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Raspberry Pi And MATLAB based 3D Scanner

Raspberry Pi serves as the main controller board for the setup, capturing the images using the Pi Camera, controlling the Line LASER diode and providing control signals to the EasyDriver (Stepper Motor Driver).

Heero: the Perfect 3D Printing Partner Monitors & Controls Progress

By monitoring your printers to ensure they are working correctly you can reduce costs but having the ability to isolate your 3D printer or extra machinery after it has completed the task adds extra cost savings.

Industrial digitisation on fast track

The New Indian Express: In a move to build the digital enterprise, the digitisation in industrial sector is  set to grow to 65 percent in the next five years as it is a priority of most CEOs in the industry, according to a PwC report. According to PwC Industry 4

Method for Calculating Moment Loads on Linear Actuators

With the actual equipment, there are various kinds of equipment conditions and driving conditions for electric actuators and cylinders and thus, it is very difficult to explain all the operating conditions.

Is There a Tomorrow for Manufacturing in the United States?

Operators will soon be able to test and optimize the machine settings for the next product in line in the virtual world before they make the physical change-over.

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Robotics, automation, and how a strong network is needed to connect it all up

Manish Sablokk for IoTTech:  Cutting-edge robots and other advanced smart machines are set to be added into the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, which is projected to reach 25 billion devices by 2020. Robotics has already been used in manufacturing to great effect for over a decade, performing delicate and precise tasks with a higher success rate than humans. With advancements such as 'deep learning' robots, delivery drones and ubiquitous knowledge-sharing between machines, widespread robotics adoption is becoming far more feasible.

In healthcare, there are already robotic services in operation with automated pharmacy dispensing and robotic trolleys - robots that can navigate between floors and even call the lift using a Wi-Fi sensor. The hospitality sector has also been a keen adopter of robotics to deliver services and in education, robots are being deployed successfully as a tutor, tool or peer in learning activities, providing language, science and technology education.  Cont'd...

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Zhuhai CTC Electronic to Hold 3D Printer Press Conference and Launch SLM Metal 3D Printers

The SLM metal 3D printer, deploying the fastest growing technology in the industrial 3D printing sector, has been something the industry has been holding out high hopes for. The successful launch of Zhuhai CTC Electronic's metal 3D printer demonstrated that the company has become the only full technology chain vendor in China's domestic 3D printing sector, rivaling foreign competitors 3D System and Stratasys.

Advantech Launches AIIS Product Series for Automation-Related Machine Vision Applications

Advantech (2395 TW), a global provider of intelligent systems and platform solutions across multiple vertical markets, is pleased to announce the launch of its AIIS product series aimed at automation-related machine vision applications.

IMTS - Integrated Industries Conference at IMTS 2016 To Address Motion, Drive & Automation, Industrial Internet of Things/Industry 4.0 And Surface Technology Topics

"We have assembled some of the best known companies in these fields to discuss the rapidly evolving technologies and trends across each topic track," said Larry Turner, president/CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE. "Attendees can expect to hear from lifelong experts in smart manufacturing."

WeldFit Introduces Bidirectional Capability to SureLaunch™ Automated Pigging System

WeldFit Energy Group's SureLaunch™ Automated Pigging System now a bidirectional pipeline to allow for automated pigging in either flow directions.

OMRON to Release New Industrial PC Platform, Making Production Sites "Integrated" and "Intelligent"

The IPC is a PC architecture-based platform that meets strict quality standards required for factory automation (FA) devices and can be supplied stably on a long-term basis.

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Motion Controls Robotics, Inc. - The Random Robotic Case Erector System

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc. - The Random Robotic Case Erector System

Random Case Erectors are ideal for fulfillment centers and other end-of-line packaging needs. Save money by eliminating changeover downtime. Reduce ergonomic injuries by eliminating repetitive manual tasks. The Random Robotic Case Erector System includes: • FANUC M20iA/20 Robot • Combi gravity case magazine - holds 2 box sizes • Combi bottom flap folder with integrated 3M case sealing head. • Fixed robot base, anchored to the floor • Flexible end of arm tool to pick and erect multiple case sizes to eliminate changeover downtime • System wiring and controls • Color 7.5" touchscreen HMI display for selecting case size • Perimeter guarding with safety interlocks on doors • Programming for Robot, PLC/PMC, HMI and Vision • Complete documentation in electronic format • On-site training and support • Compliance with all applicable robotic safety standards. Alternate safety configuration may be available to allow an operator to changeover a case size in one magazine while the robot continues to work in other magazines. Contact Motion Controls Robotics to learn more about how to implement this system into your current end-of-line operations.

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Micromo

Micromo

For over 50 years, MICROMO has provided the highest quality, custom micro motion solutions for markets such as medical, aerospace, defense and robotics in North America. Decades ago in Germany, it all started with the FAULHABER coil, the landmark invention by Dr.Fritz Faulhaber. The self-supporting, ironless rotor coil design paved way for a new industry that produces millions of motors today.