SMC releases digital gap measuring system

ISA3 - 3-Color Display, Digital Gap Checker

The ISA series is a non-contact style air catch sensor for applications requiring confirmation of work present for machining operations. Due to the construction of the sensor, fluctuations in the supply pressure does not influence operations. The ISA series is IP66 rated and is dust proof and drip proof.

  • Simple setting
  • Energy saving
  • Improved drainage resistance
  • Easy maintenance

More information on the product can be found in the product brochure HERE.


Bay AT launches electrical panel program

Bay Advanced Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of our electrical panel build program.  Our services include the full assembly and test of electro-mechanical AC/DC distribution assemblies, as well as a broad range of electrical control and sensing products that are all integrated into an assembly that is built and tested to your specifications.  We will work from your design to provide your high mix/low volume electrical assemblies in order to fulfill your outsourcing requirements.  We have been designing and building electrical assemblies for more than 20 years and we have the expertise necessary to ensure your project is engineered and built to your exact specifications.  We work with a variety of manufacturers and technologies for applications which require:

  • Circuit protection
  • Power supplies
  • Line filters
  • Contactors
  • Wiring, Cordsets and Cable Harnesses
  • Distributed I/O (including DeviceNet, EtherCAT, and other protocols)
  • Sensors and sensing solutions
  • PLCs
  • HMIs
  • Vision systems
  • Temperature controllers, PID controllers
  • UL508A

Custom Control Panels:

  • BAY AT selects “the best of class” quality components and the latest design technologies; while incorporating innovative manufacturing and design processes
  • We are a leading engineered solution provider located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Drawing on over 40+ years of continuous operation and experience, we have produced products for a wide range of industries and customers. BAY AT uses only the best design processes, tools, and manufacturing components to produce products with the highest quality and exceptional workmanship, but at competitive pricing and aggressive lead times. We specialize in designing and manufacturing control and power distribution panels that require UL508A certification. 
  • BAY AT utilizes AutoCAD 2D, and Solidworks for 3D designs software programs to provided detailed schematic and layout drawings.
  • We would love to talk about how we can meet your project's needs. Email us directly HERE.




21" HD Multi-Touch Panel PC from Advantech

Products Photo

The TPC-2140WP is a 21” widescreen multi-touch panel PC specifically designed to provide easier operation and boost productivity in manufacturing control environments, building automation, and other HMI applications. This iF award winning device has been honored not only for its appearance but also, its commitment to being extremely intuitive to use. With pale blue soft-keys that, when lightly touched, give users quick and easy access to information allowing for convenient viewing.  More information available HERE.


Kollmorgen Introduces Safety Motion Modules

Kollmorgen Safety Modules™ (KSM) help OEMs deliver higher productivity by combining Machine Safety logic and Safe Motion into one powerful package that integrates seamlessly with Functional Safety Devices.

RADFORD, VA – With KSM™, Kollmorgen has launched a smart and expandable platform for machine builders to quickly and seamlessly integrate Safe Motion as part of Functional Safety-certified solutions. “Safe Motion functionality allows machines to run in a safe manner when an operator is in the workspace, without stopping the machine by STO and causing unnecessary downtime,” explains Karl Pickan, a Kollmorgen Safety certified expert. KSM combines the functionality of a Safety PLC with Safe Motion functions into one compact system with Kollmorgen AKD® drives and automation controllers. This simplifies the integration of newer Safe Motion and sensor equipment. KSM Safety Controllers are TŰV certified for machines that require ISO 13849 PLe and IEC 61508 SIL3 level functionality.

KSM is capable of fifteen different Safe Motion functions, including Safe Torque Off (STO), Safe Stops (SSX), Safe Limited Speed (SLS), Safe Limited Position (SLP), and Safe Brake Control (SBC), just to name a few.

The KSM functional safety system can simultaneously monitor up to twelve axes in a single system. Each module can safely monitor standard feedback devices such as resolvers as well as both single- and multi-turn versions of EnDat™, BiSS, and HIPERFACE® devices.

KSM is designed to operate with Kollmorgen’s motors & transmission (such as gearing and actuation), servo- and inverter drives, and machine- and motion controllers. KSM can connect seamlessly and easily to EtherCAT, Profinet, and CANopen devices; thus allowing a general PLC or automation controller to connect into the safety system as well.

A wide range of KSM I/O expansion modules are available to simply and quickly architect the right functional safety subsystems for any machine. Up to 200 safe inputs and outputs are possible on a single module.

Kollmorgen offers machine builders a complete Functional Safety system that fits the entire range of servo motion when paired with the Kollmorgen AKD servo drives and Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ machine controls. “We have taken the guesswork out of integrating a motion system with certified motion- based safety functions. You can quickly realize the productivity-gain potential of functional safety with ease and confidence,” says Reid Hunt, Product Manager.

