Motion Control

Press Brake

The GOFORM portable electric press brake from Cincinnati Incorporated (Harrison, OH), is designed for parts up to 1/4" thick and less than 50 pounds. It features a large touchscreen control, PC-based 3D graphics, and bend simulation. The unit guides the operator though setup and part handling sequences. Additional features include 0.0002" ram repeatability, Dynamic Thickness Compensation (DTC), 6-axis backgage, quick-clamp system, and 22" gage depth.

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Encoder Modules

Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL) launched MRP 2000, 5000, and 8000 encoder modules that contain bearing sets not conventionally available that can be integrated with various encoder types. These angle encoder modules merge requirements for precision rotary axes used in metrology, calibration devices, automation technology, micro machining, and the semiconductor industry. The modules offer low starting torque and a constant continuous torque. Bearing loads up to 300 Newtons are possible while still maintaining the system accuracy. Incremental or absolute encoders can be used as required, with resolutions up to 29 bits.

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Couplings

R+W America, Coupling Technology (Bensenville, IL) offers maintenance- free disc pack couplings in seven new sizes from 350 Nm to 24,000 Nm. Additional connection methods allow for easier installation and maintenance. The spacers are customizable, and can be designed for any length.

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Block Spindle

Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation Division (Rome, GA) introduced the BEX8 high-speed machining block spindle for extremely high-speed operations up to 25,000 rpm. The spindle weighs 33 pounds and mounts directly onto robotic arms for fully automated machining operations in high-speed, high-production departments in automotive, appliance, off-highway, and other industries.

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Automated Measurement Cell

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) announced the 360 Flexible Measurement Cell, an automated measurement work cell suited for automotive and aerospace structure applications including powertrain and closure panel fabrication. The cell is built on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) work cell systems integrated with the company’s measurement solutions. The cell combines external devices, products, processes, and systems in a COTS format to enable them to be easily customized. The cell is scalable, portable, and modular, and is offered in three configurations: in-line, near-line, or off-line. Solutions are scalable as required by specific part size and measurement tasks.

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Accelerometers

The Model 356A43, 356A44, and 356A45A miniature triaxial ICP® accelerometers were introduced by PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY). They measure 0.4 × 0.4 × 0.75", weigh 4.2 grams, and are TEDS IEEE 1451.4 enabled. The TEDS feature self-identifies the accelerometer and describes type, operation, and attributes. Data contained in the TEDS programming includes manufacturer, model number, serial number, calibration date, sensitivity, frequency response, and measurement ID. Models are available with three sensitivities: 10 mV/g, 50 mV/g, or 100 mV/g. They are packaged in a hermetically sealed titanium cube. Common applications include modal and structural analysis, automotive NVH, and package testing.

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Weldable Couplings and Collars

A line of weldable shaft collars, couplings, and mounts is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (North Reading, MA). The components are made from ANSI 1018 steel and stainless steel to allow users to modify parts and create assemblies without fasteners. Typical modifications include brackets, cams, lever arms, mounts, pins, and rods. They are suited for the design and repair of special machinery, conveyors, packaging systems, and racks. The weldable shaft collars are available in one- and two-pieced, and hinged styles. Flange mounts are offered in ¼" to 6" bore sizes, and weldable shaft couplings are available in ¼" to 2" bore sizes. Smooth-, hex-, and square-bores for shafts, pipe, and tube can be supplied.

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