Thursday, March 18, 2010

Balluff EtherNet/IP machine mount I/O Blocks

Balluff has introduced a new line of EtherNet/IP™ machine mount I/O blocks. Balluff's EtherNet/IP™ line consists of twelve versions of IP67 of machine mount I/O blocks and an IP 67 unmanaged switch.

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I/O Block Network Features:
  • Easy, flexible IP addressing methods
    • IP67 quick change addressing plug (IPAP)
    • Addressable display (100 series only)
    • Webserver interface
  • Certified by ODVA to ensure reliable operation and complete interoperability
  • Operates at 10 Mbit/s and 100 Mbit/s speeds for maximum throughput (auto recognize)
  • Rugged M12 (D-coded) ethernet connector
  • Supports star topology for increased reliability, accurate troubleshooting, and fast commissioning
Highly Visible Status LEDs
Status LEDs are vital during setup, preventative maintenance, and unplanned downtime. Traditional LEDs often become unreadable in the harsh and crowded manufacturing environment, but Balluff's LEDs are big, bright, and easy to see.

Detailed Level of Diagnostics
Many diagnostic features including monitoring low voltage conditions on the auxiliary power connector, short circuit and overload status.  

Powerful and Safe Outputs
Output current of up to 2 amps the output blocks are capable of driving almost any load.  Each output incorporates low trip overload protection with LED indication and a latching feature for easy troubleshooting.

Innovative Housing Design
This fully potten housing survives being stepped on, hit, improperly mounted, covered with debris, and splashed with caustic liquids. Super low-profile helps keep cables tucked safely out of harm's way. Rounded corners offer highly visible locations for channel markers. Strong metal housing requires only two mounting points and is tolerant of over-tightening.

Local Storage of IP Address
Unique IP67 Address Plug (IPAP) stores the block’s IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address. The IPAP has the additional features of user defined LEDs (which can aide in troubleshooting) and has an attachement strap to fix the IPAP to the network cable.

Addressable Display (100 series only)
Backlit display shows IP address, subnet mask, and gateway address. Push buttons allow the setting of any octet of the above addresses. The display can be locked out via the controller.

User Defined LEDs (100 series only) 
Similar to the IPAP, the display has the additional feature of red and green LEDs, which aid in troubleshooting.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Integrated Control Drive Motor - New from Tolomatic - ICM Plus

Tolomatic has released the new ICM Plus all-in-one integrated control, drive, and motor.  This solution combines the power of a servo motor with an integrated digital drive and control.  The ICM Plus has the following capabilities:
  • Indexer programming
  • Infinite positioning
  • Stand-alone operation
  • Mid-stroke positioning with sensors
  • Stepper mode (pulse/direction)
  • Analog position mode
  • 100% duty cycle for continuous operation
  • 24 Vdc opto-isolated I/O, NPN, or PNP
    • 8 Inputs
    • 2 Outputs
  • IP65 Option - For protection against water and dust ingress
The ICM Plus can be used on almost all Tolomatic electric actuators.

Flexible Operation
The ICM Plus has 4 flexible operation modes:

  • Stand-alone mode: PLCs or switches /sensors can send commands to the actuator via digital I / O to invoke indexer program for motion or other logic events.
  • Communication mode: PLC or PC sends position commands or register changes over RS-232.
  • Stepper mode: PLC or motion controller sends pulse / direction commands to actuator initiating motion.
  • Analog position mode: PLC or motion controller sends 0 - 10 VDC analog signal to actuator which equates into an actual position (contact factory for Analog Torque Mode).

Powerful Software - Intuitive Interface

Additional information on the ICM Plus Integrated Control Motor system is available on Tolomatic's Website at

If you have an application, would like a demonstration, or would like to receive more information please contact Scott Equipment.