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Increasing profitability with Common Safety

21 May, 2018

Increasing profitability with Common Safety

HARTING’S RFID reader now comes with wireless capabilities

21 May, 2018

Based on its extremely robust MICA® edge computing system, HARTING's new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 RFID reader is now more flexible and adaptable, thanks to the addition of W-LAN, 3G/4G (LTE) and Bluetooth capabilities.

New product announcement – cMT-g02 IIoT Gateway

25 April, 2018

Integrating miscellaneous factory automation equipment is rarely an easy task since often each machine uses a different controller. When integrating with other IT systems, the variety of protocols often presents a challenge. In 1995, the OPC standard was released to address this issue, in 2006, OPC UA (Unified Architecture) made it possible to get the same information from machines regardless of operating system.

Smart IO-Link Sensors for Smart Factories

28 March, 2018

Digitising the production world in the age of Industry 4.0 increases the need for information between the various levels of the automation pyramid from the sensor/actuator level up to the enterprise management level. Sensors are the eyes and ears of automation technology, without which there would be no data for such a cross-level flow of information. They are at the scene of the action in the system and provide valuable information as the basis for implementing modern production processes. This in turn allows smart maintenance or repair concepts to be realised, preventing production scrap and increasing system uptime.

Help is available on the path to Industry 4.0

12 March, 2018

By Andy Haly, sales director of X-STK|Applied Automation: Many manufacturers will have already considered automating repetitive or intricate tasks.  They are likely to have looked for opportunities to collect data by installing various sensors into the production process. Possibly assessed the potential benefits from having secure, remote access capabilities, being able to monitor equipment to reduce downtime and carry out routine maintenance from afar.

Light Section Sensor Saves up to 32 Detection Profiles

16 February, 2018

Rapid Plant Changes for Rotating Products   SmartRunner light section sensors are camera-based plug&play devices that users can easily commission without the need for specialist knowledge. The object to be detected is quickly recorded at the touch of a button using the teach-in functionality. The sensors then send a "good" or "bad signal" to their switching outputs and the signal can be processed by any control panel. The light section procedure delivers highly precise results and is suitable for detection tasks for which objects or process situations are characterized by height profiles and edge curves. 

Belden Extends Reach and Reliability of Genius Bus and Modbus Plus Networks

22 November, 2017

New Rugged, Robust Fiber Optic Repeaters Protect Network Integrity in Harsh, Automated or Decentralized Industrial Environments

PLC Next Technology

22 November, 2017

Automation for every generation - Tony Deane CST/ Technical Manager Phoenix Contact. Since the mid 1990’s automation technology has been dominated by IEC 61131 based programming tools that incorporated the five main languages used in most PLC Based applications. Namely Ladder, Instruction List, Sequencial Flow Chart, Function Block Diagram, and Structured Text.

TE Connectivity Intercontec connectors provide customized solutions across multiple motor platforms

22 November, 2017

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, now supplies Intercontec connectors to easily connect power, signal and data in any combination.The connectors consist of only a few single parts based on a modular architecture which makes them highly compatible and usable in many different combinations.

Monitoring and networking in harsh environments made possible with PROCENTEC ComBricks HE+

24 October, 2017

PROCENTEC ComBricks has proven itself as the number one permanent monitoring tool for PROFIBUS networks for years. In addition to the ComBricks family, PROCENTEC recently launched the new robust ComBricks HE+, the perfect solution for use in harsh environments, making PROCENTEC ComBricks applicable in an even wider range of solutions.

TE Connectivity highlights productivity and efficiency gains • TE demonstrates unparalleled product portfolio for today and tomorrow • Introduces a range of new products • Focus on motion & drive and industrial communication • Booth 336 Hall 10

23 October, 2017

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, will introduce a number of key innovations at SPS IPC Drives 2017, which takes place November 28-30 in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Moore International now offer the full range of Zimmer Group Robot Grippers

13 September, 2017

Moore International now offer the full range of Zimmer Group Robot Grippers. With over 2000 standardised gripper systems, positioning systems, robotools and much more, Zimmer offer a complete selection of technologically superior products that are ready for rapid delivery. 

Belden Introduces Cables to Meet New European Standard for Use in Transportation Industry ECE R118.02 Data, Coax and Microphone Cable Offer Required Fire Resistance to Improve Passenger Safety in Buses and Coaches

22 August, 2017

 Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has received approval from the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) on data, coax and microphone cables. These cables now have ECE R118.02 approval and meet the fire protection standards required for use in the European transportation industry. The approved product range includes data cables (100 Mbit/s, 1Gb/s and 10 Gb/s solid or flexible versions), 50 ohm low loss coaxial and a microphone cable.

Industry 4.0: implementing the RAMI 4.0 reference architecture model with the MICA® industrial computer

18 August, 2017

In future, industrial manufacturing will be both simpler and more modular. Both these trends result from the adoption of concepts like Integrated Industry and Industry 4.0: the equivalent of the Industrial Internet of Things.Compact and robust solutions will have to be developed to implement distributed task assignment in the field. These tasks might include the acquisition of sensor data or data from communications with central IT systems. These scenarios are tailor-made for HARTING’s MICA® (Modular Industry Computing Architecture) to come into play.

TE Connectivity’s Micro Motor Connectors for Servo Motors Answer Calls for More Compact, Cost-Effective and Reliable Solutions

17 August, 2017

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, helps servo motor manufacturers keep up with motor connectivity trends by offering a wide range of connectors and associated components for different types of electric motors. TE’s product line spans proven, standard connectors and customized cable assemblies, through to the latest sensor and magnet wire innovations. 

Design better machines, faster. Free Machine Design Info Kit

21 June, 2017

Explore 25+ projects and discover how the move to simulation-led, systems-driven engineering in machine design allows companies to design better machines, faster.

Belden Compliant with Mandatory New EU Radio Equipment Directive

19 June, 2017

Venlo, The Netherlands - June 13, 2017 - Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, confirmed today its compliance with the new Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU. All Hirschmann wireless solutions fully adhere to the new guidelines, including the OpenBAT, BAT450-F, BAT867R and BAT-C Industrial Wireless LAN access points/clients, as well as all OWL Industrial Cellular Routers.

TE Connectivity Responds to Evolving Requirements for Industrial Motors with Innovative Connectivity Solutions Portfolio Establishes global center of excellence for motor connectivity as its range of innovative motor connectivity solutions expands

19 June, 2017

DARMSTADT, Germany – June 1, 2017 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, with its September 2016 acquisition of the Intercontec group (global market leader for circular metric connectors), has established a global center of excellence for motor connectivity. In this centre, the company continues to develop innovative new products and enhancements to proven existing products.

Introducing SICK AppSpace, the Open Software Platform with Far-Reaching Potential

25 May, 2017

SICK has launched an open software platform that system integrators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) can use to develop tailor-made application solutions using SICK vision systems and smart sensors.

Routeco appointed ‘Automation Solution Provider’ (ASP) for COGNEX in the U.K

24 May, 2017

Routeco announced today that it has been appointed as an Automation Solution Provider (ASP) for COGNEX having recently signed a strategic partnership agreement.

Industry 4.0 Requires Intelligent Interlocks - Fortress is Delivering

23 May, 2017

As we race towards 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020, Industry 4.0 presents a huge challenge to manufacturers. Collaborative robots and the automation of tasks previously carried out by people is reducing the need for traditional machine guarding while increasing the need for smart interlocks.

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