Laser Displacement Sensor is "All-in-One" Measurement System.
The Keyence LK-G CCD Laser Displacement Sensor measures reflective, transparent, translucent, black-rubber, or mirrored targets as well as fast moving, vibrating or rotating objects. Repeatability is 0.01µm with a 50 kHz sampling speed and ±0.03% F.S. linearity. LK-G Long models are available with a 1000 mm range. Details and specs.
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Stephen Kundel has patented a way to use a handful of powerful permanent magnets to create simple motors that have no conventional windings. The same technology can also be used in linear drive systems that have drastically reduced power requirements. Listen in as he describes his inventions. Evaluation Kits Jump Start Motor Applications Stepper motors, brushless dc motors, permanent-magnet synchronous motors and other motor types require careful attention to control and driver electronics. Design News tested three motor kits for evaluation and development and examined a demonstration of two small piezoelectric motors. Full Story
In this podcast, Bruce Kucera, vice president of Norland International, will tell us how his company created a blow-molding machine specifically for use with polylactic acid (PLA), one of the biopolymers. The key to success, he says, involved a move to better temperature controls. Optimizing Delta Pick-and-Place Robot Annual North American consumption of candy per person is nearly 25 lb. These sweets were placed in their boxes by the packaging industry's most successful rapid transfer robot — the Delta robot. Full Story Marine Current Turbines Ready to Deploy SeaGen Tidal Turbine Off the coast of Northern Ireland in the Strangford Lough, Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT) is preparing to deploy a tidal steam turbine — the last step in its SeaGen project. Full Story
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A good deal of ingenuity was needed to design a handling and assembly system for 9.84 foot long washing machine hosing. Heller Automation had to provide the necessary operational flexibility needed by this application right up to the packaging station. It required a complete integrated package that was cost effective in design and build time. Read More MechatronicsZone – The Top 10 Essential Technologies for Motion ControlIn partnership with Microchip, National Instruments and UGS
This resource covers the top 10 key technologies that impact your high-performance motion control applications. Motion controllers have incorporated key technologies over the years to meet the increasing demands of high-performance applications such as profile cutting and wafer inspection. Read More 2007 Engineering Salary Survey - Available Now!In Partnership with Aerotek
Did your pay increase measure up to the industry average last year? Based on your level of education and years of service, what should your annual base salary be? What specific skills do engineers need to get ahead in their profession today? The Design News 2007 Engineering Salary Survey has the answers. Get it Now
Harmonic Drive LLC is the leading manufacturer of precision servo actuators, gearheads and gear components. Zero backlash Harmonic Drives are utilized, achieving positional accuracy &1 arc-min and repeatability of ± 5 arc-sec. Standard products may be modified to meet customer needs or complete, custom motion control solutions can be provided. Click Here.
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Soloist™ Single-Axis Servo ControllerVendor:Aerotech, Inc | Type:Product CatalogAerotech's Soloist™ is a single-axis servo controller that combines a power supply, amplifier, and position controller in a single package. The Soloist™ can control up to four tasks simultaneously, as well as handle variables and manage I/O. High-speed position latch inputs and advanced data logging capabilities make it ideal for laboratory and test instrument applications. The Windows® based HMI provides powerful diagnostic, development, and analysis tools for OEMs and end-users.
Configure fixed components for machine assembliesVendor:MISUMI USA, Inc. | Type:White paperThis white paper details Misumi USA Inc.’s CAD configurator, a device which enables design engineers to configure a component before downloading the native CAD file. The file can then be modified so that it may be inserted into CAD assemblies. Misumi USA Inc.’s CAD configurator frees engineers from drawing components themselves.
New TURCK BL ident Modular RFID System
TURCK introduces BL ident, the world's first modular RFID system with built-in I/O capability. With BL ident, users may add additional I/O modules to the RFID system: up to 8 channels of RFID, plus up to 32 additional I/O modules within a single node on the network. BL ident is IP67-rated and can be integrated into existing platforms. Learn more today! Click Here.
Engineers who design motion control and power transmission systems should pay close attention to the growing trend toward environmental sustainability, because industries wanting to clean up their act will increasingly look for more efficient machines. Next week, check out DN's green coverage package for a look at the way in which engineers have started to adapt packaging machines to sustainable materials.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.