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Industry Tools--March/April 2016

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March/April 2016

Automation

Rootstock Software released its Mini-Picker solution for 3-D bin picking of small industrial parts. The Mini-Picker is available with the Universal Robots UR5 collaborative robot, which is designed to be easy to deploy and re-deploy as production needs change. Combined, the solution enables companies to automate machine loading and unloading, boost production rates and machine use, and enhance returns on investment, the company says.

Enterprise management

IFS launched an update to its IFS Applications 9 software suite to add new features to speed processing and enhance ease of use. The new version is equipped with the IFT In-Memory Advisor, which enables users to run analytical queries hundreds or thousands of times faster than before. It also includes updates to its manufacturing component, such as enhancements that enable users to access production issues directly from the IFS Manufacturing Visualizer, which also has been equipped with new charts to optimize production planning. The IFS Financials component has been updated with extended support for group consolidation, including advanced analysis of consolidated balances using IFS Business Analytics. Lastly, the new layered application architecture will make IFS’s quarterly updates faster to implement, the company says.

LZ Lifescience
LZ Lifescience
created a manufacturing execution system (MES) specifically for the global pharmaceutical industry: Shopfloor Online Lifescience Edition. The new solution is based on Lighthouse Systems’ Shopfloor- Online web-based MES, which has been used across a variety of sectors to track plant operations and ensure that materials flow smoothly. The online production management system also can help companies achieve right-the-first-time manufacturing and faster product release.

Material handling

Big Lift
Big Lift
debuted two lift truck models based on emerging material-handling trends. The Big Joe PDSR (pictured) has a 3,000-pound load capacity and can lift loads as high as 13 feet. The AC-powered walkie-reach truck also has power steering; sideshift; integral tilt; proportional controls for lift, lower, and extend and retract; and a compact chassis for operating in small spaces. The Big Joe J2 Joey low-level order picker features a 2,000pound total vehicle capacity and the ability to lift 1,500 pounds as high as 6 feet. It also includes power steering, an ergonomic mini-mast, and an industrial battery compartment as standard.

Crown Equipment
Crown Equipment
designed a Battery Health Monitor to help manage lead-acid battery powered forklift fleets. The Bluetooth-enabled Battery Health Monitor tracks individual battery performance during operation and transmits the information to personnel in real time through Crown Equipment’s InfoLink wireless fleet and operator management system. In turn, users can make more proactive decisions when batteries begin to fail, such as how to recharge them, and track them as assets. In addition, the Battery Health Monitor can alert managers when the temperature of a battery exceeds a predetermined threshold and compare it with additional data such as water levels or last equalization. With this information, companies can create profiles for each battery, determine which batteries work best for different applications, and ensure optimal battery performance.

Gorbel
Gorbel
released the newest of its intelligent lifting devices, the Easy Arm 660, which incorporates Gorbel’s G-Force Intelligent Lifting technology with the body of an ergonomic articulating jib crane. With a load capacity of up to 660 pounds and reach of up to 14 feet, the free-standing, plug-and-play lifting solution is applicable for a variety of uses, including placing automobile engines and loading large plates into computer-numerical-control machines. It also can lift at speeds as fast as 45 feet per minute for high-production environments and includes a built-in float mode for exact positioning.

Measurement

Automated Precision (API)
Automated Precision (API)
added its vProbe contact probing option as an accessory for the Omnitrac 2 laser tracker. The vProbe features a hidden-point measurement function that enables the operator to measure inside and behind objects at a distance of up to 80 meters. This reduces the number of tracker moves necessary to complete measurement, the company says. The solution also boasts a full 360-degree roll to accurately measure hard-to-reach angles and cavities as well as the highest measurement accuracy of any API probing device, with as low as 55 microns of volumetric 3-D error. The lightweight, wireless device can operate for up to 6 hours on a single battery charge.

Mobile computing

Advantech announced its PWS-870 fully rugged tablet PC with Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise. The tablet offers enterprise-grade security and compatibility with Azure Cloud Services and can connect to external displays with a mouse and keyboard for a PC-like experience. Designed for field service management, manufacturing execution systems, mobile outdoor operations, and fleet management, the tablet features an Intel Core processor with integrated graphics and a high-brightness 10.1-inch HD multi-touch screen for use in direct sunlight. It also has two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, an audio jack, an HDMI connector, front- and rear-facing cameras, a 1- and 2-D bar code reader, and a near-field communication reader for in-field data collection.

Printing

HP
HP
unveiled two new HP DesignJet technical printers for printing, scanning, and copying in architectural, engineering, and construction applications. The DesignJet T830 transportable multifunction printer (pictured) includes a damage-resistant body designed to withstand challenging mobile job sites. Its 36-inch-wide, built-in scanner enables users to modify and scan documents in the office or at construction sites from a mobile device. The HP DesignJet T730 printer shares many of the same features as the T830 and includes an automatic sheet feeder, off-axis ink delivery, an Econofast print mode to save ink and time, a detachable stand for easy transportation, and a built-in WiFi network for easy connectivity.

Shop floor

Hamilton Caster and Manufacturing
Hamilton Caster and Manufacturing 
launched a new polyurethane-tread wheel series: DuraGlide. Hamtilon’s DuraGlide wheel rolls up to 40 percent more easily than other polyurethane wheels and performs well at high speeds and outdoors. With a 1-inch-thick tread and a heavy-duty cast-iron core, the wheel can support extra-heavy loads. In addition, the thick tread enables it to run much cooler than other polyurethane wheels, reducing the chances of wheel failure. Hamilton’s DuraGlide wheel is available in various sizes—including 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-inch diameters—and with load capacities ranging from 1,600 to 8,000 pounds per wheel.

Test Equity
TestEquity
released its new Model 123HS Temperature/Humidity Chamber as a single-stage, budget-friendly version of its Model 123H test chamber. The Model 123HS features a temperature range of -35–175°C, a humidity range of 10–95 percent, and 2.3 cubic feet of workspace. In addition, a heated multi-pane viewing window eliminates fog and condensation without a manual wiper, and two 4-inch access ports let users attach wires and sensors to the test sample through both the left and right sides of the chamber. The unit can be plugged into any 120-volt, 20-amp outlet and includes a stainless-steel vapor generator assembly that is double protected against low-water and over-temperature conditions.

Tracking and labeling 

Dynamic Systems announced the release of the latest version of its Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy (SIMBA) Seafood System, SIMBA 2016. SIMBA is designed to track, label, and ship an unlimited number of products with specific species and characteristics, automatically generate bills of lading, and verify shipments. The system uses bar codes to capture product information, including weight, size, color, and grade, and store it in the Simba Inventory database to provide real-time, accurate inventory balances. During distribution, SIMBA tracks the placement of items into a specific van for full traceability. The enhanced SIMBA 2016 includes traceability functionality to track a product to a specific geographic area and boat through re-boxing and processing.

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