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Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing For SMEs

Dell recently announced its intent to offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to help more small- and medium-sized businesses prototype faster and more affordably. By adding the 3D design products to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers have access to an end-to-end solution that helps them test product concepts quickly.

Clinkenbeard Rolls Out New Equipment For R&D Services

Clinkenbeard, a rapid prototyping and manufacturing company that serves a wide range of industries in machine castings and parts, has invested in a number of new equipment pieces to better serve its existing customers and reach into new markets.

ABB Adds 8kg Model To FlexPicker Line

 

ABB has added an 8 kilogram model to its IRB 360 FlexPicke line, in addition to the existing 1kg and 3kg models, to expand the high-speed picking and packing performance of its Delta robot into markets with heavier items. The 8kg version has been re-engineered to handle higher payloads.

 

Automation & Process Control

Optical Micrometers and Fibre Optic Sensors

Micro Epsilon
Optical Micrometers to measure diameter, gap, edge or opacity. Fiber optic sensors for gap, diameter, edge and presence. Fiber optic sensors are simple sensors for determining dimensional quantities such as gaps or edges. The sensors are constructed like conventional light barriers but they are clearly superior. Measurement is made directly on the object using fiber optics. High resolution optical micrometer with fixed optic: optoCONTROL ODC systems are laser / LED based measuring systems with integrated high resolution CMOS or CCD camera for geometrical measurements.

Laser Line Profile Sensor

Micro Epsilon
The scanCONTROL laser-line profile sensor makes use of the triangulation principle for the two-dimensional acquisition of profiles on the most varied of target surfaces. In contrast to familiar point laser sensors, a line optical system projects a laser line onto the surface of the object to be measured. The back-scattered light from the laser line is registered on a sensor matrix. Along with distance information (z-axis), the controller also calculates the true position along the laser line (x-axis) from the camera image and outputs both values in the sensor two-dimensional coordinate system. A moving object or sensor will generate a three-dimensional representation of the object.

Draw Wire Sensors

Micro Epsilon
Draw-wire displacement and position sensors are essentially electronic tape measures and measure the linear movement of a component by means of a wire made of highly-flexible stainless steel strands, which is wound onto a drum by a long-life spring motor. The measuring drum is axially coupled with a multi-turn potentiometer, an incremental encoder, or an absolute encoder. With the draw-wire principle a linear movement is transformed into a rotary movement and then converted into a resistance change or into countable increments. Advantages - Very accurate - Long measuring ranges - Robust and compact - Easy installation and handling - Compact design - Excellent price/performance ratio

Building & Grounds

Cleaner-Degreaser Eliminates Need For Multiple Solutions

The new Oil Eater Original cleaner/degreaser from Kafko International is an all-purpose cleaner that safety cleans virtually any surface in a manufacturing plant where grease, oil and grime can accumulate.

Mega Wattage On An Extendable Mast

Larson Electronics has announced the release of its new 3,000 watt extendable light mast, which is equipped with two 1,500 watt metal halide lamps that produce 300,000 lumens of light combined.

An Explosion-Proof LED Light For Paint Booths

Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion-proof, four-foot lamp LED light fixture that is approved for paint spray booths. The EPL-48-4L-LED light has improved output and durability over comparable fluorescent fixtures.

Components

LISTED UNDER: Electro-Mechanical

Digi-Key Offering A Million Electronic Components

Digi-Key Corporation today announced that it has surpassed one million in-stock components for same-day shipping, and that they are all accessible via its new Bill of Materials (BOM) Manager. The company also rolled out a new Scheduled Shipments feature and other website improvements to help simplify the ordering process.

GE Improving Industrial Energy Efficiency

GE today announced the latest version of it industrial energy management solution—Power Management Control System version 7 (PMCS v7.0)—to help customers improve the energy efficiency of their operations. By actively monitoring energy assets and trends, the system helps industrial customers make system changes that optimize energy use, reduce downtime and deliver more productivity.

Power Energy-Efficient Data Centers

Schneider Electric has recently announced its Powerbus Busway, which offer 400 A and 600 V ratings. They’re designed to provide scalable, flexible and energy-efficiency power in data centers, and can replace the traditional centralized cable distribution runs with a more flexible method of power distribution.

