HEIDENHAIN’s New StateMonitor for TNCs Makes CNC Connectivity Easier Than Ever

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION announces the availability of the new StateMonitor for CNC manufacturing personnel who are implementing connected systems as part of the Industry 4.0 initiative. This new state-of-the-art software is an option with HEIDENHAIN TNC controls and connects with PC systems to allow the user to view data and evaluate control processes remotely and in

Advantech Wins “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” for Its Digital Factory

Advantech received an award from ROI Management Consulting for its Industry 4.0-compliant digital factory. The “ROI Industry 4.0 Award China” was given to Advantech at the awards ceremony in Shanghai to honor its Industry 4.0 achievements as a pioneer in the practical implementation of “real-time equipment and resource monitoring.” Timo Schneemann, Vice-General Manager of ROI

Four lessons learned from igus CEO Frank Blase

On a recent press tour of igus’ Cologne, Germany headquarters, I had the pleasure of chatting with Frank Blase, the company’s CEO—and one of the most approachable and down-to-earth manufacturing leaders you are apt to find. Blase shared some of what has helped him grow his father’s small German company—over several decades—into the $1+ billion […]

Koford debuts 60-mm diameter 2-pole slotless brushless motor

Koford Engineering LLC has introduced a new 48-V 2-pole 60-mm diameter slotless sensorless brushless motor. The motor features 512 W continuous output at 15,792 rpm at 48 V with a peak motor efficiency of 93%. The 24-V version outputs 256 W at 7,560 rpm and has a peak efficiency of 92%. These motors are also […]

Webinar: Autodesk CFD introduces Cloud Premium! – November 7

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST       Solve Faster, Solve Bigger, Solve More and Pay Per Project. No CFD experience required and works great with all CAD tools. Attend to learn how 256 cores will change how CFD is used to increasing innovation capacity during new product design efforts and

Weidmüller strengthens its presence in North America

The Weidmüller Group, a major international supplier of industrial power, signal and data connectivity products headquartered in Detmold, Germany, announced the acquisition of the W Interconnections group companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico from Rockwell Automation, Inc. effective October 1. The W Interconnections group sells products for the industrial connectivity and automation markets. The […]

Quiet-running bearings for conveyor applications

CB-14 Series conveyor bearings from Kilian Manufacturing are specifically designed to operate quietly and reliably in the most demanding material handling applications. The CB-14 bearing design combines two major features that act together to reduce the metal-to-metal contact that is a common source of noise throughout a conveyor system. A nylon retainer separates and guides […]

CableLabs completes full-duplex DOCSIS specification

The number of connected devices and bandwidth-hungry online experiences are expected to increase exponentially in the next decade, according to Belal Hamzeh, VP of Research & Development, Wireless Technologies at CableLabs—the non-profit R&D consortium based in Louisville, Colo. With the continuous development of new applications that enable new experiences, such as augmented reality and virtual […]

PTDA honors Andy Nations with Warren Pike Award

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Andy Nations, CEO, B&D Industrial (Macon, Ga.), the 27th recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. Nations received the award, named for PTDA’s co-founder and first president, at the PTDA Annual Business Meeting during the NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry […]

ATI develops new low-cost force/torque sensor

“There’s been a movement in the industry to start automating man-made products,” said Robert Little, CEO of ATI Industrial Automation. “In order to for them do that, they need robots. In order for those robots to be completely successful, they need force sensing feedback.” ATI has unveiled the newest offering in its Force/Torque Sensor product…

Epson to demonstrate new T3 All-in-One SCARA robot

At the upcoming Assembly Show, Epson Robots will be showcasing its newly launched T3 All-in-One SCARA robot, the revolutionary Flexion N2 6-Axis robot, as well as a selection of its leading 6-Axis and SCARA robots. Epson will also lead a discussion on how to take the plunge in automation. The new T3 All-in-One robot comes…

ReWalk Robotics aims for 2018 release for Restore softsuit robotic exoskeleton

ReWalk Robotics said today it completed all internal processes related to its Restore robotic rehabilitation softsuit exoskeleton and is ready to initiate clinical trials of the device in 2018, with hopes for a commercial launch in the same year. The Restore softsuit is designed to transmit power to key joints in the legs with cable…

Moxa Releases IIoT Gateway Starter Kit With Amazon Web Services (AWS) Support Built In

To serve the needs of system integrators and engineers developing applications for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Moxa has launched the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit, which includes built-in support for Amazon Web Services (AWS). This data-acquisition-ready kit provides a reliable ready-to-use platform that simplifies development of IIoT solutions by providing all the essentials needed

