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Rexroth Error Code F229 0

Posted on 16, January 2019

in Category Blog

If you see error message F229 on your Rexroth Indramat drive, you’ve encountered a quadrant error. Don’t worry about the quadrants. This is a hardware error. But you can’t tell just from this message which piece of hardware is causing the problem. You could have a defective encoder cable. This is a common problem, since cables often get a good deal of wear and tear. They may be tripped over, shoved around, or have heavy objects pushed over them. You can even have electromagnetic interference on the cable. The solution is simply to replace the cable. Separate the encoder cable [&hellip

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Snow and Servos: Rexroth Solutions 0

Posted on 14, January 2019

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 Rexroth created the drive and control system that moves the roof of the Amsterdam ArenA. The two-piece roof can open or close in 20 minutes to take advantage of sunny skies or to shelter its 52,960 spectators from inclement weather. With four AC-servomotors (2AD) on each side of the two halves of the roof, the system requires two cabinets, both of which are placed outside of the arena. They use standard heating and cooling systems to keep the servos comfortable. The required ambient temperature is roughly 5 degrees Fahrenheit to 105 degrees. So the seasonal issue for the Amsterdam [&hellip

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Music in the Factory 0

Posted on 11, January 2019

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The use of music as a productivity tool in factories has a long history. It may reach back to sea shanties that kept sailors hauling away together. It certainly came into fashion as women replaced male factory workers during WWII. Manufacturers worried that the ladies would get bored and their minds would wander. Upbeat music was expected to keep them focused and cheerful. In England, an entire radio show, “Music While You Work,” was developed to provide that productivity boost. This program was designed to be piped into factory workspaces. Research was conducted to figure out how to manipulate workers’ [&hellip

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Rexroth Motion Control Repair 0

Posted on 9, January 2019

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Rexroth makes the best motion control on the planet. From drives, controls, and servo motors to power supply modules and more, Rexroth keeps the Eiffel Tower, the Panama Canal, and factories around the world running with power and precision. So what do you do when something goes wrong with your Rexroth components? Third-party repair is a mistake Rexroth doesn’t authorize third party repair shops or provide parts for them. The photo below shows an example of a “repair” by a local shop. Third-party repairs void your warranty and can introduce new problems. Factory repair is a new lease on life [&hellip

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Indramat Personality Modules 2

Posted on 7, January 2019

in Category Blog, Indramat History

Imagine that you could be bold and articulate for that meeting you have coming up, then shift to suave and charming for a date, and then shift easily to chill and fun for a trip to the lake with friends. When you imagine this, you have to additionally imagine that you make this change easily, convincingly, and with no sense of artificiality. Let’s say you could do this by popping in something called a Personality Module each time. Each Personality Module would leave you with the same skills and memories and all — you’d still be you — but you’d [&hellip

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Gateway Robots? 0

Posted on 4, January 2019

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The Consumer Electronics Show is all about robots this year… but industrial robots aren’t getting the attention. Collaborative home robots, robots pets, and companion robots are getting the attention. You could even say that they’re getting the love. Consider Lovot, the robot designed to cure the problem of loneliness. Lovot is not useful, its makers say, though it can take on surveillance duties. It is about the same temperature as a human being, has big, appealing eyes, and is programmed to show increasing amounts of love. It’s shy when it first meets a new person, but it gradually makes eye [&hellip

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Wearable Robots by 2020? 0

Posted on 2, January 2019

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Robots have been growing more collaborative, more energy efficient, safer, and more responsive to their surroundings over the years. These changes have led to far greater flexibility in work situations. Robots are coming out of their cages and serving as coworkers in many factories. There’s another step that may be coming up sooner than expected. Robots may collaborate with humans not only in the next workspace on the factory floor, but much closer. The robot exoskeleton may be moving closer to practical use. Consider the construction site exoskeleton created by Sarcos Robotics. When a worker puts on the Guardian XO [&hellip

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Top Stories of 2018 0

Posted on 31, December 2018

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Visitors to our website are most likely to be visiting our Support and Manual Request pages. But the top stories of 2018 include a lot of interesting information. The most popular articles for 2018: Indramat Error Codes: What Do E and F Mean? You may have noticed that legacy Rexroth error codes are divided into E and F codes. What does that mean, exactly? Indradrive C Error Codes There are 8 classes of error codes for this current Rexroth series. Rexroth Error Codes: The Excessives Many error codes let you know you’ve got too much of a good thing. Rexroth [&hellip

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Rexroth Open Core Interface 0

Posted on 28, December 2018

in Category Blog

   The smart factory of the future collects data and provides that data for use by multiple systems. If sensors use one language and the various systems all use their own proprietary languages, you have a problem. With Open Core Interface, the different systems and elements can talk to one another. The library of tools allows people with different backgrounds to talk to each other and to the machines. The machines can talk to one another, too. Predictive maintenance can work through Microsoft Excel and iPhones and C++. This means you can use a wide range of devices, and [&hellip

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The History of the Printing Press 1

Posted on 26, December 2018

in Category Blog, Indramat History

We work with a lot of clients in the printing industry, so we were fascinated when we found out about the exciting history of the printing press. Seriously. It all started with Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, of course. Up till that time, printing a page meant engraving the whole page in mirror image onto a block of something (usually wood), inking it up, and laying the paper onto it. This was faster than copying a page out by hand many times, but not exactly fast.  Gutenberg came up with a machine that used movable metal type. Letters could be arranged [&hellip

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