• More ProSense Float Level Switches from AutomationDirect

    More ProSense Float Level Switches from AutomationDirect

    AutomationDirect has added more low-cost ProSense float level switches. The new offering includes the FLS-VM-800 float switch which has a 3/4″ PVC pipe fitting for use in HVAC condensate lines, and the FLS-VD series that includes a 3/4″ MNPT connection for mounting to most standard 3/4” bungs in 55-gallon drums. Read More…


Editor’s Pick: Featured Article

Put to the Ultimate Test – Part 1: Torsion Tests by HELUKABEL

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Cables and wires in industrial robots and other moving machine parts are often required to withstand extreme stresses caused by torsion. Constant repetitive movements put materials under considerable strain. At the same time, operators expect components to function perfectly and reliably throughout their entire service life to avoid disruptions, outages and safety hazards.

For this reason, at HELUKABEL, we simulate intensive and continuous torsion stresses under realistic conditions with our high-tech testing equipment in Windsbach. We have several types of apparatus for doing this because some of our customers, for example those in the automotive industry, have very precise specifications for how a torsion test is carried out. The tests show that our cables and wires withstand speeds up to 1,000°/s, accelerations up to 2,000°/s² and torsion angles up to 720°. Hence, we make sure that each product always meets our customers’ high standards, and that they receive the impeccable quality they rightly expect from us as a leading supplier of cables, wires and accessories for more than 40 years.

What Is Torsion?

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Latest Articles

  • Put to the Ultimate Test – Part 1: Torsion Tests by HELUKABEL

    Put to the Ultimate Test – Part 1: Torsion Tests by HELUKABEL

    Cables and wires in industrial robots and other moving machine parts are often required to withstand extreme stresses caused by torsion. Constant repetitive movements put materials under considerable strain. At the same time, operators expect components to function perfectly and reliably throughout their entire service life to avoid disruptions, outages and safety hazards. Read More…

  • Achieving Matrimony Between Machine Vision and Motion Control in Lab Automation – A Case Study

    Achieving Matrimony Between Machine Vision and Motion Control in Lab Automation – A Case Study

    As technological advancements become common-place and affordable, more industries look to implement motion control and machine vision systems to automate tasks that may be menial and time consuming. Many industries can benefit from automated systems but, the question is, how do they get started? Often, they know what they want to mechanize, but do not have automation experts on staff to make it happen. Mechatronics Canada had the opportunity to talk with Eric Rice, Product Market Manager – Electric Automation at Festo, to discuss a case study where a customer recently chose Festo to help them implement machine vision with a motion control system to automate their industrial application. Read More…


Festo Didactic at the Forefront of Developing Canada’s Future Work Force

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With Canadian manufacturing suffering from a growing labour shortage, the participation of industry in skills development is emerging as a vital component in hiring and retention.

The needs are stark: The Canadian Exporters and Manufacturers Association says almost 40% of its members have jobs they can’t fill. Five years from now, 60% expect to be short-staffed, especially when it comes to skilled trades. Statistics Canada forecasts the country’s labour force growth rate will remain below 0.2% for the rest of the decade, below replacement levels.

This growing shortage is affecting companies of all sizes. Already, some manufacturers acknowledge losing out on contracts because they can’t find the manpower to fulfill them.

In reality, the challenge is two-fold: to replenish and expand the workforce to help close the gap between the number of job seekers and vacancies through 2030 when the last baby boomers reach age 65, and ensure workers get opportunities throughout their careers to upgrade or add to their skillset as current technologies evolve and new ones emerge. Festo, through Festo Didactic, one of the world leading provider of equipment and solutions for technical education, intends to help Canada meet this challenge on both fronts. In essence, the approach Festo has always taken is that the learning never stops.

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Product News

  • AutomationDirect has added new models of Dold safety relays to their line of safety products. This addition includes more motor standstill monitoring relays with models that support muting, as well as safety relay extension modules with more outputs for safety system expansion. Read More…

  • AutomationDirect has added more low-cost ProSense float level switches. The new offering includes the FLS-VM-800 float switch which has a 3/4″ PVC pipe fitting for use in HVAC condensate lines, and the FLS-VD series that includes a 3/4″ MNPT connection for mounting to most standard 3/4” bungs in 55-gallon drums. Read More…


New Product

New Emerson Valves Deliver Proportional Flow Control Performance in Exacting Applications

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Emerson recently introduced the ASCO™ Series 209 proportional flow control valves, which offer the highest standards of precision, pressure ratings, flow characteristics and energy efficiency available in a purpose-built, compact architecture. With this combination of size and performance, Series 209 valves allow users to precisely regulate the flow of fluid in a wide range of devices that require exacting performance, like those found in the medical equipment, food and beverage, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries. 

Accuracy, response time and repeatability are critical in high-precision flow control applications, such as controlling tool speed in dental chairs, the flow of steam in coffee makers, water flow in cooling systems and hydrogen flow in fuel cells. Series 209 valves have low hysteresis (less than or equal to 5%), excellent repeatability (less than or equal to 1%) and high sensitivity (less than or equal to 0.2%) that contribute to their precision. 

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Featured Product

Teledyne Announces New Ladybug6 Cameras for High Accuracy 360-Degree Spherical Image Capture

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Teledyne FLIR Integrated Imaging Solutions is pleased to announce the all new Ladybug6— the latest addition to its field proven Ladybug series. Ladybug6 is the leading high-resolution camera designed to capture 360-degree spherical images from moving platforms in all-weather conditions. Its industrial grade design and out-of-the-box factory calibration produces 72 Megapixel (MP) images with pixel values that are spatially accurate within +/- 2 mm at 10-meter distance.

“The new Teledyne Ladybug6 is designed for mobile mapping and all-weather inspection projects requiring excellent image quality and high resolution,” said Mike Lee, Senior Product Manager at Teledyne FLIR. “With the addition of Ladybug6, we are now pleased to offer a wider variety of spherical cameras with higher resolutions ranging from 30 MP to 72 MP.”

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Latest News

  • 60 Years of Excellence as A Technical Distributor in Automation

    60 Years of Excellence as A Technical Distributor in Automation

    Proax Technologies is proud to announce that they are celebrating 60 years of serving the automation market! Industrial Automation has become an essential part of all manufacturing and Proax is well positioned to enable all industries to drive sustainable business growth through automation. Over the years, Proax has invested heavily in growth, with multiple acquisitions and new territory openings. They are continuing to look for opportunities to grow their footprint in the North American Market. Read More…

  • Future-Poof Labelling! Safety That’s Customized, Adaptable and Instantly Usable

    Future-Poof Labelling! Safety That’s Customized, Adaptable and Instantly Usable

    It was predictable that the planned integration of a new laser in the end-of-line packaging for the glass coffee jars at Haco would entail some risks, because the PNOZ X safety relay that had been used previously could not be adapted to the line’s increased requirements. An alternative expandable, modular solution was therefore to be used. Read More…