automation

Maschinen

The challenges of today’s machine building industry

The ramping up of the low wage economies in the machine building sector means that OEMs often feel they are working under the shadow of the threat of cheap imports. In the first of a series of articles, Robert Brooks and Karl Walker look at the ‘must-have’ features that will keep UK machine builders ahead
Entwickler @de

Changing attitudes to automation amongst UK manufacturing companies

Brian Holliday discussed how automation has historically been seen as too expensive, too unreliable, unsafe and only the preserve of large multinationals The fourth report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition    Siemens‘ Brian Holliday started by highlighting how the manufacturing industry is changing faster than ever before, but that the UK market is
Technologie

Learn how Omron and Autrial cocreated the S8VK

The S8VK, our brand new industrial power supply is designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding users. Autrial, a large panelbuilder in Spain, was consulted among others to ensure Omron created a product that suits the needs of the European industrial market. Our very own Taka, R&D engineer explains what was done to
Technologie

Why not make it easy for ourselves?

There was an interesting review on the Amazon website recently from someone who had just bought a new PC. Almost everything about this computer was fantastic: the memory was awesome, the graphics system coped easily everything from movies to the latest games, the hard drive would hold the entire contents of the Library of Congress
Technologie

The power of one: The Omron 361 Concept

It’s a truism that most of us encounter every day: little things can mean a lot. A word of thanks for a job well done, an act of kindness from a complete stranger, a free sample from a retailer – we’ve all experienced the feeling. It’s something that underpins Omron’s recently introduced “361° Approach” to
Technologie

Going to extremes: or not? S8VK Power Supply Family

There was a time when virtually every manufactured product was built to withstand anything that could be thrown at it. There were lots of reasons, not least the fact that design knowhow was rather limited, so over-specifying was much the safer option. Of course, improvements in engineering, design, materials science and so on changed all
Future @de

Forget 3D printing, 4D printing has arrived!

Imagine a world where you don’t have to assemble that Ikea closet yourself… Sounds too good to be true? Not according to Skylar Tibbits. He’s an architect and computer scientist at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab. He focuses on self-assembly technologies. In other words: objects that make themselves. Tibbits has spoken about this concept on TED 2013 Februari
Technologie

Has Ethernet taken I/O as far as it can go?

Considerations of input and output – I/O – are fundamental to machine design and configuration, and different implementations can have significant impacts on both operational efficiency and in-service maintenance. Virtually every machine from a laptop to a production-line robot has I/O at its heart, and equipment and system suppliers have put a lot of energy