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Recording: Automating Manual Part Inspection with Collaborative Robots Webinar featuring New Scale Robotics

Missed our Automating Manual Part Inspection with Collaborative Robots Webinar featuring New Scale Robotics on May 21st 2020?Watch it now! Manufacturers are using collaborative robots to lower costs and reduce production errors in a wide variety of applications. Quality departments are often last in line to benefit from automation, even though they have many manual, repetitive and mundane tasks that are excellent candidates for automation. Our partner, New Scale Robotics, is a leading solutions provider that is helping companies automate small part inspection within metrology labs and production environments. Join us for this webinar to find out how a Q-Span

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A Siemens CANopen System

Do you need a low-cost motion controller for more than 4 step or servo motors for simple non-coordinated moves?  Do you need to control several valves or dispense fluids precisely? Siemens has a solution! Combining Siemens’ S7-1200 PLC with their SIMATIC PN/CAN Link (6BK16200AA000AA0) gives you the ability to control multiple step or servo motors with a low-cost PLC. For example, your motor of choice is a Nanotec Smart Servo PD4, which is an integrated motor containing a controller and encoder.  This motor can operate as a servo motor or a step motor.  You can use up to 8 PDO’s (similar

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A message to our customers

A message to all our customers While keeping our employees safe during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Power-Flo Technologies family of companies remain open in all locations as “essential businesses” for each state in which it operates. Our companies continue to supply critical infrastructure in the United States to our government and private industry, including but not limited to: Hospitals Pharmaceutical companies Food manufacturers and distributors Wastewater treatment plants Electrical utilities Municipal agencies Construction companies We maintain a fleet of over 40 trucks for service and delivery. PLEASE NOTE that in emergency situations, our field staff are making on-site visits

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Automating the Metal Forming Press Process

Various types of metal forming machines are used in manufacturing. They range in speed and power, which is usually measured in Tons of force. There are hydraulic, crank style flywheel and servo presses. We are not here to discuss which press is used for what process and material, but more so for the controls involved. As you can imagine, this is a dangerous machine if the control system is not up to specification. These machines are usually built very well and most outlast the control system. The operation requires an operator to reach into the machine and place a piece

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Mastering your knowledge of cobots with Universal Robots’ Training Courses

Last week I had the pleasure of completing Universal Robots’ (UR) Advanced and Industrial Communications Training Classes. The Advanced training teaches you how to utilize all the commands under the Polyscope software – including, but not limited to, utilizing URScript. Being able to use URScript allows access to functions and commands not available through the Polyscope User Interface. The Industrial Communications training teaches you how to be able to communicate, receive and send data to 3rd party devices such as PLCs, HMI and Vision systems. With this knowledge, you can enable applications that account for even more environmental variables through

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The Power of Siemens’ PSU200M

Something I often see in smaller control panels is a transformer converting high-voltage down to 120V, which is then fed into a 24VDC power supply. My first question is always this: “Why do you have that transformer, and what is it needed for?” Frequently, it is simply to power the 24VDC supply for control voltage, and nothing else. This is the ideal situation for one of my favorite power supplies – the PSU200M from Siemens. The PSU200M allows for an input range of 120-230V on single phase and 230-500V on two phase power. It is a single stabilized power supply

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