Protect products during delivery

A next-generation accelerometer is for long-period monitoring of the physical condition of high-value assets. With its low power capabilities, the ADXL372 micropower high-g MEMS accelerometer targets Internet of Things (IoT) solutions where shock and impact on a unit during storage, transit, or use would adversely affect its function, safety, or reliability. Representative assets include materials

More conveying options for medical applications

The SmartFlex flexible chain conveyor platform, available in an additional 85 mm width standard option, gives designers more options for applications in medical as well as packaging, food, assembly and other industries. With this addition, SmartFlex Conveyors are now available in 4 standard widths: 65 mm (2.6 in.), 85 mm (3.3 in.), 105 mm (4.1

Direct drive offers more tractive force

The MCR-T radial piston motor, for compact tracked loaders and other tracked vehicles, comes in frame size 10. This unit is approximately 20% shorter than conventional radial piston motors on the market and offers around 10% higher starting torque for more tractive force. For improved efficiency, especially over long distances, the MCR-T units also allow

High speed data transmission in harsh environments

The Max M12 product line includes board level connectors that mate to a PCB board with straight or right angle solder pins. The connectors transmit data in environments where there is high vibration, moisture, salt, dirt and debris. Applications include camera and communication systems on construction, mining and agricultural equipment. It can also be used

Neglecting function safety can cost in food processing

Jorgen Saxeryd, safety products and functional safety advisor to ABB’s food and beverage offers some tips on ensuring safety. In 2014 in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay a £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury

Control real time profitability

EcoStruxure Profit Advisor offers IIoT capabilities that will enable industrial customers to measure and control the profitability of their operations in real time. Developed through a partnership with Seeq, a leading provider of software and services that enable data-driven decision making, EcoStruxure Profit Advisor uses Big Data analytics to measure the financial performance of an

High speed connectivity for high performance computing systems

The SWE540 6U OpenVPX 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch provides high speed Ethernet connectivity for high performance computing solutions such as the SBC627 single board computer and the DSP282A digital signal processor. This switch helps deliver performance upgrades for the manufacturer’s pre-integrated mission ready systems. These solutions target high performance embedded computing (HPEC) applications requiring the

Easy connection to the IoT with gateway

This IoT Gateway makes it easy to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) without intervening in the automation logic. The precisely coordinated combination of control hardware and software for implementing IT applications collects sensor and process data, transmits it to MES, cloud applications or local machine state monitoring systems and enables process data analysis.

Flexible manufacturing on the road to production runs of one

Fraunhofer enables intelligent manufacturing with help from a digital twin. Machines today produce parts in networked, pre-programmed production runs: pieces are turned, milled and measured in a set order. But what happens when a machine fails or a customer changes its order? Production has to be re-configured, which is time-consuming and expensive. What if there

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Launches Redundant Control System

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. has paired its proven iQ-R Series integrated control platform with a redundant function module to create a redundant process control system for applications that require highly reliable control. The iQ-R Series Process CPU/Redundant System is designed specifically for industries such as oil and gas, wastewater and building automation with applications that

IDEC Acquires APEM

IDEC Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial automation and control devices, announces the recent acquisition of APEM. Together, IDEC and APEM are now one of the world’s largest manufacturers of human machine interface (HMI) components, panels and systems. With more than $ 500 million USD in total sales, the combined entity has a broad portfolio

Cognex Introduces the In-Sight Laser Profiler for Highly Accurate Part Dimension Verification

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leader in machine vision, today introduced the In-Sight® Laser Profiler, an easy-to-use measurement system that verifies part dimensions. Cognex vision tools, accurate object detection and the EasyBuilder® interface make the new profiler an intuitive and highly reliable tool for obtaining height, gap, position, and angle measurements and detecting defects

Compact Barcode Reader Delivers Powerful Performance

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leading supplier of industrial barcode readers and machine vision, announced today the addition of the  DataMan 70 series to its successful line of compact fixed-mount barcode readers. DataMan 70 delivers the highest read rates for 1-D and 2-D label-based barcodes in a form factor small enough to fit in

