When we say collaborative robots or “cobots,” we often refer to the robot arm. Of course, the robot arm is not able to pick parts, sense force, or detect objects on a work plane all by itself — it needs a helping “hand” to perform its tasks. We call these the end-of-arm tooling, with the most common one being the gripper. Grippers give the robot arm the ability to pick up parts to perform various tasks, including insertion and pick-and-place as well as machine tending. Grippers are as much part of the robot cell as the robot arm is. In collaborative applications, the gripper is responsible for handling parts in a safe and secure manner.
Many elements should be considered when integrating a collaborative robot cell that includes a gripper. When it comes to choosing a gripper, the number of options can be overwhelming. Several factors should be considered when making that decision. Once a gripper has been chosen, there...
Leuze electronic presents the world’s first data transmission photoelectric sensor for location-independent remote diagnosis
With the world’s first data transmission photoelectric sensor, the DDLS 500, which makes location-independent remote diagnostics possible thanks to an integrated web server, Leuze electronic sets new standards in terms of performance and transparency.
Leuze electronic presents a genuine innovation with the new DDLS 500 data transmission photoelectric sensor: all relevant data of the DDLS 500 can be called up using remote diagnostics. The data transmission photoelectric sensor links Ethernet networks using optical data transmission with a bandwidth of 100Mbits/s and is thus part of the central network component. The devices transmit all common Ethernet protocols such as PROFINET, Ethernet IP, EtherCAT, Ethernet TCP/IP or Ethernet UDP in real time up to a distance of 200 m. For quick and simple on-site diagnostics, the DDLS 500 has a status...
SITOP PSE200U selectivity module with NEC Class 2 Selectivity and Fast Fault-Locating in 24V DC Load Circuits
The SITOP selectivity module distributes the load current across several 24 V DC load circuits and monitors them reliably for overload and short-circuit conditions. With common signaling contact or single-channel signaling, the SITOP add-on module is now also available as an NEC Class 2 version. This means each of the four outputs is itself limited to 100 VA in case of a fault, which eliminates the need for additional protection in the control circuits. The device meets the U.S. standard for safety and fire protection.
The selectivity and diagnostics modules are the optimum extension for all 24 V DC power supplies. They distribute and monitor the load current over several current circuits. Overloads and short circuits on a circuit are reliably recognized.
The electronics permit brief current peaks caused, for example, by high inrush currents, but...
The intelligent gateway for industrial IoT solutions
The SIMATIC IOT2000 is the reliable and open platform for collecting, converting and transferring relevant production data in the production environment. The device can be used as gateway between automation and the IT level all the way to cloud connection. This opens up a variety of options for easy implementation of modern production concepts as well as for existing plants and machines.
As part of Industry 4.0, networking of production and office IT continues to expand. Production data is collected and evaluated in the cloud to optimize production. Networking of existing plants is a major challenge in this regard, because the machines from different manufacturers and on different technological levels often do not speak the same data language. The solution is often time-consuming and complex retrofitting in these situations.
An intelligent gateway that harmonizes...
Siemens TIA Portal with more openness and end-to-end work processes
• TIA Portal V14 SP1: Practical function extensions for the TIA Portal V14 engineering framework
• Focus on openness and engineering efficiency
• AutomationML for standardized data exchange with engineering software and CAE systems
Siemens is expanding its engineering framework to include a range of new practical functions to shorten engineering times with Service Pack 1 for TIA Portal V14 (Totally Integrated Automation Portal). The main focus of the innovations in TIA Portal V14 SP1 is bringing openness to other Systems. This includes the standardized, bi-directional exchange of engineering data via AutomationML (Automation Markup Language) using engineering software such as Eplan, the TIA Selection Tool or other CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) Systems.
The TIA Portal engineering framework is a central access point for Siemens when it comes to automation within...
New educational videos help solve common linear actuator and ball screw issues
Thomson’s “Tech Tips” short-form videos support design engineers who may face potential mishaps or simply want to ensure proper operation of their linear motion control components. Each contain easy-to-follow, step-by-step guidance in a concise, logical format.
Thomson has recently added 21 new videos that deal specifically with their industrial linear actuators and precision ball screws.
• Defining Duty Cycle
• How a Wrap Spring Brake Works
• How to Install Electrak HD's Integrated Connector
• How to Vary the Speed of a Thomson Industrial Linear Actuator
• Anti-Rotation and its Usefulness
• The Relationship Between Load, Speed and Current Draw
• How to Install an XC Lead Nut
• How to Load Ball Bearings into a Metric Series Ball Nut
This month Carlo Gavazzi announced the new WM20 Three-Phase Power Analyzer, an exciting new product range targeted to assist manufacturers and end users in monitoring and managing escalating energy costs. The WM20 is a modular class 0.5S (kWh) 3-phase power analyzer which can be used for single, two and three phase systems. It is capable of measuring most relevant instantaneous electrical variables, harmonic distortion, and energy generation or consumption.
Four versions are available to manage up to 600 VAC systems with a choice of either a one or five amp current transformer input. All information gathered is available on a large, bright LCD display and can be transmitted by one of the available communication protocols: including Modbus (RS-485, TCP/IP), BACnet, (RS-485, TCP/IP) and Profibus. The new ‘rotating pages’ function automatically shows all measurements in a sequence without having to scroll manually...
Modern PLC-based gantry with Siemens technology radically improves plant uptime and recovery time
Harry Major Machine is a global provider of industrial production solutions and services for manufacturers in diverse industries. They specialize in the design and manufacture of custom automated parts handling systems, industrial parts washers, assembly machines and special machines for use in multiple industries. For its highperformance and cost-efficient robotic gantry system Harry Major Machine relies on SIMATIC Controller with Safety Integrated and SINAMICS S120 drive systems. The innovative robotic gantry system with Siemens technology is less expensive and more productive than comparable solutions based on CNC with more compact dimensions and a significantly smaller footprint. Extensive safety and diagnostic functions allow quick troubleshooting, which reduces maintenance costs and downtime.
The PLC-based gantry system should increase customer...
The EtherCAT Flexslice System is designed to let you do more! It offers fast flexible expansion for motion applications and can be used with Trio or 3rd Party Masters.
Trio’s Flexslice input/output modules provide a robust, high speed and flexible solution for both motion control and general automation. EtherCAT cycle times down to 250µsecs are supported and the bus coupler uses EBUS technology to bring all the sub-modules on to the EtherCAT network with no degradation in performance.
The Flexslice system makes available a selection of digital and analogue I/O terminals as well as motion modules with pulse + direction outputs designed for precise positioning of stepper and servo motors via suitable drive technology. The digital I/O modules have high-speed functionality. In addition, analogue modules and axis modules may be fitted to make a superbly tailored system that can be placed remotely from the master if needed.
No chance of getting locked-in with Euchner’s new safety switch CTP-BI
• Transponder-coded safety switch with guard locking and guard lock monitoring
• Bistable locking function prevents people becoming locked inside the danger area
The CTP‑BI is based on the proven principle of the safety switch CTP and has an additional bistable locking function. In normal operation the guard locking is controlled via an input signal. When the operating voltage is switched off, the guard locking is maintained in its current position. This means that the safeguarded door remains either locked or unlocked, regardless of locking principle, until power is reapplied. The bistable guard locking solenoid therefore provides an additional measure of prevention of an individual becoming accidentally locked inside a guard locked door, whether for service, maintenance, or cleaning. The bistable function of the solenoid also prevents the deactivation of guard locking if there is...