New Flood-Lamp Systems are CE Marked for Standardized Global Use
Dymax The ECE Series UV Light-Curing Flood-Lamp Systems, recently introduced by Dymax Corporation, optimize safety and convenience for process-controlled cures. These powerful UV lamps ensure fully cured products and fast cure times resulting in increased manufacturing yields. ECE Series bulbs offer the industry’s most consistent intensity, have a 2,000-hour warranty, and are CE marked for worldwide, consistent use. A new product bulletin describes the lamps in detail and the benefits of using them.
New Adhesive Resists High Temperature and Moisture
Dymax New Ultra Light-Weld® 431 is a versatile adhesive for glass-to-glass and glass-to-metal applications. This material is resistant to high-temperature and high-moisture environments while maintaining superior adhesion and flexibility. It also features low shrinkage, which reduces stress on the bond line or on larger cured surfaces. A new web page describes 431 in detail and features a downloadable product data sheet.
Customized Masking Solutions Don't Require Customized Masks
Dymax If you’re masking with conventional methods, you know the challenges associated with complex design configurations and the need for reliable protection from aggressive chemical processes, high-temperature coatings, or other surface treatment processes. New article discusses the benefits of using light-curable masking resins versus traditional masking methods such as lacquers, waxes, and tapes and costly customized boots, plugs, or caps.
Intellectual Property Management Tools Help Protect Against Design Theft
Zuken IP theft is an ever-present danger to companies subcontracting manufacturing to EMS providers. The increase of IP theft is facilitated by electronically providing EMSs with detailed design information. A new generation of CAD software helps guard IP by enabling users to control what information is shared. By enforcing best practices in IP control, companies can be confident that suppliers only have the information required to do their job, helping to slow down, if not stop counterfeiting.
Light Matters Vol 12
Avnet A powerful new microcontroller, especially well ”ARM”ed for LEDs and Solid State Lighting, has entered the market. Perhaps you have heard of, or already use, 32-bit CPUs or microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the ARM architecture…
Light Matters Vol 11
Avnet One of the most fascinating applications for LEDs is based on the interplay of light and physiology. Over the last few years, it’s been the subject of over half of my papers and presentations. Physiology, in this case, isn’t necessarily limited to animals. Plants can be influenced in many potentially beneficial ways...
Light Matters Vol 10
Avnet Recently, I highlighted a very interesting CoB (Chip-on-Board) LED array from Sharp Microelectronics, called the “Tiger Zenigata”. The CoB concept entails placing tens to hundreds of individual tiny LED die in an array on a thermally-conductive substrate such as metal or alumina ceramic, then covering the entire area with a layer of phosphor. The result is an intense light source ideal for area-type lighting such as floodlights, street lights, down lights, etc...
Making Digital Audio Measurements on Devices that have Incompatible Logic Levels
Agilent Demands on faster, smaller and more energy efficient digital audio devices have driven the need for devices from operating at the traditional 5 V to core voltage levels of well below 1 V. These low voltages and the variety of different voltages in use between devices can result in interface compatibility problems as well as measurement issues. Read this application note and learn more about the potential issues.
Product Catalog: The RE 30 EB 15 W maxon DC motor for fine rotary motions
Maxon Precision Motors maxon windings and precious metal brushes generate higher torque. Haptic applications are well known in medical engineering, robotics, and aeronautics. For example: An active helicopter sidestick generates forces that provide tactile feedback to the pilot of a conventional system. Such applications require a special drive. maxon's ironless winding and precious metal commutation were predestined for these requirements.
White paper: Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot
Maxon Precision Motors In the world of robotics engineering there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. Either the robot has to be quasi-statically stable at every moment of movement, or it can walk like a human in a more dynamic manner, where if it stopped half-way through a step it would fall over. The real trick has always been keeping a dynamically walking robot upright.
Product Catalog: High-speed Synchronization with EPOS3 70/10 EtherCAT
Maxon Precision Motors The digital positioning controller EPOS3 70/10 EtherCAT meets the highest demands in real-time positioning of synchronized multi-axis systems. Extremely compact in size, the EPOS3 possesses a wide nominal power supply voltage range from 11 to 70 VDC and delivers a continuous output current of 10 A, during acceleration and deceleration even up to 25 A. Designed for DC brushed and brushless motors with a power range up to 700 Watts.
