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Types of Barcode Readers for Use in Automation

In the late 1940s, a grocery chain from Philadelphia approached the Drexel Institute of Technology to develop custom automation that could store and read information about products during checkout. A teacher at the institute – Norman Joseph Woodland – took up the task, experimenting with various data collection methods. He eventually found one that worked, a technique that utilized Morse code to represent an assigned number for the product. Instead of the typical dots associated with Morse code, however, he extended these into lines to create a linear code. (more…)

5 Machine Vision Applications in 2022

The importance of custom machine vision as a component of modern industrial automation cannot be denied. When it comes to automation, engineering cameras, sensors and software into an automated factory will essentially provide it with sight that in many ways surpasses that of human sight. By using machine vision techniques, automated production lines can accurately understand images, allowing robots and other automated implements to participate in a wide array of tasks without human supervision. (more…)

What Industries Benefit Most From Industrial Automation?

Automation has transformed and continues to transform people’s lives worldwide. From self-driving vehicles to the manufacturing automation of industrial robots to logistical automation engineering in logistics, custom automation continues to change the world in which we live.

In modern times, the term “automation” became more widely used from about 1947, when General Motors founded its automation department. This occurred during a time many industries began to adopt feedback controllers, which began to come into industrial use during the 1930s. Automation can utilize computerized, electronic, electrical, hydraulic, mechanic or pneumatic controls, or often combinations of any of these. Automation engineering is present in a number of complex systems, appearing in factories, airplanes, bullet trains and other of modern life. Today, custom automation even appears online in search engines, virtual assistants and other Internet-based systems. (more…)