British industry will miss out on an enormous potential if manufacturers continue to stick with outdated ways of thinking about humans versus machines. The future belongs to companies that are capable of thinking about humans working together with machines.
Since the start of industrialization, humans have functioned as if they were machine parts in the production facilities, carrying out trivial, debilitating, boring work. Like human robots. Industrialization’s DNA has been efficiency, consistency, reliability and precision – as the machine and the production facilities that people were compared with. An assessment of humans versus machines: Who was best, quickest, most precise and persistent?
Danish fabricator - MVI Maskinfabrik- originally specialised in small batch production with short lead times but wanted to increase manufacturing flexibility to introduce new products; a new range of fittings for kitchen manufacturers, the wholesale market and general engineering applications. The company was also starting to receive larger orders and management was faced with the decision whether to increase manpower to service them.
Investment in a collaborative robot from Universal Robots (UR) proved to the be perfect solution for this small business. It instantly provided the increased capacity and flexibility the company needed and, more specifically, resulted in welding time being cut by 50%.
More than 14,000 users from 132 countries have joined the Universal Robots Academy to become robot programmers. Adding to its basic training, the Academy is now launching three new modules that focus on mastering more advanced features of collaborative robots.
Universal Robots, the pioneer and market leader of collaborative robots, introduced the online learning platform, Universal Robots Academy, to ensure that everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots gets the introduction necessary to master basic programming skills.
The company is now expanding the online training, adding three new modules that step up complexity by teaching users how to create and work with coordinate systems, variables and conditional statements, and how to use the robot’s wizard to easily create a program for packaging.
Drives & Controls 2018 - New Hall - Extended Stand
Looking forward to welcoming our customes, friends and colleagues at the NEC
EMAS has introduced a new inovative timer into the range, the RZ3A timer is a 22 monoblock style timer designed for a panel door mounting
PROCENTEC, knowledge partner in the field of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet technology, is pleased to announce the official opening of its new office in Manchester, United Kingdom. The new office enables PROCENTEC to provide even better services to its British customers.
Control Techniques' new president has spoken of his desire to see the Welsh company return to the top table of drives manufacturers.
Visitors to this year's Drives & Controls show will see innovative product ranges from SKF's market-leading linear motion and actuation systems portfolio.
SKF linear motion products are available in a variety of formats, including ball and roller screws, linear actuators, profile rail guides, precision rail guides, linear tables and slides. Products in each of these categories will be on display, including a number of dynamic exhibits demonstrating their high performance and ease of integration.
SKF offers a wide range of low- to medium-duty electric actuator designs and configurations for simple industrial or specific healthcare applications, providing everything from low- to high-load capacities and medium operating speeds to quiet operation and aesthetic styling.
Taking centre stage on the stand will be the modular CASM-100 electric cylinder range, featuring ball or roller screw driven variants with either in-line or parallel mounted gearbox configurations. Offering a high level of precision and repeatability, the CASM-100 cylinders can be fitted with either an ac motor or servomotor, and choice of position feedback device to meet the required positioning accuracy. CASM-100 electric cylinders are user-configurable using a simple-to-use software tool which can be downloaded from the SKF website.
Motion Control Products Ltd., the Bournemouth based motion control specialists, have now introduced new MKN series MACK Nano drive, which is an ultra-compact, versatile and powerful universal drive, offering high performance control and excellent power-to-dimension ratio, to drive multiple motor types including brushless DC motors, stepper motors and DC Brushed motors range up to 400W.
Leuze electronic, the sensor people, has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. As one of the world's leading manufacturers in the field of optical sensors and solution provider in electrical automation. The product range includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, image processing solutions, data transmission and safety components and systems. Leuze electronic is a pioneer and enabler for Industry 4.0. By coupling to Microsoft Azure, Leuze electronic has created the infrastructure for predictive maintenance and machine learning solutions for sensors. The IoT certificate increases customers' confidence in having a safe and stable Cloud connection. "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers' IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations," said Herbert Köbel, Head of Competence Center Software. "Decreasing the usual customization required for compatibility ensures Leuze electronic helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution."
As industry today strives for more efficiency, increased output and reduced costs, Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.
