Category Archives: Automation/Robotics

Productive Robotics Updates Software for OB7 Cobots

New software updates add 50 operational and ease-of-use features to the line of OB7 collaborative robots from Absolute Machine Tools’ partner Productive Robotics. The software updates enhance the cobots’ connectivity, expedite efficient integration with other equipment, and facilitate real-time status monitoring.

Included in the list of new and upgraded features is full linear control that broadens the cobots’ “no-programming, no coding,” simple-to-teach intelligence. The updated software also strengthens the cobots’ ability to directly monitor and control the machines they work with, including providing instant connection to equipment with Rockwell Automation’s Ethernet IP. Live online monitoring with email and text alerts provides real-time updates and notifications of machine stoppages or other issues. Complete interoperability with Cognex and other smart camera systems expedites systems integration.

With seven axes, OB7 cobots have extended flexibility that enables them to reach around obstructions and operate in confined workplaces. The family of four different OB7 cobots is engineered to accomplish simple to complex tasks for various payloads and sizes. Because they are manufactured in the US, Productive Robotics cobots benefit from fast, reliable technical support and part supply services.

Productive Robotics products support Absolute Machine Tools’ commitment to providing comprehensive engineering assistance for custom-tailored automation, robotics and turnkey machining solutions aimed at reducing manufacturing costs.

About Absolute Machine Tools, Inc.

Absolute Machine Tools, Inc. sells and supports Johnford Bridge & Gantry Mills; You Ji Vertical Turret Lathes; Tongtai Horizontal Machining Centers (former Hitachi-Seiki OEM); PCI Horizontal Machining Centers; Quicktech Multi-Axis Multi-Spindle Mill/Turn Centers; Lico Multi-Slide CNC Screw Machines and Twin Spindle Multi-Slide Mill/Turn Centers; Nexturn Swiss-type Lathes; AccuteX Wire EDM and Die Sinker Machines; APEC 5-axis Gantry-style Linear Motor Machining Centers; and Precihole Gundrilling Machines. The company has worked with several of its principal machine tool partners for over 25 years to offer some of the most heavy-duty, accurate, and productive machines in the industry. The company has built its reputation on exemplary applications engineering, service, customer support, comprehensive training, and effective preventive-maintenance programs. In addition to its headquarters in Lorain, OH, the company has established direct full-service technical centers in Mason, OH; Livonia, MI; and Rockford, IL.

For more information, visit www.absolutemachine.com.

Omron Launches K6PM Thermal Condition Monitoring Device

Omron Automation Americas has a new technology to help facilities get closer to the ultimate goal of zero downtime. By providing continuous, remote thermal monitoring of electrical panels and other components, Omron’s K6PM Thermal Condition Monitoring Device lowers the time and cost required for critical equipment inspections and minimizes the risk of unplanned shutdowns.

The number of parts that need monitoring is increasing in today’s highly automated facilities, but a shortage of maintenance engineers is making it harder to keep up with this demand. As a result, industrial facilities are at a higher risk of unexpected downtime as well as serious accidents. Device failures have various causes, most of which lead to overheating and subsequent insulator breakdown.

Using the K6PM, manufacturers can rest assured that their equipment is being monitored on a continuous basis for any abnormalities resulting from overload, vibration, condensation or other causes. Automated data collection and analysis enables even inexperienced personnel to recognize a potential device failure early on and take action to prevent serious problems. Operators can easily and accurately visualize a panel’s temperature without opening the door.

Industry professionals interested in taking advantage of the K6PM’s capabilities for reducing unplanned shutdowns and accidents caused by device failures are encouraged to visit the K6PM’s product page for more information.

About Omron Automation

Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner that creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include sensing, control, safety, vision, motion, robotics and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by president Yoshihito Yamada, Omron’s 36,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries.

Learn more at automation.omron.com.

Advanced Micro Updates NR60E2 Series of Encoders

Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (AMCI), adds features to their NR60E2 series of networked absolute rotary encoders. The features include a Profinet interface, E2 Technology, Hub Shaft (Blind Shaft) Option, and Stainless Steel units.  These rotary sensors provide an overall measuring range of 16 bits (single-turn resolution) plus 14 bits (number of revolutions), for 30 bits total. The AMCI NR60E2 networked encoders are 100% compatible with Allen-Bradley, Siemens, and Schneider PLCs that support EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP, or Profinet. With both single-turn and multi-turn versions available, AMCI’s networked encoders are ready for any application.

NR60E2 Networked Absolute Rotary Encoder Features:

  • EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP & Profinet
  • Integrated, Dual-Port Switch
  • Single-turn resolution up to 16 bit
  • Multi-turn resolution up to 30 bit
  • IP67 Ingress Protection Rating
  • Solid shaft and hub shaft versions
  • Stainless steel units available
  • Programs using PLC’s native software

NR60E2 Ethernet Encoders are offered in either a 63mm diameter package with hub/blind shaft mounting style, or a 58mm package with flange or servo mount options.  Stainless steel units are also available.  There are three M12 connectors supplying power and network connectivity, with either side or end connect versions available.

AMCI’s  E2 Technology is a multi-protocol approach to Ethernet distributed I/O that makes moving from one industrial Ethernet protocol to another simple.  Supported protocols include EtherNet/IP, Modbus-TCP, and Profinet. A web server integrated within the NR60E2 facilitates network configuration changes. The NR60E2 has a built-in Ethernet switch and dual network ports, offering fault-tolerant networking; DLR for EtherNet/IP & MRP for Profinet, which can detect a break in the network and redirect the network traffic maintaining communication and system up-time.  The embedded switch also provides a network connection for additional devices without increasing the nodes on the Ethernet switch.

The NR60E2 networked encoder is resolver based and supplies absolute position feedback without glass discs or sensitive LED components, enabling it to withstand high levels of shock and vibration. The IP67 rated package is the solution for single-turn and multi-turn position applications requiring protection from dust and water ingress. Solid shaft and hub shaft versions are also available to satisfy a variety of applications.

For more information, visit Advanced Micro Controls website.

Optris Announces CTratio 1M, 2M Quotient Pyrometers

Optris has developed a ratio pyrometer. Quotient pyrometers are designed to provide constant measurement results even with a dirty lens or for objects that move within the measurement area (e.g. metal rods or wires).

The concept is based on the previous CTratio, which has been used in many installations, with fiber optic lens and separate processing electronics.

The addition of a model with spectral sensitivity at 1.45-1.75 μm (2M) now allows measurements to be made from as low as 250° C. The models were also expanded upwards by calibration methods – a maximum of 3000 °C can now be measured.

The quotient pyrometer’s measurement error is 0.5 percent. Due to the adjusting time of 1 ms, fast processes can also be monitored.

A highlight of the CTratio is the targeting laser used now, with a wavelength of 520 nm. For temperature analysis, Optris supplies the software Ratio Connect as standard, which can detect and evaluate temperature measurement data. The user can set also parameters for the device easily in-situ, or via the standard USB interface and the free Android app IRmobile.

For more information, visit Optris website.