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Sanitary flange air conveyors ease installation and cleaning
12 March 2018

EXAIR’s new Sanitary Flange Line Vac air operated conveyors are the best way to convey materials through systems which require frequent or mandatory cleaning. The ISO 2852 compatible sanitary flanges limit areas where bacteria can grow and help prevent contamination. Made from type 316 stainless steel to provide maximum hygiene and corrosion resistance, these Line…

How to get the most out of sheet metal rapid prototyping
12 March 2018

Proto Labs recently acquired Rapid Manufacturing, a service provider that specializes in prototyping with sheet metals.  Here’s a look at how to best work with this process for your prototyping needs.  We speak with Burke Bero, lead engineer at Rapid Manufacturing, Nashua, NH.

Design World announces winner of Generate Ideas Design Contest
12 March 2018

Business-to-Business publisher WTWH Media, LLC, has announced that Dave King of British Columbia, Canada, has won the company’s generative design contest, with his entry detailing how to make prosthetics more comfortable. CAD programs continue to evolve to meet the needs of industry, incorporating the ever-increasing computational power available to design engineers. From their humble beginnings, these programs…

Webinar: Durable Motion for Automation and Equipment – March 27
02 March 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT     Motion technology based upon guide wheel technology is one of the most popular solutions for motion in automation and equipment applications because it’s capable of high duty cycles and high speeds while providing heavy load capacities with minimal maintenance. These products are designed to…

Mitsubishi Electric Automation introduces CNC Quick Tip videos
02 March 2018

Individuals who use, sell or build machine tools with computer numerical control (CNC) products from Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. can now easily access how-to videos for quick tips on commonly asked CNC questions. Offered to end users, dealers and machine tool builders, the videos explain how to perform various functions on Mitsubishi Electric CNC products.…

Siemens SCADA/IPC Days 2018 Event introduces new products and emerging communications
02 March 2018

From February 19-22, 2018, at the Riverwalk Westin in San Antonio, Texas, approximately 130 people gathered for four days of product presentations, emerging technology discussions and a market trend outlook at the Siemens Factory Automation SCADA/IPC Days 2018. Members of the Siemens management, sales and support team joined their Solution Partners and a diverse assortment…

February 2018 Issue: Power Electronics Handbook
27 February 2018

Hiring hint: Look for soft skills in young engineers Do schools teach young engineers the right skills? It is easy to find a lot of opinions on that subject from academics. It is more difficult to find assessments from experienced engineers who actually work with new grads. That’s why the comments of Richard Lukaszewski are…

19-in. rack mount and stand-alone power distribution strips are released
27 February 2018

Hammond Manufacturing has extended its power distribution offering with an additional 12 variants of rack mounting and stand-alone 100 – 240VAC, 50/60Hz 10A power strips, designed for use with IEC power cords. For enhanced safety, two 10A resettable circuit breakers prevent overloading, and both types are available with either a double pole single throw green…

Phoenix Contact introduces Limited Lifetime Warranty
27 February 2018

Phoenix Contact USA customers now have access to the automation industry’s most extensive limited lifetime warranty policy. The warranty applies to a wide range of Phoenix Contact products and is exclusive to U.S. customers who register and use Phoenix Contact power supplies and surge protection to protect electronics in their applications. Phoenix Contact is a…

Rexnord launches 390 Series Chain for beverage industry
19 February 2018
Designed to optimize tight transfers in the beverage, food, metal container manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries, Rexnord launches the Rexnord 390 Series MatTop Chain. The 395 MatTop plastic modular chain features a flat top execution while: –Reducing product damage & loss — with an 8 mm pitch, the chain can go around a nose bar diameter…
CAD files and more, on the fly
19 February 2018
More companies are developing apps for engineers to use with their smartphones. In some situations, these apps speed the engineering design process. One of the more recent app announcements comes from NB Corporation of America, which has launched NB Linear Mobile, a free app for its line of linear products. Available for iOS and Android devices, this app…
Siemens and partners sign joint charter on cybersecurity
16 February 2018
At the Munich Security Conference today, Siemens and eight partners from industry will sign the first joint charter for greater cybersecurity. Initiated by Siemens, the Charter of Trust calls for binding rules and standards to build trust in cybersecurity and further advance digitalization. In addition to Siemens and the Munich Security Conference (MSC), the companies…
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