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Industrial Robotics Editorials

Application: Arc Welding

Understanding Real-Time Machine Vision

POSTED: 04/06/2018

As industrial processing power increases, real-time machine vision systems become more powerful and affordable. Machine vision technology has become a key element in the manufacturing sector. The technology utilizes industrial image processing and cameras mounted over production cells and lines to visually read, direct or inspect products in real-time without

The Software-Based Platform for Motion Control, Machine Vision, and Programmable Logic Controllers – KINGSTAR

POSTED: 04/06/2018

Industrial automation processes such as motion control and machine vision have traditionally been based on hardware. This approach introduces a variety of challenges. Besides being expensive and proprietary, migrating to newer products is challenging when hardware components are involved. Further, the compatibility of hardware equipment like servo motors and drives

The Relationship between Real-Time Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT)

POSTED: 04/06/2018

The increasing demand for a data-driven world has led to the rise of reliable and robust software-dependent IoT devices. The Internet of Things relies on embedded systems to transmit and receive information over a specified network in real-time. This means that IoT devices require capable systems to execute their intended

Motion Controllers Explained: How to Choose the Right Motion Controller

POSTED: 04/06/2018

A motion controller is the core element of a motion control system: it calculates and generates output commands for each trajectory or motion path. Motion controllers vary in regards to sophistication, complexity, interpolator, and servo motor control loop. However, they are all designed to execute tasks at precise speeds, positioning

Industrial Automation Software: A Powerful Alternative to Hardware-Based Motion Control

POSTED: 03/29/2018

Traditional hardware-based motion control is an expensive and time-consuming affair. With loads of accessories, connection cables, and applications to support the devices in use, the process becomes costly and cumbersome. Industrial automation software offers a powerful alternative. With customizable options, the software approach to motion control provides the user with

Understanding Software PLC Systems

POSTED: 03/27/2018

The software PLC (soft PLC) was introduced with the aim of enhancing interoperability and compatibility among various industrial systems and products. It is a digital computer that facilitates electromechanical process automation, and a control mechanism that is used to enhance production lines and machine functions and processes. The soft PLC

Types of Industrial Automation Systems

POSTED: 03/27/2018

Industrial automation systems are categorized based on their integration level and flexibility in the manufacturing processes and operations. Different types of automation systems include: Fixed Automation Fixed automation systems are utilized in high volume production settings that have dedicated

Industry 4.0 Defined: 4 Core Components

POSTED: 03/27/2018

Known as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 defines the automation and data exchange trend in manufacturing technologies. The term was introduced in 2011 by a group of German business, academic and political representatives who were crafting an initiative aimed at improving the manufacturing industry’s competitiveness as per the German

Components of a Real-Time Machine Vision System

POSTED: 03/27/2018

Machine vision processes consist of algorithms that review images and extract information, make required decisions, and run necessary inspections in real-time. Communication among machine vision systems is executed by a discrete I/O signal or data passed over a serial connection to a device that logs or uses information. The main

Introducing KINGSTAR 2.5: Motion Control & Machine Vision Made Better

POSTED: 03/20/2018

KINGSTAR is excited to announce that KINGSTAR 2.5, the latest release of the KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform, is now available. KINGSTAR 2.5 builds upon its original foundation, literally and figuratively. The KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform operates on IntervalZero RTX64, our parent company’s flagship product and the DNA that makes KINGSTAR’s cutting-edge

Plant Automation's Promising Future: Empowered Management, Simplified Tasks

POSTED: 01/26/2018

Robotic automation is changing how factories operate in every manufacturing sector. Efficiencies are improving and production is becoming more stable and consistent. Capacity and productivity are on the rise while employees are better protected from dirty, dangerous activities. Underway in large, medium, and small businesses alike, these changes impact practically

10 Trends Affecting Industrial Automation

POSTED: 01/26/2018

Automation improves quality and cuts costs, but the real reason manufacturers automate is ROI. Realizing the projected savings hinges on minimizing implementation costs while maximizing equipment utilization. Both are getting easier, thanks to these 10 industrial automation trends. 1. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Technology As demand grows, sensors for data acquisition are

Collaborative Robots Extending Into Welding Applications

POSTED: 10/03/2017

The rapid evolution of collaborative robots is bringing advanced automated solutions to welding production lines. The cobot industry has previously only been involved with material handling and other basic tasks on the

4 Critical Requirements for PC-Based Motion Control

POSTED: 08/07/2017

A number of trends and reliability concerns affect the controller choices engineers make in regards to PC-based motion control systems and machine control systems. The PC has become the common control device in manufacturing industries and processes, replacing the CNC and the PLC in many industrial applications. It contains software

Must-Know Facts about Industry 4.0

POSTED: 08/02/2017

Industry 4.0 is a much-hyped data exchange and automation trend in the manufacturing sector. It is defined by the presence of cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Through industry 4.0, computers and automation will integrate with robotics that are remotely connected to computer systems that are in


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