21- 23 APRIL 2020 NEC BIRMINGHAM

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  • Global joining solutions provider MTI Welding has collaborated with technology company HMK, the Siemens motion partner, to pioneer the development of a double axle friction welding machine worth in ex ...
  • THE IRONIES OF INDUSTRY 4.0

    26 Jan 2018 Universal Robot A/S

    Is ultimate automation inadvertently bringing back the human touch to manufacturing?

    Conceived at Siemens and formalized by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the notion of “Industry 4.0” continues to gain currency around the world. At its core, Industry 4.0 refers to factories that have digitized their physical technologies so plants and equipment can communicate with each other over the internet. The specific technologies vary from industry to industry, but they frequently include networked machinery, control systems, logistics setups, robots, 3D printers and autonomous vehicles. The point of all this interconnectivity is machine-to-machine communication that enables an unprecedented degree of automation and operational independence – hence the “smart factory” moniker often applied to Industry 4.0 environments.

  • SLED series LED Floodlights

    26 Jan 2018 CORTEM S.P.A
    SLED series floodlights with LED technology combine lightweight, compact design, high performance in terms of reliability, safety, efficiency and energy saving. They are characterized by LEDs with opt ...
  • EVL series LED lighting fixtures

    26 Jan 2018 CORTEM S.P.A
    The LED lighting fixtures EVL series has been developed with the aim of redefining the concepts of compactness, versatility and ease of installation thanks to the new LED lighting system "COB" (ChipOn ...
  • Ex Panel Boards

    26 Jan 2018 CORTEM S.P.A
    Cortem Group designs and manufactures special products such as electrical panels for lighting, distribution, signalling, motive power, motor control valves systems and panel boards according to custom ...
  • EJB series junction boxes

    26 Jan 2018 CORTEM S.P.A
    EJB series junction boxes are suitable for installation in any areas of a plant where there is a risk of explosion and/or classified as Zone 1, 2, 21, 22. The quality of this product is recognized and ...
  • THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE

    24 Jan 2018 Universal Robot A/S

    British industry will miss out on an enormous potential if manufacturers continue to stick with outdated ways of thinking about humans versus machines. The future belongs to companies that are capable of thinking about humans working together with machines. 

    Since the start of industrialization, humans have functioned as if they were machine parts in the production facilities, carrying out trivial, debilitating, boring work. Like human robots. Industrialization’s DNA has been efficiency, consistency, reliability and precision – as the machine and the production facilities that people were compared with. An assessment of humans versus machines: Who was best, quickest, most precise and persistent?

  • Having worked in industry for 10 years, Jesper Larsen decided to go it alone.  In April 2016, he set up Vivo Production, invested in two CNC machines and single-handedly established a very successful subcontracting business.  Output ranged from batch production through to prototypes, typically for the wind power and offshore industries.

    As his reputation grew, so did his order intake. Jesper Larsen began to struggle keeping pace with demand. The purchase of another CNC machine was already planned so he wanted to avoid the cost of bringing more people into the business, at least in the short term. The helping-hand he chose instead was a Universal Robot UR10.

  • UNIVERSAL ROBOT CUTS WELDING TIME BY 50%

    24 Jan 2018 Universal Robot A/S

    Danish fabricator - MVI Maskinfabrik- originally specialised in small batch production with short lead times but wanted to increase manufacturing flexibility to introduce new products; a new range of fittings for kitchen manufacturers, the wholesale market and general engineering applications.  The company was also starting to receive larger orders and management was faced with the decision whether to increase manpower to service them. 

    Investment in a collaborative robot from Universal Robots (UR) proved to the be perfect solution for this small business. It instantly provided the increased capacity and flexibility the company needed and, more specifically, resulted in welding time being cut by 50%. 

  • More than 14,000 users from 132 countries have joined the Universal Robots Academy to become robot programmers. Adding to its basic training, the Academy is now launching three new modules that focus on mastering more advanced features of collaborative robots.

    Universal Robots, the pioneer and market leader of collaborative robots, introduced the online learning platform, Universal Robots Academy, to ensure that everybody with a desire to learn the concepts of cobots gets the introduction necessary to master basic programming skills.

    The company is now expanding the online training, adding three new modules that step up complexity by teaching users how to create and work with coordinate systems, variables and conditional statements, and how to use the robot’s wizard to easily create a program for packaging.

  • Sure, cobots are lightweight: the largest UR10 robot is under 29 kg/64 lbs, so they’re easy to pick up and move from one process to another. But they’re no lightweights when it comes to heavy-duty processes like welding. In fact, there’s already a range of cobot welding systems to choose from. Surprised? Don’t be. It’s just one more smart application for these flexible, cost-effective, and easy-to-program automation tools.

    The flexibility and ease-of-programming of cobot-based welding systems make them especially well-suited for low-volume/high-mix environments, as well as custom or small-template welding processes. But with high accuracy and repeatability, these systems can also handle long runs with consistent quality. Welding tasks can be programmed in as little as half-an-hour by workers who have no previous experience, and programs can be saved and reused, saving the expense of trained robot programmers. Lightweight cobot welders can be mounted on tabletops, hung from ceilings, or installed into existing welding booths, offering more flexibility than manual welders or traditional fixed robots. Several companies have already announced cobot welding systems.

