Automation Now: News and Info for Users of Motion Control

Yaskawa GA800 Drive — How to Set Up

Posted January 21, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Yaskawa Drives

The Yaskawa GA800 drive provides the ultimate combination of power, ease of use, flexibility, and performance. It has exceptional torque production and precise control. You’ll enjoy effortless setup with GA800’s high-resolution display and connection to your favorite mobile device. Here's how to set it up. Or we can do it for you.

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Collaborative Robot Safety — Omron Whitepaper

Posted January 8, 2021 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Aluminum Extrusion, Blog

We can help guard and protect people in your robot cells with our modular fencing product, Safe-Tslot-Guard.

Collaborative robots like to work around people. And that's why manufacturing decision makers are increasingly using them in the workplace. They use collision detection technology and other features that limit their power and force capabilities to levels suitable for contact with humans.

Still, collaborative robots and other types of robots need safety assessments to assure the robot cells and work areas are safe for people. This downloadable whitepaper from OMRON outlines the importance of safety measures to use with collaborative robots.

We can help guard and protect people in your robot cells with our modular fencing product, Safe-Tslot-Guard.

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Soft Start Pnuematic Valves Can Avoid Machine Wear – White Paper

Posted December 17, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Pneumatics, Product Application, SMC

A machine is subject to premature wear when it's pressurized with compressed air after a scheduled shut-down. The surge in air pressure will create rapid movements in the actuators. That can cause premature wear or escalate into a hazardous situation.

Download our white paper on how simply using SMC soft start valves can help your pneumatic application.

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High Dew Point in Factory Air Puts Equipment at Risk – White Paper

Posted December 15, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, SMC

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Reduce dew point: Save downstream equipment

To increase protection of expensive automation equipment, factory compressed air must remove as much water vapor as possible.

That is done by lowering the dew point. (Download White Paper: Lowering Dew Point to Protect Expensive Automation Equipment) from SMC Pneumatics.

Moisture in facility airlines can cause corrosion, rust and pipe scale which can break loose to block or adhere to air passageways that can lead to increased pressure drop and loss in machine performance.

Failure to remove water vapor from factory air can quickly become a costly maintenance headache.

While the more visible culprit of oil or contaminants are easily removed with proper filtration, water vapor and the resulting water condensate are the foremost causes of costly downtime and maintenance

After-coolers, drip legs and water separators are used to remove water condensate from factory compressed air. However, this air is still at 100 percent relative humidity and is still at risk of condensing into water should the surrounding temperatures drop to its dew point.

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Nov. 10 – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Posted November 10, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the wreck of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, in near hurricane force West winds. Serving the Great Lakes industrial factories shuttling iron ore between ports, the ship was the largest on the Great Lakes when launched in 1958. In many ways, the catastrophe that claimed all 29 on board was an industrial accident.

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Custom Parker Actuators for Platform Guardrail Application

Posted October 7, 2020 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Uncategorized

This worker platform will be retrofitted with new, custom Parker actuators.

We are supplying some custom Parker actuators to one of our customers. Their project was to rebuild this platform structure where workers balance helicopter blades -- adjusting the pitch of the blades on a helicopter rotors.

The actuators lift and lower the guard rails where operators make their adjustments to the rotors.  The installation is near the ocean. Innovative-IDM worked with the customer to specify sealing to stop intrusion and epoxy coating to reduce the risk of corrosion from the salt spray in the air.

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