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January 19, 2016Volume 12 Issue 03


Image - Flexible Coupling Solutions from Tanks to Medical Devices
Flexible Coupling Solutions from Tanks to Medical Devices
Some couplings are built just for minimizing side thrust, others to lower rotational inertia. There’s those that are constructed to handle high torque and those capable of handling high temperatures and harsh environments. Yet there are very few like Servometer’s electrodeposited couplings which are manufactured to handle almost any condition you put it to test.

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Getting ‘real’ about emissions testing
  • Cool Tools: Pocket-size thermal vision
  • Algorithm helps turn smartphones into 3D scanners
  • Wheels: Ford GT Supercar sports Gorilla Glass
  • Mike Likes: Wavo - The New Spring in Town
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Military's sophisticated weapons simulations
  • Small motors power bionic hand prosthesis
  • Connectors: Stack and connect boards
  • Materials: High-temp, high-wear ceramics
  • Wanted: Unique Energy Chain applications
  • Valves: New online sizing tool
  • Motion: New torque motor family
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Drone can capture, retrieve renegade drones
    • Top 10 Cars of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Parts 1 and 2 | Designfax Most Popular
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Ricardo gets 'real' about emissions testing

News

Using new heating technique, lasers could rapidly make materials hotter than the sun

Planetary Resources and 3D Systems reveal first-ever 3D-printed object from meteorite metals

Two-stage power management system boosts energy-harvesting efficiency from human motion

Soldiers bid farewell to Army's oldest unmanned aircraft



Image - 42 new robots propel growth and job creation at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
42 new robots propel growth and job creation at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
Learn how this company was able to save 1.5 employees per cell per shift by deploying the flexible Universal Robots. The optimized production meant that Trelleborg was able to take in more orders, increase product quality, and hire 50 additional people.

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Feature articles

Image - Getting ‘real’ about emissions testing
Getting ‘real’ about emissions testing
In an extensive and ongoing research project, Ricardo has demonstrated processes for evaluating the aftertreatment technology options for diesel cars under the forthcoming European Real Driving Emissions (RDE) regulations -- rules designed to ensure on-road compliance with published type approval data for fuel economy and emissions. Anthony Smith reports from the U.K.
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Image - Cool Tools: Latest in pocket-size thermal vision
Cool Tools: Latest in pocket-size thermal vision
FLIR Systems showed off two compact thermal camera products at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week: the FLIR Scout TK thermal vision monocular and the FLIR TG130 spot thermal camera. Both consumer products feature FLIR's revolutionary low-cost Lepton microcamera core that has made thermal imaging technology more accessible for applications at home, work, and play.
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Image - Algorithm helps turn smartphones into 3D scanners
Algorithm helps turn smartphones into 3D scanners
An algorithm developed by Brown University researchers helps turn smartphones and off-the-shelf digital cameras into structured-light 3D scanners. The advance could help make high-quality 3D scanning cheaper and more readily available.
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Image - Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
C-Flex Couplings combine the best qualities of disc, beam, and bellows couplings in a unique and economical new design. Made to couple two rotating shafts together, these couplings can accommodate large misalignments while transmitting high torque loads with zero backlash. Benefits include lower energy usage and less-frequent bearing failure, since less stress is placed upon bearings. Constructed using high-strength hardened stainless steel or glass impregnated polyamide flexures, these couplings require no maintenance and provide years of trouble-free life, even in contaminated environments. Flexible Pivot Bearings and Super Plastic Torsional Damping Couplings also available.

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Image - Wheels: <br>Ford GT Supercar sports Gorilla Glass hybrid technology
Wheels:
Ford GT Supercar sports Gorilla Glass hybrid technology

When tasked with developing lightweight and advanced material vehicle applications, a team at Ford approached Corning, a recognized leader in material science that introduced light and durable Gorilla Glass to the consumer electronic market in 2007. Interested in further exploring potential automotive applications, Ford engaged Corning to help research and develop a unique formulation for exterior vehicle glass.
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Image - Mike Likes: Wavo - The New Spring in Town
Mike Likes: Wavo - The New Spring in Town
Wavo Springs are produced from round-section wire to provide higher loads while maintaining the accurate loading found in wave springs. As an alternative to Belleville Springs, the Wavo provides similar loads but with an accurate, predictable spring rate. Available from stock in 1/2" to 6” diameters. Free samples available.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Military's sophisticated simulations help provide improved weapons faster, cheaper
Engineer's Toolbox:
Military's sophisticated simulations help provide improved weapons faster, cheaper

Using a combination of artificial intelligence, cameras, and computers loaded with ballistics data, Army engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey have developed the Simulated Weapon Environment Testbed, a testing environment that can help to answer many critical questions about the performance of existing weapons and new ones planned.
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Image - Small motors power bionic hand prosthesis
Small motors power bionic hand prosthesis
Most hand prostheses can detect muscular movements in the residual limb and enable the bearer to open and close the hand as well as to grasp objects, but don’t provide sensory feedback to the nervous system. The LifeHand 2 prosthetic is equipped with sensors to register tactile sensations and tension in artificial tendons. The sensors interpret the data and generate electric signals to transmit to electrodes in the nerve fibers.
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Image - Connectors: Stack and connect boards
Connectors: Stack and connect boards
Hirose has designed a board-to-board connector with a highly reliable floating contact mechanism and self-alignment structure that simplifies assembly. Providing +/- 0.6 mm floating in the X and Y axis directions, the FX20 Series absorbs mounting misalignment from multiple stacking connectors as well as PCB shrinkage caused by high temps. Ideal for industrial and vehicle applications, this new member of Hirose's FunctionMax family has a highly reliable double-beam contact structure that provides high shock and vibration resistance and requires only 120 positions to carry 60 Amps versus 200 positions from competing technologies.
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Image - Materials: High-temp, high-wear ceramics
Materials: High-temp, high-wear ceramics
Goodfellow Ceramic and Glass Division offers a range of engineering ceramics that are ideal for the high-temp, high-wear conditions typically found in aerospace, automotive, military, electronic, and industrial fields. These exceptional ceramics are: very hard and extremely resistant to wear, good thermal and electrical insulators, able to retain mechanical properties at elevated temps, more durable than metals, and highly resistant to extremely aggressive and corrosive environments. Typical applications include: wear components (blades, valves, pumps, etc.), high-voltage insulators, high-tem tubes, electronic substrates, radomes, armor, and crucibles. Ceramics include but are not limited to alumina, boron nitride, and zirconia and are available in a wide range of forms (rod, sheet, foam, powder, crucible, etc.) or as finished components precision-machined to customer drawings.
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Image - Wanted: Unique Energy Chain applications for 5th vector awards
Wanted: Unique Energy Chain applications for 5th vector awards
To find the most innovative uses of Energy Chain Systems, igus, the motion plastic specialist, invites submissions for the biennial vector award -- a celebration of inventive and creative applications for energy supply solutions. “Even for us, it is sometimes still surprising and exciting to see where and how customers use our Energy Chains,” says Harold Nehring, head of Energy Chain Systems at igus GmbH. Submissions will be judged by an outside panel of science and technology experts, and selected applications will receive up to 5,000 euros at the official awards ceremony at the Hannover Messe Trade Fair in April. Deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2016.
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Image - Valves: New online sizing tool
Valves: New online sizing tool
GF Piping Systems has introduced a quick and easy-to-use tool that calculates the correct pressure regulating valve (PRV) size to select from the company's new line of high-purity performance PRVs. To use the tool, the customer simply enters the valve type desired (either pressure retaining or pressure reducing) along with the process parameters, and the program calculates the optimum valve size to select.
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Image - Motion: New torque motor family
Motion: New torque motor family
Direct drive motors, also known as torque motors, are permanent-magnet motors that rotate along an axis. They can be used wherever a rotary movement is required and offer numerous advantages over conventional servo drives. Torque motors from Tecnotion are very compact, provide an extremely stiff drive train, eliminate the need for time-consuming mounting procedures, are virtually maintenance free, and can be integrated directly into the machine structure, while the spacious open inner diameter enables wire and cable feedthrough. With three outer diameters -- 105, 133, and 160 mm -- and five build heights ranging from 17 mm to 92 mm, the QTR series suits applications in markets such as semiconductor, medical, machine tool, printing, rotary tables, factory automation, and robotics. Continuous torque ranges from 1.4 Nm to 63.5 Nm and speed ranges from 190 rpm to 6,918 rpm are available.
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Parts 1 and 2 | Designfax Most Popular Stories, Products, Cool Tools, And More
What were the most-read stories in Designfax in 2015? What research stories did readers find most interesting? What products and tools generated the most buzz? Find out these answers and more in our two-part Designfax special.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Net-wielding drone can capture, retrieve renegade drones
Mo Rastgaar, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, has engineered a drone catcher that can pursue and capture rogue drones that might threaten military installations, air traffic, sporting events -- even the White House. It’s a deceptively simple system: a launcher shoots a big net attached to a large drone by a string. The system can be autonomous, controlled by a ground-based human pilot, or a combination of the two. After an intruding drone is spotted, the drone catcher takes up the chase and fires the net at it from a distance up to 40 ft. Because the net is so big and can be deployed so quickly, it can overwhelm even the fastest, most maneuverable small drone.
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Top 10 Cars of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show
The 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is over, and AUTOMOBILE editors picked 10 highlights from the show, including the Lexus LC 500, Honda Ridgeline, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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See Driving Sports TV's picks -- totally different.

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