Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver solutions to clients. But before jumping into delivering any of these solutions, system integrators need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation.
Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes are becoming...
A new $75 million highly automated turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana is set to...
Data is captured in almost every manufacturing process in spite of the fact that automotive...
The next edition of The CIP Safety Specification will include services for safe motion applications. With the addition of these services to CIP Safety, users will be able to deploy networked motion control systems using EtherNet/IP and Sercos III in applications requiring safe motion functions such as safe torque off and safety limited positions.
An inventor in China has created a cartoon-like robot to cut noodles.
For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company, that processes sheet metal and coils, is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has published a fourth edition of its highly popular book on wireless networks for industrial automation, updated with an extensive analysis of today’s newest wireless technologies.
Driven by customer demand, vehicle manufacturers have transitioned from the traditional one-vehicle, one-plant production model to produce multiple vehicles – in multiple variations – at a single location. To help manufacturers improve the flexibility required for more custom production while reducing downtime and maximizing output, Rockwell Automation has announced the release of Rockwell Software AutoSuite v2.0 software.
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, its seventh generation of industry-leading, large industrial robots. The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
As manufacturers increasingly turn to performance metrics and data analytics to optimize operations, Rockwell Automation is making systems that gather, analyze, contextualize and share intelligence easier to design and use. Expanded production-intelligence capabilities in new versions within the FactoryTalk information software suite are now available.
Rockwell Automation is expanding its Allen-Bradley Stratix family of industrial switches and routers, and announcing new wireless and security products designed to meet industrial networking requirements. This major portfolio expansion will help manufacturers build a more cost-effective, unified and secure network infrastructure from the enterprise down to the end devices used in the production environment.
Engineered Machined Products (EMP), an Escanaba, Michigan-based manufacturer, is competing globally with the help of high-tech robotic automation. Flexible automation systems in place at EMP have been instrumental in allowing the company to meet increasing demands. With industrial robots and automation, EMP is able to compete globally, expand its business, and remain a very strong and viable manufacturer.
Rockwell Automation has announced the release of its Safety Maturity Index (SMI) tool, which is a self-guided assessment that gives manufacturers visibility into the effectiveness of their safety programs. The company says this tool is applicable to any industry, any plant size and in any location in the world.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback. Gunpowder plant owner convicted in fatal blast; bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. via the robot; and using the supply chain to bolster success.
A robot named Baxter is operating on the assembly line of Rodon, a plastics manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Rodon's VP says the technology is reducing costs and increasing productivity, but doesn't replace human workers who he says are needed to maintain the equipment.
By providing critical components or connectivity solutions that complement, enhance and extend the Rockwell Automation solutions, Encompass Partner companies help manufacturers harness the knowledge and flexibility needed to respond to rapid change and shifting demand.
The Industrial Internet is creating a new generation of intelligent devices that are self-aware, able to adapt their behavior, and can be managed and reprogrammed to meet rapidly changing requirements. Watch how Predix can enable industrial software to make machines intelligent and provide actionable insights into industrial assets and operations.
Scientists have been garnering inspiration from nature to make biomimicry breakthroughs in robotics. David Pogue visits a zoo in Germany where an elephant's trunk is providing engineers with the blueprint for a soft robot.
It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” The notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity.
These proof-of-concept robots are the first step in a project that will hopefully lead to the development of modular robot blocks that are capable of generic, lattice-based self-reconfiguration. Future work will hopefully add the ability for a single robot to move in all three planes.
Inspired by global drive-user input, Rockwell Automation engineers designed the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 520-Series of compact AC drives, including the new, economical PowerFlex 523 AC drive, with flexible features that help users be more competitive.
The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.
Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen‑Bradley power-quality portfolio to now include the i-Sense monitoring solution, i-Grid service and DySC dynamic sag corrector. These scalable solutions help OEMs and end users identify and mitigate power issues to improve uptime and productivity.
Having worked in the industrial automation space over the course of my career, I can only imagine the impact real-time, social intelligence can have on the roles of plant managers, supervisors and operators, if data from their machines and processes is fed to their mobile devices and smartphones.
Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.
SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. They are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than they could using purely 2D tools. They are just beginning, but eventually hope to build the fastest route between the idea of a rocket and the reality of the factory floor.
The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.
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