Two new Limit Alarm Modules from FACTS Engineering accept analog input signals and provide relay alarm outputs. The alarm modules are field configurable for a variety of alarm and control applications. The FC-3RLY2 ($89.00) has two SPDT Form C relays, and the FC-3RLY4 ($95.00) provides four SPST Form A relays. Both are powered by 24VAC/VDC and accept 0-15VDC, 0-30VDC or 0-20mA analog inputs. Multiple A & B or A, B, C & D relay control modes are available for independent or simultaneous relay control, increasing or decreasing modes, and non-latching or latching modes. Trip/Release points are programmed via DIP switches and push button configuration. The units are 35mm DIN rail or side (panel) mounted and operating status is provided by an indicating LED. The modules are UL508 and CE approved and have a one-year warranty.
The EKI-6332GN is a feature rich wireless AP/Client which provides a reliable wireless connectivity for industrial environments. The PoE injector enhances flexibility in deployment of this AP/Client even where the DC power supply is hard to fulfill. As an 802.11n compliant device, EKI-6332GN provides 6 times higher data rates than legacy 802.11g devices. With the support of STP, WMM and IGMP snooping protocols, EKI-6332GN effectively improves the reliability of wireless connectivity, especially in applications that need high reliability and high throughput data transmission. To secure wireless connections, EKI-6332GN implements the latest encryption technologies including WPA2/WPA/802.1x for powerful security authentication.
As Solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources become more cost-effective to produce and demand for them grows, the biggest hurdle becomes storing that energy effectively.
Typically, storing renewable energy has relied on batteries, which are unfortunately quite costly, especially when compared to the power generation costs using fuels like coal or gas.
However, some solar facilities are harnessing new ways to store energy that may result in a boom for developers of renewable energy sources. With the global solar market expected to top 69GW in 2016, and wind projected at 2,000GW by 2030 and markets shifting away from reliance on carbon-emitting fuels, renewable energy sources may prove the key to future energy development if cost effective energy storage can be achieved.
SolarReserve in Nevada uses molten salt heated to high temperatures in the heating tower to create steam that can be used to power generators up to ten hours after the sun goes down. This plant is capable of powering 75,000 Nevada homes.
In California, LightSail Energy is experimenting with compressed air by turning on an air pump whenever excess energy is produced. When energy is low, the compressed air is released to drive a generator. Some of the heat is also captured to preserve the energy.
Another company uses excess energy to cool a tank of water into ice, which can then be used to cool nearby buildings during the hottest and most energy intensive part of the day.
Making it Affordable
Whatever form energy storage for renewable energy takes, it will have to compete with more conventional energy sources for cost and reliability. With shale gas and oil prices low, only efficient automation and controls can make any energy generation operations competitive with traditional carbon-emitting energy sources. While some of this could be offset with carbon or tax credits, the rest will have to be made up through innovation and clever solutions to the energy puzzle.
That’s where solutions like InduSoft Web Studio can fill the gaps. By automating the process of energy capture and storage with robust SCADA and HMI software capable of easy telemetry and remote monitoring, it’s possible to create cost-effective solutions to harnessing the true power of wind and solar energy.
Enabling Connectivity for the Industrial IoT
With over 25 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 40 million devices worldwide, which have delivered fast and reliable communication between people, systems, and processes to achieve all forms of automation and collaboration for increased productivity and faster response to market opportunities in industrial environments.
Reliable Networks, Sincere Service continues to be Moxa’s promise to drive the connectivity of the Industrial IoT into a safer and smarter future. Moxa stays ahead of the curve with innovative Ethernet-core technologies and solutions to help customers tap the potential of the Industrial IoT markets.
A Driving Force for Innovative Solutions
Moxa provides the most reliable networks to help our customers achieve success now and in the future. With a forecast of more than 50 billion devices connected by 2020, Moxa cultivates continuous network innovations to help our customers and partners connect industrial devices and build the leading edge in superior performance, easeof-use and robust security - prerequisites for Industrial IoT applications.
Smart Value for Your Applications
Through our fully converged communications solutions, Moxa helps customers enable remote control and monitoring networks suited for highly automated industrial operations and demanding public-safety applications.
The NEW HG2G Enhanced Communication HMI, a significant upgrade to their previous 5.7 inch model. The color version of the HG2G Enhanced Communication HMI has a resolution of 65,536 colors via its TFT LCD screen and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. The monochrome model has a resolution of 16 shades and a brightness of 1100 cd/m2. This level of resolution produces a much improved viewing experience, and the increased brightness allows screens to be easily seen even in direct sunlight. Viewing can be configured for either portrait or landscape.
With all the new and upgraded features, now the new 5.7” supports:
End users and OEMs often need an HMI that can communicate with a variety of different PLCs and controllers, and the HG2G Enhanced Communication HMI delivers this functionality by supporting up to four communication protocols simultaneously.
