New catalog on piezo-mechanic nanopositioning motion systems

Motion and nano precision positioning systems manufacturer PI (Physik Instrumente) has released a new 250-page catalog on precision mechatronic actuators and nanopositioning systems based on piezo drive technology and frictionless flexure guiding systems.  Products covered in this catalog use PI’s in-house designed and manufactured Mars Rover-tested piezo ceramic actuators as their drive principle. A special […]

Three Motion Industries service centers are now Rexnord certified

Motion Industries Inc. has announced that its service centers in Charleston, W. Va.; Pensacola, Fla; and Salt Lake City, Utah; have become certified Rexnord partners in Falk gear drive repair. These three Motion Industries service centers each passed an extensive facility and process audit to verify repair execution to Rexnord’s original OEM work standards. Ray […]

New miniature ICP shock accelerometers

PCB has released two new miniature piezoelectric accelerometers. They are small, single axis ICP voltage output with measurement ranges of +/- 5,000 g (model 352A91) and +/- 20,000 g (model 352A92). Both are in a similar package with low mass under 0.006 ounces (0.17 grams) and cover a broad frequency range of 1.2 to 10,000 […]

Suhner introduces ROBOTsander for aerospace applications

Suhner has released its new ROBOTsander, a highly capable and adaptive surface treatment solution used in the automotive, aerospace, appliance, off-highway and outdoor power equipment market.  Operations that benefit from the ROBOTsander are material protection, surface brightening, paint preparations and CFRP activation. Applications include grinding, brightening, polishing, deburring and sanding. The ROBOTsander can safely be used on…

Tips for choosing a 3D vision system

With four times as many as color receptors as humans, the Mantis shrimp has the most impressive eyes in nature.  Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba…

Dan Kara Joins WTWH Media as VP, Robotics and Intelligent Systems

Industry veteran tapped to guide and expand robotics and intelligent systems initiatives PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Cleveland, OH—WTWH Media, LLC, a business-to-business publishing and event company, today announced Dan Kara, technology business analyst and integrated media veteran, has joined WTWH as Vice President, Robotics and Intelligent Systems. Kara will guide and…

Boeing unveils unmanned aerial vehicle prototype that can transport 500 pounds of cargo

Boeing recently completed initial flight tests of an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) unmanned cargo aerial vehicle (CAV) prototype. The platform is designed to test and evolve Boeing’s autonomy technology for future aerospace vehicles. In less than three months, Boeing engineers designed and built the CAV prototype, which stands 4 feet off the ground, measures 15 by…

Scalable graphic terminals help increase productivity in smaller applications

Machine and equipment builders are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With the new Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals, they can now bring these integration benefits to smaller applications. The PanelView 5310 graphic terminals deliver the same usability benefits and enhanced integration with […]

Multi-axis precision motion controller for air bearing motion systems

Nano precision motion industry leader PI (Physik Instrumente) LP has released a new high-performance motion controller designed to handle 4, 6 or 8-axes of PIglide air bearing positioning stages and precision automation sub-systems. Air bearings provide many advantages compared to mechanical bearings, such as no-particle generation, frictionless, vibration-free motion, highly constant velocity control, nanometer-precision repeatability, […]

Teledyne DALSA’s new 1.3M cameras optimized for price and performance

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company has introduced its newest Genie Nano cameras built around ON Semiconductor’s Python P3 1.3M CMOS image sensors. These new models feature a global shutter, with 1280 x 1024 resolution, and image capture of up to 83 frames-per-second with Teledyne’s TurboDrive technology. Developed for cost-conscious imaging applications that don’t require the…

Achieving precision with limit switches

There are many choices for detecting presence and position in machine automation applications, but limit switches are often the best option when high precision is required. By Tim Wheeler, Technical Applications Engineer, AutomationDirect Many types of sensors are available for detecting presence and position in industrial automation applications, from course to fine precision. Photo eyes

Executive Edition—our new podcast debuts with Ryan Schroeder of IMI Precision Engineering

Design World’s editorial staff is pleased to debut our newest podcast series, Executive Edition. In this series, our editors will be talking trends in engineering with top manufacturing and OEM leaders—across multiple disciplines, including motion control, fluid power, 3D printing, bearings, connectors, mechanical power transmission, and more. Our inaugural episode, featuring Ryan Schroeder, President of

