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FR-F800-E Series with Built-in Ethernet Communication

The FR-F800-E is a pump and fan control VFDthat combines performance, accuracy and reliability with embedded Ethernet based communications to enhance overall system flexibility. With 100 Mbps Ethernet TCP/IP and BACnet/IP connectivity as the standard, the FR-F800-E provides an increased ability for remote system monitoring, parameter adjustments and easy integration into existing network environments.


  • Ethernet Communication as Standard -Communicate with Modbus TCP/IP or CC-Link IE Field Basic communications networks at a speed of 100Mbps without the need for an extra option card.
  • Automatic IP Address Detection -Automatically detect the IP address of all connected devices, quickly enabling connection and programming using FR-Configurator software.
  • Remote Operation -Communicate with a drive remotely for commissioning, monitoring or troubleshooting anytime from anywhere.
  • CC-Link IE Field Network Basic -Fast and dependable connection to Mitsubishi Electric PLCs, servos, and robots through the CC-Link IE Filed basic system for a complete factory solution.
  • Multiple Protocol Capability -Network option cards offer connection to other drive based networks and a higher level information system.
  • Drive to Drive Communications -Utilize the internal PLC to communicate without a master PLC controller allowing the drives to work together as a team.
  • Reduce Cost -Standard Ethernet connectivity without add-on modules.


AHP Is Business First's 2018 Business of the Year!

Air Hydro Power has been named Business First's 2018 Business of the year by exemplifying success and demonstrating excellence in the local business community.  At the 2018 gala, Business First recognized AHP's revenue gains, community involvement, office culture, and employee retention rates as just a few of the reasons AHP stood above the rest of the 2018 finalists.  2018 was an extremely productive year for AHP, including; the acquisition of 2 new branches in Alabama (Alabama Bolt & Supply), a 40,000 square-foot expansion to the central headquarters, and the addition of multiple robot product lines, all while maintaining a prodigious reputation as a solutions provider in the hydraulic and pneumatic fields.


Air Hydro Power Inc. acquires Alabama Bolt and Supply Incorporated in Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama Bolt and Supply brings over 40 years of experience supporting customers throughout central and southern Alabama. Their areas of expertise include hydraulics, pneumatics, hose and fittings and industrial fasteners.  They are currently a full line Parker distributor representing Parker Fluid Connectors, and have two Parker Store locations: Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With the addition of Air Hydro Power's product lines, Alabama Bolt and Supply will have complete Automation, Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Hose and Fitting offerings, along with industrial fasteners.

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Air Hydro Power Inc. acquires Powermotion Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama

Powermotion, Inc. was established in 1972, as a full line fluid power distributor that provides an extensive line of pneumatic, hydraulic, filtration, and fluid connector products to the marketplace. Powermotion, Inc., offers fluid power quality products and services for industrial customers across the state.  They are a full line distributor for Parker Hannifin Fluid Connector Group, and Pneumatics and Automation.

Air Hydro Power Inc. acquires Total Hose Incorporated of Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama

Total Hose Inc. brings 34 years of experience in the hydraulic and industrial hose fields, as well as the accessories market.  They currently represent Parker Fluid Connectors, as well as other Parker lines, and have two Parker Store locations.  With the addition of Air Hydro Power's product lines, Total Hose will have complete Automation, Hydraulic, Pneumatic and Hose and Fitting offering.

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Smart Vision Lights' DDL Dome Lights

Smart Vision Lights' recently introduced its DDL Dome Light Series. These lights are designed to read code, eliminate reflections, and shadows, while provide extreme uniformity and repeatable illumination for challenging vision inspections.

The DDL Dome Lights  feature the new Multi-Drive integrated lighting controller. This Technology allows the user to run the array in Constant ON operation or pulse/strobe the light at a MUCH higher intensity level without any other devices. The built-in Multi-Drive protects the LEDs from premature degradation and failure caused by excessive heat by regulating the current delivered to the LEDs and limiting the duty cycle of the light. Available in 100mm, 150mm, and 200mm dome diameters.

Sick DT50-2 Pro Laser Distance Sensor

The DT50-2 Pro offers a new range of possibilities for distance measurement, including 10 m on black targets and 30 m on white, repeatability of 0.5 mm, 3,000 measurements per second, wide range of operating temperatures (-40?C to 65?C), and IP 67 rating.
The Dx50-2 sensors feature an intuitive display, saving time during installation and commissioning. The settings for speed, sensing range, and repeatability can be adjusted to suit every possible application. All of this in a compact housing!

