Latest Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control
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Project Management Gets an Upgrade -- and Into a Scrum
10/21/2015  2 comments
Innovations such as “scrum” and virtualization methods have changed the project management game.
Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
9/15/2015  1 comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex but Easier to Use
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.
Integrated Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier at Plants
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Writing for Design News
5/6/2015  Post a comment
Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.
Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
4/10/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
2/18/2015  Post a comment
Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.
Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.
A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
2/3/2015  2 comments
The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.
Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
12/30/2014  Post a comment
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.
Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
12/29/2014  Post a comment
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond what’s possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.
Robots Are Everywhere
11/26/2014  15 comments
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
11/25/2014  Post a comment
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.
System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
10/28/2014  Post a comment
As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.
Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
10/17/2014  Post a comment
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.
Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
10/16/2014  Post a comment
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
5 Factors That Will Drive ROI for Food/Beverage Manufacturers
9/24/2014  Post a comment
These important industry trends affect your plant’s ROI now -- and into the future.
Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
9/5/2014  1 comment
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.
The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
8/26/2014  1 comment
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.
Revolutionizing Regenerative & Implantable Medical Apps Through Next-Gen Techniques
8/11/2014  3 comments
The emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before.
Choosing the Best Technology for Your Application
8/4/2014  1 comment
To solve a motion application, engineers have the choice between different motor and driver technologies. There is no universal solution.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
8/1/2014  1 comment
A Danish company has developed a new type of door-locking system that can be installed over an existing lock to create a system that is hands-free, can be remotely actuated, but can still use a traditional key.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
SCADA Advances Enhance Efficiency
6/27/2014  1 comment
SCADA software offers improved user interaction and better integration with other systems.
Smart I/O Simplifies Packaging Automation
6/26/2014  1 comment
Adding distributed intelligence and advanced processing capabilities via I/O slices can boost performance and provide a replacement for hard-wired safety relays.
Covert Planes Rely on Stealth Band Pass Filter Designs
6/11/2014  1 comment
For stealth airplanes and ships, detection avoidance methods need to work with all the critical onboard instruments. Simulation is making it easier for the Altran Group to design an optimized frequency selective surface pattern.
'Less Is More' Precision Motion Control
6/10/2014  3 comments
Robots are working alongside humans more often than ever before, so safety, weight, and user friendliness are becoming bigger concerns for designers of these systems.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
5/13/2014  2 comments
Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue.
Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power
5/1/2014  Post a comment
While miniaturization continues to become more important, durability is also a strong factor.
Optimization of Total Operating Costs Using Electric Linear Drives
4/7/2014  3 comments
TCO analysis demonstrates high potential for savings, even for simple applications, by replacing pneumatic drives.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
Force-Controlled Finishing Adds Human Touch
3/31/2014  1 comment
Optimized, power-dense servomotor technology improves the automation of precise finishing and blending operations.
Hybrid Hexapods Resolve Inherent Weaknesses of Conventional Hexapods
3/12/2014  5 comments
The hybrid hexapod enables applications that can benefit from six-degrees-of-freedom motion.
The Growing Importance of Wireless Standards for the Smart Home
3/10/2014  9 comments
ZigBee, a global standard, is a low-power compliment to WiFi.
The Heat Is On: Wireless Automation Technology Application for Smart Homes & Buildings
3/7/2014  4 comments
Advancements in embedded MCU and wireless design provide power efficiency and secure connectivity for smart homes.
Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants
3/6/2014  16 comments
Technology has made renewable energy a contender to power factories.
Military Mechatronics Stores a Lethal Punch
3/5/2014  4 comments
A new weapon storage management system converts helicopters and single-engine aircraft for surveillance and precision strike missions.
Guardbot Rolls Into Position
2/27/2014  9 comments
An unmanned vehicle, the Guardbot is able to travel over most terrains, including snow, sand, mud, and water, for a wide variety of applications with special security needs.
Trends in Industrial Motors & Drives
2/18/2014  3 comments
Integration and intelligence are the keys to new innovations, as suppliers use processing power to boost performance and simplify system deployment.
Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
2/17/2014  1 comment
Researchers are developing drugs that are more targeted to effect only diseased cells or areas of the body that need treatment rather than the body as a whole.
A Lean Approach to Designing Medical Drug Delivery Systems
2/12/2014  1 comment
Applying Lean philosophy in the design cycle by eliminating variation through standardized systems and processes, plus vertically integrating rapid prototyping and tooling development, cuts time and cost.
Design Close-Up: Overcoming the Complex Demands of a Medical Part
2/4/2014  2 comments
From functionality to aesthetics to cost pressures, product developers today face an unprecedented variety of conflicting demands. Every design engineer can benefit from working closely with experienced mold makers and molders.
Medical Devices With Force Sensors Show Enhanced Effectiveness
2/3/2014  3 comments
Devices with force sensors offer advantages and insights that are desirable among most practitioners and patients. The added benefits of quantifiable data create more efficient and effective medical environments.
Pre-Integrated Sensors Cut Costs & Design Risk
1/14/2014  4 comments
Designing the sensing element can be complex and time consuming, but help is here.
Hydraulic-Powered Blast Furnaces
1/7/2014  3 comments
Advanced motion control and improved endpoint accuracy helped create a new hydraulic distributor for iron blast furnaces that delivers dramatically increased performance.
3 Steps to the Right Fluid Connectors
12/17/2013  4 comments
Fluid connectors can boost the performance, increase the safety, and improve the user friendliness of devices and equipment used in a wide variety of life science, industrial, and chemical-handling applications.
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