With background debate concerning growth in the manufacturing sector, and the wider topic of whether the UK adopts automation and robotics in line with global competitors, Omron’s Robert Brooks addresses some of the issues that might be making machine builders nervous about using robotics. This article was featured in the Control, Drives & Automation magazine
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.
Brian Holliday discussed how automation has historically been seen as too expensive, too unreliable, unsafe and only the preserve of large multinationals The fourth report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition Siemens’ Brian Holliday started by highlighting how the manufacturing industry is changing faster than ever before, but that the UK market is
A quick video tour of the Sysmac Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller (MAC). This tour goes through: the Configuration & Project Tree, Editor window, Toolbox, Auto-Hide capabilities, and Menus.
Omron welcomed its first guests to its newly opened European Automation Technology Centre (ATC) in Barcelona, Spain, providing state of the art facilities for customer training on the Sysmac platform, development of software libraries for target markets, discussions with customers about new prototypes, as well as proof of the System technology concept and demonstrations of
Marcin Jakubowski built a tractor in six days. Then he told the world how to do it: he made the designs, the budget and an instructional video available free online. A farmer and technologist and the founder of Open Source Ecology, Jakubowski has identified the 50 most important machines required for modern life—from the soil
A delta robot solution that is no more difficult to integrate into your system than any other standard automation component? Mark Simms takes a look at the latest part of Omron’s innovative Sysmac platform. These days machine builders who develop machines for the packaging industry are facing ever increasing challenges to provide designs that will
Energy efficiency is a key design driver in everything from smartphones to cars, and from dishwashers to houses. And an experimental solar-powered house, designed by Valencia’s Cardinal Herrera University and sponsored by Omron, has shown just how far it is possible to go with energy efficient buildings. It was created for the 2010 Solar Decathlon
It’s sometimes easy to forget that production safety is not just a question of obeying the law: it can actually have a direct and positive impact on productivity, reliability and output quality. That’s been proven in practice by Helios Energy Europe (Heliene), one of Spain’s leading manufacturers of high-output photovoltaic energy systems. These generate electricity