AerolatchTM lever-assisted flexible draw latch is made of non-corrosive and UV-stable materials. It features a detent to help keep the latch closed, and is specially designed for smooth and easy operation. Its EPDM rubber-latch body helps absorb and reduce vibration. Applications include chain, belt-drive, and engine covers for farm machinery and equipment; commercial lawn-maintenance equipment; and construction and off-highway equipment.
Southco Inc., Brinton Lake Rd., Concordville, PA 19331, FAX (610) 361-6314.
Sorbo-Gel visco-elastic material is suitable for use in high-technology damping systems. This material has the ability to isolate a system from unwanted vibration and resonance by lowering the natural frequency of the system. Applications include those that require both shock absorption and vibration control.
Sorbothane Inc., 2144 State Route 59, Kent, OH 44240, FAX (330) 678-1303.
The Tog-L-Loc® sheet-metal joining system is useful for automotive applications such as joining aluminum hood assemblies. Tog-L-Loc joins aluminum, coated or plain steel, and dissimilar combinations, as well as adhesive sandwiches. No heat, sparks, or fumes are produced, eliminating hazardous fumes and the potential of burning away coatings at the joining site. Two or more layers of metal in a single action by drawing and forming a rivet-like interlock from the parent metals themselves.
BTM Corp., 300 Davis Rd., Marysville, MI 48040, FAX (810) 364-4567.
PORON® calendered solid-silicone products are rubber materials used to make high-temperature gaskets and seals. The silicones are available in three grades to suit various types of high-temperature gasketing and sealing applications. The materials are manufactured in continuous rolls and are available in standard thicknesses of 1/16-, 1/8-, 3/16-, and 1/4-inch, and widths from 1 to 36 inches, with custom thicknesses and widths available.
Rogers Corp., High Performance Elastomers Div., Bisco Materials Unit, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, FAX (847) 640-3838.
Design analysis software
ANSYS® 5.3 multiphysics software includes the explicit dynamics, fast linear, block Lanczos, power dynamics, and electromagnetics iterative solvers. Applications include automotive, aerospace, electronics, packaging, and biomedical.
ANSYS Inc., 201 Johnson Rd., Houston, PA 15342, FAX (412) 746-9494.
PIC17C756 is the first device in the PIC17C75X family of high-performance 8-bit one-time-programmable microcontrollers with a 10-bit A/D converter in 64- and 68-pin packages. The PIC17C756 includes two 8.25 million bits per second USARTs, up to 16 × 16K of OTP on-chip program memory, and up to 902 × 8 bytes of user RAM.
Arizona Microchip Technology Inc., 2355 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85224.
PEM® AUTOSPECTM self-clinching fasteners are for the reliable and secure attachment of vehicle components. These fasteners require fewer parts and assembly steps and can promote neater, lighter component designs. Available for automakers, tier-one suppliers, and aftermarket manufacturers, AUTOSPEC self-clinching studs, nuts, and standoffs are suitable to attach or connect airbag and fuel-rail assemblies, water-pump covers, sun roofs, and engine covers.
Penn Engineering and Mfg. Corp., Box 1000, Danboro, PA 18916, FAX (215) 766-0143.
The HX Series of high-speed spindle bearings meet industry demands for increased spindle speeds in boring, milling, and other applications. The bearing design enables spindle heads to remove more material in less time, while maintaining finished product tolerances by minimizing tool 'wander.' An HX Series option, such as using ceramic balls, can improve stiffness and decrease operating temperatures, which promotes greater running accuracy and higher speeds.
The Torrington Co., Box 1008, Torrington, CT 06790.
The D2-250 is a low-cost, high-performance CPU with four PID loops and auto-tune capability. It is an alternative solution for machine control OEMs, especially those who design machines that require temperature or pressure control. Features include more than 165 instructions, a real-time clock, two communication ports, remote I/O capability, and 14.8K of total program memory.
PLC Direct, 3505 Hutchinson Rd., Cumming, GA 30130, FAX (770) 889-7876.
