<![CDATA[Site]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:44:41 GMT Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:44:41 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[The New Fluke T6 Electrical Tester]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-new-fluke-t6-electrical-tester-is-here https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-new-fluke-t6-electrical-tester-is-here Tue, 26 Sept 2017 00:00:00 GMT Measure voltage without test leads

The T6-1000 with FieldSense technology lets you measure AC voltage and AC current with or without test leads. Its compact design lets you access tight spaces that were previously not possible.

With FieldSense selected, slide the open jaw around a cable and measure up to 200 A and 1000 V without breaking the circuit. The backlit display shows both values simultaneously. Plus, with frequency measuring and resistance measurement up to 100 kΩ making this the perfect front-line tool for your tool bag!

Product Features

  • Be faster: No need to open covers or remove wire nuts - simultaneously measure voltage and current
  • Be Safer: Measure voltage to 1000V through the open fork, without test leads
  • 1 to 1000 V ac or dc
  • Resistance 1 Ω to 100 kΩ
  • Frequency measurement 45 Hz to 66 Hz
  • Works with wires up to AWG 4/0 (120 mm2) with a 17.8 mm jaw opening.
  • RoHS compliant

 Find out more

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[A Successful National Sales Conference]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-successful-national-sales-conference https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-successful-national-sales-conference Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT Recently our National Sales Team all took some time out of their busy schedule to come together for what was a very successful three-day sales conference. The conference was held at the striking Kooindah Waters Golf Resort in Wyong on the Central Coast of NSW. This was an opportunity for all Colterlec staff to meet the new employees and put faces to names to further enhance the existing relationships between the whole team.

Colterlec Mini Olympics

The Colterlec team had an opportunity to participate in a Mini Olympics where big prizes were up for grabs. The strategy behind the games was to motivate, recognise, inform, educate and network with one another, whilst enjoying some friendly competition.

(Featuring from left to right: Jonathan Cox, Simon Webb, Kevin Thomson and Marcos Santana).

 Supplier Training: A smashing success!

Coltlerec recently hosted a very successful Supplier Training Exhibition whilst we had all our sales teams together, this training was held on Tuesday evening where twenty-three of our suppliers took part in hosting the night at Kooindah Waters Golf Resort. The purpose was for Colterlec staff to refine and develop their existing product knowledge. The night was a smashing success!

 We would like thank all of our suppliers who participated in the evening and we thank you for your time. 

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<![CDATA[Colterlec and Micromax Sensors & Automation Merger]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcolterlec-and-micromax-sensors-and-automation-merger https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcolterlec-and-micromax-sensors-and-automation-merger Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT In a cooperative agreement between Colterlec Pty Ltd and Micromax Sensors and Automation Pty Ltd (Micromax SA), the Micromax SA agreements and assets transferred to and merged with Colterlec Pty Ltd. Colterlec has assumed all responsibilities to promote, sell and support the Micromax SA product range. Colterlec Pty Ltd is an Australia national distribution organisation of Control and Automation components, and its business foundation was laid in 1965.

Starting from humble beginnings in Newcastle (NSW), Colterlec is now a truly national company with sales offices in Sydney, Newcastle Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with new locally based sales teams in Brisbane and Canberra.

With our vision being to provide our customers with quality services and solutions that exceed your expectation – every single time, we see the merger of the Micromax SA assets bringing us a step closer to achieving this.

Since November 1st, the Micromax SA ABN number is no longer valid for orders, and we kindly ask you to change the ABN number on your system as follows.

“old” Micromax SA ABN number 17 128 300 596
To be changed into:
“new” Colterlec Pty Ltd, ABN number 38 073 980 999

Bank: Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)
Branch: 490 King St, Newcastle West NSW 2302
Account Name: Colterlec Pty Ltd
BSB: 012-780 Account Number: 4406-81313

For further details see www.colterlec.com.au

We are excited about this change and the increased support, product range and stock availability that will be available to you. We understand that this change may create additional questions for you and we would welcome the opportunity to answer these.

All normal contact details (phone, fax, and email) of Micromax SA remain operational.


We thank you for the support you have given Micromax SA over the years, and we look forward to continuing to work with you under the Colterlec banner.

Download a PDF copy of this letter

Yours Sincerely,


Grant Turner
Group Managing

Antonio Fantasia
Director Micromax SA

Darryl Pearce
Director Micromax SA 

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<![CDATA[Alpha Power Systems]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postalpha-power-systems https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postalpha-power-systems Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Through innovative engineering and a commitment to excellence, Alpha Power Systems, with over 30 years of aggressive research and development, can ensure fast effective UPS system solutions. The Alpha Group products can be found in a diverse field of industries including broadband,

UPS Products

  • Black Knight
  • Vanguard
  • Trimod Series
  • RW 1-3kVA Dual R/T Mount
  • RW/ RAW Series 6K-10K 1+1

Please click here to get more information on Alpha UPS items.

telecom, wireless, renewable energy, distributed energy, utility, industrial, medical, security, parking, traffic control, access control and communication data.


UPS Size Selection

Selecting the appropriate UPS that fits your application perfectly is important. Therefore you need to consider the following questions before choosing a UPS System:

1. What is the load requirement?

To make sure that the UPS can handle the total electrical load of the equipment you want to connect to it, list all the equipment to be protected and add up the Watts. The Output Watt Capacity (Watts) of the UPS you're going to purchase should be 20-25% higher than that total to cover any future growth and to prevent the UPS from overloading. If some or all of your connected equipment is listed in Amps, simply multiply that number by the Voltage (typically 240V) to get Watts. Purchasing a UPS with an insufficient Watt Capacity may result in not being able to shut off your equipment safely in the event of a power anomaly.

2. What is the required runtime?

The number of minutes that the UPS will be able to provide power from the battery for a given load level is called runtime. It tells you how long your equipment will continue to run in case of a power outage. Connecting more equipment to the UPS will reduce the runtime. Adding battery packs or purchasing a UPS with a larger battery will result in extended runtimes.

