Cimtec Automation Blog

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Computer Dynamics, A Division of Cimtec Automation, releases i5Processors on the WN Product Platforms

dp_i5_wnComputer Dynamics, A Division of Cimtec Automation, is pleased to announce the addition of the Intel Core i5 processor to the DisplayPac-WN family of products. The DisplayPac-WN family of Industrial Panel PCs is one of Computer Dynamics longest running product lines and it now incorporates the newer 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 processors.  In addition to the performance boost from the newer processor technology, the new Mini-ITX Intel HM76 based motherboard supports up to 16GB of DDR3 memory.

The Core i5 processor is an excellent choice for customers that need higher performance, but want to balance cost and power consumption.  The DisplayPac-WN product family continues to offer a wide selection of panel sizes, packaging options, and touchscreen technologies.  Computer Dynamics Sales Engineers are trained to suggest the right product for our customer’s applications.  The Intel Core i5 offering gives our Sales Engineers another way to help our customers choose the right product for any industrial PC application.

Based on the third generation Intel Core i5 processors, the DisplayPac-i5-WN series of Panel PCs are an excellent performance solution for Industrial Computing needs. The platform offers flat panels ranging in size from 15" to 21.5" and come with a touchscreen. The systems can be configured either with a panel-mount plate or with a stand-alone chassis. Additionally, the displays can be made sunlight readable.

The Core i5 version of the DisplayPac-WN fits in same footprint as the Core 2 Duo DisplayPac-WN systems for easy upgrade.  The DisplayPac-WN-C2D products will continue to be sold as they are today.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Camber Inspection System (CIS) from Cimtec Engineered Products

Often during manufacturing process of bars, beams and machined parts maintaining a tight tolerance for straightness, run out and roundness is required. Automating this inspection process can improve productivity, efficiency, quality and throughput.

The Cimtec Camber Inspection System (CIS) utilizes a high accuracy SICK laser based sensor to measure the distance from a fixed position on the users machine to the part to be inspected. As in the most recent example of a bar straightening system for major metals manufacturer in North Carolina, the sensor head was mounted to the ram of the hydraulic press for straightening large diameter metal bars.

During the straightening operation the system performed two (2) full rotations and provided a stop signal to alert the customer’s machine controller of a high or low point during the product rotation. A Horner PLC with integral HMI coordinated the dimensional measurement information and displayed the results to the operator.

The Camber Inspection System (CIS) interprets analog signals from the SICK DT20 HI high accuracy Laser based sensor. This allows the system to determine the high and low positions throughout the product rotation very quickly and accurately. The Camber Inspection System (CIS) can be easily programmed and provides simple product set up selection for the operator.

A visual indicator light and option for audible alarm is also provided to alert the operator when the high or low point is identified around the product circumference. The physical mounting considerations take into account the potentially harsh working environment. The controls are typically housed in a NEMA 4X cabinet capable of being mounted at a typical operator control station.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Introducing the Cognex DataMan 50 and 60 (50L,50S,60L,60S)

The DataMan 50/60L is a new series of compact barcode readers designed for 1-D oriented barcode reading. The DataMan 50/60S is a complementary, new series of compact readers designed for 1-D and 2-D barcode reading. Small in size but exceptional in barcode reading performance, the DataMan 50L measures just 23.5mm x 27mm x 43.5mm and features an IP65-rated housing. It is ideal for mounting in very tight spaces on production lines and in machinery. Both readers are equipped with Hotbars™, a proprietary image-analysis technology that delivers the highest read rates in the industry.
DataMan 50 DataMan 60
• DataMan 50(L/S) exceptionally small size with USB and RS-232 connectivity
• DataMan 60(L/S) offers Ethernet, USB and RS-232 connectivity

Part Numbers:  DMR-50L-00, DMR-60L-00, DMR-50S-00, DMR-60S-00

No Moving Parts
Moving parts can wear out and require replacement. The DataMan product line is designed with no moving parts, increasing effective product life and potentially decreasing maintenance costs!

