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Problem Solving with CompactRIO Hardware
19 September 2017

Download National Instruments Ebook CompactRIO Controllers are high-performance embedded controllers with industrial I/O modules, extreme ruggedness, industry-standard certifications, and integrated vision, motion, industrial communication, and human machine interface (HMI) capabilities.

EtherNet/IP protocol added to the Protos X field I/O system
19 September 2017

AutomationDirect now offers EtherNet/IP protocol communication for the Protos X line of field I/O. The Protos X “Xpansion” field I/O system is a modular system consisting of a Bus Coupler and its associated input/output terminals. The Protos X slim design and various I/O configurations allow the exact I/O needed with the smallest footprint possible. 2

Shaft collar evolution
19 September 2017

The first mass-produced collars were used primarily online shafting in early manufacturing mills. These early shaft collars were solid ring types, employing square-head set screws that protruded from the collar. Protruding screws proved to be a problem because they could catch on a workmen’s clothing while rotating on a shaft, and pull them into the […]

Open aperture voice coil stage features 1 micron positioning resolution
14 September 2017

The compact HCDS-025-038-02-B1-01 Voice Coil Stage from Moticont has a footprint of just 2.000 in. (54.0 mm) wide by 5.000 in. (127.0 mm) long and features a positioning resolution of 1 micron and a 0.125 in. (3.175 mm) open aperture. This precision cross roller stage has a 0.97 in. (24.6 mm) range of motion with […]

Smart HMIs (from Maple Systems) now with MySQL database connectivity
14 September 2017

At times it’s difficult to get valuable data from the production floor to operations and management. Here, Maple Systems Smart HMIs can help — by connecting to MySQL databases and letting plant managers send logged data and event (alarm) information to a MySQL server. Now one can synchronize sampled data to a remote MySQL server […]

Reactive Robotics receives second round funding
14 September 2017

Munich-based company Reactive Robotics GmbH secured a second seven-digit funding round to continue its work in rehabilitation robotics development. Investors included new lead investor Dr. Doll Holding GmbH and existing investors MTIP MedTech Innovation Partners AG, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Bayern Kapital and TQ-Group. Reactive Robotics intends to use the funds to further market entry in Germany…

TECHSPEC® Precision Ultraviolet Mirrors offered with new Vacuum UV enhanced coating
28 July 2017

Edmund Optics (EO) introduces its new TECHSPEC Precision Ultraviolet Mirrors. They are offered in both Deep UV (DUV) and new Vacuum UV (VUV) enhanced coating options. TECHSPEC Precision Ultraviolet Mirrors are ideally suited for a wide variety of commercially available light sources. They can be used in a number of optical setups to reflect UV

New Mobile Clutch Animation Video Created by Ogura
28 July 2017

Ogura Industrial has created a new animation showing how mobile clutches work. The animation shows an exploded view of the component parts and how they interact with each other. In mobile clutches, torque is generated by attracting the armature and rotor to each other via a series of magnetic flux paths. The animation shows how

TDM Systems’ Twitter photo contest focuses on upcoming total solar eclipse
28 July 2017

TDM Systems, a software manufacturer, process consultant and leader in electronic management of tools and production equipment has announced the “Tweet ‘n Win” contest, on Twitter. The company will award three prizes to the participants that provide the most dramatic and interesting photo of the solar eclipse as chosen by TDM Systems. All three prizes

TECHSPEC® BBAR Coated Hypotenuse Right Angle Prisms feature tight angular tolerances
14 July 2017

Edmund Optics® introduces its new TECHSPEC® BBAR Coated Hypotenuse Right Angle Prisms. These broadband anti-reflection (BBAR) prisms feature a wide wavelength range from 350 – 2200nm and are ideal for applications that require a single axis retroreflector and optical systems with space limitations. TECHSPEC® BBAR Coated Hypotenuse Right Angle Prisms provide a tight angle tolerance of ±15 arcsec,

New Multi-Tier Locking C13 IEC Power Outlet
14 July 2017

MEGA Electronics announced the launch of its latest product, the space-saving C-13 multi-tier outlets. Made from nylon LSZH, these outlets feature a locking mechanism designed to maintain uptime and protect against accidental disconnections. This outlet is an ideal solution for data centers. Each outlet comes with an independent-release locking mechanism and an easy-to-access button to

Sager Electronics’ Andy Goldring Named Schaffner’s 2016 Supplier Development Manager
13 July 2017

Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components, today announced Sager Supplier Marketing Manager Andy Goldring was honored as Schaffner’s 2016 Supplier Development Manager of the Year. Schaffner presented the award to Mr. Goldring at the 2017 Electronics Distribution Show (EDS) held May 15-19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Andy’s promotion of

Why your customers should consider cloud computing
11 July 2017

When designing products for industrial automation, connectivity and the introduction of cloud computing make monitoring more sophisticated. In this era of the smart factory, Johannes Petrowisch, Global Partner & Business Development Manager of industrial automation software expert, COPA-DATA, discusses the benefits of cloud computing for users in the manufacturing industry. Head in the clouds The role

Miniature board-to-board battery connectors
11 July 2017

Developed in response to market demand for miniaturization, the 9155-700 Series of right angle board-to-board battery connectors delivers compact, mechanically stable, high-integrity connections for use in medical, industrial, and commercial applications subject to high shock and vibration. These 2 mm-pitch right angle battery connectors are rated for 125 Vac, up to 2A, and 5,000-cycle durability.

Drive system can be steam sterilized
11 July 2017

When designing for medical applications, a critical feature of any component is the ability to clean it. It’s not always easy to find motion systems that are easily cleaned for medical use, and particularly for sterilization. The ENX Easy encoder can be sterilized using steam. It is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and absolute

Better motion control through matched gearheads and servomotors
11 July 2017

A problem with bolting aftermarket gearheads onto servomotors to handle torque-speed requirements is that you rarely get a really good fit. The Sigma-7 servomotor line addresses this issue. Gearheads have been designed to pair precisely with every servomotor in the Sigma-7 range, creating complete gear motor solutions rated from a low of 50 watts to

Z-Series Magnetic Marker Types For Angle Sensor Applications
07 July 2017

Novotechnik, U.S. introduces a selection of four magnetic marker types designed to suit various mounting applications for their RFC— and RFD—Series of touchless rotary angle sensors that provide absolute, rotary position. These two sensor families utilize a magnetic pickup to provide a touchless measurement range of 0 to 360° and makes measurements through air and

IronHorse® Shaft Mount Gearboxes added by AutomationDirect
07 July 2017

New IronHorse Shaft Mount Gearboxes (speed reducers) from AutomationDirect feature shafts and gears manufactured from the highest grade steel, case hardened and precision ground to AGMA standards for long lasting durability. The gearbox shafts have reinforced double lip seals to protect against contamination and prevent oil from escaping; premium ball and tapered roller bearings provide

Sager Electronics Expands with Sensata’s BEI Sensors
07 July 2017

Sager Electronics, a distributor of Interconnect, Power and Electromechanical components, announced the addition of BEI Sensors to its line card. BEI Sensors specializes in speed and position sensors for extreme applications, and joins Crydom and Airpax as part of Sensata brands distributed by Sager. David Foster, Sensata’s Americas Channel Manager, commented, “Sager’s commitment to uncovering

AutomationDirect Takes Embedded Help to a Whole New Level
28 June 2017

With the launch of the newest Do-more! controller, the BRX PLC, AutomationDirect released an enhanced version of the Do-more! Designer programming software. Do-more! Designer 2.0 has many new features added to improve programming efficiency. A new, user-friendly dashboard was added for easy navigation to important features/functions, but one of the more popular additions is the