Specialist Articles

Industry 4.0 – the smart, adaptive factory with short retooling times and decentralized control – aims to generate the most comprehensive data possible within a highly automated process in real-time and provide the most varied instances possible. This status information in the form of process data for control and monitoring of sequences and product data for traceability and quality verification form an objective basis for making decisions in order to take early measures for process optimization.

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IO-Link is considered key technology for implementing industry 4.0 and IIoT concepts. For this technology Weidmüller provides IO-Link master modules in IP20 and IP67 degree of protection. Plug-in connectors and pre-assembled cables for the bus connection as well as sensor/actuator cabling complete the product portfolio. The parametrisation and configuration of IO-Link devices can be performed with a web‑based configuration tool that contains an interface to the manufacturer‑independent...

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Panasonic Industry is well known for its extensive automation technology portfolio with industry-leading innovations and components. With this article, WA3000 Industrial Automation reports about Panasonic's core competencies in the areas of safety technology, energy management and efficiency.

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Numerous companies are sceptical, hesitating to take the step to digitalization. As an industry pioneer in the area of I4.0 grippers and real-time simulation, Zimmer Group is ready to convert the few remaining doubters and naysayers. The company now offers their customers integrated solutions (“digitalZ”) that are tailored to the software platforms of the customers.

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The more compact the machine and plants, the greater the demand for small sensors. If these devices also involve short blind zones, they soon become the universal tool for restricted spaces. Turck has therefore added ten more miniature sensors to its RU ultrasonic sensor series. Twelve new types were added to the RU-Eco series with devices made from highly resistant liquid crystal polymer. This comprehensive portfolio enables the automation specialist to offer the right ultrasonic solution for...

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Linux is one of the most widely used open source operating systems and is available in many different variants. This wide set of choices can make it confusing and challenging to determine the right version for a given use case. Wind River's article offers an introduction to Linux for the enterprise and Linux for embedded products.

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Dynetics offers an extensive range of motion controller modules, worm gear motors, servo motor controllers, stepper motor drives and controllers – all suitable for complex mechatronic applications.

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Hybrid plug-in connectors save space and are easier to install. When they are designed and used correctly their EMC properties are just as good as dedicated cables. Circular connectors have already become established on the motors side. Weidmüller has developed the OMNIMATE® hybrid plug-in connector for single-cable interfaces on drives in the control cabinet. The article describes the technical background, and the considerations that went into the design.

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Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frequently adopt regulations aimed at optimizing solutions for patient care and life-saving systems to make medical devices safer. The article shows which solutions Wind River proposes to meet regulatory requirements with integrated safety & security features. The solutions can also be used for industrial automation applications.

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Wire­less-based iden­ti­fi­ca­tion using RFID is one of the key tech­nolo­gies for smart pro­duc­tion processes suit­able for In­dus­try 4.0. Turck pro­vides a pow­er­ful tool for this with its BL ident RFID so­lu­tion. A new ad­di­tion to the port­fo­lio is a ro­bust RFID mod­ule with pro­tec­tion class IP67, which makes the con­nec­tion of fac­tory au­toma­tion to the IT world much eas­ier due to an in­te­grated OPC UA server.

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In industry and transport, M12 connectors are used for sensor and actor wiring as well as for bus systems. The easy-to-assemble CONEC M12 connector with crimp connection enables fast, flexible and reliable cabling.

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The new BML SL1 ab­solute mea­sur­ing sys­tem from Bal­luff is the right choice wher­ever po­si­tions and end-of-travel need to be de­ter­mined with high ac­cu­racy, fast and pre­cisely over travel dis­tances of up to 8 me­ters. Re­gard­less of whether the task in­volves lin­ear or ro­tary mo­tion, dis­tance or angle mea­sure­ment, for­mat changes, short or long dis­tances.

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Industry 4.0 and smart factory concepts pose a number of challenges to production processes. Industrial monitors that are capable of displaying the extensive data of servers in a way that enables all parties to quickly grasp the most important information are a key element of stable production processes. Using Kontron as an example, we show the advantages of XXL monitors.

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Weidmüller OMNIMATE® Power BUF 10.16 provides a safer and more efficient device connection for power electronics. The PUSH-IN connection technology and the wire-ready function speed up conductor connection.

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At the Motek in Stuttgart, the international trade fair for automation in production and assembly, Dynetics (Hall 8, Booth 8236) presents an extensive range of ball screw drives, stepper motors, multi-axis motion controllers and controller ASICs for stepper and servo motors.

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As global manufacturers face increasing competition, the need to optimize the efficiency, productivity, and quality levels within their discreet manufacturing facilities is becoming a matter of business survival. This article shows which solutions Wind River proposes.

