• SMC's EX600-W wireless fieldbus system.
    SMC's EX600-W wireless fieldbus system.
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SMC will bring a suite of food and beverage technologies to FoodTech Queensland in July, including a new robotic innovation.

On its stand, number D16, the supplier will show off the EX600 wireless manifold (EX600-W), pictured above. According to William Lebihan, head of sales and Queensland state manager at SMC, this solution is EtherNet/IP and Profinet compatible, can withstand electric noise, and is suitable for harsh, industrial environments.

“This wireless and decentralised fieldbus system can manage both digital and analogue signals, as well as pneumatic products. As a highly reliable unit, it makes use of frequency hopping techniques to prevent interference from other wireless equipment,” he said.

The stand will also highlight SMC’s specialist team, which Lebihan says delivers customised solutions to the industry and ensures customers experience high operational equipment efficiency.

“Whether you’re farming cattle or vegetables, we have what it takes to support your automation requirements from paddock to plate,” he said. “Our mandate is centred around flexible, efficient components that are designed alongside our customers with factories of the future in mind.”

Additionally, the company is helping customers install and understand Industry 4.0 technology, Lebihan adds.

“SMC is also playing an active role in upskilling industry via ongoing training and using state-of-the-art training systems and aids, to further enhance the skills of maintenance teams for optimised productivity maintenance scheduling and fault finding analysis,” he said.

FoodTech Queensland will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28 to 30 July.

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