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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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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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25 January 2019

Designed to make process optimisation easy, PIA Automation’s piaOptimum is an application that identifies bottlenecks in complex, interlinked assembly plants, and allows for the rapid and sustainable optimisation of production efficiency with the greatest possible level of data transparency. The performance of both individual units and sections of the production line, or the entire plant, can be assessed.

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21 January 2019

To help fabricators and manufacturers drive continuous improvement in traceability, documentation, asset management, productivity and quality, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products demonstrated its new ESAB Digital Solutions platform at EuroBLECH which took place in Hannover, Germany.

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25 January 2019

Available in Europe exclusively from Stemmer Imaging, the Ricoh SC-10 camera inspection system is designed to both provide assembly instructions to operators and verify each step has been completed correctly.

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21 December 2018

ABB has expanded its SCARA robot family with the launch of a compact invert-mounted model for small parts assembly applications.

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05 December 2018

With increasingly sophisticated automation systems driving the trend in distance measurement sensors to combine features such as high-accuracy, high speed and micro-millimeter precision, along with all the benefits of IO-Link connectivity, Baumer is is responding with innovative products such as the new AlphaProx inductive distance sensor range with IO-Link interface.

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01 December 2018

The new IDS NXT rio and rome (protection class IP65/67) product families show how a flexibly usable embedded solution for industrial purposes can look like: an AI vision app transforms these robust, powerful standard industrial cameras into high-performance inference cameras.

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01 December 2018

Software engineering and automation specialist Red Ledge has chosen the 2019 IntraLogisteX exhibition for the public launch of ‘Red Ledge Warehouse Management and Control’.

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22 November 2018

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

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29 November 2018

New from Datalogic, SLS-SA5 is the second model of the Laser Sentinel safety laser scanners family. In addition to offering the easy programming of the first version with intuitive graphic user interface and high detection capability, the new model has even more features that will cover a larger variety of applications in factory automation and intralogistics.

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FEATURES

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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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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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SPONSORED CONTENT

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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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02 March 2016

All automation tasks with one software

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21 July 2015

The ultimate switching solution

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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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28 July 2015

Our range of Wave Springs are durable and compact in design, they have dimensional uniformity and a long fatigue life.

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11 March 2013

Solid-state Ultrasonic Fuel Flow Sensor capable of monitoring bi-directional fuel flow rate up to 8l/min. Compact, lightweight and extremely accurate

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08 February 2013

Special Executions

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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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09 October 2016

Red Lion’s Graphite® advanced HMI operator panels are the industry's first HMI touchscreens to combine rugged yet aesthetically-pleasing all-aluminum construction with a modular I/O architecture. All of the Graphite HMI models offer drag-and-drop protocol conversion, data logging and web-based monitoring and control. With UL Class 1, Division 2, ABS, ATEX and IECEx approvals, Graphite HMIs enable customers to connect, monitor and control processes in harsh environments.

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28 July 2015

We have recently expanded our comprehensive range of fasteners to include tools, personal protective equipment and abrasives.

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11 August 2017

Digital readouts (DRO) from HEIDENHAIN increase productivity, save time and provide higher precision and greater operating ease.

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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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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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12 May 2016

ARBOR ASLAN Series Widescreen Industrial Panel PCs for the Smart Factory and Fixed-Mount Applications

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23 June 2016

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

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