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 […]

Nook Industries separates from subsidiary Helix Linear Technologies

Nook Industries, a linear motion manufacturer, has formally announced the separation of its former subsidiary, Helix Linear Technologies. Nook and Helix operate as independent entities. “Nook Industries continues to focus on exceeding the expectations of our customers, by offering exceptional engineering and quality products in our competitive market,” said Joseph Nook III, CEO at Nook.

Embedded actuator synchronization offers stability, efficiency for large loads

Thomson Industries Inc. has announced availability of new synchronization capabilities for its Electrak HD heavy duty electromechanical linear actuators. Designers of equipment in which large or awkward loads must be moved repeatedly and evenly, such as large solar panels or heavy hoods on construction equipment, can now simultaneously distribute that load using up to four […]

Ritter Technology changes name to Motion & Control Enterprises LLC

Ritter Technology, LLC, a distributor of industrial motion and control products, has changed its name to Motion & Control Enterprises LLC (MCE). The change reflects the expanded market focus that resulted from MCE’s 2017 acquisition program. In 2017, MCE bought the businesses of Primet Fluid Power (February 2017); Tri-State Hose & Fitting, (April 2017); and […]

DENSO celebrates 50 years in robotics

Back in 1967, the U.S. was immersed in the cultural “Summer of Love” – a time of rapid change when new ideas flourished freely. Robotics was relatively unknown, with most people only able to dream about robots such as those they’d seen in sci-fi films. Few knew what a vital role robots would play in […]

Medo USA merges with Nitto Kohki USA

Effective August 1, Medo USA Inc. has merged with its parent company, Nitto Kohki USA, unifying its corporate structure in the United States. The company’s structure will remain the same, as will the quality products and dedicated service with which the company serves it markets. The company’s location and contact information will remain the same:

Programmable dc motor controller targets autonomous land, underwater robots

Roboteq Inc. has introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving three DC motors up to 60 Volts and 60Amps per channel. The FDC3260 is targeted at designers ofmobile robots, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs). The 3 high power outputs are particularly effective for XYZ stabilization platforms, flight simulators or for driving three thrusters in underwater […]

New DENSO RC8A robot controller

DENSO Robotics has announced a new RC8A robot controller that adds DENSO Safety Motion—which allows creation of virtual fences around the robot—to the list of advanced-performance features and functions already available with the previous RC8 model. “As people and robots work more and more closely together, especially with the trend toward collaborative robots, new safety […]

Kids tackle engineering questions posed by fidget spinners

Fidget spinners are all the rage, but how do they work? Are they dangerous? And what is the difference between centrifugal and centripetal force, anyhow? The Design World editorial staff asks this crack team of elementary school kids to weigh in. Check out the video:  

Hamilton introduces new shock absorbing casters

Hamilton Caster is introducing a new line of shock absorbing casters designed to meet the needs of the growing aerospace industry. These spring-loaded casters feature Hamilton’s newest Spinfinity maintenance-free swivel construction and a unibody spring housing providing up to 200% greater spring travel and a wider operating capacity range compared to Hamilton’s existing line. The

Rethink Robotics expands global reach with new distribution partners

Rethink Robotics announced that it has signed deals with nine distribution partners throughout the United States and Europe to extend the availability of its smart, collaborative robots. With an extensive network throughout the world—including partners in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico and Australia—these distribution deals are part of Rethink’s efforts […]

A look at DENSO Robotics’ new Ohio training center

DENSO Robotics has opened its latest and most modern Sales, Application and Training Center, located just 40 minutes northeast of Cincinnati. At DENSO, developing the most advanced automation technologies is only half the story. Customer education and support are vital, ongoing services that must match the high quality levels set by DENSO products. The DENSO […]

LA-25-A LVDT linear position sensor designed for extreme environments

H.G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group is proud to release its LA-25-A series LVDT linear position sensors, designed to handle extreme industrial environments. Available in ranges from 3 inches (75 mm) to 15 inches (375 mm), the LA-25-A is ideal for roller gap positioning, process valve displacement, head box and actuator position feedback with the durability […]

