Manufacturing and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Maintaining Precision At Varying Temperatures

High precision transducers are increasingly in demand due to high-performance industrial applications such as precision motor controllers, metering, measurement accessories and test equipment for medical equipment such as scanners and MRI machines.

Give a 3D printer artificial intelligence, and this is what you’ll get

Dyllan Furness for Digital Trends:  A London-based startup has combined some of today’s most disruptive technologies in a bid to change the way we’ll build the future. By retrofitting industrial robots with 3D printing guns and artificial intelligence a

High-Performance, High-Speed Motor Breathes Life into Ventilators and Respirators

New motor technology has changed the way modern ventilators and respirators are designed, making them quieter, more compact and more efficient.

From OLED Encapsulation to Plagiarism Protection

When ultra-thin transparent varnishes are applied onto transparent foil tapes, defects in the coating can now be made visible immediately during the coating process. This is possible thanks to an inline detection system that uses fluorescence dyes.


Special Tradeshow Coverage for PACK Expo International

PACK Expo will be held from November 6th - 9th in Chicago, Illinois. This Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

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5 key trends in the global smart factory market

Abhishek Budholiya for Embedded Computing Design:  Smart factories are being touted as the future of manufacturing. Continuous advancement in machine intelligence is expected to bring about a fourth industrial revolution, expected to offer a wide range of benefits, including greater efficiency, flexibility, and safety.

The global smart factory market was valued at nearly $52 billion in 2014 and is expected to expand at over 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the next ten tears. Let’s take a look at some key insights on the global smart factory market.

First, smart factories are gaining traction in the automotive and transportation sector. Tightening profit margins and stringent guidelines have made automotive manufacturing a highly competitive market.  Cont'd...

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Ethernet/IP Marquees connect directly to the Rockwell Ethernet/IP Network

The Ethernet IP Marquee revolutionizes the industrial market on how a marquee sign should connect and communicate on the Rockwell Ethernet/IP network. The Ethernet IP Marquee has a built in WEB server, eliminating the need to install software to program the marquee sign.

Industrial Connectivity Software from Kepware Fuels Pilot IoT Initiative for Leading Automotive Manufacturer

HIROTEC AMERICA improves shop floor productivity by building an IoT framework supported by PTC technology and six-week Agile sprints

PI's Digital Piezo Controller Now Upgraded to 4 Channels, Quick Delivery Available

This dynamic cost-effective controller is well-suited for multi-axis applications from microscopy to semiconductor metrology.

ROMIL launches a new interactive website

ROMIL is proud to announce the launch of its new website, an easy-to-use, interactive resource for laboratory professionals requiring high purity solvents, acids, reagents and reference materials.

IoT Tech Expo: The Leading Internet of Things Events Arrives in Silicon Valley Tomorrow

The leading IoT event series will arrive in Silicon Valley on October 20-21st

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US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital - E4T Miniature Optical Kit Encoder

US Digital is pleased to announce the launch of the E4T, their latest series of miniature high performance optical encoders. The E4T series delivers a marked performance increase over similar encoder models and designed to be an enhanced replacement for the E4P encoder series. The E4T utilizes state of the art transmissive optical sensing technology, and incorporates US Digital's own proprietary OptoASIC. Assembly of the E4T is simple and efficient and retains the previous E4P's form factor. Key features of the new E4T include: • Mechanically and Electrically Interchangeable with E4P • Improved Quadrature Signal Strength • 100 kHz Frequency Response • Transmissive Optical Design • Collet Style Push on Optical Disk Design (Patent Pending) • Simple & Efficient Assembly Process As with all of our products the E4T is designed and manufactured in their Vancouver, Washington USA facility and is available for purchase as of December 2014.

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