Staff spotlight: Introducing Pacific Automation’s Neeraj Chowdhary

Posted in: Company News on June 1st, 2018

Pacific Automation is pleased to announce the appointment of Neeraj Chowdhary, Business Development Manager.

Neeraj brings to Pacific Automation extensive experience across the mining and resource, oil and gas, power and utilities, communications, food and beverage, and engineering sectors.

Customer- and solution-focused, Neeraj works closely with his clients to ensure he has a thorough understanding of their needs to provide the right product solution, as well as ongoing support and technical advice.

With Neeraj’s vast experience in business and market analysis, coupled with his in-depth product knowledge, Neeraj has won several performance-based awards.

Neeraj holds a Bachelor of Business (Sales & Marketing), a Lean Six Sigma White belt (2014), and an MBA in Management Information Systems. He has undertaken professional development, globally, including Commercial School OCTG Training and Drilling and Completion training (Tenaris University, Italy).

Neeraj’s role with Pacific Automation is focused on industrial automation products and support for leading global brand, Balluff.

Pacific Automation is the exclusive distributor for Balluff in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia.

For product enquiries or technical support, or if you’d like to see a product or application presentation, contact Neeraj at NChowdhary@pacificautomation.com.au or +61 (0) 414 566 780.

Product news: Balluff’s SmartLight Tower Light just got smarter

Posted in: Application News, Product News on May 24th, 2018

Pacific Automation has got some great news for our Balluff SmartLight Tower Light customers.

If you already thought Balluff’s SmartLight was the most flexible tower indicator light ever… it just got that little bit smarter with its new “flexible mode”.

Its flexible mode enables two new applications – user-defined segments and point-of-use indication.

This means you can get creative with indication solutions.

How can you get creative with Balluff’s SmartLight Tower Light?

From point-of-use applications for operators at the machine to status indication for management on plant operations, flexible mode enables increased visibility into your process.

The SmartLight tower light adds value to the plant floor as it combines multiple modes of operations and functions in a single programmable light. It offers four programmable modes of functionality: segment or stack light, level indication or bar graph, run light, and flexible mode. A SmartLight tower light with a buzzer option is also available for audible feedback.

Watch the product video here or read more about it here.

As the exclusive distributor for Balluff Australia, Pacific Automation has distribution rights to its product range in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia. Our technical team is on hand to provide the latest information and answer any technical or application questions our customers have.

For more information, to request a sample or for sales enquiries, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Introducing Pacific Automation’s Mohamed Ayad

Posted in: Application News, Company News, Demonstrations, Product News on May 7th, 2018

 

Mohamed Ayad, Product Manager

Pacific Automation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Ayad, Product Manager (Danfoss VLT and VACON drives).

Mohamed is an electrical and control engineer with extensive product and technical knowledge in LV and MV electrical drives, control systems and industrial applications.

He brings to Pacific Automation more than 15 years’ experience in product and business development, across Australia and overseas, on-site and in-house.

Mohamed’s experience as a field services engineer has taken him around the globe, working on small- and large-scale projects in oil and gas, mining, petrochemicals, metal, waste water treatment plants, FMCG, ports and terminals, and OEMs. This diverse, hands-on experience means he knows exactly how products work in situ, and therefore how to assess application challenges, and recommend the right solutions.

Mohamed’s strong technical knowledge and well-developed industry relationships make him a valuable resource for our Danfoss customer base and new customers. He is on hand to provide technical advice and recommend products based on their application and customers’ unique requirements.

For product enquiries or technical support, or if you’d like to see a product or application presentation, contact Mohamed at MAyad@pacificautomation.com.au or +61 (0) 432 498 010.

Pacific Automation staff complete Industry 4.0 training at Balluff in Melbourne

Posted in: Company News, Product News on May 3rd, 2018

Pacific Automation’s Neeraj Chowdhary, Business Development Manager, and Farid Karami, Customer Support, recently visited Balluff’s Melbourne office for training on their Industry 4.0 framework, process and related products.

