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MULTI-TUBE CONNECTOR

The 2BC Series of multi-tube connectors is unique because it has integral push-to-connect fittings, and doesn't require any other attachment. This eliminates the cost of purchasing additional fittings and the labor to install them. Four line configurations are offered: 10 and 12 1/8-inch, 8 1/4-inch, and 10 4-mm OD tubes. Reported to be suitable for most types of soft tubing, the connector is rated to 125 psi and is made of aluminum, nickel plated brass, Buna-N, and EPDM. Although, other materials and configurations are available.

Twintec, Inc., 19639 70th Ave. S., Kent, WA 98032; FAX (253) 395-7753; www.twintecinc.com.

Safety switches

SI-LS42 switches can be wired to machine safety control circuitry to keep a mechanical guard locked at up to 1,000N of force until hazardous motion has come to a complete stop. They are recommended for use with 2-channel emergency stop safety modules and gate monitor safety modules. Selectable features include the locking mechanisms, the actuators, and solenoid voltages.

Banner Engineering Corp., Box 9414, Minneapolis, MN 55441; FAX (612) 544-3213; www.baneng.com.

Cable insulation system

Cell-Tek(R) Insulation System permits the manufacture of cables with extremely large, open eye patterns, providing transmission lines with digital bandwidth I/Os >2.5 Gbs over 50 ft. Featuring a uniform and dispersed cell structure that can be used in multiple pairs within a cable without closing the eye, this insulation provides internal pair skew >1 ps/ft and pair-to-pair skew >5 ps/ft. Also, a wide range of communications cables which are EMI/EMC shielded and exhibit >-80 dB from 0 to 1 GHz is offered.

Montrose/CDT, 28 Sword St., Auburn, MA 01501; FAX (508) 793-9862; www.montrose-cdt.com.

Polyclutch(R)

Polyclutch 'EM' precision electro magnetic clutches/brakes are designed to afford dependable precision torque management in critical applications such as high-speed engage and disengage. Special features include a precision-machined steel armature having a controlled 0.004 to 0.007 inch air gap for enhanced repeatability. The pre-loaded, backlash-free construction is reported to eliminate residual torque. The bonded coil has a controlled air gap and features premium class F windings rated at 150C. Also available as a slip clutch/break.

Custom Products Corp., 457 State St., North Haven, CT 06473; FAX 203-288-5325; www.polyclutch.com.

Cable Sensor(TM)

Cable Sensor, a presence, motion, and limit sensor for hostile environments, is designed to be immune to the effects of extreme temperature, corrosive spray, powders, and abrasive dust, and can be used in liquid submersion applications. The device uses a stainless steel cable to contact a moving object and transfer that motion to the control electronics. System sensitivity is 0.1 inch, dynamic range is greater than 72 inches, and sensed-area capacity is 0.1 inch to 500 ft.

Synnate Controls, 3 Post Oak Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376; FAX (636) 272-1494; www.synnate.com.

High-voltage insulator

This material, a silicone rubber compound for molding high-voltage components, has been formulated to replace polymer insulators in the T and D industry. Long-term water repellency, excellent dielectric properties, impact resistance, and weatherability are among reported long-term benefits. Their EPDM and silicone based components for T and D applications include dead-end/suspension insulators, line posts, station posts, and end fittings, such as the K-Clamp.

Dow Corning Corp., Box 0994, Midland, MI 48686-0994; FAX (517) 496-8026; www.dowcorning.com.

Fingerprint proximity reader

The VeriProx proximity reader utilizes fingerprint verification and proximity card reader technology to prohibit unauthorized access through lost, loaned, or stolen proximity cards. The two-in-one solution combines a self-contained fingerprint verification package about the size of a business card with a proximity reader. It stores thousands of fingerprint templates, confirms verification, and provides standard communications options.

Northern Computers, Inc., 5007 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207; FAX (414) 769-5989; www.nciaccess.com.

Thermal printer

The new EPL2000 compact thermal printer has a high print speed of 60 mm/sec, with power consumption up to 50% lower than the competition, the manufacturer says. Its easy-loading system eliminates conventional paper threading, and uses a paper reel changeover, that integrates the printing roller automatically. It is designed for applications with EFT-POS terminals, POS/ECR cashpoint systems, and medical equipment.

Panasonic Industrial Co., 2 Panasonic Way, Secaucus, NJ 7094; FAX (201) 392-6361.

Data acquisition board

The ADDA12-100DMA and AD8-100DMA data acquisition boards have 64-bit PCI DMA transfers, so they can continuously store analog data directly into system memory at sustained speeds of 100 MB/sec, and peak speeds of 140 MB/sec. They are designed for high speed, low jitter operation in defense, scientific, industrial and medical applications.

Ultraview Corp., 34 Canyon View, Orinda, CA 94563; FAX (925) 253-4894; www.ultraviewcorp.com.

Wire insulation

Petrothene(R) XL 07633 and XL 04711 are peroxide-curable, flame-retarding insulation compounds for 600V power and control cables. They both use non-dioxin-forming, halogenated flame retardants, are also sunlight-resistant, and meet all UL requirements. Both are available in Dicup and Vulcup grades. The two compounds are similar in their electrical, physical and extrusion properties, but XL 07633 is VW-1 rated, and XL 04711 is HB-1 rated.

Equistar Chemicals, One Houston Center, 1221 McKinney Suite 700, Box 2583, Houston, TX 77252-2583.

