Tolomatic news: ACSI-PROFINET integrated servo motor creates easy actuator control

The Tolomatic ACSI integrated servo/motor/controller is now available with PROFINET Industrial Ethernet protocol, allowing engineers to design easy-to-use and cost-effective electric actuator solutions for single-axis applications. The integrated package is ideal for replacing pneumatic cylinders and automating any simple axis of motion with Siemens or other PROFINET enabled PLCs. With built-in configurations for Tolomatic electric […]

Plain bearings (sleeve bearings) and the shafts they ride

As mentioned earlier — in the FAQ Plain bearings: What are they? — plain bearings are made of many graphite, bronze, and plastics that include PTFE, nylon, and polyacetal. Material improvements have made plastic plain bearings increasingly common, even in demanding motion applications. Shaft material and wear of plain bearings The shafts on which plain bearings […]

August 2017 Digital Issue: The self-taught design system + more

In this issue: 64 Condition monitoring with PC-based control 70 Basics of can-stack linear actuators 76 The self-taught design system 82 How air bearings improve scanning performance     The IoT on the job site I occasionally find myself in situations where I have to defend the Internet of Things to a nonbeliever. That person

July 2017 Digital Issue: Lens see clearly even through shock and vibration + more

In this issue: 72 Lens sees clearly even through shock and vibration 48 Differences between conventional and plastic modular belting 64 The development of online instrument exchanges 80 Measuring temperature quickly and easily in a range of applications and environments     Engineering options in retirement A family friend’s recent retirement got me thinking about

Xometry secures $15 million investment to expand

Xometry, a leading on-demand manufacturing platform, announced $15MM in funding led by BMW i Ventures, with participation from existing investors including GE Ventures and Highland Capital Partners. Further fueling Xometry’s market expansion, the latest round of funding will accelerate Xometry’s investment in its machine learning-based software platform, manufacturing partner network, and sales organization. “We’re thrilled […]

Quiet inroads in robotics: 4 company profiles

Robots have been around for 50 years welding, painting, handling and performing herculean tasks in harsh environments. But in the last 10 years, service robots have emerged and are performing all sorts of lesser but equally valuable tasks. Consider MiR, MakeBlock, Grey Orange and Ocado and the inroads they are making into their respective industries. Each…

Additive Works joins the Altair Partner Alliance

The Altair Partner Alliance (APA) is pleased to announce the addition of Additive Works’ Amphyon to its software offering. Amphyon is a simulation-driven, process software for powder bed-based, laser beam melting additive manufacturing processes. It allows for automatic optimization of part orientation as well as a build-up process simulation and the adaption of process parameters […]

“I have accepted a group of investors’ request to step aside,” wrote Uber’s Travis Kalanick

Kalanick is still on Uber's board. He owns a majority of the voting shares. Some are already comparing this situation to Steve Jobs' ouster from Apple. It's possible Kalanick could someday return in a blaze of glory. But for now, he is out and Uber is searching for a new CEO. There is a reason this story is getting…

Answer: Fly your plane; Question: Who or what is CARNAC?

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is researching autonomous co-piloting so they can fly without a human pilot on board. The robotic system — called the Common Aircraft Retrofit for Novel Autonomous Control (CARNAC) (not to be confused with the old Johnny Carson Carnac routine) — has the potential to reduce costs, enable new missions, and…

Notes and pics from Xponential in Dallas, Innorobo in Paris and ICRA in Singapore

Conferences and trade shows, held in interesting locations around the world, can be entertaining, informative and an opportunity to explore new places, meet new people and renew acquaintances. Three recent examples: Xponential, the mostly defense-related unmanned land, sea and air show, held in Dallas; Innorobo, focused on service robotics, in Paris; and ICRA, the IEEE's premier robotics…

Case studies with Proto Labs Tech Tips

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Hengstler absolute encoder helps harvesting technology

In Germany alone, over 10 million tons of potatoes are harvested each year. Worldwide, the total even exceeds 341M tons. More than 80 years ago, Grimme developed the first potato harvesting machine. A great deal has happened since that time, and now Grimme is the world market leader in potato harvesting technology. Besides the actual […]

