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Chinese industrial robots market to become global leader
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 09 September, 2013
The Chinese industrial robots market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.44% through 2016, driven by the need for increased productivity in the manufacturing process, and the emergence of next-generation industrial robots.
 
Network management for industrial networks
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 09 September, 2013
Belden announces a major new release of its Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software. Version 5.0 of Industrial HiVision adds extensive functionality for configuring and supervising an industrial Ethernet network.
 
High-speed interconnect backplane meets VITA 66.1 standard for harsh environments
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 09 September, 2013
Molex is demonstrating a complete end to end 100G link operating at 25.78Gb/s per lane during the 2013 ECOC exhibition. The demonstration showcases Molex PSM4 (Parallel Single Mode Quad 4) Active Optical Pigtails, PCB interconnects and blind-mate expanded beam backplane connector systems. Supporting 100 Gb/s Ethernet and 100 Gb/s Inifiniband* Enhanced Data Rate applications, the PSM4 Active Optical Cable and zQSFP+ electrical interconnects transmit rates up to 4km with excellent cooling, unparalleled signal integrity, superior EMI protection and low power consumption.
 
15.6-inch LCD Panels with wide format for industrial applications
HMIs, Screens and Industrial Displays : 09 September, 2013
Review Display Systems (RDS) has introduced NLT Technologies’ 15.6-inch WXGA colour LCD panels delivering the performance and feature set needed for industrial applications.
 
CAN repeaters reduce wiring costs and increase system reliability
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 03 September, 2013
HMS Industrial Networks launches a range of CAN repeaters under the IXXAT brand. These enable coupling of two or more CAN network segments, provide them with galvanic isolation, and eliminate the effects of EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).
 
Rugged thin-client display for military applications with five-wire resistive touchscreen
HMIs, Screens and Industrial Displays : 03 September, 2013
IEE, specialising in the design, test, support and fielding of human-systems interface (HSI) display technologies in a wide range of military/aerospace, industrial and retail applications, now offers a rugged, ARM-based 10.4in TFT XGA thin-client display that can be custom-tailored for harsh military environments.
 
Compact vision system aimed at high-speed manufacturing machines
Machine Vision Systems : 27 August, 2013
With a high-speed image bus, four-core processing, a new and exceptionally efficient vision algorithm and fast EtherCAT communications, the new FH compact vision system from Omron sets new standards for speed, performance and versatility.
 
Industrial wireless Ethernet for moving machines in assembly plants
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 19 August, 2013
The 802.11abgn Fast Industrial Hotspot is an advanced, high-speed wireless Ethernet designed for plant-floor automation, SCADA systems, mobile worker Wi-Fi infrastructure and process control systems. This Hotspot offers a broad range of industrial wireless capabilities, including unique features such as Fast Roaming and has excellent packet-per-second performance and robust communications in demanding industrial environments.
 
Automation company introduces comprehensive industrial cyber security initiative
Plant-Based IT Security : 13 August, 2013
Rockwell Automation has announced an initiative to help manufacturers reduce security risks to control systems in response to growing cyber-security threats. The initiative will help automation and IT professionals more effectively secure their industrial processes with a combination of control system design and best practices, contemporary technologies and professional services from Rockwell Automation and its strategic partnerships, including Cisco.
 
High speed electronic axis automates manufacture of spice jar lid
Machine Building & Systems Integration : 03 August, 2013
When PCE Automation was challenged with designing a new handling system for automating the manufacture of a brand new concept of spice jar lid by plastics manufacturer RPC Halstead, it turned to Festo, the leading supplier of automation equipment, for expert technology and advice.
 
High speed I/O system suits real-time motion control
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 03 August, 2013
The Lenze I/O system 1000 is particularly fast with a bandwidth of 48 Mbit/s and a time stamp suiting high speed machinery and multi-axis motion. The range is compact with modules only 12.5mm wide. It is also extensive with six bus options and the availability of powerful modules that go far beyond simple analog and digital I/O. I/O stations with up to 64 modules can be connected directly to Lenze controllers or be installed remotely. Further advantages of easy handling reduce machine build times and costs.
 
