Wireless

Other Networks April 7, 2021

How open systems support end users

End users have been vocal about wanting open systems, and automation vendors are responding by delivering systems compliant with international standards.

By Masaru Yamazaki and Wataru Nakagawa
Courtesy: Avanceon
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 31, 2021

Practical and value-based Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 might seem daunting and expensive, but manufacturers can make it practical without getting bogged down in details.

By Matt Ruth
Courtesy: FDT Group
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 17, 2021

Mobilizing secure, real-time remote operations for Industry 4.0

Mobility technology is transforming the smart manufacturing and improving Industry 4.0 by providing environment and empowering an intelligent enterprise through a smart, connected automation ecosystem. See video.

By Glenn Schulz
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Ethernet February 9, 2021

Field level communications initiative improves interoperability

The OPC Foundation is developing field-related extensions to the OPC UA framework in order to drive industrial interoperability from field level communications (FLC) to cloud and to support information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence.

By OPC Foundation
Courtesy: Beckhoff
Industrial PCs February 8, 2021

PC-based control boosts sterile sampling bag production

Labplas redesigns custom production machines with EtherCAT, robotics and AI for quality control, ensuring ROI of less than one year on all upgrades, for 15 to 35% machine productivity increases.

By James Figy
An engineering breakthrough from Festo combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. The new Simplified Motion Series (SMS) takes proven spindle axes, toothed belt axes, mini slides, electric cylinders, and rotary actuators and integrates them with an onboard-servo drive. Users commission two-position functionality via onboard push buttons with no additional software needed. IO-Link control can be used for flexible, multi-position applications. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Motion Control – Drives category. Courtesy: Festo
Process Manufacturing February 5, 2021

Low-cost, easy-to-use electric motion

Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.

By Tim Sharkey
Schmersal Safety Light Curtains now include a Bluetooth interface as a standard feature, available on SLC440COM and multifunctional SLC440 series. The safety light curtains use the Bluetooth Low Energy system for near-field data transmission, which provides secure data transmission up to 5 meters. Data transmitted is accessible by the Schmersal SLC Assist App, available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Safety-Machine safety category. Courtesy: Schmersal USA
Wireless February 5, 2021

Light curtain operation is easier with wireless communications

Bluetooth interface helps with setup and operation of a safety rated light curtain.

By David Schucker
Courtesy: Keagan Gay, CFE Media and Technology
Wireless January 24, 2021

Wireless technology benefits for manufacturing

There are many potential benefits to using wireless technology in manufacturing, but users need to be aware of standards and potential challenges.

By Brett Binnekade
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Ethernet January 21, 2021

TSN helping pharmaceutical manufacturers improve operations

Time-sensitive networking (TSN)-driven gigabit Ethernet can help pharmaceutical manufacturers improve their operations and regulatory compliance activities.

By Thomas Burke
Courtesy: Load Controls Inc.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 January 4, 2021

Using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) case study shows how to use pump power measurements to save energy using sensors enabled by wireless gateway and cloud-based analytics. Secure and relatively simple technologies were used; see eight project guidelines.

By Mike McClurg