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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.

CP Automation helps enhance power capabilities for UK port
September 12, 2018

CP Automation helps enhance power capabilities for UK port

As part of a larger infrastructure investment, CP Automation recently installed a Riello 3/1 phase UPS system at 40 kVa at one bustling UK port to improve the duration of its power supply.

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components
September 11, 2018

Optomec helps University Nebraska-Lincoln to print magnesium medical components

This work is intended to enable 3D printed, patient-specific implants with controlled time to dissolve eliminating the need for second surgeries and thus also reducing risks, costs and suffering for patients.

Rockwell Automation helps ECT integrate process control for shale gas producer
September 07, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps ECT integrate process control for shale gas producer

ECT was tasked with developing a turbomachinery control system for two trains, each with three parallel compressors. Because the operations will be expected to run continuously for years at a time, a redundant architecture was essential to ensure a backup system would take over and reduce the likelihood of downtime should a failure occur.

AVEVA helps Henkel achieve energy cost savings
September 05, 2018

AVEVA helps Henkel achieve energy cost savings

To achieve its goals, Henkel created an energy monitoring system leveraging Wonderware, part of AVEVA’s industrial software portfolio. Implemented as a digital, Industrial IoT platform, the company now has greater access to more data to improve operational flexibility and scalability.

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options
September 05, 2018

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options

ABB is supplying the SFC as part of a complete package including a dry-type 11 kilovolt (kV) to 6.6 kV transformer and control equipment to interface with the dockyard’s electrical management system. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Rockwell Automation helps Mosaic Company enhance DCS, visibility
August 24, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Mosaic Company enhance DCS, visibility

To meet growing demands for increased crop yields, Mosaic needed to add a premium fertilizer product line to its New Wales, Florida, facility. In order to accommodate the new process, the company needed to drastically expand the existing distributed control system (DCS).

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations
August 23, 2018

KASTO helps Singaporean steel producer enhance automated sawing operations

In 2016, the management at Sin Ghee Huat decided to invest in extending its capacity. In its search for a suitable supplier, the choice fell on KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

igus helps automate German red worm factory
August 23, 2018

igus helps automate German red worm factory

This company is using igus components almost exclusively to automate labor-intensive processes in the breeding and growing giant red worms, with the goal of expanding its automated units to support other small businesses who are searching for robotic solutions.

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety
August 08, 2018

Siemens helps PAR Systems enhance crane operation safety

This solution, EXPERTOPERATOR, was developed by PaR Systems (PaR). PaR is a global manufacturer of advanced automation, robotic, and specialty material handling solutions. PaR supports global customers in automotive, aerospace, nuclear, life science, marine and other core industries.

Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park
August 06, 2018

Fluke cameras help provide temperature data in Yellowstone National Park

YELLOWSTONE LIVE, shows the Yellowstone park’s ecosystem in real-time over a four night period. With more geysers in the park than any other place on earth, the production team from Plimsoll Productions wanted to tell the story with as much detail as possible. They turned to Fluke infrared cameras.

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Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art
July 27, 2018

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry for prototyping, low volume manufacture and for making items with complex shapes which cannot easily be reproduced by other means.

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution
July 06, 2018

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution

SYSTEMATIX developed a VGR solution. Using a discrete distance measurement sensor, a Cognex In-Sight 8000 vision system with PatMax RedLine pattern-search capability mounted on a vertical slide, and a 6-axis robot, SYSTEMATIX built the work cell.

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center
July 05, 2018

NUM works with Chinese machine building company to develop 8-axis CNC machining center

OPMT is a company based in Fo’shan – of Guangdong Province – in south China. For its latest project, OPMT was asked by Guangdong University of Technology to develop a machining center that combined high speed laser cutting and milling capabilities.

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation
May 31, 2018

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation

By Stephany Romanow, Industry Consultant
Because of the ever-changing business environment, O&G operators can no longer thrive, or even survive, by relying solely on yesterday’s technologies. They must reinvent themselves to be competitive within the marketplace and remain attractive to investors.

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology
May 23, 2018

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology

In addition to the Experion Orion Console, the Leppävirta site will implement Honeywell’s Field Device Manager, which uses smart instrumentation to perform device configuration and management capabilities.

