RFID UHF Read/Write Head from Pepperl + Fuchs– the most compact reader in its class

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its extensive portfolio of industrial identification devices with the IUT-F190-B40 UHF RFID Read/Write Head, featuring 1000mW ERP transmitting power, integrated Industrial Ethernet interface and REST API. Easily integrated into IT systems using the REST API, this versatile UHF read/write head can be fully parameterised and operated via this interface, eliminating the need for PLC programming.

The IUT-F190 also has two inputs and one output, meaning light barriers can be connected directly, making it possible to start and stop the read operation or to detect throughput direction with no additional IO components required. Using the output, a signal light can indicate that the read/write head is ready for operation or that an operation was successful.

Quick and Easy Integration

Designed for medium detection ranges (around 2 meters), the IUT-F190-B40 utilises Industrial Ethernet and REST API technologies allowing it to be quickly and easily integrated into OT and IT systems, an ideal solution for industry 4.0 production control and monitoring & track-and-trace applications. In addition, the integrated web interface of the IUT-F190-B40-UHF can be used for parameterisation and commissioning and when used with the Pepperl + Fuchs IDENTControl Control Interface (enquire for details)  it is possible to connect up to 4 read/write heads at the same time, prebuilt function blocks make installation easy and provides connectivity to several standard fieldbuses and has excellent EMC immunity.

Robust and durable, the IUT- F190-B40 features an IP67 rated PA housing and has a wide temperature range making it suitable for use in numerous demanding industrial environments. Based on UHF RFID technology, this read/write head achieves high read ranges and detection speeds and supports multi-tag reading. The large number of radio approvals and bus interfaces means that the F190 can be used globally.

Compact Design

The built-in, automatically switchable antenna polarisation provides reliable identification even when the tag orientation is inconsistent or unknown. The compact housing (114x112x63 mm) with integrated antenna makes this capable read/write head suitable for installation in confined spaces without compromising on range & transmission power. Emitting 1000 mW ERP makes the IUT-F190-B40 the top of its performance class and is an ideal stand alone solution for a wide range of industrial processing tasks.

Read/Write Head in action

IUT-F190-B40 UHF Read/Write Head Features

  • Direct integration into OT and IT systems via Industrial Ethernet interface and REST API
  • Additional IOs for Trigger Sensors or Signal Lights – (2 x input, 1 x output)
  • Compact and rugged housing for industrial use in harsh ambient conditions
  • Switchable antenna polarisation guarantees reliable tag detection and enhances process flow
  • Powerful UHF read/write head for medium detection ranges
  • Multi-tag reading of up to 40 tags for increased productivity
  • Read/write heads, tags, sensors, and connection technology from a single source
  • Ready-made PLC function blocks for quick and easy system integration (used with IDENTControl)
  • LED status indicator for bus communication and read/write station
  • Network loop through by means of integrated 2 port switch

Read/Write Head Technical Specifications

  • Operating frequency 865 – 868 MHz: EU, Turkey
  • Emitted power 3 – 1000 mW ERP adjustable
  • Operating distance typically 2 metres
  • Rated operating voltage 20 – 30 V DC
  • Current consumption ≤ 500 mA, Power consumption ≤ 10 W
  • Interfaces 1&2 -Ethernet, HTTP, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO, Transfer rate 10 MBit/s or 100 MBit/s
  • Ambient temperature range -20 – 70 °C (-4 – 158 °F)
  • Dimensions HxWxD – 63 x 112 x 114 mm
  • Power supply: M12 connector, protective earth: M4 earthing screw
  • Ethernet: M12 plug connection
  • Housing material PA 6.6
  • IP67 rated
  • Radio equipment directive 2014/53/EU EN 301489-1, EN 301489-3, EN 302208, EN 62368-1, EN 62311, EN 50364
  • RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS) IEC/EN 63000
  • Degree of protection EN 60529, RFID ISO/IEC 18000-63
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Safety Light Curtains with Advanced Bluetooth Interface

Safety light curtains, or as they are often known as – light barriers, light grids and light guards to mention just a few alternatives are classed as Electro-sensitive Protective Equipment. Consisting of a transmitter and a receiver head, light curtains generate a field of infrared light between these heads which is classed as the detection zone.

