Motion Control and Automation

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Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 11/26/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 18: End of Travel and Home Sensors vs Absolute Encoders

A common topic when putting together a motion control system and a gantry is whether to use end-of-travel limit switches, home sensors or absolute encoders. This really depends upon the application. So, let's talk about the pros and cons.

Submitted by Tom Trinh || Valin Corporation
on Mon, 11/18/2019
MBNet Industrial Router

In this video, Tom Trinh explains how it is possible to troubleshoot, transfer program, and connect to an HMI remotely by using the MBNet Industrial Router.

Submitted on Mon, 11/18/2019
Omron LD 250 Mobile Robot

The new LD-250 mobile robot from Omron can handle a payload of 250kg and is the strongest and newest addition to their LD series of mobile robots.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 11/15/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 16: Take the Mounting into Consideration

When we size, select, and design gantry systems such as this one, we must make sure that we take into account the whole framing that this is going to be mounted on.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 11/15/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 17: The Holistic Approach

You cannot just start on the mechanics, pick the motors, pick the drives, pick the controls, pick the HMI.  First you must understand everything all together.  Since we're talking about mechanics, there's a few things we need to kind of jump on right off the bat.  To figure out the holistic approach, there's a lot more to it.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 11/08/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 13 How many motors do I need for parallel axes on my gantry

One of the things that can really trip people up with sizing and selecting a gantry system is whether they need one or two motors for the X and X-prime. In this video we will shed some light on this topic.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 11/08/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 14 Don't forget cable management

A very important factor to keep in mind when sizing your gantry system is the cable management and cable lengths you'll need. If you think about it, we're going to need cables to span throughout every axis of motion.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 11/08/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 15 Ballscrews vs Belt Pulleys vs Linear Motors

Back in Episode 6, I explained to you the different types of linear mechanics.  This included ballscrews, belt & pulleys, linear motors and even rack & pinion.  I get the question all the time: which linear mechanics do I use?

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
on Tue, 11/05/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 12 - What does a gantry look like?

After taking a break from mechanics for a few episodes, we're returning to the idea of a gantry. But, you may wonder what a gantry looks like. For an explanation of that, we're going to turn to Valin’s own Michael Reynaud with a special animation by Valin’s Cassidy in order to show you what a gantry looks like.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 10/31/2019
The Motion Control Show, Episode 11 EMC Installation - Selecting a Mains Filter

I am continuing my conversation with you about EMC installation. We talked about electrical noise, where it comes from and how we control it. We talked about the reasons for Mains filters. Now I'm going to talk a little bit about how to select Mains filters and unfortunately, it's a real black art.

Submitted by Dillon Caruso
on Wed, 10/23/2019
How to Set Up and Get Motion from IAI's Elecylinder

In this video, we'll show you how to set up and get motion from IAI's Elecylinder.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Tue, 09/03/2019
The Motion Control Show, Ep 10: EMC Installation - Why Do I Need a Mains Filter?

Continuing on talking about electrical noise, I often times have suggested mains filters to customers and they say, “Well I'm not shipping my system to Europe so I don't need it.”  But there are very good reasons for putting a mains filter on your system even when you're not shipping it to Europe.  Let's take a look at this.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Tue, 08/27/2019
The Motion Control Show, Ep 9: EMC Installation - Preventing Electrical Ghosts

Today we're taking a break from all the mechanical topics we've been talking about and let's talk about an electrical one: electrical noise.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Tue, 08/06/2019
Specsmanship - Load ratings using bearning life curves

What is specmanship?  Why do we care?  Well, in case you haven’t noticed, the catalog specs are not always straight forward as they appear.  Let's look at a couple examples.

Submitted by Oriental Motor
on Thu, 08/01/2019
AlphaStep AZ Series

The AlphaStep AZD-K Stepper Motor Drivers offer 24/48 VDC input voltage, high functionality and closed loop control.

Submitted by Oriental Motor
on Thu, 08/01/2019
AlphaStep AR Series

Oriental Motor's AlphaStep closed loop control systems perform accurate positioning operations with ease.

Submitted by Corey Foster
on Thu, 07/25/2019
The Motion Control Show Episode 7

We're continuing to talk about terminology and this time we're talking about rotary mechanics.  I’m Corey Foster of Valin Corporation.  Let's talk about this.

Submitted on Wed, 05/29/2019

A very short introduction to using an Advantech WebOp HMI with an Omron NX1P2 using the PLC tags.

Submitted on Tue, 05/21/2019

Are your sensors regularly coming into contact with cutting oil, causing them to break down quickly?

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

You've been asked to put together a gantry or some mechanical motion control system and you probably have no idea where to start because there's so much to do and so much information out there. Let me help you narrow it all down a little bit.

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

You may be wondering what the main components are that you need to make a motion control system. What are the minimum number of components you need?

