Boost Confidence in Your Products Measured Length with the TITAN Multi-function Counters and Ratemeters

If you are involved in an industry that produces products that are sold in units based upon their length, then somewhere within your production process there will be a device that monitors that length.

However, just how accurate and efficient is your current counter solution?

  • Can it accurately measure the line speed, the total length of the processes and overall batch figures?
  • Does your measurement method have the ability to control the process it is monitoring, slow it down or stop it?
  • Does your counter equipment have a colour intuitive touchscreen HMI?
  • Can it send vital production process data to your mobile phone, PC or tablet?
  • What about creating product label data and sending that to a dedicated printer?

If your current process is in need of updating or you are looking for ways to improve production throughput, reduce wasted time and material and bring your production processes into the 21st century, then the TITAN range of Multi-Function Counters, Batch and Ratemeters might be just what you are looking for.

 

The TITANS of Modern Industry

The TITAN range of multi-function counters, available only from Kempston Controls, has been designed to be easy to use and simple to install. Available in 7-inch and 4.3-inch colour touchscreen variants, with optional notification beacon versions and a small-form-factor miniature version. All of the TITAN range come fully configured within a durable IP66 rated housing with an internal 24Vdc power supply, just add a roller and encoder and you are ready to go.

The TITAN high-contrast HMI can be set-up to only display the essential onscreen features and information that you need. You can change your settings and targets easily and even use the intuitive interface for process control via the 4 built-in relays, for example: alerting an operator when a process is ending or to activate a conveyor slow-down to stop a process.

Designed to give you extra confidence in your products length, reduce escalating costs such as overcuts and returns due to miss-measurements along with helping you to streamline and automate your production process. The TITAN range of Multi-Function Counter, Rate and Batch Meters are a product you can count on time and again.

Add the optional ethernet communication board (TFA-1078) and you can connect to your local network and view real-time production process data anywhere in the world on your mobile device via the iOS or Android App (or your Windows PC).

Another valuable option is the RS 232 (TFA-1077) board that provides the TITAN range with the ability to connect an adhesive label or ticket printer to provide your customers and yourself with important product information, such as length, batch and the date the product was produced. When the ticket and label printer options are selected as part of a system there is the option to have your company logo built added to the top printed media.

TITAN Multi-function Counters Features:

  • High-contrast Colour LCD with 25mm high digits (7-inch) 20mm (4.3-inch)
  • Easy to read current count and daily/accumulated totals
  • High accuracy can read resolutions as low as 0.25mm at up to 6mps
  • 5 control inputs and 4 relay outputs with relay status indication
  • Screen changes from green to red when targets are met
  • 30kHz High-speed counter
  • Automatic power saving mode
  • Metric and imperial toggle
  • Fully enclosed and ready to install, IP66 Rated ABS enclosure
  • Pin protected processes to prevent unauthorised access
  • Works with HTL encoders down to a measuring resolution of 0.2mm*
  • Perfect for length measuring applications between 10-99999m
  • Network connectivity with optional Ethernet board
  • Printer communication via optional RS232 board
  • Ready to go, just add a roller and encoder
  • CE Marked and complies with low-voltage and EMC directives

 

System Considerations

Your typical production installation consists of a motor connected via a motor inverter with the capability of multiple speed presets. The TITAN range incorporates two normally open (NO) and two normally closed (NC) relay outputs that can be utilised to trigger a slow-down when you are close to your products desired length and completely stop the motor when the production target is met. You could also loop these outputs through a foot-switch for use by the operator or to trigger external alarms and alerts etc.

Complete packages are available featuring our innovative dual wheeled encoder all fully wired and configured ready for wall mounting. If you require a bespoke installation the TITAN range of Multi-function Counters is fully customisable, please call or email and let us know what you require.

Phone +44 (0)1933 411411 or email ashley.paley@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

 

The TITAN Multi-function Counter Range

 

TFA70RN TITAN 7-inch Touchscreen Multi-function Counter, Batch and Ratemeter

An impressive multi-function counter, ratemeter and batch counter with a high-contrast 7” touchscreen. Highly accurate and with the functionality to semi-automate or automate your production process.

  • Fully assembled and IP66 Rated
  • Large display area with 4 operational fields: Current, Target, Speed, Batch
  • 25mm high digits
  • Works with HTL Encoders, down to 0.2mm resolution*
  • Measures between 10-99999m

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TFA70RBC TITAN 7-inch Touchscreen Multi-function Counter, Batch and Ratemeter with Beacon

All the same features as the TFA70RN model but with an additional notification beacon assembly for all-round visibility.

