Simple support structure improves warehouse packaging module efficiency

An improvement in packaging efficiency required attention to ergonomics, ease of assembly, and cost efficiency. Danielle Collins, senior editor Automation is changing how traditional distribution centers operate as companies search for new ways to maximize their efficiency, increase order accuracy and fulfill customer demand. When it comes to automated technology, most people tend to think

How to manage backpressure from accumulation

The right motor will ensure product is transported through a warehouse or facility without the damage often caused through accumulation. Danielle Collins, Contributing Editor Accumulation conveyors provide buffer zones in material handling systems to manage product flow, which is especially important when there is an imbalance between upstream and downstream capacity. But accumulation often results

Gearmotors on the move: Driving AGVs

When someone uses the term “driverless vehicle,” what probably comes to mind is some iteration of the driverless cars that auto manufacturers and technology companies have been testing for the past few years. But driverless vehicles have been around since the 1950s, when wire-guided vehicles, now known as “AGVs,” were first used for industrial applications.

“Industrial network” is another way of saying, “Hack me”

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler An article in Wired Magazine raised eyebrows awhile back when it explained a way hackers could destroy motors powered by variable-speed drives. It described work by a researcher at IT security firm Digital Bond Labs who pointed out that several VSDs have no way of authenticating commands

Weintek smart communication gateway cMT-G01 eliminates need for separate HMI

In a recent video with Design World executive editor Lee Teschler, we got the chance to review a Weintek cMT-G01 smart communication gateway. The new gateway is smart because it performs jobs that would normally require a separate HMI.  This gateway supports more than 300 protocols and controller brands.  That’s in contrast with other

Fixture Plates and Why You Should Use Them

Machining parts is easy… work-holding is the hard part! Fixturing, part setups, and work holding is a never ending skill. Any time I have the chance to tour a factory, walk a trade show, or talk shop with another machinist, I try to learn as much as possible about workholding. There are countless creative uses

Opto 22 enhances groov Industrial Edge Appliance with OPC-UA drivers for Allen-Bradley and Siemens PLCs, plus MQTT

New additions position groov as a complete edge appliance for industrial automation and Internet of Things applications Temecula, CA – October 24, 2017 – Industrial automation manufacturer and Industrial Internet of Things tools developer Opto 22 today announced a new version of groov, embedding key IIoT technologies MQTT and OPC-UA drivers directly into its industrial

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