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October 20, 2020Volume 16 Issue 40


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PolyDrill® Multi-Spindle Heads
Multiple drill heads are available for a variety of machine OEMs. Two-spindle up to 10-spindle units, with fixed or flex shaft power, adjustable or fixed hole pitches and compact designs allow adaptability for the machine builder, integrator or assembly line designer. Holes in most material from 0.06"-1".
Contact Lee Coleman at Suhner for all the details.
706-314-2927

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In this issue of Designfax

  • Rolls-Royce world's fastest all-electric plane update
  • 100,000x higher sensitivity for thermal imaging, radar
  • Carbon metal wires for carbon-based computers
  • World first: Overmolded transmission control unit
  • Smarter retail logistics: Self-driving robot retrieval
  • Engineer's Toolbox: Maximizing retention of spring pins
  • Retaining rings and wave springs solutions
  • Pick, measure, and sort small parts: Robotic workstation
  • Making motors safer in explosive atmospheres
  • Specifying actuators 101: Actuator know-how
  • New standard set for automotive-grade lidar
  • New beltless conveyor is a pretty slick system
  • 316 mph: U.S.-made Tuatara supercar is world's fastest
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Universal Robots help Chicago die caster win jobs
    • Get parts fast -- from the inventor of 3D printing
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Jeep beast: Wrangler Rubicon Concept has Hemi V8
    • What's up with the U.S. Space Force? DOD update
    • Sensor detects COVID-19 in under 10 min.
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Rolls-Royce ACCEL electric plane

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Feature articles
Rolls-Royce completes ground testing for world's fastest all-electric plane tech

Rolls-Royce is one step closer to getting its experimental ACCEL project airplane together and in the air to compete for the title of world's fastest all-electric aircraft. The sport-class racer includes a 500-hp electric powertrain and a battery with enough energy to supply 250 homes.
Read the full article.
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Fix, connect, and lock various jig and fixture systems with the GN 314 L-handle rapid release pins.


Image - Sensor with 100,000x higher sensitivity could bolster thermal imaging, radar
Sensor with 100,000x higher sensitivity could bolster thermal imaging, radar
U.S. Army-funded research has developed a new microwave radiation sensor with 100,000 times higher sensitivity than currently available commercial sensors. Its developers say better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications, and radar.
Read the full article.

Image - Carbon metal wires create path to carbon-based computers
Carbon metal wires create path to carbon-based computers
Transistors based on carbon rather than silicon could potentially boost computers' speed and cut their power consumption more than a thousandfold -- think of a mobile phone that holds its charge for months -- but the set of tools needed to build working carbon circuits has remained incomplete until now.
Read the full article.

Image - World first: Transmission control unit with comprehensive overmolding tech
World first: Transmission control unit with comprehensive overmolding tech
Vitesco Technologies, a spinoff of Continental, has developed a new, globally unique manufacturing process for a transmission control unit that doesn't require a separate housing -- the high-tech electronics are completely overmolded, and the unit is screwed directly into the transmission.
Read the full article.

Image - Smarter retail logistics with self-driving robot retrieval
Smarter retail logistics with self-driving robot retrieval
Small motors and motion controllers from FAULHABER are what make the TORU picker robot so versatile. With an eye on the relentlessly growing sector of online retail, logistics and material-handling companies are eager for ways to increase efficiency, particularly through automation and digitalization. For the handling operations inside the self-driving logistics robot, TORU relies on FAULHABER motion systems with integrated motion control.
Read the full article.

Image - Engineer's Toolbox: <br>How to maximize retention of spring pins
Engineer's Toolbox:
How to maximize retention of spring pins

Spring pins are used in many different assemblies for a variety of reasons: to serve as hinge pins and axles, to align components, or simply to fasten multiple components together. When properly implemented, they provide reliable, robust joints with excellent retention. SPIROL Application Engineer Evan Dowell runs through the dos and don'ts of using spring pins.
Read the full article.

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Retaining rings and wave springs solutions
Finding the best possible solution for your design challenge is no easy task. That's why Smalley is here to help you find the right wave spring, retaining ring, or constant section ring for all of your applications. Choose from one of our 12 product types, 400 sizes, and 10,000+ standard parts in carbon and stainless steel, or challenge our team of engineers to tailor a custom part fit to your exact application requirements.
Request free samples today!

