• Theme: Production Machines

    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,...

    Everything has become smart: phones, tablets, GPS. Until today, batteries were missing from this list because of their lack of service life and false charging indications. But a team from NTU, Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, designed a smart chip for chargers that will optimize the charging process by...

    ServiceMax, leader in field service management solutions, has launched Connected Field Service (CFS), an IoT platform that enhances field service delivery by integrating machine information into the delivery system. CFS provides professionals with real-time machine data, reports and diagnostics on their mobile...

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    It’s a fact—robots have already appeared on the factory floor to work in collaboration with their human counterparts. But wearable robots might be the next big workplace development. Developed by the German Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, wearable exoskeletons are aimed at helping...

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