Newsletter Volume 25 Issue 6

Vacuum Gripper Advantages
Modular gripper system kits provide a versatile way for designers and OEMs to quickly create material handling and robot end-of-arm tooling solutions.
OEMs and designers put a lot of work into gripping systems because dropping a payload can lead to waste and downtime. Custom-engineered systems are often the norm, but these can be costly and inflexible. By starting with a modular system, designers can rapidly build a solution using proven components.
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VFD Torque Control Basics
Modern VFDs can now perform torque control for winding/unwinding and other applications, expanding options for equipment designers. Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are commonly used by automation systems to vary the speed of an AC electric motor, but there is another class of applications where torque control, regardless of speed, is the primary goal.
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Now Available

New I/O, Communication, and Power Options for the Productivity Family of Controllers
Starting at $55.00

Cat6a Ethernet Cables
Starting at $9.00

Wenglor TPL Vision Lighting & Swivellink Mounting Systems
Components starting at $19.00

Epson LabelWorks Label Printers
Starting at $55.00

New Endress+Hauser Capacitance Level Switches
Starting at $221.00

Stahlin Enclosures
Starting at $56.00

Automation Keeps Capital Equipment in Service
Many types of legacy equipment can last for decades from a mechanical standpoint, but periodic digital upgrades are necessary to keep these systems running efficiently. A significant amount of machinery used in manufacturing industries is built using electromechanical components that can be readily repaired or replaced to keep capital equipment in service for many decades.
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Building IIoT with Field-Level Communications
IIoT projects should begin incrementally at the edge, using proven combinations of fieldbuses and controllers. Basic hardwired connectivity has long been typical for automation system designs. However, this approach is shifting as digital transformation and IIoT initiatives are expanding.
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Motor Controls Word Jumble
New contest alert! Test your deciphering skills with our new word jumble. Winner will receive a new WEG motor starter. This contest will run from now until July 3rd, so don?t wait until it’s too late!
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