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Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg designs violin-playing machine

March 30, 2015 2:32 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Seth Goldstein has been building instruments and machines for over 50 years. And now, some are calling him the new Rube Goldberg. The MIT engineer spent most of his career working the National Institutes of Health where he served as the Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Section ...

Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in...

ICP DAS USA reveals the importance of ethernet communication in industrial systems

March 26, 2015 8:58 am | by ICP DAS USA | News | Comments

Industrial Ethernet (IE) refers to using standard Ethernet protocols in an industrial...

Industrial SBCs offer a wide range of memory storage options and I/O

March 26, 2015 8:41 am | by Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. is bringing its expertise in rugged, high performance embedded...

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LED lights serve harsh industrial environments

March 25, 2015 4:55 pm | Binder Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Binder is proud to announce the release of its new Industrial LED light bar. The IP69K rated lights are ideal for diverse automation and industrial machinery. The LED lights are designed to provide energy efficient illumination while defying harsh work environments and are able to withstand high-pressure washdowns....

Artificial hand able to respond sensitively thanks to muscles made from smart metal wires

March 25, 2015 2:58 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications....

Sealed enclosures range enhances the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics

March 25, 2015 10:04 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added a new size to its SMART-BOX range of advanced sealed plastic enclosures for industrial electronics: 5.12” x 8.66” x 2.36”. SMART-BOX is designed to enhance the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics such as HVAC, control and safety systems. Design features include hinged flush-fitting trims which ...

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Enhanced LED lamps feature nearly double the intensity

March 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by DELO Industrial Adhesives | Product Releases | Comments

DELO has nearly doubled the intensity of its 400 nm LED area lamps. The DELOLUX 20 and DELOLUX 202 can now reach an intensity up to 600 mW/cm². With the increased intensity, the 400 nm area lamps allow for much faster curing of many different adhesives. The higher intensity also allows for easier bonding ...

Why the gender pay gap matters for manufacturing

March 18, 2015 10:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker according to Employment and Earnings, the first report of The Status of Women in the States: 2015 project....

Data acquisition system designed for harsh environments

March 18, 2015 8:58 am | by HBI, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

HBM , Inc. has introduced two new modules for its SomatXR Data Acquisition System.

DC-DC converters feature ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage

March 13, 2015 5:12 pm | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new TEQ-WIR Series of 100, 160 and 200 watt high performance DC-DC converters with ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage ranges and EN 50155 approval for railway applications. The shock and vibration resistant TEQ-WIR Series are available in single output voltages of 12, 24, 28 and 48VDC. The chassis mount product is designed ...

New 10-in-1 multi-function industrial timer/counter series

March 9, 2015 4:35 pm | by Marsh Bellofram Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Automatic Timing & Controls, a division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation, has announced the global market introduction of its new Model 385AR series. The Model 385AR series is an accurate, cost-effective, multi-function multi-range industrial timer/counter, offering the benefits of 10 unique operating modes within ...

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Integrated UV light sensor incorporates a photo-pin-diode

March 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor featuring Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity. Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical, and industrial applications ...

Pure sine wave inverters provide up to 3000VA of power

March 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Schaefer Power Inc | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc., announces the PRP-3000 Series of highly efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) and rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of 24VDC, 36VDC, 48VDC, 72VDC ...

What happens when you design using an obsolete component?

March 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

A team of engineers might spend weeks, months, or even years creating the perfect design solution for a difficult problem in their field.

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring of power from a supply to an end device. Current sensing resistors are used for a wide variety of handheld electronic devices, and while the concept of current sensing ...

Current sensor ICs include internal resistance of 0.85 mΩ typical

March 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Allegro MicroSystems, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new current sensor ICs that are economical, high isolation solutions for AC or DC current sensing in industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS717 and ACS718 devices have a very small package that is ideal ...

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Position hinge delivers “one-way” motion

February 25, 2015 2:03 pm | by Reell Precision Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The new “PHT Position Hinge” from Reell Precision Manufacturing introduces an ideal solution for high-performance position control applications by providing reliable holding force in one direction while enabling easy adjustment with virtually no resistance in the other. This unique hinge delivering “one-way” motion especially suits ...

Power resistor lowers costs in automotive and industrial applications

February 25, 2015 11:28 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new AEC-Q200-qualified, 25 W thick film power resistor in a compact surface-mount TO-252 style (DPAK) package. For automotive, industrial, and military applications, the Vishay Sfernice DTO25 saves space compared with previous-generation solutions....

NFC/RFID tags achieve best-in-class data retention

February 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The SRTAG NFC/RFID tags from STMicroelectronics combine the market’s widest memory range, best-in-class data retention and write-erase cycles, and the strongest data protection, opening new possibilities for short-range wireless connectivity in consumer electronics, computer peripherals, home appliances, industrial automation ...

An introduction to 3D-printed cars

February 25, 2015 9:24 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the start, there was no generic name. The simple glass of the car windshield started to incorporate printed antennas and heaters. It was what we now know as "structural electronics" - one structure performing mechanical, electrical and other functions....

Company refuses to ship milling machine for 3D-printed firearms

February 25, 2015 8:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Ever since Cody Wilson started toying with the idea of perfecting a completely 3D-printed gun, he’s given potential business partners – including 3D-printer manufacturers – the heebie jeebies. Some have outright refused to have their name associated with 3D-printed firearms....

PCI Express Mini card designed for harsh and rugged environments

February 20, 2015 2:12 pm | by ACCES I/O Products, Inc. | ACCES I/O Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., is pleased to announce the release of a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial communication cards—the mPCIe-COM Series. These small, low-priced, PCI Express Mini cards feature a selection of 4 or 2-ports of software selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 ...

Photos of the Day: World's 1st compact rotary 3D-printer-scanner

February 17, 2015 1:09 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

The device is the brainchild of Blacksmith Group's founders, NTU engineering graduate Dr Alex Pui Tze Sian and Mr Fang Kok Boon. Mr Fang, CEO of Blacksmith Group, said their aim is to make 3D printing easy and accessible to the average consumers....

Linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability

February 17, 2015 11:58 am | by Cissoid | Product Releases | Comments

CMT-ANTARES is a new fixed-voltage 5V linear voltage regulator ruggedized for high reliability and high temperature automotive and industrial applications. CMT-ANTARES delivers up to 200mA to the output load from input voltages between 5.5V and 30V. The output voltage is stabilized to 5V +/- 5% including ...

Neutral ground resistors designed for industrial power systems

February 11, 2015 4:16 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of neutral ground resistors for industrial power systems. Consisting of the company’s GRE1 high-power, high-current grid resistors mounted in rugged, weatherproof IP23-rated enclosures with extremely high voltage insulation ...

Today’s intelligent factory: Some network reassembly required

February 11, 2015 2:12 pm | by John Ralston, System Architect at Freescale Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Not so long ago, everything had to have its own individual wire to provide connectivity. Just look at the plain old telephone (the old fashioned landline, not the smart phone): not only did it have a wire to ...

FPGA chip features integrated AFDX protocol

February 9, 2015 2:52 pm | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the CS1, an FPGA chip with an integrated AFDX protocol that provides a flexible alternative for communication in airplanes. The customizable CS1 enables users to build AFDX-based communication systems independent of a form factor. The new FPGA can be installed directly ...

Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

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