Explorer Control Center displays a graphical view of vision systems, ID readers and visualization systems on a network.
Machine vision has experienced a rapid rise during the last years.
While the decision of where and how to locate a sensor is many times not made until the machine or equipment is actually being constructed, in-house fabricated fastening systems can be expensive and time-consuming.
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A-Gage EZ-Array two-piece measuring light curtain with IO-Link output has been added to the company’s line of measuring array sensors.
Line of photoelectric sensors now includes rectangular plastic DC models that feature an 18 mm diameter threaded lens and M12 quick-disconnect.
RL31-8-H-800 multi-pixel array sensors boast a sensing distance up to three times that of similarly sized sensors, can reliably and consistently detect objects of varied colors without requiring any adjustments or the need to “re-teach,” and quickly and easily adapt to multiple and evolving application requirements, according to the company.
New versions and upgrades announced for a variety of change management, machine vision, SCADA and other tools.
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
End-user attendees at this year’s Packaging Automation Forum learned from their peers about the advantages, as well as potential pitfalls, of today’s packaging automation technologies.
The calibration trend Ed Shuler sees now is the push for reduced manpower in instrumentation and electrical (I&E) shops on unnecessary calibration.
An online tool is available to help manufacturers understand the benefits and cost savings that can be achieved through the use of machine vision and industrial identification systems. 
The vendor’s Video Surveillance System has added an interface to FLIR’s A-Series thermal imaging cameras, so that thermal images can be viewed on standard HMI/SCADA software, such as Wonderware InTouch or GE Fanuc iFix. 
The latest entrant in the GiantDragon gigabit Ethernet (GigE) industrial camera line is a model with UV and Near IR sensitivity. 
The vendor’s DW-860 rugged wireless keyboard has been redesigned into a sleeker, more compact case with no protruding battery pack. 
The Bluetooth Cordless Ring Scanner (CRS) Series 9 is a hands-free solution equipped with a small bar code scanner designed to sit on the user’s finger, with the battery and transmitter worn on the wrist. 
The EKI-6311G 802.11 b/g Wireless Access Point, Client Bridge and Repeater offers standards-based and license-free wireless connectivity for industrial devices, equipment, and applications.
The vendor has developed what is billed as a unique offering for the automation industry by providing both wireless and wired Ethernet networking options on its standard Snap PAC controllers and I/O systems.
Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi, technology is proliferating in the factory, but it’s not the best answer for everything. Will Wi-Fi take over the industrial world?
Proliferating use of wireless technologies sets up conflicts between the federal CIP standards and FCC regulations, say the authors of a newly available White Paper. To mitigate wireless cyber security risks, they recommend a defense-in-depth approach.
Texas Instruments, Ericsson and Cellnet are among 13 new companies joining the ranks of vendors promoting use of IP for “smart objects” networking.
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