Section: Press Releases
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New Cockpit Vision Software Expansion Package Lets You Connect 4 Additional Industrial Cameras to SmartVision Controller
Balluff’s new vision system software expansion package allows users to add up to four additional cameras to the SmartVision controller, bringing the total to eight. Each camera operates independently using its own instance of the Balluff Cockpit software.

Cockpit, Balluff’s camera interface and programming tool, allows users to set up tasks like verifying measurements or reading codes. The SmartVision controller runs these tasks without the need for additional software. The Cockpit graphical user interface is accessible from a web browser, so you don’t have to connect a computer directly to the cameras to configure or operate them. The Cockpit software, which is licensed for up to four cameras, comes preinstalled on the SmartVision controller. The new expansion package provides licensing for an additional four cameras.
Interlynx Post Sale Survey Feature Now Available
Interlynx Systems has launched a new “Post Sale Survey” feature for our Sales Lead Management Systems. The program provides an opportunity for the inquiring customer to provide feedback on their experience interacting with your company. Users can provide feedback on “responsiveness” and “competence” scales in an unbiased way – helping managers to monitor the overall levels of service from their sales team.
B&D Industrial's Gearing+Reliability Solutions Group Achieves Timken Bearing "Gold" Certification
B&D’s Gearing+Reliability Solutions Group (GRS) service center in Macon, GA recently received the Timken Bearing Certified designation after an extensive audit process. In addition to thorough training, the “GOLD” audit process includes meticulous pre-and post-audit evaluations.

Timken’s Bearing Certified designation verifies that facilities adhere to appropriate practices regarding bearing maintenance. Specifically, the certification highlights B&D’s commitment to best-practices procedures and equipment utilized while storing, moving, installing, and maintaining bearings.
SensoPart Awarded Outstanding Score in Vision Systems Design 2021 Innovators Awards Program
SensoPart, German sensor manufacturer, announced today that its “Target Mark 3D” vision sensor detection principle was recognized among the best in machine vision today by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2021 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of
esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies.
Schmalz at AWFS 2021: Focusing on Efficiency
The Schmalz team is grateful to be back at our first LIVE show since the pandemic. In our booth (#1308) you will have the opportunity to drive our ergonomic handling solutions, participate with a collaborative robot set up showing the latest in vacuum clamping systems and see how gantries and other industrial robots, with the help of our custom area gripping end-of-arm-tooling systems, can improve production and productivity in many of the wood handling processes.
B&D Industrial Acquires GTI Predictive Technology
B&D Industrial, a corporation based in Macon, Georgia, announces the acquisition of GTI Predictive Technology, a division of GTI Spindle Technology, Inc. of Manchester, New Hampshire.

“Passing the torch to B&D is a proud moment for myself and the GTI team. Using Apple’s iPad and wireless technology to change the landscape of the predictive industry was just the start of what can be done. B&D is a clear choice for my vision to bring more innovation to the Industrial Internet of Things. Bringing the GTI team together with the innovators at B&D will in no doubt be a win/win for the industry.” -Tom Hoenig, Owner/President, GTI.
New CI/D1 Explosion-Proof AC & BLDC Gearmotors and Motors
Bodine Electric Company introduces forty new Ex-Proof AC and BLDC gearmotors and (4) new motors, that are UL listed for use in environments where ignitable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors or liquids are likely to exist under normal operating conditions. These new CI/D1 geared motors combine Bodine’s high-performance type 34R6 (inverter-duty AC) or type 34B6 (brushless DC) motors with an integral parallel shaft type FX gearhead. Typical applications include chemical injection pumps for the oil and gas industry, automated equipment for use in aircraft hangars, petroleum refineries, dry cleaning plants, fuel servicing areas, chemical processing (cannabis distillation), or industrial coating and mixing facilities.
Balluff Adds Compact Magnetic Encoder for Safety Applications
The latest addition to Balluff’s safety portfolio delivers precise, non-contact position measurement for demanding automation applications.

Our BML SF2 magnetic safety encoder measures and transmits safe incremental position information to a connected safety control system using a G interface, an analog signal with 1 Vpp (sin/cos). The G interface is certified for applications up to Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL 2) per EN 61800-5-2 / EN 62061 / IEC 61508 and Performance Level d (PL d) per EN ISO 13849-1.
B&D Industrial and Macon Bacon to Collaborate to Help Build a Home in Partnership with Macon Habitat
A partnership between B&D Industrial, Macon Bacon, and Macon Area Habitat for Humanity will kick off during a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 AM at 578 Carman Place. In an effort to empower the community with affordable housing, these two businesses have come alongside the mission of Habitat for Humanity to contribute towards the building of a home in the Lynmore Estates neighborhood. On Tuesday, June 1st, representatives from each of the three organizations will join together to break ground and bless the foundation of the new home.
Baumer PFMH Now Handles Large Silos in the Dairy Industry
The industry leading Baumer PFMH pressure transmitter has been used for many years in different applications in the Dairy industry. With the new PFMH long shell for the first time ever Baumer is now able to handle large silos in the Dairy Industry. The PFMH with long shell connection allows users to upgrade current hydrostatic level measurement with a new and innovative device that is very easy to use and helps utilize assets more successfully.
Omron and Proax Enhance Customer Experience Through 4-Year Challenge
Launched in 2017, the initiative challenged Omron’s channel partners to further the company’s mission of improving lives and contributing to a better society by striving for accelerated growth.

