Sectional valves are the most versatile and configurable valve type for hydraulic systems, but a monoblock brings many added benefits when properly applied.
Designing a frame to accept a hydraulic direct wheel drive system will greatly increase the available space for other system components.
Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements.
Robotic automation has become more focused on collaboration with humans, which has caused companies to improve robot grippers for safety reasons.
Be especially careful with the minor servicing exception in the Lockout/Tagout standard from OSHA. Certain kinds of “minor” activities that occur during normal production operations may not be covered by LOTO (but are covered under other OSHA standard provisions) and other “minor” activities are covered by LOTO; do you know which?
Enabling integrated plant performance management is becoming easier with new tools available to widen optimization of individual units or areas.
Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers that can automatically select their own tuning parameters sound good, but face challenges.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) equipment should be integrated even into older manufacturing systems to optimize facility and system operations. Think you’re using IIoT technologies? Are you adding sensors in 12 steps or 6 steps?
Among the most important standards for industrial motion control are open networking standards for interoperable communications, but don’t overlook the importance of standard naming conventions to ease system integration and promote Industrial Internet of Things and similar initiatives.
Inside machines and embedded systems: New technologies will drive the digital factory of the future inside a machine in three ways. Greater efficiency and reliability will add value; new services will add revenue.