|May 16, 2023||Volume 19 Issue 19|
|High-performance linear motors: A technical overview|
Linear motors are found in everything from automated optical inspection machines to amusement park rides -- and even aircraft carrier jet launchers. Learn about the different types available for industrial use, their principles of operation, history of development, design methods, and applications in this in-depth overview from HIWIN Corp. Lots to learn here.
Read the full HIWIN article.
|New tapered section rings from Smalley!|
Smalley is bringing you even more retaining ring solutions! When you need a quick and economical heavy-duty ring, their newest standard series, Tapered Section Rings (circlips), is here to secure your assembly needs. They can be axially installed into a bore/shaft groove to safely secure assemblies in place. In stock from 0.25 - 3", or 3 - 75 mm in Spring Steel SAE 1060 and 1074.
Learn more and request no-cost samples to test.
|Universal Robots debuts world's first cobot spot welder|
Universal Robots -- the maker of the most widely used collaborative robot arm in the manufacturing industry -- and its development partners will show off a host of exciting new cobot-related technologies at the Automate show in Detroit May 22-25, including the world's first cobot spot welder, designed and manufactured by Pro Spot International. Palletizers, case packers, process automation cells, and more will also be demonstrated. Lots of neat new tech here.
Read the full article.
|New Elite Robots cobot handles 20-kg payload|
Elite Robots will unveil the CS620, its new 20-kg payload model, at the EASTEC trade show, May 16-18 in West Springfield, MA. This unit is part of the company's next-gen CS series and stands out for its remarkable ease of use, safety, and expandability. The CS series is based on an advanced software infrastructure, with an intuitive and modular graphical user interface that supports the Python scripting language and self-developed plug-ins, offering a high level of customization for programmers. See what else sets Elite Robots cobots apart with over 10,000 units deployed worldwide.
|Build your own mini synchronous drive systems|
With the Miniature Synchronous Drive System from Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), you can put your own 1-, 2-, or 3-mm design together in a snap. The tiny timing belts and pulleys are engineered and manufactured to give high accuracy and smooth, dependable operation in 3D printers, moving security cameras, med devices, robotic surgical equipment, self-service machines, and more. Advantages include no-slip synchronization, accurate positioning, high torque transmission with low backlash, quiet operation, and long belt life.
|New high-performance metals for 3D printing|
3D Systems has added two new materials to its materials portfolio. Certified HX is a high-performance nickel alloy that contains a higher percentage of molybdenum (up to 9.5%) vs. other nickel alloys, which enhances strength and resistance to corrosion, creep deformation, cracking, and oxidation in hot-zone environments. Certified CuCr2.4 is a high-strength, corrosion-resistant copper alloy that is significantly stronger than pure copper and easier to process. Both materials are certified for use with the company's DMP Flex 350 and DMP Factory 350 3D printers. Applications include industrial gas turbines, consumer goods, aerospace and defense, and automotive.
|Designing electric actuators into food processing equipment|
Stay one step ahead of regulators and food manufacturers -- who are requiring cleaner, safer machine designs from their OEM machine builders -- by using these five tips from Tolomatic for designing electric actuators into food processing equipment. Machine designers can meet manufacturer expectations and comply with food-safety standards by applying these key best practices.
Read the full Tolomatic article.
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|NASA extracts oxygen from lunar soil simulant|
Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston have successfully extracted oxygen from simulated lunar soil. Resources like oxygen, which can be used for breathing and as a propellant, are crucial building blocks to establishing a long-term presence on the Moon.
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|Road boss: BMW XM Label Red super SUV|
V8 + e-motor = 748 hp
You can drive around like an ultimate road boss in the new BMW XM Label Red, the brand's most powerful road-legal BMW M car ever. The luxe performance SUV's distinctive accents and styling are sure to get you noticed. Its combined V8 and electric motor hybrid powertrain provide the super-oomph to take you anywhere, and its cushy, race-inspired interior is something to behold.
Read the full article.
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