ELEXCON Announces the 2017 Design & Innovation Forums Highlighted By Global Growth Markets

The high-profile Chinese electronics exhibition, ELEXCON, will once again be held in the global electronics industry hub – Shenzhen from December 21 – 23, 2017. Combined with the 6th annual Embedded Expo, Elexcon 2017 will host 800 global suppliers and more than 50,000 industry professionals in nearly 60,000 square meters of display area. Dedicated to

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Launches Redundant Control System

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. has paired its proven iQ-R Series integrated control platform with a redundant function module to create a redundant process control system for applications that require highly reliable control. The iQ-R Series Process CPU/Redundant System is designed specifically for industries such as oil and gas, wastewater and building automation with applications that

Cognex Introduces the In-Sight Laser Profiler for Highly Accurate Part Dimension Verification

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leader in machine vision, today introduced the In-Sight® Laser Profiler, an easy-to-use measurement system that verifies part dimensions. Cognex vision tools, accurate object detection and the EasyBuilder® interface make the new profiler an intuitive and highly reliable tool for obtaining height, gap, position, and angle measurements and detecting defects

IDEC releases world’s smallest safety laser scanner

IDEC Corporation introduces the SE2L Safety Laser Scanner, the world’s smallest, and the world’s first with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. A laser scanner is a safety device that uses the reflection of laser beams to detect the presence of objects or people. The scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs,

How HMIs can solve the industrial Ethernet communication problem

Connecting the many different industrial Ethernet protocols found in a typical plant or facility can be a headache, but an HMI can relieve the pain. Marcia R. Gadbois, General Manager and VP for the Wonderware InduSoft Web Studio group of Schneider Electric Due to the popularity of the IoT and the IIoT, along with other

New eBook PDF from Rockwell outlines best practices for Industrial Security

Industrial organizations are operating in ways they scarcely could have imagined a few decades ago. They are converging historically separate information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems, and using mobile, analytics and cloud to increase connectivity and information sharing. This is significantly improving operations but also creating more potential entrance points for security threats.

What’s Cooking? How Bit Stew, GE’s Latest Digital Acquisition, Spices Up The Industrial Internet Of Things

Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Kevin Collins can relate. By fanning the embers of a promising idea for years, he built his powerful machine learning company called Bit Stew. Now GE, the company Edison founded, just acquired it for an undisclosed sum. GE made

Intelligrated announces IntelliGen palletizing software for robotic operations

Intelligrated now offers IntelliGen palletizing software that allows operations to easily adjust pallet load configuration without the need for extra programming or cumbersome integration. Designed for robotic palletizing operations that handle a variety of product types and sizes, the new software allows operators to simply adjust load patterns and stacking characteristics based on changing product […]

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The benefits of embedding HMI in near edge devices

Compact HMI software can be integrated into near-edge devices to add IIoT connectivity and other functions. Scott Kortier, InduSoft Web Studio Senior Technical Engineer at Wonderware by Schneider Electric Machine builders and OEMs often provide human machine interface (HMI) functions with a separate component, either a PC-based HMI or an embedded HMI. In either case,

Robot conveyor system fills molds and other parts on pallet

Manually filling and handling molds with plastisol and other fluids can be labor intensive. The bench top RC Series Robot Conveyor system streamlines this type of production and increases dispensing accuracy. The RC Series features a gantry robot with an integrated slip roller conveyor system. The entire X Y Z motion system is located above

IoT cabling selection tips for harsh environments

By Jay Bartsias, senior product manager, Turck Connectivity, Laura Schweitz, product manager, Turck Connectivity Working on the northern Canadian plains in winter often means wrestling with negative double-digit temperatures every day. These harsh conditions created big cabling problems for an oil and gas company. Where they operate, cable jackets were cracking as they unspooled, and

Stainless Steel Threaded Line Vac Turns Pipe Into a Conveyor

EXAIR’s new 303 stainless steel 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac™ Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their small size makes them perfect for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many production lines. The Threaded Line Vac

