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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...
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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Mitsubishi: Motion controller

Offering easy upgrade to its MR-J3 and MR-J4 servo platforms, Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Q170MCPU-EIP motion controller allows end users to operate their existint third-party control systems tha
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Wago: IP67 Incremental Encoder Input Module

The machine-mountable SPEEDWAY 767-5202 provides two eight-pole M12 encoder ports.
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There’s a gap between where we need to be mechatronically and how we’re training people to get there.
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A New Approach to Mechatronics Training?

Change intro to: A few years back, a now widely held observation emerged about the future: In 1980, 80 percent of the complexity of equipment was mechanical, but by 2020, only 20 percent of it would b
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Direct Drive Motors for Precision Motion

Extended line of slotless, frameless direct drive motors are designed for smooth motion at sub-micron levels.
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Beckhoff Automation: EtherCAT Box for Incremental Encoder Connection

I/O module synchronously reads encoder values via high-precision EtherCAT Distributed Clocks
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Motor Controls Production
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Geographic Shift for Motor Controls Production

Demand for motor controls is up around the world, but some countries are seeing more new production facilities than others.
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SEW-Eurodrive: Right-Angle Gear Motors

High speed, high efficiency, and low noise makes the W37/W47 Spiroplan right-angle gear units a good choice for conveyors in the food, beverage, material handling and industries.
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ExoHand helps people grip
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Festo: Automation Innovation for the Future

“Greentelligence” is the motto of the Hanover Fair 2012.
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Motion Control Vendor Lenze Expands in U.S.

A 100,000 sq. ft. Mechanical Product Assembly & Logistics Center will bring up to 40 skilled jobs to the area.
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Hurricane Season and Manufacturing Best Practices

With certain areas of the United States still devastated by flooding and more tropical storms coming, Schneider Electric, (www.schneider-electric.com/us), is urging businesses to take every precaution
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EtherCAT Control Solution for Motion Apps

SPiiPlusSC (Soft Controller) features sophisticated motion control software that leverages the processing power of modern PC and the connectivity of a real-time open industrial Ethernet network.
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Re-engineered Arc-Resistant Motor Control Centers

A re-engineered family of motor control centers (MCCs) are arc-resistance, compliant with ANSI/IEEE C37.20.7 standards and filled with features designed to serve water and wastewater, oil and gas, a
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6th Annual ISA Marketing & Sales Summit Announces Keynote Speakers

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the keynote speakers for the 6th Annual ISA Marketing & Sales Summit to be held in St. Louis, Missouri September 7-9, 2011.
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Succeeding Through Indirect Procurement Outsourcing

In tough economic times, industrial manufacturers often reduce costs in areas such as indirect procurement to quickly gain major, sustainable savings. 
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National Instruments Touts Innovation at NI Week

Among the latest examples are the most recent version of the company’s flagship LabView product line, as well as a foray into wireless sensor networking
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On-Machine USB Storage

The Stor-Port USB flash drive, designed for the industrial environment, easily mounts directly on the panel of a machine, keeping important documents and files with the equipment.
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Triple-stack Motor Doubles Torque

A NEMA size 14 triple-stack motor option has been added to the MDrive 14Plus product line of integrated motor and drive products.
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Plant Floor Intelligence: Digging for Dollars

By providing improved visibility of plant floor data, enterprise manufacturing intelligence software enables smarter decisions that yield bottom-line results.
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Regulatory Tug-of-War Rages in Calibration

The calibration trend Ed Shuler sees now is the push for reduced manpower in instrumentation and electrical (I&E) shops on unnecessary calibration.
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