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Showing posts with label Robot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Robot. Show all posts

Monday, March 5, 2012

Encoders – Measurement in a Compact Size

SICK has a full line of encoders, including Incremental, Absolute, Wire-draw, Linear & Wheeled encoders. These are now the smallest encoders on the market, and SICK offers a complete function set to help solve your most challenging encoder applications.  In addition to its compact size, we offer the DFS-60 series which is completely customizable & programmable to every encoder application.

The new DFS-60 small footprint & compact size mean it can be mounted in space constrained areas and is easier and less expense to install.  The DFS-60 provides encoder solutions in an ultra-compact size from SICK, the innovative, global market leader in encoders.

For distances, positions and angles when precise positioning is required, an encoder is unbeatable. For distance measurement applications, the resolution of the encoder is in the micrometer range.

When making angular measurements, it is equivalent to a few thousandth of a degree.


Face mount and servo flange
Compact 2.0 inch housing
Electrical interfaces include TTL/RS422, HTL/push pull, PROFIBUS, CANopen, DeviceNet

Typical Markets:

• Wind turbines                                • Tire assembly equipment

• Servo motors                                 • Sheet and web offset presses / printing machinery

• Overhead cranes                            • Automated storage / retrieval systems

• Packaging machines                      • Robotic systems


SICK has decades of encoder application experience, a vast network of encoder expertise from our application engineers and a highly technical sales force.

About us: From providing product availability and pricing information, to resolving technical problems, the team at CIMTEC is prepared to work closely with you to ensure complete application solution support. For assistance, please call 704-227-4600, click on this link:  SICK Encoders or e-mail our applications group at

Monday, September 19, 2011

Vision Guided Robotics

Cimtec partners with small parts assembly customer to increase throughput while increasing quality.   Cognex machine vision integrated with Denso 6-axis robotics.

Customer has hand assembled product since 1968 due in part to the very tight clearances of the components and the need to visually inspect these components prior to assembly.

Engineering proposed and justified an automated assembly machine producing a part every 12 seconds. Cimtec provided two Denso 6 axis robots and two Cognex Insight vision systems and associated training.  Customers in-house engineering team mounted, wired, and programmed the robots, vision systems, PLC, and HMI. CIMTEC provided the on-site start-up support and troubleshooting guidance. This collaborative effort resulted in the quickest commissioning of a system of this size and complexity in the customer’s history.

While there is no doubt that a skilled operator could assemble one part in much less than 12 seconds, the robots make up for this with their ability to continue to assemble 300 parts per hour even in the 8th continuous hour of a standard shift. Repeatability and 100% machine vision inspection also translate into quality parts.

Quantitative feedback from the vision system also means changes to upstream manufacturing process can be implemented much sooner, reducing scrap