Specialist Articles

Yamaichi Electronics has expanded its Y‑Circ M12‑product portfolio with a new field assembly connector for 10‑Gigabit Ethernet applications.

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LaVa-X from Aachen has developed a machine that uses the LaVa process to increase the quality and welding depth of laser welding of metals.

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Two KUKA omniMoves automate the transportation of goods at Austria Metall AG (AMAG). The autonomous transport platforms are responsible for the independent transportation of heavy aluminum plates and contribute greatly to making the intralogistics more flexible. The omnidirectional platforms move autonomously and perform the final production step independently.

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Above all, standardisation, automation and process-wide solutions offer considerable optimisation potential for time-consuming, manual activities such as panel building. Weidmüller has been working very intensively on these areas and has developed solutions for every work step, speeding up processes by up to 80 per cent.

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Generating, transporting and processing information are central tasks in the Industry 4.0 environment. The basis for all the information is intelligent sensors which provide the required input. With their BOS 21M ADCAP Balluff offers a newly developed optical multifunction sensor, the BOS 21M series.

 

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The mbNET industrial routers by MB connect line can be upgraded with mbEDGE to an IoT gateway. This provides users with a multifunctional solution for implementing safe IoT applications.

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For more than 40 years CONEC has been developing and producing high-quality connectors and connecting cables as well as housing technology. In this article we present some connectors for automation.

 

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Wilhelm Niemann Maschinenfabrik guarantees the reliable operation of their machines with safe and efficient Ex protection solutions from Turck, consisting of accurate sensors and fast compact interface devices. The manufacturer installs space saving isolating switching amplifiers and temperature measuring amplifiers from Turck's IMX12 interface series in the control cabinet. These send the signals of the operator buttons to the field and transfer intrinsically safe digital and analog input...

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Two KUKA KR 500 FORTEC robots manufacture innovative lightweight timber construction components for a pavilion for the Bundesgartenschau. The ICD of the University of Stuttgart has developed the robotic manufacturing solution in collaboration with system integrator BEC. Robotic solutions such as these have the potential to be a game-changer for the timber construction industry, which has only made limited use of automated production processes until now.

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Plant manufacturer’s product development relies on digitalization and solutions from Siemens. Tu­rate near Milan, Italy. Zani S.p.A. form­ing ma­chines (Zani) man­u­fac­tures me­chan­i­cal presses for cold form­ing sheet steel and has re­lied for years on Siemens as a tech­nol­ogy part­ner when de­vel­op­ing its presses. This was also the case for the Servo Mas­ter, the most re­cent press, and the largest in the com­pany’s his­tory to date, with a press force of 3,200 tonnes and a table length...

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Origami – the art of paper fold­ing orig­i­nated in Japan and is known world­wide. The art of robot-based cor­ru­gated board fold­ing can be ad­mired at Tri­cor Pack­ag­ing & Lo­gis­tics AG, which has its head­quar­ters in the south­ern Ger­man city of Bad Wörishofen. The com­pany spe­cial­izes in the con­struc­tion of heavy-duty cor­ru­gated board and pack­ag­ing. And the highly pro­duc­tive and pre­cise op­er­a­tion of the as­sem­bly ma­chines can be cred­ited to KUKA Cus­tomer Ser­vice.

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In­duc­tive cou­pling sys­tems are the ideal choice wher­ever fixed wiring of sen­sors and ac­tu­a­tors gets in the way or is sub­ject to pre­ma­ture wear due to fa­tigue. With their new BIC Q40 in­duc­tive cou­plers, Bal­luff now of­fers a so­lu­tion for ap­pli­ca­tions where the max­i­mum trans­mit­table power plays a cen­tral role.

 

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Weidmüller has added a universal digital I/O module, the PushPull modules UR67 and a multifunctional stepper motor module for motor currents up to 2 amps to its u-remote family, already established on the market.

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In Bäretswil in the Swiss canton of Zurich Combitool AG – a division of PackSys Global – develops and produces innovative solutions for manufacturing plastic and laminate tubes. To realize the new machine generation of the BLM Laminat Body Maker, the development engineers at Combitool set ambitious goals for themselves. The system should not only be resource friendly, but also significantly increase machine availability and productivity by drastically reducing setup and startup time. The use of...

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In many traditionally grown production networks, the focus is on free data exchange across all components and systems. However, if all paths are open, viruses and malware can spread unhindered in the entire network. To prevent this, it is recommended to segment the production network into manageable logical units – for example with the industrial firewall mbNETFIX from MB connect line.

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Since 1979 it has been blaz­ing a trail through woods and fields, mud, gravel and snow: the Mer­cedes G-Class. To make this fea­si­ble, the man­u­fac­turer uses par­tic­u­larly sta­ble lad­der frames. These frames are built at MAGNA Presstec in the Aus­trian town of Le­bring near Graz. Since 2017, pro­duc­tion of the facelift model has been run­ning fully au­to­mat­i­cally on a line from KUKA. Spe­cial­ists from the two com­pa­nies col­lab­o­rated closely to re­solve var­i­ous chal­lenges,...

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With Sinumerik ONE, the first digital native CNC, Siemens is driving forward digital transformation in the machine tool industry. The new controller works with software to create the machine controller and associated digital twin from one engineering system and thus contributes to the seamless integration of hardware and software.

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Automated, computer vision-assisted systems objectivize quality control in automobile production. Fraunhofer IGD has developed a method for capturing the actual build of a component and comparing it to the design according to the CAD data – in real time.

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Automation processes in the industrial sector are becoming faster, more efficient, and more intelligent with the development of new technologies. But the things which add value to companies in this industry often present challenges for the internal employees who need to oversee, monitor, manage, develop, or repair these automated and fully optimized processes. With Augmented Reality (AR), workers can be effectively supported along the entire value chain to ensure the best possible human-machine...

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Powerful electronic devices require high-quality fans with optimized air flow, pressure and low noise levels. In this article Dynetics summarises important criteria for the selection of fans and presents various series from Nidec Servo.

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At the Hannover Messe (Hall 9, Booth H55) Turck is presenting the PS+ series pressure sensors as the first of a new fluid sensor series. They combine functionality together with award-winning design. The keypad features capacitive touch pads that enable unimaginably simple operation. The absence of mechanical operating elements increases robustness and helps to meet the requirements of ISO protection types IP6K6K, IP6K7 and IP6K9K. Flexible installation (overhead and rotatable around 340°) and...

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The trend towards digitalisation in industry requires new solutions, this also applies for components that were previously purely electromechanical in nature. Because without a powerful, comprehensive infrastructure, digitalisation hits its limits fast. The infrastructure includes plug-in connectors and cables whose significance is set to rise and for example will be reflected in intelligent plug-in connectors. Weidmüller is presenting a demonstrator for an intelligent connector for the first...

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In Germany, Europe’s biggest industrial economy, the harnessing of IIoT to digital automation has developed far enough for it to routinely be described as a fourth industrial revolution. However, the more devices, equipment, sensors and applications are connected, the greater the risk of cybercrime.

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Increasingly, classic control cabinet applications are installed in the field and equipped with communicative components. This increases the complexity and quantity of the cabling. Prefabricated and tested cables enable time savings of up to 75 percent and simplify installation in difficult plant conditions. To cater for these requirements, Weidmüller offers high-quality plug-and-produce solutions for IP20 and IP6x environments.

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Kontron's rackmount systems are designed and tested for challenging environments, and are therefore the perfect fit for extreme temperature and mechanical stress conditions.

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