Archive | June, 2014


3:44 pm
June 30, 2014
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New Line of Large, Energy-Efficient Motors for High-Torque Industrial Applications

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 10.27.50 AMBaldor Electric Co. has introduced a new line of energy-efficient, large AC – GPM Induction Motors. Used in high-torque industrial applications, including pumps, fans, conveyors and compressors, the product line is available in stock ratings 250 – 1000 HP, 2300/4000 Volt, totally enclosed (TEFC), fan-cooled, foot mounted designs.

Features and benefits of the stock-motor lineup include:

  • Cast iron frame, end shields and inner caps
  • Insulated opposite drive end bearing
  • Drive end slinger
  • 100 ohm platinum winding RTDs
  • Provisions for bearing RTDs
  • Space heaters
  • Suitability for use on VFD 2:1 CT, 10:1 VT

The GPM line of large AC motors can also be ordered as custom items, ranging from 250 – 1500 HP, 460, 575, 2300/400 Volt, TEFC, in foot-mounted designs.

According to Baldor, stock, as well as custom units in this product family, can be used on variable frequency drives.


3:06 pm
June 28, 2014
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Increased Flexibility in Power Transmission with High-Protection Cable & Hose Carriers

New_Cover_USAU.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission, LLC, has introduced TKA Series Cable & Hose Carriers, the newest product family from TSUBAKI KABELSCHLEPP.

According to the manufacturer, TKA Series Cable Carriers are especially tight, which allows them to better protect cables from dirt, chips and circulating spray water and prevent the ingress of coolants and lubricants. With their enclosed stroke system and pin-hole joint, even large amounts of atomized oil and flying particles no longer pose a problem during cleaning of the work area. This level of protection for the installed cables into the connection area has been tested and confirmed in line with IP54 protection ratings. U.S. Tsubaki says the new cable carrier is the only one in the world to comply with this high-protection rating.

All TKA carriers are also available in extreme-heat-resistant versions that incorporate special material to protect cables against damage, e.g. from chips with temperatures up to 850 C. The optimized geometric shape of the chain links and a triple encapsulated stroke system of this new series allow for extensive unsupported lengths that remain resistant to torsion. These components can be used standing or hanging, and the dividers can be placed in variable arrangements, offering users greater flexibility in their applications.

The U.S. Tsubaki TKA series is offered in multiple size ranges that are available for immediate shipment.



3:19 am
June 26, 2014
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Expanded Lineup of Concentric Reducers for Heavy-Industry Applications

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.00.13 PMBaldor Electric Company has introduced an expanded line of heavy-duty concentric reducers in a full range of nine sizes, from 9800 in-lb. to 575,000 in-lb., and ratios from 2.25 to 194.6:1. According to the Baldor-Dodge Gearing Group, its Dodge Maxum XTR family of reducers is suited to use in grain, bulk-materials, steel, paper, wastewater and other heavy-industry applications where reliability and uptime are crucial.

Combining high-power capacities and harsh-duty capabilities as standard in ductile iron housings, the products incorporate a tandem sealing system that features an HNBR oil seal and contact excluder seal with a purge-capable grease capacity.

Offered with standard 3-year warranties, Maxum XTR reducers in select ratios with scoop motor mounts are in stock at Baldor’s Crossville, TN, warehouse.





2:11 am
June 26, 2014
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Easily Configure, Monitor and Troubleshoot FOUNDATION Fieldbus Devices

Emerson Process Management has released Version 3 of the USB Fieldbus Interface, providing users with an easy way to configure, monitor and troubleshoot FOUNDATION fieldbus devices in the field or the instrument shop.

The USB Fieldbus Interface provides multiple options for commissioning and configuring FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The devices can be commissioned, decommissioned and assigned device tags using a simple solution. The interface’s Communication DTM enables configuration using third-party FDT Frame Applications and a library of Emerson Device DTMs. Device DTMs from other suppliers are available online.

If a more comprehensive asset-management capability is required, the interface connects seamlessly to AMS Suite. In addition to full configuration functionality, predictive diagnostics for fast decision-making and automated documentation that keeps an accurate audit trail of device activities are also available.

According to Emerson, the  USB Fieldbus Interface is designed to work under a variety of maintenance conditions. When used in the field, it can work on a powered segment without disrupting its operation. For use in situations where power is unavailable, such as on the bench or during startups, the interface can provide up to 85mA of power to the fieldbus segment.

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10:16 pm
June 24, 2014
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Save Time and Effort through Upgraded CMMS Accessibility and Functionality

Smartware Group, Inc., has announced  a major upgrade of its Bigfoot Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS). Among the new features and enhancements is a streamlined user interface that matches how individuals view, scan and interact with the software on any size of screen, including computers, smartphones, tablets and iPads. This interface also allows access to all functions by scrolling down a single page, thereby eliminating the need to jump from tab-to-tab for essential data.

