The peculiarity of the new gripper models is the aluminum linear guide making them particularly interesting
for price-conscious customers who do not want to sacrifice Zimmer proven quality.
Technically, the GPP/GPD5000AL grippers exceed all T-slot grippers with their aluminum linear guides and are at least equal to grippers with multi-tooth guideance in the market environment. With its uncompromising quality “Made in Germany", Zimmer guarantees up to 15 million cycles without maintenance. The gripper series 5000 was designed for real universal use and provides a number of features depending on the model (pneumatic, pneumatic-electric, all-electric grippers speed, high gripping forces, large jaw length). Depending on the models, the grippers are available with a tightness class from IP40 to IP67 and can be exchanged with maximum accuracy for maximum system availability. Newly developed magnetic field sensors allowing to be inserted from the side. The sensors can therefore be easily exchanged without dismounting the entire gripper. Another advantage is that they do not protrude beyond the C-groove. The grippers can be mounted flush side by side. Compared to the predecessor sensor model, the switching characteristics are the same. ▪ ds
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Five advantages of XXL industrial monitors
Advantage no. 1:
The XXL monitor’s larger screen area and higher resolution (with the option of Full HD or even 4K) makes it
possible to display a comprehensive overview of the complete manufacturing line instead of merely a certain
section. For example, Kontron equips its FlatView monitor line with a 75 inch screen diagonal XXL version. It
allows displaying the manufacturing line in its entirety. Problems are no longer registered in a locally limited
fashion, and problems can be identified early on even at other critical points of the production process.
Everything at a glance
Advantage no. 2:
The more “smart” a production process is, the more data it produces. This data can and should be used for
gaining as much information as possible, ideally in real-time and both in the production hall and the control
room. Therefore, XXL monitors are especially well suited as flexible Andon boards with extended functionality.
In case of disruptions, the monitors will provide extensive, detailed information to help limit problems.
Important details at the right time
Advantage no. 3:
Traditional industrial monitors not only limit the section of the screen that can be displayed. Long-range
legibility is a factor, too. Placing XXL monitors at central locations makes it possible to easily read the
content displayed over large distances, thanks to their size and high resolution. Also, technologies such as
Kontron’s WideLink simplify the connection to the signal output. It allows placing monitors up to 100 meters
away from the signal source.
Also suitable for large distances
Advantage no. 4:
But XXL monitors not only help displaying the data of complete production lines in a transparent manner, but
also pave the way for the paperless factory. Instead of handling printouts, manuals and documents for a
production order can be visualized centrally and for all to see on an XXL monitor. The centrally placed
will always display the latest data, always freshly retrieved from a central server for all involved.
Out-of-date and inconsistent paper files are a thing of the past.
Fit for the paperless factory
Advantage no. 5:
Industrial monitors need to meet a wide variety of requirements and usually need to be robust against shock,
dust and water.
Flexible for every use scenario
In addition, the monitors need to be easy to read even in poor lighting conditions, and optionally equipped with a touch screen able to be operated with gloves. XXL monitors in general are nearly maintenance-free, having been designed without moving or wearing parts.
As an alternative to bare monitors, XXL Panel-PCs are available as well, whose performance can be configured according to their field of application.
Industrial HMI – robust protection against environmental influencesPanel PCs are called for whenever “intelligence” is needed right at the monitor. Dependent on the application, systems of different power are needed, which at the same time require integrating into the local infrastructure. For industrial-grade HMI, it’s not all just about resistance to dirt, water, vibration and other ambient factors. The Panel PCs also needs to fit in well with the existing OT and IT environment. To this end, it has to adhere to common standards, especially when it comes to networking and security. Networking can be handled through Gigabit Ethernet connections, or through WiFi. To this end, Kontron offers systems with inset WiFi antennas, to protect them from environmental influence but offer optimal reception at the same time.
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Customized, standards-based solutions
This principle also simplifies the rapid provision of prototypes for new environments, minimizing the design risk at the same time. In most cases, only minor modifications are required to solve a concrete task.
