ELTRA News – May 2019



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Encoders for dynamic voltages

These days, encoders must be ready for anything. In every production sector, and every operating environment, automation requires utmost efficiency and reliability from these small but fundamental devices. In particular, certain applications can have wide voltage ranges. This is why we are extending the operating range of many of our models from 4.5 right up to 30V! 

In this way, our encoders become even more versatile, guaranteeing reduced consumptions, integrating short circuit and polarity inversion protections, gaining extended temperature use ranges and incorporating single-ended primary-inductor (SEPIC) DC-DC converters, which allow for different output and input voltages.
We have also thought of a series of product codes to make it easy to immediately identify encoders with extended voltage ranges: 5/28 or 5/30, depending on the model.




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An algorithm for firing staff

Not only is work increasingly automated, but also its monitoring. Indeed, special software is more and more commonly used to measure the productivity of operators against pre-set standards. The next step seems to have become reality: the results obtained from monitoring software can also lead to the firing of employees.

The first company to start something like this was Amazon, the global e-commerce giant and a pioneer in the automation of business processes. According to the magazine The Verge, 300 sorting and packaging department employees have already been terminated at its Baltimore facility for not having achieved productivity benchmarks. Their activities were constantly monitored, not only in terms of the number of items processed, but also in relation to the duration of coffee and toilet breaks, with software then automatically labelling them as ‘fireable’. Is this progress towards ever greater efficiency, or a worrying dehumanization of work?

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