Industrial Event Camera VOC for Installation Monitoring– from Pepperl + Fuchs

Within a modern intralogistics business automated high-bay warehouses with stacker cranes are a central element to their smooth and efficient operation. Allowing quick storage and retrieval of products and materials and optimising the available warehouse space. When installed in deep-freeze storage facilities their components must also be able to withstand the demanding requirements and extremely low temperatures. An uninterrupted cold chain has to be guaranteed throughout the movement of the goods stored there.

The Height of Reliability

Reliability, throughput, high precision, and high speed are the prerequisites of a stacker crane installation and failures and downtimes have to be avoided at all costs as any delay can trigger an expensive cascade of issues.

As you can imagine, most of the locations in the high-bay warehouse can be both difficult and dangerous for engineers to access for inspection. It would be ideal if the fault situation could be analysed before taking any further action, such as readjusting the crane.

As well as being ideal for Stacker Crane applications the VOC event camera also enables reliable monitoring of sensor-secured access areas, and if a machine or system is stopped by the access guarding, the recording of the trigger event is available for remote access.

The clever design engineers at Pepperl + Fuchs, a leading manufacturer of industrial control and automation product solutions, have created the ideal Industrial Event Camera solution, available to purchase from Kempston Controls today. Below we explore its abilities in this short write-up.

Industrial Event Camera VOC for Industrial Applications

The Pepperl + Fuchs Industrial Event Camera, for example, can be mounted directly on to a stacker crane, monitoring the storage and retrieval processes performed during its shift. The event camera continuously records the last 60 seconds of the video livestream in its integrated circular buffer. Faults or defined events in the sequence act as triggers for the camera to transfer cached data to permanent storage on an appropriate SD card.

These recordings last for up to 60 seconds before and after the event, enabling them to be used to identify the cause and the current status. Only relevant events are recorded and the image sequences can be used for immediate fault analysis or long-term process optimisation.

Unlike a continuous video sequence, event-oriented storage not only handles data streams economically, but also allows direct access to recordings. The date, time, and error message are displayed in the text overlay of the recording. A digital hardware input can record trigger signals that come directly from the control system or a trigger sensor.

Industrial Event Camera Benefits at a Glance

  • Event-driven video recordings up to 60 sec before and after the trigger signal
  • Fast analysis – recording of relevant events with timestamp and additional text
  • Easy integration into IT systems via REST API and to standard HMI displays with RTSP
  • Flexible use due to large viewing area, high operating temperature range
  • High efficiency – reduced network load through optimised local data storage
  • IP65 degree of protection makes it impermeable to dust and water jets.
  • Targeted image information for fault analysis and process optimisation
  • Easy integration without additional PC hardware
  • Access via web browser or individually programmed user interface

Technical Features

  • HD livestream via Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP)
  • Large field of view, can be mounted 0.5 to 10 Metres from view area
  • Digital hardware input for trigger sensor or trigger signal
  • Internal circular buffer for video sequences 60 seconds
  • SD card stores up to 10,000 sequences
  • Quick and easy classification of the relevant recording
  • REST API for comprehensive integration into IT systems
  • Temperature range –30° C to +50° C

The password-protected user interface can be displayed on any web browser and provides a live image in HD quality, enabling the event camera to be easily configured. There is no need for additional PC hardware for integration and storage. An optional integrated heating system is available for use in cold storage and outdoor areas, resulting in an operating temperature range from –30° C to +50° C. Whatever your application, the Pepperl + Fuchs Industrial Event VOC camera will ensure you and your process is ready for any eventuality, reducing possible downtime and optimising your installation.

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SLT Smart Light Tower from SICK – Industry 4.0 Signalling Made Easy

In automated industrial production processes, signal towers, light beacons and signalling lamps are utilised for a wide variety of applications and are located on individual machines or conveyor belts and workstations. Signalling towers provide a visual operational status or alert for machine users informing them that their attention is required, or an issue has occurred.

All of these different tasks can be solved with just one signal tower, the capable, robust and reliable SLT Smart Light Tower from SICK with its built-in industry 4.0 ready IO-Link interface.

Available to order today from Kempston Controls – call us today on +44 (0) 1933 411 411 to discuss your requirements.

