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Configure Servo Drive to Run with Parker Automation Controller

Steve Dickerson | March 28th, 2018 In this walkthrough, I will show you how to configure the Parker Automation Controller (PAC) machine controller to talk to a device on the EtherCAT network. I will also show some of the troubleshooting you will need to get a third party drive functioning. In this example, I will show how to add

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Upgrade from Iconics Genesis32 to Genesis64

Paul Carter | March 6th, 2018 Upgrade ICONICS Genesis32 Application to Genesis64 Save 50% on the cost of new software Introduced in the mid-1990’s, the ICONICS Genesis32 HMI and SCADA software is one of the more popular industrial software applications installed in the US. There are 10’s of thousands of installations. Many if not all, of these

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Interfacing with SQL Databases Key to Machine HMI Upgrade

Paul Carter | February 6th, 2018 We were recently contacted by a customer about helping to upgrade some test machines that were built in the 1990’s. These machines had a single axis motion control requirement to accurately adjust some positions within the machine as material moved through the machine. The machine also was originally developed with

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Robotic End of Arm Tooling: Pneumatic-Mechanical Grippers

Brant Bullister | February 5th, 2018 This blog will explore pneumatic-mechanical grippers and the typical robot applications that call for them. This should be of particular interest to those looking for low-cost methods of picking non-fragile parts with limited varieties. There are many applications that require picking and placing the same, or very similar, items consistently. If

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Embedded Computer is the Solution

Paul Carter | January 11th, 2018 Helping a Customer Find Just the Right Solution for their Information Application We have been working with a customer that has created a very unique information display application using FTP servers distributed in a manufacturing facility. They sell this solution to many different companies that are all in the same

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How To Decrease Equipment Energy Consumption

Paul Carter | December 5th, 2017 Hint: It’s a lot more than just tracking energy usage and consumption One can read an endless variety of articles regarding how to improve energy usage in building and manufacturing facilities. But what does it really take to decrease energy consumption. In my experience, many suppliers offer meters and software

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How to Use a Dual End Effector on a Collaborative Robot to Decrease Cycle Time

Josh Westmoreland | December 5th, 2017 There are many potential benefits of incorporating a robot into production. A robot can help with cost savings, improve quality, alleviate safety concerns, and increase throughput. Throughput can be increased in two different ways. First, with a robot, you don’t rely on the operator to drive the work rate of

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How to Mate Yaskawa Motors with a Lintech Actuator

Greg Haley | November 21st, 2017 Yaskawa is a key manufacturer in the motion control world and has an impressive lineup of servo motors. All applications call for these motors to be connected to some sort of mechanical system to achieve the desired motion and functionality. One of the most common types of mechanics is a linear

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Robotic End of Arm Tooling: About Electromechanical Grippers

Brant Bullister | November 17th, 2017 This document will explore electromechanical grippers and typical collaborative robot applications that call for them. This should be of particular interest to anyone researching reliable methods to pick up and grip a delicate, fragile, or unusually shaped item. With robotic applications expanding beyond the typical high-speed pick and place, many

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