It’s about time: the evolving time-sensitive networking standard for the Industrial IoT

by Todd Walter, National Instruments, AVnu Alliance Industrial Segment Chair IoT adoption promises increased amounts of data over widely distributed networks. This change will require new standards for sharing and transferring critical information. One approach will be Time-Sensitive Networks, a new standard from the IEEE 802 committee. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a world

Linear encoders improve accuracy

by Product Management Dept., HEIDENHAIN CORP. Linear encoders boost accuracy by correcting errors downstream of mechanical linkages. Linear encoders track axis position without intermediate mechanical elements. The encoders…

Linear Motion Tips

Compact Ultrasonic Sensors in Thermoplastic and Stainless Steel

Carlo Gavazzi is pleased to announce a new range of compact ultrasonic sensors, available in M18 housings constructed of thermoplastic (UA18CSD Series) and stainless steel (UA18ESD Series). These…

Sensor Tips

Taking the simple O-ring to new levels

Edited by Mary C. Gannon, Senior Editor LSR (liquid silicone rubber) O-rings are growing in use in a variety of high-volume production applications, especially in life sciences. O-rings are the most commonly used seal, featured in applications from aircraft engines to chemical processing lines, the hydraulics in tractors to subsea down-hole tools. They account for

Networking for industrial machine tool building

by Todd Walter, National Instruments If the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) takes off, machines will depend on free flowing data within and between other machines. Updates to standard Ethernet will support these needs. In the U.S. alone industrial machines are an over $200-billion market. This competitive market has undergone an evolution in the last

Key design tips for working with adhesives

by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives For the latest materials, adhesive bonding is a better way to join. Here are key tips that will ensure a solid, reliable bond. Structural bonding has many advantages over conventional joining technologies. It’s best to consider adhesives early on in the design phase to take full advantage

Using linear and rotary Hall-effect and reed sensors

by Gwenn Gmeinder, N.A. Busines Development Manager, Sensor Products, Littelfuse Analog and digital sensors are accurate and reliable over the long term. Here we explain how to choose…

Linear Motion Tips

Herrmann Ultrasonics, Inc. 360° of Ultrasonic Engineering

Over the past 25 years, Herrmann Ultrasonics has grown from a small start-up to an industry leader with a strong global presence in ultrasonic engineering. With a quarter century of technical knowledge under their belt in the fields of industry and science, Herrmann opened its doors to potential customers and current customers for their 1st

Edison Nation Hosts the Amazon Inventions Tour

Edison Nation is teaming with Amazon to host the Amazon Inventions Tour in Atlanta beginning Friday, September 25, 2015 through Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 7AM to 7PM EST at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, GA (formerly Gwinnett Center). The Amazon Inventions Tour provides startups and inventors with an opportunity to privately pitch their

SPIROL Receives Nadcap Recertification

SPIROL International Corporation is proud to announce reaccreditation by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) for meeting the stringent audit criteria requirements of Nadcap Nonconventional Machining. SPIROL is certified to the Aerospace standard AS9100. However, many of the most demanding companies in the world, such as those in the Aerospace industry, require Nadcap approval above and

Image dimension measurement system makes tolerance checks faster

Lisi Medical’s plant in Miribel, France, specializes in the outsourcing of surgical implants and ancillary items. Consisting primarily of plates and screws, these parts require precision manufacturing and are inspected by the plant’s metrology department. The typical tolerances allowed range from 0.1 to 0.05 mm. “We measure around thirty points on each part. We perform

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…

Linear Motion Tips

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