Catching up with Oriental Motor at MD&M East

Earlier this month, I spoke with Viet Le, Senior Sales Engineer, Oriental Motor at the MD&M East/ATX East show in New York City. The company was showing off its AZ series of closed-loop absolute mechanical encoder stepper motors—they feature low vibration and high efficiency, and you don’t even have to purchase a battery back-up or […]

SUNY Adirondack to launch new program in mechatronics

The Post-Star is reporting that SUNY Adirondack—a public college in Queensbury, N.Y. with 3,000 students—is planning to add associate degree programs in robotics and mechanical technology to meet the needs of local employers. The paper noted that the school’s board of trustees approved creating an associate degree program in mechatronics last week and that existing […]

Belden Universal announces relocation, expansion

Belden Universal has announced plans to move into its new, state-of-the-art production facility. Construction of the new, 40,000 sq-ft factory is progressing rapidly in Hillside, Ill., in close proximity to Belden’s current headquarters in Broadview. Relocation will proceed in staged phases this fall and expected to conclude by late 2017. The expansion was fueled by […]

Revamped PTDA Canadian Conference called a “complete success”

With a 30% increase in distributor delegate registration, more networking opportunities for all, three dynamic speakers and a fully booked DM-IDEX (one-on-one appointment scheduling session between distributors and manufacturers), the new and improved Canadian Conference was well received by participants. “The DM-IDEX was very, very productive and this has been a very good event overall—the […]

DENSO Foundation awards nearly $1 million in grants

Supporting the communities DENSO serves and providing resources for the next generation of technical workers to succeed are core to DENSO’s success. To fulfill these promises, DENSO’s philanthropic arm—the DENSO North America Foundation (DNAF)—funds programs across the continent each year providing hands-on learning opportunities in areas from robotics and thermodynamics to design and materials development. […]

Extensometer for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicles

The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision Group Inc. announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications. The Model 182 extensometer accurately measures deformation, or changes in the length of a solid […]

VBOTS announces new certified material developer program

New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), the only provider of Built to Share automated 3D printing solutions, has announced the launch of the Certified Material Developers Program, which will enable material, polymer, and chemistry companies to test and develop new 3D printing materials. As a member of the Certified Material Developer Program, organizations can experiment with any […]

New triaxial ICP case isolated accelerometers

PCB’s two new triaxial ICP accelerometer models 354A04 and 354A05 are case isolated to help ensure measurement accuracy in the presence of electrical noise sources such as EMI and ground loops. These accelerometers are rugged, with durable, titanium housings. The case isolated design eliminates the need for special isolation bases, coatings and insulated mounting screws. […]

Catching up with Beckhoff at ATXEast

I had a great chat with Beckhoff’s Daymon Thompson at last week’s ATX East trade show at New York’s Javits Center. The PC-based machine controls company features a range of processors, from an ARM processor all the way up to an industrial server with 36 cores and two terabytes of memory—possibly the biggest PLC on […]

First Renishaw neuromate stereotactic robot installed in Canada

Renishaw is pleased to announce the first neuromate stereotactic robot in Canada has been installed in the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario. The first neuromate assisted neurosurgical procedure performed in Canada was a Stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals within the brain. The aim of […]

Technology Tuesdays: A look at high performance engineering plastics

In the latest episode of Design World’s Technology Tuesdays Podcast, Editorial Director Paul J. Heney speaks with Ray Szparagowski, Engineering Fellow with Freudenberg NOK Sealing Technologies about the latest in high performance engineering plastics. These materials are increasingly being used for bearing/bushing applications. They offer design flexibility and reduced weight. However, performance is often limited […]

SigmaLogic7 Compact puts full AOI functionality into less cabinet space

The Drives & Motion Division of Yaskawa America Inc. has introduced the SigmaLogic7 Compact. This new servo amplifier makes it possible to add the exceptional precision and superior performance of a Sigma-7 servo system in machines using Rockwell Automation programmable logic controllers. SigmaLogic7 Compact builds on the legacy of the SigmaLogic, the first Yaskawa SERVOPACK […]