Opto 22 Releases PAC Project Automation Software v9.5

Enhanced software suite includes IIoT integration through a RESTful API to controller tags and I/O—an automation and controls industry first Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 has announced immediate availability of version 9.5 of PAC Project™, a Microsoft® Windows®-based integrated software development suite for industrial automation, process control, remote monitoring, and Internet of Things applications. The

15,000 Metric Gears – Shipped Factory Direct

With the largest selection of stock metric gears, KHK USA is now able to meet the needs of industrial automation designs with off-the-shelf gears with the fastest of lead times. KHK USA based in Mineola NY, stocks approximately 4,500 skus in the New York warehouse for same day warehouse shipping and can now deliver, within

Energy efficient a/c combines two different cooling modes

Controls inside industrial cabinets now stay cool efficiently thanks to a combination of a conventional air conditioner and a new take on evaporative cooling. Leland Teschler Executive Editor When industrial controls enclosures and server racks get hot enough to demand their own cooling means, the usual approach is to give the enclosure its own air

Case Study: Yaskawa improves turnaround time and accuracy for automated reference lab

Yaskawa Motoman recently collaborated with Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester, Minn., to implement an automated state-of-the-industry specimen system. The automated laboratory handles tens of thousands of patient vials every…

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The benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things

by Alicia Bowers, Product Manager, Automation Software, GE Digital The Industrial Internet of Things will improve the end user experience and create new OEM revenue streams. Thought leaders around the world say the most valued companies will be those that blend digital capabilities and industrial assets. Digital capabilities are required to drive productivity and efficiency

Efficient five axis machining begins at the core

A solid base, the highest removal rate in its class, and lowest required maintenance allows for a longer tool and machine life. Toyoda’s FA1050 5-Axis horizontal machining center is that along with all the capabilities wanted of boring, end milling, finish cutting, threading, U-axis machining while maintaining accuracy at the industry’s fastest removal rate. At

Industrial switches drive network optimization

WAGO’s configurable Industrial Managed Switches reliably network Ethernet devices ensuring reliable access to system data. Ring redundancy technologies with 300ms or 50ms recovery times and dual power supply connections help ensure system reliability. See why managed switches from WAGO are the ideal data distributor for your network: Fully managed switches with Web-based management or CCI

Single-axis servo controller sports 800-W sine drive

The DMC-30012 Series is Galil’s latest generation single-axis motion controller.  It uses a 32-bit RISC processor to provide higher speed than older models.  The DMC-30012 features an internal 800-Watt brushless sine drive which minimizes space, cost and wiring .The motion controller operates stand-alone or can be networked to a PC via Ethernet.  Features include: Single-axis

Universal code reader for all common 1‑D and 2-D codes

The MAC335 Universal Code Reader from Pepperl+Fuchs is compact, economical, and easy-to-mount and configure. The stationary barcode imager reads the most common 1-D and 2-D code symbologies without having to change settings. Its extremely high 1.3 megapixel resolution enables it to accurately and reliably read small and large codes at distances ranging from 20 mm

Phillips-Medisize recognized as 2015 St. Croix business of the year

Phillips-Medisize Corporation was recognized as the 2015 Business of the Year in St. Croix County (30 or more employees) by the St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Phillips-Medisize was honored during the annual banquet on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Kilkarney Hill Golf Club in River Falls, WI. “We are honored to be recognized by

New staggered sidewall belt increases sanitation and pocket capacity

The new staggered sidewall belt for Dorner’s AquaPruf VBT Conveyor features Vertical Belt Technology, which makes it easier to clean and sanitize, provides greater pocket capacity, and also requires less maintenance than a traditional bucket elevator. Dorner spent more than a year developing the staggered sidewall belt with its belt manufacturing partner. Focusing its efforts

High density E3 I/O modules

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of its new rugged E3 I/O module platform, a set of 17 high-density I/O modules with hardened metal enclosures and powerful communication options. This versatile platform marks Red Lion’s first rugged I/O modules configurable using

Advantech launches intelligent RTU

Advantech’s IIoT iAutomation Group is pleased to announce the ADAM-3600 Intelligent RTU that utilizes Advantech’s TagLink technology, a modular wireless expansion system. TagLink is a new embedded technology which allows engineers to assign real meaning to the data they manage and makes it easier to maintain. It frees users from the hard work of processing