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Aerojet Rocketdyne is using metal 3D printing technology from Velo3D to make a critical flight component lighter, smaller and cheaper than its predecessors.
Flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) can improve overall operations and throughput quality by adapting to real-time changes and situations.
Researchers have found direct evidence of electron correlations in a two-dimensional material called ABC trilayer graphene.
MIT researchers have found a way to make carbon fiber could turn refinery byproducts into high-value, ultralight structural materials for cars, aircraft and spacecraft.
North Carolina State University researchers have created ionogel materials that are stretchable, tough and can be 3D-printed.
Penn State and Sandia National Laboratories researchers leveraged three dimensions of design space to create and test a metamaterial with robust optical properties.
Control Engineering is producing 10 print/digital editions this year and we want to ensure you have easy access to as much content as ever with two Control Engineering Inside editions in 2022, January and November.
Chinese manufacturing is struggling to keep pace after a very strong 2020 due to heavy levels of demand, but the overall picture remains positive.
North Carolina State University have developed a process that makes use of existing industry standard techniques for making III-nitride semiconductor materials, but results in layered materials that will make LEDs and lasers more efficient.
The University of Toledo Institute of Applied Engineering Research (IAER) is working on advanced manufacturing with a focus on additive manufacturing.
Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, machine control migrations, IIoT improves operations, SCADA benefits and improved sustainability were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 11-17, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Researchers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and North Carolina State University developed a model to help determine how to incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) technologies into spare part supply chains.
MIT researchers are integrating sensing capabilities into 3D printable structures comprised of repetitive cells, which enables designers to rapidly prototype interactive input devices. See video.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed materials that can transform into multiple different architectures, which could benefit applications ranging from construction to robotics. See video.
Advancing material technologies for printed hybrid electronics are highlighted for engineers.
Researchers have found a way to simultaneously increase the strength and ductility of an alloy by introducing tiny precipitates into its matrix, which can open avenues for advancing structural materials for manufacturing.
Engineers at MIT, Caltech, and ETH Zürich find “nanoarchitected” materials designed from precisely patterned nanoscale structures could be a basis for lighter, tougher alternatives to Kevlar and steel.
Additive manufacturing uses sophisticated motion controls and moves seamlessly from design to manufacturing; 3D printing with metal progresses.
Advanced motion controls, real-time sensing and monitoring, and quality assurance add value to additive manufacturing (3D printing) machines that use metals and can cost well over $1 million, and available through contract manufacturers.
More additive manufacturing is expected, lower costs, higher speeds with 20 part numbers available. Depending on the complexity of the part, the technology can print 60 to 100 times faster than other laser-based printing processes, allowing high-volume production.
MESA International is developing a smart manufacturing model that will provide specific recommendations on how people can be smart in their manufacturing endeavors.
Experimenting with digital technology, and then working to implement the best practices through coordinated governance, can help organizations better integrate technology in the workplace.
Imaging technique could enable new pathways for reducing concrete’s hefty carbon footprint, as well as 3D printing concrete.
Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have produced a free-standing membrane of the Heusler compound gadolinium-platinum-antimony and can induce magnetism in the thin membrane by straining it.
Rice University researchers adapted its laser-induced graphene technique to make high-resolution, micron-scale patterns, which could benefit on-chip microsupercapacitors, functional nanocomposites and microfluidic arrays.
Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a lens produced by electromagnetic methods that allows researchers to print structures on challenging surfaces.
Many chip manufacturers lack an overall digital transformation strategy and cannot make the move to smart manufacturing.
Researchers have developed a process for the ability to etch away and deposit high-resolution nanoscale patterns on two-dimensional layers of graphene oxide.
CU Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials just 5 nm thick, which they hope can help scientists design tinier and more efficient computer circuits, semiconductors and other technologies.
Kit-based absolute encoders (position sensors) can make stepper motors a lower-cost option to servo motors for many industrial machinery motion control applications.
Columbia university researchers develop technique that could transform additive manufacturing processes, enabling the printing of circuit boards, electromechanical components and robots.
Articles about returning to the office after COVID-19, silicone rubber face masks, cloud efficiency, benefits of learning ladder logic for industrial programming, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 13-July 19, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Ladder logic is challenging for industrial programming, but it is a valuable skill for engineers looking to enhance their skill set.
University of Illinois researchers developed synthetic structure-based color materials for polymer inks used in 3D printing.
Articles about COVID-19 effects on engineering jobs and job market, the 2020 career and salary survey, data flow, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 18-24, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Organizations that invest in people and technology for the future will be better prepared for the next wave of manufacturing, which continues to evolve due to COVID-19.
Colleges and universities have been helping out during the COVID-19 pandemic with research, assisting local hospitals and more. See video.
Which devices to use? A multi-tasking controller combines functions of a PC-based software controller with visualization, PC applications, and input/output connections. Combining a scalable human-machine interface (HMI) system, supervisory control and data acquisition, and other functions can add edge functionality.
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The purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) slid in April down to 41.5%, marking a contraction for the first time since 2009 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause turmoil in the markets and supply chain.
Manufacturing will look very different in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era, but the future is positive, according to a Purdue University supply chain expert.
A multi-tasking controller combines functions of a PC-based software controller with visualization, PC applications (Microsoft Windows or Linux), and central input/output connections in one compact device advancing digitalization efforts and standard, open connectivity.
Look at how engineers helped the Apollo 13 astronauts got home safely 50 years ago.
Texas A&M University has delivered 200 3D-printed diffusers for metered dose inhalers (MDI) to a Houston hospital to help with the demand for medical supplies brought on by the increasing number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases.
An MIT supply chain expert warns the effects of coronavirus, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, could have long-lasting ripple effects as the pandemic causes major disruptions to the supply chain.
The annual manufacturing event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Organizers plan to launch digital events leading up to the next annual show in April 2021.
The effects of coronavirus are having an effect on the supply chain, particularly when it comes to critical items like ventilators, which are in high demand right now.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discovered more properties of graphene sheets that can benefit manufacturers.
Even in the wake of COVID-19 (coronavirus), manufacturers still need human workers to manage the supply chain. The need for more automation and information is an opportunity for manufacturers.
Coronavirus is having a major effect on Chinese manufacturing in the short-term, but the long-term effects remain uncertain as the virus continues to have a global impact.
Manufacturing event delayed due to health concerns and major logistics issues due to the growing outbreak, which has largely impacted Europe and Asia.
Think Again: Engineering salaries and career tips, object-oriented programming, rate-predictive control, Internet of Things (IoT) and career advice were among top articles posted on the Control Engineering website during 2019.
Purdue University researchers have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a stronger form of nickel that could be used for automotive, medical and manufacturing applications.
MIT engineers have developed a method to produce aerospace-grade composites without the enormous ovens and pressure vessels, which can speed up the manufacturing of airplanes and other large composite structures such as wind turbine blades.
Scientists establish new nanofabrication platform for directing nanomaterial components of different natures into 3D arrays with prescribed organizations; demonstrate new enhanced optical and catalytic functionalities
Advancing innovation: One key player in the aerospace sector has brought reduced inventory cost by 95% with the use of additive manufacturing.
AddUp Group, a global machine and solutions provider for metal additive manufacturing (AM), and the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have reached an agreement to advance laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) technology.
Manufacturing index reaches lowest point in 10 years as new orders, production and employment contracts amid economic concerns.
Researchers at Georgia Tech and UL Chemical Safety have found the particles emitted from 3-D printers can have a negative impact on indoor air quality (IAQ) in facilities.
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a method that could make reproducible manufacturing at the nanoscale possible, enabling new potential applications.
Researchers from Georgia Tech have developed a nanoscale 3-D printing technique designed to fabricate tiny structures a thousand times faster than conventional two-photon lithography (TPL) techniques without sacrificing resolution.
Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC naming conventions, digital engineering practices, RPC and model-based control, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.
North Carolina State University researchers have found that a combination of steel composite metal foam (CMF) and epoxy resin has more benefits than the aluminum currently in widespread use for aircraft wings.
A team led by scientists at the University of Washington has designed and tested a 3D-printed metamaterial that can manipulate light with nanoscale precision, which could have a major effect on autonomous transportation as well as optical elements for displays and sensors in VR or AR headsets.
University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have found that fused deposition modeling (FDM) could strengthen the bonds of 3-D printed materials by as much as 200%.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a mechanism for bending, which might allow engineers to strengthen a material without running the risk of fractures.
A method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3-D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside and can sense their surroundings, store energy or perform other actions.
Navajo Technical University (NTU) received a hybrid controlled atmosphere system from Optomec for education, research and workforce development in advanced metal additive manufacturing.
ABB's board has appointed Björn Rosengren as chief executive officer (CEO) effective March 1, 2020.
Georgia Tech researchers are using a supersonic jet injector to accelerate nanoscale additive manufacturing used for applications such as electronic circuitry and superconducting materials.
Companies are using software to help realize many machine vision software developments such as ultra-high-dynamic-range imaging and self-analyzing algorithms.
Caleb Otto used his engineering background in NorthWind Technical Services’ pumpkin growing contest with an award-winning pumpkin that weighed almost 800 pounds. Research, formulas, calculations, and automation helped.
Successful skid integration for batch manufacturing operations can be challenging. Following best practices such as standardized communications and defining status feedback can make the process a much smoother one.
Cover story: Many young automation professionals are comfortable with object-oriented programming (OOP), but ladder logic remains the standard for industrial automation applications. See advantages and disadvantages of OOP and ladder logic.
North American sales of machine vision components and systems increased 19% year over year to $709 million in the first quarter of 2018, setting a record for quarterly sales, according to the AIA.
The European Union’s (EU’s) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) could drastically impact the way medical devices are made in the EU, particularly those produced using additive manufacturing (AM).
Machine vision has always been responsible for acquiring and processing an enormous number of gigabytes of image data, especially for industrial applications, and the cloud can help store it.
Articles about data analytics, building a small controls project, motor service factor, April hot topics, and building a process model were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 30 to May 6, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Articles about DCS implementation, IIoT's capabilities, remote monitoring for irrigation systems Big Data analytics, and ISA 88 evaluation were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 2-8, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Understanding the nuances of a shark could help improve the aerodynamic performance of planes, wind turbines, drones and cars, according to a team of evolutionary biologists and engineers at Harvard University, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of South Carolina.
Articles about ladder logic, optimizing manufacturing processes, the Engineers' Choice winners, alarm management, and safety standards for integrated manufacturing systems were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 5-11, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.
As machine vision crests a new wave of visibility across mainstream engineering communities, the exceptional growth of 2017 may one day be seen as a threshold moment—the year when everything changed and the only recalibration necessary might be what the industry expects is possible tomorrow.
Track and trace allows machine vision users to prevent counterfeit products by helping them determine the current and past locations of items and to determine which companies or customers have come into contact with them along the supply chain.
Quality drives productivity through process optimization, cost reductions, and intuitive quality controls.
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University are offering recommendations for improving sensor accuracy as the electrical grid becomes more complex.
Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2017 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, micro-controllers versus PLCs, the father of the PLC, robot standards, process analytics, the IoT and ERP, and process valve safety. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 20-26: Process valve safety, Engineers’ Choice finalists, wireless control, more
Articles about process valve safety, the Engineers' Choice finalists, wireless control, sensors and IIoT device implementation, and process control building blocks were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 20-26. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Embedded vision technology has the potential to help healthcare professionals identify disease more quickly and provide them with more accurate information about their patients.
The Nov. 9, 2017, “Motors and drives—working together efficiently” webcast presenters addressed questions not covered during the live event.
Machine vision software capabilities have expanded, and companies looking to expand their capabilities need to consider integration, ease of use, and costs when making a decision for their company.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 30 to November 5: Micro-controllers versus PLCs, father of the PLC, Engineers’ Choice finalists, more
Articles about micro-controllers versus PLCs, the father of the PLC, Engineers' Choice finalists, machine vision systems, and three modern HMI elements were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 30 to November 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Magnetostrictive linear position sensors are designed for advanced motion control implementations and, when used with a CANopen interface, are useful in wind turbine applications.
Sensors and networks are important to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations, according to experts at the Sensors Midwest conference. See how to turn sensor data into actions in four steps.
Automotive companies are turning to machine vision companies to help them master deep learning algorithms that help autonomous cars safely navigate public roadways while handling the heavy processing demands from the data being generated.
Structured light lasers can be useful for 3-D imaging in applications where the environment is unchanged and they have a strong measurement coverage area.
Electrical engineer best known for his work on the programmable logic controller (PLC) dies at 84.
Quality is a constant challenge for manufacturing companies, but focusing on business relationships, standards, and technology can help mitigate some of the challenges on the supply chain.
Machine vision companies are turning to two nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques: industrial radiography and thermography—to reflect the realities of the modern manufacturing floor.
Digital twin technology is a virtual representation of a physical asset in a manufacturing facility and this asset, which can be anything from a single control valve to a machine, a production line, or even an entire plant, helps makes predictive maintenance possible.
Respondents of the motors and drives survey from Control Engineering give 12 tips related to motor drives. Online see more advice.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 2-8: Modern HMI elements, VFD improvements, process engineers and analytics, more
Articles about three modern HMI elements, six VFD improvements, process engineers and analytics, Control Engineering hot topics, and IoT and maintenance were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting technology has steadily progressed, allowing machine vision customers to take advantage of improved uniformity, better thermal dissipation, increased wavelength availability, and lower costs.
Inverter and variable motor control technologies are being used to solve application challenges and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness in unexpected ways.
Machine vision has been helping the food and beverage industry improve accuracy and safety for several years, though there are a few segments that show hesitance toward the technology due to efficiency and cost concerns.
System integrators that perform machine vision maintenance for their customers can create better relationships by being proactive, thorough, and helpful when they are needed.
ABB, a supplier of robotics, process automation, and electrification components, recently announced its intent to acquire GE Industrial Solutions for $2.6 billion, and IHS Markit projects that this will expand the company's standing in the switchgear market.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 18-24: Differential pressure flowmeters, choosing sensors, IoT evolution, more
Articles about differential pressure flowmeters, choosing sensors, planning for IoT's evolution, digital manufacturing, and a safe autonomous robot were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Machine vision efficiency is at the core of production efficiency and it can be improved by considering lighting techniques, light wavelength and frequency, and more.
Control Engineering and Plant Engineering are honored to have discovered and to serve the 35 engineering professionals named as this year’s Engineering Leaders Under 40.
Rockwell Automation has elected president and CEO Blake D. Moret as the company's chairman by the board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Accurate machine run-time data helps determine why production goals aren’t met.
The auto cycle command in ladder logic allows the auto cycle to start in auto mode if no faults are present and for the cycle to stop only when the auto sequence has not been started.
Machine vision lighting is an aspect that is sometimes overlooked, but having an understanding of how it will look and what the visual settings and limitations are will be crucial to making the automated imaging system a success.
MIT researchers have developed a system that enables aerial drones to read radio frequency ID (RFID) tags from tens of meters away while identifying the tags’ locations with a small error window. The system is designed for use used in large warehouses for both continuous monitoring to prevent inventory mismatches and the ability to locate individual items.
IHS Markit predicts that global machinery production revenues will grow 2.2% in Q2 2017 as a result of broad-based improvements for most industries and that this trend will continue over the next several years.
Image processing software manufacturers are updating their products to meet increased demand and expectations from machine vision customers as the market expands.
The Control Engineering RCEP webcast, “Choosing sensors for the application,” resulted in more questions than speakers had time to answer in the allotted time. Here each speaker provides more answers.
Companies need to view safety as more than a cost and see it as an opportunity to improve overall performance and effectiveness. Doing that requires a culture change and being able to focus on safety risks in real time.
Machine vision enclosures are built to protect the vision system, but every application poses different environmental hazards, which makes it extremely important to find the right solution.
Open-loop controls and closed-loop controls each have unique situations where they are needed and the operator needs to know the setting and the situation before deciding on which one to use.
Siemens announced the expansion of its Technical Application Center (TAC), which is designed to offer classroom training, online instructor-led training, and online self-paced training for machine tool dealers and computer numerical control (CNC) end users.
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Google have developed a system can apply a range of styles in real-time, so that the viewfinder displays the enhanced image, which could be beneficial for machine vision applications.
Fluid power applications are complex. It can be a challenge to choose between an open- or closed-loop design; both have advantages and disadvantages. See table.
Computer numerical controls (CNCs) are playing a larger role in the digital factory and are able to make programming easier, reduce downtime, and provide users with more options and flexibility.
Thermal imaging has opened the door to entirely new applications that previously may not have seemed possible for industries such as farming, mechanical inspection, and construction.
