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Mitsubishi Electric Launch iPhone App for F800 and A800 a.c. InvertersMitsubishi Electric Launch iPhone App for F800 and A800 a.c. Inverters

The Inverter StartApp is a brand new iPhone connectivity tool which has been developed to give easy access to FR-A800 and FR-F800 series inverters within a wireless LAN. Best of all, it's free!


Mitsubishi Smartcheck Smart Condition Monitoring

Smart Condition Monitoring Helps Barley Malt Producer Keep a Head

Muntons Malt, one of the UK’s largest producers of malted barley has chosen Mitsubishi Electric's Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) system to protect fans and motors which are vital to its large-scale production process.

 


TOSIBOX Nominated for Prestigous Control Engineering 2019 Engineers’ Choice AwardTOSIBOX Nominated for Prestigious Control Engineering 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award

TOSIBOX Lock 500 has been nominated for the Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Award in the Industrial Internet of Things Connectivity category. They previously received an Honorable Mention for TOSIBOX Virtual Central Lock in the same contest.

 


Siemens Launch Sirius 3RW5 Soft Starters

New Generation of Sirius Soft Starters for Applications Up To 1,200 kW

With Sirius 3RW5, Siemens is launching a new generation of soft starters for simple to demanding drive requirements. This comprehensive range of devices for the soft starting of three-phase asynchronous motors from 5.5 to 1,200 kW enables efficient and future-proof machine concepts to be implemented easily and cost-effectively.

 


The New Rittal VX25 Large Enclosure System replaces the world-leading TS8 SeriesRittal Unveil Successor to Best Selling TS8 Large System Enclosure - the New VX25 Range!

After 5 years of development, Rittal say the VX25 offers a major innovative leap and is the first enclosure system that has been fully developed to meet the requirements for increased productivity in control and switchgear manufacturing.

 


Revolutionary Thermo-Packaging Machine uses Mitsubishi Automation Components

Mitsubishi Electric Enables Revolutionary Thermo-packaging Machine to Save 95% Space

Riverside Medical Packaging created an integrated control solution based on the Mitsubishi L-Series PLC with servo control and safety modules, HMIs and an articulated arm robot. The new thermoforming packaging machine can replace a 20m packing line with a unit that is just 2m square.

 


Preventative Maintenance with Mitsubishi FR-F800-E and FR-A800-E a.c. invertersPreventative Maintenance Using Mitsubishi Electric A800 or F800 a.c. inverters

The intelligent functions in the latest version of Mitsubishi Electric's FR-A800 and FR-F800 a.c. inverters can help to reduce unplanned downtime by detecting problems in your bearings, motors, pumps, fans or conveyors, before they cause a failure.

 


Save Over 30% With Our Latest Weidmuller Tools Special Offer

Save Over 30% With Our Latest Weidmuller Tools Special Offer

Get a Weidmuller Stripax stripping tool, PZ 6 Roto crimping tool and wire-end ferrules with a Weidmuller KT8 cutting tool for just £149 (usual price £228.59) - saving you over 30%!

 

 

 

 


Essential Tips for Temperature Management in Your Control PanelsEssential Tips for Temperature Management in Your Control Panels

Maintaining the internal temperature of your control panel within required parameters is essential. As the temperature rises, the life expectancy of the components falls which can lead to a costly system failure. In this article, Rittal have Top Tips for managing the temperature in your enclosures.

 


Personalise your Sirius ACT pushbuttons with the Siemens Configuration Tool

Create Unique Actuators and Indicators Using the Sirius ACT Configuration Tool

If you are looking to build up a unique command enclosure or want to order individual actuators and indicators with personalised engraving, this can all be done easily via the Siemens Sirius ACT configuration tool.

 


Innovative IP69K Rated, Hygienic Design Fire Extinguisher EnclosureRittal Launch IP69K Rated, Hygienic Design Fire Extinguisher Enclosure

Fire extinguishers can be a haven for dirt and bacteria in food safe areas. This new enclosure reduces the risk of contamination, but also protects the fire extinguisher and ensures they are fully functional whenever they‘re needed.

