First results of the CLPA/PI industry leading cooperation announced at the SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 fair

Robert Miller, CLPA-Americas Director SPS/IPC/Drives 2017 sees the first results of the cooperation between the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PROFINET & PROFIBUS International (PI), as CLPA unveils the first working coupler device that implements the CC-Link IE/PROFINET interoperability specification. This will enable easy transmission of information between the two protocols, leading to end users

Scalable computing for IoT data

Industrial companies that want to use Industrial IoT (IIoT) data to make better business decisions must first make sure workers can access that data when and where they need it. This scalable compute offering can give decision makers access to real-time data to solve analytical challenges and adapt to changes at every level of an

Slim IO-Link Master

Compact, Rugged, and Reliable 4-Port IO-Link master for EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and EtherCAT networks IO-Link masters, rated for IP67 protection, can be machine-mounted. This 4-port slim IO-Link master has the same functional features as the 8-port IO-Link master series in a more compact format. This module is available on three popular industrial networks: EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and

What’s the security risk for industrial networks?

According to a cyber security study, many industrial networks connected to the internet and rife with vulnerabilities including legacy Windows boxes, plain-text passwords, and lack of anti-virus protection. CyberX, the industrial cybersecurity company safeguarding ICS infrastructures worldwide, announced its findings in its “Global ICS & IIoT Risk Report,” a comprehensive review of the current state

What’s new about the Industrial IoT?

Alan Griffiths, Principal Consultant, Cambashi Cambashi recently completed a research project into the industrial application of the Internet of Things (IoT).  The aim was to establish the market’s structure and direction based on interviews with major players combined with desk research. Many of the technologies that make up Industrial IoT are well established in their

Encoders meet the needs of electric automation

These encoders suit a range of electric based applications, including semiconductor, robotics, medical technology, and drive technology. The ECI 4000 absolute inductive rotary encoder is for hollow shaft diameters of 180 mm. It is robust and accurate and has a modular system with a scale drum and a separate scanning unit. Mounting characteristics make them suitable for

Ensure medical imaging stays cool

Medical imaging systems provide detailed pictures on the structure of a body in multiple topographies. Detailed contrasts are visible between the different soft tissues and are useful in neurological, cardiovascular and oncological analysis. CT and PET scanners use ion radiation created by X-rays to capture topographical images, while MRI equipment use magnetic and radio frequency

Actuators for when space is limited

Tool and die, work-holding, specials manufacturing, and plastic injection molding industries need actuators that can fit into tight spaces. The Compact Hydraulic actuators save space without sacrificing performance. This new product family offers two series: Medium (CMH) and High Pressure (CHH). The CMH offers pressures up to 2030 PSI (140 Bar) whereas the CHH offers

Sensor handles harsh environments

The TopworxTM GO Switch Model 52M is a 12 mm proximity sensor for applications in outdoor, and challenging industrial environments. The new sensor is well suited for material handling, mobile equipment, industrial equipment, and food and beverage processing applications. The GO Switch 52M is durable and does not require power. It operates across a wide

Smooth and safe motors

These stainless steel motors meet the extreme environment needs of the food and beverage industry. Food Safe motors have smooth contours and sealing that exceeds IP69K for water to maximize motor life in high pressure, sanitary cleaning environments. The high ingress protection rated enclosures offer fully encapsulated windings, sealing the motor inside and out. Combined

Researchers take a step closer to using graphene in electronics

Graphene is a carbon consisting of one layer of carbon atoms. It is said to be an excellent conductor and thus offers potential in the electronics industry. Plus, it is said to be one of the strongest materials ever tested. And, it’s nearly transparent. But, according to those who have worked with this material, once

COMSOL 5.3a expands innovative Multiphysics Modeling Tools

COMSOL, the leading provider of software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation, made available the latest release of the COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server products. Version 5.3a provides simulation specialists with cutting-edge modeling tools and increased solver performance. From shape memory alloy (SMA) material models to a revolutionary method for capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) simulations […]

COMSOL 5.3a expands innovative Multiphysics Modeling Tools

COMSOL, the leading provider of software solutions for multiphysics modeling and simulation, made available the latest release of the COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server products. Version 5.3a provides simulation specialists with cutting-edge modeling tools and increased solver performance. From shape memory alloy (SMA) material models to a revolutionary method for capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) simulations […]

Advanced electronic overcurrent protection in compact 12 mm EtherCAT terminals

Beckhoff announced the new EL922x EtherCAT Terminal series, which directly integrates electronic overcurrent protection to safeguard 24 V DC system components in the EtherCAT I/O system. In comparison with currently available protection devices, costs and space requirements in control cabinets can be reduced without having to use conventional, inflexible stand-alone systems. With an extended range

CLPA highlights growth of CC-Link IE development solutions

The CLPA displayed a variety of industry standard development solutions for CC-Link IE, CC-Link IE Field Basic and their fieldbus counterpart CC-Link at SPS/IPC/Drives 2017. The group also launched new IEFB development solutions by two key CLPA partners, Hilscher and Texas Instruments (TI). The Hilscher solution is an extension of their industry standard netX platform

3D Printing removes design constraints of the past

The mechanical design of parts hasn’t changed much in the last century until the development of additive manufacturing. It now seems reasonable to believe that 3D printing has begun a new era of innovative designs that are more efficient and organically shaped. Today, end-use parts are being produced with 3D printing technologies that are often […]

Nano Dimension opens Customer Experience Center in California

Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics announced that it teamed up with XponentialWorks, an expert in additive manufacturing advisory, and is opening a U.S. Customer Experience Center (CEC) in the Greater Los Angeles area. This California location will be the second of several Nano Dimension CECs planned worldwide to […]

Fried Vancraen to be next AMUG Innovators Award recipient

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced Fried Vancraen, founder and CEO of Materialise, as the recipient of its esteemed Innovators Award. The award is bestowed on those that have cultivated innovative ideas that in turn have advanced the additive manufacturing industry. The Innovators Award will be presented at the 2018 AMUG Conference, which is […]

6 challenges to understand before starting a wearable medical device project

Before you start a medical wearable device project, consider the following challenges and suggestions on how to address them. Diana Eitzman, Ph.D. and Kris Godbey Skin is unlike any other substrate. It sweats, grows hair, secretes oil, harbors bacteria, constantly sheds old cells, regenerates new ones and changes with health, environment and age – characteristics

Magnus René, CEO and Johan Brandt, CFO leave Arcam

Magnus René, President and CEO of Arcam AB and Johan Brandt, CFO and deputy CEO have both chosen to terminate their respective employment agreements with the Company. Magnus René has been CEO of Arcam since 2001 and Johan Brandt has been CFO of the Company since 2012. Magnus René has a notice period of 6 […]

Concept Laser begins building an additive manufacturing campus

With today’s groundbreaking, GE and Concept Laser lay the foundation for a new facility in Lichtenfels, Germany. In the future, the 3D Campus will unite research and development along with production, service, and logistics. The new offices should be ready for move-in early 2019, and around 40,000 square meters will provide room for about 500 […]

Cincinnati Incorporated acquires New Valence Robotics Corporation

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

German manufacturer shrinks the time to produce fixtures by 90%

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

Rize Inc. appoints Andy Kalambi President and CEO

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

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

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