The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and Conexus Indiana have partnered to train teachers to deliver the first statewide national certification program through their Hire Tech curriculum.
Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion facility in Wisconsin to manufacture liquid crystal display (LCD) screens that are designed for use in applications such as self-driving cars to aircraft systems.
The EZAutomation EZLogix programmable logic controller is a low-cost, rugged, modular rack-styled PLC ready for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. Ladder logic, advanced function blocks, and a built-in simulator are just a few features that come with the free programming software.
Researchers at MIT have developed a fast, inexpensive robotic device that can find even tiny leaks in pipes with pinpoint precision, no matter what the pipes are made of.
Get help for programmable logic controller (PLC) programming from Control Engineering editorial advisory board member Frank Lamb, covering ladder logic and scanning, binary-coded decimals, and reusable codes.
Rheintacho rotational speed sensor with PWM-Signal complements the FE Series.
The secret to success for these manufacturers is to effectively redefine the goal of manufacturing in terms of customer success, not just product sales.
TDK Corporation's B82453C*A* series of 3D transponder coils have a high sensitivity level for passive entry passive start (PEPS).
Machine learning will change embedded vision systems as we know them, leading to products with entirely new, futuristic capabilities.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 26 to July 2: NEC changes, 2017 Salary and Career Survey, IIoT and signal processing, more
Articles about NEC changes, the 2017 Salary and Career Survey, IIoT and signal processing, and VFD installation and fundamentals were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 26 to July 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Farmers' techniques for boosting productivity and annual yields are improving with the use of agricultural drones mainly for analysis, crop monitoring, irrigation, and crop health assessment.
Destaco's GTB series servo positioning rotary tables are engineered to deliver high torque with high speed.
Part of a modern software development methodology is creating re-usable components, called function blocks, which contain part of the application software functionality, and the two most common types are edge triggered and level-controlled.
Machine vision enclosure manufacturers aim to better understand and meet their customers’ specific needs for safe, fully-integrated solutions, including solutions for use in harsh and dangerous conditions.
Belden Universal, a manufacturer of custom universal joints and mechanical power transmission products, announced its plans to move into a 40,000-sq-ft factory in Hillside, Ill., by the end of 2017.
Vishay Precision Group's Model 182 extensometer is a strain gage-based force sensor that is designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications.
Lord Corporation's LS-LVDT series compact linear displacement sensor is designed for use with signal conditioners.
A rise in average vehicle life, shift in repair opportunities and sales outlets, and emerging online sales have all created an opportunity for major growth in the automotive aftermarket industry that will likely continue to grow in the future.
Motor Design Ltd.'s motor-CAD EMag module is a comprehensive set of software solutions for designing electric motors with an FEA solver optimized to provide fast results.
Celera Motion's Agility series of slotless motors are suited for scanning, pointing, measuring, and cutting applications that demand velocity control and accurate positioning.
A recent survey conducted by HBM, shows that video use is accelerating in data collection with almost half of the respondents already using video in data recording today.
CI Takiron's family of 12 mm OD micro slotless brushless permanent magnet (PM) motors have integrated speed control electronics and can be used in a wide range of applications such as battery-operated handheld power tools, miniature compressors, micropumps, and small robots.
Stainless steel is useful, but it requires a lot of attention and there are many aspects that engineers need to watch out for.
3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has grown in the last several years and many industries are using strong materials such as metals and nylon to make better materials at a faster rate.
In order for a successful machine vision design, reliability and repeatability must be achieved through careful analysis and design tactics from start to finish of the process.
ThinGap's LSI 105 torque density motor is designed for applications such as peak high torque servo and propulsion systems.
The June 2017 issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on safety from a several viewpoints and what ties them all together.
QuickSilver Controls' Inc. SilverMax X34 NEMA 34 integrated hybrid servo includes an internal and external clamp, a 20A RMS, 40A peak driver, and is designed for medical and industrial applications.
Because of the great effect they have on each other, worker health and safety should be integrated rather than regulated separately for the benefit of the company and its employees.
Scientists at MIT have developed algorithms that help power a prototype system for helping visually impaired users avoid obstacles and identify objects and can also be used as sensors for robots.
AutomationDirect's wide area sensors are designed for object detection of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver.
Changes in operating conditions after the initial installation can result in a pump not operating near its best efficiency point (BEP), which makes the overall process less efficient.
Inside Machines: Understanding ac variable frequency drive (VFD) installation options can save costs, reduce downtime, and enhance safety.
TDK Corporation's Tronics AXO215 microelectromechanical system (MEMS) is designed to provide acceleration sensing performance for demanding applications such as precision instrumentation, unmanned vehicles and avionics.
Cover Story: The software tools for 3-D printing, also used for additive manufacturing, are getting more sophisticated and integrated to increase speed, quality, limit material waste, and accommodate material diversity. How are automation and controls helping to advance additive manufacturing?
Mitsubishi Electric Automation's GT2107 wide series human-machine interface (HMI) is designed to monitor and control machine components such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs), variable frequency drives (VFDs), and servos.
As sensors evolve, engineers can take advantage of new technology to improve sensor performance.
Inside Machines: Vibration sensors are designed to ensure that machines and systems operate within safe operational parameters and to help users find imbalances caused by internal and external forces.
Companies focused on embedded vision are responding to customers' demands that are smaller, cheaper, and faster for industrial applications.
Motion control shipments are off to a good start in 2017 with sensors and feedback systems and actuators and mechanical systems showing the strongest growth.
The Micro-Measurements brand of Vishay Precision Group's S5060 series is a line of Transducer Class multi-grid advanced strain sensors are designed for robotics, factory automation, machinery, and materials testing applications.
Autonomous mobile work machines need the capability of sensing and mapping the surrounding area. Finnish researchers developed 3-D Lidar, based on a 2-D laser scanner and electric motor drive that rotates the scanner.
TT Electronics' PHS family of rotary position sensors are designed to provide precision sensing in harsh environments and in critical applications.
Fibox's ARCA IEC is a polycarbonate enclosure designed as an enclosing alternative to steel, impact resistant polycarbonate and can be used in harsh operating conditions.
Aerotech’s QNP3 series of XYZ piezo positioning stages combine sub-nanometer resolution, high dynamics, and geometric performance in a compact three-degree-of-freedom (DoF) package.
Carlo Gavazzi's PD30CN series of photoelectric sensors with PointSpot Beam are designed for packaging, material handling, plastics, and machine tool applications.
Yaskawa America's line of gear motors are based on its Sigma-7 servo motors. The line brings is designed for automation applications that require high torque at low output speeds.
Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) implementation doesn’t have to be complex if you follow these 10 steps. Standard procedures, new technologies, and performance metrics can ease the path to condition-based maintenance.
Users that have to convert a signal from a sensor on their own have plenty of tools available, but there are aspects that need to be consider such as cost and field conditions.
Insulation resistance (IR) tests are useful for motor insulation systems and users should take steps such as recording conditions and watching for factors that may have an impact on the test to ensure maximum accuracy.
Thomson Industries' WhisperTrak actuator line is designed for a variety of motion system applications and can operate in harsh conditions.
Frank Lamb, founder and owner of Automation Consulting, LLC, of Lebanon, Tenn., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in April.
The machine vision industry is providing warehouses with technology to leverage the data generated by cameras, sensors and imagers across the entire enterprise in order to maximize efficiency and productivity.
OSHA's "$afety Pays" program is designed to help employers assess the impact of injuries and illnesses and profitability and find ways to mitigate those potential costs.
A steel manufacturer that needed two impellers repaired found a solution through reverse engineering that was faster and more cost-effective.
Novotechnik's RFC4800 series of touchless rotary angle sensors that provide absolute, rotary position and make measurements through air and non-magnetic materials.
Kaman Precision Products' KD-5100 differential measurement system is designed to provide resolution to a nanometer of positional change.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) A-81x motion controller is designed to handle 1, 2, or 4-axis of PIglide air bearing positioning stages.
Cognex Corporation's In-Sight Laser Profiler, an easy-to-use measurement system is designed for industries such as automotive, electronics, consumer products, and food and beverage.
Inside Machines: Industrial matrix drives were used for a transporter system retrofit to reduce energy consumption and costs by creating a more maintenance-free mechanically integral distribution system. New system regeneration capabilities for two motors saves an estimated $1,500 per year.
Adaptive motion controllers can be modified to a controlled process behavior, among other controlled process benefits.
Wildeck's LadderLink modular access system that provides an affordable and rugged framework of five core bolt-together components designed to allow users to create a customized access solution.
For software developer System Insights, open connectivity and collaboration with Rexroth helped create a solution for a manufacturing facility.
Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March.
Heidenhain's ECA 4410 angle ring encoder series is designed for use in safety-related applications and can be used in dangerous automation conditions.
Idec Corporation's SE2L safety laser scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots, and other items of moving equipment found in industrial facilities.
Thinking of sensors as a physical input to a control system can help an engineer realize there are a lot more possibilities than they realize in a field that is narrowly focused in its thinking.
Researchers at MIT are working on making it an abundant material to print with and potentially providing a renewable, biodegradable alternative to the polymers currently used in 3-D printing materials.
Control Engineering International: European Union Machinery Directive includes standards that can help with permissible safe limits of operation, according to Control Engineering Europe.
The terms accuracy, repeatability, and resolution can be found on the spec sheets of many engineered products and when they are incorrectly specified, this can be problematic when it comes to automation and motion control applications.
Amacoil's Model RG linear drives feature a fine stroke option for fine adjustment of maximum travel distance and is designed for linear motion applications where accuracy in setting the reversal points enhances process accuracy and integrity.
AutomationDirect's EPS ProSense line of digital pressure sensors are designed for industrial pressure measurement and indication in both gas and liquid applications.
Nidec Corporation has completed the acquisition of Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques, Emerson Electric's motors, drives, and electric power generation businesses.
Kaman's OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument uses eddy current technology in a small bare PC board format and is designed for integration into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment.
Control Engineering Europe: Software developments have made hyperspectral imaging a less expensive process that can be used in the food and pharmaceutical industries for applications such as package inspection and quality control.
3-D printing continues to expand the number of industrial applications, especially for automobile, mold development, and medical device industries, according to Control Engineering China. Innovation, standards, investments, and interest are building for industrial 3-D printing.
Control Engineering China: Using embedded technologies in machine vision systems makes the configuration of software and hardware more flexible, the development environment and programming more universal, and greatly improves production flexibility. Standards are helping.
Indiana University alumni have launched an agriculture technology startup called The Bee Corp. and are preparing to build and test sensors to better understand bee needs and behaviors as well as enhance beehive health around the world.
Software can help engineers select the right motor regardless of application and be useful for new and seasoned engineers alike. But understanding how the facility’s environment will affect motion system requirements remains crucial in selecting the right motor.
AutomationDirect’s IronHorse line of three-phase motors includes the MTRP-series 56HC-frame premium efficiency motor, which are available from 1 to 3 hp.
AppliedAutomation's new focus will emphasize application stories and case stories and the February issue focuses on how system integrators apply automation, instrumentation, and control theories and techniques.
Littelfuse's MP8000/MP8100 series Bluetooth-enabled motor protection relay is designed to enhance worker safety in applications such as conveyor systems, HVAC equipment, saws and grinders, fan motors, and pumps employed in manufacturing, oil & gas, water/wastewater, and mines.
Siemens' Simatic RF300 RFID system has added three readers: the RF310R, RF340R and RF350R, and is designed for controlling and optimizing the material flow in industrial production, especially in closely packed assembly lines and workpiece holder systems.
Providing cost, space, and energy efficiency for VFD applications.
EAO's Series 14 indicator compact are designed to provide status indication for use in a variety of applications such as machinery, industrial automation, robotics and specialty vehicles.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) H-850KML, 500kg high-load hexapod and the H-825KLL, compact hexapod with load capacity to 35kg are designed for motion simulation, industrial production, precision machining, automotive assembly, image stabilization, and alignment of opto-mechanical components.
Carlo Gavazzi's ICB12S extra-short inductive proximity sensors have a thread length of 23 mm and overall housing lengths as short as 25 mm and are designed for applications where space is limited.
Jadak LLC has acquired the assets of ThingMagic, which provides ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID reader modules and finished RFID solutions to OEMs for a wide range of applications such as medical, retail, logistics, and the airline industry.
Leine & Linde's FSI 800 series rotary encoders are designed for rugged motor drive applications and are also suitable for high-disturbance environments and are certified for use in SIL2/PLd applications.
Users looking to select a variable frequency drive (VFD) need to consider their application, power source characteristics, and other safety and maintenance aspects to ensure that a production plant’s operations remain smooth with minimal downtime.
The Renishaw XM-60 multi-axis calibrator is designed to measure machine errors directly, reducing the inaccuracies that may result from complex mathematics used in some alternative measurement techniques.
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Physik Instrumente's (PI) P-620.1 to P-629.1 linear piezo positioners consist of 60 stages available in a wide variety of travel ranges and are designed for nano-biotechnology, metrology, and photonics applications.
AutomationDirect’s Nitra BVS-3 and BVS-4 series of valves and mainfolds feature push-to-connect air connections for tubing installation.
Inside Machines, hydraulic control: Verifying load parameters when testing mobile cranes is important to verify quality, which matters for functionality and safety. New testing systems included installing new proportional servo valves and high-performance, electro-hydraulic motion controllers.
The MCMA reports that global shipments for motion control products increased by five percent to $2.4 billion in the first nine months of 2016, which makes up for the contraction the industry had in 2015.
Novotechnik's RFC4800 Series of touchless angle sensors are designed to measure angular position and features include programmable zero point offset, measurement averaging and sign of rotational direction, and IO-Link communication protocol.
Piher Sensors & Controls' hollow shaft PST-360 is designed for maintaining accurate pedal or brake position in steer by wire applications for extremely harsh conditions.
Inside machines, proximity sensors: Inductive, magnetic, ultrasonic are among the technologies used for proximity sensing, and small sizes and extended ranges are among features in recently announced proximity sensors.
Posital's compact kit encoders are designed for motor casings or other devices, with the shaft-mounted magnet providing a rotating magnetic field.
Novotechnik's Vert-X 2800 Series of sensors are designed to measure angular position and are designed for industrial, medical and off-highway vehicle applications and can operate in harsh conditions.
IHS Markit reports that automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are projected to have stronger growth over the next several years than the industrial truck and lift market as more companies use AGVs because they are more cost-effective.
Cognex Corporation's In-Sight VC200 series of multi smart camera vision systems is designed to keep pace with fast-moving production lines and solve applications with sequential or asynchronous inspections.
Pepperl+Fuchs' F77 series of ultrasonic sensors are designed to fit in tight spaces that are dirty and dusty environments and are adept at handling color variations or transparent targets.
Kaman Precision Products' KD-2306 single-channel multi-purpose non-contact displacement sensing system is designed to act as a replacement for linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs), air gauges, dial indicators, and micrometers.
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Massa Products Corporation's MassaSonic PulStar TTL ultrasonic sensors are designed to provide advanced user controls with low power and communicate with the customer's control system.
Aerotech's Nmark galvo scanner control is designed to provide strong settling times, long-term thermal stability, and micron-level tracking accuracy.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) E-727 digital piezo controller is designed for multi-axis nanopositioning applications, such as 3-D imaging in super-resolution microscopy, laser beam steering, and fast alignment applications.
Portescap's Ultra EC mini motor platform is designed specifically to deliver ultra high torque in a compact size and is specifically designed for high continuous torque at low to medium speeds.
Nexen Group's Model I-300 is a spring engaged, air released, power-off brake designed to provide high torque for backlash-free holding and emergency stopping on indexers and positioning systems.
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Danfoss' Vacon X5 HazLo is an ac drive designed for hazardous locations and applications such as refineries, utility gas plants, or other areas where ignitable substances are not normally present but may exist in unusual scenarios.
Torque Systems has developed a high performance family of three size 15 permanent magnet dc motors that are designed for applications including semiconductor processing, equipment robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and medical devices.
Inside Machines, vision tips: Machine vision technology advances have made machine vision implementations easier than before, and track and trace inspection applications can offer high speed and high accuracy. Other technologies can be integrated to extend functionality, according to information from a 2016 System Integrator of the Year, Matrix Technologies.
Celera Motion's MicroE Optira Series of encoders are designed to provide a resolution of up to 5nm with the automatic gain control (AGC), interpolation, and signal processing carried out in the sensor head.
QuickSilver Controls' range of NEMA 23 frame Direct Drive Hybrid Servo Motors comes in four stack sizes and are designed to provide continuous torque, with top speeds ranging from 1000 to 4000 RPM.
