Minnesota Rubber and Plastics Doubles Clean Room Manufacturing Capacity At Its Litchfield, Minnesota Facilities

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics announced that it has doubled its clean room manufacturing capacity at its Litchfield, Minnesota facilities. The expansion is in response to rapid growth of the company’s medical and pharmaceutical business. As a leading molder of high performance elastomers and thermoplastics to the medical device industry, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics added a

Remote Connectivity Among Features of Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Newest Widescreen HMI

Demand for operational efficiencies such as greater visualization into a factory’s automation solutions portfolio has prompted Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. to introduce its latest human machine interface (HMI). The GT25 Wide HMI is an interface that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen that connects to equipment such as PLCs, VFDs and servos.

HMI terminal provides Wi-Fi communication link

The MT8103iE HMI incorporates a secure, safe, seamless built in Wi-Fi capability designed for harsh and/or IIoT environments. The MT8103iE HMI solution provides a Wi-Fi communication link that complies with the 802.11b/g/n wireless communication standard and therefore offers a secure connection via WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, allowing the HMI to collect and send data in a safe and

Maxum Air Devices optimize air impact, deliver high performance

Maxum Air Devices for blow-off and drying are designed to optimize air impact on product surfaces. They maximize air efficiency and target the air impact force precisely where it is needed. The Nozzle Bar, a powerful new product that looks and installs like an air knife but offers the full blow-off power of individual air

Tips on developing mobile apps in hazardous-area applications

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connects people, machines, plants, logistics, products, processes, and systems. Mobile devices and smart HMI systems form the cornerstone of this new industrial age. But a lessor known advantage of the IoT emerges with digital and mobile solutions integrated with industrial processes, especially those in hazardous environments. With its intrinsically

Light curtain system improves flexibility and safety

As production processes become increasingly automated and robots play a larger role on the production line, manufacturers are looking for more ways to maintain and reinforce a safe work environment. The Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L safety light curtain system is a flexible and cost-effective approach to safety while improving productivity through innovative transceiver technology. Unlike traditional

Schneider Electric Launches Altivar ATV680 & ATV980 Drives – the World’s First Three-Level Low-Harmonic Drives

The Altivar 680 and Altivar Regenerative 980 Compact Low Harmonic Drives are a packaged, high-performance solution for low harmonic applications. These active front end drives feature a three-level input switching stage, which reduces common mode voltage and improves performance and efficiency. These benefits are a result of the new drives’ custom filtering and three-level design.

Advantech Launches Solution-Ready Platform Series

Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group announced the launch of its SRP-FPV240 series of application-oriented solution-ready platforms. With the arrival of Industry 4.0 and the resulting trend for increased automation and data communication in manufacturing; technology solutions that can centralize management and streamline data visualization have become essential. To address the need, Advantech created its SRP-FPV240 solutions

Modicon M241 PLC Delivers Best-in-Class communication, While Reducing Installation Time, Cost

Schneider Electric delivers with a solution that enhances control and communication, while reducing installation time and cost. Designed for high-performance compact machines incorporating speed and position control functions, the Modicon M241 programmable logic controller is well suited to control multiple machines by leveraging dual channel communications for handling both upstream and downstream communications simultaneously. The

EZLogix, Modular Rack PLC with IIoT, USB Data logging, and Wifi Ready

The EZLogix automation controller is a low cost, advanced programmable logic controller (PLC) that is IIoT and Wifi Ready, has USB data logging up to 64 GB, unparalleled Free programming software and simulator package and much more. It is an American manufactured rugged modular rack din-rail mountable PLC with incredible features and prices with a

Stephen Foster Elected as Field Application Engineer for Midwest Zone

WAGO appointed new Field Application Engineer, Stephen Foster, for the Midwest Zone covering southern Illinois, western Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Foster earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has nine years of experience working as a Senior Controls Engineer. Foster aims to bring a fresh perspective and a customer-centric approach

B&R features automation advances to maximize packaging productivity at PACK EXPO 2017

Highlights include HTML5 based HMI, Industrial Internet of Things connectivity, flexibility, open robotics integration with SuperTrak™ industrial transport, Augmented Reality and networked safety. At this year’s PACK EXPO International show, September 25- 27, Las Vegas Convention Center; Las Vegas, NV, B&R Industrial Automation Corp. will exhibit automation technologies that are trending in packaging machinery design

IronHorse Shaft Mount Gearboxes added by AutomationDirect

New IronHorse Shaft Mount Gearboxes (speed reducers) from AutomationDirect feature shafts and gears manufactured from the highest grade steel, case hardened and precision ground to AGMA standards for long lasting durability. The gearbox shafts have reinforced double lip seals to protect against contamination and prevent oil from escaping; premium ball and tapered roller bearings provide

