Providing Industrial Automation
for 80 Years!

Rethink Robotics Introduces Intera 5.2 with Insights
Providing real-time robot performance, manufacturing data

Rethink Robotics' recent release of  Intera® 5.2  is an expansion of its first-of-its-kind Intera software platform that provides critical data insights to manufacturers in real time. Rethink Robotics' Sawyer™ gives operators and line managers valuable data at a glance, including metrics such as cycle time, part count, speed and force.
The new feature, Intera Insights, displays key performance indicators (KPIs) via a customizable dashboard on the robot's on-board display, making it accessible directly on the factory floor. The same charts are also fed back to the Intera Studio platform, providing visibility to other members of the manufacturing team.

Balluff Solving Difficult Sensing Applications
Differential measurement with ultrasonic sensors
In many cases, application engineers choose photoelectric sensors as their go-to solution as they seem more common and familiar. Photoelectric sensors are solid performers in a variety of applications, but they can run into limitations under certain conditions. In these circumstances, considering an ultrasonic sensor could provide a solid solution.
Ultrasonic sensors are not affected by color, like photoelectric sensors sometimes are.  This article examines the benefits of ultrasonic sensors for certain difficult sensing applications.  

Festo Motor with Integrated Drive EMCA
Complete solution for positioning electromechanical drives
The EMCA is a complete solution for positioning electromechanical drives and for easy format changes. With integrated power and control electronics the EMCA avoids long motor cables and therefore improves the electromagnetic capability. This integrated package reduces the installation workload and required space in a machine. Direct installation is made possible thanks to IP54 protection as standard and IP65 as an option.

The EMCA comes standard with a single-turn absolute encoder or optional muti-turn absolute encoder:
  • Resolution up to 32 bits or > 4 billion revolutions
  • Integrated buffer for saving the position values
  • Storage for up to 7 days without external auxiliary battery
  • The time can be extended by up to 6 months when using the optional battery box
Don't Design Your Equipment Around an Actuator
Get the actuator you need with Compact Customized Products

Compact makes complex automation simple by offering a vast array of highly customized actuation products.  

With more standard options than any company in the industry, as well as the ability to produce fully custom products at any volume, you can always get the exact product you need, when you need it.

Rethink Robotics


Sawyer with Intera 5.2



Experience Balluff

Quote of the Day

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but 'That's funny...

-   Isaac Asimov


Compact Automation Products


Line Card