Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The ReadyLink™ EtherNet/IP™ from AMETEK Factory Automation represents a significant advancement in linear displacement transducer (LDT) technology, providing maximum installation flexibility and ease of use. The latest addition to AMETEK’s GEMCO® line of LDTs for demanding industrial applications is designed with an EtherNet/IP™ network interface that requires only a single point network connection for configuration and control, simplifying installation and wiring.
ReadyLink™ uses field-proven magnetostrictive technology to provide absolute non-contact feedback. The versatile LDT supports Line, Star or DLR (Device Level Ring) topology and is available in two package styles. The 953N Rod Style package is suitable for installation into hydraulic cylinders while the 957N Brik™ Low-Profile Style package incorporates the same electronics but is housed in an aluminum-style extrusion.
The ReadyLink™ is a smart device featuring a RapidRecall™ network configuration module and a built-in web page to aid in the configuration of the LDT. A static IP address can be assigned via the web page or by using three rotary DIP switches to set the last octet manually. The RapidRecall™ module also stores all user configurations. Once configured on the LDT, these settings can be uploaded and stored by the module. If the LDT ever needs replacement, the RapidRecall™ module can be removed and installed on the replacement unit and all of the user configurations restored.
Designed for demanding industrial applications, GEMCO® ReadyLink™ LDT offers active measuring range of up to 300 inches, and wide power supply voltages ranging from 7 to 30 VDC. All units feature visual and output signal diagnostic feedback and utilize standard off-the-shelf cord sets for maximum value. Five tri-color LED indicators, located on the cover of the RapidRecall™ module, verify proper operation and distinct diagnostics for quick troubleshooting.
Applications for the ReadyLink™ include pulp and paper, steel mills, lumber and forest products equipment, primary and secondary metals processing such as stamping, roll forming and die-casting, tire and rubber, plastic injection-molding, and material handling machinery.
EtherNet/IP™ is an industrial Ethernet implementation of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), managed by the Open DeviceNet™ Vendors Association (ODVA). Introduced in 2001, it is today the most developed, proven and complete industrial Ethernet network solution available for manufacturing automation.
GEMCO® LDTs are known for flawless performance in extreme environmental conditions and are the preferred product for fast and accurate continuous linear position feedback. They are able to detect movement down to one micron and report position information back every millisecond.
AMETEK Factory Automation is a leader in continuous linear and rotary position sensing and level gauging. It has provided industrial automation solutions for over 65 years and is a recognized leader in advanced Magnetostrictive positioning technology and continuous rotary and linear motion control devices.
AMETEK Factory Automation is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with annualized sales of $3.6 billion. For more information, contact AMETEK Factory Automation, 1080 N. Crooks Road, Clawson, MI 48017. Telephone: 800-635-0289, Fax: 248-435-8120, or Ametek Factory Automation website.
Click here for a hi-res image of the GEMCO® ReadyLink™linear displacement transducer with RapidRecall™ module
Click here for a hi-res image of the two version of the GEMCO® ReadyLink linear displacement transducer ( low-profile and rod styles)