MOTION CONTROL: Techno Inc. Linear Motion Systems’ new TechnoMod Gantry Machine is a multi-axis motion platform complete with controls, cabling, software and enclosure; all fully assembled. The TechnoMod is available in three different sizes and can be used for pick-and-place, dispensing, assembly, testing, drilling, routing, welding and general automation applications.
Travel ranges are 650 x 300 x 275 mm for the Model 30, 650 x 450 x 275 mm for the Model 45 and 650 x 650 x 275 mm for the Model 65. Additionally, a fourth or fifth rotary axis can be added to the machine for more complex operations, while all drive motors are dc brushless servos providing high torque and precision. The TechnoMod can be delivered with or without electronics, as well as a sliding front door with safety interlock. It has a built-in industrial computer and rugged swing arm console, which includes a monitor and keyboard.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
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In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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