Encoders meet the needs of electric automation

These encoders suit a range of electric based applications, including semiconductor, robotics, medical technology, and drive technology. The ECI 4000 absolute inductive rotary encoder is for hollow shaft diameters of 180 mm. It is robust and accurate and has a modular system with a scale drum and a separate scanning unit. Mounting characteristics make them suitable for

Ensure medical imaging stays cool

Medical imaging systems provide detailed pictures on the structure of a body in multiple topographies. Detailed contrasts are visible between the different soft tissues and are useful in neurological, cardiovascular and oncological analysis. CT and PET scanners use ion radiation created by X-rays to capture topographical images, while MRI equipment use magnetic and radio frequency

Actuators for when space is limited

Tool and die, work-holding, specials manufacturing, and plastic injection molding industries need actuators that can fit into tight spaces. The Compact Hydraulic actuators save space without sacrificing performance. This new product family offers two series: Medium (CMH) and High Pressure (CHH). The CMH offers pressures up to 2030 PSI (140 Bar) whereas the CHH offers

Sensor handles harsh environments

The TopworxTM GO Switch Model 52M is a 12 mm proximity sensor for applications in outdoor, and challenging industrial environments. The new sensor is well suited for material handling, mobile equipment, industrial equipment, and food and beverage processing applications. The GO Switch 52M is durable and does not require power. It operates across a wide

Smooth and safe motors

These stainless steel motors meet the extreme environment needs of the food and beverage industry. Food Safe motors have smooth contours and sealing that exceeds IP69K for water to maximize motor life in high pressure, sanitary cleaning environments. The high ingress protection rated enclosures offer fully encapsulated windings, sealing the motor inside and out. Combined

Weidmuller’s NEW combined load monitoring and potential distribution in one complete solution

Weidmuller introduces a new addition in the Klippon Connect portfolio of products and services for panel building– maxGUARD. With maxGUARD, the electronic load monitoring ELM devices combined with distribution terminal blocks can be customized to provide selective load protection in 24V DC power distributed systems for industrial automation applications. With combining load monitoring and potential distribution

North Atlantic Industries announces release of TE1 function module

North Atlantic Industries, Inc. (NAI), an industry in the design and manufacture of embedded computing electronics worldwide, announces the availability of the TE1 single-port, triple-redundant Ethernet function module to support time sensitive networking applications. The TE1 module supports all three traffic classes: Deterministic Ethernet Capability Time-Triggered Ethernet SAE AS6802 (TTEthernet™); ARINC664 Part 7 and Avionics

HVAM High Voltage Axial Leaded Resistors Released

Stackpole Electronics, Inc. announces the release of the HVAM series of high voltage axial leaded resistors. The HVAM deposition technology produces a non-inductive resistive element with high stability, low noise and high voltage ratings. Precision tolerances are available down to 0.1% with TCR as low as 50 ppm. Resistance values range from 500 Kohm to

Beckhoff Automation Introduces TwinCAT Vision Software

Beckhoff Automation today announced the incorporation of comprehensive image processing capabilities into its PC-based control system with new TwinCAT Vision software. TwinCAT unites a comprehensive range of machine functionality – PLC, motion control, robotics, high-end measurement technology, IoT, HMI and now machine vision – all in an end-to-end engineering and control platform. With this level of integration, TwinCAT Vision eliminates

6 challenges to understand before starting a wearable medical device project

Before you start a medical wearable device project, consider the following challenges and suggestions on how to address them. Diana Eitzman, Ph.D. and Kris Godbey Skin is unlike any other substrate. It sweats, grows hair, secretes oil, harbors bacteria, constantly sheds old cells, regenerates new ones and changes with health, environment and age – characteristics

MW Industries Aerospace Solutions: Metal components for aerospace

MW Industries, a leading provider of highly-engineered springs, couplings, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision metal components, has announced the launch of MW Aerospace Solutions to help address the specific needs of Tier 1 and OEMs in the aerospace and defense industry. MW Aerospace Solutions designs and manufactures springs, fasteners, and related products for

Chemline 7850 – Unique Flexible Polyurethane Resin Replicates Tree Bark & More

Chemline, Inc. is a provider of polyurethane and polyurea coatings and elastomers. CHEMLINE 7850 is used by fabricators around the world to replicate the texture and appearance of real tree bark and other highly textured surfaces. With this molding process, you can quickly create large sheets of artificial bark, brick work or rock wall that

