Cimtec Automation Blog

Monday, October 5, 2015

GE IP 90-30 Goes Mature – CIMTEC has you covered

On October 1, 2015, GE IP announced that the popular 90-30 PLC has been placed in Mature status.  Here is the message from Connie Chick, GE 90-30 Controller Product Manager:
  “…we are announcing that the Series 90-30 moves to Mature* status October 1, 2015, with the PACSystems RX3i taking over all its application capability. The PACSystems RX3i is built on the Series 90-30 tradition of great reliability and performance.”

CIMTEC is the place for on-going GE 90-30 parts and support:

  •  Hundreds of thousands of dollars of New 90-30 components in stock, direct from the factory
  •  Full in-house Repair capability with a huge supply of Pre-Repaired parts that can be shipped immediately while your part is repaired
  •  Programming tools, manuals, and documentation on all 90-30 parts and systems
  • The best Technical Support team with over 60 years’ experience with the 90-30 PLC system, available for Phone and On-Site support
CIMTEC has been through this before.  In 2009, GE IP discontinued the 90-70 PLC line.  Today, CIMTEC is the only company with over $5 million of Factory-New 90-70 units and a deep inventory of Pre-Repaired and Remanufactured parts.  Plus, we are the only Factory-Authorized 90-70 Repair Center in the world!

So, how can CIMTEC help?

If you’re concerned about how this announcement will affect your business, we can help.  CIMTEC has put a couple wonderful programs in place for you.

First, we have an on-site Risk Assessment program where we will audit all of your current 90-30 PLC systems, listing all components used in each system.  We will also do a complete inventory of your spare 90-30 parts.  With this information in-hand, our team of PLC engineers will analyze your situation and recommend the proper spare parts, programming software updates, and other special considerations that will allow your 90-30 systems to run for many years to come.  The final Assessment document is a useful tool for planning your PLC asset future.

Second, CIMTEC is the leading GE PLC Migration company.  For years, we have been migrating GE PLC systems to the latest platform.  Learn about our 7-Step Migration process in our eBook entitled, 7 Steps to a Successful PLC Migration .

CIMTEC is in the business of supporting your PLC investments.  Don’t let the end of the 90-30 line concern you – we are here to get you through it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

EPSON Robots Newest Addition to CIMTEC Automation Product Offering

CIMTEC Automation is pleased to announce the latest addition to their growing distribution line with Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA Robot Manufacturer in the World.  The agreement includes distribution of all of Epson Robots automation products including their large lineup of SCARA, 6-Axis and Linear Module robots as well as integrated vision, fieldbus I/O and many other industrial automation products offered by Epson Robots.  CIMTEC Automation will help Epson Robots continue to grow robot based automation usage and solutions into North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
“With over 25 years of experience, CIMTEC Automation has proven themselves as more than just a distributor of products, but as a premier solutions provider in the Industrial Automation market in the Southeastern US and we are proud to have them as a part of our distribution network,” stated Michael Ferrara, Director of Epson Robots. CIMTEC’s industry-specific knowledge and experience with PLC’s, Controllers, Vision Systems, robots and many other automation products make for a natural fit to add Epson Robots products to their product solutions lineup.”

Epson Robots is the global leader in PC controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 45,000 robots and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6 axis robots based on a common PC based controls platform. Building on a 30 year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Advancements in Robotics

