Control Design Puts Product Roundups at Your fingertips

CONTROL DESIGN Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt has done the research for you. He’s boiled down all the marketing hoopla from product descriptions and turned them into something useful. Check out his compilation of Product Roundups and find the software, hardware, machine components and devices you need quickly and easily.

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How many times have you searched for product information using control magazine web sites or Google and come away disappointed? If you look up motor drives or HMIs, for example, all you get is a series of links, right? You have to click on each one, just to see what it is. Sometimes all you get is the original press release which contains a bunch of self-serving statements from the company president or product manager. Worse, if you go to a company's web site to find product information, you have to fill out a qualification form and then spend many minutes using their search function to find a data sheet or PDF on a product which may or may not exist.

We are trying to do away with all that, and make life more simple for you. 

First, you can see brief product descriptions about products in the individual roundups listed to the right. No clicking on additional links after that. 

Next, if you find a product you like, click on the link for more information. There, you'll find additional product information, photos, and links to locations of data sheets or other information on the vendor's web site. In other words, we've done the research for you. We've boiled down all the marketing hoopla into something that is useful for you.

If you like browsing through random new product writeups, check out the NEW PRODUCTS section below. Here you will find recent product writeups from our print and web publications.

Finally, if you need detailed technical information or want to see direct product comparisons, click the link to .

If there is any way we can improve this site, please let us know. Write to CONTROL DESIGN Editor in Chief Joe Feeley or Senior Technical Editor


Sensor Distribution Boxes
Distribution boxes can be used with all sensors equipped with the M12 connector and are available in 4 or 8 position, PVC or PUR, with or without LED indication, and with double assigned slots as an option for wiring. Boxes a re mounted directly on the equipment and provide IP65/67 protection. The KFMY accessory allows two sensors with compatible contact configuration to be connected to the same slot in the sensor distribution box. Automation Systems Interconnect

Gone Wireless
RadioLinx 2.4 GHz frequency hopping spread spectrum industrial wireless communications offer security with proprietary frequency hopping and data encryption, as well as reliability in the noisiest environments. Serial, Ethernet and Ethernet with serial server models are available. All models are UL Class 1 Div. 2 approved. ProSoft Technology

Make the Switch
Switch104, a PC/104 10/100 Ethernet switching hub for embedded computers, offers low power dissipation (1.5W), an extended temperature rating (-40C to +85C), and a high MTBF (1.51 million hours). The hub can be used as a standalone network switch (no processor board required) or in combination with embedded systems that support a PC/104 (ISA) bus. The unit is 3.550 in. x 3.775 in. (90x96 mm) in size and offers network connections through onboard RJ-45 jacks or via right-angle 4-pin Molex connectors. Parvus

Industrial Ethernet Switches
ET-5ES Series industrial Ethernet switches are plug-and-play and have dual power inputs. Deterministic performance is provided with high throughput (3.2 Gbps, non-blocking) to ensure no delays. The 5-port switches operate from -40 to 85°C, carry UL/CSA/CE ratings, and perform in Class 1, Div. 2 (Zone 2) hazardous locations, as well as marine/offshore applications. The switches run directly off DC power and will fit into any equipment-filled enclosure by DIN rail or direct panel mounting. SixNet

Talk to the I/O System
PCI-AC51 high-speed adapter card links the Pamux bus to PCI-compatible computers. The card interfaces with the I/O on PCs that use a PCI instead of an ISA bus. The computer-based I/O system reads 8 points in 3 microseconds and 512 in slightly over one-quarter of a millisecond for applications utilizing tufting machines, conveying systems, and sorting machines. Memory mapped architecture allows custom device drivers to run multiple adapters in parallel, allowing for customization of applications. Opto 22

Pushy Connectors
AWG #10 push-wire connectors require no twisting and taping, have a transparent housing for visual confirmation of the connection, and are available in 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, and 8-point connectors to handle the following wire sizes: AWG 10 to 18 solid copper, 10 to 16 stranded copper, 10 to 22 tinned stranded copper. A 4-point version is available with a special point for an AWG #18 stranded copper wire. Wago

I/O Modules for OEMs
PCLD-8751 has 48 isolated digital input channels, while the PCLD-8761 has 24 relay channels and 24 isolated digital input channels. PCLD-8751 and PCLD-8761 connect with PCI-1751 and PCI-1753 TTL-level digital I/O boards directly and can operate in harsh environments. Both products' digital input channels have 3,500Vdc isolation protection, wide input range from 5 to 30V, and wet or dry contact setting through DIP switch selection. LED indicators show the status of all I/O channels. Advantech

Expanded Connectivity
Eight-point input (­IE8H) and output (­OE8H) HART analog modules allow for communication with smart field devices that support the HART protocol. Modules can access the HART digital signal in parallel to the module's 4-20 mA analog signal with no effect on the processing of the analog. Modules allow users to connect to ControlNet or EtherNet/IP networks, HART field devices, HART handheld programming terminals, controllers, and HMI products. Rockwell Automation

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