Automation

Investment in automation equipment is being made in battery production. Credit: Kuka

VDMA predicts 11% rise in automation sales this year

The VDMA pointed to a number of green technologies – including plans for the sixth largest solar power plant in the world to be built in Turkey – that are driving growth in automation equipment sales

Advantages of special lenses for top and side inspection vs multi-camera systems

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Many machine vision applications such as OCR/barcode reading on bottles and containers, or defect detection inside threaded bores require inspecting features randomly located both on the part outer or inner sides, and on the top and bottom surfaces. This paper describes the advantages of using special optics designed for 360° inspection (either using a pericentric design or various lens/mirror combinations) versus multi-camera systems or line-scan imaging.

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Getting started with a deep learning factory automation project

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Deep learning image analysis is opening factory automation opportunities across a wide range of industries. However, plant managers rightly hesitate to risk their existing qualified processes in favour of a new technology’s potential rewards. Here are five areas to consider before deploying a first pilot project to avoid costly missteps and lost time.

PIA Ningbo workers preparing the production line to make surgical masks

Labs, machine shops, cleanrooms - we need your PPE

The need for PPE increases as the number of cases of Covid-19 escalates, while PIA Ningbo has purchased two abandoned production lines to make surgical face masks

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