Automation eNewsletter — April 2018 Edition
Welcome to Horizon Solutions Automation eNewsletter, your resource for news and knowledge in the world of Industrial Automation.
In this issue:
- Rockwell Automation Technology
- Automation Partner Solutions
- Training & Commercial Events
- Whitepapers, Resources, Design Tools, and More
Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology
Voltage sags and momentary outages account for a significant amount of manufacturing downtime and damaged equipment. How can you avoid downtime? How can you protect your sensitive electrical equipment? You can use some sort of power supply and/or surge protector. There are A LOT of options for that type of specification. DySC voltage sag protectors offer quite a few unique possibilities:
- They do not require batteries
- They have no moving parts
- They require minimal maintenance
- Ideal for sag ride-through protection up to five seconds
- Includes a single- and three-phase portfolio
- Protects against brief, complete voltage loss
When you protect against voltage sags and momentary outages with DySC, you are preventing downtime and you are defending your critical assets.
You need to reduce time to market and reduce costs to produce goods. You have invested in your automation assets to do so. Do you have a program to manage your automated control systems? Are your assets and programs archived? Is that archive secure? Are changes documented? If you are trying to answer some of these questions – we can help. This page can help get you started learning about FactoryTalk AssetCentre.
GuardLink™ technology is a safety-based communications protocol that links safety to The Connected Enterprise. Allen-Bradley® Guardmaster® smart safety devices that feature GuardLink technology deliver information, advanced functionality, and flexibility. This technology helps enhance safety and increase machine- and plant-wide efficiency.
Are you looking for a visualization management software that can increase your productivity, mobility, and security? ThinManager® is an easy-to-use, centralized and scalable content delivery and device management software. It lets you deliver assets, HMIs, and applications to the right user, at the right time, at the right location in your production environment. Want to see it in action?
Simply put: your factory runs on ThinManager
Section 2). Automation Partner Solutions
Are you looking for safe methods to verify the absence of voltage? Do you need to determine an electrically safe environment in a fraction of the time required by hand-held instruments? VeriSafe Absence of Voltage Tester uses active visual indicators that convey the status of voltage inside electrical equipment before it is accessed, reducing exposure to electrical hazards and protecting workers. VeriSafe — SAFETY AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON.
We are offering a 10% discount on any new VeriSafe order placed April 1 – 30, 2018
Ideal applications include:
- Equipment with a single source of incoming power
- High risk associated with access
- Frequently accessed equipment
- High incident energy
- Remote or difficult to access locations
- Outdoor, mezzanine, catwalk
- Sites with temporary or intermittent power
- Equipment with stored electrical energy
- VFDs, capacitors, etc.
- Equipment frequently serviced by third-party technicians or contractors
VeriSafe supports compliance when used as part of the lockout/tagout process described in NFPA 70E
Need to simplify your panel layout? Looking for better fuse holder options? The new Class J fuse block from Bussmann features power distribution capability. This patented design simplifies your panel layout, uses less panel space, and installs quicker and easier than other options.
- Combination power distribution block and fuse block reduces wire connections and total panel components, using 50% less panel space and reducing installation time and labor by 33%
- 200kA withstand rating helps achieve a higher assembly short-circuit current rating (SCCR) for compliance with NEC® sections 110.10, 409.110(4), 409.22, 440.4(B), 670.3(A)(4) and 670.5
- Optional see-through cover enhances safety with IP20 finger-safe protection, lockout/tagout capability and open circuit indication
Are you part of a Maintenance Department that is trying to pinpoint hot spots faster, safer, and more efficiently? The FLIR DM285 is a professional, all-in-one True RMS digital multimeter and thermal imager. Learn about how can start streamlining inspections today by connecting wirelessly to FLIR Tools or the new FLIR InSite workflow management app.
- Auto Power Off = Yes
- IR Resolution = 19,200 pixels (160 x 120)
- Laser Pointer = Yes
- Sensitivity ≤150 mK
- Size (L x W x H) 200 x 95 x 49 mm; Weight: 537 g
- 10 year warranty
Machine guarding systems create a safe work environment by protecting both your workers and your equipment. When you investigate “hard guarding” you may be looking at fences, panels, posts, and doors to create a safe perimeter around machinery. Versatile and affordable, Velox is designed to exceed regulatory safety standards and installs four times faster than other guarding systems. That’s the ultimate in protection.
The eWON Flexy 205 is an advanced internet data gateway that allows Machine Builders to monitor and collect vital KPIs for analysis and predictive maintenance. With data logging, alarming, built-in web interface, scripting and enhanced internet connectivity, the Flexy 205 is a modular Internet Gateway for your IoT deployment. It also supports VPN Remote Access for easy troubleshooting of your distant industrial equipment.
- Secure Remote Access
- Data Acquisition
- Data Logging and Retrieval
- Email & SMS Notifications
- Local Dashboard
Section 3). Training & Commercial Events
Join Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation at the Smart Manufacturing Exposition to learn how to modernize your production environment, increase access to critical information, and improve employee safety.
We are hosting six events across NY, MA, VT, ME and NH in May and June. Attend self-selected breakout sessions on smart manufacturing trends, business cases, and opportunities for implementing advanced manufacturing technologies in your operations. Visit exhibits showcasing the latest smart manufacturing technologies to learn about new products and how they may impact your business. There is no charge for this event — continental breakfast and lunch are included. Pre-registration is required and breakout session seating is limited.
You should attend if you work for a manufacturer and are responsible for:
- Managing production operations
- Modernizing automation systems
- Keeping old equipment running
- Increasing production efficiency
- Understanding SCCR and Arc Flash
- Keeping machinery safe
- Improving access to data
- Providing a safe and secure network
Pulp & Paper Symposium — this event will be held in conjunction with the Smart Manufacturing Exposition event in Lake George, NY on Wednesday, May 16th from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Join Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation and network with industry experts and local business leaders to learn about the impact of technological change and automation in the Pulp and Paper industry.
Learn about the value of the connected mill, machine upgrade projects (an interactive presentation), as well as a Q&A session with the pulp and paper panel. There is no charge for this event — breakfast and lunch are included. Pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Reserve your seat today.
We want to help you train your industrial workforce. A well-trained workforce will help you modernize your plant, minimize disruptions in production, and increase your manufacturing productivity. Horizon Solutions partners with Rockwell Automation to bring you local training that works. A quick selection of upcoming courses that are now available for registration:
CCV204-A in Rochester, NY is a 4-day (5/8 to 5/11) classroom style course all about visualization with PanelView Plus terminals. If you are using FactoryTalk View SE applications, this course is a perfect fit.
CCN144-A in Manchester, NH will help students learn more about programming, specifically for Kinetix 5700 CIP type servo drives. This 4-day course is scheduled for 5/8 to 5/11.
CCP152 in Albany, NY (Guilderland). 5/15 and 5/16. This 2-day course covers a lot of ground – Studio 5000 training, function block diagrams, and programming a Logix5000 controller
The right training makes all the difference! Horizon Solutions is here to help. Ask us about our upcoming Rockwell Certified courses.
Section 4). Whitepapers, Resources, Design Tools, and More
Arc flash and the related hazards have become a growing concern in the electrical industry. An arc flash event can be caused by contact with energized equipment and is particularly threatening within or adjacent to an enclosure. Are you up to speed on best practices for arc flash safety?
This 6-page white paper guide from Hoffman offers insight and solutions to mitigate arc flash incidents.
The 1756sc-IF8U Input Module provides universal analog (current, voltage, thermocouple, or RTD) capability on a single module.
- Maximize rack space without compromising price or performance by replacing dedicated analog input, thermocouple, and RTD modules with one universal module
- The module provides eight voltage, current, and thermocouple inputs, or four channels RTD/resistance inputs
- The 32 input types are individually programmable for each channel
- This module comes with TechConnect support from Rockwell Automation at no additional cost to you
Are you looking for technical savvy and some guidance when it comes to picking the right screw technology? Our team knows Motion, and our team can help with ball roller screws. If your industrial linear motion systems employ a screw mechanism to achieve a desired linear motion, this 24-page guide can help explain the terminology used and help with screw selection.
The team at Horizon Solutions likes to use the phrase: “Safety doesn’t have to come at the expense of productivity”. We believe that safety improves efficiency and ultimately saves you money. In this blog post, our team talks about how servo drives will BOTH keep your team safe AND improve your productivity. This post covers: safety and motion working together, the Kinetix 5700 family of servo drives, safe monitoring servos, machine safety, safe torque off, safe stop, encoders, safe drive instructions, and more.
Unplanned downtime is a major source of significant extra costs and inefficiencies in most organizations. Have you ever calculated the actual cost of downtime? One estimate places the cost of downtime at $260,000 per hour on average between 2014 and 2016. Stratus has developed an online Cost-of-Downtime Calculator. This tool helps professionals like you figure out the full financial impact of downtime on your organization.
Simply choose your industry and get your customized report.