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15 July 2021

A NEW automated optical inspection from Nordson EFD verifies fluid deposit placement and accuracy. Integrated AOI features provide manufacturers instant pass/fail feedback, combining fluid dispensing and quality control within one automated dispensing system.

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01 July 2021

MANY MACHINES and lines have critical components with a long design lifetime, but often these parts will fail within the machine lifetime. Breakdown of those critical parts is devastating for the production process, since most companies don’t have these critical parts in stock. The results are long downtimes and high costs for your customers, paired with the need for experienced service engineers on-site for replacement.

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13 May 2021

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC has announced that distributor of industrial automation components, BPX, has been appointed as a UK Alliance Master Industrial Automation Distributor (IAD).

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13 May 2021

MOOG INDUSTRIAL Group is adding a new system to the Electrohydrostatic Actuation System (EAS) product family for industrial machinery.

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17 May 2021

SICK IS launching its first vision camera with a pre-installed Deep Learning app onboard to make it simple to create custom quality inspections of complex or irregular-shaped goods, packaging and assemblies, especially where they may have previously defied automation using traditional systems.

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18 May 2021

DUE TO ongoing Covid-19 travel restrictions (specifically within the EU), it has been decided that this year’s Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition (MVC) will again run as an online event from 15 July 2021.

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22 April 2021

EQUINOR introducing autonomous ATEX-certified robots on its oil and gas installations. Partner in the project is inspection robotics specialist Taurob of Austria. Its robot will be used to conduct routine inspection and maintenance tasks on offshore installations.

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13 May 2021

SWEDEN-HEADQUARTERED investment company, Röko, has acquired 75% of Renovotec, a leading provider of rugged hardware, software and enterprise mobility solutions for supply chain, healthcare and field mobility customers.

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08 March 2021

THE RECENTLY launched TX2-140, TX2-160 and TX2-160L six-axis robots for the medium payload range from Stäubli extend the current TX2 generation and bringing the total number of models in the range to nine.

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08 March 2021

NEW FROM K.Hartwall is an AMR (Autonomous Mobile Robot) called A-MATE, reported to be the first fully electric free-lift pallet AGV with omnidirectional drive on the market. A-MATE is an extremely versatile mobile robot that will bring a new level of automation to intra-logistics, and to the movements of different load carriers, from pallets to roll containers and foldable cages or 'gitter' boxes.

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08 March 2021

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC has released a comprehensive OEM developer’s kit aimed at both first-time automation users and experienced engineers.

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12 March 2021

SUPPLY CHAIN hardware, software and services company, Renovotec, has struck a distribution deal with Custom SpA, an Italian multinational group and hi-tech solutions company.

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11 March 2021

THOMSON IS advancing linear actuation technology with a new generation of smart electric actuators. Smart actuation begins with the integration of onboard electronics directly into the actuator.

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04 March 2021

AUTOMOMOUS VEHICLE specialist, Aurrigo has unveiled the Auto-Dolly, which will give airports the opportunity to move luggage and cargo around indoor and outdoor settings without the need for human operators.

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08 April 2021

LAUNCHING WORLDWIDE, the Interroll Belt Curve 1200 offers the quality and efficiency benefits of a frictionless drive concept while improving the conveying performance of smaller goods.

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25 February 2021

ACHIEVING LONGER operating times, greater flexibility, and fewer blocked areas – Magazino relies fully on Wiferion's inductive energy systems for its new SOTO 2 mobile robot.

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22 February 2021

THE INTRODUCTION of a new sortation system with LiBiao’s autonomous mobile robots at its heart has delivered instant cost and operational efficiency gains at Japanese cosmetics retailer Orbis’s Tokyo online order fulfilment centre.

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22 February 2021

LEADING INDUSTRIAL robotics company, ARAGON, is breathing new life into old robots – with the help of a control panel cable management system designed by plastics experts, igus.

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12 March 2021

SUPPLY CHAIN technology consultant, Renovotec, is introducing a ‘Life after Brexit’ warehouse consulting service that reveals the ways in which technology can be used to replace people in warehousing and distribution.

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15 February 2021

RADWELL ARE direct authorised global distributors for hundreds of manufacturers and over 9 million new automation parts and electronic control components. We have built strong relationships with distributors and suppliers including Turck Banner, EMAS, Leuze, Mencom, Carlo Gavazzi, Finder, Norgren, Temlos, Schmersal and Schneider Electric.

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FEATURES

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15 July 2021

ELECTRIC DRIVES consist of a fixed stator and a moving rotor. In order to achieve optimum drive performance and low wear, both components must be matched to each other with well under millimeter precision, which is why accurate conformity control is of immense importance.

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08 July 2021

Industry 4.0 is revolutionising manufacturing. Remarkable changes are taking place – often behind the scenes – to turn expectations into reality. Steve Sands explains why the unassumingly named Asset Administration Shell is so crucial to delivering the Industry 4.0 vision

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05 July 2021

In the manufacturing sector, inspection is an essential function. It’s a visual check that ensures a product meets its intended function and appearance and delivers important benefits for both the manufacturer and customer. Mark Patrick takes a look at how AI can transform the process

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18 May 2021

CDA’s editor, Charlotte Stonestreet, recently hosted a British Automation & Robotics Association roundtable discussion on the safety benefits that robots bring to dangerous tasks and environments. Here is taster of what the panel of experts covered

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10 June 2021

SHEFFIELD-BASED Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) has teamed up with Mitsubishi Electric to further advance its innovative chemical vapour smoothing machine, PostPro 3D, by developing an integrated automation solution. This is based on Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-F Series compact PLC, HMIs, SCADA and MELFA articulated arm robots offered as a system option. The PostPro vapour smoothing machine fully automates surface finishing of 3D printed parts, skyrocketing productivity from a few parts finished every hour up to hundreds of parts per hour.

