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Push/Pull Switches

The PP1 and PP2 series push-pull switches from Lamb Industries, Inc. (Portland, OR) have push-and-pull capable actuators and can be specified for the unique ON2-ON1-(ON2) function. This function is a standard crossover function with an option of either a momentary action when the actuator is pushed or a maintained action when the actuator is pulled.

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Variable Frequency Drive

The VLT(R) series variable frequency drive from Danfoss Drives (Loves Park, IL) comes in ratings up to 1350 HP at voltages of 460 and 690 VAC. F1 frame models deliver up to 1050 HP in an 86.8 in. × 55.1 in. × 23.9-in. footprint, while F2 frame models deliver up to 1350 HP in an 86.8 in. × 71.0 in. × 23.9- in. footprint.

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Positioning Controller

EPOS, the second generation intelligent positioning controller from Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA), is suited for applications requiring decentralized drive intelligence. Based on the CANopen standard, the drive covers a performance range of 1 to 700 watts. The controller can operate in position, speed, and current control mode, and can be configured to operate with both DC and EC motors, depending on software commands.

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Encoder Interface

Swiftcomm is a wireless interface for encoders from BEI Industrial Encoders (Goleta, CA). Unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi, SwiftComm’s fast boot-up and transmission time allow it to seamlessly interface with existing control systems. Simply connect the SwiftComm transmitter to your encoder and the SwiftComm receiver to your control system and apply power. Costly and time-consuming cabling can now be a thing of the past.

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Using Vision to Enable Robotic Random Bin Picking

The development of a robotic random bin picking system that translates to a real-world factory application has received attention for more than 30 years, and has been called by some the “Search for the Holy Grail.” Random bin picking refers to a system where vision-enabled robots locate, grasp, and move single parts from a bin of jumbled or randomly piled parts. In recent years, advances in processing speed, new algorithms, and significant engineering have combined to solve limited versions of the problem, but the more general problem remained.

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Creating an Automated Brake Inspection System with Machine Vision

A Tier 1 automotive supplier of brake drum assemblies with customers here and abroad has tried a number of different vision systems for brake drum assembly inspection, but have had very limited success. The main problem with the previous systems was their dependence on using pattern matching, which proved inadequate in handling the wide variations and complexities in the assemblies.

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Vision Sensors Simplify Automobile Seat Component Inspection

As a leading global component supplier to the automotive industry, the Keiper GmbH & Co. Group in Germany develops and manufactures metal seat components and structures for automotive industry suppliers and manufacturers. Quality control using vision technology on the production line has brought flexible production lines, investment return in under a year, and increased efficiency.

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