RMGroup appoints new managing director

Robotics and automation specialists, RMGroup, has appointed Mark Tucker as its new managing di- rector. Mark brings over 40 years’ experience in the automation sector to the position, having held a number of previ- ous technical, manage- rial and sales senior roles. He will be working with the existing board, consisting of previous managing director, Edward Rees, who now be- comes chairman, Rosie Davies, commercial direc- tor and Edward Pugh, sales director. With increasing demand for its range of

handling, robotics and automation solutions, the company has enjoyed significant growth in recent years. The company’s success is based on its reputation for quality UK manufactured machinery and national on-site and on-line service support, allied to integration of its partnerships with ABB Robotics, Asti Mobile Robotics (recently acquired by ABB), Lantech and pallet packaging solution specialist, Lachenmaier



New soft tip clamping lever range launched

WDS Components has launched a range of soft tip clamping levers, designed for clamping without causing damage or marking. The levers are ideal for clamping tubing or sheet metal on applications such as jigs and machinery, as well as office equipment stands and camera tripods. Nylon or brass tips provide a secure, mark-free clamp and the L or T shaped levers enable clamping in confined spaces when the handle cannot make a complete rotation. Clamping levers and indexing clamping levers have long been a staple part of the WDS range.

Now, new soft-tip versions enable clamping when marking isn’t desirable, whether to minimise wear that could impact operational longevity, or for cosmetic appearance. Nylon tips provide the softest clamping tip but are slightly faster wearing, while the brass tips are longer lasting but slightly harder. The choice of tip depends on the combination of materials being used and WDS’ customer service team can advise on the optimum combination. Designed by WDS, the functional advantage of the locking mechanism is that the handle can

be lifted and spins freely to move to the operator’s choice of position, enabling tightening similar to how a ratchet is operated. The advantage is that space requirement can be minimised, or ob- structions can be removed, whether tightening a clamp on a machine or a desk. With the L shaped clamping handle for example, if the operator is closing the mechanism but

an obstruction such as a wall prevents further tightening, the handle can be lifted and moved back 180° in order to continue tightening. The T handle levers operates in the same way and while not offering the same level of free movement, it enables fine adjustment with a two-sided grip option. Both handles offer 24 indexing positions.

WDS Components

New digital stereo system expands optical microscope capability

Vision Engineering Limited (Woking, UK) has announced the launch of DRV Stereo CAM, a new and innovative stereo camera system that converts optical stereo microscopes into high magnification, high definition 3D digi- tal stereo microscopes. DRV Stereo CAM integrates seam-

lessly with Vision Engineering’s own award-winning ergonomic stereo mi- croscope, the Lynx EVO, but it also up- grades compatible conventional binocular stereo microscopes to full HD 3D digital stereo imaging. This unique system combines all the benefits of high resolution optical

microscopy and Vision Engineering’s patented DRV ‘glasses-free’ digital 3D stereo viewing technology. The DRV Stereo CAM’s novel design allows viewing to be separate from

the target subject, enabling remote, safe and ergonomic positioning of the operator where the subject is required to be in a clean or aggressive envi- ronment. Samples in laminar flow cabinets, over production lines and in dif- ficult to access areas can be safely and remotely viewed, in 3D, away from the microscope. A further benefit of DRV Stereo CAM is the live distribution of viewed im-

ages and video, so now, high resolution 3D stereo images normally viewed in-situ through an optical microscope can be viewed, captured, recalled and shared across networks. Team members located within a building, across a company, or anywhere in the world can view in real-time, the same 3D HD images. Paul Newbatt, Vision Engineering Group Sales and Marketing Director said

‘This is a step forward for our inspection technology which continues to build Vision Engineering’s reputation for microscopy innovation. DRV Stereo CAM brings together all the benefits of high quality optical stereo micro-

scopes with a unique 3D HD digital image capture and visualisation capa- bility. DRV Stereo CAM enables our customers to improve the efficiency of their

product validation processes. They can view prototype components and products either locally or re- motely and, in real-time, simulta- neously share these live 3D images with colleagues, customers and supply chain partners around the world’. .

Vision Engineering Limited.



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