Archive For: Machine Control

Linking Machines to IT Systems

Linking Machines to IT Systems

Once upon a time, individual machines were stranded on an island, or just linked to other machines using a few discrete I/O and dry contact relays. Then came machine-to-machine data links such as a proprietary PLC-based network. Today, and certainly in the future, machines are being linked to IT systems.
 
Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Converting a Mill/Drill and Installing a VFD — Issue 33, 2015

Several years ago I purchased a Wadkin lathe made in England in late 1964. It is equipped with a very special motor that is 220V, three-phase and 50Hz. Because of the special design of the motor, it has a long extended shaft that carries the four sheave pulley, and because I do not have three-phase ... Read More
 
Machine Maintenance Checklist

Machine Maintenance Checklist

It is important to develop a routine maintenance schedule for your automated control system. Having a routine schedule for checking critical components and devices in the system will increase the longevity of the system and more importantly, it will help reduce future problems. Set up the schedule based on a monthly or quarterly time period, ... Read More
 
Systems & Controls Takes Time for Tea

Systems & Controls Takes Time for Tea

Systems & Controls in Lenoir City, Tennessee, was contacted by a scale manufacturing company to develop a brewed tea and coffee container filling machine using four weight transmitters, a DirectLOGIC DL-05 PLC, a RHINO power supply,  a C-more touch panel and a GS2 variable frequency drive.
 
Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

Do-more H2 or Do-more T1H: How to choose – Issue 28,2014

Which is better? A DirectLOGIC style Do-more or the new Terminator I/O style Do-more? The incredible power of the Do-more processor is now available in the popular Terminator I/O form factor. Functionally, both units have identical Do-more engines, so how do you know which one is better for your application? The answer is … It ... Read More
 
Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration – Issue 28, 2014

Beyond the Machine: OEMs Provide System Integration – Issue 28, 2014

Machine builders use technologies and expertise to provide system integration services that were once the realm of systems integrators and engineering firms. As automation systems become more integrated, the design, installation and commissioning of machines and robots on the factory floor can be a complex process. The machines must interact not only with existing production ... Read More
 
DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta – Issue 26, 2013

DaMan Revealed During the Final Four Activities in Atlanta – Issue 26, 2013

Earl Bouse, with E. Larue Enterprises in Dahlonega, GA., has been developing his idea of the “perfect” automated basketball defender for the last two and a half years. Although Bouse says that his DaMan creation is not quite ready for prime time, he is ready for prospective customer feedback and field tests.
 
Illinois Institute of Technology Competes in Hybrid Racing – Issue 25, 2013

Illinois Institute of Technology Competes in Hybrid Racing – Issue 25, 2013

A student team, lead by Donald Ruffatto, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) SAE International chapter contacted AutomationDirect in late 2011, asking detailed questions about our Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller (PAC). They were planning to use it to control an electric car that they were building for the Formula Hybrid International Competition, hosted by ... Read More
 
Automating a Donut Packaging and Labeling Line – Issue 25, 2013

Automating a Donut Packaging and Labeling Line – Issue 25, 2013

When people hear the name Mel-O-Cream, they usually think of donuts. Founded in 1932 as a retail shop in Springfield, Ill, Mel-O-Cream International (www.mel-o-cream.com) manufactures bakery products, primarily for wholesale distribution to supermarkets and bakeries.
 
Robot Use Becomes More Widespread

Robot Use Becomes More Widespread

As robot capabilities expand and costs drop, machine builders and system integrators are creating tightly integrated robot-automation solutions for production lines.