Almost 80 of the top suppliers to the UK’s machine building and systems integration community have already signed up to appear at MachineBuilding.Live on 4 October this year. The event takes place at the famed National Motorcycle Museum, adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham, and is open from 0830 to 1430.
Scorpion Vision is presenting a new application for its AI-powered 3D vision platform. The new 3D+AI solution will enable fresh produce processors to automate the peeling, coring and chopping of apples without impacting yield for the first time ever.
A new near-patient diagnostic testing system which promises to slash the waiting time for results relies on handling gantries and electric axes from Festo for pipetting and dispensing.
Up to 80 per cent of all premature bearing failures are caused by incorrect lubrication. This is where the Grease App from Schaeffler comes into play by determining the ideal lubricant type, lubricant quantity, grease service life and relubrication intervals required for initial lubrication and relubrication of rolling bearings.
Catalogues are fast becoming more and more digital and with the introduction to the new chainflex catalogue from Igus, this Is no exception.
Stefan Hufnagl, energy industry specialist at Copa-Data explains why industrial automation software platforms, like zenon, will be vital in supporting the intuitive visualisation and automated control of renewable energy sources, including wind and solar.
Leuze says system operators can benefit in multiple ways from integrated connectivity, with benefits ranging from commissioning (device management) to machine monitoring (condition monitoring) to process optimisation.
Stober has partnered with FVA-Workbench, the leading software solution for the calculation and parameter modelling of gear systems for faster, more efficient planetary gear unit design.
Schaeffler has announced the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares in ECO-Adapt SAS. ECO-Adapt SAS offers solutions for condition monitoring based on electrical signal analysis and systems for the optimisation of energy consumption.
New i4H SCARA robots from Omron are optimised for ESD and cleanroom environments for example in digital and automotive industries, such as semiconductor manufacturing.
Mclennan’s motion partnership with Irish Lights continues, with the company supplying two more custom motion systems provide energy saving and environmental improvements for Ireland’s historic lighthouses.
Following its recent acquisition of The Ewellix Group, there is now one of the most comprehensive portfolios of linear motion products under the Schaeffler umbrella. This provides machine builders and design engineers with broader opportunity for their linear motion needs, as well as unrivalled expertise in linear technologies.
From batteries to burgers, fast scanning is finding new inspection applications, as Paul Wilson, managing director of Scorpion Vision, explains.
With cables in high demand, it is hardly surprising that Igus has seen a high rise in data cable requirements. Its chainflex data cables offer superb EMC resistance when used in moving applications, thanks to the special shielding structure.
For the longest time, using robots at production sites affected by dust formation has been problematic and prone to malfunctions. A Kawasaki ZX-Series palletising robot, however, has been in problem-free and continuous use in the packaging of dental plaster for more than three years.
There are many applications where large distances need to be measured as quickly as possible and with a high degree of accuracy for positioning, surveying or monitoring tasks. Sensors UK managing director David White looks at how Dimetix laser distance sensors can meet these requirements with precision, robustness, flexibility and speed.
The new Connexis crimp-based wire-to-board connector series for cable assemblies from Phoenix Contact optimises automated production, ensuring speed and precision in PCB connection.
What developments can support machine builders in their quest for more energy-efficient drive technology? Bernd Müller, head of industrial equipment in the mechatronics segment at Lenze, gives his views.
Hybrid technology where energy and data transmission are bundled in one cable, is gaining acceptance with more and more drive manufacturers. Responding to this trend, Igus has expanded its chainflex cable portfolio with two new hybrid cables.
Giuseppe Menin, life sciences and process industry manager at Copa-Data, explains why the zenon MTP studio software platform is essential for helping manufacturers in life sciences integrate modular technologies, like bioreactors.
The UA1995 cable carrier from Kabelschlepp Metool provides plenty of space for all types of cables and hoses. It has an inner height of 80 mm and inner widths between 85 and 250 mm, with up to 600 mm available on request, while featuring all the popular benefits of the UNIFLEX Advanced all-rounder series.
