Latest and greatest offerings in the
The CPC-2245, a fully functional plug-in computer the
size of an audio cassette (2 1/2 2 4 inches), utilizes
a 486 level processor, 8-kilobyte cache and 32 Mbytes
of RAM, a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet controller, and a PCI
slot. It also features VGA interface with a 64-bit accelerator,
two serial ports, a parallel or floppy disk port, and
support for up to two hard drives. A CompactFlash socket
is provided for a solid-state disk, and Windows CE can
Advantech Technologies Inc., 15375 Barranca Pkwy.,
Suite A-106, Irvine, CA 92618; FAX (949) 789-7179; www.advantech.com.
The Allen-Bradley Powermonitor? 3000 digital
power meter allows facility engineers to monitor and
collect energy usage information and help achieve proactive
demand management. Designed for applications with high
electrical demands, the compact Powermonitor 3000 provides
vital information for documenting and tracking energy
consumption, enabling electrical usage load profiling
and supplying delivery data needed for activity-based
Rockwell Automation, Dept. 1091, 10701 Hampshire Ave.
S, Bloomington, MN 55438; FAX (800) 500-0329; www.rockwellautomation.com.
Loctite 3880 is a single-component, silver-filled,
electrically conductive epoxy adhesive for use on temperature-sensitive
components and non-solderable substrates. Designed for
syringe dispensing or stencil/screen printing, 3880
offers an extended work life and cures in minutes with
heat exposure. A strong, durable bonds is developed
with many materials including: metals, ceramics, rubber,
and plastics. The adhesive does not require deep freezing
Loctite, 1001 Trout Brook Crossing, Rocky Hill, CT
06067; FAX (860) 571-5465; www.locite.com.
Brass and engineered polymer manifolds provide a convenient
junction for the hook-up of multi-branch distribution
lines for air, water, and hydraulic fluid on a range
of equipment including: injection molding coolant lines,
packaging equipment, air logic systems, and specialized
industrial machinery. Manifolds are available with a
range of inlet and outlet port options from 1/8 to 3/8
inch. They have a working temperature from -65 to 250F
at 1,000 psi maximum.
Parker Hannifin, 8940 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060-2186;
The UltraTRUE? Size 220 inline Planetary Gearhead
delivers a torque capacity of more than 48,000 inch-lbs,
the highest torque capacity in its size range. Its strength
and rigidity are the result of machining both the output
housing and the helical internal gear from a single
piece of high strength steel. They feature a backlash
of 4 arc-minutes maximum, ratios from 4:1 through 100:1,
and a 75-mm output shaft for maximum torsional stiffness.
Thomson Industries, 2 Channel Dr., Port Washington,
NY 11050; FAX (516) 944-1892; www.thomson.com.
Claimed to be the world's smallest voltage regulators
for ceramic capacitors, these regulators come in two
series, the S-814 series of low dropout and high-precision,
and the S-817 series. Both regulators are capable of
operating tantalum or electrolytic capacitors as well.
They have features of low Equivalent Series Resistance
(ESR), low current consumption, high output current,
and high-precision output voltage. The S-814 also has
a low dropout voltage.
Seiko Instruments USA, 2990 W. Lomita Blvd., Torrance,
CA 90505; FAX (909) 975-5699; www.seiko-usa-ecd.com.
GOLDLINE XT 150 family of brushless servomotors offers
various torque ratings, frame sizes, and speeds in a
rugged package. Models in this family are matched with
the SERVOSTAR CD digital amplifier for 115 and 230V
ac operation at current ratings of 3 to 10A. Plug-type
connectors, interface options, and automatic tuning
simplify installation and setup. Typical applications
include converting, packaging, semiconductor processing,
and factory automation.
Kollmorgen, 201 Rock Rd., Radford, VA 24141; FAX (540)
Black Platinum, a new color applied using the Physical
Vapor Deposition (PVD) process, provides a stark contrast
to traditional PVD colors and now gives manufacturers
of appliance, plumbing, and hardware products greater
design flexibility while still providing the tough,
corrosion-resistant finishes associated with PVD coatings.
The PVD layer is extremely thin and doesn't materially
change part dimensions.
