Since my first post on NFPA79 in relation to sensor cables was published, there have been more and more customers asking me for a statement of compliance. So after much review, we decided to ask the professionals. As a member of the NFPA you can call and talk to a document specialist to help you clarify the wording and how it applies to your exact situation.
During my conversations with them, I learned that a new revision of NFPA79 that will be released in 2011. This version I hope will help clarify the concerns people have with the original wording “126.96.36.199 Single conductor or multi-conductor Type AWM shall not be permitted.” Most, if not all, sensor cables are built-in the Type AWM.
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As I was preparing to write my blog entry, I was browsing my e-mail and came across an article in the October Issue of TIA Newsletter (Totally Integrated Automation) from Automation World, concerning IP Ratings. I found the article , very informative as it broke down the different degrees of IP ratings, as well as some similarity and differences between IP ratings and NEMA ratings. I only wish there was some information involving IP69K.
This article, IP Ratings – What are they and what do they mean, is a great starting point to learn about IP Ratings, I suggest you stop by and read it.
For more information about IP67, check out The Secret of IP67 Protection.
Let’s face it; an installed base, a trained maintenance crew, and an established set of procedures all make it really difficult to try to implement any new technologies in a running manufacturing facility. The idea of an industrial network providing detailed data about your processes and improving productivity sounds interesting and valuable, but where do you begin? Retrofitting everything with the newest technology isn’t an option in today’s economy, the capital investment is just too great. But there is hope! And with small steps, time and training, any plant can move forward into the ethernet realm and beyond.
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“I already have an existing network (PROFIBUS, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, CC-Link, etc…) so why would I be interested in an IO-Link enhancement?”
The answer is simple, instant SCALABILITY!
What do I gain by having an additional 4 IO-Link channels?
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Over the last year I have been discussing IP rated products with people in various positions in the manufacturing world and I have encountered some false assumptions about IP67 protection. I want to quickly go over what an IP67 test actually is and then go into the assumptions I’ve seen.
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If you aren’t familiar with the NFPA, here is a brief summary from their website:
“The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research,training, and education.” http://www.nfpa.org/
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