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As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

Digitalization: The Future is Now
February 15, 2018

Digitalization: The Future is Now

By Ramona Schindler, Siemens Industry, Inc.
With the machine tool industry in flux currently, as it seeks to find its way into the digital world, the entire process chain necessitates the integration of suppliers who can respond to the needs of the industry.

Materials Handling Automation Innovations include Safety and Ergonomics
November 07, 2016

Materials Handling Automation Innovations include Safety and Ergonomics

By Thomas R. Cutler, Manufacturing Media Consortium
The notions of safety and profitability are not mutually exclusive. This article discusses cost-effective ways how automation can help facilitate your organizational safety

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component
September 09, 2016

2015 PAR Insights: Leveraging Supply Chain Solutions with Stage-By-Component

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Automated Guided Vehicles (AVG) served as an enabling technology for a pharmaceutical manufacturer to achieve Stage By Component (SBC) – the delivery of every component required in the production process, "when I need it and where I need it."

Commission machines with the swipe of a finger
August 10, 2015

Commission machines with the swipe of a finger

Control Design
By Niko Glaub, Glaub Automation
At first, smartphones and tablet PCs were considered to be toys for geeks. But they have revolutionized everyday life. Gestures and motions can be used on mobile devices to operate equipment.

Industrial Automation in China
July 22, 2015

Industrial Automation in China

By Georg Stieler, Stieler Technologie
The Chinese market for Industrial Automation is growing much faster than other sectors of the Chinese economy and will almost double within the next five years, according to our estimations.

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014
April 24, 2015

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to IFR, more than 220,000 robots were sold globally in 2014. The automotive industry is still the strongest, followed by the electronics industry. But there are many more applications in other industries that are just starting to grow, particularly with new small, safe, and collaborative robots.

Building Safety into Metal Forming Machines
October 29, 2014

Building Safety into Metal Forming Machines

By Steve Aamodt, SICK
To help prevent injuries and increase productivity for end users, machine builders are incorporating safety into the design of metal forming and bending machines. The old way of thinking, that safety harms productivity, has changed, in large part due to better safety systems.

June 27, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Embedded HMIs For Machine Builders

Control Design
By Dan Hebert
Should you consider an embedded HMI instead of a PC-based HMI or a graphics terminal to provide an operator interface for your machine or robot? Here are some reasons and some cautions.

Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing
June 20, 2014

Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Fluke recently introduced Fluke Connect, a system which allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones. There is a lot of hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. To date, from what I have seen on the market, Fluke Connect is the most useful, productivity-increasing industry solution based on these technologies.

Choosing the right encoder
June 14, 2014

Choosing the right encoder

What’s New in Process Technology
By Joe Kimbrell, Automation Direct
Encoders are special sensors that determine the position, velocity and direction of a motor shaft or other mechanical motion. They provide information required for the precise control of a variety of applications, such as positioning a rotary table, pick and place, machine assembly, packaging, robotics and more.

New revisions to IEC 61496-1 (EN 61496-1) explained
May 24, 2014

New revisions to IEC 61496-1 (EN 61496-1) explained

Machine Building
By Dr Martin Kidman, SICK
Machine builders, safety system engineers, consultants, and other relevant designers and implementers now have to look carefully at specifications for opto-electronic safety device when building new or substantially modifying existing safety systems on dangerous machinery.

CNC collision avoidance
April 26, 2014

CNC collision avoidance

Control Engineering
By Randy Pearson
Today, on more advanced computer numerical control (CNC) units, full collision avoidance can be provided for the machine builder and end user, thereby protecting the machine and operator.

Mechatronic design tools and scalable control solutions help manufacturers optimize energy efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.
February 23, 2014

Mechatronic design tools and scalable control solutions help manufacturers optimize energy efficiency and lower total cost of ownership.

Control Engineering
By Michael Cromheecke
Mechatronic design software can help engineers save time and money by properly sizing control equipment, as over- or under-sized components can add unnecessary expense. Implementing scalable, right-sized control systems can help OEMs meet a variety of end-user needs in a cost-effective, design-efficient manner.

Schneider Electric's Integration of Invensys
January 28, 2014

Schneider Electric's Integration of Invensys

By Bill Lydon, Editor
With this acquisition, Schneider Electric significantly enhanced its position to serve the process industries and now has a complete portfolio of products to serve the entire industrial and process automation industry. This article highlights a few key aspects of the integration of the two companies.

Windows XP Cyber Time Bomb set for April 8, 2014
January 03, 2014

Windows XP Cyber Time Bomb set for April 8, 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
The huge installed base of automation software running on Windows XP will be vulnerable to cyber-attacks with the end of Windows XP support April 8, 2014. More than 12 years old, Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever and therefore is the most used in industrial automation systems.

Developers of Dream Report come out of hiding
December 08, 2013

Developers of Dream Report come out of hiding

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I recently had the opportunity to discuss Ocean Data Systems – a little company you likely have never heard of - with Roy Kok, their VP of Sales and Marketing. Their product, Dream Report, is OEMed by a number of well-known software providers. Here is a synopsis of my interview with Kok.

2014 Automation Trends for material handling, logistics and machine tools
November 26, 2013

2014 Automation Trends for material handling, logistics and machine tools

By Thomas R. Cutler
During 2013 the past-paced, ever-changing elements of automation impacting manufacturing, material handling, and logistics was remarkable. The prognosis for more automation innovation in 2014 is axiomatic and transformative companies will illuminate the possibilities of great efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

Vision system makes predictive maintenance of machine tools a snap
August 04, 2013

Vision system makes predictive maintenance of machine tools a snap

Vision Systems Design
By Andrew Wilson
A single camera, image processor and illumination system can be mounted in a fixed position with respect to the tool being inspected. One or more sensors may be required for the inspection depending on the variation in the length of tools being inspected.