<![CDATA[Site]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:51:58 GMT Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:51:58 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Moxa Smart Rail Solutions]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-smart-rail-solutions https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-smart-rail-solutions Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT Feature Article 

Moxa Presented it's Smart Rail Solutions at InnoTrans

At InnoTrans 2018, Moxa presented its smart rail solutions, including tailor-made network infrastructure for onboard passenger WLAN, defense-in-depth cyber security solutions, and a comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet switches to help increase customer satisfaction and enhance system operations

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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight September 2018]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-september-2018 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-september-2018 Tue, 25 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Cloud integration and feeding data from the field to computing systems are key to achieving business objectives such as reduced downtime and optimized production in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Achieving these objectives depends largely on reliable network architecture where Ethernet switches and gateways continue to be the network workhorses that enable the necessary connectivity. This month, we take a closer look at our IIoT edge gateways, which simplify the integration of edge data and cloud services in various applications. We also turn the spotlight on how Moxa continues to meet new standards related to speed, safety, mobility, and passenger comfort for railway vehicles and systems. 


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Accelerate Edge-to-Cloud Integration Seamlessly

Our IIoT edge gateways consist of cloud-ready edge computers that are optimized for IIoT applications in the solar, wind power, water and wastewater, and oil and gas sectors.

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Integrated IP Solutions for Smarter railways

Achieve new operational efficiencies through our unique railway technologies, which meet the stringent requirements of the rail industry. 

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White Paper - How OPC UA Software Enhances Big Data Integrity for IIoT SCADA Systems 

Brochure -  See Our Solutions in This IIoT Blueprint for Smart Ships 

Application Note - Enabling a New Service Model for Home Solar Energy Systems 


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UC-5100 Series - Arm-based wireless-enabled DIN-rail IIoT gateway

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<![CDATA[Sydney Thermography and Plant Maintenance Workshop]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsydney-thermography-and-plant-maintenance-workshop https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postsydney-thermography-and-plant-maintenance-workshop Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Thermography
What you will learn: 
Learn how to troubleshoot faster and avoid downtime using the latest thermal imaging technology. 

Plant Maintenance
What you will learn: 
Learn practical applications using Power Quality Loggers, ScopeMeters, and FlukeConnect™ Devices

Cost of this valuable workshop is just $50 
To attend please download, fill in the form and email to: auinfo@fluke.com 
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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity announces definitive agreement to sell its subsea communications business to Cerberus Capital Management]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-announces-definitive-agreement-to-sell-its-subsea-communications-business-to-cerberus-capital-management https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-announces-definitive-agreement-to-sell-its-subsea-communications-business-to-cerberus-capital-management Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandSept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its subsea communications business (SubCom) to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a global leader in alternative investing, for $325 million in cash. 


The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of TE's fiscal year 2019 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The company expects to use proceeds from the sale to fund share repurchases. TE's SubCom business, a part of the company's Communications Solutions segment, is a leading global supplier of undersea communications technology and marine services. 

"The SubCom business is a leader in the undersea telecommunications market, and distinctly different from the rest of TE's connectivity and sensor portfolio. We are pleased that with this transaction we increase our focus as a leading industrial technology company. It strengthens our business model; resulting in a stronger growth profile, reduced cyclicality, higher margins and a greater return on investment," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We appreciate the contributions that the SubCom team has made to our company and toward building a more connected world, and we expect that they will continue that important work in the future with Cerberus." 

The SubCom business was expected to contribute approximately $700 million in sales to fiscal year 2018 results, with a minimal contribution to profitability. TE will provide supplemental information with respect to the SubCom business, when it announces its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. 

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 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 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

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This release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results, performance, financial condition or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance, financial condition or achievements. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward-looking and the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have no intention and are under no obligation to update or alter (and expressly disclaim any such intention or obligation to do so) our forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by law. The forward-looking statements in this release include statements addressing our future financial condition and operating results and our planned sale of the SubCom business, including the expected use of proceeds from the sale. Examples of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements include, among others, business, economic, competitive and regulatory risks, such as conditions affecting demand for products, particularly in the automotive and data and devices industries; competition and pricing pressure; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices; natural disasters and political, economic and military instability in countries in which we operate; developments in the credit markets; future goodwill impairment; compliance with current and future environmental and other laws and regulations; the possible effects on us of changes in tax laws, tax treaties and other legislation, including the effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; and the risk that the sale of the SubCom business may not be consummated, or if consummated, we do not realize the anticipated benefits from such transaction. More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in TE Connectivity Ltd.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Sept. 28, 2017 as well as in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports filed by us with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.


