Universal Robots opens new repair center enabling overnight deliveries in North America
4,300 sq ft (400 m2) center adjacent to Universal Robots’ Americas headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, now ready to cover North and South America with repair services, offering overnight delivery of spare parts in North America.
UR robot models, from the CB3 generation and forward, no longer need to be shipped overseas to Denmark for repair services but can now be handled at Universal Robots’ new center in Michigan. The newly renovated location will also house a complete inventory of spare parts for Universal Robots’ collaborative robot arms, servicing the entire Americas region, featuring 24 hours turn-around time in North America.
The center will be able to handle all repair and spare part requests. President of Universal Robots, Jürgen von Hollen, emphasizes how the new repair center underscores the sense of urgency that UR experiences in the market. “Our...
StockSAVER represents the latest generation in Kanban systems for production logistics. Simple to retrofit to FIFO flow racks, StockSAVER solves many of the traditional Kanban problems, frees up space for more value adding activities and improves cash-flow. StockSAVER calls up material replenishment orders automatically, thus eliminating the margin for human error and making the need for line-side safety stocks redundant.
• No more fear-related stockpiling required
• No more safety stock required (with no danger of materials running out)
• Protection against running out of materials
• Improved cash flow
• Complete solution from a single source (hardware and software)
• No external project or consultancy costs, thanks to simple commissioning and use
• Intelligent signal points determine the actual material stocks present in the...
POSITAL is expanding their incremental encoder family to add their line of draw wire sensors. These new programmable linear sensors allow for even more versatility to their ever expanding LINARIX series. A unique Internet-enabled configuration management system for programmability lets users update and program these sensors on the spot.
• Variety of measurement lengths, from 1.25m to 15m
• Default resolution 0.1mm, configurable using UBIFAST
• Simple and adaptable installation
• Cost effective solution for accurate linear positioning
• Rugged design for high reliability and low maintenance
Large Variety of Configurations for Any Application:
New Incremental LINARIX draw wires are offered with a wide variety of mechanical features, connector types and connection interfaces with economical options. With over a million possible choices, you...
Explore how smart actuators can improve application control, flexibility and efficiency
Thomson is advancing linear actuation technology with a new generation of smart electromechanical actuators. We integrate onboard electronics directly into the actuator, and resulting benefits to your next machine design can include:
• Improved control
• Reduced complexity
• Fewer components
• Reduced installation time
• Lower overall costs
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Thomson walks you through the makings of a smart electromechanical actuator, its integrated electronics, where it is best applied and three Thomson actuator families offering these solutions.
mbNETFIX - The Industrial Firewall for the Automation User
mbNETFIX is a self-learning, easy-to-configure industrial firewall. It can be operated in bridge or gateway mode.
In bridge mode it is ideal for retrofitting existing networks. It can be installed out of the box, without introducing changes in the network and, once installed, it protects your networks immediately. In gateway mode, selected areas of a network can be separated. Again, the learning mode simplifies the creation of the filter tables.
The concept is based on "security by design" right from the start. In order to keep attack vectors as small as possible, a web interface was deliberately disregarded. the firewall is configured with a specific software via the USB port.
Top 5 Facts:
• Protects the machines in the network from attacks from the internet
• Easy network segmentation with controlled routing and NAT
• Bridge and Gateway Mode
• Integration into...
State of the Art – the next Generation NEMA23 Integrated Stepper Motors from JVL
JVL Industri Elektronik A/S, one of the world’s leading producers in the field of integrated servo and stepper motors, has announced a completely new generation of the NEMA23 integrated stepper motors that have proved their value for many years.
The new motor family, ServoStep, uses the newest technology and the advancement of the previous designs. The family has the widest pallet of options in the market and will thus fit into all possible customer applications.
Integrated motors mean you get an all-in-one solution. In one unit you get motor, drive electronics, encoder, motion controller and an easily programmed embedded PLC with 8 I/O points on board. The motors can operate as stand-alone units or be controlled from a master PLC or PC. The 8 I/O points can be individually configured as digital inputs, digital outputs or analog inputs.
Robotiq launched a 10 times more sensitive version of our FT 300 Force Torque Sensor. This force torque sensor comes with an updated free URCap software enabling to feed data to the Universal Robots Force Mode, perform precise insertion assembly and a quicker calibration routine.
With Plug + Play integration on all Universal Robots, the FT 300 performs highly repeatable force control tasks such as finishing, product testing, assembly and precise part insertion.
FT 300 Force Torque Sensor:
The FT 300 is a multi-axis force and torque sensor that enables Universal Robots to perform force sensitive tasks. It precisely detects and measures robot contacts in order to improve the robot control as well as simplifying its programming.
The FT 300 is a perfect fit for precise force control tasks such as finishing, product testing, assembly and accurate part insertion.
Littelfuse Introduced Industry’s First SCR Thyristor with 150°C Junction Temperature in D-PAK Packaging
Ideal for switch applications like phase control in heating, motor speed controls, converters/rectifiers and CDI.
Littelfuse, Inc. last month introduced a series of high-temperature SCR (silicon-controlled rectifier) thyristors, the first of their kind to offer a junction temperature of 150°C in compact surface-mount D-PAK (TO-252) packaging. These devices are also available in through-hole V-PAK (TO-251) packages. Standard SJ Series SCR Thyristors have a low gate current trigger level of 6mA or 15mA maximum at approximately 1.5V. Sensitive models in the series feature a gate trigger current of less than 200μA. These sensitive gate devices can be easily triggered by sense coils, proximity switches, and microprocessors.
Applications for SJ Series SCR Thyristors include capacitive discharge ignition (CDI) systems for motorcycle engines, portable...
RELIABLY DETECT METALLIC PARTS
Solid application know-how makes Leuze's inductive sensors the optimum solutions for your application.
INDUCTIVE SENSORS OPEN NEW POSSIBILITIES
In industrial automation, it is often necessary to reliably identify metals regardless of their type and the contamination of the environment. Leuze offers a complete solution for this.
An array of designs, short reaction times, and various scanning ranges make Leuze's inductive sensors the right solution for nearly all areas of application. In combination with additional sensors and accessories from their extensive product range, they offer a perfectly tailored sensor solution.
Leuze's range of products spans from small cylindrical designs for installation situations with limited space (e.g. in assembly and handling automation or robotics) to robust metal versions for tough metal and woodworking machines right up to V4A stainless steel variants which excel in the food or...
For some automation applications, it can be difficult to decide if a pneumatic or electric motor-driven actuator is best. Obviously, cost can be a big factor when choosing between the two, with pneumatic actuators typically costing less. So why should you pay more for an electric rodless actuator? The answer boils down to higher levels of stiffness, as well as dynamic speed and motor control.
Rod-type pneumatic actuators are driven by air—specifically, compressed air, which is what determines the actuator’s rigidity. Typical pneumatic actuators have a stiffness factor of < 100 N/mm. Rodless electric actuators, on the other hand, use either a belt or ballscrew as their drive medium and are powered by a mechanically coupled motor. For these actuators, the belt or ballscrew determines the actuator’s stiffness. For example, a typical AT10-style, steel-reinforced belt used in quality rodless...