Well identified cables often are a customer requirement. They are also necessary to deliver standardised cable assemblies and to produce more efficiently. However, identifying cables can be very time consuming, especially if it is done manually. By automating cable identification you can save time, comply with customer requirements, deliver standardised assemblies and produce more efficiently all at once.Save time and increase quality
A manual cable identification process quickly becomes a bottleneck that slows down production output, especially when large volumes of cables need to be identified. Cable sleeves, wrap-around and self-laminating labels can be applied a lot faster with cable sleeve and label print & apply systems. Reliable print & apply systems also increase the quality of your cable identification by always applying sleeves and labels in the exact same way.
Reliable print & apply systems
Brady Corporation offers reliable print & apply systems for cable identification sleeves and labels that enable efficiency gains in a range of production processes. The Wraptor Wire ID Printer Applicator for example, enables companies to automatically print and apply self-laminating cable labels in seconds. With the BBP72 Double Sided Printer, both sides of a cable sleeve can be printed simultaneously, and applying a sleeve has never been faster than with the BSP45 Automated Sleeve Applicator. To enable optimal efficiency gains, all print & apply systems can be delivered with on-site implementation support and maintenance.
High quality labels and sleeves
Brady offers a wide range of high quality identification materials, including wrap-around labels, self-laminating labels and cable sleeves that comply with industrial standards. These labels can resist extreme conditions, including abrasion, moisture, fuels, chemicals, UV-exposure and high temperatures. Durable, quality identification solutions usually have to be applied only once and they remain intact and legible throughout entire production processes and over time so you don’t have to waste time replacing any cable identification.
Please visit www.bradyeurope.com/wire-automation for more information about cable identification print & apply systems.
About Brady Corporation:
Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady´s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of August 1, 2014, employed approximately 6,400 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady´s fiscal 2014 sales were approximately $1.23 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.
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Atlas Servo Amplifiers can now communicate with range of controllers
INMOCO the Daventry based specialist servo company has announced its ATLAS digital amplifiers can now be used with third party microprocessors or field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) via Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) communications. ATLAS digital amplifiers are made by Performance Motion Devices Inc, a leading US provider of innovative, high performance integrated circuits, boards and drive-based motion control solutions to OEMs around the globe.
Originally designed to be used in conjunction with Performance Motion Devices’ Magellan motion control ICs, ATLAS digital amplifiers can now also communicate through SPI with other controllers. This significantly increases the range of applications where ATLAS amplifiers can be deployed, and includes robotics, medical devices, laboratory equipment, scientific instruments, fan and pump control, precision motion and industrial motor control.
“The new controller options combined with the ATLAS amplifiers’ high power density, digital current loop, and IoT (Internet of Things) capability results in a powerful and flexible amplifier,” says Gerard Bush of INMOCO.
ATLAS digital amplifiers are compact single-axis modules that provide high-performance torque control of DC brush, brushless DC and step motors. Featuring the highest power density in the industry, ATLAS versions are available in 75W, 250W, and 500W power configurations in two module sizes: 27 x 27 x 13mm and 39 x 39 x 15mm.
For additional flexibility, ATLAS package options can be mounted to a printed circuit board in either vertical or horizontal configurations depending on application requirements and customer preference. ATLAS amplifiers integrate a field-oriented control (FOC) digital current loop, which enables finely-tuned motor current control and lower power consumption and noise.
“The amplifiers can record IoT information such as commanded current vs. actual current, temperature, bus voltage, etc, enabling host processor access to critical motion control parameters,” explains Gerard. This enables users to monitor system performance and proactively address problems before they arise.”
The amplifiers are powered from a single supply voltage, and provide automatic protection from overcurrent, under-voltage, over-voltage, over-temperature, and short circuit faults. Other advanced ATLAS features include; programmable gain parameters and performance trace.
