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Kempston Controls Top Ten Blog Posts of 2019

After publishing 65 posts this year, we’ve decided to take this time to reflect and round-up our most popular articles this year. Here are our top ten blog posts from 2019:

10. PROTECT PSC1 Safety Controllers – Total Control

By Rick Morgan – 21 October

The multifunctional PROTECT PSC1 safety controllers from Schmersal consists of a range of very capable freely programmable compact safety controllers with an impressive offering of I/O extension modules ideal for a wide range of industrial and commercial safety and control applications. Consisting of two comprehensive families, the PCS1-C-10 and the PSC1-C-100, these capable safety controllers can cover all your potential industrial signal processing and control requirements.

9. Important Update Concerning SICK Automation and Control Product Availability from Kempston Controls.

By Rick Morgan – 25 February

SICK, one of the World’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automation and control products will be staging a phased removal of a number of ranges of their existing product portfolio during the Spring and Summer of 2019.

8. Switching Power – Craig & Derricott Automatic Transfer Switch Range

By Rick Morgan – 24 September

The Automatic Transfer Switch Range from Craig & Derricott is the perfect choice when you need to ensure that your power network is protected from outages.

7. Top 5 Inductive Proximity Sensors

By Rick Morgan – 27 August

Inductive Proximity Sensors are an essential addition to countless process automation and control installations in all manner of industries. Designed to ensure that your process, whatever it may be, from a heavy industrial robotic welding installation to managing warehouse conveyor systems performs the best it can at all times. Whatever your flavour of Inductive Proximity Sensor, from the toughest to the economical Kempston Controls has just what you need. Here, we get up-close and personal with our Top 5 Inductive Proximity Sensors.

6. Industry 4.0 – the Digital Backbone of Modern Manufacturing

By Rick Morgan – 29 April 2019

Industry 4.0 is known as the fourth industrial revolution, changing the way we manufacture an ever-increasing spectrum of products all thanks to the digitisation of the mechanism involved in their creation. The change is rapidly growing pace, due in part to increased demand for newer smarter products and with leaps in innovations in the manufacturing industry.

5. PRC Series Circular Connectors – A New Angle on Connectivity

By Rick Morgan – 19 August

When it comes to industrial connectors, the PRC Series of circular connectors from Phoenix Contact has been designed to enable robust, reliable and stable cable-to-cable connections that demand precision real estate management in a multitude of installations from industrial and outdoor to commercial buildings. Incorporating weatherproof materials in their construction and with an impressive IP69K rating, the PRC series of connectors are capable of high current transmission even in the most demanding environmental conditions.

4. Lighting Up Danger with ATEX Flashlights

By Joe Shipton – 29 October 2019

Kempston Controls is pleased to announce that we now offer a range of intrinsically safe flashlights ideal for hazardous areas from ecom – a Pepperl+Fuchs Brand.

3. IO-Link? Bi-directional Data Exchange? What’s that?

By Rick Morgan – 10 June 2019

IO-Link is an industrial communication network standard (IEC61131-9) that allows the easy extraction of data from process control and automation sensors that support the IO-Link protocol and are connected to a device master. IO-Link is the first globally standardised IO-technology that has been designed to allow communication from the primary controller down to a basic automation level.

2. Are you SIRIUS about Spring-Loaded Terminal Technology?

By Rick Morgan – 1 March 2019

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.

1. Safety Handle Revolutionised with the new Pizzato P-KUBE Krome

By Rick Morgan – 13 June 2019

A revolutionary new product from Pizzato, the P-KUBE Krome series combines the functionality and characteristics of your typical enclosure safety handle, but with an ergonomic rounded grip, illuminated control button and unique customisable LED notification functionality. The multitude of signalling illumination options available (on the illuminated White P-KUBE Krome version) gives the end-user the added security of the safety guards status or any other processing condition.

Honourable Mentions outside of the Top Ten:

Our favourites from this year:

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

By Mark Jansen – 31 October

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.

Ultra-Low Emissions. Will you be Leading the Charge When it Comes to Electric Vehicle Supply Networks?

By Rick Morgan – 8 April

In 2018 the UK Government launched its Road to Zero strategy, with ambitious targets of at least 50% and as many as 70% of new cars constructed to be ultra-low emissions by 2030 and by 2050 they want almost every car and van to be zero-emission. Outlined in the Government document, The Road to Zero, the plan promises a huge expansion of the vehicle charging infrastructure that will be needed to keep these electric vehicles moving efficiently. Plans are afoot to increase the level of charge-points, with one every 20 miles along the strategic road network by 2020, along with charging points in all new homes and the retrofitting of lampposts with charging fixtures.

Thank you for supporting our blog posts this year and we hope you enjoyed this top ten round-up. We look forward to bringing you more industry news and insights in 2020!

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