Motion Control and Automation

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SCARA Robot PowerCON IXP & RCP4 Gripper

An affordable SCARA robot IXP series with stepper motors. Utilizes technology from the PowerCON 150 (PCON-CA) controller for high performance at lower cost.

Omron Software

This very short video is going to show you how to update your Omron programming software packages, either Sysmac Studio or CXOne.

Modular Automation from Oriental Motor

Introducing the modular automation line of products from Oriental Motor. Modular automation is a rapidly expanding form of automation where traditional assembly lines are transformed into modular assembly lines using automation products designed for DC power or battery input.

The 221 Series from Wago – Flexible, Fast and Safe.

How To Setup Camming with IAI RCON EtherCAT Motion and Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to setup camming with IAI EtherCAT Motion with an Omron Machine Automation Controller N series PLC.

How to Setup Aventics EtherNet/IP DLR G3 with Omron Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video shows how to setup pneumatics EtherNet/IP G3 with an Omron Machine Automation Controller N series PLC.

Unboxing and Installing a Dual Ported Exhaust Kit to a Centura Chamber Pneumatic Manifold

The Valin Dual Ported Exhaust kit works with any manifold that includes the AVENTICS™ AV03 valves.

How to Setup Aventics 580 Ethernet/IP DLR with Omron Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to set up Aventics 580 Ethernet IP DLR with Omron Machine Automation Controller N series PLC.

Omron NX Safety Controller: Transfer project to Stand-Alone NX-SL3*

This video is going to show how to transfer the program and configuration to a standalone safety PLC from Omron.

Balluff Demo Van

Check out the new and improved Balluff Demo Van. Complete with an array of products featuring safety, IO-Link, RFID, metalworking, level sensing, and more. Keep an eye out in your area for the demo van as it travels across the US.

How to Change the IP Address of the Network Card on Your PC

This short video is going to show how to change the IP address of the network card on your PC.

This video is going to show how to write to an IO link device using function blocks inside the PLC program. 

What is a Servo System?

What a servo system is, why it is needed and the variations of their configurations.

Episode # 72: The Process of Sizing an Electric Actuator: A Basic Example

We work through a basic actuator sizing example with basic requirements to show what the process is like.

Cause of Vibration in Stepper Motors

When a stepper motor makes a move from one step to the next, the rotor doesn't immediately stop. the rotor actually passes the final position, is drawn back, passes the final in the opposite direction and continues to move back and forth until it finally comes to a rest. We call this "ringing" and it occurs every single step the motor takes.

Configuring Omron's NX-SL3 Safety Controller To Use Standard I/O In The Safety Program

This short video is going to show how to configure the system so that you can use standard inputs in your safety program where needed.

What is AlphaStep AZ Series?

The AlphaStep AZ Series stepper motors offers high efficiency, low vibration and incorporates our newly developed Mechanical Absolute Encoder for absolute-type positioning without battery back-up or external sensors to buy.

This video is going to show how to create a project for the NX-SL3300 safety PLC from Omron Electronics when you're using it in the standalone mode.

How to Setup IAI RCON EtherCAT Motion with Omron Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to set up an IAI RCON EtherCAT Motion with an Omron Machine Automation Controllers N series PLC.

Introducing Oriental Motor's PKP Series Stepper Motor Flat Type

Flat type stepper motors are light weight and reduce footprint for applications where space is limited, such as an index table.  Both round-shaft and geared versions are available.

Equipped with Oriental Motor's compact reflective encoder technology, these stepper motors can provide feedback for motor position, speed, and direction for high accuracy closed loop operation.  See how they can help in a diverting conveyor application.

Introducing Oriental Motor's PKP Series with Electromagnetic Brake

The electromagnetic brake is located in the back and operates separately from the motor.

Introducing Oriental Motor's PKP Series High Resolution Type

High resolution type stepper motors double the full step resolution of standard motors and provides smoother rotation as well as better stop accuracy.  See how they can help in a dispensing and an imaging application.

IO Link: How to Set Omron IO Link Master to Auto Backup and Restore Device Parameters

This short video is just going to go over how to set the IO link master to automatically backup and restore the device parameters on an Omron N series PLC using an Omron IO link master.

