Programming solutions for encoders: quickly adjusted, intelligently evaluated

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Virtually all system operators need to operate machines efficiently even when batch sizes are small, when products and formats need to be changed frequently, or when packaging varies in terms of design and size. A key part of meeting this requirement is encoders, which can be adapted quickly and easily to the specific requirement at hand. Thanks to additional intelligent functions and the suitable communication interfaces, all relevant data for diagnostics and for monitoring the entire system is also analyzed and transmitted directly in the encoder, including visualization. Continue reading

tailored safety for more flexibility

the smallest common denominator – global emergency stop

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Icelandic company Marel is the world’s leading provider of advanced food processing solutions for the fish, meat, and poultry industries. These solutions are provided in the form of modern equipment, systems, and services. From individual system modules through complex processing lines and beyond to portions packaged ready for consumption by end customers, the company supports every aspect of advanced food processing. Marel requires its production lines to deliver flexibility and modularity. System operators need to be able to replace individual machine modules, integrate new modules into the overall plant, and combine modules in new ways. However, this must be achieved without having to invest huge amounts of time and money in wiring or programming in order to ensure the safe and secure networking of machine modules. Continue reading

AGVs light – ensuring safe movement in collaborative operation

Robot Butler that moves around by itself

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In 2015, the young Danish company Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) introduced the German market to the MiR100, a mobile transport robot that works like clockwork. Built-in S300 safety laser scanners, 3D cameras, and ultrasound ensure that the robot stops automatically as soon as it encounters a person or a static object. Continue reading

Automated loading of machine tools

The safe solution for human-robot collaboration

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In the factory of the future, humans and robots will collaborate to an increasing extent. Based on this vision, RoboJob develops innovative systems for the automated loading of machine tools. Safety laser scanners from SICK ensure maximum safety.   Continue reading

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Flexible adjustment is everything

With the latest trends for smaller production runs leading to customized mass-produced items and therefore a higher frequency of job-changing, an adaptive packaging machine must be able to cope with an irregular product infeed, while also being able to adjust to different formats. This adaptation is made possible with sensors and actuators. All packaging shapes and sizes are possible with just one machine. Continue reading