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15 November 2018

With its RSL 400 safety laser scanner with measurement value output, Leuze electronic is setting new standards in the reliable navigation of automated guided vehicles (AGVs).


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13 November 2018

The new IDS NXT rio and rome (protection class IP65/67) product families show how a flexibly usable embedded solution for industrial purposes can look like: an AI vision app transforms these robust, powerful standard industrial cameras into high-performance inference cameras.

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13 November 2018

Omron has opened a new Robotic Innovation Lab at the company’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes. The lab, which represents an investment of £600,000 with a creation of five new jobs, is set to demonstrate how robots can be a boon to the UK manufacturing industry, as well as providing customers with a realistic overview of how robots can enhance their own individual applications.

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12 November 2018

Rittal is offering UK customers the chance to ‘test drive’ its Perforex machining and automation systems before they buy.

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30 October 2018

As part of a research project, scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a robot that can independently assemble the individual components of an IKEA chair without interruption in less than ten minutes. The robot consists of an Ensenso N35 3D camera from IDS and two robot arms equipped with grippers to pick up objects. 

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30 October 2018

Seismic monitoring and protection system specialist Sensonics has enhanced its seismic equipment product range with the development of a new Linux based seismic event recording platform. This development represents an upgrade path for existing legacy systems and provides data acquisition equipment which offers treliability and easy maintenance.

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19 October 2018

The new online dresspack configurator from igus enables engineers to quickly find the right system based around the triflex R energy chain. Easy to install and fill, this multi-axis energy chain protects moving cables and hoses on robots and thus increases service life in operation.

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19 October 2018

Advanced manufacturing and logistics control specialist Red Ledge is launching an automated supply chain control system that fully integrates and automates warehouse management, manufacturing and asset management processes.

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04 October 2018

Bringing more than a decade’s worth of experience in condition monitoring of rotating equipment, saving customers money and avoiding unexpected downtime using Model-Based Voltage and Current (MBVI) technology, Faraday Predictive will be showing two new products at Maintec – a portable equipment health assessor, and a permanently installed continuous on-line monitoring system.

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02 October 2018

Fluke Process Instruments offers a comprehensive range of temperature monitoring solutions for primary and secondary metals manufacturing, including newly introduced ThermoView TV40 thermal imagers with an integrated visible-light camera.

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02 October 2018

When NSK was called in to investigate bearing failures on a feed conveyor at an animal feed production plant, the team was able to not only reveal the underlying cause of the failures, but generate cost savings of over €13,000, thanks largely to the elimination of machine downtime.

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24 September 2018

Software engineering and automation specialist Red Ledge is launching a new version of its WMS, ‘Red Ledge Warehouse Management and Control’ which makes extensive use of automation to optimise warehouse control for logistics, manufacturing and other supply chain users.

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09 October 2018

SICK has launched its fully-programmable TrispectorP1000 3D vision camera to enable reliable, continuous in-line product detection to be easily customised for robotic belt picking applications for the packaging industry.

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21 September 2018

The Motoman GP Series of robots from Yaskawa has recently been extended to include options suitable for applications with heavier loads up to 600kg. Renowned for being one of the most compact and efficient range of robots for high-speed assembly, packaging and general handling applications, the Motoman GP600 is designed for heavier handling and general applications where payloads weigh up to 600kg.

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18 September 2018

Datalogic’s Memor 10 mobile computer has been validated for the “Android Enterprise Recommended” program for rugged devices.

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08 October 2018

When a manufacturer of centrifugal pumps for water-treatment applications was developing a new high-speed design, and test-rig trials indicated a higher running temperature than the original concept, the company contacted NSK, which sent an AIP+ (Added Value Programme) expert to the company's site in France to perform a full vibration analysis.

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21 September 2018

The undulating fin movements of marine animals such as the cuttlefish have provided the inspiration for a new Bionic concept swimming robot from industrial automation specialists Festo.

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13 September 2018

one of the recent releases from ifm electronic is simple radio-frequency identification over IO-Link. With the largest offering of IO-Link sensors on the market, founder member ifm electronic has also been supplying RFID systems for several years, so it makes sense to combine the technologies.

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19 September 2018

The Magres range of absolute encoders from sensor expert Baumer is proven in harsh environments and industrial applications such as utility vehicles, cranes, wind energy plants, steel and metal processing plants.

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02 October 2018

The Elesa stand at this year’s Advanced Engineering Exhibition will show case the company's new wireless position indicators and hygienic design levelling feet, as well as the ELECOLORS program for matching components to customer colour schemes.

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FEATURES

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08 October 2018

3D machine vision allows precise three-dimensional inspection and measurement of complex free-formed surfaces. Two of the best known techniques are laser line triangulation and stereo vision, but time-of-flight (ToF) imaging opens up a diverse range of depth perception application opportunities.

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10 August 2018

The global mountain of waste plastic has risen to the top of the sustainability agenda. Tackling it will have implications for every player in the packaging supply chain – including machinery manufacturers Neil Beaumont of Lenze explains

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09 August 2018

Ed Harrington, director of The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum, looks at how organisations in the process automation sector are turning to digital transformation and open standards in order to use data to improve operations and help ensure zero downtime

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25 June 2018

At the MACH show, Andy Pye met with Universal Robots and some of their partner network. The products were interesting in themselves, but the real story broke a few weeks later – and took us by surprise too!

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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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05 August 2014

Now there’s a simpler, more cost effective way to comply with patient safety and traceability requirements. Deploy Cognex® vision-based inspection and identification (ID) solutions.

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05 August 2014

Looking for the easiest, most affordable way to error-proof your manufacturing process?

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10 June 2016

Series 260 is a Low Profile Encoder with a Flexible spring mounted up to 2540 PPR and with Up to 12 pole commutation available

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12 January 2016

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

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12 May 2016

ARBOR ASLAN Series Widescreen Industrial Panel PCs for the Smart Factory and Fixed-Mount Applications

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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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10 June 2016

Series 25T Featuring a Unique Appearance, The 25T Features The Largest Bore Available in a 63.50mm Encoder, Mounting Directly Onto Shafts as Large as 28mm

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11 March 2013

Solid-state Ultrasonic Fuel Flow Sensor capable of monitoring bi-directional fuel flow rate up to 8l/min. Compact, lightweight and extremely accurate

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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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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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13 May 2016

Looking for a compact low cost linear positioning stage? LG Motion has the answer with XSlide™

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09 May 2017

Precise and powerful custom solutions. Cone Drive is the world leader in double-enveloping worm gear technology.

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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 2017

Lightweight, advanced composite material design. Customized per specific applications.

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19 January 2017

StorMagic SvSAN removes your dependence on expensive, unreliable physical SANs, eliminating downtime and keeping your critical applications running wherever, whenever.

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