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SPONSOR: Aerotech, Inc. February 7, 2012 | Edited by Pat Reynolds

Single- and multi-axis motion controllers scalable to your application >>

From the stand-alone single-axis Soloist and 1-10 axis Ensemble, to our software-based 1-32 axis Automation 3200, Aerotech has a scalable, easy-to-use controller to fit your needs.

Aerotech, Inc.

Linear and rotary servomotors and drives >>

Aerotech U-channel & flat linear motors offer superior performance, while our brushless rotary servomotors provide low torque ripple, smooth velocity and max torque/acceleration.

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Integrated machine control with Aerotech's MotionPAC >>

Aerotech MotionPAC integrates motion with the PLC environment for a 30 to 50% reduction in development time. Based on IEC61131-3, programmable in .NET, with diagnostics and tools.

Aerotech, Inc.

ACT series high-speed linear motor actuators >>

The ACT is a high performance, cost-effective linear-servomotor-driven actuator that is faster and more accurate than a ball screw or belt-drive without the costly, time-consuming maintenance. As an integrated, assembled mechanical system, ACT also eliminates the design complexity of assembling individual components.

Aerotech, Inc.

Integrated automation solutions brochure >>

The brochure highlights automation controllers and software, drives, linear and rotary motors, and positioning mechanics.

Aerotech, Inc.

New robotics resources

Outlined at the January 18-20 Robotics Industry Forum was a new robotic system integration certification program that will be run by the Robotics Industries Association.

According to Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA, the RIA had been researching a robotic certification program for the last two years. "We heard about some system integrators losing bids based on price to other vendors who were not as qualified and then finding out that the low-cost integrator didn't get the job done. Eventually, the manufacturer went with the more qualified integrator to fix the [first] integration problems. And that's a big reason for the certification program," says Burnstein.

The new certification program focuses on system integrators being able to benchmark their companies against other system integrators. The certification will offer benefits such as a certification logo, feature listings of certified integrators on the RIA site, and the establishment of leadership and visibility in the robotics community.

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System integrators would have to participate in a two-day, on-site audit and team personnel would be tested on specific applications to evaluate their skill level. Some of the objectives would include demonstrating safe work procedures, basic robotic setup skills, I/O understanding, and the ability to read and interpret robotic manufacturing manuals.

The audit process-sourced by the RIA-would be wrapped in nondisclosure agreements between system integrator and auditor. And the RIA would not have access to this audited data. Burnstein says a rating system would be part of the new certification program, and integrators would be rated in different skill categories and offerings. The different rating categories have not been unveiled yet.

The RIA already has 12-18 companies participating in a pilot certification program. Also, a vision integrator proram announcement is coming later this year, but no further details were given at the forum.

In other news from RIA, the organization has announced a new online resource compiling robot safety and safety-standard compliance resources. The online page presents the library of information about robot safety that is available from RIA, a 260-member association that is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 Robot Safety Standard. A webinar on Robot Safety Awareness is showcased on the page, as are case studies, articles, and links to resources about training. In addition, a new RSS "safety feed" is available to help people keep track of news about robot safety.

NEW Automation Products

Combo HMI-PLC with custom plug-in I/O

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Barcode reader increases read rates

Cognex Corporation's advanced fixed-mount industrial ID reader, the DataMan 300, is designed to handle the most difficult ID code-reading applications on even the highest speed lines ... Read more

USB-to-WLAN adapter

In order to provide cost-effective wireless solutions to machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the recently FCC-certified CU8890 WLAN adapter ... Read more

Wide temperature ethernet switches

WAGO Corporation's 852 Series Ethernet Switch family now features two Wide Temperature models for operation between -40°C to +70°C. The mid-range, 8-port Unmanaged 852-103 and range-topping 7-port Managed 852-104 Switches support networks ... Read more

EtherNet/IP I/O modules

Belden's Lumberg EtherNet/IP I/O modules fully support device level ring (DLR) protocol and line (daisy chain) topologies and are suitable for machine tool, material handling, filling and packaging ... Read more

Safety light curtains provide simple guarding

F3SJ-E Safety Light Curtains from Omron Scientific Technologies are easy-type safety light curtains that provide simple, affordable and reliable hand-intrusion detection for use in stand-alone ... Read more

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