3. Is extra protection in terms of Automatic Voltage Regulation required?

There are many different types of UPS to choose from, each having different product attributes. The two most popular ones are standby and line-interactive. The automatic voltage regulation function of line-interactive units regulates and corrects the incoming power from over- and under-voltages. The higher power consistency is reflected by longer service life cycles for the equipment.

Other details you might want to consider before selecting your UPS are:

- The number of outlets

How many items will be plugged into the UPS? How many will require data backup?

- Data Line surge protection

- Physical requirements of the UPS

There are styles and sizes to fit all kinds of environments, including low-profile, tower and under-monitor models.

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<![CDATA[APCS Signal Conditioning]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postapcs-signal-conditioning https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postapcs-signal-conditioning Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Since commencing operations in 1982 APCS has become the leading Australian designer, manufacturer and supplier of reliable signal conditioning modules that have been installed across a wide range of applications including processing operations, factories, transport, building automation, mining, power generation, marine, research, environmental and primary production. All APCS products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards at Ness Corporation to ensure they meet the often demanding conditions expected from Australian and global customers. APCS has built a reputation for quality manufacture and prompt delivery of its products.

Many APCS products are stocked as standard products, and others can be tailored to meet a customer’s requirements based on our expertise in the field of signal conversion, isolation, amplification, splitting, and sensor monitoring.

 

SMART LINE SERIES

The SL Series signal conditioning range is the next generation of isolators, splitters and transmitters now easier to use, smarter and simpler to install than ever.

SL332 Signal Conditioner

 

SERIES 050

  • Instrument Calibrators

ACS043 AC Current Source
A755-016 CARRY CASE (Series 050 MK2)
FC051 Field Calibrator
A755-002 Plug Pack 240Vac/24Vdc
RTDS053 RTD Simulator
A755-003 Set Of Silicone Leads, 1m Long

 

SERIES 100

  • DIN Rail or gear plate mounting
  • Common dimension of 52W x 70H x 110D mm
  • Polycarbonate MATERIAL case
  • IP40 protection class
  • Sturdy screw terminals on front with protective terminal covers

 ADA174 Absolute Differential Alarm 
APT193 Ac Active Phase Angle Trans.
ACT141 ac Current Transducer
APC153 Analogue To Pulse Converter
CDT128 Conductivity Transmitter
DTA137 Dual Trip Alarm

Click here to see the full range of Series 100 products.

 

 SERIES 200

  • DIN Rail mountable
  • Common dimensions of 23.5W x 71.5H x 109D mm
  • ABS case material
  • IP40 protection class
  • Sturdy Screw terminals on front with protective terminal covers

HVI237 5KV Isolator
ACT241 ac Current Transducer
APC253 Analogue to Pulse Converter
BSI234 Bipolar Signal Isolator
DCA218 dc Current Alarm
PS209 Dual Channel Power Supply

Click here to see the full range of Series 200 products.

 

 SERIES 300

  • Sturdy Screw terminals on front with protective terminal covers
  • DIN-Rail or gear plate mounting
  • Common dimensions of 110W x 70H x 100D mm
  • Abs/mostaform material case
  • IP40 protection class
  • High channel capacity reducing overall large system cost
AWT390 Ac Active Power Transducer
AVAT392 Ac Active VA Transducer
ART391 Ac Active VAR Transducer
EMU305 Eight Channel Multiplexer
MCT306 Multi-Input ac Transducer
MCA301 Multichannel Alarm
 

SERIES 400

  • Screw terminals on rear
  • Front panel mounting
  • Common dimensions of 48 x 96 mm
  • Polycarbonate material case
  • IP54 protection class

LOS406 Panel Mount Auto/Manual Station
LOS405 Panel Mount Loading Station

 

SERIES 500

  • Typically higher IP Protection Class
  • Field mount transmitters and sensors

ACR541 AC - Rectifier
PLR555 Pulse Repeater
SWT540 Resistance Transmitter
WT527 Strain Gauge Transmitter
TT503 Temperature Transmitter
WHT590 Watt-hour Transducer 1CH

Click here to see the full range of Series 500 products.

 

 SERIES 600

  • Internal Screw terminals
  • Wall or gear plate mounting
  • Common dimensions of 165W x 155H x 125D mm
  • High impact polystyrene case
  • IP54 protection rating
UPC612 Universal Process Controller PID
 

 SERIES 700

  • Extruded aluminium body and polycarbonate side covers
     
  • Common dimensions of 60/80W x 70H x 110D mm
  • DIN-Rail mounted
  • Removable Terminals
  • IP40 protection class

AM702 Access Module
COA703 Computer Adaptor
CDT728 Conductivity Transmitter
DSI732 Dual Isolator
PFC750 Pulse Frequency Converter
S709 Signal Conditioner
USC701 Universal Signal Conditioner
 

Click here to see the full range of Series 700 products.

 

 SERIES ACD

 

  • Front panel mounting
  • Digital or Bar Graph Indication. Digital Panel Meters
  • Screw terminals or solder posts on rear
  • IP50 protection class (front)
DPMC32 4 Digit LED Indicator
DPMD32 4 Digit LED Indicator
DPM338 Digital Indicator
DPM6035 Digital Indicator
DPM6502 Digital Indicator 4-20mA LP
DPM4NS Digital Indicator 4-20mA LP
 

SERIES ACE

  • Environmental Sensors
RHT21FT Humidity/Temperature Transmitter
RHT23FT Humidity/Temperature Transmitter
RHT16 Humidity/Temperature TX
RC7852M Rain Collector
RHT10FT Room Humidity/Temperature Tx
SR6450 Solar Radiation Sensor
MU7911 Wind Speed + Direction Masthead Sensor
 

Series ACP

  • Sensors, Probes and probes with built-in transmitters

PR128-1 Conductivity Probe
HCT017 HALL Effect CT 100A
PRM608A11 Industrial Accelerometer With Cable 
PR105-1 Liquid Level Probe 3/8" BSP 1.5M tail
PRM10 pH / ORP Sensor, 1/2" MNPT
SCT010 Split Core CT 20-200A
SMS009 Watermark Soil Moisture Sensor

Click here to see the full range of Series ACP products.