 

 

 


Download Our Lutze LCIS Cross Reference Tool

Lutze Compact Interface Solutions (LCIS) - Cross Reference Guide Now Available to Download

Lutze are replacing their Micro Compact products with new, lower cost LCIS units. If you currently order components from the existing Micro Compact range, our LCIS Cross Reference Guide PDF will give the new LCIS alternative.

 


TOSIBOX User Friendly Remote Access to Machines in the Food Industry - Case StudyTOSIBOX User Friendly Remote Access to Machines in the Food Industry - Case Study

TOSIBOX provide secure, user-friendly remote access solutions for PLCs, HMIs and machinery in a variety of industries. In this case study, we see how a German company uses TOSIBOX to remotely configure and maintain food production machinery - anywhere in the world.

 


Compare Our Prices for Trapped Key Interlocks

Compare Our Prices for Heavy Duty Trapped Key Interlocks - We Can Save You 30%

We know Fortress Interlocks supply great quality products which are built to last with solid metal construction - ideal for heavy duty industrial applications. IDEM trapped key interlocks offer all that, with shorter lead times and savings of over 30%

 


TOSIBOX Makes Remote Access Easy - and is Now Available from LC AutomationTOSIBOX Makes Remote Access Easy - and is Now Available from LC Automation

TOSIBOX® say you can set up their remote access solution in just 5 minutes without specialist IT skills. It creates a direct link between your PC and remote equipment such as PLCs and HMIs so you don't need to worry about security.

 


Stainless Steel INOX sensors from Sick

5 Categories of INOX Sensors: Choose the Right Stainless Steel Sensor for Your Application

INOX (also known as stainless steel) sensors are ideal for heavy duty food and beverage applications, but with so many types available which is right for your application. This article from Sick explains all you need to know.

 


Mitsubishi Special Offer - PLC, Widescreen HMI, a.c. Inverter and iQ-Works2 SoftwareAutomation Platforms Deliver Productivity Benefits in Food and Beverage Production

There are clear benefits for food & beverage manufacturers in rationalising their automation vendors. Using a single source of supply for automation components can play a big role in improving flexibility and reducing downtime.

 


IDEM Trapped Key Interlocks are Now Available at LC Automation

New Supplier is One of The UK's Largest Manufacturers of Machine Safety Switches

IDEM is one of the UK's largest manufacturers of Machine
Safety Switches and we are pleased to announce their Skorpion heavy duty trapped key interlock system is now available from LC Automation.

 


Mitsubishi Special Offer - PLC, Widescreen HMI, a.c. Inverter and iQ-Works2 SoftwareMitsubishi PLC, Widescreen HMI, a.c. Inverter and iQ-Works2 Software - All for Just £999!

This great value Mitsubishi Electric Starter Pack is a full Machine Control Solution for under £1000 and with CC-Link IE Field Basic communication built in, it also offers a single network solution at no extra cost!

 


Get Your Free Pilz Machinery Safety Poster at LC Automation

Free Machinery Directive Poster Helps You to Comply with Safety Standards

Pilz has produced a poster of the European Harmonised Standards associated with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the main legislation governing health and safety requirements for machines across Europe.

 


Drives and Controls 2018Going to the Drives & Controls? Enjoy Mitsubishi Hospitality with us on Thursday 12th April.

LC Automation aren't exhibiting at the Drives and Controls 2018 Exhibition, but several of our suppliers have stands, including Mitsubishi Electric. On Thursday 12th April, you can also join us on their two-floor stand, for a guided tour and experience their legendary hospitality.


Rittal Expand Range of Blue e+ Cooling Units

Rittal Expand Range of Blue e+ Cooling Units

Rittal’s Blue e+ cooling units are the most efficient on the market, with independent tests showing they are 75% more energy efficient than previous cooling solutions. They are now extending the existing range of between 2 to 6kW, with a new unit providing an output class as low as 1.6 kW.

