Factory automation

Vacuum management

05 June, 2006 | Supplied by: PIAB Vacuum Technologies

The automatic vacuum management (AVM) system is an integrated control option for highly automated systems using the Piab P6010 vacuum pump.

Bearing block

05 June, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.balluff.com.au/

Separation of bearing load and sensor component in belt shaft copying systems leads to a longer service life.

Mini sensors to fight corrosion

26 May, 2006

An array of mini sensors are poised to change the costly and resource-intensive process of fighting corrosion in industries such as aerospace, shipping, mining, oil and gas.

Standard drives manager appointed

24 May, 2006

Industrial automation company, Rockwell Automation, has appointed Les Cutajar as its standard drives product manager. With 14 years’ sales experience with the company, Cutajar believes his role represents an opportunity to emphasise the commitment that Rockwell Automation has made to the drives market in Australia.

Industrial drives into the future

14 May, 2006 by Sean Richardson, Nat'l Mgr, Electronic Automated Div, Bonfiglioli | Supplied by: Bonfiglioli Transmission Pty Ltd

Industrial drives technology in Australia and New Zealand sits on the threshold of major change as old barriers to progress are broken down by new technologies, spurred on by unstoppable demands of greater workplace safety and efficiency

Linear positioner

04 May, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.balluff.com.au/

Balluff's Micropulse BIW transducer uses pulse-inductive technology to provide high performance and reliability with a non-contact design that allows drop-in-fit replacement for pots.

ZFV vision sensor

04 May, 2006 | Supplied by: Omron Electronics Pty Ltd

Omron's ZFV vision sensor delivers real-time inspection in a sensor format with simple and quick set-up through an integrated LCD monitor. Optics and illumination are integrated in a single package. It consists of two separate components, a sensor head with an integrated light source and a controller.

Control platform

04 May, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.nupac.com.au/

Nupac has announced that the Tevopharm P-200 and P-2000 flow wrappers and the P-300CA candy wrappers will now come standard with an updated machine control platform from Bosch.

Machine vision appliances

14 April, 2006 | Supplied by: Adept Turnkey Solutions

A new breed of vision system has arrived - Vision Appliances. Powerful and compact, yet friendly, cost effective and easy-to-use, they have been designed for production personnel who are busy looking after their day to day production processes

Vision software

05 April, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.ni.com/oceania/

The NI Vision 8 development module is a comprehensive suite of vision software tools that engineers, integrators and machine builders can use to improve system efficiency and increase quality control in the manufacturing process. The Vision 8 development module combines a collection of vision libraries with acquisition software for thousands of cameras, including those based on the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection standard, all optimised for common programming environments like NI LabVIEW and Microsoft C++, Visual Basic and .NET. In addition, the Vision 8 development module includes new algorithms for golden template comparison, optical character verification (OCV) and data matrix grading that are designed to help engineers identify packaging and assembly errors earlier in production.

SLVD servo drives

06 March, 2006 | Supplied by: Motion Solutions Pty Ltd

The SLVD (small, low voltage, digital) drives from Parker measure just 140 x 86 mm with a depth of 140 mm. The family includes models that can deliver shaft powers of up to 620 W.

Sensing breakdowns in mechanical parts

23 February, 2006

Sensors which are able to predict when mechanical parts in machinery and transport will breakdown before they actually do could be introduced by 2010, slashing maintenance costs across the manufacturing, automotive and plant machinery industries.

Decentralised intelligence

14 February, 2006 | Supplied by: SEW-Eurodrive Pty Ltd

Decentralised motor control architectures leverage the benefits of distributed intelligence and provide ultimate flexibility. Darren Klonowski, applications engineer at SEW-Eurodrive, explores the options


06 February, 2006 | Supplied by: http://www.erntec.net/

The DC-Micro-motor series 1024 with NdFeB magnets achieves a stall torque of 2.89 mNm and speeds of up to 14,700 rpm.

PresencePlus P4 Edge 1.3 vision sensor

05 December, 2005 | Supplied by: Micromax Pty Ltd

The PresencePlus P4 Edge 1.3 vision sensor from Banner Engineering Corp makes detailed automated error-proofing and inspections possible at what is claimed to be a fraction of the cost of comparable vision sensors. The P4 Edge 1.3 uses a 1280 x 1024 pixel imager (1,310,720 pixels) to capture minute details of multiple features at ranges from a few inches to several feet, depending on the lens used.

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