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2015 Motion Systems Handbook
31 August 2015

Happy Five-Year Anniversary, Motion Handbook Welcome to the fifth edition of Design World’s annual motion control compendium. Observant readers will notice a slight change to this year’s handbook. In years past, it was called the Motion Control Handbook. This year we’ve changed the name to the Motion Systems Handbook. Why the change? For one, we

Renishaw Inc. appoints MillenniTEK as U.S. reseller of vacuum casting systems and consumables
28 August 2015

Renishaw Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Renishaw plc, has appointed MillenniTEK of Knoxville, Tennessee, as its reselling partner for vacuum casting consumables and systems in the U.S. MillenniTEK will offer the full range of Renishaw vacuum casting systems, material and consumables along with service and installation. “MillenniTEK’s expertise in the manufacture of high-quality, high-tolerance ceramic

Rogers Corporation to have significant presence at European Microwave Week 2015
28 August 2015

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) will be a major participant in the conference and product exhibition segments of Europe’s largest trade show devoted to RF/microwave technology and applications– European Microwave Week 2015 (EuMW 2015) (www.eumweek.com). Scheduled for September 6-11, 2015 at the Palais des Congres, Paris, France, EuMW 2015 includes the 45th European Microwave Conference, the 10th

Boker’s adds 745 new sizes to comprehensive washer offering
18 August 2015

Boker’s, Inc. has added 745 new flat washer sizes to its extensive offering. These additions expand its production capacity for a wide range of applications and industries. With the addition of new sizes, Boker’s now offers an expansive line of over 28,000 non-standard washer and spacer sizes with no tooling charge. “Boker’s prides itself on

Kenesto introduces new enhancements to Kenesto Drive: the virtual LAN Drive in the cloud
18 August 2015

Kenesto Corp announces the enhancement of Kenesto Drive to include features traditionally only available through physical LAN mounted drives and Product Data Management (PDM) systems. These new features include the automatic locking of documents. For example, when a file from Kenesto Drive is opened for editing in Windows desktop, Kenesto Drive automatically locks it globally

KUKA Aerospace wins Siemens Excellence Award
18 August 2015

KUKA Aerospace Group’s achievements in developing sophisticated control systems for the automated technologies to be used in assembling future Boeing 777s and 777X widebody aircraft have earned the company a 2015 Customer Excellence Award from Siemens. The award, presented at the recent Siemens Automation Summit in Las Vegas, recognizes KUKA’s innovations using Siemens Digital Factory

AutomationDirect expands interlocking safety switch offering
14 August 2015

AutomationDirect’s safety products offering includes additional interlocking safety switches. IDEM’s INCH and MK1 series of miniature tongue interlock safety switches are designed to fit leading edge, hinged or lift-off machine guards; available shaft hinge interlock switches are designed to fit edge-hinged gates. With a very compact 16.5mm to 18mm or 16.5mm to 22mm mounting profile,

GE Rugged proves itself in space
14 August 2015

GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms  business announced that its CR11 single board computer (SBC) has been successfully deployed and is fully operational  onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the continuing experiments by the European Space Agency (ESA) taking place way above the earth. The CR11 is at the heart of the supporting

New PEM VariMount fastening system
14 August 2015

The new PEM® VariMount™ fastening system (Type VM) from PennEngineering® utilizes proven self-clinching technology paired with a round steel or stainless steel base plate to offer a clean and ready-made assembly for mounting into any rigid material or panel, including composites, plastics, and metals.  Multiple radial holes in the base plate and a generous footprint

Contactors handle 4 kA in-rush, 600 A continuous
06 August 2015

TE Connectivity (TE) announces its new KILOVAC KHR500 (Bubba II) high-voltage, high-rupture, 600 AMP contactor that is smaller, lighter, and switches significantly higher power than its predecessor, the...

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Chip inductors give low dc resistance in choke applications
06 August 2015

Developed for use in mobile devices and cellular infrastructure equipment, Coilcraft™s new 0402DF Series chip inductors offer higher inductance values and significantly lower DC resistance than other 0402-sized...

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3D-Printed Extraterrestrials
05 August 2015

By Mitch Bossart Back in 2009, scientists detected an odd-shaped rock by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s panorama camera. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) team spotted the rock,...

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POSITAL announces new programmable incremental rotary sensors
31 July 2015

POSITAL has launched a new line of incremental rotary encoders for the motion control and industrial automation markets. These devices are programmable, which means that performance characteristics such as resolution (number of pulses per turn) and incremental pulse direction (A before B or B before A) can be modified by simply changing firmware parameters. The

Proto Labs launches rapid magnesium injection molding service
31 July 2015

Proto Labs, Inc. has introduced magnesium injection molding into its current rapid manufacturing services. This advanced injection molding process enables product designers and engineers to prototype using the same materials and processes used for the final part production. In addition to prototypes, Proto Labs will offer production parts in quantities of up to 5,000+ with

Rogers Corp’s high performance foams business unit changes name to Elastomeric Material Solutions
31 July 2015

Effective today, the High Performance Foams Division of Rogers Corporation (NYSE: ROG) has officially changed its name to Elastomeric Material Solutions to better reflect the growing range of products and capabilities available to meet customer needs. “This name change is the result of productive input and dialogue with customers and employees from around the world,”

maxon DCX configure-to-order program Tech Tip
31 July 2015

Download the maxon DCX configure-to-order program Ebook 50 years of experience, nonstop innovation and superior product quality combined with outstanding customer service and sales offices in over 40 countries makes maxon motor the most reliable partner in drive technology.Your specific needs determine our way of doing business: individual, customized drive solutions are our greatest strength.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation adds option card and programming software to 800 Series VFDs
30 July 2015

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. introduces the FR-Configurator2, a new generation of variable frequency drive (VFD) programming software, plus plug-in type option cards and stand-alone accessories for its FR-A800 and FR-F800 series inverters.  These additions are designed to provide flexibility in order to maximize the inverters’ performance and application efficiency. The stand-alone and shared accessories include

FactoryMation announces addition of FMX’s new enclosure offering
30 July 2015

FactoryMation announces the recent addition of FMX’s new modular component enclosures. FMX modular component enclosures offer a versatile solution for mounting and installing industrial components. FMX modular component enclosures are designed to fit a variety of industrial control products including supplementary protectors, SG2 programmable relays, and other DIN 43 880 standard profile devices such as

Nook Industries Introduces Modular Actuator Calculator
30 July 2015

Nook Industries, a leading innovator of linear motion components and systems, has introduced an engineering calculator for modular actuators—one of the only of its kind in existence. The...

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High efficiency slim DIN Rail power supplies offer redundancy module option
29 July 2015

XP Power announced the DSA series of three ultra slim DIN rail industrial AC-DC power supplies and the complementary DSA-DP20 ORing redundancy module. The highly efficient DSA series...

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