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Issue 28
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Product innovation speeds up the picking of small parts
Intralogistics applications are under pressure in terms of efficiency: They have to work more flexibly, stock a wider range of items within a smaller space, and guarantee faster retrieval times. At the same time, storage and handling requirements are increasingly shifting towards bins and trays...
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Gill Sensors helps to keep train performance on track.
The railways in the United Kingdom are among the busiest in Europe and with growth in demand from both passenger and freight services over the last 20 years, large parts of the rail network at capacity. This constrained capacity means that any disruption to the rail timetable can lead to extensive and expensive delays...
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Eye in the sky
If you have recently been to a large sporting event or music concert, chances are you might have caught sight of something high in the air, whizzing around on gossamer tendrils. The system enables television cameras to move both vertically and horizontally, tracking action quickly, fluently and accurately. To allow it to do this, the system employs incredibly specialised gears.
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Overcoming machine building challenges in Industry 4.0
Intelligent machines are the foundation of smart factories. But incorporating the right technology into intelligent machine designs creates new challenges for machine builders. Mark Turner, Applications Manager at Lenze, reveals how to get it right.
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ODU UK Ltd – not your average connectors
As a ‘problem-solving’ connector manufacturer, ODU enjoys single-source status with over one hundred of the worlds top manufacturing companies. Why is that? Because, not only do they have expertise, but they work hard at being a flexible and innovative supplier. In the UK, ODU are probably best known for their miniature military push-pull connectors. Notably, since 2002, ODU have supplied more than 100,000 helmet connectors for the Bowman military communications programme, without a single reported connector failure.
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Quantum Controls
Faced with a drive breakdown and loosing production?
Renting a Variable Speed Drive (VSD) is perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind for engineers in this situation, but it is the best way to guarantee your plant back up and running in the minimum time scale. In fact, VSD hire was largely unheard of until 2006 when Quantum Controls established their unique rental division. However, there are many compelling reasons why you should consider hiring VSD’s rather than making an outright purchase – and it can often be the best solution for you and your business.
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Accuride introduces a range of plain bearing friction guides
Well known as a global manufacturer of telescopic slides, Accuride has used all its experience of sliding systems to design a range of friction guides well suited to the automation industry. The tough anodised tracks, which can be cut to required length or butted together for longer tracks, along with the superior polymer sliding surface within the guides will mean that these are both hard wearing and long lasting.
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Mean Well HDR-100 series, a 100-watt Ultra Slim DIN Rail power supply now available from Ecopac Power.
With the HDR 15 watt, 30 watt and 60 watt series already available, these new generation ultra slim step shape DIN rail power supplies are ideal for building automation and household control systems. The Mean Well HDR-100 series is designed with a step shape plastic housing meeting the European Union standard DIN EN43880 with height of 90mm and width of 70mm. Universal 85-264VAC input, low no load power consumption of less than 0.3 watts. High working efficiency of 90%, adjustable DC output voltage and wide working temperature range of -30° to +70°.
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Engineered Latching for Enhanced Usability
In today’s highly industrialised and automated world, with increased focus on equipment security and operator safety , the user experience in terms of a human’s interaction with a product or appliance has gained tremendous importance.
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SG Transmissions
SG Transmission’s magnetic clutch saves military vehicle
SG Transmission has designed and manufactured a magnetic clutch for a military vehicle. With a diameter of 118mm, the non-conventional friction clutch has a multi-pole design which gives a comparatively high torque of 35-40NM for its diameter.
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Novotechnik sensors with IO-Link communications are Industry 4.0 ready
Through its exclusive UK distribution partnership with measurement technology leaders Novotechnik, Variohm EuroSensor supplies and supports linear and rotary sensors that feature the standardised communications protocol IO-Link.
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