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Three-jaw grippers open 180 degrees

By opening 180 degrees to clear the workpiece, AGI's AGA grippers enable automation cycle times to be reduced

Field-mountable RTU controller offers high availability

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, is introducing its new PAC8000 RTU (remote terminal unit) controller, a rugged, field-mountable platform

Remote I/O module is sealed to IP67

B and R is launching the X67 I/O modules with IP67 protection for decentralised machine control systems; designed for harsh conditions

Pressure sensors: aid easier development

Pressure-sensing MEMS dies offer OEMs a cost-effective route to the development of new or upgraded pressure sensors

Software environment for configuring automation and safety functions

B and R is introducing the Safedesigner development and configuration tool for safety functions, which runs within the Automation Studio development environment

Programmable controller for thickness and coplanarity measurement

For thickness, height, roundness, flatness or coplanarity measurements, where signals need to be synchronised and processed

PID tuning automated in control design and simulation software

Simulink Control Design 3.0 from The Mathworks automates the tuning of proportional-integral-derivative controllers

Main automation suppliers focus on integration and flexibility

Integrating control and automation information, increasing network resilience and installation flexibility, and adding new functionality to Scada software are helping vendors to increase plant transparency. Sean Ottewell reports

Spindle controller includes control, drive and power supply

Aerotech's new Soloist SC high-accuracy spindle controller incorporates the single-axis speed control, drive and power supply in one unit

Modular motor controller provides protection and feedback

WEG's SRW01 low-voltage motor management system provides protection, diagnostics and optional fieldbus communications

Illuminated square keys for machinery

B and R is launching illuminated square keys with labels that can be printed directly on foil or installed as legend strips

Centum VP integrated production control system now at R4.02

Yokogawa says that Centum VP R4.02 incorporates numerous enhancements to improve usability, alarm management and integration with the Prosafe-RS SIS

Low-cost industrial Ethernet switch starter kits

Harting is launching two new industrial Ethernet switch starter kits, one of which comes complete with a power supply

Compact, high-speed machine controllers with Profinet

Siemens is launching new compact, high-speed Simatic S7-300 controllers with two Profinet interfaces and optional failsafe capability

Mechatronics design process simplified

Rockwell Automation is launching a new portfolio of software tools, motion control products and support for mechatronics design projects

Compact Simatic S7-300 controllers in standard and failsafe formats

Siemens Industry Automation and Drive Technologies is launching new standard and failsafe Simatic S7-300 controllers that are just 40mm wide

Report identifies market potential for automation in food industry

A new report from ARC predicts that expenditure on automation in the global food and beverage industry will reach $6billion by 2013

New Industrial Ethernet switches feature PoE functionality

Siemens is launching new managed and unmanaged Industrial Ethernet switches that are suitable for applications requiring Power over Ethernet

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