Protect products during delivery

A next-generation accelerometer is for long-period monitoring of the physical condition of high-value assets. With its low power capabilities, the ADXL372 micropower high-g MEMS accelerometer targets Internet of Things (IoT) solutions where shock and impact on a unit during storage, transit, or use would adversely affect its function, safety, or reliability. Representative assets include materials

Compact Barcode Reader Delivers Powerful Performance

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leading supplier of industrial barcode readers and machine vision, announced today the addition of the  DataMan 70 series to its successful line of compact fixed-mount barcode readers. DataMan 70 delivers the highest read rates for 1-D and 2-D label-based barcodes in a form factor small enough to fit in

Robot conveyor system fills molds and other parts on pallet

Manually filling and handling molds with plastisol and other fluids can be labor intensive. The bench top RC Series Robot Conveyor system streamlines this type of production and increases dispensing accuracy. The RC Series features a gantry robot with an integrated slip roller conveyor system. The entire X Y Z motion system is located above

New METAZA MPX-95 Photo Impact Printer

Roland DGA Corporation announced the launch of a new photo impact printer – the METAZA MPX-95. With its diamond stylus and powerful impact force, the MPX-95 can add custom text, data and images with photographic detail onto a wide variety of hard metals, such as stainless steel, iron, titanium and platinum, as well as softer

Ring drive handles high torque and speed

The Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system, with precision grade bearing and drive mechanism in a sealed housing, is easily programmed. The three-drive design allows the CRD to handle high speed, high torque or both, depending on the application. With a 250 or 350 mm dial plate bolt circle diameter and a large open center, users

Take the work out of integration

Responding to industry demand for integrated machine and plant control, the iQ-R series incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process and C language control into one platform. The control platform is for applications requiring integrated motion and safety control, tight synchronization between various processes and high production throughput. Applications include automotive, food and beverage, material handling, life

Accelerate the design of reinforced plastic parts

The design of reinforced plastic parts is traditionally based on a “black metal” approach, where the plastic behavior is highly approximated, often resulting in over designed or too heavy parts. Digimat-RP/Moldex3D (an OEM version of Moldex3D embedded in Digimat-RP) addresses this issue because it simulates injection molding for easy and accurate nonlinear analysis of reinforced

New rubber material is based on bio-renewable polymer

With the ever-increasing emissions standards and many companies pushing for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, which has been in development since 2012, is made from a polymer that is made with a process that begins with

MBK provides stick to skin solutions for wearable devices: adhesives that adhere for 7 plus days

It’s no secret that the wearable market is rapidly expanding. Being at the forefront, MBK Tape Solutions has helped engineer “stick to skin” solutions for wearable devices in many different industries; anything from 3D holographic sunglasses to nicotine cessation patches, constant glucose monitoring devices (CGM) and even some operating room solutions. MBK has figured out

Who’s investing in IIoT and why

by LESLIE LANGNAU, Managing Editor Medical, automation, automotive, food and beverage, material handling—so many industries plan to take advantage of IIoT. Experts explain why. Connecting various devices, systems and equipment together through an Ethernet platform has been going on for years in various manufacturing industries. Data about manufacturing machine performance and operation used to be

Motors improve belted conveyor efficiency

Whether a conveyor moves small or large parts, efficient and quiet operation are frequent requirements. For small part material handling applications, the 1100 Series conveyor platform now comes with upgraded fixed speed motors that are 50% quieter than the previous version, and still rated for 10,000 hours of operation. The motor is dimensionally identical to

Polycarbonate safety

Several years ago, engineers were disuaded from using bisphenol A (BPA) as a material choice in many applications where people might use a product made from it. Here’s an argument for revisiting the use of this material. The human body can survive for weeks without food. Without water, it’s only days. As such, access to

Energy efficient and sustainable conveying

When it comes to conveying beverages, there’s room for improvement in efficient handling. Beverage processors typically use two to three times more lubricating and cleaning water than goes into the finished product. Wet conveying creates slip hazards and maintenance problems with pumps, leaks and premature failure of bearings, sensors and other conveyor components. It also