Since its launch, the Proax team has risen to the challenge by making significant investments in technical staff dedicated to Omron products and solutions, their expansion through strategic acquisitions and the addition of new offices all across Canada. This increased synergy between the Omron and Proax teams not only reinvigorated team members across both organizations but highlights the limitless potential of a fortified partnership.
Schmalz Inc. Celebrated the Groundbreaking of its Phase I Expansion to its Raleigh NC, Headquarters
Schmalz Inc. was pleased to host a groundbreaking event to celebrate the expansion to their headquarters facility at 5850 Oak Forest Drive, Raleigh, NC., together with representatives from the project implementation team: Jim Sherrer, President of Design Development; Camilo Pena, Architect with Design Development; Melissa Davis, Project Manager with CT Wilson; Craig Herndon, Construction Manager with CT Wilson; Gary Vickerson, Vice President of Operations at Schmalz; Inc., John Feutz, Vice President of Strategic Operations at Schmalz, Inc.; Carrie McGlothlin, Vice President of Finance at Schmalz, Inc.; and Dr. Volker Schmitz, President & CEO of Schmalz, Inc.
KOGANEI Expands Motion Control Capabilities with Air Picker and Air Gripper Components
KOGANEI International America, Inc., has added the Air Picker and Air Gripper (Bridgestone Series) components to their selection of high performance pneumatic grippers. These versatile rubber end effectors are designed to handle workpieces securely, gently, and with precision. The Air Picker and Air Gripper have numerous factory automation and warehouse applications, including picking, transporting, and loading products, as well as sealing and stopper fitting.
SmartCamera Lite Focuses on Quality Control
The latest addition to Balluff’s SmartCamera portfolio provides a cost-effective option for manufacturers wanting a machine vision system but not requiring image analysis features.

The new BVS XL SmartCamera Lite is a simplified version of Balluff’s existing smart camera. It provides the same quality control of objects but without some tools that aren’t needed for simpler tracking and monitoring applications.

This new lite model is another option for customers needing a machine vision system but not requiring all the image analysis of the full-size smart camera models. But, like our other smart cameras, it allows customers to detect production defects early in the manufacturing process. It detects machine codes, text including serial numbers, and guides robots in position finding.
RG Group Names New Chief Revenue Officer
Jason Guiddy will be stepping into the new role of Chief Revenue Officer effective August 1, 2021. ?Guiddy moves into this position concurrent with Dennis Ohme’s retirement as RG Group’s Chief Sales Officer.

Jason Guiddy will be expanding his current duties as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to take on the responsibilities passed down by Ohme. During his 7 years at RG Group, Guiddy was instrumental in reinforcing both the sales and marketing teams to capitalize on the most promising market development opportunities. The University of Pittsburgh alumnus brings 22 years of engineering and sales experience to the position.
EPC Offers New Heavy Duty Shaft Absolute Encoder
The new Model A58SB absolute bus encoder is designed for harsh factory and plant floor environments. Heavy duty, rugged and reliable, this shaft absolute encoder is available in both single and multi-turn resolution. As an absolute encoder, it is especially suited to applications where an encoder needs to retain position information after power-off scenarios.
KOGANEI Introduces PVR20 Series
KOGANEI International America, Inc., has expanded its line of Media Isolation Valves with the PVR20 Series. The new compact valves isolate aggressive gas and liquid media typically found in life science and medical analytics applications. Streamlined passages minimize internal volume to less than 60 microliters by using rocker type design.
ON/OFF Current Sensor for Critical Load Monitoring
CARLO GAVAZZI is proud to announce the addition of a compact ON/OFF current sensor, which is ideal for monitoring of critical loads such as fans, water pumps, lighting, and motors. The EISH Series can detect current as low as 200 mA AC and up to 60 Amps AC, making it optimal for applications in a variety of markets including HVAC, water treatment, data centers, tunnel/airport lighting and other areas of critical infrastructure.

The EISH Series features a space-saving and versatile housing which can be either DIN rail or panel mounted. It has a built-in current transformer with a solid state normally open output. A 12mm through hole easily accepts insulated wire. The EISH Series is self-powered from the input current, making it simple and cost-effective.
DCKAP’s Cloras Integration Changes the Game for B2B eCommerce
DCKAP is honored to have worked with the team at Marysville Marine. Ryan Van Hoozer, Vice-President of Operations was invited to one of our eSessions to tell us about his experience in digital transformation. Our industry-leading middleware solution is what changed the game for them, in choosing DCKAP to take the reins.

Cloras integrates with endless applications, making it a truly revolutionary experience for B2B businesses at any stage. Reach out to our integration experts for a personalized experience.
Automated Palletizing of Sweet Tea and Juice From a Cold Room
While palletizing cartons is a regular automation application, doing so from a cold room that is regularly hosed with water to stay clean is a specific challenge. Motion Controls Robotics overcame these by using vacuum technology from Piab supplied by Neff Group Distributors.

Bringing sweet tea and juice to the market requires palletizing the cases filled with respective bottles to be palletized for transportation to retail outlets. Due to their perishable nature, they are stored in cold rooms. A customer turned to Motion Controls Robotics Inc (MCRI) from Fremont, OH, to replace an inefficient existing system, in which the vacuum cups and pumps utilized did not cope well with the average temperature in the cold room of 35°F (1.7°C). This caused vacuum cups to become rigid and pumps to not provide enough vacuum to hold cases leading to regular drop downs. A better system had to be found to handle cardboard cases weighing up to 42lbs (19kg).
Simplify Guided Format Change with New Balluff Digital Position Guide
Balluff’s new digital position guide simplifies format change and minimizes errors and downtime.

The easy-to-use position indicator was designed to simplify format change to more easily meet the ever-decreasing lot sizes resulting from individualized packaging and special formats. It allows users to quickly configure machinery to adapt to varying materials, weights and package counts, while adding precision to the process.