ABOUT KOLLMORGEN Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 70 years of motion control design and application expertise. Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality and deep expertise in linking and integrating standard and custom products, Kollmorgen delivers breakthrough solutions unmatched in performance, reliability and ease-of-use, giving machine builders an irrefutable marketplace advantage.


New Kollmorgen SS AKMH™ Servomotors

Robust hygienic design and faster, easier cleaning simplify sanitation, maximize machine productivity, and ensure food-safety compliance, while reducing risk of product recalls

RADFORD, VA – Kollmorgen introduces their new line of robust stainless steel AKMH™ Motors based on the acclaimed AKM® series. Designed specifically to address the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), these IP69K rated synchronous servomotors feature a hygienic housing design that meets EHEDG, NSF, BISSC and 3A guidelines. The AKMH Servomotoris constructed with materials to provide long-life and trouble-free operation, even with daily exposure to chemicals and high pressure washdowns. AKMH’s single-cable solution reduces the number of potential failure modes and minimizes installation time. The smooth surface design, and use of highly corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel, decreases the risk of product recalls by reducing the possibility of bacteria growth. The AKMH requires no additional protection and can be sanitized without covering it or removing it from the machine. As a result, foodbeveragepackagingmedical,pharmaceutical and converting OEMs can design and build more reliable and productive machines that are easier and faster to clean, thus minimizing unscheduled downtime for end users.

“We are confident that the Kollmorgen AKMH Servomotor is the best-performing and longest-lasting stainless-steel washdown motor in the industry today. These motors combine industry-leading performance and a robust hygienic design to deliver reliable and consistent performance that can be the difference between a commodity product and differentiated machine for OEMs,” says Gene Matthews, Product Manager. “The innovative design of AKMH helps end-users over the long haul by simplifying sanitation requirements and minimizing the potential for contamination. In turn, this helps companies protect their brands by reducing the risk of devastating product recalls.”

Tailored Solutions for Superior Performance With continuous torques from 0.3 to 22 Nm and thousands of standard configurations to choose from, Kollmorgen’s AKMH Servomotors deliver the exact attributes and performance needed for virtually any application. The single-cable design reduces cleaning and integration time while increasing machine uptime by reducing parts and potential failure modes. The innovative design integrates a unique venting method to prevent internal condensation and extend the life of the motor in the toughest of environments.

“The IP69K AKMH Servomotor is designed to clean-in-place with caustic chemicals, high pressure sprayers and high temperature water for years of trouble-free operation under the harshest of washdown conditions. The AKMH is designed for hygienic applications according to the strict guidelines of EHEDG, NSF, BISSC and 3A. The use of 316L stainless steel, for corrosion resistance, and machined to EHEDG standards, makes the AKMH easy to clean and sanitize”, explains Matthews.

Available as a Complete and Optimized Package AKMH Servomotors can be combined with an AKD® servo drive or AKD® PDMM for a completely optimized, high performance motion system that delivers a distinct competitive advantage for OEMs, and brings cost savings to end-users through increased reliability and reduced cleaning time. Kollmorgen is so confident in the quality and performance of the AKMH/AKD combination that the company backs it with a two year warranty against water ingress –the best warranty in the industry.

ABOUT KOLLMORGEN Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 70 years of motion control design and application expertise. Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality and deep expertise in linking and integrating standard and custom products, Kollmorgen delivers breakthrough solutions unmatched in performance, reliability and ease-of-use, giving machine builders an irrefutable marketplace advantage.


Thomson Linear's new GlideScrew video

The Thomson Glide Screw™ is a breakthrough in linear motion technology that combines the best features of a linear bearing and a lead screw into something better than both. The patent pending Glide Screw delivers high performance, fast installation and less complexity in a small package.


CTC releases new multi-vendor EtherCAT video

CTC has released a new video showcasing their EtherCAT master control capability with a variety of different fieldbus and servo platforms.


SMC LEY electric actuators boast new sizes, features


SMC has announced new bore sizes, environmental options, and control features for their LEY line of eclectric actuators.  These new features include:
  • New 63mm bore size
  • IP65 dust/drip proof option 
  • Broad variety of motion control options:
    • DC Step Data Input (LECP6, 24VDC stepper with encoder, 64 programmable locations, set by teaching box or PC software)
    • DC Step Data Input (LECA6, 24VDC servo with encoder, 64 programmable locations, set by teaching box or PC software)
    • DC Programless (LECP1, 24VDC stepper with encoder, entirely programmable through on-drive buttons)
    • DC Pulse Input (LECPA, 24VDC stepper with encoder, step/direction inputs suitable for use with customer motion controller)
    • AC Pulse Input Incremental (LECSA, 100/200VAC servo with incremental encoder, step/direction inputs suitable for use with customer motion controller)
    • AC Pulse Input Incremental (LECSB, 100/200VAC servo with absolute encoder, step/direction inputs suitable for use with customer motion controller)
For more information, see brochure HERE.




