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RAFI

Customized OEM joysticks from RAFI for all control requirements

With its JOYSCAPE joystick platform and extensive add-on options, RAFI is able to implement custom control solutions for any application purpose and with optimum ergonomics for the job.

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With its JOYSCAPE joystick platform and extensive add-on options, RAFI is able to implement custom control solutions for any application purpose and with optimum ergonomics for the job. Four differently dimensioned platform modules cover all use cases in various industries such as mechanical engineering, medical technology or construction and agricultural machinery. For heavy-duty applications, RAFI uses its JOYSCAPE ROUGH model with a shock resistance of 110 Nm. Ergonomic multifunction joysticks developed in close cooperation with the customer ensure easy and intuitive operation even under the toughest conditions. For challenging but less rugged applications, the joystick platform offers the versatile JOYSCAPE MULTI basic model. This version is also available with customized handles. Depending on requirements, the manufacturer can install thumb joysticks, rockers, pushbuttons and other actuator or signal elements. Where installation space is tight and control tricky, JOYSCAPE BASIC with free tilt function in the x/y plane is the optimal solution. The smallest model in the range is the compact thumb joystick JOYSCAPE TINY. It is designed for flexible integration into joystick handles or other control elements. All variants use wear-free 3D Hall sensors for motion detection. They have an operating life of up to five million actuation cycles. For high safety requirements, the sensor system is also available in a redundant design. The ferromagnetic steel housing effectively shields the sensor system, providing additional ruggedness. The joysticks are fully manufactured in-house and configured with various rockers, angles of deflection, operating forces or control components. This is how RAFI ensures seamless integration of its products into diverse customer systems. Optional extras are also available such as illuminated handles for work at night, capacitive hand detection to avoid operating errors and easy-clean folding bellows for hygienically sensitive areas.

date: 2021-01-13 | characters: 1992 | download: document, picture 1

BI-BER

Inline wafer inspection

An automatic optical inspection (AOI) system designed by the Berlin-based machine vision expert Bi-Ber checks sweet wafers in the moving production line. A narrow window between two cord conveyors suffices to ensure 100% inline quality control. Common defects are broken edges and dark baked-in crumbs and broken bits from previous batches.

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An automatic optical inspection (AOI) system designed by the Berlin-based machine vision expert Bi-Ber checks sweet wafers in the moving production line. A narrow window between two cord conveyors suffices to ensure 100% inline quality control. Common defects are broken edges and dark baked-in crumbs and broken bits from previous batches. Various types of confection have one or more wafer layers: cream-filled wafer bars, chocolate bars, ice cream sandwiches, etc. Operators of automated baking lines can significantly increase the test quality and throughput by using image processing technology instead of human-eye inspection. Bi-Ber is experienced in programming high-performance software for inspection applications in the confectionery industry. In the case of wafer inspection, the biggest challenge is the wafers‘ varying appearance due to irregularly structured surfaces and varied recipes. The inspection system gives real-time pass/fail signals and controls the discharge of rejected wafers. It also documents the degree of browning, enabling plant operators to dynamically adjust oven settings and minimise reject rates. The stainless-steel inspection system consists of a GigE camera above the conveyor line, an LED assembly that illuminates the wafers from below, and an operating terminal. A customised version is successfully being used by a wafer bread manufacturer. Here, the oven ejects a 470 x 290 mmË› wafer every two seconds. The inspection system takes four overlapping camera images of each wafer in a 100 mm wide viewing window. It automatically checks and archives the images. The system design not only allows easy and flexible integration in production lines but also features very easy usability – once switched on, the system operates autonomously.

date: 2020-12-08 | characters: 1779 | download: document, picture 1

Vision-Components

New high-end sensors with MIPI interface

Vision Components presents various new camera modules that combine high image quality and frame rates with the advantages of the MIPI CSI-2 interface and consist of the sensor board and a fully integrated MIPI adapter board.

