MOTION CONTROL: TURCK announces its new Interface and Intrinsic Safety Quick Reference Guide, providing an overview of the company’s intrinsically safe products, including switching amplifiers, analog I/O, solenoid drivers, rotational speed monitors, and relay and power supplies. The guide also features new intrinsically safe models, such as FDT/DTM amplifiers that can be programmed with PACTware.
The Interface and Intrinsic Safety Quick Reference Guide provides an efficient, easy way for users to select the correct amplifier for a specific application, as well as showcasing unique, out-of-the-panel solutions for intrinsic safety. Also covered in the guide is a description of TURCK’s high-density excom Intrinsically Safe I/O system, plus the FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Diagnostic Power Conditioner (DPC) system featuring a new single channel redundant backplane.
The guide also highlights TURCK products such as NAMUR sensors, level probes, pressure sensors, cordsets and junction boxes-delivering a one-stop-shop for interface and intrinsic safety solutions.
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