Design World http://www.designworldonline.com Design Engineering News, Engineering Videos, Engineering Resources Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Design Engineering News, Engineering Videos, Engineering Resources Design World no Design Engineering News, Engineering Videos, Engineering Resources engineering, motion control, fluid power, design engineering, 3D CAD, mechanical, packaging, software, 3D printing Design World http://www.designworldonline.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.designworldonline.com Cleveland, Ohio Pilz safety gate system PSENsgate http://www.designworldonline.com/pilz-safety-gate-system-psensgate/ http://www.designworldonline.com/pilz-safety-gate-system-psensgate/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:23:52 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180748 PSENsgate from Pilz offers safety gate monitoring with safe guard locking for protection of personnel and plant to the highest category PL e in one system. Benefit from high flexibility – a number of new system variants with optional control elements such as pushbuttons, key switches, illuminated buttons, section stop or functions such as emergency

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PilzPSENsgate from Pilz offers safety gate monitoring with safe guard locking for protection of personnel and plant to the highest category PL e in one system. Benefit from high flexibility – a number of new system variants with optional control elements such as pushbuttons, key switches, illuminated buttons, section stop or functions such as emergency stop or escape release. Due to its rugged design and the mechanical load capacity the safety gate system, the Pilz PSENsgate guarantees a long product service life.

Complete system saves time and optimizes costs
Combining safety gate monitoring, safe guard locking and monitoring of either E-STOP and/or control elements, this system helps save you time and money. Evaluation devices and expansion modules are superfluous as a result. Reduced installation and wiring effort due to integrated control elements and the ability for series connection. The diagnostic function enables fast reaction times to change in state for personal and plant protection: highest category with just one switch per safety gate.

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You achieve personal and plant protection up to the highest category PL e of EN ISO 13849-1 / SIL CL 3 of EN/IEC 62061. A safe, complete solution when combined with Pilz control technology. A largest selection of various control elements, such as key operated pushbuttons, key switches, section stop or emergency stop and connection options for enabling switches, offers the right solution for each application.

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Danfoss Technology Theater Takes Training on the Road http://www.designworldonline.com/danfoss-technology-theater-takes-training-road/ http://www.designworldonline.com/danfoss-technology-theater-takes-training-road/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:03:14 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180743 The latest “road show” sessions in Danfoss’ Technology Theater provided small-group training for HVACR contractors and technicians, consulting-specifying engineers, and students on high-efficiency technologies for commercial air-conditioning and refrigeration, including thermostatic and electronic expansion valves, pressure and temperature controls, and variable speed compressors. The one-day sessions, hosted by Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and

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The latest “road show” sessions in Danfoss’ Technology Theater provided small-group training for HVACR contractors and technicians, consulting-specifying engineers, and students on high-efficiency technologies for commercial air-conditioning and refrigeration, including thermostatic and electronic expansion valves, pressure and temperature controls, and variable speed compressors.

The one-day sessions, hosted by Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and motion control systems, featured educational presentations from Danfoss’ technology experts and were held in Long Beach, Calif.; Las Vegas; Boston; and New York City.

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High-efficiency technologies take center stage

  • In his presentations on thermostatic and electronic expansion devices, Jeff Staub, application engineering manager at Danfoss, explained how TXVs and TEVs are designed, how they should be installed and serviced, and how to calculate subcooling and superheat. He also provided participants with an overview on pressure and temperature controls, including a discussion on ideal applications like supermarkets and instructions on how to set the controls.
  • Greg Polk, business development manager – variable speed, Danfoss, discussed the importance of and need for variable speed technology, referencing the convergence of trends like energy efficiency, intelligent systems, and environmental consciousness and the resulting opportunities for efficient, sustainable solutions. In his presentation, he explained how variable speed compressors can help manage peak utility demand, reduce energy use, and improve overall occupant comfort.
  • To discuss the benefits of the oil-free, variable speed technology behind Danfoss Turbocor centrifugal compressors, Jose Alvares, director of sales for Danfoss Turbocor, and Ken Koehler, Danfoss Turbocor account manager, presented participants with facts on how the use of oil impacts energy efficiency and system complexity, as well as an explanation on the performance of magnetic bearing technology.

“At Danfoss, we are committed to providing the HVACR industry with the highest level of training to help ensure that the workforce of today – and tomorrow – is well-equipped to design, install, and service high-efficiency systems and the latest technologies,” said John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America. “The Danfoss Technology Theater brings our technical experts to you in small, engaging sessions. We hope that each attendee is able to walk away from the session having learned something new and that the new knowledge can be applied immediately in his/her daily work.”

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Mitsubishi’s PowerGate 66 / IP66 NEMA 4 Decentralized Drive http://www.designworldonline.com/mitsubishis-powergate-66-ip66-nema-4-decentralized-drive/ http://www.designworldonline.com/mitsubishis-powergate-66-ip66-nema-4-decentralized-drive/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:33:20 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180442 Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. enters the decentralized drive market with the introduction of the PowerGate 66 IP66 / NEMA 4 variable frequency drive (VFD). The stand-alone VFD is an engineered solution incorporating a version of the Mitsubishi Electric E700 VFD into a custom made NEMA 4 (water resistant) enclosure for use in harsh environments. The

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MEAMitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. enters the decentralized drive market with the introduction of the PowerGate 66 IP66 / NEMA 4 variable frequency drive (VFD). The stand-alone VFD is an engineered solution incorporating a version of the Mitsubishi Electric E700 VFD into a custom made NEMA 4 (water resistant) enclosure for use in harsh environments.

The PowerGate 66 drive is especially suitable for applications that require precise motor speed control, including conveyors used in food and beverage operations and material handling, and the control of pumps and fans in HVAC and water handling applications, or in any application where the drive is exposed to water and dust.

The design of the PowerGate 66 places it closer to the motor, improving efficiency and preventing motor damage, while the NEMA 4 enclosure protects it against dirt and water. It offers the same performance and operability characteristics as the proven E700.

Beyond its decentralized design, advantages of the PowerGate 66 include its unique keypad and display. The LCD displays information in words, rather than number-based codes, as is the industry norm. And to simplify programming, the keypad has10 buttons laid out similarly to a pocket calculator.

Other key benefits of the PowerGate 66 include:

• Compatibility with any of the standard Mitsubishi Electric E700 option cards
• Connectivity with Ethernet communications network and virtually all other factory
• 5-year limited warranty communications networks

“We wanted to offer our customers an alternative to a conventional drive configuration,” said Christopher Cusick, product manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automation. “The decentralized design prevents running cables hundreds of yards from the drive to the motor, while the NEMA 4 enclosure makes it ideal for use in harsh environments, including areas where equipment must be hosed down.”

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Alicat Releases Rechargeable Portable Mass Flow Meters http://www.designworldonline.com/alicat-releases-rechargeable-portable-mass-flow-meters/ http://www.designworldonline.com/alicat-releases-rechargeable-portable-mass-flow-meters/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:05:24 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180419 Alicat Scientific, Inc., releases its new rechargeable portable gas mass flow meters. With 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy, these handheld meters bring laboratory-class accuracy to field flow verification and validation applications in the environmental, manufacturing and metrology industries. Alicat’s rechargeable portable flow meters provide fast flow

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AlicatAlicat Scientific, Inc., releases its new rechargeable portable gas mass flow meters. With 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy, these handheld meters bring laboratory-class accuracy to field flow verification and validation applications in the environmental, manufacturing and metrology industries.

Alicat’s rechargeable portable flow meters provide fast flow validation with multi-parameter measurement, wide operating ranges and multiple true gas calibrations. With no moving parts and no warm-up time requirement, they are indispensable for field technicians who require fast and durable flow measurement.

Alicat’s mass flow meters feature fast 5-ms meter speeds and live readouts of mass and volumetric flow rates, pressure and temperature. Rapid and easy access to this information makes Alicat’s rechargeable meters ideal for validation of environmental analyzers, verification of flow rates in industrial manufacturing and field flow calibration as a secondary transfer standard. All Alicat instruments are backed by NIST-traceable calibration, comprehensive technical support and a lifetime warranty.

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NSK Releases 2013 Sustainability Achievements http://www.designworldonline.com/nsk-releases-2013-sustainability-achievements/ http://www.designworldonline.com/nsk-releases-2013-sustainability-achievements/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:53:40 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180414 NSK Americas (NSK) has released its 2013 sustainability achievements, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection. The year’s accomplishments show that NSK saved: 39,200 trees – equivalent to 485,688,000 sheets of newspaper 1,028,000 gallons of oil – enough to heat 6,456 homes for a year 15,556,000 gallons of water – enough to meet the

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NSK Americas (NSK) has released its 2013 sustainability achievements, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection. The year’s accomplishments show that NSK saved:

  • 39,200 trees – equivalent to 485,688,000 sheets of newspaper
  • 1,028,000 gallons of oil – enough to heat 6,456 homes for a year
  • 15,556,000 gallons of water – enough to meet the daily needs of 207,413 Americans
  • 53,300 gallons of gasoline – enough to drive a mid-size car 1,492,400 miles
  • 52,938,000 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power 6,456 homes for a year

“NSK’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and our corporate environmental policy initiatives are producing meaningful results,” said Brian Lindsay, CEO. “The ongoing addition of new initiatives to complement our sustainability program continues to improve those results, year over year. Ultimately, that benefits the global environment and the health of the local communities in which we operate.”

As a contributing member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise program, NSK strives to meet a series of internal benchmarks which translate into sustainability numbers regarding how many trees, how much water, etc. the company has saved. The 2013 results for each benchmark represent improvements ranging from 20%-37.5% over the previous year.

In 2013, NSK’s environmental and safety portfolio was established as a stand-alone corporate operating department, headed by Susan Diehl, Vice President, Legal and General Counsel.

“NSK Americas’ commitment to sustainability means ensuring that we can provide continuing value to our stakeholders, while having minimal impact on our environment and keeping our team members safe,” said Diehl. “We are working to restructure our compliance, employee health and safety and sustainability functions to provide a context for our actions which, in turn, will help us all to remember that each thing we do has an impact on ourselves and our stakeholders. The result will be an even more robust system for providing economic, ecological and environmental value for the communities we live in.”

