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For fast and easy picking: Control multiple sensors with just one PC and shorten cycle times considerably with enhanced technology!

BIN PICKING ROBOT TECHNOLOGY

Fully-automated separation of unsorted parts – simple, flexible, and now even more efficient for even shorter cycle times

No expert knowledge needed for easy installation and commissioning

Even the most complex parts geometries can be reliably captured and picked up with the sensor SHAPESCAN3D at top speed - even with short cycle times. Now the proven solution for intelligent picking gets a product expansion: with new possibilities in hardware and software, the system can now calculate even more quickly and control multiple sensors centrally from one workspace.

Even the most complex parts geometries can be reliably captured and picked up with the sensor SHAPESCAN3D at top speed - even with short cycle times. Now the proven solution for intelligent picking gets a product expansion: with new possibilities in hardware and software, the system can now calculate even more quickly and control multiple sensors centrally from one workspace.

SHAPESCAN3D's picking offers a flexible 3D automation solution that has never before been possible, or at least affordable. With the enhanced software, the sensor allows for a faster operating speed and thus an improved production flow-rate. This makes extremely fast return on investment achievable. Additionally, the latest version of the software supports the central control of multiple sensors on just one PC, so that multiple additional linear axis can be operated without a complex linear axis and with high process reliability.

Scanning an entire standard-sized transport box takes less than 2 seconds with SHAPESCAN3D

SHAPESCAN3D is just as simple to install after the update. Thanks to its unique "Plug & Automate" concept, the sensor can be operating within a few hours, ready to enable picking of even the most complex parts. This fast commissioning has already proven itself in many different projects. The sensor's pre-calibration and its clearly arranged graphical allow for a quick start even user interface allows for a quick start even without prior experience or expert knowledge.

After just one scan, multiple parts can be captured and picked up one after the other to shorten cycle times even further

This is supported by the easy teach-in of object shapes using 3D CAD data, similar to the sensor solutions of the Plug & Automate line from ISRA VISION. By using digital CAD-models, the sensor identifies an almost unlimited variety of component types, regardless of shape and position. With the new software capacities, it captures the position of multiple parts at the same time and can thus create a picking sequence without scanning again. Additionally, predefined picking patterns can be saved to significantly speed up calculation and scanning times for pre-sorted crates and to reach peak productivity. The enhancement of SHAPESCAN3D thus enables even faster and more reliable production with extremely robust processes as well as the most time and cost-effective procedures.

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ISRA VISION AG

 

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Field Information Manager (FIM)

Fieldbus device management made easy

 

With the motive of merging the best of Text (DD, EDD, etc) and Graphic (FDT DTM) based Device Integration, Field Device Integration (FDI) activities started way back in 2009. By 2011, FDI was formally formed and most Foundations (HART, PROFIBUS, FF, FDT, OPC) as well as major Automation suppliers were part of it.

"ABB Field Information Manager is the first device management tool to fully embrace the Field Device Integration (FDI) Common Host Components"

 

 

 

 

Robotics in machine tool industry

Right from the emergence of industrial revolution, the motivation to improve the manufacturing process has continued and the drivers continue to be efficiency, speed and accuracy. A big part of the image of modern manufacturing is the idea of robots. A robot is a machine designed to execute one or more tasks, simple or complex, repeatedly, with speed & precision and that eliminates the human intervention & effort. A robot can be controlled by a human operator, sometimes from a great distance. But most robots are controlled by computer.

An Industrial robot is an electro-mechanical machine that is controlled by a motion controller and driven by servo motors. One of the key applications of industrial robots is to perform repetitive motions with high accuracy.

Testing time for fall arrestors

TRANSDUCER TECHNOLOGY

Safety equipment such as fall arrestors must work perfectly every time they are called into action, so they must be made to the highest standards of manufacture, tested and certified. Only then will users have confidence wearing them.

 

This rig for testing self-retracting lifelines is designed for fast, efficient, accurate and reliable operation 

Global market leader Latchways plc of Devizes has developed two different test rigs as part of its rigorous and always developing programme to confirm the quality of its products. Both rigs use TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology in Banbury as the main means of measuring the critical test parameters.

Worldwide, people work safely at height, thanks to Latchways' ManSafe fall protection systems and access solutions. Latchways' ManSafe solutions are used in sectors as diverse as aerospace, power distribution and utilities, telecommunications, roofing, construction and building maintenance. ManSafe systems can work horizontally, vertically, along inclines and overhead, and can be installed permanently or temporarily.

The key to such versatility lies in Latchways' deep understanding of load control and its patented Transfastener and constant force technologies.

The first, and larger, test rig is called the Personal Rescue Device Brake Test Machine. This is used as an integral part of the manufacturing process and is designed to test the braking operation of the chassis, main gear and drum subassembly of the arrestor, prior to application of the rope.

The Personal Rescue Device Brake Test Machine is integrated into the production process

The other test rig is referred to as the torque testing machine for the tolerance ring assembly of self-retracting lifelines (SRLs). The purpose of this machine is to test the torque when the pawl housing is rotated, relative to the drum and tolerance ring subassembly, in order to confirm the integrity of the build.

An adjustable torque pass/fail criteria is incorporated into its programmable logic controller software, so that it is adaptable for different models and sizes of SRL. It is also possible to change test angle and speed as well as the upper and lower data measurement limits.


The machine can also give a graphical representation of the torque results, using TorqSense's TorqView software.

This concept was invented and patented by Sensor Technology, and is an established favourite in many fields including test and evaluation, and research and development, where the rapid changeover of test pieces is not hampered by the need to reset slip rings. This ease and speed of use is particularly appreciated in environments like Latchways, where test is an integral part of manufacture rather than a separate function.

For further information please contact :

Sensor Technology Ltd

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Frozen Food Turns to Automation to Support Rapid Market Growth According to Industry Leader viastore systems

According to the American Frozen Food Institute, frozen foods have been providing American consumers with convenient, affordable and ever increasing healthy food and meal options since 1930, when Clarence Birdseye’s first line of frozen foods hit grocery stores. Since then, consumers have continued to warm up to frozen foods.

According to Transparency Market Research, the demand for frozen foods is expected to reach $293.75 billion by 2019.

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