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  • Low-Profile Strip Lights

    Low-Profile Strip Lights

    Banner Engineering, a leading provider of technology for process and industrial automation, today announced the release of the WLS15.

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  • Field Logic Controller

    Field Logic Controller

    Turck has developed the next big thing for control: The field logic controller (FLC)

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  • Measure, Control and Log Data with Multicon

    Measure, Control and Log Data with Multicon

    The Simex MultiCon offers advanced controllers with the capability of controlling and data recording in one compact device.

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  • RJ45-connectors with right-angled grip body

    RJ45-connectors with right-angled grip body

    ESCHA offers high-grade RJ45-patchcords with right-angled grip body.

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  • Compact IP67 Controller with Codesys 3

    Compact IP67 Controller with Codesys 3

    Turck has released its TBEN-PLC Codesys 3 compact IP67 PLC for controlling small or modular machines.

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  • Reliable Condition Monitoring for Factory Automation

    Reliable Condition Monitoring for Factory Automation

    Turck’s IM12-CCM cabinet guard continuously monitors the relevant ambient variables inside control cabinets and protective enclosures.

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  • Sensor and RFID Tag in One

    Sensor and RFID Tag in One

    Turck's HF-RFID/sensor tag records and stores measured values such as temperature and pressure and can be read without contact Controls.

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  • Hybrid Safety I/O Module

    Hybrid Safety I/O Module

    Turck's TBIP offers another hybrid safety block I/O module that combines standard and safety outputs in a single device.

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  • Ultrasonic sensor with analog and switching output

    Ultrasonic sensor with analog and switching output

    Besides the “High-End” line, Turck's “Standard” line of RU ultrasonic sensors is now also available with an analog output.

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  •  Sensors for safety applications

    Sensors for safety applications

    Turck's safety proximity switches can now also be used for applications with a high demand mode – with redundancy even up to SIL3 and PL e

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  • PROFINET SC26-2 & XS26-2

    PROFINET SC26-2 & XS26-2

    Banner Engineering's XS26-2 expandable safety controller is a cost-effective, easy-to-use solution that is scalable to suit your specific system safeguarding requirements.

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  • New coding types for M12x1 Power

    New coding types for M12x1 Power

    The connectivity specialist ESCHA, introduced 4-pole M12x1-Power products with S- and T-coding types. As of now, the company offers variants with L- and K-coding types. Due to their compact housing style, these products are especially adapted for power supply in the automation field. Fieldbus controlled I/O-boxes, power supply devices or small servo motors are among the classical applications.

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  • Why Use a Colour Mark Sensor with RGB Technology

    Why Use a Colour Mark Sensor with RGB Technology

    Registration marks identify packaging material and are used for position control and to coordinate the separation and cutting of webs of packaging material. The webs are processed at high speeds and product changeovers can be frequent. The size and location of a registration mark as well as the colour, sheen and translucence of the material can significantly affect mark detection.  Keep reading to learn more about how colour mark sensors with RGB technology detect registration marks, when to use a colour mark sensor versus true colour sensor, and more.

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  • 9 Common Machine Safety Devices

    9 Common Machine Safety Devices

    Mechanical hazards on machinery typically occur at points of operation, points of power transmission, and other points of machine movement. Safeguarding devices are designed to limit the risk to personnel for accident or injury at these points.

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  • Compact Ultrasonic sensor with IO-Link

    Compact Ultrasonic sensor with IO-Link

    New RU-U compact variant with IO-Link offers a mute function for simpler multiplex and synchronous operation via the controller.

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  •  Stainless Steel Encoders with IO-Link

    Stainless Steel Encoders with IO-Link

    Turck is offering the wear-free stainless steel encoders with an SSI, incremental, analog and IO-Link output.

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  • Camera for demanding applications

    Camera for demanding applications

    With the VE Smart Camera it was possible to combine the intuitive operability of the iVu vision sensor with the performance of the previous P4 camera system.

