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Latest Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control
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An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/6/2014  7 comments
Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
ABB Adds More Human Intelligence to Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/2/2014  4 comments
ABB has consolidated software that previously was available separately into an Integrated Force Control package that gives industrial robots more intelligent tactile sensing technology.
Datalogic Encoders Offer Motion Control in Automation Systems
Product News 
12/5/2013  5 comments
Datalogic Automation has introduced four specific lines of encoders that enable smart motion control in a range of industrial automation applications.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 
12/4/2013  3 comments
SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
Rockwell Facilitates Implementation of Safety Automation Processes
Product News 
11/27/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation is offering a number of tools to help manufacturers design safer systems.
Honeywell's Distributed Control System Aims at Small, Mid-Sized Plants
Product News 
11/13/2013  10 comments
Honeywell has released a distributed control system (DCS), Experion LX, which is specifically aimed at plants that want an easy-to-use yet multi-function control system.
Advantages of a Common Automation Platform
Product News 
11/8/2013  2 comments
Norcimbus, a manufacturer of gas and chemical distribution equipment, is cutting costs, increasing efficiency, and building business at home and abroad.
ABB Introduces New Breed of Safety PLCs
Product News 
11/6/2013  3 comments
The trend moves forward of safety controllers becoming more integrated with the overall control and software architecture on OEM automation machines. A good example is how a new breed of safety PLCs from ABB that combines advanced software to coordinate real-time motion with safety processing, along with redundant hardware, is helping to make this happen.
Programmable Gages Help Create the Ultimate Automation Cell for Bearing Machining & Parts Sorting
Product News 
11/5/2013  Post a comment
Conroe Machine's automation team deploys Equator programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings.
Hazardous Situations Require a Dependable Brake
Product News 
11/4/2013  3 comments
Safety is an important factor when deciding on the best brake for your application.
Full Flexibility in New Series of Turning Centers
Product News 
11/1/2013  2 comments
Northern Italian machine tool manufacturer Biglia recently introduced its multi-functional turning centers of the "Quattro" series with the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The mechanical concept, together with the scalable control, provides users with the most diverse standard turning and milling operations.
Festo's Pneumatic Valve Terminal Offers More Control Options
Product News 
10/25/2013  5 comments
Festo has released a new pneumatic valve terminal for machine builders that provides more control options in a compact package, making it a good option for standardization on one terminal.
Maplesoft Adds Advanced Hydraulics Library to Modeling & Simulation Tool
Product News 
10/22/2013  6 comments
Maplesoft has integrated a library of hydraulics components into its MapleSim modeling, analysis, and simulation tool to make it easier for engineers to design hydraulics systems.
Advantech Bridges the Gap Between Control & Communication
Product News 
10/15/2013  5 comments
Advantech's latest controller combines control technology with communications to make it easier to implement factory-wide data acquisition and control applications.
X-Ray Machine Visits Patients' Rooms
Product News 
9/11/2013  15 comments
This portable X-ray machine is equipped with FCR and WiFi.
Motion Controller Simplifies Design of Automation Systems
Product News 
9/9/2013  15 comments
A new DC motion controller from Specialty Motors Inc. provides a way to create single, multi-axes, or synchronous automated systems without complex programming or purchasing specialty motors or equipment.
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
News 
8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Tech Kits Feature Hydraulics & Mechatronics
Product News 
8/12/2013  1 comment
Bosch Rexroth kits feature extensive tech information on hydraulics and mechatronics.
Rockwell Introduces Security Initiative for Industrial Systems
Product News 
8/9/2013  6 comments
Rockwell Automation said it will follow a three-pronged strategy to help industrial systems designers build security into their processes and networks.
A Unique Way to Maintain Wind Generators
Product News 
8/9/2013  28 comments
Maintaining wind generators with an exterior basket/elevator system allows for more freedom of movement and increases safety.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
Roboteq Introduces Intelligent Robot Motion Controller
Product News 
6/5/2013  2 comments
Roboteq has released a wireless-enabled motion controller that can be used to design both full- and semi-autonomous robots with a highly accurate control capability and custom functionality.
Advantech, Aerotech Release Automation Control Panels
Product News 
5/31/2013  Post a comment
Both Aerotech and Advantech have released control panels optimized for laboratory and industrial animation, respectively.
Advantech Launches New Series of Motion-Control I/O Modules
Product News 
5/23/2013  4 comments
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
Lantronix Expands Line of Rugged Controller for Sensor Networks
Product News 
5/17/2013  5 comments
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 
5/7/2013  13 comments
TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Festo Introduces New Safety-Enhanced Servo Drive
Product News 
4/23/2013  5 comments
Festo has enhanced its servo drive line with the new CMMP-AS..M3 drive that offers new safety features integrated directly into the product, as well as two Internet connectivity options.
