SENSORS: ifm efector inc.‘s new 3D Image Sensor measures size, shape and volume in industrial automation applications, and uses time-of-flight distance measurement and photonic mixer device technology to identify an object in the sensor‘s field of view. An integrated 64 x 48 pixel array defines the field of view for the sensor. The 3D sensor technology provides critical information in applications such as palletizing and de-palletizing, material handling, bulk level of materials and intelligent routing/sorting. The complete sensor element and electronics are built on a 0.25-mm square silicon chip, which enables 3-D imaging using Time of Flight, and reduces the size of the sensor and its cost. The solid-state metal housing measures 42 x 62 x 42 mm and is designed to withstand harsh environments and perform in fast-moving applications.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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