For further information: Media Relations: B.J. Talley, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9553, bj.talley@te.com; Investor Relations: Sujal Shah, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9790, sujal.shah@te.com

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<![CDATA[Danfoss expands electrification capability with acquisition of world-leading expert in large electric motors and generators]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-expands-electrification-capability-with-acquisition-of-world-leading-expert-in-large-electric-motors-and-generators https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-expands-electrification-capability-with-acquisition-of-world-leading-expert-in-large-electric-motors-and-generators Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss is responding to the growing customer demand for electric solutions to reduce emissions and benefit from the efficiency and productivity gains that these solutions bring.

“Electrification is a global megatrend and holds very strong potential in fighting pollution and climate change. This acquisition is another commitment to broadening our mobile electrification capability as a core competency for Danfoss. It gives us the total package for serving our global markets with optimal solutions, and fully supports our customers’ needs – regardless of the chosen technologies. This will enable further growth in the markets we serve, and I’m really looking forward to welcoming the highly experienced and knowledgeable team from AXCO-Motors,” says Eric Alström, President, Danfoss Power Solutions.

AXCO-Motors, headquartered in Lappeenranta, Finland, will be integrated into Danfoss Editron – a business within the Danfoss Power Solutions segment.

Kimmo Rauma, Vice President, Danfoss Editron, comments: “Several of our markets, such as off-highway, marine, and distribution, are being challenged to reduce emissions and pollution. Mobile electric solutions are a highly relevant technology to this challenge, and AXCO-Motors is the leading expert in the large-scale power range up to 6 MW and thus an important and complementary technology to our current product range, and our mission to end pollution.”

"We have a passion for quality and for customer-focused products that fully meet the needs and requirements of each particular client, so joining Danfoss is great for us, because we have the same focus,” says Juhana Ylikojola, CEO at AXCO-Motors. “Being part of Danfoss means bigger capacity, a broader client base and possibilities for investment in innovation and market opportunities.”

For more information:
Danfoss Media Relations
Tel: + 45 70 20 44 88

AXCO-Motors Press Contact
Tel: +358 400 48 0674 or +358 50 520 6163

AXCO-Motors was founded in 2004 in Lappeenranta, Finland and has great experience in suppling demanding electrical solutions from the design phase all the way to the delivery. AXCO-Motors delivers motors and generators for the marine industry, large generators for hydropower plants and generators for wind turbines. The products also include a wide range of adaptable direct-drive permanent magnet motors and generators for several gearless industrial applications. More information at www.axcomotors.com

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<![CDATA[Marechal Electric: The first electrical connector that makes you green]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-electric-the-first-electrical-connector-that-makes-you-green https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-electric-the-first-electrical-connector-that-makes-you-green Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT With the rising price of energy, and the global cost of carbon emissions, the trend is increasingly moving to explore the ways in which our total consumption can be reduced to result in less energy-intensive industrial operations.

Industry accounts for more than 30% of global energy consumption which is likely to increase by 50% in the next 30 years.

The way we produce, consume and manage energy today is by no means sustainable with electric power being the leading CO² emissions culprit.

Marechal Electric recently undertook laboratory testing in France to benchmark traditional industrial socket-outlets against Marechal’s patented butt contact technology in terms of energy efficiency.

The tests were performed on brand new 32A socket-outlets (1st year of life) as well as 32A socket-outlets (1 year +) showing signs of contact oxidation.

Test results were catagorised according to:

·         Contact resistance

·         Thermal dissipation

·         Thermal loss

Measurements taken at maximum consumption of 32A constant.

The results show that Marechal Electric offers up to 5.7 times less resistance on oxidized contacts than a standard pin and sleeve product.

·         Annual savings for a new device:
4,5Wh * 365d * 24h = 39 KWh

·         Annual savings after 1 year of use (oxidation):
15,4Wh * 365d * 24h = 134 KWh

Meaning 80 Kg CO2 per socket / year

(1Kwh = 0,6Kg CO² for electricity production)

Meaning almost four trees / year

(21,8Kg CO²/tree/year - OECD source)

Thanks to Marechal’s Dual Voltage design, we can offer two voltages supplied by the same socket-outlet which significantly reduces the socket-outlet installation base and therein constituting a real-time cost saving for the user.

