Showing posts from February, 2011

Degreaser Suitable for Electrical Cables and PCBs

Mykal Industries has announced that the Desolvit Electrical and Cable Cleaner (DSI 5000ECC) has been awarded NATO number 7930-99-494-1799 for use within the armed forces. The company said the product was chosen due to its good degreasing performance and good safety profile. The fact that it is a citrus-based degreaser and not chlorinated or paraffin-based was in its favour, Mykal added. Electrical and Cable Cleaner (DSI 5000ECC) is described as a powerful liquid cleaner for use on electrical cables, switchgear, PCBs and overhead power lines. It is formulated to a high dielectric strength of 50,000v and designed specifically to remove greases, cable jelly, bitumen, sealants and oils without affecting insulation or cable cores. The product has a flashpoint of 67C. Desolvit Electrical and Cable Cleaner (DSI 5000ECC) is also available as a pre-impregnated low lint wet wipe under the name of Electrical and Cable Cleaner Wipes (DSI 5000ECW). Electrical and Cable Cleaner (DSI 5000ECC) is

Lenze Inverters Control Alpine Ski Simulator

Two compact Lenze SMV frequency inverters are being used to provide smooth-start optimisation and motion control on the Whizzard Pro alpine ski simulator. The Whizzard Pro is designed both as a trainer for competitive downhillers and as an improvement aid for recreational skiers. The simulator, developed in Poland, is designed to take up minimum space, while providing the original experience of real skiing in the gym. Suitable for both skiers and snowboarders, the Whizzard Pro adjusts the slope angle while running and can provide experience of extreme conditions, even moguls, at speeds of up to 30km/hr. Key to the realistic operation of the Whizzard Pro are two Lenze SMV inverters. The first of these, a 5.5kW unit, drives two motors that control the main track of the simulator. Controlled via a human-machine interface, this inverter was chosen for its low-speed operation, ease of use and compact dimensions, which enabled it to be integrated into the optimised envelope of the Whizzard

Seminars to Focus on Drive and Automation

Lenze is to hold a series of free seminars on drive and automation, aimed at designers of machinery with a focus on reducing costs while maintaining and increasing machine performance. The seminars, which are due be held at three locations across the UK in early March, will introduce an overview of the latest product developments that can simplify control systems, reduce energy consumption and speed up engineering projects. For each location, three short seminar sessions are scheduled throughout the afternoon and early evening. These product briefings are supported by product demonstrations, displays and drive specialists who will be available to answer questions. Subjects include a new compact high-speed machine controller, new programmable logic controller (PLC) and Codesys3 software and low-cost options for positioning and winding. Registration for free tickets is via the Lenze homepage.

Lee Products Launches Compact Solenoid Valve

Lee Products has launched a high-density solenoid valve that is said to offer the features of a large valve in an ultra-compact design weighing 4.5g. The Lee (HDI) valve is a Lo-Lohm model that delivers increased flow capacity while helping engineers and OEM designers to meet the familiar objectives of a smaller size, a lighter weight and greater efficiency. Available in either plug-in or face-mount versions, and with a choice of configurations - two-way normally closed and two-way normally open - the valves offer a flow capacity of up to 800Lohms (19SLPM at 50psid; CV=0.022). The valves have an operating pressure range of VAC - 50psig (0-50psid) and an operating temperature range of 40F up to 120F (4C to 48C approximately). Wetted materials include PPA, PBT, 316SS, 430F SS, FKM and epoxy. In addition, Lee Products offers a range of standard manifolds for testing as well as custom-designed manifold configurations for production. Performance parameters can be optimised for a specific

Cusing Machine for Delicate, Intricate Structures

Concept Laser has developed the Mlab cusing machine, a compact laser melting machine for the generative production of jewellery, bracelets and watch elements. The company said that the Mlab cusing machine represents an opportunity to introduce additive manufacturing into these industries. Unique products and small batches can be manufactured overnight from original stainless steel or precious metal powders. In contrast to the traditional casting process, the metal laser melting method allows denser surfaces and the creation of geometries not previously feasible. In general terms, the small Mlab cusing machine represents the entry-level model to the flyweight class of laser melting with metals. It allows the market segment for small, intricate components to be tapped into in an economically viable way, with the benefit that the additive method can also help to enhance the quality of the product. Issues that can arise with the casting method, including cavity formation, rejects and ext

Beko Technologies Details Condensate Drain Range

Beko Technologies offers a range of Bekomat condensate drains as well as a number of special models to suit applications that are not adequately covered by the other products in the market. Bekomat explosion-proof models with Atex approval are designed for use in explosive, hazardous locations such as offshore, chemical plants and power plants. The vacuum version of Beko's Bekomat condensate drains has been designed specifically for the discharge of condensate or other fluids from vacuum systems. Additionally, these condensate drains can also be used for technical processes under standard atmospheric conditions. They extend the scope of application of Bekomat devices to include pressures from 0.1 to 1.8 bar (abs). In the case of multistage rotary compressors, the condensate from intercoolers must be reliably removed otherwise it will get into the next compressor stage. The consequence of this is a slug of liquid hitting the impeller. With the Bekomat LA/LALP range damage to the

