Newark element14 shipping new push-pull connector series from NorComp

Newark element14 is now shipping a new line of high-performance, metal shell push-pull interconnects from NorComp – designed for medical and industrial applications. The QUIK-LOQ Push Pull Series delivers a high-performance solution engineered to withstand shock and vibration in harsh environments. These rugged, sealed connectors are ideal for hi-rel waterproof cable-to-cable and cable-to-panel applications where […]

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Should you lubricate steel cable carriers?

Often used in highly corrosive environments, steel cable carriers provide a high strength-to-weight ratio and maximum unsupported spans. They usually feature a special coating to resist corrosion from chemicals and other abrasive materials. Generally, lubrication isn’t required. Should it be required, certain applications have more abrasive environments where a dry lubrication is required, but in […]

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TE Connectivity showcases Intercontec portfolio at Manufacturing in America event

TE Connectivity (TE) is demonstrating components for servomotors and industrial machinery as well as a wide variety of other connectivity solutions at the 2017 Manufacturing in America event being held at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, from March 22 to March 23. This will be the first time TE will present its Intercontec solutions […]

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What does the coding mean on M12 connectors?

M12 connectors are circular connectors with a 12-mm locking thread used for sensors, actuators, Fieldbus and industrial Ethernet, primarily in factory automation applications. Often with ratings ofIP65, IP68 and IP69K, they are ideal for washdown and corrosive environments. They are available with 3, 4, 5, 8 and 12 pins. While higher pin counts are not planned, […]

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Belden introduces New 4K ultra-high-definition media cables

Belden Inc. announced the launch of its new 4K Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) Media Cables 2183P (plenum) and 2183R (riser). Belden 4K UHD Media Cables are designed specifically to deliver 4K content over HDBaseT up to 100 meters in a unique, small, sleek design. The products are now available for purchase through authorized Belden distributors. “Belden conducted […]

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Unique separator system from igus revolutionizes e-chain harnessing

Fast harnessing saves time and money. But this is only of benefit if the energy chain to be harnessed has been optimized to this end. The E4.1L from igus is the lightest cable-carrying e-chain on the market. Thanks to the new type of separator system, which igus will be showing to visitors at Hannover Messe […]

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Online tool from Roxtec simplifies and speeds up cable and pipe transit design

Roxtec’s Transit Designer tool allows users to design thousands of cable and pipe transits in just a few minutes in a quick and easy manner. The tool allows users to filter by application, certificate and sealing requirements by entering cable schedule, sealing requirements and installation preferences. The tool generates manufacturer-approved outputs (dxf, step, excel) for exact specifications, […]

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Mencom introduces high-density version of SQUICH rectangular inserts

Mencom SQUICH spring terminal rectangular connectors are known for their convenient tool-free solutions that significantly reduce the connection time by using spring terminals with actuator buttons. The cabling time of the SQUICH connector can be 50% quicker than the screw-type connection and 20% quicker than the conventional spring-type connection. The continuous demand for a greater […]

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HARTING plans new product releases for Hannover Messe

The HARTING Technology Group continues forging ahead with new products and solutions for Integrated Industry. One example — its own smart factory called HAII4YOU Factory — proves that Integrated Industry is no longer just a vision, but already a concrete reality. HARTING will be exhibiting at Hannover Messe, April 24-28 in Hall 11, Stand C15, with […]

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ITT’s Cannon Brand introduces ARINC 801 fiber optic connector series

ITT Inc.’s Cannon brand, Irvine, Calif., has introduced its ARINC 801 fiber optic connector series, a high-bandwidth interconnect solution that provides maximum performance and reliability for commercial and military aviation, and shipboard systems. Designed for harsh environments that require high-speed and accurate data transfer, Cannon’s ARINC 801 series offers robust interconnects that operate at transmission […]

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Northwire’s next-gen BioCompatic III USP Class VI silicone alternative featured at MD&M West

Northwire has released the next generation of BioCompatic, a USP Class VI silicone alternative, at the MD&M West Trade Show this week. Presenting design engineers in the medical field with a competitive advantage over those relying on traditional silicone wire and cable, BioCompatic was developed by Northwire as a cost-effective upgrade to silicone without requiring […]

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Second-gen electromechanical cylinder from Rexroth features a hygienic design

Rexroth has expanded its compact drive offerings, with the second generation EMC electromechanical cylinder. Featuring a hygienic design and IP65 protection class, they are suitable for applications with frequent cleaning cycles in the food industry. The new size EMC100-XC-2 increases the power density for feeding forces of up to 56 kN, particularly for applications in […]

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What types of cables are used in industrial settings?

