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

AutomationDirect offers additional fiber optic amplifiers

AutomationDirect’s OPT series of single and multi-fiber photoelectric amplifiers are available with wide detection and working ranges that support transparent object recognition capability. The DIN rail-mountable units are equipped with NPN or PNP, push-pull, light-on/dark-on selectable outputs, a bargraph signal-strength indicator, a red LED with visible spot, and key potentiometer or teach-in pushbutton for configuration;

750 series specialty I/O hazardous location certified

Select specialty modules in WAGO’s compact, modular 750 Series are now ANSI/ISA12.12.01 and Canadian CSA C22.2 certified for operation in Class 1, Division 2 hazardous locations. The following specialty modules now carry these approvals: –750-658 CAN Gateway Module: for the easy integration of CAN field devices and J1939 applications –750-632 Proportional Valve module: with configurable

Power and functionality unified

With the BG 95 CI, Dunkermotoren successfully launched a compact drive based on a brushless DC motor with an output power of over 1 kW. The drive with its integrated control and power electronics can provide 1100 W continuous mechanical output power and has an integrated CANopen interface for an easy integration into a CANopen network. With voltage variants

Countdown to April’s Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2016 will be the global hotspot for Industry 4.0 solutions. “Next April, the world’s key drivers of industrial digitalization will all be in Hannover – among them…

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New Beckhoff industrial PC hardware delivers multi-core performance at a lower cost

The entry-level of the Beckhoff Industrial PC (IPC) portfolio has been expanded with two new devices: the C6905 Control Cabinet PC and the CP6706 7-inch Built-in Panel PC, each offering higher computing power than previous entry-level devices. Equipped with a powerful Intel Atom CPU with up to four processor cores, these compact devices are particularly

WAGO introduces new product literature for e!COCKPIT software

WAGO has announced the availability of a new brochure for its e!COCKPIT development tool. Using a CODESYS 3 integrated environment e!COCKPIT supports every automation task from hardware configuration, programming, networking and simulation to visualization – in one easy-to-use, intuitive package. WAGO wago.us

New data acquisition solution that brings greater versatility

Moxa has announced a new data acquisition solution that brings greater versatility for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The new ioLogik 2542-WL1 and ioLogik 2512-WL1 both feature 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi connectivity, which will serve the growing number of devices and M2M applications that require wireless communication. The ioLogik 2542-WL1 supports analog I/O connections over Wi-Fi,

Focus Product Design Reveals Design-To-Market™ Solutions

Startups and innovators are always looking for ways to create the best looking, coolest designs and bring their products to market fast with the lowest costs for parts and manufacturing – all without compromising quality or reliability. But most companies in the industrial design sector lack the capabilities to take a design from concept and

Rexroth’s Open Core Interface allows machine builders to create individual functions without a PLC

There are often no economical alternatives to standard control systems. As a result, machine manufacturers were previously limited to implementing the same functions available to all other competitors. Rexroth has now done away with this limitation. For the first time machine manufacturers can create individual and real-time machine functions outside of the PLC program with