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Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation - Europe

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40880 Ratingen
Germany

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Editorial archive;

e-F@ctory Alliance grows 03/01/2017
APT Automation has become the latest member of Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance. Full Story...

An HMI evolution 06/12/2016
André Hartkopf explains how today’s HMIs have evolved into sophisticated computer systems capable of acting as automation gateways for controlling and monitoring an industrial process – remotely if necessary – which can save time in commissioning, maintenance and production. Full Story...

Flush-mount HMI enables machine builders to promote their brand identity 23/08/2016
With the latest addition to the GOT2000 family of HMIs, Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a new style of operator interface. The open-frame, back mounting design enables machine builders to reinforce their own brand identity. Full Story...

Web monitoring solution promises plant control at a glance 14/06/2016
ME-Automation Projects GmbH, a sister company of Mitsubishi Electric, has introduced new functionality - PMSXpro Web Monitoring - to expand its PMSXpro process control system. Full Story...

New Delta robot solution 17/05/2016
The MELFA range of compact SCARA and articulated arm robots from Mitsubishi Electric has been extended with the introduction of new Delta style robots from Codian Robotics. Full Story...

Compact HMI can act as an automation gateway 15/03/2016
Mitsubishi Electric has added a new model to its range of HMIs which is said to act as a gateway device to an entire automation system – including devices such as PLCs, servo drives, frequency inverters and robots. Full Story...

Updating the process control technology for the supply of drinking water 09/02/2016
The Lake Constance Water Supply Association provides a reliable supply of drinking water to four million inhabitants by taking water from Lake Constance in Germany. The drinking water is produced at Sipplinger Berg and then transported via a pipeline network 1700 km long to the 181 members of the association. Full Story...

Intelligent inverter reduces false alarms and pump and fan shutdowns 23/11/2015
The new FR-F800 inverter drive from Mitsubishi Electric is said to offer an intelligent solution to reducing pump and fan shutdowns. Full Story...

Integrated automation solutions at SPS IPC DRIVES 2015 on Stand 7-391 09/11/2015
Manufacturing and production industries are set to see significant change as automation systems become more and more integrated. End users are increasingly demanding better quality products, almost immediate availability and more product variants. There is also a growing need for traceability, energy efficiency, resource management, and coordination across multiple production sites. Full Story...

Mitsubishi Electric bolsters business in Norway 27/10/2015
Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV has completed the integration of its former air conditioning distributor MIBA AS, acquired in July. From October 2015, the company will expand beyond air conditioning by promoting other businesses, like Factory Automation, in the Norwegian market. Full Story...

Products and services integration - Executive comment 13/10/2015
Hartmut Pütz, president of Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation - European Business Group, discusses the companies experience of the increasing demand for services alongside products. Full Story...

An Ethernet-based field network solution for Honda 28/09/2015
An increase in efficiency of production and operation management has been achieved by Honda Motor Company at its Yorii plant in Japan since the introduction of an Ethernet-based CC-Link IE Field Network. Full Story...

Compact HMI with advanced functionality 24/08/2015
Mitsubishi Electric has added a new, compact, colour HMI to its GOT2000 range, offering improved visualisation and enhanced functionality.  Full Story...

Cost-effective DCS for smaller plants 14/07/2015
Mitsubishi Electric and ME-Automation Projects, part of the Mitsubishi Electric Group, are set to launch a new distributed control system, the PMSX micro, designed for smaller scale applications.  Full Story...

IP55-rated frequency inverter 12/05/2015
Mitsubishi Electric has added dust and splash-proof versions – with an IP55 protection rating – to its FR-A800 series frequency inverters.  Full Story...

Water industry solutions on display 07/04/2015
Mitsubishi Electric is set to present a portfolio of solutions designed for the water industry at the ‘PUMPENplatz’ at Hanover trade fair next week.  Full Story...

Next generation controller is prepared for the future 03/03/2015
Mitsubishi Electric has introduced its next generation iQ Platform, the iQ-R controller series. Full Story...

