System controller for large AGV systems

Large-system Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) applications need a system controller that can handle the complexity of large warehouse layouts, varying load size/weight and complicated material flows. The Kollmorgen NDC8: Version 2.6 manages all these variables quickly and precisely, while allowing AGV suppliers to use a single system and skill set. The controller is an application-independent

EtherCAT as a Master Machine Control Tool

There is an increasing demand in the automation and motion control industries for a localized motion control solution that can coordinate motion between multiple remote components. Previously, field bus protocols such as Modbus or Ethernet have been implemented to address this demand. Although successful in moving data across automation networks, these protocols lacked the real

Groov now has event notification and lower-cost options

groov 3.0 adds event-based email notifications to groov and a mobile operator interface system that connects machines, equipment, and control systems with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Now, industrial automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, or any authorized person can receive immediate email messages when a connected machine or system needs attention. groov is

Leveling feet with fixing lug From J.W. Winco have non-skid pad options

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 440.1 Steel Leveling Feet with Fixing Lug, in inch and metric sizes. hese RoHS-compliant leveling feet are simple, economically priced components. The base and the tapped socket are made of zinc plated and blue passivated steel (base is stainless steel

SPIROL Europe achieves ISO 9001 recertifications

SPIROL Europe is pleased to announce that both SPIROL United Kingdom and SPIROL France have had their ISO 9001:2008 certifications reissued for three years by the British Standards Institution applicable to the manufacture and distribution of precision engineered fasteners, tubular products, shims, stampings and machined components. ISO 9001:2008 is based on a number of quality

Software helps you add intelligent functions to machine tools

Higher productivity through intelligent functions is an increasingly critical factor in the competitive ability of machine tools. One option for adding new and unique functions is with the Open Core Engineering system. Open Core Engineering enhances classic PLC programming by bridging the gap to IT automation. It increases engineering efficiency through its use of open

High-performance 5.7” HG2G HMI series for added protection

With the addition of UL Type 4X and Type 13 approvals, IDEC high-performance 5.7” HG2G HMIs now provide a degree of protection against corrosion, dust, spraying water, oil, non-corrosive coolant, and damage from external ice formation. Suitable for applications in harsher conditions, especially where protection against corrosion is required, such as in oil and gas,

Rack and pinion drives go long

Ballscrews for long machine travel application can be expensive and can require additional motion components for sufficient support over the needed travel distance. If a machine application requires high operating speeds as well, then machine costs can increase because of the need for larger servomotors and servo drives. The design engineers at Proteck, an Indian

Modular, flexible fixtures speed changeover

To meet the demand for its ever-expanding line of cylinders and related products, TRD Manufacturing, Inc., a division of Bimba, a leading actuation company, sought a partner to develop fixturing to allow quick set-up and the flexibility to run small or large batches of product from a multitude of workpiece block sizes. TRD turned to

Sunstone Circuits® announces design for manufacture tool DFMplus

Sunstone Circuits®, a printed circuit board (PCB) prototype solutions provider, has announced the addition of a Design for Manufacture (DFM) tool, DFMplus, to their product line. DFMplus will allow potential issues to be fixed in the PCB design phase, to ensure manufacturability by Sunstone Circuits. By using the DFMplus tool, design engineers can verify their

Avnet adds “embedded brains” to machine vision

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is helping to eliminate time and cost barriers to develop industry-leading embedded machine vision applications with today’s release of the Smart Vision Development Kit featuring the Xilinx® Zynq®-7015 PicoZed System-on-Module (SOM). The low-cost, all-in-one kit enables engineers in markets such as banking, medical scanning,

Quick fixturing change for horizontals with Carr Lock® system

Carr Lane Manufacturing is introducing a new system of tooling blocks and fixture plates for quick fixturing change on horizontal machining centers. Create your fixturing on inexpensive fixture plates rather than dedicating a complete new tombstone to each new job. Changeover is in seconds with repeatability of .0004″. Carr Lock® components can be ordered alone

Deublin Company to Exhibit at IMTS 2014

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2014 to be held September 8-September 13, 2014 in Chicago, will include an exhibit of products from the Deublin Company at booth #E5391, a manufacturer of rotating unions and components used in machine tools and other manufacturing equipment. Deublin machine tool solutions include such patented technologies as Pop-OffTM and

