MICROMAX ANNOUNCES BANNER FLEXPOWER™ WIRELESS NODES AND BATTERY MODULES, DELIVERING FLEXIBLE POWER OPTIONS FOR ENHANCED APPLICATION USABILITY



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Minneapolis, MN—June 2, 2008—
Banner Engineering Corp. introducesFlexPower™ Nodes for the Banner SureCross™ Wireless Network. FlexPower provides a versatile wireless solution by allowinga SureCross Node to operate using 10 to 30V dc line power, solar panels, or a FlexPower battery module in remote or difficult-to-access locations. A FlexPower Wireless Node and a connected sensor can be powered by a FlexPower battery module for up to five years, depending upon the application and individual power requirements. Efficient power management technology enables the FlexPower Node to briefly step up the switch power voltage to activate a sensor for a fraction of a second. After the input reads the sensing status, the switch power returns to its standby status level to prolong battery life.

“Banner’s innovative FlexPower battery modules offer reliable, versatile power options for SureCross FlexPower Wireless Nodes, keeping remote, rotating or other challenging applications monitored for extended periods of time,” said Chris Dales, Senior Application Engineer, Banner Wireless Division. “This superior power management system is optimized for use with virtually all makes of sensors and is robust enough to power a wide variety of devices.” Dales adds, “FlexPower Nodes and power supplies offer an integrated solution for applications where hardwired power sources are impractical or unavailable.”

Applications. Banner’s SureCross Wireless Network was purpose-built to deliver reliable, high-performance wireless sensing to remote or difficult-to-access areas. With FlexPower Nodes and battery modules, users can use SureCross wireless sensing technology in a wide variety of challenging applications, including the following:
  • Monitoring fluid levels in storage vessels
  • Monitoring and data acquisition on rotating machinery
  • Remote monitoring of towers or tank farms
  • Manufacturing monitoring and error proofing
  • Notification of power outages or system status emergencies
  • Triggering backup power systems when needed
  • Monitoring end effectors or robotic arms
  • Barn or dairy bulk tank temperature monitoring
  • Security monitoring and control of remote location
  • Refrigerated storage system temperature monitoring
Banner’s FlexPower Wireless Nodes and battery modules are easy to integrate into existing manufacturing systems, making them an ideal fit for pre-certified facilities needing to adapt to new regulations without costly downtime or additional inspections. Several features of the SureCross Wireless Network FlexPower Node make it particularly simple to set up and use:
  • Extended battery life of up to 5 years, depending upon application and powered devices
  • Adaptable for 10 to 30V dc line power, solar panel or battery power using FlexPower module
  • Portable for frequent redeployment in error-proofing applications
  • Robust, durable IP67/NEMA 6 construction
  • Configurable parameters for actuation voltage up to 24V dc, time on and sample
  • Plug-and-play connectivity with mounting flexibility
  • Optimized for Banner’s advanced sensors; adaptable to other devices
Downloadthe Banner SureCross Wireless Network brochure.

Direct link to product information: http://www.bannerengineering.com/wireless

For the entire selection of Banner sensing products, 2008-2009 Sensor Products Catalogs are available free of charge. Download or request a catalog online (part number 78466) at www.bannerengineering.com.

Micromax has been providing high technology electronic products and automation solutions to Australian industry for more than 45 years. For more information, contact Micromax at 5 Orangegrove Ave, Unanderra, N S W 2526; FreeCall 1800 634 766; Ph (02) 4271 1300; Fax (02) 4271 8091 Email: wollongong@micromax.com.au