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TFA43RN TITAN 4.3 Inch Touchscreen Multi-function Counter with Optional Batch and Ratemeter

A very capable Multi-function Counter with optional ratemeter and batch capability, just as durable and easy to mount and IP66 rated with but with a smaller high-contrast 4.3-inch screen with restricted display options.

  • Fully assembled and IP66 Rated
  • Compact display area with 3 operational fields: Current, target, speed or batch
  • 20mm high digits
  • Works with HTL Encoders, down to 0.2mm resolution*

Measures between 10-99999m

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TFA43RBC TITAN 4.3 Inch Touchscreen Multi-function Counter with Optional Batch and Ratemeter with Beacon

All the same features as the TFA43RN model but with an additional notification beacon assembly for all-round visibility.

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TFA43MS TITAN Miniature System 4.3-Inch Touchscreen Counter and Ratemeter

All the same features as the TFA43RN TITAN Counter but in miniature! For those installations that are not very rich in available real estate, the TFA43MS TITAN Miniature is the answer!

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*encoders are not supplied please call if you require a bespoke system

Phone +44 (0)1933 411411 or email ashley.paley@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

 

It’s all about Communication

TFA-1078 TITAN Ethernet Communication Module

The TFA-1078 is an Ethernet communications hub designed to interface with all of the TITAN Multi-function Counter Meters and provide local network connectivity.

Using the TFA-1078’s ethernet port, you can connect your TITAN Counter to the network and using the iOS and Android App or the Windows PC software, view its status, you can also jump into a real-time view from anywhere in the world with internet access.

To interface with the TITAN Range remotely you will need the following Apps or software:

iOS – Click here

Android – Click here

*Windows PC software is supplied as a download link with this purchase.

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TFA-1077 TITAN RS232 Communication Module

The TFA-1077 is an RS232 communications module designed to interface with all of the TITAN Multi-functional Counter meters and provide pairing ability for the Zebra adhesive label printer (TFA-1079) and Epson ticket printer (TFA-1080) machines. You can quickly and easily create product data labels packed with essential data such as length, job numbers and so forth.

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Wait…there’s more to come…

In part two of this series, we will take a look at the standalone HMI interface panels and the wide range of accessories that are available for the TITAN range of Multi-functional Counter, Batch and Ratemeters.

 

Manage your Essential Data with Lascar Electronics Data Loggers and Smart Panels

Manufacturing businesses all across the globe doubtlessly have lots of machines of varying types and functions performing multitudes of tasks on a daily basis, do they keep a record of their functionality, their downtime and processing delays?

In another scenario, when shipping or storing foodstuffs or vaccines that must be kept at a certain temperature how does one ensure that the processes involved are being maintained or have failed?

From monitoring the temperature of a refrigeration unit to the amount of current drawn by an electric motor and scenarios that could provide valuable insight and security in the case of litigation, storing valuable data is becoming more paramount in today’s digitally-based world.

History of Lascar Electronics

Lascar Electronics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of data logging devices. From the EasyLog USB range of low-cost standalone dataloggers that can store a plethora of data such as temperature, voltage & current to the remote cloud-based data loggers that can feed a constant live-stream of information over the internet for live viewing. Not only do Lascar Electronics design and build a superb range of data-loggers, but they also produce an impressive range of smart panel displays where you can use dedicated software to create your own unique visual interfaces. And when your control panel needs a simpler display solution there is a range of durable low-profile LCD and LED panel meters available. As an official supplier partner for Lascar Electronics, all of these devices and more are available from Kempston Controls.

 

Introducing some of the Lascar Electronics Products available from Kempston Controls

 

Lascar Electronics EasyLog USB Data Loggers

The impressive range of Lascar standalone USB data loggers come in a variety of guises, from the super-tough stainless steel bodied EL-USB-1-PRO to the EL-USB-1-LCD, regardless of whatever data you are striving to gather, from temperature to carbon monoxide levels, these durable, handy sized battery powered data loggers will have all your bases covered. Available with calibration certificate for when the situation demands it, or without, the choice is yours.

 

EL-USB-1 Temperature Data Logger with Calibration Certificate

The entry-level member of the EasyLog EL series of USB data loggers, although it won’t break the bank. Designed to measure temperature data, this device can store over 16000 readings, with logging rates between 10 seconds and 12 hours. You can start logging immediately or delay it, set-up alarm thresholds and get status updates from the red, green and amber LEDs. Utilising the free-to-download Easylog software you can record trends in temperature data that can be graphed, printed and exported to other applications for detailed analysis later.

