Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New True Color Sensor

Tri-Tronics has released a new true color sensor. From the Tri-Tronics market release:

Designed to work as well as an instrument or spectrometer, this sensor can solve the most difficult color applications at higher speeds than color cameras or the closest priced competitive product. The 4 Channel Monitor provides a visual confirmation of performance without having to switch channel selections or touch the sensor in any way.
  • Low cost color solution; vs. color camera, competitive sensors, or spectrometers 
  • Visual verification of individual channel performance 
  • One model fits all applications; selectable outputs, timers, resolution, speed, etc. 
  • Internal logic removes the need for extra processing; ex. Input for latch reset 
  • Quick disconnect for easy changeover 
  • Solves shade-to-shade or color-to-color applications 
  • Capture colors from HMI, PLC, or remote button 
  • 4-Channel Monitor for At-A-Glance performance feedback 
  • 4-Digital Outputs; NPN or PNP (selectable) 
  • 3-Analog Outputs; 0-5VDC - XYZ or xyY (selectable) 
  • Light On, Dark On, or Mute selection for each channel 
  • Speed versus Resolution (selectable) 
  • Color versus Color + Intensity (selectable) 
  • Remote Color Capture 
  • 14-Wire, 6 Foot Cable, or 6 Inch Pigtail ¼ Turn Connector 
  • Input for Latch Reset/Inhibit or Windowing 
  • Adjustable Light Intensity; 1 to 100 
  • Adjustable Tolerance for each channel; 1 to 50 
  • Adjustable Timers; 1 millisecond to 10 seconds 
    • Off Delay 
    • On Delay 
    • One Shot 
    • Latch

We are enthused about this new sensor and the sensor's potential to make improvements for our customers.  At approximately $750 each this sensor can solve applications that  previously required much more expensive and complex solutions.

If you would like to see a demo of this sensor, or would like us to test an application in our sensor lab please contact us.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Custom Fitting Solutions

    Some OEM applications require specialized fitting solutions that can't be found in a catalog.  The fittings in the image are specialized fittings we developed for a OEM application.  These fittings greatly reduced the size and complexity of the product.

    If you have a custom fitting application Scott Equipment can help, contact us today.

    Saturday, January 9, 2010

    mk QuickDesigner - 3D Guarding Configurator

    We just finished our first hands-on with mk Technology Group's 3D Guarding Configurator mk QuickDesigner. Designing guards can be a very time consuming process. In the past there have been some software options but most were a plug into AutoCad or simply allowed you to access 3D models for use in any CAD software. While helpful these packages did little for those of us that did not use Autocad. mk Quickdesigner overcomes most of these limitations since it is a standalone full featured program.  From the sofware overview on mk's webpage:

    Our new "mk QuickDesigner" software reduces engineering and order processing times by up to 80%.

    "mk QuickDesigner" is a state-of-the-art and standalone pricing, planning and design tool for the easy and fast creation of perimeter guards made with mk Aluminum Framing Systems.

    An easy to use 3D interface allows the quick design of a custom guard either by automatic equipping of 2D floorplans with 3D panels or by allowing the user to build and configure one panel at a time.

    For now the final version comes packaged on a CD and can be requested free of charge via our website or email to   A downloadable copy would be nice, and we have requested that option from mk but at around 750 meg it would be a pretty large download.

    When the CD is first inserted you are presented with a couple of options.  The first option is to run the program directly from the CD and avoid any installation.  Personally, I would advise against this.  Most CD drives are relatively slow and if your experience is anything like mine the program runs too slowly directly from the CD.  If you select install the program it installs like any other software.

    Like any program once loaded it takes a few minutes to get familiar with the various options and buttons  available.  Thankfully mk included a 46 page PDF user guide that can be accessed by clicking on the '?' on the top program menu.  The pdf guide is well done and will get you started with the program basics.

    You have a couple of different options when drawing your guards.  The first option is inserting the first section and building from that module forward.  This method is easy thanks to the connection points method of adding sections.  Using this method, basic guards are quick to configure.

    As you can see in the image on the right the panel we just inserted has 3 connection points on each side and a center point where we can modify what is inside the panel.  Clicking on any of these green connection points brings up options to add the next module.

    The second option for generating a new guard is using the "Automatic Guard Generation"  tools.  This tool works with a 2D line drawing tool inside the software or you can import a CAD drawing from a floor plan.  Think of it as drawing a guard in 2D in top view with simple lines.  Once drawn you can automatically generate the guard.  This will generate a solid guard that you can go back into the 3D view and change panels to doors, adjust sweep heights, and other features.  I would imagine this would be the preferred starting method when drawing more complex guards.

