Micro stepping linear motors help imaging research

Aircraft and spacecraft carry high-resolution thermal imaging systems that were not available a few years ago. Today’s systems are the result of research using X-ray crystal diffraction for crystal characterization. These crystals are then used in the high-resolution or short-wave thermal imaging systems. The wavelengths of visible light are too long to see features and


How to creatively replace discontinued universal joints

A global designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision motion control products needed universal joints for sensor applications of aircraft wing high lift actuation systems (HLAS). Because the company’s original universal joint vendor discontinued the product, it had to locate a new supplier who could satisfy an extremely tight production schedule quickly and skillfully. The new


Don’t rule out leadscrews

by Robert Lipsett, Site Leader and Engineering Manager, Thomson Industries Here we explain where leadscrews excel in linear-motion applications. Then we explain how to apply them. Ballscrews are…

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AutomationDirect expands interlocking safety switch offering

AutomationDirect’s safety products offering includes additional interlocking safety switches. IDEM’s INCH and MK1 series of miniature tongue interlock safety switches are designed to fit leading edge, hinged or lift-off machine guards; available shaft hinge interlock switches are designed to fit edge-hinged gates. With a very compact 16.5mm to 18mm or 16.5mm to 22mm mounting profile,


GE Rugged proves itself in space

GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms  business announced that its CR11 single board computer (SBC) has been successfully deployed and is fully operational  onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the continuing experiments by the European Space Agency (ESA) taking place way above the earth. The CR11 is at the heart of the supporting


New PEM VariMount fastening system

The new PEM® VariMount™ fastening system (Type VM) from PennEngineering® utilizes proven self-clinching technology paired with a round steel or stainless steel base plate to offer a clean and ready-made assembly for mounting into any rigid material or panel, including composites, plastics, and metals.  Multiple radial holes in the base plate and a generous footprint


Beckhoff Automation introduces new EtherCAT Box I/O modules with die-cast zinc housings

With the introduction of the new ER series, Beckhoff Automation has extended the range of applications served by the EtherCAT Box product line. Robust ER series I/O modules feature die-cast zinc housings that provide exceptional performance in severe environmental conditions, such as the heavy-duty and automotive industries or in robotics. Together with the EP and


New module for motion monitoring

Pilz has expanded the performance range of its automation system PSS 4000 for safe motion monitoring: the new, compact I/O module PSSu K F EI monitors safe speed, direction of movement and stop functions. Users benefit from reduced reaction times and higher productivity, as well as easier maintenance repair of their plant and machinery. High

3M Next Generation Structural Acrylic Adhesives make designing the impossible possible

Manufacturing and design engineers thrive on producing new and innovative products, and rely on an efficient process to get them there. Now, there are structural adhesives available to take that process to the next level. 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Acrylic Adhesive DP8425NS and 3M™ Scotch-Weld™ Low Odor Acrylic Adhesive DP8825NS offer a faster cure time and expand


Spirol releases new solid pins design guide

SPIROL is pleased to announce the release of their new Solid Pin Design Guide. SPIROL recently overhauled their previous Solid Pin catalog to make it an informative design guide with many easy-to-read schematics and diagrams to support each key section. Rather than simply providing specifications, this design guide provides valuable information including: Guidance as to


Advantech launches full support of Microsoft Windows 10 enabling the IoT

Advantech is pleased to announce its support of the newly released Windows 10 IoT. Windows 10 IoT will power a range of intelligent connected devices from smaller equipment such as gateways or mobile point-of-sale units to industrial devices like robots and specialty medical equipment. Designed to connect through Azure IoT services, Windows 10 IoT offers


POSITAL announces new programmable incremental rotary sensors

POSITAL has launched a new line of incremental rotary encoders for the motion control and industrial automation markets. These devices are programmable, which means that performance characteristics such as resolution (number of pulses per turn) and incremental pulse direction (A before B or B before A) can be modified by simply changing firmware parameters. The

Proto Labs launches rapid magnesium injection molding service

Proto Labs, Inc. has introduced magnesium injection molding into its current rapid manufacturing services. This advanced injection molding process enables product designers and engineers to prototype using the same materials and processes used for the final part production. In addition to prototypes, Proto Labs will offer production parts in quantities of up to 5,000+ with