Rockwell Introduces Tools to Simplify Design of Safe Machines
Product News 
4/19/2013  8 comments
Rockwell Automation's Safety Automation Builder configuration software and Safety Functions pre-engineered design documents are aimed at helping those building machines and equipments to more deftly navigate the arduous process of designing safety systems.
Maxon Introduces Mini-Servo Motor for Robot Design, Automation
Product News 
4/18/2013  5 comments
Maxon has added a new miniaturized OEM plug-in module to its ESCON servo controller family line that can control permanent-magnet activated brushed and brushless DC with Hall sensors up to approximately 250W.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 
4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation
Product News 
3/28/2013  13 comments
Mitsubishi has released the latest in a series of vertical-axis robots that are designed to perform particularly dexterous and complex tasks formerly operated by humans in a factory setting.
Renesas Launches Low-Power Microcontroller Line
Product News 
3/18/2013  4 comments
Renesas has introduced the first products in its RX210 series of microcontrollers designed to couple low power with high performance.
AAEON Releases Ruggedized, Sleek Panel Computer for Automation
Product News 
3/7/2013  7 comments
The 15-inch multitouch ACP-2153 is rugged enough for an industry environment but attractive enough for home automation systems.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
Product News 
3/1/2013  11 comments
Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.
Infoblox Releases Software to Streamline Network Control, Automation
Product News 
2/6/2013  8 comments
Infoblox's new DNS Firewall product detects malware that may enter a network from a mobile device and blocks it before it can infect any network assets.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 
1/29/2013  7 comments
A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
Agile Planet Launches Plug-and-Play Smart Motion Controllers
Product News 
1/23/2013  11 comments
Texas-based startup Agile Planet has released two new smart controllers as part of its flagship product line aimed at simplifying motion control for manufacturing automation and other types of robots.
AAEON Releases Embedded Servers for Intelligent Automation
Product News 
1/21/2013  Post a comment
Taiwan-based industrial computing manufacturer AAEON has released two new embedded servers that can be used to power intelligent automation solutions in factories and buildings.
Siemens Adds Ethernet to Sinamics Drives to Enable Single-Plant Network
Product News 
1/14/2013  5 comments
Siemens has added support for industrial Ethernet to its Sinamics S120 drive system, providing flexibility for manufacturers that want to deploy a single network across their facilities.
Rockwell Offers Integrated Mid-Range EtherNet/IP Motion Control
Product News 
1/8/2013  5 comments
Rockwell Automation has integrated several aspects of motion control into one new mid-range solution to help simplify system wiring for machine designers and builders.
Video: Transformer Robots Are Not Autonomous Yet
News 
12/28/2012  27 comments
A hobbyist firm has created a robot that changes from a humanoid into a vehicle and back again. The firm says the robot will autonomous by 2030.
Siemens's Next-Gen, High-End Simatic Controllers
Product News 
12/20/2012  4 comments
Siemens plans to roll out its new Simatic S7-1500 to the market in phases, with three CPU types aimed at mid-range performance. They are expected to reach manufacturers in the US early next year.
Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools
Product News 
12/18/2012  12 comments
Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.
Siemens's Plant Management Software
Product News 
12/17/2012  1 comment
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation to include enhanced functionality for modern plant management.
ABB Paves Way for Solar, Wind Supergrids
Product News 
12/14/2012  7 comments
The automation company ABB has designed the first circuit breaker for HVDC, paving the way for uninterrupted power flow over longer distances.
Cisco Expands Intelligent Automation for the Cloud
Product News 
12/13/2012  7 comments
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud 3.1 includes new features that make it easier to add security to a cloud-based network without a lot of hands-on administration.
Finding Alternatives to Traditional Hose Clamps
Product News 
12/12/2012  7 comments
Fluid handling tools must be user-friendly for furthering company efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Rockwell Automation Bolsters Mid-Range Machine-Builders Control Platform
Product News 
12/11/2012  2 comments
Rockwell Automation's CompactLogix platform uses a common control engine and development environment to offer machine and equipment builders a compact, less expensive design environment.
Single-Chip Motor Controller Enables Quieter, Smaller Precision Automation
Product News 
12/10/2012  13 comments
STMicroelectronics has released a new single-chip motion controller that engineers can use to design a variety of equipment with quieter, smaller, and lighter precision movement and position systems.
Aerotech Bolsters Motion Controller With EtherCAT Support
Product News 
11/21/2012  3 comments
Aerotech has enhanced its machine controller with support for EtherCAT, which lets engineers build I/O into an integrated platform that provides performance motion, motion tools, and diagnostics.
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