The IEF Werner aiPRESS servo press has been further developed in order to provide systems’ designers and machine builders with a highly flexible module that can be integrated into manual workstations and automatic assembly lines. Available in the UK from RARUK Automation, the new JM modules are in three sizes

with press forces of 3kN, 15kN and 36kN, and strokes of 75mm, 125mm and 175mm respectively. Maximum speed is 150mm/sec and repeat accuracy is <0.002mm. Although the stroke of each model is fixed, where it starts and stops is fully

controllable and can therefore be adjusted to suit the application. The module can also be installed in any orientation – for example, vertically, inverted or horizontally, and combined with turntables or sliding tables. A choice of mounting components is available to provide this flexibility. Integration into any machine control system is easily achieved via standard protocols

or the module can also be specified with IEF Werner’s proven aiQ-CONTROL, an intelligent force path monitor which measures position and force, illustrates the pressing process graphically and monitors its course. Another option is aiLIGHT intelligent process area lighting which supports

set-up and operation by changing from white to blue and green to signify the process step. A red light alerts the operator to a failure. According to the company, the aiPRESS JM modules are especially suited to fully

automated handling and assembly lines – for example, as a precision pressing or joining station in an IEF Werner posyART transport system, or for the manual workplace for processing specific components.


Available in the UK from Mclennan, JVL’s HLMT series hollow shaft rotary actuators are said to take a novel approach to decentralised precision positioning tasks on rotary tables and automated machines where a through aperture is required for routing services or maintaining a clear line of site. The design features an offset motor mounting in five variants

with clear through-hole diameters from 20-30mm and rated torque output of 5-142Nm. The actuators are used with JVL’s MAC motor and ServoStep integrated servo and stepper motors, or with other manufacturers motors in NEMA 17, 23 and 34 frame sizes. Options are available to make installation straightforward –

including built-in absolute encoders for positioning accuracy to ±10 arc-sec and lost motion to two arc-min. Gear ratios available are 5, 10 or 18:1 with higher ones on request. The series is suited to rotary table applications as well as

machine set-ups where slip rings, electrical wiring, rotary fluidpower joints or laser line-of-sight needs to be routed for moving to stationary platforms. The flexibility of JVL’s integrated servo and stepper motor allows almost any choice of machine control interfacing with the added benefit of decentralised control. Mclennan A NEW HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR ‘EXTREME’ APPLICATIONS

New from the steute business unit Extreme, the Ex BF 80 series of human-machine interfaces is designed for use in explosive environments and temperatures ranging from -60˚C to +65˚C. The new series comes in three different housing sizes to incorporate one, two or three elements;

and users can choose between various actuators, signal lamps and key switches, including emergency stop buttons and mushroom buttons. All models are suitable for mounting on machine enclosures, walls or panels, and meet protection class IP66. According to the company, the extended temperature range down to -60˚C is included in the

new ATEX/IECEx approval. It opens up additional options for the steute Ex command devices in such applications as shipbuilding, offshore technology and the oil and gas industry.



With its LMS4000, SICK has developed its most powerful and accurate 2D LiDAR sensor for materials handling and intralogistics applications, even at high speeds, in low ambient light or when goods, packages or parcels are matt black or glossy. Its exceptionally high laser scanning frequency helps to produce more than half a million measurement points per second to calculate the position, shape, volume or surface quality of goods, packages or components over a wide depth of field, and at ranges up to 3m. Both precision and high-speed processing power are assured. It

achieves a six-fold increase in measurement resolution, compared to previous LiDAR sensors even at very low remissions and no matter where the object is positioned, whether on a conveyor, in a container, carton or pallet, and whether it is free-standing or touching another object. It is therefore ideal for fast-moving goods handling where accurate dimensions, volumes or positions need to calculated. The LMS4000 works using visible red laser light and the time-of-flight

measurement principle to deliver precise data on the position and size of a wide variety of objects and transmits this data to an external evaluation unit, often in conjunction with an encoder. With SICK’s Continuous Wave


technology, the LMS4000 needs no external illumination or additional line lasers. Being less sensitive to ambient light, and with a wide depth of field, it is a cost-effective alternative to vision systems for 3D object profiling in some applications. Says Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK national product manager for

Imaging, Measurement, and Ranging: “The LMS4000 is by far the most accurate 2D LiDAR scanner from SICK with some truly

outstanding vital statistics, including a very high 600Hz frequency and an angular resolution of less than 1˚. In addition, several devices can be mounted together to extend the measuring range without any danger of interference. “The LMS4000 achieves extremely high point-density measurements for

accurate measurement and 3D profiling of goods at high speeds. Customers can achieve better throughputs with excellent repeatability and reliability.” Available in 10mW and 13mW variants with a laser protection hood

option, the LMS4000 family of 2D LiDAR sensors are quick to install with M12 connections including switching I/Os and Gigabit Ethernet to ensure rapid data transmission, and easy to set up. They are complemented by a range of industry-standard mountings and SICK encoders.

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