Automation and motor control: ABB releases new ACS380 machinery drive

The ACS380 machinery drive is part of ABB’s all-compatible drives portfolio designed to offer technically compatible drive, as well as an all-compatible setup for people, process, business, and environmental goals. The ACS380 offers an intuitive control panel with an icon-based menu for easy and smart commissioning of the drive. All essential features are built-in as […]

Meyer Industries acquired by conveyor and pulley company Precision Inc.

Meyer Industries Inc., a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing of vibratory conveying, bulk material handling and food processing equipment, has announced today that it has been acquired by Precision Inc., an international employee-owned heavy industry conveyor, pulley and idler manufacturer based out of Pella, Iowa. “The acquisition of Meyer adds more products and […]

Epson Robots to demonstrate efficient robotics for automation at ATX East

Epson Robots will be showing precision robotics to deliver efficiency and productivity for a wide variety of applications in factory automation at the Automation Technology show, ATX East. The showcase will feature the new and revolutionary Flexion N2 6-Axis robot as well as an assembly demo of an Epson Point of Sale printer built with […]

Jorge Cosio joins Yaskawa Mexico as General Manager

Yaskawa Motoman is pleased to announce that Jorge Cosio has joined the company as General Manager of Yaskawa Mexico. In this position, Cosio will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico. Plus, he will be responsible for the operation of Yaskawa’s three facilities located in Mexico (Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro). […]

Opto 22 adds advanced trending capabilities to the groov mobile operator interface solution

Industrial automation manufacturer and Internet of Things platform developer Opto 22 has announced groov 3.4 — an update to its mobile operator interface system. With this new version of groov, operators can trend a lot more data over a much longer period: up to 5 years. groov’s built in trend gadget now offers an interactive type

SKF CAHB-E series electromechanical linear actuators — Drop-in alternatives to hydraulics

New SKF CAHB-E series electromechanical linear actuators introduce powerful, efficient, and environmentally friendly drop-in alternatives to hydraulic systems, whether for OEM or aftermarket system applications. These next-generation actuators are engineered to deliver increased thrust and holding force compared with previous designs and to achieve enhanced levels of speed, precision, and reliability. They ultimately can perform […]

Chip-level controllers run spiral (helical) interpolation: Nippon Pulse PCL6000 series

Nippon Pulse’s PCL6000 series of chip-level controllers include the two-axis PCL6025B and the four-axis PCL6045BL and PCL6046 chips. Their advanced features have long made them the most advanced controller chips in the world. In addition to standard linear and circular interpolation options, two of the advanced controller chips now feature a third interpolation option — spiral or […]

Encoder Products Co. programmable thru-bore encoder Model 58TP

Encoder Products Company (EPC) now sells the Model 58TP — a 58 mm, thru-bore, programmable encoder. Contained within the rugged housing of the Model 58TP is an advanced set of electronics that allow the encoder to be programmed for exact application needs. See the unboxing video for an overview. Programmable CPR, output type, and waveform

New linear bearing coming later this year: eXrail from NB Corp.

Due for release later this year, a linear bearing called the eXrail from NB Corp. of America is a linear guide rail using recirculating needle rollers to support loads over linear strokes. It’s useful in applications needing high precision (such as medical equipment, for example) thanks to high rigidity and motion accuracy — as well […]

AS/RS design to run new manufacturing and distribution center by 2019

Cimcorp North America of Murata Machinery (Muratec) will supply an installation for end-to-end material handling to Giti Tire at a new South Carolina manufacturing facility. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the turnkey Cimcorp system is called a Dream Factory and will include all the facility’s automation equipment and system control, project management, and integration. Singapore-based […]

Touchless gesture controls and Ultrahaptics technology (Video on how they work)

In a recent video with Paul Heney, we touched on touchless gesture controls — haptic technology that lets machine builders and other engineers incorporate mid-air controls enhanced by tactile feedback. The hardware and software can be embedded into machine builds and consumer designs large and small. Our sister publication EE World covered the technology late last year (with

Warner XS-Series brake applications: Quiet and powerful braking in airline seats and more

XS-Series spring-actuated electrically released brakes from Warner Electric — part of the Altra Industrial Motion Corp. — are specifically designed to meet stringent compactness requirements in weight-sensitive applications. They boost reliable braking performance in a package weighing as little as 27 g. The XS brakes are  also statically engaged holding  so can stop moving loads in […]

PI recognized as 2017 Finalist for Manufacturer of the Year and for Contribution to Skills and Training