Weldability-Sif Launches on-Torch Flash Arrestor

Weldability-Sif has launched a miniature on-torch flashback arrestor for use on oxy-acetylene torches, which is designed to provide maximum protection for the operator. When used with long hose sets, the on-torch flashback arrestor reduces any compromise in safety by providing maximum protection for the operator and associated workforce. The safe and correct use of oxygen and acetylene gases provides a good mobile welding, cutting and heating source that is difficult to replace in most industrial facilities. While oxygen and acetylene combined provides the hottest deliverable heat source at 3,150C, it is the incorrect assembly and use of equipment and gases that can lead to a hazardous situation resulting in the potential of an explosion and fired within the workplace. A correctly certified and regularly inspected flashback arrestor can provide high levels of automated protection when fitted to the regulator output, by preventing flames reaching the gas cylinder by automatically shut

Method Prints onto Aluminium or Sheet-Metal Panels

Elma Electronic has introduced a new digital printing method for painting front panels, which allows the kind of images, colours and possibilities that you would get from a paper digital printer. The technology allows the aluminium or sheet-metal panels to accept very specific colours and images that were previously not possible. Further, the cost for printing highly illustrative designs with multiple colours is the same as for just one colour. In previous screening processes for front panels, each colour is a separate labour step and an additional cost. Elma's digital printing enables customers to use more colours within their existing budgets and price points. Another benefit of the Elma digital printing process is the detail and quality it provides. Fine images, logos or text can be faded or lost with traditional silk-screening. The digital process from Elma provides such precision that even very small text and fine detail of a logo comes through clearly. Further, customers

Method Prints onto Aluminium or Sheet-Metal Panels

Elma Electronic has introduced a new digital printing method for painting front panels, which allows the kind of images, colours and possibilities that you would get from a paper digital printer. The technology allows the aluminium or sheet-metal panels to accept very specific colours and images that were previously not possible. Further, the cost for printing highly illustrative designs with multiple colours is the same as for just one colour. In previous screening processes for front panels, each colour is a separate labour step and an additional cost. Elma's digital printing enables customers to use more colours within their existing budgets and price points. Another benefit of the Elma digital printing process is the detail and quality it provides. Fine images, logos or text can be faded or lost with traditional silk-screening. The digital process from Elma provides such precision that even very small text and fine detail of a logo comes through clearly. Further, customers

High-Density Card Socket Saves PCB Space

Samtec has introduced a high-density socket featuring a bi-level mating design comprising two levels of contacts on a staggered 1mm centreline, which creates a card-effective 0.5mm pitch. The Edge Rate High Density Edge Card Socket (BEC5 Series) is available with up to 140 I/Os in a 1 x 1.27mm-grid PCB pad layout, with four rows of contacts. This system is suitable for high-speed applications benefiting from its rugged Edge Rate contacts, which are designed for superior impedance control and reduced broadside coupling with increased durability and cycle life. The 0.5mm pitch high-density socket accepts standard 1.60mm' and 2.40mm-thick cards. Additional features include weld tabs, alignment pins and lead-free solder charge terminations for easy board processing. Tin-lead solder charges, as well as alternative platings and pin counts, are also available. In addition to the new BEC5 Series 0.5mm pitch high-density system, Samtec's full line of High Speed Edge Rate Edge Card Soc

ICs Capable of Protecting Multiple USB Ports

Intersil has introduced a range of power controllers designed to meet the power supply requirements of industry-standard USB devices, which offer high-current capability in a small package. The ISL6185 and ISL6186 provide port power for products based on the USB 2.0 and 3.0 interface standards, offering designers several current-limit-level options, all with an accuracy 3x better than competitive solutions. This results in more precise protection and increased design flexibility for today's USB power designs. In addition, the ISL6185 and ISL6186 come in industry standard packages for easy, drop-in replacement as well as a new, smaller packages for saving more board space. The ISL6185 independently controls two power channels and features a pair of 71 milliohm P-channel power switches. Providing added design flexibility, each power channel is capable of protecting multiple USB ports. The ISL6185 provides continuous current at 0.6, 1.1, 1.5 and 1.8A levels. Its high current-limit c

Electronics Enclosure Provides Dust-Tight Seal

Schroff now offers a range of NEMA Type 9 enclosures, which are designed for housing electronic or electrical equipment in locations that are hazardous due to the presence of combustible dusts. Manufactured by Hoffman, one of Schroff's sister companies within the Pentair Technical Products group, these robust enclosures are constructed from 5mm, 6mm and 10mm steel plate, with an ANSI grey polyester powder-coat finish. Fibre gaskets, attached to the covers using mechanical retainers, ensure that the enclosures provide a dust-tight seal and prevent the ingress of combustible particulates. Available in a choice of 14 different sizes with internal dimensions ranging from 203 x 152 x 102mm to 1,219 x 914 x 305mm, the NEMA Type 9 enclosures incorporate mounting brackets and either weldnuts or collar studs to support the optional internal panels. The larger models are equipped with heavy-duty cover hinges. In addition to the panels and panel support kits, other accessories include termi

