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Experience fascinating innovation at MachineBuilding.Live 2024 with Schneider Electric

11/07/24 09:00

Schneider Electric will be a key Action Arena participant at MachineBuilding.Live 2024. The event takes place on 2 October at the National Motorcycle Museum, and machine builders are invited to come along and witness groundbreaking technology and innovations that are shaping the future of machine building.

RBTX presents a journey into automation

12/04/24 11:00

In a dynamic convergence of industry experts, innovators, and enthusiasts, igus, recently hosted the RBTX Low-Cost Robotics Live Workshop. This event, held at the North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC), brought together numerous users of low-cost robotics as well as automation novices.

Festo and QM Systems collaborate to develop new automated mass testing system

12/04/24 09:30

Industrial automation specialist Festo and systems integrator QM Systems have collaborated on the evolution of a new automated laboratory system that fills, caps and labels test vials at speeds of up to 3000 vials per hour.

The rise of modular robots and the importance of drive train design

11/04/24 13:00

For lightweight robots, modular designs are increasingly popular thanks to the flexible deployment they enable for specialised tasks. As part of an in-house robot build, optimising the drive train that powers and controls each joint is vital to the robot’s performance. The most effective way of achieving this is by developing the drive train as a complete module, as Roman Berger, maxon’s head of business development for robotics, explains.

Neura Robotics and OMRON forge strategic alliance

11/04/24 11:00

Neura Robotics and OMRON Robotics and Safety Technologies are excited to announce their strategic partnership which aims to revolutionise the manufacturing industry by introducing cognitive robots into factory automation, leveraging advanced AI capabilities to enhance efficiency, flexibility, and safety.

Apex Dynamics gearbox drives Europe’s largest electricity-generating waterwheel

11/04/24 10:00

Technology from Apex Dynamics is driving the largest diameter electricity-generating waterwheel in Europe.

A deep dive into custom drive design

10/04/24 16:00

What do you do when a standard, off-the-shelf motor, gearbox or actuator can’t meet the requirements of the application? Stewart Goulding, managing director of EMS, discusses the design and manufacture of custom actuators.

New cylindrical roller bearings for heavy-duty industrial gearboxes

10/04/24 15:00

Schaeffler has introduced a new series of rolling bearings for heavy-duty industrial gearboxes. The NJ23-ILR series is compact yet offers a very high dynamic load capacity.

Ecology, economy and social aspects in balance at TSUBAKI KABELSCHLEPP

10/04/24 14:00

Fully aware of the complexity of the topic, TSUBAKI KABELSCHLEPP says it has been successful with a comprehensive sustainability strategy.

Growth opportunities for systems integrators with universal automation

10/04/24 12:00

Fabrice Jadot, Next Gen Automation SVP at Schneider Electric, discusses how automation can unlock great value for systems integrators.

Addressing the needs and challenges faced by LabVIEW users

10/04/24 10:00

Beckhoff UK was a gold sponsor at LabVIEW technical event GDevCON. Here, technical support engineer Chris Knight explains the vital function that inputs and outputs (I/O) communication plays in connecting systems, exchanging data and ensuring efficient automation.

‘Employee perspectives’: An insight into engineering careers

09/04/24 13:45

There is not one singular blueprint that can lead to a career in the engineering industry. It offers a variety of roles, open to people from diverse backgrounds. To highlight the diversity of skills and experiences in engineering, global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has created the ‘Employee perspectives’ series.

Save 80% build time with Module Connect, plus RBTX demo

08/04/24 13:20

Would your company like to save multiple hours and cash for every machine you build? At MACH 2024, igus presents Module Connect, a unique and elegant engineering design to help machine users save assembly time.

Reaping the rewards of 3D printing

05/04/24 10:00

Tim Stratton, tooling department leader at the Schaeffler UK plant in Sheffield, discusses some of the cost savings the plant is seeing by investing in 3D printers for production tooling, as well as additional benefits in health and safety, ergonomics and freeing up valuable CNC machining capacity.

The ECI 123 Splus inductive rotary encoder with built-in vibration analysis

05/04/24 09:00

Featuring a built-in accelerometer, the new HEIDENHAIN ECI 123 Splus rotary encoder enables position measurement and vibration analysis in a single component. This added functionality simplifies condition monitoring and maintenance planning in high-wear automated systems.

The good, the bad and the future of generative AI

03/04/24 12:30

In the manufacturing industry, generative AI is being introduced at every step, from design to maintenance of assets. Here Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK, explores the benefits and risks of introducing generative AI into your manufacturing process.

chainflex cables without PFAS: Safer for people, the environment and business

03/04/24 11:45

igus chainflex cables for robotics and other industrial applications do not contain harmful PTFE and PFAS chemicals, likely to be banned by the EU – now demonstrated with the ‘PFAS free’ seal.

Schneider Electric announces Global Alliance Partner Program Award winners

08/03/24 09:30

Schneider Electric has announced the winners of the 2023 Global Alliance Excellence Awards. Throughout 2023, Schneider Electric’s Alliance Partners supported customers in the digitalisation of industrial automation, delivering value with innovative initiatives, solutions and services.

Configurable small controller now with FailSafe over EtherCAT connection

08/03/24 08:07

For efficient production, it should be possible to seamlessly integrate safety concepts into machine concepts. That is why the PNOZmulti 2 configurable safe small controller from Pilz supports the open communication system EtherCAT in combination with the safe protocol Safety-over-EtherCAT FSoE (FailSafe over EtherCAT).

Configurable small controller now with FailSafe over EtherCAT connection

08/03/24 08:07

For efficient production, it should be possible to seamlessly integrate safety concepts into machine concepts. That is why the PNOZmulti 2 configurable safe small controller from Pilz supports the open communication system EtherCAT in combination with the safe protocol Safety-over-EtherCAT FSoE (FailSafe over EtherCAT).

Green electricity from hundreds of ancient windmills

06/03/24 08:50

Sailwind 4, a student project in Germany, will reuse old windmills for power generation. igus has supported the project with 10,000 euros and has provided the young engineers with lubrication-free linear guides and polymer bearings, which ensure low-maintenance operation of the windmills.

Machine safety indication can greatly increase productivity

05/03/24 15:00

Safety standards have strict requirements for muting lamps and safety indicators, which cannot be ignored. Supplemental indication that does not form part of the safety system, but acts as guidance to the operator and other workers, can have a dramatic effect on increasing productivity, as the experts at Turck Banner explain.

Unlock time and cost savings with igus Module Connect

05/03/24 14:00

In today’s fast-paced industrial landscape, efficiency and cost-effectiveness are crucial. Enter the igus Module Connect, a connector solution that streamlines your operations, enhances productivity and puts money back in your pocket.

