Emerson Automation in Las Vegas — New technologies for packaging industry

Pack Expo in Las Vegas this year was a huge success with more than 29,500 attendees and dozens of new design solutions of display. One supplier at the show making quite a number of important announcements was Emerson Automation. Emerson’s technologies help packaging lines gain flexibility by accommodating numerous package sizes and complexities; reduce losses

Acromag’s New Ethernet Communication Modules Offer Optional Power Over Ethernet

Acromag announced today an addition to their PCIe-based AcroPack® modules, the AP580 Series. These mini boards provide a single Ethernet 10, 100, or 1000 Mbps port. An optional Power Over Ethernet (POE) model, AP580E-POE-LF, provides 52V DC and up to 10 watts of power to powered devices (PD). The POE Ethernet communication avoids other traffic

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

The IoT and Cloud security measures — not as well developed as needed

Staff Report Will a fight break out over who’s responsible for securing data? Maybe. Will companies start taking security seriously? Not sure. Will design engineers need to address security before corporate management? A key component of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the cloud; that group of services

Linking serial protocols to EtherNet/IP

The serial EtherNet/IP Linking Device lets you include any automation device with a serial RS-232/422/485 application interface in an EtherNet/IP-based network architecture. It supports many serial protocols including Modbus, DF1, produce/consume, ASCII and custom protocols. It is a cost-effective alternative to in-chassis communication modules. The distributed EtherNet/IP Linking Device brings several advantages. Contrary to an

Modules connect CompactLogix controllers to PROFIBUS DP-V0 and DP-V1 Networks

Molex has introduced its SST PB3-CPX Modules to connect Rockwell Automation CompactLogix L2, L3 and L4 controllers to PROFIBUS DP-V0 and DP-V1 Networks. The modules enable high-performance, low-cost solutions for industrial automation applications and are compatible with Master DP-V0 Class-1; Master DP-V1 Class-1 and Class-2; and Slave DP-V0 protocols. SST PB3-CPX Master/Slave Modules can be

Applying Industrial Ethernet

Tips and techniques that will help you set up and maintain an industrial Ethernet network. Industrial Ethernet is used to connect devices such as PLCs, local and distributed I/O, servo controllers and drives on the plant floor and in industrial facilities. In this capacity, it links many pieces of hardware—and has many cables, connections and

The challenges of the Industrial Internet of Things and communications at the edge

by Tony Paine, Platform President, Kepware IIoT promises to let everything within an industrial environment connect to get complete visibility into operations and allow the best real-time decisions—with or without human intervention. In a perfect world, the IIoT connects all hardware and software components (the Things) that comprise an automation system. These connections will bring

The new era of design for the IIoT

by Ralf Neubert, Senior Director of Innovation and Technology, Industry Business, Schneider Electric The IIoT promises more operational efficiency and lower costs thanks to close coupling of machines and systems. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought the need for more connected components and for designing with automation in mind. The Industrial

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

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

A hint of things to come in the IoT

by Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor In some respects, the Internet of Things is still heavy on the buzz and promotion and light on actual products that help design engineers. A few helpful aids are emerging. Vendors continue to promote the need of and benefits for more connectivity to the Internet of Things (IoT) or the

New network I/O Weldblocks from Balluff

Balluff is pleased to announce an entire new family of network I/O blocks optimized for extremely noisy electrical environments, such as welding. These new Balluff Weldblocks are constructed with fiberglass reinforced composite (polypropylene sulfide) that inherently resists weld spatter while effectively combats grounding loops and electromagnetic interference (EMI). Weldblocks promote machine mount distributed modular architecture

The CC-Link Partner Association marks its 15th anniversary

January is a significant milestone for the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) in the Americas, as it marks exactly 15 years since the founding of the organization and the birth of the family of CC-Link open automation network technologies. In these 15 years they have gone from dominating the Japanese market to becoming accepted global technologies.

It’s about time: the evolving time-sensitive networking standard for the Industrial IoT

by Todd Walter, National Instruments, AVnu Alliance Industrial Segment Chair IoT adoption promises increased amounts of data over widely distributed networks. This change will require new standards for sharing and transferring critical information. One approach will be Time-Sensitive Networks, a new standard from the IEEE 802 committee. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a world

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,

Mill-Max offers Top-Mount USB 3.1 Type C receptacle

Mill-Max has added the Top-Mount SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus 3.1, Type C to its line of USB IO Sockets. This receptacle is 2X faster than USB 3.0 with more efficient data transfer, higher through-put and improved I/O power efficiency. Features: • USB 3.1 Top-Mount, Hybrid Layout • Full metal housing with enhanced EMI/RFI prevention •

For the IoT, connection is not enough

Leslie Langnau – Managing Editor llangnaur@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_3Dprinting Technology Forward One of the goals driving the Internet of Things (IoT) is the belief that the gathered data will deliver information you can use to develop new products. A recent survey, though, indicates that designers should not just simply make already existing products remotely controlled.

Comsol update: Multiphysics for more than analysts

Jean Thilmany • Contributing Editor Neither Comsol multiphysics software itself nor its application builder will see extensive changes this year, Svante Littmarck, Comsol’s president and CEO, told attendees at the company’s 2015 user conference. Instead, the multiphysics simulation company has been focused on making the graphical user interface of the soon-to-be-released Comsol version 5.2 easier

Networking for industrial machine tool building

by Todd Walter, National Instruments If the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) takes off, machines will depend on free flowing data within and between other machines. Updates to standard Ethernet will support these needs. In the U.S. alone industrial machines are an over $200-billion market. This competitive market has undergone an evolution in the last

Big future for cyber-physical manufacturing systems

by BEHRAD BAGHERI, NSF I/UCRC for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) and JAY LEE, University of Cincinnati The real value of the IoT for manufacturers will be in the analytics arising from cyber-physical models of machines and systems. A couple decades ago, smart appliances only belonged to sci-fi movies. But rapid advances in technology made it

Bridge ensures wireless uptime

In industrial networking applications, such as communications between offshore oil platforms or train-to-ground communications, a reliable wireless bridge is essential to minimize system downtime and maximize availability. The AWK-3131A wireless AP/bridge/client delivers fast, reliable wireless performance in industrial settings by supporting IEEE 802.11n technology with a maximum net data rate of 300 Mbps, plus AeroLink

Antaira’s 10-Port industrial non-PoE gigabit managed Ethernet switches

Antaira Technologies is a global leading developer and supplier of industrial device networking and communication product solutions for harsh environment applications and is proud to announce its expansion in the industrial networking infrastructure family with the LMX-1002G-SFP series. Antaira Technologies’ LMX-1002G-SFP series is a cost effective 10-port industrial gigabit managed Ethernet switch, that supports a12~48VDC

How IIoT is being used now

by Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor The latest development of industrial Ethernet is how it will be a part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Variations of Ethernet still abound, yet some of the conversation is moving toward accepting the open Ethernet standard, a variation developed by Mellanox Technologies. Open Ethernet is targeted more at

MathWorks Announces Release 2015b of the MATLAB and Simulink Product Families

MathWorks introduced Release 2015b (R2015b) with a range of new capabilities in MATLAB and Simulink. In addition to new features in MATLAB and Simulink, R2015b includes updates and bug fixes to 83 other products. MATLAB Product Family MATLAB updates include: New execution engine that runs MATLAB code faster Graph and directed graph functions for creating,