This short video is going to show how to make the settings on the Omron IO link master so that it will verify the devices connected to it

IO Link: Changing Device Parameters With CX-Configurator FDT

This video is going to show you how to change your device settings using CX Configurator-FDT-FDT once you have your devices connected to an N series PLC using IO link.

IO-Link: How to Add IODD File for Non-Omron Device in Sysmac Studio

this very short video is going to show how to add an IODD file for a non owner on device into Sysmac Studio so that you can easily use it with IO link

Overview of Structured Data Types that are Used in Omron N Series PLCs with Sysmac Studio

This video is going to give an introduction and overview of Structure data types that are used in Omron’s N series PLCs with Sysmac Sudio.

How To Setup RFID Inc UHF S4 Reader with Omron Machine Automation Controller NX PLC

This video will illustrate how to setup IRFD Inc UHF Ethernet/IP S4 series reader with Omron Machine Automation Controller N series PLC.

IO Link: Simple Setup of IO Link Devices with Omron IO Link Master Using Sysmac Studio

This video is going to cover the simple setup and use of some IO link sensors with Omron's IO link master connected to an Ethercat bus coupler and then up to an NX series Omron PLC.

IO Link: What is it and Why is it Useful?

This is a very short presentation about what is IO link and why it's useful. There is a wealth of information on the Internet about IO link and the benefits of using it.

How to Make a Function Block for Omron’s C Series PLCs Using CX Programming Software

This video is going to show you how to make a function block for Omron’s C series PLCs using CX Programmer programming software for the C series PLCS.

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IXA High Speed SCARA with DDA Small Parts Pick and Place 00005 00006 Blur

Inventory Management Video

Avoiding unnecessary downtime is critical and part of keeping operations running as efficiently as possible is having a good handle on the inventory required. From valves and gauges to sensors and filters, there is a multitude of different parts and pieces of equipment associated with an industrial environment.

Omron’s MX-Z family of laser markers

Learn more about Omron's solutions for manufacturing challenges.

How to Setup MQTT Using MQTT Client Library of Omron MachineAutomation Controller NX/NJ

This video illustrates how to set up MQTT using MQTT client library function block of Omron machine, automation controller NX NJ series.

How to Setup Omron RFID V680S-HMD64-EIP with Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to set up an Omron RFID V680S-HMD64-EIP with machine automation controllers N series PLC.

Episode # 71: 4 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Servo or Stepper Motor

These are the four most important questions to ask when selecting either a servo or stepper motor for your application: speed, torque, inertia and power.

How to Setup Recipe in Omron NS Series HMI

This video will illustrate how to add recipe to Omron NS HMI.

Episode# 69: What is Load-to-Motor Inertia Ratio?

When sizing a motor, what is the load-to-motor inertia ratio?  And why does it matter?  What is an acceptable value?

Direct Drives vs Worm-Gear Driven

What is the difference between a direct drive and worm-gear driven rotary stage?  Which is better?

How to Connect an AVENTICS™ AES EtherNet/IP Coupler to Omron’s N Series PLC Over EIP

In this video is going to show how to use Sysmac Studio to configure an Ethernet/IP network to include an Aventics AES Ethernet/IP coupler with some valves attached to it to an Omron N series PLC.

This short video is going to show how to change the IP address of an N series PLC using Sysmac Studio so that you can communicate with it over Ethernet using your PC's Ethernet port.

Episode# 68: What is an Electro-Hydraulic Actuator?

Understanding the blend of electric and hydraulic technologies.

How to Setup IAI RCON EtherCAT Gateway with Omron Machine Automation Controller N Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to set up an RCON EtherCAT Gateway with an Omron Machine Automation Controller N series PLC.

What is a Hydraulic Actuator?

How a hydraulic actuator is similar, yet different, from pneumatic actuators.

Episode# 66: What is a Pneumatic Actuator?

How a pneumatic actuator moves, creates force, various types and constructions, what is required in a system, and the pros and cons.

What is an Electric Actuator?

The basics of what an electric or electromechanical actuator is and the various technologies that this encompasses.

How to Setup Ethernet IP Explicit Messaging to Gather Data in Omron Machine Automation Controller

This video will illustrate how to set up explicit messaging in Ethernet IP using CIP function blocks to gather data from CJ2M-CPU33 and NX1P2 PLC to any machine automation controller, NJ or NX series PLC.

