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    • Automation
    • (23/02/2024)

    Universal Automation – A time for change (Part 1)

    In the first part of this exclusive interview, Publisher Andrew Quenault chats with Dave Sutton of Schneider Electric to explore how new industrial automation open technologies and standards are impacting control systems and how this, together with a new concept called Universal Automation, is now enabling accelerated digital transformation. Watch part 2.

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    • Automation
    • (16/02/2024)

    Universal Automation – A time for change (Part 2)

    In part two of this exclusive interview, Connectivity's Group Publisher Andrew Quenault and Dave Sutton of Schneider Electric delve deeper into the subject of Universal Automation and where this game-changing technology is going next.

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    • Energy Efficiency
    • (08/02/2024)

    Interview: Connectivity sponsors Hazardex Live 2024 award category

    Taking place on 28 & 29 February 2024, Hazardex Live is a two-day conference, exhibition, and awards ceremony dedicated to those concerned with protecting their personnel, process & plant in hazardous area/potentially explosive environments. Connectivity is delighted to be sponsoring the Net Zero Innovation category at the prestigious Hazardex Awards 2024, taking place on 28 February. Register now for Hazardex Live 2024.

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    • Robotics
    • (30/01/2024)

    Material handing automation within assembly and machining lines

    At a Ford engine facility in Valencia, Spain, having already eliminated forklifts, the facility had a vision then to eliminate all industrial vehicles, as well as automate all of its logistics processes. The solution? The plant uses more than 50 AGVs across 20+ routes, and covering 60,000+kms per year. The benefits? A safer, more efficient working environment for its workers.

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    • Automation
    • (26/01/2024)

    A holistic approach to digital transformation

    Using 'digitalisation' as a toolkit, companies may bring about so-called transformation as their ultimate goal. Approaching this holistically, a company needs to look at its entire manufacturing operation, its complex systems, knowledge, and strategies, and bring these all together to achieve better operational efficiencies, minimal waste, better time-to-market, and better management of cyber risks.



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Stone Junction Ltd

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    Lighting, safety and I/O Link solutions

    Specialising in small-form-factor, flexible and cost-effective end-of-line automation solutions, Iris Factory Automation offers collaborative and industrial palletising, automated vision inspection for traditional traceability or AI-based inspection, and case packing. The company works with Banner Engineering on solutions such as simplification of lighting indication and safety systems.

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    ABB Robotics supports Amazon reforestation programme

    In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, ABB YuMi cobots and cloud technology are being used to support reforestation work being undertaken by non-profit organisation Junglekeepers, following 'slash and burn' agriculture. Through what is claimed to be the "world's most remote robot", a solar-powered tree planting process located deep in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest is automated for greater flexibility, efficiency and productivity.

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    Flexible manufacturing through intelligent sensing and control

    As robotics makes rapid advances in industrial automation, some challenges still stand in the way of increased adoption. These include human-oriented interaction, and multifunctionality. To address flexible manufacturing, robots must perform multiple operations, and be able to reconfigure seamlessly, all while equipment is tethered by wires and connectors. An array of solutions to address these challenges has been developed by ADI, including wireless communication modules.

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    Testing GoFa cobot force control on irregular surfaces

    Designed for handling payloads up to 5kg, 10kg and 12kg, GoFa has integrated torque sensors in each of its six joints, offering superior power and force limiting performance, as this video demonstrates. With a Tool Center Point (TCP) speed of up to 2.2m/s, GoFa is faster than other cobots in its class, offers 0.02 mm repeatability, and up to 1.62m reach.

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    Global automation partner

    Smart factories, incorporating factory, process and logistics automation, will shape the next industrial revolution: Industry 4.0 has arrived. Linking manufacturing to IT and communications technology brings higher availability, better quality assurance, and more efficient production, even in smaller batches. Turck Banner offers key technologies, including RFID, IO-Link, OPC-UA, Ethernet and cloud, to collect, transmit and collect relevant data. 

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    10BASE-T1L technology creates flexible, intelligent, process automation systems

    Access to new data from remote field or field devices are supercharging smart manufacturing, intelligent process automation and sustainable buildings, increasing productivity and operational flexibility. Seamless Ethernet connectivity from the edge to the cloud is now possible through 10BASE-T1L technology, which provides robust connectivity, power and data over 1km+ of single twisted-pair cable.

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