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TM Robotics and Evershed Robotics helps Ricoh implement SCARA robots
November 12, 2019

TM Robotics and Evershed Robotics helps Ricoh implement SCARA robots

Ricoh approached Evershed Robotics initially, who suggested using a combination of a Toshiba Machine TH650 SCARA robots, a Toshiba Machine Cartesian robot to work with their six bowl feeders and a rotary index table.

Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process
October 30, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process

Working with OBG, Ithaca Beer Co. upgraded to a semi-automated brewing process based on the FactoryTalk Craft Brew solution from Rockwell Automation. The pre-configured solution offers control to customize and automate a craft brewhouse. And it is pre-engineered, -programmed, -tested and -validated, significantly reducing commissioning and startup time.

German student uses igus products to design functional furniture
October 25, 2019

German student uses igus products to design functional furniture

Vysozki’s furniture piece, called Frida, has a soft-padded design on the upholstered sofa with two backrests and an armrest. A plate integrated in the armrest can be converted into a writing desk. She used igus products for bearing and adjustment on the table.

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CAS DataLoggers help Mississippi work glove manufacturer enhance productivity monitoring
October 21, 2019

CAS DataLoggers help Mississippi work glove manufacturer enhance productivity monitoring

The Wells-Lamont Industry Group contacted CAS DataLoggers to find a single solution with enough in-puts to monitor every machine on the factory floor which could accurately measure productivity by using a counter to display the machine state as either on or off.

Siemens helps Vietnamese car manufacturer produce first vehicles
September 06, 2019

Siemens helps Vietnamese car manufacturer produce first vehicles

The VinFast plant in Hai Phong went live in June 2019 and has a total design capacity of 250,000 cars per year.The first vehicles have been E-Scooters, compact cars, sedans, and SUVs. These will be followed by battery electric passenger cars as well as electric buses.

Delta Electronics helps enhance agile motion control for packaging company
September 03, 2019

Delta Electronics helps enhance agile motion control for packaging company

By Bill Faber, Delta Electronics
The heart of the module consists of four motion axes: two to drive nip-rolls that control the speed and tension of the operation; and two for a linear flying, stamping and engraving process.

TM Robotics helps Ralawise automate for accident reduction
August 26, 2019

TM Robotics helps Ralawise automate for accident reduction

Box opening robots are not as common as the more traditional six-axis or SCARA robot models. To find a robot that could perform this task effectively, Ralawise approached TM Robotics, the European, North and South American distributor of Toshiba Machine industrial robots.

Emerson helps BP Alaska enhance process safety with wireless pressure gauges
August 23, 2019

Emerson helps BP Alaska enhance process safety with wireless pressure gauges

Rosemount Wireless Pressure Gauges work to contribute to decreased personnel and environmental risk by providing visibility into well integrity without the need to physically enter the well, protecting personnel from potentially hazardous conditions.

Brüel & Kjær Vibro helps Kazakhstani refinery enhance machinery protection
August 19, 2019

Brüel & Kjær Vibro helps Kazakhstani refinery enhance machinery protection

BKV’s VC-8000 SETPOINT machinery protection system was chosen due to its compatibility with the existing installation and its ability to replace such legacy systems.

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Siemens helps Hoffman Filter reduce wiring with IO-Link upgrade
August 14, 2019

Siemens helps Hoffman Filter reduce wiring with IO-Link upgrade

IO-Link technology is designed to reduce wiring because it is offers point-to-point sensor and actuator connection to the control system.

MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process
July 24, 2019

MDT Software and Schneider Electric help Munich subway system to automate backup control process

The control center supervises the different subsections of 100 stations. MDT AutoSave Change Management System was installed to optimize the data backup and version control process.

Siemens helps Mazda enhance electronic design software
July 23, 2019

Siemens helps Mazda enhance electronic design software

The Capital automated generative design flow helps Mazda automotive design teams manage design complexity and changes across the entire vehicle platform.

igus linear guides help Spanish company build drones keep pests at bay
June 26, 2019

igus linear guides help Spanish company build drones keep pests at bay

The “FitoStinger” was developed by the Technology & Advances Centre of Barcelona. It includes an extendable arm, which allows the precise spraying of pesticides. The maintenance free linear guides made by igus are a key component to the drone.

