WLAN and mobile devices: The new CU8210 series
WLAN and mobile devices
from Beckhoff Automation
are designed to establish
reliable wireless communication via the USB port of
an industrial PC. They also
provide all necessary physical protection for components that stick out of control cabinets, the company
says. As a result, wide-ranging applications can benefit from reliable and powerful wireless
connections to the machine controller without using attenua-tion-prone antenna cables. The C8210-M001 cabinet domes
support efficient and globally usable wireless solutions for
PC-based control technology when combined with the appropriate CU8210-D00x USB- 2.0 sticks from Beckhoff for WLAN and
4G mobile communication.
Designed for industrial WLAN and mobile communication
components, the cabinet dome boasts an IP 66 protection rating
when installed. The components inside the housing dome, such
as the USB- 2.0 stick for wireless connection, are completely
protected against physical contact, dust, and moisture in industrial environments. The cabinet dome can therefore be mounted
both in the panel of the control cabinet and also directly on the
machine or outside of control cabinets. The material, which is
suitable for radio applications, is characterized by high stability
and impact resistance and thus, offers a high level of protection
against deliberate and accidental damage. Locking the dome in
place from the inside of the control cabinet provides additional security, ensuring it cannot be removed from the outside.
(Beckhoff Automation, www.beckhoff.com)
Heavy-duty forklift: Cargo-handling solutions provider Kalmar,
a division of Cargotec, has released a new-generation version of
its heavy-duty forklift for demanding loads of up to 54 tons. The
Kalmar DCG380-540 is designed to offer the heavy-lifting power
needed to handle the heavy loads typically seen in the stevedoring and metal industries combined with the smooth, precise
control of a smaller-capacity machine.
The new Kalmar heavy forklift features built-in connectivity as
standard to enable customers to take advantage of the Kalmar
Insight performance-management tool, which provides a clear
overview of fleet operations and helps to turn data into actionable insights.
The new forklift also features the Kalmar “EGO” cabin, with
industry-leading ergonomics and unobstructed visibility right
around the machine. The cabin setup can be fine-tuned according to driver preference to ensure safe, comfortable operation
and optimal productivity. (Kalmar, www.kalmarglobal.com)
Forklift telematics solution: TVH in the Americas (TVH), a supplier of replacement parts and accessories for the material handling and industrial equipment industries, now offers telematics
solutions from GEM One, a manufacturer of industrial-equipment
With these remote monitoring systems, users can receive real-time updates of incidents; track and record all pre- and post-op-erational checklists, ensuring OSHA compliance; determine who
is operating the vehicle; and more. The systems can be installed
on any make and model of forklift, making them suitable for
mixed fleets. (TVH in the Americas, www.tvh.com)
Telematics-equipped transport refrigeration units: Thermo
King, a manufacturer of transport refrigeration solutions, has
introduced the Thermo King T-90 Series of truck transport
refrigeration units (TRUs) with standard integrated telematics
hardware that easily connects fleets with their cargo. Fleets
can activate Thermo King’s
web-enabled tracking system, TracKing, with the flip
of a switch to easily monitor,
control, and analyze their
refrigerated fleet operations.
The Thermo King SR Control System is easy to use, the company says. The powerful and simple controller ensures accurate
temperature control and efficient operation with industry-leading
fuel savings and uptime. In addition, the OptiSet Plus technology
optimizes and locks in operating parameters to maximize fuel
efficiency and cargo temperature control for the end-customer’s
specific needs. (Thermo King, www.thermoking.com)
Wearable scanning devices: ProGlove, a maker of wearable
scanners, has added two new units—“Mark Basic” and “Mark
standard range”—to its Mark scanning glove product family.
Designed to address the needs of workers in logistics and assembly lines, the new wearables were designed to boost efficiency
and help users save up to four seconds per scan, while reducing
picking errors by up to 33%, the company says.
Mark Basic is designed for a scanning range of up to five feet,
which makes it suitable for picking applications in logistics. The
device can be quickly hooked up to the corporate network via
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and comes with ProGlove’s Worker
Feedback option. This feature structures the flow of information
with regard to key objectives such as traceability. By means of
a combined optic, acoustic, and haptic alert, workers know
immediately whether they picked the right item—thus ensuring
process reliability. Mark Basic can handle up to 3,000 scans per
charge and is designed to last an entire shift.
Mark standard range lets users scan bar codes at distances of
up to 32 inches. This scanner, which processes up to 6,000 scans
per battery load, is suitable for use in high-frequency scanning
environments such as assembly lines. The device can be connected to the corporate network via BLE or 868 MHz radio frequency.
It also supports the Worker Feedback option. (ProGlove, www.
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