 

The SICK SLT Smart Light Tower Offers a Host of Benefits

  • Different operating modes – Signal light, Level meter or Animation
  • Industry 4.0 capable thanks to IO-Link
  • Parameter changes during operation
  • Bright LEDs in 21 different colours
  • 20 independently configurable colour segments
  • Only 18-30 Vdc operating voltage
  • Optional Buzzer module for acoustic alarms
  • Visualise physical variables such as temperature states or fill levels
  • The graphic user interface makes it exceptionally easy to configure
  • Maximum flexibility with just one signal tower
  • Quick device replacement if the lamp fails or is defective
  • Uniform wiring concept with unshielded standard cables
  • Dimensions – HxWxD – 306 x 60 x 60 mm

SLT Smart Light Tower – Hundreds of Applications

The SICK SLT Signal Tower can be used in a huge array of applications, such as those found in mechanical and plant engineering and in other areas such as logistics, facilities or building technology. This dependable signal tower makes it easy to monitor the statuses of machines, visualise cycle and clock times on conveyor belts, and provide information in the event of downtime or waiting time. Signal Towers alert machine operators that they need to replenish material supplies or to indicate the fill level of a processing vat.

SLT Smart Light Tower

The SLT Smart Signal Tower can be utilised in the field of mobile automation, such as in Automated Guided Vehicle systems (AGV), where the signal lamp transmits information for action. The differing colours and signal patterns are utilised to make the operational status of complex machines easy to see, even from a distance.

The SLT can be adapted to any application thanks to the built-in IO-Link, and this is all without the need for the time-consuming fitting of different coloured modules, reducing the variety and storage of the component parts.

Industry 4.0 Future Proof Communication

Thanks to IO-Link technology, the signal tower is easy to customise. Parameterisation of properties including continuous light, flashing, different colours, brightness or melodies can be performed at any time. The signal tower is connected to the control level via an IO-Link master, providing maximum flexibility without the need for mechanical conversion. IO-Link system advantages include standardised and reduced wiring, increased data availability, simple device replacement, and advanced diagnostic options.

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SLT Smart Signal Tower Applications

  • Visualisation of fill levels and operational statuses of machines
  • Display of machine downtime
  • Monitoring and visualisation of temperatures in manufacturing processes
  • Representation of cycle times in work processes
  • Visualisation of the process steps of conveyor belts

 

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BN Series Control Devices from Pizzato, Capable, Versatile & Easy to Install

Pizzato Elettrica is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of position switches, microswitches, foot switches, safety devices and control devices. Their comprehensive industrial automation solution portfolio contains the versatile range of BN series control devices, capable modular products that are the perfect control solution for many industrial process control applications. Kempston Controls has access to the entire Pizzato product range, so whatever you need we can get it for you at the best possible price.

BN Series – Simple to Install

The primary feature of the BN series control device range is their easy installation, the in-line holes make it simple to fit and wire and being plug-and-play, all you have to do is plug the connector in. In case the unit develops a fault or is damaged they can be replaced immediately thanks to their monolithic design, without the need for rewiring helping the user avoid any possible errors.

BN Series Control Devices

Versatile, the BN Series control device units are designed with rotatable modules that provide various installation options when mounting on the machine. After loosening the fixing screws, the upper and lower modules can be turned 90 degrees to the desired configuration. Another advantage is that the fixing modules cannot be detached from the device body.


Ingress Resistant

Disassembly of the individual parts is not necessary and there is no risk of losing parts or reassembling them incorrectly. The fixing screws are protected by push-in caps, which not only prevent dirt from accumulating, but they also block access to the screws and make it less likely someone will tamper with them.

BN Series Control Devices

The BN series control device unit is available in various configurations, designed to cater for a wide variety of installation applications: for standard applications, configurations with 3 or 4 devices are ideal, while configurations with 6, 7 or 8 devices are available for more complex applications, providing the user with more control and signalling devices in the same location.

Protected against accidental damage

Featuring recessed control devices in the outer housing means they’re protected from accidental knocks and damage leading to a longer operational life. They only protrude a little from the front face, so the BN series remains within a maximum width of just 40 mm.

