Automation Update - issue 38

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Issue 38


25-27 SEPT 2018 NEC, BirmiNgham

FREE TO ATTEND REGISTER NOw! THE UK’S LEADING PRODUCTION LINE EVENT See the latest processing and packaging machinery in action, network with industry peers and gain valuable insight at our must attend seminars. proCEssiNg & paCkagiNg maChiNEry matErials i roBots i iNdustrial VisioN

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dataFEED OPC Suite: a complete OPC and OPC UA communication solution in a single software product. The dataFEED OPC Suite offers a full package of components for OPC communication and cloud connectivity within a single product. It not only enables access to the controllers of all the leading manufacturers, but also enables DCOM to be implemented with just a few clicks, therefore improving communication between the PLCs, OPC Servers and OPC Clients. The MQTT Connector enables the sharing of data to IoT clouds. It also supports access to data blocks in Siemens S7-1200 and S7-1500 controllers. dataFEED OPC Suite is one of the first products available on the market offering this functionality. It allows users to include this data even in applications outside the PLC. This new dataFEED OPC Suite version also reads symbol information directly from the Siemens controller. It overcomes the time-consuming need to import the symbols first or to configure the data items manually as it had been necessary until now. OPC Client applications receive 4 - Automation Update

the retrieved symbolic information via the integrated OPC Server. As a result, these applications can now use symbolic names for accessing data items in all data blocks. Andreas Röck, dataFEED Product Manager at Softing Industrial explains, “With the new version of the dataFEED OPC Suite, users now have an easy-to-use, integrated solution for high-performance access to the complete family of Siemens S7 controllers. This makes data integration simple and reliable for a wide range of applications - even in complex systems.”

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New inductive proximity switches sense all metals at same range

plus is the name given by leading sensor manufacturer ifm electronic to their latest range of inductive proximity sensors. The main feature of these is their reliable detection: long sensing range on all metals, there is no reduction factor.

rating. Installation is made easier by the fact that the thread can be completely used with the lock nuts, right to the end of the housing thread.

Addition reliability stems from the fact that the K = 1 correction factor sensor technology is inherently immune to electromagnetic fields. This wide range of devices in standard M8, M12, M18 and M30 housings offers different lengths for different applications, all with flush or non-flush versions and all featuring an industry-standard M8 or M12 connector.

ifm is committed to working closely with its customers to develop products which precisely match their needs, and the company provides expert, readily accessible technical support to help users maximise the benefits they gain from ifm products.

These devices are suited to a numerous applications due to their wide operating temperature range and high protection

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The robust design in high-grade stainless steel renders this range ideal for all applications.

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Robust, reliable and expandable manual machine function switching: Herga Technology launches new multi-function industrial footswitch range Herga Technology, the UK’s leading switching and sensing component manufacturer, has launched a new range of heavy-duty and high-power footswitches aimed at operator control for industrial production machines. Available for single or double (redundant) operation and with slow or snap, break & make switching, the modular and robust design of the new 6256 series allows unlimited footswitch expansion and simple adaptation for optional safety guards, a manual release safety function, carrying handles and other accessories that are available as part of the range. Herga’s new 6256 series footswitches will suit applications where durability, reliability and long working life are key factors for plant & equipment OEMs and machine builders. The smart and aesthetic injection moulded ABS/PC housing design has been extensively tested for durability and is a significantly cost-effective but highly capable alternative to more expensive cast-metal footswitch solutions. Applications areas include operator enabled function switching where hand control is not feasible or safe in metal or plastics processing, laser machining, hydraulic press, welding, riveting stamping and more. The fully waterproof IP67 protection class footswitch accommodates safety shoe use, includes a non-slip base and has through holes for direct floor mounting plus three alternative M20 conduit entry points. Snap-fit construction allows fast assembly and easy adaptation to the application whilst quick access to the

large wiring compartment with screwterminal connection and an integral a self-lifting clamp ensure dependable installation. The 6256 footswitch suits motor and heavy duty loads thanks to a rated operational current of6A at 250V AC (AC-15) or 24V DC (DC-13). Long electrical life is assured with a rated five hundred thousand switching cycles when interrupting 6A AC-15 at 250V. In addition to the safety guard and optional manual release function, the modular construction concept of the 6256 will also allow applicationspecific accessories to be added such as custom protective shields, safety trips, mechanical interlocks, foot rests etc. Internally the normal single or dual switching function could easily be adapted as potentiometer, Hall sensor, or latching element type switching. As the footswitches can be simply locked together to form sturdy multiple footswitch groups, machine ergonomics and scalability is easily achieved.