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Children of NSK employees designed a T-shirt to commemorate NSK’s environmental initiatives.

Marcia Fournier, Environmental and Chemical Manager, and the company’s front-line green ambassador, is very proud of NSK’s sustainability achievements. “We continue to improve our waste management processes,” she said. NSK has a Master Agreement with Safety-Kleen, which not only ensures responsible waste management and disposal, but enables NSK to track any issue that may arise, and quickly mitigate environmental risk. “In 2012, Safety-Kleen worked with us to help us better manage our mop water at our Bennington, Vermont site, and now we are recycling that water in-house. The result is cleaner floors, which protect our customers’ products, and less waste, which reduces both environmental impact and cost,” Fournier added. In October 2013, the company partnered with Tetra Tech, and improved its response time to customer requests for product composition data by 50%.

Earth Day is an annual opportunity to highlight NSK’s dedication to environmental leadership, and this year was no exception. A company-wide coloring contest to design an Earth Day T-shirt was held for the children and grandchildren of employees. 3,100 shirts sporting the winning drawings were distributed to NSK staff to celebrate the annual event.

NSK continues to advance its bearing production processes by reducing scrap waste, increasing energy efficiency and reducing the use of harmful chemicals. Steel and metal recycling is in place in all U.S. sites, and a number of sites began recycling cardboard and plastic in the past 12 months.

All seven NSK U.S. manufacturing facilities are ISO 14001 third-party registered, and the company is concurrently working toward registration at its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and its Silao, Mexico manufacturing facility. Training for Lead Auditors is scheduled for July.

NSK’s 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report highlights its global achievements in areas such as health and wellness, carbon footprint, responsible sourcing, and environmentally friendly product development. The report also emphasizes the company’s ongoing commitment to minimize CO2 emissions through innovative technological development.

As a supplier of components vital to a broad range of manufacturing and processing industries, NSK continues to develop environmentally preferable products, build a solid business foundation and grow as a company that contributes to society.

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Increase Machine Control, Motion Capabilities, and EtherCAT System Support http://www.designworldonline.com/increase-machine-control-motion-capabilities-ethercat-system-support/ http://www.designworldonline.com/increase-machine-control-motion-capabilities-ethercat-system-support/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:58:11 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180739 Kollmorgen introduces Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ (KAS) software version 2.8 and AKD servo drive platform firmware version 1.12. The additions include a new higher performance version of the AKD® PDMM, enhancements to the coordinated motion programming blocks and additions to the EtherCAT configuration tool. This enables OEM’s who utilize Kollmorgen’s automation and drive systems to deliver

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Kollmorgen introduces Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ (KAS) software version 2.8 and AKD servo drive platform firmware version 1.12. The additions include a new higher performance version of the AKD® PDMM, enhancements to the coordinated motion programming blocks and additions to the EtherCAT configuration tool. This enables OEM’s who utilize Kollmorgen’s automation and drive systems to deliver differentiated machines with greater system design flexibility, performance capability, and ease-of-use.

“The flagship enhancement to this version of Kollmorgen Automation Suite and AKD PDMM is a higher power version of the integrated Multiaxis controller/drive dubbed ‘M1.’ The M1 doubles the control performance of the standard PDMM and allows for more axes at faster update rates. It can control 30+ axes of motion, where the standard PDMM is equipped to control up to 16-axes. Alternatively, when compared with the standard PDMM in an application with the same amount of axes, this means most applications will be able to run twice as fast based on system load testing, which is particularly helpful in synchronized and coordinated systems that rely on microsecond timing,” says Reid Hunt, Drives and Control Products Manager.

KollmorgenFor material forming applications this means more accurate path motion, which is critical for accurate cutting and bending. For packaging, food, and converting applications, it means more accurate web tracking, sealing, gluing, cutting, and slitting. All of this is critical for today’s more complex consumer packaging.

“Enhancements to the EtherCAT network configuration tool significantly improve ease of use and flexibility for OEMs, integrators and users,” says Hunt. “In addition to plug-and-play networking for Kollmorgen branded products, now third party I/O and specialty devices from independent vendors can be configured on the network, by the customer, using the standard software. Even multi-device platforms (MDP) such as distributed I/O and safety modules can be configured with this tool. Engineers want to get systems up and working fast, but the next step is always optimization. With our tool set, they can accomplish both.”

With coordinated motion blocks and enhanced capabilities, such as three-axis coordinated linear motion as standard, KAS is an ideal solution for more applications than ever before. A template project complete with preconfigured motion blocks, automation code and GUI code helps users get started with coordinated motion. This eliminates the need to control the timing and position of individual axes. It also enables the programmer to command motion in free space and just specify the end position and path.

With software version 2.8, connectivity has also been added to the KAS platform. Support for UDP and HTTP communication protocol, both common upper level IP-based communication protocols that have become ubiquitous in the networked world, are now standard for KAS controllers.

“It is common to pair a PC running some front-end application code with an automation controller to handle the synchronization of trajectories and machine automation,” explains Hunt. “UDP is a simple communication protocol that allows for the fast transit of data between devices. Multiple KAS controllers can also be linked together using these communications protocols for a modular machine approach.”

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Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions Now Available http://www.designworldonline.com/multi-passage-soft-seal-rotating-unions-now-available/ http://www.designworldonline.com/multi-passage-soft-seal-rotating-unions-now-available/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:47:51 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180402 A new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin Company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and rotating equipment including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches. While rotating unions are used to convey virtually all types of liquid or

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DeublinA new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin Company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and rotating equipment including cylinders, rolls, spindles and clutches.

While rotating unions are used to convey virtually all types of liquid or gas (steam, water, coolant, hydraulic or cutting fluids, inert gas or vacuum), multi-passage rotating unions are used when more than one media must be conveyed simultaneously using different passages. Soft-seal refers to the Plastomeric seal technology, which is a combination of plastic and elastomer, with a proprietary chemistry and geometry that differs by application.

Applications for Deublin multi-passage soft-seal unions include machine tools, ladle turrets used in steel continuous casting, and metal coil winding, plastic and rubber manufacturing, and more.

Deublin offers standard, semi-custom, and custom options depending on the requirements of each application. Standard features include 2-8 passages, while custom passages for the largest applications can be 22 or more. Port types include NPT, BSP, or SAE.

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Acro® Associates Extends its Pinch Valve Product Line with Versagrip® http://www.designworldonline.com/acro-associates-extends-pinch-valve-product-line-versagrip/ http://www.designworldonline.com/acro-associates-extends-pinch-valve-product-line-versagrip/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:34:38 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180397 Acro® Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba Manufacturing, announces the launch of Versagrip® Solenoid Pinch Valves, a next generation solenoid (electric) product line designed to provide greater flexibility for a wide array of fluidic control system applications. Versagrip Solenoid Pinch Valves join the Acro family of pinch valves, which include pneumatic pinch valves

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Acro® Associates, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba Manufacturing, announces the launch of Versagrip® Solenoid Pinch Valves, a next generation solenoid (electric) product line designed to provide greater flexibility for a wide array of fluidic control system applications.

Versagrip Solenoid Pinch Valves join the Acro family of pinch valves, which include pneumatic pinch valves and Intelivalve® their fullest-featured pinch valve with built-in intelligence and whisper-quiet, operation. Because pinch valves use tubing, they can have a longer life than conventional valves and, because they don’t stick or leak, pinch valves require less maintenance and yield significantly reduced down time.

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The Versagripproduct line gives engineers more options by allowing them to select tubing with an average durometer rating of up to 60 Shore A, and media pressure of up to 15 psi or 1 bar. In addition, flexible tubing models are available to support a wide array of disposable bag materials and sizes.

“The Versagripproduct line demonstrates Acro’s ability to continually leverage our experience to address the needs of the medical, bioprocessing, food & beverage and other industries. Novel in their design, these valves have been fashioned to meet the most current safety and regulatory certifications. Combined with our comprehensive Pneumatics and Intelivalve products, the Versagripline now gives Acro a more complete and diverse market offering,” said Winston Wong, Director of Sales and Marketing for Acro.

The Versagripproduct line consists of three core models, each offered in four different configurations: single tube N/O (normally open) or N/C (normally closed), dual tube toggling N/O-N/C, or in a headless cassette format for disposable bags. An optional optical sensor is available for each of the models.

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SPIROL Releases New Coiled Pin Design Guide http://www.designworldonline.com/spirol-releases-new-coiled-pin-design-guide/ http://www.designworldonline.com/spirol-releases-new-coiled-pin-design-guide/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:31:56 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180729 SPIROL is pleased to announce the release of their brand new Coiled Pin Design Guide. Truly an “engineered-fastener”, the Coiled Pin is available in three “duties” enabling the designer to choose the optimum combination of strength, flexibility and diameter to accommodate different host materials and application requirements. Their shock absorbing design dampens forces and vibration

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SpirolSPIROL is pleased to announce the release of their brand new Coiled Pin Design Guide. Truly an “engineered-fastener”, the Coiled Pin is available in three “duties” enabling the designer to choose the optimum combination of strength, flexibility and diameter to accommodate different host materials and application requirements. Their shock absorbing design dampens forces and vibration to prevent hole damage and prolong assembly life. This combination of features enables SPIROL Coiled Pins to improve the quality of your assembly, extend the life of your product and reduce your total manufacturing costs.

The new design guide contains valuable information including: specifications, features and benefits compared to other common press-fit pins, measuring techniques, and installation methods. It also contains easy-to-read schematics and diagrams to support each key section. It is packed with design tips to assist engineers on how to design components that incorporate Coiled Pins to ensure that the assembly functions as desired for the intended life of the assembly.

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HAWE is Shaping the Way You Save Energy http://www.designworldonline.com/hawe-shaping-way-save-energy/ http://www.designworldonline.com/hawe-shaping-way-save-energy/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:15:16 +0000 http://www.mobilehydraulictips.com/?p=5368 HAWE Hydraulics is exhibiting at IMTS in Chicago, IL Sept. 8th-13th – booth 4930. The company will display a wide range of products, some of which are exceptionally...

