• Theme: Automation

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    Visitors of the Datalogic booth at the SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg could see the market’s most compact high performance fiber laser marker in action, which promises to render adhesive labels passé. Marking the Automotive Industry One touch of his smartphone, and product manager Lorenzo Bassi gets the UniQ going: The...

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    Watch our exclusive report. Is the era of mass customisation upon us? Long seen as a promising concept, the process that combines mass production and personalization, is now effective in the factory. At SPS in Nüremberg, Siemens showcased a production line that turns out customized products at the same time. As...

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    Watch our exclusive report. Will magnetic levitation bring about a revolution in the factory of tomorrow? At SPS, automation manufacturer Festo presented its supraconductivity technology for production lines. Their SupraCarrier could be commercially launched in 5 years for handling and conveying applications. Yet,...

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    Modular production sites, like smart factories, are on the verge of commercial viability. These intelligent factories consist of independent stations that communicate with each other and with the product via standardized interfaces. The underlying concept is “plug and produce.” Plug & Produce “Our prototype of...

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    Pioneer in the simplification of programming, Crouzet Automation (now a brand of InnoVista Sensors) presented its em4 at SPS. The device is the first fully-connected remote PLC that allows applications to enter the Internet of Things, while enabling the user to control equipment via smartphone or other mobile devices....

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    The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 are reshaping the factory floor in what industry leaders hail as smart manufacturing. This new framework fills the gaps in factories and supply chains that were previously considered “integrated,” using a greater number of always-on sensors. Embedded in...

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    The nonprofit organization PLCopen answers the question of how to bridge the gap between virtual and physical worlds with its PLCopen XML interface—a conversion from the simulation of a complete plant to the application programs for this plant. How does it work? It generates a code, exports and shares it, so that...

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    The Internet of Things is already there and brings new challenges. Long time ignored or minimized, security is now a concern throughout the industry. Driven by electronic and computing industries, the IoT Security Foundation was created last September in the UK and gathers various members including cybersecurity...

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    Efficient engineering and clear layout are the main advantages of the S-DIAS, the new graphical hardware editor for I/O module control within centralized and decentralized automation systems. The editor is programmed with the object-oriented engineering suite, LASAL, and enables visualization, motion control and the...

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