Herga Technology can also supply the 6256 series industrial footswitch with Bluetooth® connectivity by integrating its own modular transmitter into the new footswitch. The secure PAN (Personal Area Network) transmitter and receiver system can be supplied with a choice of housed or PCB receivers and can accommodate up to two transmitters for a 10 m range, selectable latency and ultra-low power consumption. As with all Herga Technology hand or foot switching components and sensing solutions, custom colours, customer logos, and electrical or mechanical modifications are available for OEM customers. For further details of the new 6256 series visit or email or call +44 (0)1284 701422.

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Sir Ben Ainslie set to open MACH 2018 The largest manufacturing and engineering exhibition in the UK, MACH 2018, is set to open in April at the NEC in Birmingham. This five-day celebration of UK manufacturing will be officially opened (on 9th April) by the most successful sailor in Olympic history, Sir Ben Ainslie. Sir Ben won medals at five consecutive Olympics from 1996 onwards, including gold at the four Games held between 2000 and 2012. Sir Ben has a keen interest in manufacturing and the technology behind it, with his British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR employing the

latest manufacturing processes in the creation of their foiling race boat for the America’s Cup. MTA CEO James Selka, said “We are delighted to welcome Sir Ben to open MACH 2018, we know how much hard work and engineering excellence has been employed in the creation of the Land Rover BAR team. They are a fine example of world class British engineering and sporting know how. Sir Ben is a true legend and we are honoured to have him opening the UK’s premier manufacturing and engineering showcase.” Sir Ben Ainslie, said “At Land Rover BAR we bring together

Sir Ben Ainslie

huge resources of technical, design and engineering knowledge to create something truly British and unique. We invest in technology and innovative skills to find solutions for longterm issues in sustainability. I’m very much looking forward to opening the MACH 2018 exhibition and seeing the latest innovations coming out of the UK’s manufacturing technologies sector.”

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MACH 2018 takes place between 9th – 13th April and visitors can register for their Entrance Pass and Fast Track Entry Pack now, via the MACH exhibition website at

FANUC UK to Demonstrate Open Network Capabilities at MACH 2018 • Hall 19, stand 610 • All automated cells will be connected by FANUC’s scalable operation management software FANUC UK will demonstrate its next-generation automated capabilities, alongside its latest advances in robotics, RoboMachines, drives, and controls, at its fully-connected stand during this year’s MACH exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. “Our theme this year is ‘Connectivity’,” says Andrew Armstrong, FANUC UK’s sales and marketing manager. “Alongside a selection of our most recent product launches, many of which will be making their UK debut at MACH, we will also be demonstrating FANUC’s capabilities within the emerging markets of artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0 and the IoT.” The stand, which will include a range of robot models across FANUC’s collaborative, SCARA, and machine-tending portfolios, will be connected via a single software platform: the MT-Linki. This scalable operation management tool, which was first unveiled at EMO last year, will collect, monitor and display the data of every machine on the stand, in an easy-todigest format for all visitors to see. “The MT-Linki represents an easy and cost-effective way to connect and monitor machines on the factory floor,” says Andrew. “The technology is scalable, with a connection capability of up to 100 machines per server. The data, which can be collected via a dedicated Collector PC software, can then be used to optimise production processes, maximise machine usage, or diagnose potential problems, all without having to visit the factory floor. “This software will be joined by FANUC’s Zero Downtime technology, which was also unveiled at EMO. The ZDT will demonstrate FANUC’s abilities within condition monitoring: an arguably quick and easy win for manufacturers looking to adopt Industry 4.0.” Three of the cells connected by MT-Linki will showcase FANUC’s RoboMachine capabilities within electronic discharge machining and vertical milling.

