Helical gearbox

Designed for 24/7 operation, the miniature RW5 gearbox consists of a CNC-machined aluminum-block housing, dual bronze bearings for shaft support, stainless-hardened single-piece worm/input shaft, and stainless output shaft.

Features & benefits

  • • 12 lb-in. torque rating; 1:1 to 4:1 ratios; 5,000-rpm input speed

  • Suitable for food machinery, semiconductor processing, packaging machinery, and medical/diagnostic equipment

Rino Mechanical Components Inc.
(888) 260-7466
www.rinomechanical.com
Circle 160

Smart camera

BOA vision system integrated smart camera for single-point inspection includes all elements of industrial machine vision for automated inspection applications.

Features & benefits

  • Multiple processing engines for algorithm optimization via DSP, application management via CPU, and sensor management via FPGA; embedded application software easily set up through standard web browser

  • No version control problems or software

  • 44 mm cube form factor suitable for tight-fit applications; IP67-rated housing

Dalsa Corp.
(978) 670-2000
www.dalsa.com
Circle 161

Pneumatic components

The NITRA line of pneumatic components now includes additional fittings and valves for use with polyurethane and nylon tubing.

Features & benefits

  • ME and MS fittings include two additional elbows with #10 to 32 threads; new sizes include 5/32 and ¼ in.

  • MEL series includes two additional long male elbow fittings; the 5/32 and ¼ in. fittings feature #10 to 32 threads

  • MSR series fittings are push-to-connect male straight round; in 10 sizes, to ¼ in. and 4 to 6 mm; nickel-plated brass fittings with internal hex socket, stainless claws, Teflon thread sealant

  • HVU three-way hand valves in seven sizes to ½ in. and 6 to 12 mm; valve blocks upstream pressure, vents downstream pressure

  • CVU series union check valves range from 5/32 to 3/8 in. and 6 to 8 mm; valves allow airflow in one direction and block it in reverse

Automation Direct
(800) 633-0405
www.automationdirect.com
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Powerful stepper motors

The design and control of five new NEMA 34, 86-mm-flange stepper motors provides high-precision, cost-effective positioning without an encoder system.

Features & benefits

  • 4.0 to 13.6 Nm holding torque; 80MPH Series 86-mm-flange stepper motors and 80MPD 56-mm-flange motors among most powerful motors with regard to holding torque and length

  • Due to aluminum housing, motors conduct heat with lowest possible thermal resistance, reducing motor heating and increasing bearing lifespan; close-fitting seals prevent oil loss. prevent dirt penetration

B&R Industrial Automation Corp.
(770) 772-0400
www.br-automation.com
Circle 163

Encoders for PROFINET

OPTOCODE rotary encoders with PROFINET IO interfaces are now certified for IRT (isochronous real-time) data transfer protocols.

Features & benefits

  • Encoders support RT and NRT (real-time/non-real-time) data transfers

  • Unit parameters set via control system with GSDML device file to enable easy configuration; bootloader enables firmware updates via FTP

  • Existing Profibus systems can be easily migrated to PROFINET IO because the device profile management has been retained

  • Compact encoders (58 mm in diameter) don't require a connection cap, terminating resistors, or switches for address allocation

  • Multi-turn versions can register up to 16,384 revolutions (214), for a total measuring range of 30 bits

FRABA Inc.
(609) 750-8705
www.posital.com
Circle 164

Numerical MATLAB toolkit

Mark 22 NAG Toolbox can now access 1,415 tested numerical routines in the Mark 22 Release of the multipurpose NAG Toolbox for MATLAB.

Features & benefits

  • Designed for mechanical engineers; allows migration of prototype code from MATLAB to final production code in advanced programming languages such as C or FORTRAN, while still using same algorithms

  • More than 12 MATLAB-based examples of programming for optimization problems, simulations, time-series analyses, and other functions for mechanical engineering research; available for both Linux and Microsoft Windows; free trial versions available

  • Improves maximum likelihood estimates where sample size is small and where ordinary algorithms perform poorly

Numerical Algorithms Group Inc.
(630) 971 2337
www.nag.com/numeric/MB/start.asp
Circle 165

Cable carriers

Rol-E-Chain cable carriers have built-in wheels to facilitate travel over long distances, such as on a crane.

