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Nidec Nemicon rotary encoders are now in the U.S., and are
After years of success in Japan, rotary encoders from Nidec Nemicon Corp. (www.nemicon.com) are now available in the U.S. Consisting of more than 2,000 rotary encoders of different sizes, the Nemicon line specializes in super miniature encoders that start at 0.472-inch (12 mm) diameter, which is 15 percent smaller than other Nemicon models, with 50-125 µm resolution. The company hopes that customization—no matter how small the order—will provide a solid landing in the U.S. market, says General Manager Hiroshi Kaneko. The complete line of Nemicon encoders include shaft, hollow shaft, modular, kits, absolute, and manual for various applications, and the models go up to 3.93-inch (100 mm) diameter.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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