The zenon Software Platform from Copa-Data comes with a range of features that can help equipment run efficiently in machinery and plant building for many manufacturing industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, automotive and others.
Omron has announced the launch of its new TM20 cobot with a payload of 20 kg, meeting the needs of tasks such as palletising, machine tending and material handling. The Omron TM20 has a small footprint and a reach of 1.3 m.
When packaging machine specialist Merz needed a servo motion solution for its latest machines, it turned to KEB Automation.
Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon has introduced two new model options for its scanCONTROL 30xx range of laser profile sensors (laser scanners) – a rear tail cable option and a protective housing option.
Construction and agricultural machinery users want to save money and significantly reduce maintenance. Igus says its dry running iglidur TX1 and TX2 plain bearings are suitable for precisely these applications.
LG Motion recently received an enquiry from a student at Southampton University to design a reverse offset printer to complete a PhD developing high-definition printed electronics.
The Beehyve is a Phoenix Contact PLCnext Technology community project. With the help of bees and technical specialists from the fields of OT, AI, IT, Cloud, and Data, a community project is set to get underway and anyone can participate.
WDS Components, the Yorkshire supplier and manufacturer of standard parts and components, has won the Global Award for Machining Products, Supplier of the Year Award at the Prestige Awards.
Mechan Controls is always striving to expand its machine guard safety product portfolio, and with the great success of the O-Type safety switches, the company now has a foundation to expand on this range through different contact variations, shapes and sizes to suit all applications.
While the information to implementation gap for robotics can be pretty significant, it is certainly closing fast, as the experts at LG Motion explain.
The Leipzig water sports centre relies on precise, robust draw-wire displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon for measuring the lifting height of its diving platforms.
Industrial robots are taking on more and more production tasks. They assemble, transport and ensure greater production efficiencies. With this level of automation, brakes that guarantee precision, speed and safety are critical, as the experts at KEB Automation explain.
The market of tomorrow will demand environmental and social commitments from parts and components suppliers, and the companies that are already taking sustainability seriously can demonstrate what can be achieved, as Edward Arnott, Sustainability Task Force lead at WDS explains.
A hygienically designed rotary bearing in the iglidur PRT series from Igus enables cleaning without disassembly for hygiene-intensive industries.
Stephen Hayes, managing director of automation technology expert Beckhoff UK, explains how the latest technologies can reduce project costs for machine builders and OEMs.
Based in Bielefeld, Germany, Böllhoff offers its customers system solutions – and realises these with the support of KEB Automation. Drive technology from KEB has proven to be the right choice, particularly in the area of servo technology, not least because the drive controllers lead to cost savings and require noticeably less space in the control cabinet.
Drives, controllers and IIoT connectivity from Lenze are future-proofing an innovative energy from waste solution developed by SEaB Energy.
At MachineBuilding.Live, Acorn Industrial Services is highlighting a range of actuator solutions, rod and rodless, that can be supplied as easy to program complete movement axes solutions. Linear guidance solutions, of varying types, from highly accurate positioning to heavy duty harsh environment applications, will also be featured.
After the huge success of its inaugural Drive Technology Insight last year, Maxon is delighted to present its programme for 2023.
B&R Industrial Automation enables adaptive manufacturing through intelligent track technology integrated with robotics, machine vision, and digital twins, all controlled through the company’s core automation platform.
The experts at British Encoder Products examine the different types of encoders, look at how encoders work, and explore different applications.
The ODT 3C sensor from Leuze can handle both measuring and switching tasks. The new two-in-one solution is thus suitable for a wide range of automated industrial applications.
Bringing parts and components to the right place and at the right time so they can be processed, assembled or equipped can be a logistical nightmare, especially when multiple lines are involved. Minitec has created a conveyor system which has met all the requirements for a European motorcar manufacturer.
Glass is one of the most striking features of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, but also a potential vulnerability. In the event of a terror attack shattering the glass, a high percentage of injuries in an explosion or bomb blast are caused by flying glass fragments rather than any incendiary device itself. Ensuring that can’t happen is a bonding solution from Advanced Adhesives.