  • Measuring range up to 10 m on black targets and up to 30 m on white targets
  • Output rate up to 3,000/s
  • Repeatability: 0.5 mm to 5 mm
  • Reliable, patented HDDM? time-of-flight technology
  • Temperatures from -40?C to +65?C thanks to rugged metal housing with LCD
  • IO-Link, analog and switching output (three switching modes available for selection)
  • Enclosure rating IP 65 and IP 6

Wilkerson E28 Redundant Safety Exhaust Valve

This Redundant Safety Exhaust Valve is a control reliable double valve with integrated adjustable soft start for Category 4 (Cat. 4) Performance Level e (PLe) Applications in accordance with the European Machine Directive ISO 3849-1. The E28 can be used stand-alone or modularly mounted with the 18 / 28 Wilkerson FRL.

With proven control reliability and integrated soft start, these valves reduce and then gradually increase the downstream pressure that is supplied to actuators from a safe low initial value, to the higher values that the machines demand; thereby protecting personnel and equipment from the sudden shock loads that can damage components or injure people.

Soft start application of air to the system when energized; can be adjusted for slower or faster buildup of system pressure. Rapid exhaust of downstream air when de-energized to remove stored energy and allow safe access.

  • Reset can only be accomplished by the integrated electrical (solenoid) reset. Cannot be reset by removing and re-applying supply pressure.

MLG-2 Measuring Automation Light Grids

The MLG-2 intelligent automation light grid product family sets a new standard in terms of resolutions, response times, evaluation options and ease of use. The MLG-2 can detect anything, from transparent or small objects to fast-moving ones, even when there is hardly anything to detect at all.

  • High-resolution light grid: Available with beam separation of 2.5 mm (coming soon), 5 mm, 10 mm, 25 mm, and 50 mm
  • Measuring field lengths from 150 mm to 3,200 mm
  • "High-speed scan" function with triple scanning speed
  • "Transparent mode" function for detecting transparent materials

Piab's Improved Design on Bag Lip for piGRIP Suction Cups

Piab introduces the next generation of piGRIP? bag lips, known as "BGI". These lips include an internal retainer piece as well as three additional diameter sizes. The bag lips are ideal for handling different types of bag materials, especially hard-to-handle thin bag material, such as plastic film. The six diameter sizes now at 25, 34, 41, 48, 63 & 80 mm provides a larger range of sizes for choosing the exact cup for the handling application.

Beside regular plastic bags for dry food (e.g. chips), the new piGRIP? bag lips were designed to have an excellent grip on stand-up-pouches filled with liquid or dry/wet food/substances. The range of diameter sizes now allows for very small and/or oblong narrow flexible packages (fast-food ketchup packs) to be handled by the smallest 25 mm size. The largest size, 80 mm, addresses the need for handling heavy bags or sacks such as animal feed sacks.

SICK TranspaTect Photoelectric Sensor

Thanks to new technologies from SICK, TranspaTect MultiTask photoelectric sensors are now able to detect transparent and semitransparent trays and bottles without the need for reflectors, a frequent source of errors. In these applications, the reference surface is provided by a stable matte background. Sensitivity is taught in simply by pressing the teach-in button. Even high-gloss, reflective, or uneven surfaces can be detected reliably. Combined with AutoAdapt, SICK's function for continuous threshold adaptation, TranspaTect sensors provide a cost-effective and reliable detection solution in packaging processes in the food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.

  • Reliable detection of transparent and semitransparent objects without a reflector
  • Reliable detection of objects regardless of color or surface qualities
  • Freedom of machine design: no mounting system for the installation of a reflector required
  • Quick commissioning: there is no need to mount a reflector or precisely adjust the sensor
  • High operational safety: if the background becomes contaminated, object detection will continue uninterrupted
  • Machine downtime is minimized: the integrated AutoAdapt function extends the time between cleanings
  • Heightened productivity: mechanical and chemical ruggedness due to the metal housing

Mitsubishi FR-A800 Variable Frequency Drive

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Introduces the A800 All-in-One Variable Frequency Drive that is fast, dependable, easy to use, and easy to integrate and install. The A800 Series inverter combines traditional induction and permanent magnet motors into a single solution, providing high performance response and energy-efficient motor control.
Because of its flexibility, the A800 can be used throughout an entire facility, reducing training, inventory and support. Rather than requiring a unique VFD for each application, the A800 frequency controller can support multiple applications, ultimately reducing costs for the end user.

