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CAR ASYST the Mobile System Solution for Vehicle Communication
06 July 2016

With CAR ASYST, Softing is presenting an innovative and universal tool for vehicle analysis. As it is used onconventional Android smartphones, users can start working with it whenever they want to wherever they happen to be. CAR ASYST has been optimized for use in the repair shop and can also be implemented in vehicle development

HMI boosts production on blown film lines
06 July 2016

When a multi-national blown film company sought to gain trackable improvements at its plant, they needed a key upgrade: an extrusion system with more flexible temperature control zones, real-time monitoring and adjustment of all machine conditions, and greater ease of use for system operators. The company looked to Massachusetts-based Hosokawa Alpine American. Alpine, a supplier

New, Square Ceramic Surface Mount Quick Acting Fuse Series
01 July 2016

Bel Fuse Inc., a global manufacturer of standard glass and ceramic cartridge fuses including axial leaded board mounted options, announced the expansion of Bel Fuse Circuit Protection square ceramic surface mount quick acting fuse series, Type 0679L. The fully automated 0679L Series will replace Bel’s Type SSQ Series, offering more competitive pricing. DigiKey ElectronicsBoth, the

Photo-etched tungsten parts excel in medical applications
30 June 2016

Photo-etched parts made from materials such as nitinol, elgiloy, titanium, and niobium find extensive use in the medical industry. Tech-Etch in Plymouth, Mass., specializes in the photo-chemical etching of tungsten. Because tungsten is extremely dense, 71% heavier than lead, it often serves in medical applications, including grids used to collimate and attenuate stray x-rays in

New 200 W (1/4 HP) & 400 W (1/2 HP) BMU Series Brushless Motor and Drive Package
25 June 2016

Our Popular Easy to Use Brushless Motor Just Received a Boost in Power and Performance Oriental Motor USA is proud to introduce our new 200 watt (1/4 HP) and 400 watt (1/2 HP) BMU Series Brushless Motor and Driver package. The new 200 W (1/4 HP) and 400 W (1/2 HP) motors join the 30

J.W. Winco Inc. offers zinc die-cast adjustable friction hinges
24 June 2016

J.W. Winco Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 437 Zinc Die-Cast Adjustable Friction Hinges. The RoHS-compliant hinge body is zinc die-cast, with either a black powder coated, textured finish or silver powder coated, textured finish. The friction cone, which is temperature resistant to 80° C, is plastic,

EXAIR’s Efficiency Lab Tests and Compares Blowoff Products
23 June 2016

EXAIRs Efficiency Lab has been designed to help companies evaluate the efficiency of their current blowoff products such as air nozzles, air knives and air guns. Companies can ship these items to EXAIR where one of our qualified engineers will perform tests using calibrated, NIST traceable testing equipment. The performance of the supplied product (air

High Precision Three-axis Gimbal Mount from OES!
10 June 2016

The high precision, AU300-XZ Motorized Three-axis Gimbal Mount from Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) features full 360O rotation of each axis. The rigid black anodized aluminum alloy frame of the three-axis gimbal mount handles loads to 10kg (22.5 lbs) and has the clearance (300 mm x 300 mm, 11.8 in. x 11.8 in.) necessary for

New line-up of Vises, Grippers, Clamps and Positioning Systems
10 June 2016

Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), a supplier of clamps, fixturing accessories, machine tool and material handling products, will showcase several new product lines in Booth W-2377 during IMTS 2016, September 12-17, 2016 McCormick Place, Chicago. Highlighting the exhibit will be its lineup of TRIMAX vises; ultra-low profile TRIGRIP carbide grippers; the APS zero-point positioning system, air assisted

The Internet of Things— it’s about security
10 June 2016

The IoT juggernaut continues: Forecasters like Gartner Research predict that the typical home will have nearly 500 networked devices by 2020 (not me; I’m still wondering why bother?). Big name companies like GE and Siemens pitch their IoT successes at various conferences. The much-hyped Internet of Things concept promises to tackle common problems: such as

New High-Precision Smart-Lock Set Saves Time, Space
28 May 2016

Ringfeder Power Transmission announces its new RfN 4001 Smart-Lock set, a flexible, economical hollow shaft connection for interlocking multiple solid shafts. With minimal installation labor required, Smart-Lock reduces spare part inventory costs up to 70 percent. This model also has indestructible, tension-optimized shrink discs for guaranteed safety. Smart-Lock provides large dimensional tolerances up to 0.2

Bull’s-Eye Levels From J.W. Winco, Inc. Have Mounting Flange
28 May 2016

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 2277 Bulls-Eye Levels with Mounting Flange, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant bull’s-eye levels are used to check the horizontal position of jigs, machines, devices, appliances, and instruments. The spirit levels are aligned in relation to the reference surface so that

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit Weidmuller’s Industry 4.0 Cockpit at Hannover Messe
26 May 2016

The U.S. was Partner Country at the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s most important trade fair focused on industrial technology. Companies from around the world exhibited their solutions for integrated industry at the Hannover Exhibition Center and had the opportunity to meet potential business partners during the week long April event. President Barack Obama had

OMEGA introduces customizable smart graphics displays
24 May 2016

The OMEGA OM-SGD Series of panel meters with bright color TFT smart graphics displays are available in three screen sizes. They offer a wide operating power supply voltage range of 4 to 30 Vdc and two alarm outputs. Waterproof NEMA 6 (IP67) versions are also available. Using the provided Simple Wizard-based configuration software, select from

High profits, sick economy
23 May 2016

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor The U.S. Treasury recently announced rules meant to curb so-called tax inversion deals. An inversion is where a U.S. company merges with a foreign firm, then locates the headquarters of the resulting entity offshore as a way to dodge U.S. corporate taxes. For example, that’s why U.S. industrial giant Eaton

Clippard NIV Series PTFE media isolation valves
20 May 2016

The Clippard NIV Series Media Isolation Valve is a solenoid-operated device that uses a flexible diaphragm to isolate the actuation mechanism from the fluid path. Media isolation valves are commonly used for a wide variety of applications, including those that require precise, repeatable dispensing of media for analytical instrumentation. All wetted areas of the valve

Beckhoff debuts EtherCAT Plug-in I/O modules with compact drive technology
10 May 2016

EJ-series EtherCAT plug-in I/O modules provide an efficient wiring solution for machines built in large and medium-sized production runs. With new EJ7xxx motion modules, space-saving compact drive technology...

Motion Control Tips

Ultrasonic Sensing for Double Layer and Splice Detection
10 May 2016

Ensuring consistent production quality can employ many different types of sensors. With the SICK UD18-2 ultrasonic sensor for double layer and splice detection, users can determine whether one,...

Sensor Tips

How do I compare air compressor efficiency?
10 May 2016

When you are purchasing a compressor, it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. You should be aware that about 80% of the lifetime cost for...

Pneumatic Tips

Leak Testing Just Got Easier
19 April 2016

EtherNet/IP™ is now a standard selectable communication option for CTS Sentinel I28, C28, and Blackbelt instruments that will reduce integration costs using standardized CIP™ programing. For CTS, EtherNet/IP provides the capability to control, configure, send, and receive messages between CTS Sentinel test instruments and Allen-Bradley PLC’s. EtherNet/IP is a Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) utilizing an