Aerotech’s QNP2 series of XY, parallel-kinematic, piezo positioning stages are designed for applications such as optical microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, x-ray transmission microscopy, and other applications where two-sided part access is required.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) P-616 NanoCube XYZ piezo scanner is based on a parallel-kinematic design and is designed for applications such as photonics alignment, microscopy, 3-D imaging, screening, surface analysis, and wafer inspection.
Banner Engineering has added flush mount housings to its Q4X laser distance measurement sensors, which are designed for detection and measurement applications.
Novotechnik's RMB 3600 series of absolute multi-turn angle sensors are non-contact sensors with galvanized steel housing and stainless steel shaft with up to 100 N working shaft load.
Electromate's Bell Everman ServoBelt Rotary Stages are designed for medium-duty rotary motion jobs such as driving carousel tables on packaging and assembly machines and providing fourth-axis rotary motion for laser cutting and mini CNC machines.
Danfoss' Vacon 20 ac drive is designed for packaging machine applications and is ideal for cutting cycle times has a built-in RS-485 interface, which is designed to offer a serial control interface for the drive.
Pepperl+Fuchs' long-range F192 reader is designed for reading tags at distances of more than 15 ft. and also be used for short-read ranges.
Bosch Rexroth's Sytronix FcP (frequency controlled pump drive) is an energy-efficient variable-speed pump drive designed to replace the function of a hydraulic pump.
Fluke's TiX620 infrared camera has 640 x 480 resolution and provides measurement accuracy and its 5.6-in. high-resolution LCD screen enables thermographers to identify issues and edit images directly on camera while still in the field.
Teledyne Dalsa has added multi-line color CMOS time delay and integration (TDI) cameras to their Piranha XL family and the 8k and 16k models are designed to deliver sensitivity for color imaging using 4 rows per RGB channel for 12 rows in total.
Heidenhain's Quadra-Chek 3000 evaluation electronics system is designed as a complement for high-precision measuring machines and is operated via its capacitive touch screen that is suitable for multi-touch and gesturing.
ETEL's TMB+ is a torque motor that has been redefined to increase its overall torque, size selection, and winding options and is designed for direct drive applications.
Southco's ST constant torque positioning hinges have added an embedded hinge that is designed to provide precise positioning of smaller doors and panels that require increased torque.
NUMmill is designed for CNC milling machine manufacturers and control retrofitters and offers a suite of canned cycles, ranging from simple center drilling, boring and threading to pocket cycles and complex profile milling cycles.
Kaman Precision Products' SMT 9700 position/displacement system is designed for optics positioning in photolithography equipment, XYZ stage positioning in atomic force microscopy, and spindle position in precision grinding applications.
Hexagon Manufacturing's 360º Flexible Measurement Cell (360º FMC) is designed for automotive and aero structure applications, including powertrain, and closure panel fabrication.
Banner Engineering's Sure Cross U-GAGE K50U ultrasonic sensor is designed for use in wireless tank monitoring applications and can detects distance from target to sensor in ranges between 300 mm and 3 m, and features built-in temperature compensation designed for accurate measurements.
Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) learned that three-dimensional structures return to their original shapes even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles.
Leine and Linde's RXI and RXA 500 series of rotary encoders come in stainless steel versions and are designed for motion control applications in severe environments where regular washdown is needed.
Mitutoyo's ABS AT1100 is an assembly-type linear scale is designed to provide resistance against contaminants such as cutting fluids, oil, and water.
Panasonic's Minas-BL brushless servo drives and motors features a split core structure designed to reduce the size and weight of a geared motor while increasing power.
Closed-loop stepper motors help deliver precision and efficiency to applications that require the performance of a servo motor. Learn about the characteristics and applications for servo motors and stepper motors.
Balluff’s F series of fork sensors includes IP69K rated stainless steel self-contained through-beam sensors designed for the most challenging environments such as the food and beverage, packaging, metalworking, and pharmaceutical industries.
Delta Computer Systems' RMC200 electro-hydraulic motion controller is designed to handle closed-loop control of up to 32 motion axes and is designed to manage the motion of a processing production line or complex testing applications.
Piezoelectric sensors have many benefits and are among the key technologies that determine business success for industrial manufacturers.
American Control Electronics' (ACE) DCH403-10 is a low-voltage motor control with a single phase ac line source and is designed for applications such as solar-powered devices, mobile equipment and actuator control.
Kaman Precision Products' SMT 9700 position/displacement system is designed to provide high resolution noncontact position/displacement feedback of electrically conductive targets.
Teledyne Dalsa has added four high-resolution models to its Genie Nano GigE Vision camera series (M4060, M4040, C4060 and C4040) and are developed for industrial imaging applications, including intelligent traffic systems, printed circuit board inspection, and metrology.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) M-122 is a motorized positioning stage designed for research and industrial applications including fiber alignment, metrology, quality assurance testing, photonics packaging, test equipment, and micromachining.
American Control Electronics' ACF700 series has an onboard microprocessor that allows custom programming for a variety of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) applications.
Festo’s pneumatic semi-rotary vane drive and matched contactless position sensor feature sealed housing.
Smart manufacturing is having a global impact on the manufacturing industry as a whole and turning it into an economic powerhouse.
Turck's RI360-DSU inductive angle sensors for rotary actuators are designed to operate in harsh environments and are able to monitor quarter turn valves and three-way valves, while also detecting the valve position during cleaning cycles.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) E-873.3QTU 3-axis controller is a digital servo controller designed for precision alignment and automation, semiconductor technology, photonics, bio-nano-technology, metrology, microscopy, and micro-manipulation applications.
With variable frequency drive (VFD) commissioning, aspects such as design, codes and standards, and the nature of a specific project need to be considered.
Eaton's medium-voltage SC9000 adjustable frequency drive (AFD) is designed for original equipment manufacturer (OEM), water and wastewater, utility, industrial, and HVAC applications.
AutomationDirect's M-series cylindrical magnetic DC proximity sensors are now available in 8, 12, and 18mm sizes and are available with sensing distances of 0 to 70mm.
Telemecanique Sensors' OsiSense XS inductive proximity sensors and OsiSense XT capacitive proximity sensors are designed for noncontact sensing of metal objects up to 60 mm.
Bosch Rexroth provided A2FM45 hydraulic motors designed to control 70-m diameter antennas on NASA's deep space mission for Juno, which recently entered Jupiter's orbit and has begun the first of 37 scheduled orbits of the planet.
Electromate's Infinity Series is designed to enable OEMs to move light payloads in smooth and accurate arc-shaped and full 360-deg rotary motion profiles.
ABB's Orion safety light curtains are available in three models, each with a different light curtain or light grid configuration.
Siemens' 1FT7 family is a line of high-performance servomotors for machine tool CNC interpolation, production machine web handling and other demanding motion control applications.
Eaton's power lock plugs, connectors, and receptacles are designed for industrial manufacturing and hospital environments.
Heidenhain's TS 642 is a universal replacement for the touch probes of Heidenhain's TS 6xx series and allows the original transceiver to remain in the machine after the transfer.
Highland Technology's D200 compact precision laser driver uses a dc-coupled trigger signal to produces two nanosecond transitions and up to 4 A of regulated drive current supports lasers with forward voltages up to 9 V.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation's MR-J4-TM multi-network servo drives come with EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT interfaces and is designed for easy integration into new and existing machine designs.
Banner Engineering's LTF series of L-Gage laser sensors is designed to measure time-of-flight technology and provide accurate distance measurements out to 12 m.
Electric Torque Machines' (ETM) M-Series direct drive motors is designed to reduce energy costs and uses electromagnetic motor technology for increased efficiency and are designed for conveyors, fans, pumps, packaging equipment, and other related applications.
The Asco Numatics 651 Series filter, regulator, and lubricator (FRL) line of air preparation products are designed to fit in compact applications and machines that require less air consumption.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) PIHera precision closed-loop XY piezo motor positioners are equipped with absolute-measuring direct-metrology capacitance sensors and are designed for long-term research and industrial applications.
Kübler's Sendix F5883 Motor-Line multiturn encoder features an optical hollow shaft encoder with a mounting depth of 43 mm and is designed to be insensitive to magnetic fields.
Microscan's MicroHawk family includes an integrated imaging engine and three industrial-rated miniature imagers with unrivaled flexibility, ease of use, and universal application potential.
Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire Intelligrated, a privately held supply chain and warehouse automation company, for $1.5 billion, subject to customary closing conditions.
GPLK planetary gears in plastic are suited for applications such as service robotics where the mobile motor is needed.
MRI 2850 is bearing-less encoder for high horsepower electric motor applications using vector control. The encoder may be used as a motion feedback solution in applications such as large rotating machinery.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) N-565 compact nanometer-precision linear stages are designed for high-end applications in bio-nanotechnology, fiber-optics, microscopy, semiconductor testing, and metrology and scientific research in beamlines and laser labs.
LaserLinc's TLAser1240 scanning laser micrometer is a single-axis diameter gauge that is designed for use in industries such as metal, glass, wire and cable, and plastics and rubber extrusion.
Athlonix DCP high power density brush dx mini motors are available in 16 mm diameter and in two variations and feature a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit.
AutomationDirect’s IronHorse helical gearboxes are designed to provide smooth operation in applications such as conveyors, packaging machines, rotary tables, and other related applications.
Lenze Americas' servo adaptor for its g500 gearbox series is available as an inline, right angle, or shaft mount and is designed to reduce the requirement for coupling components.
Smart Vision Lights' camera-to-light (CTL) Grey Series of cables are now available for cameras designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and provides a directly wired connection between a single light and is available for either steady/constant or flash/strobe connections.
B&K Precision's 880 handheld LCR meter is designed to measure inductance, capacitance, and resistance with 0.1% basic impedance accuracy and is suitable for characterizing components in the field or laboratory environments.
Microprecision Electronics' MP700 series of sealed limit switches are available with an M12 connector that is integrated directly into the housing for easy and flexible interfacing to a bus interconnect box.
Nexen Group's Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system is designed for cutting systems, gantry systems, medical products, robotics, aerospace, machine tool, semiconductor, and material handling applications.
Advancements in 3-D printing have made the technology more sophisticated and affordable. The automotive, aerospace, and medical industries have made some major strides recently, and 3-D printing is expanding as a means of engineering education.
Posital's safety-rated Ixarc rotary encoders are designed for critical applications such as industrial robots or material handling equipment, where loss of control could result in hazardous situations.
Idec's FC6A MicroSmart is a programmable logic controller (PLC) with up to 520 I/O that comes in three models and is designed for demanding industries such as oil and gas, chemical, material handling, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery, and process skids.
Heidenhain's MRP 2000, 5000 and 8000 are angle encoder modules are designed for metrology, calibration devices, automation technology, micro machining, and semiconductor applications.
AutomationDirect’s miniature inductive proximity sensors are available in sizes ranging from 4 to 8mm and are equipped with a 360-deg-visible yellow output LED and come with built-in overload protection.
The U-521 miniature linear positioner from Physik Instrumente (PI) is driven by patented ultrasonic ceramic motors.
Kitagawa North-Tech's Automated Jaw Pallet System (AJPS) is designed for robot-tended CNC mill/turning cells utilized in flexible automated production environments.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) L-406 compact linear stage is designed for research and industrial applications and can handle payloads up to 22 lbs.
Enerpac's SBL900 hydraulic gantry lifts up to 37 ft and can handle up to 667 tons at the top of the second stage and the control system is designed to allow users to operate the lift locally at each leg or use the Intellilift remote control.
Sick's UD18-2 ultrasonic sensor is designed to check for double layers and splices and is designed for applications in the packaging, print and paper, electronics and solar, automotive, and metal and steel industries.
Aerotech's FiberMaxHP is a second-generation 3 to 6 axis photonics alignment platform designed for automated production environments and features direct-drive technology is designed to enable high-precision alignment without sacrificing production throughput.
Leine and Linde's 600 and 900 series of absolute rotary encoders are designed for environments where temperature, strong magnetic fields, shock or vibration are extreme.
Carlo Gavazzi's RSWT Series is a self-optimizing 3-phase pump soft starter, in which all three phases are controlled to achieve current balancing on all phases and is designed for agriculture, water treatment, and HVAC applications.
Lenze Americas' m550-P three-phase ac motor is designed to achieve IE3 efficiency class and provides a power range of 1 to 60 Hp (0.75kW to 45kW) with a variety of voltages for simple mains operation with fixed speeds.
Griffin Motion's 360-deg continuous travel RTS-DD Series rotary motion stages are designed for use in a variety of laboratory, factory automation, and semiconductor processing applications
Rockwell Automation has completed the acquisition of MagneMotion, a manufacturer of conveyor systems with servo-controlled independent cart technology designed to help manufacturers transport products and heavy loads between machines and throughout a plant.
Sick's microScan3 Core safety laser scanner features a 5.5-m range and a 275-deg scanning angle ideal for area and access guarding and is designed to improve scan accuracy when faced with dirty environments, weld sparks, or cross talk for less downtime.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) C-885 PIMotionMaster motion controller is designed for applications such as precision motion control in automation, nanopositioning, photonics, semiconductor testing and laser machining.
Inertial measurement units (IMUs) are dominating the wearable sensing market, according to a report by IDTechEx, and researchers are working on inserting sensors on a more permanent level.
Yaskawa America Inc. named Mike Knapek as their next CEO. Knapek will continue to serve as president and chief operations officer (COO) of the company's drives and motion division.
Nanotec's DB41 and DB43 brushless DC (BLDC) motors are designed for applications that require smooth running characteristics and a long service life.
Rockwell Automation has elected Blake D. Moret, a 30-year veteran of the company and a senior vice president, to be the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) effective July 1, 2016.
J.W. Winco's GN 253 Vibration/Shock Absorption Mounts comes in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant mounts absorb most of the accumulated kinetic energy on impact and act as dampers and prevent damaging shock and rebound.
HydraForce's ECDR-0506A electronic valve driver is designed to enhance the control of hydraulic proportional valves used for transmission control, vehicle traction control, joystick control, and mobile equipment work functions.
Schneider Electric Motion USA's Lexium Motion Module (LMM) is a compact, programmable motion controller and is designed for applications where size constraints are an issue.
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The SeaPrime I Subsea MUX BOP Control System is fault-tolerant with the ability to re-configure hydraulic functions while remaining subsea, preventing costly stack pulls.
Schneider Electric's Altivar 320 Machine Drive is designed to allow machines to perform better with less down time and lower total machine costs.
Microscan's MicroHawk ID-30 and ID-40 Barcode Reader platform is designed for tough industrial environments and feature diffuser and polarizer optical filter accessories for specific applications where barcodes are placed on highly-reflective surfaces.
The SDLM-025-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor from Moticont is designed for applications such as manufacturing, semiconductor handling, inspection, medical procedure tables, antenna positioning, and agricultural equipment.
AutomationDirect's Nitra Pneumatics H-Series of compact extruded body cylinders are offered in bore sizes from 12 to 100mm and stroke lengths from 5 to 100mm to meet a broad range of limited-space applications.
Kollmorgen's vented connector for their AKMH motor series is designed to reduce internal motor pressure and operate in washdown conditions.
Milwaukee Cylinder's Vulcan Series of hydraulic cylinders are designed to operate at high temperatures and provide complete customization.
Griffin Motion's high-speed LM3 Series 300mm-travel precision linear motion platform is designed for inspection, scanning, optical positioning, and laser marking and machining applications as well as factory automation and semiconductor processing equipment.
Aerotech's HEX500-350HL high-load, precision hexapod is designed for applications such as x-ray diffraction, sensor testing, and high-force device manipulation and is actuated with six high-accuracy struts that are built with precision preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components.
AutomationDirect's SureMotion and LAVL motor-ready actuator assemblies and sliding components and accessories are designed to provide motion control solutions for X-Y and X-Y-Z positioning systems.
Memsic's MMC3630KJ series of magnetometers is designed for mobile device designers and manufacturers, along with other industry verticals requiring high performance motion sensing.
Heidenhain's ERO 2000 series encoder is designed for applications such as piezo and galvanometer motors, micro positioning for goniometers, spindles, and other metrology applications.
Sick's Lector63x is an image-based code reader is designed for applications such as identification in manual parcel sorting in a presentation camera function, automated sorting systems and serialization and end-of-line aggregation for the food packaging and pharmaceutical industries.
Teledyne Dalsa's 16k models of the Piranha XL CMOS TDI line scan series are designed for integration into flat panel, electronics, and semiconductor inspection applications.
Sick's deTec4 Prime safety light curtain is designed for tough environments and features a built-in laser alignment aid that is designed to provide a visible laser that saves time when setting up or readjusting the light curtain.
