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At the University of Virginia's Holt-Géléoc Lab of Sensory Neurophysiology, researchers use piezo actuators and nano-positioning devices to help unlock the secrets of human hearing. In this podcast, Dr. Jeffrey Holt tells us about the design and capabilities of these precision motion control systems. Read about more about the lab's work in this Design News article. Fixing New Orleans’ Flood Pumps Did the engineers who built New Orleans’ huge flood protection pumps after Hurricane Katrina get a bad rap? Judge for yourself. Full Story Yaskawa's Next Generation Motion System Yaskawa Electric America today at the Pack Expo show unveiled a souped-up servo system that offers improvements in positioning accuracy and speed, a reduction in size, and the addition of new auto-tuning and vibration-suppression capabilities. 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. Engineering Green Packaging The move toward ‘green’ or sustainable packaging will usher in biopolymers as well as other material and package design changes. Engineers will have to develop packaging machines that can keep pace. Full Story
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.
Sponsored Technology Content Case Study: Flexible Product Demands Flexible HandlingIn partnership with Bishop Wisecarver
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 New Optical Encoder Technology for MiniaturizationIn partnership with Avago Technologies
Do you understand the market, characteristics and advantages of optical encoders? Know what the criteria and parameters are for a reflective encoder? What technology is new in the market? To find the answer to these and other questions, download and listen to this informative webcast. Read More Collaboration in Supply Chain Management WebcastIn partnership with Microsoft
Learn how other organizations are reaching better maturity levels through best practices in collaborative product development. Attendees can access a one-year FREE trial of Microsoft Office Groove 2007! Read More
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Washing Down Drives Without Washing Away ProfitsVendor: Gates | Type:White Paper When it comes to power transmission equipment used in the food processing industry, some drive systems are easier to clean and sanitize than others. Learn about the drive system cleaning and sanitizing challenges facing the food manufacturing industry. Maintain the highest level of productivity while exceeding food safety standards.
NB STUDROLLERVendor: NB Corporation of America | Type:Product CatalogNB's new NV type STUDROLLER™ with Anti-Creep Cage Technology in three popular sizes provides greater load capacity. Load capacities are increased 1.4 to 2.3 times over standard SV type. Roller-to-rail contract area is extended 42 to 58 percent while the number of rollers is increased 20 to 55 percent. With STUDROLLER™, you can lower component costs and develop more compact designs.
If you've been following our coverage of the Boeing 787, you know that new aircraft have started to adopt "more electric" architectures in which electric drives replace some of the hydraulic or pneumatic systems. Existing aircraft may also become a bit more electric as well. For an example, check out today's featured article about a new all-electric integrated tug system that Delta is developing for its fleet of 737s. Email me with your thoughts.
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Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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