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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

Brushless motors help keep diesel vehicles running
22 April 2015

Brushless motor dosing modules for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) used in the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) process in heavy-duty diesel engines are custom designed for both air-assisted and airless DEF systems used in trucks, busses and off-road vehicles. Integrated motion control enables exact amounts of urea to be delivered to the selective catalytic reduction system

Gearmotors safe to use around food and beverage
22 April 2015

Special greases or lubricants are needed if industrial equipment could incidentally contact food at any point in a food and beverage application. H1 grease is a food-grade lubricant used in food processing environments and as part of the Class H1 lubricants, is approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and may be used on

Webinar: Innovate in new and exciting optical sensing applications in industrial markets with award-winning DLP® technology
21 April 2015

The live webinar will be May 12 at 2 PM Eastern.  This webinar gives an overview of many new industrial applications enabled by award-winning DLP ® technology across industrial and factory automation applications. DLP technology is a high-value TI content in a given system and has strong pull-through impact for rest of the electronics –

Webinar: Overcoming software development challenges by using an integrated software framework
21 April 2015

Live webinar is Wednesday, May 13 at 2 PM Eastern.  With ever increasing Connectivity options, Security Protocols and Sophisticated Human Interfaces, Software and AP developers find themselves caught more deeply in the dichotomy of dealing with increasing complexity of designs and shrinking timelines. Resource constraints and constantly evolving software landscape provide challenges to software Integration

Robot keeps operators safe in medical manufacturing
20 April 2015

Recently, a prominent medical device manufacturer was looking for a way to reduce labor and increase safety in a potentially hazardous environment. Wire-shaping fixtures must go into heat-treat furnaces as part of the manufacturing process. However, there’s risk for human operators if they are required to handle this task. A robotic material handling system from

Preconfigured conveyors for faster design
17 April 2015

A conveyor system is only as good as the motor and controls that power it—which is why Dorner has revamped its Motors and Controls offering to support a variety of technologies to cover all applications. Many industrial and sanitary conveyors require fixed speed, variable speed or indexing motor and controls product. Some systems combine all

Webinar: Selecting the Right Gear Coupling for your Application
16 April 2015

Live webinar is April 29 at 2 PM Eastern This webinar will place the spotlight on gear couplings with a focus on factors to consider when making a coupling selection for your application. Topics covered will include basic sizing, application criteria, coupling design features and the variety of coupling types available. Register for this webinar

Webinar: Best Practices on Driving Design Decisions with Simulation
16 April 2015

Live webinar is April 28 at 2 PM Eastern.  This webinar will provide guidance to attendees on how to drive more engineering decisions using simulation tools. Today, there are lots of different options. You can provide automation tools to simulation analysts to improve their productivity or you could provide CAD-embedded simulation tools to engineers for

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...

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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