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It's getting harder to justify manual inspection as new-tech systems such as multi-camera 'stitching' Cognex systems enter the market—especially for cylindrical containers, according to Jeremy Opperman of Clarke Engineering.
A new class of controller from Omron Industrial Automation called Machine Automation Controller (MAC) integrates multiple, specialized controllers to deliver high-performance throughput on a single controller.
Editor's note: I recently came across a white paper by Alex Bryce, sales manager at Pilz Automation Technology, in which he gives some thoughtful consideration to the sensor systems currently available and the selection criteria that designers should consider.
Detailed case study from Intelligrated highlights the drivers behind Hershey's decision to automate from manual palletizing, including high labor costs, an explosion in SKU's and pack pattern configurations, and worker safety concerns.