 


Get a Weidmuller MultiMark Printer for Just £1Get a Weidmuller MultiMark All-in-One Thermal Transfer Printer for Just £1

Place an order for £1000 of markers or £3000 on any combination of Weidmuller products (not including SAK products), before the end of June 2018 and get a THM MultiMark printer (worth over £1000 list) for only £1!

 


Sick W16 and W26 Smart Photoelectric Sensors

Sick W16 and W26 Smart Photoelectric Sensors are the New Highfilers in Object Detection

Sick W16 and W26 smart photoelectric sensors love a challenge, so they really kick into gear when confronted with flashes, reflections and vibrations. Thanks to new technology, they particularly detect shiny, uneven, perforated and transparent objects more reliably than ever.

 


Packaging Machine Productivity? Of Course - But Not At The Expense Of Safety!Sick TÜV-certified Safeguard Detector Safety System for Packaging Machinery

The packaging industry has a conflict between productivity and costs. Operators need easy processes for changing materials, but their safety must not lose out. It's an ideal application for the Sick Safeguard Detector safety system.

 

 

MHz or Megabits? Understanding the Requirements of Industrial Ethernet Cables

MHz or Megabits? Understanding the Requirements of Industrial Ethernet Cables

Ethernet plays a major part in industrial automation systems, relying on high speed data to underpin the performance of these networks. In this Tech Tip article, Lutze help you to understand the requirements of Industrial Ethernet Cables.

 


Red Lion Controls Case Study - Visual Management Using PTV and Graphite HMIsRed Lion Controls Case Study - Visual Management Using PTV and Graphite HMIs

Blizzard, a leading ski manufacturer, was looking for an industrial automation solution to extend their manufacturing visibility and control. Find out why the Red Lion PTV and Graphite HMIs offered the perfect solution.

 

 

Latest Generation of Red Lion HMIs Offer a Great Value Solution for Factory Automation

Latest Generation of Red Lion HMIs Offer a Great Value Solution for Factory Automation

Red Lion CR1000 and CR3000 HMIs use Crimson 3.1 software to offer improved developer and user experience, delivering protocol conversion, data logging and a web server for monitoring and control (depending on model).

 


Save Time, Space and Money with Our Sirius 3RV29 Introductory OfferSave Time, Space and Money with Our Sirius 3RV29 Introductory Offer

With our special introductory offer, new users can get Free 3RV29 Infeed Units, Expansion Modules and Connection Plugs when you buy the Circuit Breakers and Contactors.

 

 

Recruitment Helps LC Automation to Offer Even Better Customer Support Across the Whole UK

Recruitment Helps LC Automation to Offer Even Better Customer Support Across the Whole UK

Customer support has always been the cornerstone of LC Automation and we are pleased to announce we have recruited new personnel to help deliver improved customer support across the Southern half of the UK. 

 


IAI Introduce New Electrically Driven Grippers - the RCP6-GRT7 SeriesIAI Expand Range of Electrically Driven Grippers with the New RCP6-GRT7

New Thin Gripper has Higher Rigidity, Higher Grip Force, a Height of Only 39mm - and a battery-less absolute encoder as standard, meaning that a home return reset is no longer required after power cycle or emergency stop.

 

Red Lion Introduces Industrial IP67 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches with PoE+

Red Lion Introduces Industrial IP67 Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switches with PoE+

The new N-Tron series NT24k-16M12 IP67 managed Gigabit Ethernet switch provides a rugged, dust proof and water resistant enclosure with 16 coded ports to create a reliable communication network for equipment in harsh environments.

 
 

Mitsubishi SmartCheck Smart Condition MonitoringMitsubishi Electric Smart Condition Monitoring for Preventive Maintenance

Condition monitoring offers a predictive approach to plant maintenance, helping you to reduce downtime. SmartCheck from Mitsubishi Electric can help to optimise your maintenance activities, providing up to date visibility of the status of your machinery, especially motors, fans, pumps and gearboxes.

 

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