Hotbars image-analysis technology
dramatically increases the decoding speed of damaged or poorly presented 1-D linear barcodes. It has revolutionized the way barcodes are located and decoded. As a result, DataMan readers have unprecedented read rates and more time for the decoding phase of code reading thereby dramatically improving the ability to read badly damaged codes. This proven technology, used in the full range of DataMan barcode readers, ensures even the most challenging barcodes found in industrial applications can be read. With Hotbars, the DataMan 50/60L just reads.

Fast and Easy Setup
The DataMan 50/60 (L/S) features a three-position lens and an integrated
aimer for easy setup at different working distances. The incredibly small form factor enables the reader to integrate into virtually any new or
existing installation.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cognex In-Sight (Insight) 7000 Goes Color

Cognex has recently added four In-Sight 7000 color models to their product portfolio. The new color models not only complement the existing In-Sight 7000 series, but also provide a fast higher resolution (1.3MP) color camera for the In-Sight product family.
In-Sight color 7000 series
The four new color models include the In-Sight 7010, 7200, 7400 and the higher resolution 7402 color model. The In-Sight 7010 color is an entry-level color vision system that can distinguish parts by color using the Color ID tool. The system features 24-bit color resolution that accurately identifies 16 million color variations—more than the human eye can detect. In addition to the Color ID tool, the In-Sight 7010 Color also includes pattern finding and measurement tools. The In-Sight 7200C, 7400C, 7402C include the full suite of vision tools along with color tools for color identification, color blob analysis and color filtering. These systems solve more complex applications involving logic or color composition, as well as those requiring higher resolution or faster execution.

C-mount Part Numbers:

Internal Lens, Auto-Focus Part Numbers:
IS7010-C01-120-000 IN-SIGHT 7010 800X600,COLOR,6MM,WHITE
IS7010-C01-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7010 800X600,COLOR,12MM,WHT
IS7010-C01-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7010 800X600,COLOR,16MM,WHT
IS7010-C01-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7010 800X600,COLOR,25MM,WHT
IS7200-C01-120-000 IN-SIGHT S7200 800X600,COLOR,6MM,WHT
IS7200-C01-220-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,8MM,WHT
IS7200-C01-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,12MM,WHT
IS7200-C01-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,16MM,WHT
IS7200-C01-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,25MM,WH
IS7200-C11-220-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,8MM,WHT
IS7200-C11-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,12MM,WHT
IS7200-C11-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR,16MM,WHT
IS7200-C11-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7200 800X600,COLOR, 25MM,WHT
IS7400-C01-120-000 IS7400 800X600,COLOR,6MM,WHT
IS7400-C01-220-000 IS7400 800X600,COLOR, 8MM,WHT
IS7400-C01-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR, 12MM,WHT
IS7400-C01-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,16MM,WHT
IS7400-C01-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,25MM,WHT
IS7400-C11-220-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,8MM,WHT
IS7400-C11-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,12MM,WHT
IS7400-C11-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,16MM,WHT
IS7400-C11-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7400 800X600,COLOR,25MM,WHT
IS7402-C01-120-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,6MM,WH
IS7402-C01-220-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,8MM,WHT
IS7402-C01-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,12MM,WH
IS7402-C01-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,16MM,WH
IS7402-C01-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,25MM,WH
IS7402-C11-120-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,6MM,WHT
IS7402-C11-220-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,8MM,WHT
IS7402-C11-420-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,12MM,WH
IS7402-C11-520-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,16MM,WH
IS7402-C11-620-000 IN-SIGHT 7402 1280X1024,COLOR,25MM,WH

Thursday, April 4, 2013

CIMTEC Buys Remaining New GE 90-70 Parts from GE IP

All remaining New GE 90-70 PLC Parts are now owned by CIMTEC Automation! We have purchased the last remaining inventory from GE on all 90-70 New PLC parts and have plenty in stock today to keep your 90-70 systems running. The current inventory list includes:

IC697ALG230 IC697MDL250
IC697ALG320 IC697MDL340
IC697BEM711 IC697MDL350
IC697BEM713 IC697MDL653
IC697CHS750 IC697MDL654
IC697CHS782 IC697MDL671
IC697CHS790 IC697MDL740
IC697CMM742 IC697MDL750
IC697CPM790 IC697MDL940
IC697HSC700 IC697PWR711

Check each of these parts on our site to find the quantities available and the latest prices for these last remaining 90-70 PLC parts.

