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AutomationDirect releases new RFID-coded non-contact safety switches ••• Idesco adds RFID encoding features to portable ID card printer ••• D-Tech International announces smart security system for school libraries ••• STAR Systems International intros new RFID vehicle hangtag ••• Elatec unveils TWN4 MultiTech reader.
By Rich Handley
Dec 22, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: AutomationDirect; Idesco; D-Tech International; STAR Systems International; and Elatec USA.

AutomationDirect Releases New RFID-Coded Non-contact Safety Switches

AutomationDirect has extended its safety products line to include its new LPF-series and SPF-series non-contact RFID-coded safety switches.

These switches employ RFID communication between switch and actuator to provide tamper-proof protection, using both master- and unique-coded actuators. When used in combination with a dual-channel safety relay, the company reports, the switches can provide protection up to Category 4 and PLe to ISO 13849-1.

AutomationDirect's LPF and SPF safety switches
The IP69K-rated LPF-series and SPF-series switches operate with most safety relays, according to the company, and feature plastic housings, a sensing distance greater than 10 millimeters (0.4 inch) and a high tolerance to misalignment after sensing.

With switching capability of up to 0.2A, both models are available in unique- and master-coded styles, with 2-, 5- or 10-meter (6.6-, 16.4- or 32.8-foot) pigtail cables or a 250-millimeter (9.8-inch) quick-disconnect cable. Female quick-disconnect cables in 5- and 10-meter lengths, as well as replacement master-coded actuators, are also available.

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