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In-Sight 7000 with Integrated Autofocus
Rough Surface Suction Cups
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piGRIP lifts a heavy garden stone


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Clayton Controls becomes Distributor for LMI Technologies  


Changing the way you experience 3D measurement for factory automation


Gocator sensorClayton Controls is now a distributor for LMI Technologies, a leading developer of 3D measurement solutions featuring the Gocator 2000 family of laser displacement sensors.  The Gocator makes 3D measurement a snap to setup and operate.


These sensors deliver flexibility, performance, and immediate value right out of the box.Every Gocator comes with a built-in web application to deliver an exceptional user experience - no additional software required. Go from the simplified connection, to configuration, to measurement within minutes! Almost immediately you will be able to measure 3D features like width, thickness, and angle in order to precisely monitor your production.


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 Gocator video


This video clip, is a live hands on demonstration of the Gocator 3D sensor.





One fieldbus network for complete machine control


EtherCAT is the fastest fieldbus network on the market that enables high performance architecture solutions. Its use of open standards and freedom of topology make it easy to implement, easy to use, and easy to maintain.


EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology)
Open Ethernet-based fieldbus standard utilizing IEEE 802.3 Ethernet components
Utilizes off-the-shelf wiring: RJ45 connectors, CAT5 cables
Real-time optimum Industrial Ethernet Protocol for controlling Servo, AC Drives and I/O.


The EtherCat Technology group is the world's largest Industrial Ethernet organization with1785 member companies, including:

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M Series Round Line Cylinder

The Superior Interchangeable round body air cylinder lines


The M Series is a stainless steel body air cylinder line that is the perfect solution for tight design 

budgets. This cylinder is reliable and is designed and built to maximize performance.

It will exceed all of your light-duty cylinder application requirements.

M Series CylindersThe M Series comes standard with a multitude of value-added features such as stainless steel piston rods, roll-formed threads at both ends of the piston rod, and pre-lubed for non-lube added service.


  • 303 stainless steel piston rods standard
  • 304 stainless steel cylinder tube
  • Aluminum head and caps
  • Twelve bore sizes - 5/16" - 3"
  • Single and double acting


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In-Sight 7000 with Integrated Autofocus
Autofocus makes using machine vision dramatically easier


The built-in autofocus capability of the In-Sight 7010 makes it ideal for production situations requiring regular part changes, or applications that require the vision system to be placed in hard-to-reach spaces where manual focus adjustment would be difficult.

IS7000 AutoFocus 

Integrated autofocus technology makes it easier to overcome inspection challenges and meet product quality goals.


Here's how:

  • Simplify the setup of inspection applications on the vision system
  • Ensure 100% inspection consistency using sharpness metrics
  • Make frequent part changes on the production line a snap
  • Deliver error-free inspections of different product sizes without having to physically manipulate the vision system

Download the Tech Note Benefits of Autofocus Technology in Smart Cameras and learn how integrated autofocus can make your production line more accurate and efficient.


New rough surface suction cup lip
Foam LipFoam suction cup handles difficult objects with ease


Piab launches a new rough surface lip for the piGRIP® suction cup platform.  The new rough surface lip (FLI-F) is ideal for handling heavy textured surfaces or objects with relief/embossing and generally very rough surfaces, such as raw wood, structured shower Plexiglas, tile, diamond plates and caps or covers for medicine containers.


It can handle up to a few millimeters in height differences with excellent sealing capability. This lip has been optimized to provide maximum grip and lifting performance on rough surfaces.  The material of the rough surface lip is a long-wearing natural foam rubber that is free from silicone.


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* Please note that not all products may be available in Northern California region, but we encourage you to inquire with us for more information