Drives & Controls Magazine May 2023

55 May 2023 NEW PRODUCTS n Igus has developed a linear guide for hygienic applications that unlike other products for this market does not rely on an enclosed design. Instead, the drylin W linear guide uses FDAcompliant materials such as high-performance polymers, high-alloy stainless steel and a carriage with a flushable interior. The main challenge in developing the guide was achieving a gap-free design. The focus was on designing a flushable sled that would allow liquids to drain freely without creating wet areas. The slide consists of the FDA and EU10/2011-compliant iglidur A160 polymer. The lubricationfree plain bearing material has a low coefficient of friction. Hygienic screws and extra-large flushing grooves are also used. Bevelled edges allow cleaning agents to run off quickly. The bottom seal protects the space under the rail from dirt and no residues of food and chemicals can settle. The shafts are sealed to protect gaps from debris. A corrosion-resistant, high-alloy stainless-steel (V4A) is used as the linear rail to avoid microscopic surface structures where dirt might adhere. igus 01604 677240 Gap-free hygienic linear guide promises lean, safe, lubrication-free operation MCB promises ‘best-in-class technical performance’ IO-Link master modules can power actuators up to 2A ABB has launched a new industrial miniature circuit breaker (MCB) with the claim that it will improve safety, installation efficiency and information accessibility, and offer “best-in-class technical performance”. The S300 P Industrial MCB (which replaces the previous S200 P breakers) is said to allow new levels of performance in the same volume and design as other MCBs. It offers new safety capabilities including increased impulse withstand voltage and an indicator to show if the device has tripped. Other improvements include a dual DIN-rail clip, and a QR code for quick access to documentation, certificates, and technical data. An updated terminal design supports larger cables (up to 35mm2) and saves installation space by being one module wide in combination with a bottom fixed auxiliary contact. It also operates more efficiently, with a lower internal resistance reducing power losses and increasing safety. ABB yho9rl Ifm has announced new IO-Link master modules that can be used not only for connecting IO-Link intelligent sensors, but also for connecting and powering field-mounted actuators needing currents of up to 2A. The modules are available in four- and eight-port versions. To protect the actuators and the modules in the event of a fault, users can set output current limits for each port. It is also possible to monitor the voltage and current at each port via IO-Link. This can be used to determine the power needed by an installation. The information can be sent to an ERP system for further analysis. The four-port versions have Type B ports, while the eightport versions have four Type B and four Type A ports. Both types of port can supply up to 2A, but the maximum for the four Type A ports cannot exceed 3.6A. The modules can be supplied for use with Profinet, EtherNet/IP or EtherCat. Power is supplied via L-coded connectors with a 16A rating. The modules can optionally be daisy-chained to simplify the power cabling. Pre-terminated cables are available to ensure that the high currents are delivered without significant voltage drops. Ifm electronic 0208 213 2222 Danfoss’Vacon NXP and 100 drives now have embedded condition-based monitoring functions, allowing them to be used as smart sensors to monitor the condition of motors and applications. They can detect issues before these have an impact on a process. Internal sensors monitor activity beyond the drive, gathering data from multiple sources and generating instantaneous insights. The drives monitor stator winding conditions and load envelopes, as well as speed-related vibration via external sensors. Users can set thresholds and automatically or manually determine the baseline for monitoring with different methods in accordance with relevant standards and guidelines. The drives perform these functions without connecting to the cloud or a PLC. The latest update to Mitsubishi Electric’s RT Toolbox3 and iQ Works2 offers a new visual editor for programming Scada and six-axis industrial robots. A graphical interface uses drag-and-drop building blocks for programming, allowing flowchart diagrams to be set up to simulate robot workflows without needing specialist knowledge. A configuration wizard helps users to insert parameters for a machine to move, pick, pause and repeat. The tool mirrors the framework used to set up and run Mitsubishi’s Melfa Assista cobots. The update is included in recently purchased robot packages. Schaffner has introduced an easy-touse HMI for its Ecosine Active Sync active harmonic filter (AHF) system, which mitigates harmonics sent back to an electrical network by converting the harmonic current generated by non-linear loads. Until now, the only way of fine-tuning applications has been by using a PC with a special cable and software. The new HMI uses a 7-inch colour touchscreen that makes it easier to access and view parameters, while reading and entering values where required. It can change and monitor all filter parameters and measured values of a three-phase network, and plot up to six traces in an oscilloscope-style view. Parvalux has launched a range of brushed permanent magnet DC motors for robot applications. The two-pole bidirectional BRx42 motors are also suitable for industrial, building automation, agricultural and medical applications. The motors are available in two stack lengths spanning a variety of operating voltages, speeds and torque ratings in relatively small housings. The 19mm stack model (total length 70mm) and the 34mm version (85mm total) deliver 0.038Nm and 0.057Nm of torque respectively. UK-based Parvalux has been owned by the Swiss maxon group since 2018.