Thursday, 1 October 2020

Design possibilities offered in plastic mouldings.

Emerson has introduced new heat staking technology designed to give manufacturers greater design freedom by enabling them to join more complex, delicate and sensitive components to plastic moldings. Using a unique pulse staking technology that optimizes the heat staking process, the Branson™ GPX platform produces high-quality joins, superior product aesthetics and energy savings in increasingly challenging applications.

“The automotive, electronics and medical industries require more complex, delicate and sensitive components to be joined to plastic moldings,” 
said Priyank Kishor, global product manager for Branson products at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “The unique heat staking process that the Branson GPX platform provides helps to meet this demand and offers manufacturers a broad range of benefits, such as superior product aesthetics and reduced energy use.”

Electronics, automotive and medical device manufacturers must produce more creative designs to meet rapidly changing market demand. This has led to an increase in challenging heat staking applications involving parts with more complex 3D geometries, closely aligned features and fragile or heat-sensitive components, such as soldered components or sensors, and using a greater number of blended, glass-reinforced, chromed and metallicized plastics.

The Branson GPX platform uses PulseStaker technology to provide instantaneous heating and cooling, with adjustable cycle times for optimized, low energy heat staking. The process creates no particulates or burn marks, and enables more delicate and sensitive parts, such as those with embedded electronics, to be joined with consistently high-performance finishes.

The advanced technology is suitable for all heat staking applications, including those with thermoplastic materials and metalized coated parts. A wide range of heat staking tip designs, which can be adapted to meet any stake welding requirement, and the ability to stake multiple points simultaneously provide manufacturers with greater design freedom.

@Branson_Emerson @Emerson_News #PAuto #MEPax #Design

Gas detection for safety.

In a strategic move to further expand its portfolio of high-performance gas detection instrumentation, ION Science has launched a range of cost-effective, low maintenance, disposable ARA Single Gas Detectors for compliance monitoring and worker safety. The personal, wearable instruments enable workers to monitor their exposure to toxic gases as well as oxygen enrichment and depletion, alerting them when safe levels are exceeded.

Duncan Johns, Managing Director at Ion Science comments: “The ARA single gas detector range offers our customers a winning combination of safety and functionality whilst being low-maintenance and simple to operate. An affordable solution for safety-critical, life-saving scenarios, it further strengthens our product range and reinforces ION Science’s position at the forefront of gas detection technology.”
Ideal for petrochemical site plant workers and on-site contractors, the small, lightweight ARA single gas detector comprises six models including four gas types: hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and sulphur dioxide. The low maintenance, disposable instruments offer two-year continuous run time as standard. The carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulphide options are also available as additional hibernation models with a three-year run time.

These ARA single gas detectors are designed for use as safety compliance devices to be worn throughout daily shifts within a range of industry sectors including oil & gas, chemical, manufacturing, water, aerospace and power generation, and across a variety of applications such as site-wide safety, confined space entry, plant shutdown processes and first response safety. The instruments help workers carry out their work safely and cost-efficiently, alerting the wearer to the presence of unsafe gas levels.

User set low and high alarms will alert the wearer and surrounding colleagues to the presence of hazardous gas exposure. When an alarm occurs, the user must exit the hazardous area or put on PPE, in line with their company or local health and safety guidelines.

The low-maintenance ARA single gas detector is easy to use and operate with one button operation. The user simply switches the instrument on from receipt and it will run continuously for two years displaying real-time readings and instantaneous alarms to protect the workforce within hazardous environments. Hibernation models allow the device to be placed on standby to extend battery life up to three years (based on i minute daily alarm).

An additional benefit of the ARA single gas detector is its lifetime remaining countdown feature that helps users to plan for future projects and site shutdowns.

ARA’s self-test feature tests the audio, visual & vibrating alarms, giving users confidence that they are in safe hands. Easy to perform in a single button press and with user-configurable reminders, the self-test reassures users that their device is in safe working condition.

The ARA single gas detectors can be connected to PC software via the ARA IR link, to set bump test and calibration reminders as well as low / high user adjustable alarms. The ARA PC allows users to download 30 recent event logs and configure user settings.

@ionscience @elhcomms #PAuto 

Wearable sensors!

The wearable sensor industry will be worth $2.5 billion (€2.13b) in 2020, having tripled in size since 2014. This comes despite the significant economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused a reduction in the total revenue this year. However, the industry is expected to progress back to significant growth from 2021, reaching annual revenue of over $8bn (€6.8b) per year by 2031. These are the headline findings from the latest IDTechEx report "Wearable Sensors 2021-2031", which characterizes the entire industry landscape for wearable sensors.

Building on IDTechEx's extensive track record covering the wearable technology industry as a whole, this latest report focuses on arguably one of the most important component types which provides the key value proposition for many wearable technology products. The report covers over 17 different types of wearable sensor, characterizing the technology, applications and industry landscape for each area. This ranges from core and familiar technology areas such as motion sensing via IMUs, optical heart rate monitoring and wearable electrodes, though to more unique sensor types such as chemical sensors, 3D imaging & cameras or force/pressure sensors.

