Manufacturing & Prototyping

Products of Tomorrow: September 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: September 2015

CD-adapco, Melville, NY, has released STAR-CCM+® v10.04 simulation software that features a new finite element-based Solid Stress Solver, enabling both computational solid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics from a single, integrated environment. The new release also includes the Adjoint Solver for Coupled Solid Energy, enabling sensitivity analysis of solid conduction problems. This solver can be used in conjunction with the adjoint flow solver for performing sensitivity analysis and optimization for problems involving conjugate heat transfer. Reference geometry transfer through the STAR-CAD client allows the user to pass more data from their CAD package to STAR-CCM+, including transfer coordinate systems and reference planes, and these are automatically synchronized during updates.

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Brushless Electric Motor

maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) offers the EC-4pole 30 brushless DC motor that features two pole pairs, and provides a nominal torque of 106 mNm and an output of 150 W. It has a hermetically sealed rotor to withstand more than 1,000 autoclave cycles. The motor is equipped with the ironless maxon winding. The torque and current behave linearly and the drive can be overloaded. It is available with an optional Hall sensor, as well as a hollow shaft with a diameter of up to 4.1 millimeters. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55593-300

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Variable Frequency Drive

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduces the F800 Series variable frequency drive (VFD) for precise motor speed control. The low-voltage motor is designed to improve efficiency of air movement through HVAC systems. It controls and supports multiple motor types, including AC induction and permanent magnet motors, eliminating the need to specify multiple VFDs to address various motor control needs.

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Conveyor Drive

The NORD Screw Conveyor Package from NORD Gear Corp. (Waunakee, WI) offers closely stepped speed reduction ratios and a directly coupled gearmotor or NEMA C-face input design that eliminates the need for top motor mounts, pulleys, belts, or guards. Screw conveyor drive options feature a UNICASE™ reducer housing, Quadrilip™ reducer shaft sealing, and optional high-capacity output bearings with CEMA standard flange mounting and CEMA drive shafts ranging from 1-1/2" to 3-7/16".

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Motor Brakes

X-Small motor brakes from Warner Electric (South Beloit, IL) are spring-set holding brakes for applications in industries such as aerospace and medical equipment. The electrically released brakes are designed for engaged/disengaged holding applications such as seat adjustment on airplanes, but can provide a low-cycle-rate stopping action in emergency situations. They will remain engaged in the event of a power failure, making them suited to applications where integrity of the holding force is imperative. The brake range consists of six standard sizes from 22 mm to 33.5 mm diameter, and offers up to 50 Ncm of static torque. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55593-303

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Stage System

The OptiScanTMIII system from Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) is a stage and focus system for routine microscopy procedures requiring high precision. It offers full control in the X, Y, and Z axes via compatibility with OptiScan motorized stages for both inverted and upright microscopes, and Prior’s non-encoded focus motors and FB series motorized focus blocks. The system offers an XY step size of 1.0 micron and Z axis step size of 0.1 micron. S-curve acceleration curve provides smooth movement of the stage. Both the focus and stage can be controlled by joystick or via computer using RS-232 or USB connection. The system is fully compatible with the vast majority of common imaging software. A software development toolkit is also provided with the system. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55593-304

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