Invisible Light Protection

Typically, these diligent devices are situated around access points to a piece of processing machinery, shutting down the device should a person, or a part of a person, cross the beams of the safety grid.  Advantages of a light curtain include reduced operator fatigue, when compared to mechanical options such as gates and barriers, and the subsequent upkeep of these mechanisms and simplifying maintenance and set-up times.

safety light curtain installation

Utilised across numerous industry sectors for many years, light curtains come in many shapes and sizes. Schmersal, renowned for their impressive range of Safety Light Curtains decided to add yet more functionality to these popular process safety devices by adding a built-in high specification Blue Tooth interface.

The Schmersal SLC440/COM Safety Light Curtain range with built-in Bluetooth BLE (BLE stands for Bluetooth Low Energy) is an active optoelectronic protective device that can provide real-time status and diagnostic data of the light grid on a smartphone or a tablet via a Bluetooth interface.

Ideal for Predictive Maintenance

The Bluetooth interface allows easy start-up using a smartphone or tablet with the integrated set-up aid. There is also the useful option of saving the data, which can then be used to document a repeat test or for predictive maintenance purposes. The transmission of data to smartphones / tablets (Android, IOS) is facilitated by an app developed by Schmersal.

NFC technology has been used successfully in the past when it came to recording and monitoring device diagnostic data, however it is limited to only a few centimetres. The Bluetooth BLE interface contained within the SLC440/COM Light Curtains can achieve a range of up to 100 times more, around 5 metres in total.

This means the BLE interface is perfect when the safety light curtain installation is in a relatively inaccessible position. Bluetooth BLE also offers a greater range of applications because not all smartphones or tablets are equipped with NFC. As Bluetooth is an international industrial standard, the SLC440/COM range can be used all over the world.

safety light curtain installation

Safety and Efficiency

The SLC440/COM Safety Light Grid with BLE are ideal for improving efficiency and availability in manufacturing processes as their status can be accessed easily and in real-time, meaning issues can be captured early. Status information and diagnostic data enables processes to be reactivated quicker, particularly in the event of a system shutdown if a hazard is detected.

It also represents an economical innovation as, compared to classic Bluetooth, BLE is characterised by considerably lower energy consumption and reduced costs at a similarly high communication range.

All of the SLC440/COM range of light curtains are available from Kempston Controls, give our sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email them at sales@kempstoncontrols.com, or use the enquiry form below and let us help you select your ideal light curtain solution.

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Gas Valve Shut off Safety with the Emerson ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve & Series 159 Motorised Actuator

Designed specifically for burner-boiler applications, the Emerson ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve and 159 Motorised Actuator helps provide OEMs, distributors, contractors and end-users with a robust, reliable and dependable combustion safety shut off valve option that enhances safety and reliability and increases both flow and control.

Double the flow rate

The 158 Gas Valve which features a flow rate double that of competing valves, offers a higher close-off pressure of 75 psi (5.2 Bar) ensuring a safe shutoff in the event of a fuel train system failure and eliminating the need for additional safety components. This Gas Valve provides the highest BTU rating in the industry and will not suffer any reduction in performance and operation should the gas inlet pressures vary.

gas valves are used to control burners

Erik VanLaningham, vice president of marketing for industrial automation at Emerson stated – ‘We’re offering our customers a highly adaptable safety shutoff valve that offers the same high levels of safety and reliability they have come to associate with the ASCO combustion valve products. We are dedicated to providing easy-to-use, globally applicable combustion control solutions with the flexibility to address a full range of commercial and industrial applications.’

Takes up less space, easy to install

Simple to install, and with a small physical footprint, piping union free end connectors and with a ventless monoblock construction that eliminates the need for additional vent piping and helps limit greenhouse gas and vented emissions. The ASCO Series 158 Gas Valve is available in sizes from ¾” NPT to 3” NPT (DN 10 to DN 80) in both single and monoblock construction.

The rugged ASCO Series 159 Motorised Actuator can be mounted in any orientation and provides a visual indication when open. Rated for an ambient temperature range of -40°C to 66°C (-40°F to 150°F).

gas valves, typical industrial backdrop

The Series 158 and Series 159 meet up-to-date National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), UL, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and FM Global standards and have earned Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHs) and European Standards (EN) approvals.

Perhaps you are installing a new burner/boiler combination in your processing plant or retrofitting an existing set-up? You need to speak to the friendly people at Kempston Controls! Call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or use the enquiry form below and let us help you find the perfect product solutions.

