Gas Flow Equipment

Stainless Steel Pneumatic Fittings resist harsh chemicals.

June 10, 2013

Available in NPT and BSPT sizes, NITRA Push-to-Connect Pneumatic Male Fittings are constructed with 316 stainless steel bodies and 303 stainless steel gripping collets with internal Viton O-ring to resist washdown situations. Able to withstand pressures up to 290 psi and temperatures up to 390°F, fittings can be used with polyurethane, nylon, and PTFE tubing. Bodies of elbow and tee fittings with threaded connections can be rotated after installation to allow for variations in piping direction. Read More

Electrical Equipment & Systems

Liquid Flow Switches offer response time of 10 ms.

June 5, 2013

Available in 24 Vdc models, ProSense FSD Series offers sensing range of 0.26–26.4 gpm or 1.32–26.4 gpm and provides normally open DC PNP outputs. Desired setpoints can be chosen via rotating dial, which can then be locked with setting screw. Constructed of nickel-plated brass, valve bodies are fitted with 4-pin M12 quick disconnect and have LED output status indication. With IP65 and IP67 ratings, switches are suited for monitoring machine tool coolant flow and HVAC cooling water flow. Read More

Electronic Components & Devices

Terminal Blocks offer variety of accessories.

May 22, 2013

Rated up to 175 A, Konnect-It™ single-level terminal blocks accept wiring sizes from 26 AWG to 2/0 AWG and have 100 kA SCCR rating, while double-level models come in 20 and 30 A versions. Triple-level terminal blocks handle up to 24 A and accept wiring from 24 AWG to 12 AWG. Available with screw-down or snap-on clamping ground connections, grounding terminal blocks feature corrosion-free connection points. Miniature terminal blocks, offered in 20 and 30 A capacities, mount on 15 mm DIN rails. Read More

Vision Systems, Electrical Equipment & Systems, Display & Presentation Equipment

LED Message Displays withstand washdown conditions.

May 7, 2013

Featuring extruded aluminum housings with polycarbonate end caps and smoked polycarbonate lens cover, ViewMarq™ Displays help communicate information in industrial environments. Units can display preformatted messages or factory floor data, and can be controlled from PLC or any device that uses supported protocols. Available in 6 models with tri-color LEDs and viewing angle of 140°, displays support embedded string and numeric variables, as well as blinking text and scrolling messages. Read More

Electrical Equipment & Systems

Flexible Control Cables feature 3 to 41 unshielded conductors.

April 23, 2013

Available in sizes from 18–10 AWG, Flexible Multiconductor Control Cables are fitted with premium grade PVC outer jacket and are available in 100, 250, 500, and 1,000 ft reels. Individual stranded copper conductors feature black PVC/nylon insulation and are marked with identification numbers. Resistant to sunlight, oil, and moisture penetration, cables are suitable for wet and dry locations and for indoor and outdoor applications. Units are UL and CSA-approved as well as RoHS compliant. Read More

Mechanical Power Transmission

Precision Servo Gearboxes feature thread-in mounting style.

February 12, 2013

Offered in concentric shaft design with max 5 arc-min backlash rating, SureGear PGA Series is suitable for gantries, injection-molding machines, and conveyors. In-line planetary gear reducers are available in 4 gear ratios of 5, 10, 15, and 25:1. Mountable in any direction, maintenance-free units include helical-cut planetary gears for quiet operation and minimized vibration, and uncaged needle roller bearings that provide high rigidity and torque. Read More

Sensors, Monitors & Transducers

Temperature Transmitters support head- and DIN rail-mounting.

January 7, 2013

Available for thermocouple Types J, K, or T and 3-wire RTD type Pt100, ProSense non-programmable transmitters provide linearized 2-wire 4–20 mA current loop output. Programmable models, compatible with variety of thermocouple and RTD types, feature linear resistance of 10–400 Ω and 10–2,000 Ω. Head-mount models are powered by 8–35 Vdc, while DIN rail-mount models are powered by 12-35 Vdc. Both are reverse polarity protected and use XT-SOFT PC software for configuration. Read More

Electrical Equipment & Systems

Multi-Wire Connectors withstand industrial environments.

January 4, 2013

Available in additional frame sizes of 10A, 16A, and 32B with heavy-duty metal or thermoplastic housings, ZIPport™ Multi-Wire Connectors maintain electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture, and mechanical stress common in industrial environments. Connector hoods are available with top entry and side entry Pg threaded cable passages. Connector accessories include IP66 and IP68 cable glands, Pg to NPT adapters, and blanking plugs. Read More

Controls & Controllers, Electrical Equipment & Systems

Hazardous Location Controls offer sealed or unsealed covers.

December 18, 2012

Suitable for facilities where flammable gases/vapors, combustible dusts, or ignitable fibers are present, KILLARK explosion-proof controls are available in single/double pushbutton, maintained pushbutton, keyed/non-keyed selector switch, single/double pilot light, and pilot light/pushbutton styles. Factory-sealed cover assemblies feature sealing plate between arcing device and junction box, while unsealed assemblies have cast copper-free aluminum alloy bodies and covers with open space between gangs. Read More

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