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New cobot with easy handling features

A new collaborative robot from Mitsubishi Electric has been developed to work alongside human operators without the need for guards or safety fences, while meeting new requirements for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.
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Discovering the full potential of servo drives

A new developer kit from Festo enables system designers and machine builders to familiarise themselves with the functions and application possibilities of the company’s CMMT servo drives.
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Connecting Siemens controllers with software applications

Softing Industrial’s edgeConnector Siemens connects Siemens controllers with software applications. It supports the reference architectures for Industrial IoT by Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS, as well as independent edge solutions.


  1. 19/05/2020 Cylindrical inductive safety sensors

    SICK has launched the SICK IME2S inductive proximity safety switch for safe and easy non-contact position and safe area monitoring to help prevent accidents and unwanted collisions in production and logistics environments up to PL d (EN ISO 13849) safety requirements.

  2. 19/05/2020 Contactless data collection added to cloud-based condition monitoring solution

    AVT Reliability has enhanced its Machine Sentry suite of cloud-based condition monitoring tools with the launch of a long range, low energy Bluetooth router, Gateway.

  3. 11/05/2020 Manual flow control option for ball valves

    In addition to electric or pneumatic actuation, Bonomi (UK) can now offer a manual flow control device for use in conjunction with much of its Valpres V-Notch ball valve range.

  4. 11/05/2020 RFID antenna, evaluation electronics and fieldbus interface in a single module

    With a long user-adjustable operating range and a choice of fieldbus interfaces, HF RFID systems, which form part of the DTE60x range from ifm electronic, are said to be suited to use in a range of production line applications. 

  5. 04/05/2020 PLC plays it safe

    A safety module option is now available for Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-R PLC which is said to provide the performance and integrity of a separate safety PLC but without the added cabinet space. 

  6. 04/05/2020 Polarisation helps to reveal often hidden details

    IDS has added 5 megapixels polarisation cameras to its product portfolio with the addition of the Sony IMX250MZR 5 MP polarisation sensor, with integrated on-pixel polarisers, its uEye CP camera family.

  7. 27/04/2020 Ultrasonic transducer offers enhanced flowmeter performance

    Emerson has added the Daniel T-200, a titanium-housed transducer, to its gas ultrasonic flowmeter product line. This product is the first to use metal 3D printing to enhance the acoustic performance in custody transfer applications.

  8. 27/04/2020 Ethernet communication for Ex areas

    Turck has introduced the first Zone 2 Ethernet gateway for its excom I/O system. This allows process data from hazardous areas to reach IT systems for analysis and evaluation at sufficient speeds and safely, via a parallel data channel – a fast and easy way of implementing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.

  9. 21/04/2020 IPC provides compact, fanless control at the edge

    The new C7015 ultra-compact Industrial PC (IPC) from Beckhoff has been designed with IP 65/67 protection to allow for direct installation onto machines or other equipment.

  10. 21/04/2020 New functions for cloud-based remote maintenance

    New functions have been added to the mGuard Secure Remote Service from Phoenix Contact with the extension of the company’s cloud-based remote maintenance platform.

  11. 14/04/2020 Linear robots for cost-effective automation

    Cartesian robots are used in a wide variety of applications such as pick & place, sorting systems and medical technology. igus has developed a line and room linear robot which can move up to 5kg.

  12. 14/04/2020 ATEX approval for ultrasonic clamp-on flow meter

    Badger has announced new hazardous area certification to ATEX/IECEx Zone 2 for the Dynasonics TFX-5000 transit time ultrasonic flow meter.

  13. 14/04/2020 Easy migration without detours

    Siemens is expanding its distributed I/O system with new modules for the Simatic ET 200MP/Simatic S7-1500 IOs as well as a backplane bus.

  14. 06/04/2020 Smart actuators for process applications

    The new PROFOX electric valve actuator from Auma is said to be suited for process industry applications which require fast and precise positioning, flexibility and future-proof interfaces.

  15. 06/04/2020 Retrofitting predictive maintenance solution to gearboxes

    When a gearbox on a critical application fails there will always be a scramble to get it up and running again. Even when a spare is available, production will inevitably be lost. It is, however, now possible to retrofit a predictive maintenance solution.

  16. 30/03/2020 Better data collection from hazardous areas

    SKF has gained hazardous area approval for its QuickCollect sensor, which collects vibration and temperature data. This new approval allows the sensor to be used in places that would previously have required a ‘hot work’ permit.

  17. 23/03/2020 Bringing versatility to edge computing

    Red Lion Controls has introduced the FlexEdge Intelligent Edge Automation Platform which is said to bring versatility to edge computing, while offering productivity and efficiency gains from digital transformation initiatives thanks to its simplicity.

  18. 23/03/2020 Self-monitoring temperature sensor

    The TCC self-checking temperature sensor from ifm electronic has been created for use in processes where accurate temperature control is essential and deviations could have costly implications.

  19. 16/03/2020 Integrated motor drive promises efficiency gains

    ABB’s Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium product line utilises Ferrite Assisted Synchronous Reluctance (FASR) technology with non-rare earth magnet materials to exceed IE5 efficiency requirements. Said to be suitable for constant and variable torque applications, it promises up to 16% efficiency gains when compared to alternative motor designs.

  20. 16/03/2020 Vertical-mount variant of SuperTrak launched

    B&R's intelligent track system SuperTrak is now available in a vertical-mount variant which is said to help optimise output per square meter of floor space.