The sensor is connected to the machine and shows what nominal values need to be met for the format change. A built-in runlight and numerical display guide the user to the correct values. The user simply turns the spindle to reach the correct preset values.
RG Group Announces New CEO and COO
RG Industries Board of Directors announced today that Mr. Steve Bennis has been named Chief Executive Officer, RG Group, effective August 1, 2021. Mr. Bennis most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Patrick Gross will assume the role of President and COO of Distribution Services, also effective August 1st.

Rich Freeh assumes the role of Executive Advisor to the Chairman of the BOD and will add his experience, leadership, and guidance to ensure a smooth and successful transition.

“A successful corporate succession plan has been in the works for the last three years. The post COVID period is here, and I believe this is the ideal time for Steve to assume the CEO role. Steve and I have been working closely over the last 24 months to ensure a seamless transition for our customers, vendor partners and most importantly our associates.”
Safety Magnetic Sensors for Design Flexibility
Carlo Gavazzi is excited to introduce its new family of MC88C Sensors to broaden our available housing options for the growing family of MC Safety Magnetic Sensors.

The new MC88C Series of magnetically coded REED safety sensors are the ideal solution to monitor the position of sliding, hinged and removable safety guards. When connected to a safety module, these sensors are suitable for safety gate applications up to PLe/Category 4 according to EN ISO 13849-1. They are designed to stop or disconnect dangerous motions when mobile protections are opened or displaced. These applications are common in the industrial Food & Beverage, Door & Entrance, Plastic & Rubber, and Material Handling market segments.
MPE Partners Announces Investment in 80/20 Inc.
MPE Partners (“MPE” or “Morgenthaler Private Equity”) today announced an investment in 80/20 Inc. (“80/20” or “the Company”), a world-class originator and manufacturer of aluminum T-slotted building systems for various applications and end-markets. MPE Partners’ investment positions 80/20 Inc. for accelerated growth, ensuring the Company remains an industry leader, world class employer of choice, and committed partner to all customers.
Piab is proud to announce the launch of the new piSAFE® program
While maintaining market leading vacuum performance thorough Piab’s patented COAX® technology the flexible design and ease of maintenance makes it a perfect choice for challenging robotic applications and ergonomic handling devices where safety is a key concern. Whether you want a centralized or decentralized vacuum gripping system, interfaces towards common (industrial standard) EOAT systems or stand-alone mounting, the piSAFE® program provides a high vacuum safety and high performing configuration specified for you.
High-resolution vision sensor with integrated lens
Compact design, easy installation: SensoPart’s 5-megapixel sensor VISOR® V50 is now available with integrated lens and lighting, making it unique on the market. An additional version with an increased depth of field allows the flexible detection of objects at fluctuating distances.

Thanks to a high resolution of 2560 x 1936 pixels, the versatile vision sensor detects the smallest details, even from longer ranges. Last spring, SensoPart presented a variety of Cmounts for its new VISOR® V50 sensor series, now it is launching the version VISOR® V50 M with an integrated lens. The M stands for “medium field of view”, with a focal width of 20 mm. The focal position of the lens can be easily and comfortably adapted to different distances with the aid of a software-controlled motorised focus.
New Balluff Photoelectric Sensors Provide Condition Monitoring Data
The new photoelectric sensors with condition monitoring from Balluff deliver capabilities not yet seen before in the market.

In addition to providing solid photoelectric sensing, they deliver the condition monitoring and advanced IO-Link features of the Smart Automation and Monitoring System (SAMS) portfolio, meant to eliminate downtime by simplifying trouble shooting, changeover, and setup of machines.

All new SAMS products, including these new photoelectric sensors, are self-monitoring, providing internal environmental data in real time, including temperature monitoring, relative humidity, inclination detection, and vibration monitoring. The sensor’s signal quality is displayed on LEDs on the sensor, and operating hours and time functions are available using IO-Link.
Schmalz Jumbo Tube Lifters
Vacuum tube lifters provide an ergonomic working environment by preventing health problems resulting from lifting and moving heavy loads. Paired with a Schmalz aluminum crane system, the lifter-crane combination sets the stage for implementing new, ergonomic work processes where manual lifting once occurred.

Three distinct models make up Schmalz’s Jumbo line of vacuum tube lifters: the JumboFlex, JumboErgo and JumboSprint. These lifters, which use only vacuum to raise and lower loads, are used in a wide variety of industries to ensure efficient material flows. They allow loads to be handled faster and more securely while protecting both the materials and your employees.
New Balluff Inductive Washdown Sensors Add Value to Your Application
Like the other inductive sensors in our portfolio, these provide wear-resistant, non-contact position detection of metallic objects.

These, however, are members of Balluff’s Smart Automation and Monitoring System (SAMS) portfolio—SAMS. That means they’re packed with additional features.

First, they include condition monitoring which reports the sensor’s internal temperature, relative humidity, and inclination, plus vibration monitoring in real time via IO-Link. The sensor’s operating hours and more functions are also available using IO-Link.

Second, LEDs on the sensor can show the sensor’s signal quality, blink when sent a ping via IO-Link to help you locate it, or perform other useful functions.
alliantgroup Dispels 10 Myths about the New Employee Retention Credit
The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) was updated for 2021 and is now one of the most powerful sources of federal relief for businesses but there is a lot of misinformation swirling around it. Many businesses are wrongly disqualifying themselves and many businesses think it’s safe to just fill out a form to claim it. Read this article to see how we dispel the top 10 Employee Retention Credit Myths.
Check Out Allied Automation’s Technology Center
Allied Automation’s Technology Center is available to you and your team to experience the epicenter of manufacturing automation technology at your convenience. It is an opportunity to learn and share the power of knowledge that keeps local manufacturing competitive, profitable and local.
5 Ways AI is Driving the Automotive Industry Forward
The automotive industry is at the forefront of adopting the latest technology while still remaining cost efficient. Naturally, artificial intelligence (AI) has become ubiquitous as more and more companies adapt to Industry 4.0. According to CIO.com, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of AI is expected to be a whopping 40% through 2025. And automotive AI is projected to grow to be worth $12 billion by 2026.

