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Revamped CompactRIO controllers are ‘four times faster’

07 August, 2013

National Instruments has announced a new CompactRIO controller that is four times faster than the previous generation. The cRIO-9068 has been redesigned completely, but is still compatible with the CompactRIO system's reconfigurable I/O and with NI’s LabView software.


Machine operation is ‘as convenient as a smartphone’

06 August, 2013

The German controls and automation manufacturer Schleicher Electronic has developed a hand-held operating device that it claims is the first to control machines with the convenience of a smartphone. It predicts that the device will revolutionise the operation of handling systems, industrial robots and machine tools.


Integrated brushless AC motors offer ‘servo-like’ performance

06 August, 2013

US-based Mechatronics Systems has developed a family of brushless AC motors with integrated drive electronics that, it says, offer variable speed operation with servo-like performance. It claims that the 191mm-long 2.2kW version is the smallest package of its type on the market.


Tool-free push-in connectors handle currents up to 232A

05 August, 2013

Phoenix Contact has developed a range of high-current terminals that make it easy to connect and wire rigid or flexible ferruled conductors up to 95mm² without needing tools.


XY stages incorporate direct-drive linear motors

05 August, 2013

Aerotech has announced a range of two-axis linear motor stages that, it says, offer good geometric and dynamic performance in low-profile packages. The Planar DL stages are optimised for high dynamics and stiffness and can achieve velocities to 1m/s, accelerations to 1.5g, straightness to ±0.4µm, and flatness to ±1µm.


High-inertia motors have longer stall than start times

26 July, 2013

ABB has announced a range of high-power motors designed to accelerate high-inertia loads, such as axial fans. With standard motors, the long start times of such loads can lead to overheating. The new motors have been designed to withstand the increased temperature rise during start and stall conditions, and have stall times longer than their start times.


Motion controller links third-party controls to servos

26 July, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric has released a motion controller that allows users to combine Mitsubishi’s servo motion systems with third-party control systems. The Q170MCPU-EIP controller allows users to create positioning applications within their existing programming environments and to use these with Mitsubishi servo platforms.


Integrated servomotors incorporate EtherCat ports

26 July, 2013

Dunkermotoren has announced a range of compact brushless DC servomotors with integrated control electronics and EtherCat connections. There are ten models with power ratings from 50–500W in square frames with sizes ranging from 45–75mm.


Low-I/O controllers include a colour touchscreen option

24 July, 2013

The Japanese automation manufacturer Idec has announced a new family of low-I/O-count controllers including a version with a colour touchscreen. There are five models in the FT1A SmartAxis series, offering from 12–48 I/O.


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.


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