Heidenhain's redesigned LIDA 400 series linear encoder is designed for several applications including coordinating measuring machines, linear motion stages, wafer inspection, waterjet cutting, and other related applications.
The Pattern Blazer from Innovations in Optics is an LED fixed-pattern projector designed for structured lighting in 3D machine vision for applications such as logistics automation, warehouses, gaging and inspection of production pieces such as car or airplane body panels.
Galil's DMC-30012 is a single-axis motion controller that and features an internal 800-Watt brushless sine drive and can operate stand-alone or can be networked to a PC via Ethernet.
Balluff's Advanced Smartlevel is a capacitive sensor designed for level detection applications involving liquids, powders, granulates, paste such as medias, such as grease, cleaning fluids, and acids and bases.
Chromasens' 10k and 15k allPIXA wave cameras are designed for machine vision systems used to inspect flat panel displays, narrow and wide web, textiles, and PCB boards, among many other applications.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) L-509 is a stage positioner designed to provide high precision linear motion and is designed for research and industrial applications such as beamline systems, microscopy, semiconductor manufacturing, and photonics instrumentation.
Nexen Group's Eclipse Servo Motor brakes are designed to mount to the shaft end of servo motors up to 20 HP.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) E-727 3- and 4-channel digital piezo controller that integrates existing piezo-based nanopositioning systems and piezo actuators.
Turck's 18 and 30mm capacitive barrel sensors come in two variants — teach by wire or teach by button and each variant is available in PNP or NPN.
A FieldServer is a type of communications bridge or gateway that is designed to either convert one protocol to another as the messages are sent or map tags from different devices and handle communications.
Zettlex's 58mm encoder has been added to the IncOder series and is designed to provide precision measurements of angle or angular speed in harsh environments.
The 0729-1761-99 Dual Axis CAN Bus SAE J1939 Inclinometer by The Fredericks Company is designed to prevent unsafe operation of industrial machinery and uses a wide-range electrolytic tilt sensor and signal conditioner to provide reliable tilt measurement.
Carlo Gavazzi's FA1 Fiber-Optic Amplifier and the FUT and FUR fiber-optic cables are designed for a wide variety of industrial applications and are designed for flexibility.
Posital Fraba's series of measuring wheel accessories for its Ixarc family of rotary encoders are designed for motion control and other sensing applications.
Siemens' Sinamics G110M is a motor-integrated drive designed for material handling applications such as conveyors, warehousing, logistics, baggage and cargo handling, post and parcel shipping.
Omega's LDI-127 Series linear variable inductive transducer (LVIT) position sensors are contactless devices designed for industrial and commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch and brakes and packing equipment.
GAM's SPH Flange (SPH-F) planetary gearbox is based around high precision helical gear technology and is designed for use when space is limited.
Teledyne Dalsa's Genie Nano series series of GigE Vision cameras feature image sensors for fast, high-resolution vision for applications such as food and beverage inspection and medical.
Novotechnik's P2500-M series of angle sensors are designed for a range of applications and extreme environments such as ship controls, off-highway and construction vehicles.
Following these best practices can help prevent voltage drops, overload trips, and other common VFD faults and serious failures before they occur.
The 0729-1760-04 10-deg dual axis RS-485 inclinometer from The Fredericks Company is designed to measure and signal tilt from a level position.
Turck's 2-wire, dc stainless steel faced sensor are designed to be used as substitutes for traditional plastic faced sensors to resist corrosion and is rated IP67 against moisture ingress.
Universal Laser Systems' XLS Platform is designed for precision 2D cutting and surface modification for applications such as organic material modification including plastic films, industrial fabrics, engineering plastics, laminating adhesives, composite materials.
Hannover Messe offers manufacturers an entry into global markets.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation's iQ-R Series control platform incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process, and C language control into one platform and is designed for the automotive, food and beverage, material handling, and electronics manufacturing industries.
Enerpac's EVO Mini (EVOM) is a multi-functional synchronous lifting system that monitors and manages lifting, lowering, weighing, alignment and load transfer procedures of non-uniformly distributed heavy loads.
Aerotech’s QFocus QF1 piezo nanopositioning stage features microscope objective and optics positioning and is designed for demanding scanning applications, microscopy, or other optical applications requiring high precision and throughput.
Banner Engineering's M18-4 self-contained photoelectric sensors are designed for harsh industrial environments and features IP69K-rated 316 stainless steel housing and is built with advanced application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology.
Cognex Corporation's In-Sight Micro 8000 series smart cameras are designed to be deployed on the production line for guidance, inspection, gauging and industrial identification applications.
Nippon Pulse's SL083 is a scaleless linear motor with a built-in linear encoder and is composed of two parts—a tubular stainless steel shaft and a non-contact forcer—for simple installation and configuration.
Delta Electronics' AC Motor Drive C2000 Series is a general-purpose inverter designed for power control applications such as construction and overhead cranes, printing and packaging equipment, textile machinery, compressors, and other applications.
Portescap’s brushless dc slotted mini motors that provide high speed and torque for surgical power hand tools.
Bourns, Inc., announced it has acquired specified assets of the trimming potentiometer business of Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Nexen Group's Precision Ring Drive Indexer (PRD) is designed as an alternative to direct drive motors and provides flexible indexing and rotary positioning for welding, positioning system, medical product, automotive, aerospace and semiconductor applications.
Banner Engineering's Q4X laser distance sensor features dual discrete outputs and IO-Link configuration to solve high/low monitoring fill level as well as monitor remote configuration, sensor backup and preventative maintenance.
Sick's PowerProx photoelectric sensor series uses time-of-flight laser scanning technology and features four variants that can be used in automotive and packaging applications.
Curtiss-Wright's NRH300DP non-contact, rotary position sensor is designed for medium volume applications and is designed to perform in harsh conditions including water, dust, shock, vibration and temperature.
Novotechnik's RSX-7900 Series of angle sensors provide up to IP69K ingress protection and can be used in extreme conditions such as highway vehicle and construction equipment applications.
Portescap's Athlonix 22DCP high power density brush DC motors are designed for applications such as medical and industrial pumps and features a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit for increased power density.
Siemens' Simotics 1FK7 Generation II servomotors are designed for operation without external cooling and the heat is dissipated through the motor surface and have encoders that are mechanically and thermally decoupled from the motor.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) P-915KWEF is a miniature hexapod designed for dynamic error correction for six degrees of freedom in all three linear and rotation axes at sub-micron precision.
Banner Engineering's R-Gage Q240 sensor is a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar sensor for detecting moving or stationary objects and is designed to operate in harsh outdoor applications that require constant monitoring.
Balluff's R01E stainless steel flatpack photoelectric sensor has an IP69K rating and is designed for harsh duty and washdown applications such as packaging machinery, material handling, small part detection, and general automation.
Queensgate's NX NanoSensor employs capacitance micrometry and is designed to measure changes in position to an atomic scale for applications such as vibration measurement, metrology, precision manufacturing, and precision beam steering.
Hoffmann-Krippner's inductive displacement Inelta IZAL sensor series utilizes differential sensing technology and are designed for confined spaces in medical, industrial, agricultural, and military applications.
Aerotech's Ndrive QLe is a family of digital, panel-mount, nanopositioning piezo drives designed to enable coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes.
Banner Engineering's DF-G3 discrete long-range fiber amplifier has dual digital displays for use with plastic and glass fiber optic assemblies and is available with a single discrete output or two dual discrete outputs.
Nord Gear's SK135E and SK175E soft start drives are designed for a distributed control system (DCS) and can be mounted directly on the motor or near the motor and regulates the motor's major functions.
Teledyne Dalsa’s series of Genie nano area cameras that deliver fast frame rates in a small, robust body, and are ideal for machine vision applications.
TE Connectivity's MHR-T Series of high-temperature, miniature linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs) are designed to measure displacement in space-constrained applications such as chemical plants and power turbines.
Queensgate’s NPC-D-5200 is a digital controller designed for advanced closed loop piezo actuators and stages and has the capacity to address a broad spectrum of alignment and metrology applications.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) S-331 fast tip/tip platform is a piezo steering mirror that is designed for precision optics applications in ambient and vacuum environments.
Parker Hannifin's AC10 variable frequency drives feature ac motor speed control with 250 hp and is designed for general purpose applications and runs either ac induction or permanent magnet ac motors.
Aerotech’s Ensemble QLe panel-mount nanopostioning piezo drive for coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes is designed for applications ranging from demanding scientific research to advanced OEM machine systems.
Banner Engineering's S18-2 compact photoelectric sensor series features fixed-field background suppression mode configurations and provides up to six detection ranges from 30 to 200 mm for cost-sensitive and high-volume applications.
Amacoil-Uhing linear drives are designed to clean and lubricate the drive shaft and are ideal in applications where metal clips, dust, and particulate contaminants are falling on the shaft.
Oriental Motor's CVD driver series is designed for for OEM or single axis machines and features include low vibration and microstepping control, selectable step angle, two mounting types and connector configurations.
Bosch Rexroth's second generation EMC electromechanical cylinder has IP65 protection and is suitable for applications with frequent cleaning cycles in the food industry and has no recesses or slots in which dirt can be trapped.
Inside Machines: Just as the machine tool world continues to evolve at light speed, so do computer numerical control (CNC) software and hardware for the machines. Multifunction machine tools, including additive manufacturing and robotic integration, continue to advance with better communications, libraries, hybrids, and robotic integration.
Parker's High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series are designed for applications such as packaging equipment, material handling, and it can be integrated into any machine layout.
CFE Media's Apps for Engineers is an interactive directory of engineering-related applications for Apple iOS and Android operating systems from various companies. Apps are organized by category, company, and type. These vision enhancement applications are listed in the app as of October 2015.
Banner Engineering's Q4X laser distance sensor features is designed for precise measurement of small objects and can detect objects regardless of target surface reflectivity.
Camozzi Pneumatics' nickel-plated brass male swivel elbow features a Pro-Fit thread design and also eliminates exposed threads and fits into tight spaces and is designed for food processing and hygienic applications.
Intelligrated's Alvey 890i and 891i palletizers feature enhancements designed to make the machines easier to operate and maintain as well as improve safety and while increasing capacity.
Empire Magnetics' stainless steel ac induction motors are designed for frequent wetting and washdown environments in applications such as food processing, chemical and drug manufacturing, machine tools, paper making and film processing.
Teledyne Dalsa’s Genie Nano series of GigE Vision scan cameras are designed for industrial imaging applications and come in four models.
IHS predicts that the growth in LV motors will decelerate, particularly in Western Europe, Japan, and North America, as the market matures and reaches its apex.
Teledyne Dalsa's Piranha XL 16k monochrome camera and Xtium-CHLS frame grabbers are ideal for machine vision applications.
Leine and Linde's IXA 648 is an inductive absolute encoder that avoids magnets and glass to provide a measurement technology that can withstand high temperatures, shock, and vibrations for offshore motion applications in harsh environments.
Data Translation's VIBbox-64 combines four rugged enclosures and is designed for expanded sound and vibration measurement testing on large structures, such as airplane wings, turbines, trucks, and water vessels, such as Navy ships.
The NRH271 and NRH272 rotary position sensors are ideal for use by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for on- and off-highway vehicles that are designed for challenging environments.
The MicroE Optira Series Encoders from Celera Motion feature automatic gain control (AGC), interpolation, and signal processing as well as alignment tolerances and is designed for motion control applications.
How to choose pneumatic valves: Packaging machine builders and end users should select manifold valves engineered with a compact, lightweight design and digital electronics for easy integration into automation controls platforms and maximum value. See four factors that make pneumatics broadly appealing to packaging machine builders. Learn more about pneumatic controls, distributed designs, pneumatic efficiency, and safety.
Carlo Gavazzi's ICS Series of inductive proximity sensors and cordsets are designed for harsh environments and comply with or are certified to IP69K, Ecolab, and FDA standards, and accommodate hot and cold temperature extremes.
As the era of additive and subtractive machine tools emerges, today’s controls are well suited to handle the challenges, according to a provider of computer numerical controls (CNCs) and training.
Research from IHS indicates that USB 3 cameras will continue to account for a small fraction of machine vision revenues because, while faster, many users lack an urgent need for USB 3 and it isn't as convenient and widely accessible as USB 2.
Carlo Gavazzi's ICB Series of inductive proximity sensors with up to three times sensing range and have a microprocessor-based design allows calibration after the assembly.
Bosch Rexroth's pre-configured drive systems are designed to measure and test machines and shorten the initial commissioning to just three minutes for National Instruments' CompactRIO control hardware and the LabVIEW programming environments without one line of PLC code.
Banner Engineering's Vantage Line or fiber optics feature polyethylene jacketed plastic for demanding industrial environments and are available in eight models for different sensing applications to complement fiber amplifiers.
Posital Fraba's incremental rotary encoders are designed for motion control and industrial automation markets and has an output drive that can be set to push-pull or RS422.
Physik Instrumente's (PI) V-551 motorized linear translation stage is designed for applications where constant velocity is required such as optics inspection, metrology, photonics, interferometry, and semiconductor test equipment.
Mitsubishi's Electric A860 Series inverter delivers speed, torque, and positioning control for controlling shock loads, lifting, and hoisting applications and can be used in the timber and textile industries.
Mitsubishi Electric's F800 Series of variable frequency drives (VFDs) are designed for HVAC applications as well as pumps and fans within industrial applications.
Metal use in 3D printing is growing rapidly, and metals are being used for both customized and mass production by a variety of industries, according to a report by IDTech. Additive manufacturing metals in use or under investigation include titanium, nickel, aluminum, and cobalt as well as alloys of those materials.
A combination of linear drives and magnetic levitation can be used to alleviate particulate contamination on printed circuit boards’ (PCB) production lines, explained Paul Streatfield of Bosch Rexroth, for Control Engineering Europe.
Teledyne Dalsa's Linea 16k line scan camera are designed for general machine vision applications and features a 3.5 µm pixel size and acquires images at line rates of up to 48 kHz.
AutomationDirect's SureGear precision servo gearboxes include hub-style inline models and is designed for equipment that requires fast and precise indexing movement and features helical-cut planetary gears for quiet operation and reduced vibration.
Teledyne Dalsa's Xtium-CL MX4 frame grabber is an image processing board and are engineered to support applications such as color print inspection, flat-panel inspection, and machine vision inspections.
Banner Engineering's Q4X laser distance sensor features a dual teach mode model and is able to detect clear objects without requiring a retro-reflector and its dual mode can be used to error-proof applications by ensuring the correct color part is located at the correct position.
Teledyne Dalsa's Rad-icon 2022 CMOS X-Ray detector features 2,064 x 2,236 pixel resolution, an active area of 20.4 x 22.1 cm and 99 micron pixel size and are designed for industrial x-ray inspection and scientific imaging as well as non-destructive testing applications.
Laser Technology’s TruSense S-210 and S-230 laser sensors are equipped with an alignment laser, making precise targeting quick and easy during setup and have a variety of communications outputs including event triggering, SDI-12, 4-20, and 4-20 HART as well as a 200-Hz mode that commands the sensors to send pulses at a much higher frequency rate.
Numerik Jena's Kit R rotary optical encoder is designed for motion feedback applications such as semiconductors as well as the metrology, medical, and automation industries where installation space is limited.
MicroE and Applimotion have merged together to become Celera Motion and will develop component products and OEM solutions designed for medical, advanced industrial, scientific, and microelectronics equipment manufacturers.
Nord Drivesystems' HM and HMT Smooth Surface Motor series are designed for applications such as food processing, bottling and pharmaceutical applications, and wastewater treatment plants.
The Motion Control Association (MCA) and SMMA – the Motor & Motion Association have completed a merger that combines the two trade groups and will be called the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) going forward.
Micronor's MR303 linear position sensor system is designed for OEM motion control applications such as medical, MRI, robotic, and industrial applications and works in conjunction with the MR302-2 OEM Controller, which enables the sensor to integrate with PLC controllers and servo drives.
AutomationDirect’s Stellar SR55 series of solid-state soft starters are designed to control three-phase AC induction motors and use thyristors in all three motor phases for controlled, reduced voltage motor starting and stopping.
CD-adapco has integrated the Speed electric machine design suite of programs with Star-CCM+, a tool that models heat transfer, fluid dynamics, structural stresses, electric and magnetic fields, and aero-acoustics that are used in many electric machine applications.
Banner Engineering's wireless vibration and temperature sensor is designed to monitor applications such as motors, pumps, blowers and many other types of machines for increases in vibration and temperature.
The China Machine Vision Union (CMVU) has joined the G3 Standardization Initiative, which promotes machine vision standards globally, as the group's fifth member.
