New Product Announcement: Control Techniques launches SI-POWERLINK module

Control Techniques SI Powerlink

New Module provides POWERLINK connectivity Control Techniques has expanded the capabilities of its drives further with the launch of a dedicated POWERLINK option module.  SI-POWERLINK serves applications ranging from simple open-loop systems through to those demanding precise motion control. The protocol is based upon standard Ethernet and provides a solution for real-time Industrial Ethernet to satisfy the requirements of industrial automation and process control.  POWERLINK is used in applications in industries including automotive, energy management, machinery, industrial automation, railway and maritime transportation, robotics, vision systems and more. The new module is compatible with Control Techniques Unidrive, Digitax, Commander, and Pump Drive families, and conforms to the latest Continue reading New Product Announcement: Control Techniques launches SI-POWERLINK module

New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

The BRX expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller. Newly added BRX discrete I/O modules include 5, 8, and 16-point relay output modules with Form A (SPST) and Form C (SPDT) options; 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete input and output modules; a 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete combination input/output module; and the HSIO4 high-speed pulse combo module capable of handling up to a 2MHz frequency in differential or single-ended wiring configurations. In addition, a new Pluggable Option Module (POM) with full Ethernet capability and support for MQTT Client, Do-more, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet Continue reading New Product Announcement: New BRX Discrete i/o, Combination i/o, High-Speed Pulse Combo and POM

New Feature Annoucement: OPC UA Historical Data Access Feature for Weintek cMT Series HMI

NFC Weintek OPC UA Historical Data image

Access to historical data is an important aspect in any smart system upgrade and integration. From data/trend analysis, process optimization and failure prediction to pre-emptive maintenance, analytics rely on complete historical data being available before any meaningful action can be taken. OPC UA, which features platform independence, robust security and high scalability, has stood out as a prominent choice for a standardized IIoT communication protocol; and, given its importance in the field, Weintek continues to develop and add OPC UA related feature support. From EasyBuilder Pro v6.04.02 onwards, OPC UA Historical Data Access (HDA) feature has been added, allowing OPC Continue reading New Feature Annoucement: OPC UA Historical Data Access Feature for Weintek cMT Series HMI

Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

Direct Automation Case Study

Alex Strokosch of Direct Automation Systems, uses Weintek HMIs with Teknokol enclosures and Productivity PLCs in application for a medical manufacturer. The Teknokol system offers a solution that looks great, works, and has a really great price to performance ratio Alex, tell us a bit about yourself… I’m located in East Kilbride, just south of Glasgow.   I started my career as industrial electrician before moving to Scotland in the early 1980s after a stint in the Merchant Navy, and I’ve worked in electrical engineering for 41 years.  I had my own business from 1992 to 2001, then I worked for Continue reading Case Study: Increased Productivity in Medical Manufacturing

New Product Announcement: EA9-RHMI Headless HMI from Automation Direct

C-more EA9-RHMI Headless HMI

New from C-more®, the EA9 series remote (headless) HMI unit provides all the functionality of an EA9 touch panel without the extra cost of a touchscreen interface. Intended for the user who doesn’t require a built-in HMI display, needs a larger display, or would prefer to use the C-more mobile app, the headless unit supports an HD1280x720 pixel screen resolution with an HDMI output that supplies both video and audio out. USB port A can be used to connect various USB devices to the panel such as a touchscreen, mouse, keyboard, flash drive or barcode scanner. The remote HMI is Continue reading New Product Announcement: EA9-RHMI Headless HMI from Automation Direct

We’re still open!

Once again, we’d like to reassure our valued customers and suppliers that, as during previous restrictions, we remain open for business. Orders can be placed by phone or email, or via our website, and all items are despatched by courier. We hold good stock levels of our most popular products and we do not anticipate disruption to our supply chain for non-stocked items. Of course, our premises will remain COVID-Secure and we will continue with the steps we have already been taking to ensure our staff and customers remain safe; accordingly, this means we will not be able to welcome Continue reading We’re still open!

Season’s Greetings 2020

As we approach the end of what has been a challenging and extraordinary year for us all, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and suppliers for sticking with us and supporting us over the last 12 months. We know you have a choice, and we appreciate your continued business. Whatever your plans for the Festive Season this year, we wish you all a peaceful and healthy Christmas, and a prosperous, and uninterrupted 2021.

November 2020 Prize Draw Winners!

Congratulations to the lucky winners of our 2020 Wera Tools Advent Calendar prize draw, which took place on 30th November. The winners were: Myron Jones at Refgas in Deeside; Neil O’Callaghan at Electrical Controls Manufacturing Ltd in Cork; and Joe Davies at Levate Solutions in Shrewsbury The prizes were shipped out the same day to arrive in time to open the first door on 1st December. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter. Here’s to the next competition!

Case Study: Weintek HMIs in Wind/Unwind Application

We talked to Nick Cadby at Nacom Automation Ltd about using Weintek MT8050iE HMIs with analogue PLCs. The speed of the responses I get when I put in a support request is really fast Tell me about yourself – where are you located and what’s your background?We’re based in Chesterfield, and I’ve been working in Industrial Automation for over 30 years.  I was a project engineer for a Swiss strapping company and a friend asked me to come and work for him at Advanced Technical Solutions.  From there, I started Nacom 18 years ago, and now we’ve grown to a Continue reading Case Study: Weintek HMIs in Wind/Unwind Application

Case Study: Print and Inspection in Pharma Application

We talked to Nick Oldfield about how he’s used a CLICK® PLC and Weintek in application for a pharmaceutical client. It was really important that the PLC had high speed input capacity for this project.  Nick Oldfield Ltd is based in Liverpool but work with clients all over the world. Tell us about yourself: I left school at 16 and did an apprenticeship.  I got my HND on day release and moved into project engineering.  I worked for a company which made systems for pharmaceutical packaging security for 6 years, then I set up my own business in 1995 and Continue reading Case Study: Print and Inspection in Pharma Application