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  • Miniature Encoder for Mobile Equipment

    Miniature Encoder for Mobile Equipment

    The contactless resonator measuring principle enables the compact Ri360-QR20 to be wear-free and permanently sealed. Turck's compact and wear-free Ri360-QR20 miniature encoder is especially designed for use in mobile machinery.

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  • Turck Introduces IO-Link Capable uprox3 Sensors

    Turck Introduces IO-Link Capable uprox3 Sensors

    Turck is now offering its uprox3 sensor in an IO-Link-capable version. Turck’s uprox3 sensor line offers the longest sensing distances of all factor 1 sensors on the market, and now coupled with IO-Link capabilities, allows for more flexibility and intelligence to be integrated into sensing applications.

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  • PT2000 Turck Pressure Transmitters

    PT2000 Turck Pressure Transmitters

    Turck Announces Pressure Transmitters Developed for Demanding Applications

    Turck introduces the PT2000 line of pressure transmitters, which offer a welded stainless steel measuring cell for increased durability and increased chemical compatibility.

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  • IO-Link - What it is and 5 Key Advantages

    IO-Link - What it is and 5 Key Advantages

    IO-Link has received increasing attention of late, but there are many misconceptions about what it is and its impact on industrial applications.  This article explains what IO-Link is (and is not) and the advantages IO-Link offers to a wide variety of applications.

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  • Solexy ANH J-pole Antenna

    Solexy ANH J-pole Antenna

    The Solexy ANH series is the go to antenna for the harshest atmospheres. This higher gain solution antenna will take the beating of most process environments.

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  • Contactless Coded Safety Switch

    Contactless Coded Safety Switch

    In 1993, Comitronic-BTI, supplied locally by RET Automation Controls, launched the first contactless, coded safety switches that could operate without a safety relay.  Today, new products such as the VIGILGUARD interlocking range are still being developed using the same technology.
    Interlocking devices are solutions used to protect operators from dangerous machinery. They represent an important and fundamental element of the machine and should be integrated during the early stages of the machine design.

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  • Lean Manufacturing: 4 Lighting Solutions for Pharma Industry

    Lean Manufacturing: 4 Lighting Solutions for Pharma Industry

    Lean manufacturing seeks to reduce wasted time and resources throughout the factory.  This article describes several ways in which the right kind of industrial lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce material waste while ensuring product quality and compliance with FDA regulations in the pharmaceutical industry.

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  • How to Choose the Best Type of Sensor for Clear Object Detection

    How to Choose the Best Type of Sensor for Clear Object Detection

    This article compares three types of sensor technologies frequently used for clear object detection: LED-based sensors, laser-based sensors, and ultrasonic sensors.   Learn how each technology works to detect transparent objects and how to choose the right technology for your application.

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  • New Smart Capacitive Buttons for the Food Industry

    New Smart Capacitive Buttons for the Food Industry

    Comitronic-BTI supplied locally by RET Automation Controls has updated their buttons for the Food Industry.  The fifth generation of their smart capacitive buttons uses a new filtering technology:

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  • The Smart Factory is here!

    The Smart Factory is here!

    Smart factories are an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The term IoT describes the technologies that connect objects-from consumer electronics to industrial components-to the internet. Meanwhile, the Industrial Internet of Things (or IIoT) refers specifically to the impact of this innovation on industrial applications.

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  • M8 and M12 Y-Junction with cable outlets

    M8 and M12 Y-Junction with cable outlets

    ESCHA is now offering new M8x1and M12x1-Y-junctions with cable outlets. The so-called 2-way splitters have an extremely compact housing style and can be quite easily adapted to customer's individual needs.

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  • Solexy Explosion Proof Antenna Couplers

    Solexy Explosion Proof Antenna Couplers

    Solexy Explosion Proof Antenna Couplers are unique and patented devices that incorporate two technologies for protection. 

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  • LTF Laser Measurement Sensor Provides Superior Durability and Precision Measurement

    LTF Laser Measurement Sensor Provides Superior Durability and Precision Measurement

    RET Automation Controls has expanded its family of L-GAGE® laser sensors with the new LTF Series.  The LTF offers the best-in-class combination of accuracy, repeatability and range. 