Improving productivity and efficiency in bakeries 16/12/2014
Productivity and profit margins in the food processing industry tend to be lower in comparison to those in other processing industries and to remain competitive many operations are looking for opportunities to increase efficiency in production while at the same time reducing energy consumption. Full Story...

PLC control from inlet-to-outlet 08/10/2014
A new water treatment works at the Dee Valley Water (DVW) Llwyn Onn site in North Wales is being controlled from inlet to outlet with a redundant modular PLC. Full Story...

Complete OEM control solution for assembly machine 02/09/2014
During the design a new fully automated version of its Jumbo Assembler machine – a partition assembler for corrugated and fibre chipboard strips for paper converting applications – it became clear to Premier Paper Converting Machinery that the its machine would need an intuitive operator interface. Like most OEMs, Premier Paper needs to ensure it utilises the latest in automation and control technologies. Full Story...

Inverter’s stall-prevention feature keeps ice cream moving 15/07/2014
A frequency inverter with stall prevention has helped improve efficiency and performance for a range of traditional ice cream making machines, ensuring less product waste and offering savings on energy and water usage for users. Full Story...

Getting maximum drive performance for plant and machinery 06/05/2014
A new drive from Mitsubishi Electric has been designed for use in high-end applications, where it is said to offer maximum output and performance, increased efficiency and reliability. Full Story...

PAC and DCS advances 25/02/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the most recent industrial control solutions to come to market, and looks at their main features and benefits. Full Story...

KH-Automation Projects GmbH becomes ME-Automation Projects GmbH 17/12/2013
KH-Automation Projects GmbH, which has been part of Mitsubishi Electric Group since mid 2013, is changing its name on 1st January 2014 - subject to completion of the formalities for entry in the Trade Register - to ME-Automation Projects GmbH. Full Story...

Next Generations – Experience the future live at SPS IPC Drives 25/11/2013
At this year's SPS IPC Drives, Mitsubishi Electric will be giving visitors a closer look into the future of its automation solutions. For the first time in Europe, the successors to the compact MELSEC FX PLC series and the modular automation concept MELSEC iQ Platform, the brilliant HMI GOT2000 series and the FR-A800 high-end frequency inverter will be presented. Full Story...

Version control company joins the e-F@ctory Alliance 25/11/2013
AUVESY GmbH & Co KG has joined the e-F@ctory Alliance, a Mitsubishi Electric Europe partner initiative with the aim of offering industry market-leading industrial automation solutions. Full Story...

Control solution for wastewater treatment project 05/11/2013
Southern Water's largest ever capital project includes a new wastewater treatment works (WWTW) and sludge recycling centre, two pumping stations, 11km of sewer tunnel and a 2.5km long sea outfall. The newly completed works is able to treat 95 million litres of wastewater generated each day in the area. Full Story...

Servo system promises energy-efficient motion control 30/07/2013
The MELSERVO MR-J4 series of servo amplifiers, from Mitsubishi Electric, complete with associated positioning units, motion modules and integrated motion control systems are said to enable machine builders and end-users to improve productivity and reduce energy costs. Full Story...

Ethernet communication for compact PLC 23/07/2013
Mitsubishi Electric has extended the capability of its MELSEC FX3G Compact PLC with the release of a new Ethernet embedded CPU – the FX3GE, in addition to the standard USB and RS422 communication ports. Full Story...

Collaborating to create a secure data handling process 21/05/2013
Controlling and managing a complex system in some process and infrastructure industries, such as surface rail, airports or underground metro systems, have the added complexity of having to achieve this over long distances with the possibility of 1000's of I/O points. Full Story...

AC replaces DC drive technology to cut energy costs for recycling plant 05/04/2013
Maintenance costs have been reduced at a plastic recycling plant through the replacement of the DC drive on the compounder with a variable speed AC system. Full Story...

Trends in control technology: is there a future for the PLC? 02/04/2013
Automation is changing and future trends in control technology would suggest that the role of control technology will change. Total solutions in which tasks are distributed according to free capacity are growing in importance. The individual components are irrelevant to the customer. Added to this is the debate pitching PLC against PC. Experts at Mitsubishi Electric believe in the coexistence of both systems. Full Story...