BN Series Control Devices

In all of the BN series device configurations, a variety of control devices can be installed and also illuminated by integrated LEDs. The buttons feature lenses that can be laser marked for a resistant, indelible engraving, allowing the user to customise the lenses with a wide range of text and symbols

The Pizzato Elettrica BN series of modular control device units have the same shape and dimensions as the RFID safety switches with lock belonging to the Pizzato NS series, giving machine manufacturers who already use the NS series the chance to create a uniform installation that is aesthetically pleasing.

 

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Safety Switches with RFID and Electromagnetic Security from SICK

What are Safety Switches?

Safety switches are indispensable in many industrial processing applications where safety is essential for the protection of both personnel and machinery. They are ideal for protecting and monitoring the movable physical guards, doors and access panels found on machines and production lines.

Why use Magnetic Safety Switches?

Magnetic safety switches are one solution to monitoring safety guards, with low-wear and low-maintenance. With extended service lives magnetic safety switches are also resistant to shock and vibrations and offer a high level of protection against manipulation.

Dependable, magnetic safety locking switches provide very high reliability for door monitoring and use a strong electromagnet to ensure that the safety guard is closed and the production process runs smoothly.

Industrial installation that requires protection

With the incorporation of RFID transponder technology, different coding levels can be achieved – with universal coding all actuators are accepted; with unique and permanent coding only the previously taught-in actuator is accepted.

SICK is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial automation applications. Here we take a quick look at their MLP1 Magnetic Locking Safety Switches, their advantages and applications.

SICK MLP1 Safety Switches with RFID and Electromagnetic Security

The SICK MLP1 safety switches main feature is  magnetic locking, specifically designed for industrial applications that require process protection and a safety function. These safety switches also feature an RFID transponder that acknowledges and monitors the semiconductor outputs, providing maximum safety for door and guard monitoring. The electromagnet ensures that the safety door stays closed and the production process is not interrupted.

The combination of these two low-wear technologies provides high door offset tolerance, increased safety and increased machine availability. The innovative mounting concept and flat actuators of the MLP1 facilitates easy integration into your installation.

MLP1 Safety Switch Features

  • Actuators with low or high coding level
  • High level of manipulation protection through the use of RFID technology
  • Discreet integration into the machine design
  • Magnetic locking force: 500 N, retaining force: 25 N
  • PL e, category 4 (EN ISO 13849), SIL 3 (EN 61508) for door monitoring
  • Increased availability thanks to the high door offset tolerance
  • Offset tolerance: ± 5 mm
  • Standardised or integrated mounting
  • Variants with two M12 plug connectors for simple cascading
  • Simple and safe series connection reduces wiring work.
  • Mount the MLP1 directly on the door frame or inside the machine
  • Save time and money with simple connections and low wear & tear
  • Enclosure rating: IP67

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Optimal Process Protection

The MLP1’s strong electromagnet prevents interference in running processes, ensuring that the safety gate remains closed and the production process can function as planned. Further benefits come with the high level of manipulation protection provided by the RFID transponder safety switch, variants with unique coding only accept the previously taught-in actuator.

The high locking force of the electromagnet ensures that the protective door cannot be opened accidently. These safety switches have an offset tolerance of ± 5 mm and, thanks to the transponder technology and electromagnet, provide a reliable door locking function even if the door is not closed correctly.

Safety Switches from SICK

Flexible Mounting, Easy Integration

It’s simple to integrate the MLP1 into your installation, being easily and quickly mounted and barely visible. Thanks to its rugged metal housing and IP67 enclosure these safety switches can withstand harsh ambient conditions providing a long service life. They also feature various connection options and performance level (PL) e.

Safety Switch Applications

  • Protection of personnel in applications which do not involve overrun movements
  • Process protection for automated production systems
  • Applications where precise guidance of the protective door is not permitted

Safety Switch Technical Features

  • Type 4, RFID (EN ISO 14119)
  • Actuator coding level -Low coding level & High coding level (EN ISO 14119)
  • Self-monitoring semiconductor outputs (OSSDs)
  • Power to lock locking principle
  • Door, guard, gate monitoring
  • Locking force FZh – 500 N (GS-ET-19)
  • Cable with plug M12, 5-pin, Cable with female connector, M12, 5-pin, Cable with plug M12, 8-pin
  • LED indicators
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LOGO! 8 – Small Easy to Install Powerful Logic Modules – from Siemens

LOGO! 8 mini controllers, manufactured by Siemens, are a comprehensively designed family of logic modules for use in industrial automation and control applications, ideally suited for smaller scale control tasks.

