Control comes to I/O

  A new field logic controller offers a different take on the edge computing concept by bringing simple logic control to Ethernet I/O blocks. The field logic controllers (FLCs) are programmed via the ARGEE environment, which uses a flow chart system to program the Ethernet I/O blocks via an HTML5-compatible web browser. Edge computing is one […]

Ethernet and the trend to decentralised control solutions

  The driving force behind progress in industrial automation in the last 20 years has without doubt been the networking of automation products via bus systems. The importance of industrial communication within machines and installations is increasing exponentially, especially in the context of recent Industry 4.0 and internet of things (IoT) discussions. Networking is decentralised […]

Simple, open and standardised cloud connectivity

  As information technology and automation technology continue to converge, cloud-based communication and data services are increasingly used in industrial automation projects. Beyond the scope of conventional control tasks, applications such as big data, data mining and condition or power monitoring enable the implementation of superior, forward-looking automation solutions. Industry 4.0 and IoT strategies place […]

A new era of initiatives for the next industrial revolution

  A new era of industrial innovation is upon us. Referred to as the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), the deeper meshing of the digital world with the world of machines holds the potential to bring about profound transformation to global industry. This new industrial stage, where the internet meets production, is a major topic […]

The future of intuitive robotics

  It is believed that the automation cells and production lines of the future will see symmetry in interaction between robots and humans. The Ping-Pong robot has shown the first fruits of efforts to meet this collaborative challenge. Sustaining long table tennis rallies with its human opponent, the Ping-Pong robot consistently returns the ball to […]

Machine vision + co-ordinated motion = high speed human

  The adoption of general purpose robotic arms that are flexible and programmable was a significant step in reducing the complexity and cost, as compared to custom fixture based manufacturing lines. However, traditionally these industrial robots have relied a fair amount on rudimentary sensors (like proximity sensors, encoders etc.) for sensing the environment. These sensors […]

Troubleshooting load cell applications

  This article explains how a remote connectivity solution helps load cell application service technicians ease their troubleshooting task. Before the introduction of the electronic load cell, mechanical lever scales were widely used in many industrial and commercial applications. The accuracy of these mechanical scales depends on the scale calibration and maintenance. Today, load cell-based […]

Technology helps machine builders offer improved availability

  The ongoing pursuit of ever-better overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) scores has become a real focus for end users across industries in recent years. OEE itself, however, is not a conversation end users routinely have with their machinery suppliers. The focus instead tends to be on areas such as baseline speed, cycle times and overall […]

Smart buildings – protagonists of the smart grid

  The smart grid is the future of our power supply. Smart grids need smart buildings. Equipped with modern building automation, these buildings can be used as a counterbalance in the complex interplay between power generation and energy demand. The growing importance of user-generated energy and the different ways in which energy can be stored […]