<![CDATA[Site]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:14:00 GMT Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:14:00 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[How to detect compressed air, gas and vacuum leaks AND find hidden profits]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-to-detect-compressed-air-gas-and-vacuum-leaks-and-find-hidden-profits https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-to-detect-compressed-air-gas-and-vacuum-leaks-and-find-hidden-profits Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Yet many compressed air, gas and vacuum systems are compromised by wear and poor maintenance practices, which contribute to the greatest waste of all—the ever-present leaks. These leaks can be hidden behind machines, at connection points, overhead in fixed pipes, or in cracked pipes or worn hoses. The waste adds up quickly and can even lead to downtime.

The high cost of wasted air

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a single 1/8” (3mm) leak in a compressed air line can cost upwards of $2,500 a year. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates an average U.S. plant that has not been well maintained, can waste 20 % of its total compressed air production capacity through leaks. The New Zealand government, as part of its Target Sustainability project, estimates that system leaks can account for 30 to 50 % of a compressed air system’s capacity. Quick detection of compressed air, gas and vacuum leaks is a single factor in finding hidden profits. Air leaks can also lead to capital expenses, rework, downtime or quality issues and increased maintenance costs.

To make up the pressure loss due to leaks, operators often overcompensate by buying a larger compressor than is needed, which requires significant capital costs along with increasing energy costs. System leaks can also cause air dependent equipment to fail due to low system pressure. That can lead to production delays, unplanned downtime, quality issues, decreased service life, and increased maintenance due to unnecessary cycling of compressors.

The maintenance manager of one United States manufacturer, for instance, says low pressure in one of their air torqueing tools can potentially lead to product defects. “Mis-torqued units, either under torqued or over torqued, can lead to recalls. That also leads to more man hours put into something that should have been a very standard process,” he says. “It’s money out the door in lost profits and lost units. In the worst-case scenario we also wind up with lost demand because we weren't able to deliver.”

It’s no wonder that utilities, industry, and government all target compressed air systems as a potential source of cost savings. Leaks lead to waste. Correcting those leaks can save the operator money and prevent the utility from having to build additional capacity into their system.

Finding and fixing leaks isn’t easy

Many plants and facilities do not have a leak detection program. Finding and fixing leaks isn’t easy. Quantifying the amount of waste and determining the cost, requires energy specialists or consultants who use energy analyzers and loggers to audit your air systems. By systematically calculating the annual cost savings of eliminating the leaks, they can make a strong business case for proceeding on such a project.

Energy audits of compressed air systems are often conducted through partnerships with industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). One such partnership, the Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) is a voluntary collaboration of those types of groups. Its single goal is to provide product-neutral information and educational materials to help industries generate and use compressed air at maximum sustainable efficiency.

Why ultrasonic leak detection is inefficient

Mainstream leak detection practices are, unfortunately quite primitive. An age-old method is to listen for hissing sounds, which are virtually impossible to hear in many environments and to spray soapy water on the area of the suspected leak, which is messy and can create a possible slipping hazard.

The current go-to tool for finding compressor leaks is an ultrasonic acoustic detector–a portable electronic device that recognizes high frequency sounds associated with air leaks. Typical ultrasonic detectors help find leaks but they’re time consuming to use and repair crews can generally only use them during planned downtime, when maintaining other critical machines might be a better use of their time. These units also require the operator to be located close to the equipment to find leaks, which makes it difficult to use in hard-to-reach areas such as ceilings or behind other equipment.

In addition to the time it takes to find leaks using either soapy water or ultrasonic detectors, there can be safety issues with finding leaks overhead or under equipment using these techniques. Climbing ladders or crawling around equipment can pose dangers.

Compressed air leak detection game changer

What if there were a leak detection technology that could pinpoint the precise location of a leak from up to 50 meters away, in a noisy environment, without shutting down equipment? Fluke has developed an industrial imager that does just that. Industrial maintenance managers are calling the Fluke ii900 Sonic Industrial Imager, a “gamechanger” in the pursuit of finding compressed air leaks.

This new sonic industrial imager—which can detect a broader range of frequencies than traditional ultrasonic devices–uses new SoundSight™ technology to deliver enhanced visual scans of air leaks, similar to the way infrared cameras detect hotspots.

The ii900 includes an acoustical array of tiny super sensitive microphones that detect both sonic and ultrasonic sound waves. The ii900 recognizes a sound source at a potential leak location and then it applies proprietary algorithms that interpreter the sound as a leak. The results produce a SoundMap™ image—a color map superimposed over the visible light image—showing exactly where the leak is. The results are displayed on the 7” LCD screen as a still image or a real time video. The ii900 can save up to 999 image files or 20 video files for documentation or compliance purposes.