Education & Training

LISTED UNDER: Consultants Programs

Learn More ISO 55000 With Workshops

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc. (LCE) has recently announced that it will offer three workshops on the International Standard for Asset Management (ISO 55000). These workshops will be offered through LCE’s training entity, the Life Cycle Institute, and aim to educate on how to align business objectives with a risk-based asset management strategy.

FORTE Releases Next-Generation Smart Warehouse Suite

Manufacturing.net

 

FORTE has announced the release of its next-generation warehouse control system (WCS) software, the Smart Warehouse Suite. According to the company, the suite has been designed for the complex requirements of highly automated, multi-channel fulfillment operations, and can provide supply chain managers with performance metrics and analytics in an easy-to-use graphical user interface.

 

Plex Systems Sponsors Automotive Videocast

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The “Technology in Automotive Manufacturing: Driving the Industry’s Future” videocast will feature Center for Automotive Research (CAR) President and CEO Jay Baron, Ph.D. The industry thought leader will discuss extended supply chains, globalization of standards and the need to maximize operational efficiency.

Equipment

Clinkenbeard Rolls Out New Equipment For R&D Services

Clinkenbeard, a rapid prototyping and manufacturing company that serves a wide range of industries in machine castings and parts, has invested in a number of new equipment pieces to better serve its existing customers and reach into new markets.

Stratasys Brings Tough Nylon To Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys Ltd., a manufacturer of 3D printers for prototyping and production, recently introduced the first nylon material specifically engineered for the company’s line of Fortus 3D Production Systems. FDM Nylon 12 offers strong resistance to breaking and an impact strength that stands up even the strongest Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) materials.

Universal Nozzles Cut And Polish Simultaneously

NLB Corp. yesterday announced universal heads for its Typhoon self-rotating nozzle system that can simultaneously cut through blocked tubes while polishing the tube’s inner diameter. The company says this saves users from changing the nozzle during operation.

General Industrial

LISTED UNDER: Manufacturing

Draw Wire Sensors

Micro Epsilon
Draw-wire displacement and position sensors are essentially electronic tape measures and measure the linear movement of a component by means of a wire made of highly-flexible stainless steel strands, which is wound onto a drum by a long-life spring motor. The measuring drum is axially coupled with a multi-turn potentiometer, an incremental encoder, or an absolute encoder. With the draw-wire principle a linear movement is transformed into a rotary movement and then converted into a resistance change or into countable increments. Advantages - Very accurate - Long measuring ranges - Robust and compact - Easy installation and handling - Compact design - Excellent price/performance ratio

Confocal Chromatic Sensors

Micro Epsilon
The confocal-chromatic measurement system, confocalDT, consists of a controller with a LED-light source and a sensor. Both, the sensor and the controller are connected via optical fiber up to 50 m. The distance of the focal point varies due to the chromatic aberration of the sensor optic. A certain distance is assigned to each wavelength in the controller. The reflected light from the target surface is passed to the receiver optics, where the spectral intensity dispersion is evaluated. This unique measuring principle enables displacements and distances to be measured with the highest precision.

Laser Triangulation Displacement Sensors

Micro Epsilon
The non-contact displacement optoNCDT product group uses optical triangulation as a measuring principle. A laser diode projects a visible spot of light onto the target surface (laser class 2). The light reflected from this spot is directed through an optical receiving system onto a position-sensitive element. Optical displacement sensors measure with a large reference distance and a very small measuring spot diameter. Nearly all models work with a high resolution CCD- or CMOS-line and a DSP. Advantages - Small targets through tiny spot size - Long measuring ranges - Large stand off - Extreme resolution - Excellent linearity - High measuring rate - Synchronization of multiple sensors - Measurement of any target

Hardware & Software

LISTED UNDER: Hardware Mobility Software

Aptean Launches Process Manufacturing Suite At Edge 2014

Yesterday Aptean launched the Aptean Process Manufacturing solution suite, making the announcement at Edge 2014, which is currently in-progress in Las Vegas.

Monitor Your Energy To Any Granularity

With the release of its new Energy Monitoring software module, Lighthouse Systems aims to help manufacturers monitor all their energy consumption, correlate the energy consumed to relevant production assets or output and to upload that data to relevant cost entries in the company’s ERP system.

Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing For SMEs

Dell recently announced its intent to offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers to help more small- and medium-sized businesses prototype faster and more affordably. By adding the 3D design products to its existing portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, engineers have access to an end-to-end solution that helps them test product concepts quickly.

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

LISTED UNDER: Hydraulics Pneumatics

Wilden Releases Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System

 

Wilden has announced the Pro-Flo SHIFT Air Distribution System (ADS), which represents a significant breakthrough for the company in improving the energy efficiency and air consumption of industrial operations.

 

AutomationDirect Adds Stainless Steel Pneumatic Fittings

Manufacturing.net

 

AutomationDirect has added new products to its line of NITRA pneumatic fittings designed to withstand harsh chemicals and washdown situations. The stainless steel fittings are available in NPT inch and BSPT sizes, with push-to-connect male fittings.

 

Watts Announces Lead Free Water Pressure Reducing Valves

Manufacturing.net

The new LFX65B valves are designed to reduce incoming water pressure to protect plumbing system components and reduce water consumption. Lead Free construction ensures compliance with the new national Lead Free law, which takes effect January 4, 2014.

Material Handling

Dockzilla Portable Loading Docks

Designed with exclusive ergonomic and employee safety features that meet or exceed OSHA loading dock requirements, Dockzilla mobile and fixed position products increase productivity by up to 80 percent over manual loading/unloading.   

Lift Drums With Higher Performance

Morse Manufacturing Co., Inc., has unveiled the Morse 86-SS blow-the-hook drum lifter, the company’s high-performance option in the drum lifter line.

Hamilton Unveils New Stainless Aerospace Casters

Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. had previously custom-engineered a new all-stainless inline caster for an aerospace part supplier, and has now made it available to other customers. These casters are suitable for a clean room environment, but have a carrying capacity of 15,500 pounds.

Materials

LISTED UNDER: Design Engineering

25 Watt PAR 38 LED Waterproof Bulb Configured To Operate On 347-480 Volts AC

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 25 watt PAR 38 LED bulb that produces 2,500 lumens of light and operates on 347-480 voltages. This bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets and ...

Choose Your Perfect Bearing

Plastics company igus has announced the release of its dry-tech box, a sample kit that is designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their specific application.

Detectable Spherical Bearings For Sensitive Applications

igus, developer and manufacturers of plastic bearings and other products, has recently revealed its line of detectable, self-aligning bearings for the food industry. These igubal bearings include a range of lubrication and maintenance-free rod-end bearings, clevis joints, flanged units, press fit and pedestal bearings.

Motors & Power Transmission

Choose Your Perfect Bearing

Plastics company igus has announced the release of its dry-tech box, a sample kit that is designed to help engineers find the right material bearing for their specific application.

Bearings Traveling The World Onboard The ‘iglide’ Car

To celebrate 30 years of developing plastic bearings, igus has retrofitted a car with 56 of its iglide bearings and sent the vehicle off on a multi-continent journey to showcase their benefits in demanding applications. The components have been fitted into all areas of the car, including the pedals, alternator, window regulators, convertible top, gearshift, and more.

Protect Motors From Bearing Failure

Helwig Corporation has launched a new line of shaft grounding systems intended to protect motors from bearing failure, which causes a great deal of motor downtime in industrial applications. The company says this kit, which fits most motors and shaft sizes, is easy to install, and even works well in contaminated environments.

MRO

Gold-Certified, LEED-Friendly Carpet Extractors

Tennant Company has announced that its Nobles Explorer and Tennant E-Series lines of carpet extractors have earned gold-level certification from the Carpet and Rug Institute. This certification means that the units meet rigorous tests for safe and efficient soil removal, water removal, texture retention and the use of no optical brighteners.

Is Your Building Envelope Costing Cash?

Garland’s Engineering Services Group is now offering a building envelop evaluation service that can help a company determine the best cost-reducing options for roof and wall projects. The company says that by analyzing the building’s flaws, owners can solve the maintenance problems of aging facilities while being sustainable and reducing costs via less energy usage.

Universal Nozzles Cut And Polish Simultaneously

NLB Corp. yesterday announced universal heads for its Typhoon self-rotating nozzle system that can simultaneously cut through blocked tubes while polishing the tube’s inner diameter. The company says this saves users from changing the nozzle during operation.

Predictive Maintenance

Test Your Electric Motors With Improved Equipment

PdMA Corporation has released its new M-Series MCEmax electric motor tester. The new version offers more features, according to the company, such as six-channel inrush for improved troubleshooting and analysis, a 400 percent increase in battery capacity to allow for extended testing and LED lighting for improved safety.

Make Critical, Accurate Temperature Measurements

Fluke Calibration yesterday introduced the 1586A Super-DAQ Precision Temperature Scanner. The Super-DAQ offers up to 40 analog input channels and scan rates as fast as 10 channels per second.

More Reliable Laser Cutting With RFID

Last week TRUMPF announced an enhancement to its LensLine sensor system for 2D laser cutting machines, which involves mating it with a radio frequency identification (RFID) lens for better accuracy, reliability and user-friendliness.

Processing

LISTED UNDER: Consumable Non-Consumable

Grainger Provides Support And Tools For GHS Training

Grainger today announced new support and tools to help its customers meet the December 1, 2013 deadline of training for the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standard. The OSHA-based standards will affect millions of businesses and workers, in particular those who manufacture or work with chemicals.

PACK EXPO: Peco-InspX Exhibiting Full Line Of Inspection Systems

Peco Controls and InspX have announced that they will be showcasing their full product line of package inspection systems at booth #C4-106. InspX will be featuring its 2013 ScanTrac system model line-up.

Ingersoll Rand Releases One-Piece Diaphragm Pumps Service Kit

Ingersoll Rand has released a one-piece diaphragm pump service kit that replaces traditional two-piece kits, available for 1”, 1.5” and 2” diaphragm pumps. The ARO PRO Series is constructed of composite polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) for high chemical resistance.

Safety

‘Tuff’ Rug Resilient In High-Traffic Areas

The new Oil Eater Tuff Rug from Kafko International attempts to address the concerns of manufacturers who need long-lasting durability in high-traffic areas on the plan or warehouse floor.

Must-Have Boots For Tough Jobs

KEEN has released a number of new heavy-duty boots within its spring/summer 2014 lineup, including a few that are ideal for manufacturing. The Estacada, built for men, is ideal for those who seek comfort out-of-the-box with a waterproof full-grain leather upper and KEEN.Dry membrane that lets moisture out but never in.

Grainger Provides Support And Tools For GHS Training

Grainger today announced new support and tools to help its customers meet the December 1, 2013 deadline of training for the new Globally Harmonized System (GHS) standard. The OSHA-based standards will affect millions of businesses and workers, in particular those who manufacture or work with chemicals.

Transportation

LISTED UNDER: Manufacturing & Design

New QRM Series Of Rear-Mounting LED Indicators

APEM, Inc. has announced the availability of the QRM series rear-mounting LED indicators, which can be applied to a variety of industries, such as heavy machinery or military devices. The company says the customizable products are durable and some models offer night vision LEDs, which further expands the possible applications.

Dimensionally Stable UV Curable System With A High Glass Transition Temperature

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Master Bond UV25’s most notable feature is its thermal stability, with a glass transition temperature of 186°C. It is serviceable over the broad range of -60°F to +500°F. Additionally, this material is optically clear with a refractive index of 1.55 at room temperature.

Midi Parts Washer Achieves Highest Aerospace Cleanliness Standards

Manufacturing.net

MecWash Systems introduces the Midi, a fully automatic, highly customizable, self-contained aqueous cleaning system that meets the highest aerospace cleanliness and inspection standards. Ideal for cleaning applications within a centralized layout.

Warehouse

Dockzilla Portable Loading Docks

Designed with exclusive ergonomic and employee safety features that meet or exceed OSHA loading dock requirements, Dockzilla mobile and fixed position products increase productivity by up to 80 percent over manual loading/unloading.   

Drum Handlers With Better Batteries

Morse Manufacturing Company, Inc., has recently announced the availability of optional batteries for its drum handling equipment. These batteries are environmentally-friendly, containing no lead or acid, and create no gasses during charge.

PACK EXPO: Epson Showcasing On-Demand Color Labeling

At booth #5963, Epson America, Inc. will be introducing its new ColorWorks Label Printer technology, which can help manufacturers manage the chaos associated with different label varieties and meet new regulatory labeling standards. The company says improved image quality and production speeds can help reduce total labeling costs by up to 50 percent.

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