Automation Chat
Proper Termination and Grounding of VFD Cables

Proper Termination and Grounding of VFD Cables

October 25, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, talks with Steve Wetzel, Senior Product Engineer with Southwire Co., about terminating and grounding variable-frequency drive (VFD) cables. Learn why cable termination is so important, why cables often are terminated incorrectly, and how to achieve proper termination. Discover the best way to terminate a VFD cable’s shield and ground wires, and how to terminate VFD cable coming into and going out of intermediate termination boxes such as quick disconnects.

And find out one concept Steve wishes all users understood about VFD cables.

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Tech Spotlight: PR02 Stainless Steel Linear Rotary Motors

Tech Spotlight: PR02 Stainless Steel Linear Rotary Motors

October 18, 2021

In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Max Davitt, Technical Support & Applications Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner.

You’ll learn about the company’s PR02 stainless steel linear rotary motor, which has a new design in which the motors and components are integrated in a slim housing. Options include a magnetic spring “MagSpring,” a torque sensor and a force sensor. Common applications include capping in food & beverage or pharmaceutical industries; it’s also used in automotive, packaging and other operations.

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Tech Spotlight: eWON Flexy Modular M2M Router & Data Gateway

Tech Spotlight: eWON Flexy Modular M2M Router & Data Gateway

October 14, 2021

In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Tom McKinney, Director, Engineering Services and Partnerships with HMS Networks, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner.

You’ll learn about the company’s eWON Flexy, the first industrial modular machine-to-machine router and data gateway for OEMs and system integrators. Users can link remote devices and establish universal communication with a variety of field equipment, regardless of protocol used. See how to enable alarm notifications or performance monitoring through cloud KPIs dashboards. Also, discover how to start a remote service journey.

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How Digital Twins are Used for Automation Design — and Why Users Love Them

How Digital Twins are Used for Automation Design — and Why Users Love Them

October 11, 2021

You’ve heard of digital twins, but do you really know how they work? It’s a big deal. Find out how they’re used for industrial automation design, in this chat with Chris Harduwar, Vice President of Automation with Maplesoft, and Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine.

Also learn why designers swear by digital twins for virtual modeling because of how they streamline production and commissioning. Get examples of them at work in injection molding, food, packaging and other applications. Chris also addresses reasons some people hesitate to use digital twins. And get his insights about digital twins’ next evolution.

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Tech Spotlight: SSCP Stainless Steel Linear Motors

Tech Spotlight: SSCP Stainless Steel Linear Motors

September 27, 2021

In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Kevin Reed, Technical Support & Applications Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner.

They talk about the company’s intelligent SSCP stainless steel linear motors, designed for applications with high demands on materials and protection class, such as pharmaceutical and food & beverage. They discuss the motors’ composition and how they operate; guided options; assembly configurations; and applications for these corrosion-resistant motors.

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Remarkable Warehouse Automation Digital Transformation & What Manufacturers Can Learn

Remarkable Warehouse Automation Digital Transformation & What Manufacturers Can Learn

September 13, 2021

Warehouse automation is an early adopter of smart technologies that enable innovative digital transformation. Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mike Berg, Solutions Marketing Manager - Industrial Automation with Panduit, about industry trends putting increased pressure on warehouses and distribution centers.

They examine new technologies that make them more efficient, reliable, and better equipped to handle demand – especially with the substantial growth in online ordering since COVID-19 hit. You might be surprised at the high-tech operations inside a fulfillment center.

Also learn about the network infrastructure required to support those technologies, and what manufacturers can learn from warehouse automation.

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Tech Spotlight: Industrial Linear Modules

Tech Spotlight: Industrial Linear Modules

September 1, 2021

In this “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Adam Shank, Regional Sales Engineer at LinMot USA, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner.

They talk about the company’s DM01 industrial linear modules for the pharmaceutical industry. You’ll learn how direct-drive system eliminates the need for high-wear components such as belts, screws, cams, or gears, and thus reduces maintenance and extends service life.

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Tech Spotlight: HMI Systems for Hazardous Locations

Tech Spotlight: HMI Systems for Hazardous Locations

August 16, 2021

In this special “Tech Spotlight” episode of Automation Chat, host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Aaron Severa, Product Manager for HMI, FieldConnex and Remote IO at Pepperl+Fuchs, a Rockwell Automation Technology Partner. They discuss two of the company’s HMI systems.

The new VisuNet GXP HMI for Zone 1 hazardous applications, and an option for Zone 2 and for Division 2 locations, is a modular platform comprised of a few individually protected and certified components. Also see the VisuNet Edge HMI for Division 1 areas. Learn how they both integrate with Rockwell Automation ThinManager thin client software.

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How to Use Protective Relay Data to Cut Costs

How to Use Protective Relay Data to Cut Costs

July 28, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Mark Zeller, sales and customer service director at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), a Rockwell Automation Digital Partner.

They discuss how digital protective relays gather and use data for electrical protection in manufacturing plants, and how to download the data. Also see examples of how the information can help you monitor health of devices connected to your power system, and thus predict problems before they occur, such as a circuit or motor failure.

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Smart Water Initiatives for the Water Wastewater Industry

Smart Water Initiatives for the Water Wastewater Industry

July 15, 2021

Host Theresa Houck, Executive Editor of The Journal From Rockwell Automation and Our PartnerNetwork magazine, chats with Damon Sepe, Business Development Manager at Rockwell Automation, about digital transformation and smart water initiatives for the water wastewater industry.

They discuss why we need smart water initiatives, and where investments are increasing across hardware, software and services. You’ll also learn what 3 key areas comprise digital solutions for smart water plants; why cyberthreats are a real concern; and how the COVID pandemic has affected water infrastructure.

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