Whether you were seeking planetary gearheads or on-machine analog scanning technology, new automation and control products were everywhere at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month.
The variety of products was stunning, whether they were aimed at medical manufacturing or packaging. As we’ve seen at show after show in the past year, the range and speed of robotics was a standout. Robot arms were swinging everywhere at amazing speeds. The theme for product introductions at the show was smaller, faster, quieter, more efficient, and, most of all, less expensive.
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The Autonics BL Series detects the presence or absence of liquid in a transparent pipe measuring 06 mm to 13 mm in diameter and 1 mm in thickness. The sensor offers performance and reasonable price for a liquid-level sensor. (Source: Autonics)
Thanks for sharing Rob. There are a lot of incredible projects in this list.
Beckhoff Automation's EP1816-3008 EtherCAT Box can be very effectively used for energy and money conservation. It might be integrated with the already present EVs to enhance their battery time.
The other product that amazed me was the Bosch Rexroth's EasyHandling system solution. "Rexroth notes that Easy Handling can reduce engineering, assembly, and commissioning time by up to 80 percent." If these stats are correct, then it is truly a great accomplishment for industrial point of view. 80 percent less time in commissioning means 80 percent more production time. Time really is money, when you talk about big industries.
You must have done a lot of walking, Rob, to get info on all these sensors and control devices. They seemed to be everywhere I went at that show, in my quest for materials, 3D printing & assembly news.
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