- October 01, 2014
October 1, 2014 - Belden added a Quick Connect feature on its Lumberg Automation Input/Output Network-Ruggedized (LioN-R) EtherNet/IP modules. The new technology contributes to faster overall production cycles for industrial applications where robots drive the automation process. The Quick Connect feature ensures that the modules in the LioN-R series can quickly and efficiently power up and join an EtherNet/IP network after a tool exchange on a robot has been performed, thus reducing the time it takes for the automatic tool changers (ATCs) found on modern robots to exchange tools and switch out the task the robot performs.
Minimized ATC changeover time allows industrial markets – such as automotive manufacturers and logistic companies – to adjust robots to serve multiple purposes. This reduces the number of robots needed, minimizing maintenance requirements and production cycle downtime.
Other features of the LioN-R EtherNet/IP include an IP67 degree of protection, M12 connection for the network, integrated dual-port switch to facilitate line and ring topologies, three modules providing flexibility, “fail safe” function, and an operating temperature range of -10ÀöC to +60ÀöC.
“Often times, powering up for operation can take machines five to eight seconds,” said Toni Hauert, product manager at Belden. “Now, with the Quick Connect technology, a robot can return to work after a tool change in less than 500 milliseconds, allowing for a faster production cycle, quicker automatic tool changes and more flexibility in the production process.” “An automotive manufacturer, for example, could produce more cars overall, and more varying types of cars, on the same production line with the speed and efficiency the Quick Connect feature brings to robotic automation,” adds Hauert. About Belden Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.