Physik Instrumente's C-887.52 is a hexapod controller for parallel kinematics precision positioners that features a real-time operating system and software programs for test, configuration, and simulation.
4B Components' P8003V10C and the P8004V10C proximity sensors have solid state relays that are designed for speed monitoring applications and can be used to detect shaft, gate, or slide position as well as object presence.
AutomationDirect's IronHorse GSD1 series dc drives are high-performance PWM controllers for 12 V to 48 V equipment and are available in 10 A and 20 A versions and are designed for applications such as auger feeders, automated door actuators and industrial pumping systems.
MTS Sensors' RT4 is a linear position measurement sensor that features 2 independent sensor elements and is designed for use in steel processing plants, lumber mills, and power generation sites.
Understanding how the programmable logic controller (PLC) has evolved and how it relates to more modern incarnations like the PAC as well as understanding servo system criteria will help a great deal on the plant floor.
Gill Sensors & Controls' Blade25 Inductive Position Sensor has a non-contacting position sensing technology that provides both linear and rotary position feedback and is designed for dirty and contaminated environments.
Dynapar's Northstar brand R56 foot/C-Face mount and RF25 flange mount resolvers designed for pulp & paper and steel mill environments as well as other harsh industrial manufacturing settings.
Banner Engineering's Q3X LD50 laser contrast sensor has fixed background suppression as well as contrast detection and is designed to detect targets within the desired sensing range while ignoring objects in the background.
Servo system selection criteria involves more than just wattage and price. Other important servo criteria to consider include rated torque, rated speed, overload time, torque-to-inertia ratio, resolution, frequency response, network-based solutions, physical size, quality, and reliability.
Numerik Jena's LIK 41 optical linear encoder is designed for motion feedback applications where space is limited and is designed to work in the semiconductor, medical, metrology, and automation industries.
Festo's DSBG line of ISO 15552 large diameter tie rod pneumatic cylinders are available in 160 and 200 mm sizes and are designed for heavy duty applications such as the automotive, mining, and water treatment industries.
Servotronix sensAR is the new magnetic absolute rotary encoder developed by Servotronix. It achieves the high resolution and accuracy of optical absolute encoders in a more compact, robust, and durable product. The encoder’s strength stems from a nonperiodic pattern and a patented method of signal evaluation to generate Gray code and high-resolution absolute positions from one circular track.
Technology Update: New design and signal evaluation improve capabilities of absolute rotary encoders, offering high resolution and accuracy of optical absolute encoders with the ruggedness and compact size of magnetic encoders. Improvements include nonperiodic pattern and a patented method of signal evaluation to generate Gray code and high-resolution absolute positions from one circular track. See related figures and link online to product details.
EDrive Actuators' Eliminator ST series of stainless steel linear actuators are designed for use in caustic, corrosive environments, such as food processing applications where daily wash down is required.
Heidenhain is expanding the range of its 1000 series of absolute rotary encoders with devices that feature a synchronous serial interface (SSI) and are designed to measure absolute position in different machines and devices with limited installation space.
Güdel ZP-6 and ZP-7 two-axis linear modules are designed to deliver 25% more payload capacity and meet the needs of heavy payload materials handling applications.
The Netzer DS-58 absolute position rotary encoder from Electromate is designed for many applications such as from space and avionics, military and defense, instrumentation, and automotive and features absolute or incremental position feedback.
Asco Numatics' 501 Series panel mount adapter plate is designed to allow OEMs and end users to directly connect the 501 Series pneumatic valve manifold to a panel in the wall or floor of a cabinet.
Data Translation's VIBbox is a sound and vibration portable measurement system with 64 IEPE input channels, 8 stimulus D/A channels, and 4 tachometer channels.
Nippon Pulse's PCL61x4 series of high-performance servo/stepper controller chips consists of the PCL6114 single-axis chip and the four-axis PCL6144 chip and are designed for high-precision applications like semiconductor processing.
AutomationDirect's SureMotion series of power transmission products includes timing pulleys, bushings, and timing belts that allow the user to change speed and torque while connecting mechanically rotating components.
Balluff's 6K miniature photoelectric sensors are designed to work in harsh conditions and are available in five sensing modes including background suppression, diffuse, retroreflective, through-beam and contrast. Connections are made by cable, M8 three-pin or M8 four-pin quick disconnect and all versions are now IP67, IP69, and Ecolab approved.
Teledyne Dalsa's Linea family of line scan cameras feature 2k and 4k GigE Vision models and are designed to lower the cost of inspection for a wide array of applications.
Macro Sensors' GHS Series of hermetically sealed gaging probes are designed for dimensional gaging in harsh environments and can survive heavy shocks as well as the effects of dirt, water, steam and other corrosive elements.
Advanced Machine & Engineering's OTT-Jakob position monitoring system with the electronic analog sensor, which allows the user to monitor the drawbar for performance and wear by detecting the position and transmitting the data.
Eaton's PowerXL DE1 Variable Speed Starter (VSS) is designed for users who need variable frequency and advanced motor protection and is useful for situations where a variable motor speed is required but would be too complex.
Banner Engineering's LE250 and LE550 dual discrete laser sensors are designed for challenging detection applications and feature two independently configurable discrete outputs that can be setup as switch points or sensing windows.
PHD Inc.'s Optimax series of OCG round body pneumatic cylinders are now available in a metric design and is designed for use in the machine builders' market.
Intelligrated's warehouse execution systems (WES) are designed to act as the operational brain and adjust workflow by combining warehouse management, warehouse control and order fulfillment software functionalities to streamline order planning and fulfillment execution.
Dayton Lamina's hydraulic motors feature a design that allows four times more torque to be produced without gear reducers and are designed for a wide range of applications including conveyor drives, hose reel extraction, fan drives and pipe valve openers.
Eaton's E57 series of inductive proximity sensors are designed to provide detection, measurement, and analysis of mechanical processes to reduce unplanned downtime and maintain precise manufacturing operations.
Microchip Technology's MM7150 Motion Module combines the SSC7150 motion co-processor combined with 9-axis sensors for a wide range of embedded, industrial, consumer electronics, and other applications.
Banner Engineering's Q3X laser contrast sensor has the ability to detect up to 2,000 events per second and is designed for high-speed packaging and detecting small target applications.
RSF Elektronik's MSA 170 is a sealed linear encoder designed for motion applications in various industries like manually-operated machine tools, metrology, semiconductor, medical, automation, and as CNC applications.
While the double-digit annual economic growth might never come back, many believe that a more environmentally friendly and rational development mode will lead China to sustainable growth. Saving energy with production optimization and the recycling of waste heat for power generation are crucial to address China's environmental problems.
Coto Technology's RedRock RR100 MEMS-based magnetic reed sensor is designed for automotive, instrumentation, industrial, and medical applications and also offers directional magnetic sensitivity and electrostatic discharge (ESD) resistance.
IHS reports that the medium-voltage motor market in China is expected to have minor growth due to headwinds with end-market performance and falling prices.
Dan Jones, electric motor and generator designer, was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Electric Motor Education and Research Foundation and the SMMA-Motors and Motion Association during the annual fall conference awards and dinner for the organizations on Nov. 5, 2014.
Applimotion’s frameless direct drive motor kits have been used in custom direct-drive motors for more than 15 years in automation systems, robotics, semiconductor equipment, medical devices and communication systems.
AutomationDirect’s APS inductive proximity sensor series are IP67-rated rectangular compact DC sensors available are available in two- or three-wire configurations and are fitted with polycarbonate unshielded housings and LED status indicators.
Advanced motor and motion systems were discussed at the 12th annual Motor & Drive Systems 2015 conference and exhibition, Jan. 21, in Orlando, Fla., including an axial variable flux permanent magnet motor, dual axial gap wheel motors, electric 2-wheelers, intelligent encoders, magnetic encoders, and inductive encoders.
Teledyne Dalsa's Rad-icon 3030 CMOS X-Ray detector offer a combination of higher resolution and fast imaging and features 3096 x 3100 pixel resolution, an active area of 30.6 x 30.7 cm, and 99 micron pixel size.
RSF Elektronik's MS 15 optical kit style linear encoder is designed for motion applications and provides a 40 micron grating pitch on an 8mm wide steel tape carrier that has a double-stick backing for mounting directly to the machine axis.
Heidenhain's CNC Pilot 640 lathe control combines turning-milling machines, vertical lathes, vertical boring, and turning mills functions. The software comes with high-resolution 3D graphic simulation.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation's F800 Series variable frequency drive is designed and optimized for HVAC and motor control applications. The F800 controls and supports multiple motor types, including AC induction and permanent magnet motors.
Banner Engineering's Q4X laser distance sensor is able to detect distance changes as small as 1 mm and is designed to sense applications regardless of target surface reflectivity.
Denso's BHT-1300-CE wireless and batch 1D and 2D handheld barcode terminals feature the Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system and Advanced Scan Plus CCD and area-imaging technology designed to enable faster scanning than lasers.
Aerotech's QNP-XY piezo nanopositioner series is designed for precision applications and features travel ranges from 100 μm to 600 μm as well as a capacitive sensor.
H2W Technologies' brushless linear motors are designed for long stroke, high speed, closed-loop applications and can be provided with precision linear encoders or with hall effect sensors for trapezoidal commutation.
The PyroMini 0.9 infrared pyrometer from Calex Electronics can view into a vacuum chamber through a quartz or glass window and measure the temperature of the surface of the silicon wafer and it can take repeatable measurements continuously for long periods.
The Chromasens allPixa pro is a color line scan CCD camera designed for high-speed machine vision applications and has tri-linear CCD sensors and color accuracy for challenging inspection problems.
Manufacturing is predicted to grow in 2015 thanks to an improved economy and the lower costs of reshoring; an increase in big data and predictive maintenance technologies are also expected. See 6 key manufacturing trends for 2015.
The ICT800 and ICT820 in-cylinder linear transducers from Penny + Giles are designed for intelligent mobile hydraulics and are designed to survive in environments prone to extreme vibration and shock.
The Acu-Rite Millpwrg2 control is a computer numerical control (CNC) designed for vertical knee mills and has functions that include a geometry calculator, tool plunge, and G-code editing capabilities and features like USB and a high-resolution display.
Total sales of machine vision components and systems increased 12% to $1.65 billion in the first nine months of 2014, according to the AIA.
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 22-28: PLC and DCS programming, MES or batch manufacturing, industrial automation video, more
Articles about PLC and DCS programming, MES and batch manufacturing, an industrial automation video, system integration insights, and modulation and coding schemes were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from last week, December 22-28. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Baumer's VeriSens XC series vision sensor portfolio now includes models capable of color identification and inspection with the Color FEX feature for 3D color identification and definition. The products are designed for automation tasks like product encoding and quality assurance. They also can help with packaging, pick and pack, and assembly monitoring.
The AM801x and AM811x servomotors from Beckhoff Automation feature F1 flange size with 40 mm edge length, which is designed to save space for motion systems. The servos are said to offer a low rotor moment of inertia as well as quadruple overload capacity, adhering to the highest requirements for motion dynamics.
Bosch Rexroth's EFC 3600 variable frequency drive series is designed to improve the process controls through integrated PID controllers as well as a sequence control system with eight steps.
Opto 22 explains automation simply with a basic cartoon video, “Automation 101 - What is Industrial Automation?” Adding intelligence, quality, and safety to a process is easier with automation, especially for doing things that humans cannot, explains Opto 22, a supplier of automation hardware and software.
RSF Elektronik's MSR 40 modular rotary position feedback system allows machine designers to quickly measure angles on larger rotary axes and is suited for machines that require motion feedback.
A smaller profile for the Mosolver from QuickSilver Controls means more applications for the device in tighter spaces. QuickSilver Controls extended its patented Mosolver (Motor + Resolver) technology into the compact 17 frame format. The integrated motor and encoder provides 32,000 counts of position information. The sensor is protected by the motor structure, does not need a separate housing, and is unaffected by dust or grease.
Cognex's PowerGrid technology is a texture-based location algorithm for reading 2D matrix and direct part mark (DPM) codes that is designed to look for a pattern of alternating light and dark modules within the code.
Beckhoff Automation announced that Aurelio Banda will become the company's president of North American operations effective Jan. 1, 2015, and will oversee all operations from the company's Savage, Minn., office.
Parker Hannifin displayed more than 15 product lines appropriate to the packaging markets, at the Pack Expo in Chicago. Among the offerings were a servo motor, a programmable automation controller (PAC) and a wireless sensing system for monitoring pressure, temperature and humidity levels in systems and machines.
U.S. packaging machinery shipments increased by 6 percent, to $7.9 billion, in 2013; and a rise in retail-ready packaging (RRP) is changing the role of secondary packaging, particularly in its role as a retail-ready packaging medium.
The October issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on motor measurement, designing real-time process controllers, and the maturity model.
At 2014 NIDays in Chicago, Dave Wilson, director of academic programs at National Instruments, gave his insights on the Internet of things (IoT) and demonstrated the latest design and testing tools to create the IoT.
AutomationDirect's 0.5 to 5 hp Marathon Max+ series AC motors have an integrated encoder and can be used in machine tool, conveyor, packaging, and batch applications.
The QM photoelectric sensor series by AutomationDirect are IP67-rated sensors available in three-wire NPN or PNP styles and with visible red and infrared versions.
PLCs are evolving and continue to be the best option for a variety of industrial automation applications. Greater programming flexibility and ease, scalability, more memory, smaller sizes, very high-speed (Gigabit) Ethernet, and built-in wireless are among evolving programmable logic controller features.
Eaton helps commercial, industrial, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers achieve new levels of energy efficiency, safety, and reliability with the new Eaton PowerXL Series adjustable frequency drives, reducing energy costs.
Think Again: Micromachining techniques are shrinking sensors, making devices less expensive with more capabilities. Microelectrical mechanical systems (MEMS) will evolve into nanoelectrical mechanical systems (NEMS).
Etel's TMK series torque motors have accurate positioning with very high torque at low speeds.
Industrial Control Inc. developed the IC ThermoChecker using a 3D smart camera to reliably detect and reject the defective parts, resulting in a substantial increase in defect detection before parts left the client’s facility.
When considering safety circuit designs and compliance requirements, look at B level versus C level safety standards and their approval dates. See levels of machine safety standards graphic.
ANSI Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard ANSI Z10-2005 was updated, and the update approved on Sept. 5, 2012. This remarkable accomplishment created a national consensus standard for all types of organizations and companies regardless of size. A standard is not a guideline, and it carries compliance requirements. OSHA says ignorance of a regulation or standard is not an acceptable excuse.
Inside Machines: Pulse width modulation (PWM) using opposite voltage vector can extend time for analog dc (ADC) sampling in motor control applications.
Certified integrators are important for the implementation of PackML, according to Jeff Shiepe, project engineer at Nestle. In his presentation at the 2014 ARC Industry Forum, he toplined some integration challenges and lessons learned in a recent Nestle factory expansion.
In applications where single-function relays aren’t capable enough and a safety-rated PLC is overkill, multi-function safety relays can be the best technology choice. Tables provide examples.
To reduce costs, improve reliability, and streamline the manufacturing process, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers may seek one vendor that can support parts manufacturers from the initial design process through final delivery.
Instead of costly and complicated mounting options, the new draw wire encoders from Kübler find the balance between price and performance.
Schneider Electric announced today that it completed its acquisition of Invensys PLC, a global automation player with a large installed base and a strong software presence. The deal previously was reported to be a $5 billion transaction.
Extended storage memory for project files enables faster commissioning, less downtime.
Bosch Rexroth offers educational resource kits that include case studies, technical papers, software tools, and web resources to improve knowledge of hydraulics, linear motion and mechatronics, factory automation, mobile technologies, and other topics.
Cognex's Tire Solutions integrate proprietary machine vision knowledge and barcode reading technology that are specifically designed for the tire industry.
The most-visited articles at www.controleng.com during November 2013 included: Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award Finalists, PID math, artificial intelligence tools for sensor systems, SCADA technology, automated guided vehicles, plant-to-enterprise integration, technical training advice, cyber security, and more.
Netzer's DS-25 lightweight, miniature absolute rotary encoder provides high-resolution positions with a miniature-to-wide diameter hollow shaft. Fewer components increases reliability.
Applying the bagging triangle can ensure that packagers maintain efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
Manufacturing Operations Management systems look to specific industry needs
QuickSilver Controls Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high pole count ac motor; no encoder is needed for closed loop motion control.
At least seven artificial intelligence (AI) tools can be useful when applied to sensor systems: knowledge-based systems, fuzzy logic, automatic knowledge acquisition, neural networks, genetic algorithms, case-based reasoning, and ambient-intelligence. See diagrams.
