Mary Del Ciancio

Mary Del Ciancio

Sunday, 16 April 2017
Apr. 16, 2017 - The Industrial Internet of Things is on track to revolutionize the manufacturing industry.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Jul. 14, 2016 - In today’s manufacturing landscape, many companies are challenged to do more with less, while meeting the growing demands of their customers and facing increased global competition. It’s this need for greater productivity and efficiencies that is fuelling the demand for industrial automation, and with that, the demand for human machine interface (HMI) solutions — a combination of hardware and software that allows users to connect, monitor and control increasingly complex industrial automation equipment, and visualize the data coming from these machines.
Tuesday, 02 February 2016
Feb. 2, 2016 - The Ontario Ministry of Labour’s “Safe operation of machinery blitz” is taking place January 18 until February 26. During this time, ministry inspectors will show up, unannounced, at industrial facilities across the province to make sure employers are protecting workers from hazards associated with the operation of machinery.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Fifteen years from now, there will be a collaborative robot in every single manufacturing environment in the world. For sure. That prediction comes from Jim Lawton, chief marketing officer of Rethink Robotics, a Boston, Mass.-based robotics company.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Feb. 23, 2015 - Kim Davie is the manager of health and safety with Firestone Textiles, based in Woodstock, Ont. Manufacturing AUTOMATION had the chance to chat with Davie about the textile manufacturer’s approach to safety, and his role in managing the health and safety of the 200-plus employees at the manufacturing plant.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Oct. 30, 2014 - Sandvik Coromant’s InvoMilling software for the flexible manufacturing of gears and splines on universal five-axis machining centers is designed for use when machining small and medium-sized batches and when short lead times are a priority. With the CAM software InvoMilling 1.0, the CNC program is generated to produce different gear profiles with a limited range of standard-stocked precision tools. The InvoMilling software is developed by Sandvik Coromant and Euklid, a company with experience in gears and advanced CAD/CAM solutions. Combined with the dedicated InvoMilling cutters, CoroMill 161 and CoroMill 162, the new software guarantees short lead times for production of a very wide variety of gears and splines, the company says. www.sandvik.coromant.com
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Oct. 31, 2014 - Makino’s a51nx-5XU five-axis horizontal machining center features a newly designed 5th-axis table and work-pallet magazine, enabling manufacturers of complex parts to obtain the highest levels of utilization and efficiency, the company says. The linear X, Y and Z axes of the a51nx-5XU are built from the same structure as Makino’s a51nx horizontal machining center. Its rigid bed casting with three-point levelling system provides a solid foundation for all critical machine components, the company says. A tiered-column design redirects machining forces and resists deflection even high in the Y-axis. www.makino.com
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Oct. 31, 2014 - Banner Engineering’s XS26-2 expandable safety controller has the capability to add up to eight expansion I/O modules. The XS26-2 platform was designed to adapt to diverse automation requirements and address a wide range of safeguarding applications. The base controller models have 26 input terminals, four terminals for two redundant safety PNP outputs and a USB connection for loading configurations. Base models are available with an optional on-board display or an embedded Ethernet IP/Modbus TCP capability for access to live I/O status and system diagnostics to assist in troubleshooting and commissioning. According to the company, the safety controller’s complementary PC graphical user interface configuration software is uncluttered and easy to navigate for configuring and documenting safety functions and assessing the status of connected input or output devices. The system configuration tool uses a function block diagram format that consists of pre-engineered and pre-tested safety function blocks, as well as a set of Boolean functions. As the function block configuration is created, a corresponding logic ladder reference diagram and a text-based summary are created.www.bannerengineering.com
Wednesday, 29 October 2014
Oct. 29, 2014 - As you prepare for the upcoming Ministry of Labour machine guarding blitz, running from November 3 to December 16, there are some key questions you should be asking yourself. In this video, Part 4 of our machine safety tips series, Michael Wilson, a machine safety specialist with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, takes you through some of the factors to consider to keep your workplace safe. This video is sponsored by Omron Automation and Safety.
Monday, 27 October 2014
Oct. 27, 2014 - Watlow’s “N” Type thermocouple wire is designed to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation over “K” Type wires at high temperatures (1,500 degrees F and above), or in applications where sulphur is present, the company says. Watlow’s Type N thermocouple wire meets special limits of error from 200 to 2,000 degrees F. This nickel-based thermocouple alloy is used in many high-temperature heat-treating applications, including specialty aerospace heat treating. It offers the same accuracy and temperature limits as Type K, but has improved repeatability between 700 and 1,100 degrees F (370 and 593 degrees C), according to the company.www.watlow.com
Monday, 27 October 2014
Oct. 27, 2014 - Lovato Electric expanded its range of measuring instruments by adding the DMG600 and DMG610 digital multimeters. Both models provide a complete set of electrical measurements, such as voltage and current values, meters for active and reactive energy, both imported and exported, Harmonic distortion (THD). The multimeters are capable of offering different solutions for acquiring measured data. The new white-backlit LCD screen guarantees excellent visibility, even in low light conditions, the company says. The built-in RS485 serial port allows the DMG610 model to be immediately inserted into an existing network. Many other optional ports are also available, such as analog input and output, relay output, static output, communication port Ethernet or USB.www.lovato.ca
Monday, 27 October 2014
Oct. 27, 2014 - Belden has released new Wash-Down Cord Sets as part of its Lumberg Automation product portfolio. The new cord sets are designed to withstand extreme temperatures, immense pressure and the chemical exposure typical in high-intensity cleaning processes. They also ensure functional reliability in all harsh industrial settings, particularly for the food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Lumberg Automation’s Wash-Down Cord Sets feature gold-plated crimp contacts, high shock and vibration resistance, and IP67, IP68 and IP69K certification for ingress protection. They are also specifically designed to withstand the high-shock and vibration found in industrial environments, which helps to maintain a high productivity level of equipment. www.belden.com
Friday, 24 October 2014
Oct. 24, 2014 - The headline says it all. Things are looking up for the manufacturing industry. In fact, plenty of good news came out of this year’s Canadian Manufacturing Study. Conducted by Manufacturing AUTOMATION in conjunction with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, the ninth annual study portrays an industry in growth mode.  
