This performance metric takes center stage as a growing number of users turn to it both to boost the efficiency of their equipment and to compare the performance of machines and production lines. But is this increasingly popular metric really this versatile?
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Safety on the plant floor is its own justification. Increasingly, however, as automation technologies converge, new approaches to packaging machine safety are also helping facilitate the creation of more efficient—and more profitable—production systems.
Designed for coupler manufacturers to perform a standard set of tests against their implementation, the Fieldbus Foundation’s latest updates to its open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus physical layer technology include the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device coupler test specification, which helps improve the reliability and availability of fieldbus control system installations, as well as optimize device interoperability and integration.
Applying a strict “less is better” design philosophy, Pepperl+Fuchs’ G10 safety modules reduce the complexity and cost of any safety installation, and supports high modularity, enabling OEMs to transform any conventional safety device into an AS-Interface networking solution, further reducing inventory requirements and simplifying machine designs.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Ethernet adapter for its FX3 Series PLCs, the new FX3U-ENET-ADP, can be a cost-efficient alternative to micro PLCs to connect equipment such as PLCs, HMIs, and personal computers, and has a built-in data monitoring tool so users can view real-time status and current data values of their equipment.