Your resource for news and knowledge in the world of Industrial Automation.

In this issue:

  1. Rockwell Automation Technology
  2. Automation & Pneumatics Applications
  3. Automation Partner Solutions
  4. Training & Commercial Events
  5. Whitepapers & Design Tools
  6. Product Obsolescence

Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology

Process control solutions should be scalable, flexible, and easy to integrate. Process control solutions help your organization increase productivity, lower costs, reduce energy consumption, and improve safety. What does your process control solution require?

  • Process Visibility
  • Recipe Management
  • Data Collection
  • Information Access
  • Modular Control
  • Asset Management
  • Regulatory Compliance

Learn how automating your processes do not have to be a one-size-fits-all solution to maintain essential operations – learn more.

Newsletter 837RTD Temperature SensorRockwell Automation® offers an impressive line of Allen-Bradley® condition sensing products to meet your application needs. Bulletin 837RTD Resistance Temperature Detectors are industrial assemblies engineered to measures the temperature in liquids, gases, and vapors. A variety of probe lengths and process connections are available for your applications, additionally, 837RTD sensors offer:

  • Remote measurement of high temperatures
  • Compact enclosure for space limited applications
  • An IP67 rated enclosure

Bulletin 837RTD products include a PT1000 sensing element which offers best-in-class measurement precision and temperature linearity. Each unit can be supplied with or without a temperature sensor and they have a wide temperature range, from -50°C to +200°C (-58…+392°F).

Newsletter 1606-XLB Basic Switched Mode Power SuppliesBulletin 1606-XLB Basic Switched Mode Power Supplies are available in 24V DC 5 A and 10 A sizes. These power supplies are cost-effective, provide efficiency up to 95.2%, and are rated for long service life. This product is designed for extended mean time between failure for longer service at a significant price advantage. Learn more here.

Newsletter CompactLogix 5380 ControllersCompactLogix 5380 Controllers are ideal for applications in the midrange space that require high-performance communications, I/O, and motion control for up to 20 axes. These devices include a dual configurable port that supports Dual IP address and offers controller functions optimized for maximum system performance.

5380 Controllers offers enhanced security features which include digitally-signed controller firmware, controller-based change detection, and logging and role-based access control to routines and Add-On Instructions. 

Newsletter Marking Systems ClearMultiprint ClearPlotHorizon Solutions can offer two marking solutions for your industrial equipment, wires, and terminal blocks. The ClearPlot™ marking system is robust and flexible enough to allow partial marking on cards or up to three cards at a time for low to medium volume users. The ClearMultiprint™ marking system is designed for many types of users that require high-speed printing, no drying time, and a compact footprint.

  1. Bulletin 1492 ClearPlot™ marking system is an X-Y plotter that provides a flexible marking tool for our terminal blocks in a compact design. The pen-based system provides a durable marking on a variety of materials.
  2. Bulletin 1492 ClearMultiprint™ marking system marks terminal block tags, heat shrink, self-laminating wire, and adhesive labels for use on terminal blocks, wires, cables, and other industrial components.

  Section 2). Automation and Pneumatics Applications

Newsletter SMC Series CQ2 Standard Pneumatic ActuatorsMany machine designers and machine builders have a need for increased performance from smaller, more energy efficient machines. SMC continues to invest in developing smaller, more compact, energy efficient components for factory automation applications. The CQ2 Series of standard pneumatic actuators was recently redesigned and improved and provides the flexibility you require to succeed:

  • Over forty (40) standard options
  • Six (6) mounting types
  • Excellent auto switch mounting positionability
  • Overall reduction of cylinder weight of between 5 -13%
  • Available in 15 bore sizes from 12mm – 200mm (depending on your selected model)

Reduce size and improve your machines’ performance with the most flexible compact cylinder range from SMC.

Newsletter SMC Ionizers Control Static ElectricityAccumulated static electricity causes problems in the manufacturing environment. Plastic wrap, foam packing, or labels cling and attract dust and dirt, causing misapplication or contamination. Excess static charge damages sensitive electronic components. Learn more about how products like bar ionizers, nozzle ionizers, fan Ionizers, desktop duster boxes and static sensors can help you improve the quality of your product and the comfort and safety of personnel.


Section 3). Automation Partner Solutions

Newsletter Husky Matrix GuardHard guarding solutions can help improve machine safety. Matrix Guard is a specific line of OSHA and robotic-industry-safety-standard-compliant machine guarding fencing from Husky Rack & Wire. It is a flexible and modular system, and Horizon Solutions can quote piece by piece, or we can develop a custom layout and bill of materials for you.

