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Continuous supply of electric power or faultless data transfer, provided mostly through wiring, are primary requirements affecting virtually all systems. This results in stringent requirements for production, installation, and operation of cables.

ADAS and autonomous vehicles will soon be transforming our world. Due to the complexity of this immense engineering challenge, manufacturers now realize producing a reliable autonomous vehicle requires millions of miles of road testing—as onboard computers must be trained, not programmed. A seemingly impossible task.

High Performance Embedded Computer (HPEC) systems are now leaning toward using the specialized parallel computational speed and performance on General Purpose Graphic Processor Units (GPGPUs). Providing that power and performance in a rugged, extended temperature small form factor (SFF) can be challenging.

High-mix/low-volume manufacturing offers an automation challenge. But at electronics manufacturer Scott Fetzer Electrical Group (SFEG) in Tennessee, a fleet of Universal Robots on wheels receives daily work orders to solve ever-changing tasks—and has optimized productivity by 20%.

These lightweight, collaborative robots (“cobots”) are easy to move, set up, and program for new tasks. And the built-in safety system automatically stops the robot arm’s operation if it encounters objects or people in its route.

Download the whitepaper and find out how the Universal Robots handle tasks throughout the sheet metal department, fill epoxy into circuit boards, pick and place on conveyor lines, cut wires and perform life cycle testing:

Universal Robots Gives SFEG these Advantages:

  • Increased productivity by 20%
  • Improved manufacturing consistency
  • Increased global competitiveness with faster time to production
  • Fast implementation with user-friendly programming and set-up
  • Improved worker safety - “Let the robot get carpal tunnel”
  • Payback period between 12 and 14 months

Many applications require rotation counters that can measure angles greater than 360º. However the low-cost 10-turn potentiometers most design engineers are familiar with can’t always meet user requirements for resolution and reliability. As an alternative, optical absolute encoders are too expensive for many applications. These solutions require a continuous power supply or they will lose count when power is restored. Also, geared technology/rotation counters are subject to significant wear.

Convert pressure, mechanical, vacuum and temperature changes into linear or rotational motion using metal bellows. It may be the smallest component of an overall machine assembly but it very often plays the most critical role in the functionality of a system. This newest whitepaper from Servometer outlines seven key enabling technologies that benefit from bellows across a wide range of engineering applications – providing a more precise, more reliable or less costly alternative to an existing engineering solution.

A guide to automating process & quality improvements

Get the basics of how machine vision technology works and why it's the right choice for automating process and quality improvements. The Introduction to Machine Vision whitepaper is the first step to understanding, what is machine vision, what kind of problems does it solve, what components do you need to build a vision system, how to get the most out of your vision system, and more. Read this whitepaper to see why automated inspection is vastly superior to manual techniques.

Linear plain bearings are becoming commonplace in today’s manufacturing industry. As technologies and material sciences have advanced, so have the capabilities of linear plain bearings, particularly those made of plastic, such as the DryLin® series of self-lubricating linear bearings from igus®. This whitepaper will compare how they outperform a competitive linear plain bearing technology, which uses a PTFE-based, bonded liner, in both wear and friction testing.

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