Designed for dispensing, inspection, pick and place and parts transfer applications, the Voyager Series VB1 slide features a 50-mm wide steel-reinforced HTD timing belt drive. This drive allows greater shear strength and smaller unit pressure per tooth, with a greater area of contact through the drive's deep curvilinear profile. This profile has more nonslip operation than a traditional trapezoidal tooth profile. Available in stainless steel, the slide has lengths up to 3m and speeds up to 5 m/sec, and can be assembled to make 2- and 3-axis systems. They come in 15 different standard travels from 200 to 3,000 mm, but custom travels up to 5,700 mm are available. It can be configured with no motor, or several motor types, including NEMA 23 and 34 steppers and servos. It has its own belt to keep dirt and debris away from the carriage and rail.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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