Industry must enhance cybersecurity practices

05/03/24 13:00

In the wake of upcoming NIS 2 legislative changes that will impact the whole supply chain, Schneider Electric cybersecurity solutions and services business lead Victor Lough is urging businesses to enhance cybersecurity practices against a backdrop of a dynamic legislative landscape.

Visit maxon at SPACE-COMM EXPO

05/03/24 11:00

maxon is exhibiting at SPACE-COMM EXPO, stand L2, at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, 6-7 March. The exhibition is the UK’s largest space industry event and maxon will present its drive systems for space applications.

EMS to exhibit FAULHABER motor range

04/03/24 10:00

EMS will be exhibiting at Medical Technology UK from 13-14 March at the Coventry Building Society Arena, showcasing a range of reliable, highly precise motion solutions for the medical technology industry, including the new FAULHABER IEP3 incremental encoder and expanded linear actuator L-series.

Lenze launches the most powerful motor driven roller currently on the market

29/02/24 10:50

Less complexity, fewer variants, more efficiency, more power and simpler, faster commissioning and maintenance – that’s what Lenze is promising with a revolutionary new magnetic motor driven roller (MDR) to support intralogistics customers, driving the future of conveying.

OMRON awarded third EcoVadis Platinum Rating for sustainability performance

29/02/24 10:15

OMRON has achieved the prestigious Platinum rating from EcoVadis, placing it in the top 1% of all businesses assessed for sustainability performance. This marks the third time that OMRON has received this international recognition.

SICK W10 swipe-and-set-up touchscreen sensor is a world first

28/02/24 12:00

SICK has unveiled what it says is the world’s first photoelectric sensor with a touchscreen display, heralding the future for universal and easy-set-up sensing. The SICK W10 is a versatile all-in-one sensor that represents a major step forward in precise detection technology, adaptable for countless industrial automation applications.

Schneider Electric launches EcoStruxure Plant Lean Management

28/02/24 10:00

Schneider Electric has launched EcoStruxure Plant Lean Management, a digital solution that collects and aggregates data across industrial operations to develop key performance indicators (KPIs) for short interval management (SIM) meetings, where shop floor teams review production cycles and identify issues and actions that need to be implemented.

Power supplies for extreme ambient conditions

28/02/24 09:45

The new third generation Trio Power power supply from Phoenix Contact is now available for the first time with a protective coating on the PCB. This enables reliable use, even under extreme ambient conditions.

The changing face of metrology

23/02/24 11:00

Paul Maxted, director of industrial metrology applications at Renishaw, explores the changing role of metrology in manufacturing over the last few decades and predicts how it is set to develop in the future.

Electric drives deliver perfect Easter egg flavour combinations for Mondelez

22/02/24 09:00

Mondelez has chosen Festo electric drive technology over pneumatics for a new automated chocolate Easter egg mixing installation at its site, due to lower energy consumption, higher safety and more flexibility in controlling speeds and positions.

Schaeffler showcases combination of digital and personal service

21/02/24 11:00

From February 21 to 22, 2024, at maintenance in Dortmund, Germany’s leading trade show for industrial maintenance, Schaeffler will be showcasing its comprehensive range of products, services and solutions in the fields of mounting, condition monitoring and bearing remanufacturing with its Lifetime Solutions.

New product label supports automated goods receipt

21/02/24 09:40

To further optimise logistics processes, Phoenix Contact is introducing new product labels that simplify automated goods receipt and goods issue for its customers.

Applied Automation acquires PTG Workholding

21/02/24 09:11

Applied Automation has increased its precision engineering capabilities following the recent acquisition of PTG Workholding.

SICK brings liquid lens technology to its smallest Lector code reader

20/02/24 11:00

SICK has added Liquid Lens technology to the Lector 61X, its smallest image-based code reader, to deliver rapid and infinitely-variable focal adjustment and a significantly-extended depth of field. The SICK Lector611 with Liquid Lens packs outstanding read performance and operational versatility into an ultracompact device.

Anybus achieves maturity level 3 certification in industrial cybersecurity standard

20/02/24 09:00

HMS Networks has announced that its Anybus brand has successfully attained Maturity Level 3 (ML3) certification in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62443-4-1: Secure product development lifecycle requirements, an industrial cybersecurity standard.

Assembly and buffering section for gate valves

19/02/24 11:00

When a company required a pallet circulation system for the production of gate valves for water pipes it turned to mk Profile Systems.

ifm radar sensors measure distance in demanding conditions

19/02/24 09:00

Even in rain, snow, fog and extremely dusty conditions, the new R1Dxxx and R2Dxxx radar sensors from ifm electronic provide accurate and dependable distance measurements.

New LED Stack Light offers four operating modes for versatile, cost-effective signalling

15/02/24 13:00

The new Modlight60 Pro RGB IO-Link signal tower from Murrelektronik is a versatile, adaptable and cost-efficient solution for applications that call for clear, reliable signalling.

Micro-Epsilon extends its high precision series of 3D snapshot sensors

15/02/24 11:00

Micro-Epsilon has extended its surfaceCONTROL range of high precision 3D snapshot measurement sensors for automated, inline measurement of geometry, shape and surface quality of objects. The surfaceCONTROL 3xx0-240 offers a larger measuring range of 240 mm and a measurement area of up to 245 x 180 mm. The sensor delivers the best measurement results at a z-axis distance of between 340 and 540mm.

Mitsubishi Electric and Koenig and Bauer announce strategic machine vision partnership

15/02/24 09:00

Mitsubishi Electric and Koenig and Bauer have signed a letter of intent for their future cooperation. The strategic partnership will combine the strengths of both companies to offer standardised, high quality machine vision components aimed at optimising the production of electrode foil for battery cells.

Growth and new business opportunities lead to UK expansion for STOBER

13/02/24 09:11

The UK subsidiary of industrial automation expert, STOBER, has expanded to larger premises to accommodate its growing UK presence within the world of motion control thanks to sustained growth.

Schaeffler receives an ‘A’ score in the climate change category

12/02/24 09:18

Schaeffler has been awarded an ‘A’ score in the climate change category for 2023 by the global non-profit environmental organisation CDP for its commitment to corporate transparency and performance.

Sidney Hamilton-Williams joins the TEN team

03/01/24 08:14

The Engineering Network (TEN) extends a warm welcome to industry sales expert Sidney Hamilton-Williams. She takes up her position this week as Portfolio and Events Manager on TEN’s Food Manufacturing.Live specialist event and its associated website after a long and distinguished career at Western Business Publishing.

Inaugural MachineBuilding.Live exhibition hailed as an outstanding success

05/10/23 14:30

The inaugural MachineBuilding.Live exhibition, held at the National Motorcycle Museum on 4 October, has been hailed as an outstanding success by exhibitors and visitors alike.