Yale helps Continental Tire enhance drive process optimization
June 21, 2019

Yale helps Continental Tire enhance drive process optimization

Continental Tire needed a technology-based solution to provide greater lift truck fleet visibility and drive process optimization. The telemetry solution needed to address four key areas.

Rotork helps Australian sewage treatment plant to enhance flow control
June 20, 2019

Rotork helps Australian sewage treatment plant to enhance flow control

Third generational IQ multi-turn electric actuators have been installed on eight penstock gate valves to control the flow of wastewater entering the STP in Murrumba Downs, a suburb in the country’s state of Queensland.

Siemens helps Brazilian aircraft manufacturer enhance product development process
June 19, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian aircraft manufacturer enhance product development process

Octans Aircrafts is producing its first aircraft model that will undergo the certification process, the 300A, with capacity for five seats. The company plans to achieve positive results by reducing the time and cost of its processes through the implentation of key technology from Siemens.

Women of STEM: Greene Tweed’s Amy AlSahsah
June 12, 2019

Women of STEM: Greene Tweed’s Amy AlSahsah

During her career, Amy AlSahsah has certified over 300 candidates in Lean Six Sigma from White Belt to Black Belt. Her first Black Belt project saved $995,000 in one year and increased the product’s profitability.

Micro-Epsilon helps Donfabs & Consillia enhance inspection process
June 05, 2019

Micro-Epsilon helps Donfabs & Consillia enhance inspection process

The task was to measure the wear on the power rail to ensure it was not worn beyond the conductor rail. This would cause a loss of connection and stuttering of the train, which in turn leads to disruptions and an uncomfortable ride for commuters. Previously, the track bed geometry was checked through visual inspection by the operator.

NUM  helps Taiwanese machine tool company develop CNC grinding machines for manufacturing specialist gears
May 22, 2019

NUM helps Taiwanese machine tool company develop CNC grinding machines for manufacturing specialist gears

Based entirely on NUM’s Flexium+ 68 CNC platform, Chien Wei’s machines are designed to speed the production of both involute and cycloidal profile precision gears.

ABB announces its first CO2-neutral production site in Germany
May 08, 2019

ABB announces its first CO2-neutral production site in Germany

The installed ABB technology will generate enough power to cover on sunny days 100 percent of the factories` power requirements.

Emerson helps U.K. refinery implement terminal automation system
May 02, 2019

Emerson helps U.K. refinery implement terminal automation system

The scalable, enterprise-level midstream logistics management solution based on Emerson’s TerminalManager software and DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) is working to help the terminal achieve its goals

KEB Automation helps automate Parisian river restaurant boat
April 29, 2019

KEB Automation helps automate Parisian river restaurant boat

The 300-ton vessel, which is 38 meters long and can hold up to 200 passengers, will offer more than 700 cruises per year, with each cruise featuring a two-hour journey through Paris.

Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control
April 19, 2019

Danish sawmill turns to CC-Link IE to enhance automation control

To keep operations at the site in Ribe smooth and efficient, DTE needed a communication network technology able to connect the inverters to PLCs and ensure that the machines could instantly adjust their parameters for optimal performance.

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist
April 11, 2019

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist

Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test its additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills.

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN
March 27, 2019

Auvesy's version dog helps monitor Industrial control system programs for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research uses the system to manage the data of around 500 components, making versiondog one of CERN's standard technologies.

Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)
February 25, 2019

Rockwell Automation and Rovisys help Hardy Industrial Technologies upgrade distributed control system (DCS)

Hardy wanted to abandon the dependency on just a few raw materials and instead use other nontraditional materials that were untapped in the marketplace. To do this, Hardy needed to overhaul the outdated controllers and distributed control system (DCS) that existed in the plant.

ABB helps enhance Spanish indoor skydiving facility with variable speed drives
January 31, 2019

ABB helps enhance Spanish indoor skydiving facility with variable speed drives

The Windoor Realfly vertical indoor wind tunnel in Empuriabrava uses variable speed drives (VSDs) to control the fans that generate winds of 150-300 km/hour.

