With many companies facing labor shortages, work cells capable of implementing collaborative robots, autonomous mobile robots, and vision systems for top-to-bottom logistics automation are becoming increasingly common.
The RH-3CRH and the RH-6CRH SCARA robots from Mitsubishi Electric offer improved safety functionality and come at a price-point aimed at smaller manufacturers.
The CRX-25-iA and other collaborative robots are seeing growing adoption in the warehouse and logistics space, where they are being used to navigate labor shortages, increase throughput and help keep up with the increasingly stringent demands of e-commerce.
Al Beydoun, President and Executive Director of ODVA, discusses how SPE and APL will change industrial networking. See video.
Control Engineering video explains 3 important things to know about PLC programming and adds another you may not have considered. Links to other PLC programming resources.
Automation trends and applications such as need for interoperability and determinism have shaped industrial Ethernet use. EtherCAT structure, advantages, communications, functional safety, diagnostics and related information are covered by Bob Trask, EtherCAT Technology Group, in three videos with Control Engineering.
Expert interview series: Edge computing use for industrial automation and controls implementations, differences from other computing options, when to use edge computing, software and programming, projects and lessons learned were topics of a Control Engineering interview with Emerson’s Darrell Halterman.
Industrial edge computing and cloud computing can help motion control, CNC and other applications by providing higher-level analytics for smart manufacturing applications as CNC processors focus on tool path and motion control. Control Engineering interview with August (Gus) Gremillion, Siemens, discusses edge computing advantages. See Siemens edge computing video interview for more.
Michael Wayde, marketing manager at Phoenix Contact, walks through the essentials of choosing an industrial enclosure.
Jody Kinney, product manager at AutomationDirect, sits down to walk us through the essentials of choosing an industrial enclosure.