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Vision Components presents various new camera modules that combine high image quality and frame rates with the advantages of the MIPI CSI-2 interface and consist of the sensor board and a fully integrated MIPI adapter board. Thereby high-end image sensors from the Sony Pregius and Sony Starvis series, which have no native MIPI interface, can be used for flexible embedded vision designs based on popular processor boards. The low-cost and easy-to-integrate VC MIPI camera modules come with monochrome or color sensors and are suitable for commercial solutions and long-term available like all VC cameras. Featuring a 20-megapixel resolution, 4K video, and a global reset shutter, VC MIPI IMX183 is perfect for applications with maximum image quality and speed requirements – including medical and laboratory technology, smart agriculture, and drones. The Sony Starvis sensor’s backside illuminated (BSI) technology ensures high light sensitivity and a wide contrast range. VC MIPI IMX226 and VC MIPI IMX178 with 12 MP and 6.4 MP resolution respectively exhibit the same technologies. Vision Components has integrated a full four Sony Pregius sensors for applications such as smart traffic monitoring, presence detection, and access control to cover different requirements and price segments. These sensors feature resolution of 5 MP (IMX250, IMX264) and 3.2 MP (IMX252, IMX265). The 250 series offers fast frame rates, such as the IMX252, which reaches 151.4 fps at full resolution. The 260 series, on the other hand, targets price-sensitive applications with lower speed requirements. On request, the sensors are also available as IMX250mZR and IMX264mZR versions with an on-chip polarizer. Two new global shutter camera modules are geared at industrial applications: VC MIPI IMX273 (1.58 MP) and VC MIPI IMX392 (2.3 MP) with 201 fps at 8 bits. Even more VC MIPI camera modules are already on the road map. In addition, the manufacturer also encourages requests for specific developments. More information: www.mipi-modules.com

date: 2020-11-18 | characters: 1990 | download: document, picture 1

RAYTEK – Fluke Process Instruments

ECHT European Conference on Heat Treatment: Temperature monitoring and QA solutions

Fluke Process Instruments will present temperature measurement solutions and connect with customers at the ECHT 2020 web conference and expo, 30 Nov – 2 Dec.

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Fluke Process Instruments will present temperature measurement solutions and connect with customers at the ECHT 2020 web conference and expo, 30 Nov – 2 Dec. Interested parties can register at https://www.a3ts.org/echt2020/ to join the digital conference, visit the virtual booth, and arrange one-on-one audio/video chats with industry experts. Fluke Process Instruments manufactures both infrared sensors and datalogging systems. These powerful hardware and software systems provide crucial information for quality assurance, process optimization, and audits. Highlighted products at the ECHT virtual booth include the ThermoView TV40 combined thermal and visible-light camera, which is used, for instance, to check temperatures of molten metal and monitor ladles for hotspots. In contrast to thermal cameras, the Raytek MP150 infrared linescanner targets continuous processes and needs only a very narrow field of view to create a full thermal image of moving objects. Measured temperatures range up to 1200 °C for thermal imagers and 3200 °C for spot pyrometers. The latter provide targeted readings of selected areas. Via maximum value hold, they can even monitor wires. The virtual showcase includes the high-end Endurance spot pyrometer series and the Thermalert 4.0 series, geared at particularly cost-sensitive applications. Both series offer best-in-class accuracy and repeatability. Various spectral models are available, and the Endurance series comprises monochrome and ratio pyrometer models and a version with a remote sensing head for ambient temperatures up to 315 °C. Also on show, the Datapaq Furnace Tracker performs temperature uniformity surveys (TUS) and system accuracy tests (SAT) compliant with NADCAP AMS 2750E and CQI-9. This system is based on the Datapaq TP3 data logger with up to 20 measurement channels, which travels through heat-treatment and quench processes protected by a thermal barrier. The system furthermore includes analysis and reporting software and thermocouples.

date: 2020-11-12 | characters: 2006 | download: document, picture 1

LOSYCO

Double-decker material feed solution

Intra-logistics specialist LOSYCO has developed a new two-story trolley concept for automatic loading and unloading of heavy parts, based on its LOXrail transport system. Two double-track LOXrail 25 lines, each 25 meters in length, provide high feeding capacities on a small footprint.