• Exhibits will include partnerships with NIKKEN and Renishaw for enhanced functionality • Visitors will learn how to prepare their factories for Industry 4.0 The ROBOCUT C800iB, which is the largest of FANUC’s wire EDMs, will be making its UK debut as part of a gear-cutting and hole-drilling cell, and will be equipped with both a FANUC CCR rotary table, and a bonding alloy Pentron attachment. The C800iB is suited to high-capacity, complex cutting requirements, and is capable of working, without human interference, for extended periods of time. This is due to its automatic wire feeding functions and Core Stitch technology, a software that allows operators to plan cutting jobs, and increase unmanned machining hours. The two ROBODRILL cells will demonstrate FANUC’s industry partnerships for enhanced capability. The D21LiB model will be integrated with a NIKKEN 5AX-DD200BF2 direct drive 5-axis unit to cut a special-edition World Cup trophy out of brass. The α-DiB5 ADV, which represents the latest advanced series of the ROBODRILL machining centre, will be paired with a FANUC robot, and equipped with a Renishaw Equator. The Equator will demonstrate a no-fault-forward functionality, by analysing machined parts and correcting any perceived decline in part quality, without disrupting production. Andrew Armstrong says: “We’re particularly excited about our ROBOCUT and ROBODRILL cells, which will provide a full demonstration of FANUC’s automated, connected capabilities. We’re also pleased to be partnering with Renishaw and Nikken, amongst others, for MACH 2018. This will show how FANUC can offer bespoke services and enhanced capabilities, depending on the customer’s requirements.” Also making its UK debut will be a laser cutting cell featuring the latest integrated CO2 and fibre laser systems from FANUC. As well as offering high performance and reliability, FANUC CO2 and fibre lasers are compact, easy-to-use and cost-effective. They also use the same hardware systems, which means the laser source can be swapped out when required for maximum flexibility. Andrew says: “The FANUC brand often gets aligned to one of our product portfolios, whether that’s CNC or robots. We hope that visitors to MACH will realise the true extent of what we can offer, from our robots and RoboMachines, right the way through to our enhanced machine-to-machine capabilities.” FANUC will be exhibiting in Hall 19, stand 610, from 9th to 13th April. Sales representatives will be available for oneto-one meetings and consultations. To book an appointment, please click here. For more information on the exhibits at FANUC’s stand, please contact

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SICK Adds Safe Network Integration to Its microScan3 Safety Laser Scanners SICK has expanded its next-generation microScan3 family with the addition of EtherNet/ IPTM and PROFINET compatible variants to enable easy integration of safety laser scanners into a safe network. This also facilitates simultaneous field evaluation of up to four fields, instead of the single field offered by standard I/O scanners.


he SICK microScan3 Core – EtherNet/IP™ is the first safety laser scanner to support CIP Safety™ over EtherNet/IP™ and the microScan3 Core – PROFINET enables safe and reliable bus communication using the PROFIsafe protocol over PROFINET. When it was launched in 2016, the compact and robust SICK microScan3 safety laser scanner set a new benchmark for performance reliability with its market-leading safeHDDM™ (High Definition Distance Measurement) scanning technology. Its patented algorithms use multi-signal evaluation to achieve outstanding performance even in challenging environments with robust resistance to dust, dirt, and high-ambient light conditions even when detecting objects with low remissions, for example black clothing.

