Three whitepapers to help design engineers take advantage of the latest technologies that optimise industrial applications and environments have been published by TTI. The papers explore machine vision and the way it is applied to user interfaces, discuss cobotics as an enabler for increased production flexibility and look at the role of sensor technology in improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring.
“The potential of sensors is endless,” said Ros Kruger, Director Supplier Marketing Europe Electromechanical, Sensors & Power, TTI Europe. “They are a cost-effective way of introducing automation to industrial applications and gaining access to the data needed to optimise efficiency and productivity, whilst improving safety and quality of life for people working in those environments. We created this set of whitepapers to provide an easily accessible overview of these key technologies in order to help design engineers understand and implement them.”
This first whitepaper, “Improved man-machine interfaces using MV and AI with Omron’s Human Vision Component - HVC-P2” looks at how machine vision can help optimise user interfaces in factory automation, light industrial applications such as vending machines and kiosks, and in industrial robots and cobots.
The paper pays special attention to the capabilities of the new HVC-P2 sensor, focusing on the potential of its new features including facial expression recognition, gaze direction recognition and gender identification.
The second paper, “The Cobots are coming: How collaborative workflows will deliver flexible production of the future” delves deeper into the role of cobots as a cost-effective means of adopting smart automation across production environments.
It outlines some of the key technologies, such as controllers, sensors and drives, and provides guidance on where to source the enabling electronic components.
Finally, the third whitepaper “Something in the air – getting a sense of indoor air quality” focuses on IAQ monitoring, exploring its growing significance as part of modern Building Management Systems (BMS).
It discusses different sensor technologies and provides guidance to developers looking to integrate smart monitoring into standard equipment such as ventilation systems and air conditioners.
Together, the papers provide comprehensive insight into where these technologies fit in the industrial landscape, and give practical guidance to design engineers looking to implement them.