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Automation for the Industry 4.0 factory

baumueller1219With “B Maxx PLC” brings Baumüller a control platform on the market that combines the properties of industrial PCs and PLC controls and thus optimally covers the area between these existing solutions. They are available in two versions: B Maxx PLC for motion control and B Maxx PLC IoT for Industry 4.0.

PI1219Has changed early Profibus + Profinet International (PI) for OPC UA as an open cross-manufacturer standard for machine-machine communication. However, to round off the technology, there was previously no standard for fail-safe communication at this level. This solves the specification "OPC Unified Architecture Part 15: Safety", a joint development by the OPC Foundation and PI. The technical work is now complete.

Fair statement from

Guido Gutmann

Key Account Manager, Safety Control GmbH, Schmersal group, Mühldorf

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baumer1219The new smart ones "Verisens" vision sensors XF900 and XC900 from Baumer Control the collaborative robots (Cobots) of Universal Robots after just a few minutes. The robot-suitable vision sensors are mounted directly on the Cobot or above. The image equalization, world coordinate conversion, and coordinate alignment between vision sensor and robot are automatic and very easy thanks to the patent-pending Smartgrid.

Interview with

Christian Gieseler

Head of Development, EKS angel CS GmbH + Co. KG, Turn

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Bloomingdale's well-known New York department store's Christmas actions are legendary, with 12 ABB robots playing a major role this year: in three of its twelve Christmas showcases, ABB demonstrates how its robotic and automation solutions are helping bring visual merchandising to the next Level up and make the shopping experience more dynamic and unusual.