Brad® M12 Circular Hybrid Connector



The IP67-sealed M12 Circular Hybrid Technology (CHT) connector, with innovative wrap-around shielding, combines Cat5e Ethernet speed with power lines for excellent signal integrity and optimal performance and reduces cabling requirements and installation costs in harsh industrial applications.


Based on the Brad® circular M12 threaded coupling design, the innovative Micro-Change® Circular Hybrid Technology (CHT) connector combines Cat5e Ethernet data traffic with power lines in a small build size. The fully shielded 4-pin array (2 shielded pairs) is enclosed by a wrap-around metal tube shield (patent pending) which allows for optimum signal integrity and performance. The two overlapping metal tubes channel the signal through the connector without disturbance of cross-talk and EMI (electro-magnetic interference).


The 8-pole (4+4) CHT connector features two Cat5e Ethernet data lines and 4 power lines capable of carrying up to 6.0A. In the 6-pole (4+2) format, two Cat5e Ethernet data lines and 2 power lines carry up to 10.0A. Combining power and data lines into one connector reduces cabling requirements and lowers installation time and associated costs. The sealed CHT connector system is ideal for, but not limited to, industrial process and automation control applications, HVAC control systems, telecoms infrastructure and base stations. Micro-Change® CHT connectors and cordsets are also suitable for many other rugged applications that require power and data in one device.


The shielding concept of the Micro-Change® CHT connector is not limited to the shown M12 build size. Different form factors, for example M16 and M23, could be developed based on a customer’s application requirements.




CTC releases EtherCAT Master for 5300 Controller


HOPKINTON, MA, June 4, 2013  – Control Technology Corp., a leading manufacturer of automation controllers that integrate motion control, I/O, user interfaces, and enterprise connectivity, has released its EtherCAT Master for the model 5300 controller.  


EtherCAT is supported in the CTC model 5300 series of control systems in the form of an EtherCAT Master module (model M3-41A), offering high-performance control of networked servos, stepping motors and I/O devices. This Master module can coexist in the same system with Modbus®, DeviceNet® and BACnet® interfaces, allowing for multi-vendor configurations with the CTC system acting as a protocol bridge as well as a control system.


Unlike other implementations, CTC has fully integrated EtherCAT into its programming environment, QuickBuilder, by pre-engineering support for the most popular EtherCAT slave devices. Through auto-discovery, the system automatically determines what specific devices are on the EtherCAT network and automatically configures the master to talk to them. This eliminates the time-consuming and potentially error-prone step of having to use a configurator to manually set up the network.  


EtherCAT-based drives and I/O points appear in the programming environment along with any other drives and I/O on the system, and are programmed as though they were local devices. This means users can freely and transparently intermix local and remote servos and I/O, or change a device from local to remote without extensive programming changes.  
The EtherCAT Master is programmed with CTC’s QuickBuilder programming environment, which includes high-level motion controls as part of its basic structure. Commands for segmented, geared/cammed, position, and velocity moves are pre-programmed in QuickBuilder with Motion Sequence Blocks (MSBs). Multi-master and virtual master are supported, and Quickbuilder also includes an interactive motion control debugger with a built-in status/error data logger utility.
Basic features and motion modes include:
  • Cyclic Sync Position
  • Interpolated Position
  • Profile Velocity
  • Profile Position
  • Any motor can track / gear / cam off any other motor
  • Distributed Clock by default
    • syncs master to slaves
    • provides simultaneous motions
  • 1 mS control loop for all axes

CTC prides itself on providing users with a broad selection of technologies available for its basic control platforms, so that OEMs, control systems integrators, and end users can develop systems that are optimized for their specific projects. “We designed our EtherCAT implementation to provide all the benefits that EtherCAT has to offer with the advantage of autodiscovery and autoconfiguration to make this powerful technology easy to use,” said CTC CEO Tom Schermerhorn.

The devices currently supported include:
  • Yaskawa Sigma 5
  • Copley Accelnet
  • Kollmorgen AKD 
  • Sanyo Denki 
  • Control Techniques (Emerson)
  • Beckhoff I/O
  • Wago I/O
  • SMC Valve Stacks and I/O
Additional devices will be added as needed or requested by customers.