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<![CDATA[Crompton]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Crompton instruments became part of the TE Connectivity Group in January 2002. The Energy Division, is a global manufacturer of products and systems for the electrical power industry, and an operating unit of TE Connectivity.

Since 1881, Crompton products have been closely associated with high-quality technological developments in all aspects of electrical instrumentation. The Crompton range represents one of the largest product offerings of power measurement, control and protection instrumentation, for switchgear and generator set manufacturers, panel builders and OEMs. Crompton products offer proven reliability across a diverse array of industries including power generation, process control, test and measurement, utility, marine, defence and energy management applications.

Make smarter decisions on effective energy use. Introducing the new Crompton Instruments Integra 2270 Power Quality Meter. It monitors the quality of incoming electricity with a 0.2S% accuracy of the reading.


 
 

Integra Multi-function Metering Systems

Integra range of multi-function metering systems measure, display and communicate over 100 parameters. Integra systems can be integrated into energy management and SCADA systems. Options include pulsed, analogue and RS485 communication protocols, a choice of DIN, DIN-rail and ANSI case-stylesandLED or LCD displays.

For the full range of Integra Multi-function Metering Systems


Integra and Paladin Transducers

Extensive range of transducers providing measurement, isolation and conversion of electrical parameters into industry standard output signals, offering single or multiple analogue outputs within a single case housing.

 

kWh Meters

DIN-rail mounted or self-contained panel meters measure combined kWh or kVArh with pulsed or analogue output options and selectable CT and VT ratios.Microprocessor controlled circuitry provides up to Class 1.0 accuracy with outputs displayed directly on the instrument monitor or a remote PC.

 

Protector Trip Relays

Trip relays continuously monitor and protect any electrical parameter within a set point limit. This versatile range offers numerous trip functions for single and three phase power systems.


Analogue Instruments

Traditional range of analogue instruments includes ANSI switchboard meters, panel indicators, sealed and ruggedized instruments, and complementary selector switches for line-to-line and line-to-neutral readings. All instruments are available in a range of styles, sizes and performance specifications.

 

Current Transformers

Extensive range of current transformers for reducing high primary currents down to a consistent 5 or 1 Amp secondary current. Options include moulded case width, busbar and aperture sizes, tape wound, 3-in-1, balanced and split cores, current ratings and various mounting options.

 

Meter Relays and Digital Indicators

Meter relays and digital indicators are ideal for monitoring, process control and load shedding applications. This range includes digital and analogue meter relays, digital bar graph indicators and controllers.

 

Shunts

Shunts provides an accurate dc millivolt signal, exactly proportional to the system current, to drive ammeter indicators, overload protection and control devices. This range includes industrial, switchboard, DEF 66-13, DIN, base mounted, tag end, lightweight and panel meter shunts in a variety of formats and configurations.

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<![CDATA[Data Taker]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdata-taker https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdata-taker Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT DataTaker is one of the world's leading brands of general purpose and specialised data loggers and data recording equipment that is used across many industries including environmental, industrial, construction, manufacturing, process management, scientific, laboratory and education.

The data loggers are designed to be compatible with almost all types of sensors, with a strong focus on communications to make your data easily accessible.

dataTaker DT85

General Purpose Logging

DT80
DT85
DT80M
DT85M
DT800
 

 dataTaker 82E

Environmental Logging

DT82E
DT82EM
 dataTaker CEM20

Industrial Logging

DT82I
DT80
DT85
dataTaker DT80G

Geotechnical Logging

DT80G
DT85G
DT85GM
dataTaker DT85GM

Remote Logging

DT82EM
DT80M
DT85M
DT85GM
dataTaker Software

Accessories

CEM20
CANgate
dEX Logger Software
dataTaker LabVIEW Driver

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<![CDATA[Erico]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posterico https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posterico Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT ERICO® is a premier manufacturer of engineered products designed for diverse niche applications in the electrical, mechanical, commercial and industrial, rail and utility markets.

The ERICO Six Point Plan of Protection provides total facility protection by integrating several concepts. The Plan combines the capture and dissipation of lightning strikes, the elimination of ground loops, and the protection of equipment from surges and transients from multiple sources. ERICO manufactures all of the products and offers the expertise needed to form a plan for any facility.

 

System 3000 - Direct Strike Lightning Protection Products

The ERITECH System 3000 is a technically advanced lightning protection system. The unique features of this system allow optimum performance, flexibility of design, as well as overall cost effective installation. The DYNASPHERE air terminal provides a preferred point for lightning discharges which would otherwise strike and damage an unprotected structure and/or its contents. The DYNASPHERE is ideally connected to an ERICORE down-conductor and low  impedance grounding system in such a way as to provide a totally integrated system.

 

 

 

System 2000 - Direct Strike Lightning Protection Products

ERICO offers the System 2000 series of air terminals, downconductors and fittings in accordance with Australian-AS1768, British-BS6651, Singaporean-CP33, European-IEC and USA-NFPA780 Standards.

The following System 2000 products are available:

  • Conductors
  • Points & Accessories
  • Point Bases, Braces & Accessories
  • Clamps, Splices, Plates & Lugs
  • Fasteners
  • Flat Tape Systems - Copper
  

ERITECH® Isolated Downconductor ISODC

Modern buildings frequently contain rooftop mounted heating/cooling systems and an array of communication antenna. Traditional methods of lightning protection, such as air terminals (Franklin Lightning Rods) and a network of downconductors connecting to an integrated grounding system, are not well suited to protect these modern devices.

The Isolated Downconductor, part of the ERITECH® line of Facility Electrical Protection products from ERICO®, offers a solution to this problem by applying a high performance insulation around the downconductor. The same isolation as 1,000 mm of air separation can be provided, enabling the downconductor to be mounted directly on the mast or structure to be protected.

Please click here to get more information on the Isolated Downconductor.