With the new firmware 3.20, new Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) functions are available for the managed TSN switches from Phoenix Contact.
As downhole drilling has the largest potential for technological innovation, meeting these goals means leaning toward electrification. We talk to Maxon business development manager Mike Beasley about the considerations for electric motors in these applications.
Brazilian surface treatment systems manufacturer Erzinger was keen to limit service trips as much as possible to serve customers faster. By implementing IXON Cloud, it can now support its customers remotely, and work in an intuitive and secure way. It can even set up multiple simultaneous connections to work together on the same project. The result is cost reduction, quick ROI and happier customers.
In this video from Igus, you can get an introduction to the company’s i-sense technology and how effective it is in helping prevent downtime.
Jon Bentley, managing director of Mclennan – Tamagawa’s UK distributor for industrial applications – explores smart agriculture and construction machinery applications for Tamagawa Seiki IMUs.
We talk to the experts at IKO Nippon Thompson about how linear rail and carriages can be easily adjusted and modified, and how projects can be re-designed around standard products, to save customers time and money.
In a new video, the iglidur tribo coating is put to the test. This simple but effective test shows just how effective the IC-02 and Ic-05 coating materials are when applied to an aluminium substrate.
Aldershot based Fath Components has released the latest in a series of entertaining new videos on its YouTube channel, this one entitled ‘How to find a needle in a haystack’.
MK is expanding its range of connecting elements with an additional tension plug designed to form strong and conductive connections between aluminium profiles with no obstructing edges.
Idem Safety Switches has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. Accompanied by the Mayor of Bolton and the Deputy Mayor of Wigan, His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Ms Diane Hawkins LL JP LLB presented the Queen’s Award to Medi Mohtasham, founder and managing director of Idem.
International machine manufacturer, Ravni Technologies, has specified a complete drive system from Stober for a machine that straightens, cuts and deburrs thin tubes.
Scorpion Vision has launched what it claims is the industry’s biggest online marketplace for machine vision and imaging at shop.scorpion.vision.
Flowsort from FATH is a modular plug-n-play diverter that has been especially designed for swift and smooth integration into existing conveyor systems.
The safe, simple, and efficient operation of three-phase asynchronous motors is an important objective in a large number of applications. The Contactron Speed Starter from Phoenix Contact is the new device class that bridges the gap between motor starters and frequency converters with easy operation.
MMC series electromagnetic clutches from jbj Techniques are designed for use with hydraulic pumps, many of which are used in marine winch drives. Typically flange or plate mounted, they engage and disengage the pump.
The key to a long operational life of any product is correctly ensuring that the components capability is within the design requirements. When it comes to precision ball screws, the experts at Abssac are adept at transferring great product knowledge to achieve customer goals.
Mclennan has released a new capability brochure and a product line card that brings prospective and existing customers up to date with its wide range of electronic and mechanical motion components, and its expertise in precision motion and automation system design and build.
Recognising that, with an ever-growing number of machines in the field, data becomes increasingly important, surface finishing company Vapormatt has developed a new Industry 4.0 initiative in collaboration with Ixon Cloud.
Standard parts and components stockist and manufacturer, WDS Components, has extended its Stock Guarantee programme to cover a wider range of products.
Two product versions have been added to Phoenix Contact’s portfolio of narrow surge protective devices for MCR technology with an overall width of just 6 mm.
Breakthrough solutions that overlay 3D machine vision with AI are enabling tasks such as vegetable and fish processing to be performed with unprecedented accuracy and repeatability. Scorpion Visions at the forefront of this movement with its 3D+AI technology.
The Flashtrab-MB surge protective device from Phoenix Contact is based on innovative carbon spark gap technology and meets high lightning protection requirements.
Micro-Epsilon has introduced a range of wavefront measurement systems and modules for optics testing. Based on the SHSLab range of Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors from Optocraft, SHSInspect is a range of turnkey wavefront measurement systems, measurement modules and automated software tools.