Food Manufacturing Live – May 1st 2024 – National Motorcycle Museum

18/09/23 09:30

Specialist engineering publisher and exhibition organiser The Engineering Network (TEN) has just announced an all-new event for suppliers of engineering solutions to the food and drink manufacturing sector, Food Manufacturing Live.

EPLAN enters into technology partnership with Dassault Systèmes

13/09/23 12:00

EPLAN and Dassaults Systèmes have entered into a technology partnership as part of the EPLAN Partner Network, whereby both parties will be working on expanding the interface between EPLAN and the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Festo bridges the gap between stepper and servo drive

13/09/23 11:15

Machine builders no longer need to choose between a stepper or servo drive, thanks to the CMMT-ST from Festo. This new extra low voltage servo drive is capable of open or closed loop positioning, which effectively bridges the gap between stepper and servo drives. This means the user can tailor the CMMT-ST to suit the needs of the application and reap the benefits of both control formats.

SKF Maintenance Product Partner accolade awarded to Acorn

13/09/23 10:30

Acorn has become the first company in the UK to be awarded new maintenance product partner status by the world-leading bearing and maintenance product manufacturer, SKF.

Schaeffler and H2 Green Steel intensify cooperation

13/09/23 09:00

Schaeffler and Swedish startup H2 Green Steel have decided to intensify their already close partnership. The two companies made the decision in the course of a recent equity funding round, in which Schaeffler agreed to invest a further 65 million euros, a significant increase that takes its total stake to 100 million euros. That’s the most equity Schaeffler has ever put into a minority stake in another company.

The advantages are stacking up on the shop floor

12/09/23 13:15

At MachineBuilding.Live, production environment products manufacturer FATH will make the UK debut of its new adapter pallets for the industrial dollies found on shop floors across all sectors of larger scale manufacturing.

Showcasing operational efficiency with zenon software demos

12/09/23 12:00

Industrial automation software developer, COPA-DATA, will be attending MachineBuilding.Live, on 4 October, 2023. Visitors are invited to visit COPA-DATA at booth 64, where the company will be showcasing its cutting-edge zenon software demos, offering a firsthand experience of the platform's multifunctional capabilities.

Leuze is turning 60 and continues its ambitious growth

11/09/23 11:00

In 1963, the electronics division of the Leuze Group came into being. In 2023, the international sensor expert is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Today, over 1,600 Sensor People worldwide create sensing and safety solutions in automation technology.

Swimming pool on demand

11/09/23 10:00

Conmag Engineering has designed a movable floor that transforms a luxury swimming pool into a walk-on terrace using linear technology engineering from igus that works reliably and with little maintenance under water. The solution saves up to £25,000 per unit over the previous system.

Electromobility is becoming a present-day reality

11/09/23 09:00

Schaeffler is presenting its latest innovations for the future of mobility at this year’s IAA Mobility show in Munich, with highlights including new drive technologies, improved chassis systems, and ingenious technical solutions for reducing friction.

Safety distance determined simply and safely

30/08/23 10:00

The new browser-based software tool, Safety Distance Calculator, from Pilz enables users to calculate safety distances for all common safety light curtains on the market simply and quickly.

New drive solutions boost precision, dynamics and efficiency

30/08/23 09:00

Just as in other industries, rising energy and material costs, as well as a shortage of skilled labour have become increasingly important for the machine tool sector. Schaeffler is meeting these challenges with new automation solutions that offer even greater dynamics, precision, energy efficiency, and longer machine operating times.

COPA-DATA announces two zenon Energy Day events

24/08/23 09:15

This September, energy software developer, COPA-DATA UK, will be hosting two zenon Energy Day events. The events are free to attend and attendees can register online, with only a limited number of spaces left available.

Hybrid cable carriers from Kabelschlepp Metool

23/08/23 09:41

The hybrid cable carriers from Kabelschlepp Metool combine side bands made of high-strength plastic with a variety of stay variants made of different materials. This provides the customer with a tailor-made solution for any specific challenge.

Choosing a safe drive solution for woodworking machinery

22/08/23 14:30

When it comes to material, surface and solid wood processing, choosing the right drive solution for the woodworking machine is critical. As different as the requirements for the drive controllers are, one topic is always important: ensuring the highest possible level of safety, says Mark Checkley, managing director of KEB UK.

The basics of 3D vision – and the impact of AI

22/08/23 11:00

Paul Wilson, managing director of Scorpion Vision, explores the fundamental concepts of 3D Machine Vision, including stereo vision, point clouds, pixel displacement, depth perception, and height measurement.

SICK’s extended Ruler3000 family focuses on the finest details

15/08/23 09:45

SICK has expanded its next-generation Ruler3000 family to focus the outstanding speed and precision of its top-flight 3D streaming cameras on the finest details of high-quality, high-resolution 3D inspection and measurement tasks.

Plug-in terminal blocks with system

03/08/23 08:00

The Combi plug-in terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact have a standardised plug-in zone. They therefore offer simple, time-saving wiring. New for the proven, uniform plug-in zone are the LP Combi connectors with lever push-in technology for the easy integration of preassembled conductors.

First energy chain to be certified for dry cleanrooms

02/08/23 12:00

The E6.29 energy chain from Igus has received an innovative dry cleanroom certificate from research consultancy Fraunhofer IPA for ISO Class 4.

Omron launches the M1 integrated AC drives solution

02/08/23 11:00

Omron has announced the release of the M1 Integrated AC Drives Solution. This cutting-edge solution offers advanced system integration capabilities, enabling machine design with enhanced flexibility, higher efficiency, and space-saving advantages.

Sick announces major upgrade to colour sensor portfolio

02/08/23 10:00

Sick has announced a major advance in its colour sensor portfolio, with the launch of its CSS and CSX high resolution and high-speed devices. Sick’s newly developed flagship CSS colour sensor combines high colour resolution with the ability to distinguish even the slightest nuances in shade.

Passive analogue inputs for four-wire measuring transducers

02/08/23 09:00

The new AI8 P analogue input modules from Phoenix Contact each offer eight passive channels for connecting a two-wire connection to transmit the process variable.

Solutions for precision motion control

01/08/23 14:19

Abssac specialises in precision power transmission and motion control solutions. With a rich history spanning decades, Abssac has established itself as a reliable supplier of high-quality products worldwide.

New igutex TX3 fibre-wound material perfect for construction and heavy-duty work

31/07/23 11:00

Igus has launched a new lubrication-free material, for bearings needing higher running performance with high dynamic forces, ideal for heavy-duty applications.

