Archive for December 2014

Output Signals for Critical Pressures

December 30, 2014

SMC Series ISE/ZSE30A

SMC Series ISE/ZSE30A

Digital pressure switches monitor positive and vacuum pressures, displaying instantaneous readings, as well as transmitting output signals when critical set points are detected. Switch outputs can trigger machine controls for continuing operation, emergency response, or maintenance. An amazing set of capabilities are packed into an inch-sized cube.

  • Vacuum, compound, and positive pressure ranges from -101kPa to 1.0MPa
  • 2 switch outputs, or 1 switch with an analog current or voltage output
  • IP40 enclosure offers protection in dusty environments
  • CE, UL/CSA, RoHS
  • Available M12 4-pin connector
  • Choose 1 of 7 display units for a variety of install locations
  • Optimize readability with display calibration, anti-chatter, and zero clear
  • Protect settings with key lock and password code security functions
  • Auto calculate ideal min/max switch values for vacuum pick and release

For more information or to order your SMC ISE/ZSE30A Digital Pressure Switch, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or email us at info@iidm.com.

How to make Multiple Fieldbus Networks Communicate

December 30, 2014

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Innovative-IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi, I’m Jeff Rogers with Innovative-IDM.  One of the biggest challenges facing today’s automation specialists is the way to make multiple fieldbuses communicate with upstream and downstream equipment.  It’s a very daunting task that could take a lot of programming knowledge that could probably be covered in several college courses.  Today we are going to keep it pretty high level and talk about a few components that could be used should you find yourself having to do this.

The first thing is the type of fieldbus.  There are all different kinds of fieldbuses out there.  Some are proprietary, some are open-source, meaning anyone could use that type of protocol whenever designing a piece of equipment.  So obviously, the ones that are proprietary are going to be harder to make communicate with other pieces of equipment, because the gateway type equipment that can be used are somewhat limited.  There’s just not that many of them out there.  Other fieldbuses for instance, probably one of the most well-known is Ethernet, be it internet IP, Ethernet EPCIP is very widely used standard that I see getting more and more popular every day.  It seems to be becoming the standard if people have a choice.  So remember proprietary is going to be a bigger challenge, but there are ways of getting around that.  What you have to consider is not only the protocol that you need to make it communicate with other protocols but also the transmission media.  You can actually transmit profibus protocol over an Ethernet cord, over a cat 5 cord with RJ45 connectors on it.  So you have to remember just because the cord looks the same doesn’t mean that the protocol is going to be the same.  So remember those things.  Ideally I always tell people if it is a new piece of equipment and you want to make sure it is going to communicate with all your other equipment you really need to get with that OEM and almost demand that they use a network you are familiar with so you don’t have to go through that hassle because it’s not fun, it’s kind of a pain.  Ideally use should try to standardize on a type of protocol that you are familiar with that’s flexible, gives you many different options and a lot of manufacturers support, such as Ethernet.  I would say that is probably the most common in today’s market.  Now if you do find yourself, for instance if you have older equipment in your plant that already has a different protocol on it and you want it to be able to communicate with say your Skada setup, or just for some sort of monitoring device or an add on or anything like that to the machine and those two protocols need to be able to talk to each other, then you could setup what is called a gateway.  There are different devices that can be used as a gateway which is just allowing two protocols to communicate with each other.

The three most common gateways are:

  • Manufacturers out there that make simple discrete adapter components.
    • You plug on piece of equipment in one and another on the other end and it allows the equipment to communicate with each other through an internal circuit board.
    • They are limited and can be pricey, the manufacturers of them are pretty proud of them. If you have a lot of components where you need to be able to make a bunch of different components talk to each other that could get sort of pricey.
  • PLC or IO system
    • They can be programmed for making different types of communication protocols talk to each other. For instance, WAGO has an IO system that is known as fieldbus independent.  They have fieldbus couplers that support all of the open protocols that exist in today’s market.  For instance, this one right here supports Ethernet.  If I wanted to make Ethernet talk to Modbus then I could drop a Modbus card in right here and have those two components talk to each other.  For instance, if I had a touchscreen that only communicated via Modbus and I wanted to make it talk to a piece of equipment, say a variable frequency drive that communicated over Ethernet I could use this component as the go between.  Often time people use touchscreen HMIs themselves as the gateway.  This particular touchscreen has both Modbus capabilities as well as Ethernet built in to it.  You could plug one piece of equipment in one port and a different piece of equipment that might be a different protocol into the other port and make them communicate via this device essentially turning it into a gateway.  It can get pretty complicated.  There is a lot of ins and outs as far as needing to know how to program those things, addressing registers properly with in a program to make all those talk.  That’s something we have a lot of experience with because it does come up.
  • Networking is extremely important,
    • it will only become even more important as time goes on because the top brass at all the plants and manufacturing companies around the world are always going to want better access to information, efficiency data, also remote control and data acquisition capabilities. All of that has to be done through networking all these pieces of equipment together.

