IBG/Goeke Technology Group to focus on vision technology at Hannover Messe 2017

At this year’s event in Hanover, IBG / Goeke Technology Group will present their entirely new strategic focus in Hall 17, Booth E18: from now on, our customers and their challenges will be the very focus of our joint projects. In accordance with the new mission statement I5 {ai five} – Initiative, Inspiration, Innovation and […]

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Parts packs expand reach of TETRIX MAX robotics kits

Pitsco Education always aims to improve the TETRIX Robotics experience. With the creation of new TETRIX MAX parts packs, getting the specific parts needed to expand the design of a robot is easier than ever. Eight different TETRIX MAX parts packs feature a huge assortment of specialty parts and pieces. These include: • Structure Pack […]

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3D inspection system looks inside materials in a smart way

Just as cars in Germany need to be inspected every two years to ensure they are safe, other safety-critical objects—turbines, generators or high-pressure containers, for example—have to be examined regularly as well. This is especially important when the materials and products used are pushed to their outermost performance limits in order to increase economic efficiency.

SC-100 AC LVDT signal conditioner is calibrated via push of a button

Alliance Sensors Group has expended its line of LVDT/RVDT signal conditioner to include the SC-100 DIN-rail mountable AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner module that offers smart and fast LVDT setup with built-in null indication and simple front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale. The SC-100 is engineered to work with the widest range of AC-operated […]

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Denso offers guide to controllers for small assembly robots

DENSO Robotics has announced a new free guide, “Small Assembly Robots: Evaluating Controllers.” The guide provides essential facts and information about controllers for small assembly robots. A section on buying tips is included. “A robot controller plays a critical role in programming and operating the robot, as well as communicating back and forth with the Industrial […]

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FIPA introduces New 2016 Series sprue grippers

FIPA Inc., a manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters, and End-of-Arm-Tooling (EOAT), has released the new 2016 Series self-centering, gap-free sprue grippers. Featuring a wide jaw opening, high closing force, single-acting operation, and easy assembly and disassembly, the new grippers are also available with optional direct sensing capabilities and smooth

Zygo Corp. introduces miniature optical position sensor for high-precision applications

Zygo Corp. is pleased to announce the introduction of the new ZPS absolute position measurement system with ultra-compact optical sensor technology. The ZPS system enables high-precision measurement and positional control for advanced applications, such as deformable optics, lens positioning systems, and fine stage control. The ZPS system provides high-precision, non-contact absolute position measurements on up […]

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Is there a need for closed loop feedback greater than 20,000 CPR?

In terms of feedback, there are applications that require absolute feedback, whether that be rotary, single turn, multi-turn, the idea of in a power loss not losing position. There are absolutely applications where that’s required and examples would be extremely high value parts. If you have coordinated motion where, imagine, that you’ve moved X, Y, […]

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Video: Our editors check out PCB’s triaxial ICP accelerometers

In this video, Design World’s Editorial Director Paul J. Heney and Senior Editor Miles Budimir discuss PCB Piezotronics’ family of shear accelerometers—which are packaged in 0.4-in. titanium cubes and weigh a mere 015 ounces. They can be used for modal and structural analysis, NVH studies on automotive parts, space restricted installations, drop testing and package […]

Deployment of robots soars 70% in Asia

Asian industry’s uptake of industrial robots is accelerating: in just five years its operational stock rose 70 percent to 887,400 units, (2010-2015). In 2015 alone, annual sales of robots jumped 19% to 160,600 units, setting a new record for the fourth consecutive year. These are results of the World Robotics Report 2016, published by the […]

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Where do cartesian XYZ robot and printer configurations fit vs formats like delta, articulated, and SCARA?

It used to be that motion control was X, Y, and Z, and then there was the evolution of articulated and SCARA robots to go ahead and achieve, cost effectively, anywhere from three to seven axes of motion. Then there started to be the delta format robots that you would see on packaging lines, that […]

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AMS finalizes acquisition of Heptagon

AMS, a leading worldwide supplier of high-performance sensor and analog solutions, announced the completion of the transaction to acquire 100% of the shares in Heptagon and the related capital increase of 11,011,281 new shares from authorized capital excluding subscription rights. AMS announced on October 24, 2016 that the company had signed an agreement to acquire Heptagon, […]

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CIT Relay & Switch offers VM3 Series latching snap-action switch

CIT Relay & Switch is now offering our long life VM3 Series snap-action switch with a latching option. These UL/CUL recognized switches are available the 0.187-in. or 0.250-in. termination. They are available with operating force of 400gF; common applications for the VM3L latching switch include industrial controls, lighting, security, gaming, automation and more. Specifications and materials are dependent […]

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Why should I buy a high-quality motor for a mechatronic application?