Tyco Launches Type LS Solder-less LED Socket

Tyco Electronics (TE), a provider of engineered electronic components, has launched the Type LS solder-less LED socket, designed specifically for use with the new Philips Lumileds Luxeon S LED. Debuting at Strategies in Light 2011 in Santa Clara, California, the product offers a solder-less termination that complements this newly released lighting-class LED by Philips Lumileds. The Type LS socket complies with UL-1977 specifications and is designed with insulation displacement technology to simplify the termination of 24 AWG wires to the socket. An integral stainless steel spring within the socket ensures that uniform and adequate normal force is applied to the LED for optimum thermal performance. In addition, the product simplifies the positioning of the Luxeon S LED on a heat sink by utilising a locator - a plastic frame that is first placed on the heat sink to correctly orient the LED in its position prior to socket attachment. Once positioned, only three commercially available #4

Touch-Screen Controller Works with Gloved Hands

At Mobile World Congress 2011, Maxim Integrated Products is demonstrating Max11855 and Max11871, projected capacitive touch-screen controllers offering four-point and 10-point touch detection. Building on the company's reputation for differentiated analogue and mixed-signal performance, Maxim's Tactouch family of capacitive touch-screen controllers addresses the various performance and price points demanded by OEMs. The latest Tactouch products offer superior sensitivity and noise immunity, making them the only devices capable of touch detection from a ballpoint/stylus and gloved hands. These capabilities will enable a range of new user-interface experiences on handsets, tablets and other end equipment. The Max11871 is a mutual capacitance touch-screen controller capable of detecting and tracking up to 10-finger simultaneous touch. All processing is included on-chip to output up to 10 X,Y touch location coordinates, with a Z pressure metric associated to each touch point, via

Compact Optical Sensor ICs Suit Portable Systems

At Mobile World Congress 2011, Maxim Integrated Products is introducing the Max44007/Max44009, digital ambient-light sensor (ALS) ICs with an adaptive-gain block, suitable for smartphones and TVs. Designed using the company's proprietary BiCMOS technology, these ICs integrate two optical sensors, an ADC and digital functionality into a tiny 2x 2 x 0.6mm package. This integration saves valuable board space while delivering the industry's highest performance. The Max44007/Max44009 are suitable for applications such as tablet and notebook PCs, smartphones, TVs, digital lighting-management systems and light-intensity monitoring applications. According to Maxim, the ICs consume 100x less power than the nearest competitive product, significantly extending battery life. They offer a unique interrupt function that constantly measures the amount of light and reports to the microcontroller when the measurement passes the threshold. This functionality extends power savings by reducing t

Rugged Spring Pins Suit Cable Assemblies

The Mill-Max 0850, 0851, 0852 and 0853 spring pins are capable of carrying 9A continuous current at a 10C temperature rise and suitable for use in circuits operating at currents above signal level. Applications include board stacking, docking stations, cable assemblies, quick connects and anywhere there is a blind-mate situation. These large-scale spring pins feature a gold-plated stainless-steel spring, .050in diameter solid plunger and thick wall construction to withstand the rigours of demanding applications. The 085X series is characterised by a greater mass and surface area which provides a lower resistance electrical path than miniature spring pins. Because they are designed and built with the same precision of our miniature spring pins they exhibit excellent signal integrity in shock and vibration environments. Designed for through-hole mounting, each pin has a large diameter post and flange providing for a perpendicular and secure PCB attachment. The 085X series provides a

Photocoupler Suits Extreme Ambient Temperatures

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has launched the TLP708, an ultra-compact, high-speed inverter-type photocoupler suitable for home appliances, induction heating equipment and factory automation. The photocoupler features extended temperature performance while complying with the reinforced isolation class requirements of international safety standards. Performance is guaranteed at temperatures from -40C to 125C. Comprising a GaAlAs LED that is optically coupled to an integrated, high-gain, high-speed photodetector, the TLP708 is supplied in a six-pin SDIP (shrink DIP) package requiring just half the board mounting area of an equivalent eight-pin DIP device. Despite its small size, the photocoupler has a minimum isolation voltage rating of 5,000Vrms. Toshiba's new photocoupler operates with a maximum switching time of just 75ns, allowing it to support typical data-transfer rates of 15Mbit/s. The integrated photodetector has an open-collector output stage and an internal Farada

