Specialist Articles

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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CoreTechnologie's 3D printing software 4D_Additive enables quality check, repair and preparation of models in accordance to CAD‑engineering standard. Considering the demographic development and the fact that the baby boomers will retire within the next fifteen years, industrial production will have to be guaranteed in the future with increasingly scarce human resources. A drastic population decline is also forecast in China. Thus, the disappearance of the world's extended workbench is a very...

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An intelligent multi-axis system – quicker, more convenient and more cost‑effective than ever before: Bosch Rexroth now makes this possible with the new Smart Function Kit for Handling. After the Smart Function Kit for Pressing and Joining, the linear motion technology experts are expanding the Smart MechatroniX solution platform with a second predefined subsystem which can be operated intuitively.

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iTAC.​SMT.​Edge: Efficient solution for standardisation and centralisation of data in SMT production. Data is becoming more and more important in electronics manufacturing. It is the basis for increasing efficiency, avoiding errors and creating more value, for example through prevention and prediction services. SMT manufacturers and other manufacturing companies are faced with the challenge of having to collect and analyze data accordingly in order to be able to develop such services. Especially...

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Weidmüller Klippon® Connect terminal blocks AITB for building installation. The requirements for building installations are manifold: Energy efficiency and safety are among them, as are flexibility and convenience, to name only the most important. The necessary infrastructure in a building requires numerous main, sub-distribution and small distribution boards as well as meter cabinets. What they all have in common is that they must accommodate very many functions in a very limited space.

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Wearables from ProGlove make humans a driving force of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation. The Digital Twin is a digitized model that maps the physical characteristics of a production environment as well as the processes. But this mapping has its limitations, as it only includes data from machines and not from humans. At the same time, human employees will continue to play an important role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. The challenge lies in combining the...

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Weidmüller TTB series instrument transformer terminals connect safety-relevant components captive to the terminal block. In power transmission and distribution, current and voltage transformers are used primarily for protection and measurement functions. Weidmüller has developed the new Klippon® Connect TTB Series instrument transformer terminals for this application, for particularly simple and safe wiring – even within complex circuits.

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Highly integrated, intelligent displays are in high demand these days. Most of the time, the modern HMI (Human Machine Interface) is complex and requires more processor resources than the control of the actual application. With a smart embedded display product, DMB Technics covers a large part of the requirements for current HMI and makes computing power available where it is needed.

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Spectra-Panel Z-Series meets requirements of the food, pharmaceutical and medical industries. Hygiene requirements are particularly high in the food, pharmaceutical and medical industries. Since the spread of particles, germs and other contaminants must be prevented at all costs, materials are used in the production process whose contamination potential is as low as possible.

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Bressner Technology, a leading provider of specialized high-performance computing (HPC), has expanded its PCI Express Gen 4 product line with the introduction of the 4U Pro, a professional Gen 4 expansion platform that offers twice the performance of the previous Gen 3 standard.

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The mobile app easymon from in-tech enables real-time monitoring of machines and plants - worldwide and locally. The app supports the open control platform PLCnext Control and is available from Phoenix Contact's PLCnext App Store. On request, the engineering specialist in-tech can develop customer-specific extensions. Modification to other control families is planned.

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Flexible and cost-effective machine retrofitting with DATAEAGLE. Machine tools play a central role in the manufacturing industry and especially in supplier companies to the automotive industry. For years, the performance of these machines was based on electromechanical assemblies, and sensors were only used as part of safety functions. This is changing in the course of Industry 4.0.

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PrintJet CONNECT – The networked high-performance printer for efficient and high-quality markings. Today's marking processes need to be as fast, reliable, efficient, and flexible as possible. At the same time, customers also expect a print result that is perfect in every respect. And this is precisely where the new PrintJet CONNECT from Weidmüller comes in. Fitted with a high-quality industrial print head, the high-performance PrintJet CONNECT inkjet printer is the logical continuation of the...

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Remote monitoring and fault diagnostics for PROFIBUS and industrial Ethernet. How do I keep my plant running 24/7, maximize productivity and reduce network failure? Factories lose between 5 percent to 20 percent in productivity due to unplanned downtime, where just one minute of downtime can cost thousands of euros.

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In the body shop of the international automobile premium manufacturer, an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system makes fully automated production safer and more efficient. As general contractor, KUKA was responsible for the AGV system integration in the entire body shop: from the development of the safety concept, through planning, engineering, simulation and project management. A milestone was set in the AGV supported production of vehicle bodies.

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Every manufacturing application is different. Every operating environment is unique. To take account of the wide range of applications, Spectra offers industrial PC systems in various designs and system configurations – off the rack or perfectly matched to the respective application.

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Implementing user interfaces and process monitoring intuitively in record time. Key in, turn and go – probably the best known and most intuitive HMI. HMIs – hardly anything is more ubiquitous, and no one gives them a second thought. The expectations of design, intuitiveness and functionality that are spilling over from the consumer world into industrial and professional applications are confronting programmers with ever more extensive tasks. The realization done in conventional programming now...

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Waterproof push-pull connectors can withstand the harsh environments found in mechanical engineering applications. But for instance they are also suitable for use in medical devices. Yamaichi Electronics has unveiled a concept designed for up to 5,000 mating cycles. Easy assembly and improved reliability characterise this T-series, which enables data rates of up to 10 Gbps in harsh conditions.

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KUKA is implementing a fully automated test system for testing the oil and water cavity and the fuel rail in the engine block. The BMW Group plant in Hams Hall, just outside Birmingham, UK, produces three- and four-cylinder gasoline engines. The production also includes the machining of key engine components. Here, KUKA has implemented a fully automated test system for testing two different engine generations.

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Data processing on the production level. Siemens is expanding its offer for industrial IoT solutions, adding to its Industrial Edge portfolio a central and company-wide scalable infrastructure for managing connected edge devices and apps. With the new Industrial Edge Management system, users can remotely monitor the status of every connected device and remotely install edge apps and software functions on distributed edge devices.

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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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