Mirror process

ELPELYT(TM) GS 6 is a mirror bright electrolytic nickel process that achieves full brightness at a deposit thickness less than half the usual. The process provides strong leveling, uniformity, and brightness over a wide current density range. And it has good chromium receptivity.

Enthone-OMI Inc., Box 1900, New Haven, CT 06508; FAX (203) 799-1513.


Benjamin B. Ames on Computer Productivity Tools

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Reverse engineering software

HALODECK DESIGN is integrated 3D reverse engineering software for Autodesk 2000 and Mechanical Desktop 4.0 users. It allows designers to use cutplane technology to recreate complex 3D surfaces and solids from existing molds, models or parts, and to visualize, analyze and critique 3D product designs in real time. The program uses "smart digitizing" to capture primitive geometric entities and provides immediate access to create complex NURB-based surface geometry and solids.

HighRES Inc., Box 2746, La Jolla, CA 92038; FAX (619) 459-5241; www.reverse-it.com.

Hardware

The STPCC0375BTC3, or STPC Consumer-S, supports synchronous DRAMs and provides all of the functions required to build x86-based Information and Internet appliances in a single chip. At its heart is a 64-bit 100 MHz processor block containing a 64-bit DRAM controller, a high speed PCI local bus controller, and a 32-bit fifth generation x86 processor that is fully PC-compatible. The built-in video pipeline and video input port allow the STPC Consumer-S to accept and process a video stream. Other applications include gaming machines, security equipment, and automotive navigation.

STMicroelectronics Inc., 10 Maguire Road Bldg. 1, 3rd Floor, Lexington, MA 02421; FAX (781) 861-2678; www.st.com.

Flat-panel monitors

The 3015 Flat Panel Industrial Monitor is designed for plant floor operator interface applications, with a high-resolution, flat-panel display housed in a rugged enclosure. Analog restrictive touchscreen optional. It features a bright, 15-inch TFT XGA color display screen, with resolutions up to 1024 2 768 at 75 Hz.

Xycom Automation Inc., 750 North Maple Rd., Saline, MI 48176-1292; FAX (734) 429-1010; www.xycomautomation.com.

Servo programming software

New MotionPro(TM) software is designed to program the DeltaPro(TM) line of single axis positioning systems. The program includes 32 commands, stored as icons in a toolbox, with fill-in-the-blank parameters. Programs can be stored as files, then downloaded and uploaded to DeltaPro.

Industrial Indexing Systems, 626 Fishers Run, Victor, NY 14564; FAX (716) 924-2169; www.iis-servo.com.

Cincron cell monitor

JACK is a new PC-based utility that simplifies unattended production and remote monitoring of Cincron cells. JACK (Java Access to Cincron Knowledge) works on an PC on the same intranet as the Cincron cell controller, and can access graphical dynamic cell status display, graphical in-cycle time display, Cincron reports on fixtures, NC programs, source routes, stations, tools, and workloads.

Cincinnati Machine, 4701 Marburg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209-1025; FAX (513) 841-8991; www.cinmach.com.

Web-based design

CircuitNet is a development and design tool designed to reduce time-to-market constraints for manufacturers. This web-based tool allows engineers to create hierarchical conceptual designs, featuring an instant object-oriented, rules-based, parametric database search of the latest silicon, reference designs, and other technical information. Designers can then print this documentation, including components specifications, block diagrams, and hardware functionality.

Aprisa Inc., 2829 Townsgate Rd., Suite 201, Westlake Village, CA 91361; FAX (805) 495-8017; www.thecubicle.com.

Collaborative data analysis

The new Tecplot Version 8.0 enables engineers to do web-based visual analysis. Users can publish results in HTML, read and write to ftp and http sites, or save data as Amtec's new packaged layout format. Colleagues can add, edit, and change data over the web, and also use Tecplot's plotting features, such as value-blanking and frame-linking.

Amtec Engineering, Box 3633, 13920 SE Eastgate Way, Suite 220, Bellevue, WA 98005; FAX (425) 653-9200; www.amtec.com.

Video graphics engine

The new SM3110 is a low-power chip with 4MB of embedded DRAM for an integrated, 3D and 2D video graphics engine for PC notebooks and industrial PCs. It features a high quality LCD or CRT display, dual view screen support, and DVD or MPEG II playback for movie viewing. Its 3D engine has bi- and tri-linear MIP mapping, to add realism without impacting frame rate performance.

Silicon Magic Corp., 920 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94086; FAX (408) 331-8010; www.simagic.com.

UPS software

DT Config uninterruptable power supply (UPS) software allows viewing and/or configuration of more than 50 UPS parameters. Users can also perform remote diagnostics. The adjustable parameters include input/output voltage, I/O frequency, I/O VA power, as well as battery state, status, and condition. The software also limits access to the configuration program. DT Config operates under Windows 95, 98, or NT.

Clary Corp., 1960 S. Walker Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016; FAX (626) 305-0254; www.clary.com.

Miniature keyboard

The Model KIA6800 miniature keyboard has 8 unique keys that replicate all mouse functions, and provides full 101/104 key functionality. The Miniature Sealed Keyboard with ARROWMOUSE(TM) is available in a fully sealed enclosure for workstation applications, and in an 8 2 5 inch OEM version, with a depth of less than one inch.

CTI Electronics Corp., 110 Old South Ave., Stratford, CT 06615; FAX (203) 378-4986; www.ctielectronics.com.


