Ethernet protocol and peripheral voltage in one cable
Controls Product Brief

Beckhoff: Ethernet protocol and peripheral voltage in one cable

With the newly introduced EtherCAT P technology, Beckhoff unites EtherCAT communication and power functions in a standard, 4-wire Ethernet cable: One Cable Automation technology integrates the 24 V DC supply of the EtherCAT P slaves with the signals and data from connected sensors and actuators.
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Feature Article

Packaging line integration—how should it be approached?

Like anything else in manufacturing, there are several ways to skin the cat when it comes to packaging line integration. Our exclusive survey sheds light on this important topic.
Assimilation of robotics into machine control
Controls Product Brief

COMAU and B&R: Assimilation of robotics into machine control

With the introduction of openROBOTICS, partners COMAU and B&R are collaborating on robotics integration for machinery and production lines; the solution is based on a full lineup of COMAU robots that handle payloads ranging from 3 to 650 kilograms.
AFA Electrical Engineer David Langen appreciates the unique method of communicating over the Internet on which the COSY VPN rout
OEM Application Note

Easy remote access via Internet

Thanks to an industrial VPN router that mounts to a DIN rail in the machine control cabinet, this maker of end-of-line packaging machinery saves big on tech support costs.

Listen to what the data is telling you

Previous columns have explored the potential and utility of data ranging from global integration of manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and social media down to simpler in-facility tracking and accounting of SKUs during production.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor

Taming SKU proliferation

Imagine a business model where it’s a good thing to have your employees poached away from you on a regular basis.
Web server screen
Controls Product Brief

Siemens: Enhanced drive family features integrated web server

Siemens announces the enhancement of its popular Sinamics® S120 drive system with an integrated web server to facilitate more efficient diagnostic and maintenance functionality for end-users, integrators and system designers alike.
RAM industrial cellular RTUs
Controls Product Brief

Red Lion: RAM industrial cellular RTUs

Red Lion has announced that its Sixnet series RAM industrial cellular RTUs now provide high-speed global 4G LTE network support for use with many cellular carriers worldwide.
Machine-mountable EtherCAT box I/O
Controls Product Brief

Beckhoff: Machine-mountable EtherCAT box I/O

Beckhoff Automation has introduced the EP9300 EtherCAT box for connection to PROFINET networks; box provides a cost-effective gateway to PROFINET RT devices and networks.
Supplier News

Intelligrated opens district office in Southern California

The automation and software supplier opens new location in booming logistics hub to meet demand for localized solutions support.


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