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May 17, 2022Volume 18 Issue 19


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In this issue of Designfax

  • New turret for Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
  • Latest forging press tech reduces titanium part costs
  • Laser bursts drive fastest-ever logic gates
  • Bentley Bentayga EWB: Tool around like royalty
  • Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
  • 12 principles of modern military leadership: Part 2
  • Stepper motor with exceptionally high speed, dynamics
  • EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
  • Customize your geared stepper motors online
  • New PressFit encoders for small motors
  • Solenoids vs. voice coil actuators
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • Robot gripper optimizes machine tending
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Torpedo-like kills from the air: Air Force
    • Paper-thin loudspeaker: Any surface a audio source
    • Hyundai building giant robot 4x4s with legs
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion
    Cover Image: Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase

News

NIST finds wireless performance consistent across 5G millimeter-wave bands

New shape memory alloy discovered through artificial intelligence framework

Sony really planning to go into the electric car business with Honda

New catalyst tech provides a more sustainable way to make hydrogen for fuel cells and fertilizers



Feature articles

Image - New Soldier-protection turret developed for Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
New Soldier-protection turret developed for Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle
Soldiers are getting a chance to evaluate and train with a new armored turret system for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the latest U.S. Army platform within the high-priority Next Generation Combat Vehicle modernization program. The OCWS turret protects the vehicle commander, who operates as the gunner on the top side of the vehicle.
Read the full article.

Image - Latest forging press tech reduces costs of titanium parts
Latest forging press tech reduces costs of titanium parts
To produce large, complex titanium parts cost effectively, Pennsylvania-based FPD Company, a machine shop that produces aerospace and medical components, decided to invest in a unique new custom press capable of greater control with higher tonnage. The new equipment can produce near-net shapes that require minimal to no machining while significantly lowering titanium input costs.
Read the full article.

Image - Laser bursts drive fastest-ever logic gates -- big step to ultrafast computers
Laser bursts drive fastest-ever logic gates -- big step to ultrafast computers
Researchers have demonstrated a logic gate -- the building block of computation and information processing -- that operates at femtosecond timescales. The feat opens the door to information processing almost a million times faster than today's computers.
Read the full article.

Image - Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase SUV: Tool around like royalty
Bentley Bentayga Extended Wheelbase SUV: Tool around like royalty
How did Bentley bump up the luxe factor on its already over-the-top Bentayga SUV? It extended the wheelbase by 7 in. and concentrated on technology and materials that provide a top-of-the-line private-jet-like atmosphere on the ground. It's pure joy to drive, but owners may think sitting in the back provides the best seat in the house.
Read the full article.

Image - Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
Great Resource: Unit Conversion Tool
With Smalley's engineering tools, convert popular spring units such as force or retaining ring thrust capacities into metric units. Convert units such as mass and weight, angular measurements, velocities, temperatures, pressures, densities, and more! This is a very good resource to bookmark.
Learn more.

Image - 12 principles of modern military leadership: Part 2
12 principles of modern military leadership: Part 2
Leadership is paramount to the success of any army -- and any organization in general. Leaders not only make life-and-death decisions sometimes, but directly control the climate and quality of life of their subordinates. Capt. Ron Roberts of the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group discusses 12 fundamental leadership principles, citing educational and inspirational historical examples along the way. How much do they apply to what you do? Part 2 of 2.
Read the full article.

Image - FAULHABER AM3248 Stepper Motor: Exceptionally high speed and dynamics
FAULHABER AM3248 Stepper Motor: Exceptionally high speed and dynamics
With a maximum of 10,000 rpm, FAULHABER stepper motor AM3248 achieves a speed five times higher than comparable stepper motors and, combined with a gearhead reduction of 100:1, it delivers a torque of 5 Nm. It has a diameter of just 32 mm and is ideally suited for a wide range of applications including aerospace, lab automation, large optical systems, the semiconductor industry, robotics, and 3D printing.
Learn more.

Image - EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
EdgeCool cools computer servers in the rack
The new EdgeCool system for rack-mounted computer servers revolutionizes IT cooling by transforming server racks into their own portable, energy-saving server rooms. The patented split system from DENSO Products and Services Americas is made up of a condenser and an evaporator that fit easily into almost any open or sealed server rack. The self-contained equipment eliminates the need for more floor space, a dedicated server room, or disruptive and costly building modifications.
Learn more.

Image - Customize your geared stepper motors online
Customize your geared stepper motors online
Lin Engineering's hybrid stepper motors matched with High Precision Planetary Gearboxes are the perfect solution for applications that require higher torque. Their gearboxes are designed and manufactured in-house and offer low backlash and high efficiency. They are available in multiple popular gear ratios including 5:1, 10:1, 20:1, and 50:1.
Learn more.

Image - New PressFit encoders for small motors
New PressFit encoders for small motors
With the introduction of the evolutionary PressFit rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN, small-motor manufacturers finally have a better solution for incorporating automated mounting for feedback devices. This new ExI 11xx encoder series features a unique compact design that allows fast and simple mounting by press-fitting into a motor housing while still allowing surrounding space for cables and seals. PressFit encoders are made for integration into motors with a flange size as small as 40 mm x 40 mm or an axis height of only 20 mm.
Learn more.

Image - Solenoids vs. voice coil actuators
Solenoids vs. voice coil actuators
What are the differences between solenoids and voice coil actuators? Engineers at Moticont have the answers in a new blog entry. Both of these devices are electromechanical units capable of accomplishing similar tasks. Learn the major differences between the two so you can select the correct device type for your application.
Read the Moticont blog.

Most popular last issue

Image - Torpedo-like kills from the air: Air Force tests QUICKSINK smart anti-ship missile
Torpedo-like kills from the air: Air Force tests QUICKSINK smart anti-ship missile
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab and its testing team recently demonstrated a new low-cost, air-delivered capability for defeating maritime threats by successfully destroying a full-scale surface vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
Read the full article.

Image - Paper-thin loudspeaker: Any surface an audio source
Paper-thin loudspeaker: Any surface an audio source
MIT engineers have developed a paper-thin loudspeaker that can turn any surface into an active audio source -- and it's made with a deceptively simple fabrication technique. It also uses only a fraction of the energy required by a traditional loudspeaker.
Read the full article.

Image - Hyundai building giant robot 4x4s with legs -- in Montana
Hyundai building giant robot 4x4s with legs -- in Montana
Like something out of a Star Wars movie, Hyundai is aiming to build giant 4x4 robotic vehicles -- in Montana. The project will be part of a new Hyundai New Horizons Studio branch, a unit focused on the development of Ultimate Mobility Vehicles in Bozeman.
Read the full article.

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
Efficient, reliable and flexible robot gripper optimizes machine tending operations
To continuously deliver high-quality results to its customers, WEFAG AG not only invested in new CNC machines, but also deployed a collaborative application with the 3FG15 gripper from OnRobot to tend the CNC machines. This makes it possible for the Swiss family-owned company to meet extremely short delivery times and smaller batch sizes confidently, while also reducing the workload of employees, who can now focus on more demanding tasks.
Watch how the 3FG15 delivered an ROI in 2 months.
Learn more: How to automate machine tending.

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