Motion control and nanopositioning application solutions expert PI (Physik Instrumente) is celebrating a second consecutive year of recognition at the 2017 Motion and Control Industry (MCI) Awards, receiving finalist status last month for Manufacturer of the Year and Contribution to Skills and Training at the award ceremony held at the National Conference Centre, near Birmingham, […]

Large-area travel XYZ gantry systems from IntelLiDrives

Large-area travel XYZ gantry systems from IntelLiDrives now offer XY travel from 300 x 300 mm to 3 x 3 m. The Z-axis stroke reaches 300 to 1,000 mm. A synchronous belt drive runs off a stepper, servo, or SMART motor. Motion is repeatable to 50 μm. The XYZ gantry system carried loads of 10 […]

Now available in higher ratios: Dodge Quantis gear reducers and gearmotors

The Baldor Dodge Quantis product family — a full line of modular gearmotors and gear drives — has expanded to offer four and five stages of gear reduction for all three types of gear arrangements; in-line helical (ILH), offset parallel (MSM) and right angle helical bevel (RHB). Quantis reducers and gearmotors can now be configured in ratios over 7,500:1

Motion-platform maker standardizes on Sensoray I/O for measurement and motion control

Servos & Simulation Inc. is a manufacturer of motion platforms and control loaders. Recently the systems builder picked a Model 826 analog and digital I/O system on a PCI Express board from Oregon-based Sensoray for the primary measurement and control interface for their full product line. Servos and Simulation provides motion platforms and control loaders

Yaskawa Motoman MPX3500 robot creates consistent finish in coating applications

The fast six-axis MPX3500 robot offers superior performance and efficiently creates a smooth, consistent finish in painting and coating applications. It offers a flexible, compact design and is suitable for painting parts of nearly any size and shape, including recessed, curved or contoured surfaces. The MPX3500 has a 15 kg wrist payload capacity and a 25 […]

AutomationDirect wide-area sensors use through-beam technology

AutomationDirect has expanded its sensors offering to include wide area sensors for object detection. The new area sensors from Micro Detectors (MD) are multi-beam, through-beam sensors with emitter and receiver elements used for detecting the presence of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver. The area sensors have an IEC […]

IDEC adopts leading-edge consumer technology for industrial use in HMIs

IDEC Corp. now sells 4.3-in. HG1G HMIs, one of industry’s first display products to take full advantage of the worldwide standard 4.3-in. LCD screen size. Because this screen size is so widely used in consumer gaming devices and other commercial products, it effectively obsoletes HMIs with smaller screen sizes by offering a larger and higher resolution

Custom parallel-shaft geared motors and drives from ABM Drives

ABM Drives offers compact parallel-shaft motor and drive designs for small spaces and quiet running requirements. Precision-ground gearing provides for low noise and extended life. Tight-fitting housing covers and flanges prevent distortions that can amplify noise. Aluminum housings absorb harmonics and other vibrations better than cast iron. Typical applications include crane hoist travel drive units; […]

Switched-reluctance motors in new applications: CPT SRMs reduce emissions

Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and Austria’s Technische Universität Wien (TU Wien) recently investigated 48-V mild-hybrid technology. Mild hybrids are cars that pair a traditional internal-combustion engine with an electric motor and generator in parallel to let the former turn off during vehicle stopping or coasting. Now, such setups are easier than ever with low-voltage electric […]

Differences between conventional belting and plastic modular belting for conveying

Plastic modular belting has transformed manufacturing. Understanding the differences between it and synthetic fabric belting can help engineers plan and determine the most suitable conveyor for a given application. By Kate Nadeau | mk North America Conveyors are a part of everyday life. They are seen at the grocery store, in the gym, at the […]

CANopen interface on precision magnetic encoders from POSITAL

POSITAL’s IXARC high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen interfaces. These new interface option is in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces. Together, this range of interface choices makes the rugged and compact IXARC encoders one of the most versatile devices of its type […]

New high-speed cameras feature Camera Link vision interface and industry-leading SONY and ON-Semi image sensors

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company and global leader in image sensing technology, has expanded its high value Genie Nano camera series with new Camera Link models built around the industry’s best performing CMOS image sensors from SONY and ON-Semi. The first monochrome and color Camera Link models will feature ON-Semi’s 16 and 25M Python image […]

Automation Federation hires industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as incoming Managing Director

The Automation Federation has hired renowned industrial control systems cybersecurity expert Marty Edwards as its new Managing Director. Edwards, a 25-year industry veteran, is currently serving as Director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an operational division of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) in the Department of Homeland […]