Factory automation > Machine control & mechatronics

Additive manufacturing — changing parts manufacturing

11 September, 2019

The uptake of 3D metal printing will have a profound impact on manufacturing in the future.


GE's first scalable additive systems ready for production

16 November, 2018

Modular system architecture with automation supports scalable serial production.


Machine shop moves into the future of additive manufacturing

12 October, 2018

Amiga Engineering moves into the future of additive manufacturing with Konica Minolta and 3D SYSTEMS ProX DMP 320.


New ISO standards for greener machine tools

15 June, 2018

ISO has recently published the first two parts of a new International Standard for the environmental evaluation of machine tools.


AMCI by IDEC motion control products

24 May, 2017

Many industrial applications require motion control, but users are often frustrated by the complexity and high cost of implementation, particularly with servo systems. IDEC and AMCI have partnered to address this issue by offering a simple yet highly capable stepper motion control system.


RS Components introduces range of motion control solutions

30 May, 2016

RS Components has announced a range of products and solutions to help companies involved in motion control applications to equip and maintain systems, such as conveyors.


Beckhoff EJ-series EtherCAT I/O motion solution

11 May, 2016

EJ-series EtherCATplug-in modules make it easy to implement a platform concept for large-volume production runs without sacrificing customisation capabilities.


Automation delivers five-fold increase in productivity

01 February, 2016

Faced with increased international competition and a steep drop in mining construction, Kmar Engineering sought to automate its structural steel coping process. As a result, the company achieved a 500% increase in production, better finishes and dimensional tolerances, and the ability to produce a wider range of profiles, including pipework.


Sensorless vector drives prove the difference for machine builder

09 June, 2015

A Melbourne-based company that produces large-screen printing machines for export has improved its machine performance with sensorless vector drives.


Wittenstein alpha SC+, SPC+ and TPC+ right-angle gearboxes

18 June, 2014

Using new materials, innovative gearing designs and improved lubrication, the SC+, SPC+, and TPC+ operate cooler, leading to longer lifetime and increased speed.


Novel ethernet-based motion control architecture improves plastic bag machine

04 November, 2013

Modern plastic bag-making machines often have two servomotor based axes - web feed and cut/seal - plus a mechanically linked third axis for 'picking off' the finished bags. UK machine builders Hartech Engineering and GPL Machinery have developed a machine that also implements servo control on the third axis to provide programmable control of the pick-off action.


DEHN + SOHNE DEHNsecure DC surge protective device range

30 October, 2013

The DEHN + SOHNE range of DC surge protective devices, DEHNsecure, protects DC applications, including LTE (4G) GSM sites.


ADLINK Technology AMP-204C and AMP-208C motion controllers

29 October, 2013

The AMP-204C and AMP-208C are DSP-based 4- and 8-axis advanced pulse-train motion controllers, enabling high pulse output and encoder input frequency up to 6.5 and 20 MHz respectively.


Strides in automation: streamlining the factory floor

18 June, 2013

In the last 150 years, factoIn the last 150 years, factories have gone from totally manual operations with each work station operated byries have gone from totally manual operations with each work station operated by a single worker, to fully automated and integrated processes that can sometimes be operated 'lights out'. This paper looks at the transformation of plant operations and the growth of automation intelligence.


Motion programming comes of age

11 June, 2013 by Toby Kilroy, Senior Engineer, Omron Electronics Australia

Motion control systems have been evolving for decades now, as applications have demanded an increasing level of innovation and simplification. Complex operations are becoming easier to implement, at higher speeds and with greater accuracy.


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