Honing machines connected to any industrial network with Anybus X-gateways
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 29 July, 2013
Nagel Precision's honing machines must be compatible with the different industrial networks used many global locations. Developing connectivity can be a time-consuming and resource-demanding task. An easier solution is to use Anybus X-gateways from HMS Industrial Networking Systems.
 
Lights-out automation keeps subcontracting work high
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 14 July, 2013
A North East manufacturer employing "lights-out" machine-shop automation has been awarded for its successful diversification into the competitive aerospace sub-contract engineering sector. Consistent investment in advanced machine tool automation, including robotics, has helped ALM Products to build a new subcontract engineering service into a healthy 40% of turnover.
 
App for monitoring machine tools using Google Glass
Machine Controls : 14 July, 2013
Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) has released MTConnect + Google Glass, a free Glassware application that monitors machine tools using Google Glass.
 
High performance fibre amplifiers deliver stability and resolution
Machine Vision Systems : 24 June, 2013
Omron has expanded its N-Smart portfolio of smart laser sensors and amplifiers with the launch of the E3NX-FA range of fibre amplifiers. Available with a single output as standard and two outputs on advanced models, these innovative amplifiers offer fast and effective auto-tuning, comprehensive support for manual tuning, and the industry’s widest dynamic range to ensure stable detection of targets.
 
Smart camera verification system for inline inspection of barcodes
Machine Vision Systems : 12 June, 2013
Microscan presents a low-cost system for high-speed inline barcode verification. The Autovision product suite, including compact smart cameras and machine vision software, offers a robust means to verify the quality of both 1D and 2D barcodes against established industry standards, including ISO 15415, ISO 15416, and AIM DPM.
 
Designing the Rise of the Smart Machines
Artificial Intelligence : 12 June, 2013
Smart machines are systems that not only perform repetitive tasks at soaring speeds and high accuracy rates, but also adapt to changing conditions and operate more autonomously than ever before. The subject of debate ranges from the fear of humans losing low and middle-skilled jobs to smart machines, all the way to the hope that intelligent factories will spark the resurgence of manufacturing in advanced countries. Christian Fritz, Embedded Systems Senior Product Marketing Manager of National Instruments explains.
 
Free-to-download publication: functional safety in the process industry
Machinery Safety & Safety Systems : 25 May, 2013
A new free-to-download publication from Rockwell Automation looks at the principles and standards relating to safety in process applications and discusses how to implement effective solutions.
 
Industrial association acknowledges significance of cyber security threats
Scada : 10 May, 2013
GAMBICA has formed an industrial network security group to identify standards and best practice for members and their customers to help counter the threats of viruses, industrial sabotage and terrorism.
 
High performance automation platform with more modules
Machine Building & Systems Integration : 10 May, 2013
Festo has launched an extension system for its high performance CPX automation platform. The innovative extension has been optimised for cabinets and will enable engineers to split CPX valve terminals into two parts, and as a result, save costs of up to 30%.
 
Direct-drive Z-axis nanopositioners for demanding positioning applications
Positioning Systems, Indexers & X-Y Tables : 10 May, 2013
Aerotech’s ANT-L-Z crossed-roller, Z-axis, nanopositioning stages combine speed, accuracy, resolution, repeatability, reliability and size. They are offered in two models (ANT95-L-Z and ANT130-L-Z) and two accuracy grades.
 
Future significance of water industry spurs appointment of business development manager for process automation
Machine Building & Systems Integration : 19 April, 2013
Festo has appointed Tony Gillard as New Business Development Manager, Process Automation, with a focus on the water and wastewater treatment industry. Recognising the significant role the water industry will play in the future, Festo has created this new position to support customers with the development of reliable automation solutions, enabling them to save time, money and resources, and increase efficiencies.
 
Video file: Configuration tool to simplify machinery safety-system design
Machinery Safety & Safety Systems : 10 April, 2013
Rockwell Automation has released a configuration and design tool to help machinery automation system engineers save time when designing safety systems. The Rockwell Automation Safety Automation Builder (SAB) configuration software helps users navigate the safety-system design process and apply global best practices.
 
