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TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION ADVERTORIAL


Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of Tall, Rigid Containers


F All-in-one Smart PLC from ifm electronic does it all.


here are PLC’s and there are safety PLC’s. Then there is ifm’s SmartPLC. The SmartPLC is an elegant combination in one housing of both a safety PLC and a standard PLC.


T SmartPLC possesses the flexibility for a multitude


of tasks, even where the safety rating reaches SIL 3 / PL e. SmartPLC is not just a standard PLC with a standard PLC, it is also an AS-I gateway to either Profinet or Ethernet/IP and it also acts as a data logger.


It’s a visualisation system, a protocol


converter and an intelligent evaluation unit in conjunction with the new ifm system solution apps. SmartPLC is all you need in one housing. All-in-one. The two integrated safety and standard PLC’s


operate in tandem, using powerful processors, large memory and a multitude of supported protocols for the control of sophisticated systems - and all this at an unbeatable price!


ifm electronic Ltd u 020 8213-0000 u www.ifm-electronic.co.uk


ood manufacturers are increasingly integrating x-ray inspection systems into their production lines to minimise the risk of product


recalls, protect brand integrity and ensure consumer safety. METTLER TOLEDO’s latest white paper ‘Ensuring the Safety and Integrity of Tall, Rigid Containers’ outlines how x-ray technology can enhance food safety, quality control and operational efficiency. Specifically designed to inspect a range of tall, rigid containers,


advances in x-ray technology mean multi-beam systems can effectively inspect a full range of quality parameters. This includes both low and high density packaging types such as metal cans, doypacks, cartons, and plastic and glass containers. By utilising the latest x-ray technology, manufacturers can learn more about selecting the right systems to suit their application needs, whilst maximising throughput without compromising detection sensitivity.


METTLER TOLEDO u 0116 234 5069 u www.mt.com/uk-x37


Increase the Number of Safe Outputs C


ube67 K3 Modules Combined with MVK Metal SafetyExcellent protection for man and machine is the highest priority. Now it's possible to easily increase in the number of safe outputs within a system by using Murrelektronik's combined solution: the modular Cube67 fieldbus system and the safe fieldbus module MVK Metal Safety. That saves spaces in the cabinet because safety relays are no longer necessary. In order to design an installation solution based on Cube67 that meets the highest safety requirements, a combination of the compact and safe fieldbus module MVK Metal Safety with Cube67 K3 modules is an excellent solution.


With the safe outputs of MVK Metal Safety - controlled by a PROFINET/PROFIsafe controller - it is possible to create up to 12 safe outputs on the K3 module. They are split into two safety circuits, each with three ports that have dual functions. This multiplies the number of safe outputs and is a simple and efficient method to increase the competitiveness of your machines and systems


Murrelektronik u 49 7191 47-1000


Adaptable Robots for Rapid Line Changes and Fast ROI


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ast and flexible, a new breed of robot which can be fully integrated in as little


as 2 hours. By taking the robot out of its’ cage, giving it an intuitive software package and increasing adaptability the Sawyer robot can produce Return on Investment in as little as 4 months. If you think your business will never be touched by the onward march of robotics, consider that the International Federation of Robotics has predicted that the industry is set to grow by 12 per cent a year for many years into the future.


Integrated Cognex Vision System Designed with two inbuilt cameras, the Sawyer robot can be re-deployed in less than 5 minutes using the intelligent Robot Positioning System featuring Landmarks. The powerful Cognex camera opens up a whole range of vision capabilities from visual inspection, ICT testing and barcode scanning.


Safe by Design What makes Sawyer different to other collaborative robots on the market is the inherent safety system which is based around hardware as opposed to software. Sawyer is power and force limited, adheres to both ISO 10218 and ISO TS 15066 and comes with a full certificate of incorporation for full peace of mind.


Reshoring Your Manufacturing The feeling in the sector is that these new robots will work alongside, rather than replace, human labour. It will be doing the ‘dirty work’ we have traditionally not wanted to do – and with a great deal of precision – leaving humans to tend and maintain them, and bring new levels of accuracy and safety to many critical industrial processes.


Active8 Robots has a friendly and approachable team on hand to answer any of your questions, and help you explore the true potential for its products to make sure your own are perfectly made – every time.


Active8 Robots /AUTOMATION u 01761 234376 u www.active8robots.com APRIL 2016 | AUTOMATION 35 u www.murrelektronik.com


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