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[#HM2016] Adjusting production processes in real time

Industry 4.0 requires comprehensive data collection in order to control highly automated process sequences in complex production environments. One example is the cultivation of living cells. But digitalizing and networking biotech production equipment is a huge challenge: relevant standards have yet to be established, and biology has a dynamic all its own. Using fully automated equipment for producing stem cells, Fraunhofer researchers have managed to adjust the process control to cell growth – delivering an adaptive system that is suitable for use in a number of sectors.

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Industry 4.0

The term industry 4.0 is generally associated with the manufacturing of cars, machinery or industrial goods. But, as the partners (see box) in the StemCellFactory collaborative project show, the comprehensive networking of machines and products is also making headway in biotechnology. This is a particular challenge, because this field deals not with solid components but with living objects that – unlike screws or gears – change and multiply. Networked process control needs to take this into account and be able to adjust the process accordingly in real time.

The StemCellFactory project partners have set up a fully automated production line for culturing stem cells, which can develop into any kind of cell found in the body; experts call them induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT will be presenting the production line at the Hannover Messe Preview on January 27 and at the Hannover Messe (Hall 17, Booth C18 and Hall 2, Booth C16) from April 25 to 29. Medical expertise was provided by experts from the university clinics in Bonn and Aachen, among others. iPS cells such as these are necessary in the development of medications used in personalized medicine. They are obtained from adult body cells such as human skin or blood cells. First, a doctor takes cells from a patient. Next, these cells are reprogrammed to become iPS cells by adding certain substances. This causes the cells to revert to an embryonic state, from which they can theoretically differentiate into any cell type – even heart or nerve cells, which, owing to the risk to the patient, cannot be obtained by means of a biopsy. The pharmaceutical industry uses these cells for medical tests: since they contain the patient’s own genetic information, the cells are very useful for determining which medications will be effective.

Fully automated, modular production platform

To date, iPS cells are grown by lab specialists in a painstaking, time-consuming process. The number and quality of iPS cells that can be cultured depend entirely on how experienced the lab technician is. This is why the project aimed to develop fully automated, modular equipment that achieves both a high throughput and a consistently high quality of stem cells. The IPT experts were given the task of developing both the equipment and its control mechanisms. They faced a number of challenges, the first being how to network the various biotech devices – liquid handling robot, a microscope, an incubator, and the automatic magazine for storing cells and containers – in a way that permitted the use of process-control technology in the first place. “Despite the industry’s efforts to establish uniform interfaces for lab automation equipment, there is as yet no international standard for networking the devices used,” says IPT developer Michael Kulik. “That means plug and play is not an option, so we first had to develop a standard of our own before we could integrate everything.”

This approach achieved a very high degree of networking in order to allow the process-control technology and the lab equipment to exchange information. That in turn was the prerequisite for the equipment to adjust extremely flexibly to the biological processes at work. Cell growth is the decisive factor. As the cells grow in the cell culture vessels, they divide again and again. To ensure conditions don’t get too cramped for the cells, from time to time the pipette feeder robot has to distribute them among a larger number of fresh, empty cell culture vessels.

To this end, the microscope developed at the IPT regularly examines the growth density inside the cell culture vessels. Once a critical density is reached, the microscope sends out an instruction to rehouse the cells. “This is an example of the product, in this case the growing stem cells, determining how the overall process unfolds,” says Kulik. In other words: production has the capability to adjust itself to the present situation.

A user interface makes it easy to control each device included in the equipment. If the user needs to alter or add to the equipment’s process steps, there are pre-programmed blocks of instructions that they can simply drag into or out of the control menu. Staff can choose whether to operate the equipment in fully automated or manual mode.

The technology developed as part of the StemCellFactory project can also be applied in other situations, for instance in tissue engineering and the production of tissue models. It would also be possible to use it to manufacture gears, screws, engines, etc. in a fully automated way. The software is scalable, making it suitable for small and large production facilities alike. Since the programming is extremely flexible, the process-control technology can be transferred to any other production setup in need of adaptive control on the basis of current measurement data. During the Hannover Messe, visitors will be treated to a live demonstration of how the StemCellFactory is controlled remotely, specifically from Bonn.

