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Compact, Reliable and Can Take the Heat: The Relio R1
28 September 2016

The newest member of the Relio™ family of embedded I/O servers, the Relio R1, is redefining “extended.” With an impressive operating temperature range of -40° to +71°C, the rugged, DIN Rail compatible industrial computer exceeds military standards for shock and vibration. This solid-state, zero-maintenance system is ideal for military, heavy equipment, automation and other applications

Demonstration boards for semiconductor products
28 September 2016

The LTC1668, 50Msps, 16-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) is for applications with analog frequency content between the audio range and several megahertz. DC2459A is a complete redesign of the original demonstration circuit. Several signal conditioning options are available for the analog output, and digital signals through one of several FPGA development boards. Example FPGA code is

Flush-mountable photodiode for heart rate measurements
28 September 2016

Photodiode SFH 2440 L saves on mounting height in the design of heart rate sensors. It can be flush-mounted on the printed circuit board (PCB), with longer leads ensuring secure mounting and reliable solder points. The component also features spectral sensitivity for measuring heart rate. SFH 2440 L is a large-area photodiode with the same

Chassis system drives 24-station medical assembly
28 September 2016

Edited by Mike Santora A west-coast medical parts manufacturer was recently faced with the challenge of creating a closed female luer valve with a robust system featuring 24 install stations for a 3-5 piece assembly production process. This manufacturer’s medical product line provides patients and caregivers with devices that help improve patient outcomes by minimizing

New Compact 8 Channel Analog Output Module
21 September 2016

WAGO’s new 8-Channel Analog Output Module offers connection with 2-wire sensors in compact 12mm housing. At an extremely competitive price, this new module offers eight individually configurable channels (0 V to 10 V or -10 V to 10 V), high speed conversions (1.25 ms per channel), and very narrow margins of error (less than 0.1%

New POWER CAGE CLAMP ® Expands Mounting Options
21 September 2016

The New POWER CAGE CLAMP® is now available for up to 350 kcmil conductors and offers direct panel mounting, expanding application options. This versatile version still provides all of the original WAGO design advantages, such as being maintenance-free, vibration-proof, and enabling fast, hands-free wiring. Unique to WAGO, separate side entry jumper slots leave wire entry-way

Webinar: The Future of Standard Ethernet: Industrial IoT Convergence with the Control System – October 27, 2016
21 September 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016 11:30am EST/8:30am PST     The IEEE 802 standards group has added new capabilities to the Ethernet standard that allow regular IT traffic to converge with time-sensitive control traffic. In this webinar, we will explore the new capabilities of the Ethernet infrastructure that support time synchronization, low-latency communications, and high-network reliability.

Burkert’s new micro dosing unit Type 7615
21 September 2016

Burkert’s new micro dosing unit Type 7615 – a high-precision diaphragm pump for exact dosing of liquids in the µl range – is the fluid technology specialist’s latest addition to its product portfolio for analytical, bio-medical and medical applications. The micro dosing unit, comprising of three valves, doses 5 µl in one stroke with a

Motion system trends issue: High Power Meets High Precision in Micro Motion + more
20 September 2016

In this issue: 36 BEARINGS Technical update on ROTARY BEARINGS 48 CABLE MANAGEMENT SUMMARY OF TODAY’S CABLE-MANAGEMENT OPTIONS 110 GEARMOTOTRS An overview of GEARMOTORS   MOTION SYSTEMS; EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE…and then some EACH year, the Design World motion editors prepare this special Motion Systems Handbook aiming to give our readers an overview of the basics of

MakerBot refocuses on professional and educational 3D printing users
20 September 2016

Low-cost desktop 3D printers may not have application in the home, but that does not mean they cannot be suitable elsewhere. The education market has been a successful one for these printers. And some professionals use them as well, especially in the early stages of design and prototyping. MakerBot has supported the education market for […]

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Webinar: More Reliable, Lower Cost Motion Control with Ethernet – October 13, 2016
15 September 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST     As an integral part of the Industrial Internet of Things and an increasingly prevalent technology in factory automation, Industrial Ethernet continues to outgrow fieldbus as the dominant communications platform of the factory floor. The benefits of Industrial Ethernet over other types of control architecture are numerous.

September 2016 Issue: Eyes in the sky: Mapping disasters
15 September 2016

In this issue: 26 DESIGN NOTES: Eyes in the sky: Mapping disasters 60 MOTION CONTROL: Motor manufacturers design motors for food and beverage applications that dramatically improve safety. 78 LINEAR MOTION: Linear motors compete with technologies that output high forces. 114 FASTENING & JOINING: Surface mount spacers simplify installation.   Will shifting job roles make

Opto 22’s next move with IoT at IMTS 2016
14 September 2016

It should be no surprise that IoT is a hot topic on the IMTS 2016 show floor. Whether a company is using it, plans on using it, or wishes they were using it better, it’s a part of nearly every conversation at some point. For Opto 22, IoT is a big part of the company’s

Unable to grasp the meaning of numbers
13 September 2016

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Much has been written about the innumeracy of the general populace. An inability to grasp the meaning of numbers leads to a variety of bad outcomes that include a predilection to be hoodwinked by junk science and financial scams. An even more pernicious outcome of an inability to understand simple

The IoT and Cloud security measures — not as well developed as needed
12 September 2016

Staff Report Will a fight break out over who’s responsible for securing data? Maybe. Will companies start taking security seriously? Not sure. Will design engineers need to address security before corporate management? A key component of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the cloud; that group of services

Fun with correlations: ME Ph.Ds versus World of Warcraft subscribers
12 September 2016

From the folks at Spurious Correlations comes this gem: Mere coincidence?

Surface mount fasteners go with the flow
09 September 2016

by Leon M. Attarian, PennEngineering Switching to surface mount spacers reduces hardware requirements and simplifies installation. Application challenge: One of Penn Engineering’s manufacturing customers was constantly experiencing production delays for an application where printed circuit boards were mounted to daughter boards in a line card for optical fiber telecom equipment. Line cards are modular electronic

Webinar: How to safely work with metal additive manufacturing machines – September 27, 2016
29 August 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:00pm EDT/11:00am PDT     It’s not just a matter of plug and play when using a metal additive manufacturing machine. Improper use can lead to injury or worse.  These tips will help ensure you are working safely with your 3d printing system. What you will learn How to handle material safely

Innova Engineering announces establishment of new research and development facility
27 August 2016

Innova Engineering recently opened a new Research and Development facility in Santa Ana, California. The new facility allows for an expansion of capabilities and services offered by the engineering firm. With over 22 years of experience in the product development industry, Innova Engineering supports manufacturers in the medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer product industries, utilizing computer simulation

Case Study: Yaskawa improves turnaround time and accuracy for reference lab
27 August 2016

Yaskawa Motoman recently collaborated with Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester, Minn., to implement a state-of-the-industry specimen automation system. The laboratory handles tens of thousands of patient vials every day from more than 3,000 tests across the full spectrum of clinical laboratory subspecialties. Laboratory leadership wanted to continue to improve turn-around time from when specimens are received