Factory automation

The evolution of industrial control systems

07 July, 2017 by Harry Mulder* | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Industrially hardened PCs, with Windows and an RTOS running concurrently, have the potential to provide all‑in‑one, state‑of‑the‑art industrial controllers ready for Industry 4.0.

Cloud robotics

06 July, 2017 by H Pei-Breivold, K Sandström, L Rizvanovic, M Lehtola, S Azhar, R Kulläng, M Larsson, ABB | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Few doubt that in the near future, robotics will fundamentally change production systems and dramatically increase their level of automation. To do so, robots will have to figure out for themselves how to solve problems and adapt to dynamic environments. This can be achieved by exploiting the IoT to facilitate the creation of new technology involving large-scale data propagation, stream analytics and machine learning.

NORD nsd tupH aluminium drives

27 June, 2017 | Supplied by: NORD Drivesystems (Aust) Pty Ltd

NORD Drivesystems nsd tupH aluminium drives offer permanent corrosion resistance with a sealed surface conversion system.

Futek MBA500 torque and thrust bi-axial load cell

21 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Metromatics Pty Ltd

The MBA500 torque and thrust bi-axial load cell is designed to measure reaction torque moments as well as tension and compression loads, all in one transducer.

Redeveloped aquatic centre utilises EtherNet/IP

21 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

The recently redeveloped Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre at Lidcombe in Sydney's west utilises industrial controllers and an EtherNet/IP network provided by Omron.

ELAP EtherCAT encoder

19 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Motion Technologies Pty Ltd

With a built-in certified EtherCAT interface, the latest ELAP encoder is fast and easy to integrate into a range of applications such as I/O systems, drives, sensors and actuators.

A peek at perfection

15 June, 2017 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

Porsche has used ABB robots to showcase its newest 911 model to fans around the world at an exclusive preview.

Leuze electronic CML 700i measuring light curtain with Profinet

05 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Leuze electronic Pty Ltd

The Leuze electronic CML 700i is a measuring light curtain in IP65 housing with an integrated Profinet intreface. With Profinet as well as the control unit integrated in the receiver unit, the need for additional devices and software is eliminated.

Wenglor takes over 3D specialist ShapeDrive

05 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Treotham Automation Pty Ltd

Wenglor has recently bought all shares in ShapeDrive GmbH to expand its portfolio of 3D measuring technology, and to offer new solutions for automated manufacturing and quality assurance.

Good teamwork: getting a safe hand from robots

05 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU

Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard workers. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with a security concept and intelligent robot control that will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team.

Conveying in the third dimension: RFID beats barcode

01 June, 2017 | Supplied by: Balluff Pty Ltd

Barcodes and 2D codes can be problematic for automatic reading if there is a chance that they will become dirty or damaged. Swiss company Ferag AG has therefore chosen to use RFID technology in its innovative conveying solutions.

Micro-Epsilon optoNCDT 2300-2DR blue laser sensor

31 May, 2017 | Supplied by: Bestech Australia Pty Ltd

The optoNCDT 2300-2DR blue laser sensor is specially designed for displacement and distance measurements on directly reflecting surfaces.

FUTEK LCB200 Rod End Load Cell

26 May, 2017 | Supplied by: Metromatics Pty Ltd

The FUTEK LCB200 Rod End Load Cell (tension and compression) is designed for applications involving inline actuators or hydraulic jacks with male or female threads.

AMCI by IDEC motion control products

24 May, 2017 | Supplied by: IDEC Australia Pty Ltd

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.

ABB IRB 1200 robot with SafeMove2

22 May, 2017 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

ABB Australia has announced that SafeMove2 is now available for IRB 1200, the smallest ABB robot to feature its safety-certified monitoring and control software.

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