• Power Over Ethernet (PoE) in Industrial Automation

    Power Over Ethernet (PoE) in Industrial Automation

    Power over Ethernet (PoE) is an Ethernet Standard that Supports the use of Both Power and Data on a Single Ethernet Cable We recently got asked by a local custom machine builder for PoE (Power over Ethernet) injectors that were suitable for mounting in an electrical control panel. The requirements were for DIN rail mounting and power via standard 24VDC used in industrial automation and control applications. 
  • Microscan CloudLink

    Microscan CloudLink

    Smart Vision Sensor with Integrated and Configurable HMI There has been an explosion of small and cost effective smart vision sensors introduced for manufacturing during the last 5-10 years. With each new update and product introduction, the capabilities and functionality improves. The number of available pixels has increased, the vision programming tools have improved, and the number of applications that can be solved has continued to grow and expand.
  • Need Safety Mats for Your Tough Environment?

    Need Safety Mats for Your Tough Environment?

    Protect Your Team from Potential Hazards & Dangers of the Modern Manufacturing Environment The Universal Safety Mat system (UM series safety mat combined with an MC3, MC4 or MC6 series controller) from Omron STI offers a simple method for guarding personnel around hazardous machines.  This safety mat system offers freedom, flexibility and reduced operator fatigue when compared with traditional guarding methods (interlocked fences, pullback restraints, perimeter barriers).
  • Check Out this Industrial Monitor with Projected Capacitive Touchscreen

    Check Out this Industrial Monitor with Projected Capacitive Touchscreen

    Advantech's FPM-7151W: A Truly-Flat Multi-Touch Screen Advantech’s new flat panel monitor, the FPM-7151W, is specifically designed to meet the flexible demands of a wide range of applications. The 15.6“ wide screen 16:9 monitor provides 40% more screen area than 4:3 displays and can therefore display more information. The FPM-7151W is IP66 certified so that it is dust-tight and protected against jets of water.
  • Meet the Next Generation of Temperature Controllers

    Meet the Next Generation of Temperature Controllers

    Improve Visual Quality of Your Opeator Displays and Save Time Is it time to enhance the visual appearance of your machine?  We often do not think about the visual appearance of panel mount control components such as temperature controllers. Most engineers are focused on finding a temperature controller that will meet the technical requirements of the application, will mount easily in the control panel, and will interface with other selected components.
  • Integrated Web Servers

    Integrated Web Servers

    How Integrated Web Servers are Enhancing Access to Information in Automation Systems Almost since the early days of programmable logic controllers (PLC), a need developed to allow other types of devices to communicate information with the PLC. These early communications requirements were often PLC to PLC, but soon other types of "intelligent" control devices were developed and all demanded the ability to communicate with a PLC.
  • Low Profile Ethernet Switches

    Low Profile Ethernet Switches

    Increase Control Panel Design Flexibility with Low Profile Ethernet Switches When looking for an Ethernet switch for industrial automation applications, have you ever noticed that almost all of the switches look the same - narrow and vertical with columns of RJ45 ports. This is a great physical design for most control cabinets because the enclosure design is deep enough to allow for the switches to be mounted with the cables connected to the front of the switch.
  • Machine Vision with Your Smart Phone

    Machine Vision with Your Smart Phone

    Microscan is an industry leading manufacturer of 1D and 2D bar code solutions, and machine vision sensors and lighting. Microscan is a great company to work with and have been very supportive of Cross Company. Microscan has also been very innovative in taking core products and developing industry specific applications. Examples include: Panel Scan for the printed circuit board industry; iPak for pharmaceutical packaging; and Verification Monitoring for bar code verification.