 

EL-USB-1-PRO Industrial Temperature Data Logger with Calibration Certificate

When the environment and the situation that requires a sturdier disposition then the EasyLog USB-1-PRO is the discerning choice for measuring temperature. With an extended range of over 32000 readings and a substantial 316 stainless steel case and logging rates of between 1 second and 12 hours, the USB-1-Pro operates in environments as low as -40 and as high as 125 degrees C. All of this data can be accessed and visualised using the EasyLog software.

 

EL-USB-2-LCD+ Temperature and Humidity Data Logger with Calibration Certificate

When visual logged data regarding temperature, humidity and dew point data is required at the push of a button, the EL-USB-2-LCD standalone data logger could be just what’s needed. Featuring a high-contrast 2.5 digit LCD display, a logging rate between 10 seconds and 12 hours, user programmable alarm thresholds for temperature and humidity and red/green status LEDs. As per the rest of the EL family of data loggers the EL-USB-2-LCD interfaces seamlessly with the Easylog free-to-download software.

View the Range

Important Note: These devices shown above are available either with a calibration certificate or without please call our sales department for further details +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

 

Lascar Electronics Smart Panel Meters

 

SGD 24-M Multifunction Smart Panel Voltmeter

If you like your essential voltage data displayed in glorious colour then the SGD-24-M voltage meter with its 2.4” colour TFT screen is the ideal partner for panel mount display purposes. Fully compatible with Lascar’s free-to-download PanelPilot software (compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10) you can customise the display of text labels, colours input scaling and even add a splash screen, whatever you need to suit your needs.

 

SGD 43-A Multifunction Smart Panel Meter

When an application demands a capacitive 4.3-inch full-colour touchscreen powered by an Arm 9 processor packed with 1Gbit of DDR2 SDRAM and a 2GB SD card, then the Linux embedded SGD-43-A is the device for you. Part of Lascar’s PanelPilotACE range, this low-profile display can be powered by USB or a 5-30V dc supply and is packed with hardware interfaces such as 4x 16bit bi-polar inputs, 8x digital input/output pins, 2 alarm inputs and more. Used in conjunction with free-to-download PanelPilotACE software which allows the creation of any display visuals from simple meters and dials to advanced interfaces.

 

EL-WiFi-TH Temperature and Humidity Data Logger

Do you need to measure the temperature and humidity of a certain environment and have the ability to view that data remotely via the EasyLog cloud? Lascar’s EL-WiFi-TH temperature and humidity sensor streams valuable data over any compatible WiFi network which can then be viewed on a PC via the free-to-download EasyLog software or using the EasyLog App. This handy IP55 rated data logger has a temperature range of -20 to +60°C and 0 to 100% humidity, features a rechargeable battery that can last up to 6 months with typical use, or it can also be powered using a PSU via its USB socket.

Lascar Electronics Panel Meters

 

DPM 1AS-BL LCD Panel Mount Voltmeter

Offering a 5.5mm digit height, 200mV dc full-scale reading, auto-zero and auto-polarity, LED backlighting and ability to program decimal points the DPM 1AS-BL low-profile voltage measuring panel meter could be ideal for your application. Perfect for power supply monitoring, panel mount indication, low power voltage measuring and a whole host of other applications.

 

EM32-1B-LED Panel Mount Voltmeter

The ME32-1B-LED is the perfect LED voltmeter panel mount solution, with 8mm digit height, 3 decimal points auto-zero and polarity and 200mV dc full scale reading its low profile easy-fit design is ideal for lots of applications, including panel mount instrumentation, process control monitoring and more besides. IP67 rated with a durable round metal bezel all of the connections are cleverly designed into the rear of the threaded mount.

 

SP-400-EB-W Negative LCD Panel Voltmeter

Excellent readability under most lighting conditions due to it’s enhanced contrast negative mode LCD display, with built-in LED backlighting, the SP-400-EB-W LCD Panel Mount voltmeter is the device for you. With 9.75mm digit height, 200mV dc full-scale reading, auto-zero and polarity this handy splash-proof panel meter is ideal for a multitude of applications, such as test boxes, power supply monitoring, precision instrument systems and others.

View the Range

If you need to log your essential data as efficiently as possible and make cloud-based information visible via an app or on a computer or visualised on one of Lascars Electronics impressive smart graphic displays, Kempston Controls brings you the perfect solution from for retrieving, storing and visualising your essential data logging information.

 

Please call our dedicated sales team for further details +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

Are you SIRIUS about Spring-Loaded Terminal Technology?

