Specialist Articles

Progressively decentralized automation, keyword industry 4.0, requires flexible and individual wiring in certain areas directly in the field and at the machine. The constantly growing number of sensors for monitoring operating and machine conditions also necessitates the use of field-attachable connector variants that can be assembled to enable flexible electrical connections directly in the field. CONEC offers various connector families that meet these requirements.

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The market for transflective displays has grown recently, especially in the e-mobility sector. The potential applications in this field require high readability in different light conditions, such as direct sunlight.

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With the automation modules from SW, CNC machining centres and peripheral stations can be optimally linked to form highly productive production lines or operated in a matrix production.

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Many manufacturing companies still find it difficult to get started with Artificial Intelligence (AI), not least because of the complex hardware selection. In the new AI workstation, Robotron and Kontron now combine two of their innovative solution approaches for the uncomplicated and fast application of computer vision. The multi-purpose AI workstation enables training, execution and inference of algorithms for a wide range of models and frameworks. The standardized approach covers up to 90...

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Whether for dip coating basins or container ports – radar technology offers clear benefits over alternative solutions using ultrasonic or optical sensor technology in many application fields. However, radar sensors have rarely been used to date for distance or level measurements in production and logistics. With its LRS+ and DR-M30 radar sensors, Turck now offers efficient solutions for demanding applications in these areas as well. The browser-based Turck Radar Monitor visualizes the signal...

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The development of rubber gloves is a lengthy process. Malaysian company Le Inoova has automated this process – with the help of integrator IDEA and a KUKA robot. It now ensures greater precision and less waste.

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Sierra Space, a lead­ing com­mer­cial space com­pany at the fore­front of cre­at­ing and build­ing the fu­ture of space trans­porta­tion and in­fra­struc­ture for Low Earth orbit (LEO) com­mer­cial­iza­tion, has im­ple­mented Siemens’ Xcel­er­a­tor port­fo­lio of soft­ware and ser­vices as the foun­da­tion of its next-gen­er­a­tion dig­i­tal en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram.

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How artificial intelligence applications can be brought to the very edge. AI Transportables differentiate themselves from traditional edge AI infrastructures by implementing the latest technologies in areas such as high-speed data centers, input/output, networking, and storage to enable operation in harsh environments. AI Transportables meet stringent MIL-SPEC requirements for shock and vibration, redundancy, operating temperature ranges, altitude ranges and uninterruptible power supplies....

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Intelligent one-stop solution for cloud-based plant monitoring reduces downtimes and relieves maintenance specialists. The specialists from 5thIndustry GmbH and endiio have presented an end-to-end solution for the efficient integration of condition monitoring data into daily maintenance processes. endiio supplied its energy-autonomous wireless sensor modules for this purpose.

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KUKA robots relieve the staff of a private brewer when palletising and depalletising beer crates. Small but excellent – that’s the motto of the Christian Fiedler private brewery from the Saxon village of Oberscheibe. With 18 employees, the family business is very successful in producing premium beers according to the time-honored art of German brewing. A KUKA robot makes this work easier.

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Service Center, laboratories and development departments at Panasonic Campus Munich. Laboratories and service centers are the core of technological innovations - and ultimately guarantee customized solutions across all industries. In this article, you will learn why the Customer Experience Centre on the Panasonic Campus Munich with its bundled development and service competence is the centre for high technology that creates concrete added value.

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The steadily in­creas­ing level of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is push­ing con­ven­tional ca­bling con­cepts for de­cen­tralised, mod­u­lar con­trol sys­tems and sen­sor tech­nol­ogy to their lim­its. Par­tic­u­larly in terms of trans­parency, space re­quire­ments and in­stal­la­tion ef­fort, they are no longer able to meet the new re­quire­ments. In the mean­time, Sin­gle Pair Eth­er­net tech­nol­ogy (SPE) has de­vel­oped into the next gen­er­a­tion of com­mu­ni­ca­tion ar­chi­tec­ture as an...

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DC-DC converters are used in many applications; telecom, data communications, test and measurement, process control, semiconductor fabrication, industrial manufacturing, medical devices and battery powered equipment. They offer a simple way of deriving additional low power outputs from a higher power AC-DC supply, for example a 24 V output driving motors, relays or pumps. Alternatively if the system is powered by a 12 V battery, DC-DC converters can provide stable, regulated voltages during the...

