How to select and apply rail brakes

By Alex Thell, Mechanical Engineer, Nexen Group Linear guide rail brakes play a critical role in many linear motion applications by ensuring that the guide carriage and payload…

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Building the Industrial Cloud: the immediate future of M2M technology

By Johnny Fang, Product Manager and Patrick Bor, Product Manager, Moxa Industrial automation suppliers need embedded computing platforms that are optimized for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. The fundamental challenge in designing IoT clouds for industries involves negotiating the divide between IT and IA technologies. Industrial automation protocols are fundamental to the proper functioning of the mass


Where problems arise in PCB design

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Even smart engineers can make dumb mistakes when they create printed circuit boards. A few stories from the trenches illustrate how problems often arise in this interview with Nancy Viter, Director of Manufacturing, Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, Ore. Some engineers think the design process is on the home stretch once the


Unified architecture aids interoperability with the IoT

by Nathan Pocock, Director of Technology and Compliance, OPC Foundation It seems as though everyone has now heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 and the opportunities ahead. But are you prepared to benefit from this next technological leap while maximizing your opportunity with minimal risk and cost? Since the 1990s, technology


J.W. Winco Cylindrical Anti-Vibration Mounts Now In Inch Sizes

J.W. Winco, offers inch sized GN 451.1 / GN 451.2 / GN 451.3 Cylindrical Type Vibration Isolation Mounts with Stainless Steel Components. These RoHS-compliant vibration isolation mounts, also known as vibration mounts, anti-vibration mounts, vibration bobbins, or rubber bumpers, are suitable for the elastic mounting of machine units such as motors, compressors and pumps.

AutomationDirect adds more photoelectric sensors

AutomationDirect’s new QM series photoelectric sensors are IP67-rated sensors available in three-wire NPN or PNP styles and with visible red and infrared versions. The mini-rectangular photo eye sensors…

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What You Need to Know about the 2:1 Ratio

by Jonathan R. Schroeder, Engineer The Binding Ratio is a frequently misunderstood mechanical principle, with common misconceptions still causing stalling and application failure. A closer look at the…

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Roller Pinions, Another Way to Roll Down the Line

By Allan Conway, Nexen Group, Inc. A roller pinion system is a linear drive approach that combines the best features of ball screws, rack and pinion, belt drives and linear motors while eliminating many of their short comings. To meet the goals of designing machines and equipment that are faster, more precise, and require less


The Internet of Things: Game Changer or Reboot?

By: Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Is the Internet of Things really new, and if so, how will it affect you? Or is it a marketing ploy to package IT services? Here we go again. If you have been involved in designing/developing components and systems for manufacturing for a decade or two, the Internet of Things

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Webinar: Aluminum Extrusion Design And The Role It Plays In High Performance Cooling Solutions

Webinar was April 8, 2014. Fill out the form below to view this webinar on demand. As power densities continue to increase, so does the demand for an efficient means of cooling electronics in a cost effective manner. This is leading to a transition from basic heat sinks to high performance heat sinks. Whether that


Harvesting Energy in Challenging Environments

By Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries A new type of rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers reliable, long-term power for remote wireless devices powered by energy harvesting. If a self-powered wireless device is intended for use in a remote location, and exposed to extreme environmental conditions, it is essential to choose the right power management system. This decision


Glide-Line Pallet and Panel Handling Systems

Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling conveyor solution available for the assembly automation industry. Advanced configuration tools streamline the design experience, ensuring the Glide-Line will meet your exact specifications. Glide-Line’s digital manufacturing process means fast, efficient manufacture of your specific configuration, and our configuration tool generates real-time part numbers and pricing, so


Kaman Distribution to Acquire B.W. Rogers Company

Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) announced that its Distribution Segment, Kaman Distribution Group (Kaman), has executed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the operating assets of B.W. Rogers Company and certain affiliated entities (collectively, B.W. Rogers). The acquisition significantly expands Kaman’s footprint in both fluid power and automation. The transaction is expected to close early in


New Miniature Coil Capability from Precision Inc.

Precision, Inc. announces the global launch of the company´s miniature coil manufacturing capabilities for medical navigation technologies. These assemblies feature ultra-fine wire winding in a wide variety of configurations –including unique-in-the-industry angular winding configurations- that allow for enhanced signal intensity. Miniature Coil / Ultra-Fine Wire Winding Capabilities Precision has the demonstrated capability to produce miniature

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Sunstone Circuits® Launches New Corporate Website

Sunstone Circuits® has launched a new corporate website dedicated to making the PCB design engineer’s life easier, from project quote to PCB delivery. The new website, which is cleaner in design and easier for the user to navigate, features streamlined navigation and user content, including whitepapers, videos, and customer testimonials. Visitors to the new website


Editors on Topic: Self-Driving Cars

Design World editors sit down and discuss driverless cars, and if they are a reality or not.


Opto 22 Updates groov Web-based Mobile Operator Interface System

Opto 22 has announced groov version 2.1, an update to its groov web-based mobile operator interface system for building and using effective, scalable operator interfaces on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. groov 2.1 improvements include faster tag handling with OPC-UA servers, and improved data exchange with mobile devices for faster response times and lower


How to Secure Fasteners and Strengthen Interference Fits

By Doug Lescarbeau, Anaerobic Technology Manager, and Tina Adams, OEM Market Manager, Henkel Corporation Retaining compounds offer a number of benefits in fastening applications, including reducing weight, lowering cost and assembly time, and even reducing some dimensional precision requirements. Here’s a closer look at when and how you can use retaining compounds. Ancillary benefits of

Bishop-Wisecarver Hires New Vice President of Marketing

Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG) recently announced the hiring of a new Vice President of Marketing. Scott McClintock, who started work in his new role last month, will create and…

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Editors on Topic: Alien Technology and Space Exploration

Design World editors sit down and discuss space exploration, and whether or not alien life exists.


Clippard Releases New Manifold Mounted Multi Check Valves

Clippard’s efficient R-614 Multi Check Valve integrates four check valves in one compact valve body. Take advantage of the many features of this versatile line including easy manifold mounted design, integrated circuitry, Octoport outlet design, maximized performance and more. Eight air passages extend longitudinally through the body surrounding the valve cavity integrated circuit. The R-337


Non-Drip, One Component Silicone Offers High Temperature Resistance, Thermal Conductivity and Electrical Isolation

Placing an emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that doesn’t require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity. Suitable for a variety of bonding, sealing and coating applications, MasterSil 705TC delivers thermal conductivity


Ultra-Low Profile Surface Mount 2032 Coin Cell Holders

When circuit board height is a critical design parameter, Keystone offers a solution with an ultra-low profile holder for the #2032 Lithium Coin Cells. These new holders rise only 2mm above the PCB surface and are ideal for retaining cells securely under shock and vibration in high-density applications for PCB requirements. The dramatic reduction in


MRI Tumor-Tracked Cancer Treatment

Edited by Barb Schmitz, Senior Editor A team of researchers from the Cross Cancer Institute in Canada, known as the Linac-MR Project, is combining magnetic resonance imaging with a linear particle accelerator to facilitate ultra-precise radiation therapy. Imagine trying to aim at a moving target, knowing that if you hit outside the bull’s eye, the


New 8 kg model added to FlexPicker line

By Paul J. Heney, Editorial Director ABB Robotics has added an 8 kg model to its IRB 360 FlexPicker line, supplementing the existing 1 kg and 3 kg models and expanding the high speed picking and packing performance of the Delta robot. The 8-kg version of the IRB 360 robot has been re-engineered to handle