A new ROI Calculator from Omron has been launched to support the process of evaluating an investment in collaborative and mobile robots, including easy and affordable leasing opportunities that are ideal for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
First year manufacturing Apprentice Sky-Elouise Hopkins is keen to raise awareness of having a disability and being an apprentice.
A new addition to the Pilz range of Industrial Access Management solutions, the Control Element PIT oe USB, now makes the use of USB ports possible in a secure way, preventing the possibility of machine tampering.
Harmonic Drive UK launched its CSG-2A Series Component Set recently. The strain wave gear has been designed for highly dynamic applications, like mechanical handling equipment in production and processing plants, to offer maximum torque density and lifetime precision.
As key distributors of aluminium sections and associated components from Bosch Rexroth and ITEM, KJN is well placed to offer machine builders independent technical advice backed up by a wide range of solutions
Following a recent BBC news report that fruit and veg will be smaller and look different as the summer’s hot and dry weather hits crops, Scorpion Vision is advising processors and packers of fresh produce to consider upgrading to AI-powered vision technology.
The goals of the oil and gas extraction industry have remained the same over the years: maximise production to meet the market’s energy demands while doing so efficiently, cost effectively, and sustainably. maxon has some interesting technology that assists.
IDEM’s recently introduced ESL-SS-WR designed for food contact and splash zone environments
Liquid filling machines are used for the transfer of a variety of bulk liquids for packaging into bottles, pouches or other containers. North Ridge Pumps provides some handy pointers about what works best.
Recent advances in eddy current sensor design, integration, packaging and overall cost reduction have made these sensors an attractive option where high linearity, high speed measurements and high resolution are critical requirements, says Glenn Wedgbrow, business development manager at Micro-Epsilon UK.
IXON introduces LAN Device Access Management
FATH Components has announced the arrival of its Flowsort automated diverting units, said to herald a new era of affordable, flexible sorting in conveying, handling and logistics.
Across diverse industries, Minitec says its Profile Series 30 offers outstanding value and almost unlimited design options. The lightweight, high quality profiles are said to be ideal for space-limited installations and are competitively priced to suit all budgets
Fears that robots will replace human workers are "mostly unfounded"
WDS Components has released an ultra-low head shoulder bolt, designed to conserve space when a compact footprint is required.
Gefeg-Neckar Antriebssysteme, represented in the UK by motion specialist Mclennan, includes a custom designed drive systems capability specifically aimed at integration on Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs).
cymex® select, the new quick gearbox sizing tool from WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH, went live on January 25, 2022.
Systems accessories for cabling are key to many enclosure installations, but it is important that that these accessories meet the same requirements as those that apply to building the panel, as Emma Ryde, RITTAL product manager for industrial and outdoor enclosures, explains.
Since the integration of its first Kawasaki robot, storage tank manufacturer Haase has not only been able to significantly optimise its production and efficiency, but also to support its sustained growth in many industries and international markets.
New service enables machine users to upload, manage and share projects in the cloud
Camozzi Automation has cut lead times for the newest, technically advanced valve island solutions. It’s doing this by extending UK assembly services to include the Series D, Size 2, multipole configurations.
Solutions figure strongly in automation systems across many industries
B&R has launched a compact new PLC family for machine builders
When a leading manufacturer of seating for mass transit applications needed a durable joint that was super strong as well as aesthetically pleasing, it turned to Newcastle-based Advanced Adhesives for a solution
To meet increasing demand of suitable high speed ball screws, KSS of Japan has developed a 13mm diameter by 30mm lead rolled ball screw, which is available through dedicated sole UK distributor Abssac.
In many Lesjöfors businesses, the company sees apprenticeships as a strategic way to introduce, train and keep the most suitable staff for the future. In the UK, European Springs and Pressings has just on-boarded five new apprentices in an extensive program.
Using its unique experience of compressed air systems as a supplier, manufacturer, auditor and trainer, industrial automation specialist Festo offers five practical measures for reducing compressed air energy consumption in the food production environment.