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A quick overview of the Matrix Guard system:

  • Welded fasteners on wire mesh allow for easy assembly of wire grid to posts
  • Grid wire 2”x2” squares of 8 ga wire for safety compliance
  • Two to three bends in each mesh panel for extra strength
  • Fasteners require locking tool to meet safety standards

Further detail about MatrixGuard from Husky can be found here

Lapp VFD Cables

Latest cable innovation for Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) application

Lapp offers an extensive line of flexible cables for drives, motors, and assemblies including:

ÖLFLEX® VFD 2XL  Flexible VFD Cable; 600V / 1000V / 2000V; UL and c(UL) TC-ER Approval

ÖLFLEX® VFD 2XL Symmetrical  Symmetrical 2kV motor supply cable for large HP VFD drives

ÖLFLEX® SERVO 796CP  Flexible low capacitance, double-shielded, large gauge motor cable for servo and VFD applications

View our informative videos, illustrating the mechanical construction of variable frequency drive (VFD) cables as well as showing applications.

Newsletter EWON COSY

“Stop traveling to sites for support! Let’s stay Cosy!” The eWON Cosy is an industrial VPN router designed to offer easy remote access, across the Internet, to machines and installations on customer sites or in the field. With the eWON Cosy, OEMs and System Integrators can troubleshoot machines remotely without going on site, drastically reducing support costs.

The eWON Cosy 131 is available in three model types for:

  1. Ethernet
  2. Cellular
  3. WiFi

Horizon Solutions and eWOn can help guide you from remote access to a far greater connected industrial world.

Section 4). Training and Commercial Events

power flex drives hq eventLearn about power solutions that impact your business! In 2017, Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation will be holding Drives Headquarters (“Drives HQ”) hands-on learning events in select locations. Each event is a full day session of automation education with your local specialists, including numerous opportunities for hands-on labs.

Drives HQ events will typically cover: configuring PowerFlex® drives, Connected Components Workbench software commissioning tool, programming PowerFlex® drives using RS Studio 5000® software, and integrating PowerFlex® drives into Integrated Architecture®. Stay tuned here for all of our workshop event opportunities.

Rockwell Automation Training Services is dedicated to closing the skill and knowledge gaps of today’s workforce by offering a comprehensive portfolio of training products and services. Horizon Solutions is proud to partner with Rockwell Automation Training Services to bring you a world-class training offering, including dozens of classroom training course events throughout 2017. These events are close by and convenient. Browse our schedule and learn more about the classes that might be a good fit for you and for your team. 

Minimize Downtime Risks with Support ServicesMark your calendars for an upcoming Support Services Education & Awareness Event: Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am. Join Horizon Solutions and Rockwell Automation for an event focused on professional field engineering services. Our team will showcase how we can help you with your industrial automation equipment upgrades, safety, and networking.

This event will be held in Rochester, NY and will consist of six (6) sessions, each approximately 20 minutes in length. Presenters will share success stories, educate you how to mitigate your risk and give an overview of how a professional field service engineer can help keep your plant up and running. You can RSVP for this event here

Section 5). Whitepapers and Design Tools

Newsletter FactoryTalk Batch press releaseFactoryTalk® Batch provides efficient, consistent predictable batch processing and supports the reuse of code, recipes, phases, and logic. FactoryTalk Batch combines the ISA S88 standard with proven technology that provides the flexibility you need to supply your product to market faster. With FactoryTalk Batch, you can improve quality and increase production in many industries such as chemical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, heavy industry, and pulp and paper.

This press release, from November 2016, details how the latest release of FactoryTalk Batch Software improves batch responsiveness, scalability, and productivity, and supports mobile devices. 

Horizon Solutions is a Eaton Bussmann DistributorThe National Electrical Code (NEC®) requires proper equipment and machinery short-circuit protection and is critical for worker safety. Proper planning in the design phase can avoid jobsite corrections, and often can result in a minimal-to-no impact on design, layout and material costs. A packaging equipment OEM had a project that needed a 65,000A Short-Circuit Current Rating (SCCR). Working with Eaton’s Bussmann division, an SCCR analysis of their design was performed that identified several “weak link” components that limited the panel’s SCCR to just 5,000A.

This case study breaks down the SCCR analysis made for this project, highlight how the solutions were determined, and use what the OEM learned to demonstrate how proper planning can help achieve SCCR compliance with the NEC. Please complete the registration page to download this free white paper now. 

Newsletter IIOT white paper case studyGet insight into how the digital transformation that is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), also known as smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0, truly affects how you — and your competitors — are, or should be, operating. Learn why you should embrace the IIoT; what a Connected Enterprise is and how the IIoT supports it; how to plan for an information-enabled environment; advantages of remote monitoring, the cloud and design automation; and the 5 best ways to set up wireless in your plant. Also find out about the IO-Link interoperability standard’s role in the IIoT, and advantages that wireless technology can provide. Users will need to complete a registration page to download this free e-book.

Section 6).Product Obsolescence

equipment upgrades modernizationManufacturers 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.