Large areas can be scanned quickly which helps locate leaks much faster than with other methods. It also allows for filtering on intensity and frequency ranges. A team at a large manufacturing plant recently used two ii900 prototype units to locate 80 compressed air leaks in one day. The maintenance manager said it would have taken them weeks to find that number of leaks using traditional methods. By finding and fixing leaks quickly, the crew also saved potential downtime, which at this plant can cost an estimated $100,000 an hour in lost productivity.

Where to find leaks:

  • Couplings
  • Hoses
  • Tubes
  • Fittings
  • Threaded pipe joints
  • Quick disconnects
  • FRLs (filter, regulator, lubricator combinations)
  • Condensate traps
  • Valves
  • Flanges
  • Packings
  • Pneumatic holding tanks


How much air are you wasting?

The first step in controlling leaks in compressed air, gas and vacuum systems is to estimate your leak load. Some leakage (less than 10 %) is to be expected. Anything beyond that is considered wasteful. The first step is to determine your current leak load so you can use that as a benchmark to compare improvements against.

The best method for estimating leak load is based on your control system. If you have a system with start/stop controls, simply start your compressor when there is no demand on the system—after hours or off shift. Then take several readings of compressor cycles to determine the average time to unload the loaded system. With no equipment running, the unloading of the system is due to leaks.

Leakage (%) = (T x 100) ÷ (T + t)T = onload time (minutes), t = offload time (minutes)

To estimate leak load in systems with more complex control strategies, place a pressure gauge downstream from the volume (V, in cubic feet), including all secondary receivers, mains, and piping. With no demand on the system, except leakage, bring the system up to its normal operating pressure (P1, in psig). Select a second pressure (P2, about half the value of P1) and measure the time (T, in minutes) it takes for the system to drop to P2.

Leakage (cfm free air) = [(V x ( P1 – P2) ÷ (T x 14.7)] x 1.25

The 1.25 multiplier corrects leakage to normal system pressure, thereby accounting for reduced leakage with decreasing system pressure.

Efficiently fixing and repairing leaks can lead to substantial cost reduction for air-dependent businesses. Companies are not only able to save on energy use by repairing leaks but can also improve production levels and extend equipment life.

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity to Present at Bernstein's 35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-present-at-bernsteins-35th-annual-strategic-decisions-conference https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-present-at-bernsteins-35th-annual-strategic-decisions-conference Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandMay 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) announced today that Chief Executive Officer Terrence Curtin will present at Bernstein's 35th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday May 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. ET. The audio webcast will be live on the company's investor website and available for 90 days after the presentation at investors.te.com. 

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<![CDATA[The future is even more electric]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-future-is-even-more-electric https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-future-is-even-more-electric Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT The SRPM-based Danfoss electric machines offer the highest efficiency on the market, with standard or project-based designs. They operate at maximum torque from any speed, even from standstill, tolerate extreme mechanical vibration and shock, and are liquid-cooled to facilitate compact and robust design. Available in seven frame sizes, they cover the power range 20 kW- 6 MW. Combined with AC drives from Danfoss Drives, the Danfoss electric machines provide an opportunity for maximum optimization of many and diverse applications in marine electrification and similar fields.

As customers of Danfoss Drives, system integrators and OEMs already enjoy a unique high level of component choice and depth of knowledge sharing when preparing to bid on projects. As an independent player Danfoss Drives enables them to select the ideal combination of motors, PLC and cloud systems to fully optimize each individual drive appplication. Furthermore, Danfoss product development is always ongoing, bringing new levels of performance to continuously sharpen competitive edge.

With the new offering, Danfoss Drives continues to support its customers in optimizing their competitiveness at the same high level as always. With engineering support for the customers’ preferred motor or generator, Danfoss Drives continues to aid system integrators and OEMs in winning their projects. Serving a huge diversity of applications throughout electrification of marine and heavy industries, the design opportunities with Danfoss drives are now even broader: the future is even more electric.

For more information please contact Martti Alatalo, Global Vertical Development Director, Marine & Offshore, Danfoss Drives, martti.alatalo@danfoss.com

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<![CDATA[WHAT IS ENERGY EFFICIENCY?]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-energy-efficiency https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-energy-efficiency Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT REDUCTION OF THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

How are energy efficiency and respect for the environment linked? Energy efficiency is the desire to reduce the amount of energy required by a product or service. The use of a machine or other equipment produces heat, and therefore energy. Inevitably, there is a loss of the latter: the goal is to limit it.

Indeed, with regard to industrial electrical socket outlets, several factors must be taken into account:

- The heating due to the passage of the current;

- The thermal cycle linked to multiple "start & stop" maneuvers;

- Corrosion resistance (which adds additional heating).

