As unlikely as it may seem, there are situations in which manufacturing top quality parts can cause just as much downtime, lost revenue and frustration as producing defective ones. Shop personnel at Accuma Corporation's Beatrice plant in Nebraska were all too familiar with such a recurring problem. more
The pharmaceutical and food industries require fast and highly-accurate inspection systems for detecting and separating foreign materials from the large batches of raw materials that they process. JPS Imaging Limited (Durham, United Kingdom) has developed a high-precision inspection system that uses machine vision to perform outer-appearance inspection of granules and powders. These bulk materials are generally encapsulated, made into tablets, or packaged into sachets by pharmaceutical companies. more
A robot with one pair of eyes, two arms and two hands, that effortlessly assembles a wheel at the same speed and with the same accuracy as a human would. This is the product that Robomotive is currently scoring very well with, whilst making its imprint on the future. A success story that system integrator Beltech and vision component supplier Phaer were only happy to co-write.
The robot of the future that can see more
Systems for the automated optical inspection (AOI) have become an essential element in the PCB production process for guaranteeing a reliable quality assurance. In order to control the PCBs independently of their layout and assembly parameters, a high-end angled-view inspection is indispensable. However, such a module is not easy to develop, as Goepel electronic knows from experience. more
The biggest cause of underperforming arc welding robots is the variability in the joint location. Traditionally the most common method used to correct for this variability is to use the weld wire, torch nozzle or separate probe to search for the joint and send the correction values to the robot to offset the pre-programmed path. Although this method can work in some situations, it can never achieve full optimization because it is very slow and inaccurate. In addition, on materials like aluminum or coated steel it is totally ineffective. more
Südsalz is the most efficient and biggest German supplier of salt. You will find this market leader's brand name in every kitchen cabinet: "Bad Reichenhaller" salt. Südsalz covers all uses like salt for human consumption, animal-food salt, industrial-use salt, pharmaceutical salt and road salt with their comprehensive program of rock and salt produced by boiling. To assure the quality of their human consumption salt the Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, based salt works employ sensors by Wenglor. more