Category 4 Light Curtain provides safety, performance and innovative features

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Norstat now offers a category 4 Light Curtain that provides competitive performance and innovative features all in a robust, compact housing.

The EOS4 features a compact aluminum housing measuring only 30 x 28 mm that can detect a finger, hand or whole body as well as utilize a multibeam function for access control. The EOS4 has easy connection and installation thanks to M12 connectors, come standard with 2 safety PNP static outputs as well as hardware configuration which eliminates programing.

The EOS4 Light Curtain line includes models with integrated safety functions including, self-monitoring of static outputs, control of external contactors as well as an automatic/manual selectable restart function. Primary/Secondary models are also available for cascade connections of two or more units. The EOS4 is also available in Vibration Resistant models, Explosion Proof ATEX model or with a watertight, Food Graded, IP 69K Certified enclosure making these light curtains ideal for robotic cells, textile, assembly lines, food processing as well as cutting, punching or pressing applications.

The EOS4 conforms to safety levels SIL3, SILCL3, PL e and Category 4, has an operating temperature range of -10° C to +55° C and carries a Protection rating of IP 65/IP 67 at the same time while also being highly resistant to infiltration by dust and liquids.


Cisco Acquiring Epsagon, Anexinet Buying Cisco Partner Light Networks

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Epsagon will play a key role in expanding and accelerating Cisco’s full-stack observability strategy.

Cisco is acquiring Epsagon, a provider of distributed tracing solutions for applications and technologies, including containers and serverless environments.

Epsagon will play a key role in expanding and accelerating Cisco’s comprehensive full-stack observability strategy. According to Globes, Cisco is shelling out $500 million for Epsagon.

Liz Centoni is Cisco‘s executive vice president, chief strategy officer and general manager of applications.

“Epsagon’s technology and talent align well with Cisco’s vision to enable enterprises to deliver unmatched application experiences through industry-leading solutions with deep business context,” she said.

When the acquisition closes, the Epsagon team will join Cisco’s strategy, incubation and applications group.

Cisco’s Full-Stack Observability Approach

A Cisco spokesperson tells us Cisco’s approach to delivering full-stack observability starts with its core SaaS solutions. Those include AppDynamics, ThousandEyes and Intersight.

“Epsagon’s talent and technology will complement Cisco’s work on full-stack observability for cloud-native environments, across multiple telemetry types including metrics, events, logs and traces with support for open standards,” the spokesperson said. “These demonstrated abilities, particularly distributed tracing, with an eye toward monitoring and troubleshooting cloud-native workloads in real time, will accelerate Cisco’s roadmap of capabilities for full-stack observability.”

Keep up with the latest channel-impacting mergers and acquisitions in our M&A roundup.

Cisco has always pursued growth through a strategy of acquisitions, investments, internal innovation and partnering relationships, the spokesperson said.

“Delivering the best full-stack observability portfolio of products to our customers will continue to be a priority and we will be aggressive in how we support this important area for customers be it with internal innovation, acquisitions, investments and or partnering relationships where appropriate,” the spokesperson added.

Anexinet Acquiring Cisco Partner

Also this week, Anexinet announced its upcoming acquisition of Cisco partner Light Networks. The acquisition will allow Anexinet to leverage its artificial intelligence (AI), process automation and digital solutions alongside Light Networks’ UCaaS, CCaaS and network/telecom solutions to elevate digital interactions for their customers, employees and partners.

Anexinet didn’t say how much it paid for Light Networks.

Light Networks’ specific customer experience and workplace modernization solutions are complementary to Anexinet’s core solutions.

Brian Glahn is Anexinet‘s CEO.

“The acquisition of Light Networks, following our acquisition of SereneIT in Atlanta, demonstrates Anexinet’s rapid growth trajectory and commitment to best-of-breed, innovative solutions for our clients,” he said. “The company’s engineering-led approach will expand Anexinet’s portfolio with unique voice, video and collaboration capabilities, while also significantly adding depth to our networking abilities with Cisco engineering expertise.”

Light Networks will expand Anexinet’s footprint in the southeastern United States.

Robby Paul is Light Networks‘ co-founder.

“Anexinet’s methodology and client-first culture is perfectly aligned with our culture, making them an ideal partner,” he said. “We are excited to combine our contact center and collaboration expertise with Anexinet’s digital transformation and automation/AI capabilities.”

4-H having strong summer after ‘green light’

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Photo courtesy of Michelle Parrish United Way of Richmond County is only at 3% of their goal for this year of $250,000, all of which will go to support their local programs. To get involved, contact United Way of Richmond County Executive Director Michelle Parrish at [email protected] or 910-997-2173. Related Articles Millstone 4-H ready to go after a lost summer

This is part of a series of stories about United Way of Richmond County’s agencies. Their annual Day of Caring event will kick off on Friday, September 17, 2021. Each Saturday, look for stories featuring each of their agencies leading up to the event and learn how to get involved at

ROCKINGHAM — After getting the green light for in-person activities in June, 4-H of Richmond County has been busy hosting events for over local children.

This summer, 4-H partnered with Richmond County Schools for their summer program to plan daily STEM activities and field trips for K-5 students.

“It was all hands-on,” said 4-H Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Catherine Shelley. “Instead of just reading a science book all summer, the kids just made something.”

That included activities such as modeling rollercoasters using marbles and tracks, building robots and flying kites. A field trip to Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve allowed for children to learn about birds and trees during a hike.

4-H clubs such as the Livestock, Barnyard, Cooking Clovers (virtual) and Shooting Sports Clubs have still been able to meet regularly. From January to May of this year, all of their activities were virtual.

Millstone 4-H was able to operate through this summer at 50% capacity. Overall, Shelley said that 4-H has been able to have their normal amount of participants at their programs.

“Our Livestock Club is in full swing,” Shelley said. There are shows every Saturday between now and the state fair.

Shelley said that seven families are showing goats, and four families are raising turkeys to present at the fair.

The Shooting Sports club will be in “full swing” by Sept. 11. All 4-H enrollment and activities are free.

The Richmond County Goat Show will be held on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. The Egg-Cellent Egg Contest entry deadline is Sept. 10, and the program runs from Sept. 14 to Nov. 14.

October 3-9 is National 4-H Week. Shelley said that there will be many service projects available throughout the county that will be announced.

Individuals can enroll in 4-H activities at Shelley said parents can feel free to contact her at 910-471-0528.

“Once parents call me, and they can figure out what their kids are interested in, then I can give them a better path of ‘I think you should come to the Cooking Clovers Club, or we might have this upcoming event that might fit your kids needs,’” Shelley said.

Their annual fundraiser was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19, but Shelley said that any contributions, whether it’s financial, time or talent, are always appreciated. 4-H’s programming isn’t limited to the summer; they have year-round programming.

“Whatever your talent that you are capable of doing, and loving working with kids, we would love to talk to you,” Shelley said.

You can find more information about Richmond County 4-H at by calling 910-471-0528. United Way of Richmond County Executive Director Michelle Parrish can be contacted at [email protected] or 910-997-2173.

United Way’s local service organizations

The other United Way agencies are as follows:

• Leak Street Alumni

• Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center

• New Horizons Life and Family Services

• Sandhills Children’s Center UW

• Back Pack Pals

• Richmond County Rescue Squad

• Samaritan Colony

• Salvation Army

• Richmond County 4-H

• Red Cross

• Richmond County Schools Exceptional Children’s Department

• Boy Scouts of America

• Richmond County Aging Services

• Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills

• Our Daily Bread

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Reach Matthew Sasser at 910-817-2671 or [email protected]