Our flagship product, the DECONTACTOR™, has been developed to meet these criteria, with limited contact heating and better compensation of the thermal cycle through our butt-style contact technology.


The quality of the material is essential in the choice of an electrical socket outlet, since it impacts the duration of the product. Therefore, a product with a poor craftsmanship will need to be changed regularly. To limit this negative impact on the environment, costs and time optimization, MARECHAL ELECTRIC offers the possibility to change only the worn or broken part of the plug and not its entirety.


Finally, the company pays particular attention to the quality of its products: all are made in France, in accordance with international standards. Their robustness has an undeniable impact on their life span.


Energy efficiency is a concern for us, and at the heart of essential issues of our time.


For more information on this subject: https://marechal.com/marechal/fr/p-economies-denergie.html  

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<![CDATA[Moxa's ioThinx 4500 Series Controllers and I/Os Win the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxas-iothinx-4500-series-controllers-and-ios-win-the-red-dot-award-product-design-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxas-iothinx-4500-series-controllers-and-ios-win-the-red-dot-award-product-design-2019 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2019—Moxa is pleased to announce that our ioThinx 4500 Series controllers and I/Os have been placed in the winner category of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019. This year, Moxa competed with more than 5,500 entries produced by designers and manufacturers from 55 countries. “The excellent innovation of the ioThinx 4500 Series is based on its simple yet smart installation principle, which saves a lot of time and effort,” according to the jury of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019. The award and the statement serve to confirm that we always put ourselves in the customer’s shoes, and the product’s user-oriented design allows both IA or IT engineers to use their products in a wide range of applications.

Deliver Your I/O Data to the Cloud, Quickly and Securely

With more and more field devices being connected to the industrial IoT (Internet of Things), the need to keep all those “things” continuously connected to the Internet has put a premium on network devices that can stay connected, without needing an IT engineer to reboot the devices when they crash unexpectedly. Although data is the most important aspect of any I/O application, before the data can be used, it must be extracted from all sorts of industrial sensors and devices. This is often a cumbersome and time-consuming task, not to mention a drain on engineering resources. “Moxa’s ioThinx 4500 Series IIoT controllers and I/Os are IIoT-ready modular controllers and I/Os that feature programmable language capability, cloud connectivity, high computing power for precision control, and system-wide cybersecurity,” said Austin Lin, Product Manager of Moxa’s Industrial Data Acquisition and Control Division. “Tailor-made for IIoT applications, the compact, intelligent, and secure ioThinx 4500 Series IIoT controllers and I/Os provide I/O-to-cloud connectivity and IT/OT protocol convergence”.

ioThinx 4533 IIoT Controller

  • Cloud connectivity: Save field-site data to the cloud with the built-in Azure/AWS/Alibaba SDK library and streamline your operations with OPC UA to SCADA capability.
  • Precision control: Achieve a balance between control and computing in one device by using a real-time OS to prioritize application settings.
  • Programming language: Supports a variety of programming languages, including Python and C/C++.
  • System-wide cybersecurity design: Systematic Security Protection can be applied to the hardware, OS, and library layer to help users mitigate cybersecurity threats.

ioThinx 4510 IIoT Remote I/O

  • Cloud connectivity: Supports MQTT protocols that can be connected to the cloud with a reasonable number of mouse clicks. If you are using a web HMI or NMS for data supervision on a private cloud, you can make the connection using a RESTful API or SNMP, respectively.
  • Auto reconfiguration: Making a few simple changes requires no reconfiguration effort. Simply fine tune the modules you want to change, and keep the others as is.
  • Cybersecurity: Secure design that follows the CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability) concept and is compliant with IEC 62443 level 1.

Get Started With the ioThinx lloT Starter Kit

The ioThinx IIoT Starter Kit has everything you need to set up and test your IT/OT cloud applications. The starter kit includes an ioThinx 4510 IIoT remote I/O base product and an I/O board for IIoT applications. Since no wiring is required, you can set up MQTT, RESTful API, SNMP, and Modbus connections in a few simple steps.

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<![CDATA[5 Ways to Prepare a Home’s Surge Protection for Storm Season [Plus More Electrical Engineering Information]]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/post5-ways-to-prepare-a-homes-surge-protection-for-storm-season-plus-more-electrical-engineering-information https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/post5-ways-to-prepare-a-homes-surge-protection-for-storm-season-plus-more-electrical-engineering-information Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT 5 Ways to Prepare a House for Storm Season

Spring is underway, and with warmer weather comes an increased risk of severe weather—especially lightning. Electrical professionals need to educate their clients about surges and inform them of the basic efforts that can be employed to protect against costly power surges.