Product Catalog: Maxon motor launches configurable DC drives
Maxon Precision Motors When combined together, the maxon DCX, GPX and ENX form a high-precision, robust drive system ideal for any application from aerospace to medical to robotics. In fact anywhere that requires a compact, powerful, quiet and strong drive system. With just a few clicks of the mouse, it is possible to configure a powerful DCX drive with reliable and a fast delivery. In addition, detailed product data may be viewed immediately online and 3D CAD data for the configuration is available for downloading.
Product Catalog: ESCON 36/3 EC
Maxon Precision Motors Maxi in the matter of performance, control properties, and range of functions. Mini as far as price, size, and commissioning are concerned.
White paper: Firefighting Humanoid Robot
Maxon Precision Motors With funding from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa laboratory is designing and building their Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot, or SAFFiR.
White paper: Materials Matter: Read up on resin selection
Proto Labs This enlightening white paper guides you in the often daunting task of determining performance parameters of different thermoplastic materials, and selecting the best resin for your application. Get expert advice in this free white paper.
White Paper: Comparison of Interface Pressure Measurement Options
Tekscan Measuring the forces between two surfaces is critical in solving key problems faced by engineers. This white paper examines three types of interface pressure sensing technology: load cells, pressure indicating film, and tactile pressure sensors. The strengths & limitations of each technology are analyzed, as well as their influence on a variety of real-world applications. These measurements provide engineers & researchers with valuable data to enhance product quality, design, and efficiency.
Materials Engineering Key to Heat Transfer in LED Assembly
Fabrico While LED modules can offer significant benefits over filament and fluorescent lighting, decreased brightness, changes in color, and shortened life can result, unless careful consideration is given to the selection and use of materials in dissipating the heat produced by the LEDs.
Video: Ball Splines
NB Corp Six Load And Accuracy Factors Designed Into Ball Splines - This four minute video explaines the advantages of having four grooves on the shaft, 4-point contact of the ball to the raceway or groove, precisely ground and not drawn raceways, the keyless cylinder nut mounting system and more.
White Paper: Streamline the IC Design to Tapeout Process
Open Text Calling all IC designers. Cut your development time for the entire design flow, from initial concept and IP integration all the way through to placement and routing, including the final physical layout. As you’ll see in this detailed whitepaper, the OpenText Exceed onDemand design tool offers some inherent advantages unique to the space. The paper will also cover nanometer semiconductor design trends as a driver for an enterprise quality solution.
White Paper: NI's Control Design Guide for Next-Generation Machines
National Instruments The Control Design Guide for Next-Generation Machines explains the challenges machine builders face today and demonstrates proven methods and solutions to get ahead of the competition. Experience the impact graphical system design and customizable off-the-shelf hardware has on the design process and business success.
White Paper: Effective Thermal Management Is Key to Military/Aerospace Microelectronics
Fabrico Electronics used in military and aerospace applications are becoming increasingly smaller, more powerful, and more complex, generating excess heat. Fabrico works with its mil/aero customers to ensure that thermal management issues are addressed early in the design to avoid costly changes in manufacturing. Read our Application Note to learn more.
White Paper: Evaluating actuators for washdown in food and beverage applications
Tolomatic Pneumatic, hydraulic and electric actuators are critical moving components in equipment used for food and beverage processing and packaging. Materials, design, fabrication and maintenance affect actuator performance and compliance with food safety guidelines. White paper describes how to select the most appropriate actuators for these challenging environments.
White paper: Additive manufacturing drives production of race-ready parts.
Stratasys Additive manufacturing (AM) has been crucial in the motor sports world for years. Now, race teams are revealing that AM parts will go far beyond review and evaluation. They have found that AM is ready to hit the track and endure the rigors of high-speed racing. To learn how NASCAR and other automotive companies use additive manufacturing to design and test parts and prototypes for speed and performance download this whitepaper.
Boker’s 2013 Washer Catalog
Boker's Inc. Boker's 2013 Washer Catalog, providing a comprehensive reference guide for flat washer selection. This 60-page handbook is complete with detailed information on the company’s extensive sizing, material, secondary operations and more.