Pneumatic valve systems
Modular fieldbus-compatible pneumatic valve systems are available in 10-, 18-, and 32-mm size groups. The systems feature M5, 1/8-inch NPT, 1/4-inch NPT, 5/32-inch tube and 1/4-inch tube port connections. Available with multi-pin connections, the units are compatible with fieldbus protocols including DeviceNet, Interbus S, Profibus, DP, CAN, and ASI Bus. The captured exhaust feature on the 10- and 18-mm valve systems makes them suitable for pharmaceutical applications as well as food and beverage equipment manufacturers.
Burkert Contromatic, 2602 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614, FAX (714) 223-3198.
Hummel liquid-tight strain-relief fittings feature an insert with flat opening to seal underground feeder or non-metallic cables. Made of corrosion-resistant nylon with Buna-N seals, they are suitable for direct burial installations. The grips are available with 1/2- and 3/4-inch NPT threads, and fit AWG 14/2 through 10/2 Romex cables.
Sealcon, 14853 E. Hinsdale Ave., Unit D, Englewood, CO 80112, FAX (303) 680-5344.
The busstopTM input/output module for DeviceNetTM networks meets the performance specifications of the DeviceNetTM open-communication network for the connection of input/output devices to the bus. The module is for bus systems using quick disconnects in hostile application environments. Rugged, epoxy-potted, die-cast aluminum stations provide environmental protection, meeting NEMA 1, 3, 4, 12, 13, and IEC IP 67 standards. These sealed enclosures make the modules suitable for intense applications.
Turck Inc., 3000 Campus Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55441.
The 2M2A Microactuator is a small pneumatic bellows-type air cylinder with a maximum diameter of 2.2 inches. The spring can utilize pressures from 0 to 100 psi, lifting up to 200 lbs. With a minimum height of 1.2 inches, the unit is suitable for small-space applications.
Firestone Industrial Products Co., 701 Congressional Blvd., Carmel, IN 46032.
Data acquisition board
DAQ-1100 high-speed data acquisition board is for IBM AT and compatible computers. It has a sampling rate of up to 330 KHz (sample/sec) at a resolution of 12 bits. The analog inputs can be set for 16 single-ended or 8 differential, and the gain is software programmable. Other features include 32-bit digital I/O, two 12-bit D/A, and three 16-bit counters/timers. The DAQ-1100 is supplied with DaqEZ software which provides real-time data display and data logging to disk.
Omega Engineering, Box 4047, Stamford, CT 06907, FAX (203) 359-7700.
The Swivel EyeboltTM lifting product swivels 360 degrees with a lift ring that pivots 180 degrees. This allows for the flipping and turning of the objects being lifted without the swivel eyebolt bending. The unit has a patented tamper-resistant feature, making it suitable for permanent or semi-permanent mounting. Load capacities up to 4,000 lbs are available in inch-style models, while metric-threaded versions have capacities up to 2,000 kg. The device is suitable for permanent installations in molds, dies, and fixtures that require repeated movement.
Jergens Inc., 19520 Nottingham Rd., Cleveland, OH 44110, FAX (216) 481-6193.
The KDR Series of time-delay relays is suitable for use with OEM equipment, and medical and dental instruments, and in R&D testing labs and process controls. This 2 × 2 × 3/4-inch molded package combines a rated, miniature SPDT relay with a digital solid-state timing circuit and dual onboard adjustments. ON and OFF time delays are included.
SSAC Inc., Box 1000, Baldwinsville, NY 13027, FAX (315) 638-1300.
Two- and three-way, direct-acting solenoid valves are bi-directional valves in which the flows in either direction vary by no more than 2%. The valves use as little as 2W of power and work on 12 or 24V dc or 110V ac. The proprietary design is leak-free and operates from 1 to 100 psi. The minimal variation in flow makes the valves suitable for use as a balancing valve for oxygen concentrators and similar applications.
Teknocraft Inc., 425 W. Drive, Melbourne, Fl 32904, FAX (407) 768-8732.
Model 5100 liquid-level indicator installs in the tank side into a 3/4-inch boss at the points of indication. A magnet-equipped float pivots on an axle in direct response to the liquids level. In a separate chamber not in contact with the liquid a two-color indicator houses a magnet and both are magnetically coupled. As the liquid level lowers, the float responds by turning the indicator towards the red side, indicating the liquid level is adequate. Features include a maximum temperature of 225F and pressure to 400 psi. All wetted parts are brass and SST or SST alone.
