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

Industrial Mobile Operator Interface Now Provides Trending Data

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

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

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

Create diverse IoT/cloud solutions

Advantech WISE-PaaS Marketplace Cooperates with ARM, Microsoft, Intel Security, and Acronis to Enable IoT Edge Intelligence Advantech is collaborating with ARM, Microsoft, Intel Security, and Acronis on a new sharing platform – WISE-PaaS. It creates a business model that enables customers to create diverse IoT software/cloud solutions easily and quickly within a collaborative software ecosystem.

Unmanaged Ethernet switch offers twelve Gigabit Ethernet ports

Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology has become popular and there are many devices that are PoE ready, such as, PoE cameras, VoIP phones, wireless radios, and access controllers. These technologies have been widely adopted in industrial markets that include automation manufacturing, security surveillance, power/utility, water wastewater treatment plants, oil/gas/mining, and transportation industries. The LNP-1604G-SFP series works well

Compact eddy current sensor fits semiconductor clean room needs

Manufacturing and design industries require increasing precision of measurement, and selecting the right non-contact proximity measuring system can be essential to a successful project that stays on time and on budget. Selecting the right technology for a non-contact proximity measuring system will come down to environment and performance requirements. The primary three technologies used are

Safety system prevents unauthorized access

The LiftLok VRC safety system prevents lift operation by untrained or unauthorized personnel. A basic key switch or a more feature rich 10-key pushbutton digital keypad can be added to a mechanical or hydraulically operated Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC). Two keys are provided with the basic LiftLok keyed system while authorized lift operators can enter

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s GT2107 Wide HMI Improves System Visibility and Performance

Driven by end user demand for improved visualization into their automation solutions portfolio, Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. has introduced the GT2107 Wide Series Human Machine Interface (HMI). The GT2107 is an interface that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen that connects to equipment such as PLCs, VFDs and servos. This compact HMI

Image gallery: The engineering eye candy at NIWeek 2017

National Instruments Corp. held its NIWeek event in Austin, Tex. last week. The get-together of LabVIEW programmers and instrumentation users always includes interesting new products and clever applications for the LabVIEW system design software and instrumentation hardware. Here are a few of the developments highlighted there that had eye appeal. NEXT PAGE: Stacking cups with

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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,