PC or PLC based control – take your pick 26/03/2013
Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time. Full Story...

Cyber safety – what happens next? 01/03/2013
Recent industrial incidents have provided a timely reminder of the importance of taking effective measures to protect process control systems and infrastructure from attacks from cyberspace. Thomas Lantermann, senior business development manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Factory Automation – European Business Group, looks at where vulnerabilities lie and how the problem will be exacerbated in the future, and looks at new security standards that offer protection. Full Story...

HMI with advanced monitoring functions 19/02/2013
Mitsubishi Electric has introduced new monitoring functions for its GOT1000 series of HMIs, providing a single environment for monitoring PLCs, motion controllers, CNCs, robot controllers, intelligent input modules and I/O cards. Full Story...

Data logging functionality provides complete traceability on HMI’s 02/01/2013
Mitsubishi Electric GOT1000 series HMIs are now able to offer enhanced data logging capabilities, enabling data to be logged from remotely connected devices such as PLCs, inverters, servos and temperature controllers. Full Story...

Inverter optimised for water and pumping applications 30/10/2012
Mitsubishi Electric has upgraded its FR-F700-EC range of inverters with functions that meet the specific needs of water and pumping applications. Full Story...

Process automation – looking into the future 16/10/2012
What awaits process industry companies in the coming years? Thomas Lantermann, senior business development manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, presents an integrated analysis of process automation in the year 2020. Full Story...

HMIs from Mitsubishi Electric fit the toughest system and budget requirements 12/09/2012
Mitsubishi Electric has extended its GOT1000 series of HMIs to provide a comprehensive range of terminals, with everything from compact models with basic functions right through to high performance models with full multimedia capability and a host of features and functions including embedded communications. Full Story...

Feature rich mid-range HMI 14/08/2012
The GT14, a new 5.7in HMI from Mitsubishi, is available in both monochrome and colour versions providing a screen resolution of 320x240 pixels and including a variety of features designed to offer increased flexibility and capability to control systems. Full Story...

New e-F@ctory Alliance partner 07/08/2012
Simulation software from Emulate3D reduces commissioning time and costs for Mitsubishi controllers. Full Story...

SCARA robot sets new performance benchmarks 31/07/2012
Mitsubishi Electric has extended its RH range of MELFA SCARA robots with the F series, which is said to set new benchmark standards for speed, flexibility, ease of integration and simplicity of programming. Full Story...

FELTEN adds green flavour to Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance partnership program 03/07/2012
Leading specialist MES supplier to global food, flavours and pharmaceutical industries FELTEN Group has been added to the pantheon of Mitsubishi e-F@ctory Alliance partners with two distinct innovations, one is a specialist MES integration and the other a green energy solution. Full Story...

Mitsubishi Electric extends HMI capability beyond visualisation 19/06/2012
With its GOT1000 series of HMIs, Mitsubishi Electric has a comprehensive range of HMIs with enhanced functionality that offer capabilities beyond just visualisation, providing additional features that will help to reduce downtime, enable fast recovery from simple errors, increase availability and boost production efficiency. Full Story...

Energy monitoring solution – plant floor linked to SAP 15/05/2012
A smart energy monitoring prototype has been developed as part of SAPs Future Factory Initiative, which aims to integrate plant floor energy usage information into SAP solutions for effective monitoring and recording of energy data. Full Story...

Servo amplifier offers improved safety, productivity and energy efficiency 08/05/2012
With the introduction of the new MELSERVO MR-J4 series - and corresponding positioning modules, motion modules and motion control systems - Mitsubishi Electric believes it can now offer a servo amplifier that will enable machine manufacturers and end customers to improve both safety within the production process and productivity. Full Story...

Seamless integration of visualisation software and automation hardware 28/02/2012
A co-operation agreement between Mitsubishi and COPA-DATA is said to offer the benefit of seamless data flow between control and visualisation software and automation hardware. Full Story...