The report looks at the sensor's place within the wearable devices, describing the technology and value chain behind each sensor, as well as the emerging landscape for each. For example, on the wrist, we have seen optical heart rate metrics be introduced and then expanded to include additional features such as heart rate variability (HRV) and blood oxygen (spO2) metrics (as seen in the Apple Watch 6 and other competitive products). However, there is additional potential for these functions to expand, adding more wavelengths on the optical chips and opening up new potential applications into the future.

A similar product roadmap has been described for each sensor type. IDTechEx's extensive coverage of different wearable product areas links into this dedicated study on sensors. For example, for the many types of electronic skin patches which incorporate wearable electrodes, the report describes how electrode material stacks are being developed to enable increased wear time without sacrificing comfort, safety or performance. In hearables, there has been a significant investment towards the integration of sensors for physiological monitoring alongside the traditional hearing health-focused functions. Whilst commercial progress here is still in the very early stages, the report discusses the opportunity here for many different sensor types. 

However, the overarching message continues to emphasize the importance of sensors within the whole wearable technology sector, providing the key functionality behind core value propositions for many wearable device types. This is driving a significant revenue growth, both in terms of raw annual revenue from sensors but also in sensor revenue as a percentage of the total revenue from wearables. This is enabled as increasing expansion of sensor capabilities drives increasing importance over time within the sector as a whole. Details of this trend from 2015 to 2024 are detailed in the chart below.

@IDTechEx #Pauto

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

3D Line Profile Sensors.

LMI Technologies (LMI) has released the Gocator® 2430/2440/2450 blue laser line profile sensors. This latest addition to LMI's popular 2400 series, these new blue laser models are designed for 3D scanning of shiny metal surfaces in electric vehicle (EV) battery inspection, rail inspection (rail geometry), small to medium-size electronic and automotive parts, and general factory automation applications. 

The 2400 series also offers several red laser models for optimal performance and maximum flexibility in your scanning applications.

Due to its shorter wavelength, blue laser light performs better than red or green lasers when scanning specular surfaces. Blue laser generates “cleaner” profiles (ie, less laser speckle) on shiny targets, allowing it to achieve higher measurement accuracy as a result. For example, Gocator® 2450 blue laser sensors are able to deliver high-quality 3D scan data of train rails even in full sunlight and when the track ballast is wet.

These sensors are ideal for customers who need to perform:

  • Battery cell pre-assembly inspection (Electrode Width Gauging, Electrode Edge Profile Measurement, Tab Distance Gauging)
  • Battery cell assembly inspection
  • Flat and cylindrical battery surface inspection
  • Rail geometry inspection
  • And a range of general factory automation applications
  • Gocator® 2430/40/50 models feature the latest 2-megapixel imaging technology, custom embedded processor, and optimized optics that allow for fast inspection rates (up to 5 kHz) and increased sensitivity in handling reflective targets.

    “These three new line profilers add high sensitivity blue laser scanning to the 2400 series. Offering a balance of speed, high resolution data, and wide fields of view, customers can achieve precision 3D scanning and inspection of shiny surfaces with the most cost-effective sensor setup possible,” said Terry Arden, CEO, LMI Technologies.

    The Gocator 2430/40/50 blue laser profilers come in an IP67-rated industrial housing offering all-in-one functionality, including web-based user setup, built-in 3D visualization, drag and drop measurement tools, and communication protocols that are unmatched in the 3D sensor market.

    @lmi3d @PresseBox #PAuto 

    Tuesday, 29 September 2020

    Visualising gases.

    Building on the previous methane-detecting GF77 camera release, FLIR now offers two lens types for finding a wider variety of gases with just one camera.

    The new FLIR GF77™ Gas Find IR Series provides professionals with the flexibility to use one uncooled gas detection camera for gas detection and thermal inspections across chemical and industrial manufacturing, electric power utilities, natural gas supply chain, food and agricultural, and public safety. The most notable feature updates include visualizing a completely new category of gases in sulfur hexafluoride, ammonia, and ethylene. The GF77 Series also offers IR high-temp ranges, increased temperature measurement accuracy and improved inspection flow/reporting with optional add-ons for FLIR Thermal Studio Pro and FLIR Route Creator.

    The versatile GF77 does more than visualize gases; this ergonomic, easy to use camera is calibrated for IR temperature measurement, so inspectors can use it as part of predictive maintenance programs, such as verifying tank levels and searching for electrical or mechanical issues without the need to change a lens.

    New Lens Options
    The GF77 Gas Find IR Series offers two types of lenses—low-range (LR) and high-range (HR)—in a standard 25° field of view or as a 6° telephoto lens. The LR lens has a built-in 7-8.5 µm wavelength filter for visualizing methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, R-134a, and R-152a. The HR lens filters the 9.5-12 µm wavelength for visualizing sulfur hexafluoride, ammonia, and ethylene.

