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LabVIEW and CompactRIO used in scrum mechanics study
A 3-year research project, completed by the Rugby Science Group at Bath University and funded by the International Rugby Board (IRB), has contributed to recent changes in the law of scrummaging, with a new ‘crouch, bind, set’ engagement sequence. Data collected from cameras, player-mounted pressure sensors and accelerometers, using National Instruments CompactRIO, show that this new engagement sequence reduces initial scrum forces by 25 per cent, making scrummaging safer and less prone to collapsing with time-consuming restarts.
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Mitsubishi robot emulates intuitive human cake-icing movements
Solving a long-standing automation problem in cake decoration has also produced a groundbreaking development that could be taken up across a whole range of other industries. Quasar Automation wanted to create a system that can neatly apply icing or other embellishments to cakes regardless of irregularities and imperfections in the cakes’ surface. To achieve this they have integrated a ceiling-mounted food-safe robot from Mitsubishi Electric with a vision system and data processing software from Scorpion Vision.
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High-density PXI multiplexer used in aircraft lightning testing
Pickering Interfaces has announced that a major UK manufacturer of aircraft engine control units recently awarded them a contract for a large quantity of High-Density PXI Multiplexers (model #40-651) as the switching system for use in its new automated production test systems. These systems will be used to test FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Controller) lightning-strike protection components on Airbus’ A330 and A350 as well as Boeing’s Dreamliner aircraft.
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Customised enclosures help prevent freezing pipes
Trace heating is essential to preventing costly and potentially dangerous, frost damage to pipes during the winter months. Even in the UK, known for its temperamental and unpredictable weather patterns, most winters we experience prolonged periods of cold weather which can freeze even fast flowing water pipes. Thermocable is a manufacturer of trace heating monitoring equipment which is designed to make sure trace heating systems are working when they are most needed. It has specified Spelsberg enclosures to guarantee protection no matter what Mother Nature throws at us.
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ATM assembly systems enhance component tracking & traceability
The “demand driven” nature of the automotive supply chain, where there are increasing levels of personalisation within a vehicle, means that the suppliers to the major OEM’s now require automation with greater levels of flexibility and higher levels of machine intelligence to handle the number of variants that need to be produced. ATM’s latest assembly systems, used to produce a variety of Jaguar / Land Rover interior trim components, now incorporate multiple technologies including machine vision, 1 and 2 D bar code scanners and an array of other sensors and scanners to verify and validate each and every operation as the build sequence progresses.
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Compressor overhaul completed in 9-day maintenance marathon
Atlas Copco’s ZH compressor plays a critical role at the Solvay hydrogen peroxide factory in PĆ³voa de Santa Iria, Portugal. When the 80 000-hour unit needed an overhaul that would require it to be out of service for 3 weeks, Atlas Copco and Solvay technicians developed a plan to complete the maintenance project in 9 days of intense work.
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FIELDVUE digital valve controllers: 1 billion hours online use
Emerson’s FIELDVUE DVC6200 Series digital valve controller has racked up more than 1 billion hours of on-line use within the process and energy industries since its introduction in 2010.
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tGard customisable safety system for robotic palletiser cells
Fortress Interlocks explains how its new tGard customisable safety system can be applied to the safeguarding or robotic palletiser cells and other hazardous machinery.
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Kistler sensors provide precision for testing impact protection
Since developing its first impact protection material in 2002, D3O has expanded both its range of products and international markets by constant product development and attention to product performance and quality. As its products are used in soft body armour for motorcycling, skiing and other sports, as well as industrial and military applications consistent quality control is absolutely essential. From its earliest days, D3O’s laboratory has used Kistler Instruments’ sensors for product development testing and quality control.
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Southco helps to secure self-service postal system
When aCon was looking for a latching system to meet the precise security requirements of its new Swipbox indoor parcel terminals, the Denmark-based supplier of self-service systems to the postal sector turned to global engineering access hardware specialist Southco to deliver the optimum product.
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Kollmorgen drives the lightweight helpers of Universal Robots
UR 5 and UR 10 are the names of the two models with which Universal Robots aim to establish the flexibility of articulated-arm robots in industrial production. The focus is on work areas in which conventional robots have thus far been too big, too expensive, and too loud. Due to their low weight they can be used wherever they are needed. A large part of the power density of the six-axis articulated robots comes from specially adapted KBM direct drive motors from Kollmorgen. Universal Robots was able to embed the motors directly into the articulation axes without need for additional housings.
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ATM robot cell secures production of seat belt mountings
The use of robotics within the automotive sector is commonplace, so much so that we might be forgiven for thinking that there are few opportunities left where robots can provide a cost-effective alternative to manual operations. This is proven not to be the case at an OEM 1st tier supplier in the North East of England where a six-axis robot assembly and welding system delivered by ATM Automation Limited, and used to produce seat belt mounting components for the new Nissan Qashqai, is generating significant labour savings whilst increasing throughput.
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