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  • Ethernet-Block-I/O with Eight IO-Link Masters

    Ethernet-Block-I/O with Eight IO-Link Masters

    The TBEN-L-8IOL offers Eight IO-Link Masters for Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP in an IP67 / IP69K housing.  Delivering impressive performance and an additional power supply for actuators, optimised power management and easy IO-Link device integration.

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  • Temperature Measuring Amplifiers with Ultra-High Channel Density

    Temperature Measuring Amplifiers with Ultra-High Channel Density

    Turck has added the IMX12-TI temperature measuring amplifier to its IMX interface technology series. With a width of only 12.5 millimeters and the highest channel density on the market, the devices save valuable space in the cabinet.

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  • New M8 Turck Inductive Sensors

    New M8 Turck Inductive Sensors

    At this year's SPS IPC Drives fair in Nuremberg, Turck is presenting its new range of M8 inductive proximity switches.

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  • Capacitive Sensors with IO-Link

    Capacitive Sensors with IO-Link

    At the SPS IPC Drives fair in Nuremberg, Turck is presenting its BCT capacitive sensors with an IO-Link interface. IO-Link makes it easy to set the parameters of the capacitive switch in applications such as level control.

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  • Weld Nut Sensor Detects M5 Nuts

    Weld Nut Sensor Detects M5 Nuts

    Turck is adding variants with a Ø4 mm sensor probe to its range of weld nut sensors. This makes the detection of missing M5 nuts before welding even simpler.

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  • New PROFINET / PROFIsafe Hybrid Module

    New PROFINET / PROFIsafe Hybrid Module

    Turck introduces the TBPN safety block I/O module, which is the first block I/O module to combine both standard and safety inputs/outputs in a single device.

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  • Flush Mount Models of the Banner Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Now Available

    Flush Mount Models of the Banner Q4X Laser Distance Sensor Now Available

    Banner Engineering has added flush mount housings to its rugged, industry-leading series of Q4X laser distance measurement sensors. The new flush mount configuration offers a more compact housing to expand applications and increase mounting flexibility in constrained spaces.

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  • SUR-457 - Simex new universal meter with ultra bright or multicolour display

    SUR-457 - Simex new universal meter with ultra bright or multicolour display

    RET Automation Controls are happy to introduce the SUR-457 Universal Indicator from Simex.  The SUR-457 is an IP67 wall-mounted indicator with a large 57 mm LED display.

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  • Rugged LED Strip Lights Solves Tough Lighting Applications in Harsh Environments

    Rugged LED Strip Lights Solves Tough Lighting Applications in Harsh Environments

    Banner Engineering has released the WLS27 LED strip light. Featuring a durable aluminium internal structure and shatterproof, UV-stabilized, polycarbonate shell, WLS27 LED strip lights are ideal for harsh indoor and outdoor applications and resist exposure to high-pressure, high-temperature water, solvents, cutting oils and a broad range of chemicals.

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  • “All-In-One” D.C. Uninterruptible Power Supply Solution

    “All-In-One” D.C. Uninterruptible Power Supply Solution

    New from Adelsystem is the “all in one” family of uninterruptible DC power supplies. The product offers reliable, consistent backup of the DC supply, and should be incorporated where frequent power outages or dips occur.

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  • Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensors

    Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensors

    Banner Engineering has introduced new T-GAGE™ temperature sensors.  These passive, non-contact temperature-based devices detect objects that are either hotter or colder than the ambient condition and then trigger an output.

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  • High Resolution Linear Position Sensors Replace Magnetostrictive and Potentiometer Devices in Industrial Automation

    High Resolution Linear Position Sensors Replace Magnetostrictive and Potentiometer Devices in Industrial Automation

    TURCK’s new LI-Q25 series linear position sensors replace magnetostrictive and potentiometer devices to deliver precise, repeatable measurements in metal processing machines, rolling mills or injection molding machines.

