Holjeron’s newest zone controller—in Booth S1023d—supports multiple connectivity and configuration parameters for complete input/output access, control, diagnostics and intervention.
WILSONVILLE, OR (March 29, 2017) — Scalable, flexible and offering a wide range of powerful connectivity and control capabilities, the new ZoneLinkTC™ controller for motorized roller conveyors has been released. The zone controller is designed, engineered and manufactured by Holjeron, a part of Matthews Automation Solutions. It controls Holjeron’s SmartRoller® and Microroller® brands of motor-driven rollers (MDR), as well as Interroll’s 6- and 8-pole conveyor motors. Holjeron will debut the ZoneLinkTC at ProMat 2017 in Booth S1023d in McCormick Place’s South Hall.
One of the biggest benefits of the controller is its ability to operate in a standalone mode—no supervisory programmable logic controller (PLC) or computer required, says John Mosher, Holjeron’s Manager of OEM business development. “We’ve engineered the ZoneLinkTC to enable traditional zero-pressure accumulation (ZPA) operation, train/release or configurable zone parameters with minimal human intervention. Its smart capabilities accommodate multiple device connections and control directly on the device, making it easier and faster to commission a new conveyor system, or to make modifications to an existing line,” he notes.
Through an integrated, LED-display user interface with a scrolling menu of configuration items, the new device can be programmed to control everything from transport mode to MDR type, roller rotation, direction of flow and more. Faults and warnings are displayed and parameter status is available for operational conditions such as photo status, motor current, operating hours and more.
Further, the device is outfitted with two user-configurable input/output (I/O) ports that enable direct connections from other components—such as pushbuttons and light stacks—to the PLC. Via the ZoneLinkTC controller’s EtherNet/IP gateway connection, the device can communicate with either PLCs or computers for complete I/O access, control, diagnostics and intervention. Because the gateway connection supports two sub-networks of up to 32 zones each, the controller saves IP addresses in the PLC while providing expansive I/O control.
When connected to Holjeron’s SmartRollers, the ZoneLinkTC can determine wattage, speed range and operating hours, as well as automatically configure them for operation. This also allows for setting the speed in feet-per-minute, eliminating the need to calculate the setting manually using the motor’s revolutions per minute (RPM) and gearbox ratio data.
Holjeron’s new ZoneLinkTC controller can be seen in Booth S1023d throughout ProMat 2017 in Chicago—April 3-6, 2017. For more information, contact Holjeron at 503.582.0820, 800.691.8302 (toll free) or by email at [email protected].
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Holjeron, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, designs, engineers and manufactures brains for industrial automation equipment, material handling systems and motor-driven rollers. Used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators, every Holjeron control device and component is plug-and-play for fast installation, minimal maintenance and expanded diagnostics. All products are based on industry-standard technologies, including Controller Area Network (CAN) technology to support DeviceNet, Smart Distributed System (SDS) and CANopen, as well as Ethernet I/P and AS-i protocols in industrial automation.
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