The new, double rail linear motion system from Stock Drive Products was designed for applications in automatic assembly machines, X-Y tables, photographic enlargers and duplicators, and multiple-torch welding and flame cutting machines. The system has a choice of four sizes of double rails, in six lengths ranging from 13.5 to 122.5 inches, with rail heights from 0.600 to 1.407 inches. The wheel plate carriages come in three types--standard, commercial, and with built-in wipers--and in four carriage sizes.
The S16A8 servo amplifier from Advanced Motion Controls was designed to combine small package size and low cost. It uses sinusoidal commutation for ripple-free and low cogging performance, providing low-speed smoothness and precision. Its measurements are 3 x 5 x 1.52 inches, with a 20 to 80V dc power supply, for 16A peak and 8A continuous output.
The Dyna Series right-angle servo gearbox from Gam uses hypoid gearing to deliver high torque and positioning accuracy, with efficiencies up to 96% and low backlash and noise. It offers the compactness of a worm gearbox with the performance of a planetary servo gearbox, with ratios as high as 15:1 in a single gear stage. It can withstand high input speeds with a standard backlash of 4 arc-min, and a possible backlash of less than 2 arc-min. It offers 8 ratios from 3:1 to 15:1 with one or two output shafts, or with a hollow bore configuration.
The TS 632 infrared 3D touch probe from Heidenhain promises continuous operation of 250 hours for use on
fully-automated milling machines and machining centers. It is powered by a
lithium battery, with a contact-free optical switch sensor. And its 3D touch
trigger probes allow the user to perform setup tasks quickly and precisely.
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is