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15 January 2018

Three distinctly different cloud-based remote services from ABB for drives offer instant alerts, rapid assistance and support before failure occurs. Remote assistance, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance are three remote services for variable speed drives being added to the ABB Ability digital platform.

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15 January 2018

Leader in environmental and industrial measurement, Vaisala, is working with power utilities, maintenance providers and asset owners to bring the first commercial units of its Optimus DGA Monitor for Transformers online.

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08 January 2018

With TwinCAT Vision, Beckhoff has incorporated comprehensive image processing capabilities into its PC-based control system.

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09 January 2018

The latest innovation from ifm electronic comes in the shape of an RFID antenna for product tracking. Features include a display for optimal distance detection during set-up and the facility to adjust transmission power to 50, 75 or 100% in order to avoid external interference, giving a read range up to 200mm.

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05 January 2018

In order to help guarantee food safety, production and filling facilities must be cleaned regularly. This is usually carried out using an automated CIP (Clean-in-Place) system which eliminates the need to dismantle the process system and is often part of a fully automated production process. 

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04 January 2018

RS Components has announced availability of OsiSense XG smart RFID-tag antennas from Telemecanique Sensors. These new devices target access-control use in industrial machine-control-panel applications, as well as deployment in production workshops or traceability applications.

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10 January 2018

As a recent addition to its PROFINET IRT protocol variants, Wachendorff's WDGA 58F absolute magnetic encoder features a minimum bus cycle time of 125 μs which is eminently suited to tightly synchronised multi-axis motion control on the fastest PLCs.

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21 November 2017

New from Omega the RD1000/2000/3000 Series of paperless recorders offer real time display of data in a variety of formats on a high resolution colour TFT touch screen display.

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21 November 2017

When a single-field laser scanner is all that is needed, Sick's TiM100 2D LiDAR Sensor offers users a budget level solution with high-resolution object detection and ranging for factory automation and warehousing applications.

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21 November 2017

Hollywood has created a huge buzz around robotic exoskeleton suits. Films such as Iron Man show humans with superhuman abilities because of robotic add-ons. Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains the importance of choosing specialised bearings as the development into this technology advances in real life.

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23 November 2017

The new PyuEye interface for IDS cameras allows interactive programming of uEye industrial cameras from IDS using the object-oriented Python programming language.

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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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FEATURES

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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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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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28 July 2015

With the acquisition of Specialised Fasteners Products Ltd, TFC have extended its range of sheet metal and threaded fasteners.

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26 October 2017

Linear and rotary motor feedback systems with interfaces for the future provide commutation, position and speed measurement in a single device.

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02 March 2016

Ergonomic lightweight for mobile HMI tasks

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12 January 2017

A general purpose coupling offering easy installation and a wide range of shaft gaps.

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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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13 May 2016

LG Motion launch new improved roller guideway MR 4S from Schneeberger

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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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24 June 2015

Sony IMX174 sensor meets IDS’ USB 3.0 camera series

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24 June 2016

Knobs, handles and adjustable feet in the special conductive technopolymer prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charge between bodies with different electric potential.

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12 January 2016

The eloProg Modular Safety Controller from elobau – Flexible for Every Application

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10 June 2016

Series 758 is a Standard size 58mm diameter mounting Encoder with PPRs up to 30,000 (Also available in Stainless Steel as the series 858)

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05 August 2014

The worldwide automotive industry is in a perpetual state of change. Globally-linked economies, tight competition, and emerging markets all force constant review of production goals, suppliers, and long-term strategies.

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02 March 2016

For hard real-time tasks and secure data transfer

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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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04 January 2018

Simple DC servo motors to high precision DC servo’s and drives for demanding applications.

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