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    SJ-210 provides quick, accurate roughness testing

    May 6, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Testing surface roughness up to 0.75 mm/s. Photo: Mitutoyo TORONTO: Manual surface roughness tests are quick and accurate using the new Surftest SJ-210 portable tester from Mitutoyo Canada Inc.  A 2.4-in. colour LCD display includes backlighting, over-size fonts and it

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    Industrial monitor

    April 15, 2010 by Canadian Plant Staff

    Nematron Corp.’s M1200 12.1-in. industrial monitor addresses space-constrained installations while maintaining the same features and options of larger monitors. Other monitors in the series include the 15-in. XGA (M1500), 17-in. SXGA (M1700) and 19-in. SXGA (M1900). All versions are standard

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    Plantware

    April 8, 2010 by

    Taking a 3D image for reverse engineering. Photo: Creaform Scan to reverse engineer Version 4 of Creaform’s VxScan software integrates data acquired by a Handyscan 3D laser scanner and the HandyPROBE armless and portable CMM. The new platform makes it

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    Inspector 140 sensor covers the angles

    April 8, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Inspector 140 covers all the angles. Photo: SICK MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.: The Inspector I40 FLEX Vision Sensor from SICK covers all the angles as it checks items on the production line for completeness and quality. SICK, a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of sensors,

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    Improve energy efficiency with Altivar 312

    March 31, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Schneider Electric’s Altivar 312. Photo: Schneider Electric TORONTO: Schneider Electric’s Altivar 312 AC variable speed drive improves the energy efficiency of plant machines used in material handling, packaging, food and beverage, mining and pumping applications, and it integrates easily into

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    Baldor's BE$T iPhone app

    March 18, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Baldor’s BE$T iPhone app. Photo: Baldor FORT SMITH, Ark.: Here’s a neat app for your iPhone. In fact, the Baldor Electric Co. says it’s the “BE$T.” The Fort Smith, Ark.-based manufacturer of energy saving motors, power transmission and generators says

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    Get clear images in tight spots

    February 16, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    BS-150 records videos. Photo: Reed Instruments STE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, Que.: The BS-150 video inspection borescope camera from Reed Instruments accesses tight spots, recording 2 GB of video or capturing JPEG images. A pistol grip design and forward facing controls make it easy

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    Lift 2 tons with one finger

    February 10, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Wireless CER magnet for heavy lifting. Photo: CERWORCESTER, Ma: Walker Magnetics has elevated magnets to a new level with the world’s first and only Circular Electric Lift Magnets (CER) using IR wireless remote. The company says deep magnetic penetration makes

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    New software manages small job shops

    February 3, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Using Axles Workshops. Photo: IPSO Technologies VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que.: Small job shops now have access to an integrated mini-ERP/MRP solution under $1,000 that will increase productivity through application integration, reduce lead time and improve customer service. IPSO Technologies’ Axles Workshops is

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    CT12 single-board computer boosts control performance

    January 14, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    CT12 6U CompactPCI singleboard computer. CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.: GE Intelligent Platforms’ CT12 6U CompactPCI ups the performance per watts for a broad range of applications including telecommunications, industrial control, test equipment, server blades, supervisor and monitoring systems, security and surveillance. This

  • Getting tough with industrial computing

    December 10, 2009 by Luigi Benetton

    Oops! A good soaking doesn’t slow down this Hydrus ultra-rugged handheld computer from Two Technologies Inc. in Horsham, Penn. Photo: Two Technologies The brake disks of a HumVee military vehicle are not mounted at the wheels but near the differentials

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    Robot orders down in Q1/2

    August 19, 2009 by PLANT STAFF

    ANN ARBOR, Mich.: North American robotics companies saw new orders robots decline 36% in units and 47% in dollars through the first half of 2009, according to an industry market outlook.The Robotic Industries Association (RIA)  reports the second quarter alone

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    RFID: More than just readers and tags

    June 24, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Forklift featuring M/A-Com’s broad and narrow beam antennas. Photo: M/A-Com Imagine tracking assets throughout your facility beyond choke points or without operators having to use traditional manual data collection methods. Forklifts are part of most material handling or supply chain

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    Parts vending made easy

    May 13, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky

    Whether machines are being built or repaired, it’s common for automation parts and other small component inventories to get lost in the shuffle. At some large facilities, it takes up to 10 minutes to retrieve a part from a supply

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    Sensor mirror alerts forklift drivers

    April 21, 2009 by Noelle Stapinsky, Features Editor

    The convex Mirror Alert Sytem displays a caution message to warn workers a forklift is approaching. Photo: Albert Safety Products Material handling safety is an ongoing issue for many manufacturers, with forklifts and other lifting devices continuing to be a