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Industrial Robotics Editorials

Peripherals: Safety

Beyond Price: Why Accessory Components are the Manufacturing Plant’s Unsung Heroes

POSTED: 10/29/2019

Price. When it comes to manufacturing application accessories, or more colloquially stigmatized as “commodity” goods – price is the gatekeeper. No matter what the value add or technology advantages a particular brand may be introducing to the market, those benefits fade to white noise with price as well as discount

What is angular resolution?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

What is angular resolution and what does it do?  This is a fairly straightforward question with a fairly simple answer.  Put simply the angular resolution is the angle (in degrees) between scan points for a safety laser scanner.  Think of a circle with 360 degrees, this is similar to a

ATEX Light Curtain for Paint Shop Applications

POSTED: 10/29/2019

The Leuze MLC520-EX2 safety light curtain is rated for Zone 2 and Zone 22 atmospheres which is approximately equivalent to the NFPA Class I Division II electrical rating or "Hazardous because flammable gases or vapors are present" but "only in abnormal conditions". This makes the advanced MLC520-EX2 light curtain a great

How Safe is your Safety Device?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

What can't your safety laser scanner do?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

Due to the large amount of safety laser scanners on the market, it is easy to get lost during the product selection process. There are many choices depending on application requirements; communication protocol, protective field range, safety resolution and many more. With all the available options this can make the

Alignment Issues with Safety Light Curtain?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

The proper installation of a safety light curtain is directly related to proper safety functionality and safety rating. If not properly installed getting a red light to turn green may be an impossibility (let the hair pulling ensue). Below are some tips for a successful launch of your light curtain. Both

TO Cascade or NOT TO Cascade?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

The typical definition of cascading in the world of safety devices would be a single unit working in series with other units (i.e. light curtain, safety scanner, multi-beam light device). So in the case of light curtains, all the units that are cascaded with one another make one long segmented

Top 10 Benefits Of IoT For Manufacturers

POSTED: 05/17/2019

Chances are you have come across the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These are networks of connected devices that communicate data to a central system in order to make sense of it all. These networks consist of connected edge devices, terminals, and machines

Automate 2019 | Automation And Robotics

POSTED: 03/05/2019

Don't miss this automation event in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Automate 2019 will deliver insights, education and networking opportunities surrounding automation in all its forms. Encompass Solutions will exhibit at Booth #9245 (www.automateshow.com/exhibitors/encompass-solutions)  and deliver an introductory breakout session on automation and robotics (www.encompass-inc.com/automation-and-robotics-presentation-automate-2019) with steps you can take now toward implementing in your facility.

Virtual reality job trials for collaborative robots

POSTED: 10/30/2018

Robots seem a perfect match for many of the exacting, tedious, and repetitive jobs that occur on a construction site, and they can free up human workers to take on more complex tasks. However, introducing robots capable of nailing drywall or laying loads of brick can introduce unfamiliar dangers to

The Prosperity Chain: How Technology (and robots) Allow Us to Do Good

POSTED: 10/24/2018

There is much hype and debate in the media these days pitting robotics and automation against jobs. When someone worries about losing their job, it can cut to the core of their confidence and positive outlook in life. That is part of what makes this such a sensitive and complex

EDI And How It Benefits Businesses Of Every Size

POSTED: 09/25/2018

EDI, Electronic Data Interchange, is defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as, "the computer-to-computer interchange of strictly formatted messages that represent documents other than monetary instruments. EDI implies a sequence of messages between two parties, either of whom may serve as originator or recipient. The formatted data

Visit Encompass Solutions At Booth #33 For Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

We’re excited to announce that Encompass Solutions will be exhibiting our consulting expertise, business services, and Epicor ERP solutions at the annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018 on October 10th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us for a day of learning, networking, and discovery into what the latest

Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

If you haven’t heard of Manufacturing Day, the series of events is designed as a celebration of modern manufacturing and serves to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Talks, open houses, and guided tours of manufacturing facilities across the country take place on the first Friday in October. This year, Manufacturing

Machine Automation Explained

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Generally, machine velocity and positioning systems are controlled using devices like linear actuators, hydraulic pumps or electric motors, such as a servo. However, motion control utilizes special technology systems comprised of electric actuators like ac/dc servo motors. A typical motion control system includes three


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