Manufacturing and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

How Machine Tool Feedback Can Reveal or Hide Axis Errors

Solutions for avoiding thermally induced dimensional deviations of workpieces have become more crucial than ever for the machine tool building industry. Thermal drift is primarily caused by feed axes on the basis of recirculating ball screws.

Mistakes are sent packing - Autonomous Machine Vision improves accuracy while reducing costs

Packaging and labels contain key information on food products and drugs. A minor mistake on either could have serious repercussions that impact a product’s safety, regulatory compliance and consumers’ satisfaction.

Increasing Productivity by Reducing Tool Change time with Multicouplings

Many manufacturing processes have interchangeable tooling in their machines. Many of those tools require pneumatic, hydraulic, chemical or electrical connections to operate. Instead of connecting those individual connections one at a time, they can be connected at the same t

Why Standard Surge Protection is Insufficient

On average, businesses suffer 14 hours of downtime every year. Businesses cannot always determine why this downtime occurs, but they can do more to proactively mitigate the negative impacts, particularly in terms of power quality.

USDA Investing in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the government is taking steps toward protecting public health. On May 27, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $281 million investment in improving water and wastewater infrastructure.

Manufacturers Embrace Price Alignment Technology

When corporate objectives include rapidly and repeatedly adjusting prices at the most granular level, automation must be designed to alleviate the pain by using simple rules to derive prices.

Smart Manufacturing Control

This article discusses new technology features within the CNC, the HMI (Human Machine Interface) and making the process easier to manage, as well as how that relates to the machine motion control and specifically for multi-axis applications.

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48 hours to digitalise - How one production plant went remote in just two days

Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days.

MICRO MOLDING FOR MICRO-ELECTRONICS

Perhaps like no other, the field of microelectronics exemplifies the drive towards miniaturization, the obvious reduction in size of everyday household appliances and cell phones showing the extent to which products containing electronic components have been reduced in size.

A Journey Toward Autonomous Operations

Applying advanced intelligence and cognitive technologies likewise enables organisations to respond dynamically to changes in demand and customise product, ensure high product quality, and optimise production processes in real time.

Manufacturing and Automation - News Headlines

Emerson's New Ultrasonic Generators Offer User-Friendly Digital Controls for Fast Setups and Precise Operation

Branson GCX Series enables more efficient power delivery for ultrasonic cleaning systems

SMAC expands their electric actuator family to include the New LBR40 Series Linear Rotary Actuator

The LBR provides a long life cycle, high linear force and rotary torque, and is specifically designed for Capping, Thread Inspection, and Smart Screw Driving applications.

2020 Processing and Engineering Scholarships Awarded

PMMI awards students three scholarships totaling $15,000 for processing, mechanical and electrical engineering.

ProMach Strengthens Liquid Filling Solutions Capabilities with Acquisition of Fogg Filler

Deal expands ProMach's wide-ranging filling solutions portfolio and further enhances capabilities for single-source turnkey packaging lines worldwide

Omron releases new GigE Vision line scan cameras with Power over Ethernet functionality

Industry-leading automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas broadens its vision portfolio with compact GigE Vision line scan cameras featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Precision Time Protocol technology.

Manufacturing and Automation - Featured Product

PI USA - Large Aperture Rotary Air Bearing Stage

PI USA - Large Aperture Rotary Air Bearing Stage

Superior positioning and geometric performance, absolute high-resolution encoders, and a large, ⌀260mm clear aperture makes this air bearing stage a precision instrument for optical alignment, metrology, inspection, calibration, and scanning. Features and advantages include ⌀260mm clear aperture, 77kg load capacity, 0.0015µrad resolution (max.), 500 RPM (max.), flatness/eccentricity of <175/300nm, wobble of < 1 µrad, and direct drive motor. Air-bearings have no rolling or sliding elements and deliver frictionless, non-contact motion, resulting in negligible reversal error, better flatness, and minimal wobble and eccentricity. All these are ideal prerequisites for applications such as inspection and metrology, calibration, and scanning of high-end parts (i.e., infrared and precision optics, turbine blades, shafts and bearings) in industries like aerospace, aircraft, automotive, semiconductors, and photonics.

Manufacturing and Automation - Featured Company

Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.

Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.

Dynatect designs and manufactures a complete line of components to protect equipment and people. Products can be manufactured from metals, elastomer-covered fabric, nylon, rubber, polyurethane and PVC. Our range of products includes protective covers, cable and hose carriers, elastomer components and mechanical motion control. With tens of thousands of worldwide clients, and a library of more than 500,000 customized products, Dynatect has the broadest product offering to solve applications.