CIMTEC has been supporting the GE 90-70 product line ever since it was introduced in 1987. We have a full team of PLC Engineers to support the product and we fully understand all of the migrations that have taken place in the product line over the year.

In the coming weeks, we will be rounding out our complete 90-70 offering of new parts. As well, we can provide remanufactured 90-70 parts and can repair any 90-70 part in-house with great turnaround times.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

GE-IP Innovation Showcase - Wrightsville Beach - Oct 15

Come see how new collaborative automation solutions from GE Intelligent Platforms will enable you to transform your business

GE Intelligent Platforms is changing what is possible in the world of industrial automation. We invite you to join us for the unveiling of GE’s revolutionary new automation solutions at one of our global Innovation Showcase events.

To register for the Monday, October 15th showcase, please Click Here

Wrightsville Beach Location
The Blockade Runner Beach Resort
275 Waynick Boulevard
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Presentation
3:00 Labs

The Future of the Industrial Revolution begins here

Computer Dynamics, A Division of Cimtec Automation, releases theDisplayPAC-RT9 Tablet


Setting a new standard for ruggedness and portability, Computer Dynamics ( announces a new Rugged Tablet Computer, the DisplayPAC-RT9.  Weighing in at only 2.25 lbs., the DisplayPAC-RT9 provides excellent performance due to its Intel® Atom™ N2600 Dual Core processor.<
Designed with portability, performance, and ruggedness in mind, the DisplayPAC-RT9 offers impressive specifications:

  • 9.7” 1024x768 IPS panel with LED backlights
  • Low power Intel® Atom™ N2600 1.6GHz Processor with Intel® NM10 Chipset
  • 2GB DDR3-800 memory
  • Projected Capacitive touchscreen supporting multi-touch

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Sealed to IP54 (dust proof)

“The new DisplayPAC-RT9 gives our customers a high-performance rugged system that they expect from Computer Dynamics, but offers complete portability to move about without cables getting in the way,” states Tom Behnke, CDI Product Manager.  “The DisplayPAC-RT9 offers superior portability, performance, and ruggedness.”

Portability: The DisplayPAC-RT9 provides users with a way to access applications using an Intel® chipset.  The DisplayPAC-RT9 runs Windows 7 and can run applications built for Windows operating systems.  Your users will no longer have to be tied to a fixed location to access information.  The overall size of the system comes in at 10.5” x 8.3” x 0.9” at a comfortable 2.25lbs.  A detachable hand strap is also provided to allow users a better grip on the system as they are moving around.  Wireless 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth communications are supported truly eliminating the need for wires.  Optional GPS and 3G modules can be ordered for even more connectivity and portability.  Operator interfaces can be operated with the tap of the screen – again, with no specialized programming required.  Under 100% CPU utilization, the 5300 mAH battery will last over 4 hours before needing a recharge on the provided recharge base.

Performance: Unlike other tablets, the DisplayPAC-RT9 uses an Intel® Atom™ based processor that is designed to run Windows Operating Systems.  The Atom™ processor is used in many Notebooks and offers excellent performance for a low powered processor.  The DisplayPAC-RT9 comes with 2GB of DDR3-800 memory.   The Atom™ N2600 Dual Core Processor runs at a speed of 1.6GHz and uses the Intel® NM10 chipset for graphics duties providing a platform that can keep up with the tasks thrown at it.  The system storage is 32GB of M-SATA SSD for fast reads and writes and plenty of application storage.

Ruggedness: In addition to portability and performance, the DisplayPAC-RT9 is built to withstand the rigors of an industrial environment.  All four corners of the DisplayPAC-RT9 are rubberized to provide a degree of protection against drops.  The system survives a four foot drop to concrete (all faces) and is sealed to IP54 against dust and water intrusion.  The tablet is designed to be used in industrial environments and can withstand the drops and shocks that happen every day on a factory floor.