An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 1/6/2014 7 comments Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 12/4/2013 3 comments SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
ABB Introduces New Breed of Safety PLCs
Product News 11/6/2013 3 comments The trend moves forward of safety controllers becoming more integrated with the overall control and software architecture on OEM automation machines. A good example is how a new breed of safety PLCs from ABB that combines advanced software to coordinate real-time motion with safety processing, along with redundant hardware, is helping to make this happen.
Full Flexibility in New Series of Turning Centers
Product News 11/1/2013 2 comments Northern Italian machine tool manufacturer Biglia recently introduced its multi-functional turning centers of the "Quattro" series with the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The mechanical concept, together with the scalable control, provides users with the most diverse standard turning and milling operations.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 7/5/2013 6 comments In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 5/7/2013 13 comments TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 4/17/2013 14 comments A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
Product News 3/1/2013 11 comments Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 1/29/2013 7 comments A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
Siemens's Plant Management Software
Product News 12/17/2012 1 comment The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation to include enhanced functionality for modern plant management.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
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