 

In today’s world, everything seems to be getting faster, from fibre broadband to high-speed trains, speed is certainly of the essence in today’s modern world whatever aspect you venture into. With the ever-increasing trend towards digitalisation in seemingly all aspects of life, it comes as no surprise that huge pressure is being felt within the industrial environment too. What are the mechanisms and technology that can be used for controlling motors and process control systems and beyond that can keep pace with the rest of the world?

It stands to reason that to be competitive within today’s modern industry then fast and efficient fault-free control panel assembly that can withstand the vigorous and frenetic activities of the working environment is a necessity.

Siemens SIRIUS: They’re Modular, with Benefits

Whether you are reversing a motor starter or building an infeed system, the Siemens SIRIUS range of modular low voltage products, available from Kempston Controls, is the ideal solution to the ever-accelerating world of modern industry. The SIRIUS modular system provides the most comprehensive switching device portfolio currently available in the marketplace, exceeding 50k tested and approved control set-up combinations.

Whatever your intended application, perhaps silo filling, controlling a water supply or making your existing process more efficient, the innovations available within the Siemens SIRIUS product range will satisfy all of your demanding requirements. The benefits of this modular system are simple, everything easily fits together easily and quickly, speeding up your processes and saving you space, time and money.

But, there’s more than just this modular systems ability to fit together easily…

It’s all about Spring-Loaded Connection Technology!

The traditional method of cable termination within your average control panel consists of a multitude of screw terminals housed in various functional control devices and depending on the size of an installation, there could be hundreds of such connections. This is where the SIRIUS spring-loaded terminal range comes into its element, now you don’t need to waste time tightening and loosening terminal screws to assemble or disassemble elements of your control panel. Simply insert a screwdriver to release the spring-loaded terminal mechanism place your stripped wire into the spring clamp and remove the screwdriver. Job done! There is no need to terminate the conductor with a bootlace ferrule or other such terminal. As an added element to the advantages of this assembly process when tightening screw-terminals the torque applied is dependent on the installer, that activity and the potential error in applying an adequate torque are eliminated with the use of SIRIUS spring-loaded terminal (also known as cage-clamp) technology.

 SIRIUS Spring-Loaded Terminal Technology Features

  • Accelerate your control panel assembly time with simple ‘click and go’ technology
  • Modular space saving design – the SIRIUS range fits together seamlessly
  • Covers a multitude of applications
  • Reduced service and downtime and maintenance costs
  • Compliant with all current global standards
  • Vibration resistant and certified to the same standard as screw terminals
  • No need for ferrules or crimp terminals – saving even more time and money

 Functional Diversity

Whatever your intended control panel purpose the Siemens SIRIUS spring-loaded range covers all of the possible applications you will need for protecting, switching and starting and monitoring motors from the most basic designs to the most complex, and more. The SIRIUS range offers the highest performance-to-size ratio of any similar technology that is available in the market today, saving valuable control panel space and of course, that all important and costly time aspect, just click and go!

The SIRIUS spring-loaded low voltage range doesn’t encompass the entire SIRIUS offer and the more traditional screw terminal technology covers those areas where spring-loaded terminals are not provided or recommended.

Please call or email our technical helpdesk for further details: +44 (0) 1933 411411 – technical@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

ACT on the Human Interface

When we consider the motor starters, load feeders, contactors, thermal overload relays and other such equipment that can reside within a control panel, saving build, installation and maintenance time are an obvious concern. But just how much attention is paid to the interface presented to the operator? They are just pushbuttons aren’t they…right? They may well be, but there are pushbuttons and then there is the SIRIUS ACT range of pushbutton actuators!

SIRIUS ACT Actuators and Pushbutton Features

  • Unique modular snap-together system, rapid and easy to install and service
  • Available in four designs with multiple actuator types
  • Available with spring-loaded technology
  • Huge range of pushbutton heads: illuminated to key-switched and more
  • Tough and durable IP69K rated and complaint to a whole host of standards

Modular in design, with a simple ‘Snap-system’ that has been created to provide rapid and simple installation and servicing, available in four designs and certified to IP69K the SIRIUS ACT pushbutton range is the perfect addition to your machine design.  A comprehensive offering of multiple actuators and indicators, momentary, latching, key-operated release and more and supported by a massive array of switch head types.

There is a pushbutton for every application imaginable created to improve both the functionality of your design, its appearance and the way it is installed, serviced and maintained.

 

The Offer…

Siemens is currently offering you the chance to purchase up to £500 (list price) worth of the SIRIUS range of spring-loaded terminal low voltage technology products for free until the end of June 2019. The SIRIUS ACT range of actuators and pushbuttons are also part of this fantastic offer which you can obtain from Kempston Controls now! What are you waiting for? Call the Kempston Controls technical team who will be happy to talk you through this offer that’s available from Siemens.