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HAWEHAWE Hydraulics is exhibiting at IMTS in Chicago, IL Sept. 8th-13th – booth 4930.

The company will display a wide range of products, some of which are exceptionally well suited for CNC lathes. In this particular application, the unit’s constant delivery pump is powered by a three-phase motor and frequency converter. Radial piston pumps or gear type pumps are available for constant delivery use and provide maximum volume flows of 20 l/min. The main advantage of a constant delivery pump is the availability to adapt a variety of different work piece options and hydraulic units – all while maintaining a constant supply of clamping pressure.

The frequency converter (commonly known as a VFD, variable frequency drive) has its own advantages, like enabling energy-efficient operations by pairing a HK compact, hydraulic power pack with a NSMD clamping module. This ensures a constant volume flow, which compensates for leakage losses at the rotary transfer joint of the chuck. In addition to energy savings, the frequency converter matches the speed of the motor to the volume flow requirements of the hydraulic unit. A pressure sensor measures the system’s pressure and the signal is processed in the frequency converter. The rapid reaction time of the control loop prevents pressure drops and peaks when the volume flow requirement changes.

The NSMD clamping module sets and monitors the clamping pressure through an integrated switch; it transmits proportional signals from the machine’s control system to the valve’s proportional solenoid. It not only measures whether the clamping pressure is correct but also evaluates whether the clamping process is complete. This means the release signal can be used directly for starting the machine; eliminating the need for a pause to ensure the clamping motion is completed.

Although the NSMD clamping module is preferable due to its ability to increase efficiencies, the lathe can operate without the clamping module if the work piece clamping device is the only hydraulic unit being supplied by the power pack. The clamping pressure can then be set directly via the motor speed. Pressure and volume flows are optimally adapted to consumption requirements, guaranteeing the right amount of pressure is supplied at the right time.

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http://www.designworldonline.com/hawe-shaping-way-save-energy/feed/ 0 hawe HAWE Hydraulics is exhibiting at IMTS in Chicago, IL Sept. 8th-13th – booth 4930. The company will display a wide range of products, some of which are exceptionally... Mobile Hydraulic Tips HAWE Hydraulics is exhibiting at IMTS in Chicago, IL Sept. 8th-13th – booth 4930. The company will display a wide range of products, some of which are exceptionally... Mobile Hydraulic Tips Design World no
Hydraulics is bringing the sexy back with Mandroid http://www.designworldonline.com/hydraulics-bringing-sexy-back-mandroid/ http://www.designworldonline.com/hydraulics-bringing-sexy-back-mandroid/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:04:26 +0000 http://www.mobilehydraulictips.com/?p=5331 We all know that hydraulics is making a comeback of sorts in robotics, with some of the amazing creations that companies such as Boston Dynamic have been designing....

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mandroid1We all know that hydraulics is making a comeback of sorts in robotics, with some of the amazing creations that companies such as Boston Dynamic have been designing.

But now Old Spice—never one to shy away from eccentric commercial campaigns—has introduced the Mandroid, some sort of electric/hydraulic hybrid robot that stumbles into love, no matter how awkward the situation.

Now, when someone asks what you do, you’ll be able to tell them that you design hydraulic equipment. “You know, like the Mandroid?”

Regardless, our staff got a kick out of the new ads and wonder if a sitcom featuring a hydraulics engineer can be far behind?

Enjoy!

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http://www.designworldonline.com/hydraulics-bringing-sexy-back-mandroid/feed/ 0 Commentary We all know that hydraulics is making a comeback of sorts in robotics, with some of the amazing creations that companies such as Boston Dynamic have been designing.... Mobile Hydraulic Tips We all know that hydraulics is making a comeback of sorts in robotics, with some of the amazing creations that companies such as Boston Dynamic have been designing.... Mobile Hydraulic Tips Design World no
DE-STA-CO Electric Pivot Unit Offers Advantages http://www.designworldonline.com/de-sta-co-electric-pivot-unit-offers-advantages/ http://www.designworldonline.com/de-sta-co-electric-pivot-unit-offers-advantages/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:55:58 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180364 DE-STA-CO introduces a new electric pivot unit that is smaller and lighter than traditional pneumatic units, while providing uniform torque and enhanced versatility. The 98W Electric Pivot Unit enables manufacturers to add a pivot in tight spaces and gain better operational control of electrode tip dressers, clamps and other tools. “With a pneumatic pivot unit,

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DE-STA-CO introduces a new electric pivot unit that is smaller and lighter than traditional pneumatic units, while providing uniform torque and enhanced versatility. The 98W Electric Pivot Unit enables manufacturers to add a pivot in tight spaces and gain better operational control of electrode tip dressers, clamps and other tools.

“With a pneumatic pivot unit, torque can vary greatly depending on the opening angle,” says Prasad Tumati, global product director of clamping technology for DE-STA-CO. “An electric motor provides a constant torque level throughout the entire range of motion. This allows for smoother, more precise operation. Plus, the electric setup is more energy efficient and offers greater versatility.”

DESTACOSince it utilizes a worm gear instead of a pneumatic toggle mechanism, the 98W Electric Pivot Unit can rotate its arms a full 360 degrees. The pivot features a new design that permits the saddle arm mount to be adjusted in 45-degree increments, enabling users to easily change the pivot angle without swapping the head of the unit.

The 98W Electric Pivot Unit can operate in two modes: programmed setting with limited opening angles or infinite opening angles. It is compatible with multiple motors and can be interchanged with common pneumatic pivot units equipped with 125, 160 or 200 mm cylinders.

“The wide-ranging abilities of this single unit make it capable of replacing several different sizes of pneumatic units,” says Tumati. “Instead of trying to match the right pneumatic pivot to their needs, users can just install the 98W Electric Pivot Unit and know it will offer superior performance over a wide range of operating conditions.”

With 500 Nm of torque, the 98W Electric Pivot Unit is well suited for a variety of applications. It requires only four seconds or less to rotate its arms 135 degrees.

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Urethane Covered Bearings for Smooth, Quiet and Non-Marring Operation http://www.designworldonline.com/urethane-covered-bearings-smooth-quiet-non-marring-operation/ http://www.designworldonline.com/urethane-covered-bearings-smooth-quiet-non-marring-operation/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:28:49 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180409 Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), a supplier of workholding components, material handling products, machine tool components and fixturing accessories now offers Fairlane® Products Urethane Covered Bearings. Available in stock, ready to ship with no lead time, no minimum order and no tooling required, they are available in both inch and metric sizes. This is counter to traditional

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Fixtureworks® (Fraser, MI), a supplier of workholding components, material handling products, machine tool components and fixturing accessories now offers Fairlane® Products Urethane Covered Bearings.

Available in stock, ready to ship with no lead time, no minimum order and no tooling required, they are available in both inch and metric sizes. This is counter to traditional availability of these types bearing rollers, many of which require lead time, minimum orders and tooling. They have a smooth urethane surface that is cast directly on a precision sealed ball bearing. Not only are they smooth and provide for quiet and non-marring operation, they also provide excellent abrasion resistance and durability.

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Fixtureworks now offers Fairlane® Products urethane covered bearings in both inch and metric sizes for smooth, quiet and non-marring operation.

The inch and metric sizes are offered in two styles, single bearing and double bearing. The single bearing style is available in diameter sizes from 0.750 to 3 in. and from 20 to 70 mm. Widths range from 0.196 to 0.563 in and 5 to 12 mm.

The double bearing style is available in diameters from 0.750 to 3.00 in. and 20 to 70 mm, with widths from 0.392 to 1.125 in and 10 to 24 mm. Durometers are available from 35 to 95 in both inch and metric sizes.

The urethane covered bearings are also available with stud mount. These covered bearings also have a smooth urethane surface. They come assembled with a button head cap screw, spacer and locknut for easy mounting. The stud mounts, also available in metric sizes, are available in diameters from 0.875 to 2.00 and 20 to 50 mm with stud sizes ranging from 1⁄4 to 5/8 in. and M5 to M12, durometers from 35 to 95.

Besides the Fairlane® Products urethane covered bearings, Fixtureworks offers Fairlane® Products full line of grippers, rest pads, Swivots® swivel/pivoting positioning components, Quick Release ball-lock pins, rollers and bumpers; Kipp® rest and riser pads, levers, handles, knobs, and hand wheels; Imao® O.D. Clamps, manual clamps, supports and stops, risers, T-nuts, sliding mounts, springs, supports, grid plates and blocks; OK-Vise® single and double wedge clamp designs; Mitee-Bite® low-profile edge clamps.

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Custom 3D printing for your personalized car http://www.designworldonline.com/custom-3d-printing-personalized-car/ http://www.designworldonline.com/custom-3d-printing-personalized-car/#respond Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:00:55 +0000 http://www.makepartsfast.com/?p=7244 Automobiles are so much a part of the American life style; we race them, work in them, collect them, go for scenic drives in them—we spend so much...

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Automobiles are so much a part of the American life style; we race them, work in them, collect them, go for scenic drives in them—we spend so much time in our automobiles, we even give them names.  Cars are definitely more than just a way to get from point A to point B.

One company fueling that passion for cars is Ai Design. The engineers here design, engineer and build custom interior and exterior features to create highly personalized luxury vehicles. Ai takes a customer’s vision for what their ideal vehicle would look like and how it would function, and makes it a reality.

A challenge fit for 3D printing

Each luxury vehicle has unique engineering and design, from the engine to the interior, which poses a challenge for creating new, custom features.  Ai has to design and build around complex geometries and shapes to integrate parts that look and feel like they were a part of the original design. “No two customer parts are the exact same. Even if we’re working on the same model, make and year, the geometries can differ,” said Todd Henderson, director of sales and marketing for Ai Design.

