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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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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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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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21 August 2017

Intelligent manufacturing and logistics systems control specialist Red Ledge has joined forces with advanced sortation company Böwe Systec and Stockrail International which has a 30-year materials handling track record, to launch a series of fully integrated and automated supply chain systems that improve user performance by an average 250%, based on early reports from manufacturing and logistics industry users say Red Ledge.

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22 August 2017

Now available from test and measurement specialist, HBM, the new U3 load cell is specifically designed for tensile and compressive forces.

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15 August 2017

Alicat Scientific has added Modbus TCP/IP compatibility to its line of mass flow, pressure, and liquid instrumentation. The new option allows PLCs running the Modbus industrial automation protocol to connect to Alicat instruments over Ethernet cable.

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16 August 2017

HBM will be exhibiting its leading range of load cells and weighing electronics for checkweighers, packaging and filling and sorting machines at PPMA 2017.

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27 August 2017

Offering an extremely long one metre scanning range and a resolution down to 450µm, the Sick OD1000 displacement sensor has been developed to achieve high consistency and linearity in measurement results on many different surfaces and colours, even at high production speeds.

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04 September 2017

FLIR Systems’ new Gigabit Ethernet-based (GigE) machine vision camera, the FLIR Blackfly S is reported to be ideal for a range of applications including display and PCB inspection, microscopy, robotics, 3D scanning, intelligent traffic systems; giving machine vision developers the tools to quickly develop innovative solutions by combining the latest CMOS sensors, GigE Vision compatibility, and advanced on-camera features.

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27 August 2017

At this year’s PPMA show, HMK will demonstrate what is reported to be the world’s first collaborative robot with built-in vision recognition from Techman Robot.

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10 August 2017

Interroll will use PPMA to showcase its most powerful, ultra-hygienic stainless steel, energy-saving Synchronous Drum Motor for belt conveyor systems, with a proven output of up to 1.1kW, torque up to 100Nm and extremely high belt tension.

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29 August 2017

Biscuit brand Fox’s, has replaced hard working SCARA type robots with Kawasaki robots to overcome efficiency issues relating to obsolescence.

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16 August 2017

Manufacturer of application specific embedded PC platforms, IBASE Technology, is investing to expand its operations and service the important fast-expanding UK market.

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16 August 2017

Omron has introduced its third wave of factory automation (FA) devices built on a Common Design Platform for unified product specification. The new products include switch mode power supplies, DIN rail terminal blocks, liquid leakage sensor amplifiers, and I/O relay terminals.

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15 August 2017

Discovering how smart sensor technologies help to deliver manufacturing flexibility and predictive maintenance in Industry 4.0-enabled manufacturing and logistics environments will be the focus for Sick UK’s stand at the PPMA Show.

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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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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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10 June 2016

Series 30M is a compact modular incremental encoder with advanced magnetic sensing and signal processing technology.

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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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24 June 2016

The high corrosion resistance of stainless steel makes it one of the most demanded materials in many industrial sectors.

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27 July 2015

The new Nanotec catalogue has been published.

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18 April 2017

Short cycle times, consistent parts quality FANUC ROBOSHOT takes state-of-the-art CNC precision technology from turning and milling and applies it to electric injection moulding.

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07 March 2013

ATC Semitec’s AT-11 series temperature sensor offers the best accuracy/cost/quality ratio available in the industry. Precise to ±0.3deg.K at 25deg.C and with a fast-response tip (only 6 x 5 x 15mm long), the AT-11 accurately controls the air or water temperature in your application up to 105deg.C.

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18 April 2017

Upskill with FANUC and improve your productivity At the FANUC Academy we’re passionate about automation – and love nothing more than conveying that passion.

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12 January 2016

With CLIPLINE complete, the unique modular terminal block system from Phoenix Contact, there is a  choice of connection technology.

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24 June 2016

Plastic and metal plugs, oil breather caps and level indicators for hydraulic systems comply with Health and Safety Requirements according to 94/9/EC ATEX European Directive (explosive atmospheres) for equipment in Group II, category 2GD.

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28 July 2015

TFC offers a multitude of services including:

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27 October 2016

Pressure Calibrators

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10 June 2016

Series 15T and 15H are Very High Performance Economical Encoders with Bore Sizes up to 10mm

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21 July 2015

A reliable and secure recording solution

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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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