Panel Builder System Integrator

May 29, 2018

Today’s stringent food safety rules require production systems that are easily and thoroughly cleanable to a very high standard, yet extremely reliable. That’s the key deliverable of Festo’s MPA-C valve terminal, the centerpiece of its Clean Design series of products for hygienically critical food production systems that get frequent, rigorous cleaning, often with corrosive agents. With Its IP69K and CRC4 class rating – the highest corrosion resistance class for Festo products – the MPA-C doesn’t have to be housed in a control cabinet, instead it can be located near the food handling area of the machine. That flexibility gives machine and process designers additional latitude to save space, eliminating the need for a larger control panel required to protect the pneumatic valve terminal. Faster cycle times can also be realized because the compact MPA-C can be mounted close to the pneumatic actuators minimizing long tubing lengths which improves air flow performance.

From an operational standpoint, Festo’s MPA-C handles high pressure cleaning, cleaning foams or harsh operating conditions extremely well. Its ideal housing surface design ensures cleaning agents can run off, significantly reducing time and effort during wash downs. Troubleshooting is fast thanks to LEDs on the valves, and valves are easily replaceable, minimizing downtime.

The MPA-C’s manifolds are designed with large air flow channels ensuring outstanding pneumatic performance. The valve terminal boasts single, modular sub-bases for up to 32 valves or solenoid coils, NSF-H1 lubrication and FDA certified materials. It enables individualized configuration possibilities, with electrical interfaces on the front or back, with multi-pin, fieldbus or Ethernet via CTEU/CTEL with or without manual override, allowing for 1-32 pressure zones. And it is perfectly complemented by other Clean Design products such as NPCK/PFAN tubing/fitting combinations, NEBV electrical connecting cables and DSBF or stainless steel CRDSNU cylinders. New for 2018, the MPA-C line also offers enhanced safety for exhaust air build-up when the non-return valve option is employed in exhaust ducts 3 and 5.

 

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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.

 

 

 

anduit: Automating Safety Solutions Since 1955

 

PanduitPanduit is all about connectivity and has been a driving force behind this for over 60 years. Working within the manufacturing, education, healthcare, transportation, and energy sectors, to name but a few, Panduit is working to ensure each of the sectors has comprehensive, stable infrastructure solutions. The solutions offered by Panduit provide physical, electrical and network infrastructure that are leading their clients into the future. Not only are they providing system solutions but have a strong focus on developing connected safety options designed to protect equipment and workers.

 

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Hannover Messe 2018

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Peña Nieto set the tone on day one of the HANNOVER MESSE/CeMAT double-header. Asked to shake hands with a robot, they both went for the more casual fist bump – a symbol for the relaxed, natural interaction of humans with digitization, robots and machine learning.

"Technology is not about competing with us humans; it's about assisting us. That is the core message conveyed by this trade fair, which has again underscored Hannover's reputation as a global hotspot for the digital transformation of industry," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe, at the close of HANNOVER MESSE and CeMAT. 

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