Month: July 2016

Press productivity improves with controller upgrade

Guest contributor: Richard Meyerhoefer, Delta Computer Systems Fastener stamping machine output triples after tuning the motion with a solution from Delta Computer Systems. Improving the productivity of a manufacturing process by speeding up the operation of an old machine can be very difficult, driving plant managers to purchase new equipment. It’s often possible, however, to

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Enhancing Stepper Motor Systems with Linear Encoders

Guest contributor, Henry Menke, Balluff Tabletop automation is a trend that is gaining momentum, especially in the fields of medical laboratory automation and 3D printing. Both of these applications demand a level of linear positioning accuracy and speed that might suggest a servomotor as a solution, but market-driven cost constraints put most servos out of

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Secure Protection from Attacks, Malicious Software and Unauthorized Access

Guest contributors: Gerrit Boysen and Mariam Coladonato, Phoenix Contact High system availability is very important in process engineering, because ongoing processes must not be interrupted. A fence is a physical, easily identifiable safety measure to secure systems from unauthorized persons. In addition to such physical protections, implementing IT security practices is also becoming more important.

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