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Modular inverter system offers flexibility

24 July, 2013

A German power semiconductor specialist, GvA Leistungselektronik, has developed a modular, scalable inverter system that allows components to be combined flexibly to achieve the required rating and performance.


Rugged modular HMIs support plug-in protocol conversion

17 July, 2013

US-based Red Lion Controls has unveiled a new generation of rugged HMIs (human machine interfaces) which, it claims, are the first of their type to combine plug-in modules with protocol conversion, data-logging and Web-based monitoring and control.


Pharma software improves automation-layer integration

16 July, 2013

Rockwell Automation has released a new version of its PharmaSuite software for pharmaceutical and biotech production. It says that version 5 of the software sets new standards for MES (manufacturing execution system) performance in automation, risk management, cost reduction and regulatory compliance.


Software system brings safety to small applications

16 July, 2013

The Austrian automation company B&R has developed a software-based safety control system as an alternative to the hard-wired safety systems usually needed for small-scale applications.


Non-round current sensor fits on rectangular busbar

16 July, 2013

The US electronic components supplier Pulse Electronics has announced an AC current sensor designed specifically to fit onto rectangular busbars, rather than having the traditional round shape.


LED HMIs are ‘the world’s thinnest’

12 July, 2013

Fuji Electric has developed a new line of cost-effective HMI displays which, it claims, are the world’s thinnest, with a depth of just 36mm. The Technoshot HMIs also incorporate enhanced CPUs for fast response times.


Single-board PCs are ‘first’ to extend lives through upgrading

12 July, 2013

GE Intelligent Platforms has announced a family of modular single-board computers (SBCs) that it says are the first designed specifically to deliver high long-term performance with low total costs of ownership.


Smart motor control centres eliminate the usual wiring

10 July, 2013

Eaton has developed a drawer-based motor control centre (MCC) technology in which the conventional control wiring and wiring to higher-level controllers are replaced by its SmartWire-DT communication and wiring system. The motor control system, called iMCC, can transfer detailed information from the drawers to the controllers, thus increasing the reliability and availability of motors, as well as cutting wiring efforts.


Brushless servomotors cope with demanding applications

10 July, 2013

The Israeli motion control specialist Servotronix has announced a family of precision brushless servomotors suitable for positioning tasks with demanding requirements for dynamics and stability. The Pro Series motors cover rated outputs from 100W–8.3kW, rated output torques from 0.3–40Nm, and speeds up to 5,000 rpm.


Extreme-temperature bearings operate at 350°C without relubrication

10 July, 2013

SKF has announced a range of extreme-temperature bearings, incorporating a graphite cage that lubricates the bearing at temperatures up to 350°C without the need for relubrication. The bearings are expected to be particularly attractive to the metal industry, where they could help to cut maintenance costs, boost reliability and improve product quality.


Linear actuator withstands tough conditions

10 July, 2013

Thomson Industries has introduced a heavy-duty linear actuator designed to deliver high performance in tough environments. The IP69K-protected Max Jac actuator is built to maintain accuracy with almost no maintenance in the harshest conditions.


Software generates ST programs for Omron PLCs

10 July, 2013

The mathematical computing specialist MathWorks has announced that its Simulink PLC Coder software can now be used to generate IEC 61131-3 Structured Text programs for Omron PLCs, allowing automation engineers to adopt model-based designs for equipment controlled by these PLCs, as well as for Omron’s Sysmac Studio software.


Integrated DC motors offer a choice of control systems

08 July, 2013

The French motor manufacturer Crouzet has announced a new generation of high-performance DC brushless motors, with output power ratings from 34–192W and a choice of two integrated electronic control systems.


Automation software aims to cut costs and time-to-market

08 July, 2013

Following a phase of testing with pilot customers around the world, B&R Automation is releasing the latest generation of its Automation Studio engineering software. The software has been designed to meet three goals: keeping quality high, engineering costs low and time-to-market short.


Safety light curtains offer more choices

08 July, 2013

Leuze has introduced a range of light curtains that offers users a choice of three function types (basic, standard and extended), as well a choice between type 2 or 4 devices. It says that this means that users can choose the MLC curtain that offers the precise functions needed for an application.


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