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Feel starfish sucking on your hand - large aquariums as in the Ostsee-Info-Center (OIC (Baltic Sea Information Centre)), in various zoos or at the "Sealife" locations delight visitors of all ages. The aquariums provide exciting insights into the ecosystems of diverse underwater worlds.

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With embedded technology and a particularly large field of view, a new 3D sensor from ISRA VISION offers short scanning times and fast data availability, making it ideal for use directly on the production line.

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The concept of the seventh axis provides robot applications with an increased motion range. With the Seventh Axis system from the Actuator System Line Rollon offers a practical solution for this task.

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Precise GNSS/inertial systems using global navigation satellite systems such as GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou or Galileo form the basis for recording and evaluating the driving dynamics of motor vehicles and for the navigation of steering robots. GeneSys Elektronik has developed the full GNSS/Inertial System ADMA-Slim especially for applications with space or weight restrictions.

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It used to be the case that space was beyond reach to all but the richest governments and a handful of private enterprises. Today, opportunities in space look very different. Commercial space activities have taken off, driven in large part by greater functionality in smaller packages. With faster time-to-market, better size, weight, and power features at lower price points, and lower launch costs, new business models and significant venture funding are finding their way to commercial space...

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It started with a blank. But how does the workpiece get onto the line or into the machine? Depending on the state it is delivered in, this task can quickly become very complex. Reliable 3D object detection systems optically capture and evaluate data. Liebherr works with a variety of 3D vision systems to match the requirements and smoothly handles the supply of every haphazardly stored part with process precision.

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Cognex VisionPro ViDi enables deep learning-based machine vision for automatic identification, inspection and classification.

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For the first time, Weidmüller presents its Pick-to-Light and Put-to-Light solutions for picking and assembly tasks in industry and intralogistics.

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Siemens will be ex­hibit­ing at the au­to­mat­ica 2018 with an array of in­te­grated and user-ori­ented Dig­i­tal En­ter­prise so­lu­tions de­signed to sharpen the com­pet­i­tive edge of both end users and ma­chine builders. Ex­hibit­ing under the ban­ner “Dig­i­tal En­ter­prise – Im­ple­ment now!”, Siemens will be fo­cus­ing on ways in which in­dus­trial en­ter­prises of all sizes can ben­e­fit from the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion – along the en­tire value chain from prod­uct de­sign and...

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Whether building a new aircraft or designing new capabilities into industrial and medical control systems, choosing the right system software and hardware architectures is crucial for the success of the program. The aerospace and defense industry and the embedded community continue to shift towards adopting the latest hardware to solve challenging performance problems that address a variety of workloads.

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RFID sys­tems with var­i­ous fre­quency ranges are find­ing in­creas­ing use in mod­ern pro­duc­tion and as­sem­bly plants. Each sys­tem is de­signed for dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions. Low-fre­quency (LF) sys­tems are suited mainly for ap­pli­ca­tions in metal­lic sur­round­ings. High-fre­quency (HF) sys­tems are the ideal choice where a greater read/write dis­tance and high speed are para­mount. Since each sys­tem until now re­quired its own RFID con­troller type, this was not only cum­ber­some...

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With the launch of its mul­ti­pro­to­col tech­nol­ogy six years ago, Turck in­tro­duced a new “era of sim­plic­ity” in field­bus tech­nol­ogy: Under the maxim “One de­vice – three pro­to­cols”, Turck's I/O mod­ules have been able since then to op­er­ate in Profinet, Eth­er­net/IP and Mod­bus TCP net­works, re­duc­ing the num­ber of de­vices that users have to keep in re­serve. Turck's Back­plane Eth­er­net Ex­ten­sion Pro­to­col now al­lows an­other mile­stone to be reached. The new pro­to­col...

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With the mobile assistance system smartConnect by in-tech, authorised users can keep track of the production status, service requirements and KPIs at all times, even on the move.

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The verification of barcodes helps ensuring the readability of the barcode throughout the complete supply chain. Barcode verification is the process of grading the quality of barcodes. A barcode verifier assigns an overall grade to a code based on measurements of several quality parameters. Depending on the code type they apply different national and international standards.

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BOGE is using Weidmüller's In­dus­trial An­a­lyt­ics in its high-speed turbo com­pres­sors for oil-free com­pressed air pro­duc­tion. This ap­pli­ca­tion is a prac­ti­cal ex­am­ple of the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween cus­tomers and users when it comes to dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion so­lu­tions.

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Digital Transformation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Next Generation Industrial Control. Industry 4.0. Enough buzzwords for you? However, these buzzwords do not help in the implementation of Industry 4.0. In this article, Wind River addresses six important requirements to be considered in the modernization of industrial control systems.

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