While motor manufactures give their sizing software away, users can only access the particular vendor's products. This company instead sells motor sizing software that returns motor recommendations from a bank of multiple manufacturers. Engineers wishing to evaluate the software can use a
trial version which includes everything but the manufacturers' data. Motion control engineers using VisualSizer input their system characteristics to the software and define a duty cycle, then let the program churn out appropriate motor/drive combinations from as many as 3,600 possible options. To download a trial version, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4911-515.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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