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Six-axis Articulated Robots for Light Duty
When you think of industrial robots, chances are you thinking of big, expensive robots used in industrial applications such as automotive manufacturing or warehousing. But robot applications are increasingly trending toward small, more precise applications as evidenced by the release of the new UR 5 and UR 10 robots from Universal Robots. Key to the...
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ACS Motion Control: Network Failure Detection and Recovery

The NetworkBoost feature for the SPiiPlusSC Soft Motion Controller increases machine uptime by indicating the exact failure location in an EtherCAT network.
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Six-axis Articulated Robots for Light Duty
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Six-Axis Articulated Robots for Light Duty

Weighing 55 pounds or less and designed to handle payloads of up to 22 pounds, these new lightweight robots from Universal Robots expand the possibility of robot application in industry.
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How Embedded Vision Can Improve Inspection and Inventory Tracking
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How Embedded Vision Can Improve Inspection and Inventory Tracking

From providing new methods of improving product tracking to eliminating the bottlenecks often encountered with visual inspection, embedded vision technologies are poised to change the game in many cor
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Pepperl+Fuchs: Hazardous Area Encoder

The 78E Series Ex Encoder is designed for applications in hazardous areas.
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Netzger: Miniature Absolute Rotary Encoder

The DS-25 Electric Encoder provides generous mounting tolerance, obviating the need for internal ball bearings.
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Automation Direct: Stepper Gearboxes

The SureGear PGCN series of stepper gearboxes are for stepper motor and other motion control applications requiring a NEMA-size input/output interface.
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Exlar: Linear Actuator

The Tritex II line now has CANopen communication.
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Posital-Fraba: Rotary Encoders

The IXARC encoders combine the accuracy and dynamic response of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders.
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Turck: Rotary Position Sensor

The QR24 provides contactless position detection.
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Multi-function Automated Turning Cell
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18 Day ROI: Multi-function Automated Turning Cell

CNC programmer and robotics technician create an automated turning cell that handles part machining, sorting, and inspection as well as boxing and palletizing.
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Thomson: Heavy-Duty Electric Linear Actuator

Max Jac delivers reliable and virtually maintenance free operation while maintaining accuracy in harsh conditions.
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Heidenhain: Incremental Encoder

The Leine & Linde Model 862 supports PROFIBUS DP.
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Baumer: Incremental Encoders Provide Options for the Drives Industry.

The HS35 series through hollow shaft and OptoPulse EIL580 series solid and hollow shaft incremental encoders are aimed at applications in drive technology.
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Heidenhain: SIL 3 Safety Encoders

The ECI 1319 and EQI 1331 inductive, safety-related rotary position encoders are SIL 3, PL e, Category 4-rated.
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Tray Sealer Boasts a Clever Controls Concoction

A clever combination of stepper drive, stepper motor, DC gear motor, DC drive, and PLC control.
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Heidenhain: Encoders for Heavy Duty Environments

Leine & Linde DRIVE-CLiQ is now on an encoder platform designed for use in harsh drive environments with exposure to vibration, shocks and mechanical loads.
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Cone Drive: Servo Rated Gearhead

The HP Servo can mount servo motors with flange sizes up to 315 mm.
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Encoders Boost Micro Assembly Operations
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Absolute Optical Encoders Boost Micro Assembly Operations

Amicra Microtechnologies replaced its incremental measuring systems with absolute optical encoders to better manage the complex machine motions in its NovaPlus surface mounting and stack-die assembly
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Thomson: Lead Screw and Linear Bearing in One

The Glide Screw's integrated and pre-aligned lead screw and linear bearing design actuates a moment load or side load without additional support.
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Just What Is Distributed Motion?

With the proliferation of networking technology, many automation vendors are devising ways to deploy it to distribute motion control architecture throughout machinery.
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