Few doubt that in the near future, robotics will fundamentally change production systems and dramatically increase their level of automation. To do so, robots will have to figure out for themselves how to solve problems and adapt to dynamic environments. This can be achieved by exploiting the IoT to facilitate the creation of new technology involving large-scale data propagation, stream analytics and machine learning.
The Leuze electronic CML 700i is a measuring light curtain in IP65 housing with an integrated Profinet intreface. With Profinet as well as the control unit integrated in the receiver unit, the need for additional devices and software is eliminated.
Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard workers. Researchers at Fraunhofer want to change that with a security concept and intelligent robot control that will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team.
Barcodes and 2D codes can be problematic for automatic reading if there is a chance that they will become dirty or damaged. Swiss company Ferag AG has therefore chosen to use RFID technology in its innovative conveying solutions.
Many industrial applications require motion control, but users are often frustrated by the complexity and high cost of implementation, particularly with servo systems. IDEC and AMCI have partnered to address this issue by offering a simple yet highly capable stepper motion control system.