Roll grinding control system is EtherCAT-based, features integrated functions and diagnostics
Machine Controls : 23 March, 2013
An Omron-based control system is helping machine tool company Halifax Numerical Controls (HNC) to build roll grinders for rubber-coated rollers. The new control system features complete integration of machine functions, an intuitive graphical operator interface, simple menu-based roll type selection, almost unlimited expandability to add new roll types, and powerful integrated diagnostics.
 
Robots with upgraded mechanical design are flexible, fast, functional - and food safe
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 23 March, 2013
The new MELFA F-Series robots from Mitsubishi Electric are designed to be flexible, fast, functional - and food safe. As such they are expected to open up many new fields of usage.
 
Italian automation company cites paper converting expertise of new UK distributor
Machine Building & Systems Integration : 18 March, 2013
Re SpA of Italy has appointed automation sales and service company CP Automation as its UK distributor. Re SpA has been designing and manufacturing automation equipment, principally for the converting, paper and cardboard, metal wire, rubber, plastic, textile and non-woven fabrics processing sectors since 1974.
 
Machinery safety consultancy launched in UK to address CE Marking issues
Machinery Safety & Safety Systems : 01 March, 2013
Safe Machine is a new machinery safety consultancy, launched to help address the difficulties UK manufacturers are experiencing in the field of machinery safety - and in particular with CE marking.
 
Handheld industrial Bluetooth transmitter gathers production data
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 25 February, 2013
Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) has released the iBlue - the first handheld bluetooth transmitter that gathers crucial production data and sends it to bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and computers.
 
Open comms chip with high speed signal synchronisation
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 25 February, 2013
A new network processor from HMS Industrial Networks is targeted at real-time industrial Ethernet applications. The Anybus NP40 allows industrial devices to communicate over any industrial network and forms the core of HMS’ new CompactCom chip, brick and module concept.
 
Profinet interface added to motion control platform
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 19 February, 2013
Available in the UK from Heason Technology, the Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) and the AKD PDMM now offer more flexible options when choosing a communications system.
 
Compact, energy-saving embedded box PC for DIN rail
Industrial PCs and PLCs : 13 February, 2013
Phoenix Contact is launching the new VL BPC 1000 industrial PC product line of embedded box PCs for especially harsh industrial environments. These devices are suited for simple control and communication tasks and for data collection in mechanical engineering, systems engineering, building automation, traffic engineering, and energy data transmission applications. The IPCs are designed to meet high temperature, vibration, shock, and EMC requirements and therefore ensure maintenance-free 24/7 operation.
 
Robot slims down and speeds up, aimed at special purpose machinery
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 13 February, 2013
Fanuc has introduced the latest version of its successful LRMate 200 robot. Ideally suited for integration into special purpose machinery the LRMate 200iD is now more compact, faster, has increased payload and a larger work envelope
 
Adaptor connects modular safety interlocks to enhance machine safety
Machinery Safety & Safety Systems : 08 February, 2013
Fortress Interlocks has introduced a new LOK Link adaptor that connects its modular mGard interlocks directly to its new amGard Pro range of LOK and Stop safety gate switch interlocks.
 
Tiny barcode reader for 1D barcode reading
Barcodes and barcode readers : 08 February, 2013
Designed for 1D oriented barcode reading, the DataMan 50L barcode reader measures just 23.5 x 27 x 43.5mm and features an IP65-rated housing. The read rates can surpass 99% through Cognex’s proprietary Hotbars image analysis technology.
 
Keeping track with barcodes
Barcodes and barcode readers : 08 February, 2013
Norman Joseph Woodland, who with Bernard Silver invented the barcode, passed away in December of 2012. Steve Stephenson of Graphic Products explores how worlds of information can now be stored in a small pattern.
 
First generation emotions processing unit (EPU) announced
Artificial Intelligence : 08 February, 2013
Emoshape announces the prototyping of the first Emotions Processing Unit (EPU). The prototyping of a first generation of processor represents a significant advancement for the purpose of Artificial Intelligence Devices and Technologies.
 
Android OS tablet family launched through partnership
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 01 February, 2013
AndersDX, a division of Anders Electronics, announces a deal with Outform, launchoing the new, iDisplay family of Android OS tablets, sizes from 7 to 21.5in, for enhanced interactivity in commercial environments.
 
Yokogawa and McAfee enter partnership to enhance security of industrial control systems
Machine Controls : 01 February, 2013
Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee have announced a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world.
 
