TPK Touch Solutions Selects Aras PLM Software

Aras announced that TPK Touch Solutions, Inc. selelcted Aras enterprise PLM software to streamline their product development process and increase customer response time. As an Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) for smart phone, MP3/4, touch computer, and GPS providers, the ability to maintain and secure customer intellectual property and respond rapidly to evolving customer needs is

Point-Of-Purchase Display Fixtures from SDP

New Hyde Park, NY — A new series of point-of purchase display fixtures from Stock Drive Products (ISO 9001:2000 Registered Manufacturer) feature spring powered reels. These display fixtures, identified as the A3Z55-… Series are stocked in 3 different sizes for displaying small products such as appliances and communication devices. These P.O.P. units each contain a

McGill Lighted Rocker Switches

ROSEMONT, IL – Aiming to provide its OEM customers with greater variety and choice, McGill is now offering a broad line of lighted rocker switches available in several attractive designs including illuminated, angled and curved rocker versions. McGill is targeting its lighted rocker switches at the appliance, panel board, office equipment and consumer electronics markets.

GE Ingenuity Throws Dallas Cowboys Stadium to Technological Forefront

CLEVELAND, OH — As the largest NFL venue ever built, the Dallas Cowboys’ new billion-dollar stadium is an engineering marvel. GE’s contribution to the project—cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting and electrical distribution equipment—has satisfied the Texas-sized expectations of the Cowboys organization. For GE Appliances & Lighting, the charge was to go on offense, developing and delivering

Wilbrecht LEDCO’s Redesigned V4 Microswitches

St. Paul, MN–Wilbrecht LEDCO, Inc. announces its newly redesigned MP500 series of V4 microswitches. The improved V4 microswitches offer a reduced differential movement of 0.05mm and below to better accommodate industrial applications such as electromagnetic brakes or pressure switches that require very small differential movements to operate correctly. Although compact V4 switches deliver size and

Silent Running

Acoustic nonwoven material improves sound absorption of home appliances, automobile interiors, subway floors, office walls as well as marine and airline applications that must meet noise requirements. The material provides ‚“the silence‚” within the newest quieter home appliances from major manufacturers. It helps manufacturers meet lower noise requirements without adding bulk to the composite material.

Clarifying Agent Clears Up Washing Machines

When Suggar, a leading appliance maker in Brazil, began offering transparent top doors instead of opaque plastic doors on three of its most popular washing machine models, sales went up. According to Marcelo Emrich Soares, manufacturing director, Suggar, its customers like the look of clear plastic. Initially, the company used styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) to provide

Photocopier Market Benefits from Belts

Equipment in the photocopier market is becoming more complex every day. These new developments are driving demands for greater production speed and increased levels of quality. Fenner Precision, a design and development company of belts, pulleys, and tires used in paper propulsion and motion control applications, manufactures a reinforced dual-durometer belt for photocopiers and digital

Kingbright Ultra-Bright 0.5W SMD LEDs

Kingbright Corporation achieves another milestone in developing the ultra-bright 0.5W SMD LEDs with high quality and robust reliability. Available in various color selections (blue, white, warm white, green, yellow, red) as well as RGB Full Color option at 120mA per channel, Kingbright’s Ultra-Bright 0.5W SMD LED’s vibrant and compact package with wide viewing angle of

New Materials Quiet Noisy Appliances

Jim McKevitt, 3M Acoustic Solutions, St. Paul, MN According to a recent survey by Ipsos, consumers are happy with their washing machines, dishwashers, vacuums, and other appliances. They have only one complaint – noise. What’s more, the survey found that consumers are willing to pay a premium for a branded sound blanket such as ThinsulateTM

PowerGrip® TruMotionTM Timing Belts

New Hyde Park, NY – New PowerGrip® TruMotionTM Timing Belts from Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument – SDP/SI features timing belts with polymer-free nylon tooth facing for clean running performance.The new durable facing provides reduced dust, long belt life and reduced noise levels. The catalog, identified as D155, spotlights 748 inch and metric timing belts that

Brushless DC Blowers

Minijammer® brushless DC blowers deliver high performance in a compact package for low-voltage medical, combustion, and commercial end-uses requiring reliable and long life. Typical applications include medical devices (airbeds, laser therapy cooling, and lab equipment), gas-fired combustion systems (fryers and steamers), high-volume copiers, high-end digital printers, and fuel cells, among others. All Minijammer blowers feature