“These new variants open up multi-field safety scanning to Ethernet/IP™ and PROFINET safety networks,” explains Dr Martin Kidman, SICK’s UK safety specialist. “The combination of four simultaneous protective fields with up to 5.5 metres range and a 275o angle of view gives marketleading performance and a square coverage of 73m2. The result is a highly versatile safety laser scanner capable of addressing complex applications even in extreme conditions. With access to simultaneous protective field signals, multiple safety functions can be implemented with a single scanner at the same time in logic-enabling Industry 4.0 applications. In short, one scanner can perform the function of four.” “Both network-compatible microScan3 options provide excellent protection especially where single field scanning is difficult, for example at corners, in two or threesided access to hazard areas, or where light curtains are obtrusive or prone to impact damage. With the additional versatility offered by network compatibility, users can save on purchasing costs and further improve their productivity. “The network-compatible scanners are a particularly valuable solution where having multiple single field scanners requires costly, complex wiring and control. They are ideal for access protection where material is transferred across sections of the production line and for presence detection to prevent an accidental restart of a machine if personnel move out of one field and into another.” Integrating the new microScan3 scanners into existing safe controllers and control cabinets is straightforward and the scanners can be configured over the network quickly for ease of set up and rapid device replacement. 12 - Automation Update

The SICK microScan3 Ethernet/IPTM and PROFINET both feature a bright, multi-coloured LED display for on-site teachin and status monitoring and SICK’s configuration software, SafetyDesigner™, enables rapid and intuitive set-up of fields via a guided choice menu and a simple interface. Using the microScan3 over a safe network also provides the means to access a wide range of additional information such as multiple warning fields, contamination signals and enables simple field switching without additional wiring. The bright multicolour LED can provide sensor status and diagnostics information and can be viewed and read even from wide angles or at a distance, with clear text and instructions about required actions helping with maintenance and fault finding. The safety laser scanners are protected against unauthorised manipulation in service by transmitting a checksum of the safety configuration, which allows users to detect and trace any unauthorised changes made to the device. This gives peace of mind that applications continue to be safe in the field. SICK microScan3 has a lightweight, rugged metal housing with vibration resistant brackets, enabling easy installation and adjustment. M12, 8-pin connectors, mini USB interface and system plug with integrated configuration memory ensure simple, low cost, smart connectivity. For more information on the SICK microScan3 safety laser scanner, or any of SICK’s safety and protective devices, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email



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Countdown to the UK’s leading production line event begins The PPMA Show to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the NEC Birmingham 25-27 September 2018

In light of Nick Peters’, author of the Annual Manufacturing report 2018, comment that “UK manufacturing has come a long way in recent years, as we have seen from their stellar performance in 2017,” it’s no surprise that the PPMA Show is gearing up for its biggest show to date when it returns to the NEC, Birmingham, between 25-27 September 2018.

Set to fill the halls of the NEC with demonstrations of the most technologically-advanced processing and packaging machinery the world has to offer, the UK’s leading production line event will provide the platform for thousands of food, pharmaceuticals, toiletries and FMCG manufacturers to explore the latest innovations and do business live from the show floor. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the PPMA Show will welcome the return of some of the industry’s major players for its milestone event such as Baumer. The automated image processing specialist will join the exhibition for the first time since 2014, armed with its latest range of intelligent HeavyDuty encoders. In a revamp of the original Learning Hub format, the PPMA Show 2018 will also hone its educational programme. A high profile industry speaker, to be confirmed in the coming months, will open the show and deliver an insightful address, followed by a smaller line-up of thought leaders sharing their industry knowledge in focused sessions over the three days of the show.

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As well as the chance to see working machinery in action, the PPMA Show 2018 will offer enhanced networking opportunities through dedicated meeting spaces around the show. Rewarding the hard work and innovation seen throughout the past year, the prestigious PPMA Group Awards will once again take place alongside the event. Returning to the first night of the PPMA Show the glittering ceremony and gala dinner is set to be bigger and better than ever – watch out for exciting news to be announced in the coming months. Zoe Crockett, Marketing Manager, PPMA Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a completely new look and fresh new ideas for the 2018 Show. We’ve listened carefully to visitor feedback for more networking opportunities and devised a format that will ensure even the most time-poor visitors have the chance to meet, share knowledge and make new business contacts. Roll on September!” For more information on the PPMA Show and its new features for this year, please visit


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