Simplified machine vision software includes Optical Character Verification (OCV) functionality
Machine Vision Systems : 23 January, 2013
Microscanhas annouinced the availability of AutoVision 2.0, its latest generation of machine vision software, combining a simplified user interface with a powerful toolset for inspection, error proofing, and identification applications.
 
Free-to-access machinery safety manual
Machinery Safety & Safety Systems : 19 January, 2013
Eaton has launched a safety manual entitled Safety of Machines and Systems. The simple-to-use manual is written for machine builders, panel builders, trainers and trainees as well as all those who are interested in the issue of machinery safety.
 
Firmware release enables connection of Allen-Bradley ControlLogix to Siemens Industrial Ethernet
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 19 January, 2013
Molex introduces a new firmware release of the SST Ethernet communication module. The firmware update supports the Siemens Industrial Ethernet protocol to connect ControlLogix PLCs to Siemens Simatic controllers (S5, S7-1200, S7-200, S7-300 and S7-400), Simotion motion controllers, RFID and barcode readers, Sinamics variable frequency drives and Sinumerik CNC systems.
 
Remote communication module has on-machine Profibus Connectivity
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 13 January, 2013
Molex introduces the SST IP67 PB3 Remote Module for Profibus. A linking device with on-board Profibus and Ethernet communication ports, the SST IP67 PB3 remote module provides a fast and easy solution for adding PROFIBUS Master and Slave connectivity to Rockwell Logix controllers (CompactLogix, ControlLogix, SoftLogix, etc).
 
Molex and Profichip announce technology partnership
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 13 December, 2012
Molex Incorporated and Profichip GmbH - a leading fabless ASIC design house with focus on providing sophisticated chips for industrial control and communication applications - have announced a strategic cooperation focusing on Profinet technologies.
 
Compact PLC offers cost-efficient integration in modular machine building
Industrial PCs and PLCs : 13 December, 2012
Eaton Corporation has launched a new compact PLC which supports intelligent and modular automation concepts with local PLCs and various communication interfaces such as SmartWire-DT, CANopen, RS232, RS485 or Profibus and Ethernet. The new XC152 provides a cost effective solution for all high performance PLC applications with a need for interface flexibility.
 
Energy intelligence through new capabilities in plant management software
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 21 November, 2012
Enhancements to FactoryTalk VantagePoint, FactoryTalk EnergyMetrix and the IntelliCenter software let users make more informed decisions about energy usage.
 
Fast WLAN for the control cabinet supports Mimo with three antennas
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 15 November, 2012
With its industrial WLAN Access Point/Client WLAN 5100, Phoenix Contact presents a new device for wireless communication in accordance with the WLAN standard IEEE 802.11n.
 
Productivity improvements for welding and cutting
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 15 November, 2012
Kemper's display at Euro-BLECH 2012 included SparkTRAP, a spark separator, as well as the KemTab HiEnd cutting table.
 
Portable handheld barcode readers can withstand multiple drops
Barcodes and barcode readers : 15 November, 2012
Microscan announces two new handheld barcode readers. The rugged HS-21 and HS-41X handhelds are ideal portable reading solutions for almost any 1D/2D symbol, with a compact and durable design to withstand multiple drops from 2m. Both products are equipped with a 1.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and dual field optics to provide reliable reading of codes ranging from large 1D barcodes to tiny high density 2D symbols.
 
Distributed embedded systems for complex automation and robotics
Industrial Networking and Control Systems : 12 November, 2012
Distributed real-time embedded systems was once used exclusively for complex, autonomous system development (cyber-physical systems) in research, aerospace and the defence industry. With Dynarc, Synapticon is now offering a platform which provides all development tools and standardised electronics modules for the design of distributed real-time systems. The platform has particular potential for companies and teams of developers working on complex automation and robotics applications who are stretching the limits of conventional architectures in terms of technology, system complexity or costs.
 
Omron opens automation centre in Catalonia
Machine Building & Systems Integration : 20 October, 2012
Omron's new automation centre in Barcelona is the fourth such automation centre that Omron has established globally, the first three being in Kusatsu (Japan), Shanghai (China) and, most recently, Fremont (USA).
 
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