Consideration of incendive electrostatic discharges in the use and production of hand sanitisers 22/06/2021
Many companies are reconfiguring production lines, or starting up new ones, to increase the supply of hand sanitiser in response to the current pandemic. However, industry groups like the Solvents Industry Association are concerned with reports of inappropriate packaging of solvents and an incident of a static discharge igniting vapours present on an operator’s hand after the application of hand sanitiser. Full Story...

Pocket-sized motion controller for up to 64 axes 22/06/2021
Trio Motion Technology’s highly compact Flex-6 Nano EtherCAT controller coordinates the motion of up to 64 axes with EtherCAT cycle time down to 125µs. This performance increases the speed and productivity of machines in a pocket-sized format, enabling easy integration and smaller machine design. Click-in I/O modules extend control capability and the Flex-6 Nano also coordinates stepper drives and analogue devices. Full Story...

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Taking control solutions to the next level 21/06/2021
Suzanne Gill, editor of Control Engineering Europe, talks to Richard Sturt, solution architect manager at Rockwell Automation, about a modern process control solution that offers control solutions for modular plant and skid integration Full Story...

Industrial Smart Switch Achieves Network Interoperability and Integration Quicker Than Ever Before 16/06/2021
Moxa is pleased to add the SDS-3016 Series to our Red Dot award-winning product family. The new addition includes Gigabit uplink, eight additional ports, and an easy-to-configure Industrial Automation (IA)-profile that allows automation engineers to quickly process the increasing amounts of data within the smart manufacturing industry. Full Story...

Enhanced Tank Inventory Management 15/06/2021
Weighing is a very accurate method for monitoring tank inventory, and because it is a contact-free method, material type and vessel shape have no impact on accuracy. The new IND360 automation indicator from METTLER TOLEDO offers a reliable, preprogrammed inventory control application to accelerate installation, eliminate programming costs, and deliver benefits like automatic refill. Full Story...

Fully automatic picking of unknown products from bulk material 07/06/2021
At the core of a fully automated solution for picking individual items, created by psb intralogistics GmbH in Pirmasens (Germany), is a robot with gripper, the IT network for the entire system, and a powerful image processing system – equipped with two Ensenso 3D cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. Full Story...

Simple but secure: “OPC UA to Cloud” initiatives 02/06/2021
"Simple but secure"- this is how the OPC Foundation will present multiple "OPC UA for Cloud" initiatives at the virtual OPC Day International - among others with the OPC UA IIoT Starter Kit. OPC UA scales information from the field via TCP, UDP, TSN, APL, 5G and MQTT to the IT/cloud. User reports e.g. from equinor about 190,000 data points connected with OPC UA to cloud are topic of the free conference. Full Story...

FlexEdge – Simplify IIoT Connectivity 01/06/2021
FlexEdge helps to modernize aging communications and control infrastructures. Both new and existing devices can be easily connected to the system, reducing overall downtime and enabling scalable integration. Driven by Crimson®, FlexEdge enables IIOT connectivity to numerous cloud environments with point-and-click simplicity, providing users with the ability to perform protocol conversion, aggregate data, customize dashboards, and enable edge computing. Full Story...

The Smartest Way to Integrate Weighing 01/06/2021
Designing and utilizing customized automation solutions requires a significant investment of time and money for engineering, integration, and operator training. Discover how you can simplify this process by standardizing on one core technology with the new IND360 compact automation transmitter from METTLER TOLEDO. Full Story...

Moxa Launches Wireless Add-on Module for MXview to Overcome the Wi-Fi Network Management Challenges in Smart Manufacturing 17/05/2021
Moxa, a leading provider of network infrastructure solutions, has released the MXview Wireless add-on module for our MXview industrial network management software. MXview streamlines network management by visualizing networks, helping non-IT staff simplify operations and improve network uptime. Full Story...

STA Safety Trip Alarm –Effective Alternative to Safety PLCs 17/05/2021
A safety PLC isn’t always the best solution for single loop logic solving requirements in your Safety Instrumented System. The Moore Industries SIL2/3 capable STA Functional Safety Trip Alarm is easier to use and significantly more affordable than a typical safety PLC and can work as an extension of a larger control system or perform localized operation in safety settings. It acts as a single loop logic solver for your safety instrumented functions that is approved by exida for use in your Safet Full Story...

This Weighing Automation Transmitter is Fast. Very Fast. 17/05/2021
METTLER TOLEDO’s IND360 boosts machine productivity by delivering precise and accurate weight to an automation network at 960 cycles per second to vastly improve weight-based control algorithms. Faster PLC control enables significant increases in machine speed and throughput without sacrificing quality, and when we say fast, we mean fast. Watch the video to find out! Full Story...

Ethernet-APL: Shaping the future of process industries 11/05/2021
From hazardous areas to the cloud: with ranges of up to 1,000 meters and transmission speeds of 10 Mbit/sec, EthernetAPL is paving the way for the Internet of Things in process automation. Existing installations can be used and existing plants can be modernized at low cost. Decades of experience make us a competent partner as you prepare for Industry 4.0. Full Story...

Data Center company nets scalable sustainability from new monitoring software 10/05/2021
Interxion Netherlands was seeking a data center monitoring solution for its data centers located in the Amsterdam metro area. Find out more... Full Story...

Emerson vibration sensor simplifies asset monitoring 10/05/2021
The AMS Wireless Vibration Monitor from Emerson is a low-cost, easy-to-deploy vibration sensor that performs prescriptive analytics on vibration data using native software to automatically identify failure modes and prevent potential problems involving rotating assets. The compact device makes it economically feasible to fully monitor motors, pumps, fans and other critical plant equipment to reduce downtime and achieve more reliable operations. Full Story...

Controlling machines with smart vision sensors 07/05/2021
Whether in equipment, plant and mechanical engineering, medical technology, agriculture or logistics - image processing solutions are used in a wide variety of industries and scenarios to accelerate, control and optimise processes. When artificial intelligence comes into play, the range of applications becomes even wider. Full Story...

Endress+Hauser shows confidence: Group starts 2021 with momentum 04/05/2021
Endress+Hauser weathered the 2020 pandemic year well. Despite declining sales, the company, which specializes in measurement and automation technology, maintained profitability at a high level and strengthened its financial power. The Group created new jobs and expanded its global sales and production network. CEO Matthias Altendorf sees Endress+Hauser as well positioned, both for uncertain times and for economic recovery. Full Story...

Now Available: IND360 Weighing Automation Transmitter 04/05/2021
Boost machine performance with cutting-edge weighing speed and advanced condition monitoring from METTLER TOLEDO's new IND360 compact automation transmitter. Faster PLC control enables significant increases in throughput without sacrificing quality, and easy configuration through a local or remote web interface enables automatic scale adjustment. Global approvals, which enable cross-border consistency, include OIML, NTEP, CPA (metrology); FCC, CE (EMC); and IEC/EN61010, UL (safety). Full Story...

New all-in-one smart camera make 3D inspections easier than ever before 27/04/2021
Intuitive application development, advanced image formation and a wide range of high performance 3D tools open up new inspection possibilities, also for non-programmers. Full Story...

Accuracy and throughput of labelling machines increase with Trio Motion Technology 26/04/2021
A labelling machine OEM has upgraded the motion controllers on its machines to boost throughput by over 25% and increase labelling accuracy to +/- 0.5mm. Full Story...