From the editors' desk

A robot arm (Fanuc) lifting a car (Photo: Cindy Weissmueller)

2016-06-24 (cw): Yesterday I visited the Automatica exhibition in Munich, the leading trade fair for automation and mechatronics. This year, the fair (June 21 to 24) had a registration record. In five halls, more than 800 companies displayed their solutions for the optimization of production processes, professional service robotics, Industry 4.0, and human-robot collaborations. The era of smart robotics and automation has begun.

Among the range of robot arms, there was one which can help you to get more hair. The Artas robotic system is the first and only robotic hair transplant system. The six-axis machine removes individual hair roots, which are then reinserted in the places affected by hair loss. Interesting, right?

 

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Book on car hacking

How to get into your car's electronics

[2016-06-30] Craig Smiths’ Car Hacker’s Handbook shows how to identify network security risks, exploit software vulnerabilities, and gain a deeper understanding of the software running in our vehicles.

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Automotive semiconductors

Mergers and acquisitions change the market

[2016-06-29] Market researchers from IHS have published the shares of the top-10 semiconductor suppliers in the automotive industry. After its merge with Freescale, NXP is on top.

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Position sensor

CANopen in space-constrained industrial systems

[2016-06-30] MTS Sensors, a division of MTS Systems Corporation, has expanded its E-Series of high accuracy position sensor devices with the introduction of the EP2. The sensor is available with a CANopen interface.

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Oscilloscope

Eye diagram for CAN FD

[2016-06-30] Teledyne LeCroy is expanding the serial data analysis capabilities for its oscilloscopes with eye diagram capabilities. The eye diagram option is available for CAN and CAN FD.

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Linux

Linux driver supports CAN FD

[2016-06-30] With the release of the PCAN Linux driver version 8.1, the beta test of the CAN FD support is finished, reported Peak-System (Germany).

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Oscilloscope

Combining Sent and CAN modules

[2016-06-30] Yokogawa’s DL850E Scope Corder is a portable data acquisition recorder and oscilloscope that can capture and analyze both transient events and trends up to 200 days. Sent-monitoring has been added to its CAN capabilities.

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Industry panel

7-inch touch display

[2016-06-30] Incostartec’s HMI TBT-Ax-070T IP54 consists of a 7-inch resistive touch-display and a processor-module-system. It has one optional CAN interface and a variable CPU.

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Robot accessories

Compensation unit gives robots tactile sense

[2016-06-29] The sensory compensation unit AGI by Schunk gives robots and axial systems a precise tactile sense at the front-end. It comes with integrated real-time power control.

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CAN-to-Ethernet

Multi-functional as gateway and bridge

[2016-06-29] The Ixxat CANnet NT 200 is a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway that allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet. With its two operating modes, it can be used as a CAN-Ethernet-CAN bridge and as a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway.

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Communication module

CAN connection for Siemens CPU

[2016-06-29] Systeme Helmholz’s CAN 300 PRO module, for use in a Siemens S7-300 central processing unit (CPU), enables connection of CAN participants with the automation device.

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Slave unit

20 I/Os and no programming

[2016-06-28] The 38 CANopen Slave M1 by Epec (Finland) is a control unit for a CAN-based control system. The device complies with CiA 401 and has 20 controllable I/Os.

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Update tool

Updating multiple CANopen devices

[2016-06-27] The CANopen Update Manager by Emtas supports users to update CANopen devices. Often it is not a single CANopen device that must be updated, but rather a set of CANopen devices in a network.

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Bluetooth communication

Synchronized radar boxes and traffic cameras

[2016-06-23] Traffic cameras are effective at lowering speeds – but they need to communicate with a radar box to do so. The Ixxat CANblue II enables wireless Bluetooth communication between radar boxes and traffic cameras.

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I/O module

Showing the value of the input at the output

[2016-06-23] Frenzel + Berg (Germany) has expanded its CANopen module series. The Hipecs-CIO151 comes with eight analog inputs, eight analog outputs, and two digital inputs.

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