AutomationDirect adds more Hubbell-Wiegmann enclosures

AutomationDirect has added over 360 NEMA 4/12 and 4/4X/12 enclosures. The Ultimate Series enclosures are designed to house and protect electrical and electronic components from harsh, dirty environments. Streamlined designs include models with slope top, windows, as well as 1-point and 3-point latch heavy-duty handles; models are available in heavy 14 gauge steel with ANSI


Mitsubishi Electric Automation adds option card and programming software to 800 Series VFDs

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. introduces the FR-Configurator2, a new generation of variable frequency drive (VFD) programming software, plus plug-in type option cards and stand-alone accessories for its FR-A800 and FR-F800 series inverters.  These additions are designed to provide flexibility in order to maximize the inverters’ performance and application efficiency. The stand-alone and shared accessories include


FactoryMation announces addition of FMX’s new enclosure offering

FactoryMation announces the recent addition of FMX’s new modular component enclosures. FMX modular component enclosures offer a versatile solution for mounting and installing industrial components. FMX modular component enclosures are designed to fit a variety of industrial control products including supplementary protectors, SG2 programmable relays, and other DIN 43 880 standard profile devices such as


B&R streamlines IP69K connectivity

Stainless steel motors from B&R meet strict hygienic design standards and are now easier than ever to use. Employing a special connector, the motor can be connected and disconnected in the field. This connector meets the same strict hygienic design standards as the previous variant with a fixed mounted cable. The new connector technology makes


Leine & Linde 900 series encoders now with EtherCAT option

Leine & Linde’s PSE and PHE 900 series of rotary encoders are perfectly suited for heavy duty applications commonly found in the steel, mining and energy industries to name a few, and are now available with an EtherCAT interface option. With rising demands on machine efficiency and reliability, the 900 series of solid shaft and


FMX introduces a new series of signaling devices

FMX introduces BE76 series 76mm beacon lights. FMX BE76 series beacon lights are available in three model types: Bulb-type beacon lights, Integrated LED beacon lights, and Integrated LED beacon lights with integrated sound module. Bulb-type beacon lights allow the choice of an LED or incandescent bulb and are available as steady, single, double, or triple


FactoryMation expands FMX product line of signaling devices

FactoryMation announces the recent addition of FMX BE40 series 40mm beacon lights. FMX BE40 series luminous and acoustic beacon lights were engineered to supply industry leading technology for panel mounted applications. FMX 40mm beacon lights were engineered for panel mounted applications and include luminous and acoustic devices. Light modules have been engineered to deliver high


Wieland Electric adds new measuring & monitoring relays

Wieland Electric Inc., a manufacturer of innovative electrical interconnect technology, has expanded its flare CONTROL Series of measuring relays with new devices that monitor a selectable voltage or current setpoint. The flare CONTROL Series measure voltage in three different ranges up to 300V; or single-phase current in three ranges up to 10A. Both series feature a wide supply voltage


Wieland Electric offers surge protection for North America

Wieland Electric Inc., a manufacturer of innovative electrical interconnect technology, has expanded its proven wietap overvoltage protection modules designed for North American applications. The wietap surge arrester modules for control cabinet main power supply protection (IEC Class II, Category B) include modules rated for 150V, 275V, 320V, 385V, 440V and 600V; as well as modules for sub-distribution (IEC Class


New mounting plate kits for METCASE rack mount enclosures

Mounting plate kits are now available for METCASE’s bestselling COMBIMET range of 19″ rack mount enclosures. COMBIMET is a high quality range of vented, unvented and open rack cases for networking and communications equipment, industrial computers, sound and studio systems, laboratory instruments and control technology. The new internal mounting plate kits enable multiple PCBS to

Exlar Corporation earns Governor’s Safety Award

Curtiss-Wright Corporation announced that its Exlar business located in Chanhassen, MN will be recognized for superior performance in workplace safety and health at the Minnesota Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon on Thursday, May 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Exlar is one of 267 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota


Samba by Unitronics with a new 7 inch HMI panel

Samba, an all-in-one, palm-size PLC with HMI and onboard I/Os, fills a growing niche – OEMs on a tight budget who need compact controllers for simple machine control, but still want the competitive advantage of an elegant, color-touch HMI panel. The first model of Samba was released last spring; a few months later, Unitronics expanded