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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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19 September 2018

Carlo Gavazzi has launched a new range of inductive proximity Sensors with integrated IO Link. The ICS and ICB range offer M8 to M30 barrel sizes, the IO link provides multiple solutions to common factory automation dilemmas.

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13 September 2018

Increased use of robots means greater demand for light curtains that provide a safe work environment between the robotic work cells and the rest of the plant. The Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L safety light curtain system from Rockwell Automation is a flexible, cost-effective solution that enhances safety while improving productivity through innovative transceiver technology.

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28 August 2018

The world’s first vessel powered by hydrogen and renewable energy, the Energy Observer, is on a six-year trip around the world to prove a potential energy system of the future. Rockwell Automation has become an official supplier and service provider for this project, providing automation systems that help power the vessel, which operates with zero greenhouse gasses or fine-particle emissions.

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18 September 2018

For precision automation in mechanical engineering PI (Physik Instrumente) offers the particularly robust V-412 and V-417 linear stages.

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09 August 2018

elobau UK will be introducing its new range of ultrasonic sensors at the Engineering Design show. The range includes five types of ultrasonic sensors, which cover a wide range of measuring and monitoring tasks, from distance measurement to object and position detection.

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09 August 2018

Designed to help warehousing and logistics operations keep pace with rapid changes in network technology and the many new security threats posed by the modern, IIoT-driven network, Renovotec is introducing a new ‘Network Rental Scheme’ with built-in service guarantees, technical support and expert advice.

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07 August 2018

At PPMA Show Acrovision will show how, more frequently, vision applications need item-handling to optimise the image acquisition process, and demonstrate the break-through in using collaborative robots (Cobots) with vision inspection systems.

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28 August 2018

Featuring a large reading window, the PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape.

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21 August 2018

Fanuc has unveiled a slimline range extension to its new generation of compact, general purpose robots, which is suited to smaller, narrow work spaces and top-mount applications.

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07 August 2018

According to OGL, investing in a warehouse management system (WMS) can revolutionise a warehouse and turn overly complex processes into simple tasks that can be automated at the click of a button.

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06 August 2018

Global manufacturer of industrial chain, coupling and gearbox solutions,Renold is investing in new technology to drive greater efficiency and accuracy in its processes, replacing its former ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems and also introducing new WMS (warehouse management) systems worldwide.

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06 August 2018

Red Ledge has released a new RFID-driven system said to cut the time and cost of meeting LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) for lifting equipment with fast, accurate asset re-certification, end-to-end traceability and complete corporate compliance.

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06 August 2018

Utilising the power of IO-Link, Balluff has created a visual indicator line capable of directing, instructing and guiding operators in nearly any manufacturing task.

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06 August 2018

Sensata Technologies has launched what is reported to be the first explosion proof stackable multi-turn encoder for use in oil and gas applications.

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01 August 2018

Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.

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01 August 2018

Leader in weighing technology, HBM will be showcasing its innovative range which includes the PW27 aseptic load cell and WE2107 weighing indicator.

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01 August 2018

Innovative Sensor Technology IST now offers ESCC-qualified thin-film Pt temperature sensors, which will work from -200 to +200 °C in space.

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20 July 2018

Sensor Technology has a new range of transmitters that can add wireless capabilities to any make of strain gauge. The WSG series transmitters allow any manufacturer’s strain gauge to send readings to Sensor Technology’s wide range of displays and readouts, which can be located at a distance from the gauge itself.

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FEATURES

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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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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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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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11 August 2017

From the simple and compact TNC 320 to the sophisticated TNC 640, there’s a HEIDENHAIN machine tool control for any application.

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13 June 2014

HepcoMotion in collaboration with SmartDrive can offer a comprehensive range of drives and control packages for those customers who require a complete linear actuator solution.

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02 March 2016

Control and I/O system in pocket format

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25 August 2017

EPLAN Smart Wiring radically changes this situation. The browser-based software provides all the required data in digital format for wiring control cabinets.

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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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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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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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10 June 2016

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

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04 January 2018

Integrated stepper and StepSERVO range.

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24 June 2015

IDS presents its first USB 3.0 camera model with 13 MP resolution (4192 x 3104, Full HD video with 30 fps).

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02 March 2016

For hard real-time tasks and secure data transfer

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24 June 2015

IDS extends its portfolio with the first USB 2.0 UVC camera for low-cost, high-volume projects.

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11 August 2017

HEIDENHAIN’s measuring systems for inspection and acceptance testing of machine tools enable precise and effective measurements of machines with a minimum of mounting and adjustment effort.

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28 July 2015

If you are lost for a solution and can’t find what you are looking for don't worry, TFC will have the solution for you, offering a diverse range of fasteners and fully bespoke products to suit our customers individual needs;

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