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How Will Bio-Based Products Affect the Manufacturing Industry?

Bio-based products are those with components wholly or partially derived plants or renewable marine, agricultural or forest materials. These products help people who buy them to choose more sustainable options.

A First Look at Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2019

Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies,and co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas,Healthcare Packaging EXPO will feature technologies from 2,000exhibitors across a 900,000-net square-foot show floor.

5 Ways Technology Improves Warehouse Safety

As technology continues to evolve, so will keeping workers safe. Drones, virtual reality, automation and RFID sensors will take their place in the warehouses across the globe, keeping workers safe and improving efficiency and productivity.

The Rise of the Cobots—Friends, Not Foes, in Today’s Manufacturing Landscape

Embracing the use of robotics on the production line, or incorporating AI to bring new products to market quickly, can help industrial businesses get noticed by young people and garner more interest in the employment opportunities on offer.

Galling a Serious Issue in Manufacturing - but There Are Solutions

With potentially disastrous effects resulting from galled fasteners seizing or even being subject to a fatigue breakage, the manufacturing industry players are advised to counter this threat.

5 Critical Challenges That Your Supply Chain May Face

The main essence of a supply chain is to deliver the right product to the right people at the right time. While it may sound simple, it is difficult to achieve.

Sensors Expo & Conference Reveals "Best of Sensors" 2019 Award Winners

Created to spotlight the advances in both innovations and real-world applications of sensors, the prestigious awards were presented by Event Director, Cal Groton, during Sensors Expo & Conference 2019 held this week in San Jose, California.

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Okuma Corporation Completes New Dream Site 3 Smart Factory

DS3 is a self-contained start-to-finish production facility for vertical and horizontal machining centers and double-column machining centers. This is the third smart factory investment by Okuma.

Boston Dynamics Handle Robot Reimagined for Logistics

The boxes used in the video weigh about 5 Kg (11 lbs), but the robot is designed to handle boxes up to (15 Kg) (33 lb). This version of Handle works with pallets that are 1.2 m deep and 1.7 m tall (48 inches deep and 68 inches tall).

HelMo mobile robot system brings flexibility to the connector assembly line

HelMo is capable of navigating with complete autonomy by permanently monitoring its environment with three integrated laser scanners and can perform its tasks either fully automatically or in collaboration with humans.

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Multiple Classified UL HazLoc Cabinet Coolers Available

Hazardous Location Cabinet Cooler® Systems are engineered and approved for use upon purged electrical enclosures found within classifed areas. The areas approved are Class I Div 1, Groups A, B, C and D - Class II Div 1 Groups E, F and G - and Class III. EXAIR's HazLoc Cabinet Cooler® Systems have been tested by UL and meet the stringent UL requirements for these areas. Cabinet Cooler systems are a low cost and reliable way to cool purged electric control panels found within these environments. They utilize vortex tube technology to produce up to 5,600 Btu/Hr, with no moving parts, which additionally creates a low maintenance solution for cooling your HazLoc purged cabinets.

AlphaStep AZ Series Stepper Motor Drivers Are Now Available with EtherNet/IP™

EtherNet/IP communication protocol is now available with Oriental Motor's αSTEP Hybrid Control System AZ Series stepper motor drivers. The combination of EtherNet/IP communication protocol and αSTEP Hybrid Control System open loop performance, closed-loop control technology allows manufacturers the room for significant design flexibility, innovation and IIoT connectivity.

New Balluff Configurator Tool Simplifies Building a Machine Vision System

With Balluff's new online Machine Vision configurator tool, users can confidently and efficiently select the product combinations required for configuring a complete vision system to meet their application needs.

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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders
Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series of linear stages have high stiffness, load, and lifetime capabilities in a compact size. The integrated linear encoder combined with stage calibration provides high accuracy positioning over the full travel of the device. At 36 mm high, these stages are excellent for applications where a low profile is required. The X-LRQ-DE's innovative design allows speeds up to 205 mm/s and loads up to 100 kg. Like all Zaber products, the X-LRQ-DE Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.

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Russell Finex Inc.

Established in 1934, Russell Finex has enjoyed 85 steady years of successful growth to become an international group employing over 200 direct employees with annual sales exceeding £40 million ($54m). As a worldwide leader in fine mesh separation technology, designing and manufacturing vibratory sieves, separators, ultrasonic mesh deblinding systems and liquid filters for use throughout the processing industries, our equipment is engineered for a global market and is supplied to over 140 count Russell Finex prides itself in offering the widest range of sieving and filtration equipment in the industry, and combined with innovative thinking and engineering expertise, we are able to provide custom built solutions to suit your unique requirements. We pride ourselves on our dedicated team of knowledgeable sales engineers and customer service staff ready to rise to every challenge.