September 2010 - The Contemporary Controls Video Library continues to grow with the addition of the Introduction to CTRLink video, which provides an overview of the CTRLink product family.
CTRLink's connectivity products facilitate the use of Ethernet in automation projects. Designed for unattended operation in environments not conducive to office grade equipment, CTRLink overcomes the challenges that Ethernet presents to the automation professional by providing convenient mounting in control panels, low-voltage power wiring, improved EMC compliance, and reliability. The CTRLink Ethernet family includes simple plug-and-play unmanaged switches, media converters, fully-managed switches, IP routers, cellular routers and products that support Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).
The new video explains the different products within the CTRLink product line and a summary of the different industries that depend on CTRLink. Ethernet has rapidly become the network of choice for automation systems due to its high speed, familiarity among users, and ability to easily connect to the Internet. But the environment can be demanding. The equipment must be robust, reliable, and easy to install, maintain and use. It must carry proper regulatory approvals and, in some instances, withstand outdoor temperatures. Office-grade equipment, with its frequent model changes and inconvenient mounting, will not do.
The CTRLink family of Ethernet infrastructure products addresses the needs of the automation professional. Unlike office-grade products, all CTRLink product enclosures are metal and intended for direct panel or DIN-rail mounting. Metal DIN-rail clips prevent damage during installation. All products can share with other automation equipment a common 24 VAC/VDC power source, eliminating the need for a dedicated mains-powered transformer. Most models have provisions for redundant power sources to accommodate back-up strategies in critical applications.
The new video is part of the growing online video library that provide practical instruction about the application and use of the various products Contemporary Controls manufactures.
To learn more, watch the CTRLink Introduction Video.