Simple support structure improves warehouse packaging module efficiency

An improvement in packaging efficiency required attention to ergonomics, ease of assembly, and cost efficiency. Danielle Collins, senior editor Automation is changing how traditional distribution centers operate as companies search for new ways to maximize their efficiency, increase order accuracy and fulfill customer demand. When it comes to automated technology, most people tend to think

How to manage backpressure from accumulation

The right motor will ensure product is transported through a warehouse or facility without the damage often caused through accumulation. Danielle Collins, Contributing Editor Accumulation conveyors provide buffer zones in material handling systems to manage product flow, which is especially important when there is an imbalance between upstream and downstream capacity. But accumulation often results

Gearmotors on the move: Driving AGVs

When someone uses the term “driverless vehicle,” what probably comes to mind is some iteration of the driverless cars that auto manufacturers and technology companies have been testing for the past few years. But driverless vehicles have been around since the 1950s, when wire-guided vehicles, now known as “AGVs,” were first used for industrial applications.

Allied Motion Introduces Fully-Integrated Powered Wheel Drives with Steering for Electric Vehicles

Allied Motion Technologies introduces the WheelMaxTM Steering Series wheel drive assemblies. WheelMax Steering Drives are fully-integrated, electrically-powered traction wheels with on-board steering systems for electric vehicles. Each WheelMax Steering Drive combines a traction wheel with tire, epicyclic gearbox, robust steering gear and bearing system, and two rugged PMDC brush motors, one for traction and one

“STF1-9” Valveless 400 µl Dispensing Pump

Fluid Metering, Inc.(FMI) introduces their new 400 µl Dispensing Pump ideal for Medical, Analytical and Biotech Instrumentation. Having the identical compact design dimensions as their STH & STF OEM Pump lines, the STF1-9 expands dispense and metering capabilities of previous STH designs by 100% while maintaining 0.5% precision. The STF1-9 is available in nine drive configurations

OKW Adds Two New Sizes To Its Beautiful STYLE-CASE Range

OKW has extended its STYLE-CASE range of beautiful high-gloss handheld enclosures with two new sizes – size S (4.84” x 1.88” x 0.94”) and size M (5.78” x 2.20” x 1.06”). These complement the existing size L (6.53” x 2.51” x 1.22”) models.   STYLE-CASE is ideal for remote controls, notably in medical and social

Spin-welding technology helps redesign bottle cap

Produced by Karma Culture LLC, Karma Wellness Water features a patented cap that protects dry probiotic cultures to maintain the highest efficacy without the need for refrigeration. This product is just one of the latest examples in increasing package complexity fueled by demand for more convenient, on-the-go products. For Karma, that meant finding a way

Stepper motor steps in for discontinued product line

Quadrel Labeling Systems designs and builds all of their stepper-based Pressure Sensitive and Shrink Sleeve Labeling Systems using stepper motor technologies and has been doing so since the late 1980s. Certain situations can prompt a company to change components within a system. For example, when a supplier is sold to a larger company, which then

MindSphere—platform services for the IoT

For companies seeking to perfect their entire value chain from design, production planning, engineering and manufacturing to a full range of after-sale, maintenance and upgrade services, there’s MindSphere. This platform is part of the Digital Enterprise Software Suite, Siemens Cloud for Industry. MindSphere is a platform as a service (PaaS) concept with a wide range

What is the missing link in the Industrial Internet of Things?

Robert Miller, CLPA-Americas Director Much of the promise of Industry 4.0 is based upon seamless interconnectivity between production machines, enterprise systems and sources of data in the wider world. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a key foundation of that interconnectivity through low cost, easily integrated sensors, actuators and systems. Yet in most production

Go wireless with fluorescent light tubes

Here’s an interesting approach to wireless, and potentially IoT, technology. LiFi (light fidelity) has advanced to the point of introducing a new form of mainstream implementation. This technology uses the same LED lights that illuminate a work space to transmit secure, high speed, wireless data at rates that can go beyond those possible with Wi-Fi.

“Industrial network” is another way of saying, “Hack me”

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler An article in Wired Magazine raised eyebrows awhile back when it explained a way hackers could destroy motors powered by variable-speed drives. It described work by a researcher at IT security firm Digital Bond Labs who pointed out that several VSDs have no way of authenticating commands

Weintek smart communication gateway cMT-G01 eliminates need for separate HMI

In a recent video with Design World executive editor Lee Teschler, we got the chance to review a Weintek cMT-G01 smart communication gateway. The new gateway is smart because it performs jobs that would normally require a separate HMI.  This gateway supports more than 300 protocols and controller brands.  That’s in contrast with other