Growing support for open standards for programmable logic controllers

Support for open standards for programmable logic controllers – which are the computers used in industrial automation systems – has been growing in recent years. 

The organisation partly responsible for the trend, PLCopen, last year released a set of coding guidelines to help standardise PLC programming. These guidelines have been adopted and further developed by a variety of companies.

One of those is software engineering company Itris, which has integrated the guidelines into its automatic static analysis tool PLC Checker.  Continue reading Growing support for open standards for programmable logic controllers

Integro Technologies and Universal Robots to launch new 
3D pick-n-place system at South-Tec

Integro Technologies, a certified integrator for Universal Robots, has designed and developed a 3D pick-n-place system that will be displayed at the South-Tech event in Greenville, South Carolina, from October 24-26.

Integro says it realizes that collaborative robot arms from Universal Robots are helping manufacturers step into Industry 4.0 seamlessly and safely.

So, the company has developed a new 3D vision-guided application for random bin picking with UR robots.  Continue reading Integro Technologies and Universal Robots to launch new 
3D pick-n-place system at South-Tec

Axiomtek launches industrial gateway that enables ‘faster’ connection to the cloud

Axiomtek, a provider of industrial internet of things technologies, has launched a new gateway that it claims enables devices to connect to the cloud faster.

Aiomtek says the ICO120-83D is an industrial IoT gateway designed to simplify device-cloud connection and accelerate industrial internet of things development.

It was specifically designed for smart energy and smart automation fields that need to collect and transfer data from large numbers of end devices.  Continue reading Axiomtek launches industrial gateway that enables ‘faster’ connection to the cloud

Emerson to acquire Paradigm for $510 million

Industrial automation company Emerson has reached a deal to acquire Paradigm, a provider of software solutions for the oil and gas industry. 

The purchase price is $510 million, which Emerson says reflects a multiple of 13 times expected 2017 EBITDA.

Emerson says it will combine Paradigm with its existing Roxar software business to provide an exploration and production software portfolio with offerings spanning seismic processing and interpretation to production modeling.  Continue reading Emerson to acquire Paradigm for $510 million

China’s largest industrial robot maker Siasun opens new facility in Shengyang

Siasun Robot and Automation, which is claimed to be China’s largest industrial robot manufacturer, has opened a new facility in Shengyang, north-east China. 

Siasun became the first member of the US Robotics Industries Association when it joined the industry body last month.

The company has invested more than $300 million in its new Shengyang industrial park, according to Chinese news agency XinhuaNetContinue reading China’s largest industrial robot maker Siasun opens new facility in Shengyang

Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

General Electric has reached a partnership agreement with Apple to develop industrial apps for iOS devices – iPhone and iPad, according to a report on 9to5Mac.com

The website says Apple has been “looking to the enterprise sector as a key market for growing iPad sales which have slipped in recent years”.

Apple and GE said they will deliver “powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial internet of things platform, to iPhone and iPad”.  Continue reading Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Painting was one of the first applications for industrial robots, but it didn’t start well. 

When they were first introduced in the 1980s at General Motors’ Michigan plant, the robots initially painted each other, according to an article on industrial robot history, published on Robots.com.

The complexity of painting is probably under-estimated because humans can do such tasks with relative ease.  Continue reading From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

The recent EMO 2017 exhibition in Hanover, Germany provided a platform for NSK to showcase a number of innovations for the machine tool market.

Principal among them was the Robust series of angular contact ball bearings, which features NSK’s new SurSave cages that have been developed specifically to match the application profile of main spindle drives.

Robust bearings with SurSave cages create the condition for spindles to achieve high rotational accuracy, thus facilitating high-precision machining even at very high speeds.  Continue reading Latest NSK spindle bearings feature high-speed, high-precision machining

Chinese companies set to spend $12 billion a year on semiconductor manufacturing equipment

 

Chinese semiconductor manufacturers are on course to spend $12 billion on fabrication equipment annually, according to a new report.

Semi, the industry association and provider of electronics market research, says the opportunities in China’s integrated circuits market are “expanding dramatically”.

Semi’s new China IC Industry Outlook Report also notes that China has an increasing presence in the global semiconductor manufacturing supply chain.  Continue reading Chinese companies set to spend $12 billion a year on semiconductor manufacturing equipment

Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

 

Honeywell has launched a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers.

The devices are generally used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to capture critical data.

The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers.  Continue reading Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

 

Altizon and Cross Company have formed a partnership that they say will help accelerate the adoption of internet of things and digital transformation technology for the industrial enterprise.

Altizon is an IIoT platform company, while Cross is a systems integrator specializing in critical industrial controls and data solutions.

The companies say Cross’ information services group will utilise Altizon’s Datonis platform for smart manufacturing.  Continue reading Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

New business model allows companies of various sizes to buy or lease robots, says Ready Robotics

Arnold Automation, a newly created division of Arnold Packaging, says it has signed the first-ever distribution deal with Ready Robotics to distribute the TaskMate, Ready Robotics’ flexible automation platform.

The TaskMate can be quickly deployed in a wide variety of manufacturing environments and easily programmed to perform repetitive tasks.  Continue reading Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

 

Company says the new high torque brushless DC motor offers improved thermal characteristics and reliability for orthopedic large bone applications

Portescap has launched its newest surgical motor solution for large bone orthopedic powered hand tools. 

The company says this new size 12 (31.5 mm diameter) mini motor is available in 9.6V, 12V and 14.4V versions with cannulated and non-cannulated options, these motors can deliver peak torques of up to 1,720 mNm in a compact envelope.  Continue reading Portescap launches new high torque brushless direct current motor for surgical applications

Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

 

Swiss company MEquadrat builds test systems with decentralized servo technology from Kollmorgen, and the servo motors from the Kollmorgen AKM series also travel along on the rotary indexing table, as Martin Zimmermann explains

Materials with optoelectronic functions are an indispensable part of electrical components today.

Users need to know the material’s precise internal molecular structure before the components are installed so that these then work reliably in the application.

MEquadrat (ME2) builds test systems for this purpose that are designed as a rotary indexing table.  Continue reading Providing orientation for materials: MEquadrat builds test systems using Kollomogren servo motors

Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

 

Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing.  Continue reading Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces