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PhD Optimax

PhD Optimax

Built on the foundation of long-life products for industrial automation, PHD Optimax® products are actuators designed to meet machine builders’ performance requirements at a competitive price. These economical, efficient, and reliable actuators provide customers with...

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I/O Link: Intelligent Solutions for Industrial Automation.

I/O Link: Intelligent Solutions for Industrial Automation.

If you are an electrical engineer, and you work on industrial systems with PLCs and RTUs, and cable ducts jammed with copper wire bundles, you may be looking for an alternative. Enter the IO-Link – an alternative method to field wiring that creates a “modular”...

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Mac Liquid Valve: The Latest Design Innovation From MAC.

Mac Liquid Valve: The Latest Design Innovation From MAC.

The MAC Liquid Bullet Valve release includes several different protocol options in addition to several modules to ensure a complete system package. With fast response times, reliable shifting forces and repeatable results – due to its patented balanced design – the...

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Cognex In-Sight 9000 Series Vision System: 9912

Cognex In-Sight 9000 Series Vision System: 9912

The In-Sight® 9912 is Cognex’s first standalone, ultra-high-resolution, area scan vision system.With its ability to acquire and process exceptionally detailed images, the 12 megapixel (MP) 9912 delivers high accuracy part location, measurement, and inspection over a...

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Dust Collection Solutions: Mac® Pulse Valve

Dust Collection Solutions: Mac® Pulse Valve

High Performance. Long Life.The MAC® Pulse Valve series is designed to be a direct drop-in replacement for existing pulse technology. The MAC® solution utilizes a long life, bonded-spool design, instead of the traditional diaphragm style. MAC® also uses a balanced...

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Hire a Robot to Tend Your Machines

Hire a Robot to Tend Your Machines

For the first time ever, hire a robot for your factory like you would hire an employee.Manufacturing companies of all sizes are experiencing a labor shortage. Large manufacturing operations are adapting by turning to investments in automation to combat this shift....

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On Robot – Collaborative EOAT, Grippers, & Sensors

On Robot – Collaborative EOAT, Grippers, & Sensors

With the OnRobot collaborative End-of-Arm Tooling, automation is now accessible and profitable for all manufacturers. The fast installation and simple programming of the grippers and sensors will save time on installation and production cycles, thus pushing up...

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Utilizing Cobots to Combat the Manufacturing Labor Shortage

Utilizing Cobots to Combat the Manufacturing Labor Shortage

The U.S. passed a signifcant milestone in the spring of 2018. For the frst time ever, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported more job openings than people available to fill them.  While exceptionally low unemployment may seem like a boon to the country,...

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Value Add Case Study – Roller Control System

Value Add Case Study – Roller Control System

CUSTOMER REQUEST "We are wanting to power the roller in the attached picture. It is a 4" roller on a 3/4" shaft.   We are wanting it variable speed on a foot pedal.  Reversing switch. 110v powered. 5fpm max speed using a right angle hollow shaft gearbox. Quarter horse...

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Electrical Junction Box

/ Electrical Cabinet Electrical Junction BoxJob Number:NE04-18-0001Project Overview:Control box for sensor, foot pedal, machine power and blowerMajor Product Lines:Phoenix ContactTell us about the project you're working on.Online Form - VA Project...

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Low Pressure Alarm Panel

/ Electrical Cabinet / HMI Panel / Lighting Low Pressure Alarm PanelJob Number: NE21-17-0001 Project Overview: Sensory pressure transducer alarm electrical cabinet for maximum and minimum pressure readings Major Product Lines:MURR NOSHOK Pro-face WAGO[goal...

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The Next Generation of Kollmorgen Motors and Drives

The Next Generation of Kollmorgen Motors and Drives

AKD2G Servo Drive Twice the Power Density! The AKD2G are planned to launch in December 2018. AKD2G features dual-axis, expandable I/O (without increasing the size), removable memory, dual-channel STO, and the first drive-resident graphic display in the industry. The...

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All New MI/O-67® Fieldbus Platform

All New MI/O-67® Fieldbus Platform

We are pleased to announce the release of the MI/O-67® Fieldbus Platform. Our initial release includes several different protocol options in addition to several modules to ensure a complete system package.  Key BenefitsMAConnect® MI/O-67® will utilize existing...

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Pick-it presents Pick-it 2.0

Pick-it presents Pick-it 2.0

Combined with a Pick-it M-HD camera, the Pick-it 2.0 system is 30 times more accurate and can detect objects that are 10 times smaller than before. With Pick-it 2.0, we take the future of your production seriously. Set it up once with our intuitive web interface and...

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It’s time to reap all the benefits of the MiR500

It’s time to reap all the benefits of the MiR500

MiR500 is designed to automate the transportation of pallets and heavy loads across industries. With a payload of 500 kg, speed of 2 m/sec and a footprint of 1350x920 mm, MiR500 is the largest, most powerful, fastest and robust collaborative, autonomous mobile robot...

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Cognex & URCaps

Cognex & URCaps

The Cognex In-Sight 2D Robot Guidance plugin greatly simplifies the communication, hand eye calibration, and vision guided robotics development between a UR robot and Cognex 2D Vision System. Take advantage of Cognex’s world class vision tools for any robot...

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Seamless Integration of PHD Grippers to Universal Robots

Seamless Integration of PHD Grippers to Universal Robots

A new accessory for seamless integration of pneumatic grippers on collaborative robots is available from PHD, Inc.  Pneu-ConnectTM connects directly to the tool port on the robot arm making it easy to attach a PHD pneumatic gripper to a Universal Robot (UR) brand...

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