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience
May 17, 2018

Phoenix Contact helps Purdue University students get automation experience

The latest joint effort resulted in an advanced automation and industrial networking lab for undergraduate courses. The multi-workstation area includes Phoenix Contact’s IEC 61131 programming software, PC Worx, along with visualization software, 802.11 wireless, PROFINET networking, and distributed safety I/O.

inVia helps Rakuten Super Logistics deploy autonomous warehouse robotics technology
May 09, 2018

inVia helps Rakuten Super Logistics deploy autonomous warehouse robotics technology

Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) has deployed inVia’s autonomous warehouse robotics technology within its Nevada operations. Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) is a national e-commerce order fulfillment company that has been working on order fulfillment technology since 2001.

Siemens helps SencorpWhite enhance motion and heat control in Ultra 2 inline thermoformer
May 04, 2018

Siemens helps SencorpWhite enhance motion and heat control in Ultra 2 inline thermoformer

Onboard, 44 zones of heating are being controlled by a monitoring system supplied by Siemens, who also supplied the servos and other motion control components for this machine.

AVEVA helps Italpresse Gauss enable augmented and virtual reality solutions
April 25, 2018

AVEVA helps Italpresse Gauss enable augmented and virtual reality solutions

As a real-world application of digital twin technology, this solution will be used by Italpresse Gauss customers to perform maintenance activities with greater effectiveness.

ABB helps Bayer implement modular automation solution
April 13, 2018

ABB helps Bayer implement modular automation solution

ABB has developed a solution for modularization with plug and produce capabilities and a pilot is currently ongoing with one of the major life science companies, Bayer AG.

SAP and Caterpillar: Connecting Live Engineering And Predictive Maintenance
April 12, 2018

SAP and Caterpillar: Connecting Live Engineering And Predictive Maintenance

Caterpillar creates machinery that powers businesses, builds communities, and enriches lives, from diesel-powered engines and gas turbines to hydraulic excavators and agricultural tractors. With the help of SAP, Caterpillar has manufactured heavy-duty equipment with IoT sensors for several customers

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab
April 11, 2018

Rockwell Automation helps Colorado State University automate new hands-on brewing lab

The lab is part of CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology (FST) program. Support from both the university and members of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program was vital to getting the brewery operational.

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
April 02, 2018

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot

As part of the design process, the Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with very tight tolerances in dimensional accuracy. This is important for accuracy of the smart grasper’s movements. So, the team contacted SMB Bearings as the business is known for its supply of non-standard bearings.

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations
March 26, 2018

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations

Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. With this in mind, Orfer standardized on the Toshiba Machine TH650A high-speed SCARA robot for the BoxCellPlus.

CAS Dataloggers help Heath Ceramics enable wireless temperature monitoring
March 22, 2018

CAS Dataloggers help Heath Ceramics enable wireless temperature monitoring

Heath Ceramics needed a wireless temperature monitoring system to collect data during the kiln process and to help establish a temperature profile for future runs. This product quality solution also had to feature multiple inputs for temperature sensors, along with professional software to analyze results.

ABB delivers microgrid and storage system to help Jamaican power company integrate renewable energy
February 28, 2018

ABB delivers microgrid and storage system to help Jamaican power company integrate renewable energy

As part of an initiative to integrate more renewable sources into its energy mix, JPS has incorporated about 160 MW of renewable energy into the power grid, accounting for about one quarter of its total generation capacity.

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Matrox Imaging helps NASA digitize over 90,000 planetary mission images
January 10, 2018

Matrox Imaging helps NASA digitize over 90,000 planetary mission images

In 2015, NASA partnered with the University of Arizona, providing funding to digitize the film images and data from the Surveyor moon landers that have been in storage since the 1960s.

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders
January 04, 2018

AMK helps Kocher+Beck enhance servo technology for its matrix transfer winders

By Thorsten Sienk, AMK
The UR Precision U unwinding system of Kocher+Beck is designed to feed web material to printing and converting machines nonstop from the role. The system is driven by centralized and decentralized servo technology from AMK.