Three Important Benefits of the New NX Safety Tools with Sysmac 1.45

Omron NX Safety tools
Many safety systems add complexity to the applications into which they’re designed. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. With the right tools, you can streamline your safety system to improve flexibility and align it with you specific needs.

Omron is introducing a set of brand-new NX safety tools with Sysmac 1.45 that are designed to reduce the complexity of the average safety system and improve overall ease of use. Let’s take a look at how they achieve this.

1. They reduce installation time with a Batch Setting option.

System integrators (SIs) who are developing CIP Safety solutions often need to collect data from each safety device and manually upload it to the safety PLC to complete setup. This is quite time-consuming, and can even lead to hazardous situations if communication type misconfigurations occur between third-party devices and the safety PLC.

Furthermore, robotic SIs find it difficult to protect for the custom configuration of future modifications in the safety PLC. During project commissioning, communication type changes may be required multiple times, and each change can take several hours depending on the amount of CIP Safety devices present.

The new NX safety tools dramatically reduce installation time with a Batch Setting feature that enables CIP Safety connection type changes to be made as a group and retrieves the safety signature from each CIP Safety device. This speeds up commissioning and improves safety management overall.

2. They support multilingual commenting without affecting the safety signature.

When OEMs and system integrators send machines abroad, they often need to deliver information in the destination’s local language. This requirement is at odds with the desire of global companies to reduce programming efforts related to comments in the local language without changing the safety signature.

The NX safety tools support the addition of comments to the safety program in four different languages without affecting the safety signature in Sysmac 1.45 and above. This makes it much easier for OEMs and SIs to manage multilingual comments for global expansion needs.

3. They add flexibility to your CIP Safety solution.

Flexibility is important in any application. When it comes to safety, a major concern shared by control engineers and designers is reducing wiring in their automation projects to obtain maximum flexibility on the factory floor. Messy, cumbersome wiring systems make application reconfiguration very difficult and inhibit changeovers.

In addition, many safety systems have limited troubleshooting capabilities when integrating third-party devices using generic EDS files from manufacturers, and end-users looking to develop flexible manufacturing systems often have limited safety platform options that allow them to mix third-party devices from different vendors.

With the NX safety tools, you can take advantage of a new EDS tool embedded in Sysmac for effortless and quick integration of CIP Safety devices. And, you can import/export CIP Safety devices created in Sysmac to new projects with ease. Much less R&D support is needed to develop your applications in new ways.

Powerful AI to Match Human Visual Sensitivity

FH Series with AI
Due to a shortage of skilled workers and rising labor costs, manufacturers are under pressure to automate processes relying on human senses.  Omron’s FH Series vision system now includes advanced defect detection with artificial intelligence to mitigate these issues.

With the upgraded FH Series, Omron is helping manufacturers automate vision inspection via a lightweight, easily integrated solution.  Omron’s FH Series vision system includes an AI-based inspection tool known as AK Fine Matching.  It trains by reviewing images of various good products and builds a model.  Then, AI Find Matching detects only the features not found on good products as defect.

Benefits of the FH Series with AI defect detection

Captures defects with human-like sensitivity

The AI Scratch Detection Filter highlights scratches on different surface types without needing to learn from images or adjust any parameters, offering manufacturers a ready-to-deploy solution.

Identifies good products like experienced inspectors

The FH Series determines acceptable variation tolerances using the AI Fine Matching tool that learns from non-defective product images to quickly acquire the “expertise” that inspectors develop over months of time.

Can be incorporated into any environment

Most high-end vision solutions require a similarly high-end environment, but Omron’s lightweight solution provides user-friendly processing items that are integrated into the FH Series hardware.

Omron LVS-9585 Barcode Verifier

The LVS-9585 handheld DPM barcode verifier adds advanced lighting options and powerful software functionality. The new auto-find feature enables users to automatically find the DPM symbol within the verifier field of view, and cycle through the lighting settings to find the lighting type that works best with the specific DPM marking and material substrate. The LVS-9585 can test both DPM parts as well as printed labels to a broad variety of global application standards, and provides comprehensive quality analysis and reporting features.

The LVS-9585 is a high-performance handheld solution for offline barcode verification to ISO/IEC and GS1 standards. Featuring a high-resolution 5.0 megapixel camera, the LVS-9585 reads and analyzes linear (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) codes up to 76.19 mm (3.0 in.) wide and up to 57.15 mm (2.25 in.) tall. 1D and 2D direct part marks (DPM) of up to 44 mm x 44 mm (1.75″ x 1.75″) can be verified to MIL-STD-130, ISO, and GS1 standards.

The LVS-9585 verifies multiple symbologies, including any combination of linear, 2D (Data Matrix, QR Code, and Aztec), and stacked linear (PDF417, MicroPDF, and Composite).

