EXAIR’s Threaded Line Vac Makes it Easy to Convert Standard Pipe Into a Powerful, High Volume Conveyor

EXAIRs new aluminum 2-1/2 NPT and 3 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful conveying system for parts, scrap, trim and other bulk materials. Their larger size makes them perfect for conveying bigger parts and large volumes of material over long distances. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to

New Compact Rotary Latch Series From Southco Features Integrated Bracket For Simplified Installation

Southco, Inc. has recently expanded its successful line of rotary latching solutions with the launch of the R4-10 Rotary Latch with Integrated Bracket. The newest addition to the R4-10 Rotary Latch series features an integrated cable mounting bracket, eliminating the need for secondary components during installation. The integrated bracket design of Southco’s newest rotary latch

What’s the future of augmented reality?

In his keynote address at Sensors Expo 2017, Ori Inbar, co-founder and CEO of AugmentedReality.org tells how augmented reality (AR) is poised for considerable growth. (Excerpt from “Superpowers to Change the World: How Augmented Reality Helps Advance Humanity.”) In 2009, Inbar told a conference audience that in ten years everyone will use AR to experience […]

Networking for motion: Update on five realtime Ethernet-based protocols

Industrial communication protocols — including traditional fieldbuses and permutations based on Industrial Ethernet — are systems of rules for messaging between automation components. Variations abound, and there’s no dominant setup with which all devices work. What is clear is that communications offering more connectivity than current-loop (4-to-20-mA) analog communications continue proliferation into even once-simple motion […]

Human-machine interfaces (HMIs): Hardware, software, and new modes of connectivity

Gone are the days of HMIs merely consolidating switches, pushbuttons, meters, and operator warning lights. Today’s HMIs now control machines and even whole production lines with functions to analyze and optimize operations. Some serve as the processor for I/O signals providing feedback on speeds, temperatures, torque, tension, and more to optimize processes. Here, HMIs provide […]

EP-207, UL Approved, Thermally Conductive epoxy

EpoxySet offers EP-207, thermally conductive epoxy potting and encapsulating compound for electronics and heat dissipating devices. This room temperature curing system is UL-94V0 yellow card listed with excellent electrical insulating properties and a high dielectric strength. It is low viscosity and will create strong seals to metals, ceramics, glass and many engineered plastics.Numerous packaging options

Flexible-coupling considerations for motion designs in OEM and plant setups

Couplings connect rotating shafts in equipment powered by electric motors and other drives. All transmit torque and angular velocity. Flexible variations compensate for misalignment. Many of the latter even address vibration and improve system dynamics. Design considerations include machine or installation construction and backlash, torsional stiffness, damping, inertia, torque ratings, maximum rpm, size, misalignments, ease […]

Laser Technology releases continuous level laser measurement sensor

Laser Technology Inc. (LTI) has released its next generation laser sensor, the TruSense S300.  As a continuation of the S200 series product line, the S300 is an S-family sensor created specifically to measure fluids and liquids. Optimized to measure highly reflective target surfaces, the new S300 represents a breakthrough in laser sensor technology.  With features […]

What limits wave-spring working height and axial force?

Wave springs are core to myriad gear, actuator, clutch, and consumer-grade motion assemblies. They are load bearing — included in designs to address play or compensate for dimensional variations. Wave springs apply load in axially — so are specified by working height (and other parameters). All springs are either for applying load in tension, compression, […]

What are common modes of industrial clutch and brake engagement?

Key operating parameters dictate which clutches and brakes are suitable for a given application. The first parameter is the mode of motion and whether the axis needs a brake or clutch. Clutches generally bridge moving machine sections to shape relative motion, while brakes’ main job is to stop and hold rotating elements. Several design variations […]

Synchronous belt and V belt: How to pick between them?

Power transmission in linear motion designs is often through rotary-to-linear devices, chain, or belt drives. The earliest belt iteration — and one that’s still economical today — is the friction-based V-belt design. These pair a belt with a pulley (often on an electric motor’s geared output shaft) to provide reliable operation in myriad end-user and […]

HARTING’S M12 Magnetics combines a robust transformer and connector

Transformers in RJ45 sockets required for Ethernet have been around for a long time—but until now, connector manufacturers have not been able to offer an IP65/67 protected unit consisting of socket and transformer. With its new M12 Magnetics, HARTING’s M12 socket contains transformers and all the other necessary components that would otherwise have to take […]

Servomotor couplings: Stiffness, damping, hunting, and stabilization considerations