Features & benefits

  • Wheels are integrated into the cable-carrier's side links and reduce friction, making longer travel, heavier loads, and faster speed applications possible

  • Reduce friction and travel more than 2,600 ft at speeds up to 32.8 fps

  • Drive power is reduced by more than 25%; resistant to harsh conditions, such as thick dirt

igus Inc.
(800) 521-2747
www.igus.com
Circle 166

High-efficiency motor

The HP Series motor combines ac-induction motor technology with that of brushless permanent-magnet motors for a 50% reduction in frame size and weight, and 80% energy savings.

Features & benefits

  • Lower stator currents generate lower losses that reduce winding and bearing temperatures; low temperature rises eliminate the need for a cooling fan and allow higher running speeds and longer bearing life

  • For continuous-duty applications

  • 0.75 to 2.2 kW single-phase power ratings and three-phase supply versions of 0.75 to 22 kW in both 50 and 60 Hz applications; available with built-in drive or as a standalone unit

Lafert North America
(800) 661-6413
www.lafertna.com
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Stainless-steel gear reducers

Stainless-steel worm gear reducers come in six sizes with ratings to 17 hp.

Features & benefits

  • Single and double-reduction units with ratios from 5:1 to 3,600:1

  • Polished 316 stainless-steel housing and covers, 303 stainless-steel output shaft, double-lip Viton seals

  • Worms are cut, heat-treated, ground, and polished for efficient, quiet operation; lubed-for-life units eliminate oil changes; Enviroseal pressure-compensating system makes the unit vent-free and sealed-for-life

Leeson Electric - Grove Gear
(262) 377-8810
www.leeson.com
Circle 168

Epoxy for high temperature

Developed after years of research, Master Bond EP46HT-1 extends the limits of epoxy adhesive/sealant formulations.

Features & benefits

  • Operates in -100° to 550° F; withstands intermittent exposure to 600° F

  • Glass transition temperature exceeds 235° C; resists severe thermal cycling

  • Easy to apply, cures rapidly at elevated temperatures; 100% reactive; contains no solvents or diluents

  • Strength, dimensional stability, and superior chemical resistance; adhesion to metals, glass, vulcanized rubbers, and most plastics

  • Hardened system is an electrical insulator; applications range from downhole oil drilling to turbo compressors and satellite modules

Master Bond Inc.
(201) 343-8983
www.masterbond.com
Circle 169

Digital readout

The Quadra-Chek ND 1300 digital readout (DRO), designed for 2D measurement, features a cutting-edge video system.

Features & benefits

  • Enhanced color touchscreen interface; optical and video edge-detection systems for measuring microscopes, optical comparators, and video systems

  • Serial and USB ports for use with printers and networks; a video option allows simple connection of video cameras with S-Video or composite interfaces

Heidenhain Corp.
(847) 490-1191
www.heidenhain.com
Circle 170

Miniature optical encoder

The Mercury II 5000 miniature, high-resolution optical encoder is designed for next-generation precision manufacturing, inspection, metrology, and medical equipment.

Features & benefits

  • ±20 nm short-range accuracy (cyclic error), programmable 5 µm to 1.2 nm linear resolution, programmable interpolation, ±2° rotational tolerance about the Z axis, and ±0.15 mm ride-height tolerance

  • A-quad-B output provides up to 5 m/sec at 0.1 µm resolution and 10 m/sec maximum speed; adhesive-mount PurePrecision tape scale system handles requirements for an index that can be placed anywhere.

  • Installers cut required length from a reel; adhesive backing and an application tool do the rest; linear glass scales handle applications requiring high long-range accuracy to ±1 µm

  • Bidirectional index provides 1 LSB repeatability at all speeds, while fail-safe left and right optical limits enhance safety and reduce cabling

MicroE Systems
(781) 266-5750
www.microesys.com
Circle 171

Linear actuator

MotoDrive PDE captive linear actuator, available in size 17 single or double stack, comes with an integrated chopper drive for precision motion-control applications.

Features & benefits

  • Output force of 50 lb for single stack, 78 lb for double stack version

  • Allows self-contained linear actuator unit with an antirotation device guiding a splined output shaft; suitable for shorter stroke lengths (to 2.5 in.)

  • Microstepping of 200 to 12,800 steps/rev; 12 to 42 Vdc

  • Square-wave pulse sets actuator speed; 5 Vdc high or low signal sets direction; optically isolated inputs

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc.
(203) 756-7441
www.haydonkerk.com
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