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SPS IPC Drives 2013 exclusive show report

06 January, 2014
access to Simatic S7-1200 controllers via GPSR and UMTS networks; a range of multi-core industrial PCs (the D generation) in box, rack and panel formats, for use in hostile environments; and an industrial PC for 19-inch rack systems (Simatic IPC547E).

Sigmatek has expanded its S-Dias I/O range with a 12.5mm-wide mini-CPU based on an 800Mhz processor. The CP111 controller uses the real-time Varan Ethernet system with a bus speed of 100Mbit/s. Individual I/O modules can be accessed within 1.12µs.

Stöber was demonstrating its sixth-generation motion controls with integrated drive controls. The MC6 motion controller and SD6 drive controls are complemented by hardware-independent Codesys programming software which is said to simplify the programming of multiple axes by centralising all drive functions.

Trio Motion Technology was demonstrating the latest developments in its Uniplay touchscreen displays (above) that it unveiled at the 2012 SPS show. The 7” and 10” displays are programmed from Trio’s Motion Perfect v3 software, allowing users to develop applications faster by sharing motion control and GUI programming in a single environment. There is no need for separate HMI programming and no extra languages to learn.

Vipa, now owned by Yaskawa, has added a pair of CPUs to its SLIO I/O system, to create a full control system. The PLCs are based on the latest Speed7 technology from Vipa’s Profichip subsidiary which is even faster than before and, coupled with a 48Mbit/s backplane, can switch in ±1µs. The CPUs are programmed using Step7 code and can configured using Vipa’s new Speed7 Studio software

Vipa also launched a pair of panel PCs with dual-core Atom processors and multitouch HD displays measuring 15.6” and 21.5”. The PCs offer a choice of Windows Embedded Compact or Standard 7 operating systems. Vipa has also added touchpanel HMIs with 10” and 15” displays to its eco range. They can be used on two separate networks.


Datalogic has announced a range of type 4 safety light curtains with cascade, muting and blanking functions that can be programmed using either pushbuttons or a PC connected via Ethernet. The SG Extended curtains have a resolution of 14 or 30mm, controlled heights from 300–1,800mm, operating distances up to 20m, and have no dead zones. There are also Type 2 versions.

Eaton has introduced trip blocks for its PKE electronic motor protection breakers that turn them into IEC 60947-2 breakers for protecting cables and lines. The PKE-XTU…CP blocks (above) allow users to adapt the tripping threshold to different cable lengths and sizes. When used with Eaton’s SmartWire-DT system, the blocks can be used to monitor plant availability and energy consumption. There are two current ranges (15–36A and 30–65A) and two mounting widths (45 and 55mm).

Another Eaton development combines its BreakerVisu software with a 3.5 or 7” colour display to visualise up to 48 circuit-breakers and measuring devices. Users do not need to do any programming and separate displays for individual switches are no longer needed. The system can also: indicate the wear on NZM breaker contacts: connect third-party systems via Modbus RTU; and operate as a gateway for transferring data to a control centre.

Euchner was showing a configurable safety evaluation device (CES-CB) that can connect four read heads and includes 25 configurations with different logic functions, each of which can be expanded using a memory card. The devices have three safe outputs, four safe inputs, and six monitoring outputs. Several can be linked to create safety zones.

Other introductions from Euchner

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