Wittenstein recognized for its skilled labor apprenticeships

Wittenstein in Bartlett, Illinois has been recognized as a “Young Adult Employer Champion” by the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. The award was presented to Wittenstein’s President and CEO Peter Riehle during the National Fund’s 2017 Leadership Convening event, held at the Philadelphia Loews Hotel on June 15, 2017. Wittenstein was one of nine manufacturers recognized […]

New compact hexapod has higher performance for industrial alignment applications

PI has added a higher performance model to its range of compact hexapods. The New H-811.i2 provides twice the velocity along with sensor resolution up to 8 times higher compared to the current H-811.D2 miniature hexapod. The compact size, robust design with low friction ballscrews brushless motors, and powerful controller with multi-axis alignment capabilities make […]

Ready Robotics announces new affordable robots-as-a-service pricing

Ready Robotics has announced the first robots-as-a-service solution tough enough to handle real industrial tasks and flexible enough to be deployed in mere hours. Ready Robotics’ unique combination of plug-and-play tooling and easy programming interface makes the formerly expensive and complicated task of automation achievable for all manufacturers. Ready is also proud to announce its […]

Integrating robotics faster at ATX East

I had a great chat with the leadership team of Baltimore-based Ready Robotics at the ATX East show at New York’s Javits Center this week. Kel Guerin, the company’s CTO and Benjamin Gibbs, the CEO, described how Ready has built an easy-to-use platform for integrating industrial robots. “We basically take out the headache of setting up the tooling, […]

ABB’s YuMi rings NASDAQ opening bell

ABB’s YuMi dual-arm, collaborative robot rang the opening bell today at the NASDAQ MarketSite Studio in Times Square in New York City to start the trading day. YuMi was a guest of ROBO Global LLC, which offers The ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index Series, the world’s first benchmark index series to track the global […]

Conveyor belt monitoring process shows real time issues

ContiTech has unveiled a unique conveyor belt monitoring process that allows users to see belt wear in real time. “A red bonding layer below the top cover is exposed when it’s time to change the belt,” said Chris Marchant, product manager for conveyor belting. “In addition, the ContiAlert system is complete with a calculator that […]

LVIT linear position product line expands into new markets

Alliance Sensors Group’s linear position product-line of LVITs (Linear Variable Inductive Transducer) has broadened to include three series, each targeting different applications. LVITs are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch and brakes, chute or gate positioners […]

Softbank announces purchase of Boston Dynamics

SoftBank Group Corp. on Friday announced that a subsidiary of SoftBank has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc. The transaction aligns with SoftBank’s investments in paradigm-shifting technologies and its vision of catalyzing the next wave of smart robotics. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Masayoshi […]

New Two-Sensor ICP blast pencil probe

PCB’s new quartz, free-field, ICP blast pressure pencil probe is a two-sensor pencil blast probe that provides time of arrival and the pressure time wave form for total impulse measurement, all in a single sensor. The Model 137B25 pencil probe is the first of its kind and features an extremely fast micro-second response time, with […]

Mitutoyo America announces grand opening of Novi Solution Center

Mitutoyo America Corp. has announced the grand opening of the newest M3 Solution Center in Novi, Mich. This new 8,455 sq-ft facility is conveniently located for customers to schedule appointments for product demonstrations, assistance with application challenges and metrology solutions, as well as product and educational training seminars. The M3 Solution Center is located at 46850 Magellan Dr.,

Thomson Industries collaborates with research team to develop new Tesla Coil Designs

Thomson Industries, a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has donated a high-precision ball screw assembly to The Geek Group National Science Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to help develop revolutionary designs of Tesla Coils (TC). An ambitious R&D program has been initiated there to discover new uses for the TC with help from […]

High-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers feature improved temperature performance, scale factor and bias temperature shifts

Silicon Designs Inc. has announced the global market introduction of six new series of low-cost, high-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers, in both traditional and smaller footprints. These include the single axis Model 2220 or triaxial Model 2470, featuring aluminum housings and a standard 1 meter integral cable; the single axis Model 2240 or triaxial Model 2480, featuring […]

Precision magnetic encoders now available with CANopen interface

POSITAL’s IXARC high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen interfaces. These new interface option is in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces. Together, this range of interface choices makes the rugged and compact IXARC encoders one of the most versatile devices of its type […]