    As a learning experience I decided to create a basic guard with a door and a conveyor entry point.  The basic guard shown in the image on the left took me about 10 minutes to create.

    As you can see I was able to easily adjust the sweep height for the conveyor entry.  It even has some basic shapes (box, tube, person) you can add to represent other items in the environment.

    Once drawn you can export this guard drawing to most 2D & 3D formats.  Additionally, with one click you can generate your Bill of Materials right into excel.  The Bill of Materials includes everything in varying levels of detail across 5 excel tabs.   The tabs are:

    1. Price Calculation - Basic pricing and part number information and quantities per assembly. (22 parts lin the assembly shown above)
    2.  Parts List - More detail, every part in every sub-panel assembly down to the fasteners. (54 parts in the assembly shown above)
    3. Cut List Extrusions - Summary of extrusions used and the total lengths as well as the number of cuts. (7 different extrusion / cut combinations for the assembly above including the sealing gasket)
    4. Cut List Panels - The type of panels (e.g., wire mesh, pvc, etc.) used and their dimensions.
    5. Material Requirement List - A summary showing the entire parts list shipping weight.  (282.81 lbs. in the example above).
    We are very impressed with the software and have copies available free of charge for anyone designing guards using mk extrusion.  To receive your free copy please send an email to or contact us online.

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    New SMC LEY Series - Rod Style Electric Actuator

    SMC has released a new rod style electric actuator, the LEY series.  Built into a compact package the new LEY series has the following features:

    • Max stroke 500 mm (19.68")
    • Speed control
    • Position control (Max. 64 points)
    • 2 Motor types
      • Stepper Motor
      • Servo Motor
    • Optional drop prevention via a non-energizing operation type lock mechanism.
    • Rod Scraper
    • 3 Sizes with a maximum pushing force (LEY32 with 4mm Lead) 707N or 159 lbs.
    • Max Speed 500 mm (19.68" / s)
    The LEY series is typically sold as a set with a LEC controller.  The LEC controller is programmable and features 11 inputs and 13 outputs with up to 64 stored positions.  Additionally, the LEC controller has RS485 (Modbus protocol compliant) serial communication.

    For the features series LEY is has a very good market price.  Complete systems including actuator, controller, and cables range from $1,300 - $2,000 depending on the options selected.  A teach pendent is available as an option but was not included in the pricing estimates above.

    More information on SMC series LEY can be found in the  LEY Series Catalog

    If you have application questions or need pricing and delivery please call (1-800-222-2903) or contact Scott Equipment online.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    Registration mark sensor with (5µs) repeatability

    Tri-Tronics Company, Inc. has introduced the new SMARTEYE® X-MARK™ Photoelectric Registration Mark Sensor with a 10us response time and 5us repeatability.  This is the ideal sensor for registration mark sensing in today's packaging, printing and converting applications where higher speed and accuracy are demanded.

    If you would like a demonstration or to test the sensor in your application give us a call  (800-222-2903) or contact us online.

    Sunday, January 3, 2010

    New Line - LinkTech Couplings

    Scott Equipment is proud to announce the addition of the LinkTech line of quick couping solutions.  LinkTech offers a wide range of standard and unique custom couplings.  LinkTech’s industry interchangeable quick couplings are particularly well suited for use on durable and disposable medical equipment, analytical devices, and food & beverage applications, among others. The standard LinkTech product line is very broad, including a complete range of threaded, panel mount, in-line and elbow configurations. In addition, LinkTech has the capability to produce custom solutions to meet unique application requirements.

    • Audible “click” ensures a secure connection
    • Intuitive thumb-latch design
    • Connects with other thumb-latch type couplings
    • The only industry interconnect guarantee
    • 350 standard coupling styles and sizes to choose from
    • POM (Polyacetal Copolymer, DuPontTM Derlin®)
    • Polypropylene (Industrial & Gamma Stable Medical Grade)
    • ABS (Medical Grade)
    • Chrome Plated Brass (Food Grade)
    • Operating Pressure: Vacuum to 250psi (Vacuum to 17.3 bar)
    • Operating Temperature: -40°F to 180°F (-40°C to 82°C)
    • Flow Capacity: 1/8” to 1/2”
    These products will be added to our online site soon.  If you have current applications please give us a call (1-800-222-2903) or Contact Us online.

    [Link] to visit the LinkTech website