Multifunction controller boasts ethernet connectivity
The Type 8619 multiCELL controller from Burkert is a popular choice for delivering multi-channel measurement and control for a range of sensors. Now the benefits for process control systems have been extended with the addition of Ethernet connectivity, which will reduce installation time and greatly improve the connectivity of the control network.
With direct connection of a wide range of sensors to measure parameters such as flow rate, pH, ORP, temperature and conductivity, the multiCELL is ideally suited to the control and monitoring of water quality in industrial processes. Designed to provide flexibility and an easy-to-use interface, the multiCELL can be easily configured to suit a wide range of process control systems.
As more and more control systems start to integrate Ethernet communications, so Burkert is adding this important communication tool to many of its products. The continued implementation of this technology is making it considerably easier to install and operate process control infrastructure.
The initial product release by Burkert will enable communication using Modbus TCP and this will be shortly followed by the introduction of PROFINET and Ethernet/IP capability. This will greatly simplify the connection between the multiCELL and the PLC as well as removing the need for an additional I/O card in the PLC.
Each controller can be configured for a range of sensors as well as having up to six pre-configured I/O boards to accommodate any signal requirements. In addition, the multiCELL can be configured as a datalogger, using the built-in SD card slot for data storage. This SD card slot can also be used to save sensor parameters and control application settings to allow the same settings to be replicated in another multiCELL controller; ensuring accurate transfer of control parameters between sites.
Sophisticated electronics and state-of-the-art control algorithms ensure that optimum process control is maintained at all times with minimal operator intervention. Chemical dosing pumps or control valves can be controlled via pulse, on/off or analogue signals, depending on the application in question. The adaptability and versatility of the multiCELL allows it to be integrated into a variety of applications, from the very simplistic to the more complex designs.
Monitoring and maintaining water quality within an industrial process requires an array of sensors, flowmeters, pumps and control valves. By introducing the highly functional multiCELL, all of these components can be easily configured with parameters being set at the touch of a button.
In many cases, maintaining precise control over the quality of water within a process is a fundamental requirement. At the same time, improved communication and flexibility can go a long way to reducing down-time and maintenance costs.
NSK is more dynamic with miniature linear-guided pick-and-place machines
As machines for the semiconductor industry operate with cycle times of one second or less, pick-and-place units must offer very high dynamic performance. A case in point can be seen at a manufacturer of chip-mounting systems, where NSK recommended a combination of its ball screw and miniature linear guide technologies to replace the existing linear motor and significantly increase dynamic capability. Assembly machines in the semiconductor industry put high demands on pick-and-place units.
With regard to the process, the pick-and-place unit of the assembly machine grips a semiconductor chip and inserts it inside a package. During this operation, the facilitating 40 mm stroke is executed at a speed of 2.5 m/sec.
The linear motor used previously was performing this task at the limit of its capability, which prompted the OEM to approach NSK for an alternative solution. After a comprehensive assessment of the application, NSK´s engineers proposed the use of a BSS Series ball screw in combination with PU Series miniature linear guides.
NSK´s PU miniature linear guides are purpose-designed for demanding applications such as those found in semiconductor manufacturing equipment and medical devices. Smooth ball recirculation enables effortless motion, while an enhanced seal prevents friction dust from entering the surrounding environment. This makes PU miniature linear guides suitable for use in clean room applications with an appropriate lubricant.
Another advantage of the PU Series is low weight: the carriage is approximately 20% lighter than comparable systems on the market, which makes a considerable difference in highly dynamic applications. The drive unit of the pick-and-place system now weighs only 1 kg, while its operating speed is 2.5 m/s (with an acceleration of 40 g). In addition, it offers a 40 mm stroke and a maximum ball screw rotational speed of 5000 rpm.
Thanks to this high-performance capability, the NSK solution delivers much higher dynamics than the linear motor it replaced. Furthermore, the manufacturer of the chip mounting systems says it is fully satisfied with the reliability and lifespan of the PU Series miniature linear guide and BSS Series ball screw.
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