Rick DeMeis on Electrical/Electronics

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Miniature solenoid valves

These 10 and 16 mm miniature solenoid valve systems are designed for analytical, medical and biotechnical applications. The 6600 series of 2-way and 3-way valves can be easily installed on a manifold because all inlets are together on one side. Made of high quality PEEK, PVDF or ETFE plastic, they have Simriz isolating diaphragms that completely separate the actuator from the fluid, for ease of maintenance.

Burkert Contromatic, 2602 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614; FAX (949) 223-3198; www.burkert.com.

Sealed panel PC

The PPC-A84T modularized panel PC in a sealed cast aluminum enclosure is designed for applications in medical imaging, control, customer service, and other touchscreen uses. The case acts as a heat sink, as well as protective covering for use in factories and other hostile environments. It measures 8.5 x 11 x 3 inches, with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. For open space applications, the PC needs no fan for cooling, for quiet operation. Power supply, hard drive, and video card are plug-in modules.

Advantech Technologies Inc., 15375 Barranca Pkwy., Suite A-106, Irvine, CA 92618; FAX (949) 789-7179; www.advantech.com.

Encoder

The RHS15 Series incremental optical encoder is a high-performance, hollow-shaft unit with an integral bearing system that accommodates large axial and radial shaft movement. The encoder is TTL compatible, with various outputs available, and resolutions up to 1,250 cycles per revolution.

Renco Encoders, 26 Coromar Dr., Goleta, CA 93117; FAX (805) 685-7965; www.renco.com.

Brushless dc fan

The Galaxy(R) dc tubeaxial fan is designed for high performance airflow, such as that in applications with cellular base stations, power supplies, servers, and medical devices. It features the Feathered Edge(TM), which allows air to escape from the outer edges of the propeller blades, ensuring smooth, quiet operation.

Comair Rotron, 2675 Customhouse Ct., San Ysidro, CA 92173; FAX (619) 661-1757.

Wrap spring clutch

Single-component machined springs can allow extra design freedom in wrap spring clutches, the manufacturer says. These machined springs can incorporate several features into a single part, for applications from deep space instrumentation to medical apparatus on Earth.

Helical Products Co., Box 1069 901 West McCoy Lane, Santa Maria, CA 93456; FAX (805) 928-2369; www.Heli-Cal.com.

Transducer indicator

The PHM-100 is a portable, hand held digital indicator for strain gage bridge type transducers such as load cells, torque sensors, and pressure sensors. The device provides bridge excitation, balance and span adjustment, shunt calibration, decimal point selection, and digital display, and operates on a 9V battery.

Transducer Techniques, 43178 Business Park Dr., Temecula, CA 92590; FAX (909) 676-1200; www.transducertechniques.com

Hardware-based IC

The iChip(TM) S-7600A Software Development Kit (SDK) is for the world's first standalone, hardware-based, Internet-ready IC, the manufacturer claims. The iChip allows browsing, e-mail and networking to be added to consumer or commercial devices easily and inexpensively. The chip contains a TCP/IP protocol stack that acts as an accelerator between a processor and the Internet or a protocol network.

Seiko Instruments USA, 2990 W. Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505; FAX (909) 975-5699; www.seiko-usa-ecd.com.

Dc motor

The FBL II Series of high-speed brushless dc motors and drivers now meets UL, CSA, and EN safety standards and is CE marked. Available with input voltages of single-phase 100 to 115V ac 60 Hz, single-phase 200 to 230V ac 60Hz, and three-phase 200 to 230V ac 60 Hz. The devices feature output powers of 75 and 120W at 3,000 rev/min., and a speed control range of 300 rev/min to 3,000 rev/min.

Oriental Motor, 2510 West 237th St., Suite 102, Torrance, CA 90505; FAX (310) 325-4146; www.orientalmotor.com.

Ceramic gas tubes

This line of ceramic surge arrester gas tubes is designed to protect telecommunications and data communication equipment against electrical currents caused by industrial over-voltages, lightning-related surges, inductive switching, or electrostatic discharge. With high isolation resistance and low leakage current, the tubes are ideal for wireless and RF applications. Breakdown voltages are available from 75 to 1,500V, featuring high energy dissipation characteristics from 5 to 100kA.

Citel America Inc., 1111 Parkcentre Blvd., Suite 340, Miami, FL 33169; FAX (305) 621-0766.

Level transmitter

This compact, 2-wire LA20 level transmitter combines microprocessor-based electronics with non-contact, ultrasonic technology, for reliable and continuous level measurements at depths ranging from 0.5 to 12 feet, with accuracy of 50.25%. Installed through the top wall of a tank, its small size and two-inch transducer make it an ideal solution for dirty, coating, and corrosive type liquids.

Flowline, 10500 Humboldt St., Los Alamitos, CA 90720; FAX (562) 431-8507; www.flowline.com.

Coil motor

The "RE" series of motors uses rare earth magnets and graphite brushes to maximize the torque in a 40-mm diameter package. The rhombic moving coil design and ironless rotor allow zero cogging and accurate control. The motor weighs 480g, measures 71-mm long, and is rated at 150W.

Maxon Precision Motors, 838 Mitten Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010; FAX (650) 697-2887; www.maxon.com.

Socket

The Type III Test and Burn-in Socket is the final product of the Textool 1.27 mm Open-Top Socket platform. The 1.27 mm Type III socket accommodates packages up to 45 2 45 mm with a maximum matrix of 35 2 35 mm and a maximum ball count of 1,225. Open-top design allows a wide range of package thicknesses and efficient airflow around the device.

3M, A130-4N-36 6801 River Place Blvd., Austin, TX 78726; www.3m.com.

