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Cognex Introduces its Newest Vision System, Delivering Unprecedented Modularity and Integration

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world's leader in machine vision, today introduced the new In-Sight® 7000 series, a suite of ultra-rugged, highly modular standalone vision systems. The second generation In-Sight 7000 series represents a breakthrough in performance, flexibility and ease of integration. This powerful new vision system performs fast and precise inspections that keeps pace with increasing line speeds, while its compact form factor easily fits into space-constrained production lines. The In-Sight 7000's unique, modular design offers over 400 different field-changeable configurations making it the most flexible vision system available.

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23rd “TechToberFest” Set to Showcase the Future of Industrial Automation, Robotics, & Manufacturing Technology.

Applied Controls, Inc. announced today their twenty third annual TechToberFest celebration and open house on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 8:30am to 5:30pm. They will be hosting an exciting day of activities to exhibit & showcase what is new in industrial automation, robotics & manufacturing technology.

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Applied Controls Appointed to Pilot Siemens Elite Global APP (Approved Partner Program)

Applied Controls, Inc. announced today that they have been invited to pilot the new APP approved partner program which will be rolled out in 2018 as a global program.

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Siemens and Applied Controls score huge brewery business

Wayne Automation Corporation, a family-owned, located northwest of Philadelphia has long been known for building fast, extremely reliable and highly engineered solutions—with Rockwell components exclusively.

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Press Release - 22nd TechToberFest Showcases the Latest Innovations in Industrial Automation, Robotics & Manufacturing Technology

22nd TechToberFestApplied Controls, Inc. announced their twenty second annual TechToberFest™ celebration and open house on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 8:30am to 5:30pm. They will be hosting an exciting day of activities to exhibit & showcase what is new in industrial automation, robotics& manufacturing technology.

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Press Release - Applied Controls becomes DENSO Robotics Partner, August 22, 2016press release

DENSO Corporation announced today that Applied Controls, Inc. will serve as one of the company’s Automation Solution Providers!

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Press Release - March 21, 2016press release

Siemens appoints Applied Controls as a Full Line Factory Automation distributor for Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia

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Applied Controls Adds Macron Dynamics to Product Offering

Applied Controls Adds Macron Dynamics to Product OfferingApplied Controls is proud to be partnered with Macron Dynamics linear robotics systems and mechanical motion technology.

Macron has redefined each component and every product through time-tested installations and experience.  Macron products are built with the highest quality materials, assembled in the USA, and engineered to withstand the abuses of rigorous, daily usage.

Linear Robotics, Gantry Systems, Cartesian Robots, Multi-Axis Automation, Belt-driven & Screw-driven Actuators

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VARIOFACE Professional with Push-in-technology

Varioface VARIOFACE Professional revolutionized interface modules with its unique design that results in a slim, compact, and rugged package.  VARIOFACE Professional with Push-in technology (VIP-PT) is an expansion of the VIP-SC line of passive interface modules. These modules are used in control cabinets to quickly and accurately connect field and control signals. The control side of these modules are connected to I/O cards using a high density cable, such as ribbon, D-Sub, and HD D-Sub and transmit signals to the field side for individual wiring.

Easy push-in wiring:

  • Faster and simpler wiring – up to 50 percent faster installation compared to screw termination
  • No special tools required for installation
  • Ensures complete termination of the conductor and reduces potential errors
  • Creates easier installation and reduces strain on installer

Exceptional wire retention force:

  • Strong wire pull-out force provides a dependable and longlasting connection
  • Ideal for high shock and vibration applications
  • Ensures wires won’t back out and reduces maintenance costs

Rugged DIN rail mounting:

  • A single metal DIN foot slides to allow the installer to apply and remove the module without the use of tools.
  • 100 percent of the control-side of module remains in contact with the rail
  • Metal DIN foot provides a vibration-resistant connection up to 5g

Easy wire-ejection button:

  • No special tools are required to remove wires – simplifies maintenance
  • Any variety of screw driver may be used – even handy items such as the tip of a pen may be used
  • Specially-designed ejection button reduces the risk of deforming the spring due to repeated impact from screwdriver tips

