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High-performance power supply background: fotolia For the first time, Quint Power provides superior system availability in the smallest size in the power range up to 100 W. Preventative function monitoring and exceptional power reserves are now also available for applications in the low-power range. The dynamic boost can be used to supply up to 200% of the nominal current for 5 s to start up heavy loads. For 1.3 A and 2.5 A devices, a static boost that continuously provides up to 125 % of the nominal current is also available to easily extend the system. The preventive function monitoring provides early warning for systemspecific, critical operating states before faults occur. Selectable power thresholds or DC OK signaling enable output parameter monitoring that is adapted to the application. The slim and flat design with a depth of 90 mm makes these devices especially space-saving, even enabling them to fit in smaller control boxes. OptoForce announces 3.0 and 3.1 for Universal Robots PRODUCTS OptoForce, a leading robotics technology provider of multi-axis force and torque sensors, announced that it has completely rewritten its core software, resulting in new capabilities and automation tasks not previously available for Universal Robots industrial robots. The new developments also feature much greater speed for integration on many industrial robotic functions. For example, the speed of pin insertion and path recording with constant speed under force mode is a major new development from this release – the latter capability providing organizations with substantially improved manufacturing performance, as it will be especially useful during surface finishing (such as polishing and deburring, among many others). In addition, with this solution, robots can adapt to the surface and can follow any kind of surface form. Further new capabilities are an improved pin insertion, new connection protocol, compute box robot controller interface and the compatibility with the latest UR robot software (v3.5). High temperature thermal imaging through glass The Flir A6262sc camera sets the standard for high temperature thermal measurement in through glass oven, furnace, and environmental chamber applications by combining high-speed performance, unique spectral coverage and a suite of fully customizable features. The newly-designed high resolution detector offers improved sensitivity and linearity across the full dynamic range, making it ideal for radiometry and temperature calibrated applications. The Flir A6262sc is a fully equipped thermal imaging camera. It is particularly flexible and versatile since users can fully configure camera settings such as frame rate, integration time and window size according to their wishes and requirements. The A6262sc is equipped with an indium gallium arsenide detector optimized to the 0.6 - 1.7 μm waveband, which produces crisp, 640 x 512 pixel thermal images. The sensor includes three user selectable gain states offering a 75x gain factor, making it an exceptionally flexible tool for imaging bright objects (laser beam profiling), low light scenes (nightglow imaging) and verification of silicon wafers. Its sensor offers a 75x gain factor. An robot as a gold edition To celebrate the sale of 25,000 cobots worldwide, Universal Robots is giving away its first and only Gold Edition cobot, shipped free of cost, to the lucky customer who orders the 25,000 th cobot. With its joints painted in a rich, gold-coloured finish, this Gold Edition cobot is a refreshing take on Universal Robots’ iconic blue and grey cobots and will be available in the UR3, UR5 or UR10 model. Since the launch of the first cobot in December 2008, Universal Robots’ cobots have been utilised in industries ranging from food production to scientific research, taking on tasks that include industrial assembly, pick and place and even quality inspections. As of March 2018, the company has sold more than 21,000 robots and is the global industry leader with the world’s largest base of installed cobots. Unlike conventional robotic solutions, Universal Robots’ cobots are designed to work handin-hand with operators with maximum efficiency, opening up more opportunities for human-robot collaboration in the workplace. 20 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018

What is Turck’s new beep concept? Turck’s new Backplane Ethernet Extension Protocol, or Beep for short, is simplifying the use of its TBEN and FEN20 multiprotocol block I/O modules. BEEP makes it possible to connect networks with up to 33 TBEN modules (1 master, 32 slaves) and up to 480 bytes of data to the PLC via a single IP address in Profinet, Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP networks. Through the reduction of the IP addresses, the user can quickly create high density I/O networks and also connect them with low cost controllers. The user defines here the first device on the line as the Beep master via the integrated web server. The master scans the connected network and automatically configures the data assignment for all connected modules. As all parameters of the device configuration are stored in the master, Beep supports the rapid exchange of individual modules, thus efficiently reducing downtime and the associated costs. The Beep master detects a new device automatically and downloads the relevant parameters. Beep is now available on all IP67 TBEN multiprotocol modules with digital I/O signals of the L and S series, as well as on Turck’s FEN20 modules, and is compatible with all standard Ethernet components. Apps for cloud-based services in automation Siemens is launching a number of new apps concerning automation with Simatic systems. The new Simatic MindApps Machine Monitor, Notifier and Performance Monitor are special applications for MindSphere, the open IoT operating system from Siemens. These apps will enable users to make easy use of the advantages of cloud-based services and generate added value. The Simatic MindApps read out relevant data for analysis purposes, for example, from production machines or systems, then process them to create meaningful information, display them on dashboards, or use them for intelligent alerting and messaging. One example is the new Simatic Notifier MindApp. The user can visualize messages, for instance when the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of a monitored machine are undershot, and can also access alarm data from any location. The new app enables messages from different systems and sources, for example from a Scada system or other Simatic MindApps, to be collated worldwide in a central location and also enables alarms to be issued, for instance individually to the mobile device of a specific service technician. Microscope lens for monitoring of ultra-small targets Thermal imager monitoring of ultra-small components is now possible using a microscope lens from Micro-Epsilon. This lens is available as an upgrade for the TIM 450 and TIM 640 high resolution thermal imaging cameras, enabling thermographic macro shooting of individual components based on a spatial resolution of up to 28 µm. Thanks to the new microscope lens from Micro- Epsilon, the thermoImager TIM 450 high resolution thermal imaging camera (382x288 pixels) and TIM 640 (640x480 pixels) can detect even the slightest temperature differences with high precision and reliability. The microscope lens has been developed for PCB temperature measurements, PCB assembly monitoring or for inspecting micro-sized solder and weld joints. In addition to overall images and videos, even detailed macro shooting of individual objects is possible in real time at up to 125 Hz based on a spatial resolution of up to 28 µm. The distance between the camera and the object to be measured can be up to 100 mm. The camera can be freely positioned within this range. Scalable temperature ranges are from -20 to 100 °C, from 0 to 250 °C and from 150 to 900 °C. Due to the large working distance, temperature measurements of electronic components can be carried out during the measurement of electrical parameters for function tests. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 3/2018 21


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