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A Great Day for Automation!

Posted by Mark Guida

May 6, 2013 9:10:00 AM

KnottsTech Automation and Control Expo was a success!

It was a beautiful spring day and everyone came out to see what was new in the world of automation and controls.  The regional sales managers from Omron, Dorner, and IAI were in attendance along with our own Steve Harrold.  Knotts Company product specialists Mark Howe and Mark Guida demonstrated the new product demos on hand.  

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, automation control, conveyors, knotts company, controls

New Food Grade Electric Actuators from American Actuators

Posted by Mark Guida

Mar 5, 2013 9:00:00 AM

American Actuators, Inc. (part of the Precision Technology Group) is pleased to extend the range the VICTORY Series of actuators with versions specifically designed to meet the requirements of industries including food and beverage production, food packaging, and pharmaceutical equipment. These industry applications are harsh on general purpose actuators due to the caustic cleaning agents and high pressure washdown regiments. 

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Topics: manufacturing, robotics, automation control, electric cylinder, motion, engineered solutions

The New CT4 High-Speed Cartesian Robot from IAI

Posted by Mark Guida

Feb 7, 2013 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: manufacturing, industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, robotics, motion control, solutions, automation

Electro-Mechanical Solutions Offer OEM and End-User Benefits

Posted by Mark Guida

Jan 23, 2013 7:19:00 AM

Editor's Note: This post was provided by Precision Technology.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, robotics, technology, electric cylinder, motion control

Transforming Manufacturing with CT Effects

Posted by Mark Guida

Jan 8, 2013 10:00:00 AM

The key to reducing production costs is found in 'CT effects'. So what exactly are 'CT effects?'  There are two types of CT effects: Cycle Time and "Choco Tei"

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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, cost effective, automation solutions, robotics

Product Training Boosts Sales and Savings

Posted by Mark Guida

Nov 1, 2012 7:51:00 AM

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Topics: cost savings, technology, improvement, knotts company, customer service, sales process, sales tools

Reduction of Costs Using Electric Actuators

Posted by Mark Guida

Jul 30, 2012 9:54:00 AM

In today's high-paced, tight-fisted economy, cost savings and efficiency are keys to a company's success.  This is particularly true in manufacturing.  For many years pneumatic cylinders have been the staple of motion axes in machines; they are cheap, quick, and are capable of high force outputs.  

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Topics: cost savings, automation solutions, robotics, improvement, electric cylinder, automation

Understanding Machine Automation Terminology

Posted by Mark Guida

Mar 1, 2012 3:09:00 PM

With the technology today in motion control and machine automation, there can be a large number of terms used that are unfamiliar.  This can lead to miscommunication or in the worst case, a machine that does not work.  Here's a short list of common components and terms that are commonly used with respect to machine automation that will hopefully help to reduce some confusion.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, robotics, technology, electric cylinder, motion, motion control, assembly, automation, sensor, controls, vision, automated inspection, ethercat, industrial vision

5 Reasons You Need Vision Inspection on Your Food Packaging Line

Posted by Mark Guida

Nov 1, 2011 8:30:00 AM

“The hand is quicker than the eye” is an old adage from magicians and illusionists.  Indeed, the human eye can be fooled from time to time.  And when it comes to food processing and packaging it is important that our eyes are not fooled.  With advances in vision inspection equipment, machines can help with visual inspections.  This automation can greatly improve quality, safety and efficiency in a food packaging operation.

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Topics: industrial automation nj/ny, knotts company, vision, automated inspection

Machine Solutions on EtherCAT

Posted by Mark Guida

Sep 19, 2011 1:58:00 PM

What is EtherCAT?

  • EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology)

  • Open Ethernet-based fieldbus standard utilizing IEEE 802.3 Ethernet components

  • Utilizes off-the-shelf wiring: RJ45 connectors, CAT5 cables

  • Real-time optimum Industrial Ethernet Protocol for controlling Servo, AC Drives and I/O.

  • More information at

Why EtherCAT?

EtherCAT is the fastest fieldbus network on the market that enables high performance architecture solutions. Its use of open standards and freedom of topology make it easy to implement, easy to use, and easy to maintain. Control systems designed now can support future architecture advances because it eliminates limitations found in alternative network technologies. EtherCAT is Omron Industrial Automations standard for fieldbus networks, and its standard for high performance motion control.

In a highly competitive and global market, OEM's constantly strive to achieve more for less when it comes to machine automation. This intensifies as users of automated equipment in the America's drive for specific needs such as - smaller production quantities, wider ranges of sizes, higher throughput, and more uptime. EtherCAT as a fieldbus technology that enables the convergence of Sequence, Motion, I/O, Vision, and Safety. Omron's implementation of EtherCAT suite of products enables automation platforms to increase overall efficiencies for machine builders and achieve higher performance.

Would you like to learn more about EtherCAT?

Omron is sponsoring a full-day seminar in Boston on October 11th, 2011. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how EtherCAT technologies can help you.


Learn more about Omron EtherCat Solutions.

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, knotts company, ethercat