If you need any help with that please contact us.  We have programming specialists, application specialists that can come out and help you with that.  You can also find information located on our website in our knowledge center.  Just go to innovativeidm.com and you will find our knowledge center there.  It has white papers, for the specific products we support, on how to set them up.  After all we are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Reduce Your Liability Risk with Machine Safety Labels

December 26, 2014

Safety Label reduces liability risk

Calling all Machinery Manufacturers – Reduce Your Liability Risk with Machinery Safety Labels

Do the machines your company builds have potential hazards associated with their transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning or disposal?

As simple as it may sound, properly designed safety labels can go a long way toward protecting machine operators – as well as your company’s bottom line.

Read The Importance of Machinery Safety Labels (September 2014, Control Design) to learn about three tools you can use to help ensure your machine safety labels reduce risk and improve safety – for your company and your machine’s end-users.

For help with your safety system or to order your Omron STI safety equipment, call Innovative-IDM at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com.

The Benefits of Retrofitting an Industrial Control Panel

December 23, 2014

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Innovative IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi, I’m Adam Ring with Innovative-IDM. You know, when I walk through manufacturing plants, sometimes I’ll come across a control panel where you open it up and look inside and you see this technology that is like 30, 40 years old. So what’s starting to happen is, customers are finding that a lot of the controls in their automation are starting to really become aged, and when that happens if something breaks it’s really, really hard to find.

We find a lot of people who try and search on eBay to find replacement parts. Sometimes they’ll send them in and try to get parts repaired. But as they continue to age, the repair gets more and more expensive and eventually things just get to the point where they’re not repairable anymore. One of the worst things that happens is a major component necessary for the operation of a machine goes out and then the machine is completely rendered useless until you either find a new part or completely rebuild the controls for it. And so by retrofitting a control panel, you’re able to remove any of those obsolete components and replace them with the current up-to-date stuff that’s readily available. It gets rid of all of your hard to find really difficult parts, it enables you to not have to worry about repairs for a while.

Typically the life of a new control panel, before you have to really start repairing stuff, usually lasts about 10 years before it starts to break down and then you eliminate that big terrible major risk of down time. And everyone knows, whatever the cost to build a new control panel is usually minimal in regards to or compared to what it costs if a machine goes down or can’t produce products for weeks or months on end while a new control panel is being designed and built.
So overall, it’s a really good idea if you’ve got aged control panels where a component going out could really, really cost some major downtime and production loss, it’s a good idea to go ahead and take a look at retrofitting those control panels.

If you’d like help in that regard take a look at innovativeidm.com. We are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Yaskawa Application Overview: Cartoner

December 22, 2014

Click here to see the full “Application Overview: Cartoner” from Yaskawa.

Cartoner application Yaskawa

The cartoner utilizes the carton belt as the master axis to drive the remaining axes. In-feed conveyors align product to the carton belt pockets, cartons are placed in synchronization with the carton belt pockets, the push plate pushes product in synchronization with the carton belt pockets, and the flap tuckers and glue applicators are all run based off the position of the carton on the master carton belt. This application lends itself to one central point of control that is capable of gearing and electronic camming to control and synchronize multiple axes for high throughput.

Incorporating the Yaskawa Sigma II and Legend lines of amplifiers and servomotors introduces the highest quality servo equipment in the industry to increase performance and reduce downtime. In addition, Yaskawa motion controllers can be integrated into larger control systems using Yaskawa machine controllers as well as a variety of communication capabilities, to provide ultimate connectivity and complete Yaskawa solutions.

Innovative-IDM is your #1 Yaskawa supplier.  Call us at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at info@iidm.com to order your Yaskawa Sigma II and Legend products today!

SMC IZS40/41/42 Bar Type Ionizer

December 17, 2014

SMC IZS40 Bar Type Ionizer

IZS40/41/42, Bar Type Ionizer (Standard, Feedback Sensor and Dual AC Types)

The IZS4 family is SMC’s 3rd generation of bar ionizers. Bar ionizers generate a curtain of static eliminating ions effective for a distance up to 2000mm / 6.5 ft. The family includes the standard IZS40 model, the IZS41 with feedback or autobalance sensor and rapid static neutralization, and the IZS42 with low amplitude ion generation for sensitive electronics. The IZS41 and 42 are remote control capable, and can be linked via cable for operation from a single power supply. Needle cartridges are easily removed without tools for cleaning or end-of-life replacement.