How to Connect an Aventics Air Valve Manifold to an Omron CJ PLC Over Ethernet IP

This video is going to show how to connect an Aventics AES Ethernet IP bus coupler with an Omron CJ PLC with Ethernet IP.

How to Connect Remotely to the K6CM via an mbNET Router

In this video, we show the overall process plus the gotcha at the end to connect from a laptop to the Omron K6CM vibration monitor through the cloud using MB Connect Line’s mbCONNECT24 cloud with an mbNET.mini secure remote router.

CJ2M-CPU33 and NX1P2 PLC to NJ or NX Series PLC

This video will illustrate how to set up Ethernet IP communication to gather data from an Omron CJ2M-CPU33 and NX1P2 PLC to a Machine Automation Controller, NJ or NX series PLC.

mbNETFIX Industrial Firewall Unboxing

In this video we unbox the mbNETFIX Industrial Firewall.

How to Use the IAI Servo Press, Mode 4: Speed Control Keep Incremental Load Stop

This short video is going to show how to use Intelligent Actuator’s “speed control-holding incremental load” motion mode on the IAI servo press product.

Linear Motors in Vertical Applications

Linear motor actuators are great…but we hesitate before using them in vertical applications.  We discuss why and what some solutions are.

xplosive materials and flammable gases can be a danger, especially if the equipment could ignite it.  So there are certain things we want to take a look at and understand for the actuators.

Electric Actuators for Multi-Axis Configurations

Multi-axis applications, applications where two or more actuators are connected together, do not necessarily need customized actuators.  But, we do a lot of engineering on how they go together.  We discuss factors and lessons to learn.

Episode # 61: Electric Actuators for Corrosive Environments

Wet environments may include caustic chemicals.  Sometimes all we have to do is protect the actuators.  Other times we have to modify the design a little bit or the materials used.  We take a look at the factors we’ll ask about.

Defining Traceability 4.0

Traceability 4.0 brings together information about people, process, equipment, and parts. OMRON's complete offering of products and technology help you Mark, Verify, Read and Communicate data in real time (MVRC), helping you achieve the highest level of manufacturing excellence.

How To Set Up SQL Function Blocks of Omron NX102-1020 with Microsoft SQL Express 2019

This video will illustrate how to use the function blocks of Machine Automation Controller. NX102-1020 to connect to the Microsoft SQL Express, and create a mapping, and also insert the data from the PLC to the database.

This video is going to discuss the use of Omron NX system units which are used when you're using the Omron, NJ or NX PLC's, or Ethercat couplers or Ethernet/IP couplers.

Electric Actuators for Clean Room Applications

Cleanroom applications have particular requirements for keeping the environment that they are in super clean in order to keep the products from being contaminated.  We discuss the various factors to consider in selecting the right actuator for the application.

Centura and Centura Ultima Chamber Pneumatic Manifold Unboxing Video

This video shows an unboxing of the Centura Ultima Chamber Pneumatic Manifold.

Secomea Data Collection Cloud (DCC)

DCC makes it easy to monitor and compare data collected from all devices. Start improving productivity with Secomea cloud solution!

How to Use the IAI Servo Press: Real Life Example

This video is going to show a short practical application of using two different modes with IAI servo press product. One will be “speed control-holding load”-or stopping at load-and speed control-stopping at distance-or “keeping distance”.

Episode # 58: Electric Actuators with Custom Stroke Lengths

Looking for an electric actuator with a specific stroke length?  We discuss the feasibility of producing custom stroke lengths using various technologies.

How to Setup an Omron Machine Controller NX102-1020 with a Microsoft SQL Express 2019

In this video we will learn how to install and configure the Microsoft SQL Express and set up the function blocks in the Omron Machine Automation Controller NX102-1020 with the database feature to log the data to the Microsoft SQL.

How to Use the IAI Servo Press, Mode 3: Speed Control - Load Stop

This video is going to show how to use the IAI Servo Press in the “Speed Control - Holding Load” mode.

