LE Series Electric Actuators with Absolute Encoder


SMC has introduced a line of actuators driven by 24VDC step motors fitted with battery-less absolute encoders. An absolute encoder offers position data upon power-on, avoiding the homing routine an incremental encoder requires.
LEFS Slider Type, Ball Screw Drive, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

LEFS Slider Type, Ball Screw Drive, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

The rodless LEFS slider is an electric actuator with a load mounting platform situated above a ball screw drive.  A flexible seal band permits platform travel while preventing foreign matter from entering the drive.  Slider advantages include a low profile height, shorter length than a rod with equivalent stroke, and better positioning repeatability than a belt driven slider.  This version includes a 24VDC motor with a battery-less absolute encoder.  This encoder allows the actuator to be powered down without losing its positional awareness.  The machine’s PLC can access the controller’s operational and positional step data through several fieldbus protocols, IO-Link, or parallel I/O.

  • Body sizes: 25, 32, 40
  • Maximum work load: 65 kg
  • Maximum speed: 1200 mm/s
  • Stroke range: 50 to 1200mm in 50mm increments
  • Positioning repeatability: ±0.02mm, or ±0.015mm (high precision)

LEFB Belt Drive Slider, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

LEFB Belt Drive Slider, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

The rodless LEFB slider is an electric actuator with a load mounting platform situated above a belt drive.  A flexible seal band permits platform travel while preventing foreign matter from entering the drive.  Slider advantages include a low profile height, shorter length than a rod with equivalent stroke, plus longer strokes and higher speeds than a ball screw driven slider.  This version includes a 24VDC motor with a battery-less absolute encoder.  This encoder allows the actuator to be powered down without losing its positional awareness.  The machine’s PLC can access the controller’s operational and positional step data through several fieldbus protocols, IO-Link, or parallel I/O.

  • Body sizes: 16, 25, 32
  • Maximum work load (horizontal only): 19 kg
  • Maximum speed: 1500 mm/s
  • Stroke range: 300 to 2000mm in 100mm increments
  • Positioning repeatability: ±0.08mm

LEY Rod, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

LEY Rod, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

The LEY rod electric actuator is suitable for push, pull, lift and press applications.  The motor orientation can be reverse mounted on top for compact length, or inline for compact height.  Several mounting options are available to accommodate a range of machine requirements.  This version includes a 24VDC motor with a battery-less absolute encoder.  This encoder allows the actuator to be powered down without losing its positional awareness.  The machine’s PLC can access the controller’s operational and positional step data through several fieldbus protocols, IO-Link, or parallel I/O.

  • Body sizes: 16, 25, 32, 40
  • Maximum work load: 90 kg (horizontal); 53 kg (vertical)
  • Maximum pushing force: 1058 N
  • Maximum speed 500 mm/s
  • Maximum stroke: 500mm
  • Positioning repeatability: ±0.02mm

LEYG Guided Rod, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

LEYG Guided Rod, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

The LEYG guided rod electric actuator pairs a LEY actuator with a bolt-on bearing block with double guide rods.  The guide rods counter rotational forces instead of the drive and motor, and also resist shock and sustained lateral loads.  Guide selection offers either slide or ball bushing bearings.  The motor orientation can be reverse mounted on top for compact length, or inline for compact height.  This version includes a 24VDC motor with a battery-less absolute encoder.  This encoder allows the actuator to be powered down without losing its positional awareness.  The machine’s PLC can access the controller’s operational and positional step data through several fieldbus protocols, IO-Link, or parallel I/O.

  • Body sizes: 16, 25, 32, 40
  • Maximum work load: 90 kg (horizontal; 51 kg (vertical)
  • Maximum pushing force: 1058 N
  • Maximum speed: 500 mm/s
  • Maximum stroke: 300mm
  • Positioning repeatability: ±0.02mm

LES Slide Table, Compact, Battery-less Absolute Encoder

The LES electric actuator combines a motor and ball screw drive, worktable, and linear guide in compact body.  The formed sheet metal table allows a lower mounting surface height, lighter weight, and greater vertical work load than the LESH slide table.  Body orientations include basic, symmetrical, and inline mounted motor.  This version includes a 24VDC motor with a battery-less absolute encoder.  This encoder allows the actuator to be powered down without losing its positional awareness.  The machine’s PLC can access the controller’s operational and positional step data through several fieldbus protocols, IO-Link, or parallel I/O.

  • Body size: 25
  • Maximum work load: 5 kg (horizontal or vertical)
  • Maximum pushing force: 180 N
  • Maximum speed: 400 mm/s
  • Strokes: 30, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150mm
  • Positioning repeatability: ±0.05mm

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.

Redi-Rail Linear Guide

Redi-Rail Linear Guide

Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required. It offers strength, ease of installation, and corrosion resistance making it the perfect linear motion solution across a broad range of applications such as automation, machine transfer, and material handling. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. Carriages are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particles. Redi-Rail is a great alternative to profile rail, where high speeds, precision, and moderate load applications are required.

This is one of several articles that explores the properties and features of Redi-Rail linear systems. In this article we offer a brief overview with focus on our new 4- and 5-wheel carriage options and their implications on cantilevered loads and cost. Redi-Rail linear guides consist of a slider or carriage riding along an extruded aluminum rail. Aluminum rails are integrated with hardened steel races for a strong, yet lightweight design. They are also end joinable for long length applications, ensuring a sturdy design with rigidity and precision. Running parallelism is held to ±.001’’ (.025mm) for the length of the guide rail.

Red-Rail sliders or carriages consist of durable anodized aluminum with three, four, or five gothic arch rollers that are offset and trapped between the round inner races of the linear rail. They are sealed against contamination and engineered with double-row bearing rollers that glide over particulates along the rail. Redi-Rail linear guides are available in commercial-grade inch, or in higher precision metric systems that are equipped with wipers and patented side pre-load adjustment (wipers optional on inch series).

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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Denso Pharmaceutical/Medical Robots


Denso’s VS-050-S2 robots meet the strict hygienic demands to automation in medical device / medical product manufacturing processes and drug preparation.  VS-S2 robots with sterility control for use in sterile and clean environments that employ H2O2 gas 35% density (dry/wet) and UV exposure. Cables and other connector panels are positioned on the bottom for easier installation in sealed and quarantine environments.

The robot offers a maximum payload of 4kg, a reach of 520mm and position repeatability of +/-0.02.

  • Smooth surface prevents adherence of dust and dirt. The robot arm is constructed without screws to maintain high sanitation levels.
  • Cleanliness: ISO Class 5
  • Protection level: Wrist IP67, Unit IP65

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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