Electronics

Below you will find published articles written by Valin's own experts and information from our suppliers.   
Submitted by James Walker || Valin Corporation
Considerations for Selecting Conveyors

Selecting a conveyor for an automation project is certainly not a “one-size-fits-all” scenario. Automation applications are incredibly diverse, and the options and features available on conveyors reflect that.

Submitted by Kair Turubayev || Valin Corporation
VFD

With an understanding of the economic implications of VFDs running until failure, it is also important to be aware of the safety implications of such a feature.

Submitted by Peter Jessee and Rick Ferdon
Control Valve Technology. How Do I Choose?

Application requirements are paramount, but don't overspend when a less expensive option will do.

Averting a Gen-set Disaster

A fuel leak in any part of a generator set can potentially be a catastrophe for the operator. But the issue can be tackled.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
Remote Access

As long as products have had ethernet ports, people have been asking for remote access to them. They believed they could just plug the devices into the internet, and it would all work. As more software tools became available and internet speeds increased, capable users found ways to give themselves access, however, there was a catch.

Sensor Strategies to Optimize Automated Processes

Strategic implementation of sensors helps maximize a process from the start and equips operators with enough information to constantly be aware of everything happening in a line. So, what type of sensor(s) will work best for your environment?

Submitted by Tom Trinh & Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
mbConnect Remote Access for Original Equipment Manufacturer's

Looking for ways to support your systems more easily, more safely, and more quickly for your customers?  Perhaps you are wondering what remote access technology is for industrial control systems.

Submitted by Ray Marquiss || Valin Corporation
IAI Table Top Robot

Automation of product testing with IAI hardware and EtherNet/IP communication successfully eliminates monotonous manual labor and human error.

Submitted by Ray Marquiss || Valin Corporation
Pulse Control Basics for Motion Control

For automating machines that require only two to three axes of electric actuators, pulse outputs may be the simplest way to go.

Submitted by Nathan Ehresman || Valin Corporation
Accutrace

An operator in a fluid handling process is only as effective as his ability to work with a given controller. If there are factors that keep this individual from doing what is necessary for a smooth operation, adjustments need to be made.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
Omron Robot

When manufacturing engineers are tasked with automating a process that is currently done manually, their main question for an automation supplier is "Have you ever automated this specific process before?" In complex applications, the answer is typically "no." Learn more.

Submitted by Kevin McGuffin || Mott High Purity Filtration
How To Tackle The Top 10 Semiconductor Filtration Challenges

Today, the average computer chip is comprised of more than 10 billion individual transistors that require more than 1,000 steps to assemble into working components. Estimates show that the loss of just one die per wafer can equate to more than U.S. $1 million in lost revenues each year. Learn more.

Submitted by John Brokaw and Kent Martins || Valin Corp.

Engineers building linear-motion systems can use ground-up DIY approaches or purchase complete turnkey solutions. Here we explain where each tactic is most profitable.

Submitted by Patlite
 REVOLITE LA6 Multi-Informational Signal Towers

Patlite innovation continues with improved functionality to drive productivity, improve efficiencies, and reduce waste. One of their basic themes is to help you make continuous improvements in your process. With that in mind, Patlite introduced the REVOLITE LA6 multi-informational signal tower.

Submitted by Ray Marquiss || Valin Corporation

Robotics can be narrowed down to five types: Cartesian, Cylindrical, SCARA, 6-Axis and Delta. Each has specific elements (speed, size, workspace) making them ideal for certain applications. Knowledge of each type can help machine designers choose the best robot for their process. Learn more.

Submitted by John Brokaw || Valin Corporation
Don't Just Shelve It: Care for Spares

We think of routine care and maintenance of a system to stave off failures as standard practice, but what about preventive maintenance of the replacement parts used when the system does fail?

Submitted by Brian Lu || Valin Corporation
Aluminum Framing Work Stations

Using lean principles in manufacturing is an important element when trying to reduce waste, control costs and ensure timely deliveries to customers. However, this concept of trimming back unnecessary work and reaping the production benefits can also be applied at an individual level in production lines or assembly rooms.