The A800 comes in traditional chassis style, large system/component style and fully enclosed, severe environment style configurations. It is available in 200, 400, 575 and 690 voltage classes.

Piab piSECURE Creates safe vacuum in case of system failure

piSECURE is a decentralized vacuum pump for sealed applications with high safety requirements in case of power or system failure. The safety function is based on a separate extra sealed vacuum non-return valve (check valve).
piSECURE utilizes COAX? technology as well as an improved sealing capability for safety and automatic energy saving system for maximum efficiency and reduced energy consumption. piSECURE can advantageously also be used in robot handling applications of high value sealed objects, i.e. high cost for dropped part in case of power failure. Examples are shaped glass and metal sheets in body assembly and general assembly of cars.

  • 15 minute hold in case of power failure
  • Provides sealing performance far beyond standard norms
  • Decentralized-one cup's failure does not affect others
  • Possibility to monitor vacuum with gauge or vacuum switch
  • 50% faster response time with COAX? vacuum technology
  • 100% tight vacuum check valve
  • Up to 99% energy reduction with Energy saving (ES) version
  • Filter protects non-return valve for greater reliability in dusty environments
  • Handled part can be safely placed with low-opening pressure blow-off
  • Eliminate expensive vacuum tank

Mitsubishi GOT2000 Graphic Operation Terminal

The GOT2000 inherits all the features of our popular GOT1000 series, and introduces a more refined and advanced function set. The GOT2000 boasts advanced functionality, acts as a seamless gateway to other industrial automation devices, all while increasing productivity and efficiency. The high quality display is designed to optimize operator control and monitoring of device and line statuses. If you are looking for an intuitive operation terminal, the new tablet-like operability and the higher functionality of operation terminal makes the GOT2000 the ideal choice.
This new generation of operator interface products offers advanced features such as an intuitive gesture touch interface and a multitude of communications options including a wireless LAN interface. Other features include an SD card interface, expansion slots for optional communication, dual processors, and multi-touch control.

Pro-Face New PS4600 12.1-inch Panel PC Platform

The Pro-Face PS4600 features an ICore processor, creating a powerful system for any production floor. Its aluminum housing adds to the PC's durability, while its multiple I/O ports lend to its flexibility. These units provide more robust storage options, along with quick and easy storage expansion. The bright and crisp TFT color display is also complemented with different screen size options. There are also stainless steel options for the PS4600 series, which supports ATEX.

  • 12.1-inc TFT Color LCD
  • Hard Drive, C Fast Drive, SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • UPS Battery options for data protection
  • Touch Creen
  • Up to 4 COM Ports

SICK Flexi Loop saves costs with sensor cascades that communicate

Sick Flexi Loop meets the demand for a cost-effective way to cascade safety switches and sensors within a machine while also supporting diagnostics.

Flexi Loop makes it possible to cascade up to 32 safety sensors while maintaining the highest level of safety . Regardless of the manufacturer, any combination of safety switches and safety sensors with OSSD outputs can be used, providing continuous diagnosis of all door switches, emergency stop push-buttons and sensors.

  • Ability to cascade 32 sensors with up to 30 m per segment in compliance with performance level PLe
  • Compatible with all sensors from other manufacturers
  • Transfer of detailed diagnostic information
  • Integrated standard inputs and outputs
  • Power supply for sensors is included
  • Connection of the sensors via unscreened standard cable with M12 plug
  • IP 67 enclosure rating

Tolomatic New hygienic designed ERD electric cylinders are IP69K, stainless steel and USDA approved

Tolomatic has just released two new sizes of ERD electric cylinders that are hygienically designed, IP69K rated with an USDA Accepted Equipment Certification for meat (livestock), poultry, and dairy food processing applications.

  • Thrust capacities to 4500 lbf [20,017 N]
  • Increased strokes to 39.4 inches [1000 mm]
  • Increased speed capacities to 57.5 inches [1460.5 mm]
  • Choice of ball, or roller screws
  • Lowest cost stainless steel actuator with IP69K as standard equipment available out of the catalog with fast delivery

With the expanded force range the ERD can handle the most demanding jobs such as pressing, cutting, chopping and can replace most pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders with excellent efficiency and operating flexibility.

