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Reciprocating Platform

Amacoil (Aston, PA) offers a reciprocating linear motion platform driven by a rolling ring drive that reciprocates automatically without requiring motor reversal. Designed for a PCB measurement/cleaning process, the assembly may also be used for scanning barcodes on parts and other applications requiring repetitive back-and-forth movement. Rolling ring bearings inside the drive assure a backlash-free motion. Smooth reversal is achieved with a modified reversal mechanism that dampens the reversal action, dissipating forward momentum at the reversal points.

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Right-Angle Gear Drives

Torque Transmission (Fairport Harbor, OH) has introduced a line of right-angle gear drives housed in glass-reinforced nylon, and are available in two model groups: RAB (standard right-angle drive) and MAD (for miniature angle drives). Both models feature one or two inputs and 1:1 or 2:1 gear ratios. RAB gear drives measure 3-21/32 × 3-15/16 × 1-1/4" deep and weigh 12 ounces. They employ shielded, lubricated, hardened steel ball bearing and gears, and are rated at 1600 RPM and 1/3 horsepower maximum speed of 3000 RPM.

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Control System Software

SERVOSHAFT motion system control software from Danaher Motion (Wood Dale, IL) enables users to run all three functions of a control system (SCADA function, PLC, and motion control) from their own computers. The software meets IEC standard 61131-3 and supports the SFC, FBD, LD, ST, and IL programming languages. An OPC server enables communication with each SCADA system, and the platform also supports data exchange with PROFIBUS and CANopen.

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Ionizers

A line of Koganei blow-type ionizers is available from Humphrey Products Co. (Kalamazoo, MI). Designed to remove static electricity and dust, the device is available in one-head, two-head, and compact models. A range of optional solid and flexible nozzles provides coverage from a wide area, to as close as 1 mm from the workpiece. Low-voltage DC power supplies a high-voltage AC transformer that produces a high-frequency AC field.

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Motor Protection Circuit Breakers

The Series 330 motor protection circuit breakers from c3controls (Beaver, PA) are available with thermal and magnetic trip elements providing overload and short circuit protection, and magnetic trip element only for short circuit protection. Both units come in universal rating and markings (A, kW, and HP), as well as third-party certification markings. They meet UL and CSA standards requirements as Manual Motor Controllers for use as Motor Disconnects, and meet National Electrical Code requirements for use in multi-motor applications. Also included are visible trip indicators for fast identification of which device tripped in a control panel where multiple motor protection breakers are installed.

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Adaptive Algorithms, Multi-Cores, and Networks Mark New Machine Vision Era

Potato chips, cell phones, razors, and baby diapers are just a few of the many everyday items made with the help of industrial machine vision. In fact, any product that is manufactured in either high volume, high accuracy, low cost, or a combination of all three can be made better, faster, and less expensively using machine vision.

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Infrared Vision: SWIR Sees the Furnace Through the Flames

The ability to make thermal measurements and image through materials that confound more expensive thermal cameras is pushing shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors into a growing number of industrial process monitoring and thermography applications, typically those of 100 °C or more.

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