As manufacturers continue to innovate, how can AI help usher in the future of the automotive industry?
The #1 Item Picker: MX Suction Cup Family
The #1 Item picker. The MX suction cup family is exceptional for picking various objects primarily for the Logistics, Warehousing, E-commerce, and Recycling industries. The MX suction cup can work across an array of applications such as bin picking, order fulfillment, box depalletizing, and parcel sorting. Gone are the days where you need to change gripper or suction cup for each individual product in the application.

This multi-purpose, energy efficient suction cup boasts extreme gripping capabilities on many surfaces and materials. The MX suction cup has the ability to create a hard seal when using a low-vacuum flow, which contributes to a more sustainable energy output. The MX suction cups are available in five sizes: 35, 42, 50, 57, and 65 mm in diameter and are compatible with our extensive piGRIP® fitting program, allowing for fitting options tailored to your needs. For extra safety and robustness, opt for the aluminum clamp fittings.
Real-Time Monitoring of Solid State Relays
CARLO GAVAZZI has launched the NRG Series of EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus Controllers and multifunction Solid State Relays.

The NRG Series is designed for real-time communication with a controller, allowing machine builders to make informed decisions, solve urgent problems on short notice and aid in the design of autonomous machines. By interfacing with machine controllers and PLCs across EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and Modbus networks, the NRGC-EIP, NRGC-PN and NRGC Controllers, seamlessly exchange data to achieve industrial digitalization. The NRG Series provides an all-in-one solution for fast switching, accurate monitoring and high-speed communication, all of which are critical to predicting equipment failures, reducing unplanned stoppages and optimizing overall performance.
Swivellink Expands Robot Accessory Line
Over the last year Swivellink has added several new products into their robot accessory line. These new products are perfect for assisting with machine tending applications, mobilizing/mounting collaborative robots, and other automation needs.

In early 2020 the CB200 series pedestal was introduced and got the ball rolling. Over the last 6-8 months Swivellink continued to roll out more new products and build on their robot accessories. They now offer a mobile base, controller bracket, parts feeder kit, and a mobile table cart.

“Swivellink is blessed and thankful for the growth we have achieved over the years. Keep Swivellink in mind the next time you are looking to automate your machine tending process, mobilize your robot, or simply just looking to mount a robot. We have you covered!”
Piab is evolving – A brand new customer-centric website launches today
The Piab.com website is one of Piab’s most important customer facing touchpoints. With more than 650,000 users each year, Piab decided to up the ante on both the visual identity and the user experience of the new website. Through countless internal and external interviews, Piab created an even more customer-centric website which focuses on existing customers as well as exploring users.

Piab’s new website is the result of multiple interviews with colleagues and customers around the globe. The new piab.com was created to address the insights gathered from these interviews as well as add to a new user experience in accordance with Piab’s new visual identity and core purpose, to evolve automation.
Jo-Kell Inc. Announces Acquisition of Pacific Parts & Controls
Jo-Kell Inc. is pleased to announce the completed acquisition of Pacific Parts & Controls.

Located in Chino, CA, Pacific Parts & Controls (Pacific Parts) is a distributor of industrial electrical and automation products to the southern California area. The acquisition of Pacific Parts will bring a market-leading reputation for product knowledge and customer support to a Jo-Kell team that now numbers over 85 employees.
Rittal Introduces the AX Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester Line of Enclosures
Rittal North America has announced the launch of its new AX Fiberglass Reinforced Polyester line of enclosures offering advantages of sophisticated technology combined with the benefits of an extremely robust material. The AX non-metallic enclosure protects the electrical components in harsh environments, such as outdoor applications while its new mounting functionality makes rapid expansion possible and provides a greater scope for installation using smart technology.

Rittal is replacing its previous KS series with this new line of AX non-metallic enclosures that compliment the AX series of sheet steel and stainless steel enclosures. Whether installed in a factory building or exposed to the wind and elements, the new AX non-metallic was built to withstand all extremes.
Guided container and tray identification made easy
Leuze is introducing the latest addition to the BCL series with the new stationary bar code reader BCL 200i. It supports guided container and tray identification, especially suited to tight installation spaces on the conveyor line.

As an expert in the field of identification, Leuze has been producing bar code readers since the 1990s. The company has continuously developed its product portfolio in this sector. LEUZE bar code readers meet numerous intralogistics requirements and are thus suitable for a wide range of applications. With the BCL 200i, Leuze is now expanding its BCL series with an additional stationary bar code reader.
Smart Vision Lights: New Hires and New Certifications
Smart Vision Lights (SVL), a global leader in the design and manufacture of innovative LED illumination solutions for machine vision and other applications, is proud to announce the addition of two employees: Miguel Sanchez and Paul Powers. Smart Vision Lights is also pleased to announce that it has earned ISO 9001:2015 certification for its quality management systems (QMS). SO 9001:2015 is an international QMS standard developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization. The standard is based on several quality management principles, including an outlined process-based method, strong customer focus, and involvement of upper-level company leadership. Organizations worldwide use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
Accu Tech USA Announces Launch of New Website
Accu Tech USA, a customer-focused automation and motion solutions company, announces the launch of a brand-new website: http://www.accu-techusa.com. Designed with customers in mind, the new website enables users to easily find the product information they need for their specific application.

