Infographic: 9 Common Machine Safety Devices

Machine Safety Fundamentals Mechanical hazards on machinery typically occur at points of operation, points of power transmission, and other points of machine movement. Safeguarding devices are designed to limit the risk to personnel for accident or injury at these points. In the illustration below, common machine safeguarding devices are used to mitigate multiple points of […]

Where can you use wire rope vibration isolators?

Wire rope isolators can be used for motors and fans that produce vibrations onto surrounding structures. They can also be used to control vibration and thermal expansion. They are used for shipping delicate items across the ocean or across town. They isolate vibrations and shock from a truck, shipping vessels, or other vehicles so vibration […]

Balluff IO-Link Network Modules

IO-Link enables bidirectional communication on any fieldbus network from the control level down to the field device (sensor, actuator). What is IO-Link With an IO-Link master you can connect a variety of different IO-Link devices. Multiple IO-Link masters can be networked together over all commonly used fieldbuses. The development of the distributed modular I/O architecture […]

How to Use Ethernet/IP for Cobot Communication

Collect Robot Arm I/O, monitor diagnostics, and plan maintenance. Ethernet/IP is a widely supported protocol that can be used with hundreds of devices. For example, with Ethernet/IP, we can build an automation system that uses a Universal Robots collaborative robot arm, an Allen-Bradley or LSIS programmable logic controller ( UR Ethernet_IP Guide PLC), and a […]

Static Electricity: Invisible OEE Killer

Eliminate static to improve process & product quality. Ionizers from SMC can eliminate downtime, bottlenecks, and waste caused by static electricity present in high-speed, automated production lines. Ionizer Application Examples Static electricity is an invisible phenomenon, with very visible, and costly effects. In manufacturing processes, one of the most damaging consequences could be the rejection of […]

Coordinated Robotic, Motion, and VFD Control

Optimize OEE with a synchronized, motion-centric approach. “The traditional approach for optimizing OEE on a production line consists of using a PLCbased model from a single source automation supplier. This approach focuses heavily on maintenance in an attempt to limit downtime.” Writes Scott Carlberg from Yaskawa. Synchronized Motion Control for OEE “An alternate and potentially more successful approach is based on […]

Magnetic Grippers Collaborative Robots

Integrated SMC UR+ magnetic grippers support workpieces with holes and uneven surfaces where a vacuum pad cannot be used. SMC Corporation of America, a premier partner of Numatic Engineering, has joined Universal Robots’ UR+ program, launching the new UR+ certified MHM Series Magnetic Gripper capable of absorbing a great variety of ferromagnetic pieces, with different geometries […]

OEE: Overall Equipment Effectiveness in Industry 4.0

The real value of OEE comes from interpreting the losses incurred due to availability, performance, or quality. By focusing on these losses, and more importantly, by taking action to reduce these losses, your OEE score will naturally improve. For factories to enjoy optimal OEE, device connectivity is essential in order to collect precise data. Several […]

Easily and Cost-efficiently Comply with ISO, OSHA, and others.

Protect-Air® products help management to easily and cost-efficiently comply with the stringent directives on the safety of pneumatic equipment issued by industrial standards organizations such as ISO, OSHA, and others. The range of Protect-Air products provides a variety of niche products developed for compressed air systems – protection units – to tackle H&S (Health & […]

Complete Linear Servo Motion Solution

Faster motion, Faster time to market Need precise, high speed and repeatable linear motion, without the time-consuming process of designing your own linear stages? Use Yaskawa’s motion engineering expertise to spare your overworked engineers the effort of specifying, designing and sourcing components, assembly jigs, and test equipment. Yaskawa’s expertly designed, manufactured and tested mechatronic solutions […]