Hardware
Oct. 13, 2017 - For the fourth consecutive year in Canada, Bosch Rexroth’s GoTo Focused Delivery Program continues to grow, now offering more than 5,000 Drive & Control products for delivery. According to the company, more than 99 per cent of the products in the program ship in 10 days or fewer, with the same lead times in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
Oct. 10, 2017 - Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. says it is joining BMW and Intel Corp. to develop a self-driving system for the global vehicle marketplace by 2021.
Sep. 3, 2017 - Canadian companies could be serious contenders in the global self-driving vehicle race, experts have suggested after Magna International Inc. fielded the country’s latest entry with the debut of the auto part giant’s own autonomous technology.
Aug. 26, 2017 - Toky Electrical Co. Ltd., a supplier of electrical meters and controllers, and Westlock Controls, a developer of advanced solutions for networking, monitoring and controlling process valves, are the latest companies to join FDT Group.
Aug. 8, 2017 - Framos, a global image sensor distributor, and Pyxalis, a custom image sensor supplier, have extended their collaboration, entering into a partnership that “significantly enhances” Framos’ imaging solutions portfolio, which includes Sony, ON Semiconductor, and Teledyne e2v.
Jul. 24, 2017 - Material handling conveyors are often a key element of automated manufacturing systems. They safely and efficiently transfer parts across the warehouse floor from station to station or even through other automated systems.
Jun. 22, 2017 - Seeing vs. understanding — a common conundrum when it comes to truly understanding challenges.
Jun. 21, 2017 - The end of 2018 is fast approaching, bringing with it the Canadian deadline for converting to Tier 4 engines for diesel engine users. Meanwhile, the deadline for U.S. regulations is the end of 2017.
Jun. 9, 2017 - In 1969, the first home security system was born, consisting of four peepholes and a camera that could be moved to look through any of them, broadcasting the images to a monitor. Nowadays, we can now stream and view a feed of our home security cameras on our mobiles, giving homeowners greater piece of mind.
Jun. 8, 2017 - Over the last two decades, there has been a general trend towards the standardization of machine vision interfaces.
May 5, 2017 - Manufacturers increasingly look to add part marking directly into production lines. Some chose to replace traditional processes, like ink printingor dot peening, while others are just looking for a better way to meet traceability requirements in industries across the board. These techniques contribute to lean manufacturing while meeting industry specific standards for unique device identification (UDI).
Apr. 15, 2017 - Machine vision integrators are confronted with seemingly endless options when designing an inspection system. Perhaps the most critical decision is whether to use line-scan or area-scan cameras. While both perform a similar role, these technologies are miles apart in how an image is captured.
Mar. 21, 2017 - What is the difference between a waveform — or digital process signature — and scalar data? Take a hockey game with your favourite team. A contentious goal is scored and the referees go upstairs for a review of the play to decide if the goal will count. Now, what would you prefer as the basis for that decision: an instant replay video or snapshots of only a few isolated points in time as the puck passed through the goalie’s crease? A process signature is that full replay, while scalar data offers only a few snapshots.
Feb. 22, 2017 - A load cell, also commonly known as a load sensor, is a transducer that is used in force measurement applications. It produces a measurable electrical output whose magnitude is proportional to the mechanical force applied.
Nov. 29, 2016 - Until recently, an OEM which might have preferred using connectors to wire a UL 508-certified cabinet for the cost- and time-savings they offer over hardwiring also knew it probably wasn’t worth the effort. There wasn’t an absolute prohibition on their use, but the OEM was burdened with proving their safety. Obtaining that certification with connectors meant the OEM would have to submit to a lot of end-product testing. Its UL field representative would conduct a thorough safety investigation of the connector application, including the overall electrical transmission path. That added an uncertain amount of cost and time to getting a new machine to market. Most OEMs opted instead to take the path of least resistance — hardwiring all connections.
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