Monday, 20 October 2014
Oct. 20, 2014 - Wieland Electric Inc. says it has significantly enhanced the design of its DIN rail mounted screw-clamp terminal blocks. Part of the company's selos family, the WT Series terminal blocks feature an enhanced push-in jumpering system that forms a low-resistance, vibration-proof connection when inserted. This is achieved by separating the rugged steel spring for mechanical fastening from the jumper's copper current bar. The dual-channel jumpering system enables extended jumper lengths, as well as the ability to bridge multiple potentials on parallel blocks (e.g., linking alternate terminals, such as every second or third block, using notched jumpers). Another new feature of the WT Series terminal blocks is the introduction of screwless (snap-on) ground blocks to speed up installation onto DIN rails. In addition, the redesigned terminal blocks now come in a uniform size up for wires up to six AWG. The WT Series terminal blocks now have the option of using a flexible terminal marking system using commercially available thermal transfer labels. Wieland's standard hard plastic marking tags are also available for applications requiring a non-sliding, robustly anchored tag. www.wielandinc.com
Monday, 20 October 2014
Oct. 20, 2014 - The linear modules of Schunk's LCx series are ideal for when complete Z or Y axes are to be moved in high-precision, high-speed applications. The profiles of the standardized linear motor axes made of reinforced carbon composite weigh approximately 58 per cent less than the profiles of comparable aluminum modules, resulting in quicker acceleration with less energy, the company says. Since the thermal expansion of the material is minimal, the axes are designed to ensure high precision even when they heat up during operation. Lightweight modules in the LCx series result in high-speed and accurate repeatability due to a servo-electric linear motor drive, according to the company. The absolute-value transducers provide repeat accuracy of 0.01 mm per axis. www.schunk.com
Monday, 20 October 2014
Oct. 20, 2014 - Linear Technology’s LTC3107 is a highly integrated DC/DC converter designed to extend the life of a primary battery in low-power wireless system networks (WSNs). The LTC3107 combines energy harvesting and power management capability with a primary battery cell to extend the battery’s usable lifetime. It harvests energy from thermoelectric generators (TEGs) and thermopiles when these sources are available, storing excess power in a storage capacitor and transitioning to the primary cell to power a wireless sensor node when harvested power is unavailable. The LTC3107’s internal boost converter, combined with a small step-up transformer, harvests energy from input voltages as low as 20 mV, and delivers an output that tracks the battery voltage. If harvested energy is not available, the system is powered directly from the battery.www.linear.com
Monday, 20 October 2014
Oct. 20, 2014 - Artila Electronics, a designer and manufacturer of device networking and computing, has launched Matrix-618, an ARM9 WinCE-embedded computer. Matrix-618 is a WinCE-ready programmable communication gateway for remote device management, M2M and IoT applications. It comes with Atmel ARM9 400MHz SoC, 128MB DDR2 RAM, 256MB NAND Flash, two 10/100Mbps Ethernet and eight RS-232/422/485 ports with WinCE 6.0 pre-installed. The RS-232/422/485 serial ports are used to access a wide variety of equipment, such as meters, RFID readers and solar energy inverters. The built-in ASP web server is available for users to design web-based applications, allowing users to manage their devices anywhere at any time. The USB interface is used for function expansion, such as data storage and wireless communication.www.artila.com
Thursday, 09 October 2014
Oct. 9, 2014 - Increasingly individualized products and more intelligent, networked components are transforming the world of production, and Festo is embracing the changes. That was the message from Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board of Festo AG, during Festo’s recent International Press Conference at its headquarters in Esslingen, Germany.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014
Oct. 7, 2014 - While at Festo's recent International Press Conference in Germany, Manufacturing AUTOMATION sat down for an interview with Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board, to discuss recent investments the company has made, the economy and which markets he's seeing growth in.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014
Oct. 7, 2014 - Manufacturing AUTOMATION recently attended Festo's International Press Conference at the company's headquarters in Esslingen, Germany. During the conference, Dr. Eberhardt Veit, chairman of the management board of Festo AG & Co. KG, discussed Industry 4.0 and Festo's view of future production.
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