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Ma­chin­ery and plants as well as pro­duc­tion processes gen­er­ate a con­tin­ual flow of data. Com­pa­nies that are able to gen­er­ate added value from this data will be able to enjoy suc­cess in the fu­ture. How­ever, the large amount of gen­er­ated data must be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the ma­chine op­er­a­tor via a HMI (Human Ma­chine In­ter­face). With the u-cre­ate PRO­CON-WEB SCADA soft­ware tool and PRO­CON-WEB Em­bed­ded Sys­tem, Weidmüller pro­vides vi­su­al­i­sa­tion so­lu­tions with...

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Innovative robot teaching without programming efforts. It is no longer possible to imagine the industrial environment without robots. They are the backbone of the smart factory. Increasingly, however, the digital helpers can also be found in other environments. The Dresden-based company Wandelbots has now developed a solution that makes the use of robots interesting for small and medium-sized companies in many industries. An industrial PC from Kontron plays a central role in this setup.

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At the Motek, Dy­net­ics (booth 1220, hall 1) pre­sents lin­ear and ro­tary servo mo­tors with dri­vers from Synap­ti­con, servo mo­tors from NPM and a com­pact elec­tric grip­per based on the world's small­est bidi­rec­tional ball screw from KSS.

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Digital positioning control slightly larger than a postage stamp. Robotics, analysis, and handling systems require a compact integration of a large number of energy-efficient drives, combined with highly dynamic controllers and a networked bus system. maxon’s EPOS4 Micro motor controller is based on an established industrial solution. With it, modular multi-axis systems can be implemented with CANopen or EtherCAT, without high development costs.

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At the edge, the use of GPU-based sys­tems for AI com­put­ing is usu­ally not prac­ti­cal due to the phys­i­cal size of the in­fer­ence sys­tem, the high-power con­sump­tion and the un­favourable price-per­for­mance ratio. The Mus­tang AI ac­cel­er­a­tor card se­ries from ICP Ger­many of­fers new so­lu­tions for edge com­put­ing in the field of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence of Things (AIoT).

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Whether Industry 4.0, Factory Automation or other areas of automation – the challenges are almost the same: Increasingly faster data transmissions are required, sometimes even in real time, and the data volume is increasing, the available installation space remains limited, connectors have to be locked quickly and securely, and there is high-cost pressure. In this environment, connectors that meet the corresponding technical requirements are in demand. In the automation sector, CONEC has a broad...

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The latest generation of electrified drives is produced at the Dingolfing site in Germany, the BMW Group competence center for e-drive production. Here, KUKA implemented a fully automated test system for testing up to eight different drive variants. For more than 35 years, KUKA has been successfully integrating assembly and test systems for the automotive industry internationally and optimizing their production through efficient automation solutions.

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Since time immemorial, many display manufacturers have been advertising ever higher resolutions for their panels. Yet resolution is only one of many characteristics of a high-quality display. For some years now, displays can be produced with such a high resolution that this criterion has become secondary. A high pixel density also has disadvantages with regard to the brightness or contrast ratio of displays. DMB Technics explains the advantages of local dimming and how this solution becomes...

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The Scalance MUM856-1 – the first industrial 5G router from Siemens – connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G (LTE) and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks. The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, control elements, and other industrial devices via a public 5G network – flexibly and with high data rates.

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Dynetics presents the SOMANET servo drives from Synapticon: Integrated motion for robotics, machine building and autonomous industrial systems. Synapticon, based in Schönaich near Stuttgart, Shanghai and Redwood City (Silicon Valley), is reshaping the world of motion control for robotics and machines at the point of motion. The company is introducing an entirely new approach to motion axes by integrating formerly discrete components such as motors, drives, sensors and gears into seamless units,...

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Save energy and costs, accelerate decarbonisation, prevent damage, check terrain: Seek Thermal's Compact and Reveal models can be used in many ways. The thermal imaging cameras of the Compact and Reveal series from the Californian company Seek Thermal combine a multitude of functions in a very small space. The Compact, Compact XR and CompactPro models are about the size of a USB stick and are available for iOS and Android devices.

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New drivetrain enables more productive robots, machines and factory floor space. Genesis Robotics & Motion Technologies presents the new LiveDrive® LDD 1800 Series Direct Drive Actuators, with an extensive range of configurations and performance options. LiveDrive® direct-drive actuators eliminate the need for gearing and are redefining the next generation of parallel robots and precision machinery, unlocking capabilities beyond the reach of conventional drivetrains, across many applications.

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