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Safety Door Switches with Highly Visible Indicators – The Panasonic SG-P Series

Over the years within your typical industrial production installation staff and processing machines have traditionally worked separately.  Today, with the growth of smart factories and people and machines working in unison the equipment’s ability to recognise interaction with their human counterparts becomes ever more apparent.

 

process line

Switches and actuators that can disable safety guards and doors are still being used at production facilities, which has proven to be one of the contributing factors in causing serious workplace accidents. However, there was another problem. Machines could not be operated immediately when using switches with small indicators because it took time to check the open/closed status of the doors of the entire production installation.

safety door switches

To try and solve this problem the engineers at Panasonic developed the SG-P Series Safety Door Switches. These durable safety switches enable operators and engineers to view the open/closed state of safety gates, guards of an entire production installation at-a-glance. These clever safety switches incorporate a switch unit and a paired actuator. During operating the switches only detect their matching actuator, this prevents the intentional disabling of the safety interlock and increases the safety of workers during operation and servicing. Other advantages include reducing machine downtime and improving productivity and through-put.

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Prevention of the disabling of interlocks

During the maintenance of industrial production installations, intentionally disabling interlocks when opening equipment doors can be a major cause of accidents in the workplace, such as when another user operates the machine without noticing someone is still inside. The SG-P safety door switches prevent intentional disabling by utilising RFID that detects only the actuator that has been paired with the safety door switch.

safety door switches

Large and bright indicators show the open/closed state of the safety doors

These safety door switches are equipped with a bright and highly visible indicator, despite their small stature. Open safety doors and guards display a bright red light, other safety doors linked to the open doors are identified with green flashing lights to show that there is an unsafe status.

safety door switch, illuminated version

 

 

Traditional switches with a small indicator light are not easy to see when mounted on the inside of safety doors, making it hard for staff to identify which doors are open. Overcoming this problem, the Panasonic SG-P visible type features an actuator and switch that are both illuminated, while the switch body of the compact version illuminates on both sides, the actuator has no lighting. This highly visible status identification allows operators to ascertain the switch status and rapidly identify which doors are open, improving safety, reducing machine downtime and increasing through-put.

 

 

Panasonic SG-P Series Safety Door Switch Features

  • Power supply voltage: 24 V DC
  • Control output: PNP/NPN Transistor open collector 2 outputs
  • IP65 protection rating
  • Dimensions:
    Compact type: Switch W88×H15×D25 mm, Actuator W56×H15×D13 mm
    Visible type: Switch W88×H15×D25 mm, Actuator W52×H15×D32 mm
  • Applications – safety guards, maintenance access doors, sliding doors, access panels

safety door switches

Parent-child structure saves wiring, up to 30 units to be connected in series

Up to 29 sub switches (child devices), can be connected to one safety switch which functions as the parent allowing up to 30 units to be connected in unison. Only the parent device provides an output which eliminates the need for wiring of the linked child devices, saving installation time, equipment

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PowerProx Sensors – Powerful Photoelectric Sensing in Miniature

Photoelectric Sensors are utilised in a vast array of industrial applications, from monitoring products on a production line in a food and beverage processing plant to controlling automatic doors for safety and security. Whatever the installation, there is a photoelectric sensor out there to suit your particular application, but when the installation is limited in space, you need a quality photoelectric sensor from one of the worlds renowned leaders in the design and manufacture of dependable sensor technology, SICK.

Powerprox Sensor in situ

SICK has taken its ultra-reliable, high-performance, PowerProx sensor and shrank all that technology into a space-saving miniature housing that is capable of some of the longest detection range distances ever achieved for a sensor of this scale.

Size Does Matter

The diminutive SICK WTT4SL PowerProx Mini photoelectric sensor measures in at just 12.2 x 41.8 x 17.3 mm but packs a big punch, delivering outstanding performance that you would expect from a sensor 4 times its size. Capable of detecting objects up to 1300 mm away. The knock out performance of the WTT4SL makes it ideal for high-speed production and logistics applications.

This capable photoelectric sensor can be integrated into tight machine spaces such as the grippers of picking robots or for material handling duties in AGVs, as well as for empty bay and clearance detection in high-bay warehouses.

Packed with innovation, SICK has crammed its renowned autocollimation time-of-flight sensing technology into the tiny housing. Autocollimation ensures reliable high-speed detection and outstanding repeatability even in challenging ambient conditions, without cross-talk interference from other sensors.