 

 

 

ERITECH® Grounding Products & Systems

  • Copperbonded, Pointed Earth Rods
  • Copperbonded, Sectional Earth Rods
  • Earth Rod Couplings
  • Earth Rod Driving Accessories
  • Inspection Wells
  • Earth Rod Clamps
  • Ground Enhancement Material - GEM
  • Earth Conductors, Flat Strips
  • Earth Plates for use with Cadweld
  • Earth Bonds pre-fabricated
  • Aircraft/Static Earthing Points
  • Potential Equalisation Clamp
  • Self-adhesive Tape
 

Cadweld®/ Cadweld® Plus - Exothermic Welded Connections

CADWELD PLUS is the latest advancement in the continuing evolution of ERICO’s exothermic products. Since it’s development in 1938, CADWELD electrical connections have become recognized as the ultimate connection for rail, cathodic, power and grounding applications. ERICO® has established itself as the worldwide connections leader. CADWELD PLUS continues this tradition of technical leadership.

 

 

 

Surge Protection

  • TSG-SRF (Single & Three Phase) Triggered Spark Gap Surge Reduction Filter
  • TDXC Compact Series TDX50C/ TDX100C/ TDX200C
  • TDXM Modular Series TDX100/ TDX200
  • TDS MT Transient Discriminating MOVTEC
  • TDS MPM Transient Discriminating MOVTEC Protection Module
  • DSD Series Dinline Surge Diverter
  • DSD Series - Modular Dinline Surge Diverter
  • DSD140 (24/48V) Dinline Surge Diverter
  • DSD110 (10kA) Dinline Surge Diverter
  • DSD (DC) - Dinline Surge Diverter
  • TDS1100/ TDS150/ TDS130 TDS Surge Diverter - TDS Series
  • TDS350 TDS Surge Diverter - 3 Phase
  • TDS50 - TDS Surge Diverter
  • DSF - Dinline Surge Filter
  • TDF - Transient Discriminating Surge Filter
  • CSP - Coaxial Surge Protection
  • LAN - Local Area Network Protection
  • SLP/HSP - Subscriber Line/ High Speed Data Line Protection
  • SLP-RJ11 Telephone Line Protection
  • UTB SP & SPG Universal Transient Barrier Single Pair
  • UTB DP Universal Transient Barrier Dual Pair
  • UTB Special Applications

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<![CDATA[Excalibur]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postexcalibur https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postexcalibur Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Excalibur Enclosures is a specialised engineering & complete turn key solutions provider that offers electrical enclosures and cabinet systems in Australia. Excalibur Enclosures was established in 2013 as a business unit of the parent company SRO group. The Excalibur manufacturing techniques have been honed over many years of refinement. The desire to produce & deliver high quality across the board is an innate characteristic of the business & its people. Excalibur's unique range of commercial & industrial enclosures stems from their extensive experience working with clients. The design base derives from solutions created specifically for your applications.

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<![CDATA[Fluke]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fluke Corporation is the world leader in the manufacture, distribution and service of electronic test tools and software. From industrial electronic installation, maintenance and service, to precision measurement and quality control, Fluke tools help keep business and industry around the globe up and running.

For more information on the following FLUKE products and prices please contact your local office:

Multimeters

 

Fluke's digital multimeters also known as volt/ohm meters or VOMs combine several electronic functions in one unit. They are designed to help you do your job faster, more efficiently and with greater accuracy. Choose from a wide variety of options that meet every budget and application.

 

 

Infrared Thermometers

Temperature is often the first and easiest-to-find indication of a developing problem and can be quickly used as a screening technique for situations that will benefit from further analysis with other Fluke tools such as a DMM or clamp meter. A non-contact IP thermometer allows you to stay a safe distance from the object and get the most accurate readings across a wide range of temperatures.

Check out the latest product innovation from Fluke, the VT02 Visual IR Thermometer, that combines the convenience of a spot thermometer with the visual advantage of a thermal imager.

 

Scope Meters

Extend your arsenal of troubleshooting capabilities by visually inspecting signals amplitude, time, shape and disturbance or distortion characteristics. Designed for plant maintenance engineers and technicians, these tough ScopeMeter test tools go into harsh, dirty, and hazardous industrial conditions to test everything from microelectronics to power electronics applications.

 

Insulation Testers

The Fluke insulation testers are compact, rugged, reliable, easy to use and due to their multiple test voltages, ideal for many troubleshooting, commissioning, and preventive maintenance applications.

 

Process Meters

Fluke process calibration tools include a full range of calibrators and troubleshooting tools for instrument technicians working in the process industries.

 

Clamp Meters

A clamp meter is an electrical tester that combines a voltmeter with a clamp type current meter. Fluke's clamp meters have incorporated more measurement functions, more accuracy, and in some instruments, some very special measurement features compared to previous clamp meters that just combined voltmeters with a clamp type current meter.

 

Power Quality Meters

Power Quality is a measure of how well a system supports reliable operation of its loads. A power disturbance or event can involve voltage, current, or frequency. Power disturbances can originate in consumer power systems, consumer loads, or the utility.Fluke offers an extensive range of power quality test tools for troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and long-term recording and analysis in industrial applications and utilities.

 

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging or thermography, detects heat patterns or temperature changes in objects. These changes allow the user to discover problems prior to costly downtime, or monitor developing problems so maintenance can be scheduled during a planned downtime or when budget is available. Fluke thermal imagers capture fully radiometric infrared images using patent-pending IR-Fusion® technology.

 

Wireless Test Tools

Take readings quicker. Solve problems faster. Fluke CNX wireless test tools work together to help you troubleshoot faster. With the CNX team, measurements are:

  • Remote
  • Simultaneous
  • Recordable

The CNX 3000 Wireless Multimeter displays the meter measurement, plus readings from up to 3 wireless modules, as far as 20 meters away. Add a laptop and review ten measurements at once. This customizable tool set, built with the durability, reliability and quality you've come to expect from Fluke tools, will change the way you work.

