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Electromechanical Actuators in the Automotive Industry

POSTED: 01/31/2017

Linear actuation is a core technology for factory automation. Along with fluid power, (hydraulic and pneumatic), electromechanical actuators have become increasingly important in all common industries like packaging, food, energy, process control, construction, and the automotive industry. Manufacturing lines, using linear actuators, are an integral component of today’s industry. However,

Electric Actuators Enable Precise and Highly Dynamic Metering

POSTED: 01/31/2017

Accurate and repeatable dispensing of adhesives and sealants is critical to ensuring design integrity and performance of finished assemblies in industries such as automotive manufacturing, aerospace, renewable energy, electrical and electronics, and the production of white goods. Mixing and dosing of media directly at the application site significantly increases dosing

Rack and Pinion System Cuts Servo Requirements for Gantry in Half

POSTED: 11/23/2016

When a manufacturer of large aircraft fuselage panels needed to build larger versions, SYN-APS Corp., Ontario, Calif., recommended a five-axis gantry-style machine that would move around a vertically mounted and stationary part. This configuration was opposite of the manufacturer’s arrangement.

Challenges with Traditional Ethercat Configuration Processes

POSTED: 11/16/2016

EtherCAT is a very flexible protocol. It allows connection of I/O modules, motor, drives, communication devices, couplers and even controllers. For each hardware type, there are different data exchange methods. A motor drive can use CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) or

Nexen Roller Pinion System Increases Efficiency of Pinnacle Industrial Automation Machine

POSTED: 11/03/2016

Pinnacle Industrial Automation, located in Ontario, Canada, builds plasma-cutting machinery tailored to each of its steel industry customers. When it began designing and developing the Whistler HP, a plasma-cutting table, Pinnacle engineers knew it would need reliable components

Rack and Pinion System Cuts Servo Requirements for Gantry in Half

POSTED: 11/03/2016

When a manufacturer of large aircraft fuselage panels needed to build larger versions, SYN-APS Corp., Ontario, Calif.,

Industry 4.0-based Network Manager Ensures Solid Industrial Connectivity

POSTED: 10/19/2016

With the hot topics of Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), intelligent automation and so forth emerging into the market, factory machines and equipment will become connected to upload field data to back-end servers or cloud networks. Network factors such as network architecture, network backbone and machine connectivity will

Quanta Storage Case Study

POSTED: 10/03/2016

Background Quanta Storage, a subsidiary of Quanta Computer, is one of the major suppliers of storage products to leading computer manufacturers around the world. Relentlessly focused on innovation, Quanta aimed to evolve its products into the cloud and beyond, and also revolutionize its manufacturing processes for greater efficiency and control. Quanta

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

POSTED: 09/22/2016

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution combines operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to depict a comprehensive overview of factory operations. To put Industry 4.0 into practice, NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution closely integrates heterogeneous industrial automation and control systems, provides end-to-end connectivity to form a tightly-knit Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and simplifies the adoption

6 Ways that EtherCAT Auto-Configuration Saves You Time and Money

POSTED: 09/20/2016

Let’s face it: the standard method for configuring servo motors and drives through network control software is cumbersome and time-consuming. For each motor manufacturer, engineers must independently download and install the libraries and files into their IDE and run proprietary configuration tools

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0

POSTED: 08/31/2016

Putting Industry 4.0 into practice has become a universal lesson throughout the industry. However, most Industry 4.0 interpretations in recent years have mainly focused on the data side of things. To extend beyond the focus, this year at the 2016 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition, NEXCOM will demonstrate how it

What Makes Rtx64 Tick?

POSTED: 08/22/2016

When you are working with RTX64, often things can be a bit opaque. You program something, you compile it into a binary and then when it comes time to run it you send it down into this black

EtherCAT-Enabled Panel PC Raises Production Speed by 40% with Simplified System Architecture

POSTED: 08/08/2016

Overview NEXCOM's EtherCAT-enabled panel PCs have taken the place of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interface (HMI) to boost the production speed by 40% for a manufacturer of corrugated metal sheets and rolling forming lines. By empowering roll forming lines to hit a line speed of 70 meters per minute (m/min), NEXCOM APPC

NEXCOM IoT Gateway Securely Connects to the Cloud with Ease

POSTED: 08/01/2016

NEXCOM IoT gateway solution CPS 200 provides simple yet secure connection to the cloud for legacy industrial automation and control systems in operation. Based on Intel® IoT Gateway Technology, the CPS 200 features a unified user interface to streamline the configuration of various fieldbus protocols and cloud connection while shoring up security from the bottom to


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