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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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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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