Battery Charger Minimises Power Dissipation

Linear Technology has introduced the LT3651-4.2, a 4A monolithic synchronous buck battery charger for one-cell li-ion/polymer batteries used in industrial hand-held instruments and notebook computers. The LT3651-4.2 accepts inputs up to 32V with a 40V absolute maximum rating for added system margin. Charge current is programmable and dynamically adjustable up to 4A; fully integrated synchronous power devices minimise power dissipation and save board space. User-selectable timer or C/10 termination requires no external microcontroller and simplifies the design. The LT3651-4.2 does not require external high-precision resistors to set the float voltage, further saving cost and space. Applications include industrial hand-held instruments, 12V to 24V automotive and heavy equipment applications, desktop cradle chargers and notebook or tablet computers. The programmable switching frequency (200kHz to 1MHz) of the LT3651-4.2 enables the designer to balance solution size, power loss and filte

Enhanced Sensor Connector Seals to IP67 Rating

Binder-USA, has improved its M8 over-moulded sensor connector by adding a knurled and hex locking nut, which allows the connector to be tightened with a torque wrench to ensure proper mating. The M8 overmolded connectors have three, four or six gold-plated contacts and are capable of handling up to 60V and up to 4A per contact. When properly mated, the M8 over-moulded connectors are sealed to an IP67 rating. The male and female cord sets are available in two and five-meter lengths. Mating receptacles and field-attachable cable connectors are also offered, for a complete connecting system.

LED Lighting Modules Suitable for Use in Lamps

Sharp has introduced six 10W Mini Zeni LED components that are compact, lightweight, bright and suitable for a range of indoor and outdoor applications, such as spot lighting and LED retrofit lamps. The modules have a light output of up to 690 lumens, a luminous flux of up to 73 lm/W, a CRI value of 87 and a service life of 40,000 operating hours at an operating temperature of 80C. Sharp has left the dimensions and the carrier material unaltered. Measuring 15 x 12 x 1.6mm and with an aluminium ceramic plate as carrier material, the 10W variant is suitable for a wide range of lighting applications. The 10W Mini Zeni models are operated using a forward voltage of 19.6V and a forward current of 480mA. The square LED matrix consists of a total of 60 LEDs that are arranged in ten parallel-switched series of sixes and achieve a luminous flux of between 610 and 690lm. The serial and parallel array of the LED matrix ensures fail-proof operation while offering low thermal emission. The flat

Colormax Sensors Target Plastic Industry

EMX Industries' Colormax and Colormax View sensors come in an industry-standard M30 housing without any internal or external switches, facilitating easy integration into manufacturing lines. The high-resolution, high-speed operation characteristics make this sensor suitable for applications in the plastic, automotive, wood, paper, pharmaceutical, coating, film and numerous other industries. The Colormax set-up functions are driven by software that can run on any windows programme. The operator has control over parameters of the sensor such as target illumination and up to 0.5 per cent resolution on each of the RGB channels. Colormax has up to 15 discrete, RGB analogue and RS232/USB outputs that can be integrated with PLC, HMI or a PC. Colormax sensors are used for opaque materials and Colormax View sensors are appropriate for translucent materials.

Laser-Sintered PEEK for Craniofacial Implants

The first PEEK craniofacial test implants to be produced by the laser-sintering additive manufacturing process have been presented by EOS. They were unveiled at the co-located Pacific Design and Manufacturing/MD and M (Medical Design and Manufacturing) West shows at the Anaheim Convention Center, California, in February 2011. EOS' collaborative projects coordinator, Joerg Lenz, delivered a previously unpublished technical paper on results from an EU-funded project called Custom-IMD. Core project activities include the development of new biomaterials and rapid manufacturing technologies that will allow customised implants to be delivered to surgeons within 48 hours. Entitled 'Laser sintering of PEEK', Lenz's paper described plastic test implants fabricated at EOS' headquarters in Germany using the Eosint P 800 system, the first laser-sintering system capable of operating at up to 385C for processing high-performance polymers. High-temperature, biocompatible PEEK (p

IP Engines Enable Networking of Sony Block Cameras

The new Pleora Iport SB-Pro IP engines enable customers to transform their Sony block cameras into GigE Vision-compliant cameras. Compact and simple to integrate, the Iport SB-Pro IP engine transmits high-definition video with low, predictable latency. Complete with feature control using the Genicam standard, these products are suitable for systems integrators looking to differentiate their offerings, increase interoperability and introduce networking capabilities. SB-Pro IP engines abstract the Sony VISCA protocol into an industry-standard Genicam interface over Ethernet. With video and control signals existing on a single cable, system cost and complexity can be further decreased. Being able to transmit video at up to 1,080i resolution and up to 30 frames per second with low, consistent latency, SB Pro IP engines are available as compact, low-power OEM board sets designed for use in a variety of housings. Suitable applications include military and medical imaging systems, intellige

Piston Seal Optimises Load-Bearing Capacities

By separating the dynamic and static sealing functions, the Simrit T-ring as a piston seal optimises load-bearing capacities. The single-piece, symmetrical piston seal, which will be presented for the first time at the 2011 Hanover Trade Fair, has both a radial and an axial component. The dynamic sealing function is assumed by a sealing area with a large radius. The radial force required for this is built up by the geometric interference alone. This eliminates the radial compression of the seal cross section, creating ideal preconditions for the minimisation of friction and wear and the elimination of stick-slip effects. Due to the much thinner area of the T-ring, a kind of diaphragm, the static sealing function is built up simultaneously and separately, and is optimised according to function. The static sealing force is generated by the pressure from the concentric sealing edges on the front face of the groove alone. In endurance tests, an NBR version of the Simrit T-ring showed onl

