• 29 Jun
    Article image

    Safety integration with a robot ‘handshake’

    A partnership between FANUC and SICK has bridged a gap in connectivity between robot and machine by achieving a simple I/O “handshake” for robot machine tending. The combination of SICK's Flexi-Soft safety controller and the SICK Safe EFI-PRO gateway achieves an elegant solution.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Public vote of confidence for UK manufacturing

    The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and resulted in many UK factories switching production to medical devices and products in a bid to help the NHS cope. Manufacturing has taken a central role in the unfolding drama and rarely in recent times has it been the subject of so much media and public attention.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    I/O for the IIoT

    Edge I/O creates a simpler way to meet the needs of today’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Three pillars of successful cobot deployment: security, quality & flexibility

    In the first instalment of an exclusive Omron cobot series, Peter Lange, Business Development Manager of Fixed Robotics, provides tips for future-oriented collaborative robot deployment with human-machine harmony.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Punching clever: Battery hydraulic hole punching vs. hole saws

    In the second part of an exclusive three-part “tools special”, Klauke compares battery hydraulic hole punching with hole saws and explains the numerous benefits of adopting the former method.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Ask the original manufacturer to configure the enclosure to the project – it makes perfect sense

    The main advantages of standard enclosures are that there are no up-front non-recurrent design, engineering and tooling charges, products are on the shelf ready for immediate delivery (so the time to market is as low as possible), the unit costs are attractive and the design will have been field-proven in many different applications.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Online configurator enables custom enclosures to be bought through distribution

    Foremost Electronics celebrated 30 years of Electronic Component sales in the UK in November 2019.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Addressing key concerns for implementing automation into manufacturing processes

    UK manufacturing needs to be automated if it is to avoid falling behind international competitors. Oliver Selby, Technical Sales Support Engineer at FANUC UK, discusses the critical relationship between robot manufacturers and systems integrators, and the role that this can play in fostering a new age in UK manufacturing.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Delivering Industry 4.0 connectivity today

    Niaz Ahmed, Eaton Associate Product Line Manager for MTL Process Connectivity Products, explains the devices that are available now to help system integrators deliver the benefits of improved connectivity, using existing industrial platforms.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Industrial application DIN rail solutions

    While engineers often use a standard 19-inch rack enclosure for their larger, multi-instrument test installations, this configuration is often not a good fit for industrial and laboratory situations.

  • 29 Jun
    Article image

    Make the switch to robots: Useful tips for UK manufacturers

    Whilst robots are being adopted in growing numbers by our overseas competitors, evidence points to the UK trailing behind, with many companies unsure of what’s involved or what steps to take to keep pace.

  • 11 Jun
    Article image

    omlox: The locating standard of the future

    The promises of Industry 4.0 are huge, but any proprietary solution for just one plant will fail due to extremely high costs. An economical solution for Industry 4.0 needs standards in order to enable the reuse of elements for suppliers and the lock-in free maintenance and low-entry costs for users.

  • 11 Jun
    Article image

    Fully configured and tested hardware for 7th Sense’s Juggler pixel processing system

    By designing and delivering a custom 19” rack case in only four weeks, Verotec helped 7th Sense to launch its new Juggler hardware-based modular pixel processing system in February 2019 at the Integrated Systems Europe Show, where it won The Best of ISE 2019 Award.

  • 19 May
    Article image

    Automation controllers and IoT connectivity

    Today’s automation systems are expected to deliver an increasing amount of data about every aspect of their operation and performance. The Internet of Things (IoT) provides, in principle, an attractive way of meeting these requirements, but how can IoT concepts be implemented easily, reliably and cost-effectively in the real world?

  • 6 May
    Article image

    The hypothesis of SPE, RJ45, and the open need for clarification of mating faces

    Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) was developed for one reason only. It was meant to close the last big gap in a TCP/IP oriented network world – the gap between classic IT and sensor technology, which is becoming more important.