Maxpro Maximator Gas Booster

Maxpro Technologies introduces the Maximator ultra high pressure gas boosters. These boosters are capable of providing pressures of 25,000 psi, 30,0000 psi and 36,000 psi, making them ideal for industries that require very high pressure gas testing.

Maximator gas boosters are an excellent alternative to high pressure stationary type compressors. These boosters offer a compact, lightweight design that requires no electrical power or lubrication, thereby providing a more flexible and efficient source for delivering high pressure gas.

For the greatest combination of pressure and compression ratios, the ultra-high pressure, double acting-two stage-double and triple air head models are ideal. All MAXPRO gas boosters are available with an optional air control unit (ACP). This package consists of an air filter, regulator with gauge, shutoff valve and necessary fittings and hose for plumbing unregulated pilot port.

Balluff Ultrasonic Sensors - Distance Measurement and Position Detection

BUS ultrasonic sensors are perfect for either distance measurement, or position detection of granules, fluids and powders. They measure fill levels, heights and sag without making contact as well as count and monitor the presence of objects.
They are extremely versatile, operate independently of color and surface finish, and are not affected by transparent objects that generate strong reflections. Ultrasonic sensors are precise, versatile, and designed for critical situations. Dust, dirt and steam do not present a problem.

  • High precision detection range from 20mm to 8m
  • Independent of color and surface finish
  • Available as a switching or analog version
  • Analog output can be 0-10 V or 4-20 mA

New Balluff Configurable Smart Lights

The Balluff smart light can be connected to virtually any industrial network via the open and universal standard, IO-Link. This device can be used with a variety of IP67 distributed modular I/O products offered from a variety of IO-Link vendors which eliminates the need to have a remote I/O box simply to control an indicator light. Balluff's smart light can function in any of three modes, can be configured on the fly, and is controlled using simple bitmaps for the outputs.

Stack Light Mode:

  • Program 1-5 positions of 20 rows of 360? LEDs
  • Choose from 5 standard colors or configure new
  • Easily switch between solid, flashing, and blinking

Level Mode

  • Tie a bar meter type scale to an analog value
  • Program high level or low level indication
  • Freely configure the colors, zones, and levels

Run Mode

  • Indicate running status with a simple scrolling light
  • Signal a problem or action required
  • Freely configure the color or the scrolling light, background, and speed

New Kollmorgen Stainless Steel AKMH?

Hygienic, Wash-down Motors and Cables for Food, Pharma, and Caustic Chemical Environments

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 to meet EHEDG, NSF, BISSC and 3A guidelines. The AKMH Servomotor is 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 AKM requires no additional protection and can be sanitized without covering it or removing it from the machine. s a result, food, beverage, packaging, medical, 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.

SICK deTec4 Core Safety Light Curtain

Efficient integration, quick installation, simply safe

With the deTec4 Core, SICK sets a new standard in safety light curtains: for protection without blind zones, for automatic distance measurement, commissioning without configuration, and diagnostic codes that can be interpreted directly.
The design focuses on the core essentials, making it cost-effective, yet state-of-the-art. It offers a unique combination of features to make installation and setup quick and easy. The new deTec4 Core provides maximum safety in a new sleek design from the global market leader in safety light curtains.

  • Absence of blind zones
  • Resolution of 14 mm to 30 mm
  • Protective field height of 300 mm to 2100 mm
  • Automatic range measurement of up to 10 m
  • Enclosure rating IP65/IP67

Parker E-Z Form? Hose

Parker E-Z Form hose is designed for installations where tight bends exceed the bend radius of other hoses. Eliminates design, fabrication time and/or required tooling.

Two versions:

Multi-purpose (MP) products feature an oil resistant nitrile inner tube, reinforcing plies with a helical wire, and a neoprene cover.

  • Temperature range: -20?F to + 180?
  • 75 PSI Max. working pressure
  • Full vacuum rating

General Service (GS) products feature an EPDM inner tube and cover with reinforcing plies with a helical wire.

  • Temperature range: -40?F to +257?F
  • 75 PSI Max. working pressure
  • Full vacuum rating

PHD Series KG Impact Sensor

The PHD Series KG Impact Sensor easily attaches to and monitors any piece of equipment that has motion. Featuring single-axis/bi-directional sensitivity, the sensor attaches to the moving part of a machine or device and monitors impact. A PLC can interpret the signal to warn of erratic operation or shut down a system to prevent catastrophic failure.