Three years ago Ai Design decided to move from making unique parts using traditional methods, such as CNC machining and even by hand, to 3D printing through RedEye. Producing quality parts needed to easily integrate with complex interiors by hand took countless hours and CNC machining delivery times were dependent on the shop’s backlog. The engineers couldn’t consider injection molding because it would be impossible to amortize tooling costs for one-off parts. 3D printing was the only solution that would not only reduce lead times but also give them more freedom to design and build parts compatible with complex geometries.

The engineers tested various 3D printing technologies and service bureaus before deciding on Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). FDM met the requirement of using real, engineering-grade thermoplastics that are compatible with a variety of critical post processes, such as sanding, priming and painting.

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Since then, RedEye has built a variety of parts for Ai Design, shortening development time—in some cases by weeks—and reducing costs on one-off parts by up to 40%.

One of the company’s clients wanted to integrate an iPad Mini into a Land Rover Defender 110. They first 3D scanned the interior dash and iPad to collect the precise geometries to fit a new design. Then the engineers designed a CAD model for the new center dash, which effectively locks the iPad into position, charges and ejects the device. The ABS plastic parts were 3D printed, sanded and painted at RedEye.

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The engineering team incorporated a radar pod into the Ferrari FF interior, which has limited room for added features. The team found an effective location for the radar system, 3D scanned and measured the geometries, and designed a custom housing for the radar pod. RedEye 3D printed, sanded and primed the plastic part to the exact dimensions of the Ferrari interior.

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Another client wanted to incorporate Dynaudio Esotar tweeter pods (speakers) into the doors of a Range Rover HSE. The engineering team designed and fitted speakers to the doorframe and developed custom acoustic grills in CAD. RedEye 3D printed the ABS-M30 grills to exact dimensions and tolerances. “The speaker grills would have been nearly impossible to make using other methods due to tolerances,” said Henderson.

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Another customer wanted to create a tech docking hub with audio controls in the back seat of a Cadillac Escalade. Not only did the project involve  heavy wiring and audiovisual configuration by the Ai team, it also required plastic parts compatible with the new electronic components. RedEye built the iPhone and iPad holding structures in ABS-M30 using FDM and the faceplate that houses necessary wiring and control modules in Digital ABS using PolyJet technology.

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This is just one example of how additive manufacturing is enabling new business models and customized design.

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Advantech Launches IStorage Solutions for Industrial Cloud Applications http://www.designworldonline.com/advantech-launches-istorage-solutions-industrial-cloud-applications/ http://www.designworldonline.com/advantech-launches-istorage-solutions-industrial-cloud-applications/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:02:07 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180340 Advantech Industrial Automation Group launches its high-performance and cost-effective Industrial Storage (IStorage) solutions with a full range of selections. These include ASR-5200E External Disk Array, ASR-3272 and ASR-3472 Storage Appliances, and ASR-1400 Disk Expansion Enclosure, which fulfill the needs of mission-critical and industrial cloud applications, such as video-on-demand services, intelligent surveillance, data-mining analysis, factory automation,

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Advantech Industrial Automation Group launches its high-performance and cost-effective Industrial Storage (IStorage) solutions with a full range of selections. These include ASR-5200E External Disk Array, ASR-3272 and ASR-3472 Storage Appliances, and ASR-1400 Disk Expansion Enclosure, which fulfill the needs of mission-critical and industrial cloud applications, such as video-on-demand services, intelligent surveillance, data-mining analysis, factory automation, and traffic management.

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High Availability Disk Array Solution for Mission-Critical Services
Traditional embedded systems have been moving toward intelligent system integration. Obviously, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) ushers in a new era of big data applications. As businesses move their data to the cloud, they face tough challenges around data protection and scaling. To address these challenges, Advantech IStorage solutions have built-in innovations such as FlashCopy®, an essential technology included in ASR-5200E External Disk Array, which can be used to help in recovery from situations where data has been lost due to virus or user error. Also, the ASR-5200E comes with Remote Mirror, which makes asynchronous and synchronous copies to another ASR-5200E at a remote site for data backup and disaster recovery.

High Performance Industrial Storage Appliance with Reliable Data Protection
Advantech Industrial Storage Appliance ASR-3272 and ASR-3472 with H/W RAID, not only have high performance data access and protection, but also Remote Management built-in; this provides for remote monitoring, KVM, power on/off, protection, and recovery, as well as online expansion capability via JBOD to ensure the highest data availability. The IStorage series is compatible with advanced software, including Acronis for backup and recovery, McAfee to provide system protections, VMWare virtualization, and Windows Embedded Server operating system, to provide complete IStorage solutions.

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Enerpac Enhances Collet-Lok® Family of Hydraulic Workholding http://www.designworldonline.com/enerpac-enhances-collet-lok-family-hydraulic-workholding/ http://www.designworldonline.com/enerpac-enhances-collet-lok-family-hydraulic-workholding/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:49:10 +0000 http://www.mobilehydraulictips.com/?p=5364 Enerpac announces its upgraded Collet-Lok® family of hydraulic workholding with “Depressurized Holding Technology™.” Designed to protect against unintentional loss of clamping, Collet-Lok requires no hydraulics to maintain clamping...

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EnerpacEnerpac announces its upgraded Collet-Lok® family of hydraulic workholding with “Depressurized Holding Technology™.” Designed to protect against unintentional loss of clamping, Collet-Lok requires no hydraulics to maintain clamping force. Compared to traditional workholding, which requires continuous hydraulic pressure, Enerpac Collet-Lok uses an internal mechanical locking system to maintain the clamping force—automatically, without hydraulic pressure, indefinitely.

To satisfy diverse workholding applications, Enerpac has improved its Collet-Lok product family through the following:

  • Standard Viton seals for better performance in high temperature applications and enhanced chemical resistance to common coolants.
  • Bottom flange models come standard with dual porting built-in, bottom and side ports, allowing flexible installation options.
  • Quick lead-time response capability for the complete range of standard Collet-Lok products.

“Loss of clamping force during machining can be costly—from scraped parts to machine damage and downtime. Anyone involved in the industry knows this can occur,” said Douglas Lacina, Global Marketing & Engineering Leader for Enerpac. “With the automation of hydraulic actuation, combined with the security of an internal locking mechanism, Collet-Lok ensures continuous clamping and support, even if a hydraulic line is accidentally cut during machining. Plus, with an upgraded design and fast availability, Collet-Lok is ideal for our customers’ diverse machining requirements.”

The Collet-Lok family of hydraulic workholding products includes swing clamps, work supports and push cylinders. Available in multiple sizes and mounting methods, Collet-Lok provides all the clamping products needed for typical fixture applications.

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FactoryMation reveals new product line of disconnects http://www.designworldonline.com/factorymation-reveals-new-product-line-disconnects/ http://www.designworldonline.com/factorymation-reveals-new-product-line-disconnects/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:47:58 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180336 Mersen’s all new M-series disconnect switch product line provides customers with a product rich in long-term safety, reliability, functionality, and a newly engineered smaller footprint. Mersen M-series disconnect switches are available in three types: fusible, non-fusible, and load break. Mersen’s M-series Fusible disconnect switches are listed to UL 98 and are engineered to have the

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Mersen’s all new M-series disconnect switch product line provides customers with a product rich in long-term safety, reliability, functionality, and a newly engineered smaller footprint. Mersen M-series disconnect switches are available in three types: fusible, non-fusible, and load break.

Mersen’s M-series Fusible disconnect switches are listed to UL 98 and are engineered to have the smallest footprint. They are service entrance devices capable of fully rated load-break and load-make. Mersen fusible disconnect switches provide a modular design allowing for placement of the handle anywhere amongst the poles. Fusible disconnect switches are double-break, isolating both fuse clips from voltage during fuse replacement. The switches “Test” position allows actuation of the auxiliary contacts without main power. Power taps enable energizing a CPT or surge device without the need for a separate terminal block. Mersen fusible disconnect switches are available in 30A to 1200A frame sizes.

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M-series Non-fusible disconnect switches are listed to UL 98 and are service entrance devices capable of fully rated load-break and load-make. Engineered to have the smallest footprint, these switches also employ a modular design that enables the handle to be placed amongst the poles or at the ends. Amperage ratings of 30A to 1600A are available.

M-series Load Break switches are the most compact industrial grade switch on the market. Extremely compact and robust, these switches have a variety of mounting options including DIN-rail,
base, or door mounting. Load break disconnect switches are UL508 rated for branch circuit protection and are capable of making or breaking loads up to 600V. Load break disconnect switches are available in 20A to 80A models. A wide assortment of handles, shafts, and accessories increase versatility to accommodate any installation requirement.

FactoryMation is a nationwide top supplier of many quality industrial control products including Enclosures, AC Drives, Motors and Motor Controls, Relays, Sensors, and more. With an expansive distribution hub that houses over 40,000 products along with affiliates located nationwide, FactoryMation offers prompt shipment of a vast selection of products. FactoryMation offers many value added services to assist consumers in the tasks associated with the industrial controls industry and are backed by a knowledgeable support staff for all customer service and application needs.

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eWON Flexy http://www.designworldonline.com/ewon-flexy/ http://www.designworldonline.com/ewon-flexy/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:30:17 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180327 The eWON Flexy is an industrial M2M router that allows OEMs and system integrators to link remote devices in an environment where communication technologies are constantly changing (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi,…) and to communicate universally with the most varied field equipment. With its concept of base modules that can contain up to four expansion boards,

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The eWON Flexy is an industrial M2M router that allows OEMs and system integrators to link remote devices in an environment where communication technologies are constantly changing (2G, 3G, 4G, WiFi,…) and to communicate universally with the most varied field equipment. With its concept of base modules that can contain up to four expansion boards, Flexy offers its end-users an almost unlimited number of possibilities: from a simple serial, MPI, or Profibus gateway to Ethernet, to the WiFi LAN router with redundancy via 3G modem.

The eWON Flexy gives the opportunity to replace legacy radio and dial-up infrastructure while keeping up with evolving communication technologies. By combining data collection and remote access the Flexy allows users to receive alerts, monitor data, and troubleshoot industrial sites with cost effective solutions.

