Festo Introduces Linear Actuator DFPI-NB3 with Integrated Displacement Encoder

The harsher the environmental conditions, the more robust process automation actuators must be. The new linear actuator DFPI-NB3 from Festo is exceptionally tough thanks to its integrated displacement encoder.

Rockwell brings factory-automation tools to smartphones, tablets

By John Schmid of the Journal Sentinel:  The Texas facility that mass-produces State Fair corn dogs and Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a Stick retooled itself recently as a hyper-automated smart factory. It installed 1,500 sensors to collect gigabytes of data on everything from raw meat inventories to wastewater and electrical usage.
Then the Fort Worth factory took one extra step into the future of industrial technology: It added software that transmits all of that real-time data onto smartphones and tablets, making it possible for plant managers to monitor their production network from anywhere on the factory floor — and during coffee breaks or vacations, as well.
If they choose — so far, most don't — this new breed of mobile managers can even operate factory equipment remotely, shutting off pumps or speeding up production lines. Technology has made that sort of operation as easy as playing a smartphone video game, but it can be reckless because a lot of equipment can interfere with or hurt those who are physically present.
It's only a matter of time, some say, before factory controls migrate to Google Glass, the wearable displays mounted in eyeglass frames, or smart wristwatches. Cont'd...


The two-day event offers a unique opportunity to explore an up-close look at new innovations in robotics, software and connection technology for use in the Life Science Industry as well as general automation.

The Line Between Hype And Reality For Robotic Process Automation

RPA can bring about a "virtual integration" of multiple systems while executing repetitive work more accurately and reliably than humans can.

Machine Automation under Scrutiny for High-Volume, High-Quality Manufacturing

Designed for many industrial automation, quality assurance, security, and medical applications, NEXCOM's new ROKA series of Gigabit Ethernet cameras is a low cost yet highly versatile imaging solution.

L2F Inc. Becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator

"The Certified Robot Integrator program strengthens the overall integrator channel and allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices."

Banner Engineering Wireless Vibration and Temperature Sensor Provides Superior Machine Monitoring

Designed to effectively monitor machines for increases in vibration and temperature.

Factories of the future: Transforming Industry Through Robotics Brings the Hope of a More Human Relationship to Work

A world in which workers no longer have to carry heavy loads, and where difficult handling tasks are performed by intelligent vehicles.

Custom Parts Manufacturer Increases Global Competitiveness with Smart, Collaborative Robots

Standby Screw Machine Products Co. Powers Production, Precision with Baxter

Vision Integrator, Integro Technologies Announces Partnership with ifm efector

Integro Technologies, a world leader in vision system integration, announces a partnership agreement with ifm efector, a premier technology partner for sensors and controls. As one of the world's largest and fastest-growing manufacturers of sensors and controls products, ifm produces over 8 million sensors annually.

BitFlow Partners with NVIDIA to Bring Power of GPUDirect for Video Technology to its Frame Grabbers

Streamlined, simplified BitFlow software extension eliminates integration steps

A New Approach from Kardex Remstar to Minimizing Downtime in Highly Automated Operations

Automated storage and retrieval systems now support MRO activities in a small, compact footprint. Kardex Remstar products offer several ways to help reduce downtime in highly automated facilities.

R.M. Hoffman Company designated official United States distributor for the Moenninghoff product line.

German-based Moenninghoff and R.M. Hoffman Company are introducing a new partnership that will bring Moenninghoff tooth clutch, high-precision voice coil actuator, and robust flexible coupling products to new markets.

igus - The first self-lubricating plastic bearing for continuous high rotational speeds

The new iglide L500 material is suitable for applications in fans and electric motors, among others.

ADVANCED Motion Controls announces expanded micro Z-Drive capabilities

Available immediately are the AZBH10A4 and AZBD10A4 micro-sized analog plug-in brushless servo drives. These new models add Hall Velocity mode and Duty Cycle mode capabilities to the µZ series. Pronounced 'micro-Z' these plug-in drives are the smallest off-the-shelf servo drives from ADVANCED Motion Controls and are designed for embedded applications in a wide range of industries including: Robotics, Lab Automation, Homeland Security/Military, Electric Mobility, Medical and Packaging. These micro sized servo drives are designed to drive brushless and brushed DC motors at a high switching frequency. To increase system reliability and to reduce cabling costs, the drives are designed for direct integration into your PCB. Weighing in at just 9 grams, these drives output 10A peak and 5A continuous and operate with a bus voltage range of 10-36VDC.

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Next Generation of Precision Motion Controllers - V3.0

Next Generation of Precision Motion Controllers - V3.0

MICROMO launches the new MC3/MCS motion control family. The new high performance, intelligent controllers are optimized for use with FAULHABER motors, offer electronics for simple operation with state-of-the-art interfaces for multi-axis applications, and provide a motion control system solution with the most compact integration into industrial grade housing.