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Product News 2, June 2010

Process management software PlantStruxure allows industrial and infrastructure users to meet their automation needs while at the same time deliver on growing energy-management requirements. According to the company, the system offers flexible, scalable, and collaborative architectures that are the building blocks for manufacturing and process within the company's EcoStruxure energy management architecture

Process management software

PlantStruxure allows industrial and infrastructure users to meet their automation needs while at the same time deliver on growing energy-management requirements. According to the company, the system offers flexible, scalable, and collaborative architectures that are the building blocks for manufacturing and process within the company's EcoStruxure energy management architecture portfolio, which allows users to improve energy efficiencies across multiple domains of business, including process automation. The product also integrates hardware and software components throughout a plant.
Schneider Electric
Circle 200

Phase monitor

This auto-ranging dual-voltage phase monitor protects against undervoltage, phase reversal, phase loss, and phase imbalance, according to the company. Options include overvoltage protection and multiple delay-on-operate time delays. Available in 8-pin (with an additional SPST contact) and 12-pin plug-in versions, the product can also act as a diagnostic tool, using the LED to provide a series of pulses to indicate which fault is present.
M.P. Electronics
Circle 201

Grounding bar kits

These grounding bar kits help prevent theft of copper from indoor and outdoor installations. Kits include one 0.25-in.-thick grounding bar made of solid, cold-drawn copper (110 Electrolytic Tough-Pitch). Other features include two standoff insulators, two mounting brackets, and stainless spring-lock washers. In addition, the product features Truss Spanner security bolts and the No. 14 Truss bolt drill bit that the company says are virtually impossible to remove with a pair of pliers or any clamping tool. A Truss bolt drill bit is included to allow users to install or remove the security bolts. Custom stamping also is available.
Storm Security
Circle 202

Explosionproof enclosures

This line of explosionproof pendant stations is for push-button control in hazardous locations. Designed for use in Class I, Division 1 & 2 or Zone 1 & 2 locations, the cast aluminum enclosure and heavy-duty operators can be used to operate overhead cranes, hoists, lifts, and other remote-controlled equipment. Available in 1-hole through 18-hole configurations, the enclosures can be assembled with the company's line of explosionproof push buttons, emergency stop push buttons, pilot lights, and selector switches. Optional accessories include side handles, hanging brackets, and strain relief.
Circle 203

Coordination panelboard

The Quik-Spec coordination panelboard (QSCP) product line has been expanded to include a 400A-rated main and 125VDC model. Configurations up to 600VAC/400A/200kA SCCR or 125VDC/400A/100kA SCCR make the product suitable for power distribution as well as utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) circuits. For hazardous locations, an optional Class I, Div. 2 housing is available. In addition, 18 different branch fuse amp ratings are offered.
Cooper Bussmann
Circle 204

Interface connector

The RAI-GFCI-109-B remote access interface connector features a UL-approved 15A-rated GFCI AC outlet and hydraulic magnetic circuit breaker available from 1A to 30A. All outlets are UL approved, 15A rated. The product's aluminum housing contains a hinged dust cover that, when closed and latched, provides the through connector interface with an IP65 rating.
Automation Systems Interconnect
Circle 205

Seismic-certified products

These products are certified as meeting all published editions of the International Building Code's (IBC) seismic provisions to IBC 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009. Certified backup power generators include the company's natural gas and propane generators from 25kW to 150kW, as well as diesel generators from 20kW to 2,250kW. Certified transfer switches include standard automatic models from 30A to 3,000A and bypass-isolation models from 150A to 3,000A.
Kohler Power Systems
Circle 206

Heating cable

SR Trace self-regulating heating cable automatically varies its heat output with changes in the surrounding temperature, In addition, the cable provides freeze protection for plastic or metal pipes and vessels in ambient temperatures down to -40°F. Featuring 18 AWG tinned copper bus wires, a copper ground braid, flame-retardant TPE jacket, and a modified polyolefin over-jacket, the UL-listed and CSA-certified product will also maintain liquids in pipes at a constant temperature. Available power densities include 3W, 5W, and 8W per ft at 50°F for either 120VAC or 240VAC applications.
Circle 207

Flexible control cable

Series XM flexible control cable provides continuous-duty flexing in a PVC-jacketed cable. Available in conductor sizes from 18 AWG to 8 AWG and up to 65 conductors, these oil- and sunlight-resistant cables feature an operating temperature range of -5°C to +90°C. In addition, the product is approved to a wide range of standards, including UL Types TC-ER, MTW, WTTC, and CSA AWM I/II A/B FT4. Available unshielded or with a braid shield for environments with potential EMI/RFI interference, conductors are offered in red, blue, or black.
Alpha Wire
Circle 208