Kisters Enhances 3DViewStation with Real Time Materials Rendering Functions

Kisters North America has released version 2017 of its 3DViewStation Desktop, a powerful 3D CAD viewer and universal viewer for engineers and designers. The new version features several updates, including real time materials rendering function. Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation ships with current […]

May 2017 Digital Issue: Medical software development – where safety meets security + more

In this issue: 76 Medical software development 56 Equivalent dynamic load and L10 life ratings for linear-motion setups 64 Designing with pneumatic clutches and brakes 86 LEDs light up industrial enclosures     Plan for vanishing jobs now Disappearing jobs isn’t a new thing. With the passage of time, jobs that were once steady, dependable

Proportional directional spool valves Tech Tips

Download Hawe Ebook Proportional directional spool valves are a type of directional valve. They control the direction of movement and the velocity of individual or multiple hydraulic consumers actuated simultaneously. Control is independent of the load and continuous.

Motion System Trends Issue: 2017 Trends in Motion + More

In this issue: 08 No respect for manufacturing jobs 26 New applications drive ballscrew developments 86 Trends in linear guides rails, slides & systems 2017 TRENDS IN MOTION EDITORIAL: Thank you, Online Shoppers (for driving automation) Do you regularly get packages on your doorstep crisscrossed in a telltale black tape that doubles as a harbinger of satisfaction derived from a

Internet of Things Handbook Issue: How Mr. Robot hacked the IoT + more

In this issue: 02 Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. 16 Who is after big data? 23 The new face of machinery 35 Thwarting hackers on the IoT   Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. Many of the applications envisioned as part of the internet of things

Moving Energy Made Easy: Tips and Tricks for designing with cable carriers Tech Tips

Download igus Ebook Cable carriers are the lifeline of modern machinery. Industrial cables and hoses transmit energy, data, and fluids from their source throughout moving machinery, and are subject to external stresses that are commonplace in environments of an industrial nature.

April 2017 Digital Issue: Effects of PID and machine parameters on positioning system performance + more

In this issue: 46 Fighting Cancer with precision motion control 54 Effects of PID and machine parameters on positioning system performance 82 Making WirelessHART truly wireless 94 6 bearing killers and how to stop them     Making technical education more local   Talk to many component manufacturers and you’ll hear the phrase “local for

March 2017 Digital Issue: Ethernet from the ground up + more

In this issue: 86 Ethernet from the ground up 56 Difference between drum motors and gear motors for food conveying 66 How to select your next clutch & brake 76 Developing a mixed safety-critical IIoT robotic arm   The creative power of big data Big Data, for all of its being touted across the manufacturing

Power Transmission Reference Guide 2017

In this issue: 2 Updated information on evolving power-transmission designs 8 2017 PTDA Update 50 Linear Guides Rails, Slides & Systems 65 Shock, Vibration Damping   Updated information on evolving power-transmission designs   POWER-TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS are core to the operation of innumerable motion designs wherever electric motors engage loads to execute machine tasks. That’s thanks

Power Electronics Handbook 2017

In this issue: 2 The tough problems in power design 8 Teardown: Inside Ikea’s smart LED bulb 28 The basics of thermistors in thermal management 43 How to be smart when selecting a fan for forced air cooling   The tough problems in power design AN ANNUAL RITUAL takes place in the upper echelons of

Crossed Roller Bearing Update Tech Tips

Download NB Ebook Crossed roller bearings provide moreaccuracy, rigidity, and weight-bearing capacity for linear motion than other commonly used friction-reducing devices such as ball bearings. And unlike ball bearings, they can support moment loads, radial forces or tilting loads.

January 2017 Digital Issue: Leadership in Engineering 2017 + More

Leadership Pages In this issue: 92 MOTION CONTROL: Step Motors expand performance capabilities 100 LINEAR MOTION: Onboard electronics make linear actuators safer and smarter 121 ELECTRONICS: Why does simultaneous sourcing/measurement matter? 132 3D CAD: Simulation is becoming democratized – at last   Leadership in Engineering When a manufacturing company listens to and truly partners with

Automotive Lighting Solutions Tech Tip

It’s safe to say that the automotive industry is in the midst of one of the greatest revolutions in its history, judging by the sheer breadth of its technological advances, all of which are taking place more or less simultaneously. Inside • Forward Lighting Takes a Mighty Leap 2 • Automotive LED Driver with On/Off