Partnership to enhance industrial cyber security
Mitsubishi Electric has announced a new collaboration with Radiflow, a provider of OT cyber security solutions for industrial automation networks. The collaboration will help businesses leverage industrial automation solutions within a secure framework. Customers also benefit from a single point of contact to create smart manufacturing solutions with secure Operational Technology (OT) networks.
Dedicated UK drive solutions centres announced
Mitsubishi Electric UK has announced a new network of Drive Solutions Centres (DSCs). Each one sharing technology, experience and ideas to focus on providing a full service offering for the entire lifecycle of larger capacity low voltage and medium voltage variable speed drives.
New inverter class for demanding applications
The new inverter FR-E800 is a highly flexible, compact variable speed drive (VSD) series with multiple built-in networks, including TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) without the need for costly option cards and has been released by Mitsubishi Electric to support the needs of smart factories.
SICK joins Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance
It has been announced that a joint solution for easy integration of vision technology is now available as SICK has joined Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance. Machine builders, systems integrators and end users can now quickly realise inspection, validation, position detection and quality control applications built around SICK cameras and Mitsubishi Electric Devices.
FR Series of machines to manufacture gears for robots
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Machine Tool, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has developed new models of hobbing and gear shaping machines with highly accurate machining to manufacture precision reduction gears for robots.
Cobots maximise return on investment
Cobots hold the promise of increasing the efficiency and quality of human work, bringing greater reliability, consistency and precision to a variety of manufacturing and assembly operations. However, do these potential benefits hold true for all users?
MELFA ASSISTA cobot supports humans in production
Mitsubishi Electric’s new collaborative robot, the MELFA ASSISTA, has been developed to work alongside human operators without the need for guards or safety fences, while meeting new requirements for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.
Robot users can benefit from artificial intelligence
From voice control to the implementation of 3D vision, the pace of development in robotics is accelerating rapidly. But perhaps the most significant trend right now is the embedding of artificial intelligence into mainstream robotic systems. This is delivering extended capabilities and enabling the full potential of predictive – even prescriptive – maintenance to be realised.
Making IIoT and smart technology happen
Applying new technology to a physical process or manufacturing system is an essential part of progress, however the practical side of implementing the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Technology solutions is bringing its own unique challenges. That in turn is leading to new automation solutions.
How will AI drive development in machine control?
These smart technologies are extending traditional machine control architectures with more enhanced data processing, learning and decision-making capacity. They hold the potential of increased availability, efficiency and reliability through predictive and prescriptive maintenance, as well as improving productivity with the ability to make autonomous decisions.
Be in control… with the right robot controller
The current trend of robot control is changing with PLC-based solutions offering different benefits and opportunities over the traditional dedicated robot controllers. So what needs to be considered when selecting the right solution for the application? Here Barry Weller, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at how to determine which robot control option is best.
Servo amplifier incorporates multi-network interface
The MR-J4 servo amplifier series from Mitsubishi Electric incorporates a multi-network interface called ‘Servo Open Network’. It enables the user-friendly drive to be compatible with all relevant motion control systems worldwide. Machine manufacturers who offer their solutions globally will benefit from the open network connection feature of the MELSERVO MR-J4 amplifier series.
Providing easy accessibility and concentrated performance
Mitsubishi Electric has released the company’s smallest and most powerful compact PLC to date, the FX5UC series Micro PLC. Its diminutive size is set to help machine builders and manufacturers pack ever more functionality into a smaller space - while also providing the web access and network connectivity demanded by the latest Smart Factory applications.
Plug-n-play robots for machine tools increase competitiveness
Faster time to market and increased production flexibility can be achieved using Mitsubishi Electric’s M8 Series CNC controllers with Direct Robot Control (DRC) functionality. Both the large touchscreen M800 and the M80 models offer DRC as standard. It allows machine tool operators to program and use robots quickly, direct from the CNC panel without specialist robot programming expertise.
Introducing the range of high performance delta robots
Mitsubishi Electric has extended its MELFA articulated arm and SCARA robot offering to include a range of delta robots. These combine Mitsubishi Electric’s award-winning servo technology with the latest mechanicals from e-F@ctory Alliance partner Codian Robotics. This combination enables the user to achieve reliable performance in higher speed pick and place operations, with the advantage of simple set-up and programming from one the m...
Mitsubishi to invest in clean solar utilities
Mitsubishi has announced its decision to invest in BBOXX, a next generation utility. Since its establishment in 2010, BBOXX has provided clean and affordable energy and other essential modern utilities. It delivers innovative solar home systems (SHS) consisting of solar panels, battery storage, and a variety of home appliances on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Industrial food cutting becomes a piece of cake
Mitsubishi Electric has assisted Western Mechanical Handling (WMH) to develop a fully automated inline cell for cutting and slicing food of any size and shape on the fly. The solution is based on Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC Q series high-performance PLC, plus system-matched components including HMI, variable speed drives and two MELFA articulated arm robots. The resulting machine maximises performance, flexibility and productivity for cust...
AI improves maintenance management for robots
As Industry 4.0 turns into a reality, businesses that are introducing more robots into the production environment will be able to benefit from increasingly efficient maintenance regimes. As with any asset, these critical machines will run at peak efficiency when operators have access to predictive maintenance tools. The latest predictive analytics solution supplied with Mitsubishi Electric industrial robots uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a ...
Performance inverters for high power applications
It has been announced that Mitsubishi Electric has extended its inverter portfolio with a 690V version of its FR-A800 series inverters. The new models of the FR-A870 690V line cover power outputs up to 1.5MW. Yet this increased power is delivered in a slim package that starts at just 380mm wide, offering significant space saving potential.
HMI for extreme environments with extended temperature range
With an extended operating temperature range of -20 to +65°C, and protection ratings to IP67F/IP66F, the GOT2507T-WTSD seven inch operator terminal from Mitsubishi Electric meets the needs of harsh and demanding applications. No additional protective measures are required for washdown with high pressure water or use in power equipment that is typically located outdoors.