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Test & Measurement Handbook 2017
21 June 2017

SEEN A GHOST? BLAME ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS WE’D like to think that the average viewer who tunes into a TV show on the SciFy channel called Ghost Hunters might get a laugh out watching investigators prowl around places that are reported to be haunted. But the show participants seem to be completely serious and unconcerned about

ATLANTA Drive Systems Introduces New Economy Planetary Reducers
21 June 2017

ATLANTA Drive Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce a new range of Economy Planetary Reducers, offering good performance with an economical price level. Design features include standard low backlash, high power density, smooth operation and mounting to most servo motors (IEC, NEMA). They are available in four sizes with reduction ratios from 5:1 to 70:1

Understand Quality Validations for Injection Molded Components
21 June 2017

When working to validate injection molded components, it is essential to understand how your supplier will address how they can assist you with validation activities by sharing their expertise, experience and previous validation processes. Your company 510K application is a pre-market submission made to the FDA. This is done to demonstrate a device is safe,

Rockwell Automation Delivers New Tools for Instant Device Analytics and Plant-Floor Collaboration
12 June 2017

  Smart devices have created connections across industrial operations with the potential to empower plant or distributed workers. For many producers going through a digital transformation, these modern tools can take too long to deploy, with too much investment required to decipher and deliver relevant data to the right employees. Rockwell Automation is enabling teams

Touchless gesture controls and Ultrahaptics technology (Video on how they work)
12 June 2017

In a recent video with Paul Heney, we touched on touchless gesture controls — haptic technology that lets machine builders and other engineers incorporate mid-air controls enhanced by tactile feedback. The hardware and software can be embedded into machine builds and consumer designs large and small. Our sister publication EE World covered the technology late last year (with

Webinar: Advancements in Integrated Motor Screw Technology – June 27th
09 June 2017

Join us for a free, live webinar on Tuesday, June 27th at 2pm EST with PBC Linear.     Today’s Linear Motion Applications are requiring significant advances in dynamic performance – including speed, accuracy, and velocity smoothness.  This all must be achieved while satisfying the market demands for enhanced reliability, reduced size, and lower cost. 

Eaton Heavy Duty Safety Switches Provide Enhanced Safety and Reliability with Integrated Surge Protection
31 May 2017

Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of its heavy duty safety switches with surge protection, the latest in its expanding portfolio of switching devices. Combining Eaton’s heavy duty safety switches with integrated surge protective devices (SPD) courtesy of the Eaton SP1 and CVX series, this packaged solution provides contractors and end users with

Acopian Power Supplies Named a 2017 Raytheon Supplier Excellence Program Award Winner
31 May 2017

Acopian Power Supplies modified-standard and custom power supplies, today announced that it has received the 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award for 2017 from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. Of Raytheon’s more than 3,500 supplier partners participating in the annual event, only 84 were granted 4-Star honors for outstanding performance.  The award was presented at Raytheon’s

Do engineers deserve the blame for big mistakes in big projects?
31 May 2017

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler Governments today struggle with budgetary overruns and deficits, and the resultant wrangling has put what might be called megaprojects in the spotlight: Big bridges, high-speed rail lines, and new fighter jets that are all large-scale, complicated undertakings typically having price tags in the billions. Of course,

Proportional directional spool valves Tech Tips
10 May 2017

Download Hawe Ebook Proportional directional spool valves are a type of directional valve. They control the direction of movement and the velocity of individual or multiple hydraulic consumers actuated simultaneously. Control is independent of the load and continuous.

Rittal Systems Canada recognized as a Great Place to Work®
08 May 2017

Thinking out of the Box has landed the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer in this prestigious list of Best Places to Work in Canada! Rittal Systems Ltd. is being recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in Canada. This list, and related stories, appeared in a special national report on Thursday April 27, 2017 in

Microsoft contributing Open-Source OPC UA stack
08 May 2017

The OPC Foundation has announced an open-source implementation of the OPC UA technology, available on GitHub to truly enable the OPC community successful adoption of OPC UA across all markets and all platforms. OPC UA is the set of standards for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for moving information from the embedded world to the

JK Tool’s new custom designed facility
01 May 2017

JK Tool Inc., a designer and manufacturer of progressive stamping tools, precision machined components and custom assemblies recently moved into a brand new custom designed facility in New Kensington, PA. The new facility located in New Kensington, PA is 18,000 square-feet and is part of the Westmoreland Business & Research Park. This new facility offers

Motion System Trends Issue: 2017 Trends in Motion + More
01 May 2017

In this issue: 06 No respect for manufacturing jobs 26 Ballscrews 50 Clutches & Brakes 86 Linear Guides Rails, Slides & Systems     2017 TRENDS IN MOTION – Thank you, Online Shoppers. DO YOU regularly get packages on your doorstep crisscrossed in a telltale black tape that doubles as a harbinger of satisfaction derived

Internet of Things Handbook Issue: How Mr. Robot hacked the IoT + more
01 May 2017

In this issue: 02 Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. 16 Who is after big data? 23 The new face of machinery 35 Thwarting hackers on the IoT   Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. Many of the applications envisioned as part of the internet of things

Tolomatic food-grade servo actuator designed for food and beverage processing
19 April 2017

  New options provide superior actuator protection in sanitary washdown environments. The Tolomatic IMA electric linear actuator, the company’s most powerful integrated servo motor rod actuator, is now available with a food-grade white epoxy coating and stainless steel components for washdown applications in the food and beverage industry. The compact, durable IMA actuator series integrates

ELEXCON Announces the 2017 Design & Innovation Forums Highlighted By Global Growth Markets
19 April 2017

The high-profile Chinese electronics exhibition, ELEXCON, will once again be held in the global electronics industry hub – Shenzhen from December 21 – 23, 2017. Combined with the 6th annual Embedded Expo, Elexcon 2017 will host 800 global suppliers and more than 50,000 industry professionals in nearly 60,000 square meters of display area. Dedicated to

Model Solution Establishes New Innovative Technique for Molding Flexible PCBs
19 April 2017

Model Solution (LRD: London) has created a one-of-a-kind manufacturing solution for a company trying to validate the mass production potential of its unique wearable device design. The Myo armband from Thalmic offers touch-free control of technology with hand gestures and motion. Via a wearable presentation remote, the Myo gesture control armband reads a user’s muscle

No respect for manufacturing jobs
11 April 2017

Lee Teschler @dw_leeteschler You would have had to live under a rock for the past year to not hear the political posturing about U.S. manufacturing jobs. The President has promised to bring back. manufacturing jobs. Candidate Clinton had a “Make it in America” plan with effectively the same aim. The campaign rhetoric might lead you

NIBA and PTDA address FAQ’s on upcoming joint industry summit
10 April 2017

Planning is well under way for the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit, September 27-30, 2017, at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, for top executives and those who aspire to leadership among distributors and manufacturers in the belting and power transmission/motion control industries. The one-time, combined meeting presents an opportunity for cross-channel/cross-industry networking and collaboration