How to Use the IAI Servo Press, Mode 2: Speed Control - Distance Stop

This video is going to show how to use Intelligent Actuator’s “Servo Press” product in the press motion mode of “Speed Control-Keeping Distance”.

Customizing Electric Actuators

Have you found an actuator that you like that you want but it just does not quite have everything that you need?  Maybe you wish you could tweak it just a little bit?

Overview of the 5 Program Steps in the IAI Servo Press Programming Cycle

This video is going to explain the five program steps in the IAI Servo Press programming cycle.

How To Connect to an Omron Safety Controller G9SP Remotely Via USB Using mbNET MDH811

This video will show you how to connect to an Omron G9SP safety controller remotely using the mbNET MDH 811. This will allow you to upload, and download the program as well as monitor program.

Overview of the Robo Cylinder® Software for IAI Servo Press Product

this video is an overview of the Robo Cylinder® software that is used with Intelligent Actuator Servo Press product.

Why is My Stepper Motor Skipping Steps or Stalling?

Are you struggling in getting the performance from your servo motor that you are expecting?  We discuss how the servo drive configuration can adversely affect your servo motor performance.

Episode # 55: How Can The Servo Drive Configuration Limit My Motor Performance?

Are you struggling in getting the performance from your servo motor that you are expecting?  We discuss how the servo drive configuration can adversely affect your servo motor performance.

Episode # 54: 5 vs 24-volt Logic for PLCs?

Should you use 5 or 24-volt logic with your devices and controllers?

How To Set Up an Ethernet/IP Comm To Receive 2D Matrix Code Between Omron V430 and CJ2M-CPU33 PLC

This video will show you how to set up Ethernet IP communications between an Omron. V430 code reader and an Omron PLC CJ2M-CPU33.

How to Use the Simulation Feature in the G9SP Configuration Software

This video is going to go over how to use the simulation feature in the G9SP configuration software.

Omron G9SP Series Safety PLC

This video is going to show how to start a project with the G9SP series of safety PLC's from Omron.

Find out the difference and why you’d use differential signals.

How to Use the Omron ZW 7000 Series to do a Thickness Measurement Using an Omron NX1P PLC

This video shows how to use the Omron, ZW-7000 series laser measurement sensor to do a thickness measurement using Ethercat and an Omron NX1P PLC.

Learn about different types, protocols, form factors and variations of feedback.

How to Install the NF3 Interlock Kit to a Centura Gas Box Pneumatic Manifold

This video will teach you how to install the NF3 Interlock Kit to a Centura Gas Box Pneumatic Manifold.

We take a broader, more philosophical, look at what feedback is, the types, and where to put it.

How to Take the NX Safety PLC from Program Mode to Run Mode

This video is going to show you how to take the NX Safety PLC from program mode through debug and then into the running mode where the machine will be shipped with the safety controller and the controller will operate to protect the machine.

We discuss five questions that typically should arise when trying to select a drive for a motor.

We address the most common questions asked by customers who are not getting the performance they expect to from their servo motors.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 46: What Thermal Protection Does My Motor Have?

The next step to understanding and solving performance problems that you may be having, like not getting enough torque or speed or burning up motors, is to understand the various thermal protection models that your drive and motor may have.

We dive into the finer details of how speed/torque curves are created.

To size and select a servo motor, understanding the speed/torques is crucial. We discuss the basics as well as address typical questions that arise.

Linear motors are linear version of rotary motors… but typically are the same technology as brushless servo motors. We look at the basic structure of a few different designs.

Endura Slit Valve Pneumatic Manifold Replacement

Valin has engineered a drop-in pneumatic manifold replacement that is a perfect solution for your aging fleet of Endura SVD Slit Valve 0010-20052 & 0010-70297 tools. The AC-150-2321 pneumatic manifold comes as a complete kit for ease of installation.

Piezo motors are an entirely different type of electric motor.  We look at the basic structure and how they operate.

at Types of Electric Motors Are there? Stepper Motors

Steppers motors are a specific type of synchronous electric motors.  We look at the basic structure of them and what makes a stepper motor a stepper motor.

Machine tending is the automated operation of industrial machine tools in a manufacturing plant using robotic automation systems.

The Motion Control Show, Ep #40: What Types of Electric Motors Are There? Brushless Servo Motors

Brushless servo motors are a specific type of synchronous electric motors.  We look at few different designs and compare them.