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15 March 2021

The launch of ABB’s new GoFa and SWIFTI cobots marks the continuation of a journey started in 2015 with the launch of its dual-arm YuMi robot. In this Q&A, Nigel Platt, explains how cobots can help manufacturers to take their first steps on the road to robotic automation.

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02 March 2021

THE DYNAMIC nature of the Healthcare world – and especially the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – has driven an even greater need for clinicians to have access to all patient information in real time, from anywhere. Interoperability and ensuring this information is safe and secure are absolute prerequisites.

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26 February 2021

Recent developments in Industry 4.0 and the impact of Covid-19 have quickened the pace of adoption in industrial automation, with greater networking and higher sensor numbers facilitating ever-closer process monitoring. However, these trends do not necessarily need to lead to greater system complexity in signal acquisition, connection technology and cabling report Stefan Schumacher and Dominik Grzesiak

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22 February 2021

ROBOTS DEPEND on miniature motors for their motion, so evolution within robotics relies on technological advances in motor design. Dave Beckstoffer highlights the key trends in miniature motor development for robots.

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22 February 2021

ACCORDING TO a 2020 survey by Mckinsey Global, COVID-19 has caused companies to accelerate the digitalisation of their internal operations by three to four years. The surge in digital uptake will propel the robotics industry forwards, shaping its contribution to businesses in 2021. Stewart Goulding explores the robotics trends to look out for in the sector this year.

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23 February 2021

Incorporating machine learning or AI in the monitoring of industry assets is increasingly common, however, statistical modelling alone can be susceptible to false positives, cultural resistance and ineffective actions. Dr Marc Heggemann and Seth Tate explain why machine learning needs to be augmented to ensure a positive outcome, and how a properly integrated solution should be delivered ‎

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23 February 2021

Mitsubishi Electric and local system integrator, AR Controls, have provided a steel sheet press automation solution to automotive tier 1 supplier, Unipres. The upgrade allowed the car part manufacturer to significantly increase the uptime, productivity and energy efficiency of its transfer press, while also empowering operators to have greater insight and control over the production processes, as Chris Evans reports

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08 February 2021

IN CONTRAST to conventional technology, smart sensors can do more than just reliably monitor and send measurement values; they also provide relevant data that can be used to set process optimisation and efficiency gains in motion, asserts Peter Dietrich

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04 February 2021

ENGINEERS AND manufacturers are increasingly turning to robots for increased productivity, and key to these engineering marvels are linear guides. Martin Ahner discusses the considerations required when choosing these components

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18 January 2021

ENCODERS PROVIDE feedback for accurate motor control relating to speed and positioning. Chris Schaefer looks at the technologies involved and explains how to choose the encoder for your application

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03 December 2020

ROCKWELL AUTOMATION recently marked the first decade if its PlantPAx modern distributed control system (DCS) with PlantPAx Release 5.0, which features improvements in scalability as well as providing easier plantwide information access for data-driven decision-making across facilities and enterprises. It has also added new controllers and workflows to streamline projects and reduce engineering effort.

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22 January 2021

Tethys Energy Services and Aerones have won a blade robotics innovation competition launched by GE Renewable Energy, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and KTN

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12 November 2020

Quality assurance (QA) technology is essential when adjusting manufacturing operations, to guarantee that a new process doesn’t mean a drop in quality. Here Yonatan Hyatt explains how this technology is pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI) to respond to market needs

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17 November 2020

Turck Banner’s systems division brings together a diverse array of products to form cohesive systems, meeting the requirements of a huge range of industrial companies. However, the company had not manufactured it own product in the UK until July this year, when it started producing systems to support social distancing and occupancy for shops and factories

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07 September 2020

Controls, Drives & Automation speaks to Omron's Robert Brooks about the coronavirus pandemic, and how it provides an opportunity for manufacturers to rethink outdated processes and procedures and enhance them with concepts such as innovative robotics, sensor technology and holistic automation strategies.

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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12 January 2017

Material-flexing disc couplings with disc elements. Motor, engine and turbine-driven applications.

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28 July 2015

TFC offers a multitude of services including:

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04 January 2018

From simple Instrument spur gearheads high precision planetary gearheads.

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04 January 2018

Choose from Eurocard motion controllers, panel mount, housed and intelligent drives – EtherCAT versions available.

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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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27 October 2016

OEM Pressure Transducer Series 3 L to 10 L

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13 May 2016

Schneeberger’s MINISCALE miniature linear motions guideways with position feedback now available from LG Motion Ltd

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12 May 2016

New Compact Linear Motor available from LG Motion

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23 June 2016

The new Portescap 22DCP DC motors deliver high speed-to-torque performance at optimised cost

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01 July 2020

The ultimate switching solution

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12 January 2016

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

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09 June 2020

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

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24 June 2015

The latest CMOS sensors find their place in the second generation of IDS’ industrial camera series USB 3 uEye CP:

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10 June 2013

Increases profitability for manufacturers; enables production of more product in same amount of time

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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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