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When Colin Cartwright started as a controls engineer more than 30 years ago, choosing a sensor cable was relatively easy because there weren’t very many options to choose from. It was 1990 and if a sensor had a connector (many were still widely available with screw terminals at that time), it ...

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Featured Article: Advanced Sensing Solutions for Cost-Effective Machine Building


Sensing technology has a major presence in manufacturing machinery. It provides the foundation for maintaining consistent quality and detecting any lapses in machine performance. If subtle changes in the physical properties of a machine can cause it to fail, then the sensors responsible for detecting those changes can save manufacturers lengthy downtime and repair costs.

In addition to helping cut maintenance costs, sensors also present an opportunity to make the machines more cost-efficient. Whether through their resistance to harsh chemicals or their ability to reduce the overall machine footprint, the right sensors can make a huge difference. In this article, we’ll discuss several ways in which intelligently designed sensors can make machine design more cost-effective.

1. Sensors with remote I/O blocks minimize wiring and machine complexity

To collect as much data as possible on the quality of works-in-progress and the level of machine functionality, it helps to include numerous sensors on the machines. This poses a new challenge, however, since more sensors leads to more wires, and an increase in wires leads to a more expensive machine design. Excess wires also add complexity, meaning that it will take longer to commission a new machine and troubleshoot any issues that arise.

Customers expect machines to offer greater performance in a more compact design, and they want those machines to be delivered more quickly at attractive prices. Sensors with built-in networks or remote I/O blocks helps control cabinet size and reduce machine complexity thanks to the resulting reduction in wiring. With conventional sensors, it’s necessary to run the wires all the way back to the PLC.

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Featured Article: Four Ways to Dramatically Improve Your Logistics Applications


PBUS-25-Omron-ImproveLogisticsApplications-400.jpgIn the logistics industry, it's always a race to be the fastest company to get deliveries out the door while also maintaining a standard of impeccable accuracy at the lowest possibl cost. With heated competition all around, it's no wonder that next-generation technologies are essential to becoming a trendsetter in this industry.

Let’s take a look at four major technology trends that are currently transforming the logistics industry.

1. Robotic pallet handling

Frequent SKU shuffling requires flexible floor arrangement and efficient usage of the warehouse space. More space equals more product storage, which in turn means higher product availability and faster delivery. Automated systems must be able to add value without reducing the amount of storage space available.

One of Omron’s many strengths is in their autonomous mobile robot (AMR) technology, which can safely navigate in narrow, dynamic and peopled environments thanks to highly advanced onboard mapping software and safety features. The Omron Fleet Manager platform is also available to let multiple AMRs function as a coordinated team.

Omron's HD-1500 mobile robot can be combined with a collaborative robot to provide a highly compact, automated solution for palletizing, depalletizing and transportation. The flexibility of this solution allows warehouses to dramatically reduce restrictions on floor layout and reduce dependency on forklifts, which can be hazardous.

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Featured Product: Festo’s VPPI – The Proportional Pressure Regular With the Really Big Display


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When Festo developed its new proportional pressure regular VPPI, it strove to make it as user friendly as it is full-featured and technologically advanced. How do you make a proportional pressure regular user friendly? For one, with a large, high definition display that makes setup and diagnosis that much easier.

The large VPPI interface is a major benefit for users, saving time and simplifying programming and fault diagnosis. A high definition liquid crystal display makes information clear and easy to read. It is large enough to communicate using complete words and not just abbreviations or fault codes, so there is no need to refer to a separate operator manual. The large screen is complemented by three large function buttons, which make the device easy to program and interrogate.

The VPPI delivers outstanding performance in various roles within the electronics, machine tool, assembly technology and food and packaging sectors – such as regulating pressure, testing, dispensing, press and press-fitting. Its quiet operation also makes it ideal for desktop and laboratory applications.

Flexibility is another VPPI strength. It is possible to connect up to five VPPIs together on a common pressure supply without the need for a separate manifold, reducing complexity and space requirements. DIN rail and other mounting options enable mounting flexibility.

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