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Finding the Edge

Even at high process line speeds the ultra responsive PowerProx Mini will register the leading edges of products with precision, even through small holes, such as those found during the quality control inspection of automotive parts and assemblies. Its red-light Class 1 laser, small-light spot size and wide angle of incidence with switching frequencies up to 1 kHz ensure highly-competitive performance across a broad range of applications.

David Hannaby, SICK’s UK Product Manager for Presence Detection stated :
“The SICK PowerProx Mini can replace through beam, background suppression or reflex sensors, so machine builders and production teams can streamline their inventories while still guaranteeing high-performance sensing. The PowerProx Minis can be set up in an instant using the on-board teach-in function, or via IO-Link. It’s all the reliability, repeatability and versatility you expect from SICK, packed into a sensor no larger than a packet of sugar cubes.”

Powerprox Sensor in situ

Easy to Configure

The PowerProx Miniature Photoelectric Sensor can easily be configured for multi-task applications, packed with features including the option of IO Link communication and up to 8 variable switching outputs. Detection is guaranteed with 100% background suppression ensuring that only the desired target is detected, ignoring any interference from shiny objects and materials behind the detected subject. Available in speed or distance variants for optimum performance and with superb repeatability ensuring reliable component counting, sorting and quality control applications in high-speed fast moving consumer good processes, even with products that feature varying surfaces.

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Safe and Secure with the Pizzato ST -H Series RFID Safety Sensors with Magnetic Holding

RFID or Radio Frequency Identification, to use the full terminology, is a technology that uses a digitally encoded tag whose information can be read and captured by a reader using radio waves. A basic RFID system consists of the tag,  a reader and an antenna.

Typically, an RFID tag contains a circuit and an antenna which transmit digital information to an RFID reader, which then converts that information into usable data for interpretation and possibly a system response from another piece of equipment (such as an alarm). Apart from the more obvious applications such as a security door pass card or a supermarket clothing tag, RFID has found multiple uses within industry, including the safety aspect of machine guarding.

Pizzato Elettrica are a global name in the realms of industrial process control and automation components including a broad range of machine access and safety control products such as Safety Hinges, Emergency Stop devices, Safety Modules and Limit Switches to name just a few.

Utilising their industrial knowhow and combining that with RFID technology the busy design engineers at Pizzato Elettrica have expanded the range of ST series RFID Safety Sensors with the extremely versatile and capable ST-H versions. The ST-H series Safety Sensors are equipped with all the advanced technical and operating features that you would find in the original Pizzato ST-G series, including:

  • M12 plastic or stainless-steel connector
  • Multicolour signalling LED, visible from both sides of the housing
  • Multi-tag programming
  • Versions for wide temperature ranges from -35°C to +85°C

Vibration Resistance

The ST-H series Safety Sensors can be configured with a permanent magnet incorporated inside the housing which will generate a holding force between the sensor and actuator. Using this method, a safety guard can be kept closed even in the presence of vibrations such as those found after a recoil during the closing of a safety door, or in areas where air turbulence caused by fans, air lines or ventilation can open lighter safety guards.

Safety Sensors RFID with Magnetic holding

The magnetic holding force of the ST-H range of RFID enabled safety sensors can be selected among three different levels to adapt to any safety gate and guarding application. Cleverly designed, the symmetrical housing with standard hole spacing allows the same safety sensor to be used on both the left and right-hand doors by simply rotating the sensor onto itself. The 78 mm mounting hole spacing facilitates the replacement of the traditional Pizzato SR-B magnetic sensors with an advanced ST-H RFID Safety Sensor.

 

RFID ST-H Series Features

  • Uses existing technology from the ST-G Series Safety Sensors
  • User configurable magnetic holding force of the actuator
  • Easy to mount symmetrical housing
  • Same mounting hole spacing (78 mm) as for SR-B series Magnetic Safety Sensors
  • Compatible with all ST series actuators
  • Protection ratings of IP67 and IP69K for use in the toughest conditions

 

With access to the entire Pizzato range of RFID sensor technology products (and all their other devices!) Kempston Controls is the place to come to for all your industrial safety solutions. Speak to a member of our sales or technical teams today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 or email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use this form to discuss how Pizzato RFID technology packed safety sensors can help you increase workplace safety and save you time and money.

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