OPC UA companion standard for Sercos released

The OPC Foundation and Sercos International announced that the Sercos OPC UA Companion Specification Release is available. This specification describes the mapping of the Sercos device model and the Sercos device profiles to OPC UA, so that functions and parameters of Sercos devices are accessible with OPC UA in a vendor-independent manner. This initiative aims to

Manufacturing analytics help brewery meet demand

Craft beer is booming business in the United States, and even seasoned breweries are finding themselves looking for creative ways to keep up with thirsty consumers. Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), an independent craft brewery founded in 1988, recently tapped into manufacturing analytics technology that helps scale production without sacrificing product quality. GLBC deployed

Trends in IIoT adoption

Adopting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to a facility or operation still faces challenges. One continuing challenge is the need for two different organizational groups within an enterprise to work together. To realize the potential benefits of IIoT applications, the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) teams need to leverage and apply each

Power distribution blocks reduce costs and improve safety

The design of the IP 20 Power Distribution (WPD) Blocks incorporates finger safety and offers reduced installation cost, when compared to conventional terminal blocks, by joining individual blocks to create small bus modules in the control cabinet. The new compact, single bus modules have the ability to manage multiple load connections from one to nine

Safety valve for machine guarding

The safe operation of machinery is always a priority. The M35 Series safety exhaust (dump) valve is for Category-4, PL e machine guarding applications. The safety function of the valve is to shut off supply of pneumatic energy and to exhaust any pneumatic energy from downstream of the valve. The M35 Series double valve includes

Sensor delivers linear position feedback and takes up minimal space

With the Internet of Things requiring sensors on nearly everything, situations arise that could use a sensor, but the space available for one is minimal. The BIP04 Compact Inductive Linear Position Sensor, however, delivers accurate, continuous linear position feedback over a 17 mm range, in a compact form factor.  The BIP04 is for position feedback

Pressure vacuum pumps

Vacuum pumps can be a key component in packaging applications. The 2755 series variants are: 2755BE75, 2755BGHI75, 2755CE60, 2755CGHI60, 2755TE48/40. 2755TGHI52/48, 2755VEF75, 2755VHI75. These oil-less twin WOB-L piston units are RoHS compliant and designed for single stage vacuum, two stage vacuum, single stage compressor, or two stage compressor operation. They are designed for applications including

Pressure transmitter with low-power output

When low-power consumption is critical for off-shore applications, this low-power pressure transmitter may be a good choice. The PMP71 pressure transmitter has a 1-5 Vdc Low Power output option that draws only 17 milliwatts of power at 9V, thus it consumes less power during operation than other voltage-output pressure transmitters in the market. This low-power

Stainless steel flush nuts for thin metal sheets won’t mar surfaces

The design challenge is to fasten thin metal sheets in a manner that assures load-bearing threads that are stronger than tapped holes. In addition, the fastening cannot protrude on either side of the sheet. One solution is the PEMSERT self-clinching flush nut. These nuts can be installed before sheet bending and forming to provide threads

Energy efficient motors for fixed and variable speed applications

Known as electronically commutated motors, this line of brushless dc electric gearmotors are ideal for environments requiring virtually maintenance-free operation and accurate speed control as well as operation over a wide speed range. They are also desirable for settings where brush dust contamination is to be avoided or brush contact arcing could affect electronically sensitive

Rise to greater heights with helix conveyor

Need to move product up or down in a tight space? The SmartFlex Helix Conveyor features a proprietary flexible chain. The SmartFlex Helix can operate in a footprint as small as a 10 ft x 10 ft, and is ideal for product handling applications where product needs to travel up or down in a confined

Smart condition monitoring aims to end downtime

Predictive maintenance is the best answer to minimizing the risks of equipment failure, however, monitoring practices in the past have been expensive, problematic or simply unreliable. The Smart Condition Monitoring promises to provide plant-wide 24-7 monitoring. With the Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) system, operators can gain access to the status of rotating equipment. The system

Corrosion resistant connector housings

Enhancements to the EPIC ULTRA rectangular connector housings include new covers and models aimed at the food and beverage industry or any other application that requires electrical connectors with high levels of corrosion resistance. The connectors include EPIC ULTRA H-A ¾ and EPIC ULTRA H-B Cover. The corrosion-resistant HA ¾ family of housing is UL-50

