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Tips for choosing a 3D vision system - The future of vision systems in manufacturing

Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics.

Metal 3DPrinting over CNC for custom EOAT

This small component was stopping them from realizing the full potential of their manufacturing process as they could only run the system when there was someone there to restart the system if a stoppage occurred due to slippage.

Finding the Staff Needed: Connected Factories Driving Demand for Robotics Engineers

A recent Gartner survey showed 57% of manufacturing leaders feel their organization lacks skilled workers to support smart manufacturing digitization plans. Most agreed a long-term strategy is necessary to develop the connected factory worker.

The Elimination Tide of Physical Stores: Rise of E-commerce

As retailers forage for new ways to cope, many have decided to close down physical stores and focus on restructuring their business, either through expansion of online retail or introduction of novel business concepts.

Automation Lends Humans a Hand in High-mix Low-volume Manufacturing

The opportunities, conditions and business advantages offered by properly functioning collaborative automation solutions have never been more attractive, while the technology is also more accessible than ever.

Best PC for Smart Warehousing and Logistics – How to Choose

When researching the best PC for smart warehousing and logistics, you might have a specific spec you’re trying to meet or processing capability you’re looking to achieve. You’re also likely looking for a computer that is better, faster and more reliable.

Smart Micro Factories for the Watchmaking Industry

Horosys was able to standardize, add flexibility and optimize the cost of the Smart Micro Factory using the world’s smallest and most precise industrial robot.

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How Are Smarter Robots Leading to Mass Customization in Manufacturing?

Although consumers eagerly purchase products made through mass customization, they want those items quickly. That need for speed is one of the main reasons why manufacturers often use robots to achieve the consistent pace required to fill orders efficiently and without error

Seafood Processors Turning to Robotics And Automation

New developments in robotics — including smart robotics, collaborative automation, and similar technology — may be essential for processors handling these modern challenges.

Retrofitting Older Machines Provides Valuable IIoT Update

Retrofit machines can bring legacy devices into the Internet of Things. Sensors and digital controls provide valuable information and integrate older machines into new, intelligent factory management systems.

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Free consultancy helps industry see sense in data

As industry seeks to bolster productivity and efficiency in the wake of 2020's lockdown, automation specialist Novotek UK and Ireland is urging businesses to strengthen their data strategy with advanced industrial analytics software. To this end, the company has partnered with GE Digital to offer six hours of free data analytics consultancy with purchase of GE Digital's Proficy CSense software through summer 2021.

A Las Vegas Showstopper! See a Fully Functional Integrated Packaging Line at PACK EXPO 2021

Matrix, Quest and Wexxar Bel join forces to create an integrated packaging line in booths C-2829 and C-2825 that demonstrates what the ProMach family of brands can do for you.

UltraFlex performing fast induction brazing for copper and steel fittings at 1500°F (815°C)

At power output of 7.5 kW, the target brazing temperature of 1500°F (815°C) had been reached, for each of the assemblies, within a fraction of the time needed when torch brazing is used.

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BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion
BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow Introduces 6th Generation Camera Link Frame Grabber: The Axion

BitFlow has offered a Camera Link frame grabbers for almost 15 years. This latest offering, our 6th generation combines the power of CoaXPress with the requirements of Camera Link 2.0. Enabling a single or two camera system to operate at up to 850 MB/S per camera, the Axion-CL family is the best choice for CL frame grabber. Like the Cyton-CXP frame grabber, the Axion-CL leverages features such as the new StreamSync system, a highly optimized DMA engine, and expanded I/O capabilities that provide unprecedented flexibility in routing. There are two options available; Axion 1xE & Axion 2xE. The Axion 1xE is compatible with one base, medium, full or 80-bit camera offering PoCL, Power over Camera Link, on both connectors. The Axion 2xE is compatible with two base, medium, full or 80-bit cameras offering PoCL on both connectors for both cameras. The Axion-CL is a culmination of the continuous improvements and updates BitFlow has made to Camera Link frame grabbers.

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CIMON Inc.

CIMON is a leading industrial automation company focused on process control and manufacturing. Since its foundation in 1999, CIMON has grown from emerging Asian markets into Europe and North America thanks to several award-winning product lineups, including the Xpanel HMI series, PLC and PLC-S series, Xpanel Hybrid, UltimateAccess SCADA software, and industrial PCs. CIMON has been working with manufacturers for over 20 years and has gained the trust of well-respected companies such as LG, Samsung, General Motors, Kia, Hankook, SK Chemicals, Posco, and Durex. Hardware and software are developed simultaneously at CIMON, allowing for optimal product supply and system design solutions that increase facility efficiency and response time in the market while reducing long-term costs. Some industries CIMON works with include the automotive industry, oil and gas industry, power plants, electronics, water and wastewater management, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food and beverage, chemical, packaging, paper and pulp, farming, and many others.