Easy to install, with minimal wiring and user-friendly programming, it’s simple to implement small automation projects using the LOGO! Soft Comfort Software. These intelligent logic modules  can help you save on control cabinet space, helping save on outlay.

Interfaces such as Ethernet, USB or via the Cloud (with the 8.3 software update), are used for connecting to the IoT, for programming, data transmission, predictive maintenance and power monitoring. Using expansion modules from the LOGO! family means existing installations can be retrofitted, helping to expand your application whenever you need.

Advanced IoT Connectivity with LOGO! 8.3 Soft Comfort Software

LOGO! 8.3 software helps future proof your installations, opening-up the world of IoT. This  capable engineering software offers not only familiar operation in single mode but also easy operation in network mode. Automatic configuration and the ability to open as many as 3 programs at once, and you can drag and drop to easily transfer signals from one program to another.

A wizard helps to set up a cloud connection in LOGO! Soft Comfort in just a few steps, and the web server can be configured by the user to enable control of automation components via mobile devices.

LOGO! 8 Logic Module Features

  • Eight basic units for all voltages, with or without a large display
  • Ethernet port and connections that are backwards compatible
  • 7 digital modules and 3 analogue modules
  • 6-line display with 16 characters per line
  • Maximum configuration: 24 digital inputs, 20 digital outputs, 8 analogue I/O
  • Temperature range–20 °C and +55 °C
  • Choice of white, orange, and red backlighting
  • Time synchronisation between LOGO! basic units
  • LOGO! 8 as SIPLUS extreme for use in especially harsh conditions
  • Conformal coating for added environmental protection
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Ethernet made easy

Integrated Ethernet interface for the entire product family means the logic modules communicate with each other and the SIMATIC S7 systems via Ethernet Modbus TCP/IP for LOGO! 8.1 or higher, allows modules to act as either a client or a server. The CSM add-on module Ethernet 4-port switch, expands the  interfaces local Ethernet networks still further.

Integrated web server

The integrated web server found in the LOGO! basic units is ideal for monitoring and control via WLAN and the Internet, it’s password-protected and suitable for all conventional browsers. The web server is easy to configure with no HTML programming knowledge required. LOGO! 8 can also be operated using a smartphone, tablet, or a PC. The self-configured display has the option of designing web pages for mobile devices using your own pictures, logos and icons. Data can be stored on a micro-SD card and projects can be further processed in HTML if required.

LOGO! Basic Modules

The perfect choice as a fast, uncomplicated and space-saving solution for basic control tasks. LOGO! has long been a constant as an intelligent logic module for small automation projects.

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LOGO! Expansion Modules

A wide range of expansion modules allows the user to set up a flexible LOGO! Configuration with a maximum of 24 digital inputs, 20 digital outputs, 8 analogue inputs and 8 analogue outputs possible.

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LOGO! Power

The mini power supply devices designed like LOGO! modules offer great performance in the smallest space: The excellent efficiency over the complete load range and the low performance loss during idle times guarantee efficient operation.

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LOGO! Inrush Current Limiter

As a ballast unit for SITOP power supplies, SITOP inrush current limiters reliably reduce currents like those caused by the rectifier circuit on the input side with capacitor charging, as in the case of pulse-controlled power supplies.

 

 

 

 


LOGO Communication

The LOGO! family offers many communication options. In LOGO! 8, the connection to the communication modules is done via Ethernet. This means the entire address range of the inputs/outputs remains available for digital and analogue signals.

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Operator Devices

LOGO! TDE and SIMATIC Basic Panels offer simple operator control and monitoring possibilities. The external text display TDE provides an affordable interface for machine operators and with their sophisticated HMI basic functions, SIMATIC HMI Basic Panels are the ideal entry-level series for simple HMI applications.


