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Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise
Manufacturing Automation - Inside Universal Robots Efforts to Empower the Small/Medium Enterprise 

By Bill Lydon
Collaborative robots are re-defining the way manufacturers operate today. To help further that process is Universal Robots (UR), a collaborative robot manufacturer working to help industries become more productive

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Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance
Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance

By Gernut van Laak
The need for factory maintenance often goes unnoticed. This article explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

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Panasonic FP7 Series Programmable Logic Controller
Panasonic FP7 Series Programmable Logic Controller

The FP7 Series compact PLC is used in a wide range of manufacturing applications and major assemblies. Its performance, security features, state-of-the-art programming software, connectivity and reliability make it optimal for factory automation.

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Panasonic SF4B-C Series Type 4 Light Curtains
Panasonic SF4B-C Series Type 4 Light Curtains

Utilizing a proprietary double-structure enclosure, this series features a lightweight plastic body with a metal inner frame to increase overall toughness. They can be mounted flush to a machine frame while maintaining zero dead zone coverage.

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Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion
Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion

By Jeff Burnstein
The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) reached out to several large automation integrators to get their input on the drivers, challenges, and opportunities in implementing collaborative robots.

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Panasonic GX Series Inductive Proximity Sensors

The GX series of compact inductive proximity sensors is a high-performance, easy-to-use solution for metal detection needs. It features a robust mounting area that has been improved to accept a higher tightening torque than conventional models.

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ISA announces final call for Educational Foundation Scholarship applications
ISA announces final call for Educational Foundation Scholarship applications
University students who have potential in the field of automation should submit an application. All applications must be submitted no later than 24 February 2019 for consideration.
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Claroty announces Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers as Chairman of the company’s Board of Advisors
Claroty announces Admiral (Ret.) Michael S. Rogers as Chairman of the company’s Board of Advisors

As Chairman of Claroty’s Board of Advisors, Rogers will lead a distinguished cadre of business and security leaders to provide guidance and counsel to the company and its customers on emerging cybersecurity trends and requirements.

Beckhoff Automation announces Kevin Barker as President
Beckhoff Automation announces Kevin Barker as President

As the new president, Barker will oversee all sales, engineering, marketing and administrative operations from the headquarters of Beckhoff Automation LLC in Savage, Minn. (Minneapolis area).

New Products

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Panasonic PM Series Micro Photoelectric Sensors
Panasonic PM Series Micro Photoelectric Sensors

The ultra-small PM series of u-shaped photoelectric sensors provides a wide range of 29 different models to suit any of your miniaturization application needs. All models are equipped with two outputs, one for Light-ON and one for Dark-ON sensing.

Inductive Automation announces public Beta version of Ignition 8 software
Inductive Automation announces public Beta version of Ignition 8 software
A key part of the Ignition 8 release is the Ignition Perspective Module, a pure-web, fully mobile solution. It provides full SCADA control from mobile phones, and drag-and-drop capabilities for designing mobile-responsive screens that are ideal for mobile devices.

Omron Automation introduces the Sysmac AI Controller

Omron Automation introduces the Sysmac AI Controller

This solution can help manufacturers reduce the risk of bad parts or equipment damage by detecting issues early on and prompting immediate action to resolve them.

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Telit introduces Telit OneEdge software suite
Telit introduces Telit OneEdge software suite
OneEdge works to solve challenges related to integration, scalability, and management that solution architects and their enterprise customers face as they implement IoT to transform their businesses. The offering is designed to accelerate solutions to market.

CogitAI announces Continua Software as a Service (SaaS) self-learning AI platform

CogitAI announces Continua Software as a Service (SaaS) self-learning AI platform

The Continua platform is designed to have the power to turn any process, system, software bot, or real robot into a self-learning autonomous service to drive actionable business outcomes.

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Lloyd's Register releases LR AllAssets maintenance software

Lloyd's Register releases LR AllAssets maintenance software
The software release adds functionality including a Maintenance module to the LR AllAssets Asset Performance Management (APM) platform.
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