Wire-to-board connectors have metal backshells with EMI shielding

A comprehensive range of backshells with a rugged aluminium alloy construction and electroless nickel plating can be applied to new connector installations or alternatively for carrying out mid production modifications. Developed by Harwin for wire-to-board connectors, the metal shells make connectors more mechanically robust and provide EMI/RFI protection. Incorporated into the female cable versions is […]

TransEnterix wins FDA nod for Senhance robot-assisted surgery platform

TransEnterix (NYSE:TRXC) said last week that it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Senhance robot-assisted surgery platform. TransEnterix, which acquired Senhance for $100 million in September 2015, finalized its clerarance bid last month after applying in April.  “The clearance of the Senhance system in the U.S. is a milestone in the progress of robotics and is…

Stratasys kicks-off official entry process for 2018 extreme redesign 3d printing challenge

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) – a global leader in applied additive technology solutions – today announced the company is officially kicking off its 2018 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge with a “call-for-entries.” Entering its 14th year, the contest is widely recognized as the premier event to highlight excellence in 3D printed design from student innovators. Leveraging […]

Simple adapter converts straight connectors to angles

The ibow angle adapter from igus Inc., East Providence, R.I., converts straight, round connectors to angled ones. It reportedly permits fast, easy and safe connection of circular connectors at a user-defined angle. The product lets workers plug in connectors “around corners” quickly and flexibly, according to the company. And it is also suited for retrofit […]

How to design quiet gearmotors: Gear engagement, housing geometry, and more

What applications need quiet gearmotors? The answer might surprise you — because the human ear can detect noise at 10 dB lower than ambient levels, and many gearmotors operate in close proximity to people. In this technical article, we outline recent staff engineers’ research and development into the problem (and potential solutions for) gearmotor noise. […]

BRECOflex CO., L.L.C. Launches Mobile App for Calculating Timing Belt Pretension

BRECOflex CO., L.L.C. announces the launch of their first mobile app for iOS and Android. The “SM5 Pretension Calculator” is a companion app designed to work in conjunction with the SM5 Tension Meter.   The SM5 Tension Meter measures the static tension of all belt types in Hertz (Hz). The purpose of pre-tensioning a belt

Where do chain drives still make sense?

Chain drives are a tried and true method of linear actuation and are used in much industrial machinery. A typical chain drive consists of two key components; a chain and a sprocket. The chain itself is composed of several components including a pin, bushing, roller, pin link plate, and a roller link plate. The chain […]

Synaptive adds digital microscopy to BrightMatter robot-assisted surgery platform

Medtech company Synaptive Medical said this week it released the Modus V, a 2nd-gen digital microscope and robotic arm designed to work with its BrightMatter robot-assisted surgical platform. The Toronto-based company said the Modus V includes advanced instrument tracking and automatic focus to enable greater surgical efficiency and hands-free control. “This product release marks a…

Webinar: Smallest Precision Cycloidal Reducers – November 14

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST       Learn about our smallest Cycloidal reducer, size 50mm, with solid flange output. It has Torque capacities to 18Nm, zero backlash, integral flange mount, deep grove ball bearings, and is ISO 9409-1 compliant. Spinea’s TwinSpin series is designed for applications requiring high reduction ratio,

PI intros compact 6-axis motion controller for high-precision positioning

PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a new 6-axis servo motor controller, the C-884 DC. Most modern precision motion systems are driven by servo motors, because they provide high torque, fast acceleration, smooth motion with a wide dynamic speed range, and fast start stop performance.  PI’s compact C-884 DC motion controller can run brushless servo motors […]

Fairview Microwave debuts phase-stable RF analyzer cables

Fairview Microwave, a Lewisville, Texas, supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, has introduced a new series of rugged, portable, phase stable RF analyzer cables. Typical applications include handheld network analyzers, base-station analyzers, portable spectrum analyzers, field testing, tower measurements, distance-to-fault measurements and site maintenance. Fairview’s 19 new portable, RF analyzer models provide optimal amplitude […]

WIN Semiconductors Corp. Enhances 0.25µm Gallium Nitride Power Process

WIN Semiconductors Corp (TPEx:3105), the world’s largest pure-play compound semiconductor foundry, has released an optimized version of its 0.25µm gallium nitride technology, NP25, that provides superior DC and RF transistor performance. NP25 is a 0.25µm-gate GaN-on-SiC process, and offers users the flexibility to produce both fully integrated amplifier products as well as custom discrete transistors.