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11 May 2018

IDS NXT is a new generation of vision app-based industrial cameras from IDS. Individual tasks can be realized with the app development kit, new functions can be installed as easily as apps on a smartphone. From the end of April, a colour sensor model complements the product range.

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11 May 2018

From April 23 to 27, 2018 the Weidmüller Group exhibited at Hannover Messe presenting a wide range of new products and solutions in the fields of automation and digitalisation, panel building and device connectivity.

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10 May 2018

Omron offers 2 places for a training course of your choice from 8 topics covering the complete range of their advanced industrial automation products.

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03 May 2018

Leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and services, Kverneland Group uses state-of-the-art automation to ensure productivity is high. It has recently upgraded six robotic welding cells to use ESAB’s endless wire, which has resulted in improved productivity and significant cost savings.

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30 April 2018

When distributor of parts, accessories and clothing to the UK and Irish cycling markets, ZyroFisher. wanted to streamline operations and increase warehouse productivity, Advance Automated Systems proposed an innovative handling system incorporating energy-efficient 24V DC technology and MultiControl components from Interroll.

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11 May 2018

Drives & Controls 2018 saw the first live demonstration in the UK of Mitsubishi Electric’s latest Linear Transfer System (LTS) with Smart Carriage technology for the integration of production and packaging.

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27 April 2018

Lenze showcasd its Automation platform at Foodex 2018, demonstrating how it makes it easier to deal with the growing complexity of machine design by giving programmers and design engineers the tools, products and services required to improve performance and reliability.

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24 April 2018

Based on its Visionary-T range of industrial 3D imaging cameras, SICK has launched a configurable, plug-and-play 3D detection sensor which harnesses the imaging power of the company’s single-snapshot Time-of–Flight (TOF) technology for a range of detection and collision warning duties.

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20 April 2018

A global surge in robotics manufacturing has created a shortage of components required for other industries. The increased demand has created significant delays in the supply of bearings. Specialist bearings distributor SMB Bearings is making investments to address the shortage.

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20 April 2018

At the heart of a system for workflow optimisation at warehouse packing stations that offers process optimisation as well as integrating incompatible hardware and software, is Harting’s MICA modular industrial edge computer.

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18 April 2018

Automated materials handling solutions specialist TGW Logistics has developed a revolutionary system for fully automatic split case picking, using robots with its goods-to-person smart piece picking solution FlashPick.

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18 April 2018

Control and shut-off valves are used for oil and gas transmission in refineries and petrochemical plants. The valve position is regulated using the position measuring systems, because they are extremely reliable, especially in very harsh environments. When explosion protection has the highest priority, the new, certified position measuring system BTL7-T500 from Balluff offers a solution.

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27 April 2018

Minimising the emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from oil tankers during the fluctuating ambient conditions experienced during sea voyages is vitally important from both environmental and commercial points of view.

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16 April 2018

SICK has collaborated with Universal Robots to develop an entry-level vision-guided cobot system for pick and place, quality inspection and measurement. The SICK Inspector PIM60 URCap offers a simple yet powerful toolkit for creating a vision-guided robot task with minimum time and effort.

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27 April 2018

IDS will be showing the new IDS NXT vision app-based cameras and sensors for the first time in the UK at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition. The app-based system makes it as versatile as a smartphone. Also on show will be the new Ensenso X Series of 3D stero cameras featuring high resolution 5 MP sensors and GPU-based image processing. In addition, Peter Dietrich will be giving two presentations.

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20 March 2018

Robotic gear manufacturer Harmonic Drive UK has published a whitepaper exploring the UK robotics industry and outlining some of the challenges facing it.

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16 April 2018

Leader in Kinetic Mesh networks, Rajant Corporation, used the Container Terminal Automation Conference 2018 to highlight its mission-critical connectivity capabilities to control moving port assets and drive autonomous applications.

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26 March 2018

Rittal Automation Systems is now offering new and improved machines and tools that will help automate or part-automate switchgear manufacture; the Secarex AC 15 cutting centre being just one example.

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16 April 2018

At a price reported to be unrivalled by any other robot in its class, Acrovision is the first and sole UK distributor of the AUBO-i5 collaborative robot, from American/Chinese firm AUBO Robotics.

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07 March 2018

Fanuc UK has launched the latest, upgraded version of its intelligent 3D simulation software for robot motion control.

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FEATURES

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24 April 2018

Digitisation promises big things for the future of manufacturing. Yet there is a danger that many companies unsure of how to modernise their operations are going to be left behind. Mike Wilson, BDM for ABB Robotics UK and Ireland, explains how to identify which processes might be ripe for automation and why robots can offer the ideal starting point

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26 March 2018

The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow twelve products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of precision bearing specialist, SMB Bearings.

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20 March 2018

Implementing haptic feedback on a joystick through motor force or vibration can bring significant benefits in telerobotic applications. To do this requires precise control over the motor current on the haptic side and precise sensing of the applied motor current on the working end of the system. Gerard Bush of INMOCO discusses applications for haptic feedback and how they can be implemented.

