Drives & Controls Magazine September 2023

47 September 2023 NEW PRODUCTS n Sick says that its latest ultrasonic sensor sets the standard for ultrasonic detection duties up to 5m. The compact, cube-shaped UC40 sensor is equipped with push-lock mounting and IO-Link, and can be integrated quickly into machines, conveyors and automated vehicles. The sensor outputs reliable distance or level measurements even in dusty or dirty environments, or in poor ambient light. It provides presence detection and position data independent of the colour, transparency or reflectivity of the object. Interference echo suppression ensures a stable ultrasonic signal. Selectable sensitivity hysteresis stabilises the signal for laterally approaching objects. The signal quality can be monitored via IOLink, while four status LEDs on the sensor provide a visual indication that it is operating correctly. A push-pull IO-Link output means the sensor can be integrated with minimal cabling into new or existing installations, with a click and twist of the push-lock bracket. An adaptable sound cone simplifies set-ups. Teach-in is achieved rapidly using Sick’s Sopas software. Built-in temperature compensation ensures reliable distance measurement data. The ambient temperature is recorded continuously, and calculations of measured values are adjusted automatically. With its rugged IP65/67 housing and a rotatable sensor head, the UC40 can fit into tight machine spaces. Sick Kollmorgen has released an IP69K-protected servomotor with an anodised aluminium housing aimed at medium- to heavy-duty washdown applications. The high-torquedensity Akma motor is designed for continuous-duty applications, and comes in four frame sizes with torque ratings from 0.5–14.5Nm (1.4–38Nm peak). It is available from Inmoco. The corrosion-resistant motor can be used in environments exposed to saline as well as chemicals with wide range of pH values. It can handle all weather conditions, making it suitable for to outdoor applications. The motor’s smooth surface and round body prevents droplets from pooling. The aluminium coating resists scratches, flaking and denting, and prevents bacteria from collecting, while its IP69K rating means that high-pressure hot water jets can be used during washdowns in food & beverage and pharmaceutical applications. The servomotor is compatible with EnDat 2.2 feedback, and Hiperface DSL which can communicate motor shaft position and measure motor temperatures. It is also compatible with Kollmorgen’s SFD3 bidirectional digital resolver system that uses a single hybrid power and feedback cable. Inmoco 01327 307600 CP Automation is offering a compact, low-harmonic active filter for small (up to 5.5kW) VSDs, that is pre-configured to avoid the need for programming during set-up. CP describes the Revcon LHS (low harmonic supply) filter as “groundbreaking” because it tackles harmonics in smaller loads than other products. The filter allows users to maintain power quality while making the most of the available space. It is said to be 99% efficient with power losses of around 120W, helping to limit energy costs without compromising on power quality. It uses silicon carbide (SiC) power Mosfets (metal oxide semiconductor fieldeffect transistors) with Schottky diodes instead of the more common IGBTs, improving lowloss performance and enabling 50kHz switching frequencies, as well as reducing THD (total harmonic distortion) from 35% to less than 5%. Current transformers (CTs) and load resistors are built in. Following installation, users simply make power and output connections. The filter operates in series, avoiding the need for extra wiring, cabling and programming. Series installation also means that users can set up multiple filters across a site and distribute their harmonic reduction capability, rather than relying on a single large filter. CP Automation 01724 851 515 Anodised aluminium servomotors are designed for harsh conditions ‘Groundbreaking’ filter tackles harmonics in drives under 5.5kW Rockwell Automation has released a line of graphic terminals that use technologies that it acquired when it bought the Italian automation manufacturer Asem in 2020. The Allen-Bradley OptixPanel terminals cover screen sizes from 4–21.5 inches, in 4:3 or widescreen proportions, with bezel options including stainless-steel, aluminium and glass. The panels are said to give a PC-like user experience in sealed enclosures with no access to the operating system, thus avoiding the need for antivirus software. Machine-builders can customise the terminals based on factors such as cost, performance, and look-and-feel. As well as standard models, which can operate independently on two networks, there are also compact versions, and stainless-steel models with optional IP69K protection for washdown applications. Capacitive multitouch screens support gestures such as swipe and pinch. The HMIs are compatible with Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Optix software, giving cloud-based access to process data using communications standards such as OPC UA and MQTT. Built-in drivers support connections to all types of controller. Applications can be developed independently using a local desktop editor, or collaboratively via a Web browser. Software-as-a-service workflows allow teams to collaborate from anywhere, with change-tracking and versioning to keep track of who has changed what and when. Rockwell Automation Ultrasonic sensor clicks into place Machine-builders can customise graphic terminals to suit their needs