MOTION CONTROL: Formsprag Clutch has introduced a new high speed backstop designed with inner race centrifugal throw-out sprags to meet the backstopping requirements of inclined conveyors or bucket elevators that use a gear reducer with the backstop mounted externally on the high speed or intermediate shaft. Formsprag has produced a backstop design that includes many market requested features and is maintenance free.FHB Backstops feature a higher speed range and greater torque capacity in a smaller envelope compared to competitive models. Units require no maintenance and have a bearing B-10 life of more than 100 years.
Three FHB models are offered in bore ranges from 1.13 to 3.75 inch, with metric bores available. OSHA cover option is available and components are stocked for shorter lead times.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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