The following are partners on the StemCellFactory project:

• Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT

• University Clinic Bonn

• Uniklinik RWTH Aachen

• HiTec Zang GmbH

• LIFE & BRAIN GmbH

• Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine

Further information: http://www.stemcellfactory.de

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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in English News, Event, News

 

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The Energy show at HANNOVER MESSE – everything under one roof

VDMA Power Systems supports Energy every year

Alongside conventional energy sources, renewables are now an integral and indispensable part of our energy supply. As their share of the energy mix increases, they are also assuming greater systems responsibility within the energy sector, and are consequently facing new technological challenges.

“HANNOVER MESSE fully reflects this profound structural change. At the leading trade fair Energy we document the convergence of different areas that are going to merge fully in the future anyway: power generation, storage, grids, heat and mobility – the whole concept of ‘integrated energy’, in other words”, says Marc Siemering, Senior Vice-President for HANNOVER MESSE at Deutsche Messe.

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The “Energy Generation” section of the show annually receives major support from the VDMA Power Systems Association. “We support Energy because here the world can see how the transition to renewables is a viable industrial and commercial proposition. To make a success of it, Germany needs to integrate generation, power grids and intelligent energy consumption into a sustainable system. This ties in with Industry 4.0, the next industrial revolution, where HANNOVER MESSE is very much leading the way. There is massive potential for innovation here, and Germany’s industry will be able to tap into that by joining in the discussion taking place at Energy,” said Matthias Zelinger, Managing Director of VDMA Power Systems. “Energy sets the agenda for this debate in its various discussion forums, and attracts key decision-makers in government and industry from all over the world.”

Energy is the leading international trade fair for integrated energy systems and mobility. The show features comprehensive coverage of energy generation, transmission, distribution and storage, as well as alternative mobility solutions and energy efficiency. With approx. 1,300 exhibitors, the event is one of the most important mainstays of HANNOVER MESSE.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2016 in Event, News

 

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[HannoverMesse] Master redundancy implemented in POWERLINK stack

Open source high availability

An Open Source POWERLINK Stack

An Open Source POWERLINK Stack

It is now easier than ever to create high availability systems with POWERLINK. Version 2.2 of the openPOWERLINK stack has all the functions needed to implement master redundancy. The Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) will be presenting the new stack at the Hannover Messe (Hall 9/Booth F25).

One of the greatest advantages of POWERLINK-based redundancy solutions is the failover speed. “If one controller fails, there is a hot failover to the standby controller within one cycle,” explains Stefan Schönegger, managing director of the EPSG. High availability systems based on POWERLINK are therefore also suited for especially critical applications, such as in the power sector or the shipping and steel industries. SYS TEC Electronic played a significant role in the development of the POWERLINK redundancy solution.

More than 30,000 downloads

Since POWERLINK is based on one hundred percent open source technology, users have maximum freedom when it comes to implementing their redundancy system. They are not bound to any formalities and are completely technologically independent. So far, openPOWERLINK has been downloaded more than 30,000 times from the SourceForge platform. Version 2.2 will be available for download on the openPOWERLINK project page starting in late April: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openpowerlink/.

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Event

 

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[HannoverMesse] Siemens drives forward the Digital Enterprise

Siemens supports digitalization in manufacturing and process industries through every phase of the value chain
“Digital Enterprise” on the way towards implementation of Industrie 4.0

To meet the upcoming challenges posed by the Industrie 4.0 vision, Siemens is placing its trust in the Digital Enterprise. “For us, the Digital Enterprise has long since ceased to be just a vision”, explained Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG Klaus Helmrich, speaking at the Hannover Messe press conference on April 13. “Already today, we are selling key elements of the Digital Enterprise to our customers.” Siemens is already providing products and solutions for the digital future across every sphere of its activity. These selectively leverage the many possibilities opened up by digitalization, which assumes divergent forms in different industries.