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05 March 2018

The connected world of Industry 4.0’s smart factories adds a new dimension of complexity in terms of machinery safety challenges, as adaptive and dynamically configurable machines and machine modules allow unique combination of machines for higher efficiency and productivity on the shop floor. Paul Taylor, manager for Machinery Safety at TÜV SÜD Product Service, explains more

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31 January 2018

Few things can damage the financial stability of a manufacturing facility more than unexpected downtime. On average, manufacturers suffer with 30% or more downtime during their scheduled production time. However, there are ways to reduce the risk.

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16 January 2018

AUMA UK has realigned business around the core idea of ‘Servitization’. This article by managing director, Paul Hopkins, provides an overview of the way in which the company has approached the challenges and sought to emphasise the service element of the product/service mix

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10 November 2017

What makes a machine vision system robust? Robustness in this context is more than just reliability. It is a reliability that is maintained within the natural variations of the environment in which the system is being used, as this article from Mark Williamson at Stemmer Imaging outlines

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30 August 2017

Making good with out of date equipment won’t bring about a more prosperous future for the UK’s machine shops. It’s time to consider smarter technologies. Paul Williams, Sales Manager, ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how machine tending can involve robot technology

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22 August 2017

Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, explains how many farmers, especially those operating small and medium sized farms, might be overlooking a critical aspect of power quality in their automated livestock farming systems.

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30 June 2017

Factory analogue sensors are at the start of a very long line of communication. Communication from the sensor is predominantly in just one direction and recalibration for production changes requires manual reprogramming – taking considerable time and resource. But it doesn’t need to be this way

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09 May 2017

Using a monitoring tool on automation system infrastructure can provide actionable insight, improve overall uptime, and reduce network support costs and response times by more than 50%. Michael Vermeer, product line manager at Panduit reports

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10 May 2017

Zero-defect production is the goal of every manufacturer. As a pioneer in production automation, the automotive industry has always been a leading force when it comes to efficient production processes and quality control. Now, Turck offers the first system solution for fully automated moisture sensing in automobile production

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04 April 2017

The number of wind turbines used globally has grown exponentially over the last few years, and with it so has the need for efficient and safer inspection methods

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31 March 2017

From its earliest beginnings, 3D Vision has been the domain of a privileged few. It required specialist programming expertise to take the raw data output and configure it for different factory control networks. In turn, huge amounts of processing power and bulky equipment were needed – not to mention hard cash

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21 February 2017

Using a Universal Robots cobot to automate a factory process is delivering significant improvements in efficiency for linear motion expert, HepcoMotion.

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21 February 2017

The possibilities offered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are truly limitless, yet market penetration for IIoT implementations is still a fraction of what it could be. Stratus solutions architect, Andy Bailey outlines the three main obstacles to successful IIoT and how to address them

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27 March 2017

Measuring position or speed accurately and reliably is a tricky business; selecting the wrong sensor or developing the wrong installation often results in overly complex design, poor performance, high costs or unreliability. Mark Howard, MD at Zettlex, lists the ten most common mistakes – so you can avoid them in your next design project

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12 December 2016

Collaborative robots have become a buzzword in industrial automation. But how do you technically define collaborative operation? Roberta Nelson Shea and Seungmin Baek from Universal Robots look at the four types of collaborative operation

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24 October 2016

Rising raw material costs, spiralling energy prices, scarce resources and an ever changing competitor landscape – just some of the factors that are making for tough times in manufacturing. Mike Wilson, general industry sales and marketing manager for ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how robotic automation can help overcome these hurdles

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21 October 2016

Andrew Armstrong, Fanuc UK sales & marketing manager, explores how to keep robotics safe on the shop floor

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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12 January 2016

Float switches side mount from elobau

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12 January 2017

Material-flexing disc couplings with disc elements. Motor, engine and turbine-driven applications.

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12 January 2016

‘Intelligent’ Input Expansion Unit That Maintains a PLd Performance Level from elobau

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24 June 2016

Knobs,handles and latches made out of self-extinguishing special technopolymer certified "V0" according to UL-94 V (Underwriters Laboratories) for use in public environments where flame-proof materials are required. 

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10 June 2016

Series Tru-Trac is an Integrated encoder and measuring wheel with spring-loaded torsion arm all in one package

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10 May 2016

IdeaWerk Pro from RS Pro is a compact 3D printer built to our high quality specifications.

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28 April 2016

eloProtect – the next generation of machine safety switches

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10 June 2016

Series MA63S is an Industrial multi-turn Encoder in a 63.50mm package with IP67 sealing and serial communications

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26 October 2017

SICK’s 2D and 3D vision cameras can be used to solve a wide range of applications where there is a need to measure, locate, inspect and identify.

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24 June 2015

The latest CMOS sensors find their place in the second generation of IDS’ industrial camera series USB 3 uEye CP:

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12 January 2017

The 820 Series has been designed using the modular principle to accommodate high-torque, high- and low-speed applications with the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of torque settings.

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04 January 2018

Frameless torque motors offers high performance, and simple installation and can be embedded directly in your machine design.

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26 October 2017

No matter how simple or complex your requirements, SICK photoelectric sensors are the reliable solution for a wide and demanding range of applications.

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02 March 2016

From simple machines to complex systems

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28 September 2012

As enterprises seek new ways of using mobile technology to maintain their assets, EXTEND7000 offers IBM Maximo users the ultimate mobile solution for maintenance of automated equipment.

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