Cognex's Checker is said to be the first and only vision sensor in the world that uses patterns to detect parts and provides output pulses that are synchronized with part position. During operation, it continually watches for trained patterns to appear. After detecting a part, it evaluates the object multiple times from different perspectives, thus offering the possibility of more reliable timing results than with photoelectric sensors. It also reportedly detects features that photoelectric sensors can't, offers fewer false "accepts," offers fewer false rejects, and calls for less tweaking. Cognex says it can be used to check for the presence of O-rings, to verify presence of date/lot codes, to examine package assemblies, look for paint dots, analyze threads on automotive parts, and serve in dozens of other applications. For more information, go to http:// rbi.ims.ca/4922-507.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.