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Differences Between Industrial Robots and Collaborative Robots and their Uses in Pharma/Life Science

Posted by Mark Howe

Apr 7, 2021 10:48:40 AM

Technology has played a major part in the development of many industries over centuries, from rudimentary tools and machinery to sophisticated digital technology. Automation has arguably made the greatest difference to work practice over the last few decades but not all forms of automation are the same. While robots have been enlisted to perform a range of tasks, there are significant differences between industrial robots and collaborative robots – or cobots.

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Topics: automation, cobot, Universal Robots, cobots, pharmaceuticals, life science, New Scale Robotics

Learn How an Integrated HMI Makes Powerful PLC Control Accessible to Users

Posted by Kelly Howe

Dec 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Industry - Pharmaceutical, Medical


Coating Systems International manufactures equipment to apply pill coats to pharmaceutical tablets.  They needed a flexible control platform with good user ergonomics for a line of coating machines with a payload of up to 500 liters.  Coating Systems selected the UniStream all-in-one PLC+HMI from Unitronics, which offered flexible, modular I/O and clear, precise graphics.

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Topics: solutions, PLC, medical, HMI, Unitronics, pharmaceuticals

Bimba - Automated Bottle Filling System for Pharmaceuticals

Posted by Kelly Howe

Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.


A Mettler Toledo IND560 weighing terminal which was used in a cleanroom Class GMP B needed to be equipped with a pinch valve to automate a glass bottle filling process. Due to the environment, a solenoid operated pinch valve in stainless steel was required. The pinch valve had to communicate with the weighing terminal and close when the pre-defined set point was reached. The weighing terminal didn’t provide enough Amps to power the pinch valve, so an independent power supply was installed as well.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, bottle filling, pharmaceuticals