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  • Chlorophilia luminaire from Artemide: design inspired by nature using PLEXIGLAS® molding compound

    PLEXIGLAS® offers designers virtually unlimited freedom due to the material’s outstanding formability

    When turned on, the Chlorophilia lamp made by the renowned Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide creates a swaying canopy of leaves, creating an interplay of light and shadow on the ceiling. 

    The heart of the light design of Chlorophilia are the “leaves”: The gently wavy surfaces with curved contours and a honeycomb-like structure imitate lush foliage. They are manufactured in an injection molding process using PLEXIGLAS® molding compound – a proven material with a long tradition in the lighting industry. 

    Along with its high degree of transparency, the brand polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) from Röhm also boasts excellent flowability and surface reproduction accuracy, allowing a very good replication of the delicate structures in the thin “leaves” of Chlorophilia. “PLEXIGLAS® offers designers virtually endless freedom when it comes to shapes and textures,” says Siamak Djafarian, Head of the Molding Compounds business unit at Röhm GmbH. Lighting manufacturers can also take full advantage of the broad product range with tailored lighting properties offered by PLEXIGLAS® for a broad spectrum of lighting applications.

    “In nature, the green plant pigment chlorophyll absorbs the energy of light. But here, Chlorophilia and PLEXIGLAS® emit light and positive energy,” says Djafarian. This luminaire, as an unusually designed sculpture made of PLEXIGLAS®, is also quite the eye-catcher even when turned off.“

  • The Lee Company Introduces the Latest in Safety Critical Pressure Relief

    The Lee Company's Industrial MicroHydraulics Group introduces the Poppet-Style Pressure Relief Valve, the newest addition to its line of cartridge-style valves. These poppet-style valves provide faster opening rates, more stable flows, and lower hysteresis than typical ball-style relief valves. An optimized design allows for higher flows in a compact package as compared to other traditional valves or in-house designs.

    This family of new Poppet-Style Pressure Relief Valves are designed to cover a wide range of relief pressures and flow rates to meet varying customer demands. Featuring relief pressures up to 280 Bar (4,060 psi), these valves are built to handle the demands of the industrial and automotive hydraulic markets. Available in forward and reverse flow configurations, these new valves give system designers additional flexibility to optimize their system layout while keeping safety in mind.

  • AMCI Integrated Steppers for COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Machines

    Advanced Micro Controls Inc. (AMCI), an established manufacturer of motion control solutions, and R&D Custom Automation (R&D), builder of custom automation machinery for the pharmaceutical industry, are teaming up to help fight the COVID-19 virus.  Under the Defense Production Act of 2020, AMCI & R&D are working closely to develop and manufacture essential automation machinery vital to the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials and production, with the expectation that clinical trials for the vaccine will begin in August.

    R&D is using AMCI’s SMD Series Integrated EtherNet/IP Stepper Motors for their COVID-19 vaccine vial coating project because the motors provide a cost-effective solution to position the product during inspection.  The machine’s automation requires smooth, precise motion control so the vials can be checked using line scan vision systems, which perform auto adjustments of camera positions based on the recipe.  

    R&D Custom Automation, located in Lake Villa, IL, builds high speed custom automation machinery for the pharmaceutical industry. R&D equipment typically uses advanced robotics, mechatronics, and vision systems, and this project will include over a dozen Kinetix® 5500 Servos.

  • Toughened, Urethane Based Epoxy System Meets USP Class VI Specifications

    Master Bond EP30DPBFMed is a two part, flexibilized epoxy-urethane hybrid system that can be used for bonding, sealing, coating, and encapsulation. It is formulated for disposable and reusable medical devices, meeting USP Class VI requirements while also complying with RoHS3 in accordance with the EU directive 2015/863/EU.  EP30DPBFMed is resistant to thermal cycling and sterilization, withstanding exposure to gamma radiation, e-beam, EtO, as well as other liquid sterilants.

    Its low viscosity of 3,000 to 6,000 cps for Part A, and 200 to 500 cps for Part B, makes it readily pourable and ideal for potting and casting. EP30DPBFMed has a long working life of 60 to 90 minutes per 100 grams mass at 75°F, and features a low exotherm during the curing process. The system contains no solvents or diluents.

    Due to the addition of a urethane based flexibilizer, EP30DPBFMed offers both a higher abrasion resistance and a higher elongation when compared to a typical epoxy system. At room temperature, it has an elongation at break of 20 to 40%, and Shore D hardness of 30 to 50. It is useful in applications where low stress is important, due to its low modulus value. This compound is electrically insulative with a volume resistivity greater than 1014 ohm-cm. EP30DPBFMed is serviceable over a wide temperature range from cryogenic 4K to 250°F. 

