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

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

Rockwell launches new AI system for monitoring and managing industrial operations

Rockwell Automation has launched a new artificial intelligence system which the company says “models, monitors and optimizes industrial operations”. 

The company says that the “novel” AI system learns specific applications and alerts operators to errors, and suggests solutions.

Creating diagnostic analytics solutions in industrial operations has long required expert data scientists with a deep understanding of the specific application to be analyzed, says Rockwell.  Continue reading Rockwell launches new AI system for monitoring and managing industrial operations

Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview

Contributed by MRO Electric, an independent factory automation distributor 

Fanuc Alarm keys: These keys are located on the machine panel that displays alarm intelligence for the machine panel. MRO Electric has several Fanuc part numbers starting with A06B, A20B, and A16B in-stock here. These keys differ from the alarm keys correlated with the control panel.

Fanuc Auto key: This is the key on the CNC machine (including the A16B, A17B & A20B product line) that reshapes the operation mode to automatic. Automatic mode authorizes an operator to contact and execute a part program stored in memory. Automatic mode is called memory mode on some CNC controls at times.

A safety function that determines if the tool has moved beyond its set boundaries. Forbidden zones can be programmed to specify areas where the tool can and cannot enter.  Continue reading Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview

Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

Siemens makes latest version of its industrial internet of things platform MindSphere available on Amazon Web Services

Research conducted by Siemens suggests that many of the new demands faced by industrial companies can only be met with increasing computerisation of traditional industry. 

Siemens says increasing demands by consumers for individual, high-quality products at favourable prices are posing new challenges for industrial enterprises which can only be resolved by digitalisation.

Siemens, which offers a wide range of digitalisation solutions for industry, suggests it now has a portfolio – collectively called Digital Enterprise Suite – that conforms to Industry 4.0 expectations.  Continue reading Siemens links MindSphere to AWS, and says new industrial challenges can ‘only be resolved through digitalisation’

ABB partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to bring IoT intelligence to industrial plants

Companies say the new partnership will provide “actionable insights across industrial plants, cloud and on-premises data centers for higher productivity and innovation” 

ABB and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have agreed a strategic global partnership that combines ABB’s digital offerings, through ABB Ability, with HPE’s hybrid information technology solutions.

The companies say the partnership will provide customers with solutions that “generate actionable insights from vast amounts of industrial data” to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their operations and create competitive advantage.

The companies say they will combined ABB’s “deep domain expertise” in operations technologies and HPE’s expertise in information technology to provide an integrated OT-IT solution to customers.  Continue reading ABB partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to bring IoT intelligence to industrial plants

Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Industrial robotics and automation company Comau has signed up a range of new partners companies in South America. 

In Brazil, Comau has signed up system integrator Mabru Automation.

The Brazilian company was founded 10 years ago and is located in São Paulo.  Continue reading Comau partners with a number of robotics and automation integrators in South America

Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

Continue reading Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Denso and Symbio to establish technology innovation center in Finland

Denso, one of the world’s largest suppliers of robotics and automation technologies, is partnering with software company Symbio to establish a technology innovation centre in Finland.

Denso, the main supplier to Toyota and one of the leading automotive component manufacturers in general, says the innovation center in Finland is a joint enterprise based at Symbio’s premises in Espoo, Finland.

Symbio is a technology research and development company with expertise in robotics, automation and internet of things systems.

It’s likely that the first products to emerge from the collaboration will relate to connected, autonomous and electric cars and other vehicles.  Continue reading Denso and Symbio to establish technology innovation center in Finland

Leroy-Somer to launch new motor and drive ranges at SPS

Leroy-Somer, a business unit of the Nidec group, is preparing for the launch of new ranges at SPS IPC Drives, the Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation.

Leroy-Somer will be demonstrating Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW.

This all-in-one drive solution has been designed to meet the strategic challenges of increasingly complex and demanding production environments, induced by the transition to Industry 4.0.  Continue reading Leroy-Somer to launch new motor and drive ranges at SPS

Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

A company called Iconics has integrated its human-machine interface with RealWear’s head-mounted industrial wearable which could be described as being like smart glasses (main picture).

Iconics is a software developer which provides a range of HMI and supervisory control and data acquisition solutions, as well as data analytics and energy management.

Iconics says it provides web-enabled OPC UA and BACnet certified visualization, analytics, and mobile solutions for energy, manufacturing, industrial or building automation applications.  Continue reading Iconics integrates human machine interface with ‘head-mounted wearable’ like smart glasses

Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings

Siemens is strengthening its digitalization offerings – in particular, its product lifecycle management platform – through a new acquisition.

Siemens has reached an agreement to acquire Solido Design Automation, a provider of machine learning-based variation-aware design and characterization software.

Siemens says the purchase will strengthen the integrated circuit design and verification technologies it already offers through Mentor, a previous acquisition.  Continue reading Siemens acquires integrated circuit software developer Solido Design Automation to strengthen its digital offerings