Remote Internet Access
With the New 5.7” touchscreen, you can remotely access, monitor and control your touchscreen through a web browser on a computer, PDA or Smartphone. It’s like you have the touchscreen in front of you, you can both monitor and control operation. No additional software tools or modules needed to use the Remote Monitor & Control function. Up to 5 clients can remotely monitor and control simultaneously.
USB Flash Drive (USB Port A)
USB flash drive enables easy, convenient data transfer. Inserting a USB flash drive into the touchscreen will automatically bring up the USB transfer menu. Both IDEC HMI and PLC programs can be uploaded/downloaded from/to the USB flash drive. Data Logging, Alarm Log, Recipe and Screen Capture data can be stored in the USB flash drive as well.
Backlight Life A common problem with HMIs in this class is limited backlight life, particularly since the backlight is typically not field-replaceable. The HG2G Enhanced Communication HMI LED backlight addresses this issue with a best-in-class life of 100,000 hours, which will provide many years of operation as the backlight can be automatically switched off when the HMI is not in use.
The New Upgrade 5.7” screen is an excellent environmental tolerance with a very wide range of operating temperature -20 degree C to +60 degree C. The New 5.7” HG2G HMIs have new approval ratings. With the addition of UL, Type 4X and Type 13 approvals (on the front panel), New HG2G models now provide customers with a degree of protection Type 4X, Type 13, UL 508, and Class 1 Div 2 hazardous location.
This makes HG2G HMIs suitable for applications in harsher environment conditions, especially where protection against corrosion is required such as in the following:
The New 5.7”can be mounted with the screen orientation set to portrait or landscape mode depending on space requirements. According to your specific application needs, this allows you the flexibility of mounting the touchscreen.
The possibilities are endless!
Designed with a 1- and 2-pole 3HP/277V AC rating in an economical and compact package, 30A RL power relays are the superior choice for HVAC panels, energy management and applications requiring higher voltage loads and inductive kickback.
Choose from panel or DIN rail mounting. Unlike the competition, when DIN rail mounted, RL relays don’t require a socket or adaptor. Quick Connect terminals allow faster installation on commercial applications, while screw terminations are ideal for industrial applications.
Connect Devices to Databases With 4G LTE
As a system integrator or OEM, it's important to start leveraging the Industrial IoT so you can deliver the greatest value to your customers. This means getting your customers’ devices connected to the cloud and to a database that can be read by advanced software platforms.
Moxa is now offering the 4G LTE Jump Start Kit to make this as easy and cost effective as possible. It includes an easily-programmed Modbus data logger with built-in 4G LTE communications, a Modbus gateway that connects to the most common types of PLCs and RTUs, and an I/O module to collect analog and digital sensor data. For a limited time, this kit is available for under $600 to qualified system integrators and OEMs.
4G LTE and Modbus in a Linux Box
The backbone of the 4G LTE Jump Start Kit is the UC-8112-LX, which is powered by a 1 GHz ARM7 processor running Debian Linux. With Moxa's new ThingsPro software installed, you can manage your 4G LTE connection using an easy, web-based GU, and the built-in data compression and data processing features alone can potentially save you thousands of dollars on ongoing data plan costs.
The ThingsPro package also includes a built-in Modbus data management platform, allowing the UC-8112-LX to act as a programmable Modbus datalogger. All of the Modbus data collected by the UC-8112-LX can be made available to your remote SCADA as needed, or processed and integrated into a database that will be utilized by a software application.
APIs for Maximum Flexibility, Minimum Effort
ThingsPro also provides RESTful APIs for users that want greater control over the communications interface and functions. The APIs provide easy access to the unit's Modbus and cellular functions so you don't need to spend additional development effort on cellular communication drivers or industrial protocol handlers. In addition, C/C++/Python APIs are provided for the Modbus data that is collected from connected devices. Everything works out of the box so you can devote your energy towards your data processing and application requirements.
Connects to Nearly Any Sensor or Device
With the included I/O module and Modbus gateway, you can collect data from nearly any sensor, PLC, or RTU. Data from these sensors and devices are collected, processed, formatted, and customized on the UC-8112 itself, and made available to any cloud-connected database or platform over the 4G LTE connection. The ioLogik E1242 supports 4 analog inputs, 4 digital inputs, and 4 digital input/outputs, and the MGate MB3180 supports Modbus RTU/ASCII communication over RS-232/422/485. Both are natively supported by ThingsPro, so data from any connected device or sensor can be collected via simple Modbus commands.
Working with an unsupported sensor or a different protocol such as EtherNet/IP? Not to worry. Moxa offers a wide range of I/O modules and protocol gateways that can be substituted or added depending on your situation. Contact us to find out what combination works best for your needs.
