Sensors and Transducers

Miniature photoelectric distance measurement modules help robots avoid gripper collisions

Collision avoidance is an absolute priority for automation engineers implementing robotic handling systems. At worst, a collision can result in injury to a human co-worker; at best, damage to static infrastructure or other equipment. Either way, the implications are serious for any organisation, an accident is costly and potentially tragic. …

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Untethered by wireless power

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla wanted to create a way of supplying power without stringing wires. He almost accomplished his goal when an experiment led him to the creation of the Tesla coil. It was the first system that could wirelessly transmit electricity, but his creation was short lived. Following …

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Contrinex’s RFID tracks mobile conveyor position

During surface-mining operations, large mobile reclamation machines are used to recover bulk materials. On each machine, a bucket-wheel excavator collects material and deposits it onto a conveyor. As an area is cleared of material, the machine moves along parallel steel travel rails to the next area, allowing continuous operation without …

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New autonomous vehicles to navigate their way around Middle East’s largest seaport using Xsens georeferencing tech

A ground-breaking deployment of autonomous vehicle technology by DP World, the operator of the Jebel Ali container port in Dubai, is to demonstrate the performance and reliability of technology provided by Xsens, the manufacturer of motion-tracking sensors, supporting DGWorld, a manufacturer of artificial intelligence (AI)-based autonomous and robotic vehicle systems. …

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MTC demonstrates first electronics smart factory

A team of Industry 4.0 specialists at the Manufacturing Technology Centre is developing Europe’s first smart factory demonstrator for the manufacture of electronics assemblies, helping manufacturers go digital, transforming their businesses and meeting the demands of an increasingly challenging market. The MTC’s digital engineering experts are working with key vendors …

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Photoelectric sensors keep robots sweet

During high-speed production of retail bags, a confectionery manufacturer conveys individual bags of sweets to a pick-and-place packing robot for secondary packaging. A highly reliable diffuse-mode photoelectric sensor, mounted beside the conveyor, detects the presence of bags as they approach the packing station and inhibits the pick-and-place sequence if no …

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Graphene sensor from Paragraf enables magnetic breakthrough at CERN

Paragraf has embarked on a working partnership with the Magnetic Measurement section at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to demonstrate how new opportunities for magnetic measurements are opened up through the unique properties of its graphene sensor, particularly its negligible planar Hall effect. CERN operates the largest particle accelerators …

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Trieye partners with DENSO to evaluate the world’s first CMOS-based SWIR camera

Israeli startup TriEye, a Tel-Aviv based company whose Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensing technology enhances visibility in adverse weather and night time conditions, has officially revealed Sparrow – the world’s first CMOS-based SWIR camera. Among the companies that are collaborating with TriEye and are evaluating the Sparrow is the global automotive supplier …

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Manage inventory remotely with smart level sensor

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are ideal for the safe storage and transportation of liquids – but they raise a number of challenges for level measurement. They’re often located remotely, and several IBCs can be scattered over a wide area. The Micropilot FWR30 radar sensor from Endress+Hauser solves these difficulties by …

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STMicroelectronics Joins the Silicon Catalyst Ecosystem

Silicon Catalyst, the world’s only incubator focused exclusively on accelerating solutions in silicon, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, jointly announce that ST has joined Silicon Catalyst as both a Strategic and In-Kind Partner. As a Strategic Partner, the collaboration provides STMicroelectronics …

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