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

Before we dive into the meat of the matter of sizing and selecting mechanics, there are some basic concepts we need to understand: namely the force, torque, moment, inertia, and axes of motion.

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

As we dive further into sizing and selecting mechanics, there are a couple of terms that are extremely important in understanding the requirements of an application.

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

We're continuing on with talking about some of the basic terminology and things you need to know in order to be able to size your own mechanics and gantry. We cover motion requirements and a summary at the end of the last several episodes.

Submitted on Fri, 05/17/2019

We've been talking about a lot of different basic terminology.  Now we're going to talk about just some basic types of linear mechanics.

Submitted on Fri, 05/03/2019

In this video, Omron shows us how to use the built in camera in the integrated vision system for your application.

Submitted on Thu, 05/02/2019

In this video, Omron teaches the basics of how to make the TM Collaborative Robot move.

Submitted on Thu, 05/02/2019

In this video, Omron teaches you how to program the TM Collaborative Robot using Flowchart Software.

Submitted on Thu, 05/02/2019

In this video, Omron shows us how to use grippers with the TM Collaborative Robot.

Submitted on Thu, 05/02/2019

In this video, Omron teaches how to create an application that utilizes the camera and the vision system on the TM Collaborative Robot.

Submitted on Thu, 05/02/2019

In this video, Omron shows you how to unbox the TM Collaborative Robot and do the initial set-up.

Submitted on Mon, 04/22/2019

As you may know, electric actuators provide a lot of benefits over pneumatic actuators. For example, you may be able to carry out different stroke lengths using software, or hardware such as a programmable logic controller (PLC). However, some electric actuators only come pre-programmed with two ‘stroke-length’ positions, intending to be cost effective without the software or hardware requirement.

Submitted on Fri, 04/05/2019

Check out Parker's virtual reality demo showcasing a working manufacturing floor and a product showroom where you can interact with a full host of their products.

Submitted on Mon, 03/18/2019
2-Phase Bipolar Stepper Motor CVD Driver

The new 2-Phase Bipolar Stepper Motor CVD Driver offers superior performance and value and is ideal for OEM or single axis machines. T

Submitted on Mon, 03/18/2019

This video shows how to install gripper and tensioner for the Omron ER and XER series rope pull emergency stop switches.

Submitted on Wed, 02/20/2019
Omron FHV7 Industrial Smart Camera

Omron’s new FHV7-series smart camera features the world’s first multi-color light alongside a best-in-class 12-megapixel high-resolution image sensor to achieve the industry’s highest standards of precision in vision inspections on a high-mix production line.

Submitted on Fri, 01/11/2019

Safe and transportable, this robotic solution boasts quick startup, easy changeover and advanced, built-in vision.

Submitted on Wed, 12/05/2018
Advantech's Wzzard™ Wireless Sensor Network

Learn how simple it is to get started with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) with Advantech's Wzzard Wireless Sensor Network.

Submitted on Wed, 08/29/2018

The Iwaki Pump Engineering Team, originators and holders of many pump patents, proudly introduces their newest design innovation. After years of thorough testing and successful operation, Iwaki Air has now completely re-designed the Air Motor to include the new Looped C Spring Spool.

Submitted on Fri, 08/24/2018

Corey Foster demonstrates how Valin's products and services can tie into the concept of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Submitted on Thu, 08/16/2018

Wzzard Mesh Gen 2 models have the ability to monitor temperature, humidity and vibration, and can accommodate virtually any industry-standard external sensors.

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

This system rolls hexagonal socket head setscrews (hereinafter referred to as "setscrews"). Air cylinders are used to introduce material to the rolling machine and remove processed setscrews from the machine.

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

A loader/unloader for a press machine that produces lids for cans. It loads the material in the material feeder to the press machine and unloads the pressed products to the product chute.

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

Reduced line operating hours by approx. 25% due to vibration-free stopping and high-speed operation Improvements achieved by electric linear actuators

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

Changing the speed during movement to reduce the cycle time by 20%. Cardboard boxes containing CDs travel on a conveyor. There are five different types of cardboard boxes, and each type contains different CDs. Boxes are sorted by type and transferred onto five product conveyors.

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

A simple system configuration to reduce the cycle time by 44%. Material, round bars, are checked for outer diameter before a process of rolling machine.

Submitted on Tue, 04/17/2018

This system produces frames by bonding resin parts. A total of four locations are bonded. Adhesive is applied to the end faces of resin frame parts. Then, the end faces of the frame parts are pressed together to be joined.

Submitted on Mon, 04/16/2018
Easy Automation Concept Vol.4 - Deburring Systems

This system removes burrs around holes drilled in a pulley*1. Eight locations are deburred. The deburring brush attached to the motorized spindle*2 is used to remove the burrs along the edge of holes.

