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September 22, 2020Volume 16 Issue 36


Image - Advanced Inductive Linear Position Sensors Unaffected by Magnetic Fields
Advanced Inductive Linear Position Sensors Unaffected by Magnetic Fields
TF1 touchless position sensors feature advanced inductive technology. Sensors are highly accurate, robust, immune to EMI and magnetic filings. Linearity is +/-0.025%, speeds to 10 kHz; operates up to 100 g shock and 20 g vibration.
See video and specifications.

In this issue of Designfax

  • Flying-V plane prototype makes first successful flight
  • EV Tech: Wasted heat warms cabin, extends winter range
  • Can ultraviolet communication transform Army networks?
  • All-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX: King of the mountain
  • Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray
  • Roller coaster tech: HeavyDuty encoders deliver reliable speed data
  • Be a better machine designer: SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal
  • CAD/CAM skills: Mastercam training on the house
  • Miniature copper pad thermocouple
  • Enclosure sensors, heaters, door switches, and LED lighting
  • Safety: Electromechanical actuators vs. hydraulic cylinders
  • Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
  • Cool Tools: Hexagon RS6 high-speed laser scanner
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Recommended: New advanced inductive tech sensor
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
    • GM industry-first wireless battery management
    • First new Maserati supercar in 15 years: MC20
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

News

Doubling up layers of affordable solar thin films produces a cell with 34% efficiency

Like making spaghetti: Brazilian researcher creates an ultra-simple and inexpensive method to fabricate optical fiber

Should commercial planes fly in formation like flocks of birds? Airbus thinks it's a real energy saver

Rotating detonation rocket engine test-fired for first time at UAH's Johnson Research Center



Image - 20,000 Stock Metric Gears
20,000 Stock Metric Gears
KHK USA Inc offers the largest selection of stock metric gears in North America. With over 200 types, in more than 20,000 configurations, KHK USA offers the broadest selection of metric spur gears, helical gears, internal ring gears, gear racks, bevel gears, worms and wormwheels, and other gear types.
See what KHK USA has in stock for you today.

Feature articles

Image - Flying-V plane prototype makes first successful flight
Flying-V plane prototype makes first successful flight
A 1:20-scale model of an experimental plane design called the Flying-V successfully completed its first flight this summer. The aircraft's energy-efficient design integrates the passenger cabin, the cargo hold, and the fuel tanks in the wings. It wasn't all smooth sailing for the TU Delft university team who created the technology and performed the tests, but things are certainly looking up.
Read the full article.

Image - EV Tech: Once-wasted heat now warms cabin, extends winter range
EV Tech: Once-wasted heat now warms cabin, extends winter range
All-electric vehicles from Hyundai and Kia will soon feature a new and improved heat pump system aimed at maximizing driving range in low temperatures. It scavenges waste heat from the electronic and other systems to warm the cabin.
Read the full article.

Image - Can ultraviolet communication help transform Army networks?
Can ultraviolet communication help transform Army networks?
U.S. Army researchers are studying the detectability of ultraviolet communication systems in a bid to deliver more secure military networks. Ultraviolet communication has unique propagation characteristics. They allow for a novel non-line-of-sight optical link, and the transmissions may be harder for an adversary to detect.
Read the full article.

Image - All-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX: King of the mountain
All-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX: King of the mountain
Watch out Ford F-150 Raptor. There's a new big, bad, and brawny top truck in town. The all-new 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is the fastest and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world. It features a 702-hp 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8, a 0- to 60-mph time of 4.5 sec, an armored body, and tons of new tech that makes it not only king of the mountain but a comfy and capable all-round workhorse too.
Read the full article.

Image - Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray began as a lump of clay
Podcast: Masters of Engineering -- Corvette Stingray began as a lump of clay
In a 17-year career at GM, Senior Industrial Design Sculptor Mark Ferri led the teams designing the exteriors and interiors of vehicles such as the Corvette Stingray, the Camaro 6, and the Chevy Colorado and Trailblazer. Many of these sleek looks were first refined as full-size clay concept models before they were further developed in 3D CAD. Recently, Ferris shared insights on conceptual design and prototyping as a guest on Onshape founder Jon Hirschtick's "Masters of Engineering" podcast. Ferri revealed the surprisingly critical role of physical human touch -- called cross-modal sensory perception -- in designing iconic cars.
Learn more and listen to the Onshape podcast. Very interesting.

Image - Roller coaster tech: HeavyDuty encoders deliver reliable speed data
Roller coaster tech: HeavyDuty encoders deliver reliable speed data
In Europe's biggest roller coaster, the Helix, POG 10 HeavyDuty incremental encoders from Baumer monitor the speed of the carriage's drive as it approaches the start ramp. The HeavyDuty technology guarantees high reliability and precision under extreme environmental conditions -- serving up thrills and reassuring safety for riders.
Read the full article.

Image - Be a better machine designer: SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal
Be a better machine designer: SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal
Robbie Hoyler, technical solutions manager, TPM, Inc., takes a look at how SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools can handle some of the most common issues and productivity sinks when manufacturing sheet metal parts. Hoyler addresses wrong and inconsistent flats, part alignment, complex cornering, and exporting to CNC using DXFs.
Read this informative SOLIDWORKS blog.

