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September 25, 2018Volume 14 Issue 36


Image - Metal Bellows for Sensors and Instrumentation
Metal Bellows for Sensors and Instrumentation
Servometer ® miniature bellows can be added to instrumentation and manifolds of almost any shape or size. Barometric and differential pressure, gauge, and temperature can all be compensated for using bellows technology. Electrodeposited bellows have been used to increase the accuracy inside capacitive and potentiometric pressure sensors to increase linearity. You can request a free sample too (top right of website).
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Army converts heat to electricity at record high rates
  • Low-cost LiDAR comes to mass vehicle production
  • Powerful $100 ultrasound machine
  • 'Wearable cockpit' virtual display for pilots
  • Top Tech Tips: Programmable linear position sensors
  • Get your CAD under control before implementing PLM
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Integrating electromechanical systems
  • Conserve precious liquids: No-drip atomizing nozzles
  • Modern CAD for Machine Design (new eBook)
  • Webinar: Are you afraid to share mission-critical spreadsheets?
  • Traction drives leverage engineered fluids
  • Industry's first 100-W and 200-W USB Type-C controllers
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • How to measure Smalley wave spring free height
    • What is Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing?
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • James Bond 'Goldfinger' DB5 car will be made
    • DARPA/Boeing Experimental Spaceplane engine test
    • Blast tube tests shock wave nukes could face
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: BAE Systems' 'wearable cockpit' virtual display for pilots

News

Spray-on antennas, which work just as well as current metal ones, could unlock potential of smart connected technology

The shape of (frozen) water: World's first passive anti-frosting surface fights ice with ice

Machine-learning system tackles speech and object recognition -- all at once

Spring- and ring-maker Smalley wins GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 6th consecutive year



Feature articles

Image - Army converts heat to electricity at record high rates, breakthrough research shows
Army converts heat to electricity at record high rates, breakthrough research shows
U.S. Army-funded research at the University of Michigan has resulted in demonstrating a new approach for more effectively converting heat into electricity -- an approach traditionally referred to as thermophotovoltaics -- which is useful to Soldiers because it can generate power from any heat source and can be configured to work day or night.
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Image - Low-cost LiDAR comes to mass vehicle production
Low-cost LiDAR comes to mass vehicle production
Chinese manufacturer RoboSense says that its new, high-performance solid-state LiDAR system for autonomous driving is 1/400th the price of traditional 64-line LiDAR systems and has updated features not found in even higher priced systems. The $200 RS-IPLS Intelligent Perception LiDAR system (yup, the price really is two Benjamins) is designed for the mass production of vehicles. On price, that's a huge fall from the first under-$10,000 systems rolled out in just the last two years.
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Image - Powerful $100 ultrasound machine right around the corner
Powerful $100 ultrasound machine right around the corner
Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation -- no bigger than a Band-Aid -- is portable, wearable, and can be powered by a smartphone.
Read the full article.

Image - 'Wearable cockpit' concept for pilots becoming a reality
'Wearable cockpit' concept for pilots becoming a reality
BAE Systems is working on a novel way for pilots to fly fighter jets. Researchers and engineers at the U.K.-based military and defense company are developing technologies to enable pilots to control the fighter jet of the future with the blink of an eye, creating a software-only cockpit that's upgradable, adaptable, and reconfigurable -- and it's planned for 2025.
Read the full article.

Image - Top Tech Tips: Programmable linear position sensors
Top Tech Tips: Programmable linear position sensors
Novotechnik's LS1 Series of sensors gives engineers the capability to adjust for a mechanical offset without moving the sensor, optimize noise rejection and accuracy for their application, as well as eliminate the need for a programmable process monitor. Applications include material handling equipment, crimping machines, and position sensors for linear actuators.
Learn more. A detailed white paper is available (no registration required).

Image - Get your CAD under control before implementing PLM
Get your CAD under control before implementing PLM
Despite the widespread adoption of PDM and PLM technology by large companies, the vast majority of companies below 20 designers have yet to implement these solutions and still just use shared drives to store their CAD files. Each year that passes without PDM/PLM is another year of CAD data becoming more disorganized, which makes it even more difficult to migrate to a new system. But some companies are turning to CAD geometry indexing and search technologies to better aggregate their existing CAD file shares. By Jon Gable, Adaptive Corporation
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Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>Best practices for integrating electromechanical engineering into industrial automation systems
Engineer's Toolbox:
Best practices for integrating electromechanical engineering into industrial automation systems

Jim Mangan from Nook Industries explains how to integrate electromechanical tech into existing and newly designed automated industrial systems successfully. He addresses the advantages these systems have over air and hydraulic systems, the change in mindset and processes that must happen to create ideal electromechanical systems, the reasons for integrating electrical and mechanical systems, benefits, and common mistakes to avoid.
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Image - Conserve precious liquids with patented no-drip atomizing nozzles
Conserve precious liquids with patented no-drip atomizing nozzles
EXAIR's new 1/8 NPT No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles mix liquid and air outside the nozzle and allow the air and liquid flows to be adjusted independently. The new, patented No Drip External Mix Atomizing Spray Nozzles work in the same way the company's standard atomizing nozzles do, but have the added benefit of positively stopping liquid flow when compressed air is shut off. Post-spray drips waste precious resources such as expensive coatings, chemicals, or water.
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Image - Modern CAD for Machine Design (new eBook)
Modern CAD for Machine Design (new eBook)
In Onshape's latest eBook, "Modern CAD For Machine Design," you'll be introduced to five machinery companies that recently modernized their entire design and manufacturing process with one key decision: switching to a modern, cloud-based CAD system, enabling their design teams to cast aside old software headaches and focus on doing their best work. You'll read insights from: GKS Packaging (Vertical Form, Fill and Seal Machines), Universal Logic (Artificial Intelligence/Robotics), Voxel Innovations (Pulsed Electrochemical Machining), Hirebotics (Robotics), and Absolute Machinery (Injection Molding).
Get your eBook today.

Image - Webinar: Are you afraid to share mission-critical spreadsheets?
Webinar: Are you afraid to share mission-critical spreadsheets?
Is spreadsheet chaos hurting your supply chain planning and asset management process? Loved for its flexibility, agility, and power, Excel is a go-to tool for many supply chain applications. However, frustration and inefficiency often arise from Excel's well-known weaknesses such as version control issues, exposed IP, and error introduction. Learn how to transform critical spreadsheets into secure enterprise-grade web apps in this informative one-hour webinar from EASA Software. Two times available on Sept. 27: 9 am and 2 pm EDT.
Register for the webinar.
Learn how EASA deploys Excel at the enterprise level (video very helpful).

Image - Traction drives leverage engineered fluids
Traction drives leverage engineered fluids
Rolling Motion Industries (RMI) has released two high-efficiency traction drives: the MAR-17-1-2.1 (speeds to 3,600 rpm with 10 to 20 in./lb of torque) and MAR-23-1-2.1 (3,600 rpm with 20 to 30 in./lb of torque). These one-way traction drives have only six moving parts and use an engineered traction fluid with a coefficient of friction of just 0.1 to 0.12. These traction drives typically last three times longer than conventional gearboxes, and with no metal-to-metal contact they generate up to 72 percent less heat after 24 hr of continuous operation. Additionally, they create up to 38 percent lower dB at 3,000 rpm than conventional gearboxes (less than a home refrigerator). Applications include: pumps, blowers, fans, turbo and superchargers, conveyers, HVAC systems, and medical -- anything that rotates.
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Image - Industry's first 100-W and 200-W USB Type-C controllers
Industry's first 100-W and 200-W USB Type-C controllers
Texas Instruments has introduced two new USB Type-C and USB Power Delivery (PD) controllers, with fully integrated power paths to simplify designs, minimize solution size, and speed time to market. The TPS65987D and TPS65988 offer system designers the industry's highest level of integration to reduce design complexity and overall cost. The devices are the industry's first USB PD controllers to source 100 W and 200 W of power, respectively, to support computing applications and enable the benefits of USB Type-C in additional applications such as cordless power tools, gaming, and virtual reality headsets.
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Most popular last issue

Image - James Bond 'Goldfinger' DB5 will be made in a limited edition of 25
James Bond 'Goldfinger' DB5 will be made in a limited edition of 25
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films. Twenty-five Goldfinger DB5 authentic reproductions will be created for customers based on James Bond's legendary car from 1964.
Read the full article.

Image - DARPA/Boeing Experimental Spaceplane program successfully completes engine test series
DARPA/Boeing Experimental Spaceplane program successfully completes engine test series
DARPA's Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) advances toward its goal for rapid turnaround and on-demand launch with the completion of a rigorous engine test series. With partner Boeing, the program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, that would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.
Read the full article.

Image - Blast tube tests at Sandia simulate shock wave conditions nuclear weapons could face
Blast tube tests at Sandia simulate shock wave conditions nuclear weapons could face
Sandia National Laboratories researchers are using a blast tube configurable to 120 ft to demonstrate how well nuclear weapons could survive the shock wave of a blast from an enemy weapon and to help validate the modeling.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
How to measure the free height of a Smalley crest-to-crest wave spring
Engineers often ask Smalley engineers, "How do I measure the free height of a wave spring?" Knowing how to properly measure a wave spring at its free height can save valuable inspection time. It is also important to know that the free height of a wave spring is typically a reference dimension, because Wave Springs are ordinarily designed to provide a specific load at a work height. The work height is the dimension we tolerance on, Smalley says.
Learn how to measure free height.
What is Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing? 19-ft-long parts!
Sciaky launched its groundbreaking Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing technology in 2009 with the objective to save manufacturers time and money on the production of large-scale, high-value metal parts and prototypes. Today, Sciaky's EBAM technology remains the largest, fully programmable means of achieving near-net-shape parts made of weldable metals that are available in wire feedstock. These materials include: Titanium and Titanium alloys; Inconel 718, 625; Tantalum; Tungsten; Niobium; Stainless Steels (300 series); 2319, 4043 Aluminum; 4340 Steel; Zircalloy; 70-30 Copper Nickel; and 70-30 Nickel Copper. Make metal parts up to 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft!
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