Industry 4.0 (“the fourth industrial revolution”) refers to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, and includes machine-to-machine and human-to-machine communication, artificial intelligence, continued technological improvements and digitalisation in manufacturing.

It is driven by:

  • Increasing data volumes, computational power and connectivity
  • Analytics and business-intelligence capabilities
  • New forms of human-machine interaction, such as touch-based interfaces and augmented-reality systems
  • Improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as robotics and 3D printing.

The training provided an overview of Balluff’s Industry 4.0 framework, process and related products, and equipped our staff with the hands-on knowledge they need to provide optimal technical support and advice to our customers.

Balluff’s Industry 4.0 framework includes:

  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Parameterisation
  • Recipe Change Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Format Change Management
  • Traceability

You can read more information about Balluff’s Industry 4.0 framework here, download their brochure here or watch the introductory video here.

As the exclusive distributor for Balluff Australia, Pacific Automation has distribution rights to its product range in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia, and, as always, is on hand to provide the latest information and answer any technical or application questions our customers have.

For more information, to request a sample or for sales enquiries, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Jason Bouyer, Managing Director, Balluff, Steffen Kauderer, Training and Didactics, Balluff, Neeraj Chowdhary, Business Development Manager, Pacific Automation, Farid Karami, Customer Support-Pacific Automation, Jim Wallace, Business Development Manager, Balluff

Product news: Balluff releases true color sensor with IO-Link application

Posted in: Application News, Product News on April 23rd, 2018

Have you heard about Balluff’s new true color sensor with IO-Link application?

Balluff’s true color sensor with IO-Link is the application solution for reliably detecting colours and distinguishing between colour shades.

Using the CIELAB color space, this color sensor meets or exceeds the capabilities of the human eye.

It features include:

  • IO-Link communications
  • Detects up to 256 colours
  • True color using CIELAB color space
  • Fibre optic-based with lenses that offer up to 400mm sensing range
  • Multiple modes of operation

As the exclusive distributor for Balluff Australia, Pacific Automation has distribution rights to this product in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia, and, as always, is on hand to provide the latest information and answer any technical or application questions our customers have.

Download the product fact sheet here or watch the introductory video here.

For more information, to request a sample or for sales enquiries, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Danfoss appoints Pacific Automation as sales partner for VACON industrial drives in Western Australia

Posted in: Company News, Product News on April 19th, 2018

Pacific Automation is pleased to announce it has been appointed by Danfoss Australia as its sales partner in Western Australia to provide sales and technical support for VACON industrial drives, from 1 May 2018.

This move is part of Danfoss’ global strategy to enhance customer support and operational activities. Danfoss has aligned with selected sales partners in Australia and New Zealand to ensure their customers continue to receive comprehensive sales and application support locally for the VLT and VACON industrial VSD product range.

From 1 May 2018, please direct your enquiries for Danfoss VLT and VACON variable speed drives, and MCD soft starter products to Pacific Automation.

You can view the product range here.

Please send orders and pricing enquiries to sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Pacific Automation attending Hannover Messe with Weidmuller

Posted in: Company News, Product News on April 19th, 2018

Pacific Automation’s management team is heading to Hannover to participate in Hannover Messe with global manufacturer Weidmuller.

One of the largest industrial exhibitions in the world, the Hannover Messe features everything from individual components to the complete intelligent factory, as well as topical trends such as energy efficiency, lightweight construction and additive manufacturing.

As Pacific Automation is a vital source for Weidmuller products in Western Australia, this exhibition will provide another opportunity to learn more about Weidmuller’s products, discover technical innovations, talk with customers and meet new ones.

The visit will also further equip our team on the ground in Western Australia with the latest product information so it can continue to provide the best technical support and application advice to our customers.

If you’re attending Hannover Messe, come and visit Weidmuller’s stand.

