Factory automation

Position sensors

22 May, 2007 | Supplied by: ifm efector pty ltd

Cylinder sensors are used to detect the position on pneumatic C slot cylinders. The advantage is that the non-contact sensors virtually work without wear and often achieve a longer life than reed switches, saving on repair costs and down times.

Robotics evolves into new industries

22 May, 2007 by Wendy Cramer, Journalist

With its background firmly rooted in the automotive industry, developments in technology are finally seeing robotics coming into its own in other industries too

Danfoss enters alliance with Automation Direct

15 May, 2007

Danfoss Australia has entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with Automation Direct Pty Ltd for the sale and support of its VLT FC51 MicroDrive range.

ASP distribution agreement

12 April, 2007

ControlVision Australia has entered into an agreement with Cognex Corporation to become an automation solution provider (ASP) for the company’s In-Sight vision sensor and PC-based Vision Pro products.

Software alliance agreement signed

11 April, 2007

Mitsubishi Electric and Wonderware have announced the signing of a software alliance agreement.

Smart cameras

20 March, 2007 | Supplied by: SICK Pty Ltd

The IVC-3D 30 smart camera has been specially designed to view small and miniature parts, while the IVC-3D 300 focuses on large objects such as loaded pallets - thus, they are suitable, for example, as sensors for the visual guidance of robots. Like all the other IVC-3D systems, the new versions also leave the factory already calibrated. These smart cameras are also quickly ready for operation as data output takes place in mm.

Industrial Video Encoder

20 March, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.crisptech.com.au/

The VPort 351 series was designed to meet customer demands for a higher resolution, higher frame rate video networking solution. This 1-channel industrial video server will be available in early March from CrispTech.

Flexible shaft couplings

23 January, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.reliance.co.uk/

The Reli-a-Flex flexible shaft coupling is suitable for high integrity, high reliability, accurate positioning applications.

Capacitance sensors

23 January, 2007 | Supplied by: http://www.sensormeasurement.com.au/

The Minicap capacitance sensors are commonly used in the dust environment of the grain handling industry. Applications include level control and conveyor speed detection.

Dual-receiver sensors

06 December, 2006 | Supplied by: Rockwell Automation Australia

The 44B photoelectric sensor incorporates adjustable background or foreground suppression. The sensor is designed for industrial applications requiring reliable detection of targets close to a surface - such as a conveyor - that must be ignored by the sensor.

Agile spot welder

06 December, 2006 | Supplied by: ABB Australia Pty Ltd

The IRB 6620 is a compact spot welding robot that can be mounted floor standing, inverted and in tilted positions. The low total weight of the robot (900 kg) makes it easy to install and handle without the need for heavy-lifting cranes. The low weight also means it can be put on top of a machine.

Smart positioner

06 December, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.acrodyne.com.au/

The YT-2350 smart electro pneumatic positioner is housed in a Stainless Steel 316 IP66 enclosure and fits well in areas of high corrosion. It is available in both rotary and linear design. Incorporated in the design is an easy-to-see LCD offering logical auto calibration and parameter setup. The option of HART communication and 4-20 mA feedback signal are available in both the linear and rotary designs.

Transformer isolation and noise reduction

15 November, 2006 | Supplied by: Systems 22 Pty Ltd

The SNAP-AITM-8 provides eight channels of thermocouple or millivolt input. Each channel can be individually configured to accept a type B, C, D, E, G, J, K, N, R, S, or T thermocouple or a -75 to + 75 mV, -50 to +50 mV, or -25 to +25 mV input.

Sensor Smarts

06 October, 2006 by Brian Betts, Data Acquisition Group Mgr, National Instruments

A new standard for analog sensors, the most common kind in use today, should make the problems of miscalibration a thing of the past

Factory automation vision appliance

07 September, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.adept.net.au

The VA40 factory automation vision appliance provides end-users and system integrators with a high performance, easy-to-use, compact machine vision system for single or multiple camera inspections. iPD has developed their vision appliances with the two primary vision requirements in mind: power and ease of use. They offer flexibility, speed and choice of camera to match your application needs.

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