A variety of cables is used in industrial settings for networking, power transmission, and communication. Coaxial, data, and instrumentation cables are some of the most common designs you will find. These low-voltage cables are usually rated for 2,000 V or less to distribute power, but medium-voltage designs reaching up to 35,000 V can be used […]

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Collaborative robot arm makes visual inspections in the blink of an eye

Using a robot arm for lightbox visual inspections has simplified production for one visual inspection systems manufacturer. Highlighted at PackExpo last November, Universal Robots’ collaborative robot—or cobot— is automating parts inspection for one of its preferred system integrators, HNJ Solutions. Its Automated Cosmetic Inspection system integrates automated pick-and-place with quality inspection of high volume production. […]

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Comau’s Racer 5 Small robot family grows for quick handling in tight spaces

After releasing its Racer3 robot last year, Comau is once again expanding its small robot family for quick applications in restricted spaces, including handling, assembly and pick-and-place operations. Two new robots—Racer5-0.63 and Racer5-0.80—are both controlled by the R1C 19-in. rack-mounted controller, which can be integrated into a single cabinet to control an entire line. The […]

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Dorner launches latest 3200 series conveyor, highlights others at PackExpo

The newest product line from Dorner — the 3200 series conveyor with Intralox Activated Roller Belt (ARB) Technology — was on display at PackExpo earlier this month, along with several other key technologies from the conveyor manufacturer. The 3200 series is ideal for moving boxes and packages in applications that require merging, diverting and alignment. […]

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Midland Metal launches updated 2017 catalog

Midland Metal Mfg. has launched its new 2017 catalog. The 576 page, full color catalog offers 14,000 products with over 1,300 new items. New products include truck and trailer accessories, hose clamps, pneumatic accessories, many new valves, and an all new LP Gas section of products. Midland Metal Mfg. partners with wholesalers and distributors nationwide that […]

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Applied Motion launches EtherCAT-enabled closed-loop stepper system

At PackExpo earlier this month, Applied Motion Products introduced its newest closed-loop stepper system, which comes with EtherCAT functionality. Its StepServo closed-loop motor and drive system for industrial Ethernet will be available soon. According to Eric Rice, Applied Motion Marketing Manager, the StepServo with EtherCAT “offers up to 50% more torque than traditional step motors […]

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Digital positioners for fluid-power actuators

Pneumatic and hydraulic actuators routinely operate damper drives, flow valves, vacuum controls and other devices in countless process applications. However, there can be a sizeable performance gap between conventional open-loop positioners and closed-loop digital positioners used in such tasks. The problem, explained Ed Steutermann, president of KyTronics, Prospect, Ky., is that open-loop controllers apply a […]

PTDA 2016 Industry Summit participants “Lead in Disruptive Times”

Seven hundred and fifty people from the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry, including nearly 590 delegates, came together October 19-22 in San Diego, Calif., where tools and information to “Lead in Disruptive Times” were delivered through cutting edge presentations, the latest in business and market information and multiple networking opportunities. The PTDA 2016 Industry Summit, […]

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PTDA Foundation builds awareness, recognizes achievements at PTDA Annual Summit

At last month’s Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA) Annual Summit at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the PTDA Foundation shared how it is helping to increase engagement and connections in the industry through its educational endeavors as well as recognition of lifelong industry leaders. The PTDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with separate leadership from […]

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Lightning Hybrids named “Breakthrough Cleantech Company” by Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

Lightning Hybrids, a designer and manufacturer of the hydraulic hybrid ERS (Energy Recovery System) for medium- and heavy-duty fleet vehicles, has been named 2016 Cleantech Breakout Company by…

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Festo brings the German apprenticeship model to the U.S.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the need for a revolution in this country in post-secondary education, particularly related to STEM education. We should not be pushing…

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ICUEE — The Demo Expo Honored as “Gold 100” Top Trade Show

Just about 11 years ago, when I was a new technical editor covering fluid power technology, I attended my first trade show—ICUEE, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition,…

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Eaton’s 4S/6S series spiral hose fittings are designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems

Eaton today announced the availability of the new 4S/6S series of spiral hose fittings, featuring major advancements to help provide a robust, practical and complete engineered hose assembly system. Designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems commonly found in mobile and industrial equipment used in the machine building, mining, metals and minerals, construction, agriculture and vehicle markets, […]

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