Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en The Top 10 Reasons to Use Composite Plastic Bearings http://machinedesign.com/bearings/top-10-reasons-use-composite-plastic-bearings <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by igus </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Composite plastic bushings combine thermoplastics, fibrous reinforcements, and solid lubricants for tailored...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/bearings/top-10-reasons-use-composite-plastic-bearings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/bearings/top-10-reasons-use-composite-plastic-bearings#comments Bearings Top 10 Tips Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:58:00 +0000 59511 at http://machinedesign.com Plastic Bearings Have Staying Power http://machinedesign.com/bearings/plastic-bearings-have-staying-power <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by igus </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Plastic bearings are strong enough to outperform and outlast metal in countless applications, however...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/bearings/plastic-bearings-have-staying-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/bearings/plastic-bearings-have-staying-power#comments Bearings White Papers Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:37:00 +0000 59491 at http://machinedesign.com 5 Heavy-Duty Gantry Alternatives http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/5-heavy-duty-gantry-alternatives <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 5 products recommended in this whitepaper are a small sample of the...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/5-heavy-duty-gantry-alternatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/5-heavy-duty-gantry-alternatives#comments White Papers Motion Control Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:47:00 +0000 57721 at http://machinedesign.com Accelerating Linear Motion System Design http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/accelerating-linear-motion-system-design-0 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Learn more about the pre-designed products that significantly reduce...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/accelerating-linear-motion-system-design-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/accelerating-linear-motion-system-design-0#comments White Papers Linear Motion Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:39:00 +0000 57711 at http://machinedesign.com Track Designs and Alignment Methods for Various Applications http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/track-designs-and-alignment-methods-various-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Bishop Wisecarver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Discover some of the designs and techniques that ensure...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/track-designs-and-alignment-methods-various-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/track-designs-and-alignment-methods-various-applications#comments White Papers Motion Control Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:22:00 +0000 57701 at http://machinedesign.com Creating Larger Forces with Differential Roller Screws http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/creating-larger-forces-differential-roller-screws <div class="node-body article-body">Schaeffler’s PWG differential roller screw can create up to five times the force of a ball screw, making it ideal for hydraulic systems.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/creating-larger-forces-differential-roller-screws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/creating-larger-forces-differential-roller-screws#comments What's Inside? Fasteners Hydraulics Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:12:00 +0000 66411 at http://machinedesign.com Wireless, Energy-Harvesting Switches Transmit Data More Than 900 ft. http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/wireless-energy-harvesting-switches-transmit-data-more-900-ft <div class="node-body article-body">Wireless AFIS rocker and snap switches can harvest the energy needed to send a radio message containing all user data via an antenna.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/wireless-energy-harvesting-switches-transmit-data-more-900-ft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/wireless-energy-harvesting-switches-transmit-data-more-900-ft#comments What's Inside? Embedded Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:29:00 +0000 66391 at http://machinedesign.com Measuring Product Development Maturity http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/measuring-product-development-maturity <div class="node-body article-body">Can your company reliably predict the outcome of R&D spending?</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/measuring-product-development-maturity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/contributing-technical-experts/measuring-product-development-maturity#comments Contributing Technical Experts Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:11:00 +0000 66371 at http://machinedesign.com Measuring Product Development Maturity (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/measuring-product-development-maturity-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>While I&rsquo;ve been on board with this body of knowledge since its inception, I&#39;ve always found it to be insufficient for really getting at the business of making money from investments in R&amp;D. The CMM is a &ldquo;project-level&rdquo; or...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> Gold Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:01:00 +0000 66381 at http://machinedesign.com The Road to Smart Manufacturing http://machinedesign.com/iot/road-smart-manufacturing <div class="field-byline"> Beth Parkinson, Rockwell Automation </div> <div class="field-deck"> The majority of manufacturers have yet to implement an IoT strategy in their operations—here’s a guide to help in that quest. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The majority of manufacturers have yet to implement an IoT strategy in their operations—here’s a guide to help in that quest.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/iot/road-smart-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/iot/road-smart-manufacturing#comments IoT Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:01:00 +0000 66351 at http://machinedesign.com Concerns over IoT Security? Get Answers at IoT Emerge 2016 http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">The Internet of Things often appears to be a double-edged sword for manufacturing companies of all sizes. On one hand, they want all the advantages...