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

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

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

By Chuck Dillard
Figure 2: Safety professionals need to know all the details of a process, explained Jeff Pratt, Crown Equipment, senior corporate EHS Engineer (and vice-chair of the RIA R15.08 committee), and César Reyes Núñez, Crown Mexico, EHS coordinator, at the International Robot Safety Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control December 10, 2018

Industrial robot safety requires industrial risk management

Five ways to lower robotic system risks: Industrial safety, while a widely used term, is a misnomer; nothing is without risk. When something is declared safe in an industrial setting, those involved should think again about risk assessment and determine if the risk is acceptable.

By Mark T. Hoske
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 4, 2018

Eight factors to consider when implementing a linear motion application

When implementing and specifying a linear motion application, users should consider many aspects including the required accuracy, speed, and the duty cycle to ensure the best possible performance.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Applications ranging from CNC machines to material handling require accurate and durable linear motion systems. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 4, 2018

Maintenance, installation guidelines for linear motion applications

Consider these installation, maintenance, and operating tips and advice for a linear motion system.

By Richard R. Knotek, Niklas Sjostrom
Courtesy: CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control November 17, 2018

How integrators are staying ahead of machine and embedded vision trends

There are many innovations available for integrators to choose from as machine and embedded vision technology continues to evolve.

By AIA
Figure 1: Engineers can successfully match motors and drives from different vendors if they carefully consider both devices’ specifications and the environmental factors of the application. Images courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
CNC, Motion Control November 12, 2018

How to manage multi-vendor motion control architectures

Manufacturers and machine builders may be required to match motors and drives from different brands; careful design considerations can yield successful applications.

By Matt Prellwitz
CNC, Motion Control November 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control November 9, 2018

Machine vision software advances are enhancing innovation

Companies are using software to help realize many machine vision software developments such as ultra-high-dynamic-range imaging and self-analyzing algorithms.

By Winn Hardin
CNC, Motion Control October 27, 2018

Spatial intelligence platform for robots, industrial automation equipment

Humatics Corp.'s Spatial Intelligence platform is comprised of radio-frequency beacons deployed in a constellation, mobile sensors, and a software suite.

By Humatics Corp.
CNC, Motion Control October 25, 2018

Robotic machine vision systems help automotive manufacturers

Integrators have developed sophisticated robotic machine vision systems comprising numerous cameras mounted on a fixed frame to capture many images of an automotive product for quality assurance purposes.

By Winn Hardin, AIA