How to design robust injection molds

RJG, Inc. held their first Mold Design class in March of this year. The goal of offering this course is to provide mold makers, design engineers and molders with the common language and core knowledge required to design injection molds that exceed time, cost and quality requirements. Mold Design is meant to bridge the gap

Change seals on pumps fast

Connecting a rotating piston lobe to a hollow shaft has been improved with the ETP-EXPAND, a patented bushing device that is fast and easy to install and adjust. The ETP-EXPAND was developed to simplify exchanging seals in pumps when fluid viscosity is changed. This bushing connects to a hollow shaft, locking the impeller/lobe wheel of

Analyze motion performance easily

The IL5 High-Speed Camera lets you record any gears, motors, machinery, mechanical or robotic equipment that is moving too quickly to process with the naked eye. By using slow motion replay, you can see what you have been missing with normal speed video and analyze the performance of your equipment to improve design. With recording

Camera records 1,000 frames per second

Certain features are needed in cameras used in aerospace applications. These features should prevent motion artifacts with propellers, motors and other rotating objects and ensure timing precision throughout the entirety of each frame. The Phantom Flex4K-GS is a high-speed camera with a 35 mm, 9.4-megapixel sensor and global shutter, which fits the needs of this

New Addition to Ogura Product Line – HO Series

Ogura Industrial is pleased to announce a new addition to our product line.  Although this product is not new to Ogura, it is new to North America.  The HO series is finding new opportunities for machinery manufacturers in North America because of some of its unique features. The wet type multiple disc hydraulic clutch can

Pole Mount Enclosures Now Available From ROLEC

Plastic enclosures designed specifically for pole mounted electronics are now available from ROLEC. Its technoPLUS range features a dedicated bracket for horizontal or vertical mounting on poles, masts, street signs etc. ROLEC technoPLUS enclosures have been built to withstand exposed outdoor locations. They are rated to IP 66 (IP 67 optional) and molded from UV

BRECOflex CO., L.L.C. Launches a Free Custom 3D Model Configurator on their Website

BRECOflex CO., L.L.C., the world leader in the polyurethane timing belt industry announces the launch of their exclusive 3D configurator for generating models of custom pulleys and timing belts. The 3D configurator was designed by the BRECOflex engineering department and is available exclusively through their website at www.brecoflex.com/3d-configurator- signup/. Registration is free and users can

AutomationDirect adds NEMA Rated Limit Switches from Eaton

AutomationDirect has expanded its limit switch offering to include F25 Series NEMA limit switches from Eaton. These limit switches are NEMA 3, 3S, 4, 4X, 6, 6P, 13, and IP67 rated for operation in a variety of rugged industrial environments. All F25 Series NEMA limit switches consist of three modular, interchangeable, plug-in components: operating head,

Weidmuller’s u-remote distributed I/O platform certified for offshore applications

Weidmuller announces that its “u-remote” distributed I/O platform meets the requirements for use in the demanding maritime and offshore sectors. u-remote has received certification from several classification agencies including DNV GL (formerly Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd), BV (Bureau Veritas), LR (Lloyds Register), and RINA (Registro Italiano Navale). This certification applies to most areas

IDEC releases world’s smallest safety laser scanner

IDEC Corporation introduces the SE2L Safety Laser Scanner, the world’s smallest, and the world’s first with master/slave functionality and dual protection zones. A laser scanner is a safety device that uses the reflection of laser beams to detect the presence of objects or people. The scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs,

Dorner Announces Partnership with EQT Mid Market

Dorner Holding Company, the parent company of Dorner Mfg. Corp., FlexMove, and Geppert-Band has announced a new partnership with the EQT Mid Market US fund (“EQT Mid Market”). Dorner Mfg. Corp. was founded by the Dorner brothers in 1966. What started as a small tool and die shop has evolved to become an industry leader

Yes, your microwave could be spying on you

Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to President Donald Trump, recently made the claim that microwave [ovens] at Trump Tower were turned into cameras and used to spy on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Like many, at first I laughed at the suggestion. Then I thought about the Internet of Things (IoT). Regardless of the politics