New anti-static super air knife features 34% better performance

EXAIR’s new Gen4 Super Ion Air Knife eliminates static electricity 34% better at low inlet pressures, which saves compressed air and money. Production speeds, product quality and surface cleanliness can improve dramatically. It eliminates static on plastics, webs, sheet stock and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming or hazardous shocks are a problem. Gen4 products

JW Winco offering steel and stainless steel flat knurled thumb screws

JW Winco Inc., A Ganter Co., has announced the offering of GN 653.2 Steel & Stainless Steel Flat Knurled Thumb Screws with Recessed Stud for Loss Protection. The thumb screws, which are RoHS compliant, can be used to prevent loss of the thumb screw, due to the recessed portion of the stud. When using, instead

Leadership in engineering: Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.

At the helm of the massive 190,000-employee manufacturing giant, you’ll find a thoughtful mechanical engineer dedicated to keeping bureaucracy at bay and his company flexible. Like many of us, Mark Mondello didn’t grow up wanting to be an engineer—he simply liked to tinker. Raised on the south side of Chicago, his family didn’t have much

New 43mm OD frameless brushless servo motor kits from Maxon

The new EC 45 Flat Frameless Brushless Servo Motor Kit from Maxon consist of only a rotor and stator—with no bearings or motor shaft. With an outer diameter of only 43mm, these pancake servo motor kits are extremely compact. Available in size ranges from 30 Watt to 70 Watt, these EC (electronically commutated) frameless slotted […]

Gilman Precision announces addition to sales force

Gilman Precision, manufacturer of customized linear and rotary motion systems, is pleased to announce the addition of Rich Olson to their sales force as a Business Development Specialist. Olson will oversee the Midwest territory in the U.S. Through a variety of means, he will play an important part in facilitating the connection between engineers and […]

Maysteel Industries acquires DAMAC Products

Maysteel Industries, a manufacturer of custom, precision, OEM sheet metal enclosures, electrical cabinets and metal fabricated assemblies, has announced the acquisition of DAMAC Products, a manufacturer of custom data center infrastructure equipment. DAMAC’s data center infrastructure products include server cabinets, wallmount racks, seismic and thermal management products, power distribution equipment and cable runway systems. DAMAC’s

Large atomizing spray nozzle covers 360°

EXAIR’s 1/2 NPT internal mix 360° hollow circular pattern atomizing spray nozzle atomizes fluid and sprays away from the nozzle in all directions, up to 13 ft in diameter. These nozzles are suitable where a liquid application is needed in a broad area, such as dust suppression, humidification and cooling. They can also be used

PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference offers dynamic learning

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is now taking registrations for the PTDA 2018 Leadership Development Conference to be held on March 22-23, 2018, at the Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Tex. PTDA members continuously seek ways to educate their future management teams so they can step into a supervisory role ready to excel. The PTDA […]

Video illustrates smart linear actuator benefits for automation applications

Thomson Industries Inc. has released an educational video (below) that summarizes the benefits of smart actuators, which feature integrated electronics. The five-minute video explores how smart electromechanical actuators are meeting demands for greater connectivity, application flexibility and cost efficiency, and illustrates their use in factories, on- and off-highway vehicles, and structural automation. In discussing the […]

Cadence expands laser processing technologies

Cadence continues to expand its laser processing technologies to meet the ever-changing needs of new product development for our customers. Recently, Cadence purchased a new CL900 Cincinnati laser cutting machine and completed its installation. The new 4,000W fiber laser cutter adds to our existing portfolio of modified tube cutting lasers and completely custom flat sheet

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

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

Allied Motion introduces fully-integrated powered wheel drives with steering for electric vehicles

Allied Motion Technologies introduces the WheelMax Steering Series wheel drive assemblies. WheelMax Steering Drives are fully-integrated, electrically-powered traction wheels with on-board steering systems for electric vehicles. Each WheelMax Steering Drive combines a traction wheel with tire, epicyclic gearbox, robust steering gear and bearing system, and two rugged PMDC brush motors, one for traction and one for […]

Han’s Robot delivers new line of Elfin collaborative robots

Energid Technologies has announced that Han’s Robot, a subsidiary of global Chinese manufacturer Han’s Laser, has licensed Energid’s Actin premier control software for its new line of cost-effective collaborative robots (“cobots”), called Elfins. Actin is an easy-to-use robot control and simulation framework that offers robot manufacturers faster time to market, reduced software development costs, and…