Here are five quick surge protection tips that people need to know:

  1. Use point-of-use surge protection devices (SPDs), which protect electronics and appliances when combined with a good grounding system.
  2. Have you or another professional check to ensure that the grounding system is up to code before installing any new surge protection.
  3. Present the option of panel SPDs, which mount in or on the main the main electrical panel to provide protection for the entire electrical system.
  4. To protect individual appliances, install point-of-use surge devices, such a surge strip.
  5. To enhance surge protection in the home, combine point-of-use devices with service entrance protection or an electrical panel surge protector.

For a more comprehensive explanation of the most important tips for storm season preparation, check out the full post.

Quick Clarification on Lightning Protection Systems and Bonding

On EC&M’s website, Mike Holt answered the following question, which ties in with the previous article:

Is it good practice to bond the lightning protection system to the building grounding electrode system?

Not only is it a good practice, but the NEC requires lightning protection systems to be bonded to a facility’s grounding electrode system. The connection minimizes the difference potential between the lightning protection system and the electrical system, thus reducing arcing between metal parts within the building. Refer to the full article on EC&M’s website for more information.

7 Common Electrical Code Violations

Based on an interview with a state chief electrical inspector and seasoned field inspector, Construction Pro Tips came away with the following common electrical code violations that cause a failed inspection:

  1. Choosing the wrong circuit breaker
  2. Forgetting the taper-resistant receptacles
  3. Wiring switches without a neutral
  4. Using a ground rod electrode when a better system is available
  5. Crowding a service panel
  6. Not enough receptacles in the foyer
  7. Insufficient bonding

As with all inspections, requirements may differ in your region, so check with local jurisdiction for clarification. And to see the full explanations behind these seven common electrical code violations, visit the Construction Pro Tips website.

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Stay on top of new trends, advice and information by subscribing to the nVent ERICO blog. Our electrical engineering and product experts regularly publish new information, and also curate top resources with posts like this one.

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<![CDATA[DC fuse adapters receive TÜV certificate]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdc-fuse-adapters-receive-tv-certificate https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdc-fuse-adapters-receive-tv-certificate Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT The protective elements for photovoltaic systems have been tested in accordance with IEC 62852 (connectors) and IEC 60269-6 (fuse-links) and their safe triggering confirmed. Users can thus be assured that, under the conditions described in the standards, the photovoltaic system is always reliably protected against residual currents. The robust fuse adapters of the SUNCLIX product family are equipped with high-quality Littelfuse fuse-links for 3.5 to 30 A and are rated for voltages up to 1,500 V. The easy-to-install protective elements are designed in accordance with degree of protection IP68 (24 h / 2 m) and are ideally suited for safe field cabling between the PV panels and inverter.

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<![CDATA[Moxa Connection June 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-june-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-june-2019 Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Feature Articles

MQTT - Enabling Edge-device Connectivity in the IIoT Era

Although the MQTT protocol has been around for nearly three decades, the design of the protocol makes it ideal for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, the latest trend in automation engineering. MQTT is especially helpful in bringing field-site data to cloud platforms. Read on to discover how MQTT can help you overcome the challenges of transforming a traditional OT application to an IIoT application.

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Simplifying Connectivity for Mass Customization

Mass customization allows manufacturers to meet customer expectations for products built to their exact specifications within an even shorter amount of time. In order to reduce system downtime in a fully automated mass customization manufacturing process, it is necessary to be able to efficiently upgrade, troubleshoot, and maintain more connected machines from remote distances. We look at ways to simplify connectivity for you to enable secure and reliable networks.

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Featured Case Studies

Enabling a New Service Model for Home Solar Energy Systems

Securing Gas Transfer Stations Against Cyberattacks

Setting New Heights for the World's Tallest Observation Wheel


More Resources 

Video - Getting Onto the Cloud Is Easy With Our Solutions

Guidebook - Bringing Your Serial Devices to the IIoT

White Paper - The Benefits of Time-Sensitive Networking



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<![CDATA[Defend Your Industrial Network]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdefend-your-industrial-network https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdefend-your-industrial-network Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 GMT While companies are tapping into the opportunities that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has to offer, digitalization has become a key initiative for industries. Digitalization has allowed the industrial control system (ICS) landscape to develop quickly in recent years. Originally, ICS networks were physically isolated and almost immune to cyberattacks. However, recently, there has been a rise in the sophistication of cyber attacks, which has prompted everyone from IT to OT personnel to produce solutions that enhance industrial cybersecurity. Thus, understanding industrial cybersecurity requirements will help companies mitigate cybersecurity risks. 