Accu Tech USA’s new website has a sleek, user-friendly design along with helpful content for customers and sales distribution channels. Accu Tech USA's director of marketing, Kristy Foushee, explains, "We're very excited to launch our new website. It's been a very collaborative project. We solicited input from each of our stakeholders to ensure we best reflect our products, services and capabilities, while ensuring an easy navigational experience for our website visitors." Foushee continues, "Our partnership with Brasco/// on this project has resulted in a fresh online experience that encompasses our customer first culture as well as the technological expertise and breadth of services we offer."
Murrelektronik Joins MHI
Supply chains are ever changing as progress demands new trends and advancements, and it’s because of this that Murrelektronik became a member of the Material Handling Institute (MHI) on January 1 of this year. MHI is the nation’s largest material handling, logistics, and supply chain association, and Murrelektronik’s membership with the organization further cements its leadership in the warehouse automation industry.

“Coincidentally, at the beginning of 2020 before COVID-19 was a concern for the US, we decided to invest our resources into warehouse automation to further propel it to the cutting-edge industry we believe it is becoming,” said Mike Drolet, Business Development Manager: Logistics at Murrelektronik. “MHI is the association that brings together suppliers, integrators, and practitioners to confront and solve the industry’s most challenging issues, and since we did not see our core competency represented in the current members, we felt that we could bring valuable new perspectives to the community.”
Triad Technologies Organizational Change and Promotions
In order to align their organizational structure to better serve the evolving needs of their customers and key trading partners, Triad Technologies has shifted to a business unit management structure. As part of this restructuring, Triad is pleased to announce the following promotions...
Carlo Gavazzi Appoints Troy Daugherty as Channel Distribution Director
CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce that Troy Daugherty has been appointed Channel Distribution Director for the United States, reporting to Rafal Pabich, V.P. of Sales

Troy is a highly accomplished and performance-driven channel distribution professional with over fifteen years of experience in channel, marketing, and operations management. In addition to his extensive professional career, Troy has served in the United States Army.

Troy graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Sciences degree and later pursued two business graduate degrees; Master of Business Administration from Cameron University and Master of Science in Management and Administration from the University of Texas.
Wöhner Presents Groundbreaking Motor Starters MOTUS C14 Based on C14-Technology
With the motor starters of the MOTUS C14 series from Wöhner, short circuits become less scary. If an error occurs, the electronics switch off the motor within a maximum of 10 microseconds. This means that the MOTUS C14 reacts faster than any fuse and this with a low I2t value. By comparison, the reaction time of a conventional fuse-link is about 2,000 microseconds. With a circuit breaker, the switch-off time in case of a fault is even 5,000 microseconds.
The C14-Technology also ensures that the system is intrinsically safe and can be switched on again immediately after the fault has been cleared. Other advantages of MOTUS C14 include space savings of 75 percent compared to conventional reversing starters and easy mounting and dismounting. The MOTUS C14 product series is equipped with a CrossLink interface and can therefore be used on all Wöhner basic systems. It can be directly connected to the CrossBoard and with basic system adapter also to the other systems 30Compact, 60Classic, 185Power and Panel.
B&D Industrial Announces CEO Andrew (Andy) H. Nations Retirement and Succession
B&D Industrial, Inc. (B&D), a family and employee-owned industrial distributor and service provider in Macon, Georgia, announces the retirement of CEO Andrew (Andy) H. Nations, effective 12/31/2020. Andy will remain Chairman of the Board of B&D Industrial while three of the third-generation family members, Brian Davis, Ben Nations, and Lauren Lanter, will step into the Co-CEO position while continuing in their current operating roles. All were elected to the Board at the annual shareholders meeting in December 2020. Andy will still be accessible to senior leadership and will continue to mentor B&D’s management teams.

Brian, Ben, and Lauren have all been taking on greater management responsibilities for the past decade and have jointly led the company through some significant changes, including implementing the company’s partial ESOP and the acquisition of two large strategic businesses in recent years. The three executives have proven to have a remarkable synergy in working together, yet each with unique professional expertise, which made the co-CEO role a clear advantage and natural fit for B&D Industrial.
Applied Controls, Inc. Announces Chuck Mulcrone as President
Applied Controls, Inc is pleased to announce the promotion of Chuck Mulcrone to President, effective January 1, 2021.

Mulcrone joined Applied Controls in 2006 as the company’s Sales Manager and in 2010 was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has been instrumental in building a growth oriented, customer focused sales team while personally maintaining strong customer and supplier relationships.

As President, Mulcrone will provide day to day company leadership while executing the company growth strategy and maintaining relationships with customers and suppliers.
IO-Link Photoelectric Sensors Provide IP67 and IP69 Protection, Ecolab Approval
Balluff’s newest photoelectric sensors provide the benefits of IO-Link with an impressive detection range of up to 20 meters.

The new additions deliver the same high quality as our existing 21M product line with three optical operations — a diffuse sensor, a retroflective sensor, and a through-beam emitter and receiver. Each is rated IP67 and IP69K and is also Ecolab approved thanks in part to a newly design metal housing with improved sealing and a plastic lens.

