Section: Press Releases
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.
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.
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.
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.