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Beckhoff Panels, Now with Multi-touch Technology
Beckhoff panels, now with multi-touch technology
The highly functional CP2xxx and CP3xxx Control Panel and Panel PC series feature innovative multi-touch technology as well as a contemporary and elegant device design.
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Multi-core Performance from DIN Rail Mountable Embedded PC
Multi-core performance from DIN rail mountable embedded PC
The new CX2000 Embedded PC series from Beckhoff Automation integrates leading edge multi-core processor performance with a highly modular design.
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AM8000 Servo Motor Has One Cable Technology
AM8000 servo motor has one cable technology
This dynamic new servo motor from Beckhoff combines the power and feedback system into one standard motor cable. Encoder data, rotor position, multi-turn information and the status of thermal conditions in the motor are transmitted via the single cable.
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TwinCAT® 3, the Next Generation of PC-based Control Software
TwinCAT® 3, the next generation of pc-based control software
TwinCAT 3, the ground-breaking PC-based control software, will shape the world of automation for years to come. In addition to object-oriented IEC 61131-3 extensions, the languages of the computer science world are available with C and C++. In addition, Microsoft Visual Studio® and Matlab®/Simulink® can be utilized.
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Tablets could have a big impact on the plant floor

A new component has been added to the ongoing turf war between corporate IT and manufacturing professionals who occupy the plant floor. It revolves around the growing popularity of tablets and other mobile devices.

That’s the gist of a story by Terry Costlow that was posted recently on . As tablets and smart phones become increasingly interwoven with the control and monitoring technologies in today’s plants, says Costlow, IT teams can’t help but worry about data security issues. After all, tablets and smart phones have many of the conventional security issues related to wireless networking and portable devices. Not to mention the fact that mobile devices connected to the corporate network are easily lost or stolen, which could lead to sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

Costlow goes on to say that whether IT teams like it or not, the tablet trend is here to stay, so it will simply have to be dealt with. Many predict that equipment operators and technicians will hasten the advance by using their own devices instead of waiting for management to acquire tablets or phones. The latest generation of handhelds makes it even easier for operators and technicians to gather data without being physically tethered to a piece of equipment. Companies that embrace the use of tablets and smart phones feel they’re continuing a trend that took off when companies started using Ethernet.

Packaging machinery OEMs who resist this trend may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of swimming against the tide. It was interesting to see evidence at Pack Expo a week or so ago that some OEMs have heard the message loud and clear and are integrating tablet-based wireless technology into their offerings. A good example is CombiScale, which introduced at Pack Expo its Primo small-footprint combination scale designed for light-weight products like salty snacks, for example. By integrating tablet-based control, the CombiScale frees operators from an HMI that is mounted and stationary, so calibration and troubleshooting are always at their fingertips no matter where they stand in relation to the machine. No only is the tablet portable, it can also be used to operate not just one CombiScale unit but multiple scales if need be. And being Windows-based, says CombiScale, it creates a lot of flexibility in wireless opportunities.

Go here to see a video of this tablet-based development that I shot at Pack Expo.

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Laser sensor quickly detects tiny, fast-moving objects >>
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Servo system catalog >>
The new Kollmorgen Servo System Catalog details the features, benefits and specifications of the company’s broad range of servo system solutions including their complete range of AKD Ethernet-based servo drives, AKM servomotors, direct drive technology, Kollmorgen Cartridge DDR motors, housed DDR motors, linear positioning systems, precision tables, electric cylinders, rodless actuators, TRUE Planetary gearheads, stepper motors, stepper drives, and other product solutions.
Energy-efficient electric slide series >>
Designed for precise pushing motion or handling of work pieces, the electric slide series EGSL from Festo for pick and place systems or planar surface and 3D gantries operates with linearity and parallelism to an accuracy of + .0006 inches (+ 0.015 mm), even with heavy loads.
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Mitsubishi Electric's new WinCPU industrial PC seamlessly integrates with the company’s popular PAC system, the iQ Platform.
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