Choose from 3 models to best fit your application and price point
High speed or energy saving cartridges in tungsten or single crystal silicon
Operation panel features multiple setting controls and diagnostic LEDs
2 models available with auto balance or feedback sensor for optimizing ion generation
2 models with remote control capability
32 available lengths, up to 2500mm / 8.2 ft long

Industrial Electronics How To Tell Whether To Repair Or Replace

December 16, 2014

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Innovative IDM
1625 Wallace Drive, Ste. 110
Carrollton, Texas 75006
Call: 877-906-2100

Hi, I’m Jeff Rodgers with Innovative IDM. You know, a true dichotomy really does exist between the age old question of should I repair my electronic component or just throw it out and replace it with a new one. Well first thing is, if you have an electronic component go down, we all know that time costs money. So, priority number one is get back up and running. If it’s that critical of a component, hopefully you’ve got a spare on the shelf to replace it with. If not, you probably have bigger problems than just that question. So let’s say you replace the component with your spare that’s on the shelf and now you’ve got a bad component. Well should you just toss it, or should you have it validated for repair?

Well, the one thing you might want to consider is, if you are going to have it evaluated for repair you want to make sure that that piece of equipment goes to a reputable firm that’s done it for a long time, offers you a warranty on that product, and is not going to just repair it but really refurbish that piece of equipment. You want to make sure that when it comes back, one component that was fixed can’t allow another component to fail right afterwards. So all the wear components really need to have been replaced. Now a good rule of thumb is that you probably want to make sure it’s not going to cost you over half the price of a new piece of equipment or it may not really be worth it. So just kinda really keep that in mind.

So real common components that you could have evaluated for repair are going to be variable frequency drives, touch screen HMIs are another big one that can be a failure point and can prove to be pretty expensive to buy new. IO cards, processors, temperature controllers, any kind of controllers in general, motion controllers, process controllers, all of the above.

So, another thing you really ought to think about is you know when it comes to cost, not just what its gonna cost to repair the component but if you did need to replace the component, is that component obsolete, is it even made anymore? So if it’s not made anymore, then if you need to replace that piece of equipment and you have to go to something new, now you’ve got to think about cost in terms of time and resources needed to make that work with all the equipment. Is there going to be any new programming that is involved and do you have time to do that while your lines down. You know all your up and down stream equipment is it going to work properly with that new piece of equipment. A lot of times that’s not the case, it may be a variable act of congress to get that new piece of equipment to work with that old piece of machinery. So if it is obsolete you may really want to think about getting that component repaired because a lot of times you can keep that component repaired. It’s more than likely if you know its repaired by a reputable firm it’s going to have the same amount of warranty on it as a brand new product would, and it’s probably going to be the fraction of the cost of a new component.

So, again repairs can be a great way to reduce maintenance budgets. The cost associated with replacing electronic components especially if you have an event like a lighting strike that can take out a slew of different components on a single drop can prove to be extremely costly. So just remember that, that way if you do have a piece of equipment that goes bad you can replace it with what’s on the shelf as a spare, and then have your bad unit repaired and now that goes back onto the shelf as your spare. So now your spare just cost you a fraction of what it would have cost brand new off the shelf in the first place.

So, Innovative-IDM is one of the premier service organizations out there for repairing industrial electronics. One thing that you can do is visit our website, which is innovativeidm.com/repairs and that will get you into our repair center. Once you’re there, you can look up certain components that we’ve actually repaired in the past and see what it’s going to cost to repair that component without even having to send it to us. If you do send it to us, it’s going to be a free evaluation, typically it takes us 24 – 48 hours to evaluate something for repair. And then, we are going to send you a quote on that and you can elect to have it repaired, returned, or scrapped, it’s your choice. If we do repair something for you, it’s going to give you a new one year warranty on a component from the date of repair. Another thing is, there’s an easy online tool that you can use to actually log in, enter in your email address, and it’ll locate all your information and you can basically just enter in the information about the components you’re going to send in, hit submit, and it will print out a service ticket that you put in the box with the component you’re going to send our repair depot in our Houston facility. The shipping address is right on it, so you don’t even have to wait for a representative from our company to come out and pick that piece of equipment up. Of course, if you are working with one of our field representatives they would be happy to come by and pick the component up, and bring it in for repair if they can fit it in their vehicle.

So, any questions you have on that again you can visit our website or contact one of our representatives and we’d be happy to assist you. After all we are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.