LVS – 9585: At a Glance

  • Stitching feature to grade barcodes larger than the field of view.
  • Ideal for multiple line production and warehouse environments.
  • Validates printed barcodes to ISO/IEC, GS1, and UDI print quality standards.
  • Verifies direct part marks (DPM) to ISO, MIL-STD-130, and GS1 standards.
  • High resolution version verifies 2D symbols as small as 2 mil (50 µ) cell size.
  • Software upgrade options include Multi-Sector for verification of multiple barcodes on a label.
  • 21 CFR Part 11 compliant-ready.
  • Supports 15 languages with the ability to add more.
  • Quality data reporting for auditing purposes.
  • Includes NIST-Traceable Calibrated Conformance Standard Test Card for system calibration.
  • Optional adjustable mounting stand adapter

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Eaton Variable Frequency Drives Comprehensive offering for ALL applications

Eaton’s variable frequency drives are designed and manufactured for applications requiring ultra-compact solutions, clean power or future configurability in mind.

With a vast and comprehensive product offering Eaton drives are designed for industrial, HVAC, water/wastewater treatment, machinery OEM, continuous process and commercial application demands.

The breath of this technology includes the PowerXL DG1 general purpose variable frequency drives for demanding commercial and industrial applications to the sensorless vector control technology of the SVX industrial vfd.

HVAC Variable Frequency Drives

Explosionproof VFDs

Liquid-cooled Drives

Micro, Compact and General Purpose Drives

Omron NXR I/O Platform

Omron NXR I/O Platform

Omron recently launched its new NXR I/O platform that provides an IP67-rated, distributed connectivity solution. As a part of the fully integrated Sysmac platform, the NXR increases machine data collection with IO-Link and reduces wiring in machine startup and replacement.

In addition to expanding Omron’s ruggedized and IO-Link-enabled portfolios, the NXR bolsters the automation partner’s status as one of the few companies with a full offering from sensors to blocks to controllers. This is in line with Omron’s commitment to providing comprehensive, end-to-end solutions for a wide range of automation needs in any industry.

Ideal applications for the NXR include those involving a high density of digital I/O combined with space constraints, such as automotive tooling, assembly and machining and packaging pick-to-light systems and vertical form fill seal (VFFS) machines. By providing a top-grade yet low-cost EtherNet/IP distributed solution with IO-Link, the NXR improves diagnostics and reduces downtime for these applications. It also reduces installation costs with quick-connect cables and minimizes IP addresses for I/O.

Aside from IO-Link functionality and its IP67 rating, the NXR’s key features include LED indicators for diagnostics, a DIP switch IP address setting and thorough cable diagnostics.

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SMC EX500 Series Fieldbus System

SMC EX500 Series Fieldbus System
EX500 is a gateway unit to connect EtherNet/IP™, DeviceNet™, and Profibus DP® to SMC valves and digital inputs for sensors for distributed I/O system.  With the EX500 decentralized I/O system valves can bee installed near the actuators reducing wiring, piping materials and space requirements.  There is no need to set the address for the valve manifold and input units, making installation and commissioning easier.

Each gateway can control up to 8 valve manifolds and 8 input blocks, with a maximum of 128 outputs and 128 inputs.

EX500-GEN2 supports Device level Ring (DLR) and EtherNet/IP™ Quick Connect function. The gateway module has IP65 protection while valve modules and input blocks have IP67 protection ensuring protection against dust and washdown environment.

  • Valve interface for EX500-GEN2
  • Selectable 16 or 32 ouput by internal switch
  • IP67 protection rating
  • Compatible with New SY, VQC, SV and S0700 valve series

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Yaskawa Sigma Trac II

Complete Linear Motion Solution

Yaskawa’s expertly designed, manufactured, and tested Sigma Trac II mechatronic solutions give your machine a faster time to market and your engineering team more time to innovate.

Improve Machine Performance

Minimize cycle times and maximize productivity with speeds up to 5m/s, and peak force output up to 5040 N.

Repeatability

Coupling the load directly to the motor and encoder yields positioning repeatability of ±2 µm.

Wide Range of Sizes

With six motor sizes and 24 base lengths, there is a linear stage for nearly any application. Stages are available for use with 100 V, 200 V, or 400 V power.

Cable Management

Carefully controlling cable flex maximizes cable life. Use additional space in the cable carrier for cables and hoses to your payload.

More information link: https://www.yaskawa.com/delegate/getAttachment?documentId=BL.Sigma-7.03&cmd=documents&openNewTab=true&documentName=BL.Sigma-7.03.pdf

COBOTTA

COBOTTA collaborative robot

A robot that collaborates with everyone

Introducing the new collaborative robot “COBOTTA”. The human-friendly, compact, and portable design allows you to take COBOTTA anywhere, and automate tasks right away. No expert knowledge is required, making operation amazingly easy. COBOTTA will open infinite possibilities to address your needs, and realize creative, new ideas.

Safety Design

Collaborative robots do not require safety fences. The unique outer contour has no sharp edges, and consists of curves that prevent hands from getting caught. Sensors are built into the six moving parts for constant monitoring of speed and torque, to guar-antee safety from a function-al aspect (planning to obtain certification from a third-par-ty certification authority).

Portable Body

The main unit weighs approximately 4 kg providing easy porta­bility, and offers a load capacity of 500 g. The integrated con­troller not only reduces wiring, but also allows consolidated control with other devices. ORiN is supported as standard.