Submitted on Wed, 03/07/2018

An OMRON Adept Quattro Robot and an OMRON Adept Cobra s800 inverted robot in an in-house demonstration using dual conveyor tracking and vision.

Submitted on Wed, 11/22/2017

STOBER, a recognized leader in reliable engineering and uncompromised support. Their gearboxes for motion control and power transmission applications are built on German engineering and are specified, assembled, painted and shipped right here in Kentucky. But the true mark of reliability is proven over time.

Submitted on Fri, 11/03/2017

Part feeding can be a complex challenge. It's especially costly and time consuming when you need to change parts often. Not anymore!

Submitted on Fri, 11/03/2017

In this video, Omron demonstrates its ongoing focus on innovative packaging solutions that advance manufacturing and productivity through integration of robots with sensing, control, motion and safety capabilities.

Submitted on Fri, 11/03/2017

The Omron PackXpert Solution brings together Omron’s complete line of robotic automation products into a single, fully integrated packaging system.

Submitted on Fri, 11/03/2017

If you are involved in manufacturing or packaging, you know that implementing and maintaining a robotic automation solution is no small task.

Submitted on Tue, 08/01/2017

Advantech 21.5" Full HD TFT LED LCD Industrial Multi-Touch Stainless Steel Panel PC meets the IP69K test for food & beverage industry.

Submitted on Thu, 06/01/2017

Omron's IPC Machine Controller combines proven machine automation with the freedom to use PC technology: working together but independently.

Submitted on Wed, 05/31/2017

Introducing the CT4 Cartesian Robot, a high speed cartesian pick and place unit intergrated with a vision system so that it can pick up parts out of a random work area and place them down into an array.

Submitted on Fri, 05/26/2017

The Omron LD Mobile Robot is a self navigating Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed for dynamically moving material in challenging environments.

Submitted on Fri, 05/26/2017

Omron's Adept Lynx is self navigating Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed for dynamically moving material in challenging environments that may include confined passageways as well as dynamic and peopled locations.

Submitted on Fri, 03/24/2017

An invert mounted Adept Viper 6-axis robot in a pick-and-place demo, using vision guidance and conveyor tracking.

Submitted on Fri, 03/24/2017

Adept Cobra SCARA robots assembling small consumer brushes

Submitted on Fri, 03/24/2017

High Speed Adept Quattro Robots Used in chocolate manufacturing at a production facility in Japan. This video demonstrates the unmatched speed of the Adept Quattro robot and technical achievements in robot system performance.

Submitted on Wed, 03/15/2017

Introducing Advantech's WISE-4012E. Advantech's new generation of remote I/O & sensing devices bring an IT oriented spirit to the market.

Submitted on Tue, 01/31/2017

1S is a servo system designed to optimize the full cycle, through the machine design, installation and commissioning tasks and finally to the maintenance once in production.

Submitted on Thu, 01/12/2017

This is the current inter-conveyor transfer process for a relay manufacturing line.

Submitted on Thu, 01/12/2017

This process is where soy milk and brine are mixed in the tofu manufacturing line.

Submitted on Thu, 12/01/2016

The Hornet 565 is a parallel robot (also called delta robot) for high-speed picking and packaging applications.

Submitted on Thu, 12/01/2016

The use of robots in packaging applications continues to grow. Omron Adept is proud to introduce their latest high-speed packaging robot to the market, the Hornet 565.

Submitted on Mon, 11/14/2016

This video shows how to integrate EKI-5500 switch into a PROFINET environment.

Submitted on Mon, 11/14/2016

Advantech entry-level managed switch products support media redundancy protocols including EtherNet/IP real time standard.

Submitted on Wed, 02/10/2016

In this video, Chris Sullivan talks about the delicate blend between Automation and the Human Factor to ensure safety measures. Each factor is just as important as the other.

Submitted on Fri, 08/14/2015

For 40 years Valin has been a resource to our customers providing the knowledge and expertise to help make your process more efficient and more profitable. We have the skills and knowledge to assess your company and manufacturing processes, before coming up with expert solutions to your downtime issues.

Submitted on Fri, 06/26/2015

Brian Sullivan, Director of Sales, Technology at Valin Corporation, discusses the importance of repeatability,  reliability, consistency, and accuracy.

Submitted on Wed, 06/17/2015

Patrick Bartell, Vice President of Sales, Oil and Gas at Valin Corporation, discusses the benefits of updating legacy systems.

Submitted on Mon, 01/26/2015
schmalz demo

Schmalz is one of the world’s leading suppliers in automation technology, handling technology and clamping technology. This video demonstrates Schmalz Jumbo Ergo, Jumbo Sprint and Jumbo Flex products.

Submitted on Mon, 10/01/2012

Inventek Engineering presents The Fully Automatic Flexible Bottling System.