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15 March 2019

SVS-Vistek is adding to its extensive industrial camera range of high-resolution USB3 cameras with small-form factor with ten new models in the EXO camera series (exo342, exo367, exo387) with resolutions of 31, 19 and 17 megapixels that are all based on the newest generation of Sony’s Pregius 2 CMOS sensors. These new sensors with large, square pixels of 3.45µm edge length are very light sensitive and offer an extremely high dynamic range.

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13 March 2019

The latest in a line of Balluff tools designed to innovate automation, SmartCamera simplifies overall usability while still delivering advanced features such as flexible connectivity and intuitive on-board image processing tools. The camera combines the power of the HALCON function library with the simplicity of the BVS-Cockpit user interface.

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08 March 2019

At the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition, LUCID’s product highlights will include the large format, high resolution 5 GigE Atlas camera up to 31.4 MP and the new 3D Helios Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera. The Atlas camera features 5GBASE-T Ethernet interface capable of running at 600 MB/s over standard Ethernet cable up to 100m.

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18 March 2019

Leader in industrial network infrastructure, IoT, plant floor and control panel solutions, Panduit has launched the latest addition to the Micro Data Centre (MDC) family of products. The NEMA 12 MDC opens the door to edge computing, enabling the deployment of compute, storage and network switching on the plant floor.

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06 March 2019

Based on its successful Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), Interroll is now introducing a modular platform for driven pallet conveyance to the market.

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08 March 2019

This year will see ABB Robotics Business launching an expanded range of training courses for robot operators, programmers and maintenance staff covering its paint robots and new OmniCore controller. The courses will take place at ABB’s Training Centre in Milton Keynes.

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22 February 2019

ABB will be demonstrating how robots can help UK SME manufacturing companies become more productive and competitive at its forthcoming Switch to Robots seminar. Taking place at ABB’s Milton Keynes site on Tuesday 19th March 2019, the event will provide a simple step-by-step guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.


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12 February 2019

Recent developments are catapulting the industrial robot arm into a journey around the production environment, explains Chris Evans at Mitsubishi Electric.

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07 February 2019

The SmartCamera from Balluff has been designed to simplify overall usability in an otherwise complex world of vision-based technology, while still delivering a robust assortment of features like flexible connectivity and intuitive on-board image processing tools.

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07 February 2019

RFID has sometimes been misunderstood, but its benefits are very real, according to TouchPath.

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05 February 2019

Camozzi Automation’s UK customer base is set to benefit from a €9 million investment in efficiency, sustainability and innovation in the form of the company’s newly opened Italian distribution hub.

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04 March 2019

The Imaging Source has expanded its product portfolio with four new camera models featuring the Sony 20 MP IMX183 sensor. The new camera models are available with a USB 3.0 or GigE interface and support the USB3 Vision and GigE Vision standards.

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07 February 2019

The University of Chester’s Innovation to Commercialisation project (I2C) has installed a Kawasaki robot as part of its project to introduce Cheshire or Warrington based SMEs to the advantages offered by the latest advances in automation and manufacturing.

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25 January 2019

Interroll offers a wide variety of tapered rollers for installing roller conveyor curves. All are based on tapered elements, which are pressed on a cylindrical steel pipe.

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25 January 2019

In 2016, after being awarded a long-term contract to supply cultured milk drinks and drinking yogurts, BV Dairy made a multimillion-pound investment in a new bottling line. Initially capacity was four million units a year, however, with a view to the future, BV Dairy commissioned equipment that would allow production of sixteen million units per annum.

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25 January 2019

While fieldbus and industrial ethernet-based systems have been around for many years, the best ones are those that are continually and openly developed to keep up to date with the advanced needs of today’s modern, digital applications, asserts Beckhoff.

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25 January 2019

An RFID system in which PCBs communicate with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data has been developed by Harting. Based on the company’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution, the new system cuts error rates, radically simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in batch size one.

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21 January 2019

Sensata Technologies has announced availability of MHM5 and MHK5 Absolute Multi-Turn encoders with either Ethernet/IP or ProfiNet interfaces for Factory 4.0 applications. To provide additional design flexibility, the encoders are available in either shafted (MHM5) or blind shaft (MHK5) configurations.

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21 January 2019

Software engineering and automation specialist Red Ledge has launched the ‘Red Ledge Warehouse Management and Control’ system, which makes extensive use of automation and includes an interface to Böwe Systec Optimus sorters, controlled by a smart order management system.

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04 March 2019

Sick claims to have pushed forward the boundaries of 3D vision inspection in a wide range of industrial applications with the launch of the Sick Ranger3 camera, thanks to a breakthrough CMOS sensor that powers unprecedented high-speed image processing in a compact device.

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FEATURES

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19 March 2019

Yonatan Hyatt, CTO of Inspekto, a company at the forefront of Autonomous Machine Vision explains the fundamentals of this emerging category

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19 February 2019

Venturing into the great outdoors has always been a frontier too far when it comes to agreeing an internationally-recognised Technical Standard for safety solutions that use sensors and sensor systems to detect people in the open air, writes Dr Martin Kidman

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21 January 2019

Motion Control expert, Stober Drives, has used products from its own range to design and build a robotic component mounting system to manufacture the new LeanMotor encoderless drive.

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12 February 2019

Uncertainties surrounding Brexit have made many suppliers of fresh produce wary of investing until they know exactly what sort of deal will be struck between the UK and EU. However, David Jahn, believes that recent government announcements mean that now is the time to consider investment to mitigate the challenges created by Brexit.

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11 December 2018

Today’s smart wireless communication devices are increasingly being used in a wide variety of industrial applications where the potential productivity gains are huge, writes Martin Walder, VP Schneider Electric Industry

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06 December 2018

Robot manufacturers can show how robots and machines can interact seamlessly to allow production runs to be easily and quickly altered to allow for fluctuating lot sizes, as well as alleviate the workers from repetitive tasks and heavy lifting. Here, Omron identifies five questions to to ask when selecting a mobile robot for your operation

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12 February 2019

The computer games generation was always a refence to teenagers… well it was in the ‘80s and '90s. It’s no surprise then that most engineers working now are comfortable with digital interface technology and that the latest developments in Augmented Reality have quickly been applied to making improvements on the factory floor

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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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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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10 May 2016

RS Logic Controller are designed for use in automation for commercial & Industrial sectors.

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28 July 2015

TFC Ltd offers an extensive range of circlips and retaining rings with next day delivery available on all standard DIN and Imperial circlip sizes up to 50mm/2” diameter.

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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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27 October 2016

Pressure Calibrators

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10 May 2016

RS inspection camera designed for tradesman and other professionals that want to live-view hard to reach or inaccessible areas.

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15 February 2013

More than 50 brushless dc motors, gearheads and controllers from maxon motor are responsible for the humanoid's precision movements.

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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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10 June 2016

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

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27 October 2016

Digital Manometer dV-2 PS with Switch Outputs

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12 January 2017

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

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16 July 2015

The POSIROT® range of PRAS (Analogue) and PRDS (Digital) Rotary Sensors are based around a contact free,
magnetically coupled encoder device which has been developed to work in rugged and harsh environments.

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02 March 2016

For demanding operating tasks

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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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12 January 2017

The original Autogard Torque Limiter with a trusted design that will disengage at a pre-set torque value.

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