Pumps

Processing water after it has been used into potable water is a complex mix of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.  The mechanical problems to be solved include…

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New multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers

Schmersal is proud to introduce the PROTECT SRB-E series, a range of multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers. The series features safe PNP outputs and can be used to…

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Position or not Position?

In the last post there was some discussion of how positioning is accomplished from a general perspective.  As with all things in the world of mechatronics there are…

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AutomationDirect extends productivity series controllers’ capabilities

AutomationDirect has introduced additional modules to the Productivity series of programmable controller products. Additionally, updated Productivity Suite programming software is now available. For the Productivity3000 series, the P3-550E…

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Understanding the Notion of Positioning

One of the most difficult challenges to machine builders is understanding the notion of positioning and how it is reflected in component selection in their equipment design.  Positioning…

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Drone Wars

Research into unmanned aircraft has been going on for some time.  Called UAVs for Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, systems of various types have been under development since the 1908’s….

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Caged toolblox 30% lighter than solid tombstones

Kurt ToolBlox feature an open-cage design weighing 30% less than a solid tombstone with Aluminum subplates, making easier handling for the CNC machine table and shuttle systems. The…

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Motor Changes

Electric motors are the workhorse of industry.  Globally 20% of all energy generated is in the form of electricity.  Electric motors consume 40% of all electricity.   Electric…

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Machine throughput increases with next generation indexing table

ETEL’s RTMB high precision indexing tables have been a trusted solution for over 10 years, with thousands of products operating in a variety of industries including automation, electronics,…

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Mechanics and Motion

Engineers with a mechanical engineering background typically have the best grasp of motion control.  This should not be a surprise to anyone.  Motion control is the science, sometimes…

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Controller from Rockwell Automation aims to simplify machine safety

Manufacturers and equipment builders are looking for ways to simplify and standardize safety across their machines and systems. With the new Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller from Rockwell…

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Managing Complexity

Engineers and designers frequently seek simplicity as a measure of excellence in products and machine designs.  Simplicity has many virtues.  Simplicity often means high reliability.  Simplicity can translate to long…

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Safety controllers for explosive environments

Schmersal is proud to introduce the SRB-EXi series; a generation of safety relay modules which combines the proven SRB safety relay functionality with the demands of explosion protection….

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Control System Language

Programming control systems is a complex matter.  Some of the complexity is the history behind it, some is hardware related and some is the interdependency of hardware and…

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Consumer Electric Car

The competition to bring a mass produced electric car to the market is really heating up.  There is an underlying assumption that, like flat screen TVs, this thing…

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Compact uninterruptible power supply

Phoenix Contact introduces the UNO-UPS, a compact 24 V DC uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The UNO-UPS provides standby power in the event of an AC mains power loss….

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Molex introduces SST universal Modbus modules for CompactLogix controllers

Molex, LLC has introduced two new seamlessly integrated Modbus modules for Rockwell Automation CompactLogix controllers. The two Universal Modbus modules connect CompactLogix controllers to any Modbus/TCP or Modbus…

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OSAI introduces new CNC turnkey prewired packages

OSAI has announced introduction of its new CNC turnkey prewired packaged systems for the metalworking CNC plasma, laser, and milling industries. These packages are completely digital with Ethercat…

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Advantech launches TUV certified IEC-61850-3 industrial PC

IEC-61850 is the specific standard for smart substations and defines the Ethernet protocol to be used for data communication and defines how devices in the substation communicate with…

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The Belt and Pulley

Sometimes the old tricks work the best.  The Belt and Pulley solution for mechanical power transmission has been around for a couple of centuries, and despite all the…

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Automation system PSS 4000 release 13 adds function for safety applications

The automation system, PSS 4000 from Pilz continues to deliver extra benefits designed to give you even greater value. The function “non-persistent online change” now means that individual…

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McAfee’s antivirus to be integrated into Advantech’s Industrial Storage-SQFlash

Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group is pleased to announce collaboration with Intel Security to integrate McAfee antivirus into Advantech’s Industrial Storage-SQFlash Security Package. Advantech SQFlash includes industrial SSD, CF…

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New compact DIN rail power supply modules

Wieland Electric Inc. has expanded its wipos series of DIN rail power supply modules with a new compact design for control cabinet applications. The new wipos PS series…

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Heroes or Not

Heroes are people who takes risks.  People who struggle against great forces. Sometimes they are People who have a big impact on society in their generation. Sometimes they…

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Heroes of Industry

We all have our heroes.  The people who epitomize an ethic, embody success, and who we look up to.  Film heroes, music heroes, sports heroes, even Heroes of…

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