|Featured Articles & White Papers
RFID for More Foolproof Access
Control Design, June 2011
By Aaron Hand
RFID technology makes users more accountable with their own access keys or tags, significantly reducing the likelihood that machine access control will be passed around.
7 Trends Driving Adoption
RFID Journal, June 2011
By John Edwards
RFID's roadblocks are falling away. Lower costs, improved technologies, sturdier standards, specialized applications and a variety of other advancements are propelling RFID adoption in much the same way cheap and powerful desktop computers first brought businesses into the digital age. Registration required to read article.
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Enhancing Worker Safety with Real-time Personnel Location Systems
Automation World, April 2011
By Wes Iverson
Recent high-profile incidents, growing regulatory pressures and declining costs are pushing more companies to consider investments in technology that can track and locate employees who work in hazardous environments.
Keeping Track of Valves with RFID
Valve Magazine, Winter 2010
RFID technology can help the valve industry guard against counterfeiting and offer possibilities for better maintenance and repair processes.
MRO Magic: Is RFID An Art Or A Science?
RFID Solutions Online, January 2011
By Robert Holmes, WinWare
Many RFID installations are described as science projects. Does this really make sense? Is this how you want your RFID initiative described? Registration required to read article.
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Cognex improves In-Sight Explorer
Improvements in version 4.5 inspection include an edge and surface inspection tool, a bead width and position tool, and an ID tool that reads multiple codes at one time.
Siemens enhances Simatic MV440 code reading systems
Enhancements to the MV440 reader include ultra high resolution, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Veri-Genius code marking verification and Profinet IO device replacement.
WAGO releases TOPJOBS Custom Marking Strips
The 11mm-wide marking strips are optimized for the center marker receptacle of TOPJOBS lighting connectors and DIN-rail mount terminal blocks.
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Microscan offers Free Online Barcode Generator
More than 19 different symbologies ranging from linear barcodes to stacked codes and 2D symbologies are available, as well as a custom color feature.
ISA publishes Online ISA Directory of Automation
This valuable resource—the top purchasing guide in the automation field—is available to ISA’s members from a link on the ISA homepage.
Datalogic Automation updates its Website
Website covers identification (laser scanners & rfid), sensors, safety & measurement, vision (imagers & vision) and laser marking & processing.
IMPACT Vision Software Download
IMPACT vision software pairs with smart camera technology to provide enhanced usability and inspection capabilities for challenging machine vision applications. The API (application programming interface) works with the Microsoft ActiveX platform, allowing IMPACT data to be seamlessly embedded in local machine and/or factory control systems. Includes Pinpoint Pattern Find tool for high-speed inspection of randomly oriented, scaled, and located parts—with sub-pixel accuracy.
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Brazilian company deploys RFID for tool track and trace
RFID News, June 2011
The automated tool tracking solution will reduce lost and stolen tools, enable increased efficiency and reduce foreign object damage risks by narrowing the search area to quickly locate any missing tools.
Voice Picking reduces errors, increases shipping volume
Automation.com, June 2011
By Thomas R. Cutler
Perkins Paper installed the Jennifer VoicePlus picking, QC/Audit, and loading system from Lucas Systems to meet the objective of error-free automation processes.
How Not To Install RFID
Manufacturing.net, May 2011
With all the hype about RFID over the past few years, a lot of people have claimed to have more expertise than they actually possess. Here are some of the mistakes made and lessons learned the hard way in no particular order or project.
Watchmaker Tracks Assets in Real Time
RFID Journal, April 2011
Titan Industries Ltd., India's largest watch manufacturer, has deployed an RFID system to enhance security and increase productivity within its research and development department. Registration required to read article.
Accu-Sort Scanners Keep DPD Shipments on Track
DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution installed AXIOM-X omnidirectional laser barcode scanners from Accu-Sort for its distribution center in Neufahrn, Germany.
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Fast and Easy Package Inspection
By Teledyne DALSA
Many industries are using 2D matrix technology to track parts along the assembly process and throughout the product life cycle. In this white paper, learn how the BOA IDR allows manufacturers to combine tracking with other inspection tasks, such as character reading and verification, to ensure all product markings match and are readable when they leave the factory floor.
Machine Vision for Factory Automation
Many key tasks in the manufacture of products, including inspection, orientation, identification, and assembly, require the use of visual techniques. By replacing human inspection with machine vision, the net result is greater productivity and improved customer satisfaction through the consistent delivery of quality products. This paper helps users match machine vision options with application requirements.
Three Ways to Enhance Packaging Line Performance
By Microscan Systems, Inc.
This white paper focuses on optical character recognition (OCR) and its growing use in packaging lines for compliance with date and lot tracking regulations. Machine vision OCR helps manufacturers adhere to these mandates in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and can also improve line performance.
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|Company & Organizational News
Microscan Names Scott Summerville as President
Summerville spent most of his professional career at Rockwell Automation, including 10 years with Rockwell in Asia.
Cognex to add POWERLINK to In-Sight vision products
Machine manufacturers will benefit from the synchronization of Cognex In-Sight products and the B&R control system, as well as easy integration with a wide range of machine designs.
Machine Vision Standards Play Increasingly Important Role
Among the factors driving the rapid growth in the application of machine vision technology is the creation of new industry standards, according to industry leaders.
Cognex to supply 140 Barcode Readers to Kiva
The DataMan 500 systems will read barcodes on product packaging to ensure that the right items are shipped to the right destination, and to collect data for instant inventory management.
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Passive Wireless Sensor-Tag Workshop
July 27, 2011 - July 28, 2011
Location: Houston, TX, USA
The two-day workshop will explore the current state of technology of passive wireless sensor tags (PWST) and their practical applications in a variety of fields.
RFID Training Course - Electronic Download or Online 14-Day Access
This comprehensive RFID course covers the entire gamut of the technology, right from Basic concepts to Security and Privacy issues related to RFID. The entire course is designed in an easy to understand manner with text, graphics and animations and without any complicated stuff. At the end, the learner can take a self assessment test (with scoring).
RFID Essentials Web-based Training
In about eight hours, users can acquire working knowledge of RFID technology, and how to apply and evaluate it.
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ISA Expo Control 2011 / Mexico
August 24, 2011 - August 26, 2011
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
ISA Expo Control 2011 is the exhibition in Mexico that will allow you to achieve those goals by bringing together the most important national and international companies in instrumentation, control, automation, robotics, software, hardware and measurement.
2011 Material Handling and Logistics Conference
September 18, 2011 - September 21, 2011
Location: Park City, UT, USA
The Conference offers over 60 sessions featuring interactive technical roundtables to deliver tactical results; keynote speakers to present their vision and wisdom to help set strategies; seasoned technology users to share priceless project lessons; and plenty of tutorials and workshops to expand your knowledge of emerging technologies and practices.
September 20, 2011 - September 23, 2011
Location: Mumbai, India
Automation 2011 will highlight products trends, services and solutions in the field of Factory Automation, Process Automation & Control System, Field Instrumentation, Robotics, Drives & Various Bus Technology, Building Automation, Hydraulics & Pneumatics
ISA Automation Week 2011
October 17, 2011 - October 20, 2011
Location: Mobile, AL, USA
This world-class conference will cover seven technical tracks in depth and will be designed with information critical to several identified automation and control career paths. ISA Automation Week provides you with the opportunity to get the best unbiased knowledge available to help you in your jobs and your future.
Automation Fair 2011
November 16, 2011 - November 17, 2011
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Join us in Chicago as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Automation Fair. A great opportunity to explore a wide variety of smart, safe, sustainable manufacturing solutions geared toward improving your business profitability. And, best of all, it's FREE.
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