As an experienced partner in the sector, Marechal Electric offers you products and solutions that guarantee your operations energy efficiency and a measurable return at all stages of product life.

Ask for a socket efficiency audit and receive a free 20 a connector!

Contact Joe Henriques

Marechal Electric Africa

Tel: 011 894-7226

Email:  j.henriques@marechal.com

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<![CDATA[What Is the Difference Between Copper-Clad and Copper-Bonded Steel?]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-the-difference-between-copper-clad-and-copper-bonded-steel https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postwhat-is-the-difference-between-copper-clad-and-copper-bonded-steel Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT When discussing the components in an electrical grounding system, we often hear the terms “copper-clad steel” and “copper-bonded steel” used interchangeably. Though it may seem inconsequential, each term represents a different copper plating process, in which the copper is composite on the steel core.

What Do Copper-Bonded and Copper-Clad Steel Have In Common?

The reason the two terms are often used interchangeably is because, on a basic level, they appear the same. Both consist of a steel core and copper exterior.

For use in grounding, both products possess the high tensile strength of steel coupled with the corrosion resistance of copper.

Compared to pure copper, the conductivity of these bi-metallic conductors is lower. To match the current carrying capability of copper, the diameter and copper thickness of bi-metallic conductors are increased. Depending on a conductor’s specific application and region, conductivity requirements may differ.

What is the Difference Between Copper-Bonded and Copper-Clad Steel?

The primary difference between these two types of processes is the way the copper is composited on the steel core.

Forming Process

Copper-bonded steel is manufactured through a continuous electro-plating process of copper over steel core, resulting in a permanent molecular bond between the two materials.

The technique, known as electrophoretic deposition (EDP), creates a homogenous layer of copper over the steel core, regardless of whether the product is a wire, solid conductor or ground rod. The copper layer thickness is measured in unit of [mils].

Copper-clad steel is manufactured by installing two copper strips over a steel core using pressure and heat to form a metallurgical bond. The copper lair thickness is adjusted to the percentage conductivity of pure copper. Most common conductors used in the U.S. are 40% conductivity of copper.

Performance and Uses

Copper-bonded steel is mainly used in manufacturing ground rods, solid wire and solid conductors. Copper-clad steel is generally used in manufacturing of stranded and solid conductors. Both copper-bonded and copper-clad steel are used in theft deterrent applications where the conductor is exposed. Both technologies are good alternatives to copper with similar corrosion resistance and higher tensile strength.

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<![CDATA[Industrial relay system with variants for Ex areas]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postindustrial-relay-system-with-variants-for-ex-areas https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postindustrial-relay-system-with-variants-for-ex-areas Tue, 18 Sept 2018 00:00:00 GMT The new modules of the RIFLINE complete industrial relay system allow you to safely isolate and switch signals in potentially explosive areas of zone 2.

The relay modules meet standard approval specifications in accordance with UL Class 1, Division 2, as well as ATEX and IECEx and are thus particularly suitable for international applications in potentially explosive areas. The modules have a RTIII-sealed relay housing and are available with screw and push-in connection technology. As premounted complete modules, they can be supplied with input voltages of 24 V DC, 120 and 230 V AC. Their modular design allows relay modules to be combined—even those with advanced functions.

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<![CDATA[Crompton Instruments - TE Connectivity named to Fortune's list of top companies changing the world]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton-instruments-te-connectivity-named-to-fortunes-list-of-top-companies-changing-the-world https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcrompton-instruments-te-connectivity-named-to-fortunes-list-of-top-companies-changing-the-world Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandAug. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, has been named to Fortune's 2018 Change the World list. The list recognizes 63 companies that make global social or environmental benefit part of their business strategy. Companies with annual revenues of $1 billion or more are evaluated on four factors: measurable social impact, scale of business results, degree of innovation and level of executive commitment to purpose-driven growth.

TE Connectivity was selected for its sustainability impact in working with the world's largest automakers to enable the transition to cleaner energy vehicles. By providing the technology and engineering required to turn electric vehicle concepts into viable commercial solutions and helping to reduce the emissions of heavy duty industrial and commercial transportation vehicles, TE operates at the epicenter of some of the most exciting technological transformations and long-term global growth trends today. From autonomous and electric vehicles to next-generation aircraft, smart factories, high-speed data centers and advanced medical devices, TE's connectors and sensors enable an increasingly electronic and connected world.

