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December 10, 2019Volume 15 Issue 47


Image - OnRobot Gripper Reduces Misloads by 40%
OnRobot Gripper Reduces Misloads by 40%
Tomenson Machine Works in Chicago turned to collaborative automation in its pin-stamping application to improve quality, profitability, and worker satisfaction. Watch how OnRobot's RG6 gripper handles dozens of different part sizes with fast and easy change-overs.
See it in action.

In this issue of Designfax

  • Air Force tests in-house, rapidly developed engine
  • Engineer's Toolbox: How to install a coiled spring pin
  • Diamond electrodes in your devices
  • Ford Bronco is coming back -- sneak peek
  • Is Excel hindering your engineering projects?
  • How to prevent step losses with stepper motors
  • HVACR Tech Tip: How to correctly size solenoid valves
  • New compact, tough angle sensors
  • Next-gen low-friction bearing
  • New integrated DC motor and controller package
  • Adhesives: The importance of hardness testing
  • Great Gifts: Most powerful Raspberry Pi ever
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots help Chicago die caster win jobs
    • 7 strangest new drone concepts
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Sikorsky unveils RAIDER X light-attack copter
    • Solid-state lithium-ion battery breakthrough
    • New shark-resistant wetsuit material
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Ford Bronco R race prototype

News

Heard of plasmonics? Researchers create a super-fast 'light switch' for future cars and computers

Robotic 'mules' made by General Dynamics Land Systems set to modernize Army infantry brigade combat teams

Advanced electric propulsion thruster for NASA's gateway to Moon and beyond achieves full-power demonstration

New material could make safer football helmets and reduce head injuries



Image - Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
Optimize mechanical misalignments, get hidden benefits
C-Flex Couplings combine the best qualities of disc, beam, and bellows couplings in a unique and economical new design. Made to couple two rotating shafts together, these couplings can accommodate large misalignments while transmitting high torque loads with zero backlash. Benefits include lower energy usage and less frequent bearing failure, since less stress is placed upon bearings. Constructed using high-strength hardened stainless steel or glass impregnated polyamide flexures, these couplings require no maintenance and provide years of trouble-free life, even in contaminated environments. Flexible Pivot Bearings and Super Plastic Torsional Damping Couplings also available.
Click here to learn more.
Watch C-Flex Couplings in action handling misalignments.

Feature articles
Air Force tests in-house, rapidly developed small engine
The U.S. Air Force is flipping the script on turbine engine development by taking a stab at creating their own new designs and then fielding them out to industry partners for manufacturing. The aim is to demonstrate new technologies faster and to create less expensive prototypes.
Read the full article.
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FAULHABER MICROMO provides high-quality small DC motors, brushless DC motors, stepper motors, and custom micro motion solutions for medical, robotics, and aerospace industries.


Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>How to install a coiled spring pin
Engineer's Toolbox:
How to install a coiled spring pin

Coiled pins were designed with assembly in mind. Compared to other pins, their square ends, concentric chamfers, and lower insertion forces make them ideal for easy installation. They can also accommodate wider hole tolerances than any other pin. Learn why coiled pins are the easiest type of pin to install and are designed to be serviceable. By Jeff Greenwood, SPIROL
Read the full article.

Image - Diamonds in your devices: How to power the next generation of energy storage
Diamonds in your devices: How to power the next generation of energy storage
In a breakthrough study, scientists from Japan have used nanodiamonds to construct electrodes for supercapacitors that can be widely used as a more efficient alternative to conventional energy-storage devices.
Read the full article.

Image - Ford Bronco R race prototype is sneak peek at new production model
Ford Bronco R race prototype is sneak peek at new production model
The Bronco is set to be reborn in 2020, and Ford gave us a sneak peek (although a cryptic one) of what it may look like recently when it entered the Bronco R race prototype in the punishing Baja 1000 off-road race. Specially developed by Ford Performance, the heritage-inspired design gave a hint of the new vehicle's boxy proportions and was built using the upcoming production model's body-on-frame architecture.
Read the full article.

Image - Is Excel hindering your engineering projects?
Is Excel hindering your engineering projects?
While Excel is a great tool for performing quick calculations, it cannot handle the scope of mathematical computation required for advanced engineering projects. Discover why engineers from around the world reap the benefits from the move to robust, interactive mathematical systems such as Maple. Learn how, with the right tools, you can arrive at the right solution faster, while minimizing errors, delays, and rising costs.
Learn more.

Image - How to prevent step losses with stepper motors
How to prevent step losses with stepper motors
When a stepping motor does not operate correctly in a specific situation, the common conclusion is that either the motor or the drive electronics are faulty. However, other factors can contribute to step losses. Mini-motors expert MICROMO runs through important things to examine for the analysis of step losses or non-operation across a variety of applications.
Read the full article.

Image - HVACR Tech Tip: How to correctly size solenoid valves
HVACR Tech Tip: How to correctly size solenoid valves
Obtaining reliable performance with solenoid valves on refrigeration or air conditioning systems demands careful consideration of application requirements during the selection process. There has always been a tendency in the industry to select solenoid valves based on line size. However, due to the pressure drop required for proper operation, this policy is risky and not recommended. What should you do?
Read this informative Parker Hannifin, Sporlan Division, blog.

Image - New compact, tough angle sensors
New compact, tough angle sensors
Novotechnik has just introduced the Vert-X 1600 Series of angular position sensors, which are ideal for industrial, medical, off-highway vehicle, and other applications. They convert rotational angle into an analog or digital output, with a measurement range of 0 to 360°, 14-bit resolution, and repeatability of 0.1°. Available analog outputs are 10 to 90 percent of supply voltage and 5 to 95 percent of supply voltage. Digital interface options include SPI and PWM. The sensors are sealed to IP 65, life is ≥ 50 million movements, and MTTF is 668 years. Operating temp range is -40 to 125°C. Will operate with up to 10 N axial or radial shaft load.
Learn more.

Image - Next-gen low-friction bearing for improved lubrication
Next-gen low-friction bearing for improved lubrication
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed an optimized design for its proven Levitorq axial thrust washers. Through a new "scoop" feature, the enhanced Levitorq design is able to collect and push lubrication under the washer to enable higher critical speeds and enhanced performance. A team of experts developed the scoop design based on the types and availability of lubricants used in powertrain applications. These designs help optimize the availability of lubrication at the inner diameter, thus improving lubrication across the washer. These designs are ideal for applications with limited or splash lubrication. Levitorq is part of the company's Low Emission Sealing Solutions (LESS) product portfolio.
Learn more.

Image - New integrated DC motor and controller package
New integrated DC motor and controller package
Haydon Kerk Pittman has just announced the latest addition to its popular line of brushless DC motors. The EC042B IDEA Motor Series is now available with CANopen communication-enhancing motion control capabilities. Save money and space by utilizing the IDEA Motor's integrated package of motor, drive, and feedback connections in a compact and programmable unit. A single motor/drive unit reduces motion system components by up to 75 percent per axis and simplifies machine troubleshooting. Save time using a pre-engineered, factory-configured and tested servo system. Immediately generate complex precise motion sequences by using the available Graphical User Interface that provides an intuitive programming environment to quickly develop, save, and debug complex motion sequences.
Learn more.

Image - Adhesives: The importance of hardness testing
Adhesives: The importance of hardness testing
According to Master Bond, measuring hardness is a simple, yet powerful test to ensure proper curing and evaluate the performance of adhesive materials. Why? Hardness is generally a good indication of the product's overall functionality. If the mix ratio used was incorrect or if parts A and B were not mixed thoroughly or properly, the adhesive will cure "tacky" or with blotches. Hardness can also be used to determine how a material is holding up to various experiments and accelerated aging tests.
Read this informative Master Bond blog.

Image - Great Gifts: Most powerful Raspberry Pi ever
Great Gifts: Most powerful Raspberry Pi ever
The new Raspberry Pi 4 Model B Computer is the most powerful Raspberry Pi model ever. It offers significant enhancements in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity that will make it attractive to general desktop computer users, hobbyist and makers, and professional developers working with compute-intensive embedded applications such as computer vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Available in 1-GB, 2-GB, and 4-GB models. Perfect for that budding little engineer in your life, or treat yourself -- you deserve it.
Read the full article.

Most popular last issue

Image - Sikorsky unveils RAIDER X light-attack copter
Sikorsky unveils RAIDER X light-attack copter
Meet the future of vertical lift: RAIDER X. Sikorsky's entry to the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program competition is a fast-flying (almost 290-mph), agile, and lethal compound coaxial helicopter that has been specifically designed for securing vertical lift dominance against evolving threats on the future battlefield. Bell Textron and a partnership between AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies have already released their two attack-copter prototype entries.
Read the full article.

Image - Solid-state lithium-ion battery breakthrough: Twice the power, no risk of fire
Solid-state lithium-ion battery breakthrough: Twice the power, no risk of fire
Scientists at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, have proven that solvent-free solid-state batteries can be made easily, paving the way for a future free from batteries catching fire or exploding if they get too hot. They can also pack in more energy in a smaller space.
Read the full article.

Image - New shark-resistant wetsuit material could help save lives
New shark-resistant wetsuit material could help save lives
Marine researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, have been busy testing a new wetsuit material they've created that looks promising in helping reduce blood loss caused by shark bites. The protective fabric incorporates ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers onto widely used neoprene material in wetsuits.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Universal Robots help Chicago die caster win jobs
Die-casting manufacturer RCM Industries in Chicago found itself in competition with suppliers in Mexico for a large outsourced project. A fleet of new Universal Robots' e-Series collaborative robots with built-in force-torque sensing took on repetitive high-precision tasks, increasing output and reducing costs to make this U.S. firm competitive with low-wage countries while providing higher-value jobs for workers.
Watch how this was done:
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7 strangest new drone concepts
Tech Planet runs through their list of Top 7 weird and sometimes wonderful new drone concepts, including a craft with no moving parts that is powered by ion flows and a UAV that uses supersonic air blown through its wing for control. Throw in some hummingbird inspiration and a flying saucer design, and you've got a real interesting mixed bag of developing technology prepped to get your imagination soaring.
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