Linear motion

The GV3 linear motion system provides a huge range of options, with slides in three grades of precision, three types of bearing assembly, three methods of lubrication, and three types of carriage. It combines a "V" bearing principle with Generation II and CM slide systems, for a large menu of design elements.

Bishop-Wisecarver, 2104 Martin Way, Box 1109, Pittsburg, CA 94565-5027; FAX (925) 439-5931; www.bwc.com.

Servo controllers

The SpindleBlok Drive Module (SDM) provides servo velocity control-without a sensor-for ac induction, brushless servo and brushless dc motors. The module interfaces with machine mounted operator station (0 to 10V dc) or PC machine controllers (510V dc). Available in sizes from 1 to 27A rms, covering all voltage input mains from 110 to 480V ac.

Semipower Systems Inc., 2350 Griffin Oaks, Suite 500, Hillsboro, OR 97124; FAX (503) 681-8952; www.semipower.com.

Key exchange

KEX trapped key exchange units can be used for group protection at an access point to meet OSHA 1910.147 requirements. Features include replaceable, easy to clean code barrels, 316 stainless steel construction, and a weatherproof stainless steel dust cap. When a primary key is inserted, secondary keys are simultaneously released on units up to 6-types.

Scientific Technologies Inc., 6550 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA 94555; FAX 510-744-1442; www.sti.com.

Controller

The DMC-1415 single-axis motion controller provides Ethernet and RS232 communications, and measures just 3.75 x 5.0 inch. Controller is designed for easy, high speed, long-distance communications between any number of hardware devices located on a LAN, such as I/O modules, MMI interfaces, PCs, PLCs, motion controllers and vision systems.

Galil Motion Control, 203 Ravendale Dr., Mountain View, CA 94043; FAX (650) 967-1751; www.galilmc.com.


Karen Auguston Field on Power Transmission & Motion Control

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Linear actuator

The PFC25-48D1 model is a 25-mm diameter linear actuator that is designed for long life and low-cost applications in medical devices, laboratory instrumentation, gas flow control, and printing machines. Its dual ball bearing design achieves linear motion with a lead screw traveling through the step motor, with standard pitches including 0.48, 0.96, and 1.2 mm.

Kollmorgen Motion Technologies, 201 Rock Rd., Radford, VA 24141; FAX (540) 731-0847; www.kollmorgen.com.

PC motion control

This motion control platform solution bundles Steeplechase's Visual Logic Controller(TM) (VLC(R)) software with the manufacturer's SAMCOP(TM) Servo Peripherals, creating a single package for high RPM rates, simple tuning, and strong acceleration/deceleration. SAMCOP combines an amplifier, control parameters, an encoder and a motor. VLC leverages Windows NT with a real-time operating system.

Star Micronics, 790-531 North Cedar Bluff Rd., Knoxville, TN 37923; FAX (423) 693-0660; www.starmicronics.com.

CNC control

This CNC control has easy programming with its Windows 98 look and feel, including point and click, drag and drop, and text and/or graphical editing. Online help and animated training are available. The program uses a conversational approach called "simple milling," so the user can create, verify, and start cutting at the machine.

Direct Motion, 7726 Weirick Rd., Corona, OH 91719; FAX (909) 277-3846; www.directmotion.com.

Gearmotors

The Stealth right-angle servo gearmotor combines a brushless dc motor with helical planetary gearing. As a single, integrated unit, it eliminates misalignment and wear problems since the motor shaft contains the actual input gear, ensuring correct alignment and operation, with providing noise reduction.

Bayside Motion Group, 27 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050; FAX (516) 484-5496; www.BMGnet.com.

Linear ball bearings

These steel, linear ball bearings are available in adjustable, open or closed, and standard or heavy-duty types. They are stocked in inch and metric sizes with bore sizes ranging from 0.375 inch to 1.5 inches. The number of ball circuits in each can range from four to eight. Unit lengths range from 0.875 inch to 3 inches.

Quality Bearings & Components, 125 Railroad Ave., Garden City Park, NY 11040; www.qbcbearings.com.

Ac motors

The RELIANCE ELECTRIC Easy Clean(TM) and Super Clean(TM) ac motor lines are designed for use in severe washdown industrial situations, such as food processing and packaging. They have rust-resistant and sealed bearings, with lip seals on both ends of the motor shaft to restrict water and contamination entry. All products are available in 1/2 to 3 hp ratings.

Rockwell Automation, 6040 Ponders Ct., Greenville, SC 29615; FAX (864) 281-2433; www.reliance.com.

Rotary encoders

These new rotary encoders have a hollow shaft design up to 12,500 ppr, Hub ID up to 11/4 inches, design size 40, with miniature side 20 hand wheel, pendant hand-held and magnetic encoder.

Sumtak Corp. of America, 2500 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 480, Hoffman Estates, IL 60195; FAX (847) 885-8555; www.sumtak.com.

Linear slide

Dolphin Guides(TM) linear slides use FrelonGOLD(R) bearing material instead of hardened steel, so the slides are based on a one-piece, ceramic-coated aluminum extrusion with a hard (RC70), corrosion-resistant running surface. Since there is no metal-to-metal contact, shock loads and vibra- tions are damped, and contaminants are wiped clean of the shaft so particulate will not damage the rail. The slides can carry loads up to 1,500 lbs at speeds up to 300 ft/min. without lubrication.

Pacific Bearing, Box 6980, 6402 Rockton Rd., Roscoe, IL 61073; FAX (815) 389-5753; www. pacific-bearing.com.