In this video I will show you how to set up Ethernet/IP communication to send a 2D Matrix Code for an Omron F430 Smart camera using AutoVISION software.

In this video is going to discuss why you would use a safety PLC instead of using safety monitoring relays for your machine safeguarding.

In this video is going to demonstrate how to exchange information between the safety PLC and the control PLC using exposed variables.

The Motion Control Show, Ep #38: What is Commutation?

In this video we're going to go into the more sophisticated topics of feedback and the different types of motors and how to control them.

John Brokaw helps us learn the difference between these types of motors plus how AC Induction and servo motors fit in.

How to Setup Ethernet/IP Communication Between Omron F430 Smart Camera and NX102-1020 PLC

This video will show you how to setup Ethernet IP communication to receive a 2D Matrix Code between an Omron F430 Smart Camera and NX102-1020 PLC.

How to Find and Change the IP Address for an Omron F430 Smart Camera

Hi, this video will illustrate how to find or change the IP address for Omron F430 smart camera.

This video is going to show how to create a simple program for E-Stop with a reset switch.

This video is going to step you through how to do a test run of a program written for the Omron NX safety controller.

How to Setup Multiple Omron NA HMI to Communicate with a Machine Automation Controller NX Series PLC

This video clip will illustrate how to set up multiple Omron NA HMI's to communicate to a Machine Automation Controllers N-series PLC.

Omron NX Safety Controller: Starting a Project

This video is going to show you how to start a project using Omron’s NX safety controller. There are a couple of those options for you but we’ll use the SX3 type safety controller and start a project for that.

Omron NX Safety Controller: Setting Up the IO

This video is going to show you how to set up the IO for the NX safety controller from Omron.

Meet Omron's F3SG – SR Safety Light Curtain

The F3SG-SR series offers a complete lineup of light curtains that comply with global safety standards and a wide range of functionality that covers all aspects from design through to maintenance.

What is an Electric Motor?

We address the basics of what an electric motor is.

We address the basics of what a drive is.

This short video will help you do your first pick and place application with the Omron TM Series robot.

This video adds to the program created in the video for manual pick and place to make it so that the robot can find the part and pick it up using the integrated vision system.

How to Calibrate the Camera on Omron's TM Robot

This video will show how to go through the calibration steps for the Omron TM Robot equipped with integrated vision system. Performing the calibration creates a workspace that is used in creating the vision work flow.

TM Robot Series: Tips and Info

This video has a collection of tips for using the robot and the TMFlow programming software.

How To Use Waypoints on the Omron TM Series Robot

This video shows how you can program an Omron TM Series Robot to do waypoints.

OMRON ECAT Improvement

This video illustrates how to set up a new redundancy function with Ring Topology for Omron Machine Automation Controller N-Series PLC and EtherCAT 1S Servos and EtherCAT coupler using EtherCAT Junction Slave.

HMI to controller communication may be one of the biggest surprises in your project to over-come.  Here are some factors to consider.

How To Find Out the IP Address of an Omron PLC

This video will illustrate how to find out the IP address of the PLC that you're talking to using a utility called middleware.

IAI RCP6 Actuators Performing Circular Interpolation

This video illustrates actuators performing circular interpolation using IAI RCP6 actuators, MCON EtherCAT Motion Controller, and Omron Machine Automation Controller N-series PLC.

For my 30th episode, I thought I'd celebrate by sharing a little bit of the goofs and fun and laughter and jokes and frustration that we've had along the way in making the first 29 episodes.

On the surface, converting fluid power (pneumatic and hydraulic) actuators to electric actuators is simple.  And it can be.  But, there are a few things that I've run into that tend to hold things up that you may want to be aware of right off the bat.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 27: How Does Abbe Error Effect the Straightness and Flatness Performance?

How well a linear actuator performs in its straightness and flatness is highly dependent upon its Abbe Error…that is the angular error caused by the rolling, pitching and yawing of the carriage as it moves.  But, why does it change the performance…and by how much?

Kyntronics SMART Hydraulic Actuators (SHA)

Fusing the Power of Hydraulics with the Precision of Servo Control SMART Hydraulics Actuators (SHA) for the Metal forming industry.