Product Ensures Coin Cells are Retained in Place

Harwin has expanded its range of EZ Boardware products with a single-piece surface-mountable coin cell holder that ensures coin cells are securely retained in place while cutting assembly time. EZ Coin Cell Holders can accommodate 12.5 x 2.5mm BR1225 and CR1225 coin cells, and are available in tape-and-reel packaging, making them suited to automatic placement systems. Low-profile EZ Coin Cell Holders are designed to provide a cost-effective solution to the problem of battery mounting. Coin cells are securely held in place, yet they can be quickly and easily removed when they run down. Manufactured in phosphor bronze and tin plated, the clips employ a twin beam contact system, resulting in a mechanically strong product. The product will suit most markets, with typical applications including on-board power supplies and drive memory circuits.

Injector Puller Kits for Use on Diesel Vehicles

Facom has introduced a trio of injector puller kits that are suited for use on diesel vehicles with compact engines and are designed to reduce the risk of damage due to a double-grip puller tool. The three kits are suited for a variety of engine types in diesel vehicles with compact engines, also known as monovolume vehicles. As monovolume vehicle engines are designed to be compact, they require special injector-puller tools to overcome access issues. Standard single-grip pullers run the risk of damaging the injector body. Quick and easy to use in a portable storage kit, the DCR.IPPSAPB, DCR.IPRENPB and DCR.IPMPB kits can remove injectors from cars without the need to dismount the engine from the vehicle. The DCR.IPPSAPB removes blocked Bosch and Siemens' injectors on PSA 2.0 16V and 2.2 HDI engines from Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and Lancia vehicles. The DCR.IPRENPB model can be used to remove blocked Bosch and Siemens' injectors on Renault, Nissan and Opel 2.2 and 2.5 DCI engin

Sewtec Invests in Renishaw Touch Probes

Sewtec Automation, a supplier of production and packaging systems, has increased machining output by adding five Haas machine tools with Renishaw touch probes and a new system of shift work. Bernard Meehan, Sewtec's managing director, said: 'At the end of 2009, we had six CNC machine tools and did 140 hours of machining a week. 'In July 2010, with 11 CNC machines, we have increased capacity to 1,180 hours per week,' he added. The new approach has included an investment in Haas vertical machining centres, which were supplied with the Haas wireless intuitive probe system (WIPS). 'All machines are fitted with spindle- and tool-setting probes, because we have to keep the machines running, and the resultant cost savings directly affect the cash flow,' said Meehan. With the knowledge that the parts they design will mainly be manufactured in house, Sewtec engineers can match the capabilities of their machines to how part features are specified. An important element o

Delphi Launches Two Vehicle Sound Generators

Delphi Automotive is offering two new sound generators to help vehicle manufacturers to warn pedestrians of approaching hybrid and electric vehicles. Designed to comply with legislation expected to mandate minimum sound levels for both hybrid and electric vehicles, these environmentally friendly sounders are said to be robust, compact, lightweight and low cost. The single-box solutions are lead free, waterproof and temperature resistant. Delphi developed the two environmentally friendly sound generators - called sounders - to enable pedestrians to detect nearby hybrid and electric vehicles, which, without the sound generators, are nearly silent. The first, the electronic sounder system, is approximately three times lighter than a conventional multi-box system and uses 90 per cent less power. Its single-box configuration helps to reduce design, test and manufacturing cost, and its size and weight simplify packaging. The system provides a frequency range of 500Hz to 10kHz and can rep

Igus to Showcase New-Generation Bearings

Igus will exhibit maintenance-free polymer bearings, including Iglidur plain bearings, Igubal spherical bearings and Drylin linear bearings, at this year's Midlands Design and Manufacturing Show. The company, which will be found on Stand 1,641 in Hall 9 at the event, which is due to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 6-7 April, will also present examples of E-Chain cable carriers and Chainflex continuous-flex cables. Also on display will be a new-generation hybrid linear bearing that both rolls and slides. Called Drylin WJRM, the bearing system reduces driving force significantly and is particularly well suited to applications that combine sliding and rolling movements, such as manually adjustable doors, guards, partitions and locks, as well as for light handling tasks. The range now includes carriages to suit the 16mm- and 20mm-diameter systems. The Iglidur PRT slewing ring bearing system uses two self-lubricating, low-friction polymer sliding elements in place of conventional

