ABB YuMi cobots alleviate workforce shortages for aluminium supplier
ABB’s YuMi dual-armed cobots are enabling the reshoring of production and helping to address challenges presented by workforce shortages for SUS Corporation, a major supplier of aluminium frames and die-cast aluminium components for the automotive and other manufacturing industries.
Measuring the thickness and warp of metal strip materials
MAHLE Engine Systems Kilmarnock, a supplier of aluminium tin bi-metal and sinter (copper/bronze) bi-metal coils to MAHLE Bearings plants globally, has chosen the thicknessGAUGE system from Micro-Epsilon to measure the thickness of strip materials.
3D image processing with 2D cameras, AI and robotics
When British start-up Cambrian Robotics was looking to develop an AI-based vision solution for various robotics applications in manufacturing, it turned to IDS for the camera technology.
uPVC window machinery manufacturer chooses Matara linear motion products
Matara UK, specialist in automation, pneumatics and linear motion products, has supplied linear rails and guides, and SFNHR precision ballscrews to Pernamatic Engineering for a new CNC Corner Transom Machine for uPVC double glazed windows.
Pallet system for round battery cells
When a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles needed a pallet circulation system with different interfaces to facilitate automated inspection of the battery modules, it turned to mk Profile Systems.
Automatic loading and unloading of pressed parts
A robot-based 3D measuring system is helping an automotive manufacturer reduce the cycle times of its press lines. Four Ensenso 3D cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems provide the basic data and thus the platform for process automation.
Measuring the colour of zinc-coated strip materials
HD Lenzen, a specialist in the surface finishing of strip materials, has chosen an inline colour measurement system from Micro-Epsilon to continuously measure the colour of zinc coated strip during production.
Failure is not an option for the fire protection industry
Ultra-reliable is the only standard acceptable when it comes to building, testing and maintaining water pumps for fire fighting. To ensure all of its pumps are fully able to provide maximum performance under all circumstances, Ruhrpumpen has built a dedicated fire pump centre and fitted its test-rig with torque sensors from Sensor Technology.
Keyence camera sensors make quick work of high-precision PET bottle inspection
Sewtec Automation, a market leader in bespoke automation for a wide range of industries, has developed an advanced inspection machine for PET bottles that relies on the high performance of Keyence camera sensors to deliver accurate and repeatable results in short cycle times.
Ultrasonic sensors help get to the ‘meat of it’ on a bin wash-line
When a meat processing plant operator needed a solution to check that transportation bins had been emptied prior to being sent to an automated wash station, it turned to Contrinex. An ultrasonic sensor mounted above a conveyor looks down into the bins and diverts contaminated bins from proceeding to the wash station.
Checking for engine component cracks – safe and secure
Even the finest hairline cracks on engine components can lead to failures. That’s why components at MTU Aero Engines pass through an extensive crack testing facility provided by Rhode + Wagner Anlagenbau as part of their production process – a testing system that integrates the tamper-proof PITmode fusion safety solution from Pilz.
Contrinex’s IO-Link RFID trusted to automate robot tool changeover
When an automotive manufacturer needed a low cost, easy-to-implement solution to add RFID verification to the automated tooling change system, for a small robot working as a machine tender to an expensive and delicate machining centre, it turned to Contrinex.
Timing belt conveyor from mk serves as load handling device
SEW-Eurodrive has established efficient and flexible processes to achieve its vision for Industry 4.0. SEW’s new design for automated guided vehicles at its main US location includes integrated timing belt conveyors from mk. These vehicles serve as mobile workbenches for mounting individual gearboxes.
STOBER supplies automated drive system for heavyweight machine loading system
When leading manufacturer of custom portal milling, tooling and CNC machines, Hermle, needed a heavy-duty version of its HS flex handling system to load machines with palletised components weighing up to 1,200 kilograms, it created an automated drive that integrated a rack and pinion drive, planetary gear unit and servo motor from STOBER.
Student coffee machine project gets boost from Norelem
Supporting a bachelor thesis project at The Vienna University of Technology, Norelem has provided a range of components to enable students to make their idea a reality.
Hydrogen production apparatus for universities achieved with flexible valve clus
Developing gas reaction experimental research apparatus for academia, DarbyTech needed a valve system that could handle both methane and ammonia. The valve manifold system also had to achieve multi-channel mixing of these gases, and scalable gas distribution options were also required for system expansion potential. DarbyTech turned to Bürkert to provide the right valve solution.
Enhancing the safety and performance of lighting in the Crossrail Network
When Designed Architectural Lighting (DAL) was contracted to design and manufacture specialist luminaires for the cross-passage tunnel lighting in several of the newly built stations on the Crossrail Elizabeth Line, it turned to Southco for a solution to enhance the safety and performance of the luminaires.
Smart inductives can boost flexibility of CNC machining centres
As an example of how a smart factory can use Contrinex’s smart inductive and photoelectric sensors, we look at a smart inductive sensor embedded within the spindle of a CNC machining centre at the start of a manufacturing cell.
TSN revolutionises footwear manufacturing
When Orisol, a leading provider of automated systems for footwear production, wanted to futureproof its offering to drive its customers’ and its own competitiveness, CC-Link IE TSN offered the ideal technology. The resulting innovation delivers unprecedented speed and responsiveness as well as the connectivity required for smart manufacturing operations.
A cool condition monitoring solution
Schaeffler has supplied a fruit processing company with its ProLink condition monitoring system to monitor the condition of trolley bearings on stacker cranes, which operate in cold and frozen storage areas.

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