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Is the Universal Robot UR5 in Your Future?

Posted on Friday May 19, 2017 | cobots, collaborative, robots,

CapatibilityThe UR5 is perfect to help you optimize low-weight collaborative processes such as: picking, placing and testing. It is lightweight, flexible collaborative robot that allows the automation of repetitive and dangerous tasks with payloads up to 11lbs. Collaborative robots (cobots) work along-side humans. Following a risk assessment, your cobots can operate next to your employees without safety caging. The UR5 cobot’s working radius of up to 33.5 inches, puts everything within your reach. Universal Robots’ UR5 offers one of the fastest paybacks in the robotics industry. It is easy to setup, program, and fits essentially any application. Robotic automation is no longer out of reach for any company. Universal Robots are also available in the UR3 and UR10 models, accommodating all your job needs.... {Read More}

Rockwell Automation’s Product Compatibility and Downloads Center

Posted on Friday May 12, 2017 | driver-updates, firmware, software,

CapatibilityThe Product Compatibility and Downloads Center (PCDC) can help you find product-related downloads including firmware, release notes, associated software, drivers, tools and utilities. Before you ever must upgrade one or more products, PCDC gives you the ability to check the compatibility between the new product and the other products in your system. There are two aspects that you can use the PCDC for. The first is to determine how different products will interact. Secondly, you can compare features and capabilities between different series of products and associated firmware versions.... {Read More}

Take the Guess Work Out of Defective Parts with Video Vision Serialization

Posted on Friday May 05, 2017 | metadata, serialization, video-vision,

Video SerializationHave you ever run into the situation of having to repair defective parts but don’t know which parts are bad? It’s a terrible feeling to look at a day's work and realize that you must start from the beginning to figure out what went wrong. With McNaughton-McKay's Video Vision Serialization product, you never need to face that issue again. Video Vision Serialization captures images or videos of your manufacturing process and then logs the data collected. Using the products metadata search function, you can pinpoint which material is damaged within seconds, affording you the capability to repair only the broken parts. For more information about how Video Vision Serialization can save you time and money, check out how Vinny the Vision Guy could have helped Gary the Glass Guy at ABC Auto Manufacturing. ... {Read More}

Save Up To 70% of Space with Bussmann’s CUBEFuse

Posted on Friday Apr 28, 2017 | disconnects, fuses, panelboards,

Bussmann by Eaton low Peak CUBEFuseThe Bussmann by Eaton Low Peak CUBEFuse is the first finger-safe power fuse system. It is the smallest footprint of any class fuse and meets Class CF and Class J time-delay electrical performance requirements. The smaller footprint provides for considerable space savings and installation flexibility. With the easyID™ open fuse technology feature, you are afforded faster troubleshooting reducing your downtime. With the ability for faster response, the damage that can occur from faults is greatly reduced diminishing destructive thermal and magnetic forces. Applications that are great for the CUBEFuse are electrical panelboards, machinery disconnects, industrial controls and panels, and required finger-safe systems.... {Read More}

The HMS Anybus Gateway Selector Helps You Select The Right Network Combinations

Posted on Friday Apr 21, 2017 | ethernet/ip, gateway, networks, plc,

HMS AnybusThe HMS Anybus Gateway is a translator where you connect one communication standard on one side and another communication standard on the other. With more than 300 combinations of industrial communication standards in the marketplace, it’s often hard to know which ones to choose. Do you know how to pick the correct HMS Anybus Gateway for your connectivity needs? HMS has an Anybus Gateway Selector available for you to select the two network interfaces you plan to use. If you want to connect a serial device to a network, simply select your subnetwork interface first (ex. ASCII/Vendor Specific (Serial)). Then select the industrial network you want to connect to (ex. Profibus Slave). This will give you the correct gateway for this combination of interfaces. In this example, your solution would be an Anybus Communicator which will act as a slave on the Profibus network. It will translate information to and from the serial device.... {Read More}

Electri-Flex Food Grade Nonmetallic Liquidtight Conduit Provides Excellent Protection

Posted on Monday Apr 10, 2017 | conduit, food-processing, liquidtight,

Electri-Flex Type NMFGThe Electri-Flex food grade nonmetallic liquidtight conduit provides you cost savings in labor because its flexibility eliminates the need for rigged conduit which is often difficult to install. This PVC product has an anti-microbial injected into it making it NSF and FDA approved. Making it an excellent choice for food manufacturing facilities. This product has a direct application for the food processing market, as well as environments that have bacteria present as it helps to prevent its growth. The white jacket allows for easy identification in regards to wash down zones.... {Read More}

Expand Your Application Capabilities With MicroLogix 1400 Controllers

Posted on Monday Apr 03, 2017 | aps, ethernet, i/o, ip-address,

Rockwell AutomationRockwell Automation’s MicroLogix 1400 combines Ethernet/IP, online editing, and a built-in LCD, increased I/O, faster High Speed Counter/PTO and communication capabilities. Ethernet ports offer you peer-to-peer messaging, Web server and e-mail capability. The built-in LCD with back lighting allows you to configure your Ethernet network, show floating point values on user configurable display, display OEM logos and view and modify any binary or integer file element. You also gain the ability to program with RSLogix 500 software (Version 8.10 and above) as well as new RSLogix Micro programming software.... {Read More}

Crouse-Hinds Pauluhn Apex LED Luminaires Replace Fluorescent Lighting in Hazardous and Harsh Environments

