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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...

Linear Motion Tips

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...

Power Electronic Tips

B&R streamlines IP69K connectivity
29 July 2015

Stainless steel motors from B&R meet strict hygienic design standards and are now easier than ever to use. Employing a special connector, the motor can be connected and disconnected in the field. This connector meets the same strict hygienic design standards as the previous variant with a fixed mounted cable. The new connector technology makes

New mounting plate kits for METCASE rack mount enclosures
27 July 2015

Mounting plate kits are now available for METCASE’s bestselling COMBIMET range of 19″ rack mount enclosures. COMBIMET is a high quality range of vented, unvented and open rack cases for networking and communications equipment, industrial computers, sound and studio systems, laboratory instruments and control technology. The new internal mounting plate kits enable multiple PCBS to

Exlar Corporation earns Governor’s Safety Award
24 July 2015

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced that its Exlar business located in Chanhassen, MN will be recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Minnesota Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on Thursday, May 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Exlar is one of 267 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota

Samba by Unitronics with a new 7 inch HMI panel
23 July 2015

Samba, an all-in-one, palm-size PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os, fills a growing niche – OEMs on a tight budget who need compact controllers for simple machine control, but still want the competitive advantage of an elegant, color-touch HMI panel. The first model of Samba was released last spring; a few months later, Unitronics expanded

Exlar’s Tritex II Add On instruction
23 July 2015

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced the release of the Exlar Add-On Instruction set (AOI) and the updated Expert Software to support it.  Add-On Instructions encapsulate commonly used functions and simplify the setup of external devices within the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture control platform, reducing errors and development time when configuring a device over the EtherNet/IP network. The

Simpler machine tool design
23 July 2015

A mechatronic design tool will help you size a motion system within a single platform. Finally, some companies are cooperating together to make it easier to design a whole system. Tolomatic and Rockwell Automation have announced that you will be able to specify electric rod actuators and rodless electro-mechanical actuators on Rockwell’s Motion Analyzer web-based

Custom materials for semiconductor applications
23 July 2015

Better component or easier assembly performance often requires polymers, sometimes in custom blends. This can be true when designing fluid delivery systems, as well as in many static or dynamic applications. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics molds miniature components using custom blends of PEEK, polycarbonate, polysulphone, Nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, FKM and EPDM elastomers. Many of these

KEB America’s new C6 Router
20 July 2015

KEB America, Inc. announces the release of their new C6 Router for the North American market. Scheduled to begin distribution immediately, the industrial router is the latest development to KEB’s COMBICONTROL automation line of products. When partnered with COMBIVIS Connect software the router will provide everything needed to connect remotely to machines in the field

New material for radial shaft seals increases uptime
20 July 2015

Edited by Mike Santora, Associate Editor A reduction in design elements and a new material lays the foundation for radial shaft seals for roller bearings in steel mills. This cost-effective approach is a distinct advantage for manufacturer and customer in a price-sensitive market. 8,000 hours. About a year. That’s the max before seals for work

Wireless and RF Handbook: an electronic engineering resource
17 July 2015

In this issue: • Wireless charging for your coffee maker • How to spec inductive coils • How to sniff out EMC problems • Analyzing millimeter frequencies with external harmonic mixing • Cellular amps boost mobile and M2M applications • Better materials for better antennas • Testing wireless devices for electromagnetic compatibility • Basics of

Osborn moves North American headquarters to Richmond, Ind.
16 July 2015

Osborn recently moved its North American headquarters to Richmond, Ind. In 2004, the company first opened operations in Richmond, a location which expanded several times and grew to employ more than 200 people. At its new headquarters, Osborn expects to create more than 30 new jobs. Along with its current 180,000-sq-ft Richmond facility, Osborn plans

An RSF encoder designed for machines with loose mechanical motion
15 July 2015

RSF Elektronik offers a linear motion feedback encoder system  that is specifically designed for machines with loose mechanical motion during operation.  Called the MSA 37x series, these encoders are especially well suited for motion applications such as press brake and metal forming/bending machines, or any other type of machine that have significant flexure near the

ICP builds awareness of industrial distribution careers with national audience of Gen Y ‘right fit’ individuals
15 July 2015

Who will fill the pipeline for jobs at industrial distribution (ID) companies in the years to come as Baby Boomers continue retiring in record numbers? Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) has determined those new workers will come from the Generation Y cohort (also known as Millennials) who have an aptitude for science, math and machinery, but

Hand knobs from J.W. Winco offer loss protection
10 July 2015

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 6336.13 Nylon Plastic Star Knobs with Loss Protection, Tapped Type, in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant hand knobs can be attached to a base element with the help of a ball chain or a retaining cable. Knobs are supplied

GE’s industrial software to boost efficiency across BP’s global operations
10 July 2015

GE Intelligent Platforms Software announced a new production optimization project to connect all of BP’s oil wells globally to the Industrial Internet. Using GE’s data management software, BP field engineers will gain real-time access to common machine and operational data sets across all wells, arming them with information to make better decisions to improve efficiency,