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Robotics Tech Papers

Date: Last 6 Months

Optimizing Your Manufacturing

by Kate Nadeau

POSTED: 11/22/2016

Introduction Manufacturing companies contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy according to the most recent annual data. [1] Manufacturers, of which 98.6 percent [2] qualify as small businesses, have become more agile, more productive and leaner in recent years. These advances have reduced both time to market and labor costs.

Challenges with Traditional Ethercat Configuration Processes

POSTED: 11/16/2016

EtherCAT is a very flexible protocol. It allows connection of I/O modules, motor, drives, communication devices, couplers and even controllers. For each hardware type, there are different data exchange methods. A motor drive can use CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) or

How to Reduce Product Damage, Enhance Productivity and Increase Efficiencies in Paper Plate Manufacturing

by Laurie Perolio-Bullinger, Marketing Manager

POSTED: 10/19/2016

Introduction The U.S. paper plate industry is projected to increase over the next five years as consumer demand continues to rise despite coming under scrutiny by environmentalist groups.  Although this category is expected to grow, the industry is experiencing increased import competition from emerging countries with less aggressive environmental regulations

NEXCOM EtherCAT Master Controllers Accelerate Real-Time Control to Push Production to Full Throttle

POSTED: 10/06/2016

NEXCOM EtherCAT master controllers, NET series, expand with 64-bit support to move industrial automation and control systems up a gear. Targeting high-speed real-time motion control systems, the NET series can accelerate the execution of complex automation schemes, intricate robot control, and sophisticated image processing, allowing deterministic control and machine vision

Modular EtherCAT Robotic Solution Kicks R&D in High Gear to Fuel Robot Boom

POSTED: 09/30/2016

NEXCOM EtherCAT robotic solution, NexROBO, introduces openness and modularity to the rigid robot architecture, unleashing possibilities for in-house development, add-on functionality, and reconfiguration of robots. Based on an open and modular architecture, NEXCOM EtherCAT robotic solution delivers development flexibility and expandable functions with both hardware and software building blocks. Integrating a variety of EtherCAT Master controllers,

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

POSTED: 09/23/2016

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution combines operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to depict a comprehensive overview of factory operations. To put Industry 4.0 into practice, NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution closely integrates heterogeneous industrial automation and control systems, provides end-to-end connectivity to form a tightly-knit Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and simplifies the adoption

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0

POSTED: 08/31/2016

Putting Industry 4.0 into practice has become a universal lesson throughout the industry. However, most Industry 4.0 interpretations in recent years have mainly focused on the data side of things. To extend beyond the focus, this year at the 2016 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition, NEXCOM will demonstrate how it

Innovating Small Assembly Robot Integration Concepts within the PLC

by Chris Elston , Sr. Controls Engineer

POSTED: 07/13/2016

Introduction For many years, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have remained the industrial controller of choice among control, automation, and design engineers. PLCs are often referred to as the “master” controller that sequences the main logic and manages network data on automated equipment. They are considered the hidden


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