|November 03, 2020||Volume 16 Issue 42|
|High Rotational Capacity Retaining Rings|
Self-locking rings are ideal for applications that have high rotational requirements. This feature allows the ring to function at speeds that exceed the recommended rotational capacity. Self-locking allows the ring to operate at high speeds, withstand vibration, and function under rapid acceleration.
|Flat Brushless Motor + Speed Control|
Optimized design and impressive performance make the FAULHABER BXT Flat Brushless DC Motor Series ideal for applications in medical devices, lab diagnostics, optics systems, and robotics. The external rotor motors are designed for continuous output power up to 100W, and deliver up to 134mNm of torque. The FAULHABER BXT SC motor series delivers reliable performance, incredible torque, plus precise speed control in even the most confined applications and spaces.
|Simple software creates complex wooden joints|
Construction of useful wood objects sometimes requires complicated structures and ways to connect components together. Researchers in Japan have created a novel 3D design application to simplify the design process and also provide milling machine instructions to efficiently produce the designed components. The designs do not require nails or glue, meaning items made with this system can be easily assembled, disassembled, reused, repaired, or recycled.
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|Ferrari's super-sleek entry-level convertible GT: Portofino M|
If you're just dipping your toes into the world of Ferrari convertibles, the Portofino M is a great place to start. After its introduction three years ago as the replacement for the California T, the Portofino has gotten some powerful updates -- redesigned powertrain, a brand-new 8-speed gearbox, and a race mode -- but it is still as luxe and stylish as its namesake village on the Italian Riviera.
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|Engineer's Toolbox: 3 steps to mount a step motor|
Jeff Kordik, chief technical officer, Applied Motion Products, runs through the basic steps to mount a step motor and also covers key mounting dimensions. He provides his pro tips along the way and also gives tips for determining proper step motor torque as a sidebar. Lots of good info here.
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|Mike Likes: ClampDisk micro fastener is new alternative for automotive and consumer electronics|
Designed as a unique alternative in assemblies for the automotive and consumer electronics markets, the ClampDisk Press-on Fastener is a new offering from PennEngineering that delivers a fast, simple way to achieve sheet-to-sheet clamped fastening while replacing the use of standard screws, nuts, and adhesives. The most common challenges that can be eliminated or reduced by using ClampDisk include over installation, cross threading, stripped screw heads, broken screws, and damaged product. This fastener can be removed easily with a sharp-edged tool.
Learn more and see how ClampDisk works.
|Motor monitors for hazardous environs|
ABB has extended the scope of applications for its Smart Sensors with a new-generation design for motors in hazardous areas. The high-performance wireless ABB Ability Smart Sensor monitors key parameters to provide detailed insights into the performance and health of assets -- including advanced warning of bearing damage. Combining connectivity and data analytics means operators can plan their maintenance activities in advance, reduce downtime, and extend equipment lifetime. This sensor offers a battery life of up to three times longer than most competing designs. It is sealed for life (IP66/67) and can be mounted directly to the equipment in a matter of minutes -- no wiring or machining is needed. It communicates with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and plant gateways using low-energy Bluetooth or WirelessHART.
|7 manufacturing digitization challenges -- and how to overcome them|
Artificial intelligence-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and more. According to Celia Paulsen, cybersecurity expert at NIST, "There's a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for small and medium-sized manufacturers who want to step up their digital game." However, digitization can present some fundamental challenges, such as added cybersecurity risk. How do smaller manufacturers upgrade their manufacturing tech and avoid associated hazards?
Read the NIST blog.
|New performance gasketing for the automotive industry|
Loctite AA 5884 from Henkel is a new polyacrylate (liquid) gasketing technology that replaces the press-in-place (PIP) process using solid rubber gaskets or o-rings to accomplish plastic-to-metal sealing. The liquid gasket is cured by ultra-violet light within seconds and becomes a solid compression gasket with no knit line. Loctite AA 5884 also boasts higher oil resistance and proven lower gas permeability.
|Expanded range of bellows couplings|
Ruland Manufacturing has expanded its line of bellows couplings to include an outer diameter of 2 1/4 in. (57 mm), allowing for larger bore sizes and increased torque and torsional stiffness capabilities. Designers prefer to specify bellows couplings in servo-driven systems due to their high accuracy and repeatability. This size expansion allows for bore sizes up to 1 1/4 in. (32 mm) in a clamp-style design with or without keyways. Ruland bellows couplings are an assembly of two hubs and a thin-walled metallic bellows. Hubs are manufactured from aluminum for light weight and low inertia. They are joined by a thin-walled stainless steel bellows, allowing the coupling to remain flexible under high torsional loads.
|NASA Ebook: Origins of 21st-Century Space Travel|
Less than one year after the Columbia Space Shuttle accident on Feb. 1, 2003, President George W. Bush announced that NASA would embark on a new Vision for Space Exploration as it resumed Shuttle flights and worked to complete the International Space Station. The ambitious agenda included lunar and Martian exploration with robotic precursors followed by human missions. This ebook provides a detailed historical account of the ideas, debates, and decisions that opened the way for a new generation of spaceflight at the start of the 21st Century. Gratis.
|Most popular last issue|
|Mini motors drive largest model railway in the world -- and model planes and cars too|
If you're ever in Hamburg, you can visit many of the world's most scenic landscapes in a single day. You'll join the more than 17 million visitors who have already marveled at the Miniatur Wunderland, the world's largest model railway where 1,040 trains and more than 10,000 rail cars travel several hundred kilometers each day through nine themed worlds. There's also a model airport with 52 planes and 250 flights daily, 9,250 cars, a volcano, spaceships, and much much more. Mini motors, including from FAULHABER, help make it all come alive.
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|HUMMER goes electric -- recast as 1,000-hp off-road super pickup with 350-mile range|
The off-road market has seen some impressive new releases this year, and GMC is adding a real sizzler to the offerings with the announcement of the 2022 HUMMER EV. The totally retooled all-electric, 1,000-hp Edition 1 will roll out as a convertible super pickup, with SUV options coming later. Boasting a 100-mile top-up in 10 minutes of charge, the HUMMER EV will be a real test of GM's all-new Ultium battery architecture.
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|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Fast, easy, and flexible automated material removal|
The OnRobot Sander includes everything you need to get a robotic sanding application started quickly and easily: a plug-and-play sanding tool, a variety of standard 3M sanding and polishing pads, easy-to-use programming software, an optional force/torque sensor, and a Grit Changer that enables automated switching between different sanding grits without operator intervention. All of the advanced features are supported on Universal Robots cobots, but the tool is easily integrated with any major robot brand.
Get Sander info.
Watch how to build a sanding application.
|Plane cabin cleaning: United adds antimicrobial robot sprayer|
United Airlines recently announced that it is adding Zoono Microbe Shield, an EPA-registered antimicrobial coating that forms a long-lasting bond with surfaces and inhibits the growth of microbes, to the airline's safety and cleaning procedures. The product, which lasts a full week, is applied using NovaRover robot sprayers made by MicroSonic Solutions. United is currently applying the microbe shield on aircraft at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The airline expects to expand it to each of its six other hubs and approximately 200 U.S. airports where United aircraft remain overnight in the coming months.
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