Category Archives: Manufacturing

MxD Selects Anark’s Manufacturing Collaboration Platform

The Digital Manufacturing Institute (MxD) has selected Anark to demonstrate a visionary solution for supplier collaboration. This project seeks to modernize acquisition and supply chain activities to improve acquisition and production lead times for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Additional objectives include improved decision traceability, synchronized version control, and a standard communication framework across sourcing activities.

While file based technical data packages are intended to contain all the necessary data about a product, these files lack context and insight from the experts that create them. The evolution from Technical Data Packages to a Technical Data Portal connects product data with the people and conversations that matter in a single digital platform.

Over the next year MxD and Anark will demonstrate how an integrated supplier portal that features contextual collaboration can help the DoD and suppliers of all sizes resolve procurement issues before they happen. The solution will solve supply chain challenges as outlined in the MxD RFQ 21-19 entitled TDP Data Exchange Demonstration.

About MxD

MxD (Manufacturing x Digital) is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, MxD equips US factories with the digital tools, cybersecurity, and workforce expertise needed to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, their approximately 300 partners increase their productivity, win more business, and strengthen US manufacturing. MxD is also the National Center for Cybersecurity in manufacturing as designated by DoD.

About Anark Corp.

Anark is a leading provider of technical content collaboration software, empowering leading global manufacturers such as Boeing, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Allison Transmission, Ericsson, Cohu, Cisco, and the US DoD to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely, throughout engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, and field service operations. As a result, customers yield reduced delivery risk and material waste, and higher-quality products and services with substantial cost.

For more information, visit Anark website.

IKO Offers AutomationWare Electric Actuators

IKO International has announced the US availability of the Mech Series of E-actuators as part of its distribution partnership with AutomationWare.

With AutomationWare’s Mech Series E-actuators, engineers can obtain accurate, controllable movement for almost any performance and size requirement. The series features an advanced ball screw transmission system to handle a wide range of dynamic loads and speeds with exceptional thrust performance. The units come with integrated brushless or high-speed stepper motors and an integrated feedback encoder.

In addition, the Mech Series delivers positioning accuracy to ±0.01 millimeter. Users can reduce space and cost by coupling the motors to the gearboxes or specify a sensorless version that uses motor control criteria to detect the correct position.

Versions and sizes include:

  • Mech Value in sizes 16-25-32. These feature a high-quality ball screw.
  • Mech Force in sizes 50-63-80-100-125-150. These deliver thrusts up to 190 kN force.
  • Mech Plus in sizes 50-63-80-100-125-160. These combine high dynamic load and compact size.

Users can also monitor their Mech Series actuator using AutomationWare’s AwareVu platform to ensure real-time control of temperature, vibrations and other production process anomalies.

IKO is the US distribution partner for AutomationWare. For more information, visit www.automationwareusa.com.

About IKO

IKO is a provider of needle roller bearings and linear motion rolling guides and was the first company in Japan to initiate technical developments on the needle roller bearing. Compared with traditional ball bearings and other roller bearings, the needle roller bearing is small in size and light, but offers a very high load capacity. Needle roller bearings help to make the overall equipment more compact, thus saving money and resources. IKO has also developed a range of linear motion rolling guide units for applications that require extremely high levels of precision, such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

For more information, visit IKO website.

HMS Networks Releases Cosy+ Wireless

With the new Cosy+ Wireless, HMS Networks finalizes the release of the new generation of Ewon industrial remote access gateways, bringing IIoT connectivity and cybersecurity to the next level.

Featuring built-in hardware security, the Cosy+ range allows users to access PLC-based machines securely from anywhere, and do commissioning, troubleshooting and programming online. With the new Cosy+ Wireless version, users can connect to their machines via Ethernet, Wi-Fi or cellular link depending on the industrial situation, enabling effective and sustainable support of machines by using secure remote access. The remote access to Ewon Cosy+ gateways is done over Talk2M – the world’s largest 3rd party industrial cloud service, with more than 400,000 Ewon gateways connected.

Time for Cosy+ Wireless

Following the launch of the Cosy+ Ethernet version last year, the Cosy+ Wireless addresses the increased demand for secure wireless access to machines. The demand is driven by the need to increase productivity as well as maintain secure and sustainable operations.

Security in focus for Ewon

Developed and managed according to ISO27001, the Cosy+ wireless range includes several layers of security and comprises unique built-in hardware security features. Thanks to an exclusive partnership with cybersecurity expert firm Nviso, Ewon offers a remote solution that is proven, scalable and tested according to the highest standards in order to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. On the market for more than 20 years and today a market leader in remote industrial connectivity, Ewon by HMS Networks is known for providing industrial remote access solutions to the global market that are easy to use, cost effective and highly secure.

About HMS Networks AB (publ)

HMS Networks AB (publ) is a market-leading provider of solutions in industrial information and communication technology (Industrial ICT). HMS develops and manufactures products under the Anybus, Ixxat, Ewon and Intesis brands. Development takes place at the headquarter in Halmstad and also in Ravensburg, Nivelles, Igualada, Wetzlar, Buchen, Delft and Bilbao. Local sales and support are handled by branch offices in Germany, USA, Japan, China, Singapore, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, India, UK, Sweden, South Korea, UAE and Australia as well as through a worldwide network of distributors and partners. HMS employs over 750 people and reported sales of SEK 1,972 million in 2021. HMS is listed on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm, category Large Cap, Information Technology.