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CNC, Motion Control

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Robotics September 16, 2020

Do cobots replace people in manufacturing?

The debate has been long — and shall continue — whether automation replaces humans or increases productivity, quality and safety

By Joseph H. Schwartz
As the only controller to support two safety networks simultaneously, Omron’s NX-SL5 makes it easy to connect servos via FailSafe over Ethernet (FSoE) and enable safety control with fast cycle times for motion applications. Courtesy: Omron Automation Americas
Safety September 12, 2020

Three ways to avoid motion-related safety pitfalls

Machine builders can help end users avoid motion-related safety incidents by performing risk assessments and ensuring proper equipment is installed.

By Todd Mason-Darnell and Pam Horbacovsky
Courtesy: Festo
Safety September 10, 2020

Three tips for designing a trouble-free pneumatics system

Speed, force, and size are vital to the compressed air system, but so are external, internal, and safety considerations.

By Darren O’Driscoll
Courtesy: EASA
Motors, Drives September 8, 2020

How to field test 3-phase squirrel cage motors

Maintenance of critical machines depends on the diagnostic electrical testing of installed 3-phase squirrel cage motors, interpretation of results and key points of physical inspection

By Thomas H. Bishop, P.E.
Courtesy: TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
Safety Standards September 1, 2020

Ensure software updates protect motion control

Product safety and operational safety of elevators require that software and software-updates are under control. See list of standards to help lower risk for motion control applications.

By Dr. Rolf Zöllner
Courtesy: Festo
Robotics August 10, 2020

Automation helps with COVID-19, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control, STEM

Automation innovation has opportunities to help with COVID-19 pandemic response, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control using superconductivity, training and by creating increased interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Posital Inc.
Discrete Manufacturing July 31, 2020

Cost-effective position control boosts stepper motor performance

Kit-based absolute encoders (position sensors) can make stepper motors a lower-cost option to servo motors for many industrial machinery motion control applications.

By Jim Stevens
As a control algorithm moves robots through a space, each state the robots can be in is represented by a spot on the 3D graph. As the algorithm explores new options, it finds failures and potential next moves. This graph represents all of the wrong moves explored (blue) and the one route that is correct (red). Courtesy: Duke University
Robotics July 14, 2020

Coordinating complex behaviors among hundreds of robots

Duke University researchers have developed an approach to designing motion plans for multiple robots grows "trees" in the search space to solve complex problems in a fraction of the time.

By Ken Kingery
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Automation July 2, 2020

Modular window film application system reveals high precision, throughput

PDS IG Equipment doubles window film throughput compared to the industry standard by using EtherCAT and PC-based control.

By James Figy
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Machinery and Equipment June 26, 2020

Improving machine performance and reliability with predictive maintenance

With more advanced predictive maintenance tools at their disposal, today’s maintenance and operations teams can improve efficiencies and minimize unplanned downtime.

By Phil Burge