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Application Note: Flame Barriers for LED Luminaire Lighting Systems

High quality flame barriers help improve the thermal management performance for LED lighting systems. This application sheet explains more about the various innovative materials that have been developed specifically for LED lighting applications and how working with an experienced converter like Fabrico can lead to successful thermal management.
Application Note: Unitronics’ Vision120™ PLC + HMI Automates Quantitative Chemical Analyses: Improves Quality, Saves Time and Reduces Costs


In various process industries such as petroleum, chemical, drinking water, and wastewater, facilities often conduct laboratory tests through quantitative chemical analysis to determine the unknown concentration of a known reactant within the system. These measurements require a huge amount of laboratory manpower. By automating these measurements with Unitronics’ Vision120™ PLC & HMI, NEXTChem Process Analyzers, Inc. was able to drastically reduce the time between analyses from hours to minutes.
Webcast: Discover the World of Plastic Bearings


Plastic bearings can replace steel or bronze bearings in almost any application, whether rotating, oscillating, or linear. In this webinar, learn about the characteristics of plastic plain bearings, the different polymer materials available, and the many benefits these types of bearings offer in comparison to metal bearing alternatives.
White paper: TechTalk: DryLin® ZLW Belt Actuators by igus®


The DryLin ZLW tooth-belt driven linear actuators were designed as low-cost, shorter lead-time alternatives to traditional re-circulating ball bearing systems. As with all DryLin products, they are engineered with wear-resistant, dry-running linear bearings which do not require any maintenance, and offer technical advantages in many applications.
White paper: Reduce Energy Consumption With Plastic Cable Carriers


igus® Energy Chain® cable carrier systems not only transport energy, data and media to various types of machines, but also greatly influence energy costs. By taking new ideas, like using rolling action on carriers instead of gliding, and replacing heavy steel with lightweight, heavy-duty plastic, using a different design cable carrier, such as igus®’ Rol E-Chain® Series P4 for very long travels and high speeds, can lead to significant technical and cost advantages.
White paper: 4 Reasons To Use Environmentally Friendly Plastic Bushings


In the words of Kermit the Frog, “It ain't easy being green.” Kermit has a point– these days, many companies are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. Becoming more environmentally friendly does not happen overnight, however. Rather, it is a culmination of changes that take place over time, in a number of different areas. While it might sound insignificant, using dry-running plastic bushings can greatly decrease any negative effects on the environment.
White paper: The Latest in Slewing Ring Bearing Technology


Roller slewing rings have been the only choice for rotating or turntable applications, but for your next project you might want to consider a new technology: sliding-element slewing ring bearings. Sliding slewing ring bearings can be considered a middle-ground solution. While they don’t offer the same level of precision or load capacity that a rolling element does, sliding slewing ring bearings do offer a high-performance, lower-cost alternative.
Special Digital Edition: Technology Roundup: The Latest Trends in 3D Printing
Design News 

3D printing is not some futuristic technology. And it’s not something that's just for the upper echelon. It’s here and now, and it’s technology that’s readily available. Not only that, it’s nearing a price point that puts it into the category of something you can’t afford not to have. This Technology Roundup will explain what options are available to you, how you can implement this technology, and how you should properly set your expectations with respect to 3D printing. Sponsored by Stratasys.
Video: The Crossed Roller Bearing That Ends Cage Creep
NB Corp 

This 4:47 video graphically explains how the STUDROLLER™ guarantees zero slippage even for extremely fast acceleration and deceleration within 30-600mm travel ranges using NB’s new Anti-Creep Cage Technology. This crossed-roller linear bearing or slideway, lowers component costs and allows more compact designs.
White paper: 3D Measurement Arm Technology
FARO Tecnologies 

Articulating arms combine the efficiency, reliability and accuracy of a traditional CMM with the portability and simplicity of hand tools. With the addition of a laser line scanner, parts that were once considered sophisticated or complex can now be easily inspected with an arm. Read this white paper to learn how to achieve reduced scrap, faster inspections, fewer defects and an improvement in product quality by implementing an articulating arm for your inspection and manufacturing needs.
White paper: An Introduction to 3D Measurement Technology
FARO Tecnologies 

In today's increasingly technical marketplace, there is a constant need for gathering three-dimensional data on parts, products, and environments. Whether it's small machined parts requiring precision diameters, alignment of large equipment or setting up machine tools, or even documenting entire buildings and environments. Read this whitepaper to learn how three-dimensional measurement data can help your company make more informed decisions and produce better quality products.
White paper: Smoothing the Transition from Design to Manufacture: Best Practices

Simplify the Design-to-Production Transition. Getting commercial & industrial products to market faster is a challenge. A seamless transition from design to manufacturing is critical to prevent production headaches that may hamper success later on. Our white paper explains best practices for a trouble-free hand-off, including: assessing assembly process complexity early on, making cost-effective material sourcing decisions, and environmental tests that may be required.
White paper: 10 Reasons to Adopt Mobile Workstations for CAD

The benefits of mobile computing are impossible to ignore. Users are embracing it with gusto, as some studies show many users are in mobile mode” more often than they’re in the office. But design and engineering professionals have been slower to adopt mobile computing technology because the devices lacked sufficient power and performance, and didn’t support the software tools they need.
White paper: Top Three Reasons for Management to Support Workstation Replacement

The speed of business has increased dramatically in the last five years and is moving at veritable light speed compared to 10 years ago. In response, organizations are finding the ability to bring new ideas and products to market faster and to ensure that project development timelines are consistently met is critical to success.
Selector guide: Market Solutions
ebm-papst Inc. 

The Market Solutions Tool focuses on various industry markets and showcases the products ebm-papst offers as solutions to those applications.
White paper: Thermal Management

Master Bond, Inc. 

Films and preforms offer several advantages over liquid and paste adhesives. Find out how to increase manufacturing processes with these unique adhesives.
2013 CAD/CAM Performance Market Report

One of the best ways to gauge your performance as an engineer or designer is to see how your colleagues are responding to the major issues of the day. That’s why Lenovo and NVIDIA sponsored this broad-based CAD/CAM trends survey of the software and hardware issues that are impacting the industry.

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