For example, versions with stainless-steel front and variants for 19“ rack mounting are already available as a standard. In addition to the products based on industry standards, Kontron implements customer specific models. These might be based on a safety integrity level (SIL), for instance for use in rail transport, or monitors made suitable for use in extreme outdoor temperature ranges through added thermal elements. ▪ ds
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Finding the right servo driver becomes quick & easy
Pre-selection with just a few clicksCompared to other search tools, Panasonic’s Product Finder helps you find not only the right servo motor, but also a complete servo drive solution with servo motor, servo driver, and all accessories. Thanks to comprehensive filters it is easy to make a selection – users can filter according to output, rotational speed, encoder type, torque, and other criteria. A few mouse clicks help to narrow down the selection of suitable servo drives and then select one or more products according to more specific details. At the end, users can create a PDF file containing the technical data of the motor and all part numbers of the selected servo drive solution. As one of the world's largest manufacturers of servo drives, Panasonic attaches particular importance not only to offering high-quality products, but also to ensuring that the associated service meets the high quality requirements. The Servo-Drive Product Finder can be found on the official Panasonic website. ▪ ds
Wire-ready replaces the third hand
They also have to combine high functionality with simple operation - this is particularly important for the wire connection. This needs to be performed safely and efficiently.
Fast wiringThe open wire-ready contact point simplifies the connection of stranded wires without wire-end ferrules and wires with particularly rigid insulation, which are often inflexible. The PUSH IN contact is closed after plugging the wire into the contact point by releasing the locking clasp. When using cables without wire-end ferrules or with a small cross-section, the settable pusher is also advantageous. It keeps the contact point open after activation, which enables the technician easy and convenient handling of conductors with short stripped off cable sheath or stiff insulation. The convenient PUSH IN function is retained with this innovative contact system; moreover, the settable contact point allows trouble-free connection even under adverse conditions. In simple terms: The wire-ready connection replaces the third hand or other tools in fiddly installation situations.
Single-hand safety interlockThe female header OMNIMATE Power BUF 10.16 is equipped with a single-hand safety interlock, designed as a middle flange. The middle flange is safely and reliably snapped into place automatically without the need for operator intervention. Integration of the signal contacts independently of the installation width reduces the amount of space needed on the device and PCB. Intuitive plugging is possible in a single step – even without sight and under difficult installation conditions. Optionally, Weidmüller offers a variation with screw attachment, which the user can select according to the application. The new female header in 10.16 mm pitch allows rational and tool-free wiring for conductor cross-sections of 2.5 mm2 (single wire) to 16 mm2 with wire-end ferrule (AWG 12 …4) at a rated voltage of 1000 Volt (IEC), 600 V (UL) and a rated current of 76 Ampere (IEC). The conductors for connection can be single- or stranded-wire versions, with or without wire-end ferrules. Simply plug them in using the PUSH-IN connection system.
OMNIMATE Power BUF 10.16 is available in various versions and numbers of poles: laterally closed; with flange; with screw/clip-on flange, these variations are all available in two to five-pole design. The laterally closed variations with middle flange or middle screw flange are available in two, three and four-pole versions.
OMNIMATE ServiceWith four service packages, the OMNIMATE Device Connectivity range supports its customers in the development of innovative devices.
The service packages include a comprehensive component library for PCB design software, the AppGuide "application-oriented product recommendation" Internet-based selection aid, and the well-established 72‑hour sample service.
The sample service means that device designers lose no time: Within a maximum of 72 hours Weidmüller delivers samples of its device connection components and electronic housings to any place – including the OMNIMATE Power BUF 10.16. ▪ ds
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High precision ball screw drives and thread spindles
Ball screw drives from KSS combine high efficiency and accuracy. KSS offers a wide range of ball screw drives, especially for applications requesting a minimum of internal friction and an exact run, together with a low drive torque and a high stiffness. The production of these quality products is done at the Niigata Prefecture plant in Japan.
Compact stepper motors with 28mm flange
These stepping motors are used mainly wherever a small and compact design, simple and exact positioning and high speeds are important, as is the case in biomechanics or medical technology, in laboratory equipment or in increasingly compact handling. Applications are among other things small pumps or dosing devices, dialysis, or analysis equipment or microscopic where the compact stepper motors can be placed in the device and thus allow the construction of a more compact microscope.
The stepper motors with flange 28 mm, are manufactured with bipolar or unipolar windings, and are available in 3 lengths. Holding torques from 85 up to 165 mNm (bipolar), 65 up to 120 mNm (unipolar), allow a wide range of applications. We can offer several options for controlling these steppermotors, like as an ASIC, as a board or in a module; in single-axis or up to 6 axes.
