Servo Drive Communication Protocols

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) has announced the latest update to its AKD2G Servo Drive. The updated servo drive features new communication protocols that support easier integration with third-party controllers while delivering industry-leading performance. With the introduction of these new features, Kollmorgen has broadened its offerings to additionally support PROFINET IRT and Ethernet/IP with CIP Sync alongside CANopen®, EtherCAT®, and FSoE time-synchronized communication protocols. Each protocol is rigorously tested with a variety of motion controllers and certified by industry standards organizations. The AKD2G servo drive update allows for synchronized motion between multiple drives using a wide variety of control architectures. Thanks to its flexibility and high performance, AKD2G is the ideal drive for use in applications that require highly precise coordination across multiple axes of motion.

The drive features industry-leading power density in a compact package and is easy to mount — with one- and two-axis variants available. Engineers can leverage single-cable Smart Feedback Device (SFD) or HIPERFACE® DSL connections or choose from a wide range of other feedback devices.

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Stereo Vision Solution

Teledyne FLIR IIS (Richmond, CA) has announced the Bumblebee® X series — an advanced stereo vision solution built on our best-in-class stereo vision portfolio. The company has actualized a new industrial stereo camera Bumblebee X and a software Spinnaker® 3D that offer a comprehensive solution with onboard processing to build successful systems for warehouse automation, robotics guidance, and logistics. Customers can test and deploy depth sensing systems that work up to ranges of 20 meters with the wide baseline solution. The low latency makes it ideal for real-time applications such as autonomous mobile robots, automated guided vehicles, pick and place, bin picking, and palletization. The series offers factory-calibrated 24 cm baseline stereo vision with 3 MP sensors for high accuracy and low latency real-time applications, onboard processing to output a depth map and color data for point cloud conversion and colorization, and an ability to trigger an external pattern projector and synchronize multiple systems together for more precise 3D depth information.

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Industrial Software Platform

Emerson (St. Louis, MO) is offering Movicon.NExT™ HMI/SCADA, a highly modular, highly scalable platform that goes beyond SCADA to solve automation problems for both CPGs and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), from the single machine level to a complete plantwide IIoT project implementation. Among Movicon.NExT modules, Movicon Pro.Lean™ provides performance data and analytics for evaluations of OEE and Movicon Pro.Energy™ measures and tracks consumption, while the advanced Movicon NExT.AR solves operational problems through visualization tools that allow personnel to evaluate previously unreachable equipment. For maximum flexibility, Emerson also provides Movicon WebHMI, an HTML5-based visualization tool that can be used as a stand-alone HMI product running on Windows or Linux operator panels, or as a Web Client for Movicon.NExT SCADA applications, as well as Connext™, an industrial protocol gateway.

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3D-Inspection Vision Software

Pleora Technologies (Ottawa, Canada) is expanding its eBUS Edge GigE Vision software transmitter solution with feature-based licensing tiers to help designers meet performance and cost demands as new 3D cameras, sensor-based imaging devices, and embedded and IoT products are deployed in machine vision applications. The eBUS Edge converts imaging solutions and embedded devices to fully compliant GigE Vision, GenICam devices without investing in any additional hardware. By adding eBUS Edge to a CPU’s software stack, devices support GigE Vision compliant image transmission, can respond to control requests from a host PC, and integrate with off-the-shelf machine vision processing. For 3D inspection, eBUS Edge converts 3D images and data into GigE Vision and GenICam compliant time-stamped data that is transmitted with associated metadata over low-latency Ethernet cabling. For embedded applications, eBUS Edge enables designers to develop small form-factor GigE Vision imaging and sensor devices that are easily networked and integrated with machine vision processing solutions.

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AC Hypoid Gearmotors

Bodine Electric Company (North Field, IL) has introduced 12 new AC inverter-duty hypoid hollow shaft gearmotors. These type 42R-25H2 and 42R-30H3 geared motors combine an all-new AC inverter-duty, 230/460 VAC motor with two hypoid gearheads. When used with an AC inverter (VFD) control, these gear motors deliver maintenance-free, reliable high torque output. They are ideal for conveyors, gates, packaging and other industrial automation equipment that demands both high torque and low power consumption from the driving gearmotor. These new AC hypoid gearmotors are designed to be high-performance, energy-efficient alternatives to gearmotors with standard worm gearing. These are available with gear ratios from 5:1 to 240:1, provide up to 2,328 lb-in (236 Nm) of continuous torque, and speeds of up to 340 rpm. The unique hypoid gearheads are permanently lubricated and feature hardened steel gears for long-life and quiet operation. The new type 42R-25H2 (1-inch) and 42R-30H3 (1.25-inch) hollow shaft gearmotors optimize mounting space, simplify installation, and reduce the number of required parts.

