More efficiency and flexibility IO-Link sensor/actuator hub with expansion port

IO-Link actuator/sensor hubs from Balluff feature eight ports for 16 in-/outputs. They allow for example signals from up to 16 switching sensors to be collected from a distance of up to 20 m so that they can be made available to the machine controller via IO-Link and an IO-Link master using a simple 3-conductor cable. Brand new in the market are versions with an expansion port.



NORD Drivesystems

Smart drive resolves blockages on its own

Bargteheide – Intelligent drives from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS with an integrated PLC are fully equipped to execute control sequences in customer applications. Featuring numerous sensor interfaces and extensive diagnostic as well as process control functions, they can detect blockages and in many cases independently restore normal operation. This improves system availability and reduces servicing requirements. If the drive is able to remove an obstacle, such as a blockage in a pipe, by repeatedly changing the motor speed and direction, it will then resume normal operation. If the problem persists, the inverter can submit an error signal to the control level and possibly initiate a fallback procedure, for instance by having other networked drive units unlock a bypass. Any such measures can be programmed individually specific to an application. This gives users independently operating, intelligent plant segments and machinery such as sorters, portioning and packaging systems, single pumps or groups of pumps, crushers, or screw conveyors. At the same time, optimum integration into automation networks is ensured. The inverter PLC can pre-process drive and application data for a higher-level controller for various uses including diagnostics. NORD provides low-maintenance, versatile distributed drive electronics with exceptionally good electromagnetic compatibility for synchronous and induction motors up to 22 kW.


Available now: Eplan Smart Wiring “That’s certainly easy”

Introduced at the Hannover Messe – and now available: Eplan Smart Wiring software opens up new potential for wiring switchgear systems. This system is easy to use since the technical switchgear knowledge is anchored within the system. It also enables better weathering of personnel shortages. Solutions provider Eplan is forging new technical pathways with this software, which can also be used on mobile devices: the system is being made available free of charge for up to four months.


New international tramway link will join France and Germany

Historically linked to the construction of the Strasbourg tramway, Vossloh has provided a whole range of track and signalling equipment for the extension of line D towards the German city of Kehl.


Ovako brings ‘real competitive edge’ to Ankiros 2016 with its next generation steels

Ovako will be among exhibitors at Ankiros 2016 in Istanbul, the 13th international iron-steel and foundry technology, machinery and products trade fair, to discuss the advantages that its ‘next’ generation high performance engineering materials can bring to Turkey’s thriving steel industry.

3M Gas & Flame Detection

Tyco Gas & Flame launches innovative new GS700 gas detector providing natural gas discrimination

Tyco Gas & Flame Detection - one of the largest global manufacturers of gas and flame detection products - has launched its new portable gas detection device. The Gasurveyor 700 (GS700) is a high-performance IR detector with a user-friendly interface that is suitable for all gas utility applications.



A bespoke turntable crane system installed at the Hereford, UK foundry of world leading superalloy manufacturer, Special Metals Wiggin Ltd (SMWL), features a pair of EUROBLOC VT3 series electric wire rope hoist manufactured by VERLINDE. Sitting either side of the crab unit, the hoists support loads up to a combined total of 16 tonnes. The bespoke crane system was designed and implemented by Pelloby, which has been working as a UK distributor of VERLINDE products for several decades.

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