SIEMENS at Hannover Messe 2014

SIEMENS at Hannover Messe 2014

The path to the Digital Enterprise encompasses four logically interacting elements: The Digital Enterprise Software Suite, industrial communication networks, automation security and business-specific industrial services.

Digital Enterprise Software Suite
The Digital Enterprise Software Suite comprises software products used in the discrete industries which cover all the requirements of the industrial value chain: its backbone is formed by Teamcenter, a software platform for collaborative product data management. Tecnomatix and NX are used for design and planning. For real manufacturing, products such as the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) Simatic IT and the Simatic S7 controller portfolio have proven successful the world over.

Industrial communication networks
When it comes to industrial communication, Siemens offers a comprehensive range of coordinated communication networks, from the AS interface to Industrial Ethernet together with the relevant switches of the Scalance X family.

Security in automation
Siemens already offers a broad portfolio of Industrial Security products and services designed specifically for industry within the framework of its “Defense in Depth” concept. This encompasses both plant and network security as well as system integrity.

Business-specific industrial services
Siemens offers a range of classical industrial and data-based services such as Plant Data Services, Plant Security Services and Plant Cloud Services. Its Plant Cloud Services for industry are based on an open cloud platform using SAP Hana technology. The aim is for Siemens customers to be able to use these to develop, extend and operate apps in the cloud.
Today, smart data analysis and evaluation provide an invaluable aid to industrial decision-making processes, and also make a decisive contribution to enhancing productivity. “Digitalization has long since ceased to stand just for a rapidly growing internationally generated mass of data”, continues Helmrich. “Digitalization also refers to the collation of data, the ability to analyze its content and use it to draw conclusions, or to develop totally new business models – and therefore finally to create considerable value.” Digitalization is revolutionizing business activity the world over: Companies are now able to work more closely and more quickly with partners, to communicate directly with end users and to selectively address their specific needs.
“Digitalization is sparking a whole new wave of innovation and opening up completely new scope to companies for added growth and new business. This headlong process of technological development needs to be understood, embraced and utilized”, added Helmrich. At the same time, industry is faced with the enormous challenges of minimizing the time-to-market while improving flexibility and efficiency. As Helmrich explained: “Only those with the ability to make intelligent use of large quantities of data will be able to secure decisive added value for their customers”. Helmrich considers Siemens to be ideally equipped to implement the “Smart Data to Business” principle which envisages the transformation of data into knowledge and business models: based on the company’s unique combination of domain, product and process know-how with in-depth software, IT and analytics expertise.

Digital Enterprise in the process industries
While movement towards Industrie 4.0 forms a focal theme for discrete industries, it is also increasingly under discussion in the process industries. Digitalization with its consistent data model is playing an ever more important role in particular when it comes to the lifecycle of process plants. The supporting pillar here is the service backbone: “Based on its existing electrification and automation portfolio, Siemens is driving forward digitalization in the process industries too. This means laying a foundation for the achievement of Industrie 4.0 by working with its customers through partnership based on trust”, says Helmrich.
Although the production processes of most of the process industries also encompass discrete elements, such as packaging in the pharmaceutical industry, their requirements differ from those of the discrete and also the hybrid industries. The process industries are currently impacted by the volatility and heterogeneity of the global markets, by high location-dependent cost pressures, by energy and resource efficiency as well as a demographic shift whose repercussions include a shortage of skilled engineering and plant operating personnel. This is why Siemens is focusing on three key fields of action: The digital plant, modularization and production excellence. The definition and implementation of the Industrie 4.0 vision are supported at Siemens by a whole range of approaches such as a joint data model based on the Comos portfolio for lifecycle engineering and plant management, the combination of pre-configured operating units using standardized interfaces aided by the extensive automation portfolio, alongside energy-efficient operation, remote services, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance.