Compact design saves valuable cabinet space:

  • VIP housing combines the I/O connection and DIN rail-mounting into one universal “slice” - reducing dimension requirements along the rail
  • Three-level design for larger I/O inputs reduces the necessary width of modules to save space
  • Integrated marking channel allows for flexible options to label the module for identification


Visualize...the ability to see what your barcode reader sees

DataMan 50 reading

Cognex DataMan® image-based barcode readers work like cameras; they take digital images of the product as it passes by the barcode reader. Because of this technology, DataMan barcode readers offer users performance feedback.  You can view your barcode images live or FTP images of no reads to a server for analysis and process improvement.

Start understanding why you have no reads by getting a visual confirmation of any errors that occur by upgrading to DataMan image-based barcode reading technology.

  • Save images of no read for analysis
  • Get better process metrics
  • Watch the barcode reader live

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Automate easily, inexpensively, and flexibly


Universal Robots are flexible, light weight and user friendly 6 axis industrial robots. They are developed specially for small and medium enterprises, which has the need for flexible and effective automation that can provide them fast return of investments. The robots are easy to move around and do not require sturdy bases due to their light weight structure.

No requirements for safety fencing
As Universal Robots’ robotic arms are in compliance with the ISO standard for collaborative robots 10218-1:2006, they are therefore able to Universal Robots nov 2010operate without the need to install safety fences around them.

With a weight of 18 and 25 kilos respectively, UR5 and UR10 can easily be moved around in the production and used in many different instances. With the user friendly software, the robotic arms can be easily and quickly programmed to perform new tasks.

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Unidrive M Drives for Manufacturing Automation

Control Techniques’ exciting new Unidrive M offers the widest possible variety of functionality and solutions for motor control applications with a range of 0.25 kW to 1.2 MW. Unidrive M delivers seven function-focused drive models, all with superior motor performance and an individual feature set to best match the customer’s application and system connectivity needs.

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SICK IQ08, IQ10, IQ12 inductive proximity sensors

Tough when it gets rough: Inductive proximity sensors IQ

The three product families, IQ08, IQ10 and IQ12, provide extended service life due to their tough and chemically resistant IP-68 housing made of VISTAL™, a special glass-fiber reinforced plastic, as well as electronics protected by hot-melt molding. Thanks to their space-saving design, they are also suited for narrow installation locations. The practical 270° status display with extra bright LED allows fast viewing of the sensor status from any angle of vision.


IQ Inductive proximity sensors

LGS Series... Touch It, Save It

LGS ApplicationsThe new LGS Series from Pepperl & Fuchs redefines the automation light grid category, utilizing a modern, capacitive touch field for simple, step-by-step programming without the need for PC software.  The touch field and illuminated icons easily allow the user to enable complex functions including object identification, height monitoring and beam blanking.

All with the touch of a finger!  Setup has never been easier.
With a super-slim aluminum housing, a wide variety of lengths from small to large and a broad range of resolution options, the new LGS light grids offer benefits to new and existing applications in all markets.

  • Monitor an area for falling objects - ejection control
  • Verify an object is of a specific height -height monitoring
  • Ensure object geometry is within specifications -profile inspection
  • Determine if material overhang is present -overhang control
  • Detect objects with irregular or undefined edges -leading edge detection
  • Determine the amount of sag on a web of material -web sag monitoring
  • Ensure a roll of material is free of tears or breaks -web break detection
  • Confirm pallet is in the correct position -part positioning

LGS Light Grids

Surge protection for measurement and control technology

Surge Protection informationReliable communication - Powerful surge protection components ensure excellent signal quality and reliable communication.  Sensitive electronics in measurement and control devices are easily susceptible to transients/surges induced due parallel wiring in the control cabinet. Phoenix Contact's MCR surge protection devices have powerful components with a low protection level and fast response ensuring excellent signal quality.

