Four lessons learned from igus CEO Frank Blase

On a recent press tour of igus’ Cologne, Germany headquarters, I had the pleasure of chatting with Frank Blase, the company’s CEO—and one of the most approachable and down-to-earth manufacturing leaders you are apt to find. Blase shared some of what has helped him grow his father’s small German company—over several decades—into the $1+ billion […]

PTDA honors Andy Nations with Warren Pike Award

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Andy Nations, CEO, B&D Industrial (Macon, Ga.), the 27th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Nations received the award, named for PTDA’s co-founder and first president, at the PTDA Annual Business Meeting during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry […]

ATI develops new low-cost force/torque sensor

“There’s been a movement in the industry to start automating man-made products,” said Robert Little, CEO of ATI Industrial Automation. “In order to for them do that, they need robots. In order for those robots to be completely successful, they need force sensing feedback.” ATI has unveiled the newest offering in its Force/Torque Sensor product…

Epson to demonstrate new T3 All-in-One SCARA robot

At the upcoming Assembly Show, Epson Robots will be showcasing its newly launched T3 All-in-One SCARA robot, the revolutionary Flexion N2 6-Axis robot, as well as a selection of its leading 6-Axis and SCARA robots. Epson will also lead a discussion on how to take the plunge in automation. The new T3 All-in-One robot comes…

Customizable universal electric actuator allows active or passive actuation

Aventics’ new universal electric actuator for industrial applications features a highly flexible design for customization to the customer’s application. The new Aventics best in class universal electric actuator is heavy-duty and suitable for normal or extreme environments. The highly flexible design allows the actuator to be customizable to the customer’s application. A wide range of […]

Brooklyn manufacturer triples 3D printing production with collaborative robots

The robot arm gently places a plate with an orange Pokémon figure on a conveyor, picks up a new blank plate from a hopper, places it back in the 3D printer, and queues the system to start a new build. Toys are serious business here at Voodoo Manufacturing, a Brooklyn-based startup that has created a…

Weintek adds touchscreen Windows PCs to remote access platform

Weintek USA Inc., the industrial HMI solution provider expands the capability of the cMT Remote Access line of Human Machine Interface devices with the addition of the cMT-iPC10 and cMT-iPC15 industrial touch screen flat panel PC’s with embedded Windows OS. In todays manufacturing environment of continuous improvement, the analysis of production or process data is an ongoing effort. […]

Weintek enhances HMI line with 15-in. wide screen

HMI provider, Weintek USA Inc. has enhanced the revolutionary remote access cMT line with the cMT3151 HMI containing not only the cMT built-in server providing universal remote access but also a 15-in. (1024 x 768) High Definition touch screen display with video capabilities that can support the most complex control systems. With all the features of a traditional […]

Micro ICP pressure sensor

PCB’s new micro ICP Pressure Sensor, Model 132B38, is suited for wind tunnel applications that require very small test sensors and very high frequency response. This improved design features a centered sensing element which improves accuracy of time of arrival, targeting, sniper/projectile detection systems, and aerodynamic testing in high speed wind tunnels. Model 132B38 measures […]

LRL-27 Series long stroke heavy duty LVIT inductive linear position sensors

Alliance Sensors Group, a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LRL-27 Series of long-stroke LVIT position sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation systems and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop […]

Rexnord Corp. to build new aerospace facility in Downers Grove

The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (DGEDC) announced today that Rexnord Corp. will build a new manufacturing facility and Aerospace Headquarters in Downers Grove. Rexnord plans to redevelop its existing site at 2400 Curtiss in the Ellsworth Business Park. Downers Grove was selected for the project following a national search. “We are investing in a […]

New CS Electromagnetic actuated clutches from Miki Pulley

Miki Pulley’s CS Electromagnetic Actuated Clutches are durable, versatile and have excellent torque transmission features. CS Clutches provide an efficient connection between a motor and a load providing low inertia, minimal drag and very quiet operation. They function utilizing the magnetic force generated by the energized coil providing engagement of input and output members of the clutch. […]

Rockwell Automation announces CEO Blake Moret will become Chairman

Rockwell Automation Inc. has announced that its board of directors has elected President and Chief Executive Officer Blake D. Moret as chairman of the board effective Jan. 1, 2018. Moret, 54, succeeds Keith D. Nosbusch, who has served as chairman since 2005 and remains as a director. The company will continue to have an independent […]