Modular production systems featured at WorldSkills event 31/01/2012
Engineers taking part in the engineering skills event made use of industrial robots from Mitsubishi Electric, which formed part of a modular production system. Full Story...

Making motion control easy 24/01/2012
Mitsubishi Electric has expanded its MELSEC L-Series range of positioning modules with the new Simple Motion Module, enabling advanced motion control functions such as positioning, speed control, torque control, cam control, synchronous control and mark detection to be realised easily with just simple parameter settings and a sequence program accredited to IEC 6M3N-3 standard. Full Story...

Robots set to lead UK manufacturing investment 14/10/2011
Barry Weller, from Mitsubishi Electric, comments on The Automating Manufacturing Programme which will be run in the UK by The British Automation and Robot Association. Full Story...

Speeding up the implementation process 04/10/2011
Mitsubishi Electric and Adroit Technologies have jointly addressed the shortcomings of traditional PLC-SCADA integration tools with a new technology that was first introduced at SPS/IPS/Drives 2010. Full Story...

Energy control pack helps visualise energy savings 19/09/2011
Mitsubishi Electric has introduced the Energy Control Pack (ECP) built on its e-F@ctory concept. Full Story...

Inverter with safe torque off input 13/09/2011
The E700 series inverter from Mitsubishi Electric is now available with a safe torque off input, eliminating the need for a redundant contactor in installations seeking compliance with EN954-1 Cat3 and IEC60204-1 Stop Category 0. Full Story...

A fresh approach to data management and transfer 09/08/2011
Chris Evans of Mitsubishi Electric says that Stuxnet has given us a wakeup call. A fresh approach is required as to how data is transferred and managed within all industrial control systems. Full Story...

UK seminars on preparing for the low carbon economy 14/06/2011
A series of seminars exploring the potential for harnessing the impact of new and pending legislation is being held in Livingstone and Newcastle in the UK on 5th and 7th July respectively, hosted by Mitsubishi Electric, Brook Crompton and energy consultants Power Quality Management. Full Story...

Directly connecting the plant floor to the business level 07/06/2011
Today’s manufacturing processes rely as much on physical automation as they do on communications protocols to seamlessly integrate all areas of the production process. Full Story...

Why Stuxnet has changed the security landscape 03/05/2011
In the past, there was often a divide between the IT department and the control engineering department in a typical end user business. Full Story...

Mitsubishi takes a share of Adroit Technologies 08/04/2011
Following the announcement of the release of the Mitsubishi Adroit Process Suite (MAPS) in November 2010, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V has now announced that it is to acquire a 14.9% share in its e-F@ctory partner Adroit Technologies. Full Story...

Robots are a must for manufacturing success in the UK 24/02/2011
Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric looks at the role that robots are playing in helping to reduce production costs and enabling UK manufacturers to become more adaptable. Full Story...

Drives may be greener than you think 01/02/2011
Controlling the power consumption of motors is only the first of many environmental credentials of the inverter, says Mitsubishi Electric’s Jeff Whiting. Full Story...

PAC based batch controller takes PCs off the plant floor 18/01/2011
Mitsubishi Electric has introduced C Batch, a PAC-based batch control solution developed with process control specialist INEA, to address the programming, integration and security issues that accompany PC-based controllers on the plant floor. Full Story...

Redefining bioreactor control with the help of a PLC 20/12/2010
A self-taught control engineer in the UK is using PLCs to manage the growth of cell cultures in bioreactors. Full Story...

Motion control perfects Yorkshire pudding recipe! 01/12/2010
For the perfect Yorkshire pudding you need exactly the right amount of batter, not too much or too little. Western Mechanical Handling (WMH) UK has developed a system to produce perfect results every time. Full Story...

Temperature controlled environment suits vegetables 29/11/2010
Following the opening of six controlled environment stores, based on technology more often found in high tech manufacturing and production plants, Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research Centre in the UK looks set to become the leading European facility of its kind Full Story...

