|December 13, 2022||Volume 18 Issue 46|
|Your Guide to Robotic Palletizing|
Palletizing is labor intensive, repetitive and unergonomic work, which makes it ideally suited to automation. And with global manufacturing in the midst of a very real labor crisis, companies are keenly exploring automated solutions to their painful palletizing problems. Get your OnRobot eBook, a simple guide that will take you through the main considerations and requirements of implementing automation in your palletizing processes successfully.
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|High entropy alloy is toughest material ever devised|
Scientists have measured the highest toughness ever recorded, of any material, while investigating a metallic alloy made of chromium, cobalt, and nickel. Not only is the metal extremely ductile and impressively strong, its strength and ductility improve as it gets colder -- a real oddity in materials science.
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|Nexen expands precision rotary indexer line|
The Motor Ready Sealed (MRS) precision rotary indexer maintains the benefits of Nexen's existing patented precision roller pinion drive design -- zero backlash, high precision, high torque, and high acceleration -- while delivering significant new benefits. A high roller pinion-to-gear ratio allows users to direct drive the system with the addition of a servo motor, eliminating the cost of a reducer. For high-load applications, the customer can drive the system with a reducer/motor combination. Additionally, the gear-to-pinion reaction loads are fully supported, so the servo motor shaft is not subjected to radial loading, which eliminates the need for costly high output-capacity reducers in high-load applications.
|Brush or brushless DC motors? What are the tradeoffs?|
Designing a system that involves motion and performs as intended requires choosing the right motor. The most fundamental decision involves commutation type. In some cases, mechanically commutated brush motors provide the best solution for the budget. In other cases, only brushless DC (BLDC) motors will do. Allied Motion provides a comprehensive review of the technology, along with tips and tricks for choosing the right solution for a given application.
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|New sizes: SureFrame cut-to-length T-slotted rails|
AutomationDirect has added new 30 x 60 mm and 60 x 60 mm profiles to its SureFrame 30 Series lineup of cut-to-length T-slotted extruded aluminum rails. These structures are lightweight, economical, versatile, and easy to construct, with uses ranging from stands that hold barcode scanners and label applicators to OEM machines made entirely of T-slotted aluminum rail. The rails are available in the most popular profiles and dimensions, are compatible with many other brands, and can be cut to your specified lengths in increments of 0.001 in. with no cutting fees.
|Siemens offers Virtual Product Expert for CNC|
Siemens has introduced the Virtual Product Expert (VPE), a new online support program for its CNC machine tool users, machine builders, dealers, and importers. Through the VPE program, customers can interact directly with a SINUMERIK CNC product expert and have their specific operation and programming questions answered, from the basic functions of the control to the most advanced machining technology aspects of the hardware and software suites. Best of all, this service is offered to all Siemens CNC community members at no cost.
|Image sensor for virtual reality, drones, machine vision|
OMNIVISION has just announced the OG0VE global shutter (GS) image sensor, a small-form-factor, high-sensitivity device for AR/VR/MR, metaverse, drone, machine vision, and barcode scanner products. This new-generation image sensor is 26% smaller and more than 50% more power efficient than its predecessor. It supports one-lane MIPI D-PHY at up to 800 Mbps and was designed to address the high market demand for the smallest and lowest power-consuming cameras.
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|Air Force unveils new B-21 Raider stealth bomber|
The U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense, along with employees/developers from Northrop Grumman, hosted a big reveal of the B-21 Raider stealth bomber -- the first new, long-range strike bomber in more than 30 years -- on the night of Friday, Dec. 2. We present the official version of what was shown at the event, along with many of the details that were left out of the celebrations.
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|Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action|
|Review: What's new in SOLIDWORKS 2018-2023|
SOLIDWORKS has introduced significant enhancements to optimize your CAD productivity over the past 6 years. Catch up with the best enhancements to parts, assemblies, and drawings from SOLIDWORKS 2018 to SOLIDWORKS 2023. You may discover a valuable feature or two that you've missed along the way, such as custom properties, the texture tool, the silhouette defeature, or alternate position views.
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