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/concerns-over-iot-security-get-answers-iot-emerge-2016#comments IoT A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:59:00 +0000 66341 at http://machinedesign.com Dassault Systèmes Launches SolidWorks 2017 http://machinedesign.com/news/dassault-syst-mes-launches-solidworks-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">More than 250 CAD features added to the latest version of the SolidWorks will facilitate design processes for entire assemblies. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/dassault-syst-mes-launches-solidworks-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/dassault-syst-mes-launches-solidworks-2017#comments CAD News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:19:00 +0000 66331 at http://machinedesign.com Courtesy of SolidWorks How to Specify Fiber-Optic Sensors http://machinedesign.com/sensors/how-specify-fiber-optic-sensors <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Waugh, AutomationDirect </div> <div class="field-deck"> Fiber-optic sensors work well in tight spots and in applications with a high degree of electrical noise, but care must be taken when specifying these critical components. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fiber-optic sensors work well in tight spots and in applications with a high degree of electrical noise, but care must be taken when specifying these critical components.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/how-specify-fiber-optic-sensors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/how-specify-fiber-optic-sensors#comments Engineering Essentials Sensors Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:16:00 +0000 66311 at http://machinedesign.com Interview: Paving the Way to an IoT World http://machinedesign.com/iot/interview-paving-way-iot-world <div class="node-body article-body">To get an idea of how IoT is growing within the U.S. and around the world, Machine Design talked with Parker Hannifin’s Marissa K. Tucker.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/iot/interview-paving-way-iot-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/iot/interview-paving-way-iot-world#comments Manufacturing Equipment IoT Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:37:00 +0000 66301 at http://machinedesign.com Paving the Way to an IoT World (.PDF Download) http://machinedesign.com/datasheet/paving-way-iot-world-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>To get an idea of how IoT is growing within the U.S. and around the world, Machine Design talked with Marissa K. Tucker, product marketing manager for Controls and HMI at Parker Hannifin&rsquo;s Electromechanical and Drives Division.</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> Gold Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:59:00 +0000 66291 at http://machinedesign.com Students Make Strides in 3D Printing Construction Equipment http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/students-make-strides-3d-printing-construction-equipment <div class="field-byline"> Jeff Kerns </div> <div class="field-deck"> A team from the University of Illinois wins a nationwide design contest, 3D printing the cab of an excavator. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">During the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in 2014, Local Motors—along with Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) and a number of companies...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/students-make-strides-3d-printing-construction-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/students-make-strides-3d-printing-construction-equipment#comments 3D Printing Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:43:00 +0000 66281 at http://machinedesign.com Following DFM Guidelines for Working with Sheet Metal http://machinedesign.com/metals/following-dfm-guidelines-working-sheet-metal <div class="field-byline"> Kashyap Vyas, Engineer at Hi-Tech CADD Services </div> <div class="field-deck"> Engineers can turn out sheet-metal designs that are both highly functional and easy to make by following Design for Manufacturing principles. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers designing sheet-metal enclosures and assemblies often end up redesigning them so they can be manufactured. In fact, research suggests that manufacturers...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/following-dfm-guidelines-working-sheet-metal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/following-dfm-guidelines-working-sheet-metal#comments Basics of Design Metals Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:10:00 +0000 66271 at http://machinedesign.com FAQs on Stainless Steel http://machinedesign.com/metals/faqs-stainless-steel <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Eagle Stainless </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There's much to consider when choosing the right valve for your next application</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/faqs-stainless-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/faqs-stainless-steel#comments Design FAQs Metals Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:35:00 +0000 23891 at http://machinedesign.com Electrical Noise and Sliding Electrical Contacts http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/electrical-noise-and-sliding-electrical-contacts <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Moog Components Group </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The sliding electrical contacts found in instrument quality slip rings must reliably conduct signals onto or off of...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/electrical-noise-and-sliding-electrical-contacts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/electrical-noise-and-sliding-electrical-contacts#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:08:00 +0000 66241 at http://machinedesign.com Taking a Human-Centric Approach to Design http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-human-centric-approach-design <div class="node-body blog-body">You’ve definitely heard the term “user-friendly” before. In working to provide “user friendliness,” an engineer tries to make the product work exactly as an end user...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-human-centric-approach-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/taking-human-centric-approach-design#comments Editorial Comment Efficient Engineering Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:45:00 +0000 66261 at http://machinedesign.com IMTS Roundup: Products and Software Shaping the Future of Manufacturing http://machinedesign.com/products/imts-roundup-products-and-software-shaping-future-manufacturing <div class="node-body gallery-body">Last week's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) featured the latest technologies that will spur the next revolution in machining and manufacturing. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/imts-roundup-products-and-software-shaping-future-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/imts-roundup-products-and-software-shaping-future-manufacturing#comments Products FEA and Simulation News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:40:00 +0000 66221 at http://machinedesign.com Photoelectric Sensors Handbook http://machinedesign.com/sensors/photoelectric-sensors-handbook <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Balluff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Photoelectric sensors include a wide variety of housings including exclusive miniature designs, tubular styles from 8mm through 30mm, and small, medium, and large block styles. These devices provide...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/photoelectric-sensors-handbook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/photoelectric-sensors-handbook#comments White Papers Sensors Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:15:00 +0000 66211 at http://machinedesign.com Sensor Technologies to Detect Pneumatic Cylinder Position http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-technologies-detect-pneumatic-cylinder-position <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Balluff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Over the years, many users have abandoned the use of reed switches due to their failure rate and have utilized mechanical or inductive sensors to...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-technologies-detect-pneumatic-cylinder-position" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-technologies-detect-pneumatic-cylinder-position#comments White Papers Pneumatics Sensors Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:04:00 +0000 66201 at http://machinedesign.com Inductive Proximity Sensors for Special Applications http://machinedesign.com/sensors/inductive-proximity-sensors-special-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Balluff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Users of inductive proximity sensors can select from a vast array of standard types to solve almost any general purpose sensing application. Unfortunately not all...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/inductive-proximity-sensors-special-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/inductive-proximity-sensors-special-applications#comments White Papers Sensors Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:55:00 +0000 66191 at http://machinedesign.com A COMPLETE GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING DYNAMIC LOAD SUPPORT FOR LINEAR MOTION SYSTEMS http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/complete-guide-implementing-dynamic-load-support-linear-motion-systems <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek / Catalyst </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Support mechanics are one of the most critical components in a linear motion design and set the stage for achievable performance in almost every metric. Options for...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/complete-guide-implementing-dynamic-load-support-linear-motion-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/complete-guide-implementing-dynamic-load-support-linear-motion-systems#comments White Papers Linear Motion Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:39:00 +0000 53631 at http://machinedesign.com Reimagining Reflective Encoders http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/reimagining-reflective-encoders <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek / Pittman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Traditionally, reflective encoders have been considered a lower end option used when cost was more...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/reimagining-reflective-encoders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/reimagining-reflective-encoders#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:04:00 +0000 66041 at http://machinedesign.com Comparing Efficiency and Capabilities of Hybrid Stepper Motor Actuators to Can Stack Stepper Motor Actuators http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper- <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Haydon Kerk </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This paper explains the differences between Can Stack and Hybrid motor based linear motion actuators.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:23:00 +0000 48841 at http://machinedesign.com How Can Henry Ford Help Modern Manufacturing? http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-can-henry-ford-help-modern-manufacturing <div class="node-body blog-body">Doing more with less is a common phrase in industry today. It seems like everyone is doing the work of two or three people either because they feel they have to...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-can-henry-ford-help-modern-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/how-can-henry-ford-help-modern-manufacturing#comments Editorial Comment Efficient Engineering Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:03:00 +0000 66231 at http://machinedesign.com Improve the Productivity of Your Factory Automation Systems with Lightweight Gears and Actuators http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/improve-productivity-your-factory-automation-systems-lightweight-gears-and-actuators <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Harmonic Drive </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After sliding from its peak more than 25 years ago, U.S. manufacturing appears to be on the way back. Factory automation is a critical element enabling</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/improve-productivity-your-factory-automation-systems-lightweight-gears-and-actuators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/improve-productivity-your-factory-automation-systems-lightweight-gears-and-actuators#comments eBooks Motion Control Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:04:00 +0000 38241 at http://machinedesign.com IMTS Features Key-Bar Chuck, Power-Grip Clamping System http://machinedesign.com/news/imts-features-key-bar-chuck-power-grip-clamping-system <div class="node-body article-body">In booth W-2528 at at IMTS 2016, ​Röhm Products of America showcases its DURO-TA XT key-bar chuck for its milling and turning machines, along with its Power-Grip clamping system for palletization. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/imts-features-key-bar-chuck-power-grip-clamping-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/imts-features-key-bar-chuck-power-grip-clamping-system#comments Manufacturing Equipment News Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:13:00 +0000 66181 at http://machinedesign.com