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<![CDATA[Network Visibility Increases Industrial System Availability]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetwork-visibility-increases-industrial-system-availability https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetwork-visibility-increases-industrial-system-availability Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT For control engineers, their primary goal is to ensure that they have system availability, but they often do this without focusing on the network status. This is becoming problematic because even though the Industrial Internet of Things is helping to connect more and more devices, it is, unfortunately, increasing network complexity and introducing new security risks. Without network visibility, it is very difficult to identify the root cause of problems. Control engineers often have to revert to trial and error to get the system back to normal, which is time-consuming and troublesome.

What if control engineers had clear visibility of the network status and could quickly identify the root cause of network downtime?

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<![CDATA[A motor braking manufacturing plant steps up to proactive maintenance]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-motor-braking-manufacturing-plant-steps-up-to-proactive-maintenance https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-motor-braking-manufacturing-plant-steps-up-to-proactive-maintenance Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT At Jacobs Vehicle Systems® in Bloomfield, CT, Bob Despres is moving the motor maintenanceprogram into proactive mode. With Bob’s thirty-plus years of experience in mechanical and electrical maintenance, he understands that performance and efficiency of critical electrical motorsreduces downtime and helps achieve his OpEx reduction goals. “Every one of our machines runs 24/7 here, so downtime is critical to us,” says Despres.

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for third year in a row]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-named-a-best-place-to-work-for-lgbtq-equality-for-third-year-in-a-row https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-named-a-best-place-to-work-for-lgbtq-equality-for-third-year-in-a-row Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandMarch 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has once again earned the highest rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. For the third consecutive year, TE has earned a 100 percent ranking on the CEI and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.  

"This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is one we take great pride in at TE, as engagement and inclusion are key parts of teamwork, one of our core values," said CEO Terrence Curtin. "I think most people would agree that recruiting and fostering a diverse workforce is the right thing to do. We believe that having an inclusive environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their ideas also inspires the type of innovation that helps us create a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future."

This is TE's second recognition from the HRC Foundation in recent months. The company also received the highest rating in the HRC Equality MX survey, earning the distinction as a "Best Place to Work for the LGBT Community" in Mexico.

TE is committed to engaging with its employees around the world – and making TE a great place to work – by emphasizing development and training, creating a safe work environment, embracing diversity and inclusion, and supporting uncompromising values. Learn more about career opportunities.


TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.



SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.

For further information: Media Relations, Rachel Quimby, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9593, Rachel.quimby@te.com

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<![CDATA[Position sensor trio flexes new solutions for mobile hydraulics]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postposition-sensor-trio-flexes-new-solutions-for-mobile-hydraulics https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postposition-sensor-trio-flexes-new-solutions-for-mobile-hydraulics Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss lifts functional safety to the next level with a full program of state-of-the-art rotary position, wire position, and inclination sensors.

For more than 30 years, Danfoss has delivered reliable, robust, and cost-effective sensor technologies for leading mobile hydraulic producers in the off-highway industry. Now, our portfolio is expanding to include three new types of position sensors for all machine types — providing OEMs with unrivaled flexibility and scalability to meet safety and environmental regulations.

We're proud to introduce our new rotary position sensors (DST X510 and X520), wire position sensor (DST X800), and inclination sensors (DST X710, X720, and X730).

All three sensor ranges are PLUS+1® compliant and offer seamless integration with development and service tools, ensuring your products get faster to market. And real-time remote access makes staying up to date even easier.

Both single and redundant sensor types are available. The three sensor types are produced according to PL d (EN ISO 13849-1:2015) and have sensor housing protection from IP67 to IP69K, making the complete portfolio suitable for safety-critical applications and harsh environments. At the same time, hall effect technology prevents wear and tear and ensures superior sensor lifetime.

Moreover, the new sensors offer ratiometric, CANopen, or SAE J1939 output options.

You can visit our dedicated product page below to learn more about each type of sensor and its individual specifications.

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Industrial position sensors

Danfoss is taking functional safety to the next level with a full program of state-of-the-art rotary position sensors, wire position sensors, and inclination sensors. All three sensor types are produced according to PL d (EN ISO 13849-1:2015), making the complete portfolio suitable for safety-critical applications.

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<![CDATA[DID YOU KNOW? WHAT IS “IP” AND HOW TO INTERPRET THIS INDICATOR]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-what-is-ip-and-how-to-interpret-this-indicator https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-what-is-ip-and-how-to-interpret-this-indicator Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT You may have seen it on your camera description or other domestic device, but IP is also used for industrial products. The two letters stand for “Ingress Protection” or “International Protection ratings”. They are used to define the sealing effectiveness of the product against dirt and water according to test define by IEC/EN 60529 standard.

They are followed by two digits: the first one indicates the level of protection against solid particles, the second against liquids.