AMCI Expands Sales Force Throughout Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

Advanced Micro Controls Inc (AMCI) has expanded its sales force across the mid-atlantic and southeastern states to satisfy demand for the company’s growing line of PLC-based motion controls. AMCI Sales agent Jeff Windau of Automation Support Group, previously represented the company in Florida and Georgia. However, plans for rapid growth have expanded the agency’s coverage

AutomationDirect adds new line of Precision Limit Switches

AutomationDirect has added a new line of high precision limit/position switches from Metrol. Traditional limit switches and even electronic proximity sensors are limited in terms of accuracy and repeatability. These cost-effective, ultra-precise mechanical limit switches have repeatability down to 10, 5, 3, and even 0.5 microns (µm) depending on the specific model. Along with their

WAGO Appoints Brad Sedoris as Regional Sales Manager for Kentucky

Brad Sedoris is the latest addition to the southeastern sales force and will be covering Kentucky as Regional Sales Manager. With a degree in Electrical Engineering and 23 years in the industry, Sedoris brings a rich repertoire of knowledge and experience to WAGO. Born and raised in Kentucky, his familiarity of the state and the

More Beckhoff PC-based Controllers Earn Microsoft Azure Certification

Ultra-compact C6015 Industrial PC and DIN rail mounted CX5140 Embedded PC are now Azure™ Certified To provide plants, factories and machine builders with even more system-integrated solutions for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Beckhoff Automation has announced Microsoft Azure™ certification for the C6015 Industrial PC (IPC) and CX5140 Embedded PC. All certified devices from Beckhoff

Siemens recognizes customers demonstrating digitalization at 2017 Automation Summit

At the 2017 Automation Summit in Boca Raton, Fla., Siemens announced the winners of its 12th annual Customer Excellence Awards (CEA). The CEAs have become an integral part of the Automation Summit recognizing the achievements of Siemens’ customers and partners who demonstrate advanced business practices using Siemens technologies and solutions. The awards provide an illustration

AutomationDirect Takes Embedded Help to a Whole New Level

With the launch of the newest Do-more! controller, the BRX PLC, AutomationDirect released an enhanced version of the Do-more! Designer programming software. Do-more! Designer 2.0 has many new features added to improve programming efficiency. A new, user-friendly dashboard was added for easy navigation to important features/functions, but one of the more popular additions is the

Advantech’s Latest NVMe Servers and Storage Solutions

Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is announced the launch of a new series of NVMe servers and storage solutions in 1U to 4U form-factors that fulfill today’s industrial server requirements for high performance storage applications. Industrial servers differ from general servers and require special consideration for the varied environments they are found in such as transportation,

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s All-in-One Ethernet Drives Now Offer Ethernet Connectivity as a Standard Feature

In a move to give plant managers and engineering managers an edge in the highly competitive manufacturing market, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., announced the introduction of Ethernet-connected versions of its popular FR-A800 and FR-F800 Series variable frequency drives (VFDs). The new FR-A800- E and FR-F800- E VFDs provide Ethernet connectivity as a standard feature, allowing

New C-more Micro HMI Touch Panels with built-in Ethernet from AutomationDirect

Two new C-more Micro touch panels are now available from AutomationDirect. C-more Micro panels display text, graphics, and bitmaps to effectively communicate critical HMI data to the operator. Priced at $198.00, The EA3-S3ML C-more 3″ Micro touch panel has a 3.1-inch STN LCD monochrome display and twelve selectable LED-driven backlight colors. It features a 128

Advantech Launches High-Performance Scalable Fanless Control Cabinet PCs

Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the launch of the UNO-3283G and UNO-3285G high-performance fanless control cabinet PCs. Equipped with a 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, Intel QM170 PCH chipset, rich I/O including six USB 3.0, two GigaLAN, two RS-232/422/485, and one RS-422/485 (pin header) ports, as well as DVI-I and HDMI

Enhanced DirectLOGIC DL405 PLC CPUs added by AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added two new feature-enhanced CPUs to its DirectLOGIC DL405 programmable logic controller product line. The D4-454 and D4-454DC-1 provide all the capabilities of the D4-430, D4-440 and D4-450 CPUs, using updated microprocessor technology allowing the D4-454 to be the CPU of choice for the DL405 family. Both D4-454 CPUs include a built-in power

New EtherCAT board enhances data gathering capability of HARTING’s MICA mini industrial computer

HARTING’s Mini-Industrial-Computer MICA®, winner of the prestigious 2016 HERMES Award for industrial innovation, now is available with an EtherCAT board, allowing data to be collected directly from industrial production networks, preprocessed and forwarded to IT systems via standard protocols such as OPC UA or MQTT. Thanks to MICA®s modular hardware concept, which allows users to