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Automation Goes Mobile

Automation Goes Mobile Mobile technology is becoming a part of the automation engineer's toolset, but many still wrestle with issues like security, integration, and cost justification. Control Engineering looks at real-world examples of emerging mobility trends. The article also provides guidelines for deployment, helping readers understand, for example, when plant infrastructures must be modified to accommodate wireless devices. Regarding manufacturing's move towards mobile technology, the article is clear: "Embrace it, guide it, make it secure, or it may dictate how your business will change."

Compact Digital Torquemeters
Himmelstein, S. and Company
New SL4000 Operator Interface Enclosure
Rose+Bopla Enclosures

Compact Digital Torquemeters Compact digital torquemeteres are compact, non-contact devices, and have full scale ranges from 25 to 10,000 lbf-in. They have no pots or switches, and require no manual adjustments. Select from any of 10 supported units of measure without recalibration. Learn more...

New SL4000 Operator Interface Enclosure The new SL 4000 Operator Interface Enclosure from Rose is an aluminum extrusion enclosure system with cast aluminum corner pieces. Ideally suited for machinery/control equipment, it's easy-to-assemble, and features flexible sizing and an integrated handle design. The rear panel has reinforcement profiles with an innovative fastener system for structural stability. IP65

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American National Standards Institute, Inc.
Remke Flexible Solutions Center

Remke Industries

Get the Latest Industrial Automation Standards Do you have the latest industrial automation standards? Find industrial automation standards for download or site license covering industrial automation software and system integration, manufacturing management data, process control, interoperability, security, and more from ISO and ISA.

Remke Flexible Solutions Center The Remke Flexible Solutions Center is 100% dedicated to designing custom products, specials, adaptations, and variations. The Flexible Solutions Center has the ability to fast-track design and create prototypes within days depending on the level of modification required.

Reliable Solutions . . .
MISUMI Clean Room Actuators Ship in 11 Days

MISUMI Clean Room Actuators Ship in 11 DaysMISUMI Single Axis Actuators are a high precision solution with a space-saving compact design. With positioning repeatability of 3 microns, a six day ship time, available clean room versions ship in 11 days. All actuators come fully assembled with options on motor mounts.

MISUMI LX Actuators now feature ballscrew lead options and LG2 low dust raise grease on all models.

Industrial Computers, Systems & Controllers . . .
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Smart Newcomers to Motion Control

Smart Newcomers to Motion ControlA new breed of control system out-performs traditional hydraulic- and pneumatic-based machinery in motion applications. By integrating a variety of electronic control technologies, these smart newcomers help engineers easily specify multiple positions and speeds with improved repeatability and positional accuracy. This piece illustrates their use in joining and damping applications and predicts contributions to handling, drilling, and milling processes.

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Nimble Robots Take on Packaging Chores

Nimble Robots Take on Packaging ChoresExpect to see robots performing more packaging applications. Improved controls process signals faster, allowing the systems to react nimbly. Better vision recognition and filtering algorithms, as well as more powerful computation libraries, further enhance the bots' packaging skills. To sweeten the pot, providers have reduced the cost of vision systems and their controls.

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Communications & Connectivity . . .
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Good for the Factory Floor

Good for the Factory Floor Today's tablets are user-friendly but rugged. Some achieve military-grade durability with technologies like Gorilla Glass or IP65 water- and dust-proofing. Other designs stand up to explosive environments or temperature/vibration extremes. Industry Week examines "tough tablets."

Tracking Wireless Migrations

Tracking Wireless Migrations The emergence of the WirelessHart and ISA 100.11a protocols is spurring wireless deployments in manufacturing environments. As these standards gain a foothold, plant engineers will migrate from proprietary and standalone point-to-point installations to standards-based systems. Competition between the two protocols, however, may slow adoption as it did during the fieldbus wars.

22 mm Panel Mount Audible Alarms
Mallory Sonalert Products, Inc.
Ultra-compact High Performance Cameras
Point Grey Research Inc.

