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Collaborative Robots

One way for Australian Manufacturers to increase their manufacturing productivity is through the implementation of Collaborative Robots. These unique Robots, or Cobots as they are called, are able to work alongside human operators thus increasing their productivity and product quality. Their small size and ease of programming means they are ...

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Future Proof your Plant with Indusoft Scada

The Webstudio Scada/HMI package from Indusoft is able to interface to any field device for process monitoring, alarming and trending. Don’t be limited by proprietary brands of Scada or HMI that have limited or no ability to communicate with other equipment. The following points high light the benefits of Indusoft ...

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Newsletter May 2017

Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 was devised by the German Government in response to their diminishing manufacturing  market share caused by China. The German governments motives are obvious once you realise that employment in the manufacturing sector for all nations has the highest multiplier of any industry, figures of 15 to ...

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Twincat and DNP3

Further to our recent Twincat blog we also needed to provide a DNP3 communications connection to the local Electricity Utility. Once again we were able to supply a solution because our PLC was also running Windows along with Twincat 3. PBScontrol is a 3rd party provider with a DNP3 slave ...

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TwinCat 3 Automation

Twincat is the IEC61131-3 PLC programming environment for the Beckhoff range of automation controllers. We were initially attracted to Beckhoff because of their Ethercat Fieldbus (see related blog) however we have also come to realise and benefit from the inherent versatility of the Twincat environment. Twincat runs with Windows or ...

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Process Batching

What is Process Batching? Process Batching can be described as an automated process that combines a number of measured ingredients based on a predefined recipe into a single product or batch. The cycle is repeated to produce multiple batches. Normally the measured (weighed) ingredients are combined in a mixer where ...

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Reduce PLC Software Costs

BatchFlex is a configurable PLC Batching library software module developed to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0, and also reduce the cost and simplify the implementation of batch based automation systems. XLplc was developed using the OOP extensions to IEC61131 and provides a suite of Function Blocks (FB’s) that are utilized ...

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Process Monitoring with your mobile device

All businesses benefit by improving the level of service to their own business or to their customers. One way of achieving this is by leveraging the inherent abilities of mobile devices and the internet. It is now a relatively simple task to install a monitoring device on a remote process or machine ...

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Reduce Electrical Installation Costs

A substantial part of the cost of electrical installations for automation can be the field wiring to input and output devices. There a many field buses on the market that have been used to reduce this cost with Ethercat being one of them, however Ethercat stands alone due to its ...

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Automation Functional Description

A functional description for the IEC61131 program of an automation project is a necessary and vital document. You wouldn’t build a house without first creating plans to specify your requirements and communicate them to the builders, so why would you try to automate your process without a “plan”. A functional ...

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