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Connected production environments offer faster process flows, comprehensive traceability, and continuous improvement opportunities thanks to IIoT solutions. Digital networking also opens up efficiency gains and the ability to control equipment remotely. The high-tech environment of state-of-the-art laboratories is a prime example.

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The push-pull circular connectors Y-Circ P from Yamaichi Electronics are so reliable that they can be used not only in automation but also in medical technology.

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Since 1989, MASS has mostly used computer platforms for our machine controls instead of conventional PLC technology because the latest innovations are available here. Since then, one of the company's main concerns has been to offer its customers a short-term repair service so that production downtime is avoided in the event of defects.

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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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The CUS250 power supply series offers the right solution for every cooling concept. TDK-Lambda’s new CUS250 series AC-DC power supplies provide 250 W of output power despite a small footprint of 50.8 x 101.6 mm (2 x 4 inch) and are certified to both IEC 60601- 1 and IEC 62368-1 for Class I and Class II (double insulated) installations. Different unit versions and cooling concepts allow flexible integration into target applications from the industrial, laboratory and medical sectors. In this...

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Digital platforms have sprung up like mushrooms in recent years. Every company involved with digitalization and Industry 4.0 has at least thought about the potential benefits of building its own digital platform – many have already entered the market. Numerous providers cover the sector; the technology has been perfected and proven.

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Programming of a laser stripper during operation by operators without software know-how. MBDA, a leading European aerospace manufacturer, wanted to robotise certain processes in small series or even single unit production, by allowing an operator with no programming skills to teach the robotic system, in just a few seconds, the process to be carried out, and then to execute the cycle with complete confidence without human supervision. Fuzzy Logic's Repplix™ application software module addresses...

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Siemens AG has launched an open digital business platform, Siemens Xcelerator, to accelerate digital transformation and value creation for customers of all sizes in industry, buildings, grids and mobility. The business platform makes digital transformation easier, faster and scalable.

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SNAP IE uses AI to identify PROFINET and EtherNet/IP errors. Procentec, the market-leading provider of diagnostic solutions in the field of industrial automation with over 25 years of experience, presents SNAP IE, an incredibly powerful software monitoring tool that slashes the time it takes to diagnose the physical layer errors of PROFINET and EtherNet/IP networks.

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RFID makes production and logistics processes highly transparent, from incoming goods to production and warehousing right through to shipping – an ideal solution also for the efficient management of returnable transport items (RTIs).

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5i.​Quality app enables holistic tracking of quality issues. 5thIndustry supports preventive quality work with the cloud-based app 5i.​Quality – so companies can easily and effectively eliminate causes of defects and track measures, without email chains and paperwork. Automotive suppliers, medical technology manufacturers and high-tech machine builders in particular can leverage productivity potential in this way.

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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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