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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.


Temperature controllers talk to HMIs and PLCs

08 July, 2013

Omron has announced a DIN-rail-mounting temperature controller designed to connect easily to PLCs and HMIs without needing any programming. The E5DC digital temperature controller uses similar functions to the company’s on-panel-mounting E5_C controllers, including program-less communications with PLCs. This reduces the time needed to learn design and operating procedures, and allows designs to be re-used.


Time-saving connectors handle currents up to 30A

02 July, 2013

Hylec-APL has launched an insulation-piercing clamp connector that can handle currents up to 30A and is claimed to cut electrical installation times by up to 80%


IPC can act like two Profinet devices

02 July, 2013

The German controls manufacturer Beckhoff has announced an embedded PC equipped with a Profinet RT device interface that is designed to act as a two-port switch for daisy-chain cabling.


High-speed distance sensor is one of the lightest

02 July, 2013

Sick has developed a range of short-range displacement sensors with built-in displays and controls which, it says, are among the lightest and most precise available.


Servodrive strips out STO to cut costs

02 July, 2013

The German drives-maker Metronix – owned by the US-based Apex Tool group – is offering a low-cost servodrive which strips out the usual Safe Torque Off (STO) function to cut costs.


Sensor is ‘first’ to combine object and colour detection

27 June, 2013

The German sensor manufacturer SensoPart claims to have produced the first vision sensor that combines object and colour detection in one device. It says that Visor Color sensor fills a gap between switching colour sensors and costly image-processing systems, and will open up new applications.


Relays offer enhanced resistance to inverter noise

27 June, 2013

Omron has developed a range of power supply monitoring relays designed to protect against problems such as motor burnouts and other malfunctions that can result from power supply issues.


Safety controllers integrate with standard I/O and motion

18 June, 2013

Omron in Japan has released more information about the NX range of safety controllers that integrate with its EtherCat-linked Sysmac modular automation platform which combines motion, standard I/O, and safety controls.


Kickstarter project funds automation card for $35 Raspberry PI computer

18 June, 2013

The US-based robotic controls specialist Roboteq is collaborating on a crowd-funded Kickstarter project aimed at creating an intelligent I/O card that will convert the $35/£28 Raspberry PI single-board computer into an embedded computer for robotics and general automation applications.


Rail-mounting Web I/O modules offer many options

18 June, 2013

Audon Electronics has announced a range of DIN-rail-mounting digital and analogue I/O modules with built-in Web servers. The ControlByWeb modules can be monitored and controlled via the Web or any other IP network, using a browser running on a computer, tablet or smartphone.


Rotary piezomotor has built-in encoder

18 June, 2013

PiezoMotor, the Swedish developer of piezoelectric-powered motors and actuators, has developed a 17mm-diameter piezo motor with a built-in absolute encoder.


Ethernet switch solves the incompatible IP address problem

13 June, 2013

Rockwell Automation claims to have solved the problem of integrating machines into plant networks when an OEM's IP address assignments do not match those of the end-user network. This can be a challenge for machine-builders and end-users because the IP addresses are not usually known until the machine is being installed. This can add time and cost to the commissioning process, and delay production start-ups.


Inline helical planetary gears out-perform spur gears

13 June, 2013

Stober has announced a range of inline planetary gearboxes and geared motors with helical gearing which, it claims, are the first in their product and price categories. Compared to standard spur gear systems, the compact ServoFit PE gearboxes are said to deliver lower noise levels and smoother operation at a similar price.


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