Easy to Use

Equipped with a direct teaching function and an intuitive GUI for easy programming. An optional camera can be mounted to enable teaching using the camera.

Open Platform

The integrated controller is open, and COBOTTA’s control API is made public, allowing creators to develop their own applica­tions in the environment they choose (055 version).

More information link: https://www.denso-wave.com/en/robot/product/collabo/cobotta.html

OTP Has the PPE and Safety Supplies You Need to Keep Your Operations COVID Compliant

As your company ramps back up to full time operations, it can be a challenge to comply with the new COVID-19 health and safety requirements now in place. To help keep your employees and customers healthy, and your facility sanitized and safe, OTP has sourced some of the supplies that are most in-demand for manufacturing operations. Save time and avoid searching dozens of vendors — we’ve done the work for you and have ready access to large inventories of select supplies. All orders can be delivered quickly and on a short turnaround.

Masks

Masks
Many state and local governments now require employees and customers to wear face coverings while in public places or places of business. To ensure everyone in your facility always has a high-quality mask to wear, we can provide bulk quantities of standard surgical masks and the highly protective N95 respirator masks. OTP has two options:

  • Surgical Masks – These three-ply standard ear-loop face masks offer protection from airborne particles. $66/box, 50 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.
  • N95 Particulate Respirator Masks – As the most protective mask available, the N95 respirator mask with double headstraps protects from particles as small as 0.3 micron in size. These masks are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety. $133/box, 20 masks per box. Specify number of boxes needed.

Temperature Screening Cameras

Temperature Screening Cameras
Many companies are temperature-screening all individuals entering their building, as a precautionary measure. The SkyCop Thermal Camera can detect elevated body temperature, detect face masks, and can track headcount to comply with reduced capacity requirements. It measures temperature with no contact, registers the reading in one second and displays results on an LCD monitor. Call for pricing.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
Clean hands and surfaces is a critical step to keep your facility safe and your employees and customers healthy. The hand sanitizer we offer is 80% antiseptic ethanol alcohol and can be ordered in large bulk quantities for high-volume users or resellers. Available in 5-gallon pail ($245/pail; 8 pail minimum order), 54-gallon drum ($2,274), or 250-gallon tote ($10,065).

Transparent Workstation Barriers

Transparent Workstation Barriers
For open office workstations or customer service areas, a see-through physical barrier gives extra protection from respiratory droplets over and above the protection masks provide. OTP offers transparent dividers and shields made from durable acrylic, polycarbonate, clear PVC (choose rigid or flexible) or PETG. All workstation shields are lightweight, easily installed and cleaned, and have the option of an additional anti-scratch coating. Call for pricing.

To order, or for questions, call OTP today at 800-837-6827.

OTP feature vendor saves time and money with VLT drive

Danfoss Drive and Industrial Control

Since 1968, Danfoss — a featured vendor of OTP Industrial Solutions — has been dedicated to developing VLT® variable frequency drives to control speed, torque, acceleration, synchronization, positioning and overall performance of AC motors. The reliable and innovative VLT drive is designed to support any automation application and provide energy savings.

From pressure transmitter and temperature switch to solenoid valve and motor control gear, Danfoss offers a complete line of industrial control solutions to improve productivity and lower costs.

A Danfoss VLT drive success

The Danfoss North America (NAM) sales team has delivered the first VLT® FlexConcept® solution for a leading North American beverage company. The company has begun producing a new milk protein drink in a dairy production facility owned and operated in Michigan.

Danfoss NAM has supplied a VLT® FlexConcept® solution for three packaging lines at the facility. Each line uses about 60 pieces of the VLT® OneGearDrive® and the VLT® Decentral Drive FCD 302 respectively.

The project is the first VLT® OneGearDrive® installation within the beverage company’s bottling. The company is so impressed with the Danfoss VLT® FlexConcept® solution, that Danfoss NAM has also been awarded a new can line for the beverage company’s plant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Savings in installation process

To secure these packaging lines, Danfoss NAM utilized a Danfoss Food & Beverage PUSH/PULL strategy, providing savings to both the equipment builder Descon Integrated Conveying Solutions, and the end user, the owners and operators of the dairy production facility.

Said Jeff Philpott of Descon, “The VLT® Decentral Drive FCD 302 has saved Descon time and money, for we can utilize the I/O connection of the FCD 302 and reduce analogue I/O block,” said Jeff. “Node connectivity is very expensive. Any additional Ethernet switches and I/O blocks add so much more cost, more wiring and more time to install.”

Streamlined hygienic design

The dairy production facility’s maintenance manager was highly impressed with the clean, hygienic design of the VLT® FlexConcept® solution: “The VLT® OneGearDrive® has no fan or bleeder valve, which is ideal for our dairy plant.”

OTP represents a team of product experts and engineers who bring innovative solutions to our customers. By offering one of the broadest ranges of quality equipment and systems from the industry’s most respected manufacturers, OTP is your one industrial solutions supplier for the products and services you need and the value you demand.

To learn more about Danfoss products, contact an OTP expert today!

Read the full Danfoss success story here.