Image - Sharpen your CAD/CAM skills: Mastercam training is on the house
Sharpen your CAD/CAM skills: Mastercam training is on the house
Mastercam University offers 24/7 access to fully online training, and the courses are designed to be self-paced. Each lesson contains a set of learning objectives, assessment questions, and challenges to be completed. Users will earn a certificate for each course that is completed. Learn Principles of Machining, 2D Mill, 3D Mill, Mastercam Lathe, and more.
Read this informative Mastercam blog for more details.

Image - Miniature copper pad thermocouple
Miniature copper pad thermocouple
The new, easy-to-install CPTC series Copper Pad Surface Thermocouple Sensor from Harold G. Schaevitz Industries (HGSI) delivers high-performance surface temperature measurements reliably and consistently for metal, glass, or PCB board surfaces. Designed for R&D, testing applications, manufacturing engineering, and production environments, the 2.1-mm x 2.4-mm CPTC Copper Pad Surface Thermocouple Sensor can be bonded to a surface using an epoxy resin or cyanoacrylate-based glue.
Learn more.

Image - Enclosure sensors, heaters, door switches, and LED lighting
Enclosure sensors, heaters, door switches, and LED lighting
New STEGO enclosure products available from AutomationDirect include a temperature/humidity sensor, a unique form-factor heater, enclosure door switches, and new LED lights. The compact "Smart Sensor" electronically measures temperature and humidity and converts the measured data into a standardized analog 4- to 20-mA signal. The 8-mm flat heater provides an evenly distributed temperature within enclosures, and the ultra-thin design makes it particularly suitable for high-density electronic applications. Enclosure door switches can be used to switch a light when opening a door or to activate a fan when closing a door. STEGO Varioline magnetic and screw-mount enclosure lights are compact, powerful LED lamps capable of fully illuminating even very large enclosures. The glare-free 360-degree rotatable LED tube has a service life of 60,000 hours.
Learn more.

Image - Safety: Electromechanical actuators vs. hydraulic cylinders
Safety: Electromechanical actuators vs. hydraulic cylinders
Linear motion machine designers are increasingly specifying electromechanical actuators because they are cleaner, easier to control, and require less maintenance than hydraulic cylinders. Often overlooked, however, are the many intrinsic safety benefits that come with using electromechanical solutions.
Read this informative Thomson article.

Image - Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
Great Resources: ABCs of gears and more
KHK USA takes you on a journey through the history and applications of gears in two information-packed, no-cost volumes called "The ABCs of Gears." Part A is aimed at beginners, while part B moves on to intermediate fare, such as types of gears and tooth forms, heat treatment, surface treatment, production methods, etc. Another mid-level text called "Introduction to Gears" and an in-depth "Gear Technical Reference" are also available, chock full of materials information and calculation examples and tables. Best of all, there is no registration for any of these valuable PDF resources. Thanks, KHK USA!
Click here to learn more.

Image - Cool Tools: Hexagon RS6 high-speed laser scanner
Cool Tools: Hexagon RS6 high-speed laser scanner
The arm-mounted RS6 laser scanner available from Exact Metrology is designed for high-speed and high-accuracy scanning. When compared to other scanners, the RS6 has a 3x faster frame rate, a 30% wider laser stripe, and excellent scanning performance on difficult surfaces. Its unique SHINE technology allows you to scan 99% of parts without touching the scanner exposure -- even on glossy surfaces. It scans up to 1.2 million points/sec with a scan rate of 300 Hz.
Learn more.

Most popular last issue

Image - Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
Hydrofoil speedboat set for full-on production
Swedish tech company Candela Speed Boat is revving up production of the world's first hydrofoiling all-electric boat. With zero emissions, an extremely small wake, and the ability to fly more than a foot above the water at a top speed of 30 knots, the all-carbon-fiber Candela Seven aims to upend the nautical industry.
Read the full article.

Image - GM's electric vehicles will include industry's first wireless battery management system
GM's electric vehicles will include industry's first wireless battery management system
General Motors will be the first automaker to use an almost completely wireless battery management system, or wBMS, for production electric vehicles. This wireless system, developed with Analog Devices, will be a primary driver of GM's ability to ultimately power many different types of electric vehicles from a common set of battery components.
Read the full article.

Image - First new Maserati supercar in 15 years: MC20
First new Maserati supercar in 15 years: MC20
Good things come to those who wait -- at least if you're a Maserati fan. After a long supercar dry spell, the Italian luxe car maker has come through with the bold and yet refined MC20. It is the 630-hp successor to the MC12 and features a new twin-turbo V6 engine design and smooth lines that give it a lot of swagger. All-electric and convertible versions are also in the works.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Recommended: New advanced inductive technology sensor with 10X faster response
This video demonstrates how Novotechnik's new TF1 position sensor enables improved performance for your machine application. The TF1 Series provides high accuracy and speed, EMI immunity, robustness, and unimpeded operation in the presence of metal filings and flakes. This technology is the new standard replacing magnetostrictive for position measurement. Lots more to learn here!
View the video. Benefits and specs also provided on page.

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