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Solutions and innovations for factory automation, material flow, laboratory, and people counting. High-precision sensors for medical technology, high-performance control technology, and IIoT-based material flow solutions – Panasonic Industry Europe presents innovative products and solutions to meet today‘s challenges across industries and in society.

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Balluff offers its newest special Ethernet/IP network blocks for assembly and material handling technology. The IO-Link masters (BNI00EF/ BNI00EH) enable not only rapid integration of various IO-Link devices into existing networks, but also feature multiple

ports with 4 Ampere output current for connecting drive equipment such as 24 V DC motors or electrical stoppers.

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Seamless production sits at the core of every company‘s operations. If production stops, due to an error for example, a quick response is required. But what if the specialist for the plant is not on site? Thanks to digitalisation, the magic words in this case are often remote maintenance. Estimates assume that up to 60 percent of errors can be resolved or at least supported via remote access. Weidmüller‘s u-link remote access service offers a system that is easy to install, easy to configure...

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There are many reasons for the excessive build-up of heat in control cabinets. Designers can often minimize the dangers resulting from incorrectly arranged devices or poor ventilation in advance. However, specific condition monitoring is needed for external factors and device anomalies. Turck‘s IM18-CCM cabinet guard now provides a smart solution for processing sensor data via Ethernet in the IIoT.

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Transflective displays are slowly but steadily gaining a higher market share. What are transflective displays, what properties do they have and how does the development continue? The article by display customizing specialist DMB Technics describes what is currently possible and gives an outlook on micro LED displays.

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Nippon Pulse Motor (NPM), represented by Dynetics, has extended its linear servo motor series with a very compact version. This series is suitable for applications forapplications with limited space – for example in designs with 9 mm pitch.

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With each new generation, electrical devices are becoming smaller, more powerful and safer to use. The devices have to meet the ever-growing market requirements and within increasingly shorter development cycles. In addition, the digital transformation in industry continues to progress and requires reliable and stable connections for its implementation. All this presents device manufacturers with major challenges that must be solved using the right device connection technology.

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NASA’s fifth rover is on the way to Mars. Its main mission is to collect soil samples that will be analysed on Earth later. The rover will also carry a helicopter that will perform the first flights on the Red Planet. maxon's precision DC and BLDC motors will be used for numerous mission-critical tasks.

 

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Selecting the right linear or rotary servo and stepper motor for the target application is not easy and requires an analysis of the application, the required motor specifications and the motion profile requirements. The article has been compiled by Dynetics GmbH on the occasion of the launch of Digitax SF, the new generation of servo drives and motors from Nidec Control Technics.

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In everyday business, the motto increasingly tends to be: faster, more precise and more cost efficient. Therefore, a continuous value-added process is essential. Weidmüller supports this with an end-to-end, safe and convenient connection solution using PUSH IN connection technology. PUSH IN is the state-of-the-art connection solution that offers maximum efficiency – from planning through to installation and maintenance. The PUSH IN technology makes many tasks in the field of electrical...

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What was unthinkable a few years ago is now becoming reality with digitalisation and additive manufacturing – for example customized bicycle helmets. The head is simply scanned with a smartphone app and the process for the custom-made helmet is initiated. Siemens, together with EOS, has supported this vision of the bicycle helmet manufacturer Hexr.

 

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For industrial use in harsh environments, connector systems are needed that meet special requirements. The CONEC range includes a wide variety of IP67 D-SUB connectors and corresponding protective hoods.

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Climate change requires a rapid rethinking of energy policy worldwide. Renewable energy plays an important role in this context. In Germany, power generation with wind turbines is a key component of the turnaround in energy policy. However, critics fear that the expansion of wind farms will be at the expense of nature. With a solution based on embedded computing technology from Kontron, Fleximaus GmbH is building a bridge between wind power and species conservation.

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Bressner Technology introduces the PCIe Gen4 expansion system from One Stop Systems (OSS) in Europe. The 19-inch OSS 4UV PCIe "Value System" fully supports NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and can increase the computing power by up to 20 times compared to the previous generation.

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Turck is expanding its portfolio of safety I/O components with the TBPN and TBIP block I/O modules for Profisafe and CIP Safety respectively. The robust IP67 modules provide safety input and output signals directly from the field to the safety controller.

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Deep Learning is a new approach to machine vision and uses example-based learning and neural networks to analyse defects, locate and classify objects and read printed markers. In this article, Cognex describes what should be considered in deep learning projects for automated production and quality assurance.

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The multi-function BCM condition monitoring sensor from Balluff sets new benchmarks. For an attractive price systems and machine operators get a compact and easy to retrofit solution for continuous condition monitoring and automated monitoring of limits.

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The DATAEAGLE Condition Monitoring System (CMS) from Schildknecht records and visualizes sensitive motor data at Murrelektronik, thus contributing to a reliable delivery.

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Faster, more precise and more cost-effective: This motto is becoming increasingly relevant in everyday business and a continuous value-added process is essential. Weidmüller shows what part of the process chain can look like with the Klippon® Automated RailAssembler for the fully-automated assembly of terminal blocks.

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"Sensor No. 3412, x-axis end position, detected a constantly approaching axis. Please check the bump stop!" This is something like how messages from the machines to the maintenance crews could look in the future. The ingenious part of it: the components detect changing conditions and report them automatically – without any additional programming effort. Simple IIoT! The prerequisite are open standards and platforms that Balluff is actively engaged in developing right now.

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Operating units for hygienically sensitive production areas must meet high requirements with regard to cleanability and disinfectability. The Panel PC FlatClient HYG developed by Kontron and the monitor variant FlatView HYG as a display and operating unit can be used in machine control, as process visualization and in quality control.

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Ball screws are the most widely used threaded spindles in industrial and precision machinery. Dynetics informs in this article what one should know about this component of linear technology.

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LT Automation and Intelligent Systems have developed a robotic system with transport boxes for automatically checking and sorting blood samples at Aalborg University Hospital.

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Profinet devices can be integrated into the engineering systems of controllers using their description files. In this way, all devices and parameters of controller networks can be created, maintained from a single system and saved. The system does not allow this in-depth integration for IO-Link devices.

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Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID increases production efficiency, as it makes incorrect tool allocation or missing tools a thing of the past. This enables optimizing the service time utilization of the tools. In addition, scrap and rework due to excessive use of tools are virtually eliminated.

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