"Each day, our 78,000 global employees work towards creating a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future," said TE Connectivity CEO Terrence Curtin. "We know we can provide advantages to our customers, owners and employees by living our purpose and demonstrating that companies like ours can be financially successful and have a lasting, positive net impact on the world."

This is TE's second recognition from Fortune this year. The company was previously named to Fortune's 2018 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. TE has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America list for six consecutive years and is recognized as one of Ethisphere's World's Most Ethical Companies, a Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics, one of China's 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company China, one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine, and a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. and Mexico by the Human Rights Campaign.

TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $13 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 78,000 employees, including more than 7,000 engineers, working alongside customers in nearly 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.

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<![CDATA[How nVent ERICO Parts Protect Architect Frank Gehry‚Äôs Unique 320,000 Brick Building From Lightning Strikes]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-nvent-erico-parts-protect-architect-frank-gehrys-unique-320000-brick-building-from-lightning-strikes https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posthow-nvent-erico-parts-protect-architect-frank-gehrys-unique-320000-brick-building-from-lightning-strikes Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated to be more comprehensive.

Famed architect Frank Gehry is known worldwide for his unique, contemporary style across a variety of building types. He is best known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and the Experience Music Project in Seattle, among other famous works.

In 2009, Gehry embarked on his next project: the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. The building was part of a $1 billion campus renovation project and Gehry’s first time designing a building in Australia.

The building was completed in November 2012 and came in on budget at $180 million. The structure stands tall at 12 stories high, yet has only one straight column supporting the entire building. Furthermore, the longest unbroken column is only 13.98 meters (45.87 feet).

Built with approximately 320,000 bricks, builders claimed the structure to be a challenge to construct. But another challenge arose even after construction was complete: installing a functional lightning protection system to adequately safeguard such a uniquely designed building. 

Read below to learn how nVent ERICO parts were used in the installation.

Unique Facade Creates An Unconventional Lightning Protection Challenge

The main challenge of installing a lightning protection system on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building was that it contained uniquely designed columns. In a conventional structure, a lightning protection system would be installed around the perimeter with several down conductors. In this case, an air terminal network and earthing system would be used to safely dissipate the lightning discharge at the top of the building.

A conventional installation method would not suffice on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building due to the unique column. Furthermore, the building does not have a metallic façade, but is made of 320,000 bricks, proving incompatible with conventional methods.

nVent ERICO Advanced Lightning Protection System to the Rescue

When the team realized it would have to find another option, it chose an advanced lightning protection system, nVent ERICO System 3000. System 3000 is a technically advanced lightning protection that can be used as a viable option when conventional methods are not.

System 3000 features include:

  • nVent ERICO Dynasphere air terminal.
  • nVent ERICO Ericore downconductor.
  • Lightning event counter.
  • Low-impedance ground conductor.

System 3000 was appropriate for the Dr. Chau Chuk Wing Building because its downconductor arrangement reduces the risk of a side flash and the possibility of an induced voltage within the building. This integrated lightning protection system was installed in one of the mechanical risers within the building. 

With the help of System 3000, the structure is now adequately protected from damage—inside and out—in the event of a strike.

Want to learn more about how System 3000 protected Frank Gehry’s unique masterpiece? Download the full case study here. Or, subscribe to the nVent ERICO blog for more industry trends and success stories like this.


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<![CDATA[Perth Fluke Power Quality and Motors and Drives Workshop]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postperth-fluke-power-quality-and-motors-and-drives-workshop https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postperth-fluke-power-quality-and-motors-and-drives-workshop Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Fluke Australia are bringing their popular Power Quality and Motors and Drives Troubleshooting Workshop to Perth! This workshop will provide attendees with a practical understanding and knowledge of the problems, principles and practices that are associated with power quality and energy efficiency. The first 10 full day attendees will receive a Free Fluke pack valued at $385!

Power Quality Workshop
What you will learn: 
Learn how to detect and prevent 
power quality problems with the right tools and knowledge from Fluke. 

Motors and Drives Workshop
What you will learn: 
Learn how to troubleshoot faster and avoid
downtime using the latest measurement
technology and test tools.