This makes them an ideal choice for packaging, food and beverage applications as well as general factory automation. Their highly visible red light with impressively large light spot (an inch square at one meter) makes them simple to set up and easy to align.
The NEW Model LCX Draw Wire Solution is quick and easy to install on EPC encoders
Available in wire lengths from one meter to 42.5 meters, the Model LCX draw wire is compatible with the following 58 mm shafted encoders with clamping flange: absolute encoder Model A58SE, which offers EtherCAT® and PROFINET® communication protocols; Model 758, a high-performance incremental encoder; and the Model 858S, a stainless steel incremental encoder. Choose the right encoder and wire length for your motion control application.
AHTD Announces Future Leaders Program
AHTD is proud to announce the new Future Leaders Program for all members.

Success in today’s business environment calls for a deep and broad leadership perspective. Managing a workforce with diverse ages, values, and thinking styles is a daily challenge. Increasing productivity with fewer resources calls for leaders with the know-how to help employees adapt to change. AHTD provides continued professional development to emerging leaders in member organizations by offering a Principles of Leadership Excellence (PLX) curriculum. PLX will help you equip your talented, high-potential employees to become your next generation of leaders.
AHTD Preps Next Generation of Industrial Automation Leaders
When Adam Jackson walked into the 2018 AHTD Spring Meeting, he noticed “a definite age gap between the majority of the room and me.” Jackson, 35, is the Regional Director of Sales in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska for Power/mation, an automation solutions provider.

During that first session, he did spot other people his age. After networking with them following the day’s events, he came to AHTD Executive Director Leigha Schatzman with an idea. “I wanted to put together a group of younger future leaders and executives in industrial automation so we could build up experiences and enjoy the same benefits our mentors have had as part of AHTD,” Jackson says.

Jackson created a proposal that included a mentor program and leadership and financial skills development. “The priorities of the program were split between developing a network of peers that we’re going to be in business with for the next 30 years and developing the skills necessary to continue the success our mentors have had,” he says.
Survey Shows Companies are Getting Creative to Compete for Top Talent
A recent Hot Topic Survey conducted by MRA on Compensation shows companies are getting creative when it comes to compensating and competing for top talent. Competitive pay is the greatest attractor; however, companies are using innovative rewards and unique benefits, in addition to base pay, to offer more robust total compensation packages.
Epson Robots New Distribution Partner - Industrial Control of Zeeland, MI
Michigan’s factory-automation distributor, Industrial Control, is now one of only two distributors of Epson Robots for the state of Michigan.

Epson Robots is a global leader in PC controlled precision factory automation, with over 100,000 units sold worldwide and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6-Axis robots based on a common PC based platform. Building on a 35-year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries.
Easily Connect Ethernet Devices and Gain Advantages of IO-Link
Balluff’s new CC-Link IE Field Basic network block with IO-Link makes it easy to connect Ethernet devices while providing the benefits of IO-Link.

With 100 Megabit Ethernet, it delivers optimal performance in applications with low automation levels, where the gigabit speed of the CC-Link IE Field Master is not needed, such as bar loading magazines. It uses the Seamless Message Protocol (SLMP) for transparent communications to enable seamless connectivity within all levels of manufacturing. And it is built into a rugged IP67 metal housing that makes it suitable for harsh industrial environments.

It also provides the benefits of IO-Link, which includes device detection and the automatic transmission of parameter and configuration data. Users can connect up to 16 standard I/Os or eight IO-Link ports. A display window reveals module information, while status LEDs at each port offer easy diagnostics. Overall, it delivers simple integration and fast startup.
Jo-Kell Inc. Announces Kristin Parkinson as Chief Operating Officer
Chesapeake, VA (November 16, 2020) – Jo-Kell Inc. is pleased to announce that Kristin Parkinson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.

Initially hired as the head of the company’s Jacksonville branch, Parkinson took charge immediately and led the Jacksonville team to more than 500% revenue growth over her tenure. Her operational excellence and team management skills led to her promotion to the company’s Executive Vice President of Operations in 2019, as she relocated to Jo-Kell’s corporate office in Chesapeake, VA.

Parkinson has a reputation for getting things done quickly and efficiently, all while seeking to uplift those under her direction. With this prominent position in the company’s corporate office, she will expand on her proven track record of effectiveness and oversee Jo-Kell’s day-to-
day operations.
Jo-Kell Inc. Announces John Kelly as Chief Corporate Officer
Chesapeake, VA (November 16, 2020) – Jo-Kell Inc. is proud to announce that John Kelly has been promoted to Chief Corporate Officer for the company. Kelly has been with Jo-Kell for over 18 years and has proved integral in that time across a number of key roles.

Kelly brings immense experience to this new position having previously held such titles as Channel Manager, Business Process Manager, and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, among others. He has created new departments in the company, led teams in times of emergency, and always brought clear guidance to every position he has held.

Moving forward, John will continue to oversee all of Jo-Kell’s sales and marketing efforts as well as providing leadership in establishing the direction of the company in both the short and long term.
Crouzet’s Solid State Relays are Back
After a few years off the market, Crouzet, a leading world manufacturer of mechatronic components, is launching an extensive new range of static relays. They are back ...And even stronger!

An extensive new light-design range
Maybe you remember Crouzet's GN and GNA static relay ranges? Then you'll definitely be delighted to see them again with all the characteristics you appreciate, and some new characteristics too.

The new relays have the same power outputs, with a lighter design, ideal for tough environments, and a modular cover to use the IP00 and IP20 versions in the same reference. The range of items covers 125 A and 200 VDC or 660 VAC.