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management
January 25, 2019

TOSIBOX helps Gröninger Cleaning Systems enable remote machine management

Gröninger Cleaning Systems equipped its machinery in remote locations with TOSIBOX Locks, enabling remote control and maintenance. Behind each TOSIBOX Lock there are about 30 to 40 devices such as drives, PLCs, HMIs and control cabinets that are connected and directly accessible via a TOSIBOX Key.

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system
January 22, 2019

KASTO helps German steel merchant implement bar storage and distribution system

The KASTO solution is based on a UNICOMPACT storage system which, with a height of 15 m and a length of 115 m, has space for around 10,000 cassettes. Each cassette can accommodate material up to six metres in length and has a payload of up to 3.4 tonnes.

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations
January 18, 2019

Siemens helps Brazilian steel works company digitalize operations

With a goal of increasing productivity and shortening the development time of new products, Maxiforja has adopted Femap software, the Plant Simulation solution in the Tecnomatix portfolio, the Teamcenter portfolio, NX software and Line Designer from Siemens in order to reach its goal of becoming a digitalized enterprise.

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform
January 11, 2019

Siemens helps Konecranes implement digital innovation platform

Using the Siemens platform for digital innovation, Konecranes has been able to connect the data from all of these organizations to create one 360 degree view of how prototypes are running and performing, and correlating requirements to, real world performance data.

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history
January 03, 2019

Universal Robots announces infographic of 10 year cobot history

As the cobot market is experiencing an increasing number of competitors – both from the established industrial players and start-ups – it is vital, however, to keep ahead of the curve.

Skkynet Cloud Systems helps Siemens enhance digitalization and remote monitoring for Argentinian power plants
December 06, 2018

Skkynet Cloud Systems helps Siemens enhance digitalization and remote monitoring for Argentinian power plants

Tricco was tasked with developing a secure and reliable way to collect data from control systems running at power plants located hundreds of kilometers from the Siemens office. The first phase was to be a pilot—to connect his WinCC OA SCADA system to a Siemens T3000 DCS running at a power plant located about 100 kilometers from Buenos Aires.

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions
November 12, 2018

Endress+Hauser helps InnovaGel activate level measurement solutions

InnovaGel, a manufacturer of vitamins and supplements in the nutraceutical and OTC market, was in need of solution for its soft gelatin encapsulation machine application. Endress+Hauser was able to provide a level measurement solution that best fit InnovaGel’s application needs.

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project
October 31, 2018

Indegy helps City of Raleigh earn CSO50 Award for public utility security project

The City partnered with Indegy to implement an industrial security solution that provides visibility, protection and control to detect and prevent threats before they can impact the operation and safety of its water supply systems and utilities.

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors
October 29, 2018

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors

Working with Cognex, engineers at automotive manufacturer General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) developed a chain drive stretching system that measures every link in real time and automatically marks non-compliant links without slowing or stopping the line

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology
October 26, 2018

Emerson helps Alberta refinery enhance automation technology

Using elements of Emerson’s Project Certainty methodology, North West Redwater Partnership reduced global automation engineering complexity and completed the instrumentation and control scope for refinery automation.

COPA-DATA helps Novarc Technologies enhance HMI software
October 03, 2018

COPA-DATA helps Novarc Technologies enhance HMI software

zenon’s application as an HMI gives SWR operators flexibility to set welding parameters. This is a requirement for the environment in which SWR is designed, as almost every job requires some level of customization.

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems
October 01, 2018

Rockwell Automation and JR Controls help French drill pipe manufacturer enhance control systems

Based in France, Vallourec is a supplier of drill pipe for energy companies around the globe. The manufacturer has a presence in 20 countries, including Vallourec Drilling Products USA in Houston.

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research
September 13, 2018

University of Birmingham chooses Renishaw systems for healthcare research

The facility will bring together academics from different disciplines to explore the full potential of additive manufacturing (AM) for medical devices. The University of Birmingham has several active projects to innovate new medical devices and technologies to assist recovery following disease or injury, covering various clinical remits.