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Grasping the next generation of robotics
The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow 12 products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of SMB Bearings.
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Saving space, saving costs: Robot for rapid food-packing
Fold it, seal it, tape it, box it, pick it, place it — automate it. No, these aren’t Daft Punk lyrics, but the separate processes that Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. However, automating these processes without expanding on factory floor space was no easy feat. For a new design of a fully automated packing machine targeted to the food and packaging industries, Orfer needed a robot that offered fast and accurate handling and that could easily integrate with a vision system to track and pick parts from a moving conveyor.
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Troubleshooting safety systems from around the world
The NiMCO Corporation is an American manufacturer of world class carton form/fill/seal machines. Formed in 1962 when milk cartons changed from being wax-coated to a heat sealable plastic-coated paperboard carton, they designed a carton erecting and bottom sealing machine for small dairies already using filling and top sealing equipment. They expanded their range in 1965 with a new filler/sealer to complement the bottom sealer, and in 1967 further expanded their range with the Model 500 Former/Filler/Sealer which helped the growth and survival of many small to medium-sized dairies.
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World-leading pharmaceutical developer turns to TorqSense
TorqSense transducers are used to ensure caps are being properly fitted to pharmaceutical bottles in a high speed packaging line run by the Almac Group at its global headquarters in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, UK.
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SKF supplies equipment for condition monitoring services
SKF has supplied specialist electrical testing equipment to Quartzelec that has enabled the company to offer value-added services to its customers.
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Plastic inserts: superlight, corrosion-free and cost-saving
When Fitsco developed its patent-pending new range of plastic threaded inserts in 2017, the company had no idea that one of the early applications would see the inserts specified for use at 50,000 feet and Mach 2+ on a front-line fighter aircraft. But that is exactly what has happened with the new LiteFit plastic threaded insert after it was specified as a 'metal replacement' part for an in-cockpit application on the Eurofighter Typhoon.
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Sine pumps optimise high viscosity resin delivery at Enercon
One of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, Enercon, is using MasoSine SPS sinusoidal pumps from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group to optimise the delivery of protective impregnating resin at its Magdeburg production facility in Germany.
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How to achieve maximum rotation for a machine tool
Winning the silver vector award in 2016, Fidia SpA is a world leader in the design and production of high-performance integrated milling systems, primarily used in the manufacturing of moulds and dies for the automotive and aerospace industries.
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Cromar upgrades to SICK LFP guided wave radar technology
Users of machining centres rightly expect the cooling and lubrication of cutting tools to continue without interruption or failure. By building new level sensing technology from SICK into their swarf management systems, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers is ensuring high-performance machine tool protection and cutting fluid recycling for its customers.
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Condition monitoring in steel tube production
Welded Tube of Canada is a producer of steel tube and pipe with an annual production capacity of 700,000 tonnes. Founded in 1970, the company has 700 employees and is headquartered in Concord, Ontario, Canada. Welded Tube owns and operates five manufacturing and finishing plants in Canada and the US, which serve the needs of the North American market.
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How an automated production plant uses igus e-chains
The winner of the Bronze vector award in 2016 was EBAWE Anlagentechnik GmbH based in Eilenburg, Germany. The company designs, engineers and installs complete production plants for the manufacture of precast concrete panels. For a project in Thailand, the concrete spreader could only reach its washing station along a branch line, whereby the hopper travels 13.5m in the working chamber and then another 55m to the cleaning point once or twice a day. Over these distances EBAWE needed an energy supply system that would endure the harsh working environment of the concrete production facility while, at the same time, be completely reliable.
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