    Professionals have the option to purchase the lens combination that meets their needs, the GF77-LR, the GF77-HR or the GF77 with both the LR and HR lenses. Further, each lens is calibrated to a specific camera body at the time of purchase to visualize the gases of interest and measure temperature accurately.

    For customers who already own a GF77 and would like to expand its capabilities, the FLIR service center can calibrate any new lens purchased for that specific device.

    Improved Camera Options The GF77 Gas Find IR Series now includes a broader temperature detection range, from -20 °C to 500 °C, with improved accuracy of +/- 3 °C, down from +/- 5 °C, within the full temperature range. The optional on-board routing capability, Route Creator, allows end-users to simplify surveys by pre-planning the route that includes a list of assets that need to be inspected at each location, reducing the risk of missing an asset that could lead to an unexpected failure. The reporting add-on, Thermal Studio Pro, offers an easy final comprehensive report option.

    @flir #PAuto #MEpax

    Cutting-Edge applications in artificial intelligence.

    Mouser Electronics has released Artificial Intelligence: The Next Wave in Life Sciences , the first eBook from The Intelligent Revolution series. In the new eBook, experts from Mouser and the life science industry explore cutting-edge applications for artificial intelligence (AI) in areas such as speech therapy, flu prevention, and wildlife protection. The captivating new AI series is the latest addition to Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program.

    “We are excited to provide this type of enlightening content for our customers and followers. Artificial intelligence has revolutionized many high-profile industries, and we are now seeing this groundbreaking technology applied to new applications in life sciences,” said Kevin Hess, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Mouser Electronics. “This first eBook in The Intelligent Revolution series explores some of the most exciting new uses for AI in life sciences, as industry leaders highlight what has been achieved as well as what’s to come.”

    Artificial Intelligence: The Next Wave in Life Sciences eBook features a fascinating article about Tanya Berger-Wolf, a computational ecologist at the Ohio State University, as well as insightful contributions from noted science writer David Freedman. The first article explores Berger-Wolf’s use of AI in matching photographs to specific animals, a critical function in wildlife protection. Specific animal matching enables scientists to determine whether a population is increasing or declining, and to determine how much funding and land should be allocated to protect the animal population.

    Freedman’s contributions explore the role of AI in two medical applications: analyzing the sounds of coughs to track flu outbreaks, and identifying patterns in brain scans to predict the outcomes of speech therapy.

    @MouserElecEU #AI #Health #Environment #LifeScience

    Virtual robotics.

    ABB has created a virtual exhibition stand demonstrating its latest products and solutions for processing and packaging applications since the PPMA exhibition this year has been cancelled. The stand is built around a panoramic tour that enables you to discover the benefits robots can bring to many industries worldwide. 

    “Our interactive exhibition stands provide an ideal way for visitors to find out more about our latest robots and how they can help to deliver value in industrial applications” says Julian Ware, Sales Manager for ABB Robotics in Britain and Ireland. “While there is obviously no substitute for personal contact, features like the inclusion of online enquiry mechanisms included on the stand provide the next best thing, enabling people to easily get in contact with us to find out more about how we can help them make a switch to robotic automation.”

    A featured solution on the stand includes the ABB FlexPicker IRB360, demonstrating its fast picking capabilities in a compact footprint. Featuring easy to rinse-off surfaces and joints and designed for picking and packing applications with high payloads up to 8kg, the FlexPicker has established a reputation for fast, flexible, and accurate performance in a wide range of food and beverage and pharmaceuticals applications.

    With space at a premium in many factories, solutions that can offer high performance in the smallest possible footprint are ideal. ABB’s fastest and most compact robot yet, the IRB1100, provides 35 percent increased productivity with up to 10 percent space savings, and consistently outperforms other robots in its class in terms of payload and repeatability, even when working in confined locations.

    Also on the stand are examples of ABB’s single and dual-arm YuMi® seven-axis robots. Incorporating extensive safety features including padded arms and collision detection that automatically stops the robot if it detects the presence of a human worker. Both robots provide the flexibility needed to meet the production requirements of small and medium enterprises, with the ability to handle a range of precise and repetitive tasks involving components up to 0.5kg. The YuMi robots are part of a suite of exciting collaborative automation solutions that help people and robots work more safely and closer together than ever before.

    Visitors to the virtual stand will also find a range of other interactive exhibits including display boards covering videos on elements such as the new RobotStudio® AR viewer, downloadable information including ebooks and white papers and 360 degree rotating models of each robot for full view so you don’t miss out on a thing.

    There’s also a chance to visit a dedicated stand showing B&R Automation’s groundbreaking Adaptive Machine. As the machine automation specialists within the ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation Business, B&R Automation’s solutions allow OEM and special purpose machine builders to speed time to market, minimize development risk and reduce costs. Using the virtual stand, visitors can find out more about the Adaptive Machine concept and explore B&R’s ACOPOSTrack, which has been designed to deliver decisive technological advantages for adaptive, connected manufacturing by transporting parts and products quickly and flexibly.

    @ABBRobotics @NapierPR #PAuto #Packaging