Manufacturing & Prototyping

2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Machinery/Automation/Robotics Category Winner

SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY BASED SAFETY LATCH

Nicholas W. Pinto, Suresh Gopalakrishnan, Chandra S. Namuduri, Nancy L. Johnson, and Mark Vann General Motors, Warren, MI

General Motors has invented a device that indicates when an unsafe level of energy remains in an electrical panel box after the main power has been disconnected. Possible sources of this energy may be incorrect wiring, external device add-ons, and the presence of residual charge from capacitors. The device works by engaging a safety latch mechanism built with shape memory alloy (SMA) technology along with an audio or visual alarm.

Posted in: Articles, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Automation, Robotics, Alloys, Smart materials, Hardware, Restraint systems
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2016 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

MIFOLD

Jon Sumroy, Carfoldio, Ltd., Ra’anana, Israel

“The award is a true accolade from design and engineering professionals. This means that, as well as solving a serious problem with a convenient, practical, and affordable solution, we have solved the problem in a well designed and engineered way. The credibility of the contest, and the respect and professionalism of the organizers and judges, will enhance our ability to market the Grab-and-Go Booster Seat worldwide. This will help us keep more children safer in more journeys, more of the time.”

The mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat for children aged 4-12 is more than ten times smaller than a regular booster seat and just as safe. A regular booster seat works by lifting a child up to the position of an adult. mifold does the opposite, securing the seatbelt in the correct position on the hips and shoulder by holding the seatbelt down at three points.

Posted in: Articles, Automotive, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Imaging, Medical, Design processes, Children, Seats and seating, Child restraint systems
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Products of Tomorrow: November 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.

Posted in: Products, Solar Power, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Sensors, Test & Measurement
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Temperature Monitors

Measurement Computing, Norton, MA, offers the TC-32 and TC-32- EXP temperature monitors for thermocouple (TC) measurement. Providing both Ethernet and USB ports, the TC- 32 provides 32 channels of 24-bit resolution for medium channel installations, and the TC-32-EXP adds 32 high-precision channels to support larger installations. They feature sigma-delta 24-bit ADCs, differential inputs, TC-to-host isolation, and cold-junction compensation (CJC) for each channel.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Monitoring, Test & Measurement
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Oscilloscopes

Teledyne LeCroy, Chestnut Ridge, NY, introduced HDO9000 high-definition oscilloscopes with HD1024 high-definition technology. Features include OneTouch user interface, 15.4" capacitive touchscreen, 10- bit resolution, bandwidths of 1 GHz to 4 GHz, and sample rates of 40 GS/s. Users can perform all common operations with a touch of the display.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Semiconductor Test System

Marvin Test Solutions, Irvine, CA, released the TS-960e PXI Express semiconductor test platform that features test capabilities for RF devices and SoC applications. It features 256 125-MHz digital I/O channels with per-pin-PMU, and multiple RF and analog test instruments in a single, 21-slot PXIe chassis. It incorporates the GX5296 digital subsystem, software test suite, and RF instrumentation option.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Semiconductors & ICs, Test & Measurement
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Load Frame

To facilitate materials testing on the mesoscale, Psylotech, Evanston, IL, offers the TS™ modular platform that validates material models across 6 orders of magnitude of force and length scales. Users can discern NIST-traceable stress and strain readings ranging from soft tissue to macro-scale composite layups. Force capacities are available from 100N to 10kN, with a local displacement sensor to minimize measured compliance and verify global specimen strain.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Measurement System

KAMAN Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, offers the digiVIT non-contact position measuring system for monitoring movement, position, vibration, alignment, or deflection. The eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing features a self-tuning bridge that eliminates the need to connect to a PC to download a configuration file when changing sensors or doing high-level calibrations. All functions can be accessed through four pushbuttons on the front panel.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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USB Hub

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, announced the USB-104-IHUB rugged, industrial-strength 4-port isolated USB hub that features Tru-Iso™ signal isolation up to 4kV, temperature operation from -40 to 85 °C, high-retention USB connectors, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The hub expands the number of USB ports and provides up to 4kV isolation between the host computer and connected USB peripherals.

Posted in: Products, Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Safety Interlock Switches

The OMEGA® K-SS Series tongue operated safety interlock switches from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, are designed to fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged, or liftoff machine guards to provide positively operated switching contacts. They offer a choice of actuators to aid installation and provide position interlock detection for moving guards. They feature a 316 stainless steel body and IP69K enclosure protection.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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