Overvoltage protection (input and output) comes as standard in the Classic and Performance versions. In connection with mounting, the relays can be mounted on panels or on DIN rails.
EPC Offers New Draw Wire Motion Feedback Solution
Encoder Products Company’s new LCX Series draw wire units work with EPC encoders to accurately measure position and provide motion feedback in motion control applications. The LCX Series of Draw Wire solutions is manufactured for EPC by our German technology partner and offers wire lengths from 1 to 42.5 meters in length. EPC_LCX-1

“The maintenance-free draw wires are particularly quick and easy to install,” says Dave Wilson, National Sales Manager for EPC. “Draw wires are used for motion feedback because of their reliability. Coupled with an EPC encoder, the highly-flexible steel wire of the LCX is an excellent choice for motion control in robotics, extrusion presses, textile machinery, control gate positioning, theater stages, elevators, gantries, boom cranes, forklift booms, and motion control applications across all industries.”
Murrelektronik, Inc. Announces Expanded Partnership with BRAAS
Founded in 1961, BRAAS, a division of Motion Industries, is a leading US-based distributor/reseller focused on products and related services for Industrial Automation and Control. Working with Dave Weinberg, Murrelektronik’s Director of Sales – West, they will be expanding the Murrelektronik product line to their locations throughout the Midwest and Southeast.

BRAAS’ mission is to be your first choice for automation solutions. With over 180 employees, they view themselves as a resource for you and operate as an extension of their suppliers. As the largest distributor in the US for many of their top lines, their mission is to be your first choice for automation solutions.

Choose Murrelektronik and BRAAS for the experience and know-how to solve your biggest automation challenges.
See Schmalz Door Lifter in Action at IWF Connect
Today’s door manufactures can be required to move upward of 500 doors every day. The growing variety of designs include increasingly larger and heavier doors which places high demands on the handling technology used in production. As a result, manufacturers are pursuing the powerful lifting aids from vacuum specialist Schmalz. With the JumboErgo tube lifter, employees can move doors weighing up to 300kg (660 lbs.) effortlessly, safely and without risking injury to their backs.

The JumboErgo tube lifter from Schmalz is a modular system with a suction cup or gripper for almost every application. With variants for elongated workpieces or beams to the four-head suction cup tool for large doors, heavy loads can be lifted easily and placed accurately by a single operator. A quick-change adapter makes changing grippers quick and simple, while a quick-response, non-return valve prevents the load from dropping -- even in the event of a power or air failure. With the mobile operator handle, which features a motorcycle-type grip, users can easily pick up doors from a high or low position.
Single-Phase Compressor Soft Starters
CARLO GAVAZZI has launched the RSBS Series, a compact, single-phase soft-starter. The RSBS is designed for single-phase compressors and is an ideal solution in single phase voltage networks that are prone to voltage fluctuations. The high inrush current caused by starting compressors in these conditions can cause light to flicker, fuses to trip, generators to stall, and other disturbances. The RSBS uses a current limiting algorithm to reduce compressor start current by more than 50% when compared to Direct Online (DOL) starters. Its control algorithm automatically detects when the compressor reaches full speed to make sure that the internal bypass relay switches ON when the current is at an optimum level. The RSBS can limit inrush currents up to 45 Amps under balanced conditions with a maximum ramp-up time of 600 ms. Its special HP function ensures the compressor receives enough starting torque by allowing a maximum current of 80 Amps even when the pressures are not balanced.
Linear Transducers with Redundancy Add Insurance to Critical Uptime Applications
Florence, Kentucky (October 9, 2020) — With up to three independent measuring systems operating concurrently in a single housing, Balluff’s new fail-safe magnetostrictive linear position sensors with digital interfaces ensure uninterrupted processing for uptime critical applications.

Available in four form factors to meet specific application needs, each of these new rod-style transducers has either two or three separate sets of electronics and sensing elements operating concurrently in in a single housing.

“People are interested in redundancy when downtime cannot be tolerated. In uptime critical applications, when downtime would only be costly but could also be catastrophic, having redundant measuring is like having an insurance policy. Three concurrent measurements allow for continuous and reliable data comparison,” said Balluff After Sales Technical Support Engineer Scott Rosenberger.
Power/mation Announces Sam Petty as New President
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 13, 2020 -- Serving most recently at ABB as Director of Channel Management for Industrial Automation, Sam Petty brings extensive experience and knowledge to Power/mation’s chief position. Petty’s career includes previous roles at Hirschmann (Belden Inc.), Rexel, Roxtec and Swagelock.

“It feels like family,” Petty said about his new position, which became official on October 5, 2020. “I have come to know Power/mation well over the last ten years with ABB and I am excited to bring leadership to this solid, well-respected organization. A highly technical sales team, many of whom are degreed engineers, a skilled business development team, a custom solutions business that adds value to our customers–it’s the whole package.”

As new president, Petty will continue to develop Power/mation’s current initiatives including partnering with the industry’s best suppliers and cultivating new talent with Power/mation’s long-running Technical Sales Associate (TSA) program.
Piab extends the piSOFTGRIP® program with the piSOFTGRIP® 30-3
Piab is proud to introduce a new smaller size of the soft gripping tool piSOFTGRIP®, developed especially with the food/chocolate industry in mind.

Hingham, MA – The vacuum-based soft gripper will grip sensitive and lightweight objects of odd geometries and/or an unusual surface.

piSOFTGRIP® has three gripping fingers and a sealed vacuum cavity, all made in one piece, resulting in a simple and robust product. The product is not sensitive to dust and the gripping force is easily adjusted and controlled by the applied vacuum level.
First Coast Manufacturers Association (FCMA) Announces Jo-Kell Inc. as their 2020 Partner Member of the Year
Jacksonville, FL (September 25, 2020) – Jo-Kell Inc. has been named 2020 Partner Member of the Year by First Coast Manufacturers Association. This award recognizes the partner member that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in all categories of Leadership Engagement, Strategic Planning, Customer Focus, Operational Excellence, Workforce Development, Workplace Safety, and Environmental Stewardship. Jo-Kell displays the highest commitment to the goals and objectives of the First Coast Manufacturers Association in supporting the manufacturing community of Northeast Florida.

