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June 05, 2018Volume 14 Issue 21


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Constant Section Retaining Rings
Smalley Constant Section Retaining Rings are produced by edge winding and are often specified for heavy-duty or impact-loading applications. With over 1,000 stock sizes from .375” to 10” diameters, 13 mm to 300 mm. Customs available from .157” to 120” with No-Tooling-Cost™. Free samples available.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Sintering metals on the International Space Station
  • Helium as life support: New Navy diver rebreather
  • Photonic chips coming to consumer devices?
  • Wheels: 2019 Silverado boasts new cylinder deactivation
  • Universal Robots' CTO wins 'Nobel Prize of Robotics'
  • Application Note: Quadcopter torque/thrust testing
  • Choosing between brush and brushless DC motors
  • Alternative to traditional drive systems
  • Mike Likes: Fixed-mount infrared cameras
  • Software: VISI launches Reverse Engineering suite
  • Want to make your factory wireless? NIST how-to guide
  • World's highest force voice coil actuator
  • Summer Fun: LEGO launches big Bugatti Chiron kit
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Piezo Actuators vs. Programmable Piezo Shims
    • UR cobots in loudspeaker application
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Magnetic diode could increase battery life 100x
    • Ford restarts after magnesium supplier fire
    • Wheels: The man behind MINI exterior design
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2019 Chevy Silverado cylinder deactivation tech

News

Getting the lead out: Mazda and partners agree to develop 12-V lithium-ion starter batteries for vehicles

Study shows ceramics can deform like metals if sintered under an electric field

25% better fuel economy: Airbus and Rolls-Royce sign UltraFan engine integration collaboration agreement

BAE Systems partners to develop solar UAV that can stay aloft for one whole year



Image - New 22mm Brushless Servo Motor Packs a Punch
New 22mm Brushless Servo Motor Packs a Punch
MICROMO launches the brand new FAULHABER 2264 BP4 series brushless dc servo motor. At 22 mm in diameter, 64 mm in length, and weighing only 140 grams, the 2264 BP4 series delivers 59 mNm of continuous torque and reaches speeds up to 34,500 rpm. These impressive power and performance characteristics are possible due to a new segmented winding of the coil, which also improves the overall efficiency of the motor.
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Feature articles

Image - Sintering on the International Space Station fires up a new alloy
Sintering on the International Space Station fires up a new alloy
A centuries-old materials bonding process is being tested aboard the International Space Station in an experiment that could pave the way for more materials research of its kind aboard the orbiting laboratory. Sintering is the process of heating different materials to compress their particles together.
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Image - Helium as life support: New rebreather helps Navy divers under the waves
Helium as life support: New rebreather helps Navy divers under the waves
Navy divers have been busy testing the effectiveness of the MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather, a prototype recycling system that’s the first of its kind within the Navy diving community to replace nitrogen with helium. To make it, engineers also relied on some elements being 3D printed.
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Image - Photonic chips coming to consumer devices?
Photonic chips coming to consumer devices?
A new microchip technology capable of optically transferring data could solve a severe bottleneck in current devices by speeding data transfer and reducing energy consumption by orders of magnitude. "Instead of a single wire carrying around 10 gigabits per second, you can have a single optical fiber carrying 10 to 20 terabits per second -- so a thousand times more in the same footprint," says Assistant Professor Milos Popovic (ECE), one of the principal investigators of the study.
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Image - Wheels: <br>2019 Silverado boasts new cylinder deactivation tech
Wheels:
2019 Silverado boasts new cylinder deactivation tech

Change can be hard, but it's a constant and easy task for the engine on the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The most advanced gasoline V8s in the brand’s history feature Dynamic Fuel Management, an industry-first cylinder deactivation technology that enables the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns to optimize power delivery and efficiency.
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Image - Universal Robots' CTO wins 'Nobel Prize of Robotics' for pioneering cobots
Universal Robots' CTO wins 'Nobel Prize of Robotics' for pioneering cobots
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) recently announced Esben Østergaard as the recipient of the Engelberger Robotics Award. Østergaard spearheads the development of Universal Robots’ collaborative robot arms, representing one of the most significant technology breakthroughs coming out of the robotics community in decades.
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Image - Application Note: Quadcopter propeller torque/thrust testing
Application Note: Quadcopter propeller torque/thrust testing
The quadcopter's four propellers are designed to work in conjunction with each other to ensure that there are no torque imbalances that could send the vehicle spinning out of control. But just how would a professional developer or hobbyist perform accurate propeller torque and thrust testing? Advanced sensor specialist FUTEK has the answer.
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Image - Choosing between brush and brushless DC motors: What are the tradeoffs?
Choosing between brush and brushless DC motors: What are the tradeoffs?
Designing a system that involves motion and performs as intended requires choosing the right motor. The most fundamental decision involves commutation type. In some cases, mechanically commutated brush motors provide the best solution for the budget. In other cases, only brushless DC (BLDC) motors will do. Allied Motion provides a comprehensive review of the technology, along with tips and tricks for choosing the right solution for a given application.
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Image - Alternative to traditional drive systems
Alternative to traditional drive systems
Nexen Group has introduced a stainless steel version of its patented precision roller pinion system (RPS). The Nexen RPS engages two teeth simultaneously to achieve superior accuracy with zero backlash at any length. The system is also extremely quiet and 99% efficient. Stainless steel makes the system corrosion resistant, with a long life of up to 36 million meters. Nexen’s RPS provides a low-maintenance, durable alternative to rack and pinion, ball screw, and belt drive technology. The RPS is used for a wide range of applications including laser cutting, plasma cutting, and gantry applications.
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Image - Mike Likes: Fixed-mount infrared cameras help you analyze the heat
Mike Likes: Fixed-mount infrared cameras help you analyze the heat
For precise research, science, and engineering applications, just seeing heat is not enough -- it needs to be measured and analyzed as well. The new Fluke RSE300 and RSE600 Infrared Cameras are the first fully radiometric, fixed-mount cameras from Fluke with advanced features including MATLAB and LabVIEW software plug-ins to easily analyze thermal data. These cameras continuously stream up to 60 frames of data per sec, allowing for detailed monitoring of temperature patterns and variances. With the included SmartView desktop software, users can remotely focus the camera, auto-capture images, adjust level and span, and analyze infrared videos frame by frame. The software also makes it easy to edit images, generate customized reports, and export images to multiple formats to share thermal data quickly.
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Image - Software: VISI launches Reverse Engineering suite
Software: VISI launches Reverse Engineering suite
The latest release of VISI from Vero Software includes a new module for reverse engineering, along with new and enhanced functionality for both CAD and CAM processes, specifically designed for the mold and die market. It allows a point cloud to be loaded either from a Hexagon Romer Absolute Arm or an external file and generates the desired, optimized mesh with special tools. This mesh can then be used as the starting point to create the relative surfaces through the modeling function or used as it is for machining purposes.
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Image - Want to make your factory wireless? NIST how-to guide
Want to make your factory wireless? NIST how-to guide
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the first-ever set of science-based guidelines to help users select the best wireless system for any specific industrial environment, custom-design the setup to make it work, successfully deploy it, and then ensure that the network performs as needed. The publication is called, "Guide to Industrial Wireless Systems Deployments." By eliminating physical connections such as wires and cables from a facility's communication network, wireless technology offers many manufacturing, chemical processing, and utility organizations a means to run their entire operation more efficiently, more productively, and at less cost.
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Image - World's highest force voice coil actuator
World's highest force voice coil actuator
H2W Technologies has developed the world’s highest force commercially available non-commutated DC linear actuator, otherwise known as a direct drive voice coil actuator. The model NCC08-75-3000-3X is capable of generating a continuous force of 300 lb (1,330 N) and a peak force of 900 lb (4,000 N) at a duty cycle of 10% (i.e., 1 sec on and 9 sec off). A moving mass of just under 8 lb (3.6 kg) allows for a maximum theoretical continuous acceleration of nearly 38 Gs.
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Image - Summer Fun: LEGO launches big Bugatti Chiron kit
Summer Fun: LEGO launches big Bugatti Chiron kit
LEGO Group and Bugatti Automobiles have joined forces to create the new LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron, a 1:8-scale super-car kit that brings together the iconic design heritage of the French ultra-luxury car brand and LEGO Technic elements. Details include aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, logoed spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed brake discs, and a W16 engine with moving pistons. With 3,599 pieces, the 22-in.-long model has plenty of challenges to keep you busy. With a price tag of $350, you'll feel like you really did spring for a high-end ride. Available from LEGO stores and LEGO online shop starting June 1, 2018.
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Image - Magnetic diode could increase battery life of electronic devices 100x
Magnetic diode could increase battery life of electronic devices 100x
Among the chief complaints for smartphone, laptop, and other battery-operated electronics users is that the battery life is too short and, in some cases, that the devices generate heat. Now, a group of physicists led by Deepak K. Singh, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Missouri, has developed a device material that can address both issues.
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Image - Ford restarts F-150, Super Duty production ahead of schedule after fire at magnesium parts supplier
Ford restarts F-150, Super Duty production ahead of schedule after fire at magnesium parts supplier
Ford Motor Company has restarted production of the popular F-150 at its Dearborn Truck Plant after just over one week of downtime. This follows the massive May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products facility in Eaton Rapids, MI. The herculean effort included removing huge dies from the damaged facility and even sending an 87,000-lb die on a Russian cargo plane to England.
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Image - Wheels: The man behind the MINI -- exterior design
Wheels: The man behind the MINI -- exterior design
Christopher Weil is a passionate designer. Since 2013, he has been Head of Exterior Design at MINI, responsible for shaping the exterior of both current and future MINI models and concept cars. In this 10-questions interview, Weil explains why good design is something you experience as well as see, and he predicts exciting things in store for the MINI brand. We also check out the surprisingly aggressive MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept. Very cool!
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Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Difference between Piezo Actuators & Programmable Piezo Shims?
Piezo actuators provide high dynamics, but can also be used for quasi-static applications due to their high stiffness and stability. Programmable piezo shims are a new technology, also based on the piezo effect. Once programmed to a certain displacement, they don’t need a connected power source to hold position. Ideal for nanometer precise set & forget adjustments.
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UR cobots in loudspeaker application
Watch how UR cobots use vision guidance through Robotiq’s UR+ enabled wrist camera to handle loudspeaker membranes at Beyer Dynamic. The cobots use an integrated spray gun to coat the membranes, increasing production by 50 percent while significantly improving product quality. What’s holding back your design?
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