For further information on Hannover Messe, please see http://www.siemens.com/press/hm2015

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Event

 

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[HannoverMesse] 바이드뮬러, 커넥터의 새로운 혁신을 TERMSERIES 모듈 제품군에 담다

바이드뮬러는 2015년 4월 13일부터 17일까지 개최하는 하노버 산업 박람회에서 새로운 ‘TERMSERIES 제품 버전’을 선보였다.

바이드뮬러(weidmueller)는 TERMSERIES 제품군을 확장하고 있다. 새로운 버전은 유도 및 용량성 부하를 안정적, 지속적으로 스위칭하는 방법을 제공한다. 산업 환경의 부하에서 더욱 우수한 접촉 신뢰성과 오랜 사용수명을 발휘함은 물론이다. 또한, 불과 12.8 mm 폭의 규격으로 16 A 스위칭 용량을 온전히 제공하여, 별도의 크로스-커넥터 장치를 설치할 필요가 없다.

바이드뮬러는 안정성과 지속성을 겸비하여 유도 및 용량성 부하 스위칭이 가능한 새로운 고성능 제품 버전을 포함, 당사의 검증된 TERMSERIES 제품군을 확대하고 있다. 특히 콤팩트한 디자인과 불과 12.8 mm 폭의 슬림 규격이 특징인 신제품 버전은 장소를 불문하고 DIN 레일에 알맞게 장착된다. 이들 제품은 별도의 크로스 커넥터를 설치할 필요없이, 16 A 스위칭 용량을 온전히 발휘한다. 또한, 신형 TERMSERIES 모듈 제품군은 ‘플러그 앤 플레이’ 방식을 지원하여 결선 시간을 단축해준다.

일반적으로, 산업용 부하는 용량성 또는 유도성 요소 중 하나로 구성된다. 이는 스위치 점멸 과정에서 발생하는 스파크로 인해, 릴레이 접점의 사용수명을 단축시킨다. 바이드뮬러는 새로운 TERMSERIES 제품 버전에 산업 환경의 부하에 대응하여 특수 설계된 접점 배열 및 소재 사양의 릴레이를 장착한 까닭에, 신제품에는 더 이상 문제가 되지 않는다. 이들 제품은 캐비닛 제작, 기계설비 및 플랜트 엔지니어링, 풍력 에너지, 로봇 부문 또는 해양, 연안 및 해상 엔지니어링 분야 등에 적용된다. 콤팩트한 TERMSERIES 제품 버전은 안전성과 신뢰성 및 내구성을 겸비하여, 최대 16 A 수준의 산업용 부하 전환이 가능하다.

바이드뮬러는 자사의 TERMSERIES 제품군에 신제품 3종을 추가했다. 첫번째 제품은 16 A CO 단자가 장착하여, 적외선 히터, 펌프 및 소형 컨택터 등의 산업용 부하를 전환하도록 설계되었다. AgNi 단자 소재는 저부하 스위칭에도 적합하다. 바이드뮬러는 5 VDC 에서 230 VAC/DC에 이르기까지, 본 모듈에 적합한 각종 입력 전압을 지원한다. 두 번째 솔루션은 16 A HC (고전류) NO 단자를 장착하여, 솔레노이드 밸브, 전원 접촉기 및 모터 등 유도성 부하 스위칭에 사용된다. AgSnO 단자 소재와 충분한 접촉 여유를 적용한 덕분에, 본 제품의 NO 단자는 단자 소재의 손실 및 용접 양자 모두에 내성을 지니는 사실이 검증되었다. 세 번째 제품은 16 A HCP (고전류 피크) NO 단자를 장착하여, 제품 사용자가 LED 안정기, 광 스트립 및 스위치 모드 전원공급 유닛과 같은 용량성 부하 스위칭에 활용할 수 있다. 본 제품은 AgSnO 단자 소재 및 고급 텅스텐 단자로 제작되어, 용량성 부하를 수반한 스위치-온 공정 진행 중에 단자의 용접을 방지한다. 두 가지 NO 접점 모두 24 VDC 및 24-230 VAC/DC 규격의 다중 전압 입력을 지원하여 출시된다.