Thomas Products Ltd., Flow Switch Div., 987 West St., Southington, CT 06489, FAX (860) 621-9101.
The Teflon® 125-T flow switch for industrial liquids and gases monitors lower flows and operates best when the normal flow-to set-point ratio is 10:1 or greater. When no flow is present, a free magnetic piston is suspended in the upper portion of the valve-bore due to magnetic repulsion between the lower fixed magnet and the piston. When flow is established the piston is displaced downward and actuates the reed switch at set point, which is adjustable. The flow range is 30 to 16,000 cc/m for air or 1 to 500 cc/m for water. Features include a repeatability of ±2%, normally open or SPDT switches, and 1/8-inch fluid ports.
CTE, 234 S.W. 12th Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442, FAX (954) 428-8745.
This mini proportional valve features a 250-Hz frequency response and a less than 3% hysteresis. This valve is suitable for medical, industrial controls, and alternative-fuels applications. An isolation diaphragm separates the working fluid from the coil and armature, thereby limiting the fluid path exclusively to the poppet area. The standard valve is made of stainless steel with viton elastomeric components. This valve is suitable for both gases and liquids.
Teknocraft Inc., 425 West Dr., Melbourne, FL 32904, FAX (407) 768-8732.
The 115 Series WOB-L® piston dc-powered air compressor is for air-seat and other automotive applications. This series weighs 1.6 kg and measures 5.2 × 1.6 × 5.1 inches. Available in 12V and 24V dc, the 115 Series is an intermittent-duty compressor with maximum running pressure of 120 psi/g and free flow to 0.48 cfm. In addition, the 115 Series features an oil-less non-lube piston and cylinder; stainless steel valves; a permanently lubricated motor shaft and connecting rod bearings; and field-service capability.
Thomas Industries, Box 29, Sheboygan, WI 53082, FAX (414) 451-4276.
Clutches and brakes
PHTSeries includes permanent magnet hysteresis slip clutches and drag brakes. Applications include the introduction of mechanical resistance to a control system, for improved operator feedback and to maintain system settings. The torque of a PHTsystem can be manually adjusted. Electrical power or control circuits are not required for operation. The PHT can be mounted in any axis, clockwise or counter clockwise, even in a zero gravity environment. This sealed unit produces no wear particles to contaminate other sensitive systems.
Ogura Industrial., 400 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873, FAX (732) 271-7357.
Special seating for the Plymouth Prowler was orchestrated with the Chrysler Prowler Team, and program management included all aspects of R&D, concept, design, engineering, and manufacturing. These bucket seats use a lightweight aluminum seat-back frame and mold-in-place leather technology. Production tooling was built directly from CAD without prototype tools.
Magna Interior Systems, 26200 Lahser Rd., Suite 300, Southfield, MI 48034, FAX (248) 353-8481.
The H700 Series of hollow-output-shaft worm-gear speed reducers is available in eight housing sizes with up to 13 bore diameters for each. The series features center distances of 1.33 to 3.75 inches, flanged or nonflanged, and in either single-reduction models with ratios of 5:1 to 60:1 or double-reduction models with ratios from 100:1 to 3,600:1. Hollow-shaft reducers are for applications such as conveyors, where they can be mounted directly onto the head pulley shaft. Output bore diameters are available in 1/16-inch increments from 5/8 to 27/16 inches for all but the smallest model of the series.
Boston Gear, 14 Hayward St., Quincy, MA 02171, FAX (617) 479-6238.
SmartMotorTM motion controller features step- and direction-input capability. A single SmartMotor can replace both a stepper motor and a micro-stepping amplifier while enhancing the system with greater efficiency, cooler operation, closed-loop reliability, and quieter running. The typical way of communicating to the motor is by way of RS-232 or RS-485, and many motors can be cascaded for multi-axis control.
Animatics Corp., 3050 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95054.