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Linear Voice Coil Servo Motor

Linear Servo Motor from Moticont (Van Nuys, CA) combines high precision and high force in an easily integrated package. The GVM-095-051-01 Linear Voice Coil Servo Motor, also called a moving coil motor, features high acceleration/deceleration, high speed, smooth motion even at very low speeds, and high precision, accuracy and repeatability when operated in a closed servo loop. This brushless servo motor has a 1.0 in. (25.4 mm) stroke with 23.5 lbs. (104.6 N) of continuous force for a high force-to-size ratio and 74.0 lbs. (329.3 N) of peak force at a 10 percent duty cycle. The precision ground diameter shaft, guided by a bearing, is 1.78 in. (45.2 mm) long in the extended position. The shaft can tolerate side loads to 5 lbs. (22 N), and has a 4-40 UNC 2B × 0.38 deep thread for backlash free connection to a load.

Compact, the GVCM-095-051-01 motor is 3.750 in. (95.3 mm) in diameter and the housing is just 2.0 in. (63.5 mm) long. When the shaft is extended the coil end extends beyond the housing by 1.780 in. (45.2 mm) and the housing and coil ends each have two 10-32 UNF-2B threaded holes on 1.00 in. (25.4mm) bolt circles for easy installation.

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Electric Servomotor Brake

Nexen Group, Inc. (Vadnis Heights, MN) has announced the Evolve™ Electric Servomotor Brake that offers Zero Backlash up to the full holding torque in a rigid, easy to install product. The Evolve Electric Servomotor Brake line is spring engaged and electrically released, engineered with a double-sided friction interface for increased torque capacity. The double row angular contact bearing delivers overhung load capacity and rigidity allowing machine builders and OEMs to design a more robust machine. The brakes can easily be configured to match the motor and gearhead mating interfaces. The Evolve Electric Servomotor Brake has fast delivery times, allowing for minimal downtime in designing and maintaining machines. “After numerous requests from our customers for a Nexen electric servomotor brake, we have designed a brake with Zero Backlash for precision holding, low inertia, and a double-sided friction rotor that creates two friction interfaces for increased torque capacity,” said Dave Hein, Vice President of Engineering.

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AI-Powered Trolley Robot

ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI) has announced its first Flexley Tug T702 autonomous mobile robot equipped with AI-based Visual SLAM navigation technology and the new AMR Studio software, enabling first-time robot users to easily program and operate entire fleets of mobile robots. The new capabilities simplify configuration and can reduce commissioning time by up to 20 percent, paving the way for a workplace where intelligent robots operate autonomously. Combining AI and 3D vision, Visual SLAM technology enables AMRs to make intelligent decisions, differentiating between fixed and mobile objects in dynamic environments. The robots can create a map that is used to operate independently, reducing commissioning time from weeks to days and enabling fully autonomous operation in highly complex, dynamic environments alongside people. Maps are constantly updated and shared across the fleet, offering instant scalability without interrupting operations and greater flexibility compared to other navigation technologies. Once the fleet is up and running, AMR Studio Fleet Manager software puts users in full control of what is happening on the shop floor.

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Vacuum Pumping Station

Pfeiffer Vacuum (Asslar, Germany) has introduced the HiCube® Neo Turbo Pumping Station. With pumping speeds ranging from 80 to 800 l/s, the HiCube Neo vacuum pumping station is ideal for demanding high vacuum and ultra-high vacuum applications. The HiCube Neo can be prepared for wide-ranging applications with an array of different backing pumps such as diaphragm, rotary vane, scroll and multi-stage roots pumps. This makes the new turbo pumping station perfect for applications in industry and research and development. Typical uses range from analyzing gases and calibrating vacuum gauges to pumping down cryostats and use in vacuum furnaces. The versatile HiCube Neo adapts to requirements — from a compact desktop solution to a standalone unit. Thanks to its plug-and-play concept, the HiCube Neo is ready for use straight away. Its open design facilitates maintenance and allows easier access to the components. The backing pump’s energy-efficient standby mode also reduces energy use and cuts operating costs as a result.

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Low-Voltage Integrated Servo System

Applied Motion Products (Morgan Hill, CA) has introduced the MDX+ series, a family of low-voltage servo systems that integrate a servo drive, motor, and encoder into one package. Solutions with 100/200/400/550W power output are available. The MDX+ product line supports pulse train-based control methods (Pulse/Direction, CW/CCW, encoder following), RS-485, CANopen, and EtherCAT. It also offers packages with electromagnetic brakes to meet the safety requirements of today’s industries and will soon provide STO. The MDX+ series is an ideal solution for manufacturers in logistics, AGV, medical, semiconductor, and solar industries, among many others. The MDX+ series is designed to be small and compact, providing a smaller yet equally capable solution compared to stand-alone motor and drive systems. It is ideal for applications with limited installation space, and its form factor is at least 20 percent smaller than that of standalone solutions. The MDX+ servo drive is debugged by Luna software. It is meant to assist users with configuration, tuning, and troubleshooting the MDX+ family. The software and the drive are connected via USB for fast and reliable communication.