For our industrial socket, we will focus on digits 4 to 6 for the first part, and 4 to 9 for the second.


First digit


Second digit



Resistance to solid particles/tools 1mm


Resistance to water splashes


Resistance to dust


Resistance to water jets


Dust tight


Resistance to powerful water jets



Resistance to temporary immersion up to 1m



Resistance to prolonged immersion beyond 1m for a defined time



Resistance to high pressure water jets


According to this information, we can tell for instance that:

  • an IP67 product is dust tight and resistant to temporary immersion,
  • an IP68 product is dust tight and resistant to prolonged immersion,
  • and that an IP69 product is dust tight and resistant to high-pressure water jets.


Most of MARECHAL ELECTRIC products are IP66, IP67 and/or IP69.

Learn more here > https://marechal.com/marechal/en/famille/industrial

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<![CDATA[Moxa Releases Updates for MXview Network Management Software to Support Higher Interoperability and Scalability]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-releases-updates-for-mxview-network-management-software-to-support-higher-interoperability-and-scalability https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-releases-updates-for-mxview-network-management-software-to-support-higher-interoperability-and-scalability Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Brea, California, April 8, 2019—Moxa is pleased to announce the release of the latest software update for our industrial network management software, MXview. One of the best features of this software update is that customers can now easily integrate MXview into both IT and OT systems, as well as manage large-scale networks at multiple sites. Furthermore, MXview has a user-friendly interface to help our customers view the network status quickly and conveniently.

Easily Integrated Into IT and OT Systems

MXview supports a web widget that provides a URL for users to integrate MXview into SCADA systems and other web-based applications. In addition to integrating MXview into OT applications, MXview now supports RESTful API, which provides IT engineers with more options to manage and control their industrial networks with their own dashboard to reduce maintenance effort.

Supports Management of Multiple Sites

MXview now offers a centralized monitoring approach for up to 10 different sites that have a maximum of 2,000 network devices per site. “MXview is a scalable network management tool developed to deal with the expanding industrial network requirements of the IIoT,” said Theo Lai, Product Manager at Moxa.

User-friendly Interface

In order to simplify network management, MXview allows users to get the information they require from the main control dashboard. “We developed the latest version of MXview with two goals in mind: to make network management easier and to ensure that the software is easy-to-use,” said Theo Lai. MXview provides a one-page dashboard that allows users to quickly check the status of the network and uses a web-based software design that allows devices on industrial networks to be monitored via a web browser. Furthermore, the interface of MXview supports six languages, including English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.


About MXview Industrial Network Management Software

  • Easily integrated into third-party applications with a web widget and RESTful API interface.
  • Central management of device monitoring, configurations, and firmware for 10 different sites with 20,000 devices.
  • The network dashboard provides a convenient way to check the network status.
  • Discovers and visualizes network devices and physical connections automatically.
  • Multiple options for events and notifications with self-defined thresholds and durations.


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For more details about MXview industrial network management software, please visit our product page https://www.moxa.com/en/products/industrial-network-infrastructure/network-management-software/mxview-series

About Moxa

Moxa is a leader in edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 57 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network to serve customers in more than 70 countries.

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<![CDATA[The Applications and Limitations of UL 1449 for Surge Protective Devices (SPDs)]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-applications-and-limitations-of-ul-1449-for-surge-protective-devices-spds https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-applications-and-limitations-of-ul-1449-for-surge-protective-devices-spds Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT n the U.S—with the exception of utility, telecommunications and rail industries—all AC power connected surge protective devices (SPDs) must be installed in accordance with National Electrical Code (NEC). 

The 2017 revision of the NEC includes three articles that address SPD application and expand its use outside for emergency power systems:

  • Article 620.51(E), Surge Protection for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
  • Article 645.18, Surge Protection for Critical Operations Data Systems
  • Article 670.6, Surge Protection for Industrial Machinery

The NEC requires that a SPD be “listed” or recognized for such purpose and approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). One example of a NRTL listing service is Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

The broadening application of the NEC furthers the responsibility for NRTLs, like UL, to prioritize safety for facilities, electrical professionals and patrons. Read on to learn about the main UL standard that assesses SPD products for safety and provides basic ratings for determining applications.

The Purpose of UL 1449 4th Edition

The primary mission of UL is to “promote safe living and working environments” through “the production and use of products which are physically and environmentally safe.” 

To support this cause, UL developed UL 1449, the Standard for Surge Protective Devices, 4th Edition. Under the 4th Edition of this standard, a SPD undergoes an extensive test regimen to ensure it will not pose a safety hazard under normal operations or under potential failure modes, such as abnormal utility supply events and at the end of its service life.

