Wireless and machine safety really can go hand in hand. One Siemens' customer, CAMotion, recently delivered wireless safety system as part of the control system it supplied for a gantry crane. The system connects the safety devices on the crane's moving gantry — including light curtains — back to the system's stationary controller. "It's the first wireless safety system that we're aware of," says Bryant. Why wireless? Hard-wiring the safety systems would have been difficult given the crane's layout. Bryant estimates that the wireless system cost about 60 percent less to install than a comparable wired system. Bryant adds that Siemens' PROFINet and PROFISafe safety communications protocol can run over wireless networks, making the installation possible. For more information go to CAMotion.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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