Servo drives

Powerdrive servo drives are modular, compact, high-power PWM-interface servo drives, designed for applications in machine tools. The new line includes a range of scalable, configurable drive packages, with continuous power ratings from 5 to 45 kW, for use with linear and rotary feed movements, and main spindle applications with power up to 24 kW.

Mannesmann Rexroth Corp., 5150 Prairie Stone Pkwy., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192; FAX (847) 645-6201; www.indramat.com.

Right-angle gearhead

The Type MRA right-angle, low-backlash, precision gearheads mount readily to metric face-and-shaft servomotors, and can be specified for mounting to NEMA size 23, 34, and 42 servo or stepper motors. They reduce speed, multiply torque, and enable acceleration of inertial loads. The initial three MRA sizes are based on 65, 80, and 115 mm square planetary gearheads of in-line configuration.

Mijno Precision Gearing, 406 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068; FAX (847) 698-9040; www.mijno.com.

Drives

Three new VLT(R) adjustable-frequency drives include the VLT Micro, VLT 2800, and VLT 5000. The VLT Micro is a low-cost drive with 1/2 to 2 hp, and programmable dc braking, suitable for OEMs and panel builders. The VLT 2800 series is available from 1/2 to 5 hp, and offer side-by-side, horizontal, and vertical mounting. The VLT 5000 series uses a sensorless vector drive system for infinite variable speed and torque control of ac induction motors from 1 to 600 hp.

Danfoss Electric Drives, 2995 Eastrock Dr., Rockford, IL 61109; FAX (815) 398-2869; www.danfossdrives.com.

Couplings

The DKN Miniature Metal Bellows Couplings and ADS Miniature Servo-Insert Couplings are zero-backlash miniature couplings for high-speed automated manufacturing applications demanding servo-quality stiffness and low inertia. Machines with extreme space limitations can mix the DKN miniature couplings with ADS servo-insert couplings to dampen vibration.

Rimtec Corp., 825 N. Cass Ave., Westmont, IL 60559; FAX (630) 325-1404; www.rimtec.net.

Servo drives

The Epsilon series servo drives are the company's smallest DSP-based servos, operating direct online at 42 to 264V ac, and available in two power ratings: 1.8 and 3.0A RMS current with 2x peak. Both models fit in a 6-inch-deep enclosure, with cables connected. The motors attached to these drives deliver 5 to 15.8 lb-in at up to 5,000 rpm.

Emerson Motion Control, 1365 Park Rd., Chanhassen, MN 55317-8995; FAX (612) 474-8711; www.emersonemc.com.

Motion control software

AML(R) is a software-only motion controller, now available for PCs running Windows NT and using a Sanyo Denki SMS-PCI interface card. AML provides coordinated control of up to 32 SERCOS-compatible servo drives and I/O modules. The AML Productivity Suite for Windows(TM) is a comprehensive development and toolbox environment for creation, debugging, and maintenance of AML application programs.

Automation Intelligence, 2455 Meadow Brook Pkwy., Duluth, GA 30096-4636; FAX (770) 497-8666; MotionOnline.com.

Tool changers

This modular line of environment-specific Robotic Tool Changers is designed for applications in assembly, manufacturing, USDA/FDA, wash-down, medical and pharmaceutical, clean room, de-ionized water, and harsh or hazardous environments. It has a height of just 30 mm, a working diameter of 71 mm, and weighs 0.2 kg fully equipped, with payload capacities to 20 kg.

RISTEC, 5519 Claremont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117; FAX (887) 747-8329; www.ristec.com.

Drives

The DigiDrive(TM) 2000/4000 series consists of brushless ac sine and asynchronous motors, controlled with a user-friendly Windows interface. The 2000 series provides up to 18A RMS continuous, and operates from three phase 220V ac. The 4000 series operates from 480V ac and provides up to 30A RMS continuous current.

Servo Dynamics Corp., 21541 D Nordhoff St., Chatsworth, CA 91311; FAX (818) 718-6719; www.servodynamics.com.

Mini actuator

At $115 list, the Electrak E050 linear actuator offers: built-in limit switches for end-of-stroke protection; a load-limiting clutch to protect the unit from mid-stroke stalls; corrosion-resistant plastic housing that resists scratches, requires no paint, and provides an IP-56 rating for outdoor use; quiet operation for medical or office applications; front and rear clevis mounts for easy installation; and a compact profile for space restricted applications. Estimated life at rated load is 40,000 cycles. Available in 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-inch stroke lengths, built-in thermal shutdown protection is standard. Options include 12 or 24V dc, and potentiometers to reduce lash and improve accuracy.

Warner Electric Motors and Controls Div., 640 Avis Dr., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; FAX (734) 669-4733; www.warnernet.com.

Stepper motors

The new PF466 series stepper motors are available in four amp rating combinations, with rated Volt/Amp combinations of 4.7, 2.0, 3.0 and 1.0 A/phase, in models 466-01 through -04, respectively. Applications may include medical equipment, linear and rotary stages, circuit board testing, pick and place robots, semiconductor manufacturing, and assembly operations.

Nyden, 2610-B North First St., San Jose, CA 95134; www.nyden.com.

Motion controller

DMC-2100 motion controller with Modbus Ethernet protocol, and multi-master and multi-slave capabilities takes advantage of Ethernet-based LANs (local area networks). The controller reportedly provides faster and more efficient communications with less wiring, while expanding the number of available I/O (input/output) connections. Using Modbus as an additional communication layer, the DMC-2100 provides easy-to-use commands for reading and writing to remote digital or analog I/O. Pricing is $2,995 for a single four-axis controller and $1,295 each for quantities of 100.