  • Hearing aid device manufacturer Oticon required a more flexible robot to handle the tiny hearing device components in its production. The company had been using robot technology for the past 10 years. But, as the minute components became increasingly smaller in order to make the hearing aids more comfortable, the existing two- and three-axes robots used in manufacturing were no longer suitable. They could not perform the required lateral and vertical movements sufficiently. If for instance a small part is stuck in a mould, the robot should be dexterous enough to tip it out.

    Intuitive user guidance and the precision of the Universal Robots, were the features that convinced Oticon. Also, rapid advances in medical engineering have resulted in constantly changing production processes and a broader range of hearing aid models that require a flexible robot handling smaller batch sizes. Small components such as wax filters are barely a millimetre in size. 

  • Megadyne Powering Global Industry

    23 Jan 2018 Megadyne UK Ltd

    Drives & Controls 2018 - New Hall - Extended Stand

    Looking forward to welcoming our customes, friends and colleagues at the NEC

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    EMAS has introduced a new inovative timer into the range, the RZ3A timer is a 22 monoblock style timer designed for a panel door mounting

  • PROCENTEC, knowledge partner in the field of PROFIBUS, PROFINET and Industrial Ethernet technology, is pleased to announce the official opening of its new office in Manchester, United Kingdom. The new office enables PROCENTEC to provide even better services to its British customers.

  • NEW PRESIDENT PLEDGES RETURN TO WORLD STAGE FOR CONTROL TECHNIQUES

    18 Jan 2018 Nidec Industrial Automation (Control Techniques/Leroy-Somer)

    Control Techniques' new president has spoken of his desire to see the Welsh company return to the top table of drives manufacturers.

  • SKF linear motion technology showcases at Drives & Controls 2018

    18 Jan 2018 SKF Motion Technologies UK Limited

    Visitors to this year's Drives & Controls show will see innovative product ranges from SKF's market-leading linear motion and actuation systems portfolio.

    SKF linear motion products are available in a variety of formats, including ball and roller screws, linear actuators, profile rail guides, precision rail guides, linear tables and slides. Products in each of these categories will be on display, including a number of dynamic exhibits demonstrating their high performance and ease of integration.

    SKF offers a wide range of low- to medium-duty electric actuator designs and configurations for simple industrial or specific healthcare applications, providing everything from low- to high-load capacities and medium operating speeds to quiet operation and aesthetic styling.

    Taking centre stage on the stand will be the modular CASM-100 electric cylinder range, featuring ball or roller screw driven variants with either in-line or parallel mounted gearbox configurations. Offering a high level of precision and repeatability, the CASM-100 cylinders can be fitted with either an ac motor or servomotor, and choice of position feedback device to meet the required positioning accuracy. CASM-100 electric cylinders are user-configurable using a simple-to-use software tool which can be downloaded from the SKF website.

  • Motion Control Products Ltd., the Bournemouth based motion control specialists, have now introduced new MKN series MACK Nano drive, which is an ultra-compact, versatile and powerful universal drive, offering high performance control and excellent power-to-dimension ratio, to drive multiple motor types including brushless DC motors, stepper motors and DC Brushed motors range up to 400W.

  • Leuze electronic, the sensor people, has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production. As one of the world's leading manufacturers in the field of optical sensors and solution provider in electrical automation. The product range includes switching and measuring sensors, identification systems, image processing solutions, data transmission and safety components and systems. Leuze electronic is a pioneer and enabler for Industry 4.0. By coupling to Microsoft Azure, Leuze electronic has created the infrastructure for predictive maintenance and machine learning solutions for sensors. The IoT certificate increases customers' confidence in having a safe and stable Cloud connection. "Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers' IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations," said Herbert Köbel, Head of Competence Center Software. "Decreasing the usual customization required for compatibility ensures Leuze electronic helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution."

  • Elfin Collaborative Robots From Motion Control Products Ltd.

    10 Jan 2018 Motion Control Products Ltd

    As industry today strives for more efficiency, increased output and reduced costs, Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.

    There are three Elfin "cobots" in the series. They have a pay load of 3kgs, 5kgs and 10Kgs to ensure that there is a product offering for a wide range of applications. The product is compact, is easy to programme and offers the user a fast set up solution. Motion Control Products are available to support the user through correct specification, commissioning and training if necessary, thus ensuring that the collaboration in the work-place is optimised and safe. This can then relieve existing manual staff from often dull, repetitive tasks to enable them to support the company in more challenging roles.

    The Elfin robot arm system integrates the motors, harmonic gearboxes, brakes, feedback devices/sensors, drives and cables into a compact structure. This achieves high precision and flexible automation control in 6-axis of rotation, each with a full 360? of movement. The 3 robot arms are desktop or surface mounted system, and have a working range up to a maximum of 1000mm and a working life of 35000 hours.

  • Kettering, Northamptonshire, 08.1.2018. Interroll’s new Carton Wheel Flow beds are designed for simple installation with dramatically reduced assembly time. Pick-to-Light-systems can be easily fitted. ...
  • Rotor Clip USA and Rotor Clip Ltd. are now formally certified to IATF 16949:2016, the new automotive standard replacing the previous one known as TS16949 . Rotor Clip is proud to be among the first 50 ...
  • Why PI uses the EtherCAT® Fieldbus

    20 Dec 2017 PI (Physik Instrumente) Ltd

    Today, EtherCAT is becoming more and more popular with control and system engineers. One of the reasons for this is the flexibility of the fieldbus system.

  •   The biennial co-located events; Drives & Controls, Smart Industry Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC  (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.