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Motor-monitoring device checks 400 parameters

16 January, 2024

Omron has launched a motor condition-monitoring device that automates the detection of abnormalities in servomotors or induction motors that change speed or load rapidly. By analysing more than 400 parameters derived from current and voltage measurements, the K7DD-PQ device can detect failure modes such as worn blades, chip entanglement, or deteriorating bearings. It eliminates the need to rely on the experience and senses of skilled workers, reduces inspection efforts, and avoids unexpected equipment failures.


‘Smallest’ radar distance sensor offers high accuracy

15 December, 2023

The German sensor-maker OndoSense has developed what it claims is the world’s smallest radar-based distance sensor. The reach sensor combines millimetre accuracy with high measuring speeds and a wide measuring range, to perform distance measurement, object detection and positioning applications.


Next-generation laser distance sensor ‘raises the bar’

15 December, 2023

The German sensor-maker Sick has announced a next-generation laser-based distance sensor which, it claims, raises the bar for mid- to long-range distance sensing. Using a time-of-flight measuring technology, the DT80 1D sensor is said to achieve an accuracy of ±2mm and a resolution of 0.1mm over ranges of up to 80m.


Rectangular track system supports payloads up to 40kg

30 November, 2023

The UK linear motion specialist HepcoMotion has developed a new guidance system for Beckhoff Automation’s XTS smart conveyor technology that moves items along rectangular paths. By removing the XTS system’s curved segments, the new GFX-r system can handle payloads of up to 40kg


UR’s most powerful cobot ‘underpins new era in automation’

30 November, 2023

Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has demonstrated a new 30kg-payload cobot that it says will underpin a new era in automation. The UR30 machine weighs only 63.5kg, allowing it to be moved easily between work cells. It has a reach of 1.3m and footprint diameter of 245mm.


Scara robot has the highest payload in its class

29 November, 2023

ABB Robotics has completed its industrial Scara robot portfolio with a new robot that, it claims, offers the highest payload of any Scara machine in its class. The IRB 930 robot comes in three variants capable of handling payloads from 12–22kg. ABB says that the 22kg version delivers a 10% increase in throughput compared to others in its class by handling more and heavier workpieces at once.


Safety is a priority for contactor-free elevator drives

28 November, 2023

The Taiwanese automation supplier Delta Electronics has announced a new generation of elevator drives with safety as a top priority, offering built-in safe torque off (STO), as well as compliance with EN81-20 and EN81-50. The compact EB3000 drives ensure smooth, comfortable rides for passengers. They are said to be easy to install, maintain and troubleshoot, and offer wireless control via Bluetooth.


AC/DC converters provide DC motor control and more

21 November, 2023

WEG has launched a series of AC/DC converters that support a wide range of supply voltages and current ratings, catering for both two- and four-quadrant applications. The TPD32-EV-FC converters “offer a versatile solution for motor control to meet the technological demands of a vast range of sectors, for improved efficiency and exceptional performance,” says WEG Automation Europe product manager, Karim Boudaoud.


Next-gen multi-core motion control avoids limitations

18 November, 2023

Beckhoff has unveiled a new generation of its TwinCat motion control technology that takes advantage of the latest multi-core and multitasking processing technologies to overcome some of the limitations of earlier generations. At the SPS exhibition in Germany, the company also demonstrated how it is using chatbots to simplify engineering.


Motion controller marries Windows with multi-axis engine

18 November, 2023

The UK controls developer Trio Motion Technology used the recent SPS show to launch a new motion controller based on Intel multi-core processors, which can run Microsoft Windows alongside Trio’s own Motion-iX core, allowing-machine builders to integrate Windows applications with advanced motion functions.


Factory monitoring platform works with any equipment

13 November, 2023

The German sensor-maker Sick has launched a platform that collects data from any factory source – including sensors, machine controllers and IIoT devices from any manufacturer – and displays it in real time, generating alerts and alarms, and visualising historical trends via dashboard graphics. The vendor-agnostic Field Analytics platform will help manufacturing and logistics organisations to optimise their performance by providing application-specific condition monitoring and process insights, independent of the machinery and systems that they use.


Controller achieves IE5 efficiencies with PCB motors

30 October, 2023

The US electric motor developer ECM PCB Stator Tech has announced a customisable integrated motor controller that operates with a claimed efficiency of 98%. The 5kW Unum Potentia controller was developed to maximise the benefits from the company’s PCB stator motor technology and its PrintStator Motor CAD platform. When combined with its PCB stator machines, the new controller is said to achieve IE5 efficiencies.


Cloud-based HMI portfolio offers users choice and agility

25 October, 2023

Rockwell Automation has launched a portfolio of cloud-based software and hardware that allows customers to use visualisation software to design HMI applications that will work with either Rockwell or third-party controllers, and can run on any hardware.


Industrial network security test suite uses single interface

25 October, 2023

Siemens has launched an all-in-one security testing suite for industrial communications networks. The Sinec Security Inspector – originally developed by the company for use in its own factories – is a software framework that scans individual network devices, network segments or the entire network infrastructures during maintenance. It brings together “best-in-class” security tools in a single user interface.


AC drive has been designed for hydraulic applications

25 October, 2023

Parker Hannifin has developed a modular AC drive specifically for motor control in hydraulic applications. The AC20F drive, available in ratings from 1.5-180kW, can be used in variable-speed hydraulic pump systems, such as the company’s drive-controlled pump (DCP). It includes a sensorless vector mode for controlling induction motors.


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