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20 July 2017

Harland Simon is extending its established upgrade solutions for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) controls to a wider market of automatic warehouse operators.

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13 July 2017

SKF has released a new compact, easy-to-use, eight-channel model in its IMx range - offering sophisticated yet highly cost-effective condition monitoring for a multitude of industrial applications.

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06 July 2017

Teledyne DALSA has added a new easy-to use GUI builder tool to its Sherlock advanced machine vision software platform. This greatly simplifies the creation of a custom front ends using a simple drag and drop approach.

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28 June 2017

A leading internet retailer with distribution centres around the world recently installed a large number of AmbaFlex SpiralVeyor ToteLifts.

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28 June 2017

Interroll’s modular conveyor platform helps systems integrators and OEMs react to the growing importance of efficient material flow to end users. It is a true plug-and-play solution, energy efficient, smart, economical and flexible. The preassembled elements enable simple on-site installation and reduced planning effort, while offering scalability for future growth.

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30 June 2017

The market for products and services related to monitoring the condition of machinery within industry is growing.

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28 June 2017

New from HBM, the PW15iA digital load cell offers a flexible and cost-effective solution to automated applications and features a range of integrated functions – including algorithms for check weighing, filling and batching – which eliminates the need to undertake these functions separately and development times can be reduced.  

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26 June 2017

To help manufacturers improve efficiency without losing quality, METTLER TOLEDO has produced a new practical weighing guide, which focuses on optimising six common lab workflows in the chemical industry.

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20 June 2017

Sensors UK has expanded its range of laser distance sensors with the addition of the FLS-C-10. The FLS-C laser distance sensor measures absolute distances up to 500m, contact free, with an accuracy of ±1mm. The repeat accuracy is ±0.3mm with measurement values being updated at a frequency of up to 200Hz.

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29 June 2017

TM Robotics, in partnership with Toshiba Machine, has announced the launch of Toshiba Machine’s newest TVM 6-axis line. The vertically articulated robot of the cost-effective TVM series are compatible with other Toshiba Machine products, including injection moulding machines and machine tools, and are suitable for applications with significant material handling and general machine tending needs.

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22 June 2017

During production and inspection of components with optical data transmission, it is important to align fibres or fibre arrays for optimum connection with the highest possible accuracy. Position tolerances way under 50nm are usual and multi-channel inputs require alignment in several axes to optimise coupling of the input and output arrays.

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15 June 2017

The new compact UC-F77 ultrasonic sensor series from Pepperl+Fuchs combine a wide detection range with a minimal dead band. The parameters of these sensors, including the beam width, are very easy to adjust directly on the device. An IO-Link interface forms the basis for Industry 4.0.

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08 June 2017

The first industrial cameras from the new GigE uEye FA series from IDS are now available – the UI-5260FA and UI-5280FA models. The cameras are equipped with the 2.3 MP IMX249 CMOS sensor and 5 MP IMX264 CMOS sensor from Sony.

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28 June 2017

The battery-powered Sick PGT-12-PRO is a pocket-sized programming tool, designed initially for rapid configuring and programming of Sick’s AHS/AHM36 programmable absolute encoders and TMS/TMM inclination sensors with CANopen or analogue output.

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22 June 2017

The new Type 8766A lightweight, triaxial accelerometer from Kistler Instruments uses the, patented PiezoStar crystal developed by Kistler to provide ultra-stable performance with very little sensitivity deviation with temperature changes.

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20 June 2017

With the new rental-based force and pressure measurement system PROBms, Pilz now offers a complete package for validation of human-robot collaborations (HRC) in accordance with ISO/TS 15066. So the limit values for force or pressure of the robot movement, as specified by the ISO/TS, can now be measured precisely and therefore validated using PROBms.

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28 June 2017

Central to agricultural machinery specialist Van Hees’ automated BOXFILR system for handling vegetable produce is its ´Bunker Filler´, produced as a single or much higher-throughput double module.

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08 June 2017

Together with the wide range of safety sensors, the perfectly matched safety components offer complete safety-related automation solutions for a wide range of machine types.

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15 May 2017

The Imaging Source has introduced cameras featuring the second-generation Sony Pregius global-shutter CMOS sensors, IMX264 and IMX265. The colour or monochrome cameras are available with either USB 3.0 or GigE interface standards.


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12 May 2017

Developed by Curtiss-Wright’s legacy brand of Penny & Giles, the NRH27C is a non-contact rotary position sensor which is suitable for use on speciality on- and off-highway vehicles utilising CANbus communications.

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FEATURES

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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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23 August 2016

While 100% product inspection can prevent faulty goods being shipped to customers, it does little to prevent the faults being introduced in the first place. Jeremy Shinton, product manager at Mitsubishi Electric describes the principle of Poka Yoke and how it can help eliminate errors in assembly operations

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24 June 2016

Europe’s first Dodge controlled start transmission (CST) drive system, is helping prevent repeated breakdowns of a 700m conveyor at a Norwegian mine, saving up to NOK 1 million ($120,000) in lost production each time.

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18 April 2017

Fast, accurate electrical discharge machining Where wire EDM is concerned, accuracy has traditionally come at the cost of speed.

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10 May 2016

M-Duino is a connectable PLC based in Open Source Hardware (OSH) technology.

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10 June 2016

Series 725 is an optical shaft encoder that is specifically designed for the challenges of an industrial environment

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15 February 2013

More than 50 brushless dc motors, gearheads and controllers from maxon motor are responsible for the humanoid's precision movements.

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12 May 2016

IOT-500 - new 5" Android based HMI Panel is perfect for remote monitoring, data acquisition & control.

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18 April 2017

From the smallest to the strongest industrial robot in the world With more than 100 models, FANUC offers the widest range of industrial robots in the world.

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12 January 2016

The Rifline complete industrial relay system ranges from a slim 6.2 mm coupling relay to a relay that may be used as a small contactor replacement to the most powerful relay that can switch voltages up to 400 V.

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28 July 2015

We have recently expanded our comprehensive range of fasteners to include tools, personal protective equipment and abrasives.

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18 April 2017

All your parts online That part you need is just a few clicks away. Register now for full 24/7 access to a huge selection of original equipment parts straight from the manufacturer.

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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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09 May 2016

Fluke Ti450 complete with MultiSharp™ focus. Images are automatically focused throughout the field of view, even if you start from a blurry target.

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12 May 2016

Alan Gustar – King of the Unislides at LG Motion

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28 July 2015

TFC offers a multitude of services including:

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16 July 2015

The POSITILT® range of PTAM (Analogue) and PTDM (Digital) inclinometers use MEMS technology as the operating principle for the Tilt Sensors which are available in a wide range of housings offering either single or dual axis outputs.

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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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