Clearly visible light signals

31/07/23 10:00

Leuze introduces new tower lights in robust aluminium housing onto the market: The TL 305 series offers bright and homogeneous illumination as well as an optional IO-Link interface.

Insulation against supply chain instability

31/07/23 09:00

The impacts of supply chain disruption are becoming all too familiar — shortages, inflation, factory closures, goods waiting at ports to be unloaded in, and so on. Stephen Hayes, managing director at Beckhoff UK, discusses how manufacturers can increase supply chain stability.

Modernisation of networks with Gigabit Ethernet extenders

04/07/23 09:30

The new Gigabit Ethernet extenders from Phoenix Contact enable high-speed Ethernet over any 2-wire cables or coaxial cables. Ranges of up to one kilometre can be achieved with the devices.

The future of safe automation

30/06/23 09:00

Pilz CEO Thomas Pilz discusses the developments and issues impacting on the machinery safety landscape, and what they mean for the future of safe automation.

M12 hybrid connector for Single Pair Ethernet

29/06/23 11:00

With the high-performance M12 hybrid connector in the Onepair series for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE), Phoenix Contact lays the foundation for demanding IIoT applications and the next level of industrial automation.

WDS extends bracket and fork range for actuator integration

29/06/23 10:00

WDS Components has extended its range of clevis brackets and fork kits for use with actuators. New clevis fork brackets have been designed for integration with ISO 6432 actuators, and WDS has also added a larger 16mm pin size to its range of complete clevis fork kits.

Medical technology compatible ball bearing material from Igus

29/06/23 09:00

Igus is expanding its range of high-performance plastics for medical technology. New in the medical range is xirodur MT180, a material for lightweight, lubrication-free, and hygienic xiros deep groove ball bearings – certified to the strictest standards including USP Class VI and DIN EN ISO 10993.

Laser distance sensor measures up to 270 metres

26/06/23 09:00

Precision sensor supplier Micro-Epsilon has introduced a non-contact laser distance sensor, the optoNCDT ILR1171-125, that measures distances up to 270m with a resolution of 1mm.

Benefits of integrating VR/AR in the manufacturing process

23/06/23 09:00

Stephen Hayes, managing director at automation technology provider, Beckhoff UK, explores the benefits of integrating VR and AR in the manufacturing process, looking at how PC-control can integrate these technologies in one software.

Do you know what a machined spring is?

15/06/23 14:00

If you use spring assemblies within your design it may be worth considering the machined spring product from Abssac. They do not employ the traditional method of manufacture by deforming a wire and around a set form to produce the spring, but machine the desired spring, be it compression, extension, torsion or a lateral bending spring from a solid piece of material.

Top 10 things an engineer looks for in a retaining ring supplier

15/06/23 09:30

The experts at Rotor Clip offer their ten top tips for things that an engineer might consider when evaluating a retaining ring source.

Cleanroom e-chain racks up 60 million double strokes and 18-months’ life

14/06/23 09:00

Igus has proved the abrasion resistance of its e-skin flat energy chain with the first industry test of its kind. Not only did the clean e-chain rack up 60 million double strokes, with 18-months’ life, Igus says it is also 20% cheaper than standard ribbon cables.

A cool condition monitoring solution

12/06/23 10:30

Schaeffler has supplied a fruit processing company with its ProLink condition monitoring system to monitor the condition of trolley bearings on stacker cranes, which operate in cold and frozen storage areas.

Igus scout delivers a new level of customer service

12/06/23 09:30

Excellent customer service is vitally important for every company, and at Igus this is no different. Now the company has introduced its newest customer service experience, Igus scout.

Increasing efficiency in control cabinet building

07/06/23 11:00

The clipx Engineer engineering software from Phoenix Contact is software for control cabinet building that optimises data consistency from the circuit diagram to the control cabinet.

First managed switches for Single Pair Ethernet

06/06/23 11:00

With the new Single Pair Ethernet switches from Phoenix Contact, modern sensors and field devices can be integrated directly into the Ethernet network.

WDS expands hinge range with new styles in stainless steel

05/06/23 15:25

Standard parts and components supplier WDS Components has expanded its range of hinges including new designs. Quick release hinges enable easy removal, while WDS also increases its range of cabinet and strap hinges.

Levelling the playing field between industrial robot and cobot palletising

05/06/23 13:45

Omron recently launched its new TM20 collaborative (cobot) robot with a payload of 20kg, whilst keeping its small footprint and providing a reach of 1.3 metres, making the new cobot ideal for tasks such as palletising.

Cranfield University team up with the RBTX UK team

05/06/23 12:00

In this video you can see how Cranfield University and the Igus RBTX team came together, with a snapshot into the recent event that took place.

Lenze opens door to digitalisation at ITMA

05/06/23 10:15

Lenze is using ITMA as a platform to showcase how textile machine providers can exploit the opportunities of digitalisation and be ready for future challenges with today’s solutions.

New Norgren website offers extended self-serve functionality

05/06/23 09:00

Norgren has launched its enhanced global website, offering customers improved functionality that includes the ability to select, order and track products on a ‘self-serve’ basis.

New controllers help achieve high production quality and improve energy productivity

03/06/23 10:00

Omron has announced that it will release the NX-series NX502 CPU automation controllers with advanced information control and safety control, simultaneously with the new NX-EIP201 EtherNet/ IPTM units.

Highly compact Ex i signal conditioners with SIL 3 functional safety

02/06/23 13:30

The new intrinsically safe versions of the MINI Analog Pro signal conditioners and measuring transducers from Phoenix Contact provide explosion protection and functional safety in a compact design.

Schaeffler rewards suppliers for outstanding performance

02/06/23 09:30

Schaeffler presented 19 of its suppliers with the Schaeffler Supplier Award at the Supplier Day in Herzogenaurach, Germany, in honour of their exceptional performance.

From live photo to Igus products with the new igusGo tool

01/06/23 14:15

igusGO tool is new digital tool for engineers which uses a live photo of a machine to show where Igus products can provide a potential improvement or cost saving.

Ultra-compact confocal measuring system offers sub-micrometre accuracy

01/06/23 12:00

Micro-Epsilon has introduced a confocal measuring system that consists of an extremely compact lightweight controller and a high-performance confocal sensor, which are factory-calibrated and delivered as a complete measuring system.

Labour saving 3D vision solution ensures presentation is top of the chocs

01/06/23 10:30

Scorpion Vision has developed a sophisticated 3D stereo vision-based inspection solution that ensures perfect presentation for chocolate gifting trays. By performing with near 100% accuracy a task that is usually carried out by one or two humans, Scorpion’s system can help confectionery manufacturers and packers to combat unskilled labour shortages, whilst increasing line efficiency.