UL 1449 Performance Assessments 

UL 1449's main objective is about safety, not to be a performance standard. However, it does assign a Voltage Protection Rating (VPR), Nominal Current (In) rating and Type classification to each tested SPD. These ratings enable the performance of two SPDs to be compared.

Though performance is assessed, a shortcoming of UL 1449 is that it only requires products to remain operational on voltages up to 110% of nominal supply voltage. If voltage exceeds this, SPDs are allowed to safely but permanently fail.

To limit the possibility of frequent SPD replacements due to temporary overvoltage (TOV), customers are recommended to specify that the Maximum Continuous Operating Voltage (MCOV) be at least 125% of the nominal supply voltage. Further reliability can be gained by using products with CRITEC TD technology, which extends the MCOV to between 140% and 200% of the nominal supply voltage. 

UL 1449 Surge Rating Testing

It is important to note that UL 1449 does not test that a SPD meet the manufacturer’s claimed maximum surge rating. While this may appear a severe oversight on the part of the standard, it becomes more understandable when we consider that the primary concern of UL is safety and not performance.

The onus is left to the customer to seek evidence from the SPD manufacturer to support claimed surge ratings. Proof may be provided in the form of in-house test results or, preferably, independent third-party test certificates.

Search for UL Listed SPDs

UL offers a database for listed SPDs where a customer can search for devices generally or by specific products to find the ratings of an SPD. Access the SPD section of the UL iQ family of databases to explore SPDs by name, brand, performance and other factors.

To see the complete record of UL listed nVent ERICO SPDs, enter “ERICO International Corporation” in the “Company” search field.

SPD Types, as Defined by the UL 1449 4th Edition

SPD types designate the intended application location of the SPD, either upstream or downstream, of the main overcurrent protective device of the facility.


From UL 1449, 4th Edition, the SPD types included are:

  • Type 1 SPDs are permanently connected and intended for installation between the secondary of the service transformer and the line side of the service equipment overcurrent device, as well as the load side.
  • Type 2 SPDs are permanently connected and intended for installation on the load side of the service equipment overcurrent device, including SPDs located at the branch panel and molded case SPDs.
  • Type 3 SPDs are installed at the point of utilization, with a minimum conductor length of 30 feet (10 meters) from the electrical service panel to the point of utilization. Examples are cord connected, direct plug-in or receptacle type SPDs installed at the utilization equipment being protected. The distance (30 feet) is exclusive to the conductors provided with or used to attach SPDs.
  • Type 4 SPD is a component assembly consisting of one or more Type 5 components, together with an internal or external disconnect, or is a means for complying with the limited current tests.
    • Type 1, 2 and 3 component assemblies consist of a Type 4 component assembly with internal or external short circuit protection.
  • Type 5 SPD is for discrete component surge suppressors, such as metal oxide varistors (MOVs) that may be mounted on a printed wiring board (PWB), connected by its leads or provided within an enclosure with mounting means and wiring terminations.

Learn More About Surge Protective Devices (SPD) and Standards

Our team of product and engineering experts wants to clear up questions around SPD usage, installation and application. Take a look at past surge protection posts to learn more about the topic: 

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<![CDATA[Comprehensive solution for your control cabinet: COMPLETE line]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcomprehensive-solution-for-your-control-cabinet-complete-line https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcomprehensive-solution-for-your-control-cabinet-complete-line Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

COMPLETE line is a system comprising technologically leading and coordinated hardware and software products, consulting services, and system solutions. The optimized interactions simplify all of the work processes from engineering through to procurement, installation, and operation.

The comprehensive portfolio comprises products for all of the tasks in the control cabinet: connection, switching, disconnection, as well as measuring, controlling, supply, and automation. COMPLETE line has the right solution for every function. The simple and intuitive operation ensures that time is saved during the assembly, commissioning, and maintenance of control cabinets.

The coordination of all of the products in the COMPLETE line system with regard to design and accessories ensures that parts can be used universally thus reducing your logistic costs. The PROJECT complete planning and marking software supports the entire process of control cabinet manufacturing. It also enables the individual planning, automatic checking, and direct ordering of terminal strips.

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<![CDATA[Moxa Connection March 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-march-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-march-2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Feature Articles

Do You think Your Industrial Networks Are Secure?

Industrial networks are continuously evolving; new devices are being added to them constantly, and they are now being connected to the Internet to increase accessibility and visibility.
Unfortunately, cybersecurity measures do not always keep pace with this evolution. As cyber threats become more common, it is important that network owners mitigate these risks. In this article, we consider some of the obstacles to deploying secure networks and the solutions to overcome them.

