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15 November 2017

HMS Industrial Networks has announced the release of the new 4G LTE EU (Europe) extension card for eWON Flexy, its advanced IIoT gateway and remote access router, enabling Flexy users to access, monitor and control machinery remotely over the cellular 4G network.

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13 November 2017

Runcorn and Ewloe-based electrical engineering firm, LCA Controls, has set its sights on an ambitious expansion plan following a major new investment in 3D design and manufacturing technology – the first of its kind in the UK.

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12 October 2017

According to Graham Mackrell, managing director of robot gearing specialist Harmonic Drive UK, the main drivers of growth in the industrial robotics market come from two sources: increased investment in automation in a growing number of industries, and rising demand from small and medium sized businesses in developing countries.

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13 October 2017

At Advanced Engineering 2017 visitors to the RARUK Automation stand will be able to learn how Universal Robots provide a basis for cost-effective production solutions that enable humans and robots to work collaboratively.

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09 October 2017

Harmonic Drive's FHA-C Mini Servo Actuators with EnDat multi-turn absolute encoders consist of a synchronous servo motor, an HFUC Component Set and a specially developed output bearing.

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13 October 2017

HBM offers complete customised, end to end cloud-based structural health monitoring (SHM) packages including all associated hardware, software, installation, and monitoring requirements, along with cloud-based data access for each customer. 

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25 September 2017

Developed by SICK to achieve high consistency and linearity in measurement results on many different surfaces and colours, even at high production speeds, the SICK OD1000 displacement sensor is reported to set new standards in high-precision distance measurement with its one metre scanning range and a resolution down to 450µm.

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25 September 2017

Rittal offers customers a range of solutions for the safe packing of sophisticated electronics systems, both centralised and decentralised.

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25 September 2017

Challenging dystopian views the public has of robots, a live art installation shown as part of the London Design Festival and Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria & Albert Museum entitled ‘Slave/Master’, explored the edges of industrial robot/human interaction with robot performers, human dancers and projected graphics.

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21 September 2017

Rugged hardware, software and services provider for warehousing and distribution, manufacturing and retail companies, Renovotec, is launching a mobile operating system consulting service aimed at helping supply chain users regain full control of their mobile estate and deploy it to best effect.

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18 September 2017

At Motek 2017 (Hall 7, stand 7420), Omron is presenting holistic automation solutions that allow manufacturing companies to achieve sustainable process optimisation in handling, intralogistics, and manufacturing.

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09 October 2017

Designed for automatic production line applications where space is at a premium, the compact ViscoDuo-P 4/4 two component dosing solution from ViscoTec is also lightweight making it suitable for use in robotics- and axis-systems.

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13 September 2017

Material handling and automated pallet storage systems require robust and reliable distance/location measurements for an efficient system. The FLS Dimetix laser sensor measures over long distances with a high degree of accuracy and reliability.

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21 September 2017

Gill Sensors & Controls has produced a white paper which looks at how oil condition monitoring can complement vibration monitoring to generate a comprehensive view of machinery health.

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13 September 2017

SMC has added to its gripper range with the launch of the MHM-X6400, which uses a magnet to handle workpieces. Ideal for workpieces with uneven surfaces or featuring holes, the MHM-X6400 provides machine operators with reliable and safe handling and reduced cycle times that increase productivity.

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05 October 2017

Providing users with a versatile and economical user-configurable motion control sensor, Sick has launched the DUS60 incremental encoder and DUV60 measuring wheel encoder with DIP switch programmability.

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12 October 2017

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products introduces the DMX Automated Plasma Beveller, a next-generation beveling system delivering significant performance improvement through a simple, compact design.

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07 September 2017

A new technical article from Lenze explains how to overcome the challenge of warehouse automation and achieve optimum performance.

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29 August 2017

Werner Electric, Minnesota’s leading electrical industry distributor and Futura, a manufacturer’s representative that services the West Coast, Desert and Mountain States, have both joined the TM Robotics’ family in the US.

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27 August 2017

New from Omega is the OM-140 Series of low cost, compact, battery powered temperature and humidity data loggers that is capable of unattended logging (recording) of ambient temperature and relative humidity (RH) of an environment for days, weeks or months.

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FEATURES

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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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19 October 2016

Printing and assembling over three million components per year and changing between parts seamlessly on-demand, a robot cell using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots features the latest robot control technology to ensure movements are perfectly synchronised

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13 October 2016

As consumer demands become more complex, the latest technology trends are being used to meet the challenges brought about by mass customisation and single batch sizes. In this example a cosmetics and therapeutic products manufacturer uses an industrial robot developed for laboratory environments to fulfil complex production requirements

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13 September 2016

A collaboration between motion control and robotics specialists Yaskawa and a leading intralogistics and packaging company has resulted in the development of an automatic robot-based palletising cell which takes robotics handling to new levels of sophistication.

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13 September 2016

The convergence of industrial automation and communication is an integral part of the growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Martyn Williams, MD of COPA-DATA UK, explains the changing responsibilities of IT and OT.

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23 August 2016

KIA Motors achieves 99% read rates with Cognex barcode readers

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23 August 2016

Do you know an RTD from an ICTD, and when you should use one or the other? Opto 22’s short primer provides valuable guidance on the primary types of sensors used for temperature monitoring and data acquisition

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23 August 2016

Many plant operators and managers are still hesitant to deploy wireless technology. Andy Pye reviews guidance from industrial network specialist Moxa on how to optimise a network and fix infrastructure problems

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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02 March 2016

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13 June 2016

Arbor Technology's IEC-3300 is a very small Rugged Box PC designed for cost-sensitive applications

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27 October 2016

Digital Manometer ECO 2

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05 July 2016

The ATEX-Compliant embedded controller features a wide operating temperature range, wide DC power input and comprehensive I/O interfaces.

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16 July 2015

The POSICHRON® product family offers a wide range of non-contact linear sensors in various profile styles to suit many different applications. Units are available up to a stroke length of 5750mm for all profile types including “In-Cylinder” solutions.

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13 June 2014

HepcoMotion® - The linear guide and actuator products and services offered have been designed to satisfy a whole range of industrial applications within the automation and general purpose machine building sectors

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02 March 2016

Full servo axis functions in the smallest space

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02 December 2013

The drylin® range is specifically developed for applications within the linear sector, with the extensive product range completely covering all application areas from the drylin® T Monorail systems to the drylin® R Round shaft guide bearings.

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12 January 2017

Torsionally soft, split-in-half, easy-maintenance coupling ensures on-site adjustability.

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28 September 2015

An essential part of day-to-day maintenance programmes, oil and lubricants are a vital commodity in ensuring mechanical parts run smoothly and reliably.

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12 January 2016

The Compact Alternative to Traditional Mechanical ‘Tongue Actuated’ Safety Switches from elobau

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24 June 2016

Knobs and adjustable levers  made out of technopolymer with chrome surface. Resistant to sea water, detergents, acetone, ethyl alcohol, formic acid, chlorine solutions.  

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11 August 2017

Workpiece touch probes are essential to series production, tool making and mould making.

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11 March 2013

Solid-state inductive position sensor with a 20mm measurement zone, with a 0.5 - 10V output. Capable of monitoring linear and shallow-arc movement.

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21 July 2015

A precise solution for monitoring energy use

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