- Vision systems will drive the next major wave in industrial robotics
Curently less than 10 per cent of manufacturers have a vision system but in 10 years only 10 per cent will not have this technology. Extending the robot’s capability to embrace less-structured areas of manufacturing is the next major wave of change.
- SAP EcoHub now includes Plaut’s expertise in Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence
Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence provides a direct connection between business operations and shop-floor systems. It helps ensure that all manufacturing data is visible in real time – including information about orders, materials, equipment, status, costs and product quality.
- Fast-acting bio-sensor warns of hazardous substances in water supply
Classical poisons such as cyanide or ricin as well as plant protectives or toxic metabolic products from bacteria can be fatal even in concentrations of nanograms per litre.
- Nyrstar’s Port Pirie smelter migrates PLCs painlessly
Nyrstar were experiencing a high incidence of premature failure on their drives. In order to reduce this risk, the company wanted a partner who could develop and manage a preventative maintenance program.
- Clayton Synchrotron gets locally-designed motor control system upgrade
The Clayton Synchrotron is highly integrated making it more compact and serviceable than ones overseas because it is not as cluttered and has less cabling.
- Gaming technology powers visualisation software
Sentient Computing has developed a 3D automation and visualisation software product targeted at mining, oil & gas and manufacturing operations. The software company’s product, MVX, uses technology that is also used in the world of gaming and this Perth-based business has plenty of reasons to keep an eye on the latest video games.
- Intelligent safety monitoring keeps workers and machines always in view
Particular care must be taken in a production hall where robots and people work together, where even minor carelessness could result in serious accidents or stop production. Fraunhofer researchers are introducing a new prototype for intelligent safety monitoring in industrial workplaces.
- Improve performance and reliability of water treatment plant
A major upgrade to a municipal water plant called for the replacement of outdated remote terminal units with an intelligent distributed I/O system.
- Helena Water to build WA’s Mundaring Water Treatment Plant
Helena Water has been selected as the preferred consortium to fund, build and operate the new Mundaring Water Treatment Plant in Western Australia. This is the first fully fledged Public Private Partnership in the Western Australian water industry.
- Measuring Position or Speed in Harsh Environments
Harsh environments come in many forms but their common feature is that they place heavy demands on control equipment. The failure of position or speed sensors in the field can have a massive technical or commercial impact. If you are the engineer that specified the sensors in the first place, sensor failure might also have an impact on your career. So how do you make sure your sensors won’t let you down when the going gets tough? Mark Howard from Zettlex examines the options.