Image - Pick, measure, and sort small parts with one robotic workstation
Pick, measure, and sort small parts with one robotic workstation
New Scale Robotics has introduced its Q-Span Automated Small-Part Measurement Systems for quality control (QC) teams in high-mix, small-batch manufacturing environments. Q-Span Systems combine robotic pick-and-place with automated measurement of small parts. They easily integrate into existing workflows in the QC lab or on the production floor, automating the tedious manual process of measuring parts with digital calipers. Neat.
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Image - Making motors safer and easier to control in explosive atmospheres
Making motors safer and easier to control in explosive atmospheres
Motors and sensors go hand in hand. The EX range of motors already feature a wide range of sensors that deliver feedback on various parameters. Now, Parker has added a HIPERFACE DSL encoder to the EX range of motors with explosion-proof enclosures. This makes it even simpler to control and monitor the EX servo motors using a Parker Servo Drive controller.
Red this informative Parker blog.

Image - Specifying actuators 101: Actuator know-how for machine design engineers
Specifying actuators 101: Actuator know-how for machine design engineers
If you're designing a new machine, these tips on actuator know-how from Tolomatic will simplify your process -- plus give you lots of resources to consult. Learn about selecting the right actuator (rod or rodless), tips for specifying rod actuators, and which screw to choose. This information is also provided in a detailed ebook for you to save.
Read this informative Tolomatic blog.

Image - New standard set for automotive-grade lidar
New standard set for automotive-grade lidar
The Vista-X90 is the newest addition to Cepton's Vista-X automotive-grade sensor family. Priced at less than a thousand bucks for high-volume automotive applications, it sets a new benchmark for high performance at low power in a compact form factor. It is ideally suited for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs). Weighing less than 900 g, the Vista-X90 achieves up to 200 m range at 10% reflectivity with an outstanding angular resolution of 0.13 degrees and state-of-the-art power consumption.
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Image - New beltless conveyor is a pretty slick system
New beltless conveyor is a pretty slick system
Dorner's new ERT250 Conveyors use Edge Roller Technology and sliding trays to provide low back pressure accumulation, non-contact zoning, and conventional transport -- all without a belt. This clever conveying system features a clean, open roller design and is ideal for assembly automation and cleanroom applications.
Learn more and see it work.

Image - 316 mph: U.S.-made Tuatara supercar is fastest production car in the world
316 mph: U.S.-made Tuatara supercar is fastest production car in the world
Bye-bye, Bugatti. SSC North America set the new world record for the fastest production car on Oct. 10 on a 7-mile stretch of public road outside Las Vegas. With an average speed of 316.11 mph for two runs, the 1,750-hp SSC Tuatara -- the only supercar manufactured in the United States -- blew past the Bugatti Veyron's record of 267.8 mph set in 2010. The Tuatara, which reached 331 mph in one of the record-breaking runs, features a 5.9-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and a CIMA 7-speed semi-automatic transmission.
View the exclusive Top Gear video.
Read more about the Tuatara in Designfax.

Most popular last issue

Image - Jeep beast: Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept has Hemi V8
Jeep beast: Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept has Hemi V8
While Ford was busy debuting its new Bronco in July, the crafty product engineers over at Jeep had their own impressive new creation to show off: a 450-hp Wrangler Rubicon Concept featuring a Hemi V8 and a load of enhancements for rugged outdoor fun. Word on the street is this beast is really likely to be produced. Wait until you hear it roar.
Read the full article.

Image - What's up with the U.S. Space Force? DOD gives update
What's up with the U.S. Space Force? DOD gives update
Why do we need a Space Force, and what does it aim to do? The Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and the Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond gave their updates in September at the Air Force Association's Virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference. Is "Star Wars" just around the corner -- or is it already here?
Read the full article.

Image - Sensor detects COVID-19 in under 10 min. and could be used at home
Sensor detects COVID-19 in under 10 min. and could be used at home
Caltech researchers have developed a new type of multiplexed test (a test that combines multiple kinds of data) with a low-cost sensor that may enable the at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection through rapid analysis of small volumes of saliva or blood, without the involvement of a medical professional, in less than 10 minutes.
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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