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New High-Precision Smart-Lock Set Saves Time, Space
28 May 2016

Ringfeder Power Transmission announces its new RfN 4001 Smart-Lock set, a flexible, economical hollow shaft connection for interlocking multiple solid shafts. With minimal installation labor required, Smart-Lock reduces spare part inventory costs up to 70 percent. This model also has indestructible, tension-optimized shrink discs for guaranteed safety. Smart-Lock provides large dimensional tolerances up to 0.2

Bull’s-Eye Levels From J.W. Winco, Inc. Have Mounting Flange
28 May 2016

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 2277 Bulls-Eye Levels with Mounting Flange, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant bull’s-eye levels are used to check the horizontal position of jigs, machines, devices, appliances, and instruments. The spirit levels are aligned in relation to the reference surface so that

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visit Weidmuller’s Industry 4.0 Cockpit at Hannover Messe
26 May 2016

The U.S. was Partner Country at the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s most important trade fair focused on industrial technology. Companies from around the world exhibited their solutions for integrated industry at the Hannover Exhibition Center and had the opportunity to meet potential business partners during the week long April event. President Barack Obama had

OMEGA introduces customizable smart graphics displays
24 May 2016

The OMEGA OM-SGD Series of panel meters with bright color TFT smart graphics displays are available in three screen sizes. They offer a wide operating power supply voltage range of 4 to 30 Vdc and two alarm outputs. Waterproof NEMA 6 (IP67) versions are also available. Using the provided Simple Wizard-based configuration software, select from

High profits, sick economy
23 May 2016

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor The U.S. Treasury recently announced rules meant to curb so-called tax inversion deals. An inversion is where a U.S. company merges with a foreign firm, then locates the headquarters of the resulting entity offshore as a way to dodge U.S. corporate taxes. For example, that’s why U.S. industrial giant Eaton

Clippard NIV Series PTFE media isolation valves
20 May 2016

The Clippard NIV Series Media Isolation Valve is a solenoid-operated device that uses a flexible diaphragm to isolate the actuation mechanism from the fluid path. Media isolation valves are commonly used for a wide variety of applications, including those that require precise, repeatable dispensing of media for analytical instrumentation. All wetted areas of the valve

Beckhoff debuts EtherCAT Plug-in I/O modules with compact drive technology
10 May 2016

EJ-series EtherCAT plug-in I/O modules provide an efficient wiring solution for machines built in large and medium-sized production runs. With new EJ7xxx motion modules, space-saving compact drive technology...

Motion Control Tips

Ultrasonic Sensing for Double Layer and Splice Detection
10 May 2016

Ensuring consistent production quality can employ many different types of sensors. With the SICK UD18-2 ultrasonic sensor for double layer and splice detection, users can determine whether one,...

Sensor Tips

How do I compare air compressor efficiency?
10 May 2016

When you are purchasing a compressor, it can be difficult to decide which one to buy. You should be aware that about 80% of the lifetime cost for...

Pneumatic Tips

Leak Testing Just Got Easier
19 April 2016

EtherNet/IP™ is now a standard selectable communication option for CTS Sentinel I28, C28, and Blackbelt instruments that will reduce integration costs using standardized CIP™ programing. For CTS, EtherNet/IP provides the capability to control, configure, send, and receive messages between CTS Sentinel test instruments and Allen-Bradley PLC’s. EtherNet/IP is a Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) utilizing an

Metal Powder Organizations unveils new websites
18 April 2016

The Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has launched a new website at mpif.org. Key features of the site include a clean design, expanded content, a new Directory of Powder Metallurgy (PM) Fabricators and Suppliers, a new PM publications section hosted by Thomson Reuters Techstreet, educational video content, and more. “The previous MPIF website held up

Modern carbon graphite self-lubricating materials ideal for aerospace gearbox face seals
15 April 2016

Metallized Carbon Corporation offers a variety of materials ideal for in aerospace gearbox applications, which run the hydraulic pumps, generators, and air conditioning compressors. Metcar materials feature a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties in a high speed environment, making them an excellent choice for aircraft gearbox face seals. To seal the oil

Webinar: Consumer Electronics: Designing with Flexibility for Reliability – May 11, 2016
11 April 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT     From small wearable devices to large display screens, consumer electronics is one of the largest segments in the manufacturing industry. The vast amount of information, communication and entertainment is bringing a new age of consumer electronics into the world. With ever-evolving technology and demands to meet

KEMA validates use of spring contact element performance in high-current applications
08 April 2016

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., a leading producer of custom-engineered conducting solutions for equipment used in high-current applications, has subjected its Bal Spring™ canted coil springs to third-party testing to demonstrate how well the springs withstand KEMA’s rigorous short circuit current exposure and cycling. The results will enable the company to provide customers with verified performance

RAM 9000 receives ATEX approval
08 April 2016

Red Lion has announced that the Sixnet series RAM 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have received ATEX zone 2, category 3 approval and are safe for use in potentially hazardous environments. Features of the RAM 9000 include: NEW data logging capabilities: record I/O registers on SD Card or internal memory High-density on-board I/O: lowers total system

NiQ: The latest generation of energy-saving motor
07 April 2016

The NiQ, an energy-saving motor for cool air distribution in evaporators and for cooling in condensers, is the logical advanced development of the proven iQ motor series from ebm-papst. The EC motor features an impressive efficiency improvement and optimized costs. It is even suitable for use in the food sector. Conventional shaded-pole motors have long since

Self-clinching nuts install with minimal footprint in stainless steel sheets
06 April 2016

New PEM Type SMPP self-clinching nuts from PennEngineering install permanently in ultra-thin stainless steel sheets and provide dimensionally ideal solutions for stainless assemblies where space for attachment hardware may be limited. A minimal footprint resulting from an overall low-profile design combines low height (.065” / 1.4mm) and small diameter (.220” / 5.6mm) with close-to-edge mounting

Webinar: Five Steps to Optimize Casting and Eliminate Defects – May 5, 2016
06 April 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016 2:00pm ET/11:00am PT     Traditionally, engineers had a hard time predicting defects with their cast designs. With simulation, engineers can now predict defects from porosity and cold shots to air pockets. In this webinar you will learn how casting simulation can help: Place casting in-gates Place feed and risers Determine

Laird Launches Industry’s First LoRa + BLE Wireless Module for IoT
30 March 2016

Laird has introduced a new line of wireless modules that integrate long-range LoRa technology and short-range BLE technology for the first time in a commercial solution, giving companies the ability to create longer-range EIoT systems than previously possible with a single module. The RM1xx product family enables companies to dramatically expand the locations where IoT

Webinar: Curved Motion System Design for Machinery and Automation – April 28, 2016
30 March 2016

This is an on demand webinar. The video will be emailed to you on April 28, 2016.     Guided precision motion is most often thought of in the linear form which is used extensively in machinery and automation applications. Sometimes curved motion is better suited to an application. Examples might include moving a sensor