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Industrial Robotics Editorials

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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

Small And Medium Enterprises' Secret Weapon

POSTED: 03/21/2018

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), also often referred to as small and midsize businesses (SMBs), have a tremendous advantage over larger enterprises and many don’t even know it. Because of SMEs’ energy and agility, they are more able to adapt to changes in the marketplace, adopting and implementing ERP solutions

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

Why You Should Consider Using Motion Control Software

POSTED: 03/19/2018

When talking of traditional motion control, you normally think of hardware as a solution. However, using hardware is not as easy as it may seem, especially when dealing with purchasing all the necessary expensive components that are required. Using software instead of hardware however is a far more elegant and

SMEs In Industry 4.0: IIoT Cybersecurity, Automation, And Cloud-Based ERP

POSTED: 03/07/2018

Manufacturers are implementing technological advancements to enhance automation processes every day. We call this latest wave of rapid development Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. While modernization presents numerous opportunities for growth and process enhancement, experts are increasingly aware of their need for heightened security in an increasingly insecure

Understanding Soft PLC Features and Requirements

POSTED: 08/08/2017

Soft PLC is a software technology designed to turn an embedded computer into a fully functional and programmable logic controller, also known as a PLC. It combines PLCs’ discrete, PID and analog I/O control with high performing computer networking, data handling, and computational capabilities. As such, soft PLCs offer dependable

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

The Importance of Industrial Software Automation Testing

POSTED: 08/01/2017

Industrial software automation is used to monitor and control industrial processes from a longer distance. This means that engineers or system operators do not have to use the manual switches to start or end an operation process; industrial processes are started from the automated software. Software automation also eliminates the

Understanding the Core Features of EtherCAT Fieldbus

POSTED: 07/31/2017

EtherCAT applies Ethernet applications for automation that require short data cycle times with minimal communication delays and reduced hardware costs. The functional goal of EtherCAT is to not target to a single specific node but instead, transmit messages from one node(also known as slave), to the next in the topology.

Key Components of a Soft PLC

POSTED: 05/31/2017

A Soft PLC is software that enables you to transform a conventional PC into an industrial programmable logic controller. By using the a Soft PLC, industrial automation engineers can efficiently manage and deploy robotics controller applications that execute such functions as motion control and machine vision efficiently and quickly, and


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