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Better and faster machines through automation technology

There is hardly any industry that does not rely on machines. Machines with automation technology and test and measurement technology are used in the metal industry as well as by textile manufacturers.

No machines without automation technology

Automation technology allows machines to carry out certain work processes on their own. This saves the owner of the company not only time, but over the long term also money since fewer employees are needed. When machines employ a high level of automation technology, the degree of automation is perceptible. These processes still need people to monitor the machines and replenish the supplies. The finished products also have to be transported by hand. Automation technology achieves its goal more effectively through innovations that stem from electronics research. Although problems are solved much easier with automation technology, workers who monitor the machines face more difficult tasks. They must learn a variety of requirements by heart and always be in a position to intervene in the automation technology of the machines.

Even automation technology has its limits

The limits of automation technology were once readily apparent. Large machines were the only benefactors of automation technology and test and measurement technology. Automation technology can meanwhile be used inlarge, medium and small scale machines . Today, the limits of automation technology have more to do with whether the automation technology and test and measurement technology will pay off. If the automation technology is deployed to produce only a single component instead of thousands, then it becomes a question of the return on the investment.

Many things can be calculated and accomplished through test and measurement technology

In machines, test and measurement technology involves not only methods, but also equipment, which are used to determine a variety of values. With test and measurement technology, machine values such as pressure, length, time and temperature become visible and easy to understand.

Automation technology in machines - technologies that work hand in hand

Test and measurement technology would hardly function by itself in machine engineering were it not for control technology and automation technology. Production engineering is a good example of how test and measurement technology works alongside these other two technologies. That basically means that test and measurement technology is already being used together with automation technology in machine engineering.

Achieving the goal through various fields of test and measurement technology

Test and measurement technology involves not just one, but several interdependent fields. If engineers fail to enhance current test and measurement systems and methods, advances in test and measurement technology will come to a halt. Miniaturization, modeling and capturing methods are also helping to keep test and measurement methods on the leading edge. In the area of test and measurement technologies, especially test and measurement technology in machines, the focus is always on alignment and adjustment. When machines do not meet the desired goal, improperly calibrated test and measurement technology could be the cause. Test and measurement technology and machines are used together mainly in the area of production engineering. The underlying standards for test and measurement technology are not uniformly interpreted in every country. Germany, for instance, relies on the DIN 1913 standard, which sets the guidelines for test and measurement technology. In contrast, Austria uses OENORM M 1330, where the OE in front of the designator stands for Austria.

Automation technology is therefore a vital element of test and measurement technology and vice versa.

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An Apparatus For Dispensing A Rolled Material

Researchers from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, have designed and built a low cost apparatus to enable workers to roll out fibre sheets from a fibre roll onto a table which would make all cutting task easy. The apparatus design is ergonomical and reduces dust contaminating the work environment.

The conventional preparation of fibre sheets from fibre rolls has been a problem in many factories in Malaysia, as workers manually unroll the fibre rolls and...

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An 'octopus' robot with eight limbs developed to clear rubble in Fukushima, Japan

Researchers in Japan have jointly developed a robot with four arms and four crawlers which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously to help clean up the rubble left after the 2011 quake-tsunami disasters in Minamisoma, Fukushima. A collaboration between Waseda and Kikuchi Corporation

On March 13th, a remote controlled four-armed, four-wheeled crawler robot designed to clear rubble and save lives in areas with complex terrain was unveiled at...

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Siemens Boosts Safety through Gas Analyser Technology

  • New product launch and industry certifications across existing analyser ranges optimises safety for end users
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Siemens UK & Ireland has announced a series of product developments across its gas and oxygen analyser portfolio designed to optimise safety and efficiency,...

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unverDROSSen – efficient, conservation-friendly production of large casting components

To compete in the international iron manufacturing market, the capability to efficiently produce large-scale casting parts while conserving resources is becoming increasingly essential. Particularly with wind power systems, the dross* found in large cast iron components with nodular graphite (GJS) can increase manufacturing, personnel and energy costs. These components must frequently be re-worked using extremely time-consuming manual processes.

Manufacturers of cast components (wind power turbines and ship engines for instance) are all too aware of the problem with dross, an issue that has not been...

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Siemens launches new Simotics standard motors with highest efficiency class

• New low-voltage motors designed on highest efficiency class technology available
• The IE4 series offers unrivalled degree of efficiency, delivering energy savings and lower Total Cost of Ownership
• Available in cast-iron and aluminium housing with retention of shaft height assignment for versatile planning

Siemens UK and Ireland has taken another step in energy efficiency with the launch of IE4, its new Simotics low-voltage motors based on the highest efficiency...

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LASHARE offers additional opportunities for cooperation to SMEs and industrial companies

LASHARE is a European Commission co-funded research project with the goal of sharing laser expertise. Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, more than 36 partners from industry, small and medium sized businesses (SME) and six of the most renowned research and technology development organisations have teamed up to develop and apply an approach called Laser-based Equipment Assessment (LEA). In this, an industrial user, an SME equipment supplier and a research and technology development partner jointly conduct an assessment of a laser-based equipment. Now LASHARE calls for additional project partners.

In such an assessment, the project partners conduct the definition of manufacturing relevant objectives, the implementation of technological enhancements and...

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New side guide system from Siemens extends service life by up to ten times

• The Eco Slide Disc system is significantly reducing maintenance costs in the down coiler area of hot strip mills

• No wear plate replacement during production

• Improved strip guidance and elimination of strip surface defects caused by the down coiler entry guides

• Up to 75 percent cost savings for operational wear parts

• Very short payback time

With the newly developed Eco Slide Disc Solution, Siemens Metals Technologies offers operators of hot strip mills a side guide system which can be adapted to...

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Robust, simple, precise – the Draw Wire Sensor SX 300

With the SX 300, WayCon offers cylinder manufacturers a low-cost and easy-to-install way to measure the piston stroke of large cylinders

With the SX 300, WayCon Positionsmesstechnik has developed an extremely robust draw wire sensor especially for stroke measurement in hydraulic and telescopic...

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New forging procedure reduces the burr percentage from 54 to 7 percent

The Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) has developed a new forging procedure which considerably saves material and energy. In the EU project REForCh, researchers were able to reduce the burr percentage in the forging of crankshafts from 54 to 7 percent and were moreover able to save approximately 20 percent on energy. The procedure has already been successfully tested in the industrial environment. It is only a small step to the application stage.

For two years, the IPH researched the procedure – with funding from the European Union and in close collaboration with companies from Spain, Romania and...

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Siemens to expand range of time relays

• New Sirius 3RP25 mono-functional and multi-functional time relays offer up to 27 functions
• Series offers greater space-saving and global use
• Semiconductor output for high switching frequencies and wear-free switching
• Wide voltage range expanded to 12V - 240V AC/DC

Siemens is expanding its portfolio of monitoring and control devices to include a series of new time relays which offer greater space-saving and enhanced...

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When an earthquake hits, the faster first responders can get to an impacted area, the more likely infrastructure--and lives--can be saved.

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