Your resource for news and knowledge in the world of Industrial Automation.

In this issue:

  1. Rockwell Automation Technology
  2. Automation Partner Solutions
  3. Training & Commercial Events
  4. Whitepapers & Design Tools

Section 1). Rockwell Automation Technology

Automation Newsletter Guardmaster 442GThe Guardmaster® 442G Multifunctional Access Box is a unique combination of guard locking and access control. This integrated safeguarding solution is ideal for full body applications where guard doors require a higher holding force, a greater tolerance to guard door misalignment and a means for exiting the safeguarded area in an emergency. A choice of operator controls and other options offer flexibility to meet a variety of applications.

Automation Newsletter 5580 ControllerControlLogix® 5580 Controllers provide increased performance, capacity, productivity, and security to help meet the growing demands of smart machines and equipment for manufacturing. ControlLogix 5580 controllers use the Studio 5000 Automation Engineering & Design Environment™ application as a common design environment and Integrated Motion over EtherNet/IP for high-speed motion applications. These controllers are ideal for applications requiring high-performance communications, I/O, and motion control for up to 256 axes, and provide increased capacity of up to 45%.

Automation Newsletter Encoder Output ModuleBulletin 2198 Encoder Output Modules synchronize devices to your integrated motion on EtherNet/IP system. It can sync to an axis of motion, real or virtual, and is ideal for use with Kinetix® and PowerFlex® drives.

Automation Newsletter VPC Continuous Duty MotorsKinetix® Servo Motors provide smooth, integrated motion control over EtherNet/IP networks. Kinetix VPC Continuous Duty Servo Motors are optimized to run on Kinetix 5700 Servo Drives, providing continuous power and torque. Kinetix VPL Low Inertia Servo Motors and Kinetix VPF Food Grade Servo Motors operate with Kinetix 5500 and 5700 Servo Drives and deliver high dynamic performance. 

Automation Newsletter PowerFlex 755PowerFlex® 755 AC Drives provide ease of use, application flexibility, and high performance. They include multiple control and hardware options, as well as optional embedded safety features. These drives are well-suited for a wide variety of motor control applications including pumps, fans, and conveyors. With Integrated Motion on EtherNet/IP™, you can place these drives on the same network as Kinetix® drives. A Dual-port EtherNet/IP™ Option Module supports ring, linear, and star topologies, as well as Device Level Ring (DLR) functionality for fault-tolerant connectivity and high drive availability.


Section 2). Automation Partner Solutions

Automation Newsletter Anybus Wireless BoltAnybus Wireless Bolt enables you to connect industrial machines and devices to a wireless network. It is attached onto a cabinet or a machine to enable wireless access over Bluetooth®, Bluetooth Low Energy® or WLAN (WiFi). On the wired side, the Anybus Wireless Bolt communicates over Industrial Ethernet, supporting protocols such as BACnet/IP, PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP as well as TCP/IP and UDP.

Automation Newsletter Tolomatic Hygienic Electric ActuatorsTolomatic ERD hygienic electric cylinders deliver more force and longer service life. These all-stainless-steel electric cylinders feature a new roller screw option that increases the maximum thrust and provides improved performance in high duty cycles over ball screw models. These units are IP69k-rated making them ideal for clean-in-place (CIP) operation. There are optional USDA and 3A-approved models to meet requirements for food production and meat, poultry, and dairy processing. Check out the Tolomatic Your Motor Here® database which allows designers to select from a wide variety of stainless steel motor manufacturers for a complete all-stainless package.


Section 3). Training and Commercial Events

Integrated ArchitectureIntegrated Architecture

We have a series of educational training events coming up in just a few weeks. Attend one of our Integrated Architecture On Tour training events to learn more about The Connected Enterprise, the Internet of Things (Industrial IoT) and how to improve safety and productivity in your processes.

Join us at our Rochester, NY branch for an Automation & Electrical Expo on Thursday, June 8, 2017. We’ll be sharing ideas and technology through seminars, new solutions, product specials, and supplier representatives. The Rockwell Automation® MCC Demo Van will be on-site. Come see the Allen-Bradley® Low Voltage CENTERLINE® Motor Control Center that features Ethernet I/P, SecureConnect™, ArcShield™, and IntelliCENTER® Technology. The Thomas & Betts Mobile Solutions Team Van will be on-site. See the complete line of Blackburn® (featuring the Color-Keyed® system) and Homac connectors including the latest products to help solve your toughest applications. We’ll have 16 automation and electrical suppliers on-site.

Event Details

  • Location: Horizon Solutions 175 Josons Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
  • 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM Open house with dozens of supplier tabletops with hundreds of products on display and prize drawings (held throughout the day)
  • 8:00 AM — 3:00 PM Seminar sessions—view the event flyer for a complete list of all training sessions
  • 11:30 AM — 1:30 PM Attend one of our seminars and receive a complimentary lunch coupon for use at Marty’s Meats or Chef’s Catering they will be providing delicious eats on-site—food truck style

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIREDregister to attend now!

Automation eNews Newsletter TrainingAre you trying to make sure you can measure and fill the skills gaps at your facility? For some companies, sending employees to off-site training can be expensive and disruptive to production. Horizon Solutions does offer on-site training solutions. These options provide an attractive alternative and are highly customizable to meet your training requirements. You and your team will make the decision on structure and content as well as the date and location.


Section 4). Whitepapers and Design Tools

Automation Newsletter LOTOAre you trying to keep up with OSHA standards or are you trying to get a better process on LOTO and Arc Flash? Arc flash incidents are dangerous and Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) saves lives, it’s that simple. Horizon Solutions offers comprehensive services so that you can rest assured that your employees are safe and your operations are running as efficiently as possible:

Automation Newsletter Short Circuit Current RatingsStandards and codes shouldn’t be a barrier to success. Understanding key standards can help OEMs and panel builders stay in compliance and boost competitiveness. Machine builders should be familiar with standards such as (1) UL 508A, Standard for Industrial Control Panels; (2) NFPA 70, National Electrical Code, NEC®; and (3) NFPA 79, Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery. This article discusses how North American electrical standards have been evolving and how they are harmonizing with global standards.

Automation Newsletter Smart ManufacturingSmart manufacturing is not a moment in time, and standards related to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are still emerging. There may very well be years and years until the associated standards reach an ideal state.  This article talks about the transition, phases, application, devices and overall strategies. Don’t wait for standards before moving closer to smart manufacturing, the time to start is now. Learn about how to facilitate change that matters today

Automation Newsletter Process FlexibilityThe business of bread-making can be complicated. This is a great food & beverage success story. Learn about a bakery that went from an outdated, proprietary batch system to a flexible system with visualization, analysis and a reporting portal. This post gets into batch management, recipes, cycle time, programming and scalability. Note the ROI, the end user achieved a return on investment in one year.