New OMRON terminal blocks improve assembly efficiency

OMRON Electronic Components Europe has launched a new range of Push-In Terminal Block PCB Connectors to significantly improve the efficiency of connector insertion and removal and cable wiring during assembly. These products will be invaluable to factory automation applications, such as robot controllers, AC servo drivers and CNC machines. The new OMRON XW4M and XW4N have a very low board …

Learning robot could transform multiple sectors

A robot that can teach itself how to pick up unknown objects has been developed by automation experts at the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre. The state-of-the-art development allows single objects to be picked out of a random tray or bin, without the need for high cost sensors or lengthy programming. The process could bring huge benefits to the manufacturing, agri-food, …

Deep Learning Brings Simplicity to Complex AI Inspection

SICK has launched a suite of Deep Learning apps and services to simplify machine vision quality inspection for challenging components, assemblies, surfaces or food produce, especially those that have previously defied automation and remained distinguishable only by human inspection. SICK Deep Learning radically reduces set-up time and cost by enabling Artificial Intelligence image classification to run directly onboard SICK smart …

Mobilizing 3D Printing Solutions to Battle COVID-19

Many 3D design files to be made freely available to accelerate critical parts production HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.  HP’s …

Building a hand sanitiser plant in 10 days to make 1 million bottles per month

INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, has today announced plans to produce 1 million hand sanitisers per month to help with the European shortage. These will be produced according to World Health Organisation specifications and be specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses. INEOS is the leading European producer of the two key raw materials needed for sanitisers …

STRATASYS RAMPING UP PRODUCTION OF 3D-PRINTED PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Stratasys Ltd has announced a global mobilization of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions. The initial focus is on providing thousands of disposable face shields for use by medical personnel. In the United States, Stratasys has …

Connect 2 Cleanrooms Offers Services for Ventilator Production Drive

Connect 2 Cleanrooms is a UK cleanroom design and build specialist, with nearly 20 years’ experience delivering aerospace, automotive, medical device and healthcare clean rooms for the manufacture of precision components. Its CEO Joe Govier has issued the following message. “We would welcome any organisation who is looking for a quick-to-production cleanroom manufacturing environment to support the UK Government’s efforts …