Helping robots understand their environment

One of the biggest challenges in robotics is to make the robot understand its environment. Usually, a robot is a blind receiver of fixed programmed commands. However, the ability to adapt to new situations is essential if it is to become an autonomously working colleague. With Ensenso 3D cameras, IDS offers solutions for 3D image […]


Exploring the benefits of using robotic systems across a wider range of manufacturing applications has accelerated recently where investment in the most up-to-date systems is making a significant contribution to maximising efficiency. Welding applications are a good example and the availability of new, highly flexible, space-saving systems is helping manufacturers to integrate robotics into their […]

Error Free Retrieval of SMD Reels

Rhode and Schwarz an electronics group working across 70+ countries needed to improve their setup processes for populating electronic assembly groups for Surface Mounted Devices (SMDs) with an average of 200 setup processes per hour. The focus was on the availability of the SMD reels to ensure that the changeover went smoothly on populating lines […]

ALRAD Instruments Limited (established 1970) has been serving the Industrial, Automation, Scientific, Medical and Instrumentation markets for five decades and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of Automation Imaging, Machine Vision and Photonics.

For the Automation Market we have an extensive range of both Area and Line Scan camera systems with a full range of interface options including: Gigabit Ethernet (10, 25, 50 and 100 GigE), Cameralink, CoaXPress and USB.  The following are some of the products we are supplying for Automation applications:


SENSONICS is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of turbine supervisory and high integrity protection equipment to industry. This position has been established thanks to over 40 years of experience in providing vibration, position and speed instrumentation solutions. We are now delighted to confirm the expansion of our service offerings supported by important investment which […]

Making lifting equipment more affordable

Lifting equipment specialist, Konecranes, has welcomed the introduction of the tax super-deduction initiative as a massive boost for UK industry. Under the scheme, announced in the Chancellor’s March budget, companies can claim 130% capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery investments made between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023. This upfront super-deduction will allow […]


The innovative design features and benefits of a robust pressure sensor have been recognised with the Innovations Showcase Award which was recommended by a panel of experts at the recent Process Expo event in Chicago. The award, within the Dairy Product category, was given to sensing and instrumentation specialists BAUMER for their PP20H pressure sensor.  […]

Keeping A Cool Head With Data Storage

Titan Enterprises’ reliable flow monitoring of refrigerant liquids using its 900 and 1000 series turbine flow sensor devices helps keep data storage cool. A leading manufacturer and supplier of precision cold liquid flow-measurement devices, Titan’s standard and OEM custom flowmeter designs meet the demands of specialist coolant flow applications, where reliable and effective cooling arrangements […]