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Copenhagen cooks its valve actuators
October 31, 2014

Copenhagen cooks its valve actuators

The Metropolitan Copenhagen Heating Transmission Company (CTR) installed Rotork IQ3 valve actuators to replace actuators that suffered permanent damage from the effects of hot water.

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Vision System Automates Mining Bridge Conveyor
October 30, 2014

Vision System Automates Mining Bridge Conveyor

HINZ developed a machine vision system that automatically measures the amount and distribution of potash on a mining conveyor as it is loaded by the bridge conveyor. This information is used by the mine control system to automatically move the bridge conveyor to correct any imbalance.

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October 30, 2014

Ford switches from sensors to vision for body panel inspection

Traditionally, body panels are inspected by using a robot to present the part to an array of proximity switches. Ford improved on this method by using machine vision. The camera connects to either the robot or the PLC using the Ethernet/IP protocol.

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Vision System helps Exide read battery labels
October 30, 2014

Vision System helps Exide read battery labels

Exide had difficulties in reading 2D data matrix codes burned into plastic with a laser burner. The problem was solved by switching to image-based Cognex DataMan 200 readers with 2D decoding software and an EtherNet/IP interface to the PLC.

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Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions
October 30, 2014

Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions

RFID sensor tags do not require batteries to monitor temperature, pressure and humidity of equipment remotely.

October 30, 2014

Kollmorgen motors shrunk in Kuka robots

Kuka and Kollmorgen were able to reduce the installation volume of the motors compared to standard models, implement robot-specific applications and optimise the entire supply chain.

Rockwell Automation drives Underground Mining operations
October 30, 2014

Rockwell Automation drives Underground Mining operations

Four PowerFlex 755 Variable Frequency Drives operate motors that run the hydraulic emulsion pumps responsible for advancing roof supports at an unnamed mining company in Illinois.

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October 28, 2014

ITTIA puts embedded database in robots

Wasserbauer installed ITTIA DB SQL data base into its Butler robots.

October 27, 2014

Kepware connects 17 plants of Cascades Tissue Group

Using Kepware’s KEPServerEX, Cascades now supports communications across all of its seventeen plants, seventeen paper machines, and nearly ninety converting lines with just one piece of software.

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System
October 27, 2014

Barcelona Airport Takes Off with Integrated Command and Control System

Wonderware software integrated all their existing disparate systems, achieved reliable and cost-efficient control, enabled safe operations and created scalability for future growth.

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing
October 27, 2014

Rockwell Automation controls Ridgeline Pipe Manufacturing

Ridgeline Pipe manufactures about 125 different PVC pipe products that vary in length, diameter, color, markings and other requirements. Allen-Bradley ControlLogix L61 programmable automation controller (PAC) manages all control and motion functions for each piece of equipment in the PVC manufacturing process.

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets
October 26, 2014

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets

Vision Systems Design
To correctly place packages of cereal in buckets prior to packaging, AFA Systems installed a vision-based system at an unnamed cereal plant that uses a smart camera coupled with a robotic pick and place system.

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing
October 26, 2014

Vision makes light work of egg case palletizing

Vision Systems Design
A Datalogic M150 color camera fitted with a 28mm lens captures images of cartons of eggs packed into boxes as they move under the vision system at a rate of 30 cases per minute. Data from the camera is then transferred to a Datalogic MX40 embedded vision processor over a Power over Ethernet interface for analysis.

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3D vision system inspects thermoformed plastic cups at high-speed
October 26, 2014

3D vision system inspects thermoformed plastic cups at high-speed

Vision Systems Design
Industrial Control's Thermochecker machine vision system uses a 3D smart sensor to inspect plastic cups at rates as high as 600 cups per minute on a dry offset printer from WIFAG-Polytype.

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Consider rapid new controller developments via adaptive process control
October 26, 2014

Consider rapid new controller developments via adaptive process control

Hydrocarbon Processing
By Mirco Calosi, et al
In this case study, the implementation team discusses how Eni’s Livorno refinery in Italy was able to use adaptive process control to start accruing benefits from two hydrotreater units just six weeks from the start of the project.

Measuring oxygen levels in offshore extracted natural gas
October 24, 2014

Measuring oxygen levels in offshore extracted natural gas

Instrumentation
Originally, Teekay had to send samples of gas from the Voyageur Spirit FPSO in the UK to their laboratory, but due to air contamination the results were masking the inherent oxygen level in the gas. To combat this issue, Teekay now use the EC92DIS portable oxygen analyser from Systech Illinois on board the Voyageur to measure the oxygen levels in the gas.

October 24, 2014

Industrial robot controls positioning and silicone application

Machine Building
Stretchline Holdings, a manufacturer of textile elastics, uses Kawasaki robots to accurately programme rotation speeds and positions for applying silicone on a garment which is placed onto a former on the robot’s wrist..

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution
October 24, 2014

Indian OEM gets complete automation solution

Packaging World
IMA-PG India recently incorporated a complete automation solution in its PG Express blister packing machine for pharmaceutical applications. Kollmorgen Automation Suite software was used, so PLC logic, HMI programming, motion control, and drive control are all integrated.

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico
October 24, 2014

Emerson Wireless Steam Trap Monitors Increase Efficiency at Coffee Plant in Mexico

By David Gustafson, Emerson Process Management
It took only two weeks to install the first system, and already it’s saved $100,000 in maintenance costs and increased production by 5,000 tons per year.

Mipro relies on HIMA’s safety technology
October 23, 2014

Mipro relies on HIMA’s safety technology

Recognizing the value of certified products with long lifecycles, Finnish railway pioneer Mipro has relied on HIMA safety technology for more than 25 years.

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