BalinitTM FUTURA and X.TREME are titanium aluminum-nitride coatings for high-speed and dry-machining applications. These coatings are suitable for automotive applications and reflect the trend toward higher speeds and velocities and either less metalworking fluid or totally dry operation.
Balzers Tool Coating Inc., 661 Erie Ave., N. Tonawanda, NY 14120, FAX (716) 695-1995.
Position feedback cylinder is a lightweight, small-bore air cylinder that provides continual position sensing. Applications include those where the use of external magnetic position-sensing switches is impractical, where variations in cylinder stroke or speed are needed, or where an operation requires constant monitoring of cylinder position. A linear resistive transducer is assembly-mounted inside the cylinder to provide position feedback information. As the piston moves, a voltage output is created proportional to the cylinder position, and provides the information needed for system operation.
Bimba Mfg. Co., Box 68, Monee, IL 60449, FAX (708) 534-5767.
The 3.0-liter, high-speed direct-injection (HSDI) diesel engine is for the executive car, mini-van, multi-purpose, and sport-utility vehicle markets. The V6 engine demonstrates high performance, fuel efficiency, and production feasibility.
Perkins Technology, 850 Stephenson Hwy. #715, Troy, MI 48083.
Raymond® RD-12 self-contained, disposable, mini nitrogen gas springs have an OD of 0.472 inches. The RD-19 features an OD of 0.748 inches, and the RD-25 has an OD of 0.98 inches. Designed for smaller, higher speed dies, the mini springs can be dropped into a die spring pocket and mounted using the tapped hole in the bottom or by attaching a flange part.
Associated Spring-Raymond, Barnes Group Inc., 1705 Indian Wood Circle, Suite 210, Maumee, OH 43537, FAX (419) 891-9879.
Dynamic load-cell family of sensors includes Models DLN and DLS. The low-profile units deliver 1% accuracy, weigh less than 1.5 oz, and feature low deflection and profile, and frequency response to 40 kHz. These rugged load cells feature an operating temperature range from 20 to 300F, and overload limits to 200% full scale. The low-profile Model DLN has an overall thickness of 0.19 inches and is available in compression-only ranges to 1,000 lbs. The unit is available for standard metric bolt sizes of 6,8, 10, or 12 mm, and comes with 3 ft of low-noise coaxial cable with a 10-32 connector for interfacing to a signal conditioner. Model DLS is for capacities to 10,000 lbs and is suitable for measuring impact forces and dynamic loads which have high static preloads. This unit is 0.43-inches and accommodates a standard 5/16-inch bolt.
Sensote Inc., 2080 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, OH 43228.
The COMM+8 is an eight-port serial I/O adaptor for PCs and compatibles. The eight RS-232 DOS-, Windows 3.1X/95/NT-, QNX-, Linux-, and OS/2-compatible units can be set to a separate IRQ, or multiple ports can share a single IRQ using the card's onboard interrupt status port. The status port flags the port generating the interrupt for efficient servicing while eliminating the need to poll each port separately. Applications include communications servers and other peripheral control.
Sealevel Systems Inc., Box 830, Liberty, SC 29657, FAX (864) 843-3067.
CHO-SHIELD® 2052 conductive coating provides high levels of EMI shielding on plastic enclosure materials such as polycarbonate, ABS, PC-ABS, Noryl, and PVC. The coating consists of silver-plated copper particles dispersed in a one-component, acrylic resin system. This coating is compatible with all commercially available application technologies, including high volume/low pressure spray systems and conventional propeller-agitated pressure pots.
Parker Hannifin Corp., Chomerics Div., 77 Dragon Ct., Woburn, MA 01888, FAX (617) 933-4318.
Rapid prototyping system
The FDM2000 rapid prototyping system features QuickSlice 4.1, a proprietary operating software, which enables users to control build parameters. This allows the FDM2000 to achieve enhanced part-feature definition and surface finish. Using faster throughput, the system can build models up to 254 × 254 × 254 mm (10 × 10 × 10 inches), within ±0.127 mm (0.005 inch) accuracy.
Stratasys Inc., 14950 Martin Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55344, FAX (612) 937-0070.