“Serving our customers is a core tenet of everything we do at Jo-Kell,” said Suzy Kelly, CEO at Jo-Kell, “but to succeed at that, we have to make sure our team of employees is taken care of both at work and at home.” With Kelly at the lead, Jo-Kell presented its staff a $1,500 Pandemic Preparedness Bonus and implemented company-wide safety policies to combat COVID-19. With their mental and physical health tended to, Jo-Kell’s employees have been able to focus on their work while remaining 100% operational throughout the pandemic.
Two in one: Leuze presents the GSX, the world's first combined fork sensor
With the new GSX combined fork sensor, Leuze is once again introducing a worldwide innovation. This product combines the advantages light and ultrasonic sensors. The GSX sensor is exceptionally suitable for labeling machines used in the packaging industry.

With the introduction of the GSX, the world's first combined fork sensor, Leuze is continuing its decades-long tradition as an innovator. Leuze invented not only the first label fork sensor with the GS05, but also developed the first ultrasonic fork sensor with the GSU14. With the company's latest innovation, the GSX (various models available), Leuze has expanded its fork sensor product range by adding a combined model that can do both: light and ultrasonic. It combines the advantages of the optical variants with those of the ultrasonic solutions, and it is best suited for labeling machines used in the packaging industry. With this innovation, Leuze is once again demonstrating their many years of expertise and the application know-how of the Sensor People in this field.
Balluff Sensor Detects Magnetic Field Interference, Stops False Triggering
Florence, Kentucky (September 25, 2020) — Balluff’s latest magnetic field sensor was designed specifically to withstand the magnetic fields of weld applications.

The BMF 415 weld-immune magnetic field sensor can detect interference of magnetic fields caused by high weld currents and stop the sensor from false triggering by using a higher level of circuitry and filtration. It’s IP67 rating and protective shielding to protect against weld spatter, additionally make it ideally suited for automotive welding conditions.

It is available in 2 versions: standard and IO-Link. The standard version comes preset with an interference suppression time of 600 ms, while the IO-Link version is configurable from 50 to an impressive 1,000 ms. Both versions are available in M8 and M12 connections and with both black and orange TPE and full silicone cables.
Inside Business Names Jo-Kell Inc. a Winner of the Hampton Roads Top Workplaces 2020 Award
Chesapeake, VA (August 14, 2020) – Jo-Kell Inc. has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by Inside Business. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“Our focus at Jo-Kell has always been on our employees,” said Suzy Kelly, CEO at Jo-Kell. “Receiving this award tells us that our employees agree, and that recognition inspires our entire executive team to continue to make Jo-Kell the best place to work in Hampton Roads, or anywhere!”
New for robotic applications: Compact ServoWeld® actuators from Tolomatic deliver high force in a small package
MINNEAPOLIS, September 15, 2020 — The latest generation of Tolomatic high-force actuators for seventh-axis robotic spot-welding is now designed on a compact footprint in Tolomatic’s most power-dense actuator for weld-gun designs. Compact ServoWeld® actuators, available in two patent-pending models, are designed for automotive body-in-white resistance spot welding as well as high-production sheet-metal welding applications. The compact servo motor and high-force actuator combo can deliver up to 30 million welds (CSWX model) in typical robotic welding applications along with increased force and speed capabilities.

Force range and speed easily adapt to increases in production demand. The Compact ServoWeld CSWX, for both steel and aluminum weld applications, features Tolomatic’s specially designed roller nut to handle 95+ percent of welding applications with C, X and pinch weld guns. The CSWX can provide up to 18 kN of pressing force (4,047 lbf) in a compact 90 mm frame. Top-speed C-gun performance is 10.5kN of force (2,023 lbf) and 700 mm/sec (27.5 in/sec). Options include integrated force feedback, manual override and long stroke.
Starter Kits Provide Inexpensive Entry into Balluff IO-Link
Balluff’s IO-Link Starter kits provide an inexpensive introduction to IO-Link for customers interested in learning more about this powerful communication standard.

The kits, available in three different sets — measurement, sensing, and traceability — are designed to introduce key components so that customers new to Balluff IO-Link can evaluate the suitability of IO-Link for their specific applications and see the Balluff difference. All three kits include Balluff’s market leading IO-Link Master and I/O hub, Balluff inductive and capacitive sensors, DIN C style valve connectors, and a Balluff three-segment SmartLight tower light. Devices specific to each area of application are also included.
The IO-Link Starter Kits also include Balluff’s Device Manager software and videos demonstrating configuration and monitoring of each included device. There is no PLC required for device configuration. All required cables and connectors are also included.
Carlo Gavazzi: IO-Link Capacitive Proximity Sensors
August 20, 2020 - Buffalo Grove, IL – CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce the launch of our new Capacitive Proximity Sensors with Integrated IO-Link communications. Building upon our existing range of sensors, these new sensors are housed in durable AISI316L stainless steel housings or PTFE Teflon housings for high chemical resistance.

Based on our 4th generation TRIPLESHIELD™ sensors, the CA18.. and the CA30.. Series sensors represent the ideal solution for industrial automation equipment in applications where the sensing performance needs to be constantly and accurately monitored and logged.

Besides the full range of technical features provided by our capacitive sensor families, the IO-Link communication mode enables additional advanced functionalities such as: QoR (Quality of Run), QoT (Quality of Teach) and diagnostic parameters. With IO-Link each sensor becomes fully programmable and customizable, allowing more than half a million setting combinations.