Factory automation

Plastic part inspection with a 5 s cycle time

09 November, 2017 by Kalle Serdar, Omron | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Identifying process defects within plastic parts can be very challenging, and can only be achieved through deploying high-speed, precise machine vision systems.


NORD LogiDrive standardised drive systems

08 November, 2017 by | Supplied by: NORD DRIVESYSTEMS (Aust) Pty Ltd

The LogiDrive line of three preferred drive variants is optimised for intralogistics applications and simplifies purchasing, engineering, commissioning and spare parts stocking.


SMC MHM-X6400 gripper

31 October, 2017 by | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

SMC has added to its gripper range with the launch of the MHM-X6400, which uses a magnet for the handling of steel plate, without the need for vacuum.


Guangzhou automation fair sell-out reflects China's automation growth

20 October, 2017 by

The Industrial Robotics and Machine Vision zone at the Guangzhou Automation Fair in March 2018 has already been sold out, reflecting the growing demand for robotics and automation technology in China.


GE RSTi-EP CPE100 controller

10 October, 2017 by | Supplied by: Control Logic Pty Ltd

The GE RSTi-EP CPE100 controller is a compact yet flexible high-performance controller that is suitable for multiple applications.


The less-is-more approach to robotic cable management

10 October, 2017 by | Supplied by: Treotham Automation Pty Ltd

Cable issues have been cited as the number one reason for downtime in robotics cells, so the way in which robot cables are attached and guided is important for robot reliability.


Growth rate for new industrial robots predicted to hit 14% pa

03 October, 2017 by | Supplied by: International Federation of Robotics

IFR has predicted that 1.7 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories worldwide by 2020, with China leading the charge.


Balluff BMF 235 cylinder sensors

26 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: Balluff Pty Ltd

The BMF 235 cylinder sensor for T and C slots is a teachable magnetic sensor with two switch points so that it can replace two standard sensors.


Tolomatic ACSI integrated servo motor with Profinet

21 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: Pneumatic Products

Tolomatic's ACSI integrated servo motor now features support for Profinet.


Research: Mobile robots that can merge and morph

13 September, 2017 by

Designed by a team of European researchers based in Belgium, mergeable nervous system robots retain full motion control regardless of how they are grouped, so the larger bodies function with a single controller, and once split use independent controllers.


ABB's YuMi robot conducts opera

12 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

ABB's collaborative robot YuMi will be conducting the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Pisa tonight, performing along with soloists Andrea Bocelli and Luigia Borsi.


SMC JXC series direct-input step motor controller

11 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: SMC Australia | New Zealand

The JXC series direct-input step motor controller now offers three additional communication protocols, namely DeviceNet, EtherCAT and Profinet, in addition to the EtherNet/IP fieldbus protocol that was available on previous models.


Pepperl+Fuchs SmartRunner light section sensors

01 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: Pepperl+Fuchs (Aust) Pty Ltd

Pepperl+Fuchs' SmartRunner technology is a combination of light section technology and a 2D vision sensor with integrated LEDs.


Moog RKP high-pressure radial piston pumps

01 September, 2017 by | Supplied by: Moog Australia Pty Ltd

With a maximum operating pressure of 350 bar and peak pressure up to 420 bar, the RKP series addresses a wide range of applications including presses, metal forming and heavy industries.


Omron E5CD and E5ED digital temperature controllers

30 August, 2017 by | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Omron's E5CD/E5ED digital temperature controllers are adaptive, using artificial intelligence to adjust PID loop parameters automatically.


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