MOTION CONTROL: Reducing cost and minimizing operational complexity are key goals for any manufacturer looking to succeed in today’s competitive environment. The Fanuc miLink Tool ID interface is designed to interconnect and automate the entering and tracking of tooling information to a Fanuc based CNC from a Balluff RFID Tool ID system, which can save you significant time and cost when compared to the custom engineering work that is usually required for this effort.One of the biggest challenges when using RFID for tool identification is interfacing the RFID system to the CNC controller. Now, with the new Fanuc miLink module, it is easy to interface between Balluff tool identification systems and CNC machines that use Fanuc controllers, with minimal or no engineering required. The module is a bolt-on solution, meaning it requires no modifications to the Fanuc CNC control. The miLink is flexible, easy to install, and simple to configure-the engineering has been put inside the box instead. Additionally, the miLink is industrially hardened for worry-free operation with a Balluff Tool ID system and does not require any ladder or Macro programming.
Balluff has several Tool ID system kits available that are specifically designed to work with the Fanuc miLink interface. These kits include a serial communication-based RFID processor and an RS232 communication cable to connect the processor directly to the miLink serial communication port. With the Fanuc miLink interface and Balluff Tool ID, you can access large amounts of CNC data including: tool life, tool ID management, tool geometry offsets, tool wear offsets, 2nd tool offsets, work offsets and macro variables.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.