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DCS Glycol Chiller and Heater Solutions for the Wine Making Industry 1 400x275

One of the most important factors in making wine is fermentation. The rate of fermentation can impact the flavors of the resulting wine. This rate can be manipulated by controlling the temperature during the fermentation process to achieve the desired flavor characteristics. Gems Sensors & Controls looks at an application challenge and solution in this article. 

 

 

DCS Research from ABB Shows How Cities Can Tackle Water Stress 1 400x275

Recently, ABB published the first in a series of new reports for the energy and wastewater sectors to highlight the impact that technology can have in enabling industrial customers to reduce carbon emissions and manage the energy transition for a more sustainable future.

 

 

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Labour and skills shortages are among the most pressing challenges that manufacturers face today. Access to a large, high-quality workforce is critical for manufacturing to be successful. In this article, Greg James, Regional Sales Manager - Festo Didactic Ltd. shines some light onto what is being done in Canada to help ensure there are enough skilled workers available to keep the factory of the future running.

 

 

DCS Four Questions to Ask Yourself When Getting Started with Collaborative Robots 1 400x275

Many businesses of all sizes turn to robots for the purpose of enhancing precision, speed, and consistency while minimizing expenses and downtime. However, many of them - particularly the smaller enterprises - are initially unsure of whether the payoff will be worth it.

 

DCS Pressure Switch Comparison from Gems Sensors and Controls 1 400x275

Gems Sensors offers many different pressure switches for different applications. Whether you need a low pressure switch for sensing air in a manifold or a high pressure switch for sensing hydraulic oil in a off-highway vehicle, Gems has a pressure switch to fit your needs. 

 

 

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The way we generate power has been undergoing a radical shift over the last few years as our attention has turned more and more toward decarbonization, primarily using solar and wind power on a large scale. For these renewable technologies to be efficient and cost effective, the intermittency supply with solar and wind must be dealt with. The energy from these renewable sources needs to somehow be stored and released when needed most.

 

 

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Known as National Manufacturing Month, there’s no better time than October to reflect on the importance of building a sustainable workforce for a more resilient future. As manufacturers across the country host student tours, Yaskawa Motoman continues to take part in STEM-centric events that fuel optimism for careers in robotic automation, as well as offer comprehensive robot training through Yaskawa Academy.

 

 

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A popular trend that is growing in the US market is the use of ferrules, also known as end sleeves, to terminate single and multi-conductor wires, e.g. in the terminal blocks within a machine’s control panel. For US equipment manufacturers that export to Europe, using ferrules is a requirement toreceive CE certification so that a company can do business within the European Union. Regional Sales Manager Bob Wells takes some time to answer a few questions he hears in the field about this cable termination technique.

 

 

DCS Why Omrons NY Series Industrial PC is the Perfect Host for AVEVA Edge 1 400x275

Omron’s partnership with AVEVA Edge makes machine visualization easier than ever. Although this solution is designed to work well across all industries regardless of platform, some platforms work even better - particularly the Omron NY Series Industrial PC or NY ICP for short. 

 

 

MC Thoughs On Running A Squirrel Cage Motor Above ITs Rated Speed ABB 1 400x275

How fast can my Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) run my motor? This is a frequently asked question and the answer requires consideration. There are power and mechanical limits that will come into play with the design and performance of a typical squirrel cage motor. The VFD, itself, is usually capable of providing the necessary increased frequency. Actually, the VFD is capable of outputting 400Hz – 6.7 times the motors base design frequency

 


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DCS Lafert Formally Introduces New Plant in San Dona di Piave 1 400x275

The new production plant is officially in operation after its formal unveiling at Lafert’s 60th anniversity celebrations in San Donà di Piave, Italy, close to the historic headquarters. 

The 130 000 sq foot plant was developed to increase production capacity and meet the growing demand for IE5 Super Premium Efficiency motors, while also providing new storage areas for raw materials and finished products. In this plant alone, Lafert is able to produce up to 1400 pieces per day and can ship 4-5 international containers per week thanks to the internal customs area. 

The project began in September 2020 with the aim of building a brand-new manufacturing plant to produce high efficiency permanent magnet motors, specifically intended for pumping applications. The plant was designed and built with extensive automated production capabilities including fully automated production lines. Today the plant employs 50 operators who have been carefully trained to work in synergy with the production lines. The plant delivers maximum comfort in the working conditions of the operators in terms of light, space, services, and other factors that affect the well-being of employees. 

 

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The 3RV29 infeed system is based on a basic module complete with a lateral incoming supply unit (three-phase busbar with infeed). Expansion modules (three-phase busbars for system expansion) are available for extending the system.

 

 

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DCS Sonepar Acquires Aztec Electrical Supply 1 400x275

Sonepar has announced that its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Sonepar Canada, Inc. has acquired Aztec Electrical Supply Inc. (“Aztec”). With a strong presence in the province of Ontario, the acquisition of Aztec will strengthen Sonepar’s ability to grow their industrial business model across the Greater Toronto Area.

Founded in 2002, Aztec expanded its market presence across Ontario opening four branches located within Vaughan, Cambridge, Mississauga, and Burlington. Aztec will add over 100 associates to the Sonepar network in Canada and is expected to record sales revenues of over $70 million in 2022.

 

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New Product

DCS New LUTZE DRIVEFLEX and MOTIONFLEX VFD Cables from Automation Direct 1 400x275

AutomationDirect has added new LUTZE DRIVEFLEX® and MOTIONFLEX® variable frequency drive cables which provide supreme protection against electromagnetic interference (EMI).

These cables are available in 18 to 8 AWG sizes and include four black conductors with a green/yellow ground conductor of the same gauge. Each conductor is labeled for easy identification and is covered in a cross-linked Polyethylene (XLPE) insulation (type XHHW-2) that is oil and sun resistant, suitable for dry, damp, or wet locations, and approved for direct burial.

The DRIVEFLEX series has a black PVC outer jacket ideal for stationary applications, while the MOTIONFLEX series has a black thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) outer jacket designed for continuous motion applications. Both cables are tray cable-exposed run rated (TCER) for use in cable trays with or without conduit, which can significantly reduce installation costs.

The new DRIVEFLEX series cable starts at $2.58 /ft. and the MOTIONFLEX series cable starts at $3.67 /ft.  Both cables are made in the USA and can be ordered cut to length in 1-foot increments with a 10ft minimum.


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Featured Product

DCS Omrons New Integrated Controller Capable of Controlling Robots and Entire Automation Systems 1 400x275

Omron has recently introduced its most full-featured machine automation controller to date. Offering control of multiple robots, the choice of 16, 32, or 64 controlled motion axes, and SQL connectivity. It is the ideal control solution for complete robotic cells, high-speed motion systems, material handling and multi-robot systems.

The Robotics Integrated Platform is the next revolutionary step in the SYSMAC ecosystem that seamlessly integrates the full Omron Fixed Robotics product line. Their one controller approach integrates robot control, in addition to sequence and motion control, to a single controller. This enables synchronized control of robots as well as other devices and results in higher performance compared to typical network based configurations. It also enables users to collect information on devices aligned to a common timeline which not only improves overall system response times and accuracy but also greatly aids in troubleshooting activities.


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