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Industry must cope with the constant and rapid development of communication technologies. A few years ago, the latest thing was 2G (GPRS), but now everybody talks about 3G or even 4G (LTE). Wireless technology is now also very widespread in industry. This non-stop evolution of technologies goes against the grain in an industrial world that is conservative by nature. “When a manufacturer approves and deploys a solution, it demands a continuity period of at least ten years,” says Serge Bassem, CEO of eWON.

eWON Flexy satisfies this need to upgrade communication technologies without the need to switch products. “The concept of flexibility is not new in industry. It is already widespread for PLCs, but this is a first for the router itself,” adds the CEO of eWON. This innovation will provide a response both to the challenge of connecting remote sites in an environment where communication technologies are constantly changing, and the need for universal communication with diverse field devices, no matter what protocol they use, such as PLCs, HMIs, IP cameras, energy meters, sensors, etc.

The new eWON Flexy router provides flexibility on several levels. Firstly, the WAN flexibility offers the user a choice of expansion boards to connect to the internet: LAN, RTC, WiFi, CDMA, 2G, 3G. Moreover, the FIELD flexibility, which affects the choice of basic module and expansion boards to connect to devices:four-port Ethernet switch, RS232/422/485 serial ports, MPI/ Profibus port. Finally, eWON Flexy offers applications that make it easy to provide added-value services, such as data logging and alarm notification.

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“This flexibility highlights our great strength: compatibility. We work with many partners, each of which is developing its own type of PLC. That is why the connectivity of our routers to these API uses standard and open protocols, which already make connecting easier. Now, with Flexy, it will really be child’s play,” concludes Serge Bassem.

eWON is a Belgian manufacturer of industrial routers and the designer of Talk2M, an innovative cloud-based remote access service. Since 2001, eWON has become a leading player in the market for intelligent internet-based remote access routers, and works with manufacturers of PLCs and automation systems throughout the world.

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MEA’s Graphic Operation Terminal with Touchscreen Capability http://www.designworldonline.com/meas-graphic-operation-terminal-touchscreen-capability/ http://www.designworldonline.com/meas-graphic-operation-terminal-touchscreen-capability/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:03:58 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180322 Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. introduces the GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen. This unique technology allows operators to interact with the HMI similarly to a tablet or smartphone with intuitive gestures and multi-touch actions. The GOT2000 acts as a seamless gateway to industrial automation

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MEAMitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. introduces the GOT2000 Series, a human machine interface (HMI) that monitors and controls machine components with a graphical touchscreen. This unique technology allows operators to interact with the HMI similarly to a tablet or smartphone with intuitive gestures and multi-touch actions.

The GOT2000 acts as a seamless gateway to industrial automation devices, including programmable logic controllers (PLC), variable frequency drives, servos and temperature controllers. The display is designed to optimize operator control and monitoring of device and line status.

The GOT2000 Series can also integrate wireless LAN communications, allowing for flexible system designs. Other features include expansion slots for optional communication and dual processors. Particularly useful to OEMs is a flexible SD card drive that provides storage, as well as an interface to quickly load program, OS, and PLC backup files. Additionally, remote access to the HMI and connected equipment allows for easy maintenance and training.

End users can take advantage of the GOT2000’s functionality to provide user access and logging information, as well as storage of work instructions from standard Adobe®, Word® and PowerPoint® documents, and video recording and playback.

The GOT2000 Series graphic operation terminal provides options for virtually all types of industrial automation applications. Large screens up to 15” provide excellent performance for automotive and other large facilities, the white frame models provide an easy-to-clean flat surface for food and beverage applications, and smaller screen sizes down to 3.7” provide flexible options for any size machine.

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Get Connected with GE Industrial Internet Solution http://www.designworldonline.com/get-connected-ge-industrial-internet-solution/ http://www.designworldonline.com/get-connected-ge-industrial-internet-solution/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:56:23 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180316 —GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) announced an Equipment Insight solution, from GE PredictivityTM that enables OEMs to securely collect data from connected machines, analyze that data, and get actionable information to people to deliver better service levels and optimize equipment performance, leading to new revenue streams and improved customer satisfaction. Powered by GE’s Proficy® software

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—GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) announced an Equipment Insight solution, from GE PredictivityTM that enables OEMs to securely collect data from connected machines, analyze that data, and get actionable information to people to deliver better service levels and optimize equipment performance, leading to new revenue streams and improved customer satisfaction. Powered by GE’s Proficy® software and rugged RXi IPCs, the solution also allows OEMs to gain a better understanding of how customers use their machines, while helping them to optimize processes, asset performance and profitability.

GE’s Equipment Insight solution takes full advantage of the Real-time Operational Intelligence (RtOI) paradigm. It combines an on-premise or private cloud server architecture with rugged Field Agents to create the first integrated solution that monitors asset health, leveraging ever-expanding industrial data sets to predict equipment failures.

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“Today’s OEMs are being pressed to deliver higher levels of service to customers without increasing cost,” said Steve Pavlosky, Solutions Ecosystem Leader for GE Intelligent Platforms. “Most are looking to monitor their equipment and share asset information with their end users, but many don’t have the resources to do it effectively. For some, this solution can provide a new business model that can bring them closer to their customers by providing a service the customer needs on a machine they know.”

With functionality provided by GE’s proven Proficy software, the Equipment Insight server collects and manages long-term fleet performance data and alarms, as well as administers user access. Based on this historical data, the Equipment Insight solution performs trend analysis of a single machine or an entire fleet. It then delivers role-specific alarms and trends to either the end user or OEM personnel via mobile device applications or a web browser. All of this is guided by an equipment asset model created by the OEM.

For TempuTech, the Equipment Insight solution is paying off quickly. “By deploying the solution at one of our customer’s grain facilities, we are able to access and provide actionable information about the health of their system and deliver it to them in real-time so they can avoid downtime and quality issues,” said Tom Herrera Sr. owner of TempuTech, Inc. “Virtually centralizing unlike applications, devices and sensors via a web-based remote monitoring & diagnostic solution is improving our ability to service this account, enhancing our value to them a vendor, and reducing our overall costs-to-serve”, said Adrian Merrill, Vice President of Operations of TempuTech, Inc.

The solution quickly and cost effectively transforms raw data into actionable information, maximizing operational efficiency, productivity and profitability. Alarms and overall equipment effectiveness and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data is viewed in a single, accessible screen on your mobile device. And a customized risk index provides advanced analytics and predictive detection, allowing OEMs to contact customers before their process goes down. Costs are reduced by leveraging a small number of experts to monitor and troubleshoot an entire fleet of assets.

The Field Agent collects equipment data from nearly any brand of intelligent control device. The data is buffered to protect against network outages, encrypted and transmitted to and verified by the Equipment Insight server. An optional 3G interface provides access where end user networks or public infrastructure aren’t available. Setup of the solution is fast and easy, with little or no impact on customer IT functions. Configuration of several machines is also simple – an equipment data model is all that is needed.

“As one of the world’s largest OEMs,” said Pavlosky, “GE has the experience and vast installed base to harness the power of today’s technological transformation – elastic computing power, ubiquitous connectivity and cloud computing — and make it work for companies of any size.”

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GE Expands Control Platform with PACSystems® http://www.designworldonline.com/ge-expands-control-platform-pacsystems/ http://www.designworldonline.com/ge-expands-control-platform-pacsystems/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:51:40 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180312 GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) has added one more solution to the company’s high performance connected automation architecture with the expansion of its high availability control platform. PACSystems® High Availability with PROFINET System enables companies with mission critical applications across a broad range of industries including Power, Transportation, Water & Wastewater, Mining, and Oil &

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GE Intelligent Platforms (NYSE: GE) has added one more solution to the company’s high performance connected automation architecture with the expansion of its high availability control platform. PACSystems® High Availability with PROFINET System enables companies with mission critical applications across a broad range of industries including Power, Transportation, Water & Wastewater, Mining, and Oil & Gas to maximize uptime, capitalize on flexible configurations no matter the distance between CPUs and I/O drops and fully utilize the intelligence that exists in their systems for faster decision-making. The new system’s high availability architecture includes PROFINET communications to dramatically lower total cost of ownership and simplify configuration, maintenance and operation of mission critical facilities and operations.

“In today’s connected world, companies must increasingly rely on automation architecture that is redundant, flexible, operates in remote configurations, and provides for information insight to boost reliability,” said Bernie Anger, General Manager for GE Intelligent Platforms Control & Communications Systems. “With PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET, we have dramatically simplified the complexity and reduced the cost involved with a high availability control solution. This helps companies achieve new levels of performance and confidence in the continuous operation of critical facilities and processes.”

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GE’s industry-leading high availability control solutions enable companies to meet or exceed their critical facility and operation uptime requirements. The systems focus on the customer needs of simplification and speed – simple configuration and fast execution of the process.

PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET provides a single point of connect for system configuration. All remote I/O nodes, whether they are 100 meters or up to 10kms from the controllers, can be configured from one central location. With built-in Ethernet switches and built in media conversion, the solution provides for point-to-point plug-in connectivity. Removing the need for external media converters and Ethernet switches results in reduced cost and setup time. In addition, the user can employ their cable of choice on a node-by-node basis based on the environment and distance, which also reduces the setup time. Also essential to reducing setup time is the system’s name based configuration. This feature allows a user to set up a system, mirror it with a command to the second CPU and then they are good to go.

“This is the ‘triple play’ of lower TCO,” continued Anger, “fewer external devices to purchase, fewer external devices to configure, and fewer spare parts to maintain. This can eliminate up to 30% of the cost of the installation with recurring savings throughout the solution’s lifespan.”

Standards-based systems like PACSystems High Availability with PROFINET provide multiple levels of real time control. PROFINET delivers the broadest coverage for discrete and process applications and the best performance for mid- to heavy traffic. In addition, it boasts a high adoption rate among vendors for an ecosystem of PROFINET-enabled devices that make it the Ethernet standard of choice for mission critical purposes.

The system’s high speed failover feature is especially important in a process where “stale data,” data that is not inclusive of everything that has happened in the process because a sensor did not read while the process was switching CPUs, could mean a breakdown that resulted in contaminated product – water, oil, gas, etc. High speed failover means that the user is running on latest system inputs, which translates to better production quality.