Half Day Power Quality Workshop: $150.00
Half Day Motors and Drives Workshop: $150.00 
Full Day Power Quality & Motors and Drives Workshop: ONLY $250.00

To attend the Workshops download and the fill out the form and email to auinfo@fluke.com

Download form at: https://www.fluke.com/en-au/learn/tradeshows-and-seminars

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<![CDATA[Danfoss - New TXV Superheat Tuner App Helps Installers Save their Customers Money]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-new-txv-superheat-tuner-app-helps-installers-save-their-customers-money https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-new-txv-superheat-tuner-app-helps-installers-save-their-customers-money Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss, we’ve made it our mission to support our customers with the tools and knowledge they need to get the job done quickly and get it done right. We’re with them every step of the way, ensuring that they can deliver best-in-industry service to their customers and maintain long-lasting business relationships.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce the release of our new mobile app, TXV Superheat Tuner — the latest in a long line of digital support tools, known collectively as the Danfoss CoolApps Toolbox, all of which can be accessed directly on your smartphone.

With TXV Superheat Tuner, installers can take the guesswork out of their superheat adjustments, cutting service time down to just 15 minutes, rather than several hours. With the app in hand, they will be able to optimize superheat with just one or two adjustments on most thermostatic expansion valves.

Using TXV Superheat Tuner is easy. Installers can enter some basic information about the system they are working on, and the app provides valve-specific adjustment information. Using this information, a service tech can boost the system’s energy efficiency far beyond normal parameters, saving their customers money on their monthly energy bill.

TXV Superheat Tuner uses a set of advanced algorithms to make optimization recommendations. These algorithms, developed by some of our best engineers, take multiple factors into consideration, beyond the basic sensitivity of each valve.

Gone are the days of performing trial and error adjustments. Superheat Tuner helps installers make the best superheat adjustments right from the start, saving time and delivering a better result.

Download TXV Superheat Tuner for free now on your Android or iOS mobile device.

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<![CDATA[Eaton provides the missing ingredient for leading mushroom farm]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posteaton-provides-the-missing-ingredient-for-leading-mushroom-farm https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posteaton-provides-the-missing-ingredient-for-leading-mushroom-farm Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Background

Proper washing of produce is essential to ensuring that the healthy fruits and vegetables everyone loves to eat are clean and nourishing before hitting the grocery store shelves. Utilizing the right filtration system can help make this process as thorough, efficient, and cost effective as possible.

A prominent, family-owned mushroom farm in the United States that prides itself on performance, quality and innovation, filters 60 gallons of well water per minute in order to maintain the highest standards of quality and food safety. Unfortunately, the aging filtration system was not capable of withstanding the heavy water flow rate.


The mushroom farm was using approximately 700 filter bags per year and needed to solve the problem of ripped seams to decrease bag consumption. Eaton discovered that the company's standard support baskets were not designed for the premium filter bags they were using. As a result, the filter bags frequently ripped open at the seam, causing the mushrooms to be exposed to unfiltered water. The mushrooms would then need to be rewashed, causing a significant loss of both time and money.

Eaton initially recommended an upgrade to an Eaton premium filter bag, along with a special support basket and a bag positioner that would aid bag insertion into the filter housing, and ensure correct alignment of the bag inside the support basket. However, to limit disruption to operations, the company did not want to make any changes to the existing support baskets.

To meet the mushroom grower's needs, Eaton had to provide a more durable and longer lasting filter bag that could be effortlessly integrated with the existing hardware.


Eaton accomplished that by recommending the DURAGAF™ high performance, needle felt filter bag. The DURAGAF filter bag does not require special support baskets and could be used with the current hardware, making it a high quality and cost effective solution to the filtration problem.

Due to the many unique design features of the DURAGAF filter bag, it performs just as well as, if not better than, other standard polypropylene filter bags, but lasts up to five times longer. The bags are available in either polypropylene or polyester and the unique fiber blended materials have a finer fiber diameter and higher weight than standard filter bags.

The increased media thickness enhances the area in which particles are trapped, leading to a much higher dirt holding capacity. In addition, the welded construction of the side, bottom, and SENTINEL® rings eliminates the problem of ripped seams that can occur in standard sewn filter bags. Each of the unique features of the DURAGAF filter bag contributes to decreased consumption, reduced downtime, and lower storage and disposal costs.


With the integration of the DURAGAF filter bag, the farm's filtration system was no longer bursting at the seams.