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The Next-generation IIoT Gateways Transforming Manufacturing

Manufacturers are gearing up to ride the new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wave of digitization. Although progress has been slow, manufacturers are already beginning to experience the benefits of digitization at various stages of their IIoT transformation. In this article, we discuss how a new generation of IIoT gateways, which are optimized for the IIoT, are redefining the manufacturing landscape.

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Applications and Success Stories

Smart Switches That Are Ideal for Manufacturing Environments

Uninterrupted Wireless Connectivity for AS/RS and AGV Systems 


More Resources

Brochure - Rugged HMI Panels for Tough Environments

Brochure - Multiple Media Converter Solutions in Focus

Case Study - Enhancing Cybersecurity for Factory Networks



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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight February 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-february-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-february-2019 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT This month, we cover some of the common challenges you might face in the course of deploying your industrial systems, and how to overcome them. Our rugged computer panels and displays built for the most extreme environments come under the spotlight, as well as solutions that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) and articial intelligence (AI) technologies to help businesses improve their equipment utilization rate, increase yield, build predictive maintenance, and migrate to the cloud. We also focus on combining IIoT technologies with machine learning and artificial intelligence to unlock deeper insights, as we have teamed up with Microsoft to explore this topic in a one-hour webinar. 


Latest Developments

Rugged HMI Panels for Tough Environments

Operating in harsh environments poses many critical challenges. We offer rugged panel computers and displays that are ideal for deploying in extreme operating environments for a variety of HMI applications. 

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Connected machine Learning to Edge Intelligence Easily 

Watch our on-demand webinar, in collaboration with Microsoft, to learn how to use Azure IoT Edge-ready gateways to extend machine learning to field devices. 

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Using AIoT to Boost Business Performance

A global firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services combined developments in the IIoT and AI to help small and medium businesses improve their return on investment (ROI). 

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Resources Links

Brochure -  Strengthen Connectivity With Our Industrial Wireless Application Brochure

Guidebook - Read About Our Deployments in Our Railway Application Guide 

Case Study - Big Data Acquisition and Analysis in Energy Storage Monitoring Systems

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<![CDATA[Case Study: Three-Phase Motor Failure]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-13-common-causes-of-motor-failure https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-13-common-causes-of-motor-failure Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Problem Description

For three years in a row, a particularly large three-phase motor would fail twice a year. The facility maintenance manager called in both the electrical contractor and the motor manufacturer, who pointed fingers at each other but failed to resolve anything on site. The facility was left in the middle, with no corrective action, cyclical motor repair costs, and lost production from the repeated downtimes.

Tired of what was clearly a pattern failure, the facility manager hired an independent consultant. The consultant told the facility manager he would perform a complete power quality survey of the electrical distribution system feeding the motor, determine its operating characteristics and work from there to solve the problem.


The consultant connected his Fluke 434 three-phase handheld power quality analyzer to the circuit supplying energy to the motor and pushed the View Config button. The diagram confirmed that his connections were proper and that the power type was three-phase Delta.

From there, he pushed the Scope button and looked at waveforms and numeric values for all three phases. Judging by the differences between the magnitudes at the top of the screen, there appeared to be a balance problem between the phases.

To gather more information, he switched to the numeric readout on the Voltz/Amps/Hertz screen. The current reading there was even higher and still unbalanced.

Switching to the Unbalance screen, he checked the voltage and current values as ell as the phase diagram, to see if the motor was operating within acceptable limits.

Lastly, to cover his bases, he selected Harmonics from the menu to make sure frequencies weren't contributing to the problem.


From his unbalance measurements, he could see that an unbalance was causing an excessively large phase current value. He checked the motor specifications and confirmed that phase current exceeded the motor's FLA (Full Load Amperage) rating. Looking at the data for all three phases, he traced the current unbalance to excessive loading on one voltage phase.

The consultant traced the voltage unbalance to a set of equipment installed three years ago. It turned out that all of the internal single-phase loads were connected to the same phase. That last new equipment installation caused such a significant power system voltage unbalance that it created a current unbalance at the motor, increasing the operating temperature of the conductors and motor windings to beyond the limits.


To resolve the situation, the consultant balanced the internal single-phase loads between the three phases, reducing the overall voltage unbalance and consequently, the current unbalance at the motor. This also reduced the elevated phase current value and operating temperature at the motor.

He took new benchmark measurements for future monitoring, transferred all of his saved screens to his computer and printed a before-and-after report for the facility maintenance manager.

While not a power quality expert, the manager could see the difference between the screens. Now he understood why power quality measurements needed to be taken before and after new equipment installation. All of the motor repair and downtime costs had been un-necessary. When the consultant suggested setting up a regular preventive maintenance schedule, the manager agreed.

Click here to download the full pdf: Case Study: Three-Phase Motor Failure

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