Case study: This application describes the vital role of encoders in the finishing process of giant bearings.
The PLC market in China is expected to recover from a recent downward spiral as more domestic suppliers begin to emerge, particularly in the micro PLC market, according to ARC Advisory Group.
Since it’s the way that users interact with a control system, don’t underestimate the importance of an effective HMI. It makes a huge difference to users now and down the road.
Banner Engineering's S18-2 compact photoelectric sensor series are self-contained, dc-operated sensors built with advanced ASIC technology and a red emitter beam that reaches up to 25 m.
Galil Motion Control's DMC-30016 pocket motion controller combines a single-axis motion controller with a 1.4 A/phase stepper drive in a compact unit.
IDEC's dual contact blocks are IP67 rated and allow a user up to six contacts and extend 59.9 mm behind the panel.
While variable frequency drives save energy, they sometimes lead to premature bearing and motor failure when not properly grounded and programmed. Beware of this “new” cause of bearing failure and know how to prevent it by eliminating common mode voltage.
The AC-500 XC PLC from ABB is designed to operate in extreme temperatures and has extended immunity against corrosive elements and electric shock.
The MELSEC-L programmable controller from Mitsubishi Electric Automation customizes hardware configurations for scalable machines and integrates sequence, motion, temperature, and vision control into one package.
The uEye XS camera with autofocus by IDS is designed to deliver crisp images from close range and can be integrated into most imaging systems.
Festo's VTOC pilot gas valve manifold has configurations for up to 24 valve positions as well as configurable manifold rails and choices of pneumatic outlets.
Product Exclusive: Mitsubishi Electric adds entry-level Micro PLC to the FX3 Series; FX3S Micro programmable logic controller provides lowest cost entry into the FX3 PLC platform.
Danray Products' point-of-operation-opening safety scale is designed for safeguards and is made out of anodized aluminum and features a tapered design for tight, obstructive areas.
The CM12 capacitive sensor by Sick has teach button settings for normal and sensitive operations, allowing it to be used for a variety of critical applications.
Product Exclusive: PMD Prodigy/CME Machine Controller Card integrates up to four amplifiers and a positioning motion controller on one printed circuit card.
Why is knowing the difference between a machine actuator versus an actuator control important? The hazard on a machine is what’s really important to reducing risk! Understanding two standards-based definitions can help.
The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) reported a 10 percent increase in machine vision sales for the first quarter of 2013, thanks in large part to an increase in machine vision system sales.
A new book, a guide to legal risk in the automation, robotics, and process industries, by Mark Voigtmann, expands upon his legal wisdom, sound advice, and humor from the Control Engineering “Legalities” column.
Recent new product and standards advances include FDA traceability, higher speed, and connectivity and integration standards.
Three-dimensional (3D) imaging can be used to verify rope and cable quality to measure pitch length and diameter, and identify rope surface damage and type of wear, with accuracy surpassing current methods, to enhance safety. See photos.
Laser camera combination technology is ideal for surface measurement in many industries. The camera detects a laser line projected onto an object at a specific angle. Height and width information is determined by triangulation.
Most-visited articles at www.controleng.com during February 2013 included the following topics: Plant-floor virtualization, robots vs. jobs, PLC vs. PAC, servodrive control, dynamic process simulation, intelligent field device standard, and cyber security, among others.
The AIA reports that machine vision components and sales totaled $1.8 billion in 2012, a four percent decline from 2011. An optimistic outlook about manufacturing in North America is leading to a positive growth outlook for 2013, however.
AIS expands its range of industrial touch screen panel computers, extending combinations of processors and screen sizes.
Medium-voltage drives to see accelerated growth globally in 2013, despite European market contraction
The European market experienced serious economic woes in 2012 as both public and private investment withered due to the sovereign debt crisis, which has outlasted expectations.
Muscle Robotics offers full line of servo motor systems, Cool Muscle motors. High-speed demonstration of synchronized motor systems is planned for ATX West 2013, Feb. 12-14.
The first 122 recepients of the Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards were announced as a part of the STEP ahead initiative, which is designed to promote women's role in the manufacturing landscape.
Since Universal Robots launched in North America in September 2012, the user-friendly, lightweight robot arms from Denmark have been met with overwhelming interest from distributors and customers, the company said. Return on investment is 3-8 months; 80% operate without enclosures. Link to videos.
Yaskawa Motoman high-speed robots, gateway that allows PLC programming and open programming support, two-arm robots, multi-language support, career fair, and expansion among Automate 2013 announcements.
ABB Robotics combined its IRB 660 and IRB 140 robots, creating an IRB 800 robot with 10 axes of movement for robotic welding and other highly nimble applications.
Thomas Lübkemeier was named General Manager for the European Machine Vision Association.
Microscan's AutoVision 2.0 combines a simplified user interface with a powerful toolset for inspection, error proofing, and identification applications.
The GigE uEye RE camera series by IDS Imaging meets protection classes IP65 and IP67 and features an M12 circular connector and optically decoupled digital I/Os.
IMS Research estimates the world market for industrial robots will grow at an annual average rate of more than 8% from 2011 to 2016 thanks to advances in machine vision and sensing and gripping.
Teledyne Dalsa’s Geva vision system, Genie camera, and Sherlock machine vision software improve quality control.
Some simple design guidelines and a little planning ahead can result in more straightforward communication system architecture.
The GEVA-300 by Teledyne Dalsa is a vision system for multi-camera applications that use an expandable platform for a multitude of industrial inspection tasks and it is compatible with the company's Genie cameras.
Control Engineering International: With increasing labor costs and labor employment adjustments, China’s manufacturing industry is losing the advantage of low-cost labor to Southeast Asian countries. Increased use of industrial robots lowers production costs and frees workers from tedious labor so they can move into positions of higher technical and management skills, said Control Engineering China.
Projections indicate the Asia Pacific market (excluding Japan) will pass EMEA revenues in the machine vision market by 2015.
Choosing between servos and induction motors depends on the level of performance required by the application and costs. Induction motors are simple, low-cost, and straightforward. Servos can offer higher performance, faster speeds, and smaller sizes.
Siemens demonstrates Kuka Robotics integration for workpiece handling at IMTS 2012. Motion is controlled by Kuka mxAutomation software through the Siemens Sinumerik CNC, easing integration and operations.
The Falcon2 camera series by Teledyne Dalsa enable color inspection as well fast frame rates up to 168 frames per second. They also come with embedded image processing and pixel responsivity adjustment.
An effective relationship with your software vendor can result in developments that put you ahead of your competition.
"U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative: Dialog on Next Generation Supply Networks and Logistics" has a positive overall outlook for manufacturing in the U.S. for today and the future. It is a 2012 report from Georgia Tech and the Council on Competitiveness.
Proximity sensors provide high-quality performance for an evolving range of applications.
Siemens lobbyists explain how current politics and legislation influence manufacturing, automation, and controls, and how they’re trying to help make it easier for businesses to partner with clients. Collaboration to overcome uncertainties would be good for business. Discussions of taxes, trade, cyber security, Smart Grid, and other policies, follow.
“We have reviewed all of our machine safety hazards and have applied mitigation solutions to every hazard. Will OSHA agree with the mitigated 'acceptable' risk levels we’ve achieved?”
The Genie TS camera series by Teledyne Dalsa has three new color models in addition to CMOS imaging sensor technology and GigE Vision-compliance.
CoaXPress (CXP) is a high-speed point-to-point serial communication standard for the transmission of video data, scalable over single or multiple coaxial cables. It has a high-speed downlink of up to 6.25Gb/S per cable for video, images, and data, plus a lower speed, 20Mb/S uplink for communications and control.
IDS uEye 3.0 USB cameras to be shown in North American for first time at the Vision Show. Cameras are compact with 10x the data rate of USB 2.0.
Cost-effective, high-performance machine vision tools help machine builders increase accuracy and throughput on a new machine design using four cameras, one controller, and high-speed communications.
IMS Research revealed in its quarterly tracker that market growth in Asia Pacific from 2010 to 2011 was only 8.5%, which was far less than the EMEA or the Americas over that same time span.
Expanded portfolio now includes Truesense Imaging (Formerly Kodak) sensors using GigE communications.
Control Engineering International: Suzanne Gill, Control Engineering Europe, spoke to Dr. Richard Bateman from the Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) group at Brunel University to find out about the EuroEnergest project whose ultimate aim is reducing energy usage in the automotive industry.
The FQ-M vision sensor by Omron comes with Ethernet and EtherCAT embedded for easy integration and an incremental encoder for tracking and calibration.
The EyeVision software by EVT has been revised, allowing compatibility with CoaXPress cameras in addition to PC interfaces like USB, GigE and FireWire.
The PTAS2 series by A.C.E. is a sensor designed for harsh conditions, making it suited for factory automation and robotic applications.
IDS GmbH's USB 3.0 uEye cameras have three sensors and are designed to withstand manufacturing settings because of its magnesium casing.
Outlook for automation growth in the U.S. is healthy for 2012, suggests Alan Beaulieu, president, Institute for Trend Research (ITR), a Jan. 19 presenter at the Robotics Industry Forum, AIA Business Conference, and MCA Business Conference, Jan. 18-20, Orlando, Fla.
19th Annual Robotics Industry Forum will be Jan. 18-20, 2012, Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Fla. The Robotic Industries Association event is co-located with the AIA and MCA business conferences, attracting those interested in robotics, machine vision, and motion control.
The TM-3000 2D Optical Micrometer from Keyence is designed to combine the functionality of a laser scan micrometer, machine vision system and optical comparator into one device.
Manufacturing is the innovative lifeblood of U.S. economic prosperity. Tell policymakers that. Send them this link today.
The Checker 4G7X offers a pattern-based position tool that supports 360-degree rotation and component placement for improved productivity.
Machine and embedded control – Machine vision, barcode readers: The Genie TS series from Teledyne Dalsa combines advancements in our CMOS imaging sensor technology with a newly optimized camera series that delivers the widest, most powerful feature set ever in a GigE Vision camera. This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
Process control – Flowmeters: Fluid Components International's all-new ST100 Series Thermal Mass Flow Meter is an advanced, high-performance and process adaptable gas flowmeter for use in all process and plant gas flow measurement applications in pipe diameters from 1 in. (25 mm) to 100 in. (2500 mm). This is a Control Engineering 2012 Engineers’ Choice honorable mention.
The Falcon 2 machine vision camera series from Teladyne Dalsa is designed to deliver quick pictures and high resolution for electronics, semiconductor and flat panel display inspection.
The Xcelera-CL VX4 and Sapera APF use a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) based vision processor for real-time image processing applications
Phoenix Contact's M12 cordsets can flex up to 15 million bend-cycles and are designed for situations where cables need torosional and bending strength.
PPT Vision's JAI cameras, including an ultra-violet camera for inspections, have been added to its M-series embedded machine vision system line.
Academic director - Robotics + Manufacturing, Dunwoody College of Technology – AAS Electronics Engineering Technology, Coastline Community College; BS Mathematics, Metropolitan State University
IDS GmbH released the UI-5480CP industrial camera, which is reportedly one of the smallest to have PoE as a feature.
The Spyder3 cameras by Teledyne Dalsa received recent updates, allowing them to work in harsher temperatures and improved graphical interfaces.
Texas Instruments DRV8301 brushless motor provides improved thermal performance and greater efficiency in BLDC and PMSM applications.
Teledyne Dalsa's Genie TS cameras combine CMOS imaging sensor technology, monochrome or color, with a GigE Vision communications for speeds up to 300 frames per second (fps) at distances up to 100 m, meeting performance and operational requirements of a wide range of discrete applications.
ABB Robotics standardized packages of motor and gear units help system integrators create external axis systems.
Teledyne Dalsa unveiled its new CCD camera, QuantaPro2K camera at the SPIE Optics + Photonics trade show in San Diego.
Tiny motion control technology helps with a prototype lunar mechanical tool changer for a robot that could unload moon landers from a spacecraft and then do various science experiments.
Non-Contact Transfer (NCT) unit from Rexroth is a unique picking device that operates on the Bernoulli principle, which applies airflow under the device to create a vacuum and lift force between the center and circumference. The line is now expanded to include a high-grade polymer version.
IMS Research analyst John Morse believes machine vision is going to grow up to 10% in 2011, continuing a double-digit trend.
Cognex Corporation added 3D vision to VisionPro to work in real-world conditions, particularly in assembly, logistics, and robot applications.
I’ll bet nearly everyone reading this blog has heard someone say, “I don’t have to upgrade my machine safety to the latest technology.” Right? And, the next comment might be something like, “My shop is safe because we haven’t had an accident for umpteen years.” Are these folks wrong? Here are 5 questions to ask about machine safety.
STMicroelectronics released new controllers for the STM32 series to simplify design and save more energy.
Tuesday, August 2–Thursday, August 4, Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, is the next NIWeek from National Instruments.
EVT’s expanded EyeVision system opens up new application ranges of robot control by the combination of a depth sensor and a normal camera via the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect sensor.
Universal Robotics’ Spatial Vision features enhanced accuracy, ease-of-use for turning webcams into 3D vision hardware.
CeBIT featured more than the normal fare of conference attendees – Gostai brought its mobile telepresence robot along.
Ivy Tech Community College is now a Motoman Endorsed Robotics Instructor Training (MERIT) center, bringing Motoman training to Indiana region.
Collaboration with Bon Jovi RoboScreen mastermind to accelerate the development of robotic systems for entertainment and in-store advertising.
With cables and hoses protected in the upper arm the IRB 2600ID shortens cycle times 15%, with lower operational costs, simplified programming
Large-scale robotic case picking solution designed to pick 300 SKUs at 250,000+ cases/day, on a footprint less than 40,000 sq ft.
Continued: Forty-student comprise FIRST Robotics Team 3767; I'm one of the 8 team Mentors. Their first competition will be March 4 and 5, 2011 – just six weeks away. That will be followed by another in Troy, MI a few weeks later.
Look inside a FIRST Robotics team effort - how a team forms then designs, builds, tests, and modifies a robot all within six weeks for the FIRST Robotics Competition.
4-H club pushes robotics and Lego Mindstorms; Did you see the Google driverless car? Link to 4-H robotics site and driverless car video.
Hardware - Handheld testing, calibration: Fluke Corporation Fluke 365 Detachable Jaw True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter - Thin, detachable clamp aids access to PLC wiring and improves visibility when measuring AC or DC current, voltage, resistance and continuity. This is a Control Engineering 2011 Engineers' Choice (EC) Award winner.
At IMTS 2010, the OPC Foundation and the MTConnect Institute announced they would develop standards called MTConnectOpcUa. The companion specifications aim to ensure interoperability and consistency between MTConnect specifications and OPC specifications, as well as the manufacturing technology equipment, devices, software, or other products that implement those standards.
Bit counts matter when converting analog data to digital.
Advancing Technology: Sensorless vector control, power factor control, and higher temperature operation are among recent silicon developments.
Editorial: After a solid year of declines in manufacturing and related employment here in North America, it’s becoming apparent that we have turned a corner in the industry. As of early March, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reports that its index of purchasing managers has remained at a level considered to reflect industry growth for seven straight months.
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) is helping a suburban Chicago high school implement a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.
Technology tips follow for higher warehouse productivity for manufacturers using Bluetooth wireless technology.
Productivity has more than doubled in manufacturing in last 20 years, which is a boon for competitiveness, wages, and the rest of the economy, says Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI.
Nearly a year after the global credit crunch caused the two companies to walk away from a merger, JDA Software has once again announced plans to acquire supply chain software specialist i2 Technologies.
Seven tips for spreading engineering innovation were relayed at NIWeek last month. Look for, learn, and apply game-changing technologies. What emerging technologies will seem, 30 years from now, as the Apple 2, Commodore 64, or TRS 80 do today? asked Dean Kamen, founder of Deka Research & Development Corp.
Designing a safeguarding solution for work cells requires striking a balance between floor space, ease of installation, productivity, safety, and initial and ongoing maintenance costs. When determining the proper method of machine safeguarding, however, it is important that other occasional operations like setup, cleaning, maintenance and adjustments are also taken into account.
Getting youth excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is among goals of Hannover Fair 2009, in the TecToYou program, with guided tours and a robotics competition where teams of students build soccer-playing robots that will compete for a soccer championship this week.