PTDA welcomes eight new members

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, recently welcomed eight new member companies. Distributor Members  Bearings Limited (Hauppauge, N.Y.) is a distributor of bearings, belt & chain drives, conveyors & material handling components, shaft couplings & u-joints, linear motion components, and PT accessories. “For […]

4 total solar eclipse tips from an engineer

I’ve chased the moon’s shadow before, and have been blessed enough to witness totality twice—in Mexico in 1991 and off the coast of Curacao in 1998. Halley’s Comet sparked the amateur astronomy bug in me in 1985 and my fascination for eclipses began soon thereafter. August 2017 and April 2024 have been circled on my

Sika Corp. introduces Sikaflex-211 adhesive/sealant in black

Sika Corp. has announced that Sikaflex-211 US, a multi-purpose general sealant for transportation and industrial assembly applications, is now available in black 300 ml cartridges and 600 ml unipacs. Sikaflex-211 US is a one-component non-sag, highly elastomeric, high performance, purpose built interior and exterior sealant that cures on exposure to atmospheric humidity to a tough,

SkillsUSA, American School Counselor Assn. meetings attended by ICP

One of the largest gatherings of young people with the skill sets and ambition industrial distributors seek in their entry-level employees is SkillsUSA, held annually in Louisville, Ky. For the past five years, Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) has been there to make sure participants and their influencers know about the incredibly rewarding careers awaiting them when […]

Moticont adds servo actuator to SDLM Series

The new SDLM-019-070-01-01 direct drive linear motor is the latest addition to the series of zero backlash, zero cogging, high acceleration, high speed, high resolution, long life linear servo motors from Moticont. Also known as an electric cylinder, this compact direct drive linear motor is just 0.75 in. (19.1 mm) in diameter and 2.75 in […]

PI opens new $15 million R&D center

Less than 1 year after breaking ground and laying the ceremonial cornerstone, precision motion and nanopositioning solutions leader PI (Physik Instrumente) announces the opening of its Technology Center, which included an inaugural ceremony attended by hundreds of guests. Housing additional 200 workplaces, as well as test and measurement laboratories, clean rooms and environmental chambers, and […]

TDM Systems’ Twitter photo contest focuses on upcoming total solar eclipse

TDM Systems, a software manufacturer, process consultant and leader in electronic management of tools and production equipment has announced the “Tweet ‘n Win” contest, on Twitter. The company will award three prizes to the participants that provide the most dramatic and interesting photo of the solar eclipse as chosen by TDM Systems. All three prizes

PTI Engineered Plastics named as Environmental, Health & Safety award winner

Top automotive supplier Yazaki recognized PTI Engineered Plastics with an Environmental, Health & Safety Supplier Award at its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. PTI Engineered Plastics was chosen from Yazaki’s top 97 suppliers in North and Central America. “Yazaki places a very high value on our strategic partners and suppliers and their shared commitment to the

PLK modular pneumatic pin clamps can be used with robotic arms

Series PLK Modular Pneumatic Pin Clamps feature high clamping force on a lightweight body, and are often used as the end effector of a robotic arm. As with the previous design, these clamps are designed with a completely enclosed pin and long life seals that can withstand the dirt and water present in shop air, […]

Bimba enters into Robotics market with IntelliAxis

Bimba, a manufacturer of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, has introduced IntelliAxis multi-axis electric Linear Robot actuators for either X-Z or X-Y motion applications. Employing a one-of-a-kind two-axis system, the unit features a single continuous belt that serpentines around the two axes eliminating the need for a motor in the Z- or Y-axis while […]

BioChem Fluidics and Koganei release jointly developed solenoid actuated rocker valve

Bio-Chem Fluidics Inc.–a Halma Company announced today that it has released the OPUS Solenoid Operated Rocker Valve. This is the product of a co-development effort between Bio-Chem Fluidics and Koganei Corp., bringing to market a manifold mount rocker valve specifically designed to meet the needs of clinical diagnostics and life science applications. The Bio-Chem and

Magnacad releases Magna-Catalogs collection to IronCAD community

Magnacad, LLC has announced the availability of their “Magna-Catalogs” collection  to the global IronCAD community. Magna-Catalogs are developed using only the functionality found in the core architecture of IronCAD solutions. By not using any specific programming language to develop them, makes them ideal for IronCAD users to adapt and modify to suit their own needs without the […]