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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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.
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.
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.