ATI Industrial Automation will host an Automation Expo May 9, 2019, at its recently renovated headquarters in Apex, North Carolina. Attendees will get a glimpse into the heart of ATI’s main operation and can tour the new facility.

The one-day event features keynote speeches and presentations from industry experts on various automation and manufacturing topics. An exhibition area will feature new products and live robotic displays, demonstrating how end-effector technology can improve productivity.

Attendees will network with speakers, other attendees, and personnel from partner automation companies and can discuss their specific automation challenges and possible solutions with ATI account managers and engineers.

The Automation Expo should benefit those considering robotic automation and those looking to upgrade or enhance existing robotic lines.

ATI Industrial Automation

Motion controls library

Improved industrial device control and motion control components are available over Profinet networks in the Automation Library. Add-on instructions (AOI) enhance the capabilities of Schneider Electric Motion’s Lexium MDrive (LMD) products by providing executable code blocks to speed interface with Profinet programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

AOIs reduce communications overhead by decreasing the work of integrating Lexium MDrive all-in-one motor and electronics products into new and existing PLC programs. Motion is controlled using networks with relative move, absolute move, jogging, homing, read input, and write output functions.

Lexium MDrive products integrate 1.8°, 2-phase stepper motors with onboard drive electronics, controller, and encoder. Products with a programmable motion controller may be operated in several modes including closed-loop, torque control, and variable current control for energy savings and reduced heating. Rotary and linear stepper motor versions are available.

Schneider Electric

Wire rope hoist

NEC-approved, Class I, Division 2 explosion-protected Stahl CraneSystems brand SH Ex wire rope hoists are available in five frame sizes with 26 load capacities from 1,000 lb to 30 tons. They come in deck mount, monorail trolley, and double girder trolley models for standard, customized, or special crane applications.

Explosion-protected models are offered with ATEX and IECEx approvals for EX Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21, or Zone 22 hazardous locations. Spark-resistant features including coated hooks, brass wheels, and trolley brass drop lugs are available.

Columbus McKinnon Corp.