Strategic implementation of sensors helps maximize a process from the start and equips operators with enough information to constantly be aware of everything happening in a line. So, what type of sensor(s) will work best for your environment?
on Thu, 05/14/2020
Looking for ways to support your systems more easily, more safely, and more quickly for your customers? Perhaps you are wondering what remote access technology is for industrial control systems.
on Wed, 11/20/2019
Automation of product testing with IAI hardware and EtherNet/IP communication successfully eliminates monotonous manual labor and human error.
on Tue, 10/15/2019
For automating machines that require only two to three axes of electric actuators, pulse outputs may be the simplest way to go.
on Tue, 09/03/2019
An operator in a fluid handling process is only as effective as his ability to work with a given controller. If there are factors that keep this individual from doing what is necessary for a smooth operation, adjustments need to be made.
on Tue, 08/13/2019
When manufacturing engineers are tasked with automating a process that is currently done manually, their main question for an automation supplier is, “Have you ever automated this specific process before?” In complex applications, the answer is typically, “no.” Even simple applications can be more complex than at first glance.
on Wed, 02/13/2019
Today, the average computer chip is comprised of more than 10 billion individual transistors that require more than 1,000 steps to assemble into working components. Estimates show that the loss of just one die per wafer can equate to more than U.S. $1 million in lost revenues each year. And, a major contributor of faulty dies is contaminant particles.
on Thu, 07/12/2018
Engineers building linear-motion systems can use ground-up DIY approaches or purchase complete turnkey solutions. Here we explain where each tactic is most profitable.
on Mon, 07/02/2018
Patlite innovation continues with improved functionality to drive productivity, improve efficiencies, and reduce waste. One of their basic themes is to help you make continuous improvements in your process. With that in mind, Patlite recently introduced the REVOLITE LA6 multi-informational signal tower.
on Thu, 03/08/2018
Robotics can be narrowed down to five types: Cartesian, Cylindrical, SCARA, 6-Axis and Delta. Each robotic type has specific elements that make them best-suited for different applications. The main differentiators among them are their speed, size and workspace. Knowledge of each type can help machine designers choose the best robot for their process.
on Tue, 12/19/2017
We think of routine care and maintenance of a system to stave off failures as standard practice, but what about preventive maintenance of the replacement parts used when the system does fail?
on Tue, 10/31/2017
Using lean principles in manufacturing is an important element when trying to reduce waste, control costs and ensure timely deliveries to customers. However, this concept of trimming back unnecessary work and reaping the production benefits can also be applied at an individual level in production lines or assembly rooms.
on Wed, 07/05/2017
Employing flexible automation technology now is vital for companies to sustain growth, keep a diverse range of products flowing through their lines, and minimize downtime with product changeovers. Advances in industrial technology and the overall evolution of automation over the past century have been unprecedented.
on Mon, 05/01/2017
For automation applications, one of the larger misconceptions in the industry today is that when someone uses the phrase “motion control,” they can just as easily use the term “robotics,” as if the two are interchangeable. Click on the "Read More" button below to read the full article featured in Product Design and Development Magazine.
United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications. The new One Series 1XTXSW transmitter line is the first to integrate HART 7 compatible 4-20 mA output and two solid-state programmable relays for monitoring temperature or pressure in safety, alarm and emergency shutdown applications.
on Thu, 09/10/2015
As electronics and technologies become smaller and more intricate, manufacturing engineers are running into new challenges in automating manufacturing processes. The challenges of manufacturing new products extend beyond the capabilities of precise motion control mechanics to include the control of environmental factors.
on Fri, 09/04/2015
Omron has been providing automation solutions for more than 80 years. Their washdown rated products and extreme washdown products in the IP69k protection class help you deliver safer solutions to your customers.
Workplace safety is—or should be—a primary focus of every organization, regardless of whether we’re talking about a classroom, an office, a manufacturing facility, or an oil rig. Employees deserve a workspace that is as safe and secure as it can possibly be.
Sysmac is the latest machine automation platform from Omron with integration throughout: from controller to software.
on Mon, 08/03/2015
Advantech’s new 12.1” and 15” TPC-1251T/1551T touch panel computers are the latest of their type to use the Intel® Atom™ E3827 1.75 GHz Processor and to feature the much heralded iDoor Technology, a truly flat screen and a multitude of I/O ports while being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures.
on Mon, 08/03/2015
Advantech ProView Ethernet Switch is a SCADA manageable switches which are the convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.
on Wed, 07/29/2015
Meet Parker's new mSR (miniature square rail) linear motor positioner. The mSR integrates dual square rails for guidance, with one of two different linear motor technologies, and up to six different encoder technologies.
on Thu, 03/05/2015
Advice follows on using proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning for motion control and robotics. High-end robotics with high dynamics and reasonably high accuracy of movement almost always require the use of these control algorithms for operation.
on Mon, 01/26/2015
IAI's new IXP Series Robots cost around 1/2 of that of a conventional model due to the adoption of the pulse motors. The IXP achieves a payload equivalent to that of a conventional model by adopting high-output drivers. All IXP models come standard with battery-less absolute encoders.
on Mon, 12/15/2014
An HMI that is expressive, intuitive, and easy to implement makes industrial machines more attractive and competitive. The Omron Sysmac NA Series HMI enables faster, more efficient control and monitoring - and a more natural relationship between operator and machine.
on Mon, 12/15/2014
With air cylinders, a compressor is operated with electricity to generate compressed air, and generated air is supplied though a line to the air cylinder where it is then converted to linear-motion force. This mechanism is subject to significant energy loss.
on Tue, 10/28/2014
As the automation and motion control needs of industries using control and drive functions continue to change and progress, the technology that meets those needs must adapt to the growing demand for connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency, all while maintaining a high level of quality and durability.
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