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May 17, 2016Volume 12 Issue 19


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In this issue of Designfax

  • Army experiments with 'unlimited magazine'
  • Innovative motor control design for surgical drill
  • Wi-Fi at 10,000 times lower power
  • Wheels: Ford rolls out mobile wind tunnels
  • Chairless exoskeleton solves long-standing problem
  • Toolbox: NASA tests 3D-printed rocket turbopump
  • Mike Likes: Why it Pays to Switch to Spirolox eBook
  • Pneumatics: Turn ordinary pipe into a conveyor
  • HVAC/Refrig: Heavy-duty pressure sensor
  • Fasteners: Reusable metal threads for plastics
  • Motion: Slotless zero-cogging motor kits
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Yamaha shows motorcycle-riding humanoid robot
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Wheels: Pushing the limits of motorcycle design
    • 'Superman memory crystal' -- tons of data for eons
    • Toolbox: Million-pound weight stack restored
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Orbital ATK installs world's largest solid rocket motor for testing

News

Phononic filter could revolutionize signal processing systems

Honeywell and NASA take on supersonic sound pollution

Installation of world's largest solid rocket motor completed for upcoming ground test

Faster than regulation: 20 automakers commit to make automatic emergency braking a standard feature on new U.S. vehicles



Image - Cobot with vision performs palletizing in one-fifth of the space usually required
Cobot with vision performs palletizing in one-fifth of the space usually required
Norwegian company Nortura needed to optimize palletizing but with limited floor space and a tight budget. Find out how Universal Robots’ collaborative UR10 robot with a ceiling-mounted vision system provided a cost-effective and high-performance palletizing system in one-fifth of the space typically required. If no pallet is present, the floor space is available for other processes.

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Feature articles

Image - Army experiments with providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 Soldiers
Army experiments with providing 'unlimited magazine' to 2025 Soldiers
A swarm of experts from across the nation assembled for a two-week experiment recently at Fort Sill in Oklahoma trying out systems with the potential to provide service members with unlimited weapons capabilities. The event, called Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment, demonstrated two types of weaponry: one using lasers and the other using electricity-propelled projectiles to acquire and destroy targets.
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Image - ESCATEC designs an innovative motor control for surgical drill
ESCATEC designs an innovative motor control for surgical drill
Switzerland-based ESCATEC, one of Europe's top providers of contract design and manufacturing services, has designed a novel motor control for a surgical drill for one of its customers. The challenge was to create a controller that was very precise, because it involved medical procedures. The precision motor control was achieved by applying a specially written, speed-dependent, rotor-position detection algorithm.
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Image - Engineers achieve Wi-Fi at 10,000 times lower power
Engineers achieve Wi-Fi at 10,000 times lower power
A team of University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers has demonstrated that it’s possible to generate Wi-Fi transmissions using 10,000 times less power than conventional methods. The new Passive Wi-Fi system also consumes 1,000 times less power than existing energy-efficient wireless communication platforms, such as Bluetooth Low Energy and Zigbee.
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Miniature Positioners Are Precise & Economical
Cost-effective customizable precision motion now available in ultra-compact stages. Advantages: Piezo inertia motors are self-locking at rest with no heat generation, 12mm to 32mm travel, 10mm/sec velocity. Vacuum and nonmagnetic versions available.

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Image - Wheels: <br>Ford rolls out mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnels
Wheels:
Ford rolls out mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnels

The world’s first fully mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel is an innovative, patent-pending test system that allows for sources of unwanted wind noise in early production vehicles to be identified faster and solutions developed sooner. Who knew shipping containers could come in so handy?
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Image - Chairless exoskeleton solves long-standing problem
Chairless exoskeleton solves long-standing problem
The Chairless Chair is a new solution for relieving strain and fatigue from excessive standing during long work shifts. The entire construct is lightweight, easy to put on, and hardly noticeable when walking. By operating a switch on the strap, the flexible construct turns into a stable seat. Two small DC motors activate a stop valve in the hydraulic elements of the shock absorbers, locking the support into the seated position.
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Image - Toolbox: <br>NASA tests 3D-printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane
Toolbox:
NASA tests 3D-printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane

NASA has tested a 3D-printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane -- an ideal propellant for engines needed to power many types of spacecraft to Mars. The fuel pump has hundreds of parts, including a turbine that can spin at 36,000 rpm, and is one of the most complex rocket parts NASA has ever tested with liquid methane.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>Why it Pays to Switch to Spirolox eBook
Mike Likes:
Why it Pays to Switch to Spirolox eBook

At Smalley, we design our products with your bottom line in mind. Superior performance is just one aspect we focus on; practical application and financial considerations are also important. The Why it Pays to Switch to Spirolox eBook will discuss the Spirolox Retaining Ring Series at length from a performance, financial, and practical point of view.
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Image - Pneumatics: Turn ordinary pipe into a conveyor
Pneumatics: Turn ordinary pipe into a conveyor
EXAIR's new aluminum 3/8 NPT and 1/2 NPT Threaded Line Vac Air Operated Conveyors convert ordinary pipe into a powerful compressed-air conveying system for parts, scrap, trim, and other bulk materials. Their small size makes them perfect for fitting in the cramped spaces and tight confines of many production lines. The Threaded Line Vac is designed to attach to plumbing pipe couplers, making it easy to build a complete system using ordinary pipe and fittings. Regulating the compressed air pressure provides infinite control of the conveying rate.
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Image - HVAC/Refrig: Heavy-duty pressure sensor
HVAC/Refrig: Heavy-duty pressure sensor
The new PX3 Series transducers from Honeywell enable industrial HVAC and refrigeration equipment manufacturers to better monitor system pressure and performance, which can potentially help to reduce energy costs associated with these systems. With an external freeze/thaw resistance from -30 C to 50 C (-22 F to 122 F), the PX3 Series transducers provide rugged environmental specs. The sensors perform reliably in the presence of electromagnetic fields such as near wireless signals, radio frequency (RF) communication, and electrical devices.
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Image - Fasteners: Reusable metal threads for plastics
Fasteners: Reusable metal threads for plastics
Type MSIB microPEM brass inserts from PennEngineering provide reusable metal threads to attach plastics securely in compact electronic assemblies. Their unique symmetrical shape accommodates either straight or tapered holes and eliminates any need for orientation of the inserts during installation. With threads as small as M1, the inserts install permanently into ABS, polycarbonate, and other plastic substrates by pressing them into the host material using ultrasonic equipment or thermal press.
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Image - Motion: Slotless zero-cogging motor kits
Motion: Slotless zero-cogging motor kits
Applimotion's UTS Series Slotless Direct Drive Frameless Motors are permanent-magnet 3-phase ring-type, low-profile, direct-drive motors with a large through hole available in 29-mm to 240-mm diameters. For the ultimate in smooth operation when scanning or positioning, motors offer zero cogging and sinusoidal torque angle curves. Features include: medium motor constant and optional windings, back iron rings, and hall device feedback.
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Most popular last issue

Image - Wheels: Pushing the limits of motorcycle design and manufacturing
Wheels: Pushing the limits of motorcycle design and manufacturing
Confederate Motors relies on Quickparts services from 3D Systems, including 3D printing prototypes and machining final parts, to redefine what's possible in bike design.
Read the full article.

Image - 'Superman memory crystal' holds tons of data for eons
'Superman memory crystal' holds tons of data for eons
Scientists at the University of Southampton in England have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years. Made of nanostructured glass, the five-dimensional (5D) digital data technology provides 360-TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000 C, and a virtually unlimited lifetime.
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Image - Toolbox: Million-pound weight stack restored
Toolbox: Million-pound weight stack restored
It’s official. NIST’s 4.45-million-newton (equivalent to 1 million lbf) deadweight machine -- the largest in the world -- is back in one piece after a colossal 16-month effort to overhaul the 50-year-old system. Force metrology customers who rely on this unique device include U.S. aerospace manufacturers, U.S. military laboratories, and several top-end commercial force calibration labs.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Yamaha shows motorcycle-riding humanoid robot
Japan's Yamaha Motor Co. showcases a motorcycle-riding humanoid robot, with developers saying the technology could one day present an alternative to driverless cars by being a personal driver for all your vehicles. But does it enjoy a Sunday drive and feeling the wind in its hair? Matthew Stock from Reuters reports.
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