22 mm Panel Mount Audible Alarms Fitting in a standard 22 mm hole, 90 ultra-compact audible alarms feature sound levels up to 95 dB @ 2 ft, voltages from 6 Vdc to 120 VAC, and continuous and pulsing tones. Alarms are sealed and have finger-proof termination. Approvals include CUL, NEMA 3R/12/4X, and IP66. Visit us here to learn more.

Ultra-compact High Performance Cameras The Flea3 family of cameras offers a unique combination of excellent price performance, ice-cube form factor, and a choice of digital interfaces. Ranging from VGA to 5.0 megapix, the Flea3 uses Sony CCD sensors and is available with either FireWire, GigE Vision, or USB 3.0 interfaces.

Save 10% on Schneider Electric
Allied Electronics, Inc.
When the Going Gets Tough
AC&E Inc.

Save 10% on Schneider ElectricSchneider Electric offers industrial control solutions that leverage ingenuity and intelligence for ease of use — all available from Allied Electronics. Visit us here to save 10% on Schneider Electric products.

When the Going Gets Tough In times of uncertainty you need trustworthy partners to share the journey. AC&E Inc understands the pressures on you to increase throughput, reduce waste and eliminate errors. We thrive on complex, dynamic and challenging problems; helping you address any manufacturing automation challenge and enabling you to grow and prosper.

Power Strategies . . .
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The Cost of Motor Efficiency

The Cost of Motor Efficiency When striving for motor efficiency, it pays to remember: 98% of total ownership cost is the expense of powering the motor over its lifetime. This piece explores purchasing decisions, examines the use electronic drives, and explains the shift to permanent magnet motors.

Evolving VFDs Meet Tougher Energy Demands

Evolving VFDs Meet Tougher Energy Demands You may not realize it, but today's variable frequency drives (VFDs) are considerably better than yesterday's models. As Plant Engineering explains, they "take up less space, are quicker to install, and require less equipment to buy and maintain." This report shows how manufacturers can realize significant cost/time savings by integrating medium-voltage VFDs in their motor control center lineups.

Instruments, Sensors & Networking . . .
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What Does Accuracy Mean to You?

What Does Accuracy Mean to You? Because accuracy is relative, it is important to understand the roles of calibration, ambient conditions, and instrument specifications. Nuances in the language of measurement are also critical, as this report from Control Design explains.

Wireless Inevitability

Wireless Inevitability As the rationale for wireless becomes ever more persuasive, plant managers are asking: What's the best method for deployment? In this piece, experts explain six things to consider when launching wireless projects — from goals and requirements to security and site assessments.

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IP67 Sealed Ethernet and USB
ATS Superbot Gantry Robot
ATS Automation

IP67 Sealed Ethernet and USB CONEC IP67 RJ45's and USB connectors are dustproof, waterproof, and weatherproof. Panel mounted receptacles, sealed plug kits, and pre-made cable assemblies are suitable for outdoor conditions, or indoor wet environments. Plastic or diecast housings, provide a sealed I/O port solution for many industrial applications. Easy 1/6th turn bayonet coupling is fast and secure.

ATS Superbot Gantry Robot The ATS Superbot™ is a new class of automated material handling technology from ATS. The Superbot™ is a dual axis robot capable of high-speed at a competitive price. It features a 95% usable work envelope, a much higher percentage than Scara style robots.

Belden Webinar: Belden Webinar: Migration Strategies to 40G & 100G for Multimode Fiber — May 24, 2012
Migration Strategies to 40G & 100G for Multimode Fiber — May 24, 2012

Belden Webinar: Migration Strategies to 40G & 100G for Multimode Fiber — May 24, 2012 On May 24, Belden will present "Migration Strategies to 40G & 100G for Multimode Fiber". Learn an effective migration strategy to 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet over multimode fiber; discover challenges of optical fiber loss testing for accurate measurements and the need for low-loss connectors to meet tight insertion loss budgets for 40G and 100G Ethernet links, and more.

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