Switchmode power supplies

These UL-listed and CSA-certified switching power supplies deliver a control voltage of 24VDC at an output current from 1.25A to 40A. Available in six single-phase and three 3-phase models, the units are approved for a temperature range of -25°C to +71°C and offer short circuit protection. The single-phase models feature a width from 1.7 in. to 6.9 in. and accept a wide universal input voltage range, including 115/230VAC and 210VDC to 375VDC; 85VAC to 264VAC and 90VDC to 375VDC; and 115/230VAC and 120VDC to 370VDC. Output current varies from 1.25A to 20ADC. The 3-phase units measure 3.5 in. to 10.9 in. wide and accept a universal input range of 400VAC to 500VAC and 480VDC to 820VDC. Output current varies from 10A to 40A DC.
Circle 209


The V-Line Gen II line of cabinets features a fully welded steel frame construction that provides a load rating of up to 2,000 lb/909 kg. The line also offers an increased range of heights, widths, and depths, enabling a variety of mounting configurations. Increased door and locking options allow installations to be upgraded to mechanical or electronic locking functions. To accommodate the expanded range of options, the products use a part code system that allows users to configure them to meet specific applications or site requirements.
Cooper B-Line
Circle 210

Terminal blocks

The High Power Series of terminal blocks features power-handling capabilities of 20A to 250A from 300V to 600V. Available in 12 configurations, including through-panel, printed circuit, surface-mount, PC board, modular, and specialty types, the product line offers several color options. Models include the OTB-588 Series of through-panel blocks rated at 250A available in up to 12 positions, the OTB-1500 Series rated at 130A, and the OTB-488 and OTB 388 Series rated at 100A with pitches of 21 mm and 27 mm, respectively.
BlockMaster Electronics
Circle 211

Ethernet cable tester

The IENet PRO industrial Ethernet cable tester allows users to instantly verify the integrity of 2-pair and 4-pair industrial Ethernet cables and to ensure proper terminations by detecting opens, shorts, miswires, reversals, and split pairs in fractions of a second, according to the company. Featuring an integrated RJ-45 (UTP/STP), shielded M12 coax interfaces, and Profinet formatted results, the hand-held tester has a single push button that selects between voice, 2- and 4-pair data, or video.
Ideal Industries
Circle 212

Switchmode power supply

The HVPS Series switching mode power supply is packaged in a 24 in.-wide × 36-in.-deep × 74-in.-high cabinet and uses tap water for cooling. Providing 1kV to 100kV adjustable output at power levels from 50kW to 200kW, the unit can be configured to user requirements and eliminates the need to connect several smaller switching power supplies, according to the company. In addition, the product features less than 0.1% ripple and regulation with less than10 Joules stored energy, depending upon configuration. It also offers overvoltage and overcurrent protection up to 30%.
Diversified Technologies
Circle 213

DC-DC converter

The MHVC250 high-voltage DC-DC converter features a wide input range of 420VDC to 975VDC that converts voltage from the third rail to 24VDC for supplying points, signal lamps, and electronic monitoring. The converter can also be used as a self-starting module for trams or trolleys with discharged batteries, avoiding towing. Housed in a 13-in. × 7-in. × 3.42-in. aluminum case that is wall mountable with spring clamps, the device performs in convection-cooled conditions over an ultrawide temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.
Circle 214

Clamp meter

The EX845 1,000A AC-DC CAT IV clamp meter features a built-in infrared thermometer as well as Meterlink technology, which wirelessly connects FLIR infrared cameras to the company's meters via Bluetooth. During infrared inspections of electrical components, users can transmit key electrical readings from the clamp meter directly to a FLIR infrared camera. Meterlink then instantly imprints the electrical readings onto a related infrared image. Meter functions include AC-DC current, voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, infrared and contact temperature, diode test, and continuity check. The peak hold function captures inrush currents and transients. Other features include a 4-digit, 4,000-count backlit display; one-button functions, including data hold, min/max, and selectable auto- or manual-ranging; and a 1.7-in. jaw opening.
Extech Instruments
Circle 215

Power analytics software

Designed for software, hardware, and applications developers wanting to build interfaces between their systems and Paladin Live, Paladin Gateway is a software development kit (SDK) and associated application programming interface (API) that can imbue virtually any system with power analytics capabilities. According to the company, the software offers an integration layer that defines how to move data into and through Paladin Live. Product capabilities include: extending the life and usefulness of previously purchased power system hardware and software; unlocking data previously confined to isolated, proprietary architectures; and creating an open, new systems architecture in which data from any source can be easily aggregated and made part of an organization-wide power analytics solution.
Circle 216

Planning software

Project Assistant Web-based software allows users to gather electrical distribution specs, drawings, and budget prices for a building in the planning stages in approximately 15 min., according to the company. Estimates are designed to support buildings where the utility service is up to 4,000A at 480V (600V for Canada) with a 2MW maximum. To use, log in, select project type, select desired products, enter specifications, review summary, and collect results.
General Electric
Circle 217

Infrared window

The Custom Applications Products (CAP) line now includes an industrial-grade square infrared window that allows thermographers access to electrical connections, rotating joints, or bearing caps while leaving the main covers in place. Featuring a stable transmission rate, the window can be used in environments that contain acids, alkalis, UV, moisture, humidity, vibration, and high-frequency noise. In addition, the product features reinforcing grills that comply with the IP2x standard for safe hole size.
Circle 218

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