The company ordered a four-bag trial of the DURAGAF, 1 micron, #2 size, FDA compliant polypropylene felt filter bag with a SENTINEL ring. The trial proved that the DURAGAF filter bags lasted longer than the previous premium bags.

As an added bonus, Eaton could offer the DURAGAF filter bags at a much lower cost. In addition, the company could use the new filter bags without making any changes to the existing equipment, eliminating the need to make costly purchases of new hardware.

With Eaton's help and a better crop of filtration bags, the mushroom farm was able to increase productivity, lower costs, and decrease consumption, resulting in a projected savings of more than $22,000 per year.

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<![CDATA[The Easy Way to Convert Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT

In industrial applications, the most common protocol conversion is Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion, and it is usually required when legacy devices such as meters, mostly using Modbus RTU, need to be integrated with SCADA systems, mostly using Modbus TCP. For engineers, it is essential to find a solution that simplifies this complex Modbus protocol conversion to ensure a smooth operation daily. Our MGate MB3000 Series Modbus gateways not only feature the MGate Manager tool that makes configuration and troubleshooting fast and easy, but they also support active polling to speed up SCADA performance, providing an easy solution for Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion.


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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight August 2018]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-august-2018 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-august-2018 Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT  

Deployed correctly, new technology should transform applications in a way that simultaneously makes their systems easier and faster to use, more reliable, and even more affordable from the perspective of total cost of ownership. This month, we look at how some of our industrial technologies can transform your application and make the lives of network engineers and operators much easier. We focus on an IIoT blueprint for renewable energy applications, innovative solutions for the maritime industry, Modbus gateways that make configuration, troubleshooting, and protocol conversion fast and easy, and a smart Ethernet switch that is ideal for factory automation. 


Latest Developments

The IIoT Blueprint for Renewable Energy

This IIoT blueprint identifies the keys to developing control and monitoring for a variety of renewable energy applications, ranging from solar power plants to remote wind turbines and electric car charging systems. 

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The Best Fit for Your Control Cabinets

A perfect fit for control cabinets, the SDS-3008 smart Ethernet switch is the ideal product for IA engineers and automation machine builders to make their networks compatible with the vision of Industry 4.0. 

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Sail to a Smarter Future with Our Marine Solutions

Using leading technologies, we provide industrial-grade marine computers, panel PCs, displays, and Ethernet switches for applications on the bridge, in a control room, or in an engine room. 

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Our MGate Gateways Make Every Step Easy As 1-2-3

Our MGate MB3000 Series not only makes configuration and troubleshooting fast and easy but also delivers fast performance for large-scale Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion. 

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Resource List

White Paper - How to Choose an Edge Gateway for Your IIoT Applications 

Brochure - Discover Our Wireless Train-to-Ground Connectivity Solutions

Application Note - Enabling Mass Customization within an Interconnected Factory 


New Products 

MPC-2120 Series - 12-inch industrial fanless panel computers 

ABC-01-P-M12 - Automatic backup configurator

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<![CDATA[Future-ready IIoT Renewable Energy Solutions]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfuture-ready-with-moxas-iiot-renewable-energy-solutions https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfuture-ready-with-moxas-iiot-renewable-energy-solutions Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT World-leaders in IIoT technology and system design and implementation, Moxa’s range can connect every link in your industrial energy chain.

From remote wind turbine control to residential solar monitoring, they offer the best hard- and software solutions for projects of any size and capacity.

Find out more about Moxa’s IIoT Blueprint for Renewable Energy here.

IIoT Products for Your Renewable Future

IIoT Gateway Starter Kit

Moxa’s Arm-based industrial computer preinstalled with ThinsPro data-acquisition software

UC-3100 Series - Coming Soon!

Arm-based wireless-enabled DIN-rail industrial computer with 2 serial ports, 2 LAN ports, and 1 CAN por

For more information or to place your order, contact Colterlec.

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<![CDATA[Moxa Connection August 2018]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-august-2018 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-august-2018 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Feature Article

Simplifying Collaboration between Machines and Operators

Even though most factories would like to be fully automated, the initial financial investment often means it is not feasible. Instead, most factories adopt semi-automation, whereby humans make the decisions and the repetitive, high-risk work is performed by machines. This working model improves efficiency and reduces risks. Read on to discover how Moxa’s solution helped a factory take their first step towards automation.