    This formulation is available for use in a variety of standard packaging options ranging in size from ounce kits to gallon kits. Specialty packaging in premixed & frozen syringes, and gun applicators with double barrel cartridges is also available.

  • D3 and D1 dryve motor control systems from igus ensure a speedy start-up of linear and rotational systems

    igus has developed two new cost-effective and easy-to-operate control systems so that users from all areas of industry can quickly start up their motorized drylin® E drive axes.

    The D3 dryve controls simple linear or rotations axes with DC motors without any software or a PC. For more complex travels, such as with multi-axis robots or delta robots, igus offers the D1 drive, which is a control system for stepper motors, DC motors of EC/BLDC motors. The motor control system can be modified live or simply operated via a web browser.

    Industry 4.0, IoT and M2M are fields calling for real products and solutions that promote factory digitalization and automation. With its low-cost automation range, igus offers multiple solutions for a variety of applications. In its drylin® product range, the motion plastics specialist has been offering self-lubricating linear axes with matching stepper and DC motors for several years. From low-cost solutions, for very simple movements, to rails made of stainless steel, igus offers a wide variety of options to suit many application requirements. 

    Depending on the process, the customer is supplied with the axis or linear robot that will best meet their requirements. With “drylin® E," users can deploy the already-configured self-lubricated linear or rotational axes, which are ready-to-install and can be motorized in different installation sizes as a single axis, or a linear robot structure in the case of format and height adjustment systems or pick-and-place applications.

  • Brain Injury Awareness Made Possible by Protolabs' Manufacturing Grant

    Tozuda brings visibility to an invisible injury with impact sensors for sports and recreation helmets

    Digital manufacturing leader Protolabs has announced that Tozuda is its latest Cool Idea Award winner. Attached to sports helmets, the head impact sensors made by this Philadelphia-based company of the same name change color to bright red when they experience an impact potentially strong enough to cause a concussion.

    Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award provides in-kind manufacturing services to support development of life- changing products. Tozuda used Protolabs' on-demand molding services to produce components for the sensor. With the help of Protolabs' engineering team, Tozuda was able to finalize its design and identify the right manufacturing process.

    “Knowing that we’ve helped a company whose invention can help identify the kind of dangerous impacts that could cause long-term brain injuries is a great example of why the Cool Idea Award program exists. We look to grant the award to inventors and entrepreneurs who not only want to build a profitable business model, but also affect the lives of others in a meaningful way.” said Brian Peters, Chief Marketing Officer at Protolabs. “Our on-demand manufacturing service is ideal for Tozuda’s merging of technical and design simplicity in a small footprint.”

    Almost 4 million people will suffer from sports- and recreation- related concussions in the United States this year alone. In boys’ high school sports, for example, the vast majority of these happen during football games and practices. For girls, it’s soccer. Workers in industries that require protective headgear, such as construction, can benefit from Tozuda, too. The name, tozuda means “hard-headed” in Spanish.

    “It was important to us that Tozuda be affordable,” said Jessie Garcia, CEO & founder. “Young athletes and professionals in dangerous work situations deserve to know if their head injuries require a physician’s attention.”

  • Bunting-DuBois is your Stable, Domestic Source for your Neodymium Compression-Bonded and Injection Molded Magnets

    Coronavirus has had devastating effects on manufacturers worldwide as Chinese manufacturing is impeded and global supply chains are negatively affected as a result. Many manufacturers are unable to carry out standard operations due to lack of necessary materials. Coronavirus is simply the latest China-related supply chain disruption, following events such the 2003 SARS outbreak, the “bird flu” and “swine flu” outbreaks, and the China-United States trade war that began in 2018.

    Rather than taking chances, Bunting-DuBois chose to take action. During all of these unfortunate events, Bunting-DuBois has been able to stay on schedule producing custom neodymium compression bonded and injection molded magnets as a result of using magnetic material from countries outside of China and carrying out all manufacturing operations related to these magnets in DuBois, PA.

    Neo compression-bonded and injection molded magnets are all completely free of any magnetic material originating in China, and all manufacturing takes place within the United States. While other companies are forced to wait at a standstill due to supply chain disruption, Bunting-DuBois is fortunate to be able to carry out business as usual.  

