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“Factory in a Box” launched at MTC

24 April, 2019

An innovative “Factory in a Box” demonstrator to show businesses how they can grow through the adoption of smart manufacturing techniques and processes has been launched at the Manufacturing Technology Centre.Developed by the Coventry-based MTC working alongside the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and a team of industrial partners, the Factory in a Box is an industrial scale demonstrator, showcasing how advanced industrial digital technologies can benefit manufacturers and their supply chains.

SICK Opens Up Industry 4.0 with its First IO-Link Encoder

13 March, 2019

With the launch of the SICK AHS36 (singleturn) and AHM36 (multiturn) IO-Link absolute encoders, SICK has opened up wide-ranging new possibilities to integrate rotary motion sensing into the ‘smart’ sensor configurations of automated machinery.

The ultimate goal: A successful journey through Industry 4:0

13 March, 2019

By Martin Walder, VP Industry at Schneider Electric

Grasping static electricity for revolutionary robotics

06 March, 2019

Demonstrating static electricity by using a charged balloon to levitate your hair is a classic science experiment. But, imagine if you could harness the same static cling to handle a material as fragile as an egg, as flimsy as soft fabric — or to assemble the uppers of Nike trainers at 20 times the pace of a human worker. Hatched in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, California, robotics start-up Grabit is harnessing static electricity, machine learning and automation from Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, to do just that.

From the "rohbot" to the robot: Low Cost Automation with igus plastic arm and online marketplace model

01 March, 2019

Low cost automation less than the price of the established automation suppliers for just a few thousand euro – this is exactly what many users want. But making wishes a reality is often a difficult task: What products go together? How good is the solution? Who can support me? At the Hannover Messe 2019, the motion plastics specialist igus is presenting two new approaches: A new 4 to 5-axis "rohbot" (h for half-finished) made of plastic and a model of the online marketplace for suppliers and users.

New TM Series Collaborative Robot from Omron Accelerates the Harmonisation of Humans and Machines

29 January, 2019

Omron’s TM series collaborative robot family helps realise an innovative manufacturing environment where humans and machines work in harmony. With the various vision functionalities and the simple, intuitive programming environment of the TM collaborative robots, OMRON will further enable safe, flexible, and collaborative manufacturing between human and machine.

The Smart way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET Based Technologies

24 January, 2019

Advance notice of two new training opportunities ... • AMTC, Coventry, 26 March • The Crystal, London, 28 March

How to save time and space

03 January, 2019

igus has announced  its module connect is a new kind of plug-in connector  for connecting different electric cables, fibre optic cables and pneumatic hoses and says its simple, modular design, creates a unique connect/disconnect point with a single module consisting of several different connector inserts. Used as part of a readychain, it connects several cables in the smallest of installation spaces, in one go.

Routeco’s consultative SMART facilitator: IIoT under one roof

04 December, 2018

Routeco can provide expertise as a consultative SMART facilitator, to help you achieve the visionary improvements in the business performance you are striving for.

Emparro67 Hybrid - A new dimension of decentralized power supply

04 December, 2018

The innovative Emparro67 Hybrid power supply is an all-rounder with many powerful features: it not only relocates power supply from the control cabinet to the industrial field, but it also monitors currents using two integrated channels for 24 VDC load circuit monitoring, to ensure high operational reliability. An IO-Link interface permits extensive and transparent communication.

The robots are coming

29 November, 2018

Robots are increasingly present in the workplace. They bring many benefits from doing the heavy lifting to performing repetitive tasks. But most of these robots are still static and are typically kept separate from human personnel working at the location. To fully integrate robots, and especially mobile robots in a collaborative environment, there are many challenges that need to be overcome.

HARTING features connectivity and automation solutions for Integrated Industry at the Smart Factory Expo 2018

14 November, 2018

At Smart Factory Expo, HARTING (Stand D62)  featured new developments in its ranges of connectivity and automation solutions for improving the efficiency of manufacturing processes based on the concepts of Integrated Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Omron to Introduce FHV7-series Smart Camera with World’s First Multi-color Light and 12 Megapixel Image Sensor Smart Camera

13 November, 2018

Omron Corporation (HQ: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto. CEO: Yoshihito Yamada) has announced the global release of its new FHV7-series Smart Camera combined with illumination and image processing functionality for advanced vision inspections. Thanks to the world’s first multi-color light and a best-in-class 12-megapixel high-resolution camera, only a single FHV7-series Smart Camera is required for achieving the industry’s highest standards of precision in vision inspections on a high-mix production line.