바이드뮬러 TERMSERIES 제품군

바이드뮬러 TERMSERIES 제품군 : 바이드뮬러의 전원공급 단자, 파티션 플레이트, 교차 연결장치, 기타 릴레이 모듈 및 솔리드 스테이트 릴레이 제품들이 결합하여 신호 분리 및 증폭용으로 고안된 폭넓은 제품군을 형성한다.

한편, 바이드뮬러는 자사 제품군에 몇 가지 수정사항을 적용하였다. 신형 TOS / TOZ 제품은 5 A (기존 3.5 A)의 DC 스위칭 용량을 증설한 12.8 mm 고체상 릴레이 버전으로, 마모 없이 원활하게 부하를 전환해준다. 아울러, TRS / TRZ AgSnO 제품 버전도 출시되었다. AgSnO 단자가 장착된 불과 6 mm 폭의 슬림 규격 릴레이를 사용하며, 본 제품은 넓은 입력 범위 및 스위치 모드 소형 전원 공급장치가 장착된 컨택터와 LED 램프 등에서 발생하는 낮은 용량성 부하를 스위칭한다. TOS / TOZ 제품 버전은 24 VDC 및 다중전압 입력을 지원하며, TRS / TRZ AgSnO 모듈은 24 VDC 입력이 기본 사양이다.

바이드뮬러의 전원공급 단자, 파티션 플레이트, 교차 연결장치, 기타 릴레이 모듈 및 솔리드 스테이트 릴레이 제품들이 결합하여 신호 분리 및 증폭용으로 고안된 폭넓은 제품군을 형성한다. 전원 규격에 제약이 없기 때문에, 사용자는 내부 교차 연결장치 시스템을 활용하여 개별 연결부에서 온전한 스위칭 전류를 얻는 혜택을 누릴 수 있다. 특히 각광 받는 장점은, 24-230 VAC/DC 다중 전압 입력을 지원하여, 각종 릴레이 제품 버전에 모두 적용되는 점이다. (하노버메쎄 2015 바이드뮬러 부스 위치 11번 홀, 부스 B 60).

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Event, NewProducts

 

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{hannoverMesse] Sercos International records worldwide growth in membership

In addition to new European members Schubert System Elektronik, Germany, Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH, and Laumas Elettronica S.r.l. in Italy, the user organization experienced a signifcant growth in Asia.

Sercos International records worldwide growth in membership

Sercos International records worldwide growth in membership

Japanese companies such as Denso-Wave and Exluce joined Sercos as well as numerous companies and organizations from the Chinese machinery and technology industries as well as from R&D. Hangzhou Kaierda Robot Technology Co., State Nuclear Automation, Tsino Dynatron Electric Technology (Beijing) Co., and Zhejiang Rigao Machinery Corp. are some that joined the user organization in 2014.

“We see a significant growth of interest in our technology in Asia,“ states Peter Lutz, Managing Director of Sercos International. “Therefore, we organized 4 seminars and various workshops in China in the first quarter of 2015 alone, which were very well attended.“

In Germany, Schubert System Elektronik GmbH utilizes the Sercos technology mainly in automation. In this context, the Sercos bus allows for communication between distributed, decentralized real-time controls, e.g., in packaging machines. While in the past several busses were required to adequately communicate the data for real-time nodes, the Sercos architecture now provides an Ethernet-based bus “bundled in one system” for all automation solutions. “Our membership in Sercos International is not least motivated by the chance to actively contribute to new features in the specifications, thus being able to participate in technical innovations,” explains Tobias Schlier, Business Unit Manager at Schubert System Elektronik GmbH.

“The Sercos III slave is a certified solution on the Sitara™ AM335x from Texas Instruments (TI) and is part of the multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet requirements from our leading Industrial Automation customers,” says Thomas Mauer, System Engineer, Factory Automation and Control, WW Industrial Systems Team at Texas Instruments.