    China is an essential component in the supply chain of thousands of businesses, from small electric motors, to sensors, to medical devices. As China’s ability to meet demand is crippled, manufacturers across the globe are seeking alternatives to China when structuring their supply chains. While other businesses struggle to meet goals and fulfill orders, Bunting-DuBois has been able to remain on target when producing custom designed magnets and magnetic assemblies, namely, compression-bonded and injection-molded magnets.

  • Precision Cutting Technologies Announces Acquisition of Supermill, LLC 

    Precision Cutting Technologies, Inc., has acquired Supermill LLC (“Supermill”).  Precision Cutting Technologies holds Alleghany Capital’s investments in the precision automated machine tool and high-performance cutting tool sectors.  Headquartered in Berlin, CT, Supermill is a leading manufacturer of high-performance carbide end mills.  

    Terry Derrico, President of Precision Cutting Technologies, commented, “We are excited to partner with Tom Hale, founder and President of Supermill, as well as his talented and experienced team of associates.  The acquisition of Supermill enhances Precision Cutting Technologies’ portfolio of cutting consumables and strengthens its position in the Northeastern United States.  As in our past acquisitions and reflective of our strategic partnership approach, Tom will continue to lead the company post-transaction and Supermill’s day-to-day operations will not be impacted.  However, we believe that Supermill will now be able to take advantage of the infrastructure and national sales reach of the Precision Cutting Technologies platform.”

     Tom Hale added, “I founded Supermill in 1990 with the goal of manufacturing the highest quality end mills for the metal working industry and providing our customers with unmatched performance and tool life.  After thirty years of growth, I am happy to have found a long-term home for the company and our loyal employees.  I look forward to what we will build together with the team at Precision Cutting Technologies in the coming years, staying true to Supermill’s reputation for reliability, innovation, and customer service.”

  • Cummins and DuPont partner to use filter technology to supply critical material for N95 respirator masks

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, Cummins Inc. and DuPont are helping address the nation’s shortage of N95 respirator masks. Cummins’ NanoNet® and NanoForce® Media technology, which uses DuPont’s Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT), can typically be found in air, fuel and lube filtration products used in heavy-duty diesel engines to prevent long-term engine wear, but also can be used in the N95 respirator masks worn by healthcare professionals to filter harmful airborne particles that can spread COVID-19. 

    The need for N95 masks has skyrocketed in recent weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the world’s leading mask manufacturers are in need of the critical materials to assemble the mask and are struggling to meet demand. 

    “Cummins is re-evaluating our supply base and manufacturing capabilities to identify how we can support our healthcare professionals who rely on critical personal protective equipment to do their jobs,” said Amy Davis, Vice President of Cummins Filtration. “Our NanoNet® Media can fill a key supply void and help address the mask shortage facing the United States and other countries around the world.” 

    The first mask prototypes using Cummins’ donated media were assembled by University of Minnesota teams in March as part of an initiative to provide masks to M Health Fairview and other Minneapolis-based healthcare systems. As the COVID-19 outbreak escalated, the University of Minnesota realized their supply of N95 masks to protect healthcare workers would potentially run out in a matter of weeks. To address this challenge, a team of designers, engineers, chemists, surgeons, anesthesiologist and apparel and clothing experts from the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine; Medical School; College of Design; College of Science and Engineering; and Center for Filtration Research Consortium (CFR) came together to address this projected shortage of critical personal protective equipment. 

  • Rotor Clip Company Gives Full Support to Manufacturers Tasked to Combat COVID-19

    Rotor Clip Company Inc. announced that it is giving its full support to customers that produce medical components or equipment needed to treat or halt the spread of COVID-19. Rotor Clip is dedicating time and resources from engineering, supply chain, production, QA, and logistics to expedite its parts to customers producing much needed medical equipment such as ventilators or filtration systems among others.

    A vast array of OEM and Tier 1 customers tasked with building such equipment, have already taken advantage of this expedited process. In one instance, an OEM reached out to Rotor Clip to supply critical wave springs needed for their current ventilator production project. In only 2 business days, Rotor Clip was able to produce and obtain quality approval to ship these parts.

    Craig Slass, Co-President of Rotor Clip, stated: ”During this crisis, Rotor Clip Company currently is open and has full manufacturing capability to support our customers with our full range of products. We will put our full resources behind any customer producing components for essential medical devices needed to combat and treat the Coronavirus.”

    In order to facilitate those needs Rotor Clip has setup a specific webpage for those customers to start the expedited process. Rotor Clip manufactures a full line of inch, DIN, ANSI metric and JIS retaining rings to world standards, as well as a complete line of constant section rings, spiral retaining rings, wave springs, and hose clamps.

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