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The KV42 and KF42 Hybrid stepper motors show a more compact size
According to the manufacturer, the engines of the KV42 and KF42 series thus show the highest power density in their class. The motors are manufactured in versions with plugs or free cable ends. For larger quantities, the supplier can make mechanical adaptations to the respective application on request.
Standalone multi-axis motion control
NPM's PMX series of advanced controllers is available in two versions for 2 or 4 axes. They consist of:
• PMX-2ET-SA for 2-axes, and PMX-4ET-SA for 4-axis control with an Ethernet connection
• PMX-2EX-SA for 2-axis, and PMX-4EX-SA for 4-axis control with a RS485 and USB 2.0
PMX series controllers
Controller ASICs for stepper and servo motors
The functions of the IC can be controlled with simple commands and thus relieve both the CPU and the user. The ICs are compatible with traditional 8/16-bit buses and new serial data bus systems.
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New: PCL6115 Evaluation KitThe PCL6115 is the latest ASIC version of the powerful PCL6100 series for single axis control. Compared to the PCD series, this chip supports more functions. The maximum frequency is 15 Mpps. Linear motors with high resolution are also supported. NPM has developed an evaluation kit based on the PCL6115. The EVAL kit also includes a PM stepper motor with gear (PFCU30-24V4GM with step angle of 1.25° and 1/12 ratio). Commissioning of the Evaluation Kit is uncomplicated. ▪ ds
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Workload consolidation in the factory for industrial control
VxWorks with virtualization technology can take multiple separate systems and enable a workload consolidation solution operating on a single compute platform to increase control management capabilities; to conduct data analytics for timely actions, including predictive maintenance; to run both safety-critical applications and non-safety applications; and to increase security functions that safeguard the system.
VxWorksVxWorks is a real-time operating system used in more than 2 billion devices in industrial, medical, transportation, and defense solutions. It provides a small footprint and enables deterministic applications scaling from very small compute packages to complex manufacturing systems and avionics systems. It works on the major processor architectures ARM®, x86, and PowerPC. Using VxWorks hypervisor virtualization technology, it enables virtual machines (VMs) to run independent security, control, and other applications in independent operating system environments.
Hypervisor technologyThe VxWorks hypervisor is a real-time, embedded, Type 1 hypervisor. It can manage unmodified guest operating systems running in VMs in devices targeting a broad range of market segments, including medical, industrial, transportation, and defense. The VxWorks hypervisor can manage independent VMs running VxWorks, Wind River Linux, and other unmodified guest operating systems such as Windows and Android. With these capabilities, system developers can consolidate and reliably run multiple applications – such as control management, data analytics, safety-critical and non-safety-critical applications, and legacy applications – all on a single system.
Additionally, the hypervisor can securely partition a VM running a safety-critical application to ensure that there is no interference or conflict from any other VM. This virtualization platform can be the foundation for a workload consolidation industrial solution at the edge.
Wind River LinuxWind River Linux is the embedded operating system of choice for IIoT software developers who want a combination of open source flexibility, commercial grade reliability, and support to help minimize the total cost of ownership. Wind River Linux delivers vital components for the productization and commercialization of any IoT device. Within a VxWorks workload consolidation solution, a Wind River Linux VM can be established to run Linux applications, such as communications.
Wind River development toolsTo create a workload consolidation solution for your specific manufacturing components and needs, Wind River provides powerful and time-saving development tools.
Wind River Simics® is a simulation platform that can simulate any compute mode, chip to system. It provides access, automation, and collaboration tools required for agile development practices. The Wind River Workbench suite of development tools allows the developer to configure the operating system, analyze and tune the software, and debug an entire system.
Wind River Diab Compiler helps boost application performance; reduce memory footprint; and produce high-quality, standards-compliant object code for embedded systems.
Workload consolidation with VxWorksUsing VxWorks and its hypervisor together with Wind River Linux and Wind River development tools, a workload consolidation solution can be developed for a wide variety of industrial manufacturing operations.
Figure 1 shows a typical configuration:
- Multi-Core-System (x86, PowerPC, ARM)
- VxWorks Hypervisor
- VxWorks real-time operating system
- VMs running VxWorks and guest OSes
- Machine 1: Isolated/partitioned VxWorks OS control management application
- Machine 2: Guest OS support services
- Machine 3: Guest Windows OS running human‑machine interface (HMI)
- Machine 4: Wind River Linux OS running communications
- Machine 5: Wind River Linux OS running container environment
- Machine 6: Legacy RTOS running applications
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