The upgraded, feature-rich software is available in two editions: Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise and Bigfoot CMMS Enterprise+, which is designed for multi-site environments. Both editions reduce the number of keystrokes and clicks needed for a range of functions, including entering equipment data, creating work orders, generating preventive maintenance (PM) calendars and managing spare parts inventories. For example, the company says that with one click, users can access a PM calendar showing the entire estimated workload for the day, including PM tasks, non-PMs and work orders. And, only three clicks are needed to fill out a work order, mark its priority, issue a cause code and save it.Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 5.01.33 PM


8:58 pm
June 24, 2014
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Disney, Water Treatment and More at Siemens Automation Summit

Anton Huber Siemens 2014

By Gary Mintchell

Siemens US held its Automation Summit June 24-26 in Orlando. Anton Huber, Siemens AG CEO of the Industry Automation Division discussed the digital revolution and Industry 4.0. Amid the challenges of accelerating time to market, competitive pressure to continuously reduce costs, and attaining higher levels of quality the complexity of manufacturing increases. “Only through seamless support by software tools can the ever increasing complexity of industrial value add processes be managed safely and professionally,” he concluded.

During a pre-conference press event, Disney personnel discussed the company’s eight-year relationship with Siemens. Specifically, we were briefed on the controls and software used on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride. The system must keep track of vehicles and maintain separation. The PLC is at the heart of the system, then VFDs for vehicle management. Operator Interface incorporates WinCC. Each vehicle has a unique number, so the operator can see the location of each vehicle. Profinet is the communication backbone.

Next, we toured the Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation Program, City of Orlando. Siemens provides the controls and electrical for this wastewater treatment and water reclamation plant. The 15 process areas each have an S7-300 PLC with WinCC HMI and a Siemens variable frequency drive (VFD) and/or soft start motor control. The WinCC system is configured to also provide a view into the city’s other two plants. One reason for the selection of WinCC was its interface to SQL Server rather than using its own version of SQL. One byproduct of the automation project was reduction of operators per shift from 16 to 2. While that sounds negative on the surface, it alleviates the very difficult task of recruiting operators.

Another aspect of application connectivity with WinCC is the feature of right-clicking a component and going directly to a maintenance system—the ability to view or generate work orders or go to the CMMS system.. This is all based on everyone using standard Microsoft SQLServer.

Digital technology continues to provide a foundation for improved performance—whether industrial or entertainment.


7:49 pm
June 24, 2014
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Mobile Solution Allows Secure Operator Interfaces with Automation Systems from Anywhere

newsp_GROOV-AR1_and_iPhoneOpto 22 has introduced a new groov Box (GROOV-AR1) that hosts the company’s groov mobile operator interfaces for virtually any automation system. Users connect their automation system to groov, then connect authorized mobile devices to groov via either a Web browser or app interface. This allows each device to interact with the automation system in a secure, predefined manner.

This industrially hardened Web-serving appliance has an operating-temperature range of 0-70 C (32-158 F), compact footprint, complete solid-state fanless design with no moving parts, quad-core processing, gigabit Ethernet interfaces and USB expansion for wireless LAN interfaces. Measuring 4.2 (W) x 6.8 (L) x 1.4 (D) inches (106 x 171 x 33 mm), the unit’s size and rugged design make it well suited for harsh environments.

According to the company, the groov Box is manufactured in and supported from the U.S.A. Opto 22 product support is free.

What’s groov?
Opto 22’s groov technology is a zero-programming, Web-based way to build, deploy and view effective, scalable operator interfaces to monitor and control automation systems and associated components, equipment and processes. These operator interfaces can be viewed on almost any mobile device or computer, regardless of its manufacturer, operating system or screen size, and two-way communication allows remote control for authorized and authenticated users. Supported devices include smartphones, tablets, computers and smart high-definition televisions. The technology augments existing human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and SCADA systems by making important information available at any time and in any location.


4:17 pm
June 23, 2014
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Easy-to-Use Voltage/Continuity Testers Boost Troubleshooter Accuracy on Electrical Systems

Milwaukee tester2213-20_2Milwaukee Tool has expanded its Test & Measurement portfolio with two new Auto Voltage/Continuity Testers. Combining the simplicity of a traditional voltage/continuity tester with the digital read-out capabilities of higher-functionality meters, they let users accurately troubleshoot common electrical issues with ease in increasingly diverse electrical systems.

According to the manufacturer, while traditional testers only indicate broad voltage ranges that mask electrical issues like voltage drops, its new Auto Voltage/Continuity Testers deliver measurements down to the decimal, and display them on easy-to-read LCD screens. With their built-in intelligence, the devices automatically determine whether to test for voltage or continuity and also identify AC or DC Voltage, thus providing more information than a single test can supply.

Features include built-in LED work lights for low-lit areas and test-lead holders to store the probes when the job is done. Both units are compatible with common threaded carrying and mounting accessories like belt clips and magnets.

The new units will be available in August 2014.