Please call or email our technical helpdesk for further details: +44 (0) 1933 411411 – technical@kempstoncontrols.co.uk

 

*The offer is limited to one order to the value of £500 per customer who is also new to the Siemens SIRIUS technology range.

 

Protect your Valuable Equipment from Transient Voltages with CITEL

The last edition of the IET Wiring Regulations, the 18th, was released in July 2018, becoming effective in January 2019, which features some important changes for the protection of electrical and electronic equipment and people around them from damaging overvoltage surges.

The 18th Edition – What Changed?

Surge protection devices that guard against the harmful effects of transient overvoltage will need to be installed in situations which may pose a worse-case threat, including:

  • Loss of life or serious injury
  • Interruption to public service or commercial activity
  • Damage to cultural heritage
  • Impact a large populated area

These changes apply to all new electrical system designs and installations and all alterations to existing systems as well, both will need to be fully assessed for protection against transient overvoltage risks and protected as required using the appropriate SPD.

The 18th Edition IET also urges installers of SPDs to comply with BS EN/IEC 62305 if there is potential for a direct lightning strike to a building or overhead power lines that are connected to a building and Type 1 Surge protection devices would be used for dealing with such a threat.

Dealing with the Change

To cater for the changes to the 18th Edition IET and how society is embracing more and more technology, Kempston Controls has a fantastic range of Type 2 and Type 3 Surge Protection Devices from CITEL. The perfect transient overvoltage solution to help you keep your electrical/electronic installations and the people around them protected from those troublesome surges.

CITEL show you how to protect your site from transient voltages in this video:

 

Got the Surge?

Switching transient overvoltage issues that require Type 2 and 3 protection are generally small, yet frequent, and this can imply continual stress on electronic device components, cause RCD tripping and other problems. Ultimately these continual surges can lead to a whole host of potential issues from downtime to life-saving hospital equipment going offline.

  • Type 2 and 3 surge protection devices protect electrical and electronic systems reducing the size of overvoltage surges to safe levels.
  • Type 2 SPDs are used at the distribution board
  • Type 3 SPDs protect critical load equipment further down the line

*Type 2 and 3 are generally used in conjunction with a Type 1 SPD installed at the origin of the installation

 

Single Phase Type 2 DS240S-230 and DS240S-230G

DS240S-230 and DS240s-230G Type 2 SPDs

To deal with those single-phase Type 2 SPD requirements at the main switchboard CITEL offers these two compact single-phase surge protection devices with 2 protected poles and a remote signal option as standard.

  • DS240S-230: L/PE and N/PE, AC System TN with common mode
  • DS240S-230G: L/N and N/PE, AC system TT-TN with common and differential mode

 

3 Phase Options –Type 2 DS440S-230 and DS440S-230G

DS440-230 and DS440-230G Type 2 SPDs

For those 3 phase switchboard instances, these Type 2 SPD devices are offered in two compact pluggable module options, each with 4 protected poles and a remote signal option as standard, ready to protect your essentials electronics.

  • DS440S-230: L/PE and N/PE, AC System TN with common mode
  • DS440S-230G: L/N and N/PE, AC system TT-TN with common and differential mode

 

Additional Features of DS240 and DS440 SPDs:

  • In: 20 kA
  • Imax: 40 kA
  • Pluggable module
  • Complies with EN/IEC 61643-11 and UL1449 ed.4

 

CITEL Single Phase Type 2 or 3 Surge Protection Device DS98-400

When single phase Type 3 surge protection is required this durable little unit from CITEL is the ideal choice when it comes to protecting those critical load devices, complete with a built-in failsafe SPD disconnection function with LED.

Additional Features:

  • In: 5 kA
  • Imax: 10 kA
  • L/N/PE, AC System TN
  • Common/differential mode
  • Failsafe operation: SPD disconnection with LED
  • Complies with EN/IEC 61643-11 and UL1449 ed.4

 

Driven by Society

As Society has become more dependent on equipment that controls production processes, hospital equipment and more, the need to protect these devices and the people who can be affected by their failure has increased. Subsequently, all of these devices, as they tend to do, have shrunk in size, resulting in smaller components inside that are more susceptible to damage. The CITEL offering of Type 2 and 3 SPDs from Kempston Controls ensures your critical and expensive equipment and the people around them have the protection they need.

You can contact Kempston Controls on +44(0) 1933 411411 & email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk