When old-school engineers are preached about the upcoming wave of Industry 4.0 technologies and how they will revolutionize plant operations with remote connectivity, they often respond with little excitement, and with good reason. Embedded system is a well-established technology within the industry that has offered remote connectivity for decades now, be it HVAC systems, assembly lines or chemical tanks. So, if everything was available from the start, why the IoT buzz then?
The era of LED lighting has given designers several wide-ranging advantages over legacy systems, which they may incorporate within end-products for their clients. However, in order to ensure these benefits are reaped by the end-user, the design phase must be given due importance along with special considerations.
Topics: LED Lighting
Any photoelectric sensor, irrespective of its type or technology, uses two parts: transmitter and receiver. These can be either in separate housings or within one package. With retro-reflective photoelectric sensors, both these parts are a single housing, with the sensors “looking” at a reflector situation opposite to it.
Topics: Leuze Electronic
Planning a safety system upgrade can be tricky and can be detrimental to your plant’s productivity. Therefore, it is vital that a clear and concise procedure be followed, right from initial conversion to final validation.
The 2019 Engineers' Choice Grand Award-winning Siemens SINAMICS G120 Smart Access Module is a must-have accessory for interfacing with SINAMICS G120 variable frequency drives. Using any mobile device, users can securely connect to the G120 WiFi server then have the ability to commission a G120 drive, edit parameters, run in HAND mode, and more. The web server functionality eliminates the need to download additional software.
Circuit breakers are necessary components of any electricity-driven network, protecting devices and machinery from damages due to overvoltage and/or overcurrent. There are several types of circuit breakers, however, with respect to the CB4200, we are concerned with the thermal-magnetic family.
The plethora of communication protocols and exhaustive list of security configurations make IIoT implementations a cumbersome task. However, a major challenge that organizations face is finding the starting point for their IIoT implementations.
Poor safety practices within the plant floor can lead to a variety of problems and hazards within the work space. By clearing up misunderstandings regarding machine safety, many accidents can be avoided. This article is a continuation of "Top 10 Machine Safety Myths Debunked: Part 1."
Poor safety practices within the plant floor can lead to regulatory fines, workers’ compensations, lost productivity and of course, a hazardous work space. Some, if not all, accidents can be avoided by clearing up misunderstandings regarding machine safeguarding, ensuring all practices are compliant to regulatory protocols.
Whenever the word “supply chain” is uttered, most professionals usually think of logistics, because the concept has been embedded in their thought processes for the past four decades. When optimization of supply chain is explored, the goal is to optimize the flow of materials from the raw material state to the distribution center where finished goods are auctioned.