CTM extends reach with Mitsubishi data logging 07/09/2010
A small British company has bolstered its overseas business with a PLC from Mitsubishi Electric. CTM Equipment in Barnsley specialises in machines for mixing polyeurethane foam, elastomer and epoxy resins. Full Story...

Mitsubishi shows ‘flexible location robots’ at Automatica Exhibition in Munich 14/06/2010
A newly-developed process combines advanced sensor technology and real-time control so that flexible location robots can quickly react to changes in their environment and adapt their trajectory to suit — even after the arm has already started its motion. The surprising thing is, there’s no machine vision involved. It's all done with sensors. Full Story...

Farmers make money from waste 23/02/2010
Farmers are using CC-Link fieldbus control to generate power from biogas extracted from slurry. The biogas is sent to fuel cogeneration plants and is ultimately used to heat buildings, power machinery or export it to the grid. Full Story...

Opinion: Using Machine Controls for ‘Energy Engineering’ 01/02/2010
We are constantly being urged to fit inverter drives and save energy. But Jeff Whiting, energy spokesman for Mitsubishi Electric’s Energy Centre, says we should not overlook their sister technology – controls. Full Story...

PLC to . . . Blackberry 07/12/2009
Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance partnership scheme has come up with an interesting new collaboration with Schad GmbH. Full Story...

New microPLC doubles speed, I/O 13/07/2009
Mitsubishi Electric has expanded its MELSEC FX3 series of microPLCs with the FX3G, a compact unit with 128 I/O that can be expanded to 256 I/O with the CC-Link Remote I/O network. It has a more powerful CPU, and easy add-on configuration through clip-on application modules. Full Story...

Mitsubishi Electric boosts MELSEC series 21/05/2009
Mitsubishi Electric expanded its MELSEC FX3 series of PLCs, releasing the FX3G, a compact controller for mechanical handling and plant engineering automation. It offers 128 I/O (expandable to 256 I/O with a serial network) and a powerful CPU. Full Story...

Mitsubishi extends reach in Europe 18/05/2009
Mitsubishi Electric has strengthened its presence in Europe with the acquisition of two of its distribution partners, MPL Technology Sp z o.o. and MPL Tech Group Sp z o.o. The Japanese technology giant says the acquisitions are part of its ongoing strategy to double its share of the European industrial automation market. Full Story...

Recycling: Flexibility through control 11/12/2008
As a leading refuse vehicle builder based in Warrington and Worksop, Terberg Matec UK is well aware of the industrial technology that can make a vital contribution to its business. Full Story...

Mitsubishi faces energy and safety demands 24/10/2008
Safety and energy efficiency were the key words on Mitsubishi’s lips as they launched a range of inverters and safety relays. The D700 inverter range is claimed to be powerful despite its small size. The company also says that its safety relays integrate protection and performance of safety circuits with diagnostic capabilities of PLCs. Full Story...

Power control at the NEC 20/10/2008
Severn Controls eased stand wiring at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), UK with an automated control system that is claimed to ‘maximise user friendliness’. The Gloucestershire, UK company installed the system, at the Birmingham venue, and has obviated the need for thousands of temporary cables installed for each exhibition. Full Story...

Danish water system gets CC-Link control 10/10/2008
A CC-Link control system has allowed a water supply network in the West Jutland region of Denmark cope with variable demand, according to CLPA (CC-Link Partner Association). The system has integrated eleven boreholes and will help combat problems sparked by a swell in tourists to the region. Full Story...

Robots get own iQ 16/09/2008
Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ PAC (programmable automation controller) can now integrate all production processes, including robots in a single, interdisciplinary, automation platform. Full Story...

Mitsubishi puts four controllers on a single platform 11/08/2008
Microprocessor technology in Mitsubishi Electric’s new iQ platform unites four different controller types—PLC, CNC, motion control and robot control—in a single integrated automation platform. Full Story...

Mitsubishi’s Development Team 11/08/2008
Six engineering leaders involved in the development process at Mitsubishi’s Factory Automation headquarters in Nagoya, Japan met together recently to discuss how their new creation came into existence. Full Story...