 

Process Calibration Tools

Fluke process calibration tools include a full range of calibrators and troubleshooting tools for Instrument technicians working in the process industries. The range of process calibrators include:

  • Documenting Process Calibrators
  • Multifunction Process Calibrators
  • Single- and Multifunction Temperature Calibrators
  • Pressure Deadweight Testers
  • Temperature Field Metrology Wells
  • mA Loop Calibrators

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<![CDATA[Marechal]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Almost 50 years of continual research and development have produced a range of Maréchal decontactors which offers the industry ever improving levels of product innovation and performance. Whatever the field of activity, the know-how and experience of Maréchal Licensees reacts to critical requirements of big multinationals as well as to the specific needs of small and medium sized companies.

  • The Marechal Decontactors are built to international, Australian & New Zealand Standards
  • A Marechal Decontactor system is Socket, Plug & Load Break Switch in one compact set
  • Marechal Decontactor Socket Outlets are with "Dead Front" - i.e. "live" parts are not visible/ cannot be touched
  • Marechal Decontactor systems are keyed so only same keyed Plugs will mate with same keyed Decontactor Socket Outlets
  • Marechal Contact Pin Tips are made from 85% pure Silver & 15% Nickel to give superior conductivity & resist arcing
  • Marechal Decontactor Contact Pins are built with Split Tunnel Terminals to be unaffected of thermal cycling, shock & vibration
  • Marechal Decontactor systems also offer 2,4 or 6 Auxiliary Contact Pins for 'Electrical Interlocking' & transfer of Auxiliary signals

 

DSN1 Decontactor 20A

 

DSN3 Decontactor 32A

 

DSN6 Decontactor 63A

 

DS1 Decontactor 30A

 

DS3 Decontactor 50A

 

DS6 Decontactor 90A

 

DS9 Decontactor 150A

 

DS2 Decontactor 250A

 

DS4 Decontactor 250-400A

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<![CDATA[Moxa]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Moxa provides a full spectrum of quality products for industrial networking, computing, and automation, and maintains a distribution and service network that reaches customers in more than 70 countries. Our products have connected over 30 million devices worldwide in a wide range of applications, including factory automation, smart rail, smart grid, intelligent transportation, oil & gas, marine, and mining. By continually improving staff expertise in a variety of technologies and markets, we aim to be the first choice for industrial automation solutions.

 

Industrial Ethernet Solutions

Moxa's Industrial Ethernet Solutions are specialized in automation network convergence that unifies various industrial networks with Ethernet-centric wired, wireless and security connectivity into one integrated network architecture. The solutions provide edge-to-core coverage with proven reliability, non-stop redundancy, WAN/VLAN security, plant-wide integration and visualized management

Please click here to get more information about Moxa's Industrial Ethernet Solutions



Industrial Computing

Moxa's industrial computers are able to withstand extremely hot and cold environments, typically featuring a wide operating temperature range of -40 to 75°C. This means our computers can withstand extremely harsh environments. To achieve this remarkable durability, Moxa's hardware and software solutions utilize high-quality components, system throttling software, self-warming systems, and advanced heat dissipation

Please click here to get more information about Moxa's Industrial Computing.

 

 

      

Serial Connectivity

With 25 years of experience in industrial networking solutions, Moxa offers reliable and innovative serial connectivity solutions with superior and sustained value. Moxa assists customers in finding perfect-fit solutions for industrial applications, such as factory automation, transportation automation, power automation, utility automation, kiost/ATM/POS systems, and more. To remain commited to you,  Moxa pledges to provide industry-leading services for extended availability for products, software, and services.

Please click here to get more information about Moxa's Serial Connectivity.

 

 

 

 

IP Surveillance

Moxa’s IP cameras deliver unparalleled reliability thanks to their exceptional tolerance of extreme temperatures. The VPort 36 can run comfortably in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 to 75°C without using any fans or heaters. These industrial-grade IP cameras capture brilliant HD images and deliver reliable video streaming in any environment, from snowy mountains to scorching deserts and everything in between. This ruggedness allows these VPort cameras to excel in oil and gas, rolling stock, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications. 

Please click here to get more information about Moxa's IP Surveillance.

 

 

 

 

 

Remote Automation

Industrial environments have many hazards, and equipment used for industrial applications must be able to withstand harsh conditions

  • Ability to withstand exposure to extreme temperatures

  • Immunity from electromagnetic interference

  • Ability to withstand vibration, impacts, dust, humidity, and corrosive environments

  • Compliant with industrial certification standards

  • Long-term durability

Moxa's ruggedized data acquisition devices satisfy all of these industrial requirements and can be used as part of automation infrastructures that operate in harsh industrial environments

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<![CDATA[Netec]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetec https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetec Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Netec, the only Australian manufacturer of a full range of Earth & Neutral Links, is capable of manufacturing brass components for all industries and
specialises in fast, high turnover of any design required to meet the needs of the customer.

 

Covered Links

  • 100Amp Links
  • 140Amp "T" Link
  • 165Amp Heavy Duty Link
  • 350Amp Heavy Duty Link
  • 100Amp Meter Link

 

 

Earth/Neutral Bars

  • 165Amp Earth/Neutral Bars
  • 165Amp Earth/Neutral Bars Stud only (NST)
  • 165Amp Earth/Neutral Bars Joiner (NE)
  • 90Amp Earth/Neutral Bars (NE22)
  • 140Amp Earth/Neutral Bars (NE53)
  • 250Amp Earth/Neutral Bars (NE250)
  • 300Amp Earth/Neutral Bars (NE62) Feet included
  • Earth/Neutral Bars RCD Adaptors
  • Main Neutral/Earth Adaptors
 

Accessories

  • Insulating Feet
  • Screws
  • DIN Rail Aluminium 2m Lengths
  • Split Bolt Clamps
 

Bus Bar Insulators

  • Hexagonal Brass Threaded Inserts
 

Bus Combs 2mm Copper, 100Amp rated

  • Single- and Three Phase Insulated

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<![CDATA[Omegalec]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postomegalec https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postomegalec Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT OmegaLec is an Australian-owned business engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of quality power conversion products that can be customized according to the customers needs. The various options provided by OmegaLec include high current, high voltage, UPS systems, panel mounting, variable laboratory types and many more.