PD Sells Concepts NREC's Turbomachinery Products

Concepts NREC, a manufacturer of turbomachinery, has made PD Solutions a concepts channel partner (CCP), with the latter company providing software, support and training in Southeast Asia. Original equipment manufacturers and engineering organisations in the region will benefit from PD Solutions' engineering expertise and local market knowledge combined with Concepts NREC's products and services. PD Solutions' specific territory in Southeast Asia includes Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. PD Solutions provides CAD/CAM/CAE and product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services to companies in the design and manufacturing industries. As a CCP, PD Solutions will help customers to capitalise on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) capabilities to facilitate design simulations and analyses that eliminate product design errors, reduce costs and optimise overall product quality. PD Solutions now sells Concepts NREC's entire products an

Spring-Loaded Sensors for Gauging Applications

Macro Sensors has introduced the GPA series of spring-loaded linear position sensors, packaged as a low-cost alternative for general-purpose gauging applications. The AC-operated linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs) are claimed to maintain the same quality and performance associated with Macro Sensors LVDTs but at a moderate cost. The GPA series of spring-loaded gauge heads are said to be ideal for use in non-harsh environments for general positioning and gauging applications in assembly operations, machine tool and production line inspection as well as quality control and testing laboratories. Specific applications for the AC-LVDTs include position feedback for pinch and gap roller alignment in printing operations, gauging the thickness of sheet metal during metal forming and stamping operations and ensuring critical dimensions for brake-pad manufacturing machines. Designed specifically to meet the needs of the industrial gauging and OEM marketplace, the GPA series of s

Ormec Controller Co-Ordinates Servowire Drives

Ormec's Servowire Motion and Logic Controller (SMLC) system typically co-ordinates a network of Servowire (Firewire) drives for applications where co-ordinated multi-axis motion is needed. In cases where axes are required that do not need such tightly co-ordinated motion, the more cost-effective XD-Indexer drive can be integrated into the SMLC system via Modbus TCP communication. The total number of drives on an SMLC can be expanded beyond the Servowire limit of 16 to more than 100. Overall project costs are reduced, with the ability to choose the optimal drive for the performance required on a per-axis basis. The SMLC features a high-performance computing capability and offers Codesys IEC 61131-3 programming, PLCopen motion function blocks, industrial Ethernet network solutions and Firewire-based drive networking for demanding multi-axis motion and input/output (I/O) control applications. Servowire drives from Ormec are offered in more than 14 models with onboard I/O and output

Positioner Operates in Hazardous Environments

Inmoco has launched the Exlar EXP-24 positioner for tasks such as valve control, shipboard fuel management systems, fuel skids, refineries, engine test stands, paint booths and printing presses. Conforming to both Atex (Directive 94/9/EC) and CSA regulations for explosion-proof applications, the EXP-24 complements Exlar's EL100 actuator, providing an integrated control/actuator package in hazardous process environments and can also be used to drive most three-phase linear actuators and rotary motors. Housed in an IP66-rated enclosure, the EXP-24 positioner integrates a fully featured 24VDC motion controller and brushless servomotor amplifier, and is able to power most resolver feedback brushless motors. Ideal for process control applications, the EXP-24 provides the functionality to position a valve or damper by following an analogue input signal. Four additional motion modes are also available to accommodate a range of motion control applications. Designed with an isolated RS4

Advice on Selecting the Right Gearbox

Brevini's Dave Brown provides design guidance on selecting the right gearbox for a given speed reduction application. The fundamental purpose of a gear drive is to transmit uniform motion between two shafts at a constant ratio. Many factors affect gearbox selection in a given application; consideration must be given to the required ratio, speed, power and torque - not just the continuous torque but also the repetitive peak torque, acceleration torque and braking torque. But there are many factors that will affect the most appropriate gearbox selection, including shaft alignment, duty cycle, backlash, efficiency, mounting arrangements, size, weight, noise, smoothness of transmission, operating lifespan and maintenance requirements. Brown assesses the various common gearbox arrangements and examines their features and benefits as well as their advantages and disadvantages. The simplest type of gear is the spur or straight-cut gear, which comprises a cylinder or disk with teeth proj

Smooth-Side Tippers Incorporate Edbro Hoists

Edbro's lightweight CS Series of tipping hoists has been specified for SDC Trailers' latest fuel-efficient smooth-side tipper design. The Edbro CS Series provides increased payloads through a weight saving of up to 20 per cent. SDC Trailers' latest generation of smooth-siders are used for transporting less aggressive loads, such as sand, sugar beet, peas and grain. The added incline in the chassis and body floor makes them easier to tip and ensures that the entire load is emptied smoothly. However, the main advantage with smooth-siders is reduced wind resistance. This saves a lot of money in fuel, so contractors will always prefer to use a smooth-sider if they can. SDC's new generation of smooth-siders employs Edbro's CS Series of tipping hoists as part of an optimised weight-saving design. The construction of the smooth-siders comprises a sloping chassis to aid load removal, plus a new wider design of lightweight aluminium extruded side panels. These are used t

Kennametal Offers Inserts for Fixperfect System

Kennametal is introducing the first Beyond inserts for its Fixperfect system, offering improved toughness and wear resistance, resulting in higher turning productivity and safety. The Fixperfect system features a proprietary shaped pocket that, together with a clamping stud, locking pin and tangentially mounted precision-ground insert, result in high clamping forces and very low cutting forces for excellent chip control and improved process stability. The Fixperfect inserts are shaped to match the pocket, which protects unused cutting edges. Productivity improves as well because the Fixperfect pin simply needs to be loosened, not removed, to index the insert. The new Beyond inserts for Fixperfect share the performance characteristics of the entire Beyond line - micro-polished edges that improve edge toughness, proprietary post-coat treatment that reduces depth-of-cut notching and a fine-grained alumina layer that enhances coating integrity at higher cutting speeds.