Here we address considerations when specifying a servomotor coupling to satisfy servo requirements — ever-evolving specifications that become more demanding all the time. Tetsuya Niwa • Director of product planning and development Kei Yamada • Product Manager — Product planning and development Hiroki Goto • engineering specialist Paulo Castelo • Technical solutions supervisor Edited by […]

HEIDENHAIN’s magnetic spindle encoder now with functional safety

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION has made improvements to its ERM 2200 and 2400 series of magnetic modular angle encoders with Functional Safety in mind. The ERM series has long been used by machine manufacturers around the world In keeping with the growing trend requiring “Functionally Safe” axes (an EU standard) on machines, HEIDENHAIN has improved its ERM […]

America Makes celebrates five years

America Makes proudly announces that it will commemorate the progress and contributions the Institute has made to advance the additive manufacturing (AM) industry on its fifth birthday on Wed., August 16th, at 2:00 p.m., at its Innovation Factory in Youngstown. Both America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham and Founding Director Ralph Resnick will speak at […]

Hilscher plans introduction of first ‘coupler’ between CC-Link IE and PROFINET

When the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) announced a new joint specification to allow easy interoperability between CC-Link IE and PROFINET, they centered the specification on the functionality of a ‘coupler’ device which would allow transparent communication between the two protocols. Hilscher has demonstrated its intent to bring the first

Have 3D printer, will make

For some, it might be counterintuitive to see how a low-cost 3D printer can become a serious manufacturing machine. But creative users are finding many innovative ways. One, for example, is Voodoo Manufacturing, a 3D printing service provider out of New York. The company launched Project Skywalker to reduce the cost of 3D printing and […]

How to 3D print unbreakable threads

When it comes to making objects with an additive printer, the obvious or assumed natural part orientation is not always the best choice. Here’s a good example of thinking about part orientation differently. When Zack Slezak, engineering intern at 3D Platform, needed to create a bracket for a filament sensor for an additive manufacturing printer, […]

3D printing a custom home for Hermit Crabs

Stratasys Ltd., a global leader in applied additive technology solutions, announced that special effects company, Artem Ltd. overcame traditional design challenges to create realistic miniature houses and shells for its ‘Crab World’ TV campaign, thanks to Stratasys multi-material, multi-color 3D printing technology. The charming advert for UK property website, Zoopla, was shot on a beach […]

Four laws of electromagnetism that you should know

The operation of electric motors is governed by various laws of electricity and magnetism, including Faraday’s law of induction, Ampère’s circuital law, Lenz’ law, and the Lorentz force. The first two – Faraday’s law and Ampère’s circuital law – are included in Maxwell’s equations. Together with Lenz’ law and the Lorentz force, these principles form […]

What are integrated motor-drive combinations?

The basic idea is easy to understand. An integrated motor-drive system combines a motor and a drive (at the very least) but can also include other components such as controllers or encoders. One benefit of such integrated systems is obvious; there is no need to purchase multiple components separately and take time to combine them […]

Reaction forces from couplings: How to prevent or mitigate?

All flexible couplings compensating for misalignment can cause reaction forces if that misalignment is excessive. These often-overlooked reaction forces transmit to connected shafts and support bearings, and can cause damage to motion axes — especially on precision designs with delicate bearings and slender shafts. Recall that flexible couplings must have torsional stiffness to minimize windup, […]

Nook Industries separates from subsidiary Helix Linear Technologies

Nook Industries, a linear motion manufacturer, has formally announced the separation of its former subsidiary, Helix Linear Technologies. Nook and Helix operate as independent entities. “Nook Industries continues to focus on exceeding the expectations of our customers, by offering exceptional engineering and quality products in our competitive market,” said Joseph Nook III, CEO at Nook.

Embedded actuator synchronization offers stability, efficiency for large loads

Thomson Industries Inc. has announced availability of new synchronization capabilities for its Electrak HD heavy duty electromechanical linear actuators. Designers of equipment in which large or awkward loads must be moved repeatedly and evenly, such as large solar panels or heavy hoods on construction equipment, can now simultaneously distribute that load using up to four […]

Edmund Optics Unveils TECHSPEC® Compact Ruggedized (Cr) Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses

Edmund Optics® (EO), a provider of optical components, announces the new TECHSPEC® Compact Ruggedized (Cr) Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses. These Stability Ruggedized versions of our popular TECHSPEC® C Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses are designed to maintain optical pointing and positioning in harsh environments that involve vibration, shock, and changing temperatures. The individual lens