LOGO! 8 Starter Kits

Six LOGO! 8 Starter Kits – individually equipped to suit your application. Utilise these kits to learn more about the advantages and possibilities of the logic modules in a quick and easy manner.

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Inductive Sensors for Valve Position Detection – for Regular & Harsh Industrial Environments

The Pepperl+Fuchs’ family of inductive valve position sensors helps provide modern industry with the most contemporary direct-mount open solution products available. These dual inductive sensor models include the F25 series for smaller pneumatic actuators and manual valves, the F31 series for small or medium actuators, and the robust F31K2 sensors. The F31K2 is the most flexible, rugged and weatherproof sensor model, ideal for use in demanding working environments.

Direct mount valve position inductive sensors minimise space requirements, maintain sensing distance, and offer simplicity and reliable monitoring. Designed to meet the requirements of the process valve market, these inductive proximity sensors are easily mounted onto the actuator enabling fast connection and easy replacement. All of these products are available to purchase from Kempston Controls today.

F25 Series – Basic, for manually operated valves and small/medium sized actuators

The F25/F25K series is available as a cable, plug, or terminal compartment version and combines the two sensor elements in the smallest possible space. Perfect for small basic applications, such as manual valves in indoor areas.

Versatile, the F25 sensor series is an effective solution for valve positioning, the two sensing elements in one device reduces installation and maintenance costs considerably. The F25 sensors are suitable for both the switch box enclosure as well as for direct mount onto the actuator.

F25 Inductive Proximity Sensor Features

  • The sensor mounts directly to manual or automated rotary valves using NAMUR 30 mm – spaced mounting holes
  • Adjustable-free mounting, maintains accurate sensing distance
  • Actuator target for position monitoring applications
  • Direct assembly on standard actuators
  • Dual sensor with two active zones
  • Small construction with sturdy plastic housing, IP 67
  • 2-wire DC sensor with minimum off-state current
  • For use with manual valves
  • Finger safe design
  • Namur, Safety Namur, SIL3, DC 2-wire, DC 3-wire
  • M12 male connector or cable
  • Construction PBT plastic

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F31/F31K – Standard, for direct mounting on actuators either indoor or outdoor

The F31/F31K series are used in applications on standard valve actuators in indoor and outdoor areas. They are very easy to assemble and are also available for hazardous areas.

The standard series F31/F31K are best suited for position feedback that enables direct, stable, and durable mounting of the sensor and actuator. The variable dual sensors are suitable for all normal actuators and are easy to mount.

F31/31K Inductive Proximity Sensor Features

  • Small sensing face ensures no pinch point hazard between sensor and puck
  • Direct mounting on actuators in indoor and outdoor areas
  • Versions include cable connection, plug and socket, and terminal compartments
  • Clear LED indication of switch status, supply voltage, and solenoid activation
  • Compact design (F31), F31K features a terminal compartment
  • 1 or 2 solenoid outputs
  • NAMUR, SIL2, DC 2-wire, DC 3-wire, AC/DC, AS-interface

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F31k2 Series – Premium – optimised for outdoor applications

The F31K2 series is specifically designed for uncompromising use outdoors, combining durability and flexibility with excellent performance, even under extreme working conditions. Easy to mount on standard valve actuators without the need for additional mounting aids, these proximity sensors feature a highly visible integrated valve position indicator and translucent housing. ­

The F31K2’s unique double housing construction provides double mechanical protection and is tightly sealed, optimised for outdoor use with a high resistance to UV, temperature, and salt water. Thanks to the open solution and the translucent housing, the integrated beacon is highly visible.

F31K2 Inductive Proximity Sensor Features

  • Inductive dual sensor with extended sensing range
  • Optimised for outdoor use, rugged construction
  • Electronic amplifiers with Ex approval
  • Fully encapsulated sensor housing for non-contact sensing
  • Plug-in screw or cage clamps
  • Connections for cable or conduit fittings with long screw threads
  • Temperature, UV resistant and waterproof polycarbonate or aluminium housing
  • Connection of 1 or 2 solenoid valves, large terminal space
  • Flexible and modular housing with highly visible beacon
  • LEDs for sensor output and control of solenoid valves
  • Direct installation on NAMUR actuator holes 30 x 80 mm, 30 x 130 mm

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