There are three Elfin "cobots" in the series. They have a pay load of 3kgs, 5kgs and 10Kgs to ensure that there is a product offering for a wide range of applications. The product is compact, is easy to programme and offers the user a fast set up solution. Motion Control Products are available to support the user through correct specification, commissioning and training if necessary, thus ensuring that the collaboration in the work-place is optimised and safe. This can then relieve existing manual staff from often dull, repetitive tasks to enable them to support the company in more challenging roles.
The Elfin robot arm system integrates the motors, harmonic gearboxes, brakes, feedback devices/sensors, drives and cables into a compact structure. This achieves high precision and flexible automation control in 6-axis of rotation, each with a full 360? of movement. The 3 robot arms are desktop or surface mounted system, and have a working range up to a maximum of 1000mm and a working life of 35000 hours.
Kettering, Northamptonshire, 08.1.2018. Interroll’s new Carton Wheel Flow beds are designed for simple installation with dramatically reduced assembly time. Pick-to-Light-systems can be easily fitted. ...
Rotor Clip USA and Rotor Clip Ltd. are now formally certified to IATF 16949:2016, the new automotive standard replacing the previous one known as TS16949 . Rotor Clip is proud to be among the first 50 ...
Today, EtherCAT is becoming more and more popular with control and system engineers. One of the reasons for this is the flexibility of the fieldbus system.
The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.
Antech Hydraulics Ltd has been appointed as UK distributor for Settima Screw Pumps. Antech’s managing director Andy Newell said: “We are very excited to have this opportunity. We know Settima produces quality pumps with great reliability and the low noise design is something many sectors will appreciate.”
In modern machine concepts 4.0, hardware modularity, as well as modularity for engineering, is in demand to enable machines to be flexibly modified for adaptive production processes. The object-oriented automation software LASAL supports mechatronic engineering. In the extensive library, modules for various standard functions are provided.
With LASAL Add-Ons, the user can create application software even quicker and easier. The ready-to-use templates are constructed like wizards and available for diverse machine functions. For example, the control of a Delta robot and corresponding visualization can be quickly and easily created only with a few mouse clicks. Further examples include templates for CNC, axis control, Pick&Place, OPC UA, VNC, temperature control, PID controller, user management, diagnostics, data analyzer and recipe management.
The Add-Ons are configured function-specifically and contain all the necessary program and display elements in different resolutions. A brief description and thorough documentation of the respective features are integrated. The templates are designed for multi-CPU solutions and can also be simply added to existing projects.
An additional benefit of object-oriented programming with LASAL is that once software classes have been tested, they can always be reused and comfortably adapted. This can reduce software engineering by up to 70 percent – with increased quality and greater clarity.
Heeco continues to demonstrate its growing market position in the maritime market. The company has secured and completed a number of electrical engineering projects on naval vessels and offshore patrol vessels over the last quarter of 2017.
The Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD) is on it’s way and will be transposed into UK law by 19th December 2017. The MCPD places strict controls on emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates to the atmosphere for all boilers, burners, turbines and engines more than 1MWth input.
This means that anyone with a boiler generating around 1.3 ton/hr of steam or more, or using a CHP or diesel generator of around 400kVA or more, will need to take action. The Environmental Agency (EA) has been appointed as the regulatory body to oversee compliance.
If your company runs any combustion plant from 1MW thermal Input up to 50 MWth you will fall into the MCPD. The emission limits have already been set for the European Union and a number of staging dates set for the various sizes and types of industrial plant.
JBC have invested time and resources in order to advise our customers on how and if MCPD affects them and what their options are.
The directive fills in the gap between the Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (the IED) and the “Eco-Design” Directive 2009/125/EC and applies to both new and existing equipment. In some cases, plants may be exempt if covered by another directive.
Emissions Limit Values (ELV’s) will vary depending on the type of plant and fuel used and will take into account the date it was commissioned. Carbon monoxide (CO) will also need to be monitored under the new regulations.
New plants are required to have a permit from 20th December 2018 before they are eligible to operate.
installations up to 20 MW will be inspected every 3 years and those between 20 MW and 50 MW annually.
Existing plants will not need to obtain a permit until January 2024 if over 5MW and 2029 for smaller plants.
Any plant that is not compliant can only run for a maximum of 500 hours per year over 5 years and must not exceed 200 mg/Nm3.
For help, advice and updated information on MCPD contact firstname.lastname@example.org, putting ‘MCPD Advice’ as the subject header or contact 0113 220 3830 and ask for Matthew Schofield.