B&R to present integrated machine control platform at IMTS 2014

B&R to present integrated machine control platform at IMTS 2014 Modular automation solution unifies CNC, PLC, HMI, robotics, safety and more At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), from September 8-13 in Chicago’s McCormick Place, B&R will exhibit its innovative automation solutions at booth E-4901. B&R specializes in standards-based, scalable and modular control systems

Complete Control Solution for a 5-Axis Desktop Dental Milling Machine

This video demonstrates a multi-axis motion controller and closed loop stepper technology, tailored to meet the application-specific requirements of a desktop CNC machine. Check out how this motion solution by Servotronix enabled the customer to maintain their machine’s high accuracy and improve its compactness while significantly reducing its cost. Servotronix www.servotronix.com

Adaptive Systems deliver productivity gains

When manufacturers seek to increase throughput in an automation system—a packaging line, a machine tool or a pick-and-place operation—one technical issue they can quickly encounter is unwanted vibration. Depending on the process, this can require intermittent deceleration to avoid damaging the machine or product. This useful and informative Technical Paper from Bosch Rexroth provides a

AutomationDirect Extends RUKO Line of Hole Cutting Tools

AutomationDirect’s line of RUKO cutting tools now includes drill/tap combination bits as well as fractional and metric thread hand taps. RUKO drill/tap combination bits provide uninterrupted hole drilling, thread tapping and deburring in one convenient bit. The high-speed steel bits are relief-ground and designed with ¼-inch hexagonal shanks for use with mild steel up to

J.W. Winco, Inc. Plastic Hinges Are Stable and Torque Resistant

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers EN 222 Technopolymer Plastic Hinges with four Indexing Positions, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant hinges are very stable, and notable for a high resistant torque of 3 Nm in four indexing positions. All detent positions have a guaranteed resistant torque of

AutomationDirect’s “When to Use Multi-Function Safety Relays”

AutomationDirect announces the release of a new White Paper, “When to Use Multi-Function Safety Relays” that explains how to determine when applications will benefit from multi-function safety relays over other options. Many machines and robots require safety circuits to stop all or part of operation in the event of an emergency. Safety circuits are also

Increase Machine Control, Motion Capabilities, and EtherCAT System Support

Kollmorgen introduces Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ (KAS) software version 2.8 and AKD servo drive platform firmware version 1.12. The additions include a new higher performance version of the AKD® PDMM, enhancements to the coordinated motion programming blocks and additions to the EtherCAT configuration tool. This enables OEM’s who utilize Kollmorgen’s automation and drive systems to deliver

Grab parts and savings with SinterGrip jaws for Kurt vises | IMTS 2014

Patented, award-winning vise jaws for 6-in Kurt vises sale priced at $644 for IMTS. Grip on as little as 3.5 mm of material for precision 5-axis machining of high-value parts. OML’s SinterGrip vise jaws make it easy to get a tight grip on as little as 3.5 mm of part material for high-rate, high-accuracy metal

Lifting Eye Bolts from J.W. Winco Now in Stainless Steel

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers DIN 580-NI Stainless Steel Lifting Eye Bolts, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant eye bolts are offered in two materials: forged A2 stainless steel (American Standard 304 series) and forged A4 stainless steel (American Standard 316 series). For both types, the contact

Updated Loctite® Adhesive Sourcebook from Henkel Now Available

Henkel Corporation has updated the Loctite® Adhesive Sourcebook for 2014 to include the latest adhesive, sealant, lubricant, coating and dispensing/curing equipment technologies. Available in print and online as an e-catalog, the new Loctite® Adhesive Sourcebook 2014 is a comprehensive 212-page reference that features more than 1,500 products for industrial manufacturing and maintenance. The Adhesive Sourcebook

Fives Giddings & Lewis’ New Extended-Range Contouring Head

Now producing features up to 780 mm OD Fives upsizes features that can be turned on Giddings & Lewis boring mills with introduction of a larger-range integrated contouring head that handles up to 980 mm I.D. (38.6 in) and 780 mm O.D. Rated at 56 kW (75 hp), the integrated head takes on larger turned

EMAG Showcases Modular Machines at IMTS 2014

At IMTS 2014, EMAG will feature Manufacturing Systems for Precision Metal Components with multiple machines from its new modular standard VL and VT product families on display. These Modular Standard Machines offer a systematic approach that is advantageous to establishing a highly efficient manufacturing process, with different operations offered on the same platform, allowing for