 

Transformers

  • Single - and Three Phase Isolation Transformer
  • Neutral Reactor
  • Constant Voltage Transformer
  • Single - and Three Phase Variable Transformer
     
 

Power Supplies

  • Variable Laboratory Power Supply
  • Switching Power Supply 25 ~ 150W & 240 ~ 1500W
  • Industrial DIN Rail Switching Power Supply
  • Three Phase Switchmode Power Supply
 

Battery Charger

  • General purpose Battery Charger
  • System Management Battery Charger
 

Converter

  • DC - DC Converter
  • Voltage/Phase/Frequency Programmable Converter
 

Other Products

  • Electric Sounders
  • Neutral Earthing Resistors (100%)

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<![CDATA[Siemens]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsiemens https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsiemens Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Siemens Industry Sector is the world's leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products and solutions for industrial companies.

End-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid market expertise, and technology-based services are the levers they use to increase customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. Siemens consistently relies on integrated technologies and, thanks to their bundled portfolio, they can respond more quickly and flexibly to their customers' wishes. Market launch times can be reduced by up to 50% due to the combination of powerful automation technology and intelligent industrial software from Siemens Industry. At the same time, the costs for energy or waste water for a manufacturing company can be reduced significantly. In this way, Siemens increases their customers’ competitive strength and makes an important contribution to environmental protection with their energy-efficient products and solutions.

 

Siemens Industrial Automation

The world of automation is in constant movement. The industry is right on the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution and Automation is being followed by the digitalisation of production. The goal is an increase of productivity, efficiency, speed, and quality, resulting in higher competitiveness for companies on their way to the future of industry.

 

Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)

TIA Creates Added Value, In All Automation Tasks Totally Integrated Automation describes the efficient interoperability of all automation components. The open system architecture covers the entire production process and is based on the consistent presence of shared characteristics: consistent data management, global standards, and uniform hardware and software interfaces. These shared characteristics minimise engineering time. The result: lower costs, reduced time to market, and greater flexibility.

SIMATIC

SIMATIC by Siemens is one of the world's leading industrial automation systems. It includes a range of industrial automation products designed to accommodate a large variety of tasks. Flexible and cost-effective, the SIMATIC system is ideally suited to manage the ever-growing demands the manufacturing and process industry requires of today’s machines and systems.

SIMATIC is a unique, integrated system designed for deployment with all manufacturing applications and among all industries. Whether you require manufacturing, process automation, or solutions for infrastructure tasks, SIMATIC can become a major contributor in helping increase your productivity. SIMATIC is the core of Totally Integrated Automation. Its scalability allows users to customise to their own unique requirements very quickly and cost-efficiently, providing genuine forward compatibility for maximum investment protection.

ET200 I/O Systems

SIMATIC ET 200 systems are multifunctional, modular and precisely scalable systems for distributed automation. Siemens distributed I/O systems are ideal in control cabinets, at the machine, and in hazardous explosive areas. All products within the range can be integrated into your existing automation system via PROFIBUS or PROFINET.

SITOP Power Supplies

Siemens SITOP switched mode power supply units are globally recognised for their high reliability and for coping with critical network conditions. The full range of switched mode power supply units provides a controlled 24 V DC power supply and other input voltages. The unique spectrum of DC-UPS and expansion modules extends the Siemens power supply range to protect 24 Volt supply.

S7-1500 PLC Advanced

The Advanced Controller SIMATIC S7-1500 is ideal for medium-sized to high-end machine applications with high demands on performance, communication, flexibility and technological features. There are various CPU types for multiple performance classes available. The range is strengthened with a wide range of motion control add-ons such as cam disks and constant velocity, as well as the possibility to execute C/C++ code.

 

Siemens Process Instruments

Measuring, positioning, recording and controlling are key parameters for all industrial processes. Thus, top priorities for process instruments are achieving high levels of precision and absolute reliability. Process instrumentation from Siemens satisfies these demands and provides an efficient means to increase plant efficiency and improve product quality.

 

Pressure Measurement - The right pressure transmitter for every industry

A pressure transmitter always must be tailored to meet the specific requirements of process, infrastructure and ambient conditions. To meet these needs, Siemens offers the SITRANS P pressure transmitter line, a complete family of pressure measuring products with different levels of performance, varying load capacities, and ranges of materials.

 

Flow Measurement - The right flow meter for every application

Using the right flow meter for specific applications can significantly improve productivity. This is why Siemens offers a comprehensive selection of electromagnetic, Coriolis, ultrasonic, vortex, rotary piston and differential pressure flowmeters. Regardless of your industry, we can provide you with the ideal flow meter.

 

Level Measurement - Reliable & precise

Siemens offers a unique and comprehensive range of contacting and non-contacting instrumentation for point level and continuous level measurement. Our intelligent level measurement devices are characterised by extreme precision and reliability, proven in countless installations in the process industry worldwide.

 

Positioners

SIPART PS2 is currently the most widely used positioner for linear and part-turn actuators in a wide range of process industries. The proven all-round design has a particularly flexible stroke range, intelligent diagnostics, and communicates either via HART, PROFIBUS PA or Foundation Fieldbus. What has been proven so often is certainly the correct choice.

 

 

Siemens Flexible Cables

Specially design for industrial applications that demand highly flexible, long-lasting, quality cables.
At Siemens, quality is their priority.  Not only do their cables benefit from world-renowned German engineering, all products are manufactured in Germany where rigorous process controls are combined with the highest quality of materials to guarantee a superior end product. Choose from a wide range of cables to suit your specific applications such as:

  • Flexible elastomer cables
  • High-temperature cables
  • PVC data and control cables
  • Crane, reeling and hoist cables
  • Mining and high voltage reeling cables

Siemens flexible cables are supplied in accordance with the following Australian standards:

  • AS 1125 Conductors in Flexible Cables and Cords
  • AS 3191 Electric Flexible Cords 250V, 440V and 0.6/1kV
  • AS/NZ 3008.1.1:2009 Cable Selection 0.6/1kV
  • AS 1802 Cables for Underground Mining (Reeling)
  • AS 5000 Electric cables – polymeric insulation 0.6/1 (1-2kV)
  • AS 2802 Cables for Above Ground (open cut) Mining
  • AS 1660 Test Methods for Cables
  • AS 1429 Electric cables – polymeric insulation working voltages 3.3/33kV

We welcome your enquiries and are looking forward to discussing your automation needs.

