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More secure data transfer in moving applications for Industry 4.0
21 May 2015

For the factory of the future to work, a real-time communication of machines with each other at all levels must be guaranteed. To ensure that all stations can exchange their data with each other, Ethernet cables will be increasingly used in factories. Not just on stationary, but also specifically in moving equipment. For this reason,

The 1,500 euro robot
21 May 2015

Last year, igus presented its new robolink D product range. In this system, a robolink articulated arm is driven directly by a motor that is attached to the axis. During this process, robolink D uses a lubrication-free igus PRT polymer slewing ring bearing, which is installed in plastic housing. This bearing is now also available

Miniature proportional valves
21 May 2015

Enfield Technologies introduces the new PFV family of Enfield 2/2 proportional valves for variable liquid and gas flow. Some key differentiating features are: Low hysteresis (±5%) Consistent opening voltage/current from valve-to-valve (each valve is calibrated and “locked-in”) Submersible/Wash-down – Check out the video below for two valves in a fish tank! Stainless Steel and Viton–Wetted path

Motion controller makes short work of PCB rework
19 May 2015

Edited by: Mike Santora • Contributing Editor As a manufacturer of flexible machines for high-quality Printed Circuit Board (PCB) rework/repair, Air-Vac has addressed the issue of adhering to the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative 2013 Technology Roadmap requiring lead-free rework of plated-through-hole (PTH) components on large, high thermal mass assemblies. The company’s PCBRM100 was specifically designed

Giving ironless dc motors a spin
19 May 2015

Edited by: Mike Santora • Contributing Editor Whether it’s Zeppelin, Sam Cooke or The Smiths, most audiophiles agree that music sounds better on vinyl. But most also agree that motor noise, speed control and tone arm tracking can have a huge impact on turntable audio performance. These were the concerns of Expressimo Audio when they

System controller for large AGV systems
18 May 2015

Large-system Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) applications need a system controller that can handle the complexity of large warehouse layouts, varying load size/weight and complicated material flows. The Kollmorgen NDC8: Version 2.6 manages all these variables quickly and precisely, while allowing AGV suppliers to use a single system and skill set. The controller is an application-independent

Webinar: EtherCAT as a Master Machine Control Tool
15 May 2015

Live webinar is Wednesday, June 10 at 2 PM Eastern.  There is an increasing demand in the automation and motion control industries for a localized motion control solution that can coordinate motion between multiple remote components. Previously, field bus protocols such as Modbus or Ethernet/IP have been implemented to address this demand. Although successful in

Gallery: Sites at Unmanned Systems 2015
11 May 2015

Unmanned Systems 2015 was billed as the place to see a comprehensive collection of unmanned systems for every domain -— air, ground and maritime. This year, 600+ exhibitors crammed into the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and strutted their stuff to more than 8,000 attendees. Here’s a few of the interesting technological developments on

Webinar: What’s the best way to finish your 3D printed part?
08 May 2015

Live webinar is May 28 at 2 PM Eastern.  Today, no 3D printer, no matter what size, style or resolution, can produce objects with the same level of surface quality as traditional manufacturing methods. But there are steps you can take that will make your 3D printed object look and even feel as though it

Industrial Ethernet and the Internet of Things
07 May 2015

by Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Perhaps the best way for components targeted at industrial applications to connect to the Internet is to do so through Industrial Ethernet. The number and range of products that are Ethernet and Internet ready continues to expand. Customers are indicating that the latest tool in competitive advantage will be use

DEUBLIN electrical slip rings meet demanding design challenges
06 May 2015

In response to demands for longer, uninterrupted service life, DEUBLIN Company manufactures a complete line of electrical slip ring systems. Slip rings are used in many industrial applications such as wind turbines, tooling machines, plastic molding machines, propulsion centrifuges, winding machines, milling machines, directional drilling machines, handling machines, pick-and-place machines, turntables, and robotics. DEUBLIN slip

Advanced networks make pinball games pop!
06 May 2015

by Paul Mandeltort, Director, Parts and Accessories, Stern Pinball, Inc. Traditional pinball machines are using industrial sensor buses to bring body table games into the 21st century. Suppose you traveled back to the year 1982, found a pinball technician at a bustling arcade, and showed him/her a 2015-era pinball machine. The technician would recognize a

Sealevel Systems and ADLINK announce partnership
06 May 2015

Sealevel Systems, Inc. and ADLINK Technology, a global provider of cloud-based services, intelligent gateways, and embedded building blocks for edge devices that enable the Internet of Things (IoT), announced a partnership designed to provide industry-leading computing and I/O solutions for OEMs using ADLINK’s computer-on-module (COM) and Sealevel’s custom carrier board technology. The agreement comes as

Lowest Profile Explosion Proof Encoder Saves Space and Cuts Costs
30 April 2015

The new explosion proof and flameproof Model LP35 from BEI Sensors is the first low profile hollow shaft encoder that features a slim 2.01 inch profile and is designed to meet UL, ATEX, and IECEx standards allowing for operation directly in Division 1, Zone 1 environments. Many oil and gas applications are subjected to extreme

Leak-tight radial shaft seal for roller bearings in steel plants
30 April 2015

Radial shaft seals for roller bearings in steel plants, for example those used for work rolls, are replaced after 8,000 operating hours, at the longest. Until then, they are expected to function smoothly and reliably under harsh conditions and at high temperatures. They are also expected to protect the bearing internally against excessive water penetration,

Latest design and manufacturing capabilities
28 April 2015

From Prototype to Production, CGI enables design excellence across a wide range of industrial applications. We thrive on customer driven innovation and want to become your design and manufacturing partner to help differentiate your product or innovation. Our design engineering team utilizes the latest software and technology to ensure that we are using the best

Bal Seal to launch high force spring for oilfield connecting
27 April 2015

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. has announced plans to launch the Enforcer™ high force canted coil spring, a mechanical fastening component that gives oil and gas equipment designers the ability to mate critical parts with precisely controllable insertion and removal forces — from 500 to more than 10,000 lb — over multiple service cycles. Bal Seal

Bison expands hypoid gearmotor line with PowerSTAR flange mount gearmotor
27 April 2015

Bison Gear and Engineering is further expanding their PowerSTAR hypoid gearmotor product line this year. The first new addition to be launched is the PowerSTAR 725 Flange Mount Gearmotor. This new gearmotor boasts the same performance and energy efficiency advantages as the current PowerSTAR line, but it also features an alternate mounting capability, making it

Isolation system manages cargo kinetic energy
25 April 2015

Norwegian oil company Statoil’s Gudrun Platform operates in the North Sea’s Gudrun field. The platform operates cranes for around-the-clock cargo handling. As crane operators hoist supplies from ships to the platform, containers (some weighing as much as 8,000 kg) can move toward the Gudron Platform at 3 m/sec. “Moving equipment from a supply ship onto

Turn live-roller conveyors into energy efficient units
22 April 2015

“Live-roller conveyor is old technology with many weaknesses compared to recent advances in plastic chain and belt,” said Mike Suter, VP for Regal Power Transmission Solutions. “Live-roller is noisy with pinch points from day one, and gradually turns into a downtime and maintenance problem with dead zones, belt wear, tracking and replacement, and complex snub