Softing Industrial presents Ethernet-APL Field Switch at ACHEMA 2024
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by Rebecca Lee
3d ago
Softing Industrial announces the presentation of its new “aplSwitch Field” at ACHEMA 2024. This state-of-the-art 16-Port Ethernet-Advanced Physical Layer (Ethernet-APL) Field Switch with optional PROFIBUS Process Automation (PA) proxy is designed for use in Zone 2 and establishes seamless connectivity down to the field level. The “aplSwitch Field” enables the transparent connection of “Two-Wire Intrinsically Safe Ethernet” (2-WISE) Ethernet-APL field devices to higher-level Industrial Ethernet networks, providing these devices with intrinsically safe power. Additionally, the “aplSwitch Field P ..read more
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Live feeder demonstrations at Automation UK
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by Joanne Nelson
6d ago
Shibaura Machine, the world-renowned Japanese manufacturer of industrial robots, is attending Automation UK 2024. Taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena from June 18-19, 2024, the company’s premier distributor TM Robotics will unveil an array of cutting-edge SCARA robots alongside two innovative feeding systems — the Infinifeed and Flexibowl® systems.  From stand D40, Shibaura Machine will introduce attendees to the full THE series of SCARA robots — including the latest additions, the THE800 and THE1000 models. These SCARA robots are engineered to handle heavy payloads of up ..read more
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Softing Industrial introduces edgeConnector for the integration of Allen-Bradley controllers into industrial edge applications
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by Joanne Nelson
6d ago
With the new Docker-based software module edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC, users can easily connect to their ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers. The data from the controllers is made available on edge devices or virtual environments via OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) and Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT). This enables flexible integration into on-premises or cloud environments without modifying the existing Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) configuration. edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC is easy to configure locally via an integrated web interface. Alternatively, remote gl ..read more
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FANUC Says ‘commitment’ is Needed to Change UK Culture Around Automation
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by Rebecca Lee
6d ago
At Smart Factory Expo (5-6 June 2024, NEC Birmingham), FANUC UK named ‘commitment’ as the number one driver to help inspire a change in culture towards robotics and automation among British manufacturers. FANUC’s Head of UK Sales Oliver Selby gave the keynote speech at the event’s Automation & Robotics Acceleration Symposium and said a change in culture was needed to ensure continued UK manufacturing success, calling for commitment towards skills and education across all levels – from students to C-Suite – as well as commitment to a long-term automation investment strategy. “Despite being ..read more
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Bulgin Extends its Range of Circular Data Connectors for Rugged Conditions
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by Rebecca Lee
1w ago
Bulgin – a leading manufacturer of environmentally sealed connectors and components – has recently announced three additions to its Data Buccaneer range of IP rated circular connectors. The company’s latest products – Standard Buccaneer Cat 8, Standard Buccaneer USB 3.0 and Standard Buccaneer HDMI – are designed to ensure reliable data transmission for a range of applications, from industrial automation and construction to outdoor surveillance and renewable energy installations. These latest connectors have a rating of up to IP69K when mated, and are available in multiple cable lengths an ..read more
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Automation UK Brings Industrial Automation and Robotics to Life
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by Rebecca Lee
2w ago
The highly anticipated return of Automation UK is fast approaching, with the show once again taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena, between 18th and 19th June 2024. It is expected that this year’s show will attract a large number of visitors eager to discover the very latest in business solutions offered by the exciting technologies that are an integral part of automation and robotics. The event is organised and owned by the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), part of Automate UK, and promotes the uses and benefits of automation and robotics in the UK. Automation UK ..read more
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At Least 60 Million Strokes
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by Rebecca Lee
1M ago
A “compact automation” is a mechatronic system that performs a whole series of consecutive production steps autonomously. “Compact” refers to the small dimensions, in the millimeter and centimeter range, of the products to be processed. Designing and constructing such systems is one of the core activities of the Austrian machine manufacturer STIWA. Its modular system LTM-CI has been optimized for small parts assembly. Linear and rotating micromotors from FAULHABER perform key tasks in these systems. The valve consists of just a few components and is only eight millimeters long. It is part of t ..read more
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Automation UK Brings Industrial Automation and Robotics to Life
i4.0 Today Magazine » Automation
by Rebecca Lee
1M ago
The highly anticipated return of Automation UK is fast approaching, with the show once again taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena, between 18th and 19th June 2024. It is expected that this year’s show will attract a large number of visitors eager to discover the very latest in business solutions offered by the exciting technologies that are an integral part of automation and robotics. The event is organised and owned by the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA), part of Automate UK, and promotes the uses and benefits of automation and robotics in the UK. Automation UK ..read more
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Enhancing Renewable Energy Efficiency
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by Rebecca Lee
1M ago
To underscore its commitment to developing technologies that support energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources, automation technology expert Beckhoff UK has announced its participation in the All-Energy Show, the UK’s leading event for the renewable energy sector. The show, taking place from 15-16 May 2024 at the SEC, Glasgow, takes pride in being the largest low carbon energy and full supply chain renewables event. The renewable energy sector is experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by global initiatives to combat climate change and a collective shift towards sustainable energy ..read more
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Dürr and Rohde & Schwarz Collaborate on ADAS/AD Functional Testing for EOL and PTI
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by Rebecca Lee
1M ago
Automated and autonomous vehicles, which rely on sensors like cameras and radar, either assist or take over decision-making in traffic situations. Sensors’ proper interaction and functionality must be thoroughly tested to ensure road safety. Dürr and Rohde & Schwarz, a global technology group, have developed an innovative, cost-effective solution for over-the-air (OTA) vehicle-in-the-loop (VIL) testing. This solution validates conformity and effectiveness during end-of-line (EOL) testing or periodical technical inspection (PTI). Road safety is a key challenge for future mobility, especiall ..read more
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