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Transforming Manufacturing by CT Effects

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 14, 2013 2:49:00 PM

The key to reducing production costs is found in CT effects. You may be able to further reduce the costs if you look closely at the CT effects.

So what exactly are CT effects?

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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, automation solutions, intelligent actuator

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

Why Outsource Technical Support? 5 Ways Outsourcing Can Help Your Business

Posted by Rick Howe

Oct 11, 2011 1:49:00 PM

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, resource, core competencies

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 www.ethercat.org

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

How to Determine the Right-Sized Cylinder for Your Job

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 10, 2011 10:48:00 AM

Technical Tip and Guest Post from Bimba

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, resource, air cylinder, knotts company, bimba

Customer Problem Solving Equals Great Customer Service

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 1, 2011 8:04:00 AM

Post Written by Ted Orlowski

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Topics: cost effective, core competencies, knotts company, customer service

Air or Electric Cylinder. How Do You Choose?

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 12, 2011 2:44:00 PM

It is becoming an increasing important question when building automated machines. What is best for my application? Pneumatic or Electric actuator.  Both actuators have their pros and cons.  When it comes down to it, there are a handful of reasons why to use one over another.

While they are different as night and day, the way you size them is very similar.  You just need to know some basic information to start the decision process.
  • Load
  • Speed or cycle time
  • Stroke
Once you know this information you can size your cylinder as needed.  Beyond that information, air and electric start to differ.

Air will never be replaced.  No matter what anyone says, air does have its place and it has some key features that eclectic just can’t match up to.
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Size
  • Simplicity
To get an air cylinder to move faster, the air flow needs to be increase.  The size of the unit versus the power it puts out can’t even be matched by an electric cylinder.  If all you need is two points then air is the way to go and simple compared to electric.

Like air, electric cylinders do have their merits.
  • Multiple Positions
  • Overall Cost
  • Acceleration and deceleration
  • Accuracy and Repeatability
These are just a few aspects that air can’t match electric.  With an electric cylinder, you have complete control over the acceleration and deceleration. An application example for acceleration and deceleration is handling of liquids or fragile materials.  Electric cylinders give you the ability to program and control multiple positions with high accuracy and repeatability.  And last, there is the ‘Green’ factor.  The overall operating cost of electric can be anywhere from 1/3 to 1/10 the cost of air.  

So overall they both have their benefits over each other and it really comes down to if it fits the application.  If they both fit the application, then it really just comes down to what the user prefers as well as the application.  Air or electric?
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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, technology, electric cylinder, air cylinder, knotts company

Part 2: Designing an 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Machine Guard

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 7, 2011 2:46:00 PM

On May 23, we started designing a t-slotted aluminum safety enclosure for a specified work envelope. (If you need a quick refresher, head over to Part One)

Now that the overall structure has been designed, we can move to the next step. We will now go through the process of adding the doors and additional hardware that is required.

Designing the Doors.

As stated in the job requirements, we need two doors on opposite sides.  Doors help give maintenance access without requiring disassembly. 

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Topics: cost savings, cost effective, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, knotts company, machine guard, assembly

Part 1: Designing an 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Machine Guard

Posted by Mark Howe

May 23, 2011 10:01:00 AM

Having a safe work environment is extremely important today. Machines have always posed a hazard to the workers due to fast moving parts and possible pinch/crush points. 

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Topics: cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, t-slotted extrusion, machine guard, assembly

Lighten Your 80/20 Assembly with the Right Panels (Cost Savings too!)

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 15, 2011 11:12:00 AM

The t-slotted profiles of 80/20 aluminum extrusion allow you to insert a large variety of panels.  Panel functionality can range from load bearing applications to overall aesthetics.  Choosing the correct panel for your application may be difficult, so we are going to review various scenarios based on the function of the panel.

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Topics: cost savings, cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, aluminum extrusion in nj, aluminum extrusion, assembly