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Dual-wing design provides another way to generate power from wind
22 July 2014

With the DualWingGenerator, as part of the Bionic Learning Network, Festo has developed an extraordinary technology platform that uses two pairs of horizontally arranged wings instead of rotor blades to generate power. Thanks to its intelligent control technology, the self-optimizing system can adapt itself to different wind conditions and, in terms of its efficiency, is

Windpower Engineering & Development

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New Compact 7-inch Panel PCs from Beckhoff
21 July 2014

To best serve the HMI hardware needs of cost-sensitive machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new CP6606-0001-0020 “Economy” Panel PC. The CP6606 combines a full color 7-inch TFT touch screen display (800 x 480 WVGA), 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, and 1 GB DDR3 RAM ̶ offering an all-in-one HMI and

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New 2756 MHz VCO from Crystek
21 July 2014

Crystek’s CVCO55CC-2756-2756 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2756 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -116 dBc/Hz @...

Power Electronic Tips

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Cicoil Receives Prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award
21 July 2014

For the second time in 4 years, Cicoil has been awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense System’s (IDS) prestigious 5-Star Supplier Excellence Award. Cicoil received the award from Raytheon IDS...

Design World

“Measurement Automation Trends” at IMTS
21 July 2014

Hexagon Metrology announced it will highlight measurement automation trends at the 2014 IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) Conference Sessions. Scott Everling, a senior consultant from Hexagon Metrology’s Custom Solutions Group, will share his expertise on the topic “Measurement Systems to Optimize Automation Processes,” on Tuesday, September 9, from 1:15 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. in Room

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Pilz safety gate system PSENsgate
18 July 2014

PSENsgate from Pilz offers safety gate monitoring with safe guard locking for protection of personnel and plant to the highest category PL e in one system. Benefit from high flexibility – a number of new system variants with optional control elements such as pushbuttons, key switches, illuminated buttons, section stop or functions such as emergency

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More Choices for Cleanrooms
18 July 2014

Makers and users of semiconductor equipment are always trying to pack more capabilities into less space. Fabs are expensive and users want to use every square foot to...

Design World

Danfoss Technology Theater Takes Training on the Road
18 July 2014

The latest “road show” sessions in Danfoss’ Technology Theater provided small-group training for HVACR contractors and technicians, consulting-specifying engineers, and students on high-efficiency technologies for commercial air-conditioning and refrigeration, including thermostatic and electronic expansion valves, pressure and temperature controls, and variable speed compressors. The one-day sessions, hosted by Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and

Design World

Mitsubishi’s PowerGate 66 / IP66 NEMA 4 Decentralized Drive
18 July 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. enters the decentralized drive market with the introduction of the PowerGate 66 IP66 / NEMA 4 variable frequency drive (VFD). The stand-alone VFD is an engineered solution incorporating a version of the Mitsubishi Electric E700 VFD into a custom made NEMA 4 (water resistant) enclosure for use in harsh environments. The

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Liquid Silicone Rubber Thin Walled Diaphragms for Healthcare Applications
18 July 2014

Thin-walled diaphragms for medical devices require high strength and flexibility. To achieve these features, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics utilizes its 60 years of experience and advanced capabilities to custom design and injection mold liquid silicone rubber (LSR) thin walled diaphragms for demanding medical device applications. Utilizing these LSR processes, design function and cost efficiency is

Design World

AutomationDirect adds compact modular valves to pneumatics line
18 July 2014

AutomationDirect’s NITRA® line of pneumatics products now includes compact modular valves which provide versatility and easy assembly. The compact modular valves are designed for performance, flexibility and modularity...

Pneumatic Tips

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Robust Metal Pushbutton Switch with Ceramic Actuator Surface
18 July 2014

SCHURTER is expanding its MSM family of ceramic pushbutton switches with an additional version that features latching action: the MSM LA CS. The biocompatible ON/OFF metal switch can be backlit across the entire surface, making it both visually attractive and highly durable. The new MSM LA CS ON/OFF switch is equipped with stainless steel housing

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Yaskawa Acquires Solectria Renewables, LLC
18 July 2014

Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Solectria Renewables, LLC announced that the companies have reached a definitive agreement whereby Yaskawa Electric will acquire Solectria Renewables through its US subsidiary, Yaskawa America Inc. Solectria Renewables will continue to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. Headquartered in Lawrence, MA, Solectria manufactures high performance photovoltaic (PV) inverters for the residential,

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Alicat Releases Rechargeable Portable Mass Flow Meters
18 July 2014

Alicat Scientific, Inc., releases its new rechargeable portable gas mass flow meters. With 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy, these handheld meters bring laboratory-class accuracy to field flow verification and validation applications in the environmental, manufacturing and metrology industries. Alicat’s rechargeable portable flow meters provide fast flow

Design World

NSK Releases 2013 Sustainability Achievements
18 July 2014

NSK Americas (NSK) has released its 2013 sustainability achievements, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection. The year’s accomplishments show that NSK saved: 39,200 trees – equivalent to 485,688,000 sheets of newspaper 1,028,000 gallons of oil – enough to heat 6,456 homes for a year 15,556,000 gallons of water – enough to meet the

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Increase Machine Control, Motion Capabilities, and EtherCAT System Support
17 July 2014

Kollmorgen introduces Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ (KAS) software version 2.8 and AKD servo drive platform firmware version 1.12. The additions include a new higher performance version of the AKD® PDMM, enhancements to the coordinated motion programming blocks and additions to the EtherCAT configuration tool. This enables OEM’s who utilize Kollmorgen’s automation and drive systems to deliver

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Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions Now Available
17 July 2014

A new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin Company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and rotating equipment including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches. While rotating unions are used to convey virtually all types of liquid or

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Yokogawa Obtains ISASecure® EDSA Certification for CENTUM®
17 July 2014

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its CENTUM® VP production control system has obtained the ISASecure® Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification from the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI)...

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Brochure Highlights Open Gearing Engineering Capabilities
17 July 2014

The new brochure provides an overview of Boston Gear’s open gearing design and engineering capabilities. A wide array of gearing solutions are available including spur gears, worm and...

Motion Control Tips

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Acro® Associates Extends its Pinch Valve Product Line with Versagrip®
17 July 2014

Acro® Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba Manufacturing, announces the launch of Versagrip® Solenoid Pinch Valves, a next generation solenoid (electric) product line designed to provide greater flexibility for a wide array of fluidic control system applications. Versagrip Solenoid Pinch Valves join the Acro family of pinch valves, which include pneumatic pinch valves

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