Bend it like Comeco: Nord helps Swedish company to improve rebar bending process

Looking for ways to improve their machines’ usability and to economize on manufacturing costs, the Swedish company Comeco decided to launch a new line of rebar benders with electric drives instead of hydraulics.

Nord DriveSystems supported the company from the early planning phase through to production, configuring an AC vector drive with an integrated programmable logic controller that controls all machine functions.

The current solution is simpler, more robust, and easier to maintain, says Comeco. In addition to substantial savings for procured parts, the assembly time was halved.  Continue reading Bend it like Comeco: Nord helps Swedish company to improve rebar bending process

Chinese robot makers produced more than 100,000 industrial robots in first 10 months of 2017

Chinese robot makers manufactured more than 100,000 industrial robots in the first 10 months of this year, according to the Communist Chinese government’s propaganda mouthpiece Xinhua

The unstoppable growth indicates a massive increase in output of 70 per cent compared with the previous year, says Xinhua.

And if the output of the two months of 2017 not yet counted – November and December – were to be included, the total production is likely to surpass 120,000.  Continue reading Chinese robot makers produced more than 100,000 industrial robots in first 10 months of 2017

Kuka opens arc welding technology centre in Michigan

Industrial robotics company Kuka has opened a new metal fabrication technology centre in Shelby Township, Michigan, in the US. 

The Kuka Metal & Arc TechCenter is designed to provide the company’s customers an opportunity to see the robots close up and see them work on customised welding solutions.

The facility currently features one Kuka’s KRY Cybertech arc welding robot, as well as the company’s mobile platforms, called Kuka Carts.  Continue reading Kuka opens arc welding technology centre in Michigan

ABB opens first-ever robotics training centre in Romania

Industrial robotics giant ABB has opened what is said to be the “first-ever” robotics centre in Romania, according to local media.

BusinessReview.eu, an English-language Romanian website, says the new robotics facility is a public-private partnership between ABB and the Polytechnic University in Bucharest.

The centre will offer advanced training in robotics and industrial automation to future engineers and provide support to ABB customers in the future.  Continue reading ABB opens first-ever robotics training centre in Romania

Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

It probably would have been a good merger or takeover, but it didn’t happen. 

Emerson Electric’s initial $27 billion bid to buy Rockwell Automation was rejected by the latter company’s board, as was the former’s subsequent, raised bid of $29 billion.

Some business analysts said combining strengths would be a good move for both companies, but Rockwell seems to have plans of its own which do not include a takeover or merger.  Continue reading Emerson withdraws bid to buy Rockwell

General Electric to shed 12,000 jobs as electric future opens up

General Electric’s recent decision to reduce its employee numbers by 12,000 globally indicate how important it thinks the trend of electric power will become, or perhaps has already become. 

The significant job losses will come from the GE Power division. GE says the decision is part of its overall restructuring.

The company acknowledges that the growth in renewables is part of the reason for the cost-cutting measures.  Continue reading General Electric to shed 12,000 jobs as electric future opens up

How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

As many machine automation professionals know, deciding on which programmable logic controller to work with can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make when organizing your control system.

There is no one size fits all equation, so are here are some guidelines I use.  Continue reading How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

Delta Electronics, the second largest drive provider in the world in terms of quantity, manufacturing several million drives per year, has released the new M300 range of drives (main picture).

The company says the new drives are suitable for “the simplest to the most advanced applications”, including:

  • machine tools;
  • textile machines;
  • woodworking machines;
  • packaging machines;
  • electronics manufacturing;
  • fans;
  • pumps;
  • air compressors; and
  • more.

The M300 range is made of 3 Series: the MH range is dedicated to advanced automation needs; the MS300 covers main applications while the ME300 has been designed to be “a very affordable solution” for many automation systems, says Delta.  Continue reading Delta Electronics launches new range of drives

Baumüller integrates components into its data portal

Baumüller is integrating its components into its ePlan data portal.

Specifically, the automation specialist is integrating its converter family b maXX 5000 (pictured below) into its web-based ePlan data portal.

With all of the necessary data for over 40 products, Baumüller says the move will enable its customers to save time during the design phase.  Continue reading Baumüller integrates components into its data portal

HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

HMS Industrial Networks has launched a mobile version of its remote access solution, eWon eCatcher.

eWon eCatcher is the software that eWon users utilize to establish a remote connection via an eWon router to their machine.

HMS Industrial Networks’ mobile version of this award-winning remote access solution is called eWon eCatcher Mobile.  Continue reading HMS Industrial Networks launches mobile version of remote access solution

Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Stanley Black & Decker is planning to open an advanced manufacturing training centre in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, near the north-eastern coast of the US.

The company says the “centre of excellence” to accelerate its global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” initiative.

Called “Manufactory 4.0” – after the original Stanley Bolt Manufactory founded in 1843 – the 23,000-square-foot center will be located at One Constitution Plaza and will employ approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals.  Continue reading Stanley Black & Decker to open advanced manufacturing training centre in Connecticut

Nidec says it’s on target to become ‘number one’ in industrial motors and drive systems

Nidec Industrial Solutions claims it is on course to become number one in its market segment of industrial motors and drive systems, ahead of companies such as Siemens and General Electric.

In a statement, Nidec says: “As competitors like GE and Siemens announce major cuts and reorganizations of their industrial assets Nidec continues to invest in growth.”

The company further underlines its confidence with the comment: “The road to the top is never easy and if you are a relative newcomer to the industrial sector you have to contend with the force and reputation of some very strong, well-consolidated brands.  Continue reading Nidec says it’s on target to become ‘number one’ in industrial motors and drive systems

Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

Exclusive interview with Ram Ramachander, chief commercial officer for social innovation in the EMEA region, Hitachi 

Hitachi is one of the largest companies in the world, employing more than 300,000 people globally and generating revenues of more than $80 billion a year across all its many business units.

Classed as a conglomerate, Hitachi has interests in a huge variety of markets, including, of course, heavy industry.

The areas Hitachi has been particularly interested in lately could be summed up as smart cities and transportation, which the company tends to group under “social infrastructure and industrial systems”.  Continue reading Exclusive interview: Hitachi Europe boss explains how company uses AI for IIoT

B&R integrates image processing into its automation solutions

B&R has made machine vision an integral element of its automation ecosystem.

B&R has introduced what it claims is the world’s first image processing solution to be seamlessly incorporated in the automation system.

The solution comprises cameras, software and lighting accessories.  Continue reading B&R integrates image processing into its automation solutions

Iconics launches IoTWorX with support for multiple operating systems and device management

A company called Iconics has launched its IoTWorX industrial internet of things software automation suite.

The platform is said to have support for multiple operating systems including Windows 10 IoT Enterprise and IoT Core, as well as a variety of Linux embedded operating systems including Ubuntu and Raspbian.

With HMI / SCADA, analytics, and mobile solutions running in the cloud, Iconics says it offers manufacturers and facility managers several key IIoT technologies, including rich connectivity, secure cloud communications, and built-in real-time visualization and analytics.  Continue reading Iconics launches IoTWorX with support for multiple operating systems and device management