Automation eNewsletter — October 2016 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 & Pneumatics Applications
- Automation Partner Solutions
- Training & Commercial Events
- Whitepapers & Design Tools
- Product Obsolescence
Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology
PowerFlex® 523 AC Drives are cost-effective and ideal for standalone machines. These drives provide an innovative, modular design that supports fast and easy installation and configuration. In addition, they offer USB programming, application-specific configuration, and flexible mounting options. PowerFlex 523 AC drives offer a power rating of 0.25…30 Hp with global voltage classes of 100…600V. Learn more about the wide range of motor control applications that this family of drives can support.
- Modular design with an innovative, removable control core
- Allows simultaneous installation and software configuration
Instead of waiting weeks to get industrial control products with custom requested options, our availability strategy allows our products to be
configured as close to you as possible. Working together, Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation can custom configure products such as enclosed starters, stack lights and Wiring assemblies. Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to optimize an existing design,
our team of engineers will work with you to deliver engineering excellence. We are able to offer more products, more options, faster.
Bulletin 507 and 513 NEMA Combination Starters with molded case circuit breakers now features a 65kA short circuit rating, making them ideal for hazardous locations and applications such as mining and petrochemical. These starters are designed to meet the challenges of critical environments with a copper-free cast aluminum alloy construction, gasketed inside covers, lockable operating handles and a host of other specific construction considerations.
Access more detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh environments when you use the IP67-rate Allen-Bradley® ArmorBock® IO-Link master. This expands the IO-Link portfolio with capabilities such as event and process timestamping for on-machine applications. This press release from August 2016 provides more insight to what this means for sensor data and decision-making for manufacturers.
Made by Anyone. Repaired by Us. Repair Services from Rockwell Automation cover major automation brands and products and provide your plant with a single source solution for all of your electrical, electronic, mechanical, and servo product repairs. We provide you comprehensive repair services for over 200,000 items, from 7,000+ manufacturers.
Section 2). Automation & Pneumatics Applications
Speed Controllers: Type AS***1FE and Type AS*000E can be used to release pressure that may be trapped downstream. Available with one-touch fittings and standard threaded style these speed controls are clearly identified by the eye catching red adjusting knob and integral release button.
- Body sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 + Port sizes: 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2
- Elbow or universal style
- Meter-in or meter-out control
- Tube sizes O.D. (mm): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
3-Port Pressure Relief Valve: Types VHS20/30/40/50 provide a convenient means of isolating supplied pressure in a pneumatic system and exhausting downstream pressure for maintenance purposes. The units can be locked in the exhaust position and can be an integral part of an energy isolation system. Air flow direction is easily identified by handle orientation and labeling. They can be used alone or can be conveniently connected to an FRL assembly using modular spacers.
Section 3). Automation Partner Solutions
Achieve marking times that surpass traditional stamping technologies with the MC2000 SuperFast Dot Peen Marking System . The SuperFast features Vibra Peen™ technology that pulses the pin 80 times per second, which allows you to trace a solid character and results in a high quality mark similar to an engraving. By combining Vibra Peen™ technology with the patented Y axis pivot system of the MC2000 SuperFast, manufacturers are able to achieve higher quality marks in half the time. MECCO is a Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner.
Most traditional filters work fine at 100% power load, but severely underperform at lower loads. Matrix AP is different, because almost no one runs at full load all the time. Its patented Adaptive Passive Technology virtually eliminates harmonic distortion by adapting to varying power loads. With Matrix AP Adaptive Passive Harmonic Filters – power quality, energy efficiency and reduced downtime are easy to achieve.
For high speed linear rail systems, the F01-37S F-Guide Series gives engineers flexibility and performance for their motion applications. They are compatible with moving stators from the P01-37S series family of linear motors, and are configurable with one or more motors per F-Guide. F-guides can be mounted together into a gantry design without any additional adapters and include high-flex trailing chains to organize cables. Check out: application and configuration pictures, an installation manual, and an area to download step files – All from LinMot.
Section 4). Training & Commercial Events
- Highlight: January 10th – 13th: ControlLogix Maintenance & Troubleshooting (in Albany, NY)
- Highlight: February 6th – 10th: Special OEM Event(in Rochester, NY) **Variety of topics
- Highlight: May 22nd – 26th: FactoryTalk View SE Programming (to be posted soon!)
These are all classroom courses offered in conjunction with Rockwell Automation. Additionally, we have another dozen courses schedule for mid-2017 that will be added in the coming weeks. Check back again soon!
Horizon Solutions is happy to announce that we have a FULL group travelling with us to the Automation Fair® Event in Atlanta for November 2016. Thank you to all those that will be attending with us. For anyone that might be interested, pencil in the dates for 2017 right now: the Automation Fair Event® will be held November 15-16, 2017 in Houston, Texas. We will have more details in early 2017 on our travel packages.
Join Horizon Solutions for the next installment of our ongoing EPC Webinar Series – Topic: Networked MCCs >> Advantages of a Networked Motor Control Center . This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
**EPC = Engineering and Consulting firms. Join us and learn all about best practices!
Section 5). Whitepapers & Design Tools
What factors go into selecting a Soft Starter or an AC Variable Frequency Drive for your application? Our domain experts have put pencil to paper to help you understand the similarities and differences to make the correct decision. Infographic: Soft Starter or AC Variable Frequency Drive?
- Application, Application, Application: What are the load torque requirements?
- Is speed control needed during the run mode?
- Is full speed reverse operation needed? and other questions
What factors go into selecting a Soft Starter or an AC Variable Frequency Drive for your application? Our domain experts have put pencil to paper to help you understand the similarities and differences to make the correct decision. Whitepaper: When to use a Soft Starter or an AC Variable Frequency Drive.
Safety In Focus: Machinery Directive and ISO 13849 in practice, is a 52page guidebook for customized safety solutions and safety components for pneumatic and electrical automation technology. It is published by SMC and many users have found it an invaluable resource for both design and troubleshooting of their systems.
Knowledgebase provides detailed answers to your questions. It is the best resource to find FAQs, product notices and more. If you have a question, others may have already asked that same question. Knowledgebase provides a variety of methods to get answers to your questions:
- Submit a Question [Online Form]: When you don’t need an answer right away
- Chat Online: Available 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F
- Forum: See what your peers are saying
Section 6).Product Obsolescence
Manufacturers and other industrial operations are increasingly facing a critical decision point when it comes to automation obsolescence. This helpful whitepaper provides a great start in HOW TO identify and reduce automation-obsolescence risk with migration planning. The hyperlink will take you to a five-page PDF. If you have further questions, reach out to one of our Automation Specialists for expert level collaboration on obsolescence and migration .