Moving rapidly from pattern detection to precise position identification

Greater flexibility with the pattern sensor

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The PS30 pattern sensor, with its enormous flexibility, responds to trends in the packaging industry toward ever more complex and unusual labels. Offering unrestricted design freedom, the PS30 impresses not only when used on endless tracks – it also delivers outstanding results when detecting patterns on individual objects. The sensor detects and positions labels and any objects with a distinctive pattern reliably without print marks. Even without this unwanted design factor, the PS30 knows when an endless track needs to be cut into the roll-fed labeling or whether a package or tube is in the right position for sealing. Continue reading

HIPERFACE DSL® for premo servo actuators from Wittenstein Motion control

Free access to diagnostic data

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The continuous condition monitoring of electrical drives is growing in prominence. This is because the purely digital HIPERFACE DSL® interface makes it possible to provide status data such as the temperature of servo actuators in a format which can be evaluated by control technology. The fully scalable premo servo actuator platform from WITTENSTEIN motion control GmbH, located at Igersheim, Germany, not only uses the future potential of HIPERFACE DSL®, but also benefits from numerous design and safety advantages. Continue reading

Batch size 1: The code sets the machine

Ideas grow with sensor technology

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In the last few years, the furniture manufacturing industry has started to move away from largely supply-oriented toward demand- oriented production. This presents two challenges to manufacturers of woodworking machines: the need for automated batch-size-1 production for large quantities, and therefore high variance in large quantities, as well as batch-size-1 production for high variance in medium to small quantities. Continue reading

Flexible design and high troughput in a single system

Marriage of Transponder

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An increasing number of digital solutions are also being used in the fashion and clothing industries. The opportunities range from labeling products and presentations in stores all the way through to interaction with the online shop. As announced as part of its current reorientation strategy (known as “FIT- 4GROWTH”), the GERRY WEBER group will be placing more focus on the issue of digitalization in future and making the most of the potential in omni-channel retail. Continue reading

RFID technology as the basis for robot competition

The die is cast – SICK robot day 2016

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Since 2007, universities and research facilities have been competing against one another at the SICK robot day, yielding the (playing) field to robots. Eight international teams of students registered for this year’s competition which took place on October 8, 2016. The robots had to fill a playing field defined by RFID tags with colored dice. To help in this task, SICK provided each of the team with a SICK RFU 620 sensor in advance, which the students installed into their robot vehicles. Continue reading