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ntra-logistics specialist LOSYCO has developed a new two-story trolley concept for automatic loading and unloading of heavy parts, based on its LOXrail transport system. Two double-track LOXrail 25 lines, each 25 meters in length, provide high feeding capacities on a small footprint. Two types of trolleys using different tracks and one fitting under the other can travel on the floor-level rails independent of each other. They can overtake each other, allowing for maximum flexibility in feeding raw material into the manufacturing cell and unloading processed panels. The four trolleys have a payload of 6.5 tons each. The upper trolleys had to be additionally reinforced to accommodate for such heavy loads; this was challenging because of the space constraints due to the raised design. In addition, their surfaces were fitted with cutouts for easier access to the transported parts. For a drive solution that requires minimal space, Losyco mounted geared motors on the wheelsets. These are powered via covered energy-guiding chains. The trolleys are integrated in the plant control system for exact coordination of the loading procedures and the handling portal. Upon reaching the end position, they send a load/unload signal to the controller. The trolleys’ integrated sensor unit ensures the high positioning precision required for smooth handover to and from the handling portal. This new solution extends the range of applications for the LOXrail system beyond production logistics in assembly lines to applications where large, heavy, or bulky material has to be loaded in and unloaded from processing equipment.

date: 2020-11-11 | characters: 1625 | download: document, picture 1

RAFI

RAMO S selector switch comes with its own housing

RAFI’s selector switches in the RAMO S series feature a completely closed housing with IP65 degree of protection and M12 terminals. That means they do not need any additional housing.

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RAFI’s selector switches in the RAMO S series feature a completely closed housing with IP65 degree of protection and M12 terminals. That means they do not need any additional housing. Therefore, these switches – like all control and indicator elements in the RAMO 22 and 30 series – are ideal for cost-effective construction and retrofitting of decentral applications. Depending on the series, the switches are designed for mounting holes with diameters of 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm. Alternatively, the RAMO EDGE fixing angle offers the option of placing the switches offset on any surfaces or on 40-mm profile rails. The RAMO S series comprises selector switches in different types with rotating angles of 40°, 60° or 90°. Depending on the model, the levers can be switched to up to three positions and the actuation functions momentary contact, latching or momentary contact and latching. The contact functions available are 1NC+1NO, 1NO and 2NO. The rugged selector switches are also available in illuminated versions with translucent handle marking. The simple connection with standard M12 plug terminals makes wiring unnecessary, so RAMO switches, key switches and lamps can even be installed by untrained personnel. The components in the RAMO 22 series feature black front rings in synthetic material, while the RAMO 30 versions have flat stainless steel bezels.

date: 2020-11-06 | characters: 1362 | download: document, picture 1

GMC-I Messtechnik

40 A DC power supplies for test fields and laboratories

LABKON P series computer controllable KONSTANTERs provide users with DC power supplies for manual and remote control and for laboratory and system use. Their manufacturer GOSSEN METRAWATT now extends the existing product portfolio by two new models for supply voltages up to 20 V.

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LABKON P series computer controllable KONSTANTERs provide users with DC power supplies for manual and remote control and for laboratory and system use. Their manufacturer GOSSEN METRAWATT now extends the existing product portfolio by two new models for supply voltages up to 20 V. The power supplies with nominal ratings of 500 W and 800 W generate maximum currents of 25 A and 40 A respectively. “Given the large number of applications for 12 V onboard power supplies and the need for higher currents in this voltage range, we have expanded our KONSTANTER portfolio, adding two new LABKON P models,” says Andreas Stollberg, product manager at GOSSEN METRAWATT. All LABKON P devices have good dynamic characteristics with regard to setpoint changes and sudden load changes. The specified nominal values can be delivered continuously thanks to the power output’s outstanding stability, and they can be duplicated at any time with accurate, digital setpoint specification, which assures reproducible results. Users can store individual device configurations to setup memory and retrieve them as required. This saves time when setting up an instrument for recurrent testing tasks. In addition to the standard RS232 port, USB and GPIB (IEEE-488) interfaces are optionally available. The SCPI command set allows for trouble-free integration into automated test systems. The LABKON P series comprises KONSTANTERs with nominal power ratings of 500 W and 800 W. These power supplies provide output voltages between 20 V and 120 V and currents up to 40 A, and thereby cover a wide range of applications.

date: 2020-10-21 | characters: 1594 | download: document, picture 1

Griessbach

New lines of CAN pushbutton modules

HMI specialist Griessbach now offers CAN modules with 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 pushbuttons as off-the-shelf Basic and Pro product series with different feature levels. The particularly cost-efficient Basic series features pushbutton icons lit by white LEDs and two green status LEDs above individual buttons.

