Industry 4.0 with SMC IO-Link Products

Expand Your Communications to the Lowest Level Sensors with SMC Fieldbus & Serial Interface Products. Constantly optimize your production processes with IO-Link compatible products from SMC. IO-Link is the first standardized I/O technology worldwide (IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. Use a point-to-point connection (no bus couplers or conditioning modules) to an IO-Link master (see below) […]

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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 […]

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Collaborative Robots for Material Handling

Feed, Orient, Load/Unload, or Manipulate Materials in the Correct Position Combine Universal Robots collaborative robot arm, with a Robotiq 3-finger gripper for handling a wide range of objects for assembly. Three fingers cooperate to grasp and manipulate parts for production. Robotiq Adaptive Gripper, General Presentation A cobot that can switch tasks easily and a three finger […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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RFID for Cobot Intelligence

RFID is an evolution from the simpler presence sensors. RFID: Tool Tracking Solutions “Ultimately, wireless technology has boosted the brain power of robots. Think RFID from Balluff. In many applications RFID can be seen as an evolution from the simpler presence sensors. Now, instead of just identifying that something is present, we can identify with […]

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Automated Conveyors Handle Material Flow

Learn How to Configure Automated Conveyor for your Application. Conveyors are for frequent movement, over a fixed path, and to sustain a sufficient volume.  QC Industries Conveyor System for CooperSurgical Conveyors are used: When material is to be moved frequently between specific points. To move materials over a fixed path. When there is a sufficient […]

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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 […]

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The Recession Cometh and the Robots are Ready

The Recession Cometh and Robots are Ready Manufacturers are used to living between a rock and a hard place – and navigating the space between. Demand vs. supply. Consumer appetites for customized product and their expectations for ever-lowering costs. The list goes on and on. So the current tug-of-war over if, when and where a […]

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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 […]

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