If you’d like to hear the latest information when we return from our visit, contact our head office on:  + 61 (0) 8 9414 7999 or email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Pacific Automation now supplies 2iB pump control relay nationally

Posted in: Company News, Product News on April 12th, 2018

Pacific Automation is pleased to announce it is now the exclusive supplier of the new 2iB pump control relay, nationally.

Classified as the safest snore control relay on the market, the Pump Snore Controller (SC10) with advanced safety and control is used for electric submersible pump control applications.

It reduces pumping and maintenance costs and equipment downtime because it prevents the equipment from running dry for extended periods and enables the pump to cycle on inflow history.

It also reduces manufacturing costs of pump control panels. The microprocessor relay has multiple inputs and outputs for control, removing the need for manual-auto switches, alarm relays, float control circuits or start relays. Removing these switches and relays means less parts and labour cost to install them.

Designed to maximise operator safety, it features:

  • Pump current reference display
  • Analogue input scaling input via dip switches
  • Quick push-button set point setting
  • Multiple input control options
  • Local and remote stop and start
  • Multiple alarm output selection
  • Multiple control options

Download the 2iB product brochure here.

For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

 

Pacific Automation welcomes Balluff’s new sensor functionality

Posted in: Product News on March 29th, 2018

Pacific Automation is pleased to share some new product information about Balluff’s sensor range.

Balluff recently released added functionality to its standard 18mm tubular photoelectric sensors.

As the exclusive distributor for Balluff Australia, Pacific Automation has distribution rights to these products in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia, and, as always, is on hand to provide the latest information and answer any technical or application questions our customers have.

What’s new?

Configuration of this family of sensors can be achieved either through the integral teach button or via IO-Link. The family of sensors includes diffuse, retroreflective and through-beam modes of operations.

The tubular sensors have multiple output modes, including single-point, window mode, and two-point sensing modes with either standard or dynamic teach functionalities.

With IO-Link, simple installation and easy controls integration translates to cost savings for machine builders on design, build, & commissioning while manufacturers see a value in the ability to hot-swap smart sensors via the automatic parameterisation functionality.

Key product features

  • Diffuse, retroreflective and through-beam modes
  • Diagnostics with IO-Link, including low-voltage, over-temperature and emitter detect
  • Stability/margin indicator
  • Visible red light for easy alignment
  • Rugged metal housing

Download the product fact sheet here.

To view the Balluff announcement, click here or watch the video about it here.

For more information, to request a sample or for sales enquiries, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Balluff Australia appoints Pacific Automation as exclusive distributor for Balluff products in WA and NT

Posted in: Company News, Product News on March 1st, 2018

Balluff Australia has appointed Pacific Automation as its exclusive distributor for all Balluff products in Western Australia, Northern Territory and other select regions of Australia.

This includes distribution of all Balluff products, Werna, Kuebler, Bernstein, and other Balluff spare parts.

Pacific Automation will also be the primary provider of services and application support in the respective regions.

Darren Wright, Pacific Automation, said, “For the past 12 years, Pacific Automation has been a premier supplier of sensors throughout Australia. By adding Balluff to our product portfolio and by leveraging their support infrastructure, we can provide customers with high-quality products and services, tailored to their applications.”

Jason Bouyer, Balluff, said, “Our team has been working closely with Pacific Automation to align the businesses to provide enhanced local support for our entire product portfolio within the region. By adding Pacific Automation to the Balluff family, we can further help customers by providing a faster response, together with the high level of technical support and service. The combination of Balluff Pty. Ltd. and Pacific Automation will provide unparalleled support in the region.”

For orders or pricing enquiries, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Jason Bouyer, Balluff, and Darren Wright, Pacific Automation

Pacific Automation continues distribution of Weidmuller in Western Australia

Posted in: Company News, Product News on February 1st, 2018

Pacific Automation is pleased to announce it will continue to be a vital source for Weidmuller products in Western Australia.

As you may know, there have been some changes in the Weidmuller distributorship.