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<![CDATA[Joslyn Clark]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postjoslyn-clark https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postjoslyn-clark Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT As the world leader in vacuum contactors, starters and controllers, Joslyn Clark is dedicated to continually raising the bar for industry standards of in life safety and fire protection. Distributed through more than 270 dedicated electrical and industrial distributors, the Joslyn Clark brand is renowned across the globe for superior quality, unbeatable value and impeccable customer service.

The Joslyn Clark line of low and medium voltage vacuum contactors utilizes numerous safety features to assure efficiency and effectiveness. The vacuum contactors provide for a compact design that has unique features and offers numerous safety benefits, resulting in a simple, safe, and maintenance-free starter for the mining industry.

Available in different sizes and currents, Joslyn Clark's series of USAVAC® vacuum contactor products enclose the power contacts inside a vacuum chamber. This design feature makes the vacuum contactor more resistant to harsh environments, compact, quiet, and long-lived.

Joslyn Clark's vacuum contactor products are fully phase-insulated. In addition, all materials that go into a Joslyn Clark vacuum contactor are subjected to rigorous chemical and analytical testing. Their vacuum contactor uses high alumina ceramics for their high temperature and favorable out-gassing characteristics. Contact materials are selected for transient voltage generation control.

Additionally, these Joslyn Clark vacuum contactor products are assembled in a clean-room environment and final degaussing is performed in a one step process at a high temperature to ensure a higher degree of vacuum.

Joslyn Clark USAVAC family of vacuum contactors offers a variety of contactors and starters for motor, transformer, and capacitor switching. They comply with National NEMA, NEC, UL, and International CSA standards.

 

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Contact]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postphoenix-contact https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postphoenix-contact Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Phoenix Contact provides innovative products and solutions for all aspects of electrical engineering and automation.

Phoenix Contact specialises in the control cabinet, field installation, device and connection technology, and systems and solutions. The products can be used in a range of areas including traffic infrastructure, E-Mobility, water infrastructure, regenerative energies, and intelligent supply and networks or energy-efficient machine building and systems manufacturing.

The Phoenix Contact Group have one clear mission: “To offer you the best possible solution for your electrical engineering tasks”. This, teamed with Colterlec’s mission “to provide our stakeholders with quality services and solutions that exceed their expectations – every single time”, is sure to fulfil your needs!

 

Connection Tech for Field Devices

Assemble your plug-in connections yourself or use pre-   assembled cable versions. In addition to the complete range for field installation, Phoenix Contact offers cables for copper and  FO cabling as well as solutions for photovoltaics and  E-Mobility.

Safeguard the operation of your systems: with a complete range of products and solutions for the connection of sensors and actuators.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contact's Connection Tech for Field Devices



Industrial Communication Technology

Professional automation for your system: I/O devices from Phoenix Contact are the ideal solution for data transfer at input and output level. Regardless of whether in the field, or in the control cabinet, as an adaptable modular system or in block design, and whichever network or protocol you prefer – with us you get the right I/Os.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts Industrial Communication Technology

 

 

Interface Technology

Use monitoring products from Phoenix Contact to monitor the correct operation of your system. They allow you to detect malfunctions at an early stage and take appropriate action before they result in a breakdown or failure.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts  Interface Technology

 

Marking Systems and Tools

Our range is optimally tailored to your needs: Standard marking with preprinted labels or individual labelling using our printing systems.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts  Marking System & Tools

 

PCB Terminal Blocks

Whether you use a screw connection or push-in spring connection, as a PCB terminal block or easy-to- maintain connector, for two to 24 positions: the comprehensive COMBICON product range offers the right connection technology for transmitting signals, data or power for almost every application.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts PCB Terminal Blocks

 

Safety

Phoenix Contact makes safety easy. From conventional safety relays to complex controllers – all safety products are easy to install and configure. Functional safety means for you: reliable protection for people and machinery.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts Safety Equipment

 

 

Surge Protection and UPS

High-frequency, low-energy interference can be smoothed and eliminated using interference filters. Meanwhile, lightning and surge protective devices provide protection against transient and high-energy voltage peaks.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts Surge Protection and UPS

 

 

Terminal Blocks

Irrespective of whether you opt for the screw, spring- cage, push-in, fast or bolt connection: all these connection technologies can be freely combined with each other, with the same accessories thanks to the double function shaft.

Please click here to get more information about Phoenix Contacts Terminal Blocks

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<![CDATA[Kraus & Naimer]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postkraus-and-naimer https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postkraus-and-naimer Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Renowned for product and service excellence, Kraus & Naimer (Aus) has been proudly serving Australian Industry since 1959. Kraus & Naimer in Australia are part of the industry leading global Kraus & Naimer Group, whose worldwide sales and manufacturing sites produce in excess of four million switches each year. Kraus & Naimer (Aus) products are mostly Australian or New Zealand manufactured and assembled for the Australian market.  This combines the benefit of local content and production, and facilitates the prompt supply of orders. 

Our customers are supported by dedicated and professional staff in manufacturing, sales and service facilities across the nation.  We also have a number of distribution partnerships and agencies to meet our customers’ requirements. 

Kraus & Naimer’s systems and switches meet the most stringent of international and Australian specifications and standards. Current models have been tested locally and meet MIL Standard shock and vibration requirements.

Kraus & Naimer switches are suitable for applications from PLC control circuits through to general control and instrumentation to power changeover, PV Solar Disconnectors, UPS bypass, motor control, power safety isolation and local control stations.  Switches are available in standard or special configuration at short notice, with a number of options including contactors & overloads, pushbuttons, pilot lights, terminals, wiring and enclosures (plastic, metal & 316 stainless steel).

Kraus & Naimer switches are widely utilised in markets such as Infrastructure (Rail, Power, Water), Mining (Coal, Gold, Copper, Diamond), Food Industry (Dairy, Sugar, Breweries), Clean Energy (PV Solar, Wind Farms, Ethanol) and the special lock market.  We have also developed many industry specific solutions to meet our clients’ existing and emerging needs.

