How AI and AA extend machine control architectures

[Source: Shutterstock]   Modern technologies are often around for a considerable time before gaining acceptance in machine control or a production line. It is also true for the advanced analytics and artificial intelligence that are now creeping into industrial machine control architectures. These smart technologies are extending traditional machine control to offer enhanced data processing, […]

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Kick start machine stability with data science services

  Omron Automation is offering Data Science Services to help machine builders and users improve productivity using collected machine data. For example, a Sysmac AI controller collects signals from sensors and actuators and logs them at high frequency. But then what? Valuable information needs to be extracted from the data and presented to the right […]

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Smart VSDs for smarter warehouse stacker cranes

  To improve throughput and space utilisation, warehouses use automated stacker cranes for the retrieval and storage of goods. Operating at high speed, these devices locate, pick, transport and unload cargo. Smart VSDs (variable speed drives) play a key role in determining their correct and effective operation. Wayne Turtill, Product Manager – Drives, Servos and […]

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Getting efficient motor management right first time

  When thinking about where your business uses the most energy, it is estimated motor loads consume 60% of electrical energy used in industry. There are many ways to mitigate this, including installing VSDs for general motor loads. Yet, Schneider Electric reminds us that efficient motor management starts with the optimal design of your motor and electrical […]

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Combining energy efficiency with productivity improvements

Most industries face the common challenges of reducing energy use whilst maintaining product quality and productivity. Productivity improvements drive up profits to satisfy stakeholders. On an industrial site with an electricity bill of £150,000 a year, about £100,000 may go on running motors. According to ABB Drives, the energy-saving benefits of energy-saving drives are well […]

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