Manufacturing & Prototyping

Vision Sensors

The SBSI series of vision sensors from Festo (Hauppauge, NY) feature rugged IP67 housing, built-in lighting, and EtherNet/IP capability. SBSI sensors, which read 1D and 2D bar codes, can be ordered as components, portions of a subsystem ready for assembly, or parts of a plug-and-play module.

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Surface Profiling Sensors

OGP® (Rochester NY), a division of Quality Vision International (QVI®), has introduced its TeleStar® Probe sensor. TeleStar Probe, a self-contained off-axis partial coherence interferometric range sensor for surface contour measurement, offers measured point resolution in the sub-micron (< 0.1 micron) space. The sensor scans up to 500 data points per second, with 1.0-micron accuracy and 0.1-micron repeatability.

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Magnetic Position Sensors

The new AS5170 and AS5171 automotive sensors from ams AG (Premstaetten, Austria) were developed as SEooC (Safety Element out of Context) devices, as defined in the ISO26262 functional safety standard. The magnetic position sensors have a System-in- Package (SiP) format. The space-saving package enables the placement of the sensor device in environments that are prohibitive to PCB-based packages.

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Surface Sensors

Sensofar Metrology (Terrassa, Spain/Scottsdale, AZ) has released two new surface metrology systems. The S lynx, a non-contact 3D surface profiler, integrates confocal, interferometry, and focus variation techniques into the same sensor head. The S onix, an ultra-compact 3D surface sensor, is purpose-designed for high-speed in-line process measurement and process control tasks. The S onix sensor system features a single measurement technique: interferometric – VSI.

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Wireless Switches

New wireless, batteryless limit switches from Steute Industrial Controls (Ridgefield, CT) include an internal electrodynamic energy generator. Displacement of the actuator generates power to send a uniquely coded signal to one or more compatible, easily-programmed receivers. If the limit switch does not receive the confirmation signal within 15 ms, a second signal is transmitted. The receiver accepts up to 10 discrete signals per channel.

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3D Printing Solutions for Aerospace

Stratasys is shaping the world around us, from 3D printing, rapid prototypes, and design freedom, to manufacturing innovation and production-ready solutions. What starts with a spark of an idea can now become a reality. There are opportunities all around. The products, solutions, and services being developed today are changing the way things will be imagined, designed, and made tomorrow.

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Rittal’s Hannover Fair Contest Trip Closes with Facility Tours

After a full week in Germany, Rittal Corporation (www.rittal.us), the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic, and IT equipment, brought its “Win a Trip to Hannover Fair with Rittal!” contest to a close with tours of three of its facilities.

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Products of Tomorrow: May 2016

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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Rittal Hosts President Obama at Germany’s Hannover Fair

"We want to build on the spirit of innovation in the USA," said President Barack Obama in his opening speech at the Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany. Following the official opening, President Obama, accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was given a tour of the Rittal Corporation booth. Rittal is the world’s largest enclosure manufacturer and a leader in thermal management of electrical, electronic, and IT equipment.

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From The Design Lab: An Insider’s Guide To Laser Sintering

While all additive manufacturing (AM) processes share the ability to create multifaceted parts with intricate features, each system has its own design guidelines to ensure accuracy and optimize part design for the build process and compatible materials. These design guidelines and trade knowledge are usually not shared externally, which can leave the average design engineer feeling adrift on a sea of 3D printing challenges. However, through years of experience, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has gathered the most efficient design guidelines for one of the more popular 3D printing technologies: Laser Sintering. This article details a study undertaken by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and the University of Texas (UT) at Austin which vetted tolerances for challenging LS design features such as minimum wall thickness, optimal build orientation for small to large features, and feature distances and areas in relation to part walls. Our goal is to make the information collected within the study well-known to the average design engineer and present working expectations for what LS can do, and therefore minimize errors and achieve consistently successful LS parts.

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