           In the last fifteen years, robotic automation has changed manufacturing tremendously.  By being able to create products timely, accurately, and cheaper than ever before, robotic automation has enhanced our human understanding of efficiency.  In this piece, I am going to detail three revolutionary advancements in robotic automation projected to hit the market in the next five years. I will also give a brief overview, which will aim at displaying how and why intelligent machinery (automated robots) intertwined with advanced analytical systems produces incredible results.
           To begin, I must engage in the current debate surrounding Artificial Intelligence, and the so-called rise of the robot. According to “University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, [who] estimated in 2013 that 47% of total U.S. Jobs could be automated by 2033. The combination of robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning is so powerful that some white collar workers are already being replaced – and were talking journalists, lawyers, doctors, and financial analysts” (Erik Sherman, Forbes). The only people who aren’t in real danger of losing their jobs are those in highly creative spaces. There are several forward thinking businessmen who have already begun embracing the fact that most blue collar jobs will be replaced and are planning accordingly to these projection, among them are Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt (Google, DeepMind), Jeff Bezos (Amazon, BlueOrigin), Elon Musk (Tesla, Paypal, SpaceX), and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook). Unfortunately, if you work as a; bank teller, receptionist, mailman, travel agent, bus driver, accountant, coffee barista, anesthesiologist, taxi cab driver, telemarketer, or newspaper correspondent, than your job will more than likely cease to exist to humanity by 2030. Why? Two Words - Robotic Automation. Robots are not only more cost effective, but in many situations, they are more accurate and efficient than their human competition could ever be. Artificial Intelligence will revolutionize the analytical capability of nearly every industry. We are going to be able to dissect current economic institutions, or manufacturing practices, and through detailed analytics rebuild them as better than they have ever been before. Robotics and automation are the keys to humanity disrupting outdated institutions and practices, and remolding them with smart technology and analytics performed by machines.
           In the years between 2017 and 2025 using estimated “global manufacturing labor costs at $6 trillion annually, McKinsey forecast that advanced robotics could have an economic impact on the manufacturing sector of between $720 billion to $1.45 trillion annually” (Colin Lewis). The five areas that have already begun to take off in robotics, and will continue to do so in the next five years are:
1) Medicinal Robots- Have already began being used in some surgeries. They are incredibly accurate, and cost way less than your top surgeon. Some medicinal robots can also diagnose illness more accurately and faster than a doctor ever could. They have begun being used in third world countries, and were even exploited during the Ebola virus outbreak.
2)  Drones-  Or unmanned aircrafts, will change a variety of sectors. Most notably will be the transportation of goods. Delivery of goods/services by drones may not be legal yet, but when in history has economics not prevailed. If it is tremendously more cost effective than its other option, than the cost effective option will prevail as it always has. In the next five years, the FAA has projected 30,000 drones to be active in our American skies. That is an astounding figure.

3)  Driverless Cars/Buses- This is already among us. The CEO’s of Ford, Tesla, GM, Jaguar, Audi, and Porsche expect to have completely automated cars on the road by 2018. This is incredible; by 2030 it is quite possible that no self-driven cars will be allowed on roads reserved for fully autonomous vehicles. Why? Safety of the passengers, autonomous cars are a prime example of how automation in robotics creates a more cost effective, accurate, and therefore efficient option than the human option of old.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May 13th, 2015. Cimtec Migration Symposium

            On Wednesday, CIMTEC hosted a symposium focused around the efficient and economical way for migration of PLC’s. Over thirty engineers were in attendance, all focused on enhancing their technological capabilities. With the help of CIMTEC, and several valuable team members, we have informed these engineers of the economical, efficient, and safe way to migrate from older obsolete systems to the state of the art technology provided by GE. The goal of the symposium was to help these businessmen who need to migrate their current PLC structure, and offer viable and sustainable options on how to transition from technology of old to the state of the art platform that is offered by CIMTEC and General Electric. CIMTEC and General Electric offer complete backward compatibility, which gives businessmen a safety net when making the transition to new technology. In addition, the migration path from a legacy GE PLC to their state-of-the-art Rx3i PAC system is straight-forward, providing the shortest path to full migration and the most economical path.  The advantage of CIMTEC became very clear to the businessmen, CIMTEC holds the unique ability of selling, maintaining, and up-keeping the PLC control system for its clients. Most of the businessmen were thrilled to hear of the success CIMTEC has had for similar businesses. We want to thank everyone for coming out today! The event was a huge success!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

5 Advantages of Hiring an Automation Consultant

An automation consultant is a specialist who can provide sound information and guidance to businesses seeking new, replaced or upgraded automation equipment. By offering a wide variety of automation products and solutions, CIMTEC's consultants are a valuable resource for businesses. Hiring an automation consultant provides these key benefits:

