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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in April 2011
Lab Innovation Based on Toy and Material Handling
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4/25/2011  Post a comment
How a flat-panel TV handling system and the simplicity of the Etch-a-Sketch resulted in the design of a miniature, automated, two- axis laboratory sample handling system.
Pile Driving Machine Design
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Sixteen precision 112.5-degree gearboxes regulate timing for the Octa-Kong pile driver that is being used to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China.
The Pneumatic-Electromechanical Connection
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Flexible pneumatic technology offers multi-position, force control and industrial network support for distributed architectures to bridge the abilities of standard pneumatic and electromechanical actuators.
Self-Healing Instrumentation
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4/18/2011  Post a comment
What do engineers think of smart devices in self-healing machine design?
Choosing Electric, Hydraulic or Pneumatic Drives
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4/18/2011  1 comment
Understanding how electric, hydraulic or pneumatic drive systems function is critical to comprehending their affects on machine performance, ease of use, flexibility and reliability.
Applying Lean to Product Development
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4/15/2011  Post a comment
Rather than mapping lean manufacturing principles directly to product development, engineering teams need to consider information flow and knowledge capture to truly reduce inefficiencies and optimize the process.
Industrial Cameras with Video Monitoring Software
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4/15/2011  Post a comment
Longwatch video monitoring software products have been integrated with IVC's industrial cameras.
IEC61131-3 as an Integration Tool
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Understanding the benefits of IEC61131-3 and why its programming methods are becoming preferred for mechatronic designs.
Designing Systems for Remote Access
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Using standard industrial Ethernet technologies, forward-thinking machine builders can leverage an array of enterprise technologies that allow for their machines to more easily be used by partner service organizations increasingly relied upon by manufacturers of all sizes.
In System Integration, Software Rules
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
To address machine builder needs, the automation industry is increasingly focused on delivering application-specific software that is highly tailored to specific machines and easy to use.
Mini PC
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
With the latest Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Mobile Processor Family.
Miniature Circuit Breakers
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
For saving DIN rail space.
Computing Advances Permit New Integration Answers
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
From robots that can handle heavy-duty, yet delicate tasks to the integration of complex, modular systems, systems integrators are increasingly able to solve machine and production system design problems through the application of advanced computer technologies.
Compact Embedded Box PC
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4/13/2011  Post a comment
For an extended temperature range.
Compact Actuator with CANopen Interface
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Absolute multi-turn position detection, integrated controller, bus system, thermal regulation and digital I/Os.
Next Generation Empower PLM Solution
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Version 5.0 introduces web-based platform for enhanced accessibility, performance and scalability.
Applying Zero Backlash Brakes in Magnetic Therapy
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Neuronetics develops a device using power-off brakes to deliver transcranial magnetic simulation therapy as a non-pharmaceutical approach to treating depression.
Gearing Up to Improve Analytical Instruments
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Bruker AXS makes a move to brass worm gear sets for its analytical diffractometers to improve optic performance and overall equipment life.
Flexi-Drive Remote Valve Operator
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4/11/2011  Post a comment
Flexible drive system operates inaccessible valves.
Thermal Transfer Bar Code Label Printers
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4/8/2011  1 comment
Large media window for easy viewing and monitoring of supplies.
Closed Loop DC Speed Control
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4/8/2011  Post a comment
Pulse input capacity for speed feedback is 50,000 pulses per minute (833 Hz).
Operator Panel With CANopen Interface
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4/8/2011  Post a comment
Backlit 4-line x 20-character LCD surrounded by six programmable function keys.
Strain Gauge Technology in OEM Medical Devices
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4/7/2011  Post a comment
Through its ability to improve equipment diagnostic capabilities and decrease required labor rates and field failures, strain gauge technology is often considered a technological secret of success among OEMs.
Fiber Laser System
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4/7/2011  Post a comment
Combines a fiber laser source with a 12,000 ipm linear-motor drive system for sheet metal processing.
Servo Drives with Sinusoidal Commutation
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4/7/2011  Post a comment
For minimized torque ripple compared to drives using trapezoidal commutation.
No-Drift Absolute Gaging Package
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4/7/2011  Post a comment
The qualities of an optical encoder to solve the problems of different length gages.
Inspector Viewer
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4/6/2011  Post a comment
Compact, real-time, touch-screen monitor for advanced monitoring and trending.
Universal Single & Dual Axis Drive Modules for EtherCAT Networks
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4/6/2011  Post a comment
Supports ac servo, dc brushless, dc brush, closed and open loop.
RFID-based SmartSponge System
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4/6/2011  Post a comment
Helps prevent retained foreign objects in surgical patients.
Multi-Hop Data Radio
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4/6/2011  Post a comment
Allows wireless connection of modbus nodes in up to 50 locations.
IO-Link High-Voltage Line Driver
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Targets harsh factory automation environments.
Smart Controller For Explosion-Proof Heaters
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Flexible temperature control for process instrumentation.
Dynamic Arc Recognition and Termination System
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Power supply and control system for intrinsically safe fieldbus installations.
Hits and Misses for Industrial Ethernet
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Ethernet as a solution for automation control is clearly here to stay. However, its use is far from ubiquitous. The question remains as to how dominant the technology will become in all aspects of industrial networking.
Washdown Worm Gear with?V-Drive Gearbox
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4/4/2011  Post a comment
For food processing applications.
Current Sensing Line with Ground Fault Sensors
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4/4/2011  Post a comment
Includes ac ground fault sensors and dc current transducers and switches.
Continuous Position Feedback Sensor
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4/4/2011  Post a comment
For cost-sensitive applications where non-contact, continuous feedback is beneficial.
GFS Series Of Ground Fault Sensors
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4/1/2011  Post a comment
Combine a Hall Effect sensor and signal conditioner for use in dc current applications up to 400A.
Miniaturized 9-axis Inertial Measurement Unit
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4/1/2011  Post a comment
A fast track motion sensing solution for health and fitness, gaming and sports applications.
Traceable Ultra-Low Flow Meter
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4/1/2011  Post a comment
Compact, fully contained and requires no assembly.




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