What are engineering technologists,
and do we have enough of them?

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler Those who’ve watched the engineering profession over the years might become suspicious when a prominent scientific organization studies employment in the field. The reason for this wariness arises from previous proclamations from the National Science Foundation which has had a reputation for forecasting fake engineering shortages. One

The new face of machinery

Peter Thorne, Director, Cambashi There are new ways of interacting with connected products. Why build instrumentation and controls into machines if every user will have a tablet or phone? Just run an app to see the displays and buttons, and operate the machine. Manufacturers will change their approach to development, operations and service. Smartphones as

IoT: greasing the skids to the future

Toothbrushes with Wi-Fi connectivity. A hairbrush that listens as you brush your hair. (Why??) These are just a couple of the products revealed at the recent CES Show. Thanks to the IoT, products can meet a marketing goal of ensuring users have a “relationship” with products; which, it is hoped, will sell more stuff. A

Electrochemical micro transformation opens doors to design of lightweight metal surfaces

What design engineer hasn’t wished that s/he could simply modify the surface properties of the metal they’re using to better fit the application? What once seemed like something from the realm of alchemists may now be a reality. The newly developed Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) technology allows for the multifunctional modification of lightweight metals such

Structural bonding solutions for plastics

By Rachel B. Nashett, Application Engineer-Henkel Corporation Plastics have become an integral part of everyday life. It would be difficult to identify a manufacturing process that does not use plastics. Even products that appear to be composed exclusively of metals are usually coated, sealed, or adhesively joined using polymeric materials which improve the performance, appearance,

Webinar: How Does a Check Valve Work? March 30, 2017

Join us for a free, live webinar with Smart Products on Thursday, March 30th at 2pm EST.     A Guide to the Stages of Check Valve Operation Attend this webinar to learn: How to save time and money by learning if a certain step will affect your device’s performance If there is a part

ICP coordinates nearly forty career events in 2016

Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) assisted dozens of volunteer “ICP Ambassadors” to participate in 39 career events across North America in 2016. Any employee of an industrial distribution company with membership in one of nine ICP Alliance Partner trade associations can become an ICP Ambassador by volunteering. ICP Ambassadors are encouraged to represent their respective companies,

PTDA’s 3Q2016 sales history & outlook report

The third quarter Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) shows power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor sales have declined 1.9% from one year ago. However, leading indicators suggest that the declining trend in Distributors’ Total Sales will not persist through all of 2017. PTDA members participating in SHOR

Webinar: 3D Printing and Medical Design – March 28, 2017

Join us for this free, live webinar on March 28th at 2pm EST.     3D printing just got even cooler. 3D printing/additive manufacturing are gaining importance in the medical industry. More designers are turning to this technology to address a variety of medical applications. Here’s a look at how 3DP/AM is expanding in the

Ogura ACSB Series

Ogura Industrial is pleased to announce a new addition to our product line. Although this product is not new to Ogura, it is new to North America. The ACSB series is finding new opportunities for machinery manufacturers in North America because of some of its unique features. ACSBs are both a clutch and a brake

February 2017 Digital Issue: Designer’s dilemma Can you have it all? + More

In this issue: 88 MOTION CONTROL: Troubleshooting VFDs 101—with no-power checks 102 Digital Issue: Designer’s dilemma Can you have it all? 108 FASTENING & JOINING: Structural bonding solutions for plastics 114 3D CAD: Design for use   Engineering has diversity problems beyond women For years, we’ve written about the gender problem in engineering education—why can’t

Schneider Electric Enables Smart Control with EcoStruxure Control Advisor Software

Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, has added a new enterprise-wide IIoT plant performance and control optimization software to its PES and Foxboro Evo process automation systems and Foxboro I/A Series distributed control system. Leveraging Expertune PlantTriage technology, EcoStruxure Control Advisor, a native smart decision-support tool, provides plant personnel actionable real-time

Qultimax™ Elastomers & Thermoplastics Portfolio From Minnesota

Designers of custom molded parts greater than 3 inches (7.62cm) in diameter that require durability, chemical resistance, or low coefficient of friction properties while maintaining quality and high precision will find Qultimax™ a great solution for challenging applications. Qultimax™ is a proprietary portfolio of materials and formulations developed by Minnesota Rubber and Plastics. An important