“Sercos III Industrial Ethernet technology provides maximum performance for real-time data exchange while maintaining an open communication channel for additional service functions. This benefit is a reason why we at Texas Instruments opted for membership. Additionally, there are significant discounts for various tools and services associated with the membership.”

More information can be obtained via the Sercos International eNewsletter or website.

About Sercos International

Sercos International is an association of users and manufacturers that is in charge of technical development, standardization, certification and marketing for the Sercos automation bus. Conformance tests guarantee that Sercos implementations are standard-compliant, ensuring that devices from different manufacturers can be combined. Based in Germany, the organization presently has more than 90 member companies located around the world and has national liaison offices in North America and Asia.

About Sercos

The SErial Realtime COmmunication System, or Sercos, is one of the world’s leading digital interfaces for communication between controls, drives and decentralized peripheral devices. Sercos has been used in machine engineering for approximately 25 years and is implemented in over 4 million real-time nodes. With its open, manufacturer-independent Ethernet-based architecture, Sercos III is a universal bus for all automation solutions.

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Event

 

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[HannoverMesse] A strong team — robots for flexible machine vision

VITRONIC will present the VINSPEC robot inspection cell with integrated, optimal inspection system at the "Hannover Messe" trade show

VITRONIC will present the VINSPEC robot inspection cell with integrated, optimal inspection system at the “Hannover Messe” trade show

VITRONIC offers an innovative, flexible robot inspection cell. The combination of robot technology and powerful machine vision enables fully automatic inspections of the surfaces and contours of complex components, even in small production batches. VITRONIC has developed this innovative robot inspection cell, and supplies it as a general contractor to renowned automotive manufacturers worldwide. The inspection cell is integrated into existing production lines. This sophisticated solution from a single source gave VITRONIC the edge over international competitors to win a contract from a premium automotive manufacturer. And, in the first quarter of this year, the inspection cell will be installed for the first time in one of its plants in China.

From a safety perspective alone, compliance with the highest quality standards is an absolute must in the automotive manufacturing and component supply industries. Reliable 100% inspections are only possible with automated measuring and inspection technology. And, of course, the perfect quality inspection must also be designed with cost efficiency in mind.

Robot cells designed with VITRONIC VINSPEC detect microdefects in the visible, sealing and functional surfaces of complex metallic components. They can also inspect areas for which a visual inspection by the operator is difficult or subsequently impossible. For example, the surfaces of a drilled hole require inspection using an internal inspection sensor. 2D and 2½D sensor technology and, if needed, a customized handling robot are used to enable flexible visual inspection of a wide range of surfaces. The inspection results are documented and archived.

For complex components, such as cylinder heads and crankcases, the solutions on offer have, until now, been very complicated — consisting of several machine vision systems and a large number of sensors, and associated with significant investment costs. In these solutions, each and every change made to the components to be inspected requires a time-consuming, cost-intensive mechanical modification. The individualization of products in the automotive industry cannot be achieved with such inflexible systems.

Superior flexibility thanks to fast, easy changeovers

With VITRONIC robot cells, you can incorporate new or modified component types into the inspection process during production runs, simply by adjusting the inspection system software and reprogramming the robot program. This enables a fully automatic inspection of even the smallest production series. Fast response times during component changeovers and the possibility of inspecting small batch sizes mean that products can be highly individualized under the same conditions as an extremely flexible large-scale production scenario. The surface inspection offered by the flexible VITRONIC robot inspection cell brings us a step closer to the dynamic design of manufacturing processes as envisaged in Industry 4.0, even in relation to complex issues such as quality inspection.

The current status of the component is documented and archived by the inspection system software. At the time of the inspection also the serial number of each component is acquired. The combination of inspection result and serial number leads to more transparency of the production process.

The newly developed inspection system features impressive efficiency at lower investment costs, while eliminating the need for mechanical modifications. It significantly reduces the time for changeovers, and enables greater flexibility.

VITRONIC will present the VINSPEC robot inspection cell with integrated, optimal inspection system at the “Hannover Messe” trade show from April 13 to 17, 2015 at booth 42 in hall 17.

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