Streamlining banding machines for sustainable packaging

01/06/23 09:00

When sustainable bundling and banding solutions company Bandall faced the challenge of using different sensors for detecting various product formats, it turned to Omron for a solution.

Automated wiring for all types of conductors

30/05/23 09:00

In addition to the XTV terminal blocks with lateral conductor routing, the first terminal blocks with frontal Push-X connection are now available from Phoenix Contact. The XT portfolio consists of feed-through and multi-conductor terminal blocks as well as function versions for using disconnect knives, plug-in fuses, and components.

Lenze takes drive performance to the next level with i750 servo inverter

26/05/23 10:00

High-performance drive solutions are crucial for efficient and automated production processes. In order to optimally equip tomorrow’s machines for demanding motion tasks, Lenze is expanding its portfolio with a new servo inverter, the i750.

Modular aluminium industrial workstations provide adaptable solution

25/05/23 09:00

Matara UK, specialist in automation, pneumatics and linear motion products, is also one of the UK’s leading providers of ergonomically designed aluminium industrial workstations and workbenches, modular in nature for maximum flexibility.

Unlocking success for UK manufacturers amid industry challenges

24/05/23 15:30

Omron’s highly anticipated Discover Omron Roadshow will bring together industry experts, thought leaders and manufacturers to exchange invaluable insights and empower participants with strategies to overcome hurdles, reduce costs, optimise efficiency, and drive overall cost-effectiveness in their operations.

How to choose the right terminal block

24/05/23 14:45

As a trusted brand with over 50 years of experience in manufacturing industry-standard terminal blocks, the experts at CamdenBoss offer guidance on how to select the right terminal block for your needs.

New Igus polymer coating tool simplifies selecting coatings

24/05/23 09:00

With the new iglidur Coating Designer, you can have high wear components coated with the in just three steps, and cost and delivery is calculated before you buy.

Copa-Data demonstrates modularisation with MTP

22/05/23 08:30

As product life cycles are becoming shorter and markets more volatile, the time available for innovation is limited. Modularisation as an interdisciplinary concept of industrial production offers an answer to these challenges, and Copa-Data presented practical examples at the Hannover Messe.

Cable carriers offer more functionality on a very small footprint

17/05/23 10:14

The next generation of plastic cable carriers from Kabelschlepp – UNIFLEX Advanced 1250 and QuickTrax/EasyTrax 0250 – have one thing in common: their compact size makes them ideal for applications in printing, automation, the packaging industry and material handling.

Reliably protect DC applications against surge voltages

17/05/23 08:40

As the number of DC applications continues to increase, more and more system operators are also using direct current with 650 to 750 V DC in industrial applications. The new VAL-MB-T2-750DC and VAL-MB-T2-1000DC type 2 surge protective devices from Phoenix Contact provide support here.

Pilz exhibits control and safety technology

16/05/23 16:30

Pilz will be exhibiting in the Drives & Controls Zone at this year’s Manufacturing and Engineering Week from 7-8 June. Click here to secure your free pass.

Lenze helps boost machine availability

16/05/23 15:00

Lenze offers an easy-to-implement, scalable solution to boost machine availability that turns productions more transparent.

Video highlights castors and wheels from Fath Components

16/05/23 13:45

Just released by Aldershot-based Fath Components is a short video describing selected wheels and castors drawn from the company’s extensive range.

Enabling Expert Technologies Group to sell remote access as a service

16/05/23 13:30

Expert Technologies Group’s customers get remote access for free during the project delivery phase thanks to Ixon Cloud. And after project delivery they are selling remote access as a service.

Integrated brushless DC motor offers high power density

16/05/23 11:00

Recently announced by JVL, and available from Mclennan, the new MAC320-L integrated brushless DC motor doubles the power of its NEMA 23 frame Mini-Mac series in a compact, high torque density, all-in-one positioning solution for OEM machine builders.

Advances in automation technology – practical solutions

16/05/23 10:00

Digital transformation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and Industry 4.0 are just a few of the reoccurring themes that dominate when discussing advancing technology for industrial automation. As a manufacturer or machine builder, the question is how to translate these themes into effective solutions that could benefit your current automation processes. Korina Parker, marketing manager at Murrelektronik UK, looks at workable solutions for these advances that are easy to integrate and have long-lasting advantages.

Backlash-free, torsionally rigid, all-steel, multi-plate couplings

16/05/23 09:00

jbj Techniques offers a wide range of backlash-free, torsionally rigid, all-steel, multi-plate couplings in torque capacities up to 2,000,000 Nm.

Bosch turns to Igus for robotic cable protection

15/05/23 09:55

Using triflex energy chains from Igus, Bosch protects cables from damage on its robots while still maintaining the freedom of movement.

Plastics specialist brings engineering and sales into virtual reality

15/05/23 09:28

Igus has created a digital parallel universe, the new iguverse, that prepares sales and engineering professionals for how they will work together in the future in the metaverse.

3D LiDAR navigation and collision avoidance

12/05/23 15:00

Sick has unveiled a milestone advance in its three-dimensional LiDAR technology with the launch of the multiScan multi-layered LiDAR sensor. The Sick multiScan combines floor-to-ceiling 360° environment perception with high-resolution navigation for reliable real-time localisation, mapping and collision avoidance in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).

Multicolour contrast sensor in a small size

12/05/23 13:00

Leuze says the new KRT 3C contrast sensor can be flexibly integrated into packaging processes thanks to its multicolour capability and small size.

KEB, Lenze and Weidmüller work together for greater energy efficiency

12/05/23 11:00

With a share of 38 per cent, industry is one of the largest energy consumers in Germany, which means there is lots of potential to reduce energy consumption and conserve resources. One possibility is to convert factories from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). Five trainees from KEB Automation, Lenze and Weidmüller have implemented the ‘DC Industry’ concept in a joint project.

Nothing should stop you from catching the automation wave

12/05/23 09:00

Recent International Federation of Robotics (IFR) figures show the rising global demand for robots, partly in response to companies’ challenges with labour and inflation. Many do not know where to start, but Igus’s RBTX platform is the perfect entry point for beginners and designers of small automation projects.

New Axioline Smart Elements for potential routing

10/05/23 14:30

The portfolio of Axioline Smart Elements digital output modules from Phoenix Contact has been extended to include three Smart Elements for potential routing directly at the I/O station.

Pepperl+Fuchs expands IO-Link Portfolio with a UHF RFID reader

10/05/23 11:00

With the IUT-F191-IO-V1, Pepperl+Fuchs is filling a gap in its portfolio and enabling customers to easily access UHF RFID.

