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August 01, 2017Volume 13 Issue 29


Image - Protecting Fluid Circuits with Edge Welded Bellows
Protecting Fluid Circuits with Edge Welded Bellows
Use edge welded metal bellows to compensate for expanding fluids and to prevent leaks that could damage equipment in many fluid-power and fluid-handling applications. BellowsTech Edge welded bellows are superior to alternative methods because they are able to maintain proper flow during normal operation and expand and contract to compensate for volumetric changes of the liquid or gas that could otherwise result in blown seals, leaks, broken sensors and premature wear and tear.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Army fielding new modular handguns
  • Bluetooth sensors monitor military bridging systems
  • 'Drastically' higher res for your phone and TV
  • Wheels: Driving down automotive headlamp costs at Renault
  • FUTEK mini load cells take on Shark Week
  • 3D Printing: Sacrificial tool simplifies hollow composites
  • The future of 3D printing: 5 trends
  • SNAP-TOP fasteners hold printed circuit boards
  • Whitepaper: Industrial cybersecurity for your business
  • New Canfield Connector magnetic sensor
  • Wi-Fi high-temp air flow monitor
  • New nanopositioning solutions catalog
  • ABB's general-purpose motors
  • Robotics modular kit for automation
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots: Instant 10% production increase
    • Inside the Navy's Future Force Science & Tech Expo
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Battery-free cellphone
    • Braking News: Nissan LEAF single-pedal driving
    • NASA fires up unique tiltrotor test rig
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: FUTEK mini load cells take on Shark Week

News

Imaging breakthrough reveals magnets' internal patterns

Sandia Labs develops way to spot defects inside low-density materials such as foams and airplane-wing laminate layers

Engineers design a robotic gripper for cleaning up space debris

USS Constitution returns to water in Boston Harbor after two-year restoration



Image - 32mm Brushless Motor Packs Massive Torque
32mm Brushless Motor Packs Massive Torque
The FAULHABER 3274 BP4 series packs a punch, yet weights half as much as competitors' motors -- and in a significantly smaller size, too. The 3274 BP4 is overload‐resistant and offers longer operational lifetime than conventional DC motors, and withstands harsh ambient conditions and temperatures from -40°C to +125.
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Feature articles
Army fielding new modular handguns

Soldiers have many reasons to be excited about the new Sig Sauer modular handguns, which the Army will begin fielding in November. Testing of the modular handgun system, or MHS, this spring by Soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback.
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Image - Bluetooth sensors monitor health of military bridging systems
Bluetooth sensors monitor health of military bridging systems
Engineers based at BAE Systems' site in Telford, U.K., are testing an integrated Bluetooth and sensing technology that reports the remaining service life of mobile military bridging systems.
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Image - New display tech could bring 'drastically' higher resolution to your phone and TV
New display tech could bring 'drastically' higher resolution to your phone and TV
Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a new color-changing surface tunable through electrical voltage -- a breakthrough that could lead to three times the resolution for televisions, smartphones, and other devices.
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Image - Wheels: <br>Driving down automotive headlamp costs at Renault
Wheels:
Driving down automotive headlamp costs at Renault

Automotive headlight design is an important part of the Renault brand these days and our "C shape" headlights are a signature part of the appeal of our cars. About 30% of the cost of automotive headlight assemblies can be found in the mechanics and 70% in the electronics. Hence, any savings that can be made on the electronic side will have a profound influence on the overall cost of these units. By Paul-Henri Matha, Lighting Expert, Groupe Renault
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Image - FUTEK mini load cells take on Shark Week
FUTEK mini load cells take on Shark Week
On the Discovery Channel’s special “Shark School with Michael Phelps” last week, the team engineers at Peacock Productions used three FUTEK Donut/Through Hole load cells as well as FUTEK instrumentation to test a great white shark’s bite force. The three LTH500 Donut/Through Hole Load Cells were placed in a special mold that mimicked the shark's prey. By combining the IHH500 Digital Hand Held Display and IAC200 4 Channel Summing Junction Box with the load cell setup, the production team was able to accurately measure the force of the great white shark's bite, which registered at 10,000 Newtons -- equivalent to a car crashing into a wall at 100 mph! The force reading was unprecedented; it was the first shark bite to register above 6,000 Newtons.
Check out the FUTEK setup for the Discovery Channel's "Shark School."
Watch the Discovery Channel's bite tester in action.

