Manufacturing & Prototyping

Detection Sensors

H18 SureSense sensors from SICK (Minneapolis, MN) detect objects in a variety of environments and ensure machines and lines operate at full capacity. The IP 69K-rated sensors feature a signal strength light bar that alerts users to maintenance and alignment issues. Other capabilities include configurable part selection; LED and laser; AutoAdapt material detection; VISTAL housing; and AC/DC power. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-154

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Photoelectric Sensors

The S18-2 compact photoelectric sensors from Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN) are now available in fixed-field background suppression mode configurations. The compact, self-contained sensors provide up to six detection ranges from 30 to 200 mm. Resistant to fluorescent light, the components also feature a small, bright red LED emitter beam.

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Voltage Sensors

Sendyne (New York, NY) has released the SFP102MOD, a shunt-based enclosed module capable of current measurements to 375 A, with 45 μA resolution. The module achieves ±0.25% accuracy for current magnitudes, as long as the module is within the operating temperature range of -40 °C to +125 °C. When attached to properly-sized cables/bus-bars, the SFP102MOD operates with 200 A continuous current, producing less than 45 °C temperature rise. Individually calibrated units are available.

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Motion Sensors

Bosch Sensortec (Kusterdingen, Germany) has announced the BMF055, a compact, programmable 9-axis motion sensor. The new sensor from Bosch Sensortec’s Application-Specific Sensor Node (ASSN) family combines a triaxial 16 bit gyroscope with a range of ± 2000 degrees per second; a triaxial geomagnetic sensor; and a 32 bit Cortex M0+ microcontroller from Atmel. The sensor measures 5.2 × 3.8 × 1.1 mm3. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-155

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2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

Modular Jet Ski: No Trailer, Affordable, High-Performance Anders Stubkjaer BomBoard LLC Whitewater, WI“Winning the Consumer Products category proves that true design innovation is not only good looks and high performance, but also designing for reduced weight, low manufacturing costs, and for a disruptive sales and service model that, in total, deliver an exceptional customer experience. This win helps provide the necessary external validation that our business seeks, and we will be sure to wear it proudly as we move to the next phase of our voyage.”Millions of water enthusiasts have no practical and affordable way to enjoy a high-performance watercraft close to home. Jet skis typically cost over $10,000 and weigh over 800 pounds. Without a lake home or slip, jet skis, jet boards, and boats require trailers that are difficult to store and haul. The BomBoard is the world’s only high-performance jet board/jet ski transportable in the back of a car. The price of $3,995 makes it affordable to millions of action sports enthusiasts.

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Computer Aided Design of Suspension Mechanisms

Automobile suspension mechanisms have to date been designed using two-dimensional graphic oriented methods. Computer-aided design has allowed many two-dimensional mechanisms to be designed much more accurately. However, this has not translated to suspension mechanisms because these mechanisms are not two-dimensional but instead three-dimensional.

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Survival of the fittest - the process control imperative

In tough times, manufacturers focus on reducing their operating costs, but may not be able to afford to spend their way out by buying more productive machinery. With that pathway closed, what are the opportunities for radically reducing costs without replacing existing machines? Where can we:

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