And, users can conduct system maintenance without taking the system offline, saving time and money. Users can schedule device checking, such as a valve not opening correctly based on flow commands, without taking the entire pipeline control down. Flexible diagnostics supply important data regarding the network topology and the status of all devices. This facilitates cross-vendor, location-specific diagnostics and connects to the Proficy Software suite for turning data into information.

“Connected machines, connected data and insights, and connected people are must-haves today,” concluded Anger. “The industry has to support this shift from hardwired legacy systems to a streamlined architecture that is easier to use and maintain, provides greater insight and ultimately delivers more value.”

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TI introduces its latest RF430 security MCU http://www.designworldonline.com/ti-introduces-latest-rf430-security-mcu/ http://www.designworldonline.com/ti-introduces-latest-rf430-security-mcu/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:45:07 +0000 http://microcontrollertips.com/?p=461 Expanding its broad portfolio of low-power, radio frequency (RF) solutions, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduces the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on TI’s...

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Expanding its broad portfolio of low-power, radio frequency (RF) solutions, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) introduces the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on TI’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with improved read zone and battery performance for ultra-low power applications. The RF430F5978 MCU includes a 3D low-frequency (LF) wake-up and transponder interface, an integrated 1GHz RF transceiver and programmable MSP430™ core. The LF transponder can even function without a battery supply. The 128-bit AES security encryption/decryption coprocessor adds advanced security for data protection. With its innovative wake-up and localization RF connectivity, this highly integrated system-in-a-package solution enables very small, compact designs with smaller batteries.

This MCU is ideal for low-power RF applications, such as wireless sensor networks, data-loggers, active transponders, remote monitoring systems, container tracking, access control and asset control/management systems. One example that can help designers visualize the endless application possibilities using the RF430F5978 MCU is a data-logging and wireless-communication application for produce containers. An RF4305978 MCU-based data-logger on a produce container can be triggered to wake up (via the LF wake-up interface) and programmed to send out temperature measurements (via the sub 1GHz RF interface) to an external reader when the container is within a pre-defined read zone. Security encryption on the MCU ensures that any information read or sent is only to and from an intended and authorized reader.

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New EVM and accompanying software jumpstart development
To get started evaluating the RF430F5978 MCU system, developers can purchase the RF430F5978EVM to help users evaluate the key features of the RF430F5978 MCU, 3D LF wake-up and trigger function, passive battery-less transponder operation and resonant trimmings. The EVM includes a USB plug-in LF trigger module, RF430F5978 MCU evaluation board, AP434R01 access point and 3D LF antenna. Using this EVM, designers can set up a demo where the RF430F5978 MCU captures data from multiple sensors over a period of time, and once triggered by the LF wake-up trigger from the reader, it will transmit collected data to the access point via RF link. This data is then sent on to the included host GUI to visualize the data curve and position of the object. The EVM comes with demo code, MSP430 code examples and the Code Composer Studio v. 6 integrated development environment.

Features and benefits of the RF430F5978 MCUs:

Reduces power consumption further by allowing the shutdown of the RF radio and quick start up of the LF wake-up function, thus significantly extending battery life and the ability to shut down the radio and start up on the LF trigger.
Tracks position and distance (within 5 cm) with the 3D LF transponder using RSSI (return signal strength indicator) within a 4 meter radius of a reader’s LF trigger.
Protects sensitive data and prevents signal interference with the AES security coprocessor that allows data encryption for product authentication and secure access control.
Provides flexible customization at ultra-low power with the programmable MSP430 core.
Accommodates a wide range of regional Sub-1GHz frequencies from 300 to 950 MHz.
Reduces board size and cost with the integration of several key functions into a single MCU.
Woks with complementary TI components, such as TPS62163 and TPS62082 power management ICs, the SimpleLink™ Wi-Fi CC3100 and bq24040 IC.

Pricing and availability
Designers can order the RF430F5978 MCU today. The MCU start at $5.75 in 1 ku volumes. The accompanying RF430F5978 EVM is available for $390 USD.

Innovation is at the core of TI MCUs
Beginning with the foundation of leading process technology and adding unique system architecture, intellectual property and real-world system expertise, TI continues its 20+ years of MCU innovation with low-power MSP MCUs and performance C2000™ MCUs. With unique products for ultra-low power, low-power performance and security communications, to real-time control, control and automation, and safety, designers can accelerate time to market with TI’s ecosystem of tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.

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Low-Friction, High Reliability PTS Radial Shaft Seals http://www.designworldonline.com/low-friction-high-reliability-pts-radial-shaft-seals/ http://www.designworldonline.com/low-friction-high-reliability-pts-radial-shaft-seals/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:39:36 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180310 In all industries, the drive to reduce energy consumption is making headlines and the aerospace industry in particular is driven to curb energy use through innovative means. Although seals do not always come to mind when thinking of energy reduction, seals can positively impact energy consumption through reduced weight and friction. The task for radial

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In all industries, the drive to reduce energy consumption is making headlines and the aerospace industry in particular is driven to curb energy use through innovative means. Although seals do not always come to mind when thinking of energy reduction, seals can positively impact energy consumption through reduced weight and friction. The task for radial shaft seal suppliers – to effectively prevent leakage while simultaneously keeping friction losses low – is a considerable challenge. As the inventor of the original Simmerring® radial shaft seal, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies (Freudenberg-NOK) is in an ideal position to meet these new demands.

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To accommodate the market trends toward higher surface speeds and lower friction, Freudenberg-NOK developed the Poly Tech Seal (PTS) radial shaft seal in partnership with leading manufacturers looking to increase service life, lower maintenance costs and have reliable performance in demanding, low lubrication environments. The resulting PTS shaft seal design improves sealing by a factor of over 10 times compared to conventional polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) sealing products, leading to lower maintenance costs and longer service life.

“During testing, the seal generated 50 percent less frictional torque, making it ideal for compressors, hydrostatic drives and accessory gearboxes,” said Roger Keezer, radial shaft seal competence center manager at Freudenberg-NOK’s Ashland, New Hampshire facility. “We are very pleased with the performance of the PTS seal and excited to be able to offer it as a part of our overall shaft seal portfolio.”

Conventional seals utilize a PTFE element and an O-Ring and gasket clamped between two metallic structural components, requiring a bore sealant to prevent static outer diameter (OD) leakage. Additionally, conventional seals have higher radial loads on the shaft and are often used in series for effective contamination exclusion. By over-molding the seal OD and excluder lip with high-performance elastomer materials, Freudenberg-NOK’s PTS design provides a complete sealing package in one unit and eliminates the need for bore sealant and additional seals.

The elastomeric OD also allows the PTS design to fit into housings constructed from light metals, such as aluminum and magnesium, and requires less maintenance at overhaul. Unique exclusion features prevent dirt and contaminant ingress, making it an optimum choice for a wide range of sealing environments. Lastly, the flexible PTS design allows for the use of various elastomer compounds, offering superior chemical compatibility and temperature capability.

“Even before the original Simmerring seal, sealing innovation has been an integral part of the Freudenberg-NOK culture,” said Sean Morgan, global segment director, Aerospace, Freudenberg-NOK. “Through developments such as the PTS seal, we are continually able to bring value to our customers by helping them meet their efficiency, performance and reliability goals now and into the future.”

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In-House Prototyping: 3D Printer or CNC Machine? http://www.designworldonline.com/house-prototyping-3d-printer-cnc-machine/ http://www.designworldonline.com/house-prototyping-3d-printer-cnc-machine/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:55 +0000 http://www.3dcadworld.com/?p=18147 Physical prototyping of parts has traditionally caused major bottlenecks in the product development cycle. Though somewhat of a necessary evil to build physical prototypes for testing, the process by which they are created causes significant delays in development and drives up over design costs. Traditionally when design teams need a part prototyped, they outsource it […]

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Physical prototyping of parts has traditionally caused major bottlenecks in the product development cycle. Though somewhat of a necessary evil to build physical prototypes for testing, the process by which they are created causes significant delays in development and drives up over design costs.

Traditionally when design teams need a part prototyped, they outsource it to third-party job shops. Since outside job shops typical have minimums in terms of order quantities, these prototypes are not given high priority, slowing down their production. If designers want the prototypes turned around quickly, they are typically required to pay a premium.

New rapid prototyping technologies change the game

Increasingly sophisticated machining technology is becoming more affordable and accessible, and as a result, more and more companies are bringing technology, such as CNC machines and 3D printers, in house. Having the capabilities to create prototypes quickly in house saves significant time to market over the traditional process of outsourcing to machine shops.

The affordability of 3D printing is poised to radically change the landscape for manufacturing forever. 3D printing enables design teams, as well as hobbyists and would-be inventors, to quickly create physical prototypes with the push of a button. The prices of these machines and the materials they use have plummeted in recent years, putting the technology in the hands of anyone with an idea and a desire to convert that idea into a reality.

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The Mojo desktop printer from Stratasys prints finely resolved models in nine colors.

Most designers and engineers recognize the value of being able to rapidly produce a physical component of their design, especially if it’s a complex design. They want to be able to hold it, pass it around in a meeting, and to know what it will feel like. It’s difficult to read anything today and not hear about the exploding popularity of 3D printing, but is it the best option for creating prototypes?

3D printer or CNC machine: Should it be an either-or proposition?

Anthony Graves, product manager at Autodesk, believes the answer to that question is not always. “Over the next couple of years, engineers are going to recognize that just like there’s value in having a 3D printer, there’s a tremendous value in having a CNC machine for the same reasons,” says Graves. “Sometimes you want to be able to produce the real part that’s going to be used, not just a representation of that part.”

For a simple smaller part, to create a 3D print might take a couple of hours, whereas with an integrated CAM app and a CNC machine, that same part could be produced in under 20 minutes. As a result, for many parts, it’s faster to machine them than to 3D print them. For parts that cannot be done economically or quickly on a CNC machine, designers should use a 3D printer.