Image - 3D Printing: Sacrificial tool simplifies production of hollow composite parts
3D Printing: Sacrificial tool simplifies production of hollow composite parts
Sometimes 3D printing needs extra built-in technologies or final finishing work to get the job done. Dissolvable sacrificial materials provide a great option. Stratasys has introduced four new enhancements to Stratasys Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM)-based 3D printers, fully optimizing select models for creating functional product prototypes, production tools, and end-use parts for the most demanding manufacturing applications.
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Image - The future of 3D printing: 5 additive manufacturing trends to look for in 2017
The future of 3D printing: 5 additive manufacturing trends to look for in 2017
As a longtime board member of Stratasys, former CEO of SolidWorks, and the co-founder of Onshape, a full-cloud 3D CAD company that serves many 3D-printer manufacturers, John McEleney has been privileged to have a box seat to observe the explosive growth of additive manufacturing. Here are five trends to keep your eye on in 2017 and over the next few years, including updates on materials and applications.
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Image - SNAP-TOP fasteners hold printed circuit boards securely without mating screws
SNAP-TOP fasteners hold printed circuit boards securely without mating screws
New PEM SMTSS ReelFast SNAP-TOP standoff fasteners from PennEngineering hold printed circuit boards securely in assemblies without requiring mating screws or other loose threaded hardware to complete attachment. These unthreaded standoffs promote streamlined production by easily installing in boards in the same manner and at the same time as other surface-mount components prior to the automated reflow solder process. They ultimately enable precise and reliable mounting and spacing of boards using less hardware and fewer operations.
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Image - Industrial cybersecurity for small and medium-size businesses
Industrial cybersecurity for small and medium-size businesses
The International Society of Automation, at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has developed a white paper designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) recognize their vulnerability to industrial cyberattack and forge an effective cybersecurity plan based on established standards and practices. “Industrial Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Sized Businesses: A Practical Guide” leverages ISA’s in-depth knowledge of industrial automation and control systems (IACS) and subject-matter expertise in industrial cybersecurity.
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Image - New Canfield Connector magnetic sensor adds reliability and safety to vehicles, machines, systems
New Canfield Connector magnetic sensor adds reliability and safety to vehicles, machines, systems
The rugged Series CS Cylindrical Threaded Mount Sensor from Canfield Connector senses magnetism and triggers action in a variety of applications. The sensor’s first field application equips a cement truck, where it picks up a signal from a magnet mounted to the mixing drum and controls how much the drum rotates. In an industrial automation setting, the sensor can detect the closure of a door and allow a machine to run, enhancing safety. The CS Sensor can also react to magnetism that identifies changes in liquid levels or positions of parts in a wide range of vehicles, machines, and systems.
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Image - Wi-Fi high-temp air flow monitor for hazardous environments
Wi-Fi high-temp air flow monitor for hazardous environments
Wind Probe LLC has introduced a high-temp air flow monitor Wi-Fi instrument for large- and small-size ovens. This instrument combines the latest advances in materials, process control, and microprocessor technology and hardware and software design. The model 200 is small, lightweight, and suitable for harsh environments seen in high-temperature curing ovens. One of the most exciting markets includes air flow monitoring at 200 deg C in carbon composite honeycomb ovens. The software permits selecting data rates and running averaging in both temperature and air flow. The software is easily updated, and reference tables can be uploaded using the RS-232 communications interface.
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Image - New nanopositioning solutions catalog debuted at LASER 2017
New nanopositioning solutions catalog debuted at LASER 2017
Motion and precision positioning systems expert PI (Physik Instrumente) issued a catalog on newly introduced precision motion solutions for photonics, robotics, microscopy, and highly accurate industrial automation applications at LASER World of PHOTONICS held in Munich, Germany, in June. The 80-page catalog covers products and custom-engineered systems, including automated photonics alignment engines, linear motor stages, piezo actuators, air bearings, hexapod Stewart platforms, and high-performance motion controllers.
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Image - ABB's general-purpose motors combine quality, cost efficiency, and industry experience with short lead times
ABB's general-purpose motors combine quality, cost efficiency, and industry experience with short lead times
ABB has launched its N-series general-purpose motors to provide a high level of energy efficiency, reliability, and safety in applications where a highly customized motor in the 50- to 8,000-kW power range is not needed. The motors use cost-effective pre-packaged designs to meet the same high quality standards as all ABB motors but with lead times that are several weeks shorter. An easy-to-use online selection tool called "MachSize" simplifies motor configuration. Another tool called "DocStage" is a web-based system for sharing and managing documentation.
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Image - Robotics modular kit for low-cost automation
Robotics modular kit for low-cost automation
The Robolink D modular robotic kit from igus allows users to assemble custom robotic systems for a range of applications. Separate joints, which are motor-driven directly on the axis, are available in a range of installation sizes. A new, 6-axis arm with strain wave gearing (in two installation sizes) is also available, along with universal gripper adaptors. The gearing, available as an individual component or with integrated NEMA motor, consists of an outer ring gear and flexible, wear-resistant inner ring gear made from self-lubricating, wear-resistant iglide plastic. This solution offers minimal backlash and ensures a precise adjustment with incredible smoothness.
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Image - Battery-free cellphone hints at low-power tech to come
Battery-free cellphone hints at low-power tech to come
University of Washington researchers have invented a cellphone that requires no batteries -- a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords, and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light.
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Image - Braking News: New Nissan LEAF will feature single-pedal driving for stop, slow, and go
Braking News: New Nissan LEAF will feature single-pedal driving for stop, slow, and go
Nissan announced July 19 that its new 2018 Nissan LEAF mass-market electric vehicle will feature e-Pedal technology that allows the driver, with the flick of a switch, to turn the regular accelerator pedal into a single control for acceleration, deceleration, and stopping. Sound simple and yet confusing? We thought so too.
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Image - NASA fires up unique tiltrotor test rig in biggest wind tunnel in the world
NASA fires up unique tiltrotor test rig in biggest wind tunnel in the world
Someday, we may be able to commute to our jobs in aircraft that can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like a plane. Developing these advanced tiltrotors is no simple task, so NASA has been installing a new rig that will let experts test them at an unprecedented scale in wind tunnels, where pilots' lives won't be on the line.
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Universal Robots delivers instant 10% production increase
Watch how collaborative UR robots optimize production of sterilization equipment for the dental industry in this new case study from Nichrominox, where the cobots delivered fast payback while also improving the work environment.
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Inside the Navy's Future Force Science & Tech Expo
The Office of Naval Research showed off what’s in store for Navy technology at the biennial Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) Expo in Washington, DC, July 20-21. The event showcased ONR-sponsored innovations from the Navy and Marine Corps. Automation, drones, and unmanned technologies were frequent themes.
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