Surge Protection information
  • Compact design - More space in the control cabinet
  • Protection for all common signals - Analog, discrete, sensors and temperature based RTDs
  • Service that can be planned thanks to self-monitoring protective devices (PLUGTRAB PT-IQ)
  • UL Class I div II, IEC-Ex rated for Intrinsically safe areas, SIL rated
  • Versatile designs and connections for various application
  • Convenient testing using CHECKMASTER for pluggable SPDs (PLUGTRAB PT)

Phoenix Contact MCR surge protection

In-Sight 7010 is the entry level vision system!

Applied Controls Out Of The BoxWith the unique combination of hardware features and software tools, the In-Sight 7010 is the ideal out-of-the-box solution for many straightforward vision applications. In-Sight® 7010 is an entry level vision system developed specifically for inspection tasks where vision sensors are too limited and a standard vision system may not be cost effective. Every aspect of the In-Sight 7010 has been designed to make deploying a vision system easier than ever before:

Integrated autofocus
For production situations requiring regular part changes, or applications that require the vision system to be placed in hard-to-reach spaces.

Integrated illumination
In-Sight 7010 offers integrated, field-replaceable white lighting as well as four specific color lights to highlight particular parts or features.

Intuitive EasyBuilder® user interface
Power, flexibility and ease-of-use allow you to program solutions for your own vision applications

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The NEW In-Sight 7000 is the ultimate vision system - Small, tough and very smart

The In-Sight® 7000 smart camera represents a true revolution in machine vision. The In-Sight 7000 features powerful vision tools, faster image capture, the capability to power and control a range of external lighting and enough input/output capacity for virtually any inspection scenario—all in a compact, industrial IP67 package that makes the system ideal for more applications than ever before.

Unmatched read rate performance - Flexible lighting and optics - Ease of Deployment

In-Sight 7000 Vision System

DataMan 300 Barcode Reader - A Quantum Leap in Barcode Reader performance

DataMan 300The DataMan 300 series of readers was developed to handle the most difficult-to-read DPM (Direct Part Mark) codes as well as challenging 1-D linear barcodes and 2-D Data Matrix codes and for indexed or high-speed lines.

Unmatched read rate performance - Flexible lighting and optics - Ease of Deployment

DataMan 300 Barcode Reader

Introducing the SITOP PSU100C: Power Supply Units for Distributed Applications

SITOPThe SITOP PSU100C stabilized power supplies of the SITOP compact product line for the low-end performance range have an extremely slim design that makes them ideal for distributed applications (e.g., installation in control boxes or small control cabinets).
With a width of just 22.5 to 52.5 mm, the power supply units require up to one-third less space on the mounting rail than comparable devices.
Siemens SITOP Power Supply

Supercharged ID performance for factory automation applications

The high performance DataMan 500 fixed-mount barcode reader is powered by a proprietary vision chip technology, Cognex VSoC™ (Vision System on a Chip), providing unmatched barcode reading and ease of use not found in other image-based or laser systems available today.VSoC

DataMan 500 reads barcodes at twice the speed of other readers and is so easy to use, and reads codes so well, that it doesn't have to be positioned optimally to achieve high read rates.

DataMan 500Unmatched read rate performance:

  • Cognex VSoC provides ultra fast autoexposure and image acquisition speeds of up to 1,000 frames/second
  • Read up to 90 codes per second
  • Decode the most challenging 1-D and 2-D barcodes with proven 1DMax and 2DMax code-reading technology

DataMan 500 Technology

SIMATIC S7-1200 for micro automation

S7-1200 PLCCompact and powerful, the new SIMATIC S7-1200 emphasizes seamless integration and perfect interplay between the controller, HMI and software. As a result, the new SIMATIC S7-1200 micro PLC is flexible and scalable, achieves high performance in a compact design and still is suitable for the most complex tasks.

S7-1200 PLCSIMATIC S7-1200 micro PLC and the SIMATIC HMI Basic Panels feature SIMATIC STEP 7 Basic engineering software for simple-and-speedy programming, networking and commissioning. The micro PLC's central unit is fully compatible with a range of I/O and communications modules, providing flexible extension options. The system also offers a PROFINET interface for easy networking and communication between the engineering system, controllers, and HMI.

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