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Helicopter actuators also transfer to other applications

Helicopter actuators also transfer to other applications
  High performance, lightweight electromechanical actuators which are optimised for helicopters’ actuation systems, have been introduced by INMOCO, but are also designed as a highly suitable technology transfer in other appropriate applications.
20th June 2017

Contactless thumbwheel roller includes new robust design

Contactless thumbwheel roller includes new robust design
  The launch of the JC050 has been announced by Curtiss-Wright Industrial division, which is a Hall-effect thumbwheel roller that is suitable for integration within joystick hand-grips and other in-cab human-machine interfaces (HMI) in specialty off-highway vehicles.
19th June 2017

Protocol allows both new and legacy PLCs to communicate

Protocol allows both new and legacy PLCs to communicate
Emulsifying agents such as egg yolk, Irish moss and soaps are soluble in both fat and water, and enable these two substances to combine which ordinarily isn’t possible. Similarly, the combination of data from multiple platforms is now possible because of the OPC UA protocol - an in-demand feature - as the Internet of Things (IoT) gains traction. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, discusses how the open source protocol OPC UA is beneficial for automation.
5th June 2017


Ensuring machines are IoT-ready

Ensuring machines are IoT-ready
The operation and control systems of Eaton have been integrated with the OPC Unified Architecture Standard (OPC UA). This will enable machine and systems builders to communicate with the cloud via individual machine components more easily and safely. As a result, both existing machines and new designs featuring compatible Eaton products can be made IoT-ready and integrated into smart factory environments in a cost effective way. 
5th June 2017

Motion solution with PLC provides high performance multi-axis motion

Motion solution with PLC provides high performance multi-axis motion
An EtherCAT master-enabled high-performance motion and machine controller has been introduced from Kollmorgen, PCMM, which offers up to 32 axes of tightly synchronised path and I/O control with the capability for 64 axes of coordinated motion and device control. Available in the UK with full support from Heason Technology - a Kollmorgen Certified Channel Partner - the PCMM features seamless interfacing with Kollmorgen AKD series servo drives and AKM servo motors.
1st June 2017

Quality control of rubber seals on the basis of height measurements

Quality control of rubber seals on the basis of height measurements
In quality control applications, the measurement of object height is an extremely important aspect. With the PosCon HM light-section sensor, Baumer offers a compact measuring device for this kind of tasks. The smart, pre-configured profile sensor offers five measurement modes for different measurement tasks. An exact positioning of the measured objects is not required.
31st May 2017

Users given helping hand to upgrade logic modules

Users given helping hand to upgrade logic modules
A close collaboration between RS Components and Siemens is helping users upgrade to the latest generation LOGO! series of intelligent logic modules for industrial automation applications. Following the announcement towards the end of last year that the LOGO! 6 logic controllers are being phased out, Siemens is recommending its LOGO! 8 range as the ideal replacement.
30th May 2017

Magnetic system controls the movement of levitating objects

Magnetic system controls the movement of levitating objects
A magnetic system could precisely control the movement of levitating objects for many manufacturing applications. Magnetic levitation (Maglev) is well known for its use in high-speed rail networks, but could also be applied at smaller scales in medicine and electronics. To do so, researchers must be able to precisely control electromagnetic fields so that they can move and rotate objects without touching them.
30th May 2017

Helping Waterous lead digital transformation of fire trucks

Helping Waterous lead digital transformation of fire trucks
The leading manufacturer of water pumps for fire trucks, Waterous, has recruited Wind River and Intel to help develop Tellurus, the first digital touch-screen control panel for its advanced water and foam pumps. Guest blog by Keith Shea. 
25th May 2017

Robot helps enterprise engineers automate printer cartridge refills

Robot helps enterprise engineers automate printer cartridge refills
A new automated cartridge refill cell developed by a team of UK maintenance engineers has been built around a Mitsubishi Electric articulated arm robot. The cell quickly and accurately refills printer cartridges, making the company’s recycling programme more cost effective to operate. The solution has proved so successful that it is now being rolled-out to other plants around the world.
24th May 2017


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