The Allen-Bradley SensaGuard family of non-contact, RFID-coded safety switches offer a Category 4/SIL 3 safety rating. With an operating field up to 25-mm, the switches feature a high tolerance to misalignment, which reduces nuisance tripping. SensaGuard switches do not require a dedicated controller, allowing the system designer to use one safety controller for the entire safety system. The switches offer connectivity to a variety of safety relays. And they have built-in diagnostic functions.
Veyors from Flex-Line Automation are a new line of simplified conveyors that have a modular design, angled presentation of products for improved ergonomics and centering of different product sizes without adjustable guiderails. And the open design of Veyor sections allows four-sided printing on products.
The Nmark SSaM from Aerotech Inc. combines an X-Y Galvo scanner with a servo motion controller for laser marking, welding and cutting applications that need coordinated motion between the scanner mirrors and servo base actuators. Previously, the scanner and servo controllers had been separate entities — in part because of the large differences between scanner field-of-view and servo base actuator travel. The Nmark supports a variety of scanners through the high-speed XY2-100 serial communication interface. Supported servo axes include brush, brushless and stepper motors in both linear and rotary configurations.
Eagle Precision Technologies
HVAC Assembly Machine
Technologies has created a new machine that speeds the normally
time-consuming process of assembling heat exchangers for HVAC systems. Instead
of the usual manual assembly work, this machine completely automates the process
of mechanically locking together heat-exchanger tubes, panels and secondary
coils. And it does so while maintaining airtight joints needed to prevent the
escape of combustible gases from the finished heat exhchangers. The assembly
machine can be user programmed to accomodate different heat exchanger design on
the fly, eliminating change-over time. It also offers an integrated leak-testing
cycle to complete the assembly process.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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