Specialist Articles

Remote monitoring and fault diagnostics for PROFIBUS and industrial Ethernet. How do I keep my plant running 24/7, maximize productivity and reduce network failure? Factories lose between 5 percent to 20 percent in productivity due to unplanned downtime, where just one minute of downtime can cost thousands of euros.

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In the body shop of the international automobile premium manufacturer, an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system makes fully automated production safer and more efficient. As general contractor, KUKA was responsible for the AGV system integration in the entire body shop: from the development of the safety concept, through planning, engineering, simulation and project management. A milestone was set in the AGV supported production of vehicle bodies.

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Every manufacturing application is different. Every operating environment is unique. To take account of the wide range of applications, Spectra offers industrial PC systems in various designs and system configurations – off the rack or perfectly matched to the respective application.

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Implementing user interfaces and process monitoring intuitively in record time. Key in, turn and go – probably the best known and most intuitive HMI. HMIs – hardly anything is more ubiquitous, and no one gives them a second thought. The expectations of design, intuitiveness and functionality that are spilling over from the consumer world into industrial and professional applications are confronting programmers with ever more extensive tasks. The realization done in conventional programming now...

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Waterproof push-pull connectors can withstand the harsh environments found in mechanical engineering applications. But for instance they are also suitable for use in medical devices. Yamaichi Electronics has unveiled a concept designed for up to 5,000 mating cycles. Easy assembly and improved reliability characterise this T-series, which enables data rates of up to 10 Gbps in harsh conditions.

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KUKA is implementing a fully automated test system for testing the oil and water cavity and the fuel rail in the engine block. The BMW Group plant in Hams Hall, just outside Birmingham, UK, produces three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines. The production also includes the machining of key engine components. Here, KUKA has implemented a fully automated test system for testing two different engine generations.

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Data processing on the production level. Siemens is expanding its offer for industrial IoT solutions, adding to its Industrial Edge portfolio a central and company-wide scalable infrastructure for managing connected edge devices and apps. With the new Industrial Edge Management system, users can remotely monitor the status of every connected device and remotely install edge apps and software functions on distributed edge devices.

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Solutions and innovations for factory automation, material flow, laboratory, and people counting. High-precision sensors for medical technology, high-performance control technology, and IIoT-based material flow solutions – Panasonic Industry Europe presents innovative products and solutions to meet today‘s challenges across industries and in society.

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Balluff offers its newest special Ethernet/IP network blocks for assembly and material handling technology. The IO-Link masters (BNI00EF/ BNI00EH) enable not only rapid integration of various IO-Link devices into existing networks, but also feature multiple

ports with 4 Ampere output current for connecting drive equipment such as 24 V DC motors or electrical stoppers.

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Seamless production sits at the core of every company‘s operations. If production stops, due to an error for example, a quick response is required. But what if the specialist for the plant is not on site? Thanks to digitalisation, the magic words in this case are often remote maintenance. Estimates assume that up to 60 percent of errors can be resolved or at least supported via remote access. Weidmüller‘s u-link remote access service offers a system that is easy to install, easy to configure...

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There are many reasons for the excessive build-up of heat in control cabinets. Designers can often minimize the dangers resulting from incorrectly arranged devices or poor ventilation in advance. However, specific condition monitoring is needed for external factors and device anomalies. Turck‘s IM18-CCM cabinet guard now provides a smart solution for processing sensor data via Ethernet in the IIoT.

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Transflective displays are slowly but steadily gaining a higher market share. What are transflective displays, what properties do they have and how does the development continue? The article by display customizing specialist DMB Technics describes what is currently possible and gives an outlook on micro LED displays.

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Nippon Pulse Motor (NPM), represented by Dynetics, has extended its linear servo motor series with a very compact version. This series is suitable for applications forapplications with limited space – for example in designs with 9 mm pitch.

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With each new generation, electrical devices are becoming smaller, more powerful and safer to use. The devices have to meet the ever-growing market requirements and within increasingly shorter development cycles. In addition, the digital transformation in industry continues to progress and requires reliable and stable connections for its implementation. All this presents device manufacturers with major challenges that must be solved using the right device connection technology.

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NASA’s fifth rover is on the way to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analysed on Earth later. The rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors will be used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

 

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Selecting the right linear or rotary servo and stepper motor for the target application is not easy and requires an analysis of the application, the required motor specifications and the motion profile requirements. The article has been compiled by Dynetics GmbH on the occasion of the launch of Digitax SF, the new generation of servo drives and motors from Nidec Control Technics.

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In everyday business, the motto increasingly tends to be: faster, more precise and more cost efficient. Therefore, a continuous value-added process is essential. Weidmüller supports this with an end-to-end, safe and convenient connection solution using PUSH IN connection technology. PUSH IN is the state-of-the-art connection solution that offers maximum efficiency – from planning through to installation and maintenance. The PUSH IN technology makes many tasks in the field of electrical...

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What was unthinkable a few years ago is now becoming reality with digitalisation and additive manufacturing – for example customized bicycle helmets. The head is simply scanned with a smartphone app and the process for the custom-made helmet is initiated. Siemens, together with EOS, has supported this vision of the bicycle helmet manufacturer Hexr.

 

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For industrial use in harsh environments, connector systems are needed that meet special requirements. The CONEC range includes a wide variety of IP67 D-SUB connectors and corresponding protective hoods.

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Climate change requires a rapid rethinking of energy policy worldwide. Renewable energy plays an important role in this context. In Germany, power generation with wind turbines is a key component of the turnaround in energy policy. However, critics fear that the expansion of wind farms will be at the expense of nature. With a solution based on embedded computing technology from Kontron, Fleximaus GmbH is building a bridge between wind power and species conservation.

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Bressner Technology introduces the PCIe Gen4 expansion system from One Stop Systems (OSS) in Europe. The 19-inch OSS 4UV PCIe "Value System" fully supports NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and can increase the computing power by up to 20 times compared to the previous generation.

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Turck is expanding its portfolio of safety I/O components with the TBPN and TBIP block I/O modules for Profisafe and CIP Safety respectively. The robust IP67 modules provide safety input and output signals directly from the field to the safety controller.

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Deep Learning is a new approach to machine vision and uses example-based learning and neural networks to analyse defects, locate and classify objects and read printed markers. In this article, Cognex describes what should be considered in deep learning projects for automated production and quality assurance.

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The multi-function BCM condition monitoring sensor from Balluff sets new benchmarks. For an attractive price systems and machine operators get a compact and easy to retrofit solution for continuous condition monitoring and automated monitoring of limits.

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The DATAEAGLE Condition Monitoring System (CMS) from Schildknecht records and visualizes sensitive motor data at Murrelektronik, thus contributing to a reliable delivery.

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