Discrete Manufacturing
Omron's NX Series CIP safety network controller with EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP capabilities is ideal for IIoT hard-wired mechanical devices such as position detection switches for determining robot placement. Courtesy: Omron
Discrete Manufacturing December 11, 2018

Safety network controller for IIoT mechanical devices

Omron's NX Series CIP safety network controller with EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP capabilities is ideal for IIoT hard-wired mechanical devices such as position detection switches for determining robot placement.

By Omron
Courtesy: Honeywell
Discrete Manufacturing December 9, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 3-9

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, leveraging process simulation, implementing a linear motion application, getting stronger process readings, and AR and VR were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 3-9, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mechatronics
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
Mechatronics December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
Machine Safety
Machine Safety December 17, 2018

ABB to realign around digital industries

Four divisions focus on robotics, electrification, industrial automation, and motion.

By Bob Vavra
Motors, Drives
Applied Motion Products' HX56-100 hazardous location stepper motor is certified for use in hazardous locations such as oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications. Courtesy: Applied Motion
Motors, Drives December 13, 2018

Stepper motor certified for hazardous locations

Applied Motion Products' HX56-100 hazardous location stepper motor is certified for use in hazardous locations such as oil, gas, printing, and paint finishing applications.

By Applied Motion
Sensors, Vision
Stanford University researchers have developed technology that makes it possible for robots to touch a delicate berry or handle a pingpong ball without squashing them. Courtesy: Bao Lab
Sensors, Vision December 8, 2018

Electronic glove gives robots a sense of touch

Researchers have developed an electronic glove with sensors that mimic human skin, helping robotic hands achieve some of the manual dexterity humans enjoy. See video.

By Tom Abate
Robotics
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics December 17, 2018

As robotics industry grows, so do system needs

Solidifying best practices becomes the key to successful integration.