White paper: Fundamentals of Spectrum Analysis - Theory and Operation of Modern Spectrum Analyzers
Rohde & Schwarz This new Rohde & Schwarz primer on Spectrum Analyzer Fundamentals examines the theory of state-of-the-art spectrum analysis and describes how modern spectrum analyzers are designed and how they function. From the basics of FFT Analyzers to frequency selection and intermediate frequency signal processing to signal generators and their use, this white paper shows how the effects on the spectrum caused by the nonlinearity of real devices under test are derived mathematically.
White paper: Rexroth Hydraulics Performance Kit features “The Keys to Better Hydraulics”
Bosch Rexroth To help you choose the right hydraulic cylinder for your application, read "Cylinder Selection: The Key to Better Hydraulics", one of the many items featured exclusively in the new Rexroth Hydraulics Performance Kit. This specially created digital archive, free from Bosch Rexroth, can help improve the performance of your hydraulics-driven industrial and mobile systems. It features a unique array of expert hydraulics advice and engineering solutions, packaged in a convenient digital drive.
Design Flexibility eBook
PTC Two out of Five CAD users struggle to make late stage design changes. Learn how you can avoid recreating models and other re-work.
White Paper: Demystifying Ball Spline Specs
NB Corp How To Choose The Right Ball Spline For An Application. In this white paper, you’ll learn how the ball spline bushing’s load capacity (including moment load) can be increased by manipulating any of these factors: Four relate to the area of ball contact, i.e., the number of grooves in the shaft, the shape of the grooves, the length of the nut and of its raceways and how close the tolerances are. Five and six are shaft rigidity and mounting systems.
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Crossed Roller Bearing
NB Corp Crossed Roller Bearing Slide Way Secrets Unlocked. This white paper unveils the design features that have made crossed roller bearings popular in high precision applications that require very smooth motions and that don’t require lengthy stroke travels. It quantifies their broader contact surface resulting from their line of contact versus a ball bearing’s point contact and reveals the mechanism that eliminates any slippage of the retainer holding the crossed rollers.
Product Bulletin: BlueWave® LED DX-1000 Flexible LED UV Light-Curing System
Dymax The BlueWave® LED DX-1000 LED light-curing system is designed to provide users with significant advantages over conventional lamp-curing systems including cooler curing temperatures, lower intensity degradation over time, more consistent cure results, lower energy consumption, and reduced costs. A product bulletin describes the curing system, which utilizes an environmentally friendly, high-intensity LED light source for curing light-curable materials.
White Paper: Optimizing an LED Curing System
Dymax LED-powered curing systems continue to evolve with the goal of replacing conventional lamp-style curing systems that have been the industry standard for more than twenty-five years. The growth of LED curing equipment is driven by promises of lower operating costs and “green” benefits. This new white paper discusses the key technical variables that must be considered to properly evaluate and incorporate LED technology into a manufacturing process.
Selector Guide: See-Cure Adhesives
Dymax A new selector guide discusses revolutionary See-Cure technology which is a unique patented technology that enables visual confirmation of cure for Dymax light-curable adhesives. The guide provides an overview of See-Cure technology and includes a FAQs section, product selector and adhesion tables, types of applications, compatible curing and dispensing equipment, and reference tables.
User Guide: Designing for Moldability
Proto Labs Every process has its guidelines and limitations, injection molding is no exception. With this quick-reference user guide learn how to get real plastic molded parts made for your project faster. Get this free 16-page guide from Protomold and learn how to get the best possible results!
White Paper: Design Tips for Rapid Injection Molding Volume 9
Proto Labs Protomold's monthly Design Tips are a popular and useful resource for designers and design engineers. In our new Volume Nine you will find topics including: designing clips, elimination of unnecessary material, text, crush ribs, bridging tooling, injection molding gears.
eBook: Today's Advanced Hose and Hydraulic Systems eBook
Gates Corporatioin Modern industrial hose and hydraulic systems must meet rigorous safety and performance specifications. This Gates eBook highlights innovative approaches to testing, safety, diagnostics and monitoring. Get cost-saving tips on selecting the correct hose and components for your system, keeping your workers safe through preventive maintenance, and solving common hose problems. Download the Gates eBook.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.