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HMI specialist Griessbach now offers CAN modules with 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 pushbuttons as off-the-shelf Basic and Pro product series with different feature levels. The particularly cost-efficient Basic series features pushbutton icons lit by white LEDs and two green status LEDs above individual buttons. The pushbuttons on Pro modules feature ring lighting in traffic light colors with optional color change; RGB LEDs enable individual icon lighting in freely selectable colors. Pro-series modules feature a remote wake-up function and can be activated from power-saving mode to functional state via a CAN request. The integrated error memory logs any instances of malfunctions. The pushbutton modules for decentralized control of machine functions are designed for quick and easy installation and bus connection via CANopen and J1939. All Basic and Pro models can be configured as required for baud rate, addressing, terminating resistor, and front foil design. Robust Deutsch plug connectors fed in from below are resin-molded with the entire assembly inside the housing; they secure the connection against mechanical stress caused by shock and vibration. Full resin-casting prevents ingress of dust, dirt, and moisture according to the IP65 degree of protection. A powerful 32-bit controller increases the units’ storage capacity for implementing customized and safety protocols and provides a larger bandwidth for data communication.

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LOSYCO

Automatic brake module for intra-logistics

Losyco expands its LOXrail intra-logistics system for the mechanical engineering industry, introducing an innovative brake module that fully automatically stops loads transported on rails.

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Losyco expands its LOXrail intra-logistics system for the mechanical engineering industry, introducing an innovative brake module that fully automatically stops loads transported on rails. Specified for manually operated trolleys and transport platforms, the SmartBrake system autonomously safely stops trolleys and loads if the track is blocked by an obstacle or when the operator stops pushing. This is enabled by special sensors with pattern detection active in two directions. Both detection methods reliably activate the brake even with protruding loads. They automatically switch functions when the direction of travel is reversed. Sensors at the rear detect the step pattern and activate the brake as soon as the operator stops pushing. Upon restarting, the brake is automatically released. Sensory obstacle detection towards the front automatically stops the platform if persons or objects block the path. The manufacturer configures the newly engineered SmartBrake module for individual customer projects. The self-reinforcing system is not subject to load limitation and can be adapted for all manually operated transport trolleys for LOXrail floor rails with a 25 or 40-mm diameter.

date: 2020-10-21 | characters: 1193 | download: document, picture 1

MENZEL

Backup DC motor for two rolling mill applications

Menzel Elektromotoren has built a replica of an old DC motor for a large German steel strip manufacturer. The new motor was designed as a reserve for two site applications, a roller motor and a coiler drive.

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Menzel Elektromotoren has built a replica of an old DC motor for a large German steel strip manufacturer. The new motor was designed as a reserve for two site applications, a roller motor and a coiler drive. This flexible configuration saves the customer money and storage space, whilst protecting the rolling mill against downtime in the event of either existing motor suffering damage. To determine the essential data, Menzel engineers worked closely with the customer, studied the existing motor’s documentation, and took additional measurements. Menzel manufactured a special construction with two shaft ends, foot dimensions matching both installation sites, as well as provision for a special encoder including an insulated coupling. The positions of the terminal box and the air inlet opening were adapted to the existing connections on site. The DC motor featuring 450 kW rated power and 530 V rated voltage is also characterized by a high field-weakening range. A family-run, customer-focused business, Menzel fulfills even demanding individual requests. Replicas of old motors are something of a specialty of Menzel’s – from electrically and mechanically suitable replacements to exact copies. The current customer is fully satisfied with the DC motor supplied and has already placed a second order. More about Menzel’s expertise in the construction of DC motors: https://www.menzel-motors.com/dc-motors/

date: 2020-10-21 | characters: 1309 | download: document, picture 1

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