US-based Red Lion Controls has unveiled a new generation of rugged HMIs (human machine interfaces) which, it claims, are the first of their type to combine plug-in modules with protocol conversion, data-logging and Web-based monitoring and control.
Rockwell Automation has released a new version of its PharmaSuite software for pharmaceutical and biotech production. It says that version 5 of the software sets new standards for MES (manufacturing execution system) performance in automation, risk management, cost reduction and regulatory compliance.
The Austrian automation company B&R has developed a software-based safety control system as an alternative to the hard-wired safety systems usually needed for small-scale applications.
The US electronic components supplier Pulse Electronics has announced an AC current sensor designed specifically to fit onto rectangular busbars, rather than having the traditional round shape.
Fuji Electric has developed a new line of cost-effective HMI displays which, it claims, are the world’s thinnest, with a depth of just 36mm. The Technoshot HMIs also incorporate enhanced CPUs for fast response times.
GE Intelligent Platforms has announced a family of modular single-board computers (SBCs) that it says are the first designed specifically to deliver high long-term performance with low total costs of ownership.
Eaton has developed a drawer-based motor control centre (MCC) technology in which the conventional control wiring and wiring to higher-level controllers are replaced by its SmartWire-DT communication and wiring system. The motor control system, called iMCC, can transfer detailed information from the drawers to the controllers, thus increasing the reliability and availability of motors, as well as cutting wiring efforts.
The Israeli motion control specialist Servotronix has announced a family of precision brushless servomotors suitable for positioning tasks with demanding requirements for dynamics and stability. The Pro Series motors cover rated outputs from 100W–8.3kW, rated output torques from 0.3–40Nm, and speeds up to 5,000 rpm.
SKF has announced a range of extreme-temperature bearings, incorporating a graphite cage that lubricates the bearing at temperatures up to 350°C without the need for relubrication. The bearings are expected to be particularly attractive to the metal industry, where they could help to cut maintenance costs, boost reliability and improve product quality.
Thomson Industries has introduced a heavy-duty linear actuator designed to deliver high performance in tough environments. The IP69K-protected Max Jac actuator is built to maintain accuracy with almost no maintenance in the harshest conditions.
The mathematical computing specialist MathWorks has announced that its Simulink PLC Coder software can now be used to generate IEC 61131-3 Structured Text programs for Omron PLCs, allowing automation engineers to adopt model-based designs for equipment controlled by these PLCs, as well as for Omron’s Sysmac Studio software.
The French motor manufacturer Crouzet has announced a new generation of high-performance DC brushless motors, with output power ratings from 34–192W and a choice of two integrated electronic control systems.
Following a phase of testing with pilot customers around the world, B&R Automation is releasing the latest generation of its Automation Studio engineering software. The software has been designed to meet three goals: keeping quality high, engineering costs low and time-to-market short.
Leuze has introduced a range of light curtains that offers users a choice of three function types (basic, standard and extended), as well a choice between type 2 or 4 devices. It says that this means that users can choose the MLC curtain that offers the precise functions needed for an application.
Omron has announced a DIN-rail-mounting temperature controller designed to connect easily to PLCs and HMIs without needing any programming. The E5DC digital temperature controller uses similar functions to the company’s on-panel-mounting E5_C controllers, including program-less communications with PLCs. This reduces the time needed to learn design and operating procedures, and allows designs to be re-used.