Mechatronics Canada

Littelfuse, Inc., an industrial technology manufacturing company empowering a sustainable, connected, and safer world, announced it will begin distributing its manufactured fuse, fuse holder and fuse block products directly from its Canadian warehouse.

 

 

 

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OTTO Motors, a major provider of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), and Siemens Canada, a provider in the global digital transformation in industry and a division of Siemens AG, have recently announced a new partnership.

 

 

 

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Motion Industries has officially turned 75 this year. Motion Industries' story begins in 1946, the year following the end of World War II, when two friends, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a U.S. Navy veteran, bought the industrial parts supply business Owen-Richards and opened the first location in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

 

Allied Electronics & Automation added six new suppliers in September, expanding its roster of more than 550 world-class suppliers. Quincy Compressor, Chicago Pneumatic Compressor, and BelAire Compressors enhance Allied's pneumatics and fluid control product offerings.

 

 

 

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On September 30th 2021, Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp., had a sod turning event late that morning. The event occurred outside, and a small amount of people participated in the event.

 

 

 

Mazak’s DISCOVER 2021 technology and education event takes place October 25-29 and promises all-new machines and technological firsts from Mazak. Among those is the debut of a new Swiss-type machine series that further expands Mazak's high-volume, small-part processing options for today’s manufacturers.

 

 

 

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Allied Electronics & Automation, in collaboration with the experts at Banner Engineering, explored the dangers of purchasing “verified substitute” products through unauthorized channels.

 

 

 

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Bosch Rexroth, EPLAN, Festo, Murrelektronik, PILZ, Rittal and WAGO, seven prominent companies in automation and advanced manufacturing, based in Canada with their headquarters in Germany, are hosting Canada’s third edition of the German Technology Day.

 

 

 

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The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program.

 

 

 

Beginning in fall 2021, students at Loyalist College will have the opportunity to work towards Level One and Level Two Mechatronics Systems certification based on Siemens’ globally recognized program.

 

 

 


Featured Article: Decoding the Most Versatile Industrial Connector in the World


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If you were around in 1980’s you will probably remember walkmans, vcrs, mix tapes and big hair bands on MTV, amongst other things. The decade started with the release of PacMan, the Rubiks Cube and a Hollywood actor called Ronald Reagan winning the US Presidential election. It ended with the first episode of the Simpsons, Timothy Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web and the Berlin Wall coming down to symbolize the end of the Cold War.

Some notable 1980’s inventions included the first artificial heart, CD players, the Apple MacIntosh computer, Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo Gameboy and the first GPS satellite to be launched into space.

But there was one more invention of the 1980s that wasn’t really noticed by the general public, but ultimately paved the way for fast, easy and reliable electrical connections that we often take for granted in control systems today. We are talking about the M12 circular connector that was launched at the Hannover Fair in 1985 and has since become one of the most popular industrial connectors in the world.

These days, you will be hard-pressed to walk into any manufacturing plant without seeing an M12 connector. They are used to connect sensors to I/O modules, vision systems to Ethernet switches, light curtains to safety controllers and much more. Originally only available in 3-pole and 4-pole versions with an A-Coded keyway for power and I/O signals, the M12 connector is still evolving and has become one of the most versatile circular connectors available.

Now, more than 35 years since it was launched, there are many different types of M12 connectors for signal, data and power connections.

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Featured Product: FLIR A50 and A70 Thermal Cameras Offer Turnkey Solutions for Efficient Data Analysis


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When decision makers seek to integrate new hardware into their automation process, they are often looking at a few key areas – the ease of use, price point, features, and the ability to utilize the hardware at multiple points throughout their system. The new A50 and A70 thermal cameras come in three options – Smart, Streaming, and Research & Development to fit the needs of professionals across a variety of industries – from manufacturing to utilities to science.  The new cameras offer improved accuracy of ±2 °C or ±2% temperature measurement, compared to the previous accuracy of ±5 °C, or ±5% temperature measurement. The cameras all include an IP66 rating, along with a small, compact size with higher resolution options compared to previous versions.

Featuring a thermal resolution of 464 x 348 (A50) or 640 x 480 (A70), professionals can deploy the A50 or A70 cameras in a variety of capacities. These include condition monitoring programs to maximize uptime and minimize cost through planned maintenance, or when used in early fire detection applications to safeguard the lives of workers and secure the profitability of the business by protecting materials and assets. With improved temperature measurement accuracy of ±2 °C, professionals can rely on consistent readings over a period of time, or through varying environmental factors, eliminating any guesswork from data analysis.

The IP66 rating for both the A50 and A70 provides protection from dust, oil, and water, making the cameras ideal for tough, industrial environments. This ruggedness is especially helpful when the camera is being moved from one application to the next. Whether the camera is fix-mounted inspecting a production line or when required for bench testing, professionals benefit from its versatility.

A50/70 Smart

Designed for condition monitoring programs to reduce inspection times, improve production efficiency, and increase product reliability, the A50 and A70 Smart cameras introduce “on camera / on edge” smart functionality.

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