New intelligent process control software

The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with IPC (intelligent process control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems are some of the benefits that users can now expect. IPC

Microsoft contributing Open-Source OPC UA stack

The OPC Foundation has announced an open-source implementation of the OPC UA technology, available on GitHub to truly enable the OPC community successful adoption of OPC UA across all markets and all platforms. OPC UA is the set of standards for multivendor multiplatform secure reliable interoperability for moving information from the embedded world to the

OPC Foundation opens certification lab in Europe

The OPC Foundation announced today an expanded certification program due to a large increase in demand by end users and suppliers to certify their OPC UA enabled products. “We opened up a new lab fourth-quarter 2016 with a new certification strategy inclusive of certification of our information models from our collaboration partners”, said Thomas J.

BSI announces completion of in-depth security analysis of OPC UA

One of the most important things required for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is to ensure that the data and information exchange between devices and services are secure. The OPC Foundation has worked with many security validation companies and organizations to provide the highest level of security. One of the most significant of those

JK Tool’s new custom designed facility

JK Tool Inc., a designer and manufacturer of progressive stamping tools, precision machined components and custom assemblies recently moved into a brand new custom designed facility in New Kensington, PA. The new facility located in New Kensington, PA is 18,000 square-feet and is part of the Westmoreland Business & Research Park. This new facility offers

Opto 22 joins The Linux Foundation

Industrial automation manufacturer Opto 22 announces it has joined The Linux Foundation as a Silver Level member. As a Linux Foundation member, Opto 22 will help support the greatest shared technology resources in history. In joining The Linux Foundation, Opto 22 hopes to spearhead the adoption of open-source technology in the industrial automation and process

Opto 22 joins EdgeX Foundry

As a continued step in the company’s long history of supporting and adopting open standards and specifications in the industrial automation and process control markets, Opto 22 today announced it has joined EdgeX Foundry as a founding member. EdgeX Foundry is an open-source project hosted by The Linux Foundation, building a common open framework for

Integrated control system shortens custom development process

Edited by Mike Santora Converting machine builder Curt G. Joa, Inc. keeps its multidisciplinary engineering team well staffed at all times. It must. The company’s current customer list includes global manufacturers who require custom machines that can take six to nine months to build. The machines are massive, occupying two floors with a footprint measuring

NIBA and PTDA address FAQ’s on upcoming joint industry summit

Planning is well under way for the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit, September 27-30, 2017, at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, for top executives and those who aspire to leadership among distributors and manufacturers in the belting and power transmission/motion control industries. The one-time, combined meeting presents an opportunity for cross-channel/cross-industry networking and collaboration

PTDA 2017 Canadian Conference features all new format in Toronto

Registration is now open for the PTDA 2017 Canadian Conference, to be held June 7-9, 2017, at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For the sixteenth year, key decision makers of the Canadian power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry will gather for business networking and education, including several new events: a

Cast polyurethane parts for high-impact, high-wear applications

Edited by Mike Santora When a Dutch ship builder required a new slipway liner that could handle a speedboat exiting and entering its offshore patrol vessel through a rear bay, the company selected a custom polyurethane from Argonics, a producer of wear-resistant urethane products, over other materials. The Dutch shipbuilder’s new urethane slipway liner was

Ultra-large spherical roller bearing from Schaeffler

Schaeffler has developed the world’s first sealed 241/1250 spherical roller bearing. Featuring an outside diameter of nearly two meters, the ultra-large 241/1250 bearing was specifically designed for the highest-capacity High-pressure Grinding Roll Crushers (HPGRs) used by the mining industry. Previously only available in an open configuration (i.e., without seals), Schaeffler’s new sealed version of this […]

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When bearings don’t work up to their potential

By Steve Katz, Action Bearing Boston Emerson Bearing Boston Edited by Mike Santora When specifying the correct bearing to use in an application, there are critical factors to take into consideration such as: · Envelope dimensions · Axial and Radial loads to be carried · Speed limits · Inch or Metric design · Lubrication criteria […]

