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.

Advanced New Instrument Enclosures Now With Bail Arms

METCASE’s advanced new TECHNOMET instrument enclosures can now be ordered with bail arms for portable electronics applications. The bail arm is comfortable to hold and also doubles as a desk stand which can be indexed in 30o increments. The 5.90” high desktop models also feature recessed side handles as standard. Applications for TECHNOMET include medical

Narrow belt for low to mid rate applications

The Narrow Belt Sorter is a modular and scalable belt that optimizes material flow and sorting accuracy in production operations and distribution center environments. The sorter is available in 2, 4, 6, or 10 carrier belt configurations and accommodates cartons, tote boxes, and trays of various sizes. The modular design is energy efficient; one drive

Powder Metallurgy Industry Roadmap Updated

The Metal Powder Industries Federation, with the aid of powder metallurgy industry leaders, has released an updated version of the PM Industry Roadmap. Due to significant technological advancements over the past five years, the 2017 PM Industry Roadmap has been updated to provide a detailed research agenda for the industry. This document addresses the vision

Reinventing the way packages move

One of the latest advances in automated conveyance involves reinventing the way packages moved from point A to point B. The Intralox patented Activated Roller Belt (ARB) equipment brings the benefits of modular plastic belting to conveyance applications to enable greater flexibility, higher throughputs, reduced footprint, and simpler control. To maintain control and increase the

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