“For prototyping, you shouldn’t choose between a 3D printer and a CNC machine, you should have both,” says Graves. “3D printing is all the rage, but it really shouldn’t be an either-or proposition because the two technologies complement each other. I could go out and for several thousand dollars buy a very respectable 3D printer with decent resolution, but I can also buy a bench-top CNC machine for the same amount of money.”

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B&R introduces premium IP65-rated helical gearboxes http://www.designworldonline.com/br-introduces-premium-ip65-rated-helical-gearboxes/ http://www.designworldonline.com/br-introduces-premium-ip65-rated-helical-gearboxes/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:24:52 +0000 http://www.motioncontroltips.com/?p=10872 Smoother operation for absolute precision B&R introduces premium IP65-rated helical gearboxes B&R is adding two new helical members to its premium family of gearboxes: the 8GP70 series with...

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B&R introduces premium IP65-rated helical gearboxes

B&R is adding two new helical members to its premium family of gearboxes: the 8GP70 series with a shaft output and the 8GF70 series with a drive flange. These new products series offer excellent synchronization characteristics and a very low noise level at high speeds.

As with all B&R premium gearboxes, minimal backlash is a defining characteristic – with an option available for reducing it even further (<1 arcminute). The ability of this premium series of gearboxes to handle high axial and radial forces, their high power density and their IP65 rating mean that they can be used in an extremely wide range of applications.

Whenever an application places especially high demands on smooth operation, synchronicity and low excitation frequencies, these helical gearboxes are right at home. Woodworking machines, for example, can produce much smoother surfaces with less chatter, while printing machines can render a more consistent printed image. Since there is less heat build-up, high-speed machines can run even faster.

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By offering these new gearboxes with either a standard shaft or flange output, B&R not only provides the perfect gearbox to match any application, but also remains faithful to their successful Scalability+ concept. Thanks to compatible designs and connector dimensions, machinery can easily be adapted to changing requirements without having to make changes to the basic machine design. Both of these new gearboxes are available in 5 different sizes with gear ratios ranging from i=3 to i=100.

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Stratasys completes acquisition of Solid Concepts http://www.designworldonline.com/stratasys-completes-acquisition-solid-concepts/ http://www.designworldonline.com/stratasys-completes-acquisition-solid-concepts/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:54:17 +0000 http://www.makepartsfast.com/?p=7241 Stratasys Ltd. a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced the completion of its previously disclosed acquisition of Solid Concepts. Stratasys announced the acquisitions...

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Stratasys Ltd. a leading global provider of 3D printingStratasys new logo 300x206 and additive manufacturing solutions, announced the completion of its previously disclosed acquisition of Solid Concepts.

Stratasys announced the acquisitions of Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies on April 2, 2014, and will combine Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies with RedEye, its existing digital manufacturing service business, to establish one additive manufacturing services business unit.  Stratasys expects to complete its acquisition of Harvest Technologies by the end of July.

David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys, stated, “We look forward to enhancing our customer offering with the completion of this transaction.  With Solid Concepts’ deep knowledge of manufacturing and vertical focus, such as medical and aerospace, Stratasys will be even better positioned to meet our customers’ evolving additive manufacturing requirements.  We are delighted to welcome the talented employees of Solid Concepts to the Stratasys family and look forward to completing the acquisition of Harvest in order to form a leading strategic platform to better meet customers’ needs.”

Stratasys expects to update its financial guidance to reflect both the Solid Concepts and Harvest transactions in conjunction with its second quarter 2014 financial results.

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Introducing Cosford’s Law … or, Science wins, every time http://www.designworldonline.com/introducing-cosfords-law-science-wins-every-time/ http://www.designworldonline.com/introducing-cosfords-law-science-wins-every-time/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:52:50 +0000 http://www.mobilehydraulictips.com/?p=5327 “Pressure makes it go; flow is the rate in which you can create pressure.” –Cosford’s Law If you’ve been around fluid power for more than a week, you’ve...

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“Pressure makes it go; flow is the rate in which you can create pressure.” –Cosford’s Law

If you’ve been around fluid power for more than a week, you’ve heard the phrase “Flow makes it go.” The first thing I was taught about hydraulics was that “pressure is resistance to flow, and pumps only create flow.” It’s a bunch of hogwash, but instead of complaining that this false concept is still taught, I’ll just show you how motion is really created.

Consider the example in my illustration below. I have three 2-in. diameter cylinders each butt-welded to 2-in. diameter tubes. The first tube is filled with oil, the second tube is filled with ball bearings and the third tube is filled with a solid steel rod.

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You will notice the first two cylinders each have a 2-in. diameter piston to contain both the oil and the bearings. Finally, I’ve asked the Credible Hulk to push on left side in hopes of moving our 1000 lb weights on the right side. I challenge anyone to tell me how any of these examples are functionally different, especially if our X-ray eyes couldn’t see inside the tubes!

In the first example, Credible Hulk pushes on the piston with 1000 lb of force, which pushes on the fluid with 1000 lb of force, which pushes on the cylinder’s piston with 1000 lb of force, which pushes on the rod with 1000 lb of force, which itself pushes on the 1000 lb resistance. Phew, that’s a lot of pushing, but as far as the Credible Hulk is concerned, his pushing on the piston caused the 1000-lb weight to move.

In the second and third examples, when the Credible Hulk pushes on either the piston or steel rod, the 1000-lb weight moves, just like with the first example. The only difference between the “fluid rod” in the first example and the steel rod in the third example, is that the fluid’s molecules are free to slide around and move about inside the tube. However, force is still transmitted along the same vector as is pushed against the piston by Credible Hulk.

Before you attempt to argue the 1000-lb weight moved because flow was created by the left side piston, consider the words of someone with even more trustworthiness than Credible Hulk; Sir Isaac Newton. His Second Law of Motion states, “Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass.” Physical objects can only be set into motion when force is applied to them, and this includes oil molecules. What occurs during “flow” of hydraulic fluid, is that pressure is allowing flow to occur, not the other way around.

If my pressure compensated hydraulic pump is capable 100 gpm, with the compensator is set at 1000 psi, how quickly can it move a cylinder load requiring 1001 pi? That’s right, my cylinder won’t move a single inch. Even if the pump was capable of a billion gpm, if there is not a differential of pressure in favor of the pump, no flow can occur. This is because “flow” is not the generator of motion, but just the time factor applied to the quantity of force being applied.

Pressure always starts at the pump, which is why flow can happen. If there is no downstream restriction or mass to move, fractional pressure is still required to move the fluid, even if it’s air. The only reason a restriction or mass creates pressure is because of Newton’s Third Law that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The pump adds the force into the fluid, and the pressure raises equally and oppositely to that force until the force from the pump is greater, allowing flow to occur.

A hydraulic pump is no different, and you could easily translate the examples of the illustration into the operation of a piston pump. Every time a piston in a pump reciprocates, it applies force to the fluid, which is transmitted ultimately to the actuator(s). A vane or gear is no different, but the geometry is not so simple to visualize as my previous example.

Finally, you might think it to be narcissistic of me to create my own physical law, but as a member of the fluid power community with an obligation to influence and educate others, I couldn’t sit by and watch “Flow Makes it Go” confuse students and professionals alike. “Pressure makes it go: flow is the rate in which you can create pressure” might not have the same ring, but hopefully the concept of Cosford’s Law is understood regardless.

By Josh Cosford, Contributing Editor

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Reservoirs help airbags inflate at the push of a button http://www.designworldonline.com/reservoirs-help-airbags-inflate-push-button/ http://www.designworldonline.com/reservoirs-help-airbags-inflate-push-button/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:40 +0000 http://www.pneumatictips.com/?p=3608 Airbags usually fill with air at lightning speed on impact—within 20 to 50 milliseconds. Volkswagen equipped a Golf GTI with an airbag demonstrator to show what an airbag...

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Festo airbag

This unique vehicle was presented for the first time at Volkswagen’s Open House in June 2013. It also made an appearance at the IdeenExpo in Hannover, a trade fair for young people interested in technology and science.

Airbags usually fill with air at lightning speed on impact—within 20 to 50 milliseconds. Volkswagen equipped a Golf GTI with an airbag demonstrator to show what an airbag looks like inflated and how it works—without the accident. Festo developed the required compressed-air system that inflates the protective airbags at the press of a button.

In the test vehicle, the airbags inflate somewhat more slowly, within five seconds, so that the participant is not startled or injured during the demonstration. Several compressed-air reservoirs are required to complete the process and are operated by a valve manifold and a control module.

When the button is pressed, the head, front, side, and knee airbags fill with 120 liters (27 gallons) of air, allowing the person in the driver’s seat to experience their protective effects. The system then suctions the air out of the airbags, which need to be replaced with new ones for each demonstration. A compressor fills the compressed-air reservoirs and the demonstrator is ready for the next time.

Festo engineers developed a complete system that also comprises a switch cabinet, control software, and a visualization display. All the equipment, including the vacuum pump and the compressor for filling the compressed-air reservoirs, is contained in the trunk of the Golf. An emergency off switch, which can immediately stop the demonstration, and a variety of sensors that monitor system operation and the person ensure the safety of the ‘driver.’

Submitted by: Frank Langro, Director – Marketing and Product Management, Festo Corp.

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Shooting a 3D printed gun http://www.designworldonline.com/shooting-3d-printed-gun/ http://www.designworldonline.com/shooting-3d-printed-gun/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:17:52 +0000 http://www.makepartsfast.com/?p=7238 3D printed guns continues to be a hot topic.  This video from Solid Concepts, though, shows a more professional build.  Using “a half-million dollar” machine to print the...

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3D printed guns continues to be a hot topic.  This video from Solid Concepts, though, shows a more professional build.  Using “a half-million dollar” machine to print the parts, the Solid Concepts people prove you can 3D print parts for a metal gun.  But it takes money and metal.

3D printing a gun was always possible. The question was how much do you want to spend to do it? Plastic materials and desktop 3D printers are not quite up to the task.