Next-gen news: SAP bets modular approach to Business Suite 7 will appeal in times of economic crisis
Amid what SAP executives concede is a global economic crisis, top executives for the enterprise software vendor introduced a new-generation suite of its ERP and other applications at a press conference Feb. 4, 2009, at its offices in New York City. While acknowledging that corporate IT budgets are tight, SAP leaders say that its more modular software with one “enhancement pack” strategy for all applications will appeal to users looking to trim IT costs by eliminating upgrade pains, and quickly gaining crucial functionality. “We are living in challenging times,” says Co-CEO Leo Apotheker. “But there are very good reasons why people should invest in IT.
Design for manufacturability—the idea of taking the company’s manufacturing capabilities into account during new product design—is not a new concept. What is new is the growing movement among manufacturers to integrate product life-cycle management (PLM) and production management software as the means for delivering product design data to the plant floor.
Automation technology can be used as a tool to help implement lean manufacturing solutions. When used correctly, it can help eliminate error and waste in a lean operation. Podcast puts to rest the myths about the roles of automation and lean and focuses on when it makes sense to consider automation solutions to lean manufacturing problems. Link to lean resources, including glossary of lean.
What goes through the heads of young robot designers participating in the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition? (FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.) See what one team is thinking. Link to safety video.
Grant Imahara, Mythbusters host and a robot builder, stars in the new FIRST Robotics instructional safety video from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Assn., Intl. (FMA) and UL Laboratories. Link to the video and to comments from FIRST Robotics participants.
Through a recent survey of 538 discrete manufacturing professionals, Longview Advisors finds persistent inefficiencies in design data handling, even though effective solutions are available. The “2008 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report” includes results and analysis from Longview’s fourth annual survey.
Controls engineers have quietly done sustainability related efforts for years; we call them "lean initiatives," says Pack Expo speaker.
SL-V Safety Light Curtain incorporates highly-visible indicators to facilitate setup and to easily see the current operating status. The tough, slim body conforms to IP-65 and IP-67 rating standards. Edge-to-edge mounting and side-exit cabling allow precise fit into equipment. Operators can immediately determine whether the curtain is active, preventing situations where the beam is accidentally...
The M-2000iA is the world's largest and strongest six-axis robot, claims Rich Meyer, product manager, Fanuc Robotics. “It has the longest reach and the strongest wrist – surpassing all other six-axis robots available today,” he says. The company introduced its M-2000iA line of super heavy-duty robots in a fabrication system demonstration during IMTS 2008, at McCormick Place in...
Discussions to provide a unique opportunity for conference attendees to break into smaller peer groups to discuss some of the most important issues in robotics and robotics technology
aPriori v6 product cost management platform delivers real-time product cost assessments to enable discrete manufacturers to reduce direct material spend by identifying quantifiable savings in material, tooling, labor, and overhead while evaluating alternative designs, processes, and sources.aPriori v6 features support for additional 3D CAD file formats with integration to CATIA v5, and Siemens PLM NX . Combined with its existing integration to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire and enhanced support for industry standards including STEP, aPriori v6 significantly extends its ability to cost parts and products automatically and instantly from solid model files. By extending CAD file support, aPriori v6 enables both CAD-users and non-CAD users to cost parts and assemblies in real-time.“When your employees know the cost impact of the product decisions they make—as they make them—they drive more costs out of the products you manufacture.
Automation helps big machines: Adder extension technology is contributing to the Large Hadron Collider, a new generation of space exploration is afoot with the help of Green Hills Software, and there is the world's largest and strongest six-axis robot from Fanuc Robotics, the M-2000iA/1200. See photos.
The latest release of Infor ERP XA, an IBM System i-based ERP solution for discrete manufacturers with mixed-mode processes, reportedly serves up more system speed, inventory management processes, and service and maintenance procedures for IT professionals.“Infor ERP XA is a comprehensive system that streamlines master production scheduling, inventory management, order processing, material requirements planning, detailed lot tracking, and production reporting,” says Kevin Piotrowski, director, discrete industry and product marketing, Infor. “With the latest version of XA, the system functions faster and is easier to service, lowering the total cost of ownership for companies in discrete manufacturing.”Infor ERP XA 7.8 uses an IBM query engine, SQE, which increases the system’s speed of data retrieval and improves performance across the board. The enhanced version also automatically updates financials by type: accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and cash—reducing time by eliminating the step required to look up the transaction category.In addition, the new version uses a companion field to update the currency decimal point for various foreign monies, previously done separately.Manufacturers also can receive inventory using abstract syntax notation (ASN) in addition to purchase order, thereby simplifying supplier relations.
What should you look for before you go, and what should you expect when you get there? Here are seven recommendations to keep in mind, and one more just for fun.
Break it up is not going to mean quit fighting as robots slug it out at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. IMTS 2008 is in Chicago, Sept. 8-13, 2008. Learn more about robotic combat with three power demonstrations daily at....
The application development capabilities of Rockwell Automation's FactoryTalk ProductionCentre have been updated and expanded to help users save time and money when building and deploying manufacturing production applications across multiple sites. It leverages the FactoryTalk Services Platform, a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for improved plant-wide integration.
Don't be surprised if a friend who gives you a ride in his new Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan suddenly begins talking to his car. He might say something like, "Call Maria, cell," or "Playlist, dance mix." And the vehicle will respond by dialing Maria's number in his cell phone, or streaming the song tracks in his iPod through onboard speakers.
Welders, fabricators, laser operators, electricians, press brake operators, and machinists are skilled workers reported to be in short supply by manufacturers across the country. Apprenticeship and internship programs can help by….
Globalization is no longer a long-term goal in the manufacturing industry; it's here now, and the competition that results is fierce. Executives and plant managers must now coordinate planning across the global supply network to drive responsive local execution under considerably shorter lead times. With improved execution top-of-mind, SAP AG says it will acquire manufacturing execution system (MES) supplier Visiprise to further deliver on SAP's "Perfect Plant" vision, an initiative that brings together core SAP solutions with the software, hardware, and service offerings of "ecosystem partners" to drive innovation for discrete manufacturers. The Visiprise buy in particular will expand SAP's manufacturing shop-floor footprint in that customers will be able to access a plant-level manufacturing execution solution that complements the SAP Business Suite. Visiprise, a privately held company that employs approximately 300 people in multiple U.S. offices as well as Kiev, Ukraine, says its technology enhances production responsiveness, improves operational efficiencies, and enables comprehensive quality management and regulatory compliance.
SAP AG announces its intent to acquire Visiprise , a provider of manufacturing execution system (MES) software. The buy seeks to expand on SAP's “Perfect Plant” strategy to complement existing applications and solutions with smart purchases that offer innovative technologies and capabilities to discrete manufacturers.The integration of Visiprise plant-level MES solutions brings discrete manufacturing industry users a robust product offering to increase production responsiveness, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance quality and regulatory compliance.Visiprise already serves many SAP customers in high-tech, aerospace & defense, automotive, and medical device.According to Jim Hagemann Snabe, corporate office and member of the executive council, SAP AG, “[Combining] Visiprise’s manufacturing execution solutions with the power of the SAP Business Suite… will offer manufacturers better visibility by linking the operations of the plant floor to production planning and operations management, enabling manufacturers to respond profitably to the growing demands of their global customers.”Currently, Visiprise solutions are fully integrated into live end-to-end manufacturing process scenarios showcased by Tata Consulting Services (TCS) at SAP’s “Perfect Plant” center of excellence in Newtown Square, Pa. The collaboration between the vendors creates a smooth foundation for integration efforts.“Best-in-class manufacturers understand the value of the integration of MES with ERP to provide a comprehensive manufacturing control solution,” says Sean McCloskey, president and CEO, Visiprise.
It is important that the user be familiar with the installation requirements, safe mounting distance, controls and features before using a safety light curtain. Omron STI has found that light curtain installation is most easily accomplished if it broken down into discrete steps. These steps include: 1. Understanding the usage requirements for a safety light curtain. 2. Calculating the minimum safe distance. 3. Physically mounting the light curtain. 4. Preparation of the control enclosure.
Product life-cycle management (PLM) software vendors are investing heavily in what they describe as next-generation solutions. That's good news and bad news for companies looking to deploy PLM technology. The good news is there are applications out there to address myriad product-development issues facing contemporary manufacturers—such as the need to share detailed product data throughou...
A growing shortage of skilled engineers underlies the need for better use of IT in plants, says Eric Cosman, an engineering consultant with Dow Chemical Co. But “line-of-business managers and IT need to work together,” Cosman adds. An ISA-hosted Manufacturing IT Forum May 20-21 in Cleveland, Connecting IT and Automation, will explore new dynamics for owner-operators, suppliers, and...
ISA100 Interest Group on Discrete and Hybrid Manufacturing met on Jan. 25, 2008. Wireless is among topics. Feb. 15 is the third teleconference meeting, if you'd like to call in.
Most manufacturing companies have a deep hierarchy of planning and scheduling processes that start with market forecasts and business plans, and end with machine and unit schedules. The higher levels are the responsibility of logistics, marketing, sales, and executive management, while the lower levels of the hierarchy are typically the responsibility of manufacturing operations.
Overall equipment effectiveness, or OEE, takes the most common sources of manufacturing productivity loss and distills them into consistent metrics that can be used to monitor and improve manufacturing processes. OEE can be applied to machines, manufacturing cells and assembly lines, and is frequently used as a key performance indicator (KPI) in Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and Lean manu...
Rockwell Automation and Dassault Systemes announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make the virtual design and production environment a reality.
For the past four years, the prominent Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski has been conducting its annual Litigations Trend Survey, and once again manufacturers topped the list of industries hardest hit by lawsuits and legal action. According to the survey, 91% of manufacturing companies faced at least one new lawsuit last year, with more than half (56%) facing more than...
Applied Manufacturing Technologies has joined the Save Your Factory Initiative, which seeks to maximize North American manufacturing competitiveness and halt the continued erosion of manufacturing jobs to low-wage countries.
Dassault Systemes, one of the leading vendors of product life cycle management (PLM) technology, made the benefits of PLM more accessible to small and medium size businesses in October with the announcement of its V5R18 Delmia PLM Express Portfolio. Dassault introduced the product suite at the 2007 Delmia Worldwide Customer Conference, North America, held October 3 - 4 in Dearborn, MI.
David A. Chappell, blogger for Standard profits: Make2Pack and ISA88, is chair of the Make2Pack ISA88 Part 5 standards development effort, with Complete Manufacturing Automation Associates – LLC, and retired Proctor & Gamble section manager for batch technologies.
When designing a battery pack a few years ago, I found the “classical” programming approach based on exact relations among process variables to be a very painful process requiring countless “corrections” to deal with high uncertainty of the processed information. When process variables are not reliable, neural networks, fuzzy logic, and free agents can simplify the desig...
Chandler, AZ—Expanding the world of wiki, a new website, ICwiki, serves engineers, students and professors working with microelectronics to collaborate and share data related to semiconductor products, applications and best practices.
If your operation falls under FDA regulation or you have regular contact with food or pharmaceutical companies, you might want to check out two podcasts and a webcast aimed right at those critical industries. Two podcasts recorded at the Interphex show and a webcast discussing good manufacturing processes under the FDA are available at the Control Engineering Website . Webcast: Good Manufacturing Practices —Successfully producing sellable products on a global market can be achieved by producing them according to the rules of Good Manufacturing Practice. This webcast will help you understand the meaning of GMP and how such practices can be implemented at your plant. Podcast: specialists talk to Peter Welander about pharmaceutical manufacturing under the PAT initiative. Podcast: talk to Peter Welander about strategies for pharmaceutical manufacturing. All these resources are just a click away. —Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com , Control Engineering Weekly News.
Robotics continue to grow in packaging operations, according to the most recent Purchasing Plans Study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (see Market Forecast, p. 4). While robotics purchases overall actually decreased in 2006, due to the decline in the auto industry, usage increased in the consumer goods industries, such as food, beverage and pharmaceuticals, as well as paper...
Both robotics and electroindustry are growing in 2007, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in separate announcements. Robotics companies posted gains of 24% in the first quarter, while current business conditions for the electroindustry improved considerably in June compared to May.
Manufacturers worldwide will spend more than $4 billion on product life-cycle management (PLM) software over the next four years, according to an April study released by London-based Datamonitor. More than 150 manufacturers in North America and Europe cite increase priority on agility in product development over production-process improvements to address growing market demand for innovative pro...
A good pizza maker is hard to find; robotics can help. Last year Italian system integrator, Panidea, a pizza producer in Italy, asked Vortex Systems to design an automated packaging system for frozen pizzas.
Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (AMT) announced the availability of fixed-fee simulation consulting services for robotic palletizing systems that can identify potential problems and process constraints.
To get the most out of your relationship with your system integrator, whether a third-party integrator or a team within your organization, you first must prepare carefully, then communicate frequently—but not too frequently. Preparation starts with knowing your goals, and that’s not as easy as it sounds.
“We are very close to vehicles having horse sense. That is, vehicles that refuse to run into obstacles or each other, are smart enough to avoid dangerous situations, and know their own way home,” says Paul Grayson
In 2006, a global who’s who of manufacturing giants—including Nokia, Motorola, Cisco, Diebold, and Siemens—moved to expand their presence in India. Consider India and most people think first of IT outsourcing. In the coming years, however, manufacturing will be more important as manufacturers seek educated workers and a business-friendly environment at a reasonabl...
Dearborn, MI —The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation is committing $900,000 in 2007 to youth programs that expose students to the exciting possibilities of manufacturing and engineering careers. The funding will support Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camps and Academies as well as Project Lead the Way's (PLTW) 'Gateway to Technology' middle school curriculum. The SME Education Foundation's 2007 funding will support STEPS Academies and PLTW's Gateway to Technology programs in 13 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. In addition, the SME Education Foundation is partnering with the Silver Crescent Foundation to create two STEPS Academies and PLTW programs in South Carolina.
Version 5 Release 17 of Dassault Systemes’ PLM software includes enhancements to the Delmia V5 robotics program that offer a capability for defining and simulating complex flexible manufacturing devices, such as multi-wrist robotic arms.
Omron STI's new SR103AM Dual Channel Safety Monitoring Relay is a fixed terminal relay. Omron Scientific Technologies Inc . introduces the SR103AM Dual Channel Safety Monitoring Relay.
2 things about truth, according to Oscar Wilde: “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” The quote starts Chapter 12 “Learning from others” in the 367-page “Integrating Discrete-Event Simulation into the Manufacturing System Development Process” thesis at the Division of Robotics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden.
Control Engineering , part of Reed Business Information, has “sister” publications that cover related topics in manufacturing. Recently these include new-generation robotics, packaging innovations, wireless applications, and motor energy efficiency. Design News The persistence of the No. 2 Pencil A recent survey shows that engineers aren’t using the latest and greatest in software, but pencil and paper. A New Generation of Robotics Researchers are working on the creation of a four fingered, multi-sensory robotic hand, unlike any other. Packaging Digest Drink bottle goes panel-less, ribless Drinks made with cutting-edge technology have bottles to match that draw liquid upward as it cools. Laser-scored pouch stands up under testing U.S.
LabView 8.20 is National Instrument’s 20 th anniversary edition, released as NI celebrates 30 years at NIWeek 2006. Shown is a screen shot of LabView Development Systems, one of many packages available. Austin , TX — Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship software, National Instruments introduced LabView 8.20 today, Aug.
When General Motors set out to establish a global conveyor platform in 2002, the objectives were clear: accommodate faster production changes, lower costs, and simplify installation and maintenance. The solution needed to work in new plants as well as retrofit installations. Technologies selected for the solution are said to be winning converts at GM plants around the world.
Kuka KR5 Scara robot family from Kuka Robotics is designed for high-speed applications that entail long-reach tasks. New 4-axis robots, when combined with Kuka Robotics' PC-based control platform, provide an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use pick-and-place automation system. The new line features compact, space-saving devices, including 350- and 550-mm reach models that can handle payloads up to 5 kg.
Universal robot controllers, learning and passive sensing for ground robotics, and a small robotics toolkit are among recently announced U.S. military projects for which Ap-plied Perception Inc. (API) is prime contractor.
Continuing growth cited by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) should be welcome in the manufacturing sector. North American robotics companies posted record new orders in 2005, surpassing the previous high of 1999, according to RIA's report "The Robotics Market: Year 2005 Results and Trends.
If you'd invested $10,000 in Springfield Remanufacturing (SRC) when it was founded in 1983, you'd be sitting on $12 million today. For CEO Jack Stack and a dozen other managers who took on a great deal of debt to buy a floundering remanufacturing plant owned by International Harvester, that initial investment was all about people.
Autodesk Inc. has unveiled the Autodesk Manufacturing Supplier Content Center , an online portal resource that will provide catalogs of models and parts directly to user desktops of Autodesk Inventor software. The Manufacturing Supplier Content Center is linked to content through strategic relationships with PARTsolutions, a provider of systems for the management of standard, commercial, and proprietary parts.
