|August 02, 2022||Volume 18 Issue 29|
|60 years ago: NASA decides on lunar orbit rendezvous for moon landing|
In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the national goal of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth before the end of the decade. Managers at NASA needed to select the technique to reach the Moon within the given timeframe. They considered three options, including a Lunar Orbit Rendezvous that posed the huge risk of stranding astronauts far from home with no possible rescue if it failed.
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|All-electric Chevy Blazer EV: Style and power|
New from the ground up, the 2024 Blazer EV features athletic styling and performance cues inspired by the Camaro and Corvette. It will be offered in multiple distinct trims -- including a 557-hp SS version that will do 0 to 60 in under 4 sec -- with multiple range options up to 320 miles on a full charge.
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|Understanding electric traction and steering for autonomous robots, AGVs, and lift trucks|
Electrically driven vehicles, including warehouse and factory-floor trucks, hoists, pushers, tuggers, and various types of mobile robots, are clean, quiet, and more precise than hydraulic solutions and can handle loads up to 20,000 lb, in many cases. Learn all about traction actuators from Allied Motion for these vehicles, including discrete and integrated power wheels, electric steering solutions, and design approaches.
Read this informative Allied Motion article.
|Mastercam 2023: 6 tips to streamline workflow|
Mastercam 2023, the latest edition of the leading CAD/CAM software, has been upgraded to make programming even faster and easier. It prioritizes streamlining workflow so the entire machining process -- from design to QC -- is as efficient as possible. Check out these six tips and features to help you maximize the benefits of Mastercam 2023.
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|Custom maintenance-free toothed belt pulleys delivered in just 48 hr|
Motion plastics leader igus has expanded its 3D-print and online ordering offering to include custom-format toothed belt pulleys. Toothed belt pulleys are a common component in many machines and are widely used in linear drives of printers, robots, and packaging machines. However, if an individual variant is required, developing a custom component can take days or even weeks. igus now offers manufacturing by 3D printing, reducing delivery times from several weeks to just 48 hours.
|IronHorse jet pump and stainless steel motors|
AutomationDirect has added the new, economical IronHorse MTRJ series of jet pump motors to their AC motor lineup. They come in a TEFC enclosure with a 56J frame that has a threaded shaft for direct connection to a jet pump, and are available in 120/230 VAC from 1/3 to 2 hp and in 208-230/460 VAC from 1/3 to 3 hp at 3,600 rpm. AutomationDirect has also added the MTS series of IronHorse motors that offer premium efficiency (EISA compliant) and come with an IP69K-rated stainless steel construction that can survive the harshest of environments. They are available in sizes from 1/3 to 20 hp in 208-230/480 VAC 3-phase and in speeds of 1,200, 1,800, and 3,600 rpm.
|Hybrid stepper motor with 8-pin integrated connector|
Lin Engineering's NEMA 23 (57-mm) hybrid stepper motor can be ordered with an 8-pin integrated connector that allows for multiple connection options. Standard and customized windings and shaft options are available to match your performance requirements, as well as customizable leads and wire harness. This high-volume-availability motor may be the perfect drop-in replacement for your designs if you are experiencing supply chain issues.
|Protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging|
Littelfuse has announced the new ITV4030, a series of 22-A, three-terminal, surface-mountable Li-ion battery protectors ideal for use in a wide range of data communications interfaces for consumer electronics including tablets, robotic appliances, and power tools. These 4- x 3-mm devices protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging (overvoltage) conditions. The innovative design uses embedded fuse and heater elements that provide fast response and reliable performance to interrupt the charging or discharging circuit before the battery pack becomes overcharged or overheated.
|Machine-ready blanks from TCI Precision Metals|
TCI Precision Metals will be showing its precision Machine-Ready Blanks capabilities to customers at IMTS 2022 this September. Machine-Ready Blanks of aluminum, stainless steel, and other alloys help shops shorten setup time, reduce scrap, and increase overall throughput up to 25% by eliminating material prep. These blanks are guaranteed to arrive machine-ready for production, with standard-size blanks in low quantities ready for immediate shipping, Custom blanks in production quantities can be ordered for quick turnaround.
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