VLT Micro Drive

The VLT Micro Drive is a general purpose drive designed for rugged and reliable, out-of-the-box, plug-and-play control of AC motors up to 3 hp. Later this year, range will be extended through 10 hp. Suitable for use in industrial appliance, water, and HVAC applications, as well as to OEM machine builders, the drive eliminates an

Laser Displacement Sensors

The VDM35 Series Laser Displacement Sensors come in 6 m diffused and 30 m retro-reflective modes. They have fully scaleable 4-20 mA analog outputs and dual discrete PNP switch points, with simple push-button programming. Also included are an eye-safe Class 1 infrared laser for sensing, a built-in Class 2 visible red laser for alignment, and

Creative Solutions Do Not Always Come Out-Of-The-Box

When Tacony Corporation’s R&D department designed a new low-profile upright vacuum cleaner, it was up to its manufacturing arm to find a thermostat that would meet the temperature requirements for the product and still fit into the small pocket area in the cleaner’s construction. But it was not so easy. The thermostat assembly quickly became

Sealed Tactile Switches

BI Technologies added the SWT8 Series switches, which feature a square stem. It also offers the SWTW Series, which adds three additional styles to its sealed product line. The company also expanded its SWT6 series 6.2 x 6.2 mm tactile switch family, which now combines the 100 K-cycle mechanical life version and the standard 1

CT Series Step Motors

WOOD DALE, IL – Danaher Motion introduces CT Series Step Motors. The CT Series uses less power to provide more torque than comparable standard hybrid step motors. This improves operating efficiency and increases machine throughput, while reducing machine size and operating costs. Standard and custom motors are available in NEMA 17, 23, and 34 frame

SoundTrack LxT

The Larson Davis division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) has announced the expansion of its Data, Navigation and Analysis (DNA) software package, to include support for all Larson Davis sound level instrumentation, including the new Model 831 and SoundTrack LxT. Larson Davis DNA is a Windows-based, fully dedicated tool for sound and vibration exposure measurement, analysis,

Brass Fittings Available in Two Styles

Southampton, PA – Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries, Inc. now stocks brass fittings in both barbed and push-to-connect styles to work with various plastic and rubber materials. U.S. -made of durable brass, applications include general purpose and industrial use, potable water systems, pneumatic control, robotics, and instrumentation. The barbed brass fitting, called Thermobarb, is designed

Maxon Introduces New Motor

Fall River, MA –Maxon's new EC-max 2-wire motor with its ironless winding of System maxon offers important physical advantages. The motor turns detent-free and is highly efficient. The stainless steel motor housing, when combined with the metal flanges, provides a high degree of temperature stability, good heat elimination, and excellent shielding against electrical fields. Highly

Heavy-duty Push-Pull Toggle Clamps

NEW BERLIN, WI – J.W. Winco, Inc., a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, offers metric size Heavy Duty Push-Pull Toggle Clamps. Push-pull type toggle clamps convert a circular movement of the handle into straight-line action of the clamp along its axis. The lever arm of this heavy duty clamp is case-hardened sheet metal

Microsoft Compute Cluster Ed. Webcast

This webcast will focus on the transition to cost-effective compute clusters for improved, scalable application performance for users of high performance technical or commercial computing applications and disciplines. Learn how new approaches in high-performance compute clusters and operating environments have opened the door for a much simpler and cost-effective strategy to meet demand for faster

3Dconnexion’s New Software Development Kit

3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, announces the availability of a new software development kit (SDK), enabling developers of 3D design and visualization applications to quickly and easily implement support for 3Dconnexion’s award-winning line of 3D navigation devices, including the SpaceNavigator. The 3Dconnexion COM-based SDK for Windows is free and available immediately for download at With

Copper Compression Connectors

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Tyco Electronics Corporation has introduced UTILUX copper compression terminals and splices. The product line is ideally suited for secondary power distribution in buildings, power plants, electrical equipment, as well as many other industrial and commercial applications. UTILUX copper compression terminals and splices are installed with industry standard tooling and are color coded

Fanless, Compact Touch Panel Computers (TPC)

The eAutomation Group of Advantech introduces the TPC-66S 5.7″ QVGA STN LCD and TPC-66T 5.6″ QVGA TFT LCD fanless touch panel computers. These new models provide an industrial-grade and ultra-slim design with the same light form factor as previous TPC’s but are now also RoHS compliant. They have an XScale PXA270 416 MHz processor to