Keeping industrial equipment under control

Excavators and wheel loaders can now be equipped with better machine-control solutions. A joint venture between Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, and SVAB, a developer of ergonomic and user-friendly control systems for industrial vehicles and equipment, has made it possible.

The two organizations recently released a new productivity tool for iXE3 and iGW3 machine control solutions based on SVAB’s quantum tool recognition system.

Tool recognition is a wireless system that automatically detects the work tool that is used on a construction equipment machine via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The system can automatically identify which work tools are connected to the machine.

As a result, machine operators no longer need to manually change settings in the Leica Geosystems machine control solution when changing work tools with this system. This is now an automated process.

Drivers also will receive warnings if a work tool without a tool recognition module is selected. This minimizes the risk of using the wrong bucket and the subsequent over or under digging and costly rework. Besides directly supporting the attached tools, the tool recognition system also supports standard tilt buckets and detachable tilt rotators.

www.hexagon.com | 468-601-2620


Device helps find, measure and inspect parts

Cognex Corp. has released a new series of ultra-high-resolution vision systems. The In-Sight 9000 series acquires exceptionally detailed images for high-accuracy part location, measurement and inspection over large areas—even when mounted at long distances.

The series consists of two models—the 9902L (2K line scan) and the 9912 (12MP area scan). Both are IP67-rated for use in harsh factory environments. This combination of large image size and rugged design is available as a fully configurable, standalone In-Sight vision system, offering users a single-camera solution to view large areas while preserving accuracy.

www.cognex.com/InSight-9000 | 855-426-4639


Preventing a shock to the system

Turck’s new linear position sensors have been released and feature improved shock resistance.

With measuring lengths of up to 2 m, the Li sensors outperform magnetostrictive linear position sensors, which, due to their operating principle, sense at a slower rate as the measuring length increases.

The extended series of the IP67 sensors are not only resistant to harsh environmental conditions such as from humidity and dirt, but these devices also reliably output a position signal when subject to vibration or shocks of up to 200 g.

The 5 kHz scan rate keeps positioning errors to a minimum, something previously unachievable in rugged applications. Precision also has been further increased with a 16-bit D/A converter.

Li sensors, with their resistance to magnetic fields, generally are ideal for closed-loop control tasks in the metalworking industry because the metal shavings accumulated do not stick to the positioning element inducing linearity errors.

www.turck.com | 800-544-7769


Capturing carbon readings for analysis

There’s a new device to help those who inspect carbon fiber parts.

Designed for fast results in production-integrated inspection or offline quality assurance contexts, the Apodius Vision System 2D delivers two-dimensional fiber orientation analysis. The system’s data output options allow for specific actual-to-target value comparison, which is a key tool for ensuring high-quality results during composite production.

Information about a part’s surface texture is captured by the high-resolution optical sensor. Up to three fiber orientations can be determined to within a measurement resolution of just a tenth of a degree by evaluating the recorded raw image data of the texture.

The Apodius Vision System 2D also brings together the HP-C-V2D Apodius Vision Sensor and the dedicated Apodius Explorer 2D software platform. The HP-C-V2D Apodius Vision Sensor has been developed for fiber orientation determination and measurement on composite surfaces. Using raw image data, overall fiber orientation distribution and main fiber orientations can be verified to with a tenth of a degree.

The system is qualified for dry semi-finished carbon fiber parts including braided, woven, non-crimp and customized fabrics and preforms. It also works on other common composite surfaces such as prepreg, wet and cured parts.

www.hexagonmI.com | 401-886-2000


Streamlining tasks in lab settings

Integra Biosciences has released the Assist Plus pipetting robot that offers streamlined, cost-effective pipetting workflows. Pipetting robots handle liquid samples and are used in chemical and biochemical labs.

The Assist Plus can be programmed directly on the pipette or remotely from a PC, and includes the latest Vialab software for straightforward set-up of more complex workflows. It also has three deck positions to accommodate reagents, tubes and samples, and is compatible with many labware types and any of Integra’s electronic multichannel pipettes, including the Voyager adjustable tip spacing pipette.

This unique feature offers built-in longevity. For example, lab scientists can swap in a different Integra pipette to access new applications. This provides reliable, reproducible and error-free pipetting for years.

www.integra-biosciences.com | 603-578-5800


Leaving competitors in the dust

Dustcontrol US has released a new, heavy-duty and powerful dust extractor.

The propane-driven DC Storm LPG is cyclone-based, Hepa 13 filtered and built to Application Class H as standard.

The extractor can last up to eight hours, and its 15 kW/21 hp motor can handle dust extraction in conjunction with work involving large-scale concrete construction and brick-work projects.

www.dustcontroluk.co.uk | 132-785-8001

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