Siemens Solution Partner Patti Engineering to Present Seminar "UHF RFID on the Factory Floor" at Manufacturing in America Symposium in Detroit on March 23, 2017

Controls Engineer Ian Mogab will host a technical seminar to share expertise on using Siemens technology to install UHF RFID in industrial settings.

Microscan Presents New Capabilities of MicroHAWK Barcode Readers and Machine Vision Solutions at Advanced Design and Manufacturing Expo

Microscan will demonstrate new capabilities of the MicroHAWK family of products - the world's smallest high-performance barcode readers and smart cameras - at the ADM Cleveland Expo March 29th and 30th in Cleveland, Ohio.

Added Flexibility for Dorner's 2200 SmartFlex® Conveyor Platform with New 85 mm Width Option

Dorner's flexible chain conveyor platform, SmartFlex®, is now available in an 85 mm width standard option.

What to Consider When Choosing Either a Single-process or Multi-Tasking Machine

With such a wide and diverse selection of Multi-Tasking machines available today, it's sometimes hard to imagine a situation when using single task machines is a better option, but there are more than most shops would think.

How Safety Will Win Over 21st Century Luddites

Predictive maintenance, the process by which machines that are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) with AI capabilities predict when and where something needs to be fixed, can fortel and forestall dangerous accidents from happening in the first place.

Festo Introduces at Interphex a New Family of Sanitary/Automated Ball, Angle Seat, and Pinch Valves for the Pharma and Biotech Industries

With the introduction of this new sanitary valve family, Festo becomes the only global single-source supplier for control-cabinet-to-pipe automation for utility processes. (Festo Interphex Booth #1834) (Festo AquaJellies - the bionic artificial jellyfish - also at Interphex)

ADLINK Introduces Ready-to-Go Smart Camera with MVTec MERLIC

"MERLIC's ease-of-use and its powerful machine vision software tools, combined with ADLINK's state-of-the-art imaging hardware, provide quick deployment of solutions with minimal configuration effort. This makes the combination ideal for facing the challenges of increasingly fast-paced markets". -- Torsten Wiesinger, Sales Director, MVTec Software GmbH

Icon Labs Announces the First Complete Certificate Authority Solution for Internet of Things Manufacturers

Floodgate CA enables OEMs and solution providers to quickly and cost effectively deploy a "private" PKI network

HEIDENHAIN's Modified Angle Encoder Now Available for Functionally Safe Machine Applications

HEIDENHAIN updates its successful angle kit encoder line again by modifying the ECA 4000 angle ring encoder series for use in safety-related applications. Of notable use in machine tools where dangerous conditions exist, this new ECA 4410 encoder is also useful in many automation applications such as in robotic arms for example.

Automate 2017 - Matrix Design, LLC to Feature Live Robotic Machine Tending and Deburring Systems at Automate 2017

Matrix will exhibit in booth #1612, a 20' x 30' space, and will feature live automation demonstrations of their robotic machine tending and deburring systems. Matrix's experienced staff experts will be in attendance to present their systems and to consult with attendees.

Mouser Electronics Partners with Renesas to Reach Global IoT Marketplaces

Expands Availability of Renesas Synergy™ Platform Featuring Software, MCUs, and Dev Tools for IoT

New Study Shows U.S. is World Leader in Robotics Automation - With $732 Billion of Robots; Larger Than Economy of Switzerland

-Study from CEBR and Redwood Software shows U.S. investment in robots more than doubled since hitting low in 2009 -U.S. investment in robotics rose 30% between 2011 and 2015 -Investment in robotics offers better long-run value for money than investments in financial services, real estate or transportation -Robotics investment contributed around 10% of GDP per capita growth in OECD countries from 1993 to 2016 -Global robotics investment reached 18 year-peak in 2015 -There is a clear economic rationale backing the fact that humans and robots in the workplace are not mutually exclusive

ABB launches industry-leading digital solutions offering, ABB Ability™

ABB today commercially launched ABB Ability, its industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions, at ABB Customer World in Houston.

Infineon invests S$105 million in Smart Factory

Calvin Hui for Channel News Asia:  German semiconductor Infineon Technologies will invest S$105 million over the next five years into building a Smart Factory at its Singapore manufacturing facility. This is part of Infineon’s push to implement what it calls a Smart Enterprise Programme, encompassing horizontal, vertical and digital integration. For instance, it has introduced robots like automated guided vehicles, to facilitate the transportation of chips across different parts of the facility. Senior engineer Foo Say Wee, said: “For the lots delivery, it used to be carried out manually by the operator who has to search the lots and carry the lot and hand it to the equipment. But today, employing automation, the lot will be automatically delivered to the operator and after that we have robotic vehicles that automatically come over and transport the lots to the equipment." The company manufactures chips used in things like cars and electronic identification such as passports.   Cont'd...

ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensor for motors ready to provide health checks for motors

Based on smart sensing technology, the pioneering technology solution paves the way for condition monitoring for millions of low voltage (LV) motors. It will be available as of April in Europe, and in the US soon after.

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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.