Eaton Smartwire-DT

Increase Productivity with the Eaton SmartWire-DT

SmartWire-DT, is an ultramodern control panel wiring technology permitting electrical installations to be planned, designed, wired, tested and commissioned considerably quicker than conventional methods.

SmartWire-DT optimises control panel functionality and reduces associated costs

Eaton Moeller SmartWire-DT
Eaton Moeller SmartWire-DT

Revolutionary SmartWire-DT connection technology is utilised to reduce complications by replacing conventional circuit wiring with a single ribbon cable. SmartWire is a unique connection solution for control panels and simplifies connection to external pilot and measurement devices. SmartWire-DT “green” flat 8 pole ribbon cable within enclosures and “green” round 8 pole cable to external products.

SmartWire v Traditional Panel
Above is an example (on the right) of a SmartWire panel installation compared to the traditional wiring method. 

System Benefits of SmartWire-DT

  1. Lean Connectivity
  • No point to point wiring
  • Plug connectors to devices
  • Combined data and power cable
  • Reduced effort and expense! For wiring, test and commissioning by up to 85%
  1. Lean Power
  • Data transparency from the controller to the sensor/actuator
  • Actual current and energy consumption values of motors and plant
  • Enhancement of system availability
  • Optimisation of energy consumption
  • Fast diagnostics and simple maintenance
  1. Lean Automation
  • I/O level of the PLC becomes part of the switchgear and is eliminated
  • Simple, linear automation structures
  • Automatic addressing of devices
  • Common Software platform
  • Ideal for Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory Installations
  • Reduced project engineering. By up to 70%

Intelligent wiring solutions can streamline connection and communication inside and outside control panels. They help machine and system builders to design their applications quicker and more compact with lower costs.

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CleanSwitch – Contact-free switch for increased hygiene and easy opening

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Contact-free switch for convenient activation of entrances with strict hygiene and design requirements. CleanSwitch from Bircher offers a great solution for many different situations and is a winner of the RedDot Design Award!

CleanSwitch provides a contact-free, hygienic method of opening doors. It works by means of a deliberate hand gesture within the detection range of 10 to 50 centimetres – helping to stop germs in their tracks.

CleanSwitch has been specifically developed for use in buildings subject to strict hygiene requirements, such as healthcare facilities, sanitary areas and the catering industry.

Extremely customisable with a selection of pictograms which can be printed on the front of the unit CleanSwitch is visually appealing and very adaptable to suit all customers needs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”3228″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3232″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][vc_btn title=”View the full range here” color=”danger” link=”|||”][vc_column_text]Thanks to its attractive design with optional coloured LED feedback, CleanSwitch is an appealing, user-friendly addition to its environment. It takes just a few minutes to get the activation switch up and running because the intelligent way in which the system has been designed ensures it is compatible with all standard flush-mounted boxes. Set-up require no tools.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”” el_aspect=”235″ align=”center”][vc_column_text]Ideal for hospitals, schools, catering facilities, sanitary areas and much much more!

If you are interested in the Bircher CleanSwitch please get in touch with our sales team today.

Call: 01933 411411

TEC Electric Acquisition

Kempston Controls acquires TEC Electric in Ireland

Kempston Controls is pleased to announce the acquisition of TEC Electric, the Irish electrical distributor, based in Clondalkin, Dublin. The deal, which was completed on the 28th of February 2020 will give Kempston Controls a base in the all-important EU market to run alongside its operations in the UK and the Middle East.

Richard Regan, Group Managing Director of Kempston Controls, said: ‘We are really excited about this new chapter in the history of these two businesses and I know both teams will try really hard to make it work for our customers and suppliers. This coming together has been a long-time in the making and now we have achieved our objective I look forward to making TEC Electric the number one choice for our Irish customers new and old.

About TEC ElectricTEC Electric

TEC Electric has established a very strong reputation in the market for both the quality of its product range and the level of technical service they provide making them aperfect fit to join Kempston Controls.

Supplying to Electrical Wholesalers, Panel Builders/OEM Machine Builders, Utilities and specialist End-User Markets TEC Electric have offered excellent service to their customers over many years, complimented with high-quality products at market competitive pricing.

Going Forward…

The combined businesses will aim to provide the very best in customer service and technical support which will mean new investment in peopleand stock for the Clondalkin operation.


“I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn’t for those meddling Data Loggers” Next level Data Logging.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With it being Halloween, we were struck by a Ghost Hunting project that we recently read about that has taken place at Motley County Jail, in Matador, Texas.

A case study created by Lance Brooks , founder of Texas Spirit Seekers, used advanced data logging technology from Lascar Electronics to take his hobby of ghost hunting to the next level.

Common theories in ghost hunting or the search for paranormal activity suggest that there will be change in the temperature of a room or environment if any ghostly being or activity is present. This is commonly known as a cold spot. By using the Lascar EL-USB-2 data logger Lance was able to keep a steady log of the temperatures within the jail during the investigation.

Using the Lascar EL-USB-2 Lance recorded not only temperature but also humidity and set the data logger to capture readings every 10 seconds over a 10-hour period. This time, the Lascar data logger proclaimed the jail all clear as they saw no significant fluctuations in temperature and helped scientifically prove the lack of paranormal activity.

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But if Ghost Hunting isn’t your thing don’t worry!

Lascar Electronics have a great family of data loggers with a wide range of parameters and connectivity options including USB, Wifi/Cloud, SMS & Bluetooth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1913″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Typical day to day uses include vaccine storage, food safety, facilities management, animal welfare and much much more.

Data loggers? How do they work?

