Can you add value to your machines, perhaps adding greater sophistication and complexity, without impacting on development time and programming cost? Robert Brooks and Karl Walker look at the evolution of a new breed of machine controllers. At the heart of every machine is a machine controller. That might seem an obvious thing to say,
A recent research report from IMS Research (part of IHS Inc) suggests that the use of Ethernet networking technology for motor drives and motion control will more than triple by the year 2016. New Ethernet nodes are, according to the report, likely to account for over 20% of the new networked motion-control products in 2016.
Mecapack, a specialist manufacturer of primary and secondary packaging machines has recently developed a turnkey packaging line. Working in close cooperation with Omron has enabled the company to base its concept on a single line controller, a strategically important step forward, with which Mecapack intends to satisfy customer expectations both in its French home market