Let’s talk about the simplest stepper motor. You can buy stepper motors on Amazon, right? How do they differ from a high performance stepper motor that may actually be the same price, or a slightly higher price? When a manufacturer makes a high quality motor, they want to go ahead and have the air gap […]

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Customized transducer for differential pressure applications

The UTD20 is a customized transducer that features a piezo-resistive silicon sensor for differential pressure applications. Outputs are voltage or UART digital. Measuring ranges from 0 to 1.5 bar–the measuring range and zero set point can be set. Accuracy is < ±0.5 % of the nominal range (total performance) and temperature range is from -40 to 85° C. Other features include: • Sensor preconfigured […]

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What impact will the IOT have on mechatronic solutions?

As it relates to mechatronic solutions, what we’re seeing is people migrate, to go ahead and utilize smart motor technology with the most prominent industrial networks tied into them, whether that be, if you’re an Allen-Bradley fan, even an IP, Beckhoff and others, EtherCAT, the variants of fieldbuses that are out there, Modbus, Profibus, over […]

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DoD announces new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing center in Pittsburgh

The Department of Defense has awarded the 14th Manufacturing USA institute—the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub—to American Robotics Inc. The eighth DoD-led institute, the ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing and incentivize companies to invest in new technology development in the United States. Headquartered […]

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Line scan cameras feature industry’s highest optical resolution

Chromasens GmbH, a leading manufacturer of line-scan camera systems for 2D and 3D machine vision applications, has introduced the latest generation of its 3DPIXA stereo line-scan color cameras, the 3DPIXA HR (High Resolution), now offering more speed and the industry’s highest optical resolution. “Unprecedented imaging prowess, combined with ultra-fast stereo algorithms empower a single 3DPIXA HR to […]

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135,000 new robots installed in U.S. over past six years

According to the World Robotics Report 2016, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), from 2010–2015, U.S. manufacturers have installed approximately 135,000 new industrial robots. The principal driver in this race to automate is the automotive industry. During this same period, the number of employees in the automotive sector increased by 230,000. Today, the […]

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Why do cylinders fail on an excavator?

Hydraulics works well in extreme conditions, including in mobile equipment such as excavators. Hydraulic systems run at higher pressures here, typically 4,000 psi or more. The components used, including the cylinders, are very heavy duty in nature, and they have high duty cycles—which means these machines can run for hours at a time—continuously. And, it […]

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PMMI releases newly revised B155.1-2016 packaging machinery standard

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce the approval of its ANSI/B155.1-2016 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute by the Board of Standards Review. The objective of the ANSI/PMMI B155.1-2016 standard is to improve the safety of […]

NFPA hosting Chicago Regional Meeting on December 7

The NFPA 2016 Chicago Regional Meeting is coming up soon and this year’s program is too good to miss. Brad Terry, Principal with The Keystone Group, will review common pitfalls that manufacturing companies face in the sales & operations planning process. Brad has helped many companies find solutions and will share ideas that will ensure […]

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Firestone Industrial Products team to compete in Annual Engine Challenge

Five students from Sequoyah High School in Soddy Daisy, Tenn., are raring to rev their engines at the national Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge. Their team sponsor—Firestone Industrial Products (FSIP)—will be cheering the young auto enthusiasts on as they battle it out at PRI 2016 in Indianapolis this December 8-10. At stake? Millions in […]

BitFlow releases single-link CoaXPress frame grabber

A new generation of machine vision cameras built to the CoaXPress (CXP) standard has recently emerged that makes the development of CXP systems more affordable, easier to configure, and cooler operating. Responding to the need to create an equally cost-effective, high-speed interface to fully leverage these new CXP cameras, BitFlow has introduced the Aon-CXP single link […]

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A look ahead with JARP Industries’ CEO, Kevin Kraft

Last month, Wisconsin-based JARP Industries, a manufacturer of custom hydraulic cylinders, purchased Ordered Motion Systems Inc. (OMS), a nearby producer of large bore, telescopic cylinders. I spoke with JARP CEO, Kevin Kraft, about the combined company’s direction and outlook. Kraft explained that, as the NFPA’s market statistics readily show, almost all of the company’s markets […]

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