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The benefits of software-defined industrial control systems

The benefits of software-defined industrial control systems
The current ‘digital transformation’, happening in the industrial world right now, is largely driven by moving industrial control to ‘software defined’ functions, and there are many benefits to making this move. Guest blog by Jeff Gowan.
1st December 2017

Unit offers precision process control capabilities

Unit offers precision process control capabilities
Through West Control Solutions' PMA vision, it has developed the KS98-2. This freely-programmable, simple to upgrade unit is highly suited to deployment in automated production processes - providing a compact and cost effective multifunction solution. Targeted at application areas like foundries, hardening shops, industrial climate control systems and building automation equipment, the KS98-2 provides precision process control capabilities and analogue measurements.
27th November 2017

Six-axis robot turns 3D printing into an art form

Six-axis robot turns 3D printing into an art form
There is a current project underway at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) which is looking at 3D printing from a totally different angle - where the emphasis is placed on meaningful expression, rather than the accurate reproduction of digital data, and at the centre of the project lies a flexible Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV-7FLM articulated arm industrial robot.
27th November 2017


Pressure transmitters for extreme industrial environments

Pressure transmitters for extreme industrial environments
By making significant upgrades to its pressure transmitters/transducers offering, West Control Solutions continues to support its long established process controller product line. Based on either thin-film or micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensing technologies, these high performance devices have been introduced through the company’s PMA product range.
21st November 2017

productronica: Piezo technology sparks revolution in automation

productronica: Piezo technology sparks revolution in automation
productronica provided the launch pad for Festo’s Motion Terminal VTEM which it says will catapult pneumatics into the era of Industry 4.0 ‒ with apps that can replace over 50 individual components. All this is made possible by the latest developments in piezo technology and software.
14th November 2017

Weighing machine helps prevent overfilling expense

Weighing machine helps prevent overfilling expense
By achieving integration into a factory control system, via Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk, the Hardy Dynamic Checkweigher from Hardy Process Solutions is able to diagnose and reduce overfill rates through process optimisation with filling machines. This is saving the manufacturer overfill expenses of approximately $35,000 annually.
14th November 2017

New switch designed with an audible click

New switch designed with an audible click
The range of switch controls from Herga Technology has been expanded with the introduction of the new 6244 series haptic puck switch. The new hand or foot operated puck (or bellows) style switch features an audible click when pressed and is aimed at machinery and equipment switching tasks where both tactile operation and audible response are essential requirements.
13th November 2017

Don't let the shakes ruin your selfie

Don't let the shakes ruin your selfie
  Just a slight shake in your hand can ruin a great selfie, so bearing this in mind Google engineers have designed the shake out of the Pixel 2 camera using PI’s H-860 high speed hexapod system that accurately simulates motion with 6° of freedom.
13th November 2017

Support service enhances facility maintenance

Support service enhances facility maintenance
Yokogawa Electric will be rolling out the SensPlus Buddy communication support service on November 10. With this solution, personnel in the field will enjoy access to support information directly from their mobile devices. SensPlus Buddy can be accessed using a standard web browser on any general-purpose mobile device or personal computer, and does not require the installation of software.
9th November 2017

Data concept sharpens companies competitive edge

Synaptic Business Automation, an industrial automation and control business concept expresses Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s commitment to working with its customers to sustain their creation of corporate values. Manufacturers face a variety of challenges today, ranging from volatile shifts in the price of crude oil and other raw materials and stiffening environmental and safety regulations to structural changes in their industries.
6th November 2017


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