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...
Trio’s PC-MCAT 64 is an innovative “Motion + PC Solution”. A powerful quad core Intel Atom processor is used to drive both a high performance motion controller and a compact PC that can run user applications under Windows. The PC-MCAT software uses a real-time extension to allow both Windows and the motion controller to run directly on their own processor cores. The motion controller’s own dedicated EtherCAT master Ethernet port can launch data packets with less than 1µsec of jitter. The 1.91GHz Atom processor is paired with 4 GBytes of RAM and a high speed 64 GByte upgradable SSD to give sufficient PC performance for many machine types. PC-MCAT is especially suitable where a machine type needs the software and hardware facilities of a PC paired with a powerful 64 axis motion coordinator. The HDMI port can be used to drive high resolution displays for sophisticated operator interfaces. The large 64 GByte SSD drive can hold...
New draw wire adaptor options added to the portfolio include an economical 7.5 m unit and a 15 m robust unit:
Small Form Factor
Maximum Measurement Range of 7.5 m
Light Plastic Housing
Wide Range of Interfaces
Robust Draw Wire Adapter
Maximum Measurement Range of 15 m
Suitable For Heavy Duty Applications
Wide Range of Interfaces
ROBUST AND LOW COST INCLINOMETERS:
POSITAL is expanding their TILTIX family of inclinometers with a new line of lower cost, lower resolution instruments. These new tilt sensors will have an accuracy of ±0.5° and a resolution of 0.01°. (By comparison, current models have an accuracy of 0.1°.) For many slope or tilt monitoring applications in cranes, construction equipment, agricultural machinery and water handling...
NEW FlowPack Cup (FPC) Series Suction Cup by COVAL
COVAL's new suction cup is fully dedicated to handling FlowPack packaging. A real technological breakthrough for a constantly evolving packaging method.
FlowPack packaging provides many advantages:
• Direct food contact
• Large visible area to show the products
• Great number of applications in various industries: fresh fruits and vegetables, food processing industry, cosmetics, laboratories, and more
• High production rates and low cost
When it comes to vacuum handling, flexibility is an absolute challenge because it implies a high risk of leakage and potentially poor product gripping or the need to compensate with high power.
COVAL has taken up this challenge with the FPC series suction cup. It is specifically designed ultra-flexible packaging and...