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Flexible Machine Control System from National Instruments

Sylvania Lighting Develops Flexible Machine Control System Using NI Vision, Motion, Intelligent DAQ, and LabVIEW.

Sylvania Lighting is one of the world’s largest artificial light source manufacturers. We have a broad product offering, from incandescent light bulbs, halogen, and low-energy lamps for the consumer market to fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, and various special products for professional use.

At the Sylvania plant in Tienen, Belgium, we produce and develop metal halide lamps. To develop a new, smaller type of lamp, we needed a production machine that would let us easily adapt all process parameters. The standard “pinch process,” in which two metal blocks press melted glass around electrode-foil wires to create an impermeable bond, is not capable of producing these new lamps. Therefore, we developed a new process to melt the glass directly around the foil, requiring a totally new machine and a new, optimized production process.

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