A data logger is an electronic device that will record data either constantly or at set intervals over a predetermined period of time. It does this via a built-in sensor or using external instruments. Data Loggers tend to be battery powered allowing them to be used in areas where there may not be a constant supply of electricity, making them ideal for transporting food, vaccines or anything similar which will need to be kept at constant temperature.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”” el_aspect=”235″ align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As a data logger can record information over an extended time period they provide a far more accurate way to monitor temperature and humidity etc. rather than manually taking readings. They can be left for a 24 hour period to collect data and you can then easily upload the gathered information to a computer for evaluation.

Lascar Data loggers offer so much versatility allowing you to record numerous different parameters with many different connectivity options, meaning they are perfect for everything from working in hospitals monitoring medical supplies (Did we mention that they are also CFR-21 compliant?) to being outdoors and assisting in environmental studies.

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CMSE – Certified Machinery Safety Expert

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kempston Controls is pleased to be able to provide our customers with a CMSE – Certified Machinery Safety Expert course from Pilz. In cooperation with TÜV NORD, Pilz offers the qualification to become a CMSE – Certified Machinery Safety Expert.

The four-day course gives an overall view of the subject of machinery safety and is divided into five modules which convey  comprehensive knowledge on and about the machinery lifetime cycle. The CMSE modules are standardised worldwide and are of a uniform level. The final TÜV NORD certificate also has international validity.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2155″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Target groups
– Mechanical designers
– Control engineers System integrators
– Control system designers and machine builders
– Companies that operate plant and machinery
– Craftsmen, technicians, engineers

1.Introduction to safety
2.Machinery safety
3.Risk assessment
4.Mechanical safeguards
5.Functional safety of control systems[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Module 1: Introduction to safety
• Introduction to the relevant safety regulations
• Competence and responsibilities
• Introduction to safety management systems

Module 2: Machinery safety
• Legislation relating to the design, manufacture and maintenance of machinery and work equipment
• Conformity requirements and procedures for placing machinery on the market
• Work equipment and workplace regulations
• Taking safety at work into consideration in terms of machines, including ergonomics, noise, vibration and chemical substances

Module 3: Risk assessment
• Risk assessment according to EN ISO 12100 and its application
• Methods for risk assessment using specific examples
• Performing the risk assessment step by step
• Application and usage of further relevant machinery standards within the risk assessment process
• Brief overview of risk reduction after completion of the risk assessment

Module 4: Mechanical safeguards
• International requirements of standards in terms of mechanical safeguards
• Safeguards: definition, types and examples of applications
• Calculation of safety distances in compliance
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• A detailed look at EN 60204-1: electrical equipment of plants and machinery
• Considerations of the electrical design, from the infeed up to the proper verification
• Safe operation and maintenance of electrically driven machinery

Module 5: Functional safety of control systems
• Detailed consideration of requirements in EN ISO 13849
• Specification, draft and validation of functional safety control systems
• Determination of Performance Level (PL) and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) with reference to safety functions
• Choice of architecture using practical examples of implementing categories
• Software lifecycle: requirements and application
• Verification and validation methods
• Introduction to EN 62061
• Practical exercises in PL and SIL validations

Functional safety of fluid engineering
• Requirements of EN ISO 4413 (hydraulic systems) and ISO 4414 (pneumatic systems)
• Required measures for the safe application of hydraulic and pneumatic systems
• Special features of hydraulic and pneumatic components
• Design of safety-related parts in fluid engineering according to EN ISO 13849-1

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Safety components and technologies
• Overview of safety components, requirements and applications
• Specification and use, advantages and disadvantages (e.g. interlocking devices, light curtains, two-hand control devices)
• Technical and supplementary protective measures (e.g. safety fences, light barriers, emergency stop command devices)
• Safety relevant applications of control systems[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”2051″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kempston Controls, as a Pilz partner, is happy to assist when it comes to providing relevant and appropriate training. If you are interested in this course or any other Pilz courses such as the 4-day City & Guilds Machinery Safety Course, please contact our technical team at or alternatively call us on 01933 411411 and ask for a member of the technical team

*Courses are available all year round to be held at the Pilz Training Centre. On request, we will be pleased to offer company internal training courses.

Additional Training Courses:

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Supplier Round-Up from Kempston Controls

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Welcome to our supplier round-up. With so much to keep up with and all of the great content that is being published by our partners, we’ve been keeping up-to-date with all of their activities in the digital world and have compiled a supplier round-up. Here is a summary of some articles that we think you might find useful![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1699″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Making the workplace safer with Multi-colour LED Strip Lights Selection from Banner

Multi-colour LED strip lights from Banner Engineering offer high-quality lighting, long-lasting low maintenance operation, robust housings built for industrial use, and a variety of styles to suit any application–from harsh environments too hazardous locations and tight spaces.

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Pepperl+Fuchs have been teaching us more about their 5-Way Inductive Sensors

The mechanical limit switch is a staple in automation. The switch detects the presence and position of objects by making direct contact with a target, but this direct contact can cause wear on the mechanical parts of the limit switch and cause reliability issues with its object detection capabilities. With limit switch style inductive sensors from Pepperl+Fuchs, non-contact sensing of targets is the sensible choice.

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Imagine being able to use your AC drive as a smart sensor in your food and beverage application? Danfoss show us how!

All of this is possible with the VLT® Automation Drive FC 302 which is embedded with predictive and condition-based maintenance functionality to secure your uptime!

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Pizzato – New versions with control devices for NG switches

NG series safety switches equipped with RFID technology has been expanded further and now includes new versions with integrated buttons for control and signalling functions.

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View the Range[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1717″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Kempston Controls is a leading supplier of industrial process control and automation devices and equipment, with extensive stock of all the worlds premier brands ready for prompt delivery. Contact our dedicated sales team on +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email to discuss your applications requirements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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