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June 13, 2017Volume 13 Issue 22


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In this issue of Designfax

  • Electromagnets offer new options for satellite control
  • Universal Robots avoid collisions at ATX East
  • New ceramic nanofiber ‘sponges’
  • Navy testing drones for mine detection
  • Mike Likes: TI doubles power density with motor control
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Qs for specifying a frame grabber
  • Wings: Next Big Thing in Army Aviation?
  • New HeiMotion Premium brushless servo motors
  • Spring-engaged tooth brakes for medical
  • SKYFLEX aero tapes and gaskets on maiden flight
  • MovinCool spot air conditioners
  • Antimicrobial master batches for med device polymers
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Smaller springs, smarter applications
    • How valveless metering pumps work
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • 'Third arm' for Soldiers being tested
    • DARPA picks Boeing design for next-gen spaceplane
    • Researchers find VW emissions cheat code
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER prototype

News

'Expert in a suitcase' aims to cut power bills 10% in small commercial buildings

General Motors sued by consumers for allegedly installing multiple emissions-cheating defeat devices in Duramax diesel trucks

Researchers develop safe, efficient way to produce hydrogen from aluminum particles and water to meet in-flight aircraft energy needs

Small companies dig deep to make space dirt big business



Image - Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
Super Air Knife Replaces Noisy Blowers
EXAIR’s Super Air Knife delivers a uniform, high volume, high velocity sheet of air for blowoff, cooling and drying applications. Energy use is 1/3 that of typical blowoffs. Eliminates costly downtime of blowers. Noise is under 70 dBA at 80 PSIG.

Web site offers detailed information.

Feature articles
Electromagnets offer new options for satellite control

A group of NASA physicists at Kennedy Space Center may have uncovered an intriguing option for controlling a fleet of satellites or stopping an older satellite from tumbling out of control. Their work centers on electromagnetics and considers how simple devices might offer solutions to problems that have eluded engineers.
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Get maximum power in a compact space with the 1016 SR DC motor.


Image - Universal Robots avoid collisions, handle heat induction, and pick up in 3D at ATX East
Universal Robots avoid collisions, handle heat induction, and pick up in 3D at ATX East
What are the latest capabilities in the fast-developing cobot sector? Through new application demos and conference presentations, Universal Robots, a market leader in collaborative robots, addresses how to get the best ROI out of collaborative robots and how this emerging class of robots enables automation in even small and midsized businesses. Learn all about what’s new, like robots that dodge people instead of stopping work altogether, how single-camera 3D guidance makes for nimble pick-and-place systems, and how the world's first heat induction cobot can maximize manufacturing throughput for applications like hot heading or forging industrial fasteners.
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Image - New ceramic nanofiber ‘sponges’ could be used for flexible insulation, water purification
New ceramic nanofiber ‘sponges’ could be used for flexible insulation, water purification
Researchers at Brown University have found a way to make ultralight sponge-like materials from nanoscale ceramic fibers. The highly porous, compressible, and heat-resistant sponges could have numerous uses, from water purification devices to flexible insulating materials.
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Image - Flying metal detectors? Navy testing drones for mine detection
Flying metal detectors? Navy testing drones for mine detection
During a recent technology demonstration at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California, scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center tested a 1-lb quadcopter outfitted with an ultra-sensitive magnetometer sensor system to detect mines and provide real-time search data to a handheld Android device.
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Image - Mike Likes: <br>TI doubles power density with new motor control devices
Mike Likes:
TI doubles power density with new motor control devices

Texas Instruments recently introduced two new device families that help reduce size and weight in motor drive applications. When used together, the brushless DC (BLDC) gate drivers and power blocks require half the board space of competing solutions. An 18-V compact BLDC motor reference design demonstrates how these components can drive 11 W/cm3 power and enable engineers to jump start their designs for smaller, lighter weight power tools, integrated motor modules, drones, and more.
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Qs to ask when specifying a frame grabber for machine vision applications
Engineer's Toolbox:
Qs to ask when specifying a frame grabber for machine vision applications

With the introduction of high-speed communication links like Ethernet, Firewire, and USB, pundits predicted the end of the frame grabber. A smart digital video camera can handle that, right? Not so fast. For all their hype, Direct-to-PC standards are, at best, adequate for lower end applications.
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Image - Wings: Next Big Thing in Army aviation? Lockheed Martin S-97 RAIDER is fast and furious
Wings: Next Big Thing in Army aviation? Lockheed Martin S-97 RAIDER is fast and furious
The Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky S-97 RAIDER is a next-gen light tactical prototype helicopter that can reach speeds of more than 220 knots, nearly double the speed of a conventional helicopter, and is capable of flying at 10,000 feet in 95°F heat. It can carry six troops and external weapons, and it aims to redefine helicopter flight during the 21st century. Based on Sikorsky’s Collier Award-winning X2 Technology, RAIDER incorporates the latest advances in fly-by-wire, flight controls, vehicle management systems, and systems integration. It also has retractable landing gear, active vibration control, a composite fuselage, active elevator and rudders, split torque transmission, and a rigid co-axial rotor system. These technologies enable the aircraft to operate at high speeds while maintaining the low-speed handling and maneuverability of conventional, single main-rotor helicopters.
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Image - New HeiMotion Premium brushless servo motor delivers high torque, speed, and flexibility
New HeiMotion Premium brushless servo motor delivers high torque, speed, and flexibility
Allied Motion Technologies has just introduced the HeiMotion Premium (HMP) brushless AC servo motor family. HeiMotion is available in five metric frame sizes with rated torque from 0.12 Nm to 14.4 Nm, and continuous shaft power from 50 W to 3.75 kW. It offers highly accurate torque ratings, energy efficiency, and extraordinary durability (over 20,000-hr life span). An innovative compressed winding technology allows for a compact size, as well as lower production costs compared to competitive motors. The series is highly configurable in thousands of combinations to fit virtually any application. It is engineered for use in the machine tools, autonomous vehicles, robots, medical diagnostic equipment, and similar high-performance applications.
Click here to learn more.

Image - Spring-engaged tooth brakes for medical applications
Spring-engaged tooth brakes for medical applications
SEPAC designed the SETB electromagnetic spring-engaged tooth brake to deliver reliable, consistent operation in medical applications. This power-off brake offers large bore sizes, low backlash, high torque-to-size ratio, a high number of index positions, positive engagement, and a reliable coil with custom voltages available. These features, many not commercially available elsewhere in the marketplace, make it a top choice for medical applications such as robotics, scanning equipment, and treatment tables.
Click here to learn more.

Image - SKYFLEX aero tapes and gaskets help COMAC C919 make maiden flight
SKYFLEX aero tapes and gaskets help COMAC C919 make maiden flight
Proven by more than 20 years of successful applications, Gore’s tapes and gaskets solve many sealing and surface-protection challenges in civil and military aircraft. These lightweight, no-cure materials are often used as an alternative to Form-In-Place (FIP) seals because they simplify aircraft assembly with seals that can withstand multiple open-close cycles for reduced life-cycle costs. SKYFLEX materials were used to provide panel sealing and surface protection throughout the aircraft on China's first domestically produced single-aisle passenger jet, the C919, which made its inaugural flight May 5, 2017. The materials remain in place under compression and do not squeeze out, providing a durable barrier between the faying surfaces, as well as a seal against contaminants. This protects the structure and corrosion-inhibiting coatings on the surfaces from abrasion damage due to flexing, vibration, or contaminants.
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Image - MovinCool spot air conditioners featured in new application sheets
MovinCool spot air conditioners featured in new application sheets
MovinCool, a brand of DENSO Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial spot air conditioners, has announced a new series of MovinCool product information sheets covering seven application areas: computer and telecom equipment, healthcare facilities, industrial plants, educational facilities, construction sites, automotive service bays, and emergency moisture removal. In addition to offering information about how MovinCool products are used in each application, the sheets highlight the relevant MovinCool models for the application, along with basic product specifications.
Check out what's new from MovinCool today.

Image - Antimicrobial master batches for medical device polymers
Antimicrobial master batches for medical device polymers
Foster Corporation introduces Combat antimicrobial master batches for blending with medical device polymers. Components made with these antimicrobial polymer blends kill harmful bacteria that lead to infections, including MRSA and CRE. Combat master batches, made from Sciessent’s Agion ionic silver technology, provide an economical way for customers to evaluate several antimicrobial filler loadings in their device components by dry blending different ratios.
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Image - 'Third arm' aims to lessen Soldier's burden, increase lethality
'Third arm' aims to lessen Soldier's burden, increase lethality
Future ground troops may one day have a "third arm" device attached to their protective vests that will hold their weapon, lessening the weight on their arms and freeing up their hands for other tasks. Weighing less than 4 lb, the body-worn weapon mount is currently undergoing testing at the Army Research Lab.
Read the full article.

Image - DARPA picks Boeing design for next-gen spaceplane
DARPA picks Boeing design for next-gen spaceplane
DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program seeks to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would break the cycle of escalating launch costs. As the next step toward a future of routine, responsive, and low-cost space access, DARPA has awarded Phases 2 and 3 of the program to The Boeing Company.
Read the full article.

Image - Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests
Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests
An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating the Clean Air Act.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Smaller springs, smarter applications
When space is an issue, Smalley Wave Springs can reduce spring heights by up to 50% compared to ordinary coil springs. Smalley’s expanded manufacturing capabilities now allow them to coil wave springs to almost any diameter. Regardless of your unique application requirements, Wave Springs are an ideal solution to save space and weight.
Watch this video to learn more.

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How valveless metering pumps work
Using CeramPump technology from Fluid Metering Inc. (FMI) means that only one moving part is used to accomplish all fluid control functions. This valveless pumping function is accomplished by the synchronous rotation and reciprocation of the ceramic piston in the precisely mated ceramic cylinder liner. One complete piston revolution is required for each suction/discharge cycle. In this innovative design, the pump-head angle relative to the drive determines the piston stroke length and, in turn, the volume per stroke. It provides easy and infinite flow-rate adjustments and features sapphire-hard ceramic internals that are wear resistant and chemically inert.
See how one pump does it all.

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