The MAP programming language now supports hydraulic valve operated axis. A new MAP command makes it easy to control valved controlled linear axis such as are often found on surface grinders. This type of axis is designed to Oscillate between two limit switches, the system works by changing direction when the axis reaches a limit switch. The switches can be moved by the machine operator to control the distance of travel and the table offset. The new command allows the user to start an axis in either forward or reverse direction or stop at the forward or reverse switches and of course stop altogether. The machine safety is also included and double switch failure detection is automatically enabled.
Controller Upgrade for Surface GrindersIn: Machine upgrade, Blog
LVD2014/35EU The EU rolls out new rules to prevent unfair competition
As of April 20 2016 there is a new version of the Low Voltage Directive (LVD). This new law effects electrical equipment designed for use with a voltage rating of between 50 and 1000 V for alternating current and between 75 and 1500 V for direct current, other than the certain specified equipment. This directive is designed to enhance safety and prevent unfair competition in the market so so is likely to be good news for us. Here are some of the key points:
Good as new?In: Machine upgrade, Blog
Sometimes old machines can be much better than new ones, they are often sturdier and more reliable. But sometimes when a motor controller fails a valuable machine can be doomed to go to the scrapheap. With this in mind the automation Manufacturers alliance have launched a new service where we will provide free advice to assist our readership in retrofitting an old machine. We will provide advice even if we cannot provide a solution. Even better if your machine is common and we can sell the solution to others with the same equipment we will even pay you commission. All you have to do is read our magazine!
University uses PMC4 for ground breaking researchIn: Science & Technology, Blog
The Biomechanics team at Staffordshire University in the UK, has used the PMC4 and an Alliance turn key control system to enable them to under take ground breaking research into the soft tissue damage in diabetic foot. The controller is used to apply forces to a volunteer's foot and then up to 500 samples are taken per second. The university took advantage of the combined services provided by MAP. Because there is no scan time, complex tests are able to be undertaken while data logging uses a background task.
UKTI helps organise a training session In BogotaIn: Training, Blog
Organising a training session in another country is not easy but working with UKTI the first Automation training session organised and took place in Bogota. Our thanks to the British Embassy Rodriguez y Urbina Ltda who hosted the event. The photo shows The British Ambassador to Colombia, Aleyda who helped organise the event and Paul UKTI