Steve serves as Senior Editor of Machine Design. He has 23 years of service and has a B.S. Biomedical Engineering from Steve was a Flight officer in the U.S. Navy. He is currently responsible for areas such as aerospace and medical.
The new 2200 SmartFlex flexible chain conveyor platform from Dorner Mfg. can now be equipped with pallet-handling options to provide accurate positioning and routing of parts for assembly, robotic, and inspection applications.
Novel geometrically encoded magnetic sensors (GEMs), developed by researchers from NIST and NIH, respond to local biochemical conditions—such as a change in acidity near inflammation sites—by changing their shape and response to radio frequencies.
Welding is often used to permanently fasten two pieces of metal together. Screws and nuts are the most common welded fasteners, but pins and unthreaded studs are often used as locating or bearing surfaces rather than fasteners.
The XC-Series cordless pump from Enerpac (www.enerpac.com), Menomonee Falls, Wisc., uses a one-half horsepower motor powered by a 28-V lithium-ion battery pack to get the performance an electric or pneumatic powered pump with the convenience of a hand pump. It is well-suited to remote locations or cluttered areas where another cord or hose would present a tripping hazard.
Advances in technology and manufacturing have let engineers at TURCK (www.turck.us), Plymouth, Minn., design and build two new sensors, the EG05K and EH04K, that are only 15.2 mm long and 5 mm or smaller in diameter. This makes them the shortest M4 and M5 sensors on the market and they open new possibilities for machine builders, especially in the metals manufacturing and die stamping industries.
Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Ill., are taking the expertise they’ve acquired studying automotive fuel injectors and applying it to medical inhalers such as those used by asthma sufferers...