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Installing a PLC with Remote Monitoring & Control in an Area Without Electricity?

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Summary:
A team from the University of Johannesburg’s School of Engineering worked on a service project to bring clean drinking to a remote village.  They believed that by implementing automation and remote monitoring technology they could prevent a “give and forget” effect, where service projects fall into disrepair after a few years.  Using two Unitronics PLC+HMI units, they were able to control a solar powered water pump, record data on the pumps performance and report the status of the pump via cellular communications.   These versatilePLCs made it easy for the team at University of Johannesburg to ensure that the water pump continued operating at optimal levels long after the initial installation.

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Topics: PLC, HMI, Unitronics, vision1210, PLC+HMI

When Robotics Meets the Cloud, Customers Win

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Imagine a collaborative robot that knows where it is and what needs to be done. A cobot capable of inspecting whether a part in your manufacturing process is complete and capable of jumping automatically to another task if it is not. A cobot that even reacts independently if an error occurs on one of your machines. Does this sound like a very futuristic scenario to you? For years now, the concept of making machines more connected has been the core issue of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. Tend is taking a unique approach to help companies not just chase those ideals, but realize them with their AI-based cloud robotics platform, “in.control™”.

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Topics: manufacturing, UR, Universal Robots, cobots, Mobile Robots, UR5, cloud, Smart Manufacturing

4 Easy Steps to Automate Your Production

Posted by Kelly Howe

Sep 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by OptoForce

BRINGING AUTOMATION CLOSER

Automation is a hot topic nowadays and innovation is the driver of progress in industrial automation. The OptoForce company, based in Europe works to bring force control to the masses in industrial automation, by producing multi-axial force/torque sensors with a revolutionary, optical technology. OptoForce equips industrial robots with a sense of touch so that more tasks can be automated in a time saving way. A well-equipped, automated production line is crucial to shift to Industry 4.0. OptoForce can help in this process, with only keeping the following 4 steps in mind.

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Topics: automation, Robots, Sensors, cobots, OptoForce

Use Four Strategies to Fill the Manufacturing Gap With People

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Amanda Lee at Robotiq.

Finding people who possess both the skills and the interest needed to work in manufacturing is a major challenge.  The good news is that many people who have either the skills or the interest can move into the sweet spot—they just need a nudge in the right direction. Here's how to achieve this in your manufacturing shop.

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Topics: manufacturing, Robots, collaborative robots, cobots, Robotiq

Making an All-in-One PLC Machine Easier to Use?

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Summary: Procesteh LTD is a Croatian company offering engineering solutions for the process industry; they strive to provide complete solutions for both hardware and software.  For one project, they were building the control platform for a soda pasteurization system at a beverage plant.  They selected the Unitronics UniStream 15-inch modular PLC+HMI.  This PLC offered powerful communications, a large, easy to use display and a variety of I/O options, as well as a innovative, single-environment software enabling reduced programming time.

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Topics: PLC, Unitronics, PLC+HMI, UniStream, pasteurization

INTELLISENSE® HELPS DIAGNOSE SOURCE OF MACHINE JAMS

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Machine jams are a costly problem in the manufacturing world, costing $50,000 and more in lost production, labor, and materials per instance. Diagnosing the source of the problem quickly can save manufacturers from significant losses and improve overall production speed and uptime.
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Topics: engineered solutions, bimba, Bimba IntelliSense®, pneumatic actuators

Flexible Assembly Process using an Asycube 240 and a UR5 robot

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 25, 2017 11:42:14 AM

The LIAA collaborative workcell by Asyril’s partner Teknologisk Institut (Denmark) demonstrates a collaborative and reconfigurable assembly process, where the Asycube 240 presents to the robot 4 different small elements to pick, in order to assemble radial-axial bearings produced by the Slovakian company Spinea.
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Topics: Asycube, Universal Robots, integration

Asyril's New Asycube 530

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This product is brought to you by Asyril.

The first production series of our newest, largest member of the Asycube robotic parts feeder product family, the Asycube 530, is ready for shipment starting in August. The Asycube 530 is based on Asyril’s 3-axis vibration technology and capable of feeding and separating parts up to 150 mm part size. Key customer benefits are:

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Topics: Asyril, Asycube, Asycube 530, robotic parts feeder

Powered Side Guide Highlighted on Dorner’s SmartFlex Conveyor

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to convey small plastic bottles. The solution required a number of different transfers from conveyors and other machinery.

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Topics: dorner, Dorner Conveyors,, smartflex conveyors, 2200 Series, flexmove technology

The Knotts Co. Adds Trio Motion Technology

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 18, 2017 8:33:55 AM

The Knotts Company is pleased to announce their new partnership with Trio Motion Technology. Effective July 2017, The Knotts Company will be a distributor for all of their products.

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Topics: automation, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, machine control, Trio Manufacturing Technology, motion control technology