The uptake of 3D metal printing will have a profound impact on manufacturing in the future.
Modular system architecture with automation supports scalable serial production.
Amiga Engineering moves into the future of additive manufacturing with Konica Minolta and 3D SYSTEMS ProX DMP 320.
ISO has recently published the first two parts of a new International Standard for the environmental evaluation of machine tools.
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 has announced a range of products and solutions to help companies involved in motion control applications to equip and maintain systems, such as conveyors.
EJ-series EtherCATplug-in modules make it easy to implement a platform concept for large-volume production runs without sacrificing customisation capabilities.
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.
A Melbourne-based company that produces large-screen printing machines for export has improved its machine performance with sensorless vector drives.
Using new materials, innovative gearing designs and improved lubrication, the SC+, SPC+, and TPC+ operate cooler, leading to longer lifetime and increased speed.
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.
The DEHN + SOHNE range of DC surge protective devices, DEHNsecure, protects DC applications, including LTE (4G) GSM sites.
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.
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 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.