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  • Q3X Laser Contrast Sensor with Fixed Background Suppression

    Q3X Laser Contrast Sensor with Fixed Background Suppression

    RET Automation Controls is now stocking a version of the Q3X laser contrast sensor with fixed background suppression from Banner Engineering.

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  • Ultrasonic Sensor Features Plug-and-Play Compatibility for Wireless Tank Level Monitoring

    Ultrasonic Sensor Features Plug-and-Play Compatibility for Wireless Tank Level Monitoring

    Sure Cross® U-GAGE® K50U Ultrasonic Sensor for use in wireless tank monitoring applications from Banner Engineering. Optimised for use with Banner’s Q45U Wireless Node, the pair provide a cost effective, plug-and-play solution to monitor levels in mobile or remotely located tanks and totes.

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  • HMI with Codesys 3 PLC and Visualisation

    HMI with Codesys 3 PLC and Visualisation

    RET introduces Turcks new HMI series TX500 features HMI PLCs with high-end touch displays and fast processors that are ideal for use in small to medium-size machines which have processes that have to be controlled, operated and visualised locally.

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  • Simple, Rugged Safety Light Screen with Enhanced Performance Features

    Simple, Rugged Safety Light Screen with Enhanced Performance Features

    Banner Engineering has released the EZ-SCREEN® Light Screen (LS). This rugged, easy-to-use safety light screen is optimal for machine safeguarding and built to withstand challenging conditions found in manufacturing and packaging environments.

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  • IO-LINK Capable uprox3 Sensor

    IO-LINK Capable uprox3 Sensor

    Turck is now offering its flagship uprox3 sensor in an IO-Link-capable version. The intelligent interface makes the factor 1 inductive proximity switch a universal sensor that can be parameterised to suit over 100,000 individual requirements.

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  • The Third Generation of Factor 1 Inductive Sensors

    The Third Generation of Factor 1 Inductive Sensors

    Turck has released the uprox3,  the third generation of its range of uprox factor 1 sensors.  Factor 1 sensors have the same switching distance for all metals.

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  • R-GAGE™ Radar Dual-Zone Sensor Provides Superior Detection

    R-GAGE™ Radar Dual-Zone Sensor Provides Superior Detection

    Banner Engineering introduces a new Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar sensor for reliable detection of moving or stationary objects.

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  • Pressure Transmitters for Any Application

    Pressure Transmitters for Any Application

    RET has added more pressure transmitter versions to its range of fluid sensors.  The compact PT series was developed to meet the demanding pressure measuring requirements in the machine building sector.

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  • Next-Generation Touch Buttons

    Next-Generation Touch Buttons

    Banner Engineering introduces its next-generation touch buttons for its industry-recognised K30, K50 and K70 multicolour indicators and pick-to-light sensors.

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  • Open Faced Angle Sensors for Valve Position Monitoring in Harsh Environments

    Open Faced Angle Sensors for Valve Position Monitoring in Harsh Environments

    Turck has announced two new versions of their inductive angle sensors for rotary actuators. Both new product offerings provide customers with a rotary valve sensing solution ideally suited for harsh environments.

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  • ADEL System - Flex Power Supply Units

    ADEL System - Flex Power Supply Units

    RET Automation Controls stocks the complete ADEL System FLEX range of rail mount Power Supplies.

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  • Banner Engineering are Making It Easy to Monitor Mobile or Remote Tanks

    Banner Engineering are Making It Easy to Monitor Mobile or Remote Tanks

    Need a Ultrasonic sensor that is designed to work on a battery powered Wireless Node? 

    The Sure Cross® U-GAGE® K50U Ultrasonic Sensor works in a variety of environments to provide a measurement of the distance between the target and the sensor.

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  • Radar Based Collision Avoidance for Mining Machinery

    Radar Based Collision Avoidance for Mining Machinery

    A single accident at a surface mining site can have devastating consequences for personnel, machinery and an entire operation.

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