Submitted by Jeremy Miller || Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin multi-axis gantry system

Employing flexible automation technology now is vital for companies to sustain growth, keep a diverse range of products flowing through their lines, and minimize downtime with product changeovers. Advances in industrial technology and the evolution of automation has been unprecedented. Learn more.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
Motion Control vs. Robotics

For automation applications, one of the larger misconceptions in the industry today is that when someone uses the phrase "motion control," they can just as easily use the term "robotics," as if the two are interchangeable. Read more.

United Electric Controls has introduced a unique new family of HART capable transmitters that provides programmable switching functionality for industrial process monitoring applications. The One Series 1XTXSW transmitter line is the first to integrate HART 7 compatible 4-20 mA output. Lean more.

Submitted by Corey Foster || Valin Corporation
Precision Automation Meets Advanced Product Demand

As electronics and technologies become smaller and more intricate, engineers are running into new challenges in automating manufacturing processes. The challenges of manufacturing new products extend beyond the capabilities of precise motion control mechanics to include environmental control.

Submitted by Omron

Omron has been providing automation solutions for more than 80 years. Their washdown rated products and extreme washdown products in the IP69k protection class help you deliver safer solutions to your customers.

Workplace Safety Still Needs a Human Component

Workplace safety is—or should be—a primary focus of every organization, regardless of whether we’re talking about a classroom, an office, a manufacturing facility, or an oil rig. Employees deserve a workspace that is as safe and secure as it can possibly be.

Sysmac is the latest machine automation platform from Omron with integration throughout: from controller to software.

Submitted by Advantech
Advantech Touch Panel Computers - Compact, Elegant, Robust

Advantech's new 12.1 and 15 inch  PC-1251T/1551T touch panel computers are the latest of their type to use the Intel Atom E3827 1.75 GHz Processor with the publicized iDoor Technology, a flat screen and a multitude of I/O ports while being able to operate in a wide range of temperatures. Learn more.

Submitted by Advantech
ProView Thumb

Advantech ProView Ethernet Switch is a SCADA manageable switches which are the convergence switches for process control and IT networking management.

Submitted by Parker
Parker's mSR linear motor positioner

Meet Parker's new mSR (miniature square rail) linear motor positioner. The mSR integrates dual square rails for guidance, with one of two different linear motor technologies, and up to six different encoder technologies.

Submitted by John Brokaw, Sr. Application Engineer at Valin for Control Engineering Magazine

Advice follows on using proportional-integral-derivative (PID) tuning for motion control and robotics. High-end robotics with high dynamics and reasonably high accuracy of movement almost always require the use of these control algorithms for operation.

Submitted by IAI

IAI's new IXP Series Robots cost around 1/2 of that of a conventional model due to the adoption of the pulse motors. The IXP achieves a payload equivalent to that of a conventional model by adopting high-output drivers. All IXP models come standard with battery-less absolute encoders.

Submitted by Omron

An HMI that is expressive, intuitive, and easy to implement makes industrial machines more attractive and competitive. The Omron Sysmac NA Series HMI enables faster, more efficient control and monitoring - and a more natural relationship between operator and machine.

Submitted by IAI

With air cylinders, a compressor is operated with electricity to generate compressed air, and generated air is supplied though a line to the air cylinder where it is then converted to linear-motion force. This mechanism is subject to significant energy loss.

Submitted by Ric Leyva for Design News Magazine
Electric Actuators

As the automation and motion control needs of industries using control and drive functions continue to progress, the technology that meets those needs must adapt to the growing demand for connectivity, accessibility, and efficiency, all while maintaining a high level of quality and durability.

Submitted by James Walker || Valin Corporation
Understanding the Environment is Critical to Specifying Conveyors

Understanding the environment the conveyor is earmarked for is the most critical piece of the puzzle. Oversights on this part of the specification process can cause delays and corrections that lead to significant costs that could otherwise be avoided.