The March 20-23, 2006 event is expected to attract over 1,000 leading suppliers featuring the best and newest products and innovations from all manufacturing fields and disciplines. This year it will be at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, IL near Chicago, just five minutes from O'Hare International Airport.
Upcoming events in automation, controls, and instrumentation include the following in February and March. For more shows, conferences, learning/training opportunities, and links to details, go to / and scroll down to the “Events” heading. ARC’s Tenth Annual Forum - Next Generation Manufacturing: Driving Operational Performance through Innovation and Collaboration, Feb. 20-24, Orlando, FL. 2006 CIP Networks Conference & 11th Annual Meeting of Members, Feb.
17 careers (of 65 total listed) are under the Math, Science, and Computers categories on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Career Information Home Page. Except for Teacher, no engineering-type careers are listed under the Helping People category. Send suggestions to email@example.com. www.bls.gov/k12 2630 B.
Orlando, FL —An expanded program at the upcoming WBF North American Conference will include updated tutorials on ISA-88 and ISA-95 and three new tutorials on SP99, application of B2MML schemas, and legal issues in the automation industry. The Forum for Automation and Manufacturing Professionals event is scheduled for Mar. 5-8 in Atlanta. According to WBF Chairman Maurice Wilkins, Director of Automation, Millennium Specialty Chemicals, a Lyondell Co., this year’s conference agenda will include user forums, case studies, standards tutorials, dual-track sessions, a sponsor showcase, and panel discussions.
Tempe, AZ —Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in November for the 30th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 49th consecutive month, says the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in the latest “Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.” It reported that the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) indicates that the manufacturing economy grew in November for the 30th consecutive month. PMI for November registered 58.1%, a decrease of 1% when compared to October's reading of 59.1%. A reading >50% indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding; &50% indicates that it is generally contracting.
C4000 Palletizer, C4000 Eco, and C4000 Basic Plus safety light curtains extend the existing C4000 line. C4000 Palletizer combines the absence of muting sensors, modules, and lamps with the ability to safely transport pallets or palletized goods into and out of a hazardous area. It is suited for robotic and non-robotic palletizers or de-palletizers, infeed and outfeed zones, and automated assemb...
Livermore, CA —Common stock of Adept Technology Inc . (new trading symbol: ADEP) has been re-listed on the NASDAQ. The provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services has been approved by the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel and trading of the stock on the national market system began Nov.
UE 100 Series safety controllers include two models, UE 440 and UE 470, said to offer more advanced functions and flexibility than a safety relay without the complexity and cost of a safety PLC.
Accelrys , a provider of scientific software for discovery and development of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and materials, has named several new members to its nanotechnology consortium. The goal of the consortium is to create new software tools to help companies bring nanoproducts to market more quickly and with less risk. The Motley Fool investment—advice Web site, www.fool.com , reports that Millennium Chemical, a subsidiary of Lyondell, and PPG Industries are two of the new manufacturing members. Motley Fool cites Millennium Chemicals’ work with titanium dioxide nanoparticles—which can soak up and neutralize nitrogen oxide gases produced by car exhaust and manufacturing operations—as evidence of the advanced support Acclerys’ nanotechnology consortium continues to receive from the manufacturing industries. Other manufacturers involved in the consortium include: Corning, Fujitsu, Johnson Matthey, Schenectady International, and Fraunhofer IFAM. —David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reducing operator errors and training requirements are among reasons ISA, the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society, has formed a new standards development committee on human-machine interface (HMI).
To enhance connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise, SAP AG reports that it's acquiring Lighthammer Software Development Corp., a privately held supplier of enterprise manufacturing intelligence and collaborative manufacturing software. The deal was announced at ARC Advisory Group's recent Performance-Driven Manufacturing Forum.
Incuity Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) solution is a second generation enterprise decision-support system for discrete manufacturing, batch, and continuous process production.
A working group sponsored by the ISA SP-88 Committee and the World Batch Forum (WBF) is undertaking a new initiative to help users apply the principles explained in the ISA-88 standards in non-batch applications.
Research Triangle Park, NC—To better integrate “making” and “packing,” a joint working group, Make2Pack, is using ISA’s S88 batch standard principles and OMAC’s PackML state model to help develop a new ANSI/ISA-88.00.05 automation standard.
Because of increasing demand from medical and pharmaceutical applications, the industrial robotics market in North America is expected to grow at a 7.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from revenues of $394 million in 2004 to $668 million in 2011, according to "North American Industrial Robotics Markets for Medical and Pharmaceutical Applications" by Frost & Sullivan.
The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) has confirmed that the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Users' Group was expected to vote Feb. 3 to merge with ISA. The vote was expected at OMAC's annual membership meeting, which was held during the resent ARC Advisory Group Forum in Orlando, FL.
North Vancouver, B.C., Canada—Braintech Inc. reports that Ford Motor Co. has ordered a TrueView vision-guided robotics (VGR) system, powered by Braintech's eVisionFactory (eVF) software for deployment at its Van Dyke Transmission plant in Sterling Heights, MI.
Real-time enterprise software initiative SenseDecideRespond gives discrete manufacturers the ability to sense critical activity at equipment, factory, and enterprise levels; decide how to optimize production resources throughout a plant; and respond by implementing informed, re-vised directives based on changing business conditions—all in real time.
Custom 0.9° NEMA 14 size steppers for OEMs ensure smooth operation even at low speed.
ABB suggests that Western companies will only remain competitive in the world through research and inventive use of automation. Some of its own examples include the world's most-powerful dc transmission line; selling ABB robotics to more than 80% of automotive manufacturers; and more than 20% ABB market share in distributed control systems, high-power ac drive...
Rochester Hills, MI—To maximize North America’s manufacturing competitiveness and halt erosion of manufacturing jobs to low-wage countries, such as China, Fanuc Robotics America Inc. has launched a collaborative initiative, “Save Your Factory,” which urges North American manufacturers to recognize automation and robotics as more cost-effective and profitable than moving facilities offshore.
Longwood, FL—World Batch Forum is seeking papers to be presented at its 2005 North American Conference, May 15-18, in Atlantic City, NJ.
China’s recent advances in the discrete manufacturing markets are causing North American manufacturers to increase investment in IT, according to AMR Research.
CLV 405 family of bar code scanners features a small footprint (1.75 x 1.17 x 0.85 in.) to fit most any application. Device has a scan rate of 300-1,000 Hz and a reading range of 2-10 in. It is suitable for a variety of applications, including robotics, clinical analyzers, and electronics. Scanners are available in low- and high-density versions, line and raster versions, and with straight and ...
New families of light curtains, safety modules, and safety mats are designed to promote productivity and safety.
Good news for manufacturing comes from the Robotic Industries Association’s (RIA) recent market report, which includes among its findings a 12% jump in new orders in the first half of 2004 for robots produced and sold in North America.
Hannover, Germany—Initially slated to run biennially with the Hannover Industrial Fair starting in 2004, Interkama apparently produced better-than-expected results this past spring, and will now run annually, according to Deutsche Messe AG (DEMAG).
Model 528 strain gauge, high-performance industrial pressure transducer is designed for robust and submersible applications. Uses include hydraulic test, bore-hole level, and vehicle test applications that require high performance in extreme environments, such as HVAC compressors, semiconductor processing, robotics, natural gas equipment, power plants, and refrigeration.
Regulations, security, batch programming languages, and the human element of batch processing were the focal points of last month’s World Batch Forum.
Do you have an idea, an innovative solution, a unique application, or a success story that would benefit your colleagues in the manufacturing industry? Share your special skills and unique insights with your peers by participating as a speaker in the National Manufacturing Week 2005 conference program.
North American-based robotics manufacturers saw orders for their robots jump 17% in the first quarter of 2004 (1Q04) compared to 1Q03, according to recent research by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). This was best new order rate to start a year since the present record was set in 1999.
Organizers of National Manufacturing Week (NMW) 2005 are seeking speakers for the event's conference program, which will be held in conjunction with NMW on March 7-10 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Ideal candidates are discrete and process manufacturers, as well as other end-user organizations, with recent, successful experiences implementing innovative business strategies and ...
MiniProtect MP2100 protective light curtain provides Type 2 guarding on equipment where low risk factors have been assessed.
Starthis, an industrial automation middleware company, and Information Builders, a vendor of enterprise business intelligence and real-time Web reporting software, have announced a strategic alliance focused on providing real-time connectivity, integration, and reporting from the plant floor throughout the manufacturing enterprise.
New orders for industrial robots received by North American manufacturers increased 28% to 10,382 orders in the first three quarters of 2003 (1-3Q03) from 8,101 orders during the same period in 2002, according to recent research by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). Meanwhile, the value of these orders increased 15% to $727.
To increase market and operational simplicity, ABB has announced that it has merged its six Automation Technologies businesses into three globally focused businesses. The company reports that its latest reorganization continues an evolution that began in late 2002, when ABB merged two automation-related divisions, and combined 11 businesses into six.
Following a sharp downturn in the machine tool market, the worldwide computer numerical control (CNC) market experienced a bruising 9% drop during the past two years, according to a new study, "CNC Worldwide Outlook," by ARC Advisory Group. The report adds that the decline in machinery purchases was a somewhat self-inflicted result of developing all-in-one machines that do ev...
MCJ4700 Series Safety Light Curtain, recently awarded a patent for its modular design, is a multiple segment device connected via solid electromechanical joints. Design uses no cabling between segments, eliminating the risk of accidentally cutting or snagging cables. Curtain is configurable for precise protection and features a compact transmitter and receiver, response time as fast as 8 ms, an...
Oak Brook, IL—Control Engineering is pleased to announce its new Editorial Director David Greenfield.
Tubular enclosures of FDA-approved materials plus stainless steel mirrors added to Banner's Mini-Screen light screen emitters and receivers make these safety products available for applications where glass is not appropriate.
ABB announced Oct. 29 that it has again streamlined its divisions to strengthen its customer focus. The former Power Technology Products and Utilities divisions have been merged to form a new Power Technologies division, which is under the leadership of Peter Smits. Meanwhile, the Automation Technology Products and Industries divisions have been merged to form a new Automat...
''It's all about technology and growth,'' stated Kevin Roach, GE Fanuc vp of Global Solutions Business to Control Engineering editors in an exclusive interview explaining what the company and its customers stand to gain by GE's acquisition of Intellution from Emerson.
The North American robotics industry showed signs of stabilizing in the first quarter of 2002 (1Q02), according to recent research by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 2,350 robots were ordered by customers through March 2002, which was an increase of 1% over the same period in 2001.
Chicago, Ill. - Executive Manufacturing Technologies (London, Ontario, Canada) formed the Manufacturing Intelligence Alliance to exchange technology and marketing expertise to find solutions for discrete manufacturers. The announcement was launched at National Manufacturing Week, which includes the Industrial Automation Show, here March 18-21.
Burlington, Ontario - CRS Robotics Corp. announced Mar. 11 that Thermo Electron Corp. (Waltham, Mass.) plans to buy all its issued and outstanding shares for $5.75 each for a total cash transaction of approximately $67 million, which will be funded from Thermo Electron's existing cash holdings.
Ann Arbor, Mich.-North American robotics companies experienced a 30% decline in new orders during the first nine months of 2001, according to statistics released Nov. 7 by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
Schaumburg, Ill. - Omron recently reported that its new F3SN-A Type 4 safety light curtain incorporates several innovations.
New York City's streets are well known—often unfairly—as dangerous places, but the city's legendary 103-mile, 110-year-old grid of underground steam pipes is far more hazardous. To fix frequent leaks in the 16-45-in. mains that move 300 °F steam at 100 mph to heat, power, and help cool about 2,000 buildings, crews must excavate and make repairs directly, compounding the c...
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Farmington Hills, Mich. -PnozPlus is a modular safety system designed for safety-related applications such as emergency stop safety gate monitoring, or connection to non-contact safety devices such as light curtains. PnozPlus is comprised of a master unit capable of attaching to as many as nine input expansion units.
Keeping up-to-date with politics and issues that influence manufacturing and automation can help facilitate integration of plant automation with the enterprise and beyond. Now that a new Presidential term is underway, it is a perfect time to take a look at newly elected and incumbent legislators' efforts to help the manufacturing industries.
Minneapolis, Minn. -Factorynet version 3.8, MES software for discrete manufacturing, enables better tool design management with graphical process design, process management, and tracking, a flexible user interface, and color-based graphical status display for easier use. This software, from Intercim, a subsidiary of Industrial & Financial Systems, encompasses design, fabrication, and testing of hard and soft 'tools,' including numerical control programs and test scripts. Intercim www.intercim.com.
Zoneworx Corp. was expected March 14 to launch its new family of Pathways products, which are designed to provide immediate enterprise-level accessibility into the discrete elements of a company's production process. Introduced under the umbrella of real-time event management, the products are designed to break through communications roadblocks.
The 220-member OPC Foundation announced Oct. 6 at ISA Tech/99 that it will publish XML (extensible markup language) schema compatible with Microsoft Corp.'s BizTalk framework. This schema, basically a set of software building blocks based on XML, will be founded on OPC specifications that define application interoperability and communications among disparate aut...
A networking solution frequently used for low-level automation, AS-Interface (AS-i) recently added the ability to connect safety-related components, such as stop switches, door contact switches, and light curtains. AS-i will eliminate the need for conventional safety wiring, reducing networks' engineering and cabling costs.
Cahners Manufacturing Group recently introduced IndustryStore, an e-commerce bookstore with 25,000 titles on all aspects of manufacturing, engineering, and product development. Visitors to www.industrystore.com can search for titles using a keyword, title, author, or subject.
Demand for industrial robots rebounded in third-quarter 1998 (3Q98), according to recent data from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). A total of 3,002 robots valued at $257.9 million were ordered in 3Q98, which reflected a 9% increase in units and an 8% increase in dollars over 3Q97.
Gurnee, Ill. —Standard force-guided contact designs ensure if a make contact is welded closed, the break contacts can not re-close. The H-470 adds a mechanical actuator to ensure if a break contact welds closed, all other break contacts are forced open, and make contacts cannot re-close. This design guarantees added safety for circuits where fail-safe deterministic behavior is required, ...
These aren't your mom and dad's Legos. In an era when software starts acting like objects, it was probably inevitable that objects—such as those colorful plastic blocks and figures—would start to take on some software-type characteristics.To spark the imaginations of K-12 students and perhaps help them explore engineering and science careers, Pitsco L...
Good old-fashioned cooperation is still more powerful than PC-based software and computers.Chrysler Corp. (Auburn Hills, Mich.), Rockwell Automation (Mayfield Heights, O.), Dassault Systemes S.A. (Suresnes, France) and its recent acquisition, Deneb Robotics Inc. (Troy, Mich.), as well as Progressive Tool & Industries (PICO, Midland, Mich.
Like temporarily winded runners, some sectors of the U.S. economy and the controls and automation field seemed to spend late 1997 and early 1998 catching their breath. However, it's likely they'll soon regain their blistering long-term pace.While some research indicates cooling in several controls and automation areas, most also project the overall market will experience even more growth ...
Patrick Gürtler, spokesman for Swiss Automation Week (S.A.W. 98), says the industrial automation fair to be held here Sept. 1-4, 1998, is already larger than the previous edition two years ago. With more than 300 exhibitors, the show will be divided into seven sectors: industrial control systems, sensors, drives, fluid technology, industrial handling and rob...
San Diego, Calif.— Lucas Control Systems (Hampton, Va.) announced at Sensors Expo West, May 18-20, that it has formed Lucas Genesis Sensors Division. Fueled by $3.5 million that it spent on product development over the past 18 months, the new company expects to generate $10-12 million in revenue in 12 months and $30 million in revenue in two years, says Tim Ristoff, product genera...
Manufacturing industry professionals can access the latest data on handling year 2000 computer issues via a new service at Cahners Business Information's Manufacturing Marketplace web site. Located at www.manufacturing.net/y2k, the site opened on Apr. 20. The service features "web exclusive" stories, worldwide news about the millennium bug, and Y2K articles from Cahn...
Usenet is a world-wide threaded messaging network, developed by graduate students at Duke University in 1979, where users interact on a variety of subjects. Initially developed using three small servers to share research information, Usenet is now the largest decentralized information resource in the world.
The BIAS '98 show is expected to be a high point for industrial automation in 1998, according to Walter Rampini, president of the Italian trade fair. Scheduled for Nov. 24-28 in Milan's new Portello Pavilions, BIAS '98 will be the organization's 28th international conference and exhibition of automation, robotics, instrumentation and microelectronics.