Technical Article

Sensors & Intelligence are Keys to Industrial Robotics Future

Jim Pinto
San Diego, CA, US

In Japan and in America during the 1970s, robots were introduced for the automation of a wide spectrum of tasks: automobile and electronics assembly, machining of metal and plastic parts, and handling of production items of all kinds. To this day, the automotive and electronics industries and their supply chains are the main users of robot systems, accounting for a large share of total annual industrial robotics sales.

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Emerson industrial Automation has led the energy efficiency market for many years and aims to provide ever more effective, ergonomic and modular drive systems.

Beyond smoke and mirrors: Three things you didn't know about IIoT

The human brain is a wonderful thing that works tirelessly from the day we are born until the day we die, only stopping on special occasions, like when presenting in front of large audiences. We've been studying the brain for many centuries, but we still know relatively little about the trillions of connections that make it work. Creating a road map of the brain is a bit like trying to map out the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is a concept that has intrigued industry for several years now, but much like the human brain, is not yet fully understood.

It’s not a Cable, It’s an Antenna!

Why would someone want a cable that acts like an antenna? After all, much research and development has gone into improving cable shields precisely to prevent this! As it turns out, there are several conditions in industrial communication systems where using a radiating cable as an antenna offers major benefits. The most common cases are for communicating to equipment moving along a track, replacing slip rings in rotating equipment, and providing a clear radio frequency (RF) signal where obstructions or plant-floor layout prevent a clear “Line-of-Sight” to transmit from a traditional antenna.

Productivity in the Warehouse Accomplished by Eliminating the RF Guns and Moving to Tablet Technology

When it comes to productivity in the warehouse, too often plant managers and distribution center managers confuse how software and scanners impact the time it takes to fulfill customer orders. Having employees tethered to cumbersome hand- held terminals while trying to key in information on a small, hard-to-read screen prevents maximized picking rates and optimal order accuracy.

New solutions are moving away from the RF guns and are demonstrating double picking rates after only 10 minutes of training with enclosures mounted to mobile picking carts.  The leader in these new technologies, Warehouse Mobile Solutions, makers of WarehouseOS, recently exhibited at MODEX in Atlanta, GA, the largest materials handling show in North America.  Coining the Twitter hashtag #ditchtheRF, there is a strong movement to tablets as the preferred mechanism in materials handling.

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December'15/January 2016