Which is better, looking at a video or just thinking?

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler There are plenty of jokes about people with their head down and their noses buried in their smartphones. But there may be a serious downside, in addition to bumping into walls, when most people have an instant distraction at hand to ward off boredom. It turns out

Cincinnati Incorporated acquires New Valence Robotics Corporation

Cincinnati Incorporated (“CI”) and New Valence Robotics Corporation (“NVBOTS”) announced the closing of CI’s acquisition of NVBOTS. All employees of NVBOTS will be retained and the base of operations will remain in Boston, MA for the foreseeable future. Other terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. CI partnered with NVBOTS as a value-added reseller in […]

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity and Saint Security fight virus and malware with artificial intelligence-based advanced threat protection solution

Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity and Saint Security announce the release of a technology solution that leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data-based profiling methodologies to fight advanced persistent threats (APTs).  The solution identifies and blocks various types of malware that cannot be detected by off-the-shelf security solutions. The DPI engine R&S PACE 2 serves

Creaform inaugurates new HQ

New facility at Innoparc Lévis paves way for expansion and creation of 150 new jobs Lévis, Québec, November 29, 2017—Creaform, a leading global provider of game-changing 3D measurement solutions and engineering services, officially opened its new factory headquarters today at Innoparc Lévis in Lévis, Quebec, in the presence of key partners and customers. The 76,000-square-foot […]

Electric actuators double the eject speed of pneumatic actuators

SMAC Moving Coil Actuators reached a cycle rate of 2400 ppm (40 Hz) with their new LCB model electric actuator, meeting the target set by several leading packaging OEM’s. The fastest pneumatic actuators generally reach a peak speed of 1200 ppm. By doubling the speed of pneumatic actuators, SMAC can greatly improve the efficiency of […]

High-tech distributor to stock Omega Engineering products

Newark element14, is pleased to announce a new and unique agreement with Omega to be the only high service distributor to stock their full portfolio of Omega products. The Omega range includes a variety of market leading industrial control products, including temperature, thermocouples, RTD connector wires, pressure load cells, control panel meters and many more,

Aluminum and Stainless Steel microPEM TackSert Pins

Aluminum and stainless steel microPEM® TackSert® pins from PennEngineering provide cost-effective alternatives to micro screws for attaching top panels to base panels or chassis in compact electronic assemblies.  They will attach top panels of any material to a base or chassis manufactured from common cast metals (such as magnesium and aluminum) or plastics (such as

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

Brother Gearmotors partners with Dart Controls to offer Brushless DC drives

Brother Gearmotors has partnered with Dart Controls, Inc. in an agreement that allows Brother Gearmotors to offer Dart’s premium selection of Brushless DC drives as add-ons to Brother’s extensive portfolio of gearmotors. A brushless DC drive is a type of adjustable-speed drive required by electrically commutated motors (ECMs), such as brushless DC, to control motor […]

Low-profile FH53M Series FPC connector delivers high-speed transmission for consumer electronic devices

Hirose has developed a miniature, lightweight flexible printed circuit (FPC) connector for portable electronic devices that require high-speed transmission. The FH53M Series FPC connector saves valuable PCB real estate via a back flip style actuator that minimizes the required mounting area. The compact FH53M Series FPC connector has a 0.25mm pitch, mounted depth of 3.2mm

German manufacturer shrinks the time to produce fixtures by 90%

Fixtures and tooling are one of the larger time and cost saving applications for additive manufacturing. German industrial parts manufacturer, Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG, for example, significantly enhanced workflow efficiencies by additively manufacturing fixtures for its assembly lines. With a Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D Printer, the company has reduced fixture production time from […]

When are worm gears self-locking, and where is this useful?

Worm gears are often used for their ability to provide large speed reduction and high torque multiplication. But their self-locking properties can also be beneficial in many applications.  In a worm gear assembly, the worm is typically the driving component. Self-locking means that the gear cannot drive the worm. In other words, back driving is […]

Universal-voltage motor thermistor relay comes in compact package

The DIN-rail-mounted DTA04 features universal input voltage, giving it the flexibility to be installed in a variety of control panels. This thermistor relay protects electric motors from overheating, ensuring continuous production and preventing machine downtime. Simplicity, versatility, and reliability are crucial for most users as they select monitoring controls to protect motors and equipment. The

Rize Inc. appoints Andy Kalambi President and CEO

Rize Inc., a Boston-based, next-generation additive manufacturing company, announced that Andy Kalambi has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Andy comes to Rize with more than 25 years’ experience in executive and general management, sales and business development across industries and global geographies. Most recently, he built a distinguished career at Dassault Systèmes, where […]

Stainless steel, media isolated pressure sensors

The SPA 402 Series is a new, amplified pressure sensor offering excellent performance in various applications, especially for low and middle pressure and smaller solutions. Media-isolated sensors are designed to operate in hostile environments, yet offer the outstanding sensitivity, linearity, and hysteresis of a silicon sensor. This pressure sensor is compatible with 316L stainless steel,

Carbon announces Next-Gen 3D Printing software with cloud-based computation

Carbon announced a new version of its next-gen 3D printing software that expands its tools to design, engineer and make polymeric parts using Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology and resins. With this software release, Carbon offers a variety of tools that enable customers to print parts easily and successfully the first time, optimize supports […]

Video review: Computer monitor for design engineers and CAD/CAM work — BenQ PD2710QC

In a recent video I did with my esteemed colleague Paul Heney of Design World, I got the chance try out a BenQ PD2710QC computer monitor designed specifically for designers working in CAD, illustration, and animation. Most useful to design engineers is a CAD/CAM mode that renders better contrast on lines and shapes on technical

Two industry leaders team up to change 3D-printed performance footwear

EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing, and Under Armour (NYSE:UA, UAA)—one of the largest sports brands and a market leader in bringing commercial 3D printed footwear to consumers—announced their strategic new partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The two organizations will jointly work to scale Under […]

Materialise and Formlabs collaborate on 3D printing system for hospitals

Materialise, and Formlabs, a respective leader in the 3D printing industry, are collaborating to deliver a complete, cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for hospitals looking to start an in-house 3D print lab. The offering combines the Materialise Mimics inPrint medical imaging software with Formlabs’ Form 2 printers. The components of this complete 3D printing package facilitate […]

Materialise and Siemens bring Mimics inPrint software to hospitals worldwide

Materialise NV (Nasdaq: MTLS), a leading provider of 3D printing services and software solutions, and Siemens Healthineers, a leading medical technology company announced they are joining forces to bring Materialise Mimics inPrint software to hospitals around the world. The partnership, announced at the 2017 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, makes Materialise Mimics […]

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.

Video: ElectroCraft LRPX 22 and 32 gearmotors have operating ranges optimized to the subcomponents

In a recent video on new ElectroCraft motors, my colleague Paul Heney and I got to review integrated offerings that let designers get higher torque even while maintaining efficiency. The LRPX units are sold as gear motors — not as motor with added gearboxes. This means motor performance is optimized for gear input limitations. An eight-pole […]

John Deere engineer Amy Jones Wins SAE/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award

Amy Jones, Senior Engineer in the Construction and Forestry Division of John Deere, has earned the SAE International/AEM Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and SAE International established the award in 1996 to recognize an outstanding young engineer in the off-highway or power plant industry. The award was proposed by senior […]