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What motor manufacturers must do for robot makers and users
13 April 2015

By Jeff Nazzaro Gearhead and Motor Product Manager Parker Hannifin Corp. Electromechanical Automation, NA Robotics represents different things to different industries. When it comes to propulsion, arm joint manipulation, turret rotation, and so on, many robotic manufacturers benefit from using frameless versus housed motors. The benefit comes from the options made possible by incorporating motors

TE Connectivity plant wins environmental steward award
13 April 2015

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recognized the TE Connectivity Pegg Road plant in Greensboro as a 2014 Environmental Steward, one of only 21 facilities in North Carolina to earn the coveted award for a commitment to superior environmental performance. “Companies like TE Connectivity show that economic success and environmental stewardship can

Optimizing built-in tire pressure monitoring sensors
13 April 2015

Miniature sensors that regulate automobile performance are designed in a very particular way to operate properly while housed directly on moving automobile tires. They need to have the sensitivity to pick up measurements while in motion and the durability to withstand the elements. Tire pressure is the unsung hero of automobile performance. When inflated to

Clamp-Rite introduces stainless steel toggle clamps built for corrosive environments
09 April 2015

Clamp-Rite is expanding its line of manual toggle clamps to include new models made of stainless steel. The new stainless steel clamps resist corrosion and heat, providing an economical Clamp-Rite workholding solution for OEMs and end-users in a broad range of industries. “There are many applications that demand a clamp that is more robust than

Optimization for today’s conveyors
09 April 2015

Production demands are driving the conveying industry to manufacture more creative and smart conveyor systems. Modern day conveyors are built with versatility, allowing them to enhance existing infrastructures or support entirely new work spaces. These conveyor systems have evolved to fit the needs of fast-paced specialized industries. Your bottom line is directly affected by the

J.W. Winco stainless steel clamping levers are torque-free
03 April 2015

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 927.5 Stainless Steel Clamping Levers with Eccentrical Cam, with Plastic Contact Plate, Tapped Type, in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant clamping levers are used for rapid clamping and releasing operations. In contrast to a clamping operation utilizing only threads

Magnetic safety switches provide contactless safety monitoring of machine doors
03 April 2015

Wieland Electric Inc., a manufacturer of innovative electrical interconnect technology, has enhanced its proven noncontact magnetic safety switches with integrated LED technology, providing machine operators with an immediate indication of a safety door’s interlock status to reduce the incidence of unscheduled equipment downtime. The tamperproof interlock switches are rated for safety applications up to PL

Direct drive combines linear and rotary motions
02 April 2015

by Ernst Blumer, LinMot & MagSpring Linear-rotary motors provide users with greater on-the-fly process flexibility. Linear-rotary motions are required in many machine applications, such as carton closing or...

Linear Motion Tips

What’s More Difficult to Source & Build: Toys or High-Tech Devices?
02 April 2015

Article written by Jack Daniels, East Bridge Engineering  We were recently approached by a new customer who asked for assistance with qualifying suppliers of toys, some designed from scratch, some modified standard products an then guiding the build cycle. Knowing that we source many high tech products, he asked if EastBridge was interested in supporting their offshore

Groov now has event notification and lower-cost options
01 April 2015

groov 3.0 adds event-based email notifications to groov and a mobile operator interface system that connects machines, equipment, and control systems with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Now, industrial automation end-users, system integrators, machine OEMs, or any authorized person can receive immediate email messages when a connected machine or system needs attention. groov is

14 Reasons Why Optical LSR is Good for Lighting Applications
31 March 2015

The history of plastic is all about replacing other materials, beginning with ivory and tortoiseshell back in the late 19th century. Today, as LEDs increasingly supplant metal filaments in light bulbs, optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) — in addition to plastics like polycarbonate and acrylic resins — is replacing glass in many optical applications including

Low-alloy steel to metal injection molding
30 March 2015

Product designers and engineers can now get injection-molded low-alloy steel prototypes and low-volume production parts at rapid manufacturer Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE: PRLB). The technology-driven company has added two nickel steel materials (Catamold FN02 and FN0205) and a chrome-moly material (Catamold 42CrMo4) that is the metal injection molding (MIM) equivalent of 4140 steel. The new

How to reduce energy use of conveyor systems
27 March 2015

Conveyors make up a significant part of most assembly and automation systems, not only in size, but also in terms of energy consumption. Think about it – they often...

Linear Motion Tips

New R+W safety coupling handbook now includes the heavy-duty ST series
27 March 2015

Coupling Tips

R+W Coupling Technology has released a new and updated version of its “Safety and Overload Couplings” educational handbook, which now includes the heavy-duty ST torque limiter series. These...

What is laser melting?
27 March 2015

Laser melting is an additive manufacturing method that uses a laser to heat a material into a fully melted liquid form. This is essentially the same process used...

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Plug & Play 5 and 6 port gigabit switches
27 March 2015

Antaira Technologies, a developer and supplier of industrial device networking and communication equipment for harsh environmental applications, announces its expansion in the industrial gigabit networking infrastructure family with the LNX-0501G-SFP and LNX-0601G-SFP series. Antaira Technologies’ LNX-0501G-SFP series is a 5-port industrial gigabit unmanaged Ethernet switch, with 4*RJ45 10/100/1000Tx and 1*dual rate 100/1000 SFP slot. The

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Miki Pulley introduces its Jaw Type shaft coupling to the U.S. market
27 March 2015

Coupling Tips

Miki Pulley is introducing its Jaw Type, High RPM coupling for direct sale to OEM’s in North America. This ALS-SGN model handles speeds to 22,000 RPM. Designed for...

Littelfuse adds ESD suppression selection tool
26 March 2015

Littelfuse, Inc. has expanded the range of circuit protection devices included in the Littelfuse iDesign™ online simulation and product selection tool. First introduced in April 2014, this robust web-based tool now includes an ESD selection tool that helps circuit designers choose from the company’s growing line of TVS Diode Arrays (SPA® silicon protection arrays). These

Five technologies that help manage the madness of college basketball tourney season
26 March 2015

It’s that time of year again; the sanity slippage of the college hoops tournament season is upon us. LORD Corporation has unveiled five ways it is helping manage the “madness” of college basketball in March. From coatings and adhesives that ensure safe passage for team buses and planes, to components in arena light fixtures and bulbs that

Festo unveils its latest bio-creations
25 March 2015

I’ve written extensively in the past about how German-based Festo AG’s Bionic Learning Network has developed some stunning robots based on nature. From elephants to kangaroos and birds...

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