Nucor subsidiary POK brings foundry to Industry 4.0
September 21, 2023
Nucor factory saves initial and recurring costs, improves products with groov EPIC and Ignition solutions. The challenge was how, at a reasonable cost, to aggregate all process information from equipment and PLCs and then successfully exchange that information with corporate SCADA and ERP systems.
Vision-Guided robots: Cameras Give Robots Human-Like Functions
March 19, 2023
As with a machine vision system on an assembly line, a vision-guided robot uses intelligent processing to give it instructions. A slight alteration to the code allows the same robot to perform entirely different tasks, i.e., switching between products and batch runs, with no mechanical adjustments.
Transport changeover time plunges from 1 hour to 1 minute
November 1, 2022
An XTS-based assembly line uses an advanced automation control system to minimize the machine footprint for automotive industry customers. After a second modernization project, two different types of pumps can be produced on a highly condensed assembly line with the same small footprint.
Efficient motion control for 5-axis fiber laser cutting system
November 1, 2022
EtherCAT and PC-based automation provides tools for a turnkey solution for auto manufacturer’s fiber laser cutting system. Drive technologies from Beckhoff enable precise coordination of the up to five cutting axes, and ensure that the high-performance machine stays within tight tolerances.
TwinCAT and CAM connections increase productivity of fiber laser machining centers
May 14, 2022
Plasma-Tech Systems, based in Csongrád, Hungary, manufactures custom laser equipment and specialized machines. With the PTL 4001, a fully automatic processing center using a fiber laser was developed and automated with PC-based control and advanced laser cutting NC technology from Beckhoff.
Smart factory steel melt shop operations
May 10, 2022
ABB launches industry-first smart factory solution for safer, more autonomous and efficient steel melt shop operations.
From warehouse to enterprise with edge computing
November 18, 2021
New hand sanitizer packaging plant uses unique automation architecture to run at the pace of modern business. A new connectivity solution puts dynamic manufacturing data at the edge of the production line and into enterprise systems simultaneously in real-time.
AriZona’s new plant connects SCADA/MES with ERP
November 18, 2021
The AriZona Beverages plant will produce more than 60 million cases per year. The connection to ERP is just one of the SCADA system’s many benefits, which also include greater access to data, better mobility, improved efficiency, and lower costs.
Dignified Motors introduces technology to mobility industry
March 30, 2021
An innovative engineer turns to edge controller technology to power an EPIC Chevy Silverado lift system. Opto 22 encourages you to think about how you can put your engineering skills to work to improve the life of someone near you.
Scalable automation solution for heat exchanger manufacturing
July 1, 2020
PC-based automation, drive networking and Ethernet I/O reduces control technology cost and cycle times for OEM machinery builder. Use of EtherCAT technology improved PLC cycle times by 30% and reduced control system costs by approximately 30% when compared with equipment from previous vendors.