  • Custom solutions - Often, it will take more than one solution to meet your business' automation needs. By meeting with a consultant, you receive a custom solution tailored to your company.
  • Knowledgeable - CIMTEC's automation consultants are well-trained and knowledgeable about the latest products, trends and regulations affecting multiple industries.
  • Save time - Missing the mark when it comes to planning and implementation of automation systems can result in lost time and money. Take the initiative to speak with a consultant about your needs before making a decision.
  • Reduce risk - Without a thorough evaluation of your requirements, it's difficult to control risks. Meeting with an automation consultant helps minimize overall risk by providing expert guidance.
  • Enhance productivity - With the proper automation products, your team's overall productivity is enhanced, leading to better performance. A combination of services, products and technology is used to develop a solution designed for your unique business. 
The team at CIMTEC includes experienced automation consultants able to provide you with a 5-year plan to upgrade and improve your existing automation system. We help you institute solutions that best meet your business' needs. To access CIMTEC's team of expert automation consultants, contact us today to learn more.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Factory-made GE 90-70 Parts (IC697) In Stock Today

As you probably have heard, CIMTEC Automation is now the sole source for brand new, factory-made GE IP 90-70 PLC parts.  We purchased all of the parts that GE IP had left in stock and we currently have over 4,000 new 90-70 parts in stock, ready to ship TODAY!

GE 90-70 New InventoryNew GE IC697 Parts In Stock

Our inventory includes over 90 CPX version CPUs - IC697CPX772, IC697CPX782, IC697CPX928 and IC697CPX935 - plus HUNDREDS of IC697CPM790, IC697ALG230 and ALG320, IC697CMM742 and all the IC697PWR and IC697MDL units you could want.

All of these parts were produced by GE IP in their factory in Charlottesville, VA.  And, most importantly, they are FACTORY NEW parts - with current factory warranty.  There are people out there who say that their 90-70 parts are new - what they really mean is that they are still in the factory-sealed boxes.  But a trained eye can tell that, in most cases, these items we sourced from someones overstock or leftover stores inventory,and while still new in the box, they are several years old and OUT OF WARRANTY.  While the local provider may give you his warranty, it doesn't mean that you will get a New replacement part if it fails.

When you buy New 90-70 parts from CIMTEC Automation, you can be sure that 1) the parts are authentic Factory-made parts and that 2) we will support the factory warranty.  What does that mean?  We will either repair or replace your part, based on availability.

If we have to repair it, it is going to be repaired to factory standards because we are the ONLY Factory-Authorized repair house for GE IP 90-70 in the world!  We have all of the documentation, Bills of material, and board descriptions for every 90-70 board built by GE.  In addition, we have all of the test rigs that GE used on the production floor to test every 90-70 module.

So you can't go wrong with buying 90-70 from CIMTEC Automation:
  • Factory-made parts with full warranty
  • The only Factory Authorized 90-70 Repair Center in the world

Friday, February 7, 2014

CIMTEC at Greenville, SC Palmetto Engineering & Consulting 2014 Show

Cimtec Automation (Charlotte, NC) was proud to participate in Palmetto Engineering & Consulting’s (PEC) 5th annual showcase event held in Downtown Greenville on January 15th and 16th.  While primarily of interest to the Telecom Industry, the PEC show also featured companies involved in Industrial Automation as well.  Diverse Industries (Duncan, SC) did a presentation on the future of robotics in industrial automation as well as the consumer industry.  They also hinted at what Amazon is trying to do with 30 minute deliveries via drones. Schneider Electric (Simpsonville, SC) presented information on Arc Flash Safety.

Cimtec showed off a variety of products covering their wide range of knowledge in vision, safety, sensing, and industrial systems.  Featured products included:
CIMTEC Booth at PEC 2014
Cognex DataMan bar code scanning products, both fixed mount (DM302X) and handheld (DM8500)
SICK Safety Products including FlexiSoft (Safety Controller) with an addition of FlexiLoop (Cascading Safety) 
GE-IP PAC and PLC systems, including RXi (Controller), RXi (IPC), Rx3i (PAC System), VersaMax (PLC) and RSTi (Slice IO)
Hirschmann Switches, RS30 & OCTOPUS products
Computer Dynamics PAC-PCAP10 Operator Interface with a multi-touch projected capacitive touchscreen

Cimtec not only distributes products from these and other manufacturers, we also provide engineering and integration services to tie various pieces of hardware together and provide software and service solutions on top of that.