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H-Track actuators for mobile off-highway and industrial applications

Warner Linear has developed the new H-Track electric actuator with self-contained hydraulic actuation for power dense actuators used in industrial and mobile off-highway applications including mower deck lifts, snow plow blades, agricultural sprayer booms and UTV dump beds. The electric H-Track actuator provides the performance of hydraulics without the space requirements and expense of a […]

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Schaeffler’s asymmetric spherical roller bearing for wind turbines

A compact tapered roller bearing unit, with a direct flange mounting facility, makes logistics and mounting significantly easier. Spherical roller bearings which have been optimized to the last µ and a new asymmetric spherical roller bearing allow wind turbines to generate energy even more reliably. All the forces from the wind act directly on the […]

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Osborn announces Product Marketing Manager, Load Runners

Osborn, a supplier of industrial brushes, polishing compounds and buffs, has announced Scott Scheider as product marketing manager for its Load Runners division of standard and custom idler rollers. As a product marketing manager, Scheider is responsible for the design and execution of research initiatives and market analysis for the complete Load Runners product portfolio. […]

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Structural bonding solutions for plastics

By Rachel B. Nashett, Application Engineer-Henkel Corporation Plastics have become an integral part of everyday life. It would be difficult to identify a manufacturing process that does not use plastics. Even products that appear to be composed exclusively of metals are usually coated, sealed, or adhesively joined using polymeric materials which improve the performance, appearance,

ICP coordinates nearly forty career events in 2016

Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) assisted dozens of volunteer “ICP Ambassadors” to participate in 39 career events across North America in 2016. Any employee of an industrial distribution company with membership in one of nine ICP Alliance Partner trade associations can become an ICP Ambassador by volunteering. ICP Ambassadors are encouraged to represent their respective companies,

PTDA’s 3Q2016 sales history & outlook report

The third quarter Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales have declined 1.9% from one year ago. However, leading indicators suggest that the declining trend in Distributors’ Total Sales will not persist through all of 2017. PTDA members participating in SHOR

2017 PTDA Updates

Edited by Mike Santora North American Power Transmission/Motion Control Market re-stated The PTDA Power Transmission & Motion Control Market Size Report recently re-stated that the North American power transmission and motion control market is estimated at $70.4 billion, including the U.S., Canadian and Mexican markets. The report also updates a 2013 PTDA market size research

Compact controllers provide precision to lab technology

By Terry Persun, Contributing Editor Tomtec has over forty years of experience in the designing and manufacturing of automated liquid handling equipment. Their Quadra4 is the latest to receive upgraded design components for a liquid handling workstation for life science workflows. The workstation is designed using a fixed-head, air displacement syringe design, which services a

Conveyor system helps cheese packer improve ergonomics

Edited by Mike Santora For employees packaging cheese on a tray line at Alpine Slicing & Cheese Conversion, the repetitive motion of reaching out and grabbing packaged cheese trays has a tremendous impact on their bodies. As for how to fix that, it’s a matter of inches. When it came time to expand its contract

Gear coupling inner tubes from Misumi

Coupling Tips

Kohara Gear Industry coupling inner tubes from Misumi put the tooth surface high-frequency hardening as the outer cylinder of this easy attachable and detachable gear coupling. It is a durable product subjected to a chromate plating. Tooth type has applied crowning and it can be used up to a maximum of 5° even if there […]

Clean steel for bearings

Ovako provides bearing quality clean steel to many of the largest bearing manufacturers in the world. Control from start to finish Ovako is a fully integrated bearing steel producer. We control the whole chain of production, from melting the steel through rolling to producing a finished component. Our product range of tube, bar and ring […]

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LMI custom mixing expands with new mixer line

Lauren Manufacturing’s sister company, LMI Custom Mixing, LLC, has added a third mixing line to its operations that will help both companies meet long-term customer demands. LMI is a primary provider of polymer compounds used by Lauren Manufacturing to create custom sealing solutions for leading OEMs, designers and builders. This partnership allows Lauren to improve