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Sensors ensure fast and safe automotive brake cable production

During production of automotive parking-brake cable in a Portuguese factory, strands of steel wire are twisted together, forming a single cable with a nominal diameter of 3mm (0.1in). The process operates continuously, and twisted cable passes between successive work-stations in an unbroken length. Between operations, the cable is largely unsupported, …

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ams launches ultra-sensitive NIR image sensor

ams has introduced the CMOS Global Shutter Sensor (CGSS) Near Infrared (NIR) image sensor CGSS130, complementing ams’ recently announced 3D system. The CGSS130 enables 3D optical sensing applications such as face recognition, payment authentication and more to operate at much lower power than alternative implementations. This means that battery-powered devices …

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Marriage made simple: laser profile sensors enable precise alignment and positioning of vehicle instrument panels

Fully or semi-automatic assembly of instrument panels in the automotive production process require the gripper tool to precisely position the panel in accordance with the vehicle chassis. With each chassis potentially having a different variant or position, knowing where the tool is in relation to the chassis allows for smooth …

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Researchers create nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures. As the researchers reported in the journal Science, that matters because, “Pressure alters the physical, chemical and electronic properties of matter.” Understanding those changes could lead to new materials …

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Major overhaul of the BEKA website

BEKA has just completed a major overhaul of beka.co.uk. The old site was well thought of and contained absolutely everything you may need to know about our indicators and displays but improvements are still possible. The depth and quality of information remains the same but beka.co.uk now responds to display in …

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Yokogawa releases Exaquantum R3.20 plant information management system

Yokogawa has announced the release of Exaquantum R3.20, an enhanced version of its plant information management system (PIMS) software package in the OpreX Asset Operations and Optimisation family. Exaquantum supports the digital transformation initiatives of customers in the process industries by gathering large volumes of plant data and transforming it …

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New, comprehensive resource to help all learn the basics of calibration

Calibration helps keep your world up, running and safe. Though most never realise it, thousands of calibrations are quietly conducted every day around the world for your benefit.  When on your next flight or taking medication or passing a nuclear facility, you can expect that the systems and processes used …

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Satcoms Innovation Group appoints Helen Weedon as managing director

The Satcoms Innovation Group (SIG) has appointed Helen Weedon as managing director. The appointment marks significant restructuring of the innovation forum. Helen succeeds Martin Coleman who will commence as a member of the group’s advisory board. Helen has played a pivotal role within the group since 2011, in which time she has …

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Optics for optical non contact measurement systems

Optical non contact measurement systems do not require physical contact with a surface to determine the dimensions and other parameters of a component. Instead new systems use a light source which is passed through a range of optics and is then generated on the surface to be measured. The main …

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University of Birmingham roboticist chairs global nuclear expert group

University of Birmingham Professor of Robotics, Rustam Stolkin, has been elected as Chair of a new international Expert Group on Robotic and Remote Systems (EGRSS) – part of the OECD’s global Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), which brings together the governments of 33 member nations. Professor Stolkin was unanimously elected to …

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