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17 July 2019

L.A.C. Conveyors and Automation, working closely with long standing partner Interroll, have installed a full turnkey sortation system at a UK sorting facility of leading courier, Skynet Worldwide Express. The vertical crossbelt sorter at its core can achieve sorting rates of 4,000 parcels per hour.

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12 July 2019

RS Components has announced availability of the new MekaMon Berserker v2 robot, developed by Reach Robotics. MekaMon is not only the world’s first gaming robot, but is also ideal for robotics engineers and hobbyists, and for STEM students ranging from those still in the early stages of school, up to those studying engineering at university.

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15 July 2019

Carlo Gavazzi has launched the SCTL55 IO-Link smart configurator, a user-friendly wireless handheld solution that significantly simplifies the configuration, adjustment and diagnosis of many IO-Link Sensors.

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19 June 2019

New from The Imaging Source is a family of GigE zoom cameras featuring 20x optical zoom, autofocus, and autoiris with Power over Ethernet (PoE).

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19 June 2019

International supply chain solutions provider TouchPath is launching the latest version of its ‘TouchWMS’ warehouse management system, which includes a number of new features.

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16 May 2019

A groundbreaking collaboration between SICK and AutoCoding Systems has resulted in the launch of the first fully-automatic smart vision inspection system for printed coding and marking on food, pharmaceutical and other consumer goods packaging.

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15 May 2019

Here Sophie Hand, UK country manager at industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains the universal language of automation equipment – OPC UA.

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19 June 2019

Leading supplier of components for industrial automation, OEM Automatic, has signed a supply deal with Sony Image Sensing Solutions (ISS) that will see OEM Automatic become the sole supplier in the UK and Ireland of the full range of Sony’s award winning XC machine vision camera modules.

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13 May 2019

Emerson is releasing PeakVue Plus, a technology enhancement that brings prescriptive analytics to the field to help users improve the availability of rotating machinery. The firmware streamlines the path from data collection to action and enables users to make timely, corrective decisions when analysing machinery vibration.

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08 May 2019

Robotics experts from the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre have been working with a farming robotics company to develop robots and artificial intelligence which is set to revolutionise farming and the way food is produced.

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20 June 2019

Sensing and Instrumentation specialist Baumer has introduced a new range of optical miniature sensors which raise the standard of precisely detecting challenging objects across a wide range of applications.

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21 June 2019

Manufacturers can now process even heavier workpiece applications in narrow locations thanks to FANUC’s latest addition to its collaborative robot portfolio, the CR-14iA/L.

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19 June 2019

A groundbreaking collaboration between SICK and AutoCoding Systems has resulted in the launch of the first fully-automatic smart vision inspection system for printed coding and marking on food, pharmaceutical and other consumer goods packaging.

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16 April 2019

Condition monitoring is an essential part of predictive maintenance; STEGO’s Smart Sensor CSS 014 measures two important parameters – temperature and humidity

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19 June 2019

The latest addition to Fluke Process Instruments’ IR pyrometer portfolio, Thermalert 4.0, enables automatic non-contact temperature monitoring in a -40…2250 °C range.

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15 April 2019

Leading manufacturer of industrial optics, Tamron has added a new 6mm wide angle lens in its popular series of fixed-focal lenses, the M112FM. This lens, designated M112FM06 has been designed to support the latest large-format imaging sensors up to 1/1.2” with pixel sizes from 3.45µm.

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05 April 2019

The 16 new compact industrial cameras (BVS CA) in the Smart Vision Solutions line from Balluff give you great flexibility in image recording and high transmission speed of image information for mastering even highly complex inspection tasks.

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16 April 2019

At the 2019 UKIVA Show in Milton Keynes this June, SICK will show how machine vision is being demystified for a growing number of adopters, backed by greater accessibility to ‘all-in-one’ intelligent vision sensors powered by ready-made software applications. 

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03 April 2019

The 16 new compact industrial cameras (BVS CA) in the Smart Vision Solutions line from Balluff give great flexibility in image recording and high transmission speed of image information for mastering even highly complex inspection tasks.

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28 March 2019

When an increased workload in its welding department prompted leading sub-contract engineering company Sparta to explore the benefits of robotic welding systems it was clear to that the most suitable offering was the Yaskawa Motoman ARC World V2.

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FEATURES

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02 July 2019

Recent technological advances mean that robots can now perform many of the tasks we traditionally associate with the human hand. Here Sophie Hand shares some recent developments in gripping technology.

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20 June 2019

Until recently, the Industrial Revolution was largely associated with drastic engineering efforts that transformed Britain’s industry. Two centuries later, we are experiencing another shift in global manufacturing, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Nigel Smith, managing director of industrial robot distributor TM Robotics, explains how Britain can reclaim the robotics revolution with simplified robot programming.

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02 July 2019

Fullwood Packo collaborate with Festo to use automation that delivers greater freedom for dairy cows and farmers

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19 June 2019

Predictive maintenance, along with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data, is creating new opportunities for businesses to reduce downtime and improve productivity, ultimately, cutting costs and increasing profits

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12 July 2019

A world-leading robotics programme that puts human, societal and ethical values front and centre of new technology to clean-up legacy nuclear waste, the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics is led by the University of Birmingham, based at its new Extreme Robotics Lab, in partnership with the University of Bristol, Lancaster University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Edinburgh, University of Essex, University of Lincoln, University of Plymouth and the University of the West of England.

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16 April 2019

Design engineers are being challenged to cram more into ever-shrinking design space. Printed force sensor technologies – like FlexiForce sensors – are an attractive option to integrate force-feedback capabilities into their devices

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04 April 2019

Sensing and instrumentation specialist Baumer has helped food manufacturer Homann in achieving its goal of maximising process optimisation in production processes, using of CleverLevel, CombiPress and CombiLyz sensors

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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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12 January 2016

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

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26 October 2017

SICK’s magnetic cylinder sensors offer the highest level of accuracy and control for pneumatic and hydraulic cylinder position monitoring.

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08 May 2017

Cone Drive Harmonic Solutions® (also known as strain wave gearing) offer the ultimate in precision motion control technology.

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02 March 2016

For demanding operating tasks

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18 April 2017

All your parts online That part you need is just a few clicks away. Register now for full 24/7 access to a huge selection of original equipment parts straight from the manufacturer.

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13 June 2014

HepcoMotion® - The linear guide and actuator products and services offered have been designed to satisfy a whole range of industrial applications within the automation and general purpose machine building sectors

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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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18 April 2017

Helping you meet your production needs Unlike conventional service and support offerings, FANUC works on the premise that because every customer’s needs are different

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08 February 2013

Special Executions

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10 May 2016

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

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09 May 2017

High Torque. High Precision. Our Power Transmission Solutions are designed with torque in mind.

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11 August 2017

HEIDENHAIN offers a full line of angle and rotary encoders for accurate angle measurements.

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02 March 2016

For hard real-time tasks and secure data transfer

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24 June 2015

There is something unique in the market of industrial cameras:

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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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