Accelerating AMR fleet management and navigation

10/05/23 10:00

Omron announces the release of Fleet Operations Workspace (FLOW) Core 3.0 software, a next-generation platform for boosting the capabilities of their LD and HD series autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), while simplifying the integration process and improving fleet management.

The electric car giving driving lessons to children under 10

10/05/23 00:00

A real electric car in miniature is giving children as young as four the opportunity to start their driving career early. With lessons from £20, the aim is to set children on course for excellent road safety and driving skills before these young drivers pass their test for real. Young Driver Motor Cars is providing this realistic driving experience using Maxon motors.

The smallest SIL2 / PLd and SIL3 / PLe absolute safety encoders

09/05/23 10:00

Safety encoders from TR Electronic are a completely redundant CAT4 design with two fully independent multi-turn encoders in the size of a single standard size 58mm, 75mm or 115mm body. The choice of either SIL2/PLd or SIL3/PLe means you can select the exact safety performance level for your needs.

Igus highlights ‘enjoyneering’ with new digital services and solutions

09/05/23 09:00

With a focus on ‘enjoyneering’ – the combination of engineering performance and playful simplicity – Igus has launched a number of digital services and solutions. Step into virtual reality, use AI to identify parts, and be with Igus in the digital world.

Every minute counts

09/05/23 08:00

Schaeffler’s linear technology experts have worked closely with Siemens Healthcare to develop a drive system that allows computer tomography machines to be moved from one treatment room to another, which means patients can now be diagnosed more quickly.

Now open for visitor registration – MachineBuilding.Live

05/05/23 00:00

The UK’s only event staged exclusively for machine builders, systems integrators and OEMs keen to automate is now open for visitor registration.

Igus launches 190 new digital and physical products

27/04/23 09:00

Igus is launching a selection of digital tools in 2023, as well as products and services which are easy to use and reduce cost. The goal is to provide easy access to the right motion plastics product and have fun on the way, while being carbon-neutral and without plastic waste.

Smart fibre amplifier unit for stable presence and absence detection

25/04/23 15:30

Omron has announced the availability of its newest fibre amplifier unit, the E3X-ZV. This cost-effective solution is optimised to meet the essential requirements of detecting the presence or absence of workpieces in various applications such as parts feeders, roll presses for secondary batteries, and assembly machines for digital products. 

Anti-vibration mount installation kits speed up specification and installation

25/04/23 11:00

WDS Components is now providing anti vibration mounts as a complete kit to enable fast and simple procurement and installation. Acting as a vibration dampener or shock absorber, anti vibration mounts are now available with studs, washers, and bolts, comprising all the components required to enable installation.

Copa-Data presents practical examples of MTP at Hannover Messe

25/04/23 09:00

Copa-Data, which has taken on pioneering role for MTP (Modular Type Package), is also committed to further development. The company presented practical examples of modularisation at the Hannover Messe.

Sick launches 3D camera with certified safety

24/04/23 17:30

Sick has launched the safeVisionary2, which it claims is the world’s first compact 3D time-of-flight camera with safety certification performance level c, in accordance with ISO 13849. The safeVisionary2 promises to use the benefits of three-dimensional environmental perception to improve safety and productivity in many manufacturing and logistics environments.

Changing the game for HMLV manufacturers

24/04/23 16:35

Adnan Khan, business development manager at Beckhoff Automation UK, discusses how manufacturers can leverage technology to manage their supply chain effectively, save on costs, and deliver products to customers on time and in the way they want it.

AI+3D vision platform is a robot integrator’s dream

24/04/23 14:45

At the Machine Vision Conference (MVC), co-located with the brand-new BARA exhibition Automation UK, Scorpion Vision (Stand 21) will show how Mech Mind’s new generation AI+3D robot vision tech can support rapid development of 3D vision for robot picking challenges.

Festo highlights standardised hardware

24/04/23 12:30

Standardised hardware and the ability to work with the industry leading control architectures makes Festo stepper and servo drives, remote I/O and valve terminals a natural choice for machine manufacturers and end-users.

Pepperl+Fuchs promotes ‘Manufacturing-X’ initiative

24/04/23 10:30

As a company that has already helped shape understanding of Industry 4.0 by contributing to the Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI), Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiary Neoception will be attending the Hannover Messe to show what the next stage of Manufacturing-X evolution may look like.

Safe, trouble-free overhead conveying with individual polymer ball bearings

24/04/23 09:30

Offering high load capacity, and assuring smooth operation, xiros plastic ball bearings from Igus make a big difference in a range of applications in overhead conveyor technology.

Connecting robot accessories to any industrial network

24/04/23 09:00

For robot accessories to work efficiently, they frequently need to connect to factory networks. Robot accessories specialist RSP found the easiest way to achieve this was with the ready-made Anybus products from HMS Networks.

Machine feet solve levelling and vibration problems at the same time

20/04/23 09:00

To complement its broad range of anti-vibration dampeners, Cees Fasteners has now also introduced a range of levelling feet, available from stock.

Kawasaki Robotics launches CL Series agile cobots

06/04/23 09:00

With its newly launched CL Series and a variety of payloads and reaches, Kawasaki Robotics provides an entirely new and agile approach to collaborative robotics – powered by the partnership with Neura Robotics.

Igus reveals its secret to keeping manufacturers stocked and ready

03/04/23 09:00

Buyers of common cables, who would typically assemble their own cable sub-assemblies, are now ordering Igus e-chains and ready-to-connect cables due to Igus’ ability to deliver quickly.

Phoenix Contact celebrates its 100th anniversary

02/04/23 09:00

Phoenix Contact is celebrating a century full of passion for technology and innovation. In the past 100 years, the family-run company Phoenix Contact has evolved from a commercial agency for industrial products into a global manufacturing company.

Latest Norgren acquisition sees customers access enhanced electric motion solutions

31/03/23 09:18

Continuing a strategic commitment to offer the widest customer choice, Norgren’s extensive range of electric motion solutions has been further enhanced with the introduction of a new portfolio of linear and multi axis systems.

Robotic lawn mower cuts an accurate path to success with help from Igus

30/03/23 15:00

Labour shortages and carbon emissions of petrol mowers means robotic lawn mowers are on the rise. Kingdom Technologies turned to Igus to help keep its pay-per-use robotic mower maintenance-free.

HMS Networks launches Ewon Talk2M Visualisation

30/03/23 12:00

With Talk2M Visualisation from HMS Networks, machine builders get a fast and cost-efficient path to visualise machine data and get dashboards of historical data combined with notifications and reports. This ready-to-go IoT solution facilitates and improves decision-making processes related to machines.

Cable carriers for office and interior applications

30/03/23 10:30

The PROTUM Office series for office workstations from Kabelschlepp Metool has a modular structure and can be perfectly adapted to the conditions at hand with the flexible modular system.