High-performance 5.7” HG2G HMI series for added protection

With the addition of UL Type 4X and Type 13 approvals, IDEC high-performance 5.7” HG2G HMIs now provide a degree of protection against corrosion, dust, spraying water, oil, non-corrosive coolant, and damage from external ice formation. Suitable for applications in harsher conditions, especially where protection against corrosion is required, such as in oil and gas,

Quiet smooth belt conveyor

NCC Automated Systems – Noise eliminated with Tray-Express Modular Transportation The Tray Express System relieves this noise by using a smooth belt conveyor at the accumulation points and flexible chain at the curves. Most systems can be retrofitted with the pallet style of conveyor and keep the same chain conveyor depending on the age of

Rogers Offers Material Solutions for Wide Range of Circuits

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) will be showing some of its high-performance electronic printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials and offering advice on optimum ways to use them at the upcoming PCB West Exhibition (, September 10, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Santa Clara, CA). At Booth #300, Rogers will display examples of its many circuit materials, including

Osborn introduces a new catalog for its popular Load Runners idler roller line

The 88-page four-color catalog offers specifications, diagrams, technical and application information, installation notes and quotation forms, as well as industry spotlights for a variety of industries. Osborn’s Load Runners division manufactures a full line of cam followers, idler rollers and rail products in both metric and imperial, stud- or yoke-style, ranging in outside diametes sizes

Altra Industrial Motion Launches a New Website

Altra Industrial Motion announced it has launched a new website, that offers proven power transmission solutions preferred and applied in a full spectrum of material handling applications by manufacturers, distributors and their OEM partners. The website is organized into application-specific categories including all types of conveyors, overhead monorails and trolleys, cranes and hoists, palletizers and

New LED Scanner R2100 from Pepperl+Fuchs

The R2100 combines Pepperl+Fuchs’ exclusive Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) with Ultra-IR LEDs and Multi-Beam Scan. This technology combination delivers two-dimensional measurement over an entire area rather than just one point to ensure precise and reliable distance measurement and detection of irregular surfaces. As a result, it is an ideal solution for challenging indoor and outdoor

High-Speed Digital Materials for Sequential Lamination Technology Gain Momentum

Isola Group S.à r.l., in the market of copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), announced that I-Speed has been endorsed by two leading companies as the laminate of choice for PCBs using sequential lamination technology, requiring high conductive anodic filament (“CAF”) reliability and improved, cost effective

Failure prediction model helps determine best wheel and urethane tire combination

For polyurethane treaded wheels, the prominent mode of failure is the bond between the tread and hub. While numerous factors can create such a failure, the predominant mechanism leading to bond failure is excessive heat in the bond region. Caster Concepts (CCI) has developed a model that predicts failure in polyurethane-treaded wheels based on the

New dry-tech box from igus®

Plastics specialist igus has announced the release of its dry-tech® box, an ingenious sample kit designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their application. The box contains a set of state-of-the-art card overlays, which filter the bearing choices by criteria – similar to the igus online configurator. The dry-tech sample box includes

Konecranes offers the ATL Vertical Lifter

Konecranes, a global manufacturer of lifting technology, offers the dynamic ATL Vertical Lifter to meet the handling requirements of a variety of industries. Boasting a lifting capacity of up to 1,600 kg and absorption of torque up to 4,000 Nm, the ATL Vertical Lifter from Konecranes offers diverse, high-quality drive concepts with pneumatic balance controls

Glide-Line Pallet and Panel Handling Systems

Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling conveyor solution available for the assembly automation industry. Advanced configuration tools streamline the design experience, ensuring the Glide-Line will meet your exact specifications. Glide-Line’s digital manufacturing process means fast, efficient manufacture of your specific configuration, and our configuration tool generates real-time part numbers and pricing, so

Growth at Lauren International, Ltd., Prompts ISO-Trude Acquisition

Lauren Plastics, LLC, a division of Lauren International Ltd., announced the acquisition of ISO-Trude, Inc., Spring Lake, Michigan, a plastics extrusion and engineering company. Officials at Lauren International noted continued and substantial growth into new markets and products as a driving factor in making the acquisition. Part of our vision at Lauren International is to