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From virtual reality to the real thing

24 April, 2020

Engineering apprentices at the Make UK’s Technology Training Hub can now get their hands on the latest robotic programming and production trouble-shooting systems thanks to a development partnership between The Automated Technology Group’s Systems Division (ATG) a Wood PLC Company and SMC Pneumatics UK Ltd.

SMC helps save weeks in production time

09 April, 2020

Reducing production lead times to successfully compete in a global marketplace is a challenge for many UK manufacturers. As a world market leader in pneumatic components and control systems, SMC says it has pioneered the very latest wireless technology to help its customers achieve a competitive advantage – amongst the beneficiaries a world-leading manufacturer of print finishing equipment.

Easy energy management

26 February, 2020

Phoenix Contact says energy efficiency is truly a key to economic success. EMpro measuring devices are said to be ideal for managing energy consumption. Whether complex energy measurements or simple cost centre billing- the broad range of multifunctional energy measuring devices and MID-certified energy meters has a product for every application.

How to connect a Raspberry Pi to industrial sensors

21 January, 2020

Sensors and actuators are essential elements of industrial systems, instrumental to any application that requires automated control, or real-time monitoring. Sensors measure changes in the environment, while actuators control physical changes. Both devices serve as mediators between the physical environment and the electronic system where they are embedded.

Creative Solutions for a Smart World – Efficient planning processes

14 January, 2020

Embark on your journey to a smarter world with a versatile range of innovative products, software, services, and expertise tailored to your applications with Phoenix Contact.

Award-winning glove is first affordable all-day wireless VR/AR Haptic

08 January, 2020

BeBop Sensors, a leader in smart fabric sensor technology with over four million state-of-the-art wearable smart fabric sensors shipped, will announce the first VR haptic glove integrated and exclusively designed for Oculus Quest, Oculus Link, Oculus Rift S, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive Cosmos, HTC Vive Pro, HTC Focus Plus, and Varjo VR headset technology.

Dunkermotoren joins MindSphere World e.V.

20 December, 2019

Automation is facing new opportunities and challenges as a result of digitalization and new technologies such as the Internet of Things. In order to create effective added value in such an environment, a cross-manufacturer and cross-value chain approach is indispensable. Partner ecosystems thus play a decisive role in creating interoperable solutions across the board.

OMRON presents its latest collaborative and mobile robots at Smart Industry Expo

19 December, 2019

The new LD-250 can handle payloads of 250kg, and the fleet manager is the industry first to control different types of mobile robots via one system

BTC14 Box Thin Client

13 December, 2019

The industrial box thin clients from Pepperl+Fuchs are a reliable and rugged generation of computers for visualizing process information. They have been specially developed for use in harsh conditions and 24/7 operation in industrial environments.Designed to withstand high temperatures, shocks, and vibrations over long periods, the new BTC14, and the already familiar thin clients BTC12—designed for dual-monitor applications—and BTC01—the first quadmonitor generation.

HARTING to showcase innovative products at the Smart Factory Expo

25 October, 2019

HARTING UK will be showcasing their range of innovative Industry 4.0 products and solutions at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool on the 13th and 14th November 2019.

SPS 2019 - Analog Devices Launches Portfolio of Industrial Connectivity Solutions

15 October, 2019

Scalability and robustness for today’s Industrial Ethernet networks and tomorrow’s TSN-based networks.

Key Trends & Challenges in the Global IT market

15 October, 2019

By Clive Partridge, Rittal’s product manager IT infrastructure

Safety relay with solid state outputs

09 October, 2019

Phoenix Contact presents a new member of the product family safety relay: The PSR-MC31 provides two safe solid state outputs by having a footprint of just 12.5mm.

M12 Power connectors for assembly with compact crimp connection

03 October, 2019

The new M12 Power connectors for assembly with crimp connection from Phoenix Contact offer a great deal of power in a compact design.

The Unprotected World of Industry

12 September, 2019

Industrial Networks have to be ready for high demand and need to be always available for a time sensitive network to operate. This might sound great, but what is lacking in the protocols is any sort of security.

Edge, Cloud, Predictive, AI - There is much to consider when you digitise your Manufacturing Enterprise

11 September, 2019

FORCAM UK says: A recent article posted by Deloitte Insights stated that when designing and building an enterprise-scale IoT solution, companies must make balanced use of edge and cloud computing. This decision can help alleviate latency, increase scalability, and enhance access to information that in turn allows for faster business decisions and enterprise agility.

What factory IT must be able to do in the era of industry 4.0 and IIoT

16 July, 2019

Digitisation is above all one thing: fast. In order to remain fit for the future, more and more manufacturing companies are demanding new recipes for efficient production and simultaneous quality assurance. In the age of industry 4.0, data-supported manufacturing (Smart Manufacturing) is an essential ingredient for this.

ProGlove Introduces New IoT Wearable for Industry, Logistics and Trade

02 July, 2019

ProGlove, a leading provider of industrial wearables, launches the second generation of its intelligent glove. MARK 2 will be presented to the public for the first time under the motto "For a Smarter Workforce" at this year’s LogiMAT in Stuttgart/Germany.

Greater Security in Manufacturing IT

19 June, 2019

By Paresh Kansara, Rittal’s product manager for industrial & outdoor enclo-sures

“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.

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