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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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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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08 February 2021

IN ASSOCIATION with CDA, the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA), is holding a roundtable event on the Safety Benefits of Robots for Dangerous Tasks and Environments. The event will take place on Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 2.30pm.

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14 January 2021

HAVE YOU ever wanted to know where the nearest white shark is lurking, where the most dolphins swim or which routes the turtles take? Scientists are studying exactly this. Thanks to tracking devices, the movements of a number of species can be followed.

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21 January 2021

The automotive industry has continually pioneered new manufacturing and assembly processes, driving the adoption of key innovative technologies on the factory floor. John Browett discusses the key features of ideal network solutions for the automotive industry

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15 January 2021

RUGGED HARDWARE, software and services provider for supply chain companies, Renovotec, is introducing a two-month ‘try before you buy’ offer for e-commerce and other operations with demanding picking and sorting processes that buy or rent the new hands-free wearable Zebra WT6300 computer.

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22 February 2021

UNIVERSAL ROBOTS has announced a partnership with Moley Robotics, the creator of the world’s first robotic kitchen. Moley has chosen Universal Robots' collaborative robot (cobots) arms to provide the dexterity and accuracy needed the world’s first consumer robotic kitchen. Moley’s robotic kitchen was unveiled to the consumer market on 6th December.

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17 December 2020

FASTEMS IS delivering two Automated Structure Laser Cleaner (AutoSLC) units for the F-35 Lightning II Wing Line. The delivery of the new project is estimated to be completed in the end of 2021.

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15 January 2021

PROVIDING THE right vision sensor for robotic applications which provide maximum functional and operational flexibility combined with easy process integration has become an increasingly important focus for sensing and instrumentation specialist, Baumer.

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10 November 2020

TAKING PLACE on Tuesday 17 November, the inaugural IP&E Live online seminar will feature a packed programme of presentations aimed at anyone with an interest in industrial maintenance and reliability.

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22 December 2020

TRUMPF'S FIRST automated arc welding system, the TruArc Weld 1000 comes with a collaborative robot; after the operator has manually guided it over a component, the cobot automatically carries out the weld. This is significantly more efficient than a fully manual operation.

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02 November 2020

WHILE METAL detectors are an integral first step in food safety, proper management with regular testing is vital to ensure optimum protection is achieved. To provide food manufacturers with a reliable, accurate and auditable testing procedure, Fortress Technology has unveiled the latest version of its Halo digital testing.

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02 November 2020

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY specialist Beckhoff Automation UK has recently launched its new Skills Labs, a series of videos with technical insights about TwinCAT, HMI and Beckhoff’s other products and services. The full series of videos is free and open to everybody interested in automation technology.

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11 November 2020

SICK HAS launched a suite of Deep Learning apps and services to simplify machine vision quality inspection for challenging components, assemblies, surfaces or food produce, especially those that have previously defied automation and remained distinguishable only by human inspection.

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06 August 2020

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has appointed Mike Wilson as Chief Automation Officer, where he will will lead the MTC's drive to increase the adoption of automation throughout UK manufacturing.

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13 August 2020

With the release of the SICK LiDAR-LOC solution for mobile platforms, users can implement contour-based localisation on any automated guided vehicle, cart, forklift or service robot fitted with SICK 2D LiDAR sensors or safety scanners.

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09 September 2020

RENOVOTEC IS launching a three-month, no-obligation free trial for the latest Honeywell PX940 smart and rugged industrial printer, which prints barcodes and other labels that are defect-free and 100% accurate every time.

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09 September 2020

WHEN SFOGLIA Torino, an Italian manufacturer of pastries, needed to speed up production of a vol-au-vent case production line it turned to systems integrator and automation expert, Tiesse - which provided a packaging station incorporating four Kawasaki YF-03N Delta robots.

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FEATURES

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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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25 February 2021

Nearly 40% of the labour force at a typical automotive manufacturer is spent on moving parts from tote bins to feed machines. And yet, while bin picking has traditionally been hard to automate, things are now changing

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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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07 September 2020

In most westernised economies, food processors document all potential product risks, including naturally occurring hazards. To facilitate this automated reporting, Fortress Technology’s metal detectors offer secure, flexible logging of data capture, as well as a range of Industry 4.0 solutions to support track and trace.

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03 July 2020

We all take for granted downloading an App on our smart phones - but what about something as complex as configuring and commissioning vision-guidance for robots, will there ever be a ready-made ‘App’ for that? Neil Sandhu SICK’s UK Product Manager - Imaging, Measurement, Ranging & Systems, looks at the issues

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01 July 2020

Tracking down and fixing leaks can be hit and miss; for some it's only a matter of 'listen, look and detect'. Even with a modern energy management system, a maintenance team may only survey the plant every three or six months. In the meantime, energy waste continues imperceptibly, observes Darren Pratt

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30 June 2020

Advances in condition monitoring – brought about by automated collection and analysis of data – mean maintenance teams spend less time collecting data and more time acting on it. Geraint Jones discusses the implications this has for automation moving forwards

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30 June 2020

Maintec, the longest standing UK exhibition for industrial, buildings & supply chain maintenance engineering, returns to the NEC, Birmingham on 4th and 5th November 2020 bigger and better than ever before

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10 July 2020

In the first application for Hikrobot in the UK, global fashion brand, Superdry, is leveraging the flexibility of intelligent mini-robot carriers to transform order picking and put-away at its UK hub – just part of a phased roll-out of goods-to-person robotics that will boost productivity across its international network of multi-channel fulfilment centres.

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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11 August 2017

Workpiece touch probes are essential to series production, tool making and mould making.

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12 January 2016

‘Intelligent’ Input Expansion Unit That Maintains a PLd Performance Level from elobau

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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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13 October 2014

Our industrial accelerometers or vibration sensors play a key role in predictive maintenance programmes, helping you improve machine reliability, uptime and operating margins.

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09 June 2020

Series Tru-Trac is an Integrated encoder and measuring wheel with spring-loaded torsion arm all in one package

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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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04 January 2018

From simple permanent magnet can stack motors to the hybrid stepper motors and complementary drives and control electronics.

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27 October 2016

Digital Manometer ECO 2

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05 July 2016

The ATEX-Compliant embedded controller features a wide operating temperature range, wide DC power input and comprehensive I/O interfaces.

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04 January 2018

Frameless torque motors offers high performance, and simple installation and can be embedded directly in your machine design.

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09 June 2020

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

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23 June 2016

Portescap is introducing a new compact and accurate magnetic coder, M Sense B

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18 April 2017

Every part. When you need it. Where you need it. Outstanding quality and constant availability during the complete lifetime of your FANUC product make us a very reliable partner.

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27 July 2015

The new Nanotec catalogue has been published.

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26 October 2017

SICK’s inductive, capacitive and magnetic proximity sensors offer a long service life, extreme ruggedness and the utmost precision - providing non-contact detection of a wide variety of objects and media.

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