Galil Motion Control, 203 Ravendale Dr., Mountain View, CA 94043; FAX (650) 967-1751; www.galilmc.com.


Joseph Ogando on Plastics, Metals & Other Materials

For comments on plastics, metals & other materials, contact Joe at [email protected]

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Silicone seals

NC-Consil is made of nickel-coated graphite particles in a silicone elastomer, and provides electrical conductivity, broadband shielding, and environmental shielding. Available in molded sheet/rule die cut parts, extruded profiles and molded shapes, all with shielding effectiveness of >100 db at 1 Ghz.

Tecknit, 129 Dermody St., Cranford, NJ 07016; FAX (908) 272-2741; http://tecknit.com.

Pipe insulation

"Hygro-Wick" is a fiberglass insulation that prevents condensation on piping systems used below ambient temperature. Insulation failure is inevitable for most chilled water piping, because of moisture damage. But Hygro-Wick uses a super-absorbent hydrophillic wicking cloth at its core, to move moisture to the outside of the system, where it evaporates.

Knauf Fiber Glass GmbH, One Knauf Dr., Shelbyville, IN 46176; FAX (317) 398-3675; www.knauffiberglass.com.

Rollers

Components with decorative finished surfaces demand flawless conveyor handling. And these urethane-covered rollers can provide it, reducing surface scratching, denting, galling and chipping for items such as heavyweight architectural components, consumer product equipment, and furniture.

Nolu Plastics, 900 C Tyrens Rd., Aston, PA 19014; FAX (610) 358-9480.

Thread sealant

ST-3(R) thread sealant is applied in a 360 degrees . pattern to the inside of a fastener, such as the internal threads and the bearing face of large diameter nuts used in automotive differentials. It can reduce clamp force scatter, and provide a seal against fluid leakage. It will work with straight or tapered threads, is dry to the touch, and seals instantly.

ND Industries, 1000 North Crooks Rd., Clawson, MI 48017; FAX (248) 288-0022.

Dipping resin

CB-1145 is a one-part, black, polybutadiene dipping resin, designed for use on electronic modules, relays, transformers, motor and generator end turns and coils. It does not require a reactor to cure, is it silicone-free, and provides cushioning and protection for stress-sensitive elements. It is also chemical and abrasion resistant, for automotive applications.

Vis-Com Inc., 195 Carter Dr., Edison, NJ 08817; FAX (732) 248-6644; www.cis-cominc.com.

Adhesive

Permbond(R) 4C10 cyanoacrylate is designed for high speed production of medical devices, including bonding, sealing and fixturing parts and substrates. Within 5 to 20 sec., the single-component adhesive polymerizes when pressed into a thin film between substrates including brass, steel, plaster, stone, aluminum, ABS, phenolic, polyesters, SBR, PVC and many other plastics. At 77F, the colorless, transparent liquid has a viscosity of 40 centipoise.

Permabond, 480 South Dean St., Englewood, NJ 07631-6849; FAX (201) 567-3747; www.permabond.com.

Shielding protection

This new C12 coating is a nickel-copper fabric that eliminates the standard flaking and plating of other fabrics. It consists of a layer of nickel on top of a layer of copper, both of which cover a nylon woven fabric. The combination provides a durable gasket with galvanic compatibility and a range of materials including yellow and clear chromate, aluminum, steel and zinc. It has shielding effectiveness of >105 dB over the frequency range of 20 to 2,000 MHz.

Schlegel Systems Inc., Box 23197, Rochester, NY 14692-3197; FAX (716) 427-7216; www.schlegel.com.

Adhesive

Thermeez(TM) 7030 high-expansion adhesive will bond and protect steel, stainless steel, and aluminum to 1,800F. After mixing, it cures at room temperature to provide strong resistance to most chemicals, solvents, corrosives, electricity, and fire. It is designed for applications demanding high-temperature service, pressure tight and fireproof seals, wear resistant ceramic coatings, and high-expansion adhesives.

Cotronics Corp., 3379 Shore Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11235; FAX (718) 646-3028.

Alloy

Inconel Alloy 686 is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum-tungsten alloy designed for corrosion resistance in severe environments. The alloy is considered an upgrade from C-276. It is now stocked in a full range of parts including plate, sheet, bar, pipe, fittings, flanges, and welding materials.

Corrosion Materials, 2262 Groom Rd., Baker, LA 70714.

Reinforced RIM improvements

Bayflex 190, a 20% mineral filled polyurea for reaction injection molding, is tailored to exterior automotive applications-including body panels, truck fenders and tail gates. Formulated to withstand the high cure temperatures of on-line painting, Bayflex 190 handles oven temperatures of 390F for one hour, reportedly with no loss of mechanical properties.

Bayer Corp., 100 Bayer Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15205-9741; www.bayer.com/polymers-usa.

Flat wafers

These ultraflat sapphire wafers are suited for use as base plates for mounting substrates in semiconductor manufacturing devices. They feature flatness to 0.5 fringes of HeNe and parallelism from 20 to 1 sec with 61.2 microns piece-to-piece uniformity. Impervious to caustic etching agents, they are available in 50 to 82 mm diameter sizes, with thicknesses from 0.5 to 3 mm.

Meller Optics Inc., Box 6001, 120 Corliss St., Providence, RI 02940; FAX (401) 331-0519.