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Compressed air fail: Using high pressure for low pressure applications http://www.designworldonline.com/compressed-air-fail-using-high-pressure-low-pressure-applications/ http://www.designworldonline.com/compressed-air-fail-using-high-pressure-low-pressure-applications/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:53:37 +0000 http://www.pneumatictips.com/?p=3606 A newspaper printing plant had several printing presses that used low pressure air to help direct and manipulate the web of paper being printed. After years of operation,...

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newspaper2A newspaper printing plant had several printing presses that used low pressure air to help direct and manipulate the web of paper being printed. After years of operation, the small vane blowers that generated the low pressure air wore out. To save money on maintenance, rather than repairing the vane pumps, the maintenance personnel simply tied the low pressure blowers to the main compressed 125 psi air system.

After a while, the plant noticed that two of their main air compressors were operating when only one ran before. The second spare compressor was old and unreliable and its frequent shutdowns caused production problems. A compressed air auditor was called in to investigate. It was found that due to high pressure air being used for a low pressure purpose, the air loading had exceeded the capacity of only one compressor. Furthermore, since two compressors now had to run, the plant piping system was overloaded—causing low pressure in other areas of the plant.

The auditor found that the original high pressure air was consuming 34 kW per 100 cfm produced. The original vane compressors produced low pressure air at a rate of 10 kW per 100 cfm or at about 30% of the cost. Using high pressure air was costing about $10,000 per year. The cost of completely new low pressure vane compressors was $15,000, but a utility incentive program was available to reduce this cost by 50%.

The low pressure blowers were replaced, which reduced the air loading enough so that the plant could again operate on only one compressor. While improving the system, since a substantial utility incentive was available for the project, the plant personnel also replaced the ailing spare compressor with a variable speed drive controlled unit, installed an energy savings cycling dryer, low differential filters and large storage receiver. Total savings gained were $22,300 per year for a 1.7 year payback.

Learn more about compressed air efficiency in our next Compressed Air Challenge seminar in your area. Visit www.compressedairchallenge.org for more information.

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MEMS-Based Inertial and Flow Sensors http://www.designworldonline.com/mems-based-inertial-flow-sensors/ http://www.designworldonline.com/mems-based-inertial-flow-sensors/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:35:45 +0000 http://www.sensortips.com/?p=4438 At Sensors Expo 2014, John Newton, Vice President of Marketing and Applications Engineering for MEMSIC discussed the company’s microelectromechanical system (MEMS) based sensors. The newest inertial measurements units...

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At Sensors Expo 2014, John Newton, Vice President of Marketing and Applications Engineering for MEMSIC discussed the company’s MEMSICmicroelectromechanical system (MEMS) based sensors. The newest inertial measurements units (IMUs), the embedded 380 family, and its thermal MEMS flow sensor were featured.

To watch the video, click here.

For more information about the IMUs, click here and for flow sensors, click here.

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Easy industrial networking http://www.designworldonline.com/easy-industrial-networking/ http://www.designworldonline.com/easy-industrial-networking/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:33:44 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180292 Anybus X-gateways contain several new features, but are fully backwards compatible. The X-gateways come with a USB interface to easily connect the gateway to a PC and configure the network communication through the Windows-based tool, Anybus Configuration Manager. No programming is necessary. The upright design of the housing requires less rack space and enables easier

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Anybus X-gateways contain several new features, but are fully backwards compatible. The X-gateways come with a USB interface to easily connect the gateway to a PC and configure the network communication through the Windows-based tool, Anybus Configuration Manager. No programming is necessary.

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The upright design of the housing requires less rack space and enables easier installation in the switching cabinet. The design also allows mounting on the side (flat) similar to the previous version of the X-gateway. Additionally, X-gateway now offers even lower power consumption.

This version is compatible to CC-Link IE Field in the X-gateway family. Furthermore, several of the industrial Ethernet versions now include integrated dual-port Ethernet interfaces with an integrated switch, removing the need for external switches.

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Wireless access point extends the reach of EtherNet/IP http://www.designworldonline.com/wireless-access-point-extends-reach-ethernetip/ http://www.designworldonline.com/wireless-access-point-extends-reach-ethernetip/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:29:19 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180287 The Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) features a work group bridge. Unlike typical wireless clients that connect a single IP address, the Stratix 5100 WAP enables engineers to connect up to 19 IP addresses simultaneously. This WAP is for industrial networks needing secure and reliable wireless connectivity. Enterprise-class silicon and optimized radios deliver

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RockwellThe Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) features a work group bridge. Unlike typical wireless clients that connect a single IP address, the Stratix 5100 WAP enables engineers to connect up to 19 IP addresses simultaneously.

This WAP is for industrial networks needing secure and reliable wireless connectivity. Enterprise-class silicon and optimized radios deliver a robust mobility experience that includes 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 by 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and three spatial streams.

With the Stratix 5100 wireless access point and work group bridge, users can access production data from remote and difficult-to-reach areas. They can share this data between automation systems or feed it into information systems for analysis and improved decision making. The WAP uses Cisco IOS.

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www.rockwellautomation.com

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Leading Torque Motors to Display at IMTS http://www.designworldonline.com/leading-torque-motors-display-imts/ http://www.designworldonline.com/leading-torque-motors-display-imts/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:55:46 +0000 http://www.designworldonline.com/?p=180275 ETEL will exhibit its full range of torque motors at this year’s IMTS 2014 show in Chicago’s McCormick Place (September 8-13). Offering four series of direct drive ironcore torque motors, ETEL boasts one of the most comprehensive ranges of such motors in the industry and will be exhibiting at Booth #N-6436 in McCormick’s North Hall.

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ETELETEL will exhibit its full range of torque motors at this year’s IMTS 2014 show in Chicago’s McCormick Place (September 8-13). Offering four series of direct drive ironcore torque motors, ETEL boasts one of the most comprehensive ranges of such motors in the industry and will be exhibiting at Booth #N-6436 in McCormick’s North Hall.

Useful in many machine tool applications such as machining centers, milling/turning machines, rotary tables/milling heads, and multi-spindle and transfer machines, ETEL’s patented motor designs can be found in over 20 countries. Within ETEL’s TMK, TMB, TML and TMM series there are more than 100 models to choose from, allowing almost any relevant requirement to be successfully met.

All ETEL motors benefit from ETEL’s patented anti-cogging design along with a compact coil construction enabling an exceptional peak force density in the magnetic gap with minimum torque ripple.

Of the series, ETEL’s TMB torque motors are one of the most popular torque motors in its range, with a cage for water cooling. TMK motors are a unique type of very high speed torque motors for the most demanding applications. The TML and TMM are cageless variants of the famous TMB design. These variants are well suited when no water cooling is requested.

ETEL takes pride in their policy of full disclosure about their motor performances. It is standard for all data sheets to list its specifications at its highest operating temperature so that no special design is required to reach them, ensuring the user is able to utilize every bit of power that the motor is able to achieve.

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www.heidenhain.us

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Emerson releases asset managment tool for critical drivetrain couplings http://www.designworldonline.com/emerson-releases-asset-managment-tool-critical-drivetrain-couplings/ http://www.designworldonline.com/emerson-releases-asset-managment-tool-critical-drivetrain-couplings/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:44:56 +0000 http://www.couplingtips.com/?p=1559 Coupling Tips

Emerson’s Power Transmission Solutions has released the industry’s first online tool for tracking the location, life history and latest revision drawings and installation instructions for all critical drivetrain...

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Emerson’s Power Transmission Solutions has released the industry’s first online tool for tracking the location, life history and latest revision drawings and installation instructions for all critical drivetrain couplings owned by customers, whether installed or in spares inventory. Developed by Emerson’s Kop-Flex business unit, the web-based tool, known as the Asset Management Program (AMP) for couplings, identifies couplings, graphically displays the location in a specific drive, identifies parts/couplings at the site that are interchangeable, makes assembly drawings a click away and gives a detailed service history and action to be taken during service intervals. The Coupling AMP will be introduced and demonstrated at the Turbomachinery Show, September 22-25, in Emerson’s booth 1231.

The Coupling AMP provides in-depth information on components critical to the operation of major systems such as compressors, turbines or pumps. “Plant engineers plan shutdown maintenance with tight timeframes, yet they struggle to identify couplings by make, model, serial number, stock code, manufacturer’s part number, etc.,” said Parimal Deshpande, senior industry specialist for Kop-Flex. “Adding to this disorganization are emergencies. Engineers may take parts from new or old couplings and use them in repairs. This is not only bad practice because of balancing issues, but it makes it almost impossible to track where all these parts went, and what’s been stripped from old or new couplings. In a couple of years, they have no idea what’s happening. Moreover, it’s very difficult to track the service history of couplings. Customers told us there’s no commercially available software designed  to organize the needed information the way they’d like to access it. Coupling AMP addresses this void.”

Coupling AMP has been carefully built to categorize, display and log information in the exact same way that plant engineers already visualize it. “Engineers sometimes identify couplings by serial number, assembly drawing number or their own stock code,” said Joe Corcoran, manager, Global Services and Training for Kop-Flex. “For them, we have a search function. More commonly, rotating equipment engineers know the exact location of a coupling by heart, and for these cases there is an ‘Equipment Overview’ which is the first page after login.”

Coupling AMP’s custom graphics display specific drive configurations for rotating equipment. By clicking on a coupling, AMP opens a “coupling card” with all related information, such as end-user stock code, serial numbers, OEM part numbers, Kop-Flex part numbers, location of spares or interchangeable parts, bill of material, latest revisions of the assembly drawing, installation instructions and service history. The system also maintains records on customer training, trouble shooting analyses, service reports, and more in a history associated with a specific serial numbered coupling. This information is available 24/7 on the Internet.

Coupling AMP is a subscription service maintained by Emerson. It begins with a survey of a customer’s site by a Kop-Flex representative where all relevant data is collected. Kop-Flex then populates AMP and provides a user name and password to the customer. Edits and additions are handled via e-mail to Kop-Flex.

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www.emerson.com

The demonstration site is available at amp.emerson-ept.com, with the login and password of “turbouser.” Users can see two plants and two rotating equipment assemblies in each, with sample data.

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