We want to assure you that we’re still here and will continue to be a vital source for Weidmuller products throughout Western Australia. In fact, we’ve expanded our stock levels to ensure our customers experience a seamless transition.

As with all Pacific Automation products, you’ll receive technical support and application advice.

We’ve been a distributor of Weidmuller in Western Australia for the past 11 years and look forward to continuing to be a reliable source for its product range, as well as providing ongoing technical advice and support.

For pricing enquiries or to place an order, please email sales@pacificautomation.com.au.

Increase Safety and Efficiency

Posted in: Product News on November 9th, 2016

 

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Pacific Automation is the sales partner of Ampcontrol in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. We are pleased to announce the release of the PF1 integrated pump and fan control relay.

Ampcontrol is at the forefront of electrical protection with over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of protection and monitoring control relays. In an industry where safety is paramount, Ampcontrol has a proven track record of delivering products to
suit the unique system challenges and hazards of hard rock mining applications. This comprehensive and cost effective range of relays
ensure safe and stable electrical systems and provide:

• Increased personnel protection and safety
• Continuous monitoring of electrical system integrity
• Increased plant protection and improved economic efficiency
• Reduced downtime and fault damage
• Accurate measurements negating nuisance tripping
• Event logging assisting integration of past faults
• Detection of potential fire hazards caused by high fault currents

• AS/NZS2081 compliance

Ampcontrol’s hard rock range of relays includes protection solutions for all applications through integrated and individual relay protection for earth leakage, earth continuity, earth fault lockout and frozen contactor.

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Drive Energy Consumption with Danfoss

Posted in: Product News on September 21st, 2016

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The need for energy conservation is a key driver in the development of speed control devices and AC drives provide the optimum method of controlling the speed of electric motors to match load demand.
Even small changes in motor speed can result in significant changes in energy consumption.

Being required to operate in our climate Danfoss drives use innovative cooling techniques to reduce energy consumption too.

For more detailed information see:

http://drives.danfoss.com/danfoss-drives/what-is-an-ac-drive/

What is back channel cooling?
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The Best in Variable Speed Drives

Posted in: Company News, Product News on May 21st, 2015

Pacific Automation are the sales partner and stockist for Danfoss general purpose drives in Western Australia. Designed for variable speed control on any industrial machine or production line, a VLT® Automation Drive helps its owner save energy, increase flexibility, and optimise processes. Danfoss VLT® drives are available in the power range from 0.18 kW to 1.4 MW and are the most energy efficient drives available.

Pacific Automation are also able to provide technical support and advice on existing Danfoss Drives such as the VLT 2800, VLT 5000 and VLT 6000 and also new drives including the FC 300 and high power drives. Danfoss drives have many specialist Industrial functions, both hardware and software, installed as standard. The full VLT® offer also comprises software and services for frequency converters and motor starters.

 

Please contact sales@pacificmi.com.au for technical advice and support.

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Winning Local Control Stations

Posted in: Application News, Product News on May 13th, 2014

Local Control StationsBest practice, best quality, best performance… these are not awards, they are habits for Pacific Automation when it comes to supplying local control stations to mining and industrial projects.

From single button E-Stops to complex multi-function panels for OEM equipment, these local control stations are built to last. Made from bead finish 316 stainless steel they are suited to harsh environments which means Australian conditions.

Our experienced workshop team can assemble large quantities for a short lead time and will configure the enclosures to suit individual site requirements.

Our many years of experience means that you get the right configuration for your job.

Please contact sales@pacificmi.com.au for technical advice and support.

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Raytec Win IFSEC Award for VARIO IP

Posted in: Company News on June 6th, 2013

 

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Raytec have won their first ever IFSEC award for their new range of VARIO IP network illuminators.

Debuted at the IFSEC International exhibition in Birmingham, UK, this May, VARIO IP picked up the accolade for Best CCTV System of the Year, during the IFSEC awards ceremony on the first night of the show.