New lubrication video focuses on Boston Gear Series 700 gearbox

A new informative video has been produced by Boston Gear to help reduce Series 700 worm gear speed reducer failures and premature wear due to lubrication issues. Topics include the importance of adding oil prior to initial usage, adding the correct amount of lubricant  depending on mounting position, and the dangers of using lubricants with […]

The manufacturing plant of the future

I had the opportunity recently to tour Jabil’s Blue Sky Center in Silicon Valley recently, and I came away very impressed. Jabil, sometimes called the $20 billion company that no one’s heard of, is one of the three biggest contract manufacturers in the world—and is the largest such firm that is U.S. based. “We try […]

Siemens industrial flat panels include new 22-in. display, support arm options

Siemens announces the addition of a 22” display and new support arm mounting options to its line of industrial flat panel monitors (IFP). The new Simatic 22” IFP2200 PRO and 19” IFP1900 PRO industrial flat panel monitors both feature widescreen, capacitive multi-touch glass fronts and IP65 degrees of protection. Several mounting versions of the industrial

PTDA’s industry research reports accelerating growth in 1Q2017

The first quarter 2017 Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) showed power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales began to rise. The most recent 12 months of sales remain 1.9 percent below the year-ago level, but several positive indicators suggest total sales will be above the year-ago level […]

Continental’s Marysville, Ohio conveyor belt plant celebrates 50th

Continental’s Marysville, Ohio, plant, its premier North American manufacturing facility for conveyor belting products, celebrated its 50th anniversary recently. “We are proud to share in this golden jubilee celebration of a highly versatile and productive facility,” said Jim Hill, ContiTech CEO for the North America Region.  “This plant has made belting for facilities all over […]

Elmo supplies servo drives for Israeli Merkava tanks

Elmo Motion Control has announced that it is completing the upgrade of the turret control systems on the entire fleet of the Israeli Merkava Mark III tanks. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) chose Elmo’s Gold Eagle servo drives for use in the prestigious Israeli Merkava tanks after a demanding set of testing both in the lab […]

Arena Solutions receives strategic growth investment

Arena Solutions, pioneer of a cloud-based, all-in-one product development platform that unites PLM (product lifecycle management), ALM (application lifecycle management), supply chain collaboration, and QMS (quality management systems), today announced that it has received an investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 2000, Arena invented

Maxum Air Devices optimize air impact, deliver high performance

Maxum Air Devices for blow-off and drying are designed to optimize air impact on product surfaces. They maximize air efficiency and target the air impact force precisely where it is needed. The Nozzle Bar, a powerful new product that looks and installs like an air knife but offers the full blow-off power of individual air

Integrated electric actuators rated to 500N max thrust has just added remarkable new additions to its broad range of cost-effective 24V electric linear actuators from Dyadic Systems. The SCN6 series actuators are compact yet powerful integrated mechatronic cylinders that feature a motor, encoder, drive and actuator in one integral package. Dyadic Systems has developed the linear actuator drive mechanism such that the screw […]

ContiTech conveyor plant in Kansas receives safety award

Legg Company Inc., a unit of Continental’s division ContiTech, was among four companies to receive top honors for safety at the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers’ (ARPM) Environmental Health and Safety Summit here recently. Legg, and three other companies, each received gold awards given to sites that reported no occupational injuries or illnesses during 2016, […]

HP, Deloitte announce alliance to accelerate 3D printing in manufacturing environments

Today, HP Inc. and Deloitte announced a unique alliance that the companies say will accelerate the digital transformation of manufacturing, what they say is the fourth industrial revolution. At an event that included tours of the Jabil Blue Sky Center in San Jose—showcasing HP’s technology and the possibilities of a beginning-to-end digital manufacturing process—the companies […]

Laser Technology releases continuous level laser measurement sensor

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) has released its next generation laser sensor, the TruSense S300.  As a continuation of the S200 series product line, the S300 is an S-family sensor created specifically to measure fluids and liquids. Optimized to measure highly reflective target surfaces, the new S300 represents a breakthrough in laser sensor technology.  With features […]