Breaking down the robot-factory language barrier

In most industrial settings, robots speak one language and the plants within which they work speak another.

Myth Busting: Greater Manufacturing Automation Doesn't Mean Fewer Jobs

When it comes to addressing manufacturing labor challenges, companies shouldn't be quick to assume that job opportunities will decrease as a result of an increase in automated systems.

How to Prepare Now for the Industrial Internet of Things

The inevitable Internet of Things is already taking shape, absorbing the world of consumer devices and hovering on the horizon of industrial manufacturing.

Waterjet Cutting and OCTOPUZ a Powerful Combination

OCTOPUZ was created to meet the rising needs in the robotics industry, and uses a revolutionary method of combining offline programming of robots with manufacturing process simulation.

Industry 4.0 Ready: Vacuum Solutions for the Intelligent Factory

The gripper spider for fiber composite components is a great example how significant this contribution to the intelligent factory can be in practice.

Echoing Government's Productivity 4.0, IoT Automation Boosts Taiwan's Competitiveness

Facing challenges of labor shortages and aging labor forces, Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs is implementing "Productivity 4.0" to stimulate economic growth and upgrade industries.

Vision Guided Robotics Advances

The recent developments in algorithms and sensor technologies make it possible to efficiently implement vision guided robotics tasks for manufacturers.

Optimizing Barcode Reading and Inspection Capability for the Life of Your System

Understanding an application's requirements is critical in choosing the best device for successful data acquisition.

The Line Between Hype And Reality For Robotic Process Automation

RPA can bring about a "virtual integration" of multiple systems while executing repetitive work more accurately and reliably than humans can.

Interview with Mark G. Knebusch of Softing: Mainstreaming The Internet of Things

The idea of many connected devices helping better control the factory floor is not new. IoT in one sense is merely a shift to internet addressable devices versus those either addressed by proprietary means or just "dumb".

The Membrane Potentiometer

A Competitive Alternative to Traditional Linear and Rotary Position Sensors.

Innovative 3D Scanner Relies On Manta Camera From Allied Vision

8tree's portable 3D scanner enables easy, fast surface inspection in the automotive and aerospace industries. A Manta digital camera from Allied Vision contributes to rapid and accurate measurement.

Case Study: Validated High Speed Capping

SMAC's LAR Series linear-rotary actuators provide the ideal technology for improving capping quality while cost-effectively providing 100% real time on- and off-torquing validation.

Low Cost Vision System

The vision system sends coordinates to the robot so it can be gripped by the robot regardless of position.

Automate 2015: New Era of Industrial Robots

Automate 2015 was a perfect platform where the full spectrum of automation solutions and emerging technologies from across the board came together - inspiring greater and more creative collaborations and paving the way to greater global industrial success.

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maxon motor’s - Compact power for your motion control application.

maxon motor's - Compact power for your motion control application.

maxon launches the next generation of positioning controllers - the EPOS4. A high performance module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install compact solution. Suitable for efficient and dynamic control of brushed and brushless DC motors with Hall sensors and encoders up to 750 W continuous power and 1500 W peak power. The modular concept also provides for a wide variety of expansion options with Ethernet-based interfaces, such as EtherCAT or absolute rotary encoders.