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Key Considerations for Designing Industrial Io T Networks

In the era of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), industries now have more opportunities to become more productive, more efficient, and more dynamic. However, many applications still have to overcome several networking challenges before they can really reap the benefits of the IIoT. A successful IIoT strategy is driven by a number of key factors related to connectivity. We take an in-depth look at three of these key points. 

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Applications and Success Stories 

Arm Linux IIoT Gateway Applications for Renewable Energy

Enabling mass Customization in an Interconnected Factory 


Resource List

Brochure - Our Oil and Gas Brochure with Success Stories

White Paper - Anticorrosion Equipment for Harsh Environments 

White Paper - Why Your IoT Application Needs Fog Computing

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<![CDATA[Crompton Instruments - Avnet and TE Connectivity: Helping startups get their ideas to market]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postavnet-and-te-connectivity-helping-startups-get-their-ideas-to-market https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postavnet-and-te-connectivity-helping-startups-get-their-ideas-to-market Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Time is critical in the increasingly competitive IoT space. This is why London-based IoT-innovator Hanhaa turned to Avnet to get its smart parcel-tracking solution to market quickly.

ParceLive is a live parcel-tracking service that allows users to determine the exact location and condition of their parcel in real time anywhere in the world. During the design process, Hanhaa encountered a number of issues, particularly with the prototype solution’s chip antenna, which would not allow operation with the granularity required to reach full market potential. Having worked with Hanhaa from very early in the design process, Avnet quickly understood that Hanhaa’s complex RF requirements needed the attention of a specialist and put the company in touch with world-leading connectivity and passive component vendor TE Connectivity. Engineers from TE worked with Hanhaa and upgraded the chip antenna to an embedded antenna, resulting in a solution that could deliver tracking performance that had been previously unattainable. The ParceLive solution now integrates passive antenna arrays that can enable GPS readings even from inside a building.

Due to its close collaboration with Avnet, Hanhaa was able to take ParceLive from concept to prototyping and design enhancement, through to volume production and commercial launch in fewer than 1000 days, which is a very fast path to market for a start-up or small business.

“Start-ups can speed IoT product development through collaboration with innovative distributors such as Avnet,” said Nigel Ward, president of Avnet Abacus. “We can strongly leverage the advantages of the Avnet connected ecosystem, which provides the necessary infrastructure and resources required by small businesses to get to market quickly. We can also take a holistic approach to the design and production cycle providing technical insight and advice, in conjunction with our leading vendors, to help start-ups connect up the dots significantly faster to create their best possible product.”

Read more here: https://www.avnet.com/wps/portal/abacus/products/manufacturers/te-connectivity/helping-startups-get-their-ideas-to-market

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<![CDATA[Danfoss helps you make the most of the EcoDesign opportunity]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-helps-you-make-the-most-of-the-ecodesign-opportunity https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-helps-you-make-the-most-of-the-ecodesign-opportunity Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT lthough it is up to the manufacturers to meet these requirements to get the CE marking if they want to sell their products in the EU, the overall refrigeration industry operators will be impacted.

For refrigeration manufacturers, EcoDesign is a chance to stay compliant, future-proof products and get a competitive edge over competitors in the EU – and outside of it. For refrigeration equipment owners, wholesalers and system installers, the legislation marks a turning point towards more sustainable, energy efficient and cost-effective equipment.

The EU EcoDesign directive, also referred as Energy-related Products (ErP) directive, ENTR Lot 1 2015/1095 and 2015/1094 for Professional Refrigeration will enter in its second tier in July 1st, 2018. Affected applications are condensing units, professional refrigerated storage cabinets, blast cabinets, and process chillers.

The directive sets out minimum mandatory requirements for the energy efficiency of products with the aim to improve the overall performance of products and thereby protect the environment by reducing indirect CO2 emissions.

 Follow the link for the full details: http://www.danfoss.com.au/newsstories/cf/danfoss-helps-you-make-the-most-of-the-ecodesign-opportunity/?ref=17179928259#/


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<![CDATA[Marechal - How to Install The Rettbox]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-how-to-install-the-rettbox https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmarechal-how-to-install-the-rettbox Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT For all types of emergency response vehicles, the RETTBOX® is an electrical and pneumatic power supply box with automatic ejection of the socket when starting the engine. This tutorial is a step by step guide which shows the installation procedure of the unit.

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