Crouse Hinds Pauluhn APEX LEDIf you are looking for an LED luminaire that is maintenance-free, delivers long life and high lumen output for your wash down, food processing and harsh environments, then the Pauluhn Apex LED luminaires are for you. These luminaires are intended to replace fluorescent T12, T8 and T5HO lighting. With LED lighting energy consumption is reduced by approximately 38%. Which is significantly lower than HID fixtures and you don’t have to wait 10 minutes for them to turn on because of their instant illumination. LEDs are mercury-free which eliminates disposal costs and decreases your carbon footprint.... {Read More}

The BMP61 Brady Label System replaces the TLS-2200

Posted on Sunday Mar 19, 2017

Brady BMP61The BMP61 Brady Label System replaces the TLS-2200 with several great new features. The new system is more user friendly and better quality that makes labeling jobs easier. The 2200 had a built-in battery with switch in it that wasn’t always ideal. The BMP61 has a nickel cadmium battery that slides in and out easily. It is easily replaceable and you can run this system independent of the battery by plugging it in and running off a 12-volt converter from your wall socket. Previously the keypad was not a traditional format or qwerty style keypad making it very difficult to find the letters you needed. The BMP61 has a full qwerty keyboard just like your smart phone making it faster and easier to create your labels.... {Read More}

Rack-and-Pinion Drives Often Top Other Drives For Durability, Efficiency, and Economics

Wittenstein RAPLinear motors, ball screws, and rack-and-pinion drives are good options when it comes to electro-mechanical linear motion systems. Ball screws are very popular, and linear motors are noted for precision and dynamic performance. Rack-and-Pinion drives are often overlooked when it comes to accuracy and performance, but they cannot only match but exceed what is offered by competing hardware. This is made possible through the advances in precision manufacturing, and the recent advent of electronic preloading. In fact, rack-and-pinion units often top the others in terms of durability, efficiency, and economics.... {Read More}

With Softing’s 56eATM-tManager You Can Exchange Between Business Systems and PLCs/PACs Easily

Posted on Monday Mar 06, 2017 | controllogix, data-exchange, ethernet/ip, pac, plc,

Softing tManagertManager® Enterprise Appliance Transaction Modules (eATM® ) allow the exchange of data between business or plant computer systems and a mix of Rockwell Automation PLCs/PACs. The modules install in a ControlLogix chassis from Rockwell Automation and communicate to other Allen-Bradley controllers via the backplane, bridge modules, or EtherNet/IP through one of the front Ethernet ports. On the enterprise side, adapters are available for popular databases as well as messaging queues through various versions of Java Messaging Service.... {Read More}

CAROL BRAND CABLE OFFERS SEQUENTIAL FOOTAGE MARKING FOR PORTABLE POWER CORDS

Posted on Sunday Feb 26, 2017 | cable, cord, portable-cable, wire,

General Cable's TruMarkGeneral Cable’s Carol Brand line of portable power cords feature the TRU-Mark System. This system sequentially marks every two feet of cord in descending order from the start of the reel to the end. The Reel lengths are available in 250, 500 or 1,000 feet, with large, visible printing for accuracy with 1% tolerance. TRU-Mark products cut down on shortages and scrap in the field. If you always know how much is left on the reel, your efficiency is improved because of your ability to effectively manager reel inventory. With better inventory management, you will realize a savings on scrap costs. With the TRU-Mark system you can cut cord with confidence there by improving your job efficiency.... {Read More}

PowerFlex 525 AC Drive Delivers Powerful Performance and Flexibility with Innovative Hardware Design

Posted on Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 | ac-drive, him, powerflex, powerflex525,

Rockwell Automation PowerFlex 525The PowerFlex 525 AC Drive combines performance with an innovative design that helps make you more productive. It’s unique design that reduces installation time because it can be easily separated into two modules: power and control. With this modular design, you can hand off the power module for wiring and installation while the control module is programmed by someone else at the same time. The control module is the brains of the drive and houses the embedded Ethernet port, DSI port, embedded safe torque off and 14 terminals for additional inputs and outputs.... {Read More}

Unirac’s GFT is Scalable to Any Size Project

Posted on Monday Feb 06, 2017 | ground-mount, mounting-racks, photovoltaic, pv, solar,

Unirac Ground Fixed TiltUnirac’s Ground Fixed Tilt solar panel mounting racks are scalable to any project size. There is no customization required for your project with Unirac’s aluminum beams because they include a top mounting slot to accommodate a variety of module sizes. Attaching your PV panels to the top chord is simple and quick because the mounting slots provide maximum construction tolerances across the array. To further ease the assembly process there are fewer tools and less labor needed because of the pre-drilled holes on the foundation channel and steel top chord.... {Read More}

What Types of Damage Can an Electrical Surge Cause to Your Facility?

Posted on Monday Jan 30, 2017 | lightning-strikes, safety, surge-protection,

Mersen Surge TrapYour equipment is expensive and you rely on it to meet your customers’ needs. If machines stop working, it costs you time, money and resources to get things back up and running. Mersen’s Surge-Trap® product line offers you a way to protect your sensitive control equipment at a minimal investment. These products are designed to protect your facility from harmful and preventable electrical surge damage. The majority of surge spikes originate in your own facility. However, surges can be caused by utility grid switching, lightning strikes, switching of capacitor banks and electrical accidents.... {Read More}