|November 05, 2019||Volume 15 Issue 42|
|New Innovative Way to Take Up Tolerances!|
Smalley Linear Springs are a continuous wave-formed (marcelled) wire length produced from spring tempered materials. They act as a load-bearing device, having approximately the same load/deflection characteristics as a wave spring. Linear Springs are now available as a standard part in carbon and stainless steel, with over 200 sizes available.
|New 16mm Brushless Motor Delivers High Torque & Speed|
MICROMO is now FAULHABER MICROMO and has just launched the new FAULHABER 1660 BHx series, a high-power brushless DC motor based on 2-pole technology that's setting new standards for performance, speed, and power. 16mm in diameter and 60mm in length, the 1660 BHx series motor weighs only 78g and is ideal for handheld tools and devices requiring impressive power and high efficiency. Available in two motor design options, each optimized for speed and torque performance.
|Airbus tests hinged wing-tip technology|
Inspired by the albatross seabird, Airbus engineers in Filton, UK, have developed a remote-controlled aircraft demonstrator that has semi-aeroelastic hinged wing tips. It is the first prototype to trial in-flight, freely flapping wing tips that can react and flex to wind gusts, significantly reducing load and drag for a lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
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|Drill, grind, polish, and cut with these heavy-duty robot tools|
New end-of-arm tooling solutions from SUHNER's ROBO Tools line can help you handle those heavy-duty tasks. Ever since it was founded, SUHNER has been working on low-cost automation and is regarded today as a go-to specialist in machining units for drilling, milling, and thread-cutting operations. Their automation products come with built-in flexibility, because they can be put together in a modular system that can be tailor-made for your project.
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|Climb every mountain: New Land Rover Defender 2020|
It's climb every mountain, ford every stream with the new Defender 2020 -- the toughest and most capable Land Rover vehicle yet. It combines a new body structure with all-new technologies and proven hardware to create an all-terrain adventurer that is fit to follow every byway -- and look chic downtown too.
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|12 key factors in bellows design|
What do you need to know to design your own custom bellows? The specialists at Servometer have prepared this handy resource for you. Typical bellows applications include: volume compensators, actuators, electrical spring contacts, pressure switches and transducers, flexible shaft couplings, and more.
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|Slip rings for demanding environments|
The Orbex Group now offers IP65-rated slip rings for reliable use in demanding industrial or outdoor applications. Constructed from stainless steel, the rugged 200 series resists shock, vibration, and corrosion in salty or washdown environments. It features a wide temp range (-40 to 80 C) and the longest service life of any Orbex slip rings -- up to 80 million revolutions. Units incorporate proprietary channeled brush technology, which creates multiple contact points and reduces contact forces to minimize wear in food processing, packaging, wind turbines, marine cable reels, downhole inspection equipment, and other demanding applications. Mini (300 series) and through-bore (series 500) slip rings also available.
|New electrically conductive flame-retardant plastic|
Electrically conductive plastics continue to provide reliable EMI shielding in a wide variety of applications. Thermoplastics provide a good alternative to bulky metal enclosures due to their superior weight, EMI shielding capabilities, and simpler manufacturing process. However, before purchasing any thermoplastic, it is important to consider performance capabilities. Paige Ludl from the Chomerics Division at Parker runs through the basics of what you need to know about these materials.
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|Motor sizing basics: Balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance|
Optimizing motor selection for motion control applications can have significant performance, cost, and maintenance benefits. Select too large a motor, and you could overwhelm your actuators and incur unnecessary equipment and energy costs. Select too small a motor, and you may not achieve the torque and speed you need for effective performance. Andrew Skidmore, senior project engineer at Thomson Industries, covers what you need to know to make the proper selection for your application.
Read the Thompson article.
|Powerful LED curing lamp for tight work spaces|
DELO now offers a compact LED curing lamp for use in industrial applications with limited work space. The powerful DELOLUX 503 is designed to bond small surfaces, like cameras used in autonomous cars, within seconds on serial production lines. The new lamp directs light diagonally downward so that it does not need to be installed at level with the components that need to be bonded. This gives more moving space to axes or grippers and helps to integrate complex systems. The UV lamp ensures high process reliability through continuous intensity control, internal control, and monitoring of important parameters like LED temperature. Up to four LED heads can be controlled by DELO controllers or by an external PLC, allowing the adhesive to be evenly exposed from several angles.
|Fun: LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender|
Launched alongside the real, new 2020 adventure vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, the 2,573-piece LEGO Land Rover Defender model features a host of realistic elements and functions, including authentic body panels and rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, fully independent suspension, detailed dashboard, and a working winch. A new transmission system has two levers for engaging high or low ratios and a selector for changing gear -- LEGO Technic's most sophisticated gearbox yet. You can also fold the rear seat forward to view the four-speed sequential gearbox, lift the hood to view the in-line six-cylinder engine with moving pistons, and turn the rear-mounted spare wheel to open the rear door.
|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Navy tests replacing glass with re-engineered spinel for transparent armor|
The U.S. Navy Research Lab is testing using spinel as a replacement for glass in armored vehicles. Spinel (magnesium aluminum oxide) is much tougher, stronger, and harder than glass -- and the researchers are working on making it lighter weight. It also provides better protection in more hostile environments, so it can withstand sand and rain erosion -- not to mention better protection from enemy fire.
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