Mitsubishi’s Development Team Discusses Their New iQ Platform 11/08/2008
Six engineering leaders involved in the development process at Mitsubishi’s Factory Automation headquarters in Nagoya, Japan met together recently to discuss how their new creation came into existence. Full Story...

Technical Discussion: Mitsubishi’s Next Generation Of Factory Automation 11/08/2008
This article is for readers who want more specialised in-depth information from an engineer’s perspective on Mitsubishi Electric’s iQ platform. This section describes the positioning of the iQ Platform, its technical overview, and the specifications and characteristics of the compatible products. For links to related articles, see the end of this article. Full Story...

The technology behind Denby 07/08/2008
Clay was discovered at Denby in Derbyshire, UK in the early 1800s and pottery has been made on the site since 1809. Full Story...

Wonderware announces 2008 conference tour 28/07/2008
As the WonderWorld Global Industry Conferences are poised to kick off in Las Vegas on October 6, 2008, organiser Wonderware has revealed the conference’s theme, ‘Enabling Innovation for Real-Time Operational Excellence’. Full Story...

Eurostar boots tunnel safety 11/04/2008
If an incident happens in one tunnel of the new Cross London Channel Tunnel Rail Link passengers will be evacuated to another. But how do you ensure they remain safe and the environment is kept smoke free? The answer for Rail Link Engineering was intelligent fans. Full Story...

Drives protect potatoes 05/03/2008
Industrial variable speed drives from Mitsubishi Electric are helping to ensure that consumers have fresh potatoes throughout the year. Full Story...

Connecting the Plant to the Enterprise 01/03/2008
Japanese industrial automation engineers are working to link the shop-floor with enterprise-level networks. Full Story...

The deadliest deadline 01/02/2008
Sometimes we need an approaching deadline to galvanise us into action. But there isn’t a natural deadline for reducing carbon emissions to a sustainable level. Mitsubishi’s Energy Spokesman, Jeff Whiting contemplates manufacturing one. Full Story...

Universal solution for plant networks 01/02/2008
Industrial Ethernet is the fastest growing industrial network choice, but what exactly is it, how does its implementation differ from that of a traditional fieldbus, and does it really offer the single universal solution that is so often talked about? We put these questions to the experts in the field Full Story...

The rise of industrial Ethernet 01/02/2008
As Ethernet develops it is becoming increasingly attractive to industry and, according to experts, will continue to grow in popularity for many years to come. Full Story...

Designing for robotic assembly 01/02/2008
Mitsubishi’s Himeji Works assembles a wide range of automotive alternators and other products via a production line that is so automated, it requires a team of of only eleven employees to assemble thousands of alternators every day. Full Story...

When NOT to automate 01/02/2008
Humans should do only those jobs that robotic equipment cannot, or that are too complex to program effectively. For example, at Mitsubishi’s Himeji Works automated winding machines form the stator windings from copper wire, but it takes exquisite eyehand co-ordination to slip the wire ends into the connectors. Current-generation robots can’t do it, so people must. Full Story...

Finns drive for smart buildings 25/01/2008
A local government building in the Finnish city of Tampere has networked variable speed fan drives into its heating and ventilating system during a major refit of the 40-year-old building. Full Story...

Connecting control systems to the internet 14/01/2008
Relatively few industrial control systems are currently web-enabled, even though the advantages are clear to see. However change is in the air as new technologies and new confidence reach the market. Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric looks at the possibilities. Full Story...

CC-Link in Pole position 11/01/2008
Three Polish universities have installed over €25,000 (approximately £19,000) worth of CC-Link open fieldbus automation as part of a drive to ensure the next generation of engineers is fully conversant with modern manufacturing technology. Full Story...

Mitsubishi stretches out 19/09/2007
BPX, Mitsubishi Electric’s technology partner, has acquired Prolocon Systems to boost services in the London, UK area. Full Story...

Mitsubishi aims to double European market share 12/06/2007
Mitsubishi Electric has pressed on into the European Industrial Automation market with the acquisition of Tre Diamanti. Full Story...