As the first ever IP addressable CCTV illuminator, VARIO IP is quickly making a big name for itself in the global security industry, having already been shortlisted as a finalist in the ISC West New Product Awards 2013.

With the launch of VARIO IP, users can not only adjust their IP cameras remotely, but they can now control their lighting in the same way too, via a user friendly web interface or video management system.

VARIO IP is available in both Infra-Red and White-Light LED, and provides dedicated IP lighting for network cameras, allowing for remote set up, commissioning, operation and maintenance of your lighting scheme. Users have full control over their lighting at all times, to alter settings and instantly respond to live events in real time or operational changes, for the best CCTV images and safety 24/7.

VARIO IP makes it much easier to operate large CCTV systems in a more secure and much greener way. VARIO IP can be controlled individually or in groups by a variety of other security technologies, and scheduled using a timer for activation only when needed, to reduce electrical consumption even further.

For more information on Infra-Red VARIO IP, click here.

For more information on White-Light VARIO IP, click here.

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Third-generation 22mm XW series emergency stop switches with mechanical indicator

Posted in: Product News on June 6th, 2013

 

newsproducts_130516_3IDEC announced the release of XW series emergency stop switches with mechanical indicator.

Normal / latched status can be checked from a distance with the mechanincal indicator function. The smooth ridge-less button prevents dust build-up and assures comfortable operation.

The new emergency stop switches assure the highest level of safety that an HMI environment requires.

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SmartAXIS Series FT1A Controller, a powerful PLC with embedded I/O.Touch, Pro, and Lite models available

Posted in: Product News on June 6th, 2013

 

IDEC announced the release of the SmartAXIS series FT1A controller. The FT1A controllers are available in 12, 24, 40, 48, I/O CPUs and 3.8″ HMI+PLC 65K color TFT or STN monochrome touchscreen.

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The FT1A controllers can be used in various applications such as small machine tools, food processing machines, and packaging machines. Specific application examples include elevator control, drain pumps, water server, vending machine, coffee server, sprinkler, mist generator, greenhouse control, coin-operated shower, golf ball feeder.

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BVS-E Infrared Vision Sensors – Invisibly reliable

Posted in: Product News on May 22nd, 2013

 

Inspection and read processes for vision sensors can be impaired by changing ambient lighting conditions. Simultaneously, employees and technicians are often bothered by the pulsing red light of normal vision sensors. The BVS-E vision sensor with infrared lighting and integrated daylight filter eliminates both of these problems.

Its light is invisible to the human eye, removing intrusive flickering to the operator. And its integrated daylight filter ensures that visible ambient light cannot effect image quality. This increases the image quality and the stability of the inspection, greatly increasing inspection and process reliability.

  • Invisible light does not bother employees
  • Integrated daylight filter for increased process reliability
  • Simple to replace with fixed integrated lighting, optics and filter
  • 10% higher light intensity than comparable red light sensors
  • Safe for the eyes, certified for CE (EN 62471:2008)

 

BVS Infrared Application Example

View the range of BVS-E infrared vision sensors

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BCL 20 bar code reader – Depth of field with blue light

Posted in: Product News on May 21st, 2013

Leuze electronic is now using a blue laser in the BCL 20 bar code reader series and, with its light with a wavelength of 405 nm, is achieving astounding results regarding depth of field, operating range and code reading at very small modulus widths.

A module is the narrowest bar in a bar code. With small modulus widths (e.g. 0.15 mm), red light lasers can offer only a small depth of field (30 mm), but with the blue diode, the depth of field is considerably larger (90 mm). This results in a larger tolerance in the application when positioning the code. In addition, the operating range of the (B-) optics with the blue laser is now 220 mm as compared to the previous 180 mm (red laser). The new BCL 20 SB bar code readers are used primarily in areas with small 1D-codes, for example in packaging technology, the pharmaceutical industry and in laboratory applications (see images). In principle, the stationary high-speed scanners of the BCL 20 series offer a space-saving solution for industrial environments and are equipped with a fail-safe parameter memory.
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