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

STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

STMicroelectronics has launched a miniature two-axis MEMS gyroscope which the company says offers more stability. 

Smaller, thinner smartphone camera modules can provide pin-sharp image stabilization and make extra space for new devices.

The device type STMicroelectronics has in mind are smartphones. The company says the new L20G20IS miniature 2-axis MEMS gyroscope can enable handsets to have features such as increased performance and advanced vibration immunity.

As the newest member of ST’s highly integrated optical image stabilization device family, the L20G20IS measures just 2.0mm x 2.0mm x 0.7mm, liberating an extra 1.29mm2 of board space (compared to the previous 2.3mm x 2.3mm L2G2IS) to help shrink camera-module size and simplify circuit design.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics launches advanced image-stabilizing gyroscope

Lantronix launches tiny but ‘advanced’ wireless embedded IoT gateways

Lantronix, a provider of secure data access and management solutions for the industrial internet of things, has launched its xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways.

Measuring “less than the size of a postage stamp”, Lantronix says the compact xPico 200 embedded IoT gateways deliver “robust Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, enterprise-grade security, and integrated manageability features that are ideal for industrial IoT applications”.

Shahram Mehraban, Lantronix vice president of marketing, says: “Today’s advanced IoT applications require more than just simple connectivity.  Continue reading Lantronix launches tiny but ‘advanced’ wireless embedded IoT gateways

Logic Supply launches fanless industrial computer with latest Intel Dawson Canyon motherboard

Logic Supply has launched a new industrial computer which the company says “brings seventh generation Kaby Lake processing to pocket-sized computing”. 

The new ML100G-31 is Logic Supply’s fanless “Next Unit of Computing” motherboard. NUC is a small-form-factor computer designed by Intel. 

Logic Supply has been developing computer hardware for a variety of markets for 14 years, and claims to have pioneered the use of Intel’s NUC motherboard within industrial PCs.  Continue reading Logic Supply launches fanless industrial computer with latest Intel Dawson Canyon motherboard

Semtech launches ‘industry’s first’ disposable LoRa-enabled nano-tag for IoT applications

Semtech, a supplier of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, has launched new nano-tag reference design – a disposable, ultrathin and low-cost tag that can be integrated into disposable systems or attached to assets to communicate a specific trigger of an event.

The LoRa-based nano-tag can be deployed across numerous internet of things verticals that utilize the event data to enable smarter decision making.

The nano-tag is equipped with an ultra-thin printed battery and is designed to be integrated into products or systems that send messages to the Cloud when a simple event is detected.  Continue reading Semtech launches ‘industry’s first’ disposable LoRa-enabled nano-tag for IoT applications

NXP launches new version of the Linux operating system customised for industrial operations

NXP has launches what it describes as a “community-based industrial Linux distribution for Industry 4.0”.

Open Industrial Linux, or OpenIL, provides immediate access to industrial time-sensitive networking technology, says NXP.

NXP Semiconductors is best known for making computing chips but also has a big business in connectivity solutions, which is what Industry 4.0 is about – connecting machines to the internet.  Continue reading NXP launches new version of the Linux operating system customised for industrial operations

Infineon supplying chips for Audi A8, said to be ‘world’s first series production car with autonomous driving features’

Infineon Technologies is supplying computing technology for the Audi A8, which is claimed to be “the world’s first series production car with autonomous driving features”.

Infineon says it supplies key components for the Audi A8 which gives the car level 3 automated driving capabilities.

The ability of cars to self-drive is split into a number of different levels, as defined by the international engineers’ association, SAE.  Continue reading Infineon supplying chips for Audi A8, said to be ‘world’s first series production car with autonomous driving features’

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

FDT Group to display new IIoT architecture at SPS IPC

FDT Group will be exhibiting its latest technologies for connectivity and industrial internet of things at this year’s SPS IPC Drives Fair, in hall 2, at stand 439, scheduled for 28-30 November, Germany.

The company is offering visitors a “test drive” of its latest technology enhancements in a hybrid-batch demo environment.

This year, FDT Group will feature an FDT brewery application demonstration nativity integrated with OPC UA enabling enterprise-wide connectivity and mobile access using tablet computers.  Continue reading FDT Group to display new IIoT architecture at SPS IPC

Wibu Systems to launch ‘world’s smallest dongle with flash memory’ at SPS

Wibu Systems says it will launch the world’s smallest dongle with flash memory at this year’s SPS IPC Drives event, which starts next week.

The CmStick / BMC, the latest generation of Wibu-Systems’ hardware elements for the secure licensing of digital know-how, is one of the five nominees for the 2017 Automation Awards, the most prestigious prize to be won in the automation industry.

Visitors to SPS IPC Drives, in Germany, can learn more about the shortlisted products and vote for the winner of their choice.  Continue reading Wibu Systems to launch ‘world’s smallest dongle with flash memory’ at SPS

Habey launches alternative to Raspberry Pi board for development of industrial robots

Habey, a developer of single board computers of a variety of types and form factors, has launched what it says is an alternative to the Raspberry Pi board for developing industrial robotic arms

Habey says its “extremely small” Pico-ITX EMB-2230 offers all of the features of its previous product, the EMB-3200, but with greater adaptability for I/O options, power input, and touchscreen display output, through an integrated 40-pin expansion header.

Habey says the new board is “developed for enthusiasts and startup applications that are looking for alternatives to the popular Raspberry Pi board”.  Continue reading Habey launches alternative to Raspberry Pi board for development of industrial robots

Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Semiconductor company Xilinx is to showcase its latest solutions for factory automation, smart grid and robotics applications at SPS IPC Drives 2017.

More specifically, XIlinx says it provides scalable and comprehensive “all-programmable” industrial internet of things platforms from edge to cloud.  Continue reading Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Chipmaker STMicroelectronics and robotics company Asratec have partnered to develop and demonstrate a humanoid robot at a recent industry event in Japan. 

The companies say the development is in recognition of the observation that the internet of things is becoming a part of people’s lives.

This means that network-connected embedded systems – such as robots – “are growing more important than ever”.  Continue reading STMicroelectronics partners with Asratec to demonstrate humanoid robot

Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Advantech, a provider of industrial computers and related technologies, has received an award from from ROI Management Consulting, in China.

The award is for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory.

The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai in recognition of its “Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of real-time equipment and resource monitoring”.  Continue reading Advantech wins award from Chinese consulting company for its digital factory technologies

Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation has launched the new M80W computer numerical controller, the latest in its industry-proven M8 Series computer numerical controllers.

The M80W features a touch-screen Windows-based display that is separate from the control unit, which the company says provides “expandability and flexibility”.

The M80W includes two expansion slots for 32GB SD cards, and incorporates the latest operating system and slim personal computer. This allows original equipment manufacturers and end users to add up to 64GB more memory for “even greater flexibility”, says the company.  Continue reading Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller