• Theme: Production Machines

    Watch our exclusive report. What are the materials of tomorrow? Which ones will enable lightweight construction to enhance efficiency and reduce carbon emissions? At Hannover Messe, DirectIndustry e-magazine discovered the materials with a big future, from carbon fiber-reinforced plastics to magnetic fabrics.

    Last November at SPS, Festo presented its motion-in-suspension technology, a patented levitation process based on an ultra-low temperature permanent magnetic field (watch our video report). For this year’s edition of Hannover Messe, the German company showcased three new versions of its technology that could benefit...

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    What if engineers could predict when maintenance should be performed on machinery and equipment? Modeling data collected by new sensors inside machines and engines now enable predictive maintenance (PdM). The end-game is maximum efficiency and the complete automation of business decisions.   First Steps: Data...

    Good news for R&D departments. With the Agilista 3000, Japanese automation company Keyence offers a series of high-precision 3D printers. They can process materials with a revolutionary thermal resistance of over 100° Celsius. It is suitable for multiple applications in sectors as diverse as the automotive,...

    The Tripod Actuator (TrAC) is the prototype of a customized stepping piezo actuator designed by Cedrat Technologies. Stepping piezoelectric actuators are new, long-stroke linear piezoelectric motors for micro and nano positioning applications, locking mechanisms, valve actuators, instrumentation such as microscopes,...

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    Synergys has introduced the first vibrational analysis camera, the V-SHOOTER VBS1T. After launching a clever leak-detection system, the French company now offers an innovative tool for vibration monitoring and analysis. The portable V-SHOOTER camera takes a machine condition picture. The automatic diagnosis system...

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    Sigfox is a new IoT communications company that uses a narrow-band radio network. It already connects 500,000 objects, with 7 million in the works. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke with Thomas Nicholls, Executive VP Communications of this fast-growing company at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.   DirectIndustry...

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    Though 4G networks are not yet deployed all around the globe, the next-generation mobile standard has already begun to take shape. 5G was the megatrend at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Yet its definition won’t be complete until 2020.   “On the Path to 5G,” “Building Next-Gen Standard,” “5G: the...

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    Could the thinnest, strongest, lightest and most conductive material ever created spark a new industrial revolution? At Hannover Messe, graphene was among the materials expected to have a big future.   In theory, graphene can do almost anything. It’s the first truly two-dimensional crystal and the thinnest, strongest...

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    The factory of the future is fast becoming a reality. This is nowhere more obvious than in Germany. The rise of automated plants is bringing Industry 4.0 to the forefront of production, with companies like Festo leading the way in automation.   An Intuitive HMI Technology Plant In Scharnhausen, southeast of Stuttgart,...

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