Swivellink's PLx

The PLx is a handheld device used for safety professionals to help validate the safety equipment on industrial machinery.

Spinea High-Precision Cycloidal Reduction Gearheads

Industry leading robot manufacturers, such KUKA, ABB and Comau, use Spinea gearboxes in their robot arms.

How to Access Omron PLCs, HMIs, and Temperature Controllers Remotely Using an mbNET MDH811 Router

Tom Trinh teaches how to access an Omron PLCs, HMIs and even Temperature Controllers remotely by using an mbNET MDH811 secure industrial router.

The Motion Control Show Episode 25: The Effect of Moment Loading on a Solution's Lifespan

Valin’s Bruce Ng continues the conversation on what happens to the lifespan of an actuator when important moment-loading information is omitted in Episode 25.

The Motion Control Show Episode 24: The Effect of Moment Loading on a Solution

We've talked about loading and moment loading and what we need to know in order to size and select an actuator properly. Interestingly enough, what we do as Application Engineers is to help you fill in all the gaps, all the what-you-don’t-knows. So, I've asked one of our Senior Application Engineers, Kent Martins, to go through a sizing and show you what he does.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 23: The Effect of Accuracy & Repeatability on a Solution

What happens if you use the incorrect terminology?  What if you say “accuracy” but need “repeatability”?  We interview Ray Marquiss in Episode 23 to find out.

special gripper scg

The Special Gripper SCG is particularly suitable for handling thin, porous and sensitive workpieces. The high volume flow of the gripper ensures secure holding even with porous material or workpieces that do not cover the entire suction surface.

The Motion Control Show Episode 22: Mitigating Risks in Mechanics

How do you mitigate your risks when sizing, selecting and designing mechanics?  How do you decide whether to make or buy your mechanics?  Here are some considerations.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 21: Linear Encoder Errors

You may be at the point of looking at adding feedback to your mechanics in order to make them more precise or to capture some of the errors I discussed last episode in Episode 20. But, you may also be wondering about some of the problems that can cause.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 20: Do I need feedback?

I have a question for you:  Do you embrace linear encoders?  Or do you avoid them whenever possible?  Or are you wondering what a linear encoder even is?  After all this sizing and selecting of mechanics, and even designing your own mechanics, you might be considering putting a feedback device on there and whether you should or not.

The Motion Control Show, Episode 19: What do I need to know to select mechanics?

LOSTPED is an acronym where LOSTPED stands for Load, Orientation, Speed, Travel, Precision, Environment and Duty Cycle.  But, what does it REALLY mean?

frameless motor integration

Frameless Kit Motors are the ideal solution for machine designs that require high performance in small spaces.  Kit motors allow for direct integration with a mechanical transmission device, eliminating parts that add size and complexity.  Use of Frameless Kit Motors results in a smaller, more reliable motor package.

ATX West

Valin is at ATX West February 11-13, 2020. Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim CA.

Valin Engineered Solution

In this video you will see just a few of Valin’s custom engineered solutions. A complete list of solutions includes integrated automation, electrical subassemblies, motion control subassemblies, robotic solutions, custom gantry systems, custom server solutions, control panels, valve assemblies, nitrogen generators, filtration systems, and custom heating solutions. 

ATX West — See Industry 4.0 in Real Life

Are you implementing automation at your company? Do you need technical education and expert advice to make major business decisions? Whether you're an engineer working in aerospace, a C-suite executive in manufacturing, or any other type of professional looking for solutions to streamline operations, the Automation Technology Expo (ATX) West will give you the education and connections needed to make the right choices for your projects or business.

Omron's TM Series Collaborative Robot

This video highlights Omron unique landmark technology and integrated vision in Omron collaborative robot to simply  pick and place the products when the products  are not presented in the same position. 

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
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
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
AlphaStep AR Series

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

Submitted by Corey Foster
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.

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

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

The Motion Control Show, Episode 1: Who Can Help Me?

This overview will help you to understand the differences between industrial automation manufacturers, representatives, distributors and integrators…and who you want to reach out to for help.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Adept Cobra SCARA robots assembling small consumer brushes

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Inventek Engineering presents The Fully Automatic Flexible Bottling System.