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Automation World AUGUST 2011
TECHNOLOGY BRIEF
Why Next-Generation Machines are Leveraging High-Performance Networks
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A look at the reasons why machine builders are in favor of Ethernet-based, networked remote and local I/O with a special focus on how motion control networking fits in.

Machine builders, manufacturers, and systems integrators continue to migrate their industrial automation to Ethernet-based, networked I/O from hardwired discrete and analog signal installations, according to a recent independent survey.¹ Over the past decade, they recognized and took advantage of the cost and labor reductions, as well as improved up-time from faster troubleshooting that Ethernet-based systems provide. Across all groups involved in the building and implementation of next-generation machines, the importance of high-speed networking and the availability of compliant hardware is a given. Even long-time users of fieldbus networks such as DeviceNet, Profibus, AS-i and Modbus are beginning to shift to Ethernet-based networks. The reasons why are compelling: reduced labor costs, standardization of one network media type for the entire machine, fewer wiring mistakes, smaller main machine panels, and higher throughput...Read More
CASE APPLICATION
Bar Glass Printing Equipment Maker Taps Omron Industrial Automation for Motion and Ethernet-based Networking

Silk-screen on glass printing equipment manufacturer selects Omron for 9-axis, Ethernet-based motion control, multiple HMIs and I/O. In addition to technology advantages, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) cites Omron's end-to-end application engineering and field support as a key benefit.

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Cheswick, Pennsylvania-based Miller Process Coating is an OEM that specializes in turnkey solutions for cylindrical silkscreen printing applications. “The major technical challenge that Miller's customers face is printing on a tapering round surface,” says Tim Bradac, key account manager for Omron Industrial Automation. “Most of the machines they build are used by companies that print bar glasses—pint glasses for draft beer. Print consistency was the number one problem they were trying to address when we started working with them.”

Part of the challenge for Miller was engineering support. While they had internal resources for mechanical engineering, they contracted out electrical engineering to a competitive vendor for controls. Unfortunately, the support they received from that vendor was sporadic...Read More
CASE APPLICATION
Automaker Mitigates Downtime Risk by Switching to New Servo System
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Non-technical personnel—whether a 10-year-old or a VP of manufacturing—can change out a failing servo drive or motor in minutes thanks to new servo technology that provides easy-to-understand, step-by-step procedures on fixing any problems. Skeptical automaker becomes a believer.

Major automotive manufacturers want to take care of problems before they happen. They would much rather figure out where there might be a potential problem on the line and fix it during scheduled downtime, rather than have it stop production. “It is very expensive when a line goes down, even for just a few minutes” says Keith Grey, strategic automotive account manager at Omron Industrial Automation. “Scores of production workers are standing around getting paid to do nothing, and product is not being produced.”

Considering all the common issues of downtime in automotive plants, the ones that stand out as most problematic are servo issues. Servo issues can take up to 45 minutes to fix; often they are tricky to diagnose and address, and thus typically require specially qualified personnel to resolve them. This is where Omron Industrial Automation's revolutionary new servo system comes into play...Read More

NEW PRODUCTS
Product Image 1 New GX-Series EtherCAT I/O Blocks Deliver Smart Functionality

The compact GX-Series includes digital, analog, and pulse I/O modules to support complete machine automation with high-speed input functionality and microsecond ON/OFF times that fully leverage EtherCAT's fast cycle times...

Product Image 2 Accurax G5 Servo Drives Available for High-Speed, Precise Motion Control

The full line of Accurax G5 servo drives enables a seamless convergence of sequence control, motion control with servo and variable frequency drives, vision inspection, and high-speed I/O...

Product Image 3 FZM1 Vision System Integrates High-Speed Positioning with Quality Inspection

Optimized to deliver accurate positioning coordination data required for high-speed pick-and-place and alignment applications. In addition to true-color image processing for exceptionally accurate quality inspection, the FZM1 provides coordinate data via high-speed EtherCAT and Ethernet TCP/IP...

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