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Shortwave Infrared Cameras for High-Temperature Manufacturing and R&D Processes

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-36146
Published 2020-03-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

With the range of infrared cameras on the market today, it may be difficult for end-users to know which camera is best suited to their application. There are longwave, midwave, and shortwave camera systems—each with its own advantages for specific industries and uses.

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Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Opens New Technical Center

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-36273
Published 2020-03-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. (MCC) has opened a new technical center in Agawam, MA. The company is holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration March 9. An open house will follow to introduce the company’s new L12 Type X and the new 12 mm laser cutting and welding machine. A variety of Cincom sliding headstock and Miyano fixed headstock lathes will be on display as well. The event will also include technical seminars presented by Sandvik, Esprit, and Gen Swiss.

Smart Manufacturing Control

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35997
Published 2020-02-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The manufacturing process of today involves many challenges, from mass production down to a lot size of one. The CNC controls in factories have to master this market trend without an adequate amount of skilled labor in the US manufacturing world. In essence, manufacturing is facing a renaissance in the CNC control technology shift.

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Low-latency cameras, onboard computing combine to offer advanced operator assistance

SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: February 2020

Ken Lindfors
  • Magazine Article
  • 20TOFHP02_07
Published 2020-02-01 by SAE International in United States

Modern industrial machines have been using cameras for years to improve visibility and eliminate blind spots. With the introduction of Ethernet cameras, an accepted standard for networked computing, more complex and cost-effective camera configurations can be implemented into on- and off-highway vehicles.

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Going Beyond the Basics: Innovative Step Motor Designs Give Machine Designers More Options for Motion Control

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-36002
Published 2020-02-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Machine and system designers now have greater options in choosing a motor to meet motion control requirements. While basic step motors with open-loop control schemes abound in the marketplace, different motor and drive designs offer interesting solutions for smarter, faster, quieter operations with more torque. Some incorporate smart drives for higher-level streaming commands or onboard motion control, while others add encoders for greater torque and accuracy. These options can offer better solutions as applications become more sophisticated and demanding, while companies address initiatives for greener operations. This article outlines different step motor options available on the market and considerations for their use.

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SAE Truck & Off-Highway Engineering: February 2020

  • Magazine Article
  • 20TOFHP02_14
Published 2020-02-01 by SAE International in United States

Off-highway industrial machines require multi-function implement operation with dynamic duty cycles. In many cases, machine implements demand short bursts of full engine power and brake dynamic loads requiring 50% or more of energy consumed. Many next-generation machines reduce energy loss and improve productivity by incorporating hybrid-electric approaches with energy storage. An efficient implement solution enabling the hybrid-electric approach is essential to achieve maximum improvement potential.

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How Augmented Reality Can Modernize Aerospace And Defense Manufacturing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35685
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

You've probably heard about augmented reality (AR) in the context of consumer entertainment: video gaming, virtual tours, or interactive displays. But AR for enterprise business is here. It's no longer an emerging technology, or a novelty; businesses are using AR to overhaul processes, drive efficiencies, reduce manufacturing errors, and improve their bottom line.

Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35608
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Collaborative robots, often called “cobots,” offer opportunities for companies of almost any size to cost-effectively automate processes that were previously out of reach. Cobots are available in a wide range of sizes, payloads, and capabilities but they all share attributes that define the term “collaborative.” The aspect that most people think of first is safety — the ability for cobots to work alongside human workers without bulky, expensive guarding. Cobots include a number of built-in safety mechanisms including rounded edges and softer materials as well as power-and force-limiting technologies that avoid injury and minimize discomfort in case of contact, and sensors that automatically slow or stop the robot arm if a human enters its workspace.

2019 'Create the Future' Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation Category Winner: The HPCI® Joining Gun

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35440
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Plate Handler Adds Automation in Medical Laboratories

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35504
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Peak Analysis and Automation (PAA), Farnborough, UK, has designed a budget-friendly plate handler that works in a tight laboratory footprint, developing an innovative product that could be a game-changing development in the medical community.