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How do STO inputs affect SIL3/PLe conformity for AC drives?
14 February 2018

Safe Torque Off, or STO, is a drive-based safety function that stops the drive from providing power to the motor, without interrupting power to the drive. Activating the STO function produces an uncontrolled stop, meaning the motor coasts to a stop based on the system’s inertia and friction. The STO function also prevents an unexpected […]

Amphenol Socapex expands RJ Field and USB Field connectors
14 February 2018

Amphenol Socapex has expanded its RJ Field & USB Field range of rugged connectors with two new “reduced flange” versions: RJF TV6 & USB3F TV for reduced space applications. Designed for reduced spaces in military and railway applications, the RJ and USB Reduced Flange receptacles combine space and weight savings with performances equal to standard RJF TV6 […]

Air gun with variable flow from squeeze of a trigger
14 February 2018
EXAIR’s new VariBlast Compact Safety Air Guns are a small and lightweight cast aluminum air gun capable of handling tough jobs. Because of the engineered variable flow trigger they are able to produce light, medium or heavy force upon a target simply by pulling the trigger. This comfortable and ergonomic air gun has two ¼
When customization and fast production are able to come together
08 February 2018

In order to assemble and deliver all parts and systems quickly, igus stocks more than 12,000 different iglidur types of plain bearings made of high-performance plastics. But sometimes customers demand plastic components from outside the catalogue. For this purpose, the company manufactures customised parts using various methods. The type of production of customised parts is

How motion platforms improve camera design
08 February 2018

In a recent Youtube video by “Nat & Friends” on how Google built the Pixel 2 Camera, PI’s H-860 “shaker” hexapod is shown in a motion simulation application. Modern cameras use electronic image stabilization algorithms to reduce side effects from motion that otherwise would blur images and video. The better a designer can simulate real-world

What’s next for additive manufacturing?
08 February 2018

Gordon Styles, president and CEO of Star Rapid, a service provider in China takes a look at some of the changes he sees coming to additive manufacturing. Styles looks at plastic and metal 3D printing, and how metal desktop 3D printers may affect the manufacturing landscape. For those who prefer to read the transcript: Hello,

Siemens and BRIDG partner to develop Digital Twin solutions for semiconductor manufacturing
29 January 2018

Siemens announces today a partnership with BRIDG to drive the development of Digital Twin technologies for the semiconductor industry by providing Siemens’ PLM software portfolio to enable BRIDG’s research and development activities. The combination of expertise will help establish the first Digital Enterprise Solution for semiconductor manufacturing at the BRIDG wafer fabrication facility located at

TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic Mirrors exhibit less than 50Å RMS surface roughness
26 January 2018

Edmund Optics® (EO) introduces TECHSPEC® Low Scatter Off-Axis Parabolic (OAP) Mirrors. Providing a surface figure of λ/8 RMS and a surface roughness of less than 50Å RMS, these precision mirrors are designed for low scatter in the visible spectrum. They are excellent when used for focusing, collimation, beam expansion, and optical testing systems such as

RNCF AEC Compliant Thin Film Resistors available in 0.01% tolerance and 2 ppm TCR
26 January 2018

Stackpole’s RNCF is an AEC-Q200 compliant series of precision thin film chip resistors. The RNCF offers sizes from 0201 up to 2512, with a tolerance of 0.01% and TCR of 2 ppm available for a select value range for sizes from 0402 through 2512. This exceptional performance makes the RNCF ideal for precision applications such

Tobias Kuehnle named Managing Director, TRUMPF Canada
16 January 2018

Tobias Kuehnle will become the Managing Director of TRUMPF Canada, effective April 1, 2018. Mr. Kuehnle succeeds Stefan Fickenscher, who became the Sales Director of the Machine Tool division in the United States at TRUMPF Inc., on January 1, 2018. Mr. Fickenscher will act as interim Managing Director of TRUMPF Canada until Mr. Kuehnle assumes

5MP VE Series smart camera from Banner Engineering detects fine detail on large targets
14 January 2018

Banner Engineering now sells release of a 5MP VE Series Smart Camera for detection of fine details on large or complex targets. The new VE Series offering has the same ease-of-use, compact and robust housing, and intuitive on-board display as other VE Series Smart Cameras, but provides finer levels of detection and a wider field of

Achieving precision with limit switches
12 January 2018

There are many choices for detecting presence and position in machine automation applications, but limit switches are often the best option when high precision is required. By Tim Wheeler, Technical Applications Engineer, AutomationDirect Many types of sensors are available for detecting presence and position in industrial automation applications, from course to fine precision. Photo eyes

Executive Edition—our new podcast debuts with Ryan Schroeder of IMI Precision Engineering
12 January 2018

Design World’s editorial staff is pleased to debut our newest podcast series, Executive Edition. In this series, our editors will be talking trends in engineering with top manufacturing and OEM leaders—across multiple disciplines, including motion control, fluid power, 3D printing, bearings, connectors, mechanical power transmission, and more. Our inaugural episode, featuring Ryan Schroeder, President of

Cheap laughs: Looking inside public recycling containers
04 January 2018

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler Ready for a few laughs? Peek into a recycling bin sometime. The experience can be entertaining if you are amused by widespread misperceptions of what constitutes recyclable material. One glance inside a recycling container may lead you to conclude that the public is clueless about materials that

Webinar: From Metal to Plastic: 3D part samples for your final product – January 24
04 January 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT     This webinar will explain the process to be able to identify potential 3D printed parts in your final product, especially focusing on the metal parts with low mechanical requirements that are normally produced by CNC machining or sheet metal.  It will also include internal

Rotary device combines rotary latch and actuator for easy installation
03 January 2018

The R4-81 Rotary Latch with Paddle Actuator combines a compact rotary latch with a heavy duty paddle actuator, enabling direct actuation without the need for a connected cable. Available in corrosion resistant plastic and die cast steel, the R4-81 offers a stylized paddle design with custom finish options and versatile key locking security. By combining

Weidmuller’s NEW combined load monitoring and potential distribution in one complete solution
12 December 2017

Weidmuller introduces a new addition in the Klippon Connect portfolio of products and services for panel building– maxGUARD. With maxGUARD, the electronic load monitoring ELM devices combined with distribution terminal blocks can be customized to provide selective load protection in 24V DC power distributed systems for industrial automation applications. With combining load monitoring and potential distribution

Balluff’s new photoelectric BOS 21M ADCAP is at the forefront of innovation
12 December 2017

Balluff is excited to announce the release of the new technically advanced BOS 21M ADCAP photoelectric sensor.  Configuration of this multi-function sensor is accomplished via IO-Link.  This sensor enhances Balluff’s industry leading portfolio of photoelectric sensors which includes all standard sensing modes & miniature sizes.  In addition the BOS 21M ADCAP satisfies the requirements of

WAGO adds 3-phase ECO to EPSTIRON® power supply portfolio
12 December 2017

WAGO extends the EPSITRON Power Supply offering with the new addition of 3-phase ECO Power Supplies. These new versions are equipped with levers and Push-in CAGE CLAMP technology for fast, tool-free wiring. Integrated test slots allow for simple testing and a third negative terminal on the output side allows for direct grounding. While the ECO

Cadence expands laser processing technologies
11 December 2017

Cadence continues to expand its laser processing technologies to meet the ever-changing needs of new product development for our customers. Recently, Cadence purchased a new CL900 Cincinnati laser cutting machine and completed its installation. The new 4,000W fiber laser cutter adds to our existing portfolio of modified tube cutting lasers and completely custom flat sheet