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PLC

April 9, 2018

Machine designers can use a new micro programmable logic controller (PLC) to help optimize the control architecture in large standalone machines or systems. The new Allen-Bradley Micro870 PLC can support smart micro applications that require up to 304 I/O points, 280 KB of memory and 20,000 program instructions.

“Designers today use several PLC sizes for their automation projects” said Yeow Keng Teh, product manager, micro controllers, Rockwell Automation. “This approach requires inventory management of the different PLC sizes and maintenance of different programs. Now designers can use the Micro870 PLC to scale their controller to their application needs. This helps simplify inventory management, especially for those designing multiple machine types.”

 The Micro870 PLC uses a flexible design concept that provides designers up to three plug-ins and eight expansion I/O modules. This capability allows them to easily customize or expand the controller to meet each machine type’s unique requirements.

The controller’s 280 KB memory capacity supports modular programming and the use of user-defined function blocks to help reduce design time. Additionally, machine builders can use this memory capacity to maintain a single program for all machine models that use the Micro870 PLC.

 The controller communicates via EtherNet/IP and includes multiple embedded communications options, including a USB programming port, a non-isolated serial port and an Ethernet port. It can also support up to two axes of motion.

The new Connected Components Workbench software version 11 provides a single design environment for programming the Micro870 PLC. The software can also be used to configure Allen-Bradley PanelView 800 graphic terminals, PowerFlex AC drives, Kinetix component servo drives, electronic overload relays, light curtains and configurable safety relays. This feature can save engineers time and costs compared with using another programming tool for each device in a system.

A new conversion tool in version 11 makes it easier for MicroLogix customers to upgrade to the Micro800 controller family. In addition, version 11 allows Encompass members of the PartnerNetwork program to help ease configuration of complementary third-party products via graphical configuration profiles. These profiles support the Micro800 plug-ins as well as expansion I/O to help make the configuration process faster and more accurate.

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6 FAQs about HARTING Connectors on UL 508A Panels

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Using connectors on UL 508A cabinets used to be a huge hassle for the panel-builder. As a result, they often chose the older hardwiring solution in the past. Now, HARTING, in partnership with UL, has made it possible to easily connectorize UL 508A panels with existing HARTING products. Get the asnwers for the six FAQs HERE.

 

 

 

Manufacturers Automation Inc.

Smart factory initiatives are growing rapidly. This results in more connected devices, more complex control networks and more time spent configuring and managing equipment. Additionally, as these control systems are connected to enterprise systems and even the internet, the threat of cybersecurity attacks become a concern.  In this webinar, we will discuss these and other challenges and introduce some best practices to overcome these challenges.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time: 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m (PDT)

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PILZ

The accreditation of the British named or notified bodies (Notified Bodies) and the validity of the British EC/EU type examination certificates have not been finally clarified at the point where the EC membership ends.

So far, the end of the transition period by 30. March 2019 is planned. However, it is likely that this period is prolonged until 31. December 2020, until a contractual agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom exists.

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For the third year in a row, Manufacturers Automation Inc. has been awarded the “Outstanding Distributor Achievement Award for 2018.”
Presenting the award to Brent Raynor (right), Sales Manager at Manufacturers Automation Inc., is Wes Otten, Area Sales Manager for Carlo Gavazzi (Cdn), pictured on the left.
Manufacturers Automation Inc. is an electronic and electrical distributor covering the North American industrial marketplace for the past 36 years. The firm slogan’s is “Can We Help You.”

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