KG Programmer

Using the KG Programmer, the KG Impact Sensor also can measure an impact and relay that value to the user. A single programmer has the ability to service an unlimited number of impact sensors throughout an entire plant.


  • Bi-directional/single axis sensitivity, single or dual point operation, user defined, rewriteable setpoints, attaches easily to moving mass, fail-safe output signal.
  • Helps to reduce unanticipated downtime.
  • Minimizes unnecessary preventive maintenance.
  • Flags appropriate personnel of machine crash.
  • Stops production of bad parts as result of miscalibration caused by severe crash.

SICK ML20 Markless Sensor

Eliminate the need for print marks

Using pattern recognition, the SICK ML20 Markless sensor detects the cutting position for label applications without the use of print marks. This completely new technology provides reliable detection, even with complex images means more freedom when designing packaging while allowing for more efficient utilization of space on the product instead of using unnecessary print marks and place markers.

  • Tough metal housing
  • Scanning speed of 7 m/s
  • Monitor process quality via a Ethernet
  • Easy sensor teach-in and alignment
  • Reproducibility of 0.6 mm (2 Sigma)

PHD's Series SFM Multiple Position Slide

Modular multi-position stop system

The News SFM Slide includes optional mid-position actuators and adjustable end stops to support diverse applications. Multiple intermediate stopping positions are available, limited only by the length of the slide. The new design allows switches to be mounted at any point along the slide's travel and offers optional travel adjustment for precise positioning.

Series SFM standards include, a stainless steel band and saddle seal to protect the precision bearing system from dirt and contaminants, as well as port positions and mounting. An optional cap mounted shock absorber to absorb end-of-travel kinetic energy and saddle mounted shock absorbers provide smooth deceleration.

New MR-J4 Servo System

Integrated motion control solutions that work perfectly together

The MELSERVO MR-J4 servo-motion systems offer users the platform to build the next generation machines that require the J-series' hallmark superior performance mingled with industry operational safety trends, all the while saving users costly energy and precious real-estate. For our valued existing users, the MELSERVO MR-J4 servo motor and amplifier products will be a drop-in replacement for the MR-J3 series products.

  • 2500Hz: A stunning industry-leading speed frequency response of
  • 2500Hz that greatly reduces setting time (ts)
  • 150Mbps SSCNETIII/H: Connectable over the new high speed fiber optic SSCNETIII/h 150Mbps motion network
  • Available models: 200Vand 400V from 50W-22kW
  • 22bit resolution systems: AC Servomotors equipped with 22bit/~4 Million pulses per rev incremental/absolute encoders
  • Advanced tuning algorithms: Advanced One-Touch Auto Tuning function with real time adaptive load control
  • Advanced One-Touch Auto Tuning function with real time adaptive load control
  • Built in TUV certified safety functions
  • Energy/Power Monitor capability

Intelligent Actuator Introduces the RCP4

The RCP4 electric cylinders feature longer strokes, faster speeds and larger load capacity.

Equipped with the new high-performance PowerCON drive controller the RCP4 series has improved maximum speeds of up to 1.5 times over previous models.
A new body structure has improve load bearing and stability, doubling the load capacity and extending the obtainable stroke lengths to 500mm. The new design has also greatly reduces backlash and deflection by the guide rod.
The RCP4 is available in 3 slider type sizes and 2 rod type configurations

Ease of Maintenance

Only one set screw to complete motor replacement RCP4 Slider-type mounting holes are interchangeable with RCP2 type. The RCP2 can be directly replaced with the RCP4.

Balluff GlobalLine Capacitive Sensors

Economical sensors with above average features

Balluff's economical GlobalLine of capacitive sensors offers a broad range of products to reliably solve object and level detection applications.

  • Tubular M12, M18 and M30 sensors
  • M12 connectors or pre-wired cable
  • Reverse polarity and short circuit protection
  • Enhanced EMC protection.

Balluff's attention to quality, superior sensor design and performance means better reliability that results in less downtime and higher productivity.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation creates Packaging Website

The Mitsubishi Packaging Website identifies common packaging challenges and how Mitsubishi Electric solutions are designed to overcome them.

Murr Cube 67 Modular Distributed I/O System

New standards in Automation Technology. The Cube 67 is the modular, distributed I/O System that uniquely combines IP20 and IP67 protection.

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