Flame-retardant nylon

Latamid G/50-VOKB, a 50% glass-filled nylon 66, adds some extra stiffness to a line of non-halogenated, flame retardant nylons. The new grade offers yield strength of 30,450 kpsi, a flexural modulus of 2,030,000 psi at 73F, and 1.5% elongation at break. Tracking resistance, or CTI, is 550V, while its coefficient of linear thermal expansion is 0.083 2 10-4/F.

Lati USA, 1470 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Energy-absorbing elastomers

VersaDamp 2000 thermoplastic elastomers serve as anti-shock and anti-vibration mounts for devices with limited isolator sway space-including pagers, mobile phones, laptop computers, and handheld computing devices. Available in a variety of custom formulations and suitable for injection molding, VersaDamp materials have peak loss factors from 0.75 to 0.15.

E-A-R Specialty Composites, 7911 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268; FAX (317) 692-3111.

Silicone coating

A new silicone coating will improve the performance of porcelain and glass high-voltage insulators, arresters, and other components, particularly where surface contamination causes arcing problems. Coated devices have better hydrophobicity and reduced leakage currents, and the silicone rubber material has the ability to recovery its water repellency after surface electrical activity.

Dow Corning, Box 994, Midland, MI 48686-0994; FAX (517) 496-8026; www.dowcorning.com.

Wire-mesh gaskets

Metal-based EMI shielding gaskets are now available in a wider range of styles, including knitted wire mesh, wire mesh over an elastomer core, oriented wires in elastomers, and elastomers impregnated with metal screen. Available in bulk and pre-cut custom lengths, these gasketing materials provide 60 to 100 dB of EMI shielding between 20 MHz and 10GHz.

Chomerics, Division of Parker Hannifin, 77 Dragon Ct., Woburn, MA 01888; FAX (781) 933-4318.

Foam gaskets

These adaptable perforated foam gaskets are die cut for outdoor electrical fixture applications. Production capacity is over 100,000 parts per day with inexpensive steel rule die tooling. Pieces can be single or multi-cavity. Applications include medical, communications, appliances, and electronic items, and the material used is a black 0.125 inch thick cross-linked polyethylene foam.

Presscut Industries, 2908 Commodore Dr., Carrolton, TX 75007; FAX (972) 245-2488.


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Torque wrench

The Torque Activated AM Signal Wrench (TAAMS) is a wireless fastener system that operates on AM frequency, with multiple channel and tool tracking capability in a single unit. It has a small, battery-powered transmitter in its handle, so when a pre-set torque is reached, the tool sends an AM signal to a receiver unit that records the fastener as fastened. Its design avoids both restrictive cables and unreliable FM signals.

Mountz Inc., 1080 North 11th Street, San Jose, CA 95112; www.mountztorque.com.

Self-locking nuts

FLEXLOC(R) non-slotted, self-locking nuts are an alternative to traditional split beam nuts, and use elliptical thread displacement to meet the locking torque requirements of MIL-DTL-25027 for 15 cycles of reusability. Available in steel and corrosion-resistant austentic steel, the plain-finish and Cadmium-finish nuts are useable in temperatures up to 450F. Silver-plated nuts are useable up to 800F. All are available in sizes from 0.112- to 1.250-inch diameters.

SPS Technologies, 301 Highland Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19046; FAX 215-572-3193; www.spstech.com.

Self-clinching studs

These self-clinching studs are made from 400-series heat-treated stainless steel, for high strength performance. They may be used in stainless steel panels with a hardness of RB92 or less, and with a minimum sheet thickness of 0.095 inches. They are available in inch and metric sizes, and are installed using a standard shop press with special anvil.

Captive Fastener Corp., 19 Thornton Rd., Oakland, NJ 07436; FAX (201) 337-1012; www.captive-fastener.com.

Threaded shaft collars

These clamp-type threaded shaft collars are supplied with "wrench flats" to facilitate tightening, and replace arbor- and bearing nuts. They can be tightened in place with an adjustable or open-end wrench, and then locked securely using the clamping screw. They are designed to resist loosening under reversing loads, so they are ideal for use with drive components. Available in sizes from 1/4 to 6-inch ID, in both one- and two-piece styles, made from steel or stainless steel.

Stafford Manufacturing Corp., Box 2370, Woburn, MA 01888; FAX (978) 657-4731; www.staffordmfg.com.

Snap latch

The Snap Latch allows users to open and close doors and covers with just a fingertip. To close, light pressure causes the latch to snap behind the frame. And to open, the latch is released with a simple sliding motion. For installation, it is clipped into a 38 x 25 mm cutout, with slightly bent edges for stability. It measures 13 mm deep and 28 mm wide, and can be used on doors that are 0.8 mm to 2.3 mm thick.

DIRAK GmbH & Co. KG, Koenigsfelder Str. 1, Ennepetal, Germany 58256; FAX (610) 459-4012; www.dirak.de.

Roller clamp

The Super Roller Clamp provides display space at the top of any chalk or marker board. Its interlocking rollers automatically adjust to hold paper, foam board, vinyl, acrylic, and other materials up to 1/8-inch thick. An additional track on the front flange can accommodate accessories such as hooks or screen winders. Available in lengths from 6 to 48 inches.

Magnaplan, 1320 Rte. 9, Champlain, NY 12919; FAX (518) 298-2368.