Implementing Industry 4.0 in packaging

02 November, 2018

Adopting Industry 4.0 into your packaging line can bring many benefits from better data management to improved efficiency. But while the benefits may be clear, replacing a complete production line may not be an option for packaging companies operating on already tight margins. While moving to a modern, flexible and smart line brings the most benefits, even small changes to existing facilities can deliver significant boosts to efficiency.

Clear signaling of process statuses

01 November, 2018

The new signal towers Modlight Pro deliver an extremely intense light output. Every company needs to ensure that its machines and systems are being well utilized and have high run-times. After all, idle and downtime periods in machines and plants don’t contribute towards economic success. Consequently, production schedulers endeavor to keep downtime to a minimum. In order to intervene as quickly as necessary, it’s important to signal process statuses clearly.

Improving industry operational reliability and efficiency

23 October, 2018

Automation system performance has become vital when refining the operational profitability of industrial companies. In order to succeed in this fast-paced environment, the IIOT trend has offered the opportunity to solve problems in real time, ultimately improving operational efficiency and reliability.

Increasing profitability with Common Safety

21 May, 2018

Increasing profitability with Common Safety

HARTING’S RFID reader now comes with wireless capabilities

21 May, 2018

Based on its extremely robust MICA® edge computing system, HARTING's new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 RFID reader is now more flexible and adaptable, thanks to the addition of W-LAN, 3G/4G (LTE) and Bluetooth capabilities.

New product announcement – cMT-g02 IIoT Gateway

25 April, 2018

Integrating miscellaneous factory automation equipment is rarely an easy task since often each machine uses a different controller. When integrating with other IT systems, the variety of protocols often presents a challenge. In 1995, the OPC standard was released to address this issue, in 2006, OPC UA (Unified Architecture) made it possible to get the same information from machines regardless of operating system.

Smart IO-Link Sensors for Smart Factories

28 March, 2018

Digitising the production world in the age of Industry 4.0 increases the need for information between the various levels of the automation pyramid from the sensor/actuator level up to the enterprise management level. Sensors are the eyes and ears of automation technology, without which there would be no data for such a cross-level flow of information. They are at the scene of the action in the system and provide valuable information as the basis for implementing modern production processes. This in turn allows smart maintenance or repair concepts to be realised, preventing production scrap and increasing system uptime.

Help is available on the path to Industry 4.0

12 March, 2018

By Andy Haly, sales director of X-STK|Applied Automation: Many manufacturers will have already considered automating repetitive or intricate tasks.  They are likely to have looked for opportunities to collect data by installing various sensors into the production process. Possibly assessed the potential benefits from having secure, remote access capabilities, being able to monitor equipment to reduce downtime and carry out routine maintenance from afar.

Light Section Sensor Saves up to 32 Detection Profiles

16 February, 2018

Rapid Plant Changes for Rotating Products   SmartRunner light section sensors are camera-based plug&play devices that users can easily commission without the need for specialist knowledge. The object to be detected is quickly recorded at the touch of a button using the teach-in functionality. The sensors then send a "good" or "bad signal" to their switching outputs and the signal can be processed by any control panel. The light section procedure delivers highly precise results and is suitable for detection tasks for which objects or process situations are characterized by height profiles and edge curves. 

Belden Extends Reach and Reliability of Genius Bus and Modbus Plus Networks

22 November, 2017

New Rugged, Robust Fiber Optic Repeaters Protect Network Integrity in Harsh, Automated or Decentralized Industrial Environments

PLC Next Technology

22 November, 2017

Automation for every generation - Tony Deane CST/ Technical Manager Phoenix Contact. Since the mid 1990’s automation technology has been dominated by IEC 61131 based programming tools that incorporated the five main languages used in most PLC Based applications. Namely Ladder, Instruction List, Sequencial Flow Chart, Function Block Diagram, and Structured Text.

TE Connectivity Intercontec connectors provide customized solutions across multiple motor platforms

22 November, 2017

TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, now supplies Intercontec connectors to easily connect power, signal and data in any combination.The connectors consist of only a few single parts based on a modular architecture which makes them highly compatible and usable in many different combinations.

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