Dold brings safety solutions to MachineBuilding.Live

30/03/23 09:00

Dold will highlight a number of key products at MachineBuilding.Live, including the STS key transfer system, UH 690 wireless safety system and the RL 9405 energy meter.

Sustainable alternative to traditional steel enclosures

29/03/23 15:00

Fibox will be featuring the ARCA range of wall or pole mounted cabinets at MachineBuilding.Live. ARCA represents a sustainable alternative to traditional steel cabinets.

Setting a new standard for heavy load rotary indexing tables

29/03/23 12:45

Engineering Solutions and Automation will be showcasing the VR.NC range (16-20) of heavy load rotary indexing tables from Fibro at MachineBuilding.Live.

Schaeffler supplies first customers with fully electric wheel hub motors

29/03/23 10:30

Three manufacturers of compact municipal vehicles are gearing up to incorporate high-efficiency electric wheel hub motors made by Schaeffler into their production lines in the coming months.

Festo highlights the benefits of standardised hardware

27/03/23 09:00

Festo says its standardised hardware and the ability to work with the industry leading control architectures makes its stepper and servo drives, remote I/O and valve terminals a natural choice for machine manufacturers and end-users.

Unbox the new Rebel robot with Igus

24/03/23 14:20

The Igus ReBel robot arm could not be easier to use. Designed specifically for it to be suitable for anyone to program, the user friendly Igus robot control is easy to operate and can be up and running in minutes.

Castor wheel range extension optimises integration for OEMs and end users

24/03/23 12:15

WDS Components has extended its range of castor wheels to increase design flexibility for OEMs and to enhance retrofit options for end users.

From F5 to F6: how to switch to the new drive controllers

24/03/23 10:30

The new KEB drive controller generation – COMBIVERT F6 and S6 – opens up new possibilities and potential for users to increase the efficiency of machines and systems. But how is the switch from COMBIVERT F5 to the F6 achieved and what should be considered?

Schaeffler destroys ten tonnes of counterfeit rolling bearings

24/03/23 09:00

Schaeffler takes regular and consistent action against counterfeit products, and now it has had around 30,000 counterfeits with a total weight of ten tonnes destroyed in Schweinfurt.

Omron launches cobot palletising solution

23/03/23 09:00

Omron has launched a new palletising solution for collaborative robots, responding to the need for more flexible production processes whilst reducing programming time. The PLC-based cobot palletising solution is created on Omron’s NX1 series modular machine controller that is equipped with a specialized Palletising Function Block.

Modular linear guides for long distances assembled with ease

22/03/23 09:30

The drylin Endless Gear linear module (EGW) from Igus is a modular, lubricant-free linear guide with rack and pinion drive, which can be extended to any length due to the modular plug-in design, at low cost and very light weight.

New labour saving ‘apple-ication’ for ai-optimised 3D vision

17/03/23 13:00

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.

Low-cost molecular diagnostic tests delivered using Festo technology

17/03/23 10:30

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. 

More efficient and sustainable rolling bearing lubrication

17/03/23 09:00

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.

Introducing the new chainflex cable catalogue

14/03/23 09:00

Catalogues are fast becoming more and more digital and with the introduction to the new chainflex catalogue from Igus, this Is no exception.

Virtual Power Plants and their potential to support the energy grids of the future

13/03/23 14:25

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.

Increased efficiency, improved commissioning, machine monitoring and process optimisation

13/03/23 12:45

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.

Innovative planetary gear unit design means faster product development

13/03/23 10:30

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.

Acquisition of ECO-Adapt strengthens Schaeffler’s portfolio of Lifetime Solutions

13/03/23 09:00

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.

Omron adds ESD and cleanroom models to i4H SCARA robot series

09/03/23 09:40

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 supplies custom motion systems to Irish Lights

09/03/23 09:00

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.

If you need linear motion, ask the experts

08/03/23 14:00

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.

Fast scanning for detection of faults and defects

08/03/23 12:00

From batteries to burgers, fast scanning is finding new inspection applications, as Paul Wilson, managing director of Scorpion Vision, explains.

Let’s talk data cables

08/03/23 10:30

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.

Automated packaging and palletising of dental plaster

08/03/23 09:00

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. 

Measuring long distances with Swiss precision

06/03/23 08:30

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.

Connectors for automated production

02/03/23 09:30

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.

Creating energy efficiency with a system approach

01/03/23 16:00

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 cables from Igus suitable for Bosch Rexroth and Siemens

01/03/23 14:50

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.

Plug and produce integration for single use bioreactors

01/03/23 12:30

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.

Cable carrier offers more space for cables and hoses

01/03/23 10:00

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.

Transform manufacturing operations and grow your business

28/02/23 10:20

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 introduces high-performance collaborative robot for heavy payloads

28/02/23 10:00

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.

KEB helps Merz packaging machine achieve 900 sachets per minute

28/02/23 09:00

When packaging machine specialist Merz needed a servo motion solution for its latest machines, it turned to KEB Automation.

Laser scanner now even more robust and space-saving in installation

27/02/23 11:00

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.

Support heavy loads easily with TX1 and TX2 bearings from Igus

27/02/23 10:00

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 engineers the perfect printing technique

27/02/23 09:00

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.

Swarm intelligence towards the future of sustainable automation

24/02/23 10:30

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 wins machining products supplier award

23/02/23 09:00

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.

OSSD 4 billion code safety switches

22/02/23 09:45

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.

Robot efficiency – is this a tipping point?

21/02/23 12:45

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 art of synchronisation

21/02/23 11:30

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.

Brakes from KEB ensure safety in robots and cobots

21/02/23 09:30

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.

Sustainability matters for parts and components supply

16/02/23 10:37

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.

New slewing ring bearing from Igus for food contact

15/02/23 13:00

A hygienically designed rotary bearing in the iglidur PRT series from Igus enables cleaning without disassembly for hygiene-intensive industries.

Cabinet-free automation for OEMs

15/02/23 11:30

Stephen Hayes, managing director of automation technology expert Beckhoff UK, explains how the latest technologies can reduce project costs for machine builders and OEMs.

Böllhoff relies on drive technology from KEB Automation

15/02/23 10:00

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.

Lenze works with SEaB energy to turn waste into power

15/02/23 09:00

Drives, controllers and IIoT connectivity from Lenze are future-proofing an innovative energy from waste solution developed by SEaB Energy.

Linear actuator and guidance solutions

15/02/23 08:18

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.

Maxon’s Drive Technology Insight 2023

14/02/23 11:30

After the huge success of its inaugural Drive Technology Insight last year, Maxon is delighted to present its programme for 2023.