Mail Suite Processes Variable Data Print Jobs

Objectif Lune has announced the release of version 7.1 of Printshop Mail Suite, which was initially created to solve the production speed issues surrounding high-volume mail merge. Printshop Mail Suite 7.1 makes Printshop Mail Web a full-featured production server able to process variable data print jobs submitted by as many design stations as desired, from anywhere in the world for direct production or web ordering. New functionalities include compatibility with PDF/VT output, an emerging standard for variable data printing (VDP) jobs and new web-ordering possibilities for Microsoft Word mail merge documents.

Exlar Offers Ethernet-Based Communication Protocol

Exlar has announced the newest Ethernet-based communications protocol supported by the company's Tritex II linear and rotary actuators - Modbus TCP/IP. To maintain standard connectivity, the Ethernet connection is offered through an M12 connector. The Modbus TCP protocol pairs the robust Modbus RTU protocol already supported by the Tritex product line with the convenience of Ethernet connectivity. In addition to Modbus TCP support, Exlar Expert software now includes enhanced functionality for customers using Modbus commands through an HMI or PLC. Rather than searching through manuals for individual parameter addresses while programming the PLC, a Modbus Mapping table allows users to map all parameters they wish to use in a contiguous register bank composed of up to 100 registers. This will allow a PLC program to perform a single read operation and a single write operation to all selected registers, rather than reading and writing one register at a time or being forced to read in

VRTEX 360 Simulates Real Welding Experiences

Industry professionals will get several chances this year to simulate real welding experiences in virtual environments with Lincoln Electric's VRTEX 360 Virtual Reality Arc Welding training solution. The company will feature this realistic welder training system at seven global conferences and trade shows throughout the year to better acquaint welders with the benefits of virtual hands-on training. The VRTEX 360 is an educational training tool that is designed to accelerate welding training through the utilisation of virtual reality. It can be used to simulate: SMAW (stick), GMAW (MIG) and FCAW (flux-cored) welding processes; multiple weld joint configurations and welding positions; a variety of welding environments, including construction sites and welding school booths. It offers a combination of realistic puddle simulation and arc-welding sound tied to a welder's movements. The system assists in training skilled welders faster with lower training costs and allows shops to

RFID Readers can be Used for Animal Identification

GAO RFID's series of RFID readers can be used for animal identification and management, as well as logistics, field service, personnel tracking and event management. These portable low-frequency RFID readers, model 222014, feature fast and accurate scanning, and a large memory capacity for storing about 2,000 items. The reader series includes two versions of RFID readers: one is used to read compatible RFID tags, display the tag ID on the screen and store the data to onboard memory; the other performs with additional capability to upload the data in real time via Bluetooth to computer or PDA. They work continuously for up to 12 hours on a single charge. Additionally, these RFID readers are shipped with demo software and SDK, and meet ISO11784/5 FDX-B and ID64 standards.

Tool Enables Label Printing in Multiple Locations

Prisym ID has launched Prisym Enterprise, a web-based label lifecycle-management solution that assists manufacturers to securely create, review, revise, approve and print labels in multiple locations. Providing a central solution for label design, it automatically maintains version information and enforces appropriate access controls. Prisym Enterprise provides a secure environment for label design, data management, approval, automated gathering of variable data and printing. It controls underlying content and records all critical activities, electronically linking them to individual users along with time and date stamping. The Internet Explorer web-based solution is quick to deploy and can be used 'outside' the organisation for selected partners, customers or suppliers. A proactive review and approval work engine increases the accuracy of layout, and data used on labels reduces the likelihood of product recalls and rejections due to label or documentation defects. Addition

Kistler Device Measures Vehicle Load Spectra

Kistler's S615 six-component measuring wheel measures load spectra for durability, vehicle dynamics and power-train investigations on the small, light vehicles that are currently under development. The measuring wheel weighs more than 800g less than the S625 four-sensor wheel - a reduction achieved by combining the three-sensor concept with extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP). The Roadyn S615 is designed for a maximum vertical load of 15kN, which is more than needed for small, light vehicle applications. The CFRP/aluminum composite wheel consists of an aluminum rim and a CFRP wheel disk. The CFRP inner part of the wheel provides the connection with the hub and the three load cells connect the rim to the inner part. To minimise local stresses, all of the relevant components were optimised using finite element analysis. The Roadyn S615, mounted on the vehicle as a complete wheel, measures the three forces Fx, Fy and Fz, and the three torques Mx, My and Mz on