MPC Plating, 1859 E. 63 St., Cleveland, OH 44103; FAX
GLOBAL LAB Image/2 (GLI/2), a customizable, extensible,
object-oriented software application package for the
scientific imaging marketplace, can be used for applications
that require measuring, classification, counting, size
distribution analysis, and other measurements. GLI/2
can be used as an out-of-the-box, stand-alone package
that users can program using the point and click scripting
tool; as a base for the addition of user-written custom
tools that include a custom graphical user interface;
or as an object-oriented application programming interface
for custom imaging applications.
Data Translation, 100 Locke Dr., Marlboro, MA 01752;
FAX (508) 481-8621.
Front lubrication units
The Star Ball Railr systems front lubrication unit
has increased length between lubrication intervals for
Star runner blocks by 250 times, allowing them to travel
up to 5 million meters maintenance-free. Also, lubrication
consumption is decreased by 95%.
Rexroth Star, 14001 South Lakes Dr., Charlotte, NC
28273; FAX (704) 583-0523.
Particle velocity software
VisiSize Solo is a standalone software package designed
to provide accurate sizing and velocity measurement
of high-speed droplet, particle, or bubble processes.
It works in conjunction with a range of laser-based
or other imaging systems, and with customers' existing
software, correcting for out-of-focus particles, and
for spherical/non-spherical objects.
Oxford Lasers Inc., 33 Nagog Park, Box 2620, Acton,
MA 01720-6620; FAX (978) 263-2868.
Mechanical feedback valves
The G-631 mechanical feedback valve has a two-stage
design and covers a range of flows from 1 to 20 gpm
at 1,000-psi valve drop. The G761 covers a rated range
from 1 to 16.5 gpm. Both valves feature optional fifth
ports and field-replaceable filters. Mechanical feedback
of spool positions is provided by cantilevered springs.
Moog Inc., Seneca and Jamison Rds., Plant 11, East
Aurora, NY 14052-0018; FAX (716) 655-1803.
Analytical computation system
Maple 6 for Windows, UNIX, Macintosh, and Linux is
a new math engine that delivers an integrated suite
of symbolic and numerical solvers. The interactive computer
system provides a mathematical environment for the manipulation
of symbolic algebraic expressions, arbitrary-precision
numerics, both 2D and 3D graphics, and programs. The
company says that the system could be applied in industries
such as mechanical engineering, automation and control,
telecommunications, aerospace, data analysis, and physics,
as well as academics.
Waterloo Maple Inc., 57 Erb St. West, Waterloo, Ontario,
Canada N2L6C2; FAX (519) 747-5284; www.maplesoft.com.
GS-Design, a high-end solids modeling 3D CAD system,
manages complex design programs such as the F-22 Stealth
Fighter. Originally developed at Lockheed Martin, the
software is an aerospace-grade CAD program capable of
modeling large assemblies. With its web-based, three-tier
architecture, GS-Design provides for collaborative design
between design teams located thousands of miles apart
or just around the corner from each other. The program
manages revisions and configurations, and provides secure
central storage of design data.
CollabWare Corp., 477 Shoup Ave., Suite 105, Idaho
Falls, ID 83402; FAX (208) 552-4703; www.collabware.com.
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Pick of the Issue
TorqueMasterr BNL 2300 Series brushless servo motors
have torque ratings up to 140 oz-inch, speeds and torque
stability up to 10,000 rpm, and accommodate dc bus voltages
up to 325V. They can be used as replacements for stepper
motor systems, in applications including factory automation,
packaging, robotics, semiconductor, and medical instrumentation.
Cleveland Motion Controls, 829A Middlesex Tpke., Billerica,
MA 01821; FAX (888) 295-5550; www.torquesystems.com.
These cycloidal gearmotors integrate a NEMA 17, 23,
or 34 five-phase stepping motor with an in-line cycloidal
ball reducer that increases both output torque and output
precision. Standard reduction ratios of 10:1 and 20:1
offer 20,000 and 40,000 steps of true resolution per
one revolution of the reducer's output shaft at up to
2,777 oz-inch of torque. They are designed for applications
in medical equipment, semiconductor manufacturing, assembly,
and packaging equipment.
Nyden, 2610-B North First St., San Jose, CA 95134;
The ANGLgearr line of right-angle gear drives provides
either manual or power transmission of rotary motion,
with carburized case-hardened Coniflex? bevel gears
and completely enclosed and sealed ball bearings. They
are lubricated for life with Exxon Beacon 325 grease,
and will work in operating temperatures from -54 to
Andantex USA, 1705 Valley Rd., Wanamassa, NJ 07712;
FAX 732 493-2949; www.andantex.com.
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