The ETT panel family from SIGMATEK is growing: With new, modular widescreen variants, the user has attractive multi-touch operating panels for demanding, modern visualization concepts.
The projective capacitive touch technology enables intuitive operation with multi-finger input, which can be used for more Safety in handling machines and equipment. For example, when two buttons must be pressed at the same time. And the widescreen display provides clarity, since there is plenty of space to arrange operating elements, features and contents.
The modular construction provides flexible application options. The ETT panels can either be equipped with an attachable CPU or an HMI-Link unit. The CPU unit with EDGE2 Technology dual-core processor supports OPC-UA communication and has, depending on the model, 1 to 2 GB of internal program and data memory (DDR3 RAM) and 512 MB to 16 GB microSD memory. 2x Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB-OTG are standard interfaces. With the HMI-Link unit, the operating panel can be located up to 100 m from the control cabinet.
The multi-touch HMIs come in five different display sizes from 10.1 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels to 21.5 inches with 1920 x 1080 pixels (full HD). Whether in vertical or horizontal format – the thin panels with an easy to clean glass front in IP65 protection are equipped for any situation.
The object-oriented engineering tool LASAL provides high comfort and flexibility with creating multi-touch applications.
A comprehensive range of slewing ring bearings and drives is available from NBC Group under the QCB brand name.
Designers and other interested parties are invited to drop into stand D776 to discuss any problems they have or upcoming projects. NBC prides itself on being able to offer a range of solutions for many problems.
The ST 151 expands the S-DIAS Motion series with a high-performance stepper motor output stage, which is designed to control two-phase stepper motors up to a rated voltage of 50 V DC and a continuous current of 5 A in full and half step mode. In addition, microstepping is supported with 64 micro steps per full step, whereby a highly precise and at the same time smooth running of the motor is achieved.
The stepper motor module in compact S-DIAS form has an incremental encoder interface for position control of the stepper motor, as well as a 2-channel enable input for implementing the Safety function Safe Torque Off (SIL 3, PL e). Using STO, the drive can be safely put in a torque-free condition when needed. Two digital inputs (+24 V DC) with a delay of 10 µs are also on board. These can be used as end switches, a position latch or for reference profiles.
The parameters are set in the control application. The ST 151 can therefore be perfectly adapted to the respective motor and area of operation. In the drive library of the engineering tool LASAL, a wide selection of predefined motion components is available, so that the application is ready to use.
In addition to the servo motor output stages with incremental encoder or resolver inputs, the S-DIAS Motion series includes DC motor current controllers. In combination with the Safety modules of the series encoder signals such as speed, position, direction of rotation and standstill can be safely and flexibly monitored (SIL 3, PL e).
Dimensions ST 151: 25 x 104 x 72 mm (W x H x D)
Safety is open with TR: Ethernet Powerlink with openSAFETY now also available at TR-Electronic
Absolute safety-encoders CDV75 und CDH75 conquer new automation landscapes.
The wireless handheld panel HGW 1033 pulls out all the stops in operating comfort. First, through wireless data transfer, the meter-long cables in the production hall have been eliminated. Second, the mobile panel has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display (PCT) that is suitable for industrial applications and offers a wide range of visualization options and an intuitive operating concept.
The modern HMI is already equipped with Safety functions: Confirmation button, key switch and an active-illuminated emergency stop. When inactive, the button appears gray. An illuminated red mushroom button indicates that the HGW 1033 is correctly linked to the system and the Safety elements are ready to use. As with the function-oriented data, the Safety data is transmitted via the standard WLAN network but according to the Black Channel Principle. With the wireless HMI, the machine operator can flexibly select the inspection points and operate multiple machines, robots or system units at the same time with only one panel. For this purpose, a safe 7-segment display for machine identification is integrated.
A dual-core EDGE2 Technology processor provides the necessary visualization power, as well as the integrated battery back, which guarantees 2 hours of continuous use without having to recharge the mobile panel. The wireless panel supports OPC-UA communication and includes a USB interface as standard. Optionally, an RFID reader can be integrated to authorize access levels for example.
Fully equipped, the HGW 1033 weighs 1,500 g including Safety elements and battery pack – it therefore fits light in hand compared to other handheld devices and thereby ensures low-fatigue operation.
On the grip unit located on the back, there are magnets that allow the HMI to be placed on the machine component without a mount – a practical added feature.