The PA-10/100-STD welding system can make low heat, high-speed welds in materials as thin as 0.001 inch and as thick as 0.125 inch. The dual-range, 10A/100A, precision-pulsed arc welding systems are used in the precision-weld fabrication of delicate heat-sensitive assemblies.
Weldlogic Inc., 2550 Azurite Circle, Newbury Park, CA 91320, FAX (805) 498-1761.
BUS DEPOT® Model BD2DT is a two-port network junction box with one input and one output and works with the DeviceNetTM bus protocol. The input channel accepts sensors with sourcing (PNP) outputs, including photoelectric and proximity sensors, limit switches, and others. The output channel has a maximum switching capacity of 150 mA to drive indicator lamps, relays, solenoid valves, and other devices.
Banner Engineering Corp., Box 9414, Minneapolis, MN 55440, FAX (612) 544-3213.
Rugged, durable, and reliable insert-molded circuit structures distribute power in the electrical center among multiple-fuse and relay locations from a single structure. This circuit structure is the heart of the electrical wiring system in current domestically manufactured automobiles. The plastic circuit structure provides power-bus routing among interconnection points for plug-in devices such as relays, diodes, and fuses. The structure contains up to 260 automatically loaded, stamped components and six manually loaded components.
Tricon Industries Inc., 1600 Eisenhower Lane, Lisle, IL 60532, FAX (630) 964-5179.
The portable SlimLiner stylus marking head for the Styliner® Mark2 stylus marker is for marking difficult surfaces such as automotive undercarriages and the inside of fabrications. The fully functional, hand-held unit can be carried to parts that are too heavy or large to be carried into a marking station, and can mark in tight spaces that are unreachable by standard stylus marking heads.
Geo. T. Schmidt Inc., 6151 W. Howard St., Niles, IL 60714, FAX (800) 934-3437.
PlexusTM structural methacrylate adhesives are regrind-compatible. The adhesives may be reground and remolded with the plastic, eliminating the task of cutting away adhesive from the bonded part and virtually eliminating non-reusable waste. Similar in chemistry to many types of thermoplastic regrind, the adhesives have only minimal influence on injection-molding parameters and produce minimal or no loss of properties.
ITW Plexus, 30 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923, FAX (978) 777-7904.
NAiS® brand CM Series Micro-ISO relays are suitable for tough, high-power automotive applications. CM relays feature a subminiature size of 0.787 × 0.591 inches and operate in temperatures from -40 to 257F making them suitable for "hot spots" such as the engine compartment. Other functional specifications include high shock resistance, severe drops, and contact-to-contact and coil-to-contact breakdown voltage.
Aromat Corp., 629 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07934, FAX (908) 771-5658.
The SBA miniature PWM servo amplifier is for brushless motors up to 700W. The amplifier utilizes power MOSFETs and SMT components and can be used either in current or velocity mode. It requires either a combination of Hall sensors and brushless tacho or a resolver as feedback. The encoder signals are generated on the resolver version by the internal R/D converter, which are programmable up to 4,096 pulses per revolution. This product is suitable for automated machines and instrumentation, especially where limited space requires a compact design.
Elmo Motion Control Ltd., Stanserstrasse 7, CH-6362 Stansstad, Switzerland, FAX +41 41 610 07 78.
Fiber-optic sensor is a photoelectric control that uses fiber-optic technology to detect objects or marks in small remote spaces. The amplifier can be supplied with 34 different fibers including through-scan and diffuse models. Sensitivity adjustment is made by depressing a single push-button located on the amplifier, aiming the fiber at the desired target, and pushing the button. The JRF-T model will also self-teach on moving parts, which allows the set-up to be performed without stopping a production machine.
HTM Electronics Industries, 8651 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14304, FAX (716) 283-2127.
AximasterTM 9000D motion controllers are for single- and multiple-axis brushless servomotor control. Applications include material handling, packaging, special machinery, and process controls. Aximaster 9000D incorporates digital motion-control technology, including a brushless amplifier as well as a power supply and shunt regulator.
Cleveland Motion Controls, Servo Controls and Systems Div., 2600 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222, FAX (412) 261-8609.