 

Rotary Cam Switches - Panel mounting

  • On/Off Switches
  • Changeover Switches
  • Binary Coded Decimal Switches
  • Step Switches
  • Stop/Start Switches
  • Motor Reversing Switches
  • Meter Switches
 

Rotary Cam Switches - Optional Extras

 

KG Main Switches - Padlockable Panel Mount, Enclosed Plastic or Stainless Steel

  • Panel mount padlockable KG Main Switch
  • Plastic Enclosed padlockable KG Main Switch
  • Stainless Steel Enclosed padlockable KG Main Switch
     
 

KG Main Switches - Base mounted Padlockable Main Switch with Extension Shafts

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<![CDATA[Weintek Forging Building Intelligence with KNXnet/IP]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postweintek-forging-building-intelligence-with-knx-net-ip https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postweintek-forging-building-intelligence-with-knx-net-ip Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT From a residential house to a complex industrial factory, the demand for convenient, energy efficient and feature-rich Building Management Systems is continuously growing. To achieve this level of automation, it will be necessary to install more sensors and controllers for intelligent monitoring and control, which can be costly. Furthermore, the demand for interactive devices is growing. A possible scenario is for the lights to turn on when the sensor detects a resident has entered and turn off again when the sensor detects the resident has left.

Responding to the increasing demand for Building Management Systems and technological advancement in IoT applications, the Weintek R&D team has integrated KNXnet/IP protocol directly into the HMI, as a solution for intelligent buildings. KNXnet/IP is an international standardised network communication protocol for building automation, which means it can integrate with different brands of devices.

1. HMI as a Control Unit for Many Devices

Conventionally, the interoperation of devices is accomplished via detected data transfer between HMI's and switches. As the communication method may vary between devices, installing the devices can be a troublesome task, making it difficult for users to integrate different devices effectively to achieve centralised management.

Now with KNXnet/IP protocol, Weintek HMI plays the role of a control unit. In this architecture, the Ethernet network is used as the Backbone, and all the KNX PLC's use a common multicast IP address (default: 224.0.23.12). The on-site devices are connected to KNX PLC's I/O via a Line Coupler, and all the devices to be interconnected use the same address.

As shown in the diagram, three devices connected to Line 2 use address 1.2.1. To trigger these devices, the user only needs to control address 1.2.1, imagine the lights turning on when a person enters the room.

Visualisation, monitoring and control can be provided via WeinteK HMI. As long as the HMI is connected to KNX PLC's using the same multicast address, it can control all the devices.

* The above example shows a Backbone with three Line Couplers, where the devices underneath have a KNX address and are connected to the corresponding KNX PLC.

2. Simplified Wiring and Greater Flexibility to Add Devices

In the conventional architecture, as shown in diagram A, the interconnection of devices requires complex wiring, and rewiring for retrofit installations can be very troublesome.

In the KNXnet/IP architecture, as shown in diagram B, as long as all devices are on the KNXnetwork, they can communicate with each other and will be interoperable. The user only needs to assign KNX address for the devices, and then use Weintek HMI to monitor and control. The new architecture not only reduces the cost for supporting multiple interfaces, but also simplifies wiring significantly.

 Unitronics’ Commitment to Increasing Connectivity and Flexibility 

Unitronics have released a new building automation and industrial control gateway module.  The addition of this gateway demonstrates Unitronics’ commitment to increasing the connectivity and flexibility of their all-in-one PLC+HMI controllers.

The new KNX Gateway is an external, high-performance, gateway that, allows Unitronics PLCs to communicate with devices using the KNX twisted pair network protocol; equipment using the KNX protocol includes lighting, security systems, energy management and HVAC systems.

The GW-KNX1 converts Modbus communications to KNX, allowing the user to connect UniStream and Vision PLCs to KNX networks via Modbus. The configuration of the gateway is simple; a KNX Configuration tool is available in both UniLogic and VisiLogic.  The KNX Gateway module is flexible, reliable and easy to use.  This Gateway will open the door to using Unitronics controllers for projects in building management and related industrial systems.

 

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<![CDATA[Wireless Sensor Network Helps Winemaker Track Soil Conditions]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwireless-sensor-network-helps-winemaker-track-soil-conditions https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwireless-sensor-network-helps-winemaker-track-soil-conditions Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as the next industrial revolution. Globally, we are seeing significant growth in communication between machines and other devices, however we've come across this case study detailing how a vineyard is embracing wireless technology for actionable intelligence.

The Hahn Family Wines winery in California has deployed a wireless solution to track soil moisture levels, air temperature and other environmental conditions. This will enable the vineyard to manage water and the occasional chemical use for optimal grape harvest.

By establishing a wireless sensor network, the winery collects data about the soil and air which can help them to prevent vine disease, recognise when there is too little or too much water, and ultimately improve the health of plants and also lower operating costs.

They winery achieved this by using battery-powered moisture sensors inserted into the soil where grapes are growing, as well as a weather station to measure air temperature, a water meter at the water pump, and 2 cellular-connected gateways that transmit the data back to a cloud-based server.

Their mission is to gain actionable insights per block. The winery collects data for each block, and makes necessary corrections to watering or spraying of herbicides or fungicides for optimum plant health and consistent crop yield.

The winery had been using soil-moisture sensors for many years, however, each sensor required its own dedicated gateway, which made it very costly. It was deemed unfeasible to put a sensor and gateway at every acre, which made it difficult to monitor environmental conditions across the vineyard.

The weather station is being used to measure solar radiation, wind velocity, humidity and temperature in the air above the vine-canopy level. This data provides information that can be used to prevent disease, such as botrytis. Botrytis is preventable with a fungicide spray, however, the winery prefers not to spray unless it’s necessary.

This new wireless system is being piloted with a single gateway installed on the weather station, and another located at the water-pump station. The measurement data is transmitted via radios. If the system proves effective, it will be rolled out to the entire vineyard.

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