This is adaptive manufacturing

14/02/23 09:00

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.

Understanding how an encoder works

13/02/23 10:15

The experts at British Encoder Products examine the different types of encoders, look at how encoders work, and explore different applications.

Two for the price of one – measuring and switching

08/02/23 10:25

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.

The need for speed… and automation

06/02/23 09:00

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.

Flexible structural adhesive prevents glass shattering at Heathrow Terminal 5

30/01/23 09:00

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.

Managed TSN switches for real-time-capable networks

24/01/23 09:10

With the new firmware 3.20, new Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) functions are available for the managed TSN switches from Phoenix Contact.

Applying electric drives for downhole applications

24/01/23 08:00

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.

Quick ROI and 60% decrease in maintenance travel with remote access

23/01/23 00:00

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.

Smart technology prevents expensive downtime

20/01/23 14:30

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.

Smart agriculture and construction machinery applications

20/01/23 13:30

Jon Bentley, managing director of Mclennan – Tamagawa’s UK distributor for industrial applications – explores smart agriculture and construction machinery applications for Tamagawa Seiki IMUs.

Delivering a tailored solution on time and on budget

20/01/23 12:30

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.

iglidur coating put to the test

20/01/23 11:28

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.

How to find a needle in a haystack

19/01/23 11:00

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’.

Tension plug S is a new addition to the MK range

19/01/23 09:00

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 presented with the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

18/01/23 09:00

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.

Industry leaders embrace new machine building event

17/01/23 12:15

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.

Simultaneous straightening, cutting and deburring of thin tubes

06/01/23 09:00

International machine manufacturer, Ravni Technologies, has specified a complete drive system from Stober for a machine that straightens, cuts and deburrs thin tubes.

Machine vision and imaging web shop opens for business

05/01/23 09:00

Scorpion Vision has launched what it claims is the industry’s biggest online marketplace for machine vision and imaging at

New plug-n-play sorting product is transforming conveyor lines

03/11/22 09:26

Flowsort from FATH is a modular plug-n-play diverter that has been especially designed for swift and smooth integration into existing conveyor systems.

Speed starter with intuitive operation

02/11/22 15:00

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.

Electromagnetic clutches for marine and hydraulic pump applications

02/11/22 11:45

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.

Matching precision ball screw performance with tight budgets

02/11/22 09:30

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 publishes new capability brochure and product line card

01/11/22 16:45

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.

Vapormatt brings service packages into the 4.0 era with data insights

01/11/22 09:52

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.

WDS extends Stock Guarantee across further products

27/10/22 08:37

Standard parts and components stockist and manufacturer, WDS Components, has extended its Stock Guarantee programme to cover a wider range of products.

Narrow protection for 4-conductor measurements

25/10/22 10:54

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.

AI-optimised vision reaches ‘last outposts’ of manual food processing

23/10/22 10:00

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.

Surge protection for universal use

20/10/22 14:58

The Flashtrab-MB surge protective device from Phoenix Contact is based on innovative carbon spark gap technology and meets high lightning protection requirements.

High accuracy wavefront measurement systems for optics testing

20/10/22 14:54

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.

Omron launches cobot and AMR ROI calculator

05/10/22 11:36

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).

HepcoMotion apprentice raises awareness of disabilities

05/10/22 11:27

First year manufacturing Apprentice Sky-Elouise Hopkins is keen to raise awareness of having a disability and being an apprentice.

Ensuring secure digital access to plant and machinery

05/10/22 11:24

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.

High-precision strain wave gearing suits handling systems

05/10/22 11:20

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.

One of the widest ranges of aluminium profiles available

05/10/22 11:19

As key suppliers of aluminium profile and associated products KJN’s range of BR & IR profile ranges are well placed to offer machine builders technical advice backed up by a wide range of solutions.

Packers and processors need to adapt to wonky veg

05/10/22 11:14

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 benefits of electric drives in downhole equipment

05/10/22 11:12

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.

Pulling out all the stops with new safety switch

05/10/22 11:10

IDEM’s recently introduced ESL-SS-WR designed for food contact and splash zone environments

Maximise filling machine efficiency with the right pump

05/10/22 11:07

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.

Eddy current sensors replace inductive sensors and switches

05/10/22 11:05

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.

Contactless system monitoring for predictive maintenance

05/10/22 11:03

igus is always striving to improve what moves and with its Smart Plastic range. Now it is going one step further, improving what moves before it breaks with predictive maintenance technology.

Grant VPN access to specific devices in your machine

05/10/22 11:00

IXON introduces LAN Device Access Management

New modular flow sorting system is fast, flexible and energy efficient

05/10/22 10:58

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.

Shield connections for the PCB

05/10/22 10:56

Phoenix Contact is extending its portfolio of PCB connection technology for data transmission with the new solderable SH-PCB 6 shield clamp.

A modular answer to weight, space and price dilemmas

05/10/22 10:54

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

Transforming the factory floor to enhance productivity

05/10/22 10:52

Fears that robots will replace human workers are "mostly unfounded"

Shoulder bolts now available with ultra-low head for compact installation

05/10/22 10:51

WDS Components has released an ultra-low head shoulder bolt, designed to conserve space when a compact footprint is required.

Gefeg-Neckar AGV drive systems now available from Mclennan

05/10/22 10:49

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 best drive solution within seconds

05/10/22 10:44

cymex® select, the new quick gearbox sizing tool from WITTENSTEIN alpha GmbH, went live on January 25, 2022.

Cabling accessories are indispensable for enclosures

05/10/22 10:41

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.

Storage tank manufacturer expands using Kawasaki robots

05/10/22 10:39

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.

Digital transformation of engineering marches on

05/10/22 10:38

New service enables machine users to upload, manage and share projects in the cloud

Camozzi extends UK assembly service to cover additional product

05/10/22 10:36

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.

British Encoder Products reinforces commitment to its users

05/10/22 10:34

Solutions figure strongly in automation systems across many industries

Keeping tight control in control cabinets

05/10/22 10:30

B&R has launched a compact new PLC family for machine builders

A bond that was shaken but definitely not stirred

05/10/22 10:28

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

Abssac introduces long travel, high speed ball screw

05/10/22 10:25

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.

Securing the future of spring manufacturing

05/10/22 09:50

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.

Five ways to reduce energy use in compressed air

04/10/22 21:01

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.

Tecno-Elèctric Girona (TEG) becomes specialised Omron safety integrator

22/08/22 11:45

Omron has set up a bespoke Skills-Up Safety Training program for selected European Omron Safety Solution Partners to ensure that they have the full and latest knowledge regarding all the safety aspects of industrial automation. One of the first companies to complete this training program is Tecno-Elèctric Girona (TEG), based in Spain.

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