J.W. Winco Offers Zinc Die Cast Adjustable Levers With Push Button, Threaded Stud Type

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers GN 303 (with Steel Components) and GN 303.1 (with Stainless Steel Components) Zinc Die Cast Adjustable Levers with Push Button, Threaded Stud Type. The adjustable hand levers with push button, which are RoHS compliant, have proven to be ideal wherever parts

Ryan Knudtson is Recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship

Ryan Knudtson, a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, is the recipient of the 2016 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship, funded by Dorner Mfg. Corp. This $2,000 scholarship, awarded to a student enrolled in a two- or four-year program at any of PMMI’s partner schools, was established in honor of Richard Ryan,

Nidec Founder Addresses Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer Employees

The founder and CEO of Nidec has visited Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer to outline his vision for the future of the businesses. Shigenobu Nagamori, who launched Nidec in Kyoto, Japan in 1973, presented to Control Techniques and Leroy-Somer staff at their respective headquarters in Newtown, UK and Angouleme, France on February 2 and 3. The

ROLEC Extends Its aluDISC Round Diecast Enclosures Range

ROLEC has extended its aluDISC range of round electronic and electrical enclosures to four sizes. Innovative aluDISC – the world’s first range of round standard diecast aluminum enclosures for industrial electronics – is designed to integrate visually when used in applications such as industrial pipework, shipboard equipment, vehicles etc. These ‘go anywhere’ IP 67 (NEMA

Bel Power Solutions Launches Compact, Ruggedized MelcherTM HP Series

Bel Power Solutions, a Bel group company, (NASDAQ: BELFA and BELFB) and premier global manufacturer of power management devices, announces the release of its MELCHERTM HP Series DC-DC converter (4TE) with an input voltage range greater than 10:1. The converters deliver up to 192 watts with typical efficiency up to 93% over input and load

SDP/SI Moves to Brand New World-Class Engineering and Manufacturing Facility

Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) has begun operations in a brand new world-class facility designed to greatly improve efficiencies and lead times. The newly constructed 96,000 square foot facility is located at 250 Duffy Avenue, Hicksville, NY, less than 10 miles from their former location of 45 years. “This is a very exciting time for

Tilt/Swivel Bail Arms For Portable Instrument Enclosures

OKW’s tilt/swivel bail arms can now be specified as accessories and retrofitted to existing electronic instrument enclosures. They add portability to desktop instrument enclosures in a wide range of applications including measuring and control, peripherals, laboratory equipment, medical and wellness devices. Three different shapes of handles are available – all of which can be indexed

Stackpole Expands Small Size Precision Chip Resistor Values

The RNCF Series from Stackpole is a precision thin film chip resistor series capable of achieving tolerances as tight as 0.01% and TCR as low as 2 ppm per degree C. Stackpole recently expanded the resistance value range for the 0402 chip size for all tolerances to offer values from 49.9 ohms up to 20K

Custom Foot Switches with No NRE or Tooling Costs!

Steute Meditech has produced a two-minute video that explains how Steute makes available an infinite array of medical-grade foot switch designs for the medical device OEM market without any tooling or engineering development costs. Conventional thinking would suggest that getting a medical-grade foot switch that is customized to the user’s unique requirements requires investments in

New Large Siphon Fed Spray Nozzle Coats, Cools, Treats & Paints

EXAIR’s new 1/2 NPT siphon fed atomizing spray nozzle atomizes a variety of fluids in a round spray pattern where no liquid pressure is available and heavy application of liquid is needed. This corrosion resistant type 303SS nozzle draws liquid into the airstream and mixes it internally while providing up to 24″ of suction height.

Boker’s 2017 Stampings Brochure is Now Available

Boker’s announces its 2017 Stampings Brochure is now available. Serving as a valuable industry resource, the brochure provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s stamping capabilities. With nearly 100 years of experience in precision metal stamping production, Boker’s satisfies complex, intricate stamping applications. Designed as a quick-reference tool, the Stampings Brochure contains a glossary of

How additive services can help you meet your prototyping needs

Proto Labs began as a quick turnaround service for subtractive manufacturing designs. Over the last few years, it has expanded its capabilities and offerings, primarily in stereolithography and metal laser sintering. So if you’re not familiar with how Proto Labs can help you use additive manufacturing to prototype parts, this short video will give you […]

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