Microscan Demonstrates One Imaging Device for all Automation Needs at SLAS 2017

Microscan, the number-one brand of embedded clinical barcode readers and leading innovator of machine vision solutions for the life sciences, announces that it will demonstrate the MicroHAWK® family of barcode readers - the world's smallest enclosed imaging devices for barcode reading and machine vision for clinical instruments - from Booth #1246 at the Society for Laboratory Automation & Screening (SLAS) Annual Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to take place February 6-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., U.S.A.

One Of Europe's Top Business Schools Is Helping Executives Navigate Industry 4.0

Seb Murray for BusinessBecause:  Industry 4.0 — a slew of technologies from robotics and 3D printing to virtual reality and data analytics — is rapidly reshaping the way we manufacture, distribute and consume products.

The Executive Master in Manufacturing Automation & Digital Transformation at ESCP Europe, is equipping executives with the tools they need to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Below, Giovanni Scarso Borioli, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, outlines how.  Cont'd...

Schunk - ELP Electric Linear Module

The SCHUNK ELP can be adjusted in two simple steps making it the most user friendly electric linear module on the market! The end positions can be mechanically adjusted with a screw and the speed of extension and retraction is adjusted using rotary switches on the side of the unit.

Award-Winning Television Personality and Special Effects Master, Jamie Hyneman Adds Star Power to UBM's Advanced Design & Manufacturing Keynote in Anaheim, CA

Automated Smart Inspection Station™ Now Inspecting F135 Parts for Industry Leader Level 3 Inspection

Complex Geometries and Tight Tolerances Are Quickly Measured with Computer Aided Inspection Process

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) Launches Trade Association in Mexico

A3 Mexico Will Support the Robotics and Automation Industry in Fast-Growing Market

With Continued Growth, Demco Automation Announces New Facility

Demco Automation has finalized agreements and is in the final phases of completing construction of a new facility. The larger site will support its continued growth as a leading automated systems supplier.

Sciemetric releases turnkey leak test station that cuts costs, boosts efficiency

The 3675 can combine up to three of Sciemetric's 3520 Series Leak Test units in one stand, controlled by a single sigPOD controller. This turnkey station can be used to conduct a range of leak tests, including pressure decay, mass flow and more with pressure or vacuum. It can be used in production, in a lab or wherever leak testing must be conducted.

New Linear Motor Stages with Magnetic Direct Drives and New Motion Controller, from PI

Ultra-precise linear motor stages are well-suited for industry and research positioning and scanning applications, such as found in precision automation, micro-assembly, biotechnology, laser beam control, optics, lens testing, and photonics alignment.

Chiefs hold back on smart factories after backlash

Peggy Hollinger for Financial Times:  General Electric, one of the world’s biggest industrial companies, estimates that digitising industrial machinery, networks and processes will not just bring down the costs of manufacturing. The data it generates will open new business opportunities, such as optimising maintenance schedules for customers or improving the design and quality of products. The resulting “industrial internet”, GE argues, has the potential to deliver global productivity improvements that could add $10tn-15tn to global GDP over 20 years.

No manufacturer can ignore the coming revolution. Yet many, in developed economies at least, are wary. A backlash against globalisation, fuelled by decades of decline in America’s rust belt and the erosion of blue-collar jobs, has already upset the status quo in the US, where Donald Trump’s protectionist slogans helped him to win the White House.
Almost half the 1,370 chief executives questioned in PwC’s annual Global CEO survey published this week fear that this latest industrial revolution will feed further distrust among their companies’ stakeholders — whether they be investors, employees or the wider public.  Cont'd...

How to Reduce Your Motion Control Costs in 2017

If one of your new year's resolutions is to reduce your motion control costs without making sacrifices, this might be the year you can actually scratch it off your list.

Sierra-Olympic Introduces World's First True HD Thermal Camera

New Viento HD Lab LWIR camera provides true 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution.

Sharp Executive Says Plan for Foxconn LCD Plant in U.S. is Still 'On The Table'

Mitchel Broussard for MacRumors:  Foxconn and Sharp are looking closer than ever to building a manufacturing plant within the United States, according to one Sharp executive who said that the plan is still "on the table" (via Nikkei). The plant would mainly be focused on the manufacturing of LCD panels for TV sets and home appliances, but Foxconn is said to be considering moving iPhone production stateside as well. 
The news continues a rumor from last year born out of President-elect Donald Trump's comments on wanting Apple to make its products stateside. Foxconn laid out plans for such a move in December, along with Japan-based SoftBank Group, with each company hoping to create a combined 100,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next four years.   Cont'd...

Rice has role in new $250M robotics manufacturing institute

University among 40 academic partners working to create, deploy robotic technology

Stäubli Robotics to exhibit at ATX 2017

At booth #4604, Stäubli will exhibit the latest in robotics automation. Stäubli's range of clean, consistent high performance robots will be illustrating a number of tasks specifically for manufacturing automation. From product picking at extremely high speeds, to the safety aspects of product handling, Staubli robotics offers a full solution for automating many manufacturing processes.

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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.