Inspection system accurately inspects carbon composites

The Carbon Composite Inspection System automates the manual visual inspection process of carbon composites for the aerospace and other industries. It is based on Apodius 3D technology and features advanced inspection and analysis of lightweight carbon-fiber components that operates at an unprecedented level of speed and detail. The system is comprised of a portable ROMER

Moxa Releases IIoT Gateway Starter Kit With Amazon Web Services (AWS) Support Built In

To serve the needs of system integrators and engineers developing applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Moxa has launched the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit, which includes built-in support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). This data-acquisition-ready kit provides a reliable ready-to-use platform that simplifies development of IIoT solutions by providing all the essentials needed

Stratasys kicks-off official entry process for 2018 extreme redesign 3d printing challenge

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) – a global leader in applied additive technology solutions – today announced the company is officially kicking off its 2018 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge with a “call-for-entries.” Entering its 14th year, the contest is widely recognized as the premier event to highlight excellence in 3D printed design from student innovators. Leveraging […]

Latest COMSOL Multiphysics software unveiled at the COMSOL Conference 2017

COMSOL, the leading provider of software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation app deployment, provided attendees with a sneak preview of the latest updates of the COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server products at the annual COMSOL Conference in Boston. Attendees learned about current and future developments of the software from Svante Littmarck, President and CEO, […]

5 amazing 3D printed cars

It’s Friday. And it’s National Manufacturing Day. So, what better way to celebrate, and get ready for the weekend, than to look at a few 3D printed car designs.   1. The Blade super car     Divergent Microfactories uses 3D printing to build parts for its supercar. The car needs only about 1/50 of […]

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Argonne works to make 3D printing more efficient

With the development of additive manufacturing — often referred to as 3-D printing — engineers are limited only by their imagination — and the quality of the part that they can produce. By heating plastic or metal powders with lasers, scientists have already built cars, pedestrian bridges and even artificial jawbones layer by layer. This […]

Manufacturing—the best career choice for problem solvers

Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver Group While we clearly enjoy the technological advances of living in the 21st century, many Americans’ thoughts on the manufacturing industry haven’t moved past the Industrial Revolution. Comments about dark, grimy, repetitive, dangerous work conditions persist today, but are far from the reality. Manufacturing in 2017 means technologically advanced machinery,

Materialise acquires ACTech

Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) announced the acquisition of ACTech, a Germany-based leader in producing limited runs of highly complex cast metal parts. The transaction brings together the metal competencies of Materialise, a leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions and software, with those of ACTech into a comprehensive metal manufacturing offering. ACTech has over 20 years of deep […]

Stratasys joins forces with non-profit Workshops for Warriors, shaping tomorrow’s workforce with key donations to additive manufacturing curriculum

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced the company is teaming with nationally-accredited, non-profit Workshops for Warriors to unveil advanced manufacturing job re-training and certification initiatives for military veterans. Backed by key donations of premier 3D printing technology and services, the San Diego-based program features Stratasys as the centerpiece of […]

Revolutionizing eyewear through 3D printing

As someone who has worn glasses all her life, I’m for any method that makes obtaining frames faster, and potentially less expensive. From initial design concept to display on the store shelf, a new eyeglass-frame design can take up to 18 months with traditional development techniques. Large eyewear manufacturers may create up to 150 new […]

Model Solution’s new rapid prototyping center and North American HQ

Model Solution (LRD: London) recently built a new North American headquarters and rapid prototyping center in Silicon Valley. Offering rapid sketch and mock-up capabilities, as well as local project management and engineering support services, the facility strengthens the company’s ability to quickly meet customer requirements. With this facility and the existing global headquarters in Seoul, […]

Siemens and IDS partner offer electromagnetic engineering design capabilities in Simcenter

Siemens entered into a strategic partnership with Ingegneria Dei Sistemi (IDS), an independent engineering and systems technologies company based in Italy, to provide high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) engineering solutions to the market. As such, the Simcenter portfolio will have a more complete offering, with the additional ability to engineer the electromagnetic performance of systems with regard […]