Johnston Press Installs Boge Screw Compressors

Johnston Press has installed two Boge SLF 75 frequency-controlled screw compressors, along with a Boge S 75 screw compressor, at its expanded printing centre in County Armagh. As part of the expansion plans, the M and E contractor established that the existing compressed-air system would not be able to meet the new compressed-air requirements and recommended replacing the existing system with one Boge S 75 screw compressor, alongside two Boge SLF 75 series frequency-controlled screw compressors. The Boge SLF series frequency-controlled screw compressors combine a direct coupled drive system with frequency control to provide pressure control under variable output requirements. The SLF is therefore a low-carbon technology that works strictly in accordance with the compressed-air demand by producing the exact volume of compressed air at the pressure required. Frequency control minimises idling time and evens out air-demand fluctuations.

Kistler Module Performs Standard Joining Processes

The latest addition to the Kistler NC Electromechanical Joining Module range is a version specially designed for standard joining processes. The 400mm stroke allows deep end points to be easily reached while stroke speed of up to 150mm/s offers a quick return stroke and hence a short machine cycle, even for a long idle stroke. The use of the absolute encoder, which is part of the standard equipment on all Kistler NC joining modules, eliminates the need for reference-point determination, even during operation. The piezoelectric force sensor integrated into the robust case offers a choice of two predefined measuring ranges, 50 and 25kN, for precision force measurement. The NC Compact Firmware, which is integrated into the servo controller, is suited for simple force-displacement evaluation and documentation of standard joining tasks. With only a three-phase electrical supply needed, infrastructure costs are extremely low, making the NCFB joining module easy to integrate into an existin

Storage Racking System for Smaller Components

Stakrak has introduced its Kanban line-side storage racking system, which facilitates the storage of components at the point of use on the production line. The Kanban system is claimed to be robust yet lightweight and can be adapted and modified to fit most requirements. According to the company, it is ideal for smaller components, such as fasteners and fixings. For example, the system can have sloping shelves to facilitate access to containers. They will also be at a suitable height for operatives. Options include all-metal shelves with plastic bins, or racks with particle board decks complete with plastic bins. This two-bin arrangement simplifies stock rotation and replacement. Both bins can be loaded with stock; when the front bin is empty, it can simply be removed to allow the second bin to slide into place, while the other bin can be replenished with stock on the next visit. Bins can be colour coded to simplify the identification of different components, helping to speed up th

IFM Introduces Range of Safety Light Grids

IFM Electronic has expanded its portfolio of safety products with safety light grids that only require a cable on one side. Each system consists of a transmitter/receiver unit housed on one side and a matching passive reflector on the other. So far, three versions have been launched by IFM, protecting an area 0-6m wide with two, three or four beams. These units comply with the Type 4 (IEC 61496-1), SIL 3 (IEC 61508), SILcl 3 (IEC 62061) and PL e (EN ISO 13849-1) standards. With only one side requiring an electrical connection, the installation cost and time are minimised. No special configuration software is required.

FLSmidth Chooses Smartplant Enterprise Platform

FLSmidth has selected Intergraph's Smartplant Enterprise system to design cement and mineral processing facilities in order to improve process control and increase efficiency. This agreement comprises a suite of products including the Smartplant 3D Materials Handling Edition, Smartplant Foundation and Smartplant P and ID. This will allow FLSmidth, a supplier of equipment and services to the cement and minerals industries, to better integrate work processes, as well as engineering disciplines, and to standardise project phases from proposal to handover to service more than 400 users globally.

CCE Releases Design Automation Software Tool

Engineering software and services provider CCE has launched Configlink 2011, a design automation tool that reduces the time to generate custom designs for highly configurable product ranges. Configlink is integrated within several computer-aided-design (CAD) systems including Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5.0, Solidworks 2011, Autodesk Inventor 2011 and Solid Edge ST3 on both Windows 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. Using Configlink, new design configurations can be created in a fraction of the time it would normally take for the engineering department to model the data, according to the company. The result is a 3D model of the new design variant and an associated 2D drawing, which is the key output of any configure-to-order or engineer-to-order process.

Marsh Bellofram Offers Range of Industrial Timers

The ATC Diversified Electronics division of Marsh Bellofram has introduced the 405A series of industrial timers suitable for daily-use OEM and control package timing applications. The 405A series features an on-delay instantaneous relay function. It also incorporates six individual timing ranges within a single unit, packaged within a compact 48mm2 standard DIN housing. The housing is watertight when panel mounted with an eight-pin round (octal) socket. A selectable on-delay/interval timing mode version is also available. The timer operates from industry-standard 24-240VAC or 24VDC power and features a large, easy-to-read display dial with decimal points. Output contacts are rated at 10A 120/240VAC and 30VDC. Mode- and range-select switches are located on the side of the unit so that, when panel mounted, they are not operator accessible - a tamper-proof feature that prevents unauthorised or hazardous changes to the timing mode and range. A special LED indicator provides an effectiv