Cylinder sling

The BoaGrip(TM) gas cylinder sling is designed to safely grip, carry and suspend compressed gas cylinders, and to eliminate dangerous rolling, sliding and lifting by workers. It is a nylon sling with a sewn eye at one end and an oblong steel ring at the other. The sewn eye fits through the ring to form a lasso, and the sling's inner surface is lined with polymer grippers. The device complies with OSHA safety standards.

Safe Shop Tools Inc., Box 4206, Missoula, MT 59806; FAX (406) 721-3545; www.safeshop.com.

Locking key slot

The Locking Key Slot (LKS) attaches a variety of standoffs and fasteners to circuit boards and panels. It is designed to be used in place of a pressed-in metal screw insert, without requiring a press and anvil. It is made of Nylon 6/6, for products including standoffs, wire ties, and wire routing clips and clamps. In stock for boards 0.062 inch thick, with other thicknesses available by request.

Richco, 5825 N. Tripp Ave., Chicago, IL 60646; FAX (773) 539-6770; www.richco-inc.com.

Sweep connectors

These nylon Sweep Connectors resist penetration of water, oil, grease, gasoline, acidic solutions and solvents. They safely connect junction boxes and motor housings to electrical conduits, or to nonmetallic tubing used to transport process liquids. They are designed to allow wire or tube installations around "lazy" or tight 90 degrees . corner angles, whether dry or submersible. Available in a range of 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, and 1-inch diameters.

Heyco Products Inc., 1800 Industrial Way North, Box 517, Toms River, NJ 08755; FAX (732) 244-8843.

Component inspecting machine

The MP400 mid-volume component handling and inspection system works for both tray-to-tape and tray-to-tray applications. It offers the flexibility to choose between vision systems, footprint size, and access to the taping module. Two programmable axes enable components to be quickly and carefully picked up from a tray, then a 360 degrees . rotation on the pick-up head affords proper orientation of components before placement into tape.

Ismeca USA Inc., 2365 Oak Ridge Way, Vista, CA 92083-8341; FAX (760) 931-8713; www.ismega.com.

Processed fasteners

NYTEMP(R) processed fasteners provide self-locking abilities at temperature up to 450F. Made of temperature-resistant polymer, the locking element is applied as an orange-colored patch to internally or externally threaded parts, and meets the torque and vibration requirements of MIL-DTL-18240F. Appropriate for applications in aerospace, automotive, and appliances, or other areas of high-magnitude heat. They are not affected by water, anti-freeze, gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, or hydraulic fluids.

Nylok Fastener Corp., 15260 Hallmark Dr., Macomb, MI 48042; FAX (516) 678-5783; www.nylok.com.

Torque wrench

The Pow'r-Torque(TM) line of low-profile hydraulic torque wrenches have slim nose radii, for better positioning in close quarters. These five wrenches have unibody design, and deliver a torque ratio accurate to within 53%. Available in a range of links in 1/16-inch increments, and in both inch and metric sizes.

Simplex, 2525 Gardner Rd., Broadview, IL 60153; FAX (708) 865-0894; www.tksimplex.com.

Latching system

The Multi-point Latching System is designed to provide consistent compression along the entire edge of electronic enclosures. It drives multiple remote compression latches from a single actuation point, and allows the designer to position as many latches as needed along the door, to provide consistent, 5 mm compression along its entire edge.

Southco, 210 Brinton Lake Rd., Concordville, PA 19331; FAX (610) 459-4012; www.southco.com.

Woodworking vise

The electrically operated T(TM)-Vise mounts to a machine table or bed, and plugs into any 110V ac power source. This woodworking vice interfaces directly with machine controls, and clamps easily with a foot pedal. Also, it can be arranged so a single button will open multiple T-Vises, for fast exchange of parts on horizontal setups.

TCAM Technologies Inc., 6499 Spinach Dr., Mentor, OH 44060; FAX (440) 255-3868; www.tcamtech.com.

Lever grips

These ergonomic lever grips are designed for use on ball valve covers, lawn mower wheel adjustment levers, and other handles. Available in round and rectangular shape, and in lengths up to 26 inches, adjustable in 1/16-inch increments. They are made from dip-molded PVC with a textured or satin finish.

Harman Corp., Box 80665 360 South Street, Rochester, MI 48307; FAX 248-651-4495; www.harmancorp.com.

UV curable coating material

New low-viscosity, UV-curable, coating material was designed for spray and spin coating applications. LX 90060 will cure in seconds with exposure to UV light, for a high-gloss finish and good abrasion resistance. Suitable applications range from label coating to laminating industrial plastic and metal parts.

Tra-Con, 45 Wiggins Ave., Bedford, MA 01730; FAX (781) 275-9249; www.tra-con.com.

Hose clamps

New hose clamp with an integral molded push-in mount is designed to push into 3/16-inch diameter through or blind holes, in a variety of materials. Two available sizes will cover hose sizes from 0.360- to 0.390-inch and from 0.990- to 1.135-inches. Clamps are molded from electrically insulating nylon 6/6.

Micro Plastics, c/o Customer Service Dept., Hwy. 178 N., Flippin, AR 72634; FAX (870) 453-8676; www.microplastics.com.

Hermetic seals

New hermetic headers, connectors and feedthroughs use pins made from Alumel, Chromel, or Copper. These pin materials can be used in glass-to-metal seals through the Tek-Seal(TM) sealing process, and are suited for the temperature sensing industry, where low electrical resistance is crucial.

Maxwell Technologies, 5301 East River Rd., Suite 109, Minneapolis, MN 554211024; FAX (612) 574-9139; www.teknaseal.com.

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