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Siemens Releases Parasolid v27.1
17 December 2014

Today Siemens PLM announces the release of v27.1 of its Parasolid 3D solid modeling kernel. Parasolid is the foundation of Siemens PLM’s NX and Solid Edge products and is also licensed to many independent software vendors (ISVs) who develop hundreds of Parasolid-based applications in the product design and analysis market space. Parasolid v27.1 delivers numerous […]

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NFPA report shows 3.4% increase in fluid power shipments in October
17 December 2014

The latest data published by the National Fluid Power Association shows industry shipments of fluid power products for October 2014 increased 5.0% compared to October 2013, and increased...

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3D printing prosthetics; not just for humans
17 December 2014

If you have not already seen this video of Derby the dog and how 3D printing helped him run, you must see it.  Yes it’s a heart-warming story,...

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Ultrasonic welding joins dissimilar plastics for medical applications
17 December 2014

Often in medical part production, different materials have to be joined, like amorphous polystyrol (PS) and semi-crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (PET), such as in a dental applicator for treating caries at an early stage. Ultrasonic welding produces a controlled melt for a tight bond with minimal thermal load. The key to success is the variable programming

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Modular encoder to enable angle measurement on large axes
17 December 2014

RSF Elektronik unveils the MSR 40 modular rotary position feedback system to machine designers who want a quick way to measure angle on larger rotary axes. Common applications for the MSR 40 include medical technology, general automation, textiles, and auxiliary axes in machine tool and metrology. The MSR 40 optical kit style encoder provides a

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EZ-LIGHT® K90 series provides bright, uniform lighting
16 December 2014

Banner Engineering introduces its EZ-LIGHT® K90 Series multicolor indicator lights. Featuring a large, 90-mm indicator housing, the K90 Series delivers extremely bright and uniform illumination from all directions and at longer distances, while a highly visible illuminated dome ensures easy-to-see operator guidance. The K90 Series indicators provide enhanced flexibility with up to five colors—green, red,

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10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Engineers
16 December 2014

We all know that engineers are a special breed of people, and as such, they need special gifts. Though many of you reading this post probably are engineers, share this list with your loved ones, who let’s face it, don’t get you and your left-brained nature. You love gifts that make you think, that challenge […]

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HELUKABEL’s cables have been specified for Ford manufacturing operations
16 December 2014

HELUKABEL, Elgin, Ill., has announced that five of its cable families have been specified for use in Ford Motor Company’s manufacturing operations. Products approved cover control, power and...

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Directly Digitize Temperature Readings with Digital Temperature Measurement IC
16 December 2014

With its LTC2983 digital temperature measurement IC, allows users to directly digitize RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and 0.001°C resolution. Provided absolute microvolt level...

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Sensor Provides Choice of Temperature Range
15 December 2014

Dynamic programmability in TURCK’s newest TTM sensor line allows the user to set the temperature range required for the application. In addition to more specific temperature control, programmability...

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GTI Predictive Tech intros software that turns iPad into a vibration monitor
15 December 2014

GTI Predictive Technology, developer of the iPad Vibration Analyzer, is proud to unveil VibeRMS LT – a complete, affordable condition documentation solution for iPad. Developed for the iPad, VibeRMS LT is a single channel vibration documentation tool. Users can view live vibration data (velocity, acceleration, displacement) and create reports at the site on the iPad.

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What’s inside Google Glass
15 December 2014

By Leland Teschler Executive Editor We recently finished up a tear-down video on the widely noted wearable technology called Google Glass. You can watch the video here. And spelled out below is a run-down on what we found inside. Google Glass is a type of wearable technology that includes an optical head-mounted display. Google glass displays

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Not your grandfather’s gear pump, part 2
15 December 2014

Continuing the discussion from last week, the past fifty years saw a continued evolution of the gear pump, which has resulted in higher efficiency, higher pressure and more...

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Rise of the Machines?
15 December 2014

Artificial Intelligence is a major software technology that has been under development for decades.  As with many forms of technology, the current hype around artificial intelligence doesn’t really...

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Brewery saves water with dry running conveyor
13 December 2014

Craft Brew Alliance (CBA), an independent craft brewing company, sought to reduce the amount of water used during production and prevent damage to the equipment and facility by converting its Redhook Brewery bottling line to a dry running System Plast New Generation (NG) conveyor chain and Nolu-S wear track from Emerson Power Transmission Solutions. By

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Flywheel storage systems increase efficiency
12 December 2014

TII Energy, a German-based manufacturer in the heavy-load transporter sector, has expanded its product range to meet future green energy requirements. TII has developed flywheel energy storage systems that are used in mechanical energy storage for stationary and mobile use. The short-term storage devices facilitate fast storage and access times with low operating costs. They

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Cognex advances industrial ID with powerful new DataMan® software release
12 December 2014

Cognex Corporation announced its DataMan® 5.2 software release with expanded tuning and scripting capability as well as a new test mode for its popular DataMan 300 and 503 series of barcode readers. The new software significantly increases read rates by decoding lower resolution 1-D codes and extending intelligent tuning capabilities to all symbologies, including Aztec,

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Webinar: Tips on designing for the Internet of Things
12 December 2014

Live webinar is December 18 at 2 PM Eastern.  Bimba, TI, and Opto22 are heavily involved in developing products with and for the Internet of Things. In this webinar you will hear stories from the trenches on how they have approached the IoT and what they have learned in the process. You will learn: –What

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More features for xPico Wi-Fi
12 December 2014

The xPico Wi-Fi SMT embedded device server is a certified, compact Wi-Fi surface mount module for quick and easy serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity. The server extends the features and benefits of the existing xPico Wi-Fi module to a surface-mountable form factor. It helps users develop IoT applications and solutions, especially those requiring direct access to device data

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Control 12 drives from different manufacturers on one network
12 December 2014

The MC4N ECAT Mini EtherCAT master controls 12 drives from different manufacturers on one network. The dedicated controller for 2, 4, 8, 16 or 32 drive axes and 1024 machine I/O points features a built-in and expandable library of market leading EtherCAT-slave digital servo and stepper drives, as well as EtherCAT I/O modules with automatic

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