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

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

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

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’

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

B&R to present condition monitoring solution at Agritechnica

 

Automation company B&R is planning to showcase its condition monitoring solution for mobile automation, designed specifically for the agricultural sector.

B&R will be presenting the solution at this year’s Agritechnica exhibition – scheduled for November 12-18 in Hanover. B&R will be in hall A05, at booth 15.

Visitors will be able to see how advanced automation solutions can be implemented based on a comprehensive hardware portfolio, ready-made software components and a powerful engineering tool, says B&R.  Continue reading B&R to present condition monitoring solution at Agritechnica

Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters

 

Chinese firms including the Jiangsu Hagong Intelligent Robot Company are planning to make a bid to buy German industrial giant FFT, according to a report on Reuters.com

Other companies said to be interested include state-owned Shanghai Electric and equity firm AGIC Capital, says Reuters.

FFT, which builds manufacturing facilities for automakers and other industrial companies, is said to be valued at around $712 million.

FFT is owned by an equity investment company called Aton, and any deal is not likely to cause any political controversies, according to people Reuters quotes.  Continue reading Chinese companies planning to bid for German industrial giant FFT, says Reuters

P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

 

Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot Sawyer is being utilised by Spanish electronics manufacturer to achieve higher levels of consistency

P4Q, a Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, says it has increased production throughput by 25 percent by deploying smart, adaptable automation on the factory floor.

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is testing printed circuit boards and driving improvements in process consistency that are resulting in better part quality and overall production output, says the company.

P4Q has been looking to automate more of its factory for many years to improve efficiency and consistency, but traditional caged robots were unappealing due to high costs and employee safety concerns.  Continue reading P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

Moxa releases IIoT gateway starter kit with Amazon Web Services support built in

 

Industrial automation technology supplier Moxa has launched an industrial internet of things starter kit which it says has built-in support for Amazon Web Services.

The company says the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit is aimed at the needs of system integrators and engineers developing applications for IIoT.

Moxa says the kit is data-acquisition ready, and provides a “reliable ready-to-use platform that simplifies development of IIoT solutions by providing all the essentials needed to get data from edge devices to cloud services, and with little to no programming required”.  Continue reading Moxa releases IIoT gateway starter kit with Amazon Web Services support built in

ABB launches ‘world’s first’ digital automotive robotic painting system

 

ABB has launched what it claims is the world’s first digital and robotic automotive painting system which it says can be totally controlled during operation. 

The company says the most fundamental part of its new painting system is the “revolutionary new connected paint atomizer”.

The ABB Ability Connected Atomizer (video below) enables quality and efficiency “like no other”, claims the company.  Continue reading ABB launches ‘world’s first’ digital automotive robotic painting system

Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

 

Rockwell Automation has launched a new line of open architecture industrial computers and thin clients.

Thin clients are lightweight computers used to connect to a server from a remote location.

Rockwell says its new VersaView 5000 portfolio provides a “modern visualization solution for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

Elmo launches new Gold Twitter 80 A servo drive

 

Elmo, a supplier of motion control technology, has expanded its Gold Twitter of servo drives.

The company says it aims to empower motion applications with high intelligence servo drives and multi-axis motion controllers.

Elmo says its motion control solutions “effectively answer the needs for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Elmo launches new Gold Twitter 80 A servo drive

Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

 

Emerson has launched what it claims is the industry’s first controller designed for automation versatility and industrial internet of things-enabled operations.

The Emerson DeltaV PK Controller simplifies capital projects and prepares organisations for the operational benefits of IIoT, says the company.

Emerson says the DeltaV PK Controller makes the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.  Continue reading Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

B&R launches new widget for dynamic human machine interface design

 

B&R has launched a new widget that the company says makes dynamic human machine interface design easy.

The widget enables the creation of HMI animations with the mapp View’s “Paper” widget.

The new widget is offered with B&R’s web-based HMI solution.  Continue reading B&R launches new widget for dynamic human machine interface design