The 4G LTE Jump Start Kit is now available for a limited time to qualified system integrators and OEMs. It includes the following:
IDEC interface relays provide a compact solution for general purpose relay requirements. The RV8 series interface relays are ideal for PLC and other controller output, industrial automation, panel builders, assembly machine applications and other applications that require a high switching capability in a compact space. The RV8 relays can be used as a universal interfaces between the controller and the actuator to switch small and medium size loads.
Installation time is greatly reduced with pre-assembled relays and sockets – with either screw connections or spring clamp terminations. Replacement relays and sockets are also available. Optional accessories include jumpers, spacers and marking plates to facilitate wiring and quick identifications. The primary versions available are:
New modules and software features have been added to Productivity Series programmable controllers. Priced at $499.00, the Productivity3000 P3-550E high-performance CPU has the same features as the P3-550 CPU but without the USB B programming port and with a significant cost savings (programming is via Ethernet).
The P2-RS I/O Expansion Module ($225.00) adds remote I/O capabilities to the Productivity2000 programmable controller series. Using up to eight P2-RS expansion modules in remote I/O bases allows a Productivity2000 system to be expanded to over 4,000 I/O. Also added to the Productivity2000 series is the 8-channel P2-08NTC thermistor module priced at $265.00.
New Productivity Suite programming software features include importing of nicknames from DirectSOFT and CLICK PLC projects and Windows10 updates.
New FAL Series diffuse axial and right angle M18 standard (18mm diameter) tubular metal laser sensors are the ideal solution for tough industrial automation applications with reduced space requirements. The Class 1 or Class 2 laser source provides a visible red beam for easy alignment with excellent noise suppression and high immunity to external light. Four FAL Series models are available: Class 1 laser axial with detecting distance to 100mm; Class 1 laser right angle with detecting distance to 80 mm; Class 2 laser axial with detecting distance to 150mm; and Class 2 laser right angle with detecting distance to 130mm. Operating voltage is 10-30 VDC with light-on / dark-on complementary N.O. / N.C. outputs. NPN or PNP logic versions are available and sensitivity is potentiometer adjustable. FAL Series laser sensors are IP67 rated; prices start at $124.00.
Motor-ready actuator assemblies and an assortment of sliding components and accessories provide a wide variety of X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning system solutions. Twin round-shaft slide actuators (starting at $2,399.00) feature a continuously-supported round rail slide with ball screw actuation for robust precision linear motion. Compact slide actuators are self-contained and designed for light loads in harsh or wet conditions in a very small package. Starting at $1,129.00, compact slide actuators are available with travel distances to 36 inches and travel speeds up to 20 inches per second. LAVL series value linear slide actuators (starting at $789.00) are low-cost units available with travel distances ranging from 6 inches to 24 inches. Round-shaft sliding elements, starting at $269.00, can be combined with other elements to build a variety of machine mechanisms.
Thermal Edge has a brand new Thermal Management Guide for Meeting Control Panel Space Requirements and Avoiding OverheatingIn most manufacturing areas, space comes at a premium, which leads designers to fit control panels into ever tighter spaces while still having to comply with safety and regulatory requirements. As the enclosures surrounding control panels shrink and the amount of equipment that panels must include grows, temperature control becomes an increasingly important issue for engineers. Fortunately, feature rich and energy efficient cooling systems are available.
When cooling is a consideration at the beginning of control panel design, instead of as an afterthought, temperature control is a much easier feat. In this guide, you will learn:
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Are you interested in learning how to enable remote accessibility and predictive analytics to improve operational efficiency for your upstream oil operations? Thomas Nuth at Moxa is hosting an informational webinar on this and we have reserved a space for you to attend:
Achieving a Connected Oilfield
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
To sign up or learn more about this webinar, use the link below:
The AWK-3191 900 MHz wireless AP/bridge/client is Moxa’s answer to long distance wireless communication for industrial applications. By combining the characteristics of the 33-centimeter band and the proven 802.11 standards, Moxa is able to provide a reliable long distance wireless solution. Unlike traditional point-to-point 900 MHz radios, the AWK-3191 supports both master/slave and AP/client operation modes to enable both point-to-point and point-to-multi-point communication for higher flexibility and lower total cost of ownership.
Furthermore, the AWK-3191 is designed to be deployed easily, but in case of external interference, Moxa also provides the ability to allow engineers to adjust their 900 MHz central frequency and bandwidth (5/10 MHz and 20 MHz) to optimize their wireless performance.
The AWK-3191 is rated to operate at temperatures ranging from -25 to 60°C for standard models and -40 to 75°C for wide temperature models, and with an industrial-oriented design, it is compliant with various standards and approvals, making it rugged enough for any harsh industrial environment.
Specifications for Industrial-Grade Applications
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