Featured in this issue:      HART 7 in a 6 mm Temperature Signal Conditioning Device  |  Industrial Mini I/O Connector (Field Installable Version)  |  Factory Direct Modular Enclosures  |  Appliance OEM Automation Equipment  |  ATS Introduces the Ultimate Assembly Automation Platform  |  New ISA Member Benefit
 
28 August 2014
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Upgrading Hybrid Automation Environments
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Upgrading Hybrid Automation Environments
 
At least half of the automation systems in North American plants are 20 to 30 years old. Many of these manufacturing facilities struggle to keep multi-vendor, multi-generational automation systems up and running and working in harmony. Inevitably, old components and systems must be replaced. Whether plant managers opt to resolve inadequacies through upgrade or migration strategies, operational performance is always at risk. InTech outlines issues to consider when launching an automation improvement project and explains how to define your goals and objectives before beginning discussions with vendors and system integrators.
 
 
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HART 7 in a 6 mm Temperature Signal Conditioning Device
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HART 7 in a 6 mm Temperature Signal Conditioning Device
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The compact 6 mm temperature devices of the PR 3000 series provide high accuracy, fast response time, and low temperature drift. Now the 3113 and 3337 devices offer HART 7 protocol. Up to 50 units or 100 channels can be mounted vertically or horizontally with no air gap separation.
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Industrial Computers, Robots & Controllers . . .
 
 
Centralizing Control
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Increasingly, machine designers opt for controller architectures built around a unified software platform and network — integrating programmable control, communications, motion, and robotics/kinematics functions in one infrastructure. Here is a look at how a PC-based industrial Ethernet system like EtherCAT uses this approach to perform well in areas traditionally occupied by dedicated, special-purpose hardware, providing both simplicity and flexibility.
 
 
 
 
Taking Programming Out of the Mix
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Taking Programming Out of the Mix
 
The challenge of programming robots to perform increasingly complex tasks often deters small and medium-size manufacturers from adopting the technology. Rethink Robotics' contends it has removed this obstacle with its Intera 3 software. The upgrade enables operators to "teach" the company's robot, Baxter, to perform tasks by demonstrating the movements. The software also promises to double the robot's operating speed and precision (see video).
 
Wireless, Remote & Mobile . . .
 
Catering to Industrial Requirements
 
Using commercial mobile devices in a manufacturing setting posses serious risks because of the physical demands of the shop floor. One solution to this problem is Adlink's IMX-3000, an Android 4.0-based mobile industrial computer, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and NFC communications. Best of all, the device boasts shock resistance and IP54 waterproofing and dustproofing.

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Catering to Industrial Requirements
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Wireless Without Limits
 
Sensor manufacturers offer devices that support a variety of wireless protocols. If factories could combine these devices into a single network, they could achieve unprecedented visibility and productivity. Control Engineering Asia looks at Yokogawa's "Wireless Anywhere" concept and the technology it offers to convert and integrate existing communication protocols into an ISA100 infrastructure.
 
 
 
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Factory Direct Modular Enclosures
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Factory Direct Modular Enclosures
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Factory direct pricing to save you money. UL, CSA, and European approved modular enclosures available in single and double door units. Delivery includes: frame and mounted top, bottom, rear wall and front door. Large variety of optional accessories available.
 
 
 
 
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Motors & Drives . . .
 
 
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Australian researchers have designed and built small stators using a soft magnetic composite and amorphous magnetic material, enabling motors to achieve energy efficiencies as high as 90%. The magnetic materials, combined with an innovative manufacturing technique, eliminate the need for machining, produce no scrap metal, and improve space utilization of copper wire for greater power output.

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The Beauty of Two-speed Motors
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The Beauty of Two-speed Motors
 
While the advantages of variable-speed inverter drives cannot be denied, certain applications may do better with two-speed motors. MachineBuilding.net looks at the construction of dual winding and pole changing two-speed motors, explaining the distinctions between the two designs and identifying the applications in which they perform best.
 
Instruments, Sensors & Networking . . .
 
Redundancy — Another Word for Reliability
 
Standards-based redundancy technologies like the Parallel Redundancy Protocol improve automation network reliability and quality of service by providing robust connections in depth. Here is a look at the technical principles, requirements, and applications of the protocol in industrial WLAN networks, with special attention given to managing interference, packet loss, jitter, and latency.

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Giving the Industrial Internet of Things Form
 
For many people, the Industrial Internet of Things is a concept without corporeal form that conjures excitement but no clear vision of what it will actually mean. Instrumentation and Control attempts to remedy the situation by sketching a more detailed picture of the factory of the future, describing the characteristics of the cyber-physical systems that will replace today's traditional hierarchical infrastructures.
 
 
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ATS Introduces the Ultimate Assembly Automation Platform
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ATS Introduces the Ultimate Assembly Automation Platform
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The ATS SuperTrak™ conveyor is a revolution in programmable high-speed pallet transport. When combined with our sortimat Spaceline™ servo driven cam controlled station tooling, industry leading flexibility, modularity, and performance are delivered. This new platform offers assembly synergy of asynchronous and synchronous operations, all in one machine.
 
 
 
 
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